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If you're gonna be gaming heavily with a good dose of music on the side, why not just get a cheaper headphone that's still quality like the Hifiman HE-400/500s? Just a suggestion.
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Originally Posted by Deceit View Post

If you're gonna be gaming heavily with a good dose of music on the side, why not just get a cheaper headphone that's still quality like the Hifiman HE-400/500s? Just a suggestion.

I think because of the sound stage of the HD800, it will be a better choice for gaming than the HE-400/500s. The 500s have a pretty small sound stage and imo aren't that great for gaming. The quality is great but the positioning isn't the greatest because of the smallish sound stage. The HE-400s I've heard are better in this regard but you take a step back in sound signature. There's no question you can get full performance from the HD800s with a 200 dollar amp, contrary to popular opinion. You can't go wrong with them for gaming. They're just a little overkill for that use.
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There's no question you can get full performance from the HD800s with a 200 dollar amp, contrary to popular opinion.

Spending more than $200 on a headamp for the HD800 is a waste then? i've found it does scale nicely with better amplification. redface.gif
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Spending more than $200 on a headamp for the HD800 is a waste then? i've found it does scale nicely with better amplification. redface.gif

No, not exactly. I'm not saying you can't get "better" sound. For some people, the coloration caused by tube amps and other esoteric gear does sound better. However, it's not accurate. When I listen to music, I want to hear music, not my gear. It's a matter of taste. There's also a lot of inferior sounding gear out there that people think sounds good simply because it looks nice or they're expecting it to because of the cost.
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MAybe it should be mentioned that the source material you play should be high enough quality.

Having the most ****ty mp3 and a HD800 + some good amp will make no sense.
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MAybe it should be mentioned that the source material you play should be high enough quality.

Having the most ****ty mp3 and a HD800 + some good amp will make no sense.

I can almost guarantee you couldn't tell the difference between a good LAME encoded MP3 and a FLAC file in a blind test. Badly encoded MP3s are another story but you can't lump all MP3s into the "bad sound" category. I honestly don't think I could tell the difference even on my setup with songs I know very well. I know for a fact that I can't hear that much above 16 khz and neither can anyone else. This is where the differences lie with MP3s.
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post #27 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skar View Post

MAybe it should be mentioned that the source material you play should be high enough quality.

Having the most ****ty mp3 and a HD800 + some good amp will make no sense.

Yep, as rockgod said it's hard to notice.

There's a foobar plugin that let you compare tracks. It's free, you only need time to test.
http://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_abx

If you are able to notice a difference, you are blessed with good ears.
Edited by musicPC - 7/13/13 at 5:16pm
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