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I am currently looking at some new headphones for gaming and I was looking for some recommendations. The ones I have reading reviews on are the AD900x, DT990/770/880 pro 250 ohm, Q701, Sony MDR-V6, and Philips x2. The headphones will also be used for things like music and movies. The type of music I listen to is Electric swing, rap, hip-hop, pop, and alternative. the headphones will be used for comp games like, CS:GO, Squad, insurgency, and for casual gaming Subnautica, Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, The Long Dark, torchlight 2, and stardew valley (I have no idea if listing this helps) . I understand for headphones that have a high Impedance I will more than likely need a amplifier to get the most out of the headphones and I am willing to buy one a little down the road. Would you recommend that I get a dedicated sound card like the Sound Blaster Zx or an amp and a dac like the Schiit.. If you have any recommendations for any other headphones you recommend that I should look at please make sure that it's nothing over $300. also I live in the middle of nowhere so I can't go and test out any of the headphones I have listed since their is no place for me test them out so thats out of the question. With regards to the mic I am going to buy a desktop mic a little later after I buy the headset.
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As you mentioned witht the impedence, I had some expensive AKG's that couldn't be driven by my motherboard sound card so i had to buy an external headphone amp etc... etc... TLDR version is that i sold them and bought a pair of Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro's which are awesome for 3 reasons:

  1. Removable cord means you can buy a microphone/headphone cord (the current version comes with an inline mic but i have one like the vmoda boompro
  2. Bass ports on the bottom let you basically change the EQ on the fly. Sometimes you want deep bass for just having fun, sometimes you want less bass so you can hear footsteps
  3. Very low ohm rating means you don't need a headphone amp, it can be driven just by your motherboard audio

If you keep an eye out on amazon warehouse deals you can get them really cheap. I think I paid $99 for mine on amazon warehouse. Just setup a camelcamelcamel alert.

If you're going for an actual pair of good headphones, I really can't say enough good things about the BD COP's.
post #3 of 6
Going with an amp and DAC should yield a higher quality sound than a sound card, but I think it is more important to get a good pair of cans first. With a budget of $300 now and an amp and DAC combo usually running around $200, it wouldn't leave you much to get a nice pair of cans. My advice would be to get a cheap sound card now, like the Asus Xonar DG, and a nice pair of cans, and later sell the sound card and upgrade to an AMP / DAC. (Why? Because on board audio sucks and you want off of that right away)

I personally use the Audio Technica A900X (closed back) headphones and love them. They're pretty big but apparently my ears are bigger, or just angle outwards more than others because after very long periods of use I get some pain at the tip of my right ear from pushing up against the driver of the head phones. Used the popular foam mod for the RX700's to fix that.

The A900X's have a beautiful sound stage, I've heard so many things in familiar songs that I never knew existed. Foot steps in shooters, like BF4, are pretty audible and the positional audio is nice. The bass is where I like it - apparent, very obviously there, but not muddy or anything. Would definitely recommend them.
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post #4 of 6
You do have the option of going with a Fiio E7 as a starter DAC/Amp combo that will likely serve you for a long while. At 60-ish bucks, that leaves a decent chunk of change for a nice pair of cans like the DT990s.

That means you have no mic though. A ModMic will work with any headphones. A Boompro will work with some (but not all, so double check before buying). Both will run 40-50 and have their own pros and cons.

So if I were going for the whole package, I'd probably see if I could get away with the DT990s (you won't be sorry on quality) without a DAC/Amp combo. If it works, slap a Mic on it for online gaming. If not, add the Fiio or something similar for a DAC/AMP combo and save up for the mic, in the meantime you can use a Zalman mic or something crappy for 10 bucks. Your friends will hate you though wink.gif
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You can also get an FiiO E6 if you just want a cheap way to amp the signal.
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Thank you all for the suggestions I decided on the Dt990 with the sony emcs3 mic right now I might upgrade to a dynamic desktop mic later. Same goes for the amp dac I went with the fiio k5.
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