Overwhelmed With Finding a Set of Headphones
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Hello, I am somewhat new to the world of audio, but have always cared about having good sounding music and media. I am looking for a set of open back headphones primarily for gaming (first person shooters) but also want to be able to listen to music. I listen to a lot of styles from metal to jazz; so I’m looking for a well rounded sound. I don’t listen to hip-hip or electronic music much, so bass isn’t a huge concern for me. I have an old amp/receiver (STR-DH100) and use the 1/4” headphone jack. The amp then plugs into my computer. So my question is...
  • What should I be looking at? I’m around the $200 price range but have wiggle room. I want a removable cable, open back, and comfort is important. I have ATH-m40’s and they kill my ears after long gaming seasons. So far the 6XX and 58X Jubilee look appealing. Also seen some people recommend the Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO Studio (but it lacks a removable cable) as well as the AKG 7XX.
Any input would be incredibly helpful. Thanks in advance!
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frostymoose
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Nov 20, 2019
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You don't have to spend a lot. Phillips SHP9500s (someone already mentioned them) are open-backed, have a removable wire, and are very comfortable. I wouldn't describe myself as an audiophile, but i've seen multiple "audiophiles" cite these headphones as one of the best bargains available. I don't think you should be looking at massdrop's headphone offerings at all, honestly. They seem more geared towards buyers who know what sound they are looking for, or people that want to sample every piece of audiogear in existence.
Nov 20, 2019
BA0701
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Nov 20, 2019
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While I am probably not the right person to provide a recommendation for your post. I wanted to wish you luck in your new endeavor. I can tell you, speaking for myself, the search for what I believe is the perfect sound, has been never ending. So, to you, I wish you good luck in your pursuit. Testing the waters is only the beginning, as I know so many others here can attest as well.
Nov 20, 2019
VRacer111
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Nov 16, 2019
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Since gaming is a major consideration but you also care about music... HD58X over the HD6XX and K7XX because how its able to image and give a precise 3D sound location over the other two. The K7XX are probably the least liked headphone by me - tried to like them but couldn't, replaced them with SHP9500s and gladly sold them off. The K7XX is simply one of the most flat, boring headphones I've ever heard along with being muffled sounding - can't understood why it is so liked. HD6XX is great for music, but falls behind the HD58X for gaming and is more dependant on a good amp.
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Nov 16, 2019
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Nov 19, 2019
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Thank you for your feedback! I’m leaning towards the 58X. Sounds like I’ll be able to enjoy without getting an amp; then add one to my setup later on.
Nov 19, 2019
Hexateuch
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Nov 12, 2019
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Gotta go with Sennheiser HD 6XX from Drop. Ticks all the boxes and has incredible sound and comfort for the price.
Nov 12, 2019
Hexateuch
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Nov 12, 2019
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Literally did not realize this was on Drop (saw this through a Google suggestion), but it's not a shill if they're this good
Nov 12, 2019
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Nov 19, 2019
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Thanks for your comment! The 6XX has looked appealing but I’ve been slightly turned off as most people say I’ll need an amp to pair with it. I’m trying to keep my initial costs on the low side with some room for improvement as I delve into this audio world.
Nov 19, 2019
pslayer1
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Nov 11, 2019
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The Audio Technica ATHAD1000X would satisfy the gaming and music piece but not the detachable wire piece. Unfortunately, in your price range, I don't think there are too many options that hit all your needs at once. Good luck.
Nov 11, 2019
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Nov 19, 2019
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Interesting. What would you say I am giving up by going with the 58X Jubilee? Seems like these work fine without an amp, has good imaging, detachable wire, and sounds great for music.
Nov 19, 2019
pslayer1
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Nov 19, 2019
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Cool man, if the 58X is giving you all you want and without an amp, great.
Nov 19, 2019
postwarscars
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Nov 11, 2019
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For gaming the AKG K7XX are really good headphones due to their wide presentation and mid-range presence. They are also easier to drive than both the 58X and 6XX, which is a plus. Really the bass is respectable on them, but possibly not as good as the 6XX (I cannot comment on the 58X). Frankly all 3 of those options are great headphones, but I'd imagine you'd want to have a decent headphone amplifier if you used the 6XX, which increases your budget. Keep in mind gaming mixes vary in quality drastically, too, so sometimes it doesn't matter how good your headphones are, the sounds are still going to be mushy and congested.
Nov 11, 2019
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Nov 19, 2019
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I really appreciate the information. I don’t think my ears are smart enough for the level of distinction I see on here. Discussion of frequency ranges and “bright vs warm” sounds go over my head. My best description is that my ATH-M40s just sound boring to me. Nothing very exciting while listing to music. While I wouldn’t say they sound bad, I’ve never been impressed. So with that, I think a modest investment in the 58X will suffice and leave room for improvement (DAC and AMP) in the future.
Nov 19, 2019
ElectronicVices
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Nov 19, 2019
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I think you've settled on a good entry into this hobby. The rabbit hole goes as deep as you have interest, don't let the hype on new products carry you down the path of upgrading too much at one time. Changing one piece of the signal chain and spending a good amount of time with it before changing anything else is my personal mantra. I've seen people burning money on chasing the "audio dragon" with rapid fire upgrade grades, that rarely ends well.
Nov 19, 2019