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u/Vortax_Wyvern · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

I know I'm a bit late, but I'll answer anyway if you don't mind.

Wall of text ahead. Please, read only if you are really interested...

What I usually recommend when someone ask for advice about gaming headsets is: Gaming headset are crap 99% of the time. They provide very poor sound quality, and any good headphone (literally, even 40$ ones) will sound far better than expensive 300$ headsets. The question is not if headphones are better than headset (the answer is “Hell, YEAH”). The question is, are they better for you?

What are you planning to use your headphones for? Just for gaming, or for gaming and music listening?

If the answer is “just for gaming”, then ask yourself if a Hifi headphone is what you need. Usually games don’t really need high quality headphones, since they provide low quality sound, and you will be more concentrated gaming than listening. In that scenario, everything will serve you, and gaming headsets have the advantage of the integrated microphone.

So, if you want something good for gaming, and just for gaming, with integrated microphone, then the only two headsets with good enough quality sound (aka don’t suck) are:

HyperX Cloud (70$)

Sennheiser G4me One (170$)

Both are good choices. Or go with any fancy RGB headset you find (Logitech, Razer, Corsair, Steelseries, etc), you will most probably don’t notice the difference while gaming.

BUT, if you plan to use them for music listening besides gaming, then keep reading.

About the microphone problem

Hifi headphones for gaming have the disadvantage of having to deal with the micro thing. None of them have microphone incorporated, and you must find a workaround to the problem. Options available are:

1- Use a desk microphone like this

2- Some headphones have detachable cable. If the connector is a 3.5mm jack, you can substitute the cable with this V-Moda micro. That way you can have a microphone attached and still use a single cable. Main problem is that you must use this cable, no matter what, and if you end buying an amplifier, you can no longer use this microphone, as amplifiers don’t have micro input. Also, not all headphones are compatible, as not all use 3.5mm jack connections (Audio-technica and Sennheiser headphones are NOT compatible with V-moda Boom micro, cause they use 2.5mm jack)

3- use a modmic like this one or if your budget is tight, something like this.

The first option requires desk space and it’s expensive. The second one is not compatible with every headphone, and forces you to use this cable. The third one are detachable micro, with an extra cable you’ll have to deal with. Any of them are a nuisance. Any solution is annoying. All of them are an extra expense that must be accounted. If micro is a must and you are not willing to bother with this solutions, please, go back to HyperX Cloud or G4me One.

Ok, so, you really want some damn good headphones, that also can be used for gaming! Keep reading, please (are you bored yet?).

You can choose Closed back headphones (the classic ones you have already used. Closed back models offer good isolation and do not leak sound. This is your choice when there are people around you, or you want isolation from noisy a environment.) or Open Back headphones (Open back models offer next to no isolation and will leak sound -and allow you to hear what happens around you-, but they are the best sounding models). Open headphones achieve the best sound, soundstage (feeling that sound is coming from around you) and imaging (ability to locate the source of one sound).

If you are here because you want to get a replacement for a gaming headset, I would recommend you Open back, but since they don’t isolate, you must choose. If isolation is required, get closed back, if that’s not a concern, go open.

Some closed back cans:

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x. 100$. Balanced headphones, very good feedback from lots of people. Typical entry level headphones to the rabbit hole.

Sennheiser HD 598Cs. 125$. Balanced, very very detailed, great instrumental separation. Comfortable as hell, very recommended.

Beyerdynamic DT770. 160$. V-shaped signature (lots of bass and lots of treble). Amazing soundstage (for a closed headphone). Great for explosions, movies, and rock. Treble can be harsh if you are sensible. Get the 32 ohm version, as the 80 (may) and 250 (do) need an amplifier to work properly.

Those are some examples of entry-mid level of closed cans. There are lots more, depending of your budget!

As for open cans:

Superlux HD668b. 40$. Those are THE CANS. The best quality for low budget you can get. Hands down. Great soundstage, Bass light. They are not too comfortable, but pads can be changed for a deluxe comfort (extra expense). You are not getting anything better at this price. For gaming in a budget, this are the headphones you were looking for.

Philips SHP9500. 80$. Mid-forward signature. Good soundstage, great comfort. Very detailed. Another amazing quality for the budget headphone. Due its popularity, they’re getting harder and harder to get.

Sennheiser HD 598 SR. 170$. Very similar to the HD 598Cs, but with open back. Wider soundstage, a little less bass. Very balanced headphones. Super-duper comfortable. Great for long gaming sessions.

Philips Fidelio X2. 250$. V-shaped signature. Those are in another league. Build quality is just.. OMG. Extreme soundstage and imaging. More comfortable than the HD 598. Bass is BOOOOOM!!!. A little pricey, and can be somewhat fatiguing to listen if you are treble sensible, due to high treble.

Well, that’s all. I have selected only headphones that don’t need an amplifier. Now is your turn to research, watch some Youtube videos, read some reviews, and give them a try.

All this headphones are GOOD. No trash here, and all them will make you open your eyes when listening your music if you are coming from standard headsets. You will notice sounds, instruments, that you never realized they were there, even if you had listened this song a thousand times before. Try them, and be amazed.

Welcome to the rabbit hole.

u/Suspectsss · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I actually don’t see the need for surround sound. That’s more of a marketing gimmick really, as the usb 7.1 dongles suck. If you really need surround sound, get Dobly Atmos on your computer.

But I don’t think you really need either. Most games have really good audio, and some games like rainbow six siege literally say don’t use surround sound because it’s broken. You need a headset with good soundstage.

What’s soundstage? Well it’s being not only able to tell the direction of your enemy, but also the distance. That’s why I recommend open back headsets for gaming, though they do leak sound and your mic may pick that sound up. Don’t worry about it though, because what I recommend is omni directional and will basically only pick up your voice.

I recommend the Philips SHP9500/SHP9500s. They are to same thing but the s has a little bit more bass. You also might have trouble getting the 9500 because it is discontinued and not many are left. I recommend these because:

Great soundstage

Very comfortable

Has a lot of treble which is good for hearing footsteps.

Has a detachable cable Incase the wire breaks and so you can use a mic

It is extremely well priced at 80USD. It’s probably the best for gaming under 150 USD. And most importantly it will definitely fit you.

For mic, I recommend the Vmoda BoomPro. You just unplug the cable from the headphones and replace it with the BoomPro which is just a 3.5 mm cable with a mic attached. This is a super good mic.

I also highly recommend an amp both for gaming and music. The one I recommend has a switch with T D and B. T is treble boost (for gaming), d is flat, meaning it won’t change anything, and B is bass boost. Which you want if you listen to music because the 9500 has little bass.
I recommend the Syba Sonic DAC/AMP. Link at the bottom. This will definitely help sound quality as it bypasses your pc soundcard.
IMPORTANT: DON’T use the included usb cord in it as it will cause a short in your computer. You’ll need a different mini usb cable as the provide a really bad one.

To use the amp: This is a usb amp, so plug the usb into your computer and the mini USB port into the DAC/amp. The will power it so it will drain laptop battery with a laptop. Then all you do is is plug your headphone jack into the big 3.5mm headphone jack. Don’t use the one for a split cable because your headset isn’t a split cable.

That’s it! The total is about 150 bucks and will surpass anything for the price.

Don’t get a gaming headset. They just use cheap divers and RGB and day gaming to trick you, as they are way overpriced.

Z Reviews on YT (total audiophile geek) recommends this as well. I invite you to spend more time researching on his channel and other places to understand the mic and amp better. He has a best gaming gaming headsets video from a year ago. This setup is at the very front and one of the first things he talks about. Also goes very in depth on the whole subject of sound for gaming at the beginning. Here are the links:


Vmoda BoomPro Mic -

Syba Soni DAC/amp -

Remember you need a different mini usb cable. I’d throw the one it came with away because it’s garbage and possibly a fire hazard.

Please watch Z Reviews Gaming Headphone guise from a year ago. The first 25 minutes are all you really need to hear. They explain audio in-depth and talk about the headphones and this combo. Good luck!

Feel free to reach out to me as I can help with the setup or usage, but r/ZReviews is probably a better option. You’ll get help ASAP from a whole hutch of audiophiles who know their stuff.

u/wilsmi · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I have recently purchased the AirPods (2nd gen), AirPods Pro, and PXC 550. I am an IT guy and an Apple nerd who listen to podcasts and a wide genre of music, but am not an audiophile by any stretch. I did some comparison reading and reviews on as well as other sites before purchasing so I had an idea of the AirPods Pro and Sennhesiser PXC 550 before purchase.

AirPods Pro

To me the AirPods sounded just like their wired version, I couldn't notice a difference. They did hurt my ears (still haven't figured out why as the size comparison between these and the wired versions is near identical - maybe the extra weight). I bought the AirPod Pros for $250 and when I excitedly received them in the mail I stuck them in and they sounded REALLY good! Maybe it's the shape of my inner ear or something but after 10 minutes I could definitely tell they were in my ears. I swapped out tips for all of the various sizes and found the large tips felt the most comfortable but I could still definitely tell there was something in my ears - not like other reviews I have read where folks said they forgot they were in. I found the ANC on these to be fantastic and the control scheme with the "sticks" and setup/usage to be on-par with an Apple product. If you're already in the Apple ecosystem these work wonderfully well when moving between devices (like running with them on my Apple Watch). The portability of these things is a huge selling point as I can fit them in the coin pocket of my jeans! I did however, end up returning them (sadly) though as they made my head feel "muddy" - I can't think of a better word atm, YMMV greatly on this though.

Sennheser PXC 550

Next up, the Senn PXC 550 which I found on Amazon for $180 (as previous commenters have mentioned there's a v2 just released). These are extremely comfortable headphones with amazing battery life. The ANC though is about half as good as the AP Pros, even when turned up to high (it has two levels), I did notice the same "pressurized" feeling as the AirPods Pro - I initially thought it was just the AirPods but now realize it's the ANC at work. I didn't find the AirPods Pro venting to be helpful to me, but I'm just one person. As a glasses wearer I find them to be very comfortable and not press into my temples and I can wear these things for hours. I've tested them with music, podcasts, and phone calls and everything sounds great. I haven't taken them out of my house yet but I suspect walking around with them and traveling would be not nearly as much fun or enjoyable since I can't fit them in my pocket.

Even with the slight bit of pain from the AirPod Pros I am reconsidering purchasing them again - they're that good! I hope this helps with your decision, both of these headphones are great but have different selling points. Let me know if you need more detail on a different aspect of either of these two models.

u/ChiefGrieff · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Headphones on Drop are a good place to start like the HD58Xand 6XX. Both are considered great first-time hi-fi headphones for a very reasonable price considering the performance matchs headphones double the price. What you need to ask yourself is what you want. More bass (More fun)? More accuracy (as intended)? I own the HD58X, an open back pair of headphones that offer an accurate sound signature but have a bit more bass than their older brother the 6XX who has a bit less bass but is more accurate in sound reproduction. Watch some youtube videos on different headphones, figure out if you prefer open or closed back. Theres a lot to go over before we can figure out what you'd like.

I started with the HD598cs Closed back headphones and upgraded to open back HD58X for at-home listening with FLAC files, I mention this in-case you haven't become wise to flac file, which tl;dr are just high-quality music files that sound better given you have the right equipment, say a new pair of mid-fi - hifi headphones like yourself potentially. The 598 are fairly accurate and have admirable bass. I've owned them for 2+ years and they have been my daily commute/travel headphones and they have worked brilliantly. I Stayed with Sennheiser products mainly because they are consistently ranked among the best headphone companies and are just beautiful to look at as well listen too.

Side note, some headphones need extra equipment to run them like an amp. Some headphones need more power, like the 6XX, and so it needs an amp to run properly and to let them shine. Headphones like the 58X Don't need an amp and can run right off a phone, but even with the use of an amp can help the sound quality.

u/MrDeebus · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Since I went through the same mess recently:

AKG K702 is €110 on right now, incredible price for what it is. AKG's website lists it at $349 but that seems unrealistic, but I couldn't find it on so whatever (edit: I actually found it and didn't realize, and it's $200 in the US!). It's really a good starting point in my opinion since it's so "unopinionated". It's also astonishingly comfortable, it's super lightweight so you barely feel the headband. In comparison the Fidelio X2 is like a brick on my head. For the genres you listed, in my experience so far, metal can be meh (depends really, right now I have Baying of the Hounds playing and it's alright), jazz is very enjoyable (but "jazz"?? depends even more)... if I'm understanding what you mean by "acoustic chill" correctly that's totally fine. EDM I don't really listen to, but I do listen to techno/tech house/deep house and it's an interesting experience. It doesn't move your head like the music sometimes aims to do, but you can actually listen to everything that's going on, so that's nice to have if you're interested. It's excellent with trance since there's so much going on all the time and now you can follow it all.

That leaves you enough room to get a JDS Atom for €170 [1] and then €97 for a DAC... I'm quite happy with my FX Audio DAC-X6; but if you already wrote off that budget, Topping D30 is way superior in the audiosciencereview measurements. Then again the consensus seems to be that the difference would not be audible -- I haven't used another DAC myself so I don't have an opinion on this. And don't rely on X6's amp (since you already have the budget), e.g. the reduction in background noise was very obvious going from X6 alone to X6+Atom.

[1]: yes it's twice the price in EU compared to US unfortunately. No it's not an amazon reseller ripoff, shipping + tax already comes close and then you don't have to deal with customs etc.

more edit: I just saw that you said you're from Turkey. Do you live there? How do you plan to use (with the new zero-allowance customs policy etc.), ship to Turkey or someone in Germany/EU receives and brings to you? I'm asking because in your case it might be better to order directly from JDS. You would have to deal with customs yourself though, I imagine that's huge trouble if you're not in İstanbul.

u/OverExclamated · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

SHP9500 's are an excellent budget starter open-back. I'll pretty much leave it at that, though they may leave you itching for something just a bit more on the low end to satisfy that basshead side of you. You could take care of that yourself if you're comfortable using an equalizer.

Other options you could consider are the:

Fidelio X2HR which I think are a great all-rounder and an easy decision at that price.


Monolith M560. You'd want to add these pads because the stock pads on the M560 suck. But it's a planar magnetic driver which is great for detail texture and speed if you listen to alot of rock like AC/DC with crunchy guitars and fast drums and supporting bass riffs. It's also a very well-built headphone, very comfortable once you do that pad change, and another excellent value at the price.

All of these headphones I own myself and would be just fine running straight from your motherboard giving you plenty of time to research considerations for an upgraded amp and/or dac if you still want to pursue one. And since it sounds like you're already on track for a motherboard upgrade, there are some pretty decent implementations using quality dac's and independent front/rear op-amps to tide you over.

u/the1gamerdude · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Anything will work. The community likes the Fiio e10k . It’s CDN$ 20 more, but is from a reputable company and probably will work and sound better when really amplifying the signal for your left ear. I’m not sure how “close” you are to the wanted noise level, but this will probably be a strong bet in being a good solution.

I only say strong bet, and not surefire as I don’t want to promise that it will work as a solution, only that from my research it seems like a strong option. I’m not sure whether you still can’t hear anything or if you only need to tweak it like 1.5x the loudness to get it to where you want. Without you finding and going to a store that sells headphone amps it’s a partial gamble, but something like this should at least be a strong contender to fixing the issue.

u/shanx057 · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I would split your budget to get two headphones for dedicated use.

  1. a. Gaming Headphone => Since you mainly listed FPS titles that require you to pin point footsteps and shots, I would recommend the Audio Technica ATH AD 700x (AD700x Amazon Link) for $92. These headphones are well respected and loved for FPS titles with the same requirements as yours. They don't need an amp and can be driven from your motherboard with ease.
    b. Gaming microphone => Get the ModMic 4.0 (ModMic 4.0 Amazon Link) for $50. These are great and can be driven using your motherboard. However I would suggest pairing them with something like this (USB Sound Card Amazon Link) for best results - add another $15 for this.

  2. Music and movies headphone => Get something like the HD 599 (HD 599 Amazon Link) from Sennheiser if you want good balanced sound without breaking the bank. They are easy to drive using your mobo and if you get an amp down the line they will increase the volume of these headphones. These cans are like $149 now.


    So you will be spending $157 for the gaming headphone and mic and $148 for the music/movies headphone. I know this has a huge drawback of switching headphones when you want to do either, but you can also use the HD 599 for gaming as it has good imaging. The sound stage is not as wide as the AD700x but it is still good enough for positioning shots. However this will give you the (relatively) best of both worlds for your budget. :)
u/drakthorian0294 · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

There are both open-back and closed back options. The Difference is imaging and how aware you are of your sorrounding in the game. Open back has better awareness, but you can hear what's happening irl. Where closed back doesn't have as good imaging but isolate you from the outside world


Open back Superlux HD668B(has clear high frequencies that lets you hear gunshots and footsteps better, but it doesn't ruin the overall sound. While still being good for the other games as well)

Closed back : Sennheiser HD 4.30I(Has a warmer sound but is amazing for games like the last of us Zero Dawn etc.)


Those are what I'd suggest in that price range. I am sure there are others that has some great alternatives as well :)

u/Dude-Guyman · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Define "good bass". To me good bass is exactly as it was recorded, not boosted at all, but most folks seem to like insanely over-boosted, boomy bass and think that is sign of a good headphone. NO! It is a crutch for bad headphones!

Anyway, I also have a Xonar SE and am using Superlux 668b headphones.

I find them to be insanely good sounding, forget the $38 price tag. They sound better than any $100+ cans I have tried. I'd describe them as having wide, crisp sound. Very well defined. They play audio very much like it was recorded, without gimmicky bass boosting. More bass does not equal good sound, but you could always EQ it however you like if you're into that.

Anyway, I can't praise them enough for $38. I use mine for recording/mixing my own music, where accurate (not boosted/enahnced) audio is required. Build quality is good. They clamp down pretty tight so they won't be falling off every time you move. For $38, you could buy 3 sets for the price on one other brand and still have as good or better audio quality, and not have to worry about breaking them. I have had mine about 3 years now and they are still like new, so they are not flimsy.

u/raistlin65 · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

The headphones you like would be considered basshead headphones. For closed headphones with a lot of bass, check the different Fostex TR-X00 models on The different models have varying degrees of bass, but I can't tell you which are best. Research here:

DT1990 do have some bass emphasis. Not neutral.

If you want to just have some fun with a set of open headphones, I suggest jumping on the Philips X2HR deal on Amazon for $120. These have some bass emphasis, have a very good sound that should be a very good improvement over your Sonys. I think they have free returns, so no penalty for trying.

u/ITzNybble · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

EDIT: I am dumb I just saw you wanted closed back.


open back or closed back? Open back is better for gaming but others will be able to hear what you hear. If it doesn't matter then open back for gaming.

OPEN Headphones:

ATH-AD700X - ~95 - 100 new

ATH-AD900x - ~135 new


HE4XX - $180 new


Sennheiser HD 58X - 160 new -


Closed headphones:

ATH m40x - $100 new

These are deemed better than the m50x's


DT770 80 ohm - 135 new


ATH-MSR7 - 175 new

I owned these and played CSGO and I had no issues hearing anyone. I made it to LEM (if that matters to you) Very clear audio. I also never used an amp with these so they can only get better. if you have more questions on these just message me, I can compare them to the HE4xx's as I now own those.


AMP & Dac:

FX Audio DAC X6 - ~54.99 new


Schiit Fulla 2 - ~120 new


Basically I am no expert as I am just getting into the DAC/AMP world but from my research and this subreddits wiki and other sources, it seems better to put your money into better headphones and then into a better DAC/AMP. I would look for a used pair of headphones from

/r/AVexchange or /r/hardwareswap if you are wanting something better, I picked up a pair of HE4xx for 110 shipped.


Just my two cents. I could be wrong and anyone please feel free to correct me as I am still learning all this.

u/wakawakawomp · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I have both as well and this pretty much sums it up perfectly. They're both amazing headphones, but it really comes down to preference - Do you want something that's more natural+neutral with amazing mids/vocals, or do you something more exciting with a strong bass presence?

One thing I'll add is that the X2 uses a standard 3.5mm connection to the headphones itself meaning you can pair it with the V-Moda BoomPro mic. This, in my opinion, makes for one of the best headphone+microphone combos for gaming.

u/Abdul-Rahollotasuga · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Hello, friend. In these threads, there are usually about two types of answers, so I'll summarize them for you.

Get the ATH-M50x if you want to pop more. What I mean by that is that with some music, it will sound more energized, lively, and carry a greater presence. The keyword, however, is that it is with some genres of music. With other kinds, the tuning toward bass-heavy, instrumental music might become a little obvious. Still, if that is the type of music you listen to, all the better!

But if you prefer something with a little more harmony, then you might consider getting the Sennheiser HD 598 Cs. These are a bit more balanced throughout, and are more fitting to a relatively dynamic sense of music, focusing on the relative balance throughout. The sound has been tamed on all ends pretty well, so you get a better sense of what to expect from them.

As a final note, these headphones can be additionally tuned through the use of an equalizer on your phone or computer, so I encourage you to look into that; they can turn decent headphones in to the sound you need!

u/5asa · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones

These are basically the updated Samsons (the Samsons are a rebrand of the original Superlux HD681). I would go with either because they are a great choice in terms of sound quality - nice, clean and crisp sound with a wide soundstage due to the semi-open design. Comfort is great, as well. Good luck!

u/Supercharged_Z06 · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

If it were me, I'd go for something really versatile/nice like the ES100:

But that might be overkill... still, it's a very nice little device with some amazing audio capability due to its built in DAC and great software. Lots of folks really like this device and for good reason.

A more budget friendly receiver (pretty plain and more utilitarian) would be something like:

u/Togod5 · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I think the monoprice retros with good pads are too cheap not to try. They have much more bass and width than the 58x. The 12 foot attached cable might be a dealbreaker, but they sound great and are alot more comfortable than the 58x imo.

I think they compliment each other pretty well

u/BRUMB0 · -3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

I’m not an expert but when I was looking for the same thing I bought these and have been very happy with them. Also ZeosPantera on YouTube should be able to help you. Hope this helped and good luck.

u/ggfools · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

> That's the primary reason I got the 2i2 in the first place.
Also, what do you mean by line level?

"line level" is a particular standardized signal voltage/etc that is generally used over 3.5mm/RCA cables for connection between DACS/Amps/etc.

> Seems like just too much equipment overall hahah. Do you have any other ideas for me?

if you are against using software to switch between devices then your options are sort of limited, you could go with a higher end audio interface that should include a more powerful headphone amp, like the Mackie Big Knob Studio Monitor Controller or the JBL ACTIVE-1 the JBL monitor one doesn't have an XLR input, but you could continue to use your 2i2 for your mic.

you could also go with a dac+headphone amp that has a line out like the Fiio E10k then connect the line out to a passive speaker control like the JBL PATCH or Mackie Big Knob Passive then the output from that to your LSR305's with this solution you would also continue to use the 2i2 for your mic input.

you could also consider a USB Mixer, like the Yamaha AG03 but I don't know if the headphone amp in it is great or not.

u/Vliger2002 · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

It sounds like you're looking for the exact same thing as me, haha. These days, I'm listening to a lot of k-pop, so there tends to be a solid emphasis on bass as well as vocal lines. These V-MODA headphones have the right marriage between the two, in my opinion. It's not overwhelming bass (unless you use an EQ to intentionally get that effect), and it's not overly harsh in terms of the vocal clarity like I've experienced on some other headphones. So if you're trying to grab something cheaper, then the Crossfade Wireless might be a good pick for you. The Gunmetal Black is still only $129, and you can grab some XL pads like these unofficial ones or the official V-MODA ones

Might be worth looking into for you. And if you don't like it, you can always return it and continue the search. The Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex that I have is quite a bit more expensive, but I think that the original Crossfade Wireless, even at $129 is a great choice for what you're trying to get.

u/dpidcoe · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I'm pretty new to all of this myself, but I was recommended getting a boompro microphone attachment with a set of nice headphones as a way to replace my aging steelseries headset. I hadn't even realized until today that you can get a separate mic attachment that isn't some janky thing that sits on the desk.

This particular one that I ordered adds in-line volume control, perhaps something like this would give you what you want while keeping the headset:

u/poside99 · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

You should check out the ES100 as a potential alternative to a BT cable. It's basically a Bluetooth dac/amp unit that's been getting really rave reviews.

From what I have googled and tried out, most BT iem cables kinda suck and have pretty lame battery life. At $100 it's just slightly more expensive than a Bluetooth cable but with superior performance (as it also acts as a dac and amp), better battery life and a great mobile app. Planning to snag one up for myself too.

u/D0PETHR0NE · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

yeah I have to agree with u/kfm946 here.


When it comes to gaming headphones or headsets there's 3 different scenarios:

  1. You spend big and go with the Audeze mobius, that has all the bells and whistles.
  2. You pick any headphone you like and attach a ModMic or you use a usb desk mic.
  3. You pick a headphone with a 3.5 mm jack in, in combination with a V-Moda boompro.


    A list of decent headphones with a 3.5 mm jack (that is not proprietarily recessed or anything):

u/ParkieDude · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I love this one but can not find charging dock Bluetooth headphones.

I have an earlier version os these. The photo looks like "C" connector, but not a clue

Battery life is a critical aspect to look for.

I posted this over on /r/Parkinsons Best to have the Aware in Care Kit, Medications, and be ready for those emergencies. A friend broke her wrist, once healed did a 200-mile hike in Spain. Back home, tripped and shattered her shoulder! Ouch.

u/kasmog · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Tin T2 is one of the best for price to performance, but it's not for everyone. The sound signature is flat and for some people, it's lacking on bass. In exchange though, it gives you amazing clarity and neutral sound.
It will depend on the music you mostly listen to.
Amazon Link for Tin T2. Make sure to just get the T2 and not the T2 Pro or the T3.

u/loyyd · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

It'd help if you specified what kind of headphones you've tried before. I've got a big head and I wear glasses and I've had issues with headphones and headsets before like the ATH M50.

The best headphones I've had comfort wise were the Sennheiser HD 598, which I believe they've replaced with a newer model. Those headphones are super comfy and I had never had any issues wearing them for extremely long gaming sessions.

Looks like the replacement model is called the Sennheiser HD 598 Cs, which you can pick up on amazon for $150 in the US. Looks like there's also a sale on refurbished models for $100 on amazon.

I currently use a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80 Ohms at work and those are also quite comfy. They're a bit tighter than the sennheiser 598s (bit more clamping force) but I find that just lengthening the bridge between the headphones is enough to keep them from being uncomfortable.

I also own some Sennheiser HD6XX which I think were a huge step down from the Sennheiser HD 598s in terms of comfort so I wouldn't recommend those.

u/JariDeLeon · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

There are some headsets made by brands that do proper headphones like sennheiser, beyerdynamic and audiotechnica. You should maybe take a look at the Sennheiser game one's or game zero's if not these models maybe you should check out the beyerdynamic custom game headset. If you somehow don't find something you like from brands like these and want a normal gaming branded headset you could get something from hyperx. Hyperx headsets tend to be better than the other gaming brands and usually are just rebranded models from other companys. For example their cloud model is a rebranded takstar pro 80 headphone. Also, you could buy a cable with a microphone and just replace the stock cable from headphones that have a removable cable.


Edit: The sennheiser PC37X made in collaboration with Massdrop might also be a good option for you.

u/kittysneeze88 · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

I would recommend the Sennheiser HD598sr. It is an open-back headphone with only 50 ohm impedance so it can be run directly from a mobile device-the volume level just needs to be a bit higher than you may currently be using.

Also, if you’re in the US, Amazon has a ridiculous sale on the Philips Fidelio X2HR for $150. These are amazing, especially at that price. Great soundstage, open-back, less neutral, slight bass emphasis. These are only 30ohms as well, and can definitely be run from any mobile device.

u/cr0ft · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

A FiiO BTR3 for 79€ - that's a bluetooth receiver/dac/amp with great sound, no amp hiss and LDAC decoding. I have one, and it's easily the best sounding Bluetooth anything I've heard.

You can also plug it in to a PC with USB and it becomes a USB DAC/amp so you get crisp clear sound out of a PC too.

That would leave you up to 70€ if we go by your max to buy in-ear monitors with. That would buy some nice IEM's easily. Here are my current low price faves - nice punchy dynamic driver bass and clear sound. They're a bit plasticky (and at that price point that's probably not a surprise) but they really deliver on the sound, and mine have held together for over a year just fine.

They come with decent tips, but a solid upgrade for isolation would be Comply P-series extra long isolating foam tips.

Over the ear cans... not sure, maybeörer-Studio/dp/B00HVLUR54 people say nice things.

u/Wiggitamoo · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I've been having the same debate as you for a while. I think the answer is to get both (if you can) because they're built for different things, but do them excellently.

What I did was buy the PC37X, because I'll mainly be using them for gaming, and since they provide a more open soundstage, more base and have an excellent mic, I think that they'll work better for me.

I'm going to try pairing them with a cheap DAC/amp, I'm going to be testing them this week with either the Fiio BTR3 connected through USB C (which I can also use wirelessly with my iPhone over Bluetooth and other headphones). So they're convenient but may be lacking a bit in power.

I'll also be testing it with Syba Sonic's UBS 24 bit 96 KHz DAC/Amp (For under $40 it's hard to argue with)

I also considered the Sennheiser GSX 1000 Gaming Audio Amplifier, but will only test it out if the other options don't perform well for me.

I'll let you know how it goes. What option did you end up going with u/HasHooves?

u/fozon · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Antlion just announced their ModMic Wireless, it looks nice. But maybe they are too pricey for your budget.

As it was already suggested a Sivga SV007 with a Vmoda Boompro should be good. Or a Custom Studio + Vmoda Boompro.

However with those it might not be practical to always unplug them and vice versa. An external unit with a dedicated microphone port like the Syba Sonic could help you though.

u/AJCxZ0 · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice


Since I again concur with u/Jawntily on all points, the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x at $79 on Amazon is a good buy and some claim the ATH-M40x is better than the ATH-M50x.

If you're not convinced to try the budget basshemoth which is the Modern Retro + Brainwavz XL but you want quality bass at ~$100, then I suggest focusing on overall good headphones with sufficient bass extension and leaving it to your amp and EQ to tweak the sound, however if you can find another $49 (or $39 with a referral from an existing Massdrop subscriber) and catch the next Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee drop (or get lucky on a used deal) then you'll have one of the best headphone deals of all time and lack nothing in bassland.

The used market including r/AVexchangecathederal is a good place for headphone deals. That's where I got the Monoprice Monolith M1060C on my head (which has a cathedral of bass, but not for $100).

u/Mudokon · 5 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Monoprice Retro


nicer pads XL Brainwavz pads (velour but sound leak/loses bass) (pleather is best for better bass)

u/Archayor · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

I wouldn't recommend 600 ohm headphones if you don't want to invest at least around €200 in a proper DAC/Amp. You'll have a better listening experience going for lower impedance headphones in that case.

You could for example get a Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee for €190, and add a FiiO E10K for €68 if you need a dedicated DAC/Amp as well. The 58X is easy enough to drive that a dedicated DAC/Amp isn't even a necessity though, so you might want to get the headphones first and decide later if you want to add a DAC/Amp to it as well.

I understood that the DT 990 Pro's lower impedance models are noticably inferior to the 600 ohm version, which is why I'd suggest the 58X instead.

Should you really want the 600 ohm DT 990 Pro's though, I'd suggest at least something like a Topping DX3 Pro.

u/bbjimin · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Do you know where to actually get the 598's? On and .com its really inconsistent and they're mostly used. Can't find them on Newegg or really anywhere else either. The 598's have a $170 USD closed back listing and a $145 used Open (used) listing but...I don't really want used because I don't trust like that and closed is suboptimal.

The best listing is $184 CAD used fulfilled by Amazon. Idk.

Out of that list the 700X would probably be the choice. I think someone else said the price difference between 7 and 900X wasnt warranted and the 700 was the better choice, yeah?


u/Cattycake1988 · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

The V-moda Wireless used to be a lot more expensive but dropped in price once the Vmoda Wireless 2 hit the scene. They don't go for an audiophile sound, but they are really engaging to listen to when you embrace how "fun" the sound signature is. I bought them for my wife last month and I now steal them when I want a good, V-shaped (emphasized bass and treble) over ear headphone. AND they don't have ANC, as per your specifications.



Would highly recommend spending a little extra and getting the XL pads for them too.

u/drgenerico · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I found these M50x's the other day, and you can save $30 usd if you don't mind or like them in blue :
This bluetooth adapter works well: There are cheaper adapters than this but this one sounds really clean for bluetooth and delivers decent power.
Speaking of cheaper: This is a 'renewed' M50x with a generic bluetooth adapter for $120 Personally I'd buy new.
I really like Vmoda Crossfades, they're a little darker sounding, more punch to bass, but the construction is much more durable than the AT's:

u/rtm416 · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Hey OP, I can recommend These Headphones with This Mic. This is a great setup for right under your price tag, I think you'd be quite happy. Any questions let me know.

u/hi_im_snowman · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I'm 100% biased (because I own them) but the Massdrop K7xx, Fiio E10k Amp/DAC & a Modmic 5 is my current trio and yes, it's expensive but it sounds tremendous, simply tremendous for the price.


It blows my mind that this kind of high-end setup only costs ~$350 usd or so. My gf's brother has the top-end Steelseries ARCTIS PRO Wireless and they sound like shit compared to my k7xx. I'm not kidding nor exaggerating. He wanted to return them after hearing my setup but couldn't because he bought them on black Friday.


The k7xx have an extremely wide soundstage which is just absolutely epic for positional shooters and excellent for ambient games like resident evil, bioshock, etc.


If you check out reviews online (which you should), you'll see that most reviewers agree, the K7xx punches WAY above its class at $200. It rivals headphones up to the $600 range in sound quality.


I'll take that over wireless "gaming-grade" garbage all day, every day.


u/ibsulon · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Beats aren't well liked around here, but it's hard to give an immediate answer.

First, what kind of music do you listen to?

Second, what is your budget?

Third, do you have things you like and don't like about headphones you've tried?

Last, what are you planning to use them for? Are they at home? On the subway? Do you want to be able to hear your surroundings? Does it matter if the sound leaks a little?

Under 100, [Mshenay]( just did a comparison and the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x came out on top. These are well reviewed and are a good introductory headphone.

u/theroundcube · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

alright thank you. I have couple questions.

  1. I have also been recommended the beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro, 80 Ohms. Which one is more suitable and why?

  2. What makes the sz2000's better over my sz1000?

  3. Would buying the 2000's solve the phone distortion problem? I liked the 1000s. Would it make sense for me to buy another set of the 1000's and buy a portable amp?
u/BleachedButwhole · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I was hoping to find something on amazon for an easy purchase

this is their number 1 seller is it good enough?

Or should I be looking over 100 bucks

u/Prospero424 · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Since you need them to be closed-back for isolation, I would suggest these (in ascending cost order):

Audio Technica mx50 ($150)

V-MODA Crossfade M-100 ($250)

Meze 99 Classics ($300)

The Audio Technicas are a good all-rounder, which a slight emphasis on the bass. The even cheaper mx40s are more neutral. The V-Moda Crossfades are the most "exciting" in that the frequency response is going to be more v-shaped with emphasized bass and sparkly treble. The Meze 99s are, honestly, a big step up and are some of the most universally-acclaimed closed-back cans around. But I know they're a bit out of your price range. Just read the reviews of these models and see which one you think is the best fit.

u/memetaskforce420 · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

it’s like $20 over your budget , and i’m not sure if you’d like the cup style. i almost bought a pair myself but didn’t like how small the ear cups look. ik a lot of people have switched off the M50x wave but i’m planning on buying myself these or going a little over budget and getting these. hope this helps

u/aild4ever · 0 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

OP what do you mean the M40X sounding muddy and unclear??

i mainly listen to metal-core, progressive metal and melodic hardcore i was already saving up to get the M40x in a few weeks.

i did try the Dt770 from a friend who has it, sounds great but it has a HARSH sound they are very punchy, soundstage is great though.

how about you look at this: Sennheiser HD 598 their unique feature is the warm bass and they are close to sounding flat due to their well balanced sound..

i don't have the budget for the above, if i'd get more, i'll go for the Sennheiser HD 598

u/RavenFFS · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Hello again!
The final candidates i got from all the suggestions are:

HD569-link which are 110eu

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 32 Ohm - link which are 117eu

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7GM - link which are 169eu

Sennheiser HD598CS - link which are 229eu


The starting budget was 100eu, but im willing to go to 200, or even 229 if some of you experts think its worth the additional money.


There is also an option of waiting for black friday and seeing how the sales go, but i would like to be prepared in any case.

Do you maybe have any more suggestions on those headphones?

u/Zero0400 · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

I'd recommend either the Sennheiser 598 and get yourself a modmic,

or go simple and just get a Sennheiser GAME ONE with a mic already built in.

My friends really enjoy the game one's since the mic mutes itself when it's flipped upwards.

u/drop_official · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

You can make them wireless by plugging them into a Bluetooth puck like this:

In terms of are they good in an office setting, depends on the setting. If it's quiet like a library, then no. If it's an open-space where people are talking and meeting (sorta like a non-busy coffee shop), then you'll be fine.

u/paulgt · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

It depends on what you want out of your headphones-- closed or open back, bassy, treble, flat, etc.

As a general guideline for your price point though, ATH-M50x's are well regarded.

A decent mic to pair with that could be something like the cheap but quality Samson Go Mic or if you like how headsets are setup, you could always get a Boom mic that attatches to your headphones and works like a normal headset would.

u/clashtom · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice something like the syba sonic SD-DAC63057 would be good for a budget dac/amp with an added bonus mic input.

u/G-Craka · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I didn't need an external amp for my g4me ones but that's because my motherboard audio was solid. But if it's lacking you can check out something cheap like this one:

It'll clean up the sound and make them louder. Or if you've got money to burn you can get much more expensive things.

I've since upgrade from the g4me ones and now my gf uses them. But I gotta say, those are THE most comfy headphones I've ever used.

u/fourAMrain · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

thanks. I spent a few hours researching and comparing and I've decided on the Fidelio X2HRs.

>Running them with no amplifiers or anything like that.

I don't plan on using an amp so that's perfect. I want to keep it simple since these are my first headphones. They're also $130 on amazon right now and it fits my budget.

Is this the mic you have? V moda?

Has anyone complained about your voice quality or buzzing or echoing with the mic or it breaking? I plan to buy one from Best Buy for the 2 year replacement warranty.

u/tPRoC · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

these will be better than the other 3 headphones you posted (IMO don't bother with noise cancelling headphones at least at this price range.) Don't expect to be wowed by their build quality, their value is more in the sound.

Monoprice Retros are another cheap alternative, really big bass on these, but the stock pads are really bad/uncomfortable so if you've only got $55 to spend I'd still recommend the Superlux over these.

u/sozzll · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

What superlux headphones specifically? I had my eyes on the HD668B and I have pads that should fit it, do you think it's a good buy or would you recommend something else? I'm also on a budget of 60$ btw

u/prymortal69 · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Superlux 668B, I don't rate them highly in sound, but i cant say they are bad. Those youtube videos saying they sound like a $150~300 headphone are wrong, they sound like a $30~60 headphone but have a great XL soundstage comparable to more expensive headphones, As for imaging(accuracy) i cant remember, bit of a bassy sound, lacking in mids, some say they have decent highs (mine didnt have much in the way of highs or mids....). Price to performance they are worth it. Work well in gaming, more so single player & RPG/MMO's.

u/oddsnsodds · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

The Tin Audio T2 IEMs are $50 and sound good. They also use MMCX cable connectors, so you can replace the wires with a Bluetooth band if you'd like.

Note that the T2s' nozzles are pretty wide, so if you have narrow ear canals they might not fit.

u/finitemike · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Definitely go with BoomPro compatible headphones exclusively, here are the good ones:

$80 Phillips SHP9500 (Legendary at this point. Neutral, budget open backs)
$150 Phillips X2 are insanely cheap right now (Very fun open-back V, bassy, wide, lots of highs)

$155 Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus (closed, wide and sub bass)

$299 T60RP. Just about the highest end headphones that are BoomPro compatible. Can be Argon modded as well for another $100 (adds even more bass, detail, and wider sound stage)

Onboard PC audio is fine, but the $150 Sennheiser GSX 1000 is an end game DAC/MIXAMP/audio controller for gaming headsets and really enhances the experience.

u/nostylejack · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Fun is a word used to describe the Fidelio X2 pretty often. Or you could go the planar route with Hifiman HE4XX. You'll want an amp for the latter.

u/Fumferknuckle · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

The Fidelio's are actually $99 for me, try this link:

I think I am bout to purchase the Fidelio's myself. It was that or the SHP9500's, but think I've decided to go for the (currently) 50ish dollars more set of cans. I have wanted a 770/880/990 set for years but think I prefer the X2HR's (having not heard either) for the functionality and such. Removable cable, open back compared to 770 pros but not missing out on bass, less impedance ect.

I am hesitant mostly due to the headband style and possible weight, but if it's comfortable then I'm cool. Having not tried the X2HR's or the SHP9500's, I *think* I prefer the 9500's headband design compared to the Fidelio design but can't have everything.

Let us know what you get, and rock on!

u/StayAwayGhoul · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

> AKG-702

Literally like over $300

These are brand new. You are correct however by looking for used as they're much cheaper. Also euros is really different from dollars.

Anyway you right though. I really do appreciate the advice given. I'm going to check out some reviews for some and pick em out, but just based on design alone I'm liking the 702's. I understand and once again I really appreciate it. When looking at the Beyerdynamics, they have quite a few versions like pro and premium. Hmn wonder what's the difference between them are.

After much thought I am probably going to go with the 990. And dan that's a long ass cord for those headphones

u/91ronnie · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

For FPS gaming I use the AKG K702 because in Italy these headphones are very cheap on amazon and they have a great soundstage and accurate imaging (bass frequencies are quite recessed). I feel I can recommend these headphones and, if I lived in USA, I probably would have taken the AKG K7XX.

As a mic, I suggest you a not very expensive lavalier microphone or desktop microphone.