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I know very little about headphones. I have a $200 budget and these seem good. Are these going to be good for everyday listening and gaming or should I look At a closed back?
I would mostly be using them at home but I'd want to do some travel as well. Damn. thanks for the help MeanDeener
Anytime dude! I have good experience with both and can tell you firsthand that open-backed headphones are useless in noisy areas, which is why I have a pair of closed back headphones specifically for daily walking around. Patience is key with this website, they've had plenty of awesome and well-priced headphones that would suit you perfectly like these:
That was the exact set I was looking at! The M50x reviews so well and is relitavely inexpensive. I'll hang on for that one or similar then. Thanks again.
I'd also look at the AT MSR7. I'd suggest them over the M50x if your budget allows (I've seen a price drop on the MSR7's recently too). Both Audio Technicas will be a bit sturdier than the HE-400 series and they aren't open back (small porting aside). They won't leak sound so you won't bother others. I have no problems throwing them in my bag without worry about damaging them or fitting in the bag (they are also smaller). Only con really is the headband can clamp pretty hard making it difficult to listen for long periods of time ... Bend it. It's metal so you can carefully flex it. If you even need to. It's not an issue for all people. I guess another con is the MSR7s are slightly sibilant by comparison to the HE-400 series (I only found a few songs to be too sibilant with the MSR7s and it was honestly the recording). The MSR7s are really accurate cans though. Very analytical. That would make them good for gaming too.
I own both the MSR7 and HE-400i. I don't know exactly how these 4xx will sound, but from the graphs and pads and reviews and impedance I assume similar to the 400i's. I would choose the Hifiman hands down over the Audio Technica. At home. They are much smoother. On the go, where I'll be around other people, I grab the MSR7s. On a plane where I'm shoving my carry on bag under a seat? Grabbing the MSR7s. Though really I'm keeping them on my head if I can, right? =)
All that said. I think $170 for planar magnetic Hifiman headphones is an incredible deal worth considering strongly. I have played games with the HE-400i's. Do I think they offer anything special for gaming? No. Not unless the game has an awesome soundtrack.
Thanks for that detailed response Tom.M.2 I'll do some more research into the MSR7s too.
Be aware: the MSR7s are bright and uncomfortable. Of course, these issues can be remedied with EQ and exchanged pads. I did it, myself, but ultimately decided to return my MSR7s and buy the more affordable M40x.
With either headphone, I recommend Brainwavz Sheepskin Leather Earpads - the flat ones (not angled).
I picked up some M50x from an Amazon sale a month or so ago for $120. They're great so far!