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Poll Results: Which Headphones for AuzenTech Prelude Gaming?

 
  • 16% (6)
    ATH A500
  • 2% (1)
    Equation Audio RP-21
  • 2% (1)
    Sony MDR-V6
  • 44% (16)
    ATH A700
  • 33% (12)
    Other
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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
My card will be an AuzenTech Prelude. I don't currently plan on getting an amp. I want closed back, mainly for use in gaming, but will also be used for music and movies. I would like to keep it around $100 if possible. Comfort is a must! If they will pinch my ears, make my head sweat, give me a headache, etc after an hour or two, I don't want them. Also, if I go with the Sonys, I will probably be doing the velour pad upgrade that seems so popular. Remember, I want to avoid an amp if possible. Bass is pretty important to me.

Sorry for hammering this section recently... I'm just trying to learn as much as possible in an area I knew virtually nothing about a few days ago. If you want to suggest a different set, please do so and let me know why. Also, if you need any other info from me on my requirement, etc, I will be happy to oblige.

As always with my threads, mucho reps await!

Thank you =)
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post #2 of 20
Something from Sennheiser.
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post #3 of 20
HD555 good, or something from Grado, SR60 if you are on a budget.
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post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pasha View Post
HD555 good, or something from Grado, SR60 if you are on a budget.
HD555 is out because of the open back. Grado is out because I heard they aren't as good as ATH for gaming.
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post #5 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by dankoni View Post
My card will be an AuzenTech Prelude. I don't currently plan on getting an amp. I want closed back, mainly for use in gaming, but will also be used for music and movies. I would like to keep it around $100 if possible. Comfort is a must! If they will pinch my ears, make my head sweat, give me a headache, etc after an hour or two, I don't want them. Also, if I go with the Sonys, I will probably be doing the velour pad upgrade that seems so popular. Remember, I want to avoid an amp if possible. Bass is pretty important to me.

Sorry for hammering this section recently... I'm just trying to learn as much as possible in an area I knew virtually nothing about a few days ago. If you want to suggest a different set, please do so and let me know why. Also, if you need any other info from me on my requirement, etc, I will be happy to oblige.

As always with my threads, mucho reps await!

Thank you =)
The A700 is perfect choice for you (though it's slightly higher than $100). These cans are very comfortable and they don't clamp tightly whatsoever with the help of the 3D wings. The beauty of these things is that they don't require an amp to sound great (nor do they benefit as much as other cans from amping) and the bass is nice and tight even if it's not as booming as some more expensive headphones. They are made in Japan, so you know that the quality and attention to detail is there.

If you don't want to spend too much, then the A500 are a great alternative that's only slightly inferior to the A700 though you would't know unless you tried them both.
    
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post #6 of 20
Since you don't want open back (HD555's which is what I recommend) I would say that the best choice for you is the A700's.
post #7 of 20
or the A900s, but they're big bucks, although they're top of the closed headphone line for Audio Technica. But I haven't tried them myself.
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post #8 of 20
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or the A900s, but they're big bucks, although they're top of the closed headphone line for Audio Technica. But I haven't tried them myself.
There's actually closed headphones more top of the line from Audio-Technica; ATH-W1000 or ATH-W5000 anyone?

    
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post #9 of 20
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Currently leaning toward the A700s. How do they sound without an amp? How much difference does an amp honestly make for headphones? If my $120 headphones are going to be gimped by not having a $40 amp, I am open to getting one. Is it as bad as... say... having a Q6600 on stock cooling?

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post #10 of 20
well... i two sets of cans: sennheiser hd580's and hd600's. I almost crapped myself when i hear how much better they sounded with a decent headphone amp.
    
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