Which Headphones?

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by spaceman, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. VE2007

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    What do you think about these Edimensional Audio FX Pro 5.1 USB
    Headphones? Is it worth the upgrade I only play games

    http://www.bigbruin.com/2007/benheck_1

    I am thinking to purchase these, but I'm curious how you connect these because it only has a USB and my other old ones (Edimensional Audio FX )
    has usb and 2 more connections and with my Audio FX I use one of the other connections into my centre pod of my Logitech 680 5.1 speakers and
    I get sound but when I use the USB from my Audiofx I do not get any sound at all ?:confused:

    I am also waiting on my Auzentech Prelude 7,1 Sound Card
     
  2. [DFR]Random

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    Well a USB headset won't play ball with a $200 sound card, so nix that idea right away :D.

    I don't have personal experience with those headphones, but I'd be inclined to say nay to the purchase. There are some really good suggestions in the OP. If you can live without a headset and could just get a stand-alone mic, I'd personally suggest the Beyerdynamic DT 770/80s for gaming. Love mine. Do some research, and avoid all USB phones/headsets if you have the Prelude on the way. Just got mine in the other day and am loving it.
     
  3. VE2007

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    Thanks I will look into that?:)
     
  4. VE2007

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    I looked at a few, and came across these Sennheiser HD555 Headphones any good for gaming with the Auzentech Prelude 7.1
    card?
     
  5. [DFR]Random

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    I think they're quality headphones. Just remember that they're open as opposed to closed. In other words, they aren't as sound-cancelling. If it's typically quiet where you game (office, bedroom, etc.), I don't think that would be a problem.

    People will say that they're mainly music headphones, but I've seen people post plenty of pictures of their Senns next to their gaming pc heh. :D And at around $100, I think they're a pretty good deal. Spaceman really likes a few of the Koss headphones if you don't want to spend quite that much and he seems to like them a lot.
     
  6. VE2007

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    Do you mean that the headphones still let out sound but not what you hear when there on?
     
  7. SNYP40A1

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    I have Sennheiser HD555's and I definitely recommend them. Much more comfortable than my Senn HD465's.
     
  8. [DFR]Random

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    VE2007

    Think of open-phones as having a grill instead of a closed cup on your ears. You can hear what's going on around you and the phones will leak sound. Others will be able to hear what you're listening to.
     
  9. AdmiralFlameberg

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    open air headphones supposly have a bigger sound stage.I not a bass head so thats why i opted for open air headphones ,because i wanted to hear every thing while still getting good bass.
     
  10. VE2007

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    I am deciding between these three Sennheiser Hd555, Beyerdynamic DTX900 or SteelSeries SteelSound 5H v2 USB Headset with my Logitech 680 speakers and Auzentech prelude 7.1 sound card

    Any Suggestions would be great
     
  11. spaceman

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    None of them. Especially the steel USB which does not work with the soundcard.

    Strictly for gaming the Koss SB-40 is awesome. Talk about being designed for gamers! My COD4 team all uses them and we feel like we are cheating they pinpoint sound so well.

    If you want music + gaming and closed the AT A700 is a better headphone than any you have listed.

    http://www.audiocubes.com/product/Audio-Technica_ATH-A700_Art_Headphones.html
     
  12. VE2007

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    Yes they are strictly for gaming only.
    Plus is there any difference between them and wireless?
    Do they drop out?
    Is there a BIG difference in Open and closed ones?
    thanks
     
  13. spaceman

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    Wireless? Just say no. Closed has better bass impact than open but is hotter to wear due to less airflow.

    You can get the A700 (closed) or the AT700 (open) and be happy with either.

    Just remember that to get detail with a headphone, the bass suffers. The reason is that unless you have a really nice headphone, the bass tends to overwhelm the rest of the spectrum.

    The BEST idea is to just get the Koss SB-40 which I use and can afford much more expensive headphones for gaming. They are excellent and cheap.
     
  14. VE2007

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    Yes, I have been exploring more and I do like the A700.:)
    I can get it for AU$225
     
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    The problem is its very hard to get the Koss SB-40 in australia:(
     
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    If someone was to buy some really nice headphones and they wanted to use the Prelude soundcard's DACs, then could they do this with a headphone amp? What amps are recommended?
     
  17. spaceman

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    The AT A700 or AD700 both will work great out of the Prelude or X-Fi. They are designed to work out of soundcards or portable sources.

    If you are Aussie go for the Audio Technicas.
     
  18. ThR!LL

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    Is there any sound difference between the SB40s and SB45s?
     
  19. spaceman

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    no just color. one is silver and the other black. Do NOT get the 49s or whatever has the inline volume controls. Sound is bad on that model.
     
  20. VE2007

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    Thanks everyone, :D

    I have purchased the Audio Technica ATH-A700 Headphones
    and it is being shipped while I'm typing this, just can't wait till the Headphones arrive:D
     
  21. kinson

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    So how much of a difference is there between the SB-40 and the A700 for gaming. See I love music, I've been a musician for over 12 years, but I love gaming at the same time, and I would prefer best for both, but I hear music over amazing systems all the time, so gaming sound is slightly on the high end of desire.

    However, if the difference between the A700 and the SB-40's are very similar I'd probably stick with the A700, as it's a hellofalot cheaper than buying two headsets! Just wondering what you guys think. One way or another, if I get a set for just gaming, in a few months I'll have a set purely for music.

    Also, what set would you guys suggest for recording. I've got a small studio and right now I just use these old Sony MDR-7506's I believe for pure playback. They sound good but I know there are better. Interested in something for myself and my brother as he is trying to push his self as a studio recorder ;) lol gl I say.

    Thanks in advance!

    Oh, and is there a list/guide for amps out there? Wanna take a gander into that world. I don't have an amp for my pc and don't rip an amp out of a rack :p lol
     
  22. ourfpshero

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    the a700's and the sb40 are not in the same league (or universe). the a700 blows them away! audio technica cans are very balanced between highs and lows and great for gaming
     
  23. spaceman

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    Have you heard the SB40? It is not as good as the A700 for music no doubt. For gaming however, it is almost as good in most respects and certainly as good as almost any headphone at footsteps lol.

    So for gaming only the SB40 can be used by anyone with confidence that they are getting great threat indication and a pretty good overall sound.

    I like both headphones just want to clarify that the KOSS do not stink at all in any respect. For the $ Koss has the bang for the buck model.
     
  24. Rattle

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    whats better the A500's or A700's?
     
  25. kinson

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    Well, here is exactly what I want. I want some headphones for myself that are great for both gaming and music, and according to this thread, that is the a700's. Then I also (for christmas) am looking to get some damn good 'studio' style headphones for my brother for amazing music quality, but has some diversity if he should use them just for goofing on his laptop.

    So what would you suggest for 100% raw music playback and editing?

    Oh, and for the A700's, how do they sound without an amp, I have an x-fi fata1ity. Think I need an amp??? If so which one do you suggest??? If this can't be answered in this thread I'll happily make another :D
     
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    are the 555's as balanced for music and gaming as the a700's?
     
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    A700 is the best balance for UN amped music and games.

    If you do not need closed headphones, the AD700 is the open version which I prefer b/c it breathes and has a bit bigger sound stage.
     
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    i do not specifically need closed headphones, I was goign that direction because I thought it would be better for bass. Maybe I am incorrect, can you explain a little bit about the difference between the open and closed versions. Also would I benefit at all from an amp on this particular set?

    thanks for the info ;)
     
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    The AT 700 and 900 do not need an amp and do not really change much with one. They do improve when you upgrade your source however. The AT has great balance but lacks bass slam. The Koss shares this trait which is why they do so well for positioning. When you have bass it tends to muddy up the midrange a bit. In the 770 case this is extreme. So with the AT you will hear but not feel the bass notes as much. The RP-21 is the go between here. It has bass slam but not so much as to be overwhelming. It can also be cheaply modified to improve even more. The RP-21 is an excellent headphone that is easy to use as a portable too.

    Note that the AT line has better imaging and a larger sound stage than the RP-21 but not by a large margin.
     
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    thanks for all the info, now I am even more torn LOL
     
  31. VE2007

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    Got my Headphones today they are just brilliant in games and music
    I just love the ATH-A700 Headphones:D
     
  32. kinson

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    I haven't ordered mine yet... I'm still hesitant... Don't really have the money right now but I really want the headset :'(
     
  33. spaceman

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    The SB40? It is only $30 or so. Pretty darn good for that price. The mic is a really good one with a flexible, completely shape-able stick.
     
  34. ourfpshero

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    I must disagree
    i have an ath-ad500 and it has great bass. IF u turn up the bass options in the x-fi control panel- bass boost about 10db, 50hz cutoff, deep ' v ' eq setting. without the eq settings and such the bass seems so-so because of the very strong midrange. the ad700 has to be at least as good and most likely better. without the extra bass options on the x-fi these cans would not seem to have a big bass slam-but it is there!

    i like these so much i will get the ad700 or 900 soon

    one caveat- the ad series are very fragile- feels like eggshells and dents easily- stepping on these would destroy them!
     
  35. AdmiralFlameberg

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    can you see me a profile of that Deep V eq setting your using with those settings. or the settings for it.

    Thanks.
     
  36. ourfpshero

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    here's a pic of the settings

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  37. Rattle

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    dammit this is driving me nuts, i was sold on the rp21 from equation, then I went back to the 700 then i said fuck it i'll get the 900's but I just am not sure :( I was even considering the 500's
     
  38. strid3r

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    Are you sure you're not getting any clipping with those settings? That's some mighty ugly EQ'ing. :eek:
     
  39. ourfpshero

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    zero clipping-sounds great
    these settings are for the ath-ad500. for my senn hd525 the eq mid range is brought up and bass boost at 6db
    p.s. the volume slider normally isnt that high of course! half way up would be very loud on the audio technicas but my 150 ohm sennheisers can run cleanly at this high (still very loud). the x-fi is a 2 volt source-not much less than a lot of pocket amps (and i've tried a few and only gotten very minimal improvements)

    the point is that the x-fi puts out plenty of power to drive 'real' headphones with lower impedances and that the audio technicas do have major bass if u know the settings
     
  40. Gautama

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    Woah, that is some very hideous EQ if I do say so myself. And hello Ourfpshero.