Dec 16, 2017

What's a good upgrade to my Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro?

This is my first post here Hello everyone! I have a Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 ohmsHeadphones and I mainly use it for gaming (I have an external mic so I don't need a headset) the thing is I'm only using a Fiio E10k DAC/Amp to drive this and a friend of mine told me that I'm not even getting the full potential of the headphones because it's 250 ohms. I figured I should probably get another pair since I've used this for 2 years now (I had zero complaints with the e10k but possibly I want a better experience) and it's getting worn out now
I'm looking into the Massdrop x AKG K7XX and the Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX. both are the same price and I'm not really in a rush. I'm thinking of ordering one of these today but if you guys have a better alternative I'm open. preferably 200USD budget can go over a little bit if it's worth it. I mainly use it for gaming and the occasional music listening ( I like Jazz and Hiphop/R&B) TIA
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There is no direct proportionality between headphone impedance and requiring a high end amp to reach their full potential, pretending to "know" otherwise means your friend has no idea what he's talking about. They're fine on an E10k (although I've switched to a different DAC/AMP since). And they're certainly not getting "worn out," since there are DT990s that have been in use for multiple decades without an issue (they've been manufactured since the 80's.) If the velour pads are getting dirty and grimy, take them off and wash them in lukewarm water with a mild laundry detergent. If the cable gets worn out after a decade or so, grab a soldering iron and fix it.
The HD6XX kind of suck for gaming due to their lack of good Imaging. I would either recommend the K7XX or the HE4XX for gaming/music. BTW you can find the AKG K712 Pro for the same exact price as the K7XX. Are we talking FPS games?
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all types of games tbh. I play CS:GO, PUBG, Dota 2, Overwatch, Starcraft II etc. and almost all triple A titles that comes out
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I will start with what I think what attributes good HiFi "gaming" cans should have. A lack of hard bass, soundstage, imaging, detail, and good separation. The K7XX are great cans for gaming. Their soundstage, imaging, detail, and separation are really good. It's just I feel that the HE4XX have better imaging, detail, separation expect the K7XX have better soundstage. Plus the HE4XX have a pretty good low end extension which isn't over powering at all. I would say imaging is more important than soundstage for gaming, but soundstage and imaging should be a married characteristic when describing sound. Having decent to good soundstage with crappy imaging is like having a good idea with bad implementation. Not saying they K7XX have bad imaging. I think a good example of this would be the HD6XX, they have decent soundstage with crappy imaging, and it's why they're no good for gaming. As someone who one the DT 990 250 LE I think the bass hits too hard and the highs are too harsh for my tastes. Both the AKG K712 Pro and the HE4XX would be an upgrade.
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