Showing 1 of 30 conversations about:
MXRC
242
Jul 27, 2017
bookmark_border
Gaming Headphone vs 'Normal' Heaphone comparison is difficult to do since they're made for almost entirely difference purposes. This comparison is furthermore troubled by posting it in an audiophile forum where 'Normal' consumer headphones are mostly never part of the conversation. That said, I'm going to continue this with the assumption that by 'Normal' you mean high-end.
If all you're doing is gaming, then gaming headphones are quite good. They serve the purpose of outputting sound with an emphasis on three dimensional imaging with assistance from some form of software or hardware digital signal processing (DSP). DSP is what gives you your perceivable, but ultimately fake 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. As far as the ability to accurately image and resolve sound, gaming headphones leave a lot to be desired for the most part but it seems some gaming manufacturers are starting to take this into consideration.
Once your concern moves towards having a more universal set of headphones that are good for gaming and also good for critical music listening, the clear choice is what you would call 'Normal' headphones. There's a problem though. There are a ton of normal headphones that are not worth the money and are mostly gimmicky. That lot of gimmicky, crappy headphones is narrowed down to mostly good ones, once you move closer to audiophile class headphones. (This isn't to say that there are no gimmicks and lies in the audiophile world, but for the most part, the price is justified by the technology and the construction of higher-end headphones)
So yes. I would agree normal headphones are better, but which normal ones would you buy?
At the very bottom of the threshold, I would recommend the Koss Porta Pro. They don't look like much, they don't const much either, but they perform well and come with a built-in microphone. I would akin their sound to Beats headphones with a lot of improvements in the clarity of the highs, the presentation of its sound stage, and its bass response. They're super light which is great for gaming, and the microphone is clear as day. (The sound can get stuffy sometimes. It's the only negative and the main factor to comparing them to Beats headphones since those are muffled, muddy, and stuffy ALWAYS)
For a little bit more money, you can grab a pair of Fostex T40RP mk3 . These are great for gaming and sound awesome too. No mic, but that's easily fixed with a set of SONY ECM-CS3 or V-Moda Boom mic.
My favorite gaming headphones are the Philips Fidelio X2. To be honest, I have pairs of headphones that are sub $3k, but I always go back to my X2 headphones since they sound so great for all listening situations including gaming. I consider these my universal headphones and use them a lot for gaming and movies. I pair it with V-Moda Boom Mic. <-- This would be my ultimate recommendation.
Save a little bit more money and get these. Trust, fam. https://www.amazon.com/Philips-X2-27-Fidelio-Headphones/dp/B00O2Y2MZG
Jul 27, 2017
View Full Discussion
Related Posts
heyf
whlaw
life
Apr 19, 2021
Questions
Camel
how to remove the earpad that came with the Drop + Sennheiser PC38X
how use the Drop + Sennheiser PC38X ear pads replacement
Apr 16, 2021
Questions
CanaryBurgundy
Headphone amp with 80 ohm beyerdynamic headphones
I ordered my first pair of audiophile headphones, the beyerdynamic 990 80 ohm version because the nice man at audio46 said it wouldn’t need a headphone amp. My Q is although it wouldn’t need it, would adding a headphone amp to my iPhone make the 80 ohm sound better? Or is it strictly for the 250 ohms that they have to use a headphone amp . I mostly listen to hip hop and r&b music >
Apr 13, 2021
Questions
1234ygu
Does drop ship outside of us?
I live in europe and im new here
Apr 10, 2021
Questions
david_wood
Pc38 mic issue on pc
So I bought the pc38s which sound amazing compared to all I have used prior, but no matter what I try, I can not get the mic working on my pc! It works fine when plugged into a controller for console, but simply wont on the pc. I own msi ge75 raider, it has two ports, one for headset, one for the mic! The cords that come with the headset are split into two, each is the 3 pin I think (TRS)... Maybe the port on the computer requires 4 pin or what else can I try? Thank you in advance!
Apr 9, 2021
Questions
Syxxspeed
Best DAC to pair with Sennheiser HD6XX and Drop + THX AAA 789 Amp?
I just put in my order the other day for the HD6XX and Drop THX 789. I am not sure what DAC I should pair with them. I have read a bunch of the posts here and got some ideas but I still can't decide. Right now I was thinking of waiting for the Drop + Grace Balanced DAC or the SMSL SU-8 to drop again or even grabbing one of them off of Amazon. Would either of those be a good pairing or is there something better I should be getting? The only thing I don't like about the SU-8 is that it is silver. The SU-9 comes in black but it's more expensive. My only requirement is that I want it to be balanced. I would prefer something in the $200-300 range but would be willing to spend more if it's absolutely worth it and going to be a noticeable difference. Thanks!
Apr 8, 2021
Questions
Trending Posts in Audiophile
RayF
Hello handsome! Yes, I'm talking to you, you big black, nondescript, cylindrical-looking bundle of coils and magnets! I have to say, for a guy who looks like a can of Darth Vader brand coffee, you...
Apr 19, 2021
heyf
whlaw
life
Apr 19, 2021
Questions
RustyCole
Douk Audio?
Has anyone had any experience with Douk Audio preamp/headphone amps? I have a variety of headphones that I use, from multi-driver IEM to closed and open back dynamic, including a few sets from Drop. But I recently picked up a pair of planar magnetic from Andover Audio and while they play reasonably well even with just my phone's audio output, I'd like to get a decent entry level amp for some extra oomph. I found a preamp/headphone amp from Douk Audio that seems to fit generally what I'm looking for, their P1; but I wasn't familiar with the brand and wanted to get some feedback if anyone had any experience with this brand or model.
Apr 17, 2021
General
Camel
how to remove the earpad that came with the Drop + Sennheiser PC38X
how use the Drop + Sennheiser PC38X ear pads replacement
Apr 16, 2021
Questions
BeVar
A Brief History of My Life So-Far...
ABOUT ME I am a retired electrical/mechanical engineer. US Coast Guard graduate. Sailed the high seas as Merchant Marine for 13 years. Briefly worked with NASA for 5.5 years in Florida. I left to start my own Hi-Tech Computer company. My company did anything and everything with computers and computer systems. We were especially known for our Graphics and Gaming computers we built. We built to order Bespoke systems. We were very proud of our workmanship. My company was in operation for almost 27 years. I still build for myself and my family members. I am 74 years old now. Audio Visual has been my lifelong hobby. I love reading Hard science fiction; an example would be the Author Brandon Q. Morris. I like listening to books also. I play few games however, I am addicted to Star Citizen. I do try other games like Alien Isolation, Elite Dangerous, and EVE Online. TOP POSTS & COMMENTS
Apr 14, 2021
General
BeVar
A Brief History of My Life So-Far...
I am Amazed I am still here at 74.
Apr 14, 2021
General
CanaryBurgundy
Headphone amp with 80 ohm beyerdynamic headphones
I ordered my first pair of audiophile headphones, the beyerdynamic 990 80 ohm version because the nice man at audio46 said it wouldn’t need a headphone amp. My Q is although it wouldn’t need it, would adding a headphone amp to my iPhone make the 80 ohm sound better? Or is it strictly for the 250 ohms that they have to use a headphone amp . I mostly listen to hip hop and r&b music >
Apr 13, 2021
Questions