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I have narrowed it down to 4 choices but am open to suggestions.
Not looking to spend more than 130$. I really like the soft felt around the ear phones. Preferably ones that don't leak much sound. I mostly plan on gaming and occasionally listening to music (Rock some rap). I would really like a good all around quality sound in all frequencies.

Denon DN-HP1000 124$

Audio Technica ATHM50 124$

Sennheiser HD555 85$

Audio Technica ATH-PRO700 105$
Edited by SirBash - 1/21/11 at 8:43pm
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SENNHEISERS! i love my 595's, they sound great and if you have a nice sound card to fully enjoy them it is that much better smile.gif

the sennheisers are open eared though, so you may not like them for that reason, the open ear design allows for better sound quality however. The only thing bad is that other people can hear you and the bass does not BOOM so much, but that is better for your ears anyways, you dont want tinitus like me, trust me.
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I have the ATH M50s. While they don't leak sound and are great for music, some people don't like the fact that they are closed and have a small soundstage (slightly detrimental to gaming. If you get it, make sure you burn them in for at least 10 hours.
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The 555s are cheaper soo hmmmm...
Would it be beneficial to buy an amp like this one?
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-Headphone-Amplifier-Micca-Cable/dp/B002V5M5E6/ref=acc_glance_e_ai_purchase_similarities_t_3"]Amazon.com: FiiO E5 Headphone Amplifier with Micca Y Cable: Electronics[/ame]
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I have the ATH M50s. While they don't leak sound and are great for music, some people don't like the fact that they are closed and have a small soundstage (slightly detrimental to gaming. If you get it, make sure you burn them in for at least 10 hours.

How do you burn them in?
Edited by SirBash - 1/21/11 at 8:39pm
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well you really dont need an amp as much as you need a good sound card, that will make more difference than any of the headphones will. Your headphones can only output the audio they are given, if the audio they are given is lower quality than they can produce, then there is no point in getting better headphones. How much are you looking to spend anyways?
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To burn in: Just plug them into your computer and play music at the volume you would listen to. Make sure you let them rest after several hours or else they might get damaged. This applies to any decent pair of headphones

If you plan on using it with the computer, just buy a cheap soundcard like the Asus Xonar DG. Amps won't be necessary for any of those headphones.
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well you really dont need an amp as much as you need a good sound card, that will make more difference than any of the headphones will. Your headphones can only output the audio they are given, if the audio they are given is lower quality than they can produce, then there is no point in getting better headphones. How much are you looking to spend anyways?

Around a 100
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To burn in: Just plug them into your computer and play music at the volume you would listen to. Make sure you let them rest after several hours or else they might get damaged. This applies to any decent pair of headphones

If you plan on using it with the computer, just buy a cheap soundcard like the Asus Xonar DG. Amps won't be necessary for any of those headphones.

Would I need an amp if I used them on my droid?
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I have these and love them, but any of the brands you listed in your first post are nice.

http://shop.steelseries.com/us/index.php/audio-us/steelseries-5h-v2.html
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i purchased AD700's and an e7 DAC/Amp (works like a sound card when plugged into PC, and as an amp when plugged into an mp3 player) and it is pretty much the perfect combo for gaming AND music, whether I am at home or on the go.
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well you really dont need an amp as much as you need a good sound card, that will make more difference than any of the headphones will. Your headphones can only output the audio they are given, if the audio they are given is lower quality than they can produce, then there is no point in getting better headphones. How much are you looking to spend anyways?

+1

I have that amp and use it with my Sennheiser HD201's. The headphones aren't the best by any means, but they do what I need them to do. When connected to my Xonar DS (again, not the best, but sufficient for my needs), the sound is somewhat tinny, but still better than on-board. When I use the amp, it rounds out the bass and gets rid of the tinny sound, but it doesn't actually make the headphones louder. Also note that turning the amp up any more than about halfway causes an annoying hiss.

With my notebook, the sound is worse when using the amp because it amplifies the crappy output from the on-board sound. The amp is supposed to help filter out the noise, but it just isn't beefy enough to clean up a poor input.
 
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