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I am looking for a best of both world headphone. Gaming and music, mostly gaming and Vent. talking. My computer is a nook in the living room so the TV is near I don't want to hear the TV playing while I am gaming.

I have done searches and read quite a few threads on the two of the most popular choices so far.

Sen HD555 and the ATH-AD700. These wont do just because they are open headsets and I have read that you need a quite room to really enjoy them and the fact they lack bass.

I want a little bass. I am no bass head, but I would like to enjoy some bass associated with explosions etc...but I also want to hear foot steps, etc..

Music I listen to - Rock, Rap, and Dance/House.
Games I play - FPS (COD MW2, Black Ops, TF2) and MMO (Aion, RIFT, etc.)
My Budget - No more than $120.00

I saw someone recommend Audio-Technica ATH-M50... I read its great for music just not sure about gaming with FPS.

Please do not recommend me any Razor, Turtle Beach, logitech, etc..

Thank you in advance !
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post #2 of 31

You're right, you'll definitely want to stay away from open backs. They wont give you that bass you want, but they're also pretty annoying for use with games and vent, because everyone else around can hear it just as well as you. The M50's would definitely be a great choice, however you'll be lucky to find them for the $120 budget. They're 149.99 on Amazon right now.

The

would be another great choice for you. That link shows 149.99, however they're sold new from Amazon for $114.99. I think that the Q40's might have a little bit punchier bass but certainly not overpowering. Either would be a great choice.

EDIT: found that some people on headfi like the too. They say they're a little better for gaming rather than music, but i Can't comment myself. If you want to look into them a little more, go ahead, but the other two would be great for you also.
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post #3 of 31

The M50s imo would be a poor choice. They're meant for bass. Not for gaming. Open back headphones generally give you better gaming because of their sound stage. You'll be able to hear enemies footsteps around you etc.

That said, unfortunately, you're in an area where you're prone to other sound. This is bad for gaming, but you can get closed back headphones or half open headphones.

If you want half open headphones, you should probably get the JVC RX900s. They serve to give you better bass, while also having most of the advantages of open back headphones.

meticadpa swears his modded JVC RX700s are good for gaming. These are closed back headphones that when modded can deliver performance into the early 100s of dollars. For a very low price. I don't know about what meti says though, but he DOES have great experience with headphones and even owns AD700s..so..take that however you want it.

You really want to avoid ultra bassy headphones like M50s for gaming. Bass can actually destroy your experience in games. Yeah, you may think it's cool to hear bassy explosions, but it's really not (at least for most people) and all the benefits you're trying to get from gaming headphones will be lost.

I'm sure others will try and lean you towards Sennheiser, but I'm not a fan of anything of theirs that isn't expensive.



Edited by Simca - 2/17/11 at 2:36pm
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I hear amazing things about the JVC HA-RX900 and they are priced amazingly. I've just ordered these and some Dynamat to modify them. Should prove great!
    
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post #5 of 31
ATH-A700 is the closed version of AD700.

Equally good.
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ATH-WS70, very "fun" closed headphone.
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I have the M50's and I use them for gaming/music. They are absolutely fine for either. I had HD 555's before them and the M50's just blow them out of the water when it comes to those two categories. The bass is beautiful and I play A LOT of competitive BFBC2 with my clan and I can hear footsteps just fine.
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I would go with the M50s over the WS70. The WS70 squeezes your head uncomfortably and the M50S sounds better. Wider bass etc.

I still wouldn't game with the M50s because when explosions go off, the bass is overpowering and you tend to lose out on footsteps while the bass is blaring, but they're awesome for music.

You don't think the bass kills footsteps and other sounds when explosions and the like go off, H4rd5yl3?
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I would go with the M50s over the WS70. The WS70 squeezes your head uncomfortably and the M50S sounds better. Wider bass etc.
I would too but the M50 cost 2x as much as the WS70. Which is way over the OP's budget.

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My Budget - No more than $120.00
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Originally Posted by Simca View Post
I still wouldn't game with the M50s because when explosions go off, the bass is overpowering and you tend to lose out on footsteps while the bass is blaring, but they're awesome for music.
The reason why the M50 are bassy because they're AT's Studio/DJ line of headphones. Any Studio/DJ line headphones are always bassier than their Audiophile line counterparts.
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Thank you for all the replies! This is really great info rather than some of the threads I have read or seen with one line statements.

This will be my first head phone for gaming/music. I am so used to playing with just my speakers and sometimes my ear buds, but I now have to play with a head set. Maybe the bass that the ATH 700 and HD555 are plenty enough. I really don't know what to expect because this all from reading threads and some reviews. OCN members have yet to let me down so the suggestions really do matter.

+rep to everyone who replied. Thank you again!
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