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Hi there,
I currently use a X41 and I am very unsatisfied, I will be selling it to a friend so I will get $200 USD from that.
I don't care about 5.1/wireless and all that useless crap.

it has to be:
3.5mm (absolutely no usb)
Great for Movies
Great for Music
Great for Gaming (have to hear footsteps etc.)
Have audio volume controls on it
Comfortable
Full size
Wired (I HATE WIRELESS!!!1111)
Cannot have fixed mic if it has one (I will be going outside with it)

Amps/soundcards:
good idea? ok with my budget?
only amp i know is the astro mixamp and its TERRIBLE
Asus Xonar?

Open or closed back?
i don't care about noise leak, which is better for music? which is better for gaming?

What controls are there on the zalman clip on mic?
is it good?
will it work with XBOX?
will it work with PS3?
Any other audio mixer/mics out there?
how does it connect and work?

I'm looking at:
Sennheiser: 515, 518, 555, 558, 595, 598
AKG: K Series
Grado: Don't know, heard they are good
Beyerdynamic: Don't know, heard they are good
Audio Technica: Don't know, heard they are good
Steelseries: Don't know, heard they are good
Razer: Carcharias (please not the orca, i hate the in-your-face green)

Stay away from:
Tritton, Astro, Turtle Beach, PC 350/PC 360 (I hate doing mods)
Edited by somebodysb2 - 3/5/11 at 1:41am
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Headfi can help you. http://www.head-fi.org/
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post #3 of 48
You need to give us more information..like is this for gaming, music, all around..what's your price range (200 I suppose?)

Do looks matter to you, cuz some of the best cans can look ugly.

Do they need to be portable since you're going outside?

You most likely won't need an amp unless you get higher end headphones with higher ohms.

What's the ratio of gaming/music?

All of these questions need to be answered before we can help you.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Simca;12619353 
You need to give us more information..like is this for gaming, music, all around..what's your price range (200 I suppose?)

Do looks matter to you, cuz some of the best cans can look ugly.

Do they need to be portable since you're going outside?

You most likely won't need an amp unless you get higher end headphones with higher ohms.

What's the ratio of gaming/music?

All of these questions need to be answered before we can help you.

looks= not really, as long as its not purple like the ad700....
not really portable, full size (about 595 size is fine)
might not wanna amp but is xonar stx good?
i game pretty competitively, i would say 60% game 40% music
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post #5 of 48
Buy a Titanium HD for your sound card.

I hear you can make 595s from 555s by modding them. I'm not a huge Sennheiser fan until you break the 200 dollar mark though.

You'd probably be happy with 555's then if you'd be willing to mod them.

These are really more for gaming than music though. I suppose if it's really 60-40..I'd look into Shure 840s.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Simca;12621417 
Buy a Titanium HD for your sound card.

I hear you can make 595s from 555s by modding them. I'm not a huge Sennheiser fan until you break the 200 dollar mark though.

You'd probably be happy with 555's then if you'd be willing to mod them.

These are really more for gaming than music though. I suppose if it's really 60-40..I'd look into Shure 840s.

i hate modding......
Shure 840 vs Grade s60 vs AD700/A700?
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Those are all completely different headphones.

I would get the SR80is over the 60s, I would get the AD700s over any other gaming headphones. And I would get the Shure 840s if you're really 50/50 between music and gaming.

If you hate modding, you could just buy the 595s...or 558s.
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Originally Posted by Simca;12621906 
Those are all completely different headphones.

I would get the SR80is over the 60s, I would get the AD700s over any other gaming headphones. And I would get the Shure 840s if you're really 50/50 between music and gaming.

If you hate modding, you could just buy the 595s...or 558s.

which ones have great soundstage and dont require amping?
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AD700s. Unmatched for like 3 times their value.
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post #10 of 48
I think in most cases people will recommend the AD700s with a Titanium HD soundcard if you want that extra mile.
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