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This is my first post here so here it goes. I am looking for a good set of headphones for gaming and listening to music. It is all done at my computer and the music is all rock or metal. I currently have a pair of Corsair Vengeance 1300's and onboard sound. A couple people of recommended the Audio-Technica AD700's, but do I need a sound card to make use of those effectively? My max budget is $200 right now. Any and all help is appreciated.
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I've heard that the AD700s are pretty bass light.

What type of music do you listen to? (I see Rock and Metal, anything else? Bands?)

What % is music/movies vs gaming?

Do you want open (bigger sound stage, but people around you will hear what you're listening to) or closed (better isolation, generally more bass punch, smaller sound stage)?

Are you open to getting a sound card? Even a $30 ASUS Xonar DG will be a benefit to you, especially if the headphones you choose benefit from an amp (most/all of the better headphones will respond positively to an amp).
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Originally Posted by liquidzoo View Post

I've heard that the AD700s are pretty bass light.

What type of music do you listen to? (I see Rock and Metal, anything else? Bands?)

What % is music/movies vs gaming?

Do you want open (bigger sound stage, but people around you will hear what you're listening to) or closed (better isolation, generally more bass punch, smaller sound stage)?

Are you open to getting a sound card? Even a $30 ASUS Xonar DG will be a benefit to you, especially if the headphones you choose benefit from an amp (most/all of the better headphones will respond positively to an amp).

I care more about the gaming as opposed to music. Which is Mostly like Metallica, Flyleaf, Foo Fighters, AC/DC, and similar artists. I am willing to buy a sound card as long as it + the headphones stays in my budget. Both open or closed works for me.
post #4 of 5
Someone else would have to comment on gaming, as I don't game on my PC anymore. Some that I've seen recommended:

Sennheiser HD 598 (as long as you don't mind used)

Audio Technica ATH-A700X (Closed version of the AD700s), or it's bigger sibling ATH-A900X

I'm going to recommend the Beyerdynamic DT770s just because I own them and love them.

Grados are great for rock, but can become uncomfortable and I have no idea how they'd work for gaming.

I'm certain others will chime in here as well, and maybe I was wrong about the AD700s. I'm not sure.

I would, however, recommend a sound card with any of these headphones to truly get the best sound. One like the DG I linked above that has a headphone amp built in will be great for starters especially at its price point. Look into the DGX if you only have PCI-e slots available.
post #5 of 5
I own Senn HD598 and can attest to how great they are.

If you are looking for a budget set of cans that do work pretty well, try these. You may want to buy a separate pair of more comfy earpads, but for the money, they are pretty darn good. thumb.gif.
     
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