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I'm in with RX700s.
Got them yesterday so they're unmodded and not burnt in properly yet.
Just to be different, I thought I'd compare them to my brother's Bose QC3s which I've used for about two years and my friend's Sennheiser HD595s which I've tried about four or five times and once or twice in COD4/BO and Dirt2.

See the spoiler tags for my unsolicited opinion:

For gaming and soundstage stuff I'll leave the 595s out as I don't remember enough about that side of things to include them,
although I have a feeling they were better than the QC3s and probably the RX700s as well.


Out of the QC3s and the RX700 both have very good positional audio in games, I've never had trouble hearing people coming with the QC3s but I don't believe the soundstage is as good as the RX700s.
It doesn't impact on where I think the enemy player is but I think it sounds closer to me with the QC3s because they're on ear headphones so I'd give it to the RXs for sounding more realistic.


For playing music I'd give first to the 595s without a doubt in my head. Music sounds detailed and neutral on my friend's Xonar D1. (or DX)
They might be slightly lacking in bass but the QC3s seem to have a little too much so maybe I'm just unused to the way they sound.
Bass is clear and detailed, the QC3s may have more of it but it lacks the detail of the 595s.

Out of the other two I think I prefer the 700s, it's odd that I'd pick them over the QC3s but, as I said, there's more bass than I'd like in the bose pair and vocals sound artificial, too warm I think, compared to the 700s.

I'm not sure what it is, but the 700s don't sound as good as the 595s.
It could be in my head because I can't place it and if there's a difference it should be obvious enough for me to pick up on and describe but it definitely sounds a little worse to me and the 595s should be better so I'm guessing I'm just not experienced enough to describe it.
I wouldn't hold it against them though as they're a lot cheaper than the 595s.
I'm not a connoisseur so that's about as in depth as I can go in terms of music.

An area I haven't covered yet, and an area where the Bose headphones really excel, is travelling and listening to an iPod or phone, the other pairs seem lacking in bass when I listen to them on my phone but the QC3s don't lose a whole lot of quality compared to playing on the PC.
Their noise-cancelling ability is also very handy for plane journeys and the like and they won't annoy passengers like the 595s would with their open design.
The 700s are quite good at noise isolation, blocking outside noise from getting in and helping you to keep your music to yourself in public, if you ever actually take them outside.
Personally, I think both the 595s and the RX700s (especially) are a bit big to be wearing outside or in public so the bose earphones are good for that purpose.


So to summarise, my choices would be:

Music, HD595s>>RX700s>QC3s

Gaming, Rx700s>QC3s. [595s ignored but probably at least as good as RX700s, I remember them being far better than the QC3s in COD:BO]

Travel, QC3s>HD595s>RX700s

The RX700s seem like very good all-rounders and budget headphones but they're definitely not designed for travelling as they're pretty big, for £33 delivered I'm well impressed with them.
The only downside of buying them is now I've got to sell a graphics card and buy more audio equipment.
Knew it was gonna happen when I finally took the plunge.



P.S.: Could someone suggest a song to highlight the differences between the 595s and RX700s please? The guy with the 595s is away at the moment but I'd like to compare them side by side when he gets back as I've probably been pretty kind to the 700s in the above comparison.
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What is this burn in that I've seen mentioned a few times, & pink noise burn in?
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So get this, My noob younger bro goes out today randomly picked up a $100 Pioneer SE-MJ31 from BB that I never heard about.

I too have no say in audio equipments but been at overclock.net for long enough that for $100 it was a stupid buy. I tested the headphones but I have no reference to go by so its useless.

Basically I will borrow your knowledge and get the better bang for your buck headphones.

Budget is around 100 CAD

Ive been doing some research and it was giving me a headache so now I need some help to clear my head

Here are my picks (order in price low to high):

JVC RX700
Sennheiser HD 202 II
Sennheiser HD 428
Shure SRH440
Audio Technica ATH-M50

For any genre of music and will be either hooked up to PC with onboard soundcard Realtek ALC888 or iPod Touch and wont be used for gaming.

Thank you for your input in advance guys!
I can't speak for the other headphones, but my HD428 are lacking without some sort of amp. My laptop has no amp on the headphone out, and but my monitor does (hdmi audio from comp) and I notice a large difference of the intensity of the music. That being said I'm looking into buying the E7 DAC that pango recommended to elongate the lifespan of the 428s for me.

As to how I feel about the428s: Coming from crappy earbuds and over-the-ear koss/sony headphones, is was a HUGE jump in quality. I can "feel" the music so much more, the cans seem to impart a sort of warmth to what I'm listening too. Sometimes some of my electronic music goes outside of the bass "punch", but other than that the high are nice and crisp and the mids shine in music that needs them. I find myself hearing new things with much of my old music that I could not hear before. For $80, it was completely worth the jump, and they sound much better -to me- than bose or "beats" or other completely commercialized "hip" brands.
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Count me in I use a headset for gaming on PC and they are Plantronics GameCom 367.
    
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What? No audiophile cans?
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What? No audiophile cans?
Don't worry, he posted in this thread, it is inevitable he will upgrade soon.
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Count me in! i have a pair of AKG K242HD`s,dont have an amp tho.
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A 15 year old n00b here.
Did an AD300 review, using HD202 as a frame of reference.
Does this count as pr0f?
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God, the Sony XB700 are some nice cans...
I like the bass!
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God, the Sony XB700 are some nice cans...
I like the bass!
So pretty...

The ear cushions look RIDICULOUS though.
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