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Hey guys, I don't really have much experience in the audio department when it comes to PCs.

I'm mainly looking for a set of good quality headphones to replace my Hyper X Cloud II headset. I have been using it a while and and I am pretty happy with how it sounds. I haven't been using that USB soundcard it comes with however, it distorted the microphone quality way to much and have been running it straight with 3.5mm splitter for mic and headphone jacks. Without the USB sound card there are no volume controls on the headset, the cable length is short and there is some bass rattle, so I am thinking about going for a good quality headphone + modmic setup and keeping the Hyper X cloud II as a backup headset.

Some basic info:

Budget for the headphones themselves: $200 I could go a little higher for a good set.

Setup: Soundblaster Z sound card

Use: mainly gaming FPS/MMOs I generally do not listen to music all of that much at the PC. Closed back headphones are a big plus, game room is pretty noisy sometimes.

I've been looking at different headsets like the Hyper X Revolver and the Audio Technica ATH-PG1, but I feel I could probably get something better going for a pair of headphones rather than a headset. I have seen some pretty good guides posted on this site but I wasn't sure how things were looking in 2016. Are there decent gaming headphones at this price point? Thanks for any input.
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We're working at ModMic.com on a special post where we take the most commonly recommended headphones from a variety of tech forums and trusted audio sites.

We're still in the process (ETA: 2 weeks till post) but the DT770 is clearly in the lead at the moment. Could change before posting, but that would leave plenty of cash for a ModMic *cough cough* or other desktop mic solution.

In second place atm is Sennheiser HD 600, which is well outside your budget (~300) and open back. After that there's currently a big tie, which is why we're still finding more sources to quote in order to build a great list, but some other options to research are:

ATH M50 / ATH M40x (Depending on who you ask, the 40s are equal in quality but cheaper).
Creative Aurvana Live 2! (Well under your budget, but a common rec)

So basically, I say look heavily into the DT770s, either version should be fantastic.

Then get a ModMic of course biggrin.gif

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post #3 of 11
The Sennheiser GAME ZEROs are a closed back headset. Volume control is on the earcup and you can lift the boom mic to mute.

Another option is V-MODA Crossfade M-100 or similar with the V-MODA boompro. Controls are on the wire and it's interchangeable.
post #4 of 11
So, I can buy DT 770 PRO 80 or HyperX Revolver. DT are quite old now, from 2013 or something. How did the technology advance in this department. Shouldn't Revolver have better sound overall?
post #5 of 11
Tech for headphones does not change as rapidly as most of the other tech items you use on your PC. 3 years is still basically new... and in fact, anything newer probably doesn't have the reputation built up that it needs for you to buy with confidence.

My guess would be the DT770 uses better materials across the board than the HyperX... but that shouldn't surprise anyone. If you mix a DT770 with a stand-alone mic (ModMic, Blue yeti, etc) you're talking about comparing a $200+ setup with a $100 setup.

The difference between a 100 and 200 dollar pair of headphones tends to be pretty substantial. If you have any local stores that carry actual audiophile headphones they're likely to carry the DT770 or at least the DT990 (which are not at all the same, but should at least give you an idea of how comfortable the series is).

Long story short, don't look at the age of a pair of headphones. Just pay attention to the quality of the sound, comfort, and build quality.
post #6 of 11
DT770 and DT990 are priced 140 euros here, revolver is around 110 euros or even more, so pretty similar in price. So, 770 or 990?
post #7 of 11
Revolver is decent.

Philips Fidelio X2 for under $200 used is also a good bet, they have the best sound stage of any can, beating out $400 cans even, imo anyway.
    
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post #8 of 11
You'd asked for closed back headphones, so DT770. 990 is open back. Fidelio X2 does come up pretty often as well, however are open back also.

Personally I am always afraid of buying used headphones because you never know how abusive the last owner was. It does save you from the "burn in" period though smile.gif (you want to give headphones a while of use before they are officially at full quality)
post #9 of 11
Ok, tnx

So, they have DT 770 PRO 80 and DT 770 PRO 250. It says PRO 80 are "for recording applications within the studio", while PRO 250 are "for mixing applications in the studio".

So, which ones are better for gaming and listening to music?
post #10 of 11
They also have Audio-Technica ATH-M40x for similar price. Choices, choices.... I guess I will go to the store and try them all
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