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So here is my audio situation. I have currently a Asus Phebus 7.1 Sound card connected to a Razer Tiamat 7.1. While i believe the sound is actually pretty "good" i am willing to go out of my comfort zone and experiment with some Hi-Fi Gear.

I have been looking into which pair of headphones to buy to plug into my Phebus @ this point. (until i get said headphones and determine if my Sound card can successfully drive the new head phones...)

My main use will be Gaming. Second is Music.

My Budget for the head phones right now is $400ish I don't really want to go to crazy but i want a solid entry pair.

Let me know what headphones you would recommend.

I will say that i played Double Bass in a an orchestra for 9 years and so the low tones (not boom) is important and dear to my heart....
post #2 of 6
You're kind of on a cusp there.

A $400 set of headphones isn't going to give you the positioning of a $400 5.1 or 7.1 speaker system for gaming, and a sound card isn't going to give you the 2.0 sound quality that a $400 set of headphones deserves for music. At the quality level you're looking for it's kind of either/or.

That being said, in my experience, there are subtle, but relatively vast, differences in the "sound" of quality headphones/ear buds. I would be very hesitant to make a purchasing choice based on what some defuses on a website (myself included!) recommend. I trip to a high end stereo store and some time spent auditioning headphones would be invaluable.
Edited by billbartuska - 1/7/13 at 8:44pm
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Look into the AKG Q701 ($230 on amazon) and a good amp to power it. The Q701's are amazing for gaming. To stay under budget look at the Objective2 ($150, cheaper if you DIY), Schiit Magni ($99), and Fiio E9 ($88-109) to power it. The Phoebus uses surround virtualization for stereo headphones so you should have proper placement for gaming.
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Look into the AKG Q701 ($230 on amazon) and a good amp to power it. The Q701's are amazing for gaming. To stay under budget look at the Objective2 ($150, cheaper if you DIY), Schiit Magni ($99), and Fiio E9 ($88-109) to power it. The Phoebus uses surround virtualization for stereo headphones so you should have proper placement for gaming.

+1

AKG makes some awsome headphones. Only reason I have some Steelseries was for the mic. Other than that I use the AKG.
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Switching from USB headsets to a Sennheiser HD598 was probably the best upgrade I've ever made. I have a pair of AKG K550 coming in the mail to try out a serious pair of closed headphones to add to my Hi Fi collection.
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What do you intend primarily to use these headphones for?
Music, if so what genre?
Gaming?
Movies?
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