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Hey guys, i'm looking to get back into the world of headphones. Last set I had was the ad700's, and while I loved them for gaming, it did not sound very good for my taste in music. I listen mostly to dubstep, metal, rock, and trance.

So my question to you guys is, can both great gaming and music performance be achieved? And would it be affordable while also using my current setup(xonar dx)?
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Yes, what is your budget?

I'll give a list:
Beyerdynamic DT770/990
Denon D2000/5000/7000
Ultrasone PRO550/650/750/900 not sure about the HFI line but I suppose they're pretty good too.
Creative Aurvana Live!
Edited by canoners - 4/24/11 at 12:28pm
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Saw a pair of DT770 Pros on sale today for 105 dollars.
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post #4 of 22
dt770 dont have best sound stage good tho. open head phones are for sound stage , closed are for base, i love my dt770 250 omhs needs a good amp to push them tho, sounds great. BASS
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post #5 of 22
dt880 + tube amp heh
post #6 of 22
Ultrasone, based on personal experience, has a large sound stage and can deliver bass properly. Deep bass, not just the "popping" bass that most open headphones end up outputting.

What's your budget?
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post #7 of 22
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I'd like to say thanks so far to everyone who responded. Like I said in the OP though, i'm trying to find the best headphones that will work with my sound card, so they can't require an amp.

And as far as budget goes, I'd have to say no more than $200, and that's pushing it. I don't want to dump too much money into more audio equipment, so i'd like to keep the cost down as much as possible. Thanks guys!
Edited by Behemoth777 - 4/24/11 at 5:40pm
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post #8 of 22
do you have an audio place nearby where you can go demo some of the headsets we've mentioned?

I have used the DT880 250 ohm on my XONAR STX and they are fine but simca and others have opened up my eyes to the life of an audiophiliac and now am looking at amps and dacs....its not good haha
post #9 of 22
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I've been looking around at the recommendations and here is what i've found..

Beyerdynamic - Too expensive for a good pair, most need an amp
Denon - Too expensive
Ultrasone - Some fit the budget, but most i've read are very uncomfortable, especially for people with big heads, which I have one.
Creative Aurvana Live! - These headphones look good, but seem to be of cheap quality, plus not much of a bargain at the price I can find them for.

Are there any headphones out there for me? Or am I going to have to sacrifice my music so I can play games(this is what they are primarily for)?
Edited by Behemoth777 - 4/24/11 at 6:02pm
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post #10 of 22
look at the Sennheisers or some of the other Audio Technica headphones

[edit] didnt fully read one of the posts
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