Great Open Headphones (Help)

TheValhallaValkyrie

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Hey! I recently decided to upgrade my audio setup since I'm getting a new PC. My budget is around $800 give or take a little. My preference in headphones usually consists of something with great mids and treble with the vocals feeling "upfront" as well as good bass. Another important factor is the sound stage which I prefer large so it doesn't feel right up in your ear. The main use of these headphones would be for gaming. Anything anyone can recommend? Thanks!
 

ssddx

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would you say your onboard audio quality (the dac) is good? or would you be interested in an external dac such as using the modi+magni stack (or o2+odac, similar)

it would be worth looking at the hd600, hd650, he-400i for good middle priced options or the dt880, dt990, k7xx for lower priced options.

i recommend reading some user reviews
http://www.head-fi.org/products/sennheiser-hd-600
http://www.head-fi.org/products/sennheiser-hd-650-headphones
http://www.head-fi.org/products/hifiman-he-400i
http://www.head-fi.org/products/beyerdynamic-dt-880-pro-250-ohm-semi-open-reference-headphone
http://www.head-fi.org/products/beyerdynamic-dt-990-pro-headphones
http://www.head-fi.org/products/akg-k7xx

on a budget if you want soundstage, bass and bright treble the dt990 has it. they can be a little bright so you might want to eq them down. the 880 is more neutral with less of a v-shape and less treble/bass spike than the 990 has. i dont know much about the new k7xx but from what i've read its a bit bassier and easier to drive than some other akg cans so it may be suitable for you.

the hd600/hd650 is a natural upgrade from the hd598 series with a good soundstage and is more laid back and easy listening than some other headphones. the he400i planar is good all around but does not have a huge soundstage.

there are of course other options, perhaps some of the others could make a few other recommendations.
 

ssddx

Glorious
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you will want to note what kind of equipment you are using and if a suitable amp/dac/soundcard needs to be in the budget. also you should mention if you are recording (youtube streaming, etc) and if you're using an audio interface or similar. country of origin (guessing usa) should also be specified. if you want/need virtual surround please list that as well.
 

TheValhallaValkyrie

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Hello! I was interested in purchasing a schiit magni or even a schiit lyr 2 for the amp. As far as streaming, I do plan on doing that in the future but not for quite a while. My country is USA. I actually had plenty of "Gaming" headsets that boasted virtual surround sound and I never really enjoy it.
 

ssddx

Glorious
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would you say your onboard audio quality (the dac) is good? or would you be interested in an external dac such as using the modi+magni stack (or o2+odac, similar)

it would be worth looking at the hd600, hd650, he-400i for good middle priced options or the dt880, dt990, k7xx for lower priced options.

i recommend reading some user reviews
http://www.head-fi.org/products/sennheiser-hd-600
http://www.head-fi.org/products/sennheiser-hd-650-headphones
http://www.head-fi.org/products/hifiman-he-400i
http://www.head-fi.org/products/beyerdynamic-dt-880-pro-250-ohm-semi-open-reference-headphone
http://www.head-fi.org/products/beyerdynamic-dt-990-pro-headphones
http://www.head-fi.org/products/akg-k7xx

on a budget if you want soundstage, bass and bright treble the dt990 has it. they can be a little bright so you might want to eq them down. the 880 is more neutral with less of a v-shape and less treble/bass spike than the 990 has. i dont know much about the new k7xx but from what i've read its a bit bassier and easier to drive than some other akg cans so it may be suitable for you.

the hd600/hd650 is a natural upgrade from the hd598 series with a good soundstage and is more laid back and easy listening than some other headphones. the he400i planar is good all around but does not have a huge soundstage.

there are of course other options, perhaps some of the others could make a few other recommendations.
 

TheValhallaValkyrie

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I've looked into Sennheiser and Hifiman before and was interested. From what I've read in many reviews for different Hifiman headphones I've heard the HE-560 has the best soundstage but I'm not sure if it meets what I'm looking for in other aspects. I've also noticed that some He-500's goes for almost the same price as the 400i and in that case does 500 offer anything more than the 400i? The Sennheiser 650 does go for a decent price for reference headphones although some say it lacks in mids. My mother board is an Asus Sabertooth Mark 1 if that helps tell you about my on board audio. I know I may have to compromise on somethings but I'm just trying to get the closest i can to what headphones I'm looking for.
 

ssddx

Glorious
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i believe the he-400i has more bass presence than the he-500 while the he-500 is more neutral and less colored sounding. not too familiar with the 560. which you like best depends on what you're looking for in a can and how much you want to spend.

as for how headphones sound, again, it depends on what you are looking for. some are very forward with mids and treble but lack bass, some are fairly neutral throughout, some are v-shaped with subdued mids but forward bass and treble, some push mids forward and subdue treble and bass while others still are more focused on mids and bass. everyone has their own idea of what sounds best although flat or neutral headphones are often a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none so get beat out in trebles, mids or highs by headphones which specialize in that kind of sound.

there is no perfect headphone which is great for every type of music, game or sound.

it looks like the audio onboard your motherboard has is fair. better than some but not the best found on motherboards. its likely usable as the dac portion although it would be a lie if i said an external dac or soundcard wouldnt be an improvement upon that.

 

TheValhallaValkyrie

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Thanks so much for the help! I think I got a general idea and have narrowed my choices down to a few select headphones between Sennheiser and Hifiman. :)
 

RazerZ

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Have you checked to see if there are any hifi stores near you? Sometimes the Magnolia section in Best Buy carries a variety of hifi headphones. The one near me has a few Sennheisers including the HD 650. They are the opposite of what you have heard, they do not lack mids and are actually midcentric.

If you are spending this amount of cash on a pair of headphones I would try to demo them or at least buy from a place with a good return policy.
 
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