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jimbo_0002

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#1 9 years ago

Ok so a while back my headphones broke and now finally the shop i got them from has told me they don't have warranty anymore so time for a new pair.

I'm looking for a pair under $150 AUS, like them to hardly let any sound out, I want some with a good bass kick as i generally listen to Aus Hip Hop and Hardstyle/techno/dance stuff.

I would also like to use these for games and watching movies on the odd occasion

Headphones i have had a quick look at that look fairly decent

Sennheiser HD485

Sennheiser HD555

Beyerdynamic DTX800

AKG K518DJ

Any input on those brand/models would be appreciated and any other suggestions on a decent pair you have had or heard about would be great also.

Cheers!




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#2 9 years ago

Go for either of the sennheisers. I have a pair of HD280's. After 4 years of near daily use they are still good as new. Well worth the $60 US I spent on them.




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#3 9 years ago

Sennheisers. Fo' sho




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#4 9 years ago

Seconded for Sennheisers. Very high quality sound and durability. I've had a pair for the past year or so, and no problems what so ever.




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#5 9 years ago
Pethegreat;4987648Go for either of the sennheisers. I have a pair of HD280's. After 4 years of near daily use they are still good as new. Well worth the $60 US I spent on them.

I spent ~70 on mine. Ditto the above sentiment.

Although more research can't hurt.




*Daedalus

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#6 9 years ago

Sennheisers. I have the HD595s and they're excellent.




jimbo_0002

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#7 9 years ago

So i think I'm going to go with some Sennheisers most likely the HD555 and maybe get a $100 sound card or something




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#8 9 years ago

Bear in mind that the HD485 are HD555 are open-back headphones; if you've got it on anything other than low volume then people around you will know about it. Far better than using speakers at high volume mind you, but not exactly discrete either. Whack up the volume through my HD595s and you can hear it on the other side of my bedroom door (though saying that an equivalent volume through speakers would be audible at the bottom end of my garden).




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#9 9 years ago

Imagine it as if you were using a pair of headphones as speakers, and just leaving them on your desk. If you had them at their usual volume - for when they're on you - then took them off, that's what others would hear all the time when you're wearing the 555s.




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#10 9 years ago

I have the HD555s and they are not just open backed but designed to be very spatial sounding as well. They actually have a wedge on the speaker baffle designed to send some of the sound behind your ears. I bought them for all around use (movies, music, games) and there are some tradeoffs as with many things you buy for multipurpose use.

Before buying them I could only test them for music and movies. They're great for movies and give music an open vs studio sound, which some may not prefer. For the most part in games they work great, but there are times when their design causes me to confuse sounds of enemies in front of me as behind me and vise versa. This was first discovered when playing Far Cry on the Catacombs level. When inside the catacombs there were places where it was very hard to tell what direction the Trigens were coming from.

They're often very poor at positional audio in games, whereas headphones like the Razer Barracuda HP-1 coupled with their Barracuda AC-1 sound card are very good at it, even offering precise timing adjustment for each sound placement. However I'm using no sound processing whatsoever on my HD555s like some sound cards have for headphones, such as ESS and better yet, Razer's 5 direction ms timing scale.

The HD555s are very comfortable as far as the ear cups and headband, but depending on the shape and size of your ears, the wedge on the baffle can become annoying if it contacts your ear at all. I have average size ears with an average amount of protrusion from my head, and one of them very slightly contacts the wedge at times, which can cause me to have to slightly reposition them during long gaming sessions. Otherwise they can get painful to wear.

From what I've read, the best set of headphones for positional audio in games without the help of software processing are the new Psyko 5.1s, but they cost a whopping $300.