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I use the Q701 for competitive FPS all the time. It is just fine.

Seriously I have no idea why people freak out over this stuff. As long as you can hear someone sneak up behind you, you are fine. I promise you, unless you are a mutant and have super human hearing, your KDR is not going to go up more than 4 kills per game between a 10 dollar pair of ear buds to a 5K pair of headphones. If it does, then it is because you have absolutely no concept of looking at your mini map.

I have tested close to 50 headphones now ranging from 8 dollar headphones all the way up to the stax 009s. The ONLY pair of headphones that truly made any type of difference to my 3.2 KDR was the razer tiamat. Unfortunately it sounds so bad, than you might as well stick a wasps nest in your ear. The other was the stax lambda nova. The stax lambda sounded great, but it was the fact that they were SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO comfortable that I was able to focus 110% on the game that gave me the advantage.

The take away is, FOCUS ON AUDIO QUALITY!!!!


Agreed. Whether it be any piece of hardware, comfort is the most important factor in all honesty.
post #32 of 39
Dont laugh but a few years ago I bought the Dr Dre Beats and thought they were awesome. I soon started using them for gaming. Bad mistake my ears got so sweaty and felt squished and sore. Especially when i had my glasses on too. Just nasty. Now i have the HD800's and they are so comfy and i don't even realize i have them on sometimes even whilst wearing glasses.
post #33 of 39
The Audio Technica headphones are impossible to beat for comfort in my opinion, and they are the only headphones I have (out of around 75 pairs) that are just as comfortable with glasses as when I am wearing my contacts.

When it comes to bang for the buck for FPS gaming, the AD700s and AD900s are the best, no question. However, many people don't like the low bass.


In the end, it comes down to preferences. I personally think that Grados are the best headphones for what I do (audio recording, editing, and mixing) and own the RS1i, GS1000, and PS1000 sets.
Many people like Sennheiser, but I find them to be too harsh in the highs with noticeable sibilance. It's only once you get to the HD8xx series that I feel they are truly well balanced.
Beyerdynamics are good all around headphones, kinda jack of all trades sorta deal.
   
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post #34 of 39
I would love some grado ps1000 action. I love the clarity of the hd800's but I remember the bass being good with the grado's. it was like you didnt know what was going to happen next. Its hard to describe and especially since its been so long since i tried them. but I still remember they have some mongrel about them.
I have some Ultrasone Signature DJ's that do some nice bass. I cant beileve i havent used them with my PC for like 5 months lol. Ill have to give them a go when i play COD or BF3 next.
Edited by hatlesschimp - 6/3/13 at 12:12pm
post #35 of 39
Or you buy a pair of Sennheiser PC360. If you have them for comp. gaming you will also make good use of the built in microphone. For positional audio the 360s are great.
Edited by Pansar - 6/4/13 at 3:23am
post #36 of 39
From a purely competitive standpoint. The AD700s win without a doubt. Deepest and widest soundstage out of the 3 headphones. I would scratch the AKG's from your list, they're studio monitors and are known to require a really good amp to run properly. The DT880s don't offer the same width in terms of sound stage. But it's full bodied sound and rounded off sub base makes for a greater listening experience.

You can run the AD700s straight out of your sound card. But if you consider going the Beyer route I would suggest going for the 250 or 600 ohm version and getting a nice affordable amp like a Schiit Magni .

If it were my choice, I would take the DT880s in a heartbeat, they're a pure joy to listen and have a very engaging sound. Currently jamming on my LCD-2s

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post #37 of 39
Yeah, Grados have a very strong signature sound, but the reason I favor them even for monitor use is that their "signature sound" doesn't color or emphasize the audio at all. The PS1000 are some of the flattest headphones I've owned, but unlike other truly flat monitors, I enjoy listening to them and use them for purposes other than editing or mixing. Basically, if you take the RS1i and make them completely neutral but add some Extra bottom and top end, you get the PS1000 (extra meaning they can play further into the lows/highs before any roll off).
   
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Got the HD598's and im very dissapointed.....

Why are you dissapointed?
The HD598 isn't as good as the Q701, but it shouldn't make you THAT dissapointed I assume.

Maybe give it a few days to break in first before you make a judgement again? What you tested in the store is different from what you'll get from a completely new unit.
post #39 of 39
The HD598 do have a very different sound from the AKG, and it can take some getting used to. Of course, it's best not to make any judgements until you have spent some time with them, I generally try not to make an opinion until I've spent at least 100hrs listening to a set of cans. It gives you time to acclimate and time for the drivers to get broken in. I am not a big believer in "break in periods" except for the initial few/dozen hours, in which the sound can change as the materials seat themselves and the drivers loosen up. I try to slowly increase the volume from 20 percent up to listening volume and then a few notches above listening volume over this time period. It's kinda like breaking in a new engine. You want everything to have a chance to work together and I have found that the amount of material used to adhere the drivers tends to go through hot/cold cycles, eventually becoming slightly more compliant. Again, the difference isn't profound, but it is often noticeable if you are paying attention.
   
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