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I currently have a Xonar D1 and the JVC HARX-700 headphones. I have around $115 dollars to spend, and I was wondering what I could do to improve my set up. My spread is probably something like 61% gaming, 39% music. The music I listen to is varied, but mostly rock, folk, and some electronic/electro-house. I want to get some good gaming headphones, but I also want some cans that will perform better in general music (if possible); that is, I don't want to sacrifice music quality just for gaming, very much.

Open back vs closed back doesn't really matter for me. Nor does portability, or appearance.

TL;DR: What's better than my RX700's? If the new set of headphones requires an amp, that's fine.
Edited by Conley - 1/15/11 at 10:59am
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The trouble with finding cans that are better than the 700's is that the upgrade in sound is usually never worth the price that you drop on the new headphones. I'm in the same dilemma and I can't find anything suitable. Try the Senn 555's (with mods) or 595's. Make sure you hear them before you buy.
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I agree with the above post. After you spend the $40 or so for the RX700, you realize how good the RX700 really is for the price once you try out some more expensive closed headphones. You really do have to go with an open headphone afterward to obtain the type of sound that is actually different enough to say your money was well spent. You should listen to what you're going to buy before buying though, to make sure you'll like what you're getting.
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Agreed. If you are use to closed cans, going to open can be somewhat of a shock where lows are concerned. There are also plenty of open and closed cans that are fantastic and dont need an amp. Some within your budget, some a little more. But before you go and just buy some, go and try some out to get the feel for them. I go to Guitar Center which has a national chain, and Audio Light & Music locally. Any good music center should have some professional and audiophile quality headphones, plus the necessary equipment, to test them on.
For open cans you should look at the ATH AD700, or closed A700. Both are pretty much within your budget. The Senn HD558 (newer version of the 555) are nice too, but do benefit some with an amp. Bang for your dollar is the Grado SR60. They are a bit smaller, on ear cans, but sound great. There are plenty others that you may like. If you want to save up some more cash, the DT770 Pro80s are superb. I just picked up a pair and use them mainly for music. You can find them for around $200. Again before you go out and drop a Cnote or more for some cans, test some out so you know what you are getting.
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Okay, so how high would I have to raise my budget to get something that blows the RX-700 out of the water? I was interested in the DT770's, now that they're mentioned.

Anything for around $250? Maybe the DT770's and the Fiio E5 amp?

RallyMaster: If I could find the HA-DX3 for sale, would you recommend it?
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Okay, so how high would I have to raise my budget to get something that blows the RX-700 out of the water? I was interested in the DT770's, now that they're mentioned.

Anything for around $250? Maybe the DT770's and the Fiio E5 amp?

RallyMaster: If I could find the HA-DX3 for sale, would you recommend it?
The HA-DX3 is hard to drive, has piercing treble, and requires EQing for me. It is a quick headphone that is much more detailed than the HA-RX700 but really requires a strong headphone output or an amplifier. If you don't give the DX3 enough juice, it sounds extremely sloppy and is fatiguing. Once you give it the power it needs, it adds "layers" to the music that the RX700 and RX900 can't do. Out of all my headphones right now (HD595, heavily modded RX700 and RX900), it is probably my most used one simply because it can muster the details of the HD595 while having detailed, enjoyable bass that is better than both the RXs (once again, with EQing).
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