Jul 12, 20162422 views

Looking for headphones for gaming

Like the title says im looking for a pair of headphones to use for gaming, I have a budget of 150 euro.
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Anything Sennheiser and open back. Even their closed backs, such as my HD598Cs with HM5 hybrid pads are about on par with my polyfil modded 558s. Get a bit more low end out of the closed backs, and nearly identical soundstage/imaging. I wouldn't put one above other since they're so close. I can't speak for the NEW 500 lineup but, 558, vocals front and center, acceptable soundstage. 598Cs before hybrid pads, slightly more narrowed soundstage, about identical imaging, after mod and wearing in the pads, the drivers are moved further away, scewing SOME clarity and Some bass but better soundstage than stock 558s. I drilled a 25-30mm hole in some M40Xs and adhered some passive radiators to the back that somehow did a decent job.

Pleasure gaming, V shaped frequency response, decent soundstage and imaging

Serious gaming with games that support a fantastic sound engine such as Battlefield, anything with good imaging. Soundstage matters not. Imaging will fill what void is missing from soundstage.

Music/gaming multi purpose, you'll either have to build a multi-tool, or fork out about $200. ModHouse audio maticulously engineered some adapters for Sennheiser 500 lineup. Believe me, we exchanged some emails in 2016.

ZReviews reviewed the whole new 500 lineup, you might want to check it out on YouTube.

Pleather pads, bass/warmth, narrowing sound

Velour, OPEN

Hybrid, funny mix. Add to give a little bump to depth and wideness without losing a lot of bass.
HiFiman 4XX Beats 6XX for gaming.
$50 more and you got yourself an HD6XX, but if that's the maximum budget, HD58x for $149.
Could wait for the HD 6xx to drop again
Get something non-sealed if you are gonna use it at home. Because imaging is better on those style of headphones over sealed ones.
I personally use the Audio Technica ATH-M40X with a ModMic 5. It cost me about 150 euros in total. Great mic quality and great audio for the price.
Just an FYI... the Sennheiser PC37X is like an HD 599, with a boom mic, for a crazy good price. These models have a touch more sub-bass than the HD 598, and while they aren’t trunk-rattling-bass-cannons, the PC37X is surprisingly fun for music as well as being great with spacial imaging (especially with surround processing). The $120 Massdrop price is frankly amazing, about half the price of the MSRP on the PC373D they are based on (main difference is the cable and colors).

The Astro A40 are... ok, but they’re half the headphone of the Sennheiser's. Both have soft pads, but the A40’s feel rougher, and the headset is heavier. The bass on the A40 is also much looser, and everything is less detailed and blurred in comparison. The matte plastic on the PC37X feels more premium, and the looks are more understated and mature. The only reason I might like the Astro bundle is for their decent Mixamp Pro, which uses an optical input (if your console still has that) to change Dolby Surround into Dolby Headphone, and make a surround sound that works with any stereo headphone... but you can also do that processing with a few other devices.

My first full-sized headphones were the Audio Technica AD700 (Purple Slayer!!), and they’re pretty much the opposite of the Astro A40. Great value for the dollar when I got them for $80 (good luck doing that now), amazing detail, crispness, soundstage and imaging, with a light touch on the tight bass. Yes, these headphones have bass, but it’s like an underfed bone-y bass, which does take away emphasis from non-tactical sounds but I’ve found it is entirely possible for a headphone to have good imaging and a balanced amount of bass. The AD700 was also easy to power and not require strong amps to present good positional depth. Ultimately, to use a gaming term, this is a min-max Headphone, which sacrificed a couple things to meet a very specific, colored result.

The Fostex T50RP mk III is a nice sounding headphone... but it also is the least efficient, hardest to drive Headphone I have ever used in my personal collection. the iPhone 6S has/had decent audio above most laptop and android phones (the recent LG phones could be the exception) and a stronger amp, but at max volume it was only just reaching my normal listening volumes... and some recordings were still too quiet. Meanwhile, the PC37X sounds great at 50% or one notch below.
consider that fact if you don’t have an amp yet and intend to connect straight to a motherboard or controller. The looks and comfort still apply here... if you’re going to enjoy any gaming marathons, that’s really important.

I also have an HD 800, HD 599, AKG K712 and K612, and honestly so many more headphones. The other option from that group that I could consider recommending is the K612, which was my main gaming and musicheadphone for years... but I am of the opinion that the PC37X is more comfortable, and a more complete package with the mic and detachable cable. I still have the K612, but I haven’t listened to it since, like... March this year? It still remains a great headphone, I just don’t reach for it.

My main headphone right now is the HD 800 (if you’ve got something like that, it’s hard not to keep coming back to it!), but the PC37X is still so easy and optimal for gaming that I usually game with that.
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Nice reply. Yeah I was referring to the pit where the jaw connects as to where it presses most. My shures have been out of warranty for I think a year officially. They work just need to buy a new frame and reinforce before use. Big head problems all around.
LordOttomBottom
Probably packed full of brains and good senses ;)
seinnheiser pc37x on MASSDROP. good sound quality and integrated flip up/flip down microphone.
BatmanBinSuparman
I own a pair
https://www.amazon.com/AKG-K550-Closed-Back-Reference-Headphones/dp/B005CNR7B0/ref=sr_1_25?s=mobile-apps&ie=UTF8&qid=1505800806&sr=8-25&keywords=akg+headphones

https://www.amazon.com/AKG-Pro-Audio-Reference-Headphone/dp/B00DCXZY1W/ref=sr_1_29?ie=UTF8&qid=1505800886&sr=8-29&keywords=akg+headphones

ModMic5 is a good microphone that you can attach to your headphones if you already have it.
Sennheiser HD 598
gabrewskie
I second this opinion, if you can manage to find them for that price. The sound quality is amazing, SUPER comfortable (I wear them literally all day, every day) and has excellent imaging (hearing where sound comes from).
gabrewskie
Like the HD 598? Me too! Would you be interested in a tasteful touch of added sub bass? Integrated mic? No twist-lock on the cable? PC37X, $120.
X00 are awesome for gaming I use them or my isine 20s when I game
with that budget ATH700x comes to mind. Purely for gaming, as it lacks good bass extension.
It's tough to recommend audiophile quality headphones at that price point. The only one that comes to mind is Fostex T50RP MKIII. These are great for gaming specially 3D location is important for your game. They produce a very accurate audio image, they are pretty easy to drive, and are also great for music. There are various boom mic attachments you can get for this headphone also if chat is important to your gaming.
MXRC
SomeRandomGamer The pads though are extremely thin, which can lead to fatigue if wearing them for long hours. They remind me of my ATH-M50's, at first I could barely stand to wear them for even reasonably short periods of time. Luckily those stretched out fast enough, because the clamping force was a big part of the equation, but when I got my DT770 Pros I realized what I was missing out on in ear pad land.

Check out ZReviews' review on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqm50k-PK30