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post #11 of 18
Ok I'd like to that this time to explain some things so you can figure out what you want rather than just take people's word for it

Warning: Wall of text incoming!

1) Headphones use two (2) drivers, meaning the most they can naturally transmit is Stereo. Anything that claims 5.1 or 7.1 or that other garbage is emulated, it will sound like crap.

2) Further on the 5.1/7.1 stuff, X.Y should be seen as this, X is the number of full range drivers (20Hz-20KHz~), Y is the number of sub woofers. So you can see that buying cans gives you just a "2" setup if you will. This is not bad because all cans use full range drivers.

3) In terms of Stereo specifically, Stereo doesn't just mean 2 channels, it means using 2 channels to create surround sound. Being that 99.9% of Music, Movies, and Games are encoded in Stereo why would you want to force it to sound like it isn't? Think of listening to Stereo through 5.1 emulation like having collection of DVDs and then buying a bluray player, and HDTV, it doesn't look better, it just looks bigger. Same basic idea of emulating more channels than you have.

4) When multiple people mention a name you've never heard of, its probably a lot better than what you're probably thinking of buying. Some good brands to look out for include: Sennhieser, Grado, Beyer Dynamic, Audio Technica, Klipsch, Denon, and a few others. Just google any of those names and you'll see these are all companies who have been around for the better half of last century.

5) This is probably going to sound strange, but when buying headphones you want the absolute least amount of gimmicks to come with your cans. That means no wireless, no microphone, no software, no usb jack, no nothing that isn't a frame, driver, and cord. What a company saying to you when you see things like sound enhancing software is "Hey our headphones are unable to perform on their own so here's something to mask the faults"

6) Lastly, you need to know this one fact about Audiophiles and general listeners, most of us have a favorite brand, be it Grado for myself, or Sennhieser for another, know that if you're buying one of the companies I mentioned above you're getting Supreme Sound Quality for what you're paying, I promise you that.

Here's a general blacklist of brands never to even spit at:
Skull Candy (I shouldn't have to explain why)
Bose
JVC
Beats (or just Monster)
Any "gaming" company (Logitech, Razer, SteelSeries, TurtleBeach etc.)

I've forgotten a few, but please be sure and post in advance before you buy what you're eyeing, I don't want another poor set of ears to fall victim to poor sound quality.

Now I'd like to explain something you get when you go with one of the Ultra-High end brands, you get this great thing called soundstage. Soundstage is exactly what its name imply, its what determines the positioning of different frequencies in an imaginary 3D space around your head. Each company has its own way of portraying the soundstage, none necessarily better than the others, in fact its up to the user to choose what they like most. A few good examples are Grado makes you feel as if you're surrounded by the music on all sides, Sennhiser makes you feel like you're in front of the music, Klipsch makes you feel like you're listening to basses behind you and everything else in front (similar to Grado's sound stage).

There's so much more, but I feel like I've given enough information to persuade you into looking to the greener side of audio. Good luck with your purchase.

By the way, I've heard most everything from many companies, so if you'd like my personal opinion on what you should buy let me know.
post #12 of 18
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I own these still. Only benefit: you can use them on 360/PS3 as well as PC.

Otherwise the 595's trump them in sound quality.
I got the adapter so i can use the mic/headset with my cell phone....
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Grado sr125

cnet review
Edited by hajile - 1/19/11 at 11:50am
post #14 of 18
As you are asking for a headset, I'd say a sennheiser PC350. Bass might be a bit lacking, but after a bit of usage, it turns into one hell of a headset.

I own one I love it
    
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Here's a general blacklist of brands never to even spit at:

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JVC

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what are you smoking.....
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Grado sr125

cnet review
Bad for gaming, bad for the person's need. CNET audio reviews (except for Steve Guttenburg's) are a joke tbh.

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As you are asking for a headset, I'd say a sennheiser PC350. Bass might be a bit lacking, but after a bit of usage, it turns into one hell of a headset.

I own one I love it
Overpriced glorified VOIP headset tbh.

Stop blind recommending people!
post #17 of 18
i would say either an ATH-M50 (bass heavy, but closed so no sound leakage) or, as others have mentioned, the ATH-AD 700, which is open (provides a better soundstage) but leaks audio.
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i have an old set of AKG 240 monitor, driving them with a hybrid tube/mosfet head amp due to the 600ohm requiring a lot of power to drive properly without distorting.
the sound stage on them is amazing, bass is ok not the best, they are great for the price if you can find them, they went EOL a few years ago, but you can pick up the k240 studio model for around a bill and they don't require an amp to drive they are 55ohm now.
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