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So my $15 headset finally bit the bullet (I happily pulled the trigger too)... Need new headphone/mic combo.

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Long story short...

Last night; my headphones (cheap Logitech headset) started giving me trouble. Audio going in and out, click, hiss, noise, etc. I tried and tried, but they were goners. mad.gif

So I did the obvious... Chucked them at a wall and happily saw them explode into little pieces.

Downside? I now need new headphones.

Enter OCN.

I've been reading up on headphones/mic/amps over at the OCN's Most Recommended Audio Products thread and now find myself not sure of what I want.

So let's go for it...

State your budget! (Set an absolute maximum or give a relative maximum with + x amount if it will be amazingly better)
Budget: U$150 --> Could push it to $200 if it meant a big bump in quality though.
That would have to include headphones and sound card since I'm on the motherboard's on-board audio at the moment.
I'll be getting that Zalman clip-on mic to go with whatever setup I get so no need for built-in mic.

State your music tastes
I'll listen to anything, but my preferred types would be: Classic Rock, Old metal, EDM (Trance mostly), Blues, Big Band Jazz.

State what perks are highly desirable (low impedance, heavy bass, excellent for gaming etc..)
Gaming is a must... That will be the most use they'll get. FPS is all I play.
I'd prefer a closed headphone.
I'd prefer a setup that required the least amount of fussing about... No extra gear needed, no messing about with software, etc. Just plug and game.

State what products you already have and are planning on using with your recommended item (state whether you have an amp if you're looking for headphones with high impedance for example)
Don't have anything. Until yesterday I ran on my motherboard's on-board audio and the cheap Logitechs.

State how you are going to use the item (e.g. out-and-about, at the gym, at home, PC / console, gaming, music etc). The more detail in this, the better.
Gaming -> 80% of the time.
Watching streamed video on my PC -> 10% of the time.
Listening to music -> 10% of the time.

State where you live and offer some sites that are known for having good prices / being reputable so we can help recommend you products in your country's currency (like Amazon or ebay).
I'm in the US and shop regularly at Amazon and Newegg... Ebay not so much.

Thanks
Sebastian
Edited by xXSebaSXx - 7/21/13 at 5:20pm
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What kind of beats are you getting?
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What kind of beats are you getting?

I truly hope you're kidding...
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So let's see if I can get some "real" advise here...

I had considered going with the Sennheiser HD558s a Xonar XD and the Zalman mic... That is until a friend pointed out the "obvious" to me and told me that the 558s were open headphones and that since I planned on using them for gaming most of the time; I'd really benefit from a closed set.

He then went on to sing me all sorts of praises about his MDR-XB700s and how well they worked for both music and gaming. So I went on a bit of a search only to find out that these things are like rainbow farting unicorns nowadays and the ones available for sale are priced as if they were made out of unobtanium.

So my friend and I got to searching and doing some reading and comparing... And I stumbled onto the MDR-XB920 set. AFAIK; they're Asia only market units and have the same exact specs as the 700s. (24Ω - 3Hz to 28KHz - 106dB/mW).
One thing I noticed is that they do have a built in mic and volume/play/pause controls, but that seems to be for use with phones/mp3 players and I can live with that as long as it doesn't interfere with the sound quality.

I also found the MDR-XB900 set... Same specs as the other two, but no mic/volume/play/pause control.

I really like the look of the XB920 (in Silver/Black) and have found them for about $110... Versus the XB900 set that sells for about $140.

So!!!

Given that the chosen set will be uses almost exclusively for gaming.
- Would the XB920s be a good choice?
- Would the Xonar DG be a good add-on for them?

Thanks
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Open headphones not good for gaming?
Please, ignore your friend completely. He has absolutely no idea what he is talking about.

Check the recommended audio sticky here in OCN, the guide is up to date and extremely helpful.
I'm more than happy with my Xonar DG + Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro 80ohm (closed back). I would have got the DT-990 Pro 250ohm (open back) if I had better soundcard/amplifier (SBZ was released few months later...).
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Open headphones not good for gaming?
Please, ignore your friend completely. He has absolutely no idea what he is talking about.

Check the recommended audio sticky here in OCN, the guide is up to date and extremely helpful.
I'm more than happy with my Xonar DG + Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro 80ohm (closed back). I would have got the DT-990 Pro 250ohm (open back) if I had better soundcard/amplifier (SBZ was released few months later...).

He didn't say that open headphones were not good for gaming; he said that I'd get a better experience with closed ones. So is that statement wrong as well? Do open headphones offer a better gaming experience on FPS?

Let's just put it this way; I'm not really interested in listening to a live recording of an orchestral performance of the sountrack to the movie "The Mission" and being able to pick up the "ding" from Bell #30 in the last row of musicians. I just wan to be able to get in the game and hear my friends trying to sneak up on me and "tag" me.

At this point; I'm just going to get the XB920s and if they don't work well for gaming; I'll just give them to my nephew so he can listen to his EDM and get me a pair of AT AD700s.
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I have DT990s and they became ridiculously comfortable after I bent them a little bit (It's metal, so you can do that. No plastic crap. biggrin.gif) My situation is a bit noisy, so I bought Ultrasone PRO 550s which are closed headphones. They're no where near as comfortable as DT990s, so if I were you and wanted a closed headphone, I'd look at DT770s. $179 on Amazon right now. http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-770-PRO-250-ohms/dp/B0006NL5SM/

Of course, I haven't tried every closed headphone under $179, and there must be one that sounds great and is also comfortable, so don't think that you have to drop 179 for the DT770s. Just know that the Ultrasones are not that headphone.

For $50 less, you can try the closed Audio Technica ATH-A700X, which I can almost guarantee is probably more comfortable than the DT990 because I have owned its open counterpart, the ATH-AD700.
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