Hifiman has **** QC but sound good. The DT 1990 is a FANTASTIC headphone with awesome sound quality and even nicer build.
I don't like V-shaped sound signatures so I can't recommend the DT 770 personally.
They're pretty mediocre headphones that got a really good reputation early on... And for good reason. You get a decent bang for the buck when they are around $100. However, you can find HE-400i's for $200 new right now on Amazon and HD 6xx for $200 on Massdrop so M50x's arent really necessary unless you need a closed back pair of cans.
The HD 800 is much more analytical sounding with a leaner mids and a dip upper mid response. The highs are much more prominent as well. The LCD-2F 2016 edition has that planar bass that extends all the way down to the lowest sub bass frequencies. It's a very linear headphone up to 1k where the response tastefully falters in the upper mids and then has another pleasant rise into the treble to create a nice sense of airyness. I like the LCD-2's more in the sound department, but theyre so damn heavy and uncomfortable.
I worked hard and bought them
Yeah and theyre fantastic. Slightly boosted bass, neutral mids, and slightly bright highs. Great build and look to them.
What kind of sound signature do you want? The HD 600 is still my favorite headphone even though I won HD 800's and Audeze LCD-2's. They're legendary for a reason and they go for $286 on Amazon. If you want a little more sub-bass and warmth then you could go with a used LCD-2. Other great options in that price range for open backs are the Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro and the Hifiman HE-560 (and 400i for that matter).
It's garbage. Razer is not an audio company and their headphones reflect that. Look at the HyperX Cloud 2 or a Philips SHP 9500 with a v moda boom pro instead.
Do you have any audio equipment?
At 99$ you can have a Sennheiser HD 558's, which handily beat the astro's in sound, weight, and imaging. Hell, at $55 you can snag a SHP 9500 which still outperforms the Astro's... Grab a boom pro for $30 more and you have a top of the line headset for under $100. I think Astro makes an aesthetically pleasing product but it doesn't stand a chance in performance with audiophile grade headphones in the same price bracket.
HD 600's with a Schiit Magni 3/ Modi 2 cannot be beat for the price.
Astro's. Dont get them, they are trash for the price.
+1 for having headphones that aren't complete garbage like 90% of the submissions on here. Sweet build!
nope nope nope. I'm a Sennheiser fan boy but their in ears are garbage. For $30 look at the Tennmak Pro on amazon. Fantastic in ear's that have a dark, relatively bassy sound signature.
They're just pretty poor headphones for the price
Really badass setup. Why the Krakens though???
uh hell yes.
Please get a real pair of headphones if youre gonna drop that kind of cash... Get a SHP 9500 and a boom pro and youre set for under $100.
Dont forget the MrSpeakers Aeon. I found it to be as good as the ether flow c's at much more manageable $800.
I posted about the DAC on your last post! I think anyone who enjoys music and gaming owes it to themselves to get a quality pair of headphones. I started like many other people and used gaming headphones growing up. I bought my first pair of open backs in the HD 598's and it's just gone from there. I've now owned the LCD-2, HD 800, and Focal Elear at one point or another. Music becomes more alive and gaming becomes more immersive. If you have the money, don't settle. Grab the HD 558's and spend another $100 on a Schiit Fulla 2 DAC/amp combo.
Okay I'm sorry for having to cut that off so short because I had to go, I told myself I'd finish the post this morning. This won't be as long because as far as the consumer is concerned, buying a DAC is relatively easy. There isn't a whole lot of factors that make a difference like there is with amp/headphone synergy.
Basically a DAC (Digital-Analog Converter) does exactly what it says. It converts a digital, binary piece of data that is on your device to an analog signal that is played through an output device (speakers, headphones, etc.). Their are several different manufacturers that make DAC chips and sell them out to companies like Fiio, Schiit, etc. to use in their products. I wouldn't get to deep into DAC's and their nuances because it has the largest diminishing returns point in your source chain. A solid, inexpensive DAC will serve you well for a long time. The most important aspect of getting a separate DAC is to remove the conversion from being within the PC. With onboard audio you can fall victim to crosstalk interference from all of the components and their respective jobs. By buying an inexpensive but high quality DAC, like the Schiit Modi 2, you can separate that conversion process to a dedicated device that is distanced from the rest of the PC and its highway of information and interference. This leads to a cleaner conversion with less interference; something that high end headphones can easily pick up on.
I hope this answers your question and if you have anymore then let me know!
An amp simply boosts a signal. This is important with headphones that have a higher impedance rating (impedance being resistance to an electrical current) because an amp will push more power to overcome that resistance. Now don't be fooled, because you will hear this from the inexperienced, just because a headphone has a high impedance does NOT mean it takes a lot of power to create a loud volume... That would be the Nominal SPL, or sensitivity. For example, I have pair of Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro's on the way right now and they are 250 ohm (high impedance rating) but also a very high sensitivity of over 100 dB/mW. I can drive them to a loud volume because of the sensitivity. However, if you're amp cannot push enough current to overcome the impedance load then you won't be able to get the most out of your headphones sound-wise. For example again, your HD 558's would likely have better bass performance with an amplifier. Why? The impedance isn't high? Well, dynamic drivers aren't purely resistive like planar magnetic drivers so impedance can vary along the frequency response. Your 558's have a large impedance spike in the mid-bass to several hundred ohms, which is a lot of resistance so it needs more current to overcome that. If that need is met then the bass will be hitting full potential because the amp can supply enough power to offset the high resistance in the impedance spike.
I've gotta hit the hay but that's the basics!
Ayeeee Grado's! How do you like them?
+1 for HD 598's. Thanks for doing research on your audio and not buying a piece of **** like I see all too often on here. Great build too!
Pretty sure I saw you post about your SHP9500 mod on r/headphones or r/headphonesporn
It's a seriously good sounding combo! Going Schiit Valhalla 2 from here on the amp side. That'll be in awhile though... still feeling the financial kick in the nuts from getting the HD 800's.
I still hit 144 fps in all the titles I play and when I come across the occasional game that my 1080/4790k combo can't thrash then G-SYNC does a beautiful job of covering that up
I got this GPU in July 2016
Tennmak Pro's, youre welcome.
I'd get an external dac/amp like the Schiit Fulla 2 or Fiio E10k. Much better value and performance.
The M50x's get absolutely destroyed by the 598's... Literally no contest.
Ahyri isn't wrong necessarily. My HD 800's have a 300 ohm impedance but a high sensitivity as well. So getting a loud enough volume isn't hard. However, dynamic drivers do not have purely resistive loads like planar magnetics so having an amp that cam push enough voltage for a 600 ohm impedance spike can make a huge difference. Just remember one thing people, just because your headphones can be driven to loud volumes does NOT mean they are being driven to full potential.
you definitely don't want to use close backs on an external mic unless there is a active playback option through the mic. You won't be able to monitor your volume... Plus closed backs typically are poor choices for gaming due to their lack of soundstage and imaging abilities. I'd recommend the Sennheiser HD 558/598 or the SHP9500.
You know what's up. Make sure to spread the word around here because every time I see some piece of **** headset with a $2,000 build my heart just crumbles.
+1 for HD 558's. Thanks for paying attention to your audio, us audiophiles appreciate it (;
YES SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHAT THE **** THEY ARE DOING WITH AUDIO. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.
-Owner of HD 600, LCD-2, and Focal Elear
Tennmak Pro. You are welcome.
It's pretty sweet aesthetically but what the hell is that tower placement? That looks so uncomfortable my dude
Philips SHP 9500
Sennheiser HD 558's for $80 at best buy is the best deal out there and they smoke both of those headphones. the M50x is very meh.
Phillips SHP 9500
Headphones with active noise cancellation typically suck really bad until you get into the $300+ range and even then they are meh. Why do you need ANC? I would reconsider not just for quality and price purposes but have you heard the stories of people not being able to hear their surroundings and tragedy strikes? I've heard a few stories of people getting burglarized or their family getting burglarized while they can't hear. I know it seems unlikely but being aware of your surroundings while your gaming or out and about is a big deal. Anyways, why not go with a good pair of audiophile grade headphones with a standalone mic? ANC is so unnecessary for gaming and will tear sound quality and soundstage to pieces.
They are both complete and utter trash. Look into a real pair of headphones. What's your budget? I can give you some recommendations.
Yeah they would do just fine with games!
Cloud 2. I can't get you out with a nice set of cans + mic for under $100. There is always the SHP9500 + V-Moda BoomPro but I'm not sure if that works on PS4.
SHP-9500 or the Sennheiser HD 558 (Can be had around $70 at Best Buy right now)
+1 for the HD 598's. Thanks for making informed audio purchases. Seeing all of these gaming headphones around here makes me want to rip my hair out.
Planar's are a game changer for sure. I've owned the Hifiman HE-400i's and now I have Audeze LCD-2 2016 Fazor's and man... Planar bass is high addictive and very, very satisfying. Grab a pair of 600/650's for sure. I absolutely love my 600's and Sennheiser just does it right. I know people that still have their HD 600's from the early 2000's and haven't had to replace anything but the pads. Sennheiser is a rare company in the fact that they build their products to work flawlessly and last a lifetime when they are taken care of. I promise you'll love them to death and they will be a pair of cans that you can pass down someday because they'll probably still be working.
If you want a combo DAC/amp look at the Schiit Fulla 2. Can't go wrong with Schiit
I mean it bugs me but I totally understand. Everybody's needs and desires are different so I can't blame anyone in the world for not wanting to drop money on audio. I was just saying that if you are going to spend the money then use it wisely. Most people will notice the difference immediately when they switch to something nice. It's a very addicting process as you upgrade... You hear new things in your music that you've never heard before.