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Hi, I'm looking to buy a set of headphones to go with my new build, but after wading through hours of review I still haven't figured out much. I'm looking for closed-back (I'm going to be using them around other people a lot, good isolation is also important) over-ear headphones in the $100-200 price range, I might also get a sub $50 amp or soundcard depending on the price of the headphones. I'll be using them mostly for gaming, along with music (I usually listen to orchestral/trailer music). Any recommendations would be great, it seems like the KRK KNS-8400, Skullcandy SLYR, and logitech UE 6000. Comfort is also pretty important, I'll be using them for a lot of the day, and I wear glasses almost 24/7 so they need to work well with them too. Thanks!
post #2 of 13
Well what kind of music do you listen to and do they have to be closed headphones?
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They definitely need to be closed, I usually listen to orchestral/trailer music.
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They definitely need to be closed, I usually listen to orchestral/trailer music.

Well if you like vocals a lot Sennheiser is pretty good in that area i know a lot about their open models about their closed models not so much so
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Have a closed model to recommend while you are at it? I think my HD 555s are dying.
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Have a closed model to recommend while you are at it? I think my HD 555s are dying.

The HD 558 is much better then the HD 555 the 558 has a much more darker and deep sound to it compare to the 555 and no the 558 is still open
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If they must be closed, how about the audio technica M50's?
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post #8 of 13
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The HD 558 is much better then the HD 555 the 558 has a much more darker and deep sound to it compare to the 555 and no the 558 is still open

yea unfortunately most great headphones are open air, since it delivers a much wider sound stage. I am personally using the Audio Technicas AD700 and they produce minimal leak so I suggest you try it. If it still is too leaky you can always mod/pad it for ~$5-10, but honestly open air is worth the little sound leak

EDIT:
I forgot to mention, don't get any of the headphones that are targeted for gaming. 99% are trash and equal to cheap 30$ ones. Also don't get any headphones with built in mic if you want to maximize quality
Edited by chcolatesnw - 4/20/13 at 2:58pm
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post #9 of 13
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If they must be closed, how about the audio technica M50's?
I was thinking about those, but they seem to have too small of a soundstage.
post #10 of 13
For the type of music you like open headphones will generally be better, there are still good closed cans out there though.

I have a pair of Superlux HD 668bs, semi open with a neutral sound signature. Isolation is better on them than most open/semi open headphones but they'll still leak as you turn the volume up. Superlux is a Taiwanese company that is extremely popular on forums like Head-Fi because their headphones rival those 2x-3x their price. You might like the HD 661 (closed). Here's a review on Head-Fi. Seems that despite being closed they do well in the genres you prefer. Not trying to push Superlux/a fan boy just insanely good value on their products.

They 661s are around $40 so you might be able to squeeze in a high end sound card ($200 for the Essence stx iirc).
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