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Deaf in one ear, looking for headphones!

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Good evening all. I'm in the market for a great set of headphones. The majority of the time they will be used for gaming, otherwise they'll generally be used for bass heavy music. I am deaf in one ear, so I'm looking for a headset that will work for me.

I intend to use the modmic so they don't need to have a microphone of their own.

They will be plugged in to the audio in jack on the PC, but there will be a sound card added in the near future!


I know nothing about these types of things, so I'm looking for all the help I can get. Thanks!
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Well I would recommend ignoring the fact that your deaf in one ear while searching. The single sided headphones tend to be super cheap headsets that don't want to pay for the extra speaker, or more specialized headsets to let people hear out of the other ear. Mainly, they are headsets meant for phone conversations, which don't need very high quality. If you have some partial sound in your other ear and find stereo annoying, you could always cut the cord and kill the sound to one of the ears xD.

There's a general recommendation topic to get you started: http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/ocns-most-recommended-audio-products. It's a bit old, but there hasn't been any big advancements in the audio world really.
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So first, thanks for using the ModMic! biggrin.gif I'm the Director of Marketing for the company and always glad to meet a fan!

I dont think cutting the cord is needed. At least my headphones/hardware has "Balance" in audio properties and you could just set it to your good ear. No need to mutilate your poor headphones in case you need to sell em again! biggrin.gif

There's a lot of good guides for headphones, but it largely depends on your budget. Given being deaf in one ear may limit your ability to enjoy the higher end stuff (I honestly don't know how it would impact you, so I don't intend to offend you if that is not the case), most people tend to find the sweet spot between 100-200 USD, typically around the 100-150 range.

It's also worth considering if you want open back or closed back. Open means you get to hear the world around you better, which is bad if its noisy. It, in turn, gives you a "wider" feeling of the sound. Closed means you won't hear the distractions as much from the outside world, but tends to give you a worse sound stage.

Once you know your price range and desire of open vs. closed headphones, you can get into the specifics of your wants.

These tend to be:

Comfort & Size
Bass or Treble vs accurate reproduction of sound
Travel & Portability

For instance the Superlux 668 or 681 Evo tend to be highly recommended "cheap" ($40 or so) headphones that will give you great quality for the price, but are frankly lacking in comfort compared to their higher-priced peers. A great starter pair of headphones, especially if you wear them only for an hour or two at a time. They tend to be a bassy.

The Sennheiser 558 or 598 on the otherhand are going to give you a nice crisp sound and increased comfort, but cost 2x+ as much. However, if you like that deeper bass they aren't for you.

The DT770 (Closed back) or the DT990 most people find extremely comfortable, but with big bass and what some describe as "piercing" treble, they're a love/hate kind of sound... apparently.

As you can see, all of the above are going to be very commonly reccomended pairs with slightly different price points, different sound, and different comfort levels. I can't really compare portability since I don't own them all, but some research would tell you that... I'm going to guess none of them are super portable (no hardshell carry case etc).

Hope this helps more than it gives you more questions! biggrin.gif
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Thanks Crazy9000 & AAJoe!

I was actually looking at the Superlux HD668B's. I decided on a semi-open headset and these seem to fit the bill. I did hear they are a bit uncomfortable but I also found some modifications I can do to them to help alleviate that problem.

I am curious as to how bad an open back set like the Sennheiser HD 598's would sound if someone were sitting just a few feet away from me at another desk?

My wife and I game side by side and I don't want her being pissed at me.
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post #5 of 8
Well open back is basically like not wearing headphones at all as far as blocking out her noise. As far as her hearing you, you can certainly hear it if you are sitting next to each other, but if she is also wearing headphones it won't be loud enough to bother her.
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So if I went with a semi-open design do you think it would be more tolerable?
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No promises, but probably...
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I think I'll go with the Superlux HD668B's then!

Happy wife happy life!

Can't wait to order my ModMic too and pair them up!
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