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Hi I need help deciding on a proper headset
I used to just use the display speakers or a cheap and crappy headset.
Its time to invest and enjoy!


  1. State your budget! (Set an absolute maximum or give a relative maximum with + x amount if it will be amazingly better).
  2. State your music tastes
  3. State what perks are highly desirable (low impedance, heavy bass, excellent for gaming etc..)
  4. 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)
  5. 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.
  6. 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).


  1. up to 300 Euro
  2. Rock
  3. gaming and voice chat - wireless if possible - good fit for long time use (up to 6-8h of gaming) must fit on medium to big heads
  4. just hooked up to my Computer (see rig)
  5. Gaming, voice chat, movies, tv shows, music all played on my computer
  6. Germany - https://www.caseking.de/ or www.amazon.de or from manufacture

  1. up to 100 Euro
  2. Rock
  3. gaming and voice chat - good fit for long time use (up to 6-8h of gaming) must fit on medium to big heads
  4. will be hooked up to a preamp
  5. Gaming, voice chat, movies, tv shows, music all played on my computer
  6. Germany - https://www.caseking.de/ or www.amazon.de or from manufacture


thanks for your time!
Edited by Gladi - 8/13/16 at 1:08pm
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uhh didnt think this would be difficult to answer?
No recommendations?
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I think the wireless preference is throwing people off. If you omit that, maybe one of the Sennheiser open-back headsets? You may also wish to give this a read:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-3-18-2016-mrspeakers-ether-c-1-1-added
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Thanks for the reply.
Well the wireless would be great but if its limiting choice I am ok with it going.
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Heh yeah I don't know squat about wireless headphones/headsets... and worse since I am like... you know, ModMic's marketing guy I can't even recommend my own product, as using a wireless headset then adding a wire to it makes me want to cry biggrin.gif

Us "audio" folk tend to avoid "gamer" headsets like the plague, even from good brands like Sennheiser.

So if we remove the wireless requirement there's SO MANY OPTIONS for what you want. At the 300 Euro price the world is basically your oyster until you get into the crazy stuff. You can even get into planar magnetic stuff at that price.

Several brands spring to mind:

One NEW option you may want to look into is HIFIMAN just launched the Edition S for 250. It features a variable open/closed design (you can pick). It uses Dynamic Drivers rather than their usual planar magnetics. Add a ModMic (hah I cant help myself) for 42-50 and you are at 300 USD.

You'd also want to add in at least a USB DAC to that combo. That will cost another 10 or so, but should not be skipped.

The alternative is you could go lower in cost and add a real DAC/AMP combo for like 100 USD (Fiio e10k for instance)

That brings you to options like the DT990 Pro, the HD598, and the AKG K series, to name a few.

They are all going to sound pretty damn good, the DT I am told is heavy on treble, but I don't own one to test with.

Another option is the HE 400s, which is an entry level planar magnetic, which will run about 300 USD, but I would still want a DAC/AMP combo with it - or at least I would want to test it with and without before making a decision.

So... long story short at the basic level I say take a close look at the

DT990 Pro, the HD598, and the AKG 702/612 + a DAC/AMP combo (or at least a DAC USB stick) + A ModMic or a desktop mic

OR

The Hifiman Edition S with USB DAC + Mic, which being brand new is kind of hard to find reviews of. I haven't heard it yet, but we just got some in our office and our review guy still has them... and wont give them back... so probably a good sign biggrin.gif

OR

If you want to go closed back there's some more options I can let you know. Closed back will reduce your "sound stage" typically but in return you won't hear any distracting noises from the outside world. So in a quiet house they are worse, in a loud house they are better. They also may make your ears warmer, which is good in the winter and bad in the summer biggrin.gif LOL

-Joe (again, works for ModMic so... ya know, bias and all that)
post #6 of 9
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Thanks for your feedback.

Now, lets say I got a condenser microphone would a mixer/dac/amp board + headphones be a good choice?
Iam kinda lost now.
haha


edit:

Could I use something like this: ART MyMONITORII
To connect the Headphones, the Microphone and the Output from my computer?
So that i can hear the sound from my computer and at sametime power my condenser mic?
I ofc need to forward the mic to the computer so that i can record it.
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Hah yeah, I guess I made your decision harder rather than easier smile.gif

I've not used that particular one, but by the looks of it, that is an amp that will mix a XLR mic (is that what you have? The one with the three prongs)... so as long as you had some way to get XLR out to PC I guess it would work? I've never tried converting XLR out to PC though, so better ask around some more.

I'm not entirely sure of the point of the mixer in your setup though. Is it just to save the money because you already have an XLR mic lying around and it needs to be direct powered? Why would you need to hear your outbound audio in your own headphones?
post #8 of 9
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Hey
I found a nice Flagstore that I will be visiting to get some hands on informations.

Yes I have a XLR mic it needs at least 5V.
From what I read, I can set the mixer to not put the outbound sound on the headphones so I would jsut have the normal sound on.

I was just looking around if its possible to combine the preamp with the phantom power for the mic into one device.
It seems that ends up to be a mixer or sound interface.

So back to headphones.

Any recommendations for headphones in the 100 Euro range that sit comfy on a medium to large head for a 6-8h sessions?
I live right in the landing flight corridor of the airport.
With closed windows I dont really notice the planes anymore.
With open windows they are loud. So headphones that can block that out would be nice.
I think you called it closed back ?

Cable connection ofc. 3.5 mm stereo (?) plug would be great but a 1/4 inch plug will be ok too since I still have free choice on the preamp/mixer/interface wink.gif

I updated my first post

Thanks again for your help.
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post #9 of 9
Yeah- so Closed Back at the 100 dollar range actually gives you a pretty limited set of great options (which is a good thing, it will make this decision easier!)

I say take a look at the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro. Avoid Audio Technica headphones for larger heads until you get into their really high priced stuff. I find them tight at the ATH M40 level and I have a SMALL head.

Here's the US link to the HD 280 for reference. It has a 1/4 inch adapter too if you want to use 1/4 inch rather than 3.5mm.

https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-280-Pro-Headphones/dp/B000065BPB

-Joe
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