Originally Posted by Arizonian
After being pointed in the right direction. I'm back after doing some homework.
Looking at a gaming head set where I can still tell sound positioning but get as much mid-range with slight bass as I can without covering up the positional sound too much. In other words between gaming and music.
So I'm getting a better understanding of the differences between the Beyerdynamics DT880, DT770, & DT990.1.
I think the DT880 being the most neutral with a tad more mid-range and bass than the DT770 and not as playful as the DT990. Out of the three the Beyerdynamics DT880 Premium 600 Ohm
seems to be the one that might fit my needs best.Q.
Is the DT880 Premium a good choice for positional sound and music combo out of the DT line?Q.
Will the Schiit magni / modi combo fully power the DT880 600 Ohm bringing out it's full potential?2.
Next one is the AKG Q701 Quincy Jones
which I'm learning what taboo it is to have a name branded on a head set, yet among audiophiles this one seems to be the only exception. Seems to be the cream of the crop for positional sound but I fear it might be a tad too much for music.Q.
Is there a big difference in mid-range / bass sound between the AKG Q701 compared to the DT880 600 Ohm?3.
I did look at the Audio Technica A700
and regardless of what sound they put out the 'pleather' style head set is not for me.
The price difference DT880 $350 and AKG Q701 $235 I'm finding is high enough for me to wonder if the AKG Q701 would work or should I shell it out and go for the DT880.Q.
I'm wondering if the DT770 is closer to the AKG Q701 sound and which out of the DT770 or AKG Q701 would work better if I did compare them being much closer in price?
I think I've got it narrowed down now to the final three possibilities. From what I've been reading the Beyerdyniamic DT series is more comfortable after longer hours of use over the AKG Q701. I think $350 is a lot to pay for a gaming head set though. My longest sitting might be up to four hours.I'm guessing
correctly: DT880 Premium > AKG Q701 > DT770 Pro for the sound I'm looking for.
1) None of the DTs have good enough sound stage in my opinion. But at the same time enough people seem to like them, so it might just be a 'me' thing.
The bass of the music is pretty good but a lot of people feel that the bass overflows and does harm to the highs. I can hear what people are talking about, but at the same time it isn't a deal breaker.
The schiit stack (modi and magni) will be powerful enough.
2) I use the AKG Q701s. Here is the deal with them. They do lack the mids and lows, but these headphones are also really forgiving to equalizing. So I give them a slight bass boost and they sound great. The other thing is they LOVE vacuum tubes. If you ever upgrade wayyyyy down the line to tubes, you will be glad you got the Q701s.
Is there a big difference between the Q701s and the DT880s YES. There is a massive difference. But it isn't a matter of which one is better or worse as much as it is an apples to oranges paradox. The DT880s have the better bass, but the Q701s have the better highs. Dt880s are a bit stuffy, the Q701s are a bit harsh. The only reason I prefer the Q701s is because they seem to be a bit more manageable with equalization.
3) The DT 770s shouldn't even be on the list. They are lower end closed headphones. Don't get me wrong, they do sound pretty good. But you would be better off going with warmer open headphones than going with bass heavy closed headphones.
I also want to add, if you don't mind used headphones, or if you don't mind shelling out 400 for headphones, the Hifiman HE-400 or the sennheiser HD600s are both excellent headphones and beat the crap out of anything we are even comparing. I would personally go for the HE-400s if possible. You will have to get used to them since they don't use dynamic drivers like all the other headphones, but once you do, they are really good.