Best headphone accessories according to redditors

We found 10,868 Reddit comments discussing the best headphone accessories. We ranked the 2,113 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Headphone Accessories:

u/overstable · 279 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Sony MDR-7506

They've been a standard for professional audio engineers for decades for good reason - and they only cost $79.99 on Amazon.

I've had mine since the mid-90s and have traveled around the country with them crammed in a backpack and they have held up like a champion. I keep saying I'll replace them with the same model if they ever die, but they just keep working.... The only issue is that the ear pad covering wears away over time, but this is easily fixed by purchasing BeyerDynamic velour pads. These pads are super comfy, and well worth the $23. They're not just a replacement for the original, they are an upgrade.

u/RabbleRouser27 · 164 pointsr/Cooking

Best cookbook you can get with everything youre looking for. The guy was a chemist I believe and decided to combine it with his love of cooking. It tells you why cooking an egg a certain way will give a certain result. What happens the the proteins inside the egg, what cookware to use, how to improve already popular dishes. Great shit in store for you my friend.

u/Evictus · 156 pointsr/askscience

Also, The Food Lab is a good book to read as well, has similar information on cooking I assume as the book you've suggested. I actually have it next to my bed right now and it's a pretty good cookbook / reference.

u/ender4171 · 99 pointsr/Cooking

For learning methods and the science behind cooking I would say The Food Lab by J Kenji Lopez-Alt. It is a textbook of cooking methods, analysis, and expliantion of the science of how cooking works and how to get the best (or just different) results from recipes. It also contains a ton of excellent recipes.

For just recipes, I would say The New York Times Cookbook by Craig Claiborne. It has hundreds of incredible recipes from a variety of cultures. Some of them are quite complex, but most are very approachable for cooks of all levels. It is not an advanced cookbook for the most part, but has a lot of solid classic recipes. One does need a basic grasp of cooking terms and techniques to get the best out of it.

u/manirelli · 63 pointsr/buildapc

ATH-M50S with velour DT250/280 pads

This pic shows the difference for anyone looking to do the "mod"

u/Spynde · 62 pointsr/buildapc

I would recommend this: DAC/AMP in one unit for under $100.

Flio E10K

u/Calijor · 59 pointsr/todayilearned

I also own a pair of these and if you want them to be comfortable you may have to grab some $20 velour pads. I have these as well and they make it far more comfortable to wear. I literally have these on for 8 hours after playing Civ and besides them being a little warm (Florida) they're super comfy.

u/HowManySmall · 50 pointsr/buildapc

I don't have a picture, but I use my Superlux HD668B, a Blue Snowball, Corsair K65 RGB LUX [MX Red], Logitech G Pro, and a Pecham Extended mousepad to cover up my swiss cheese desk.

I definitely suggest the HD668B if you want a new pair of headphones for cheap, best pair of headphones I've ever had. Removable cable, top tier sound, and you can change the earpads if you want to.


u/WalkingTurtleMan · 49 pointsr/IAmA

I'm not Mr. AB, but my go-to cookbook is The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt. It's my favorite for a couple of reasons:

  1. It's freaking huge. Seriously, it will take up a lot of room on your self.
  2. It covers a huge array of topics. Whole chapters devoted to breakfast, roasts, salads, veggies, etc.
  3. It tackles the science behind the recipe. Why does it taste so good? Why do you need so much salt? It turns out that for thousands of years humans just did trial and error and found that x amount of y made it tasty. Kenji figures out what happens on a molecular level and perfects the recipes based on that. He also tells you how YOU can recombine these base on what you have lying around.
  4. There's a lot of relatively quick and easy meals, as well as a few big meals like Thankgivings as well.

    On top of that, the author is now experimenting with a Youtube channel!

    Hopefully this will make dinner a bit easier for you.
u/uid_0 · 48 pointsr/AskCulinary

I would recommend The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. It covers a lot of techniques and dishes-out the science behind them.

u/MrDanbourineMan · 44 pointsr/IWantToLearn

If you’re willing to spend a little money, buy The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez Alt. It is amazing. It’s a beautiful book with detailed documentation of experimentation with various methods / times / ingredients.

Edit: misspelled dude’s name

u/brdwatbamiwrb · 44 pointsr/battlestations

This one.

I love it, keeps my headset within reach but out of the way.

u/NoraTC · 42 pointsr/AskCulinary

Here is a nice backgrounder on the sciency side of the chemical effects - and it should be a basic part of your understanding of salt effects. The Food Lab's chapter on the science of ground meat opened a whole new avenue of cooking fun for me, just by understanding why when you add how much salt to ground meat yields totally different products. You can generally access the basic ideas by googling "food lab", including the ground meat product you want to make as a google term, if you do not have access to the book. I commend buying it, because it is the kind of reference work that cries out for annotating and browsing.

...and now for a much less technical reasons: (1) salt lightly early on, because you may want to concentrate stuff down and (2) if there is some salt there, you can easily say, "that is under salted but what else does it need?" - with no salt on board the lack of salt is all you will notice.

Balance out final heat, acid, umami, finishing herb stuff, all of which can affect final salt preference, then correct the salt if needed.

u/milehighjessa · 36 pointsr/howto

Oh!!! I just read about this in The Food Lab!

Directly from the book: “Eggshells are porous: they lose about 4 microliters of water a day to evaporation while simultaneously taking air into the space between the sheep and the inner membrane near the fat end. In very fresh eggs, the air space is tiny and the egg will sink to the bottom of the bowl and lie on its side. As eggs get older, the air space will grow, so old eggs will sink and then stand on their points as the air in the larger end tries to rise. If you’ve got an egg that floats, it’s probably past it’s prime and should be discarded.”

The book really is an incredible read, whether you cook a lot or not. I would absolutely recommend it.

Edit: between the SHELL not sheep

u/Due_rr · 33 pointsr/AskCulinary

The food lab. You can also buy Modenist Cuisine at Home.

u/Incursus · 33 pointsr/buildapcsales

DO NOT USE THESE, they make it VERY easy to break your 3.5mm jack.

Instead, use something like this that separates the 1/4" section from the smaller jack:

Alternatively, you can get this aftermarket cable:

u/rmw156 · 33 pointsr/headphones

These get much more comfortable when you throw a pair of new pads on them. I went with these.

u/dhamilt9 · 31 pointsr/cookingforbeginners

Surprised no one has mentioned The Food Lab given how popular it is on Reddit. Not only is every recipe in it a certified banger, it also does a great job walking you through the scientific reasons behind each recipe, so in addition to the recipes in the book you gain a ton of skills and techniques applicable when coming up with your own recipes.

u/FriendVriendin · 31 pointsr/GifRecipes

What book?

edit: The Food Lab. Thanks u/Imnotveryfunatpartys

u/crustillion · 31 pointsr/buildapcsales
u/super_cheeky · 24 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

For anyone shopping for a good home chef, I would recommend The Food Lab. It's got a cult-like following for a reason; there's even a subreddit—r/seriouseats

u/AlexTehBrown · 24 pointsr/Cooking

The Food Lab!!!

Techniques are explained really well. It doesn't just tell you what to do, it tells you why to do it. There are good recipes, but the best part is that you learn the howsand whys, which make the skills transferable and it will bring your cooking to a new level. It is designed for home cooks, and Kenji is the best, you can't go wrong.

u/myshoesarebrown · 23 pointsr/MealPrepSunday

Thanks for all the great comments and compliments! Woke up to a full inbox. To answer a few of the questions:

  1. Here is the link for the containers on amazon:
  2. Recipes:
    1. Pasta Salad with dijon vinagrette, olives, capers, shredded mozzerella and sundried tomatoes
    2. Black eyed pea salad with red onion, celery and ceasar dressing.
    3. The egg salad, roasted broccoli with bread crumbs, and marinated kale salad are all from The Food Lab book.
  3. I'm doing this mostly for health reasons. Not to lose weight, but just to eat better. I work in a hospital and the cafeteria food is pretty unhealthy (oh the irony). I have very little self control when I go there, and I wind up getting a slice of pizza or chicken tenders or something equally unhealthy.
u/Aari_G · 21 pointsr/breakingmom

I got part one (part one!) of my gift this week! Not near my phone to take a picture, but it's this bad boy! I'm fucking stoked, I love Serious Eats and it's gonna be fucking awesome to have an actual physical cookbook I can leaf through instead of bullshit allrecipes and stupid mommy blogs where you have to read through twenty pages of stupid sanctimommy bullshit before you even get to the recipe!

And holy shit, it's HUGE! It talks about everything! There's chapters on pasta, steak, chicken, all the fun stuff! And there's conversion charts right inside the cover so I don't need to ask google how much a cup of flour weighs (for the thirtieth fucking time!)

I love it! <3

u/Hapistoric · 21 pointsr/buildapc

Buy this :

You save so much money on the long run. And you can clean your computer more often because it'll cost you less

u/itsZiz · 20 pointsr/buildapc

I started with just a few things and then listed everything I see... sorry for the spam
(these are all things I have, feel free to ask any Q's)

- Mini Fridge -

- Cup -

- Air Cleaner -

- Good Chair Mat -

- Big Boy Ergo Chair -

- Camera Mount -

- Space Heater -

- LED Lights -

- Foot Rest -

- Wrist Rest -

- Underdesk Headphone hanger -

- Trash Can -

- Cat Bed -

- Keyboard -

- Keycaps -

- Mouse -

- Mouse Mat -

- Headphones -

- Dac/Amp -

- Speakers -

- Subwoofer -

- Mic -

- Mic Interface -

- Boom Arm -

- Web Cam Alternative -

- Lens -

- PC Cam Interface -

- Lights Boxes -

- Light Box Stands & Clamp -

- Light Bulbs -

u/X28 · 19 pointsr/AskCulinary
u/jasonnug · 16 pointsr/buildapcsales

Yes, the cord that comes with it is crap imo. I got this cord recently for mine and it's fantastic.

u/KoreaKoreaKoreaKorea · 16 pointsr/buildapc

$30 DAC - Link - Please know these aren't game changers, it's only offering better quality sound than your motherboard. If your headphones or speakers aren't that great, it's not doing to do much. Weakest link type of thing. If your headphones suck, these wont help. But if you have a decent set of phones, many people have sworn by these.

$75 DAC - Link - More expensive, better sound output. Again, should be paired with even higher quality sound gear. $100+ speakers/headphones.

$115 DAC - My Dac - Link - I needed a dac with a little power. I use speakers with my setup instead of headphones. This one is 2x25. It's honestly the most anyone should need for a 2.0 system.

$80 Speakers - Link - These are mine. I love them. Best combined $200 I've spent. Instead of a CPU that will need to be replaced in two years, these will out last many builds if I take care of them. The reviews are through the roof compared to the price. And I'd have to agree.

There are a million reviews about the topping DAC + Micca speakers. Things feel more immersive. I think that's the simplest way to put it.

u/CoronerDonut · 14 pointsr/buildapc


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Headphones | Superlux - HD668B Headphones | $39.95 @ Amazon
Other | Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone | $5.99 @ Amazon
Other| [OPTIONAL] Replacement ear cushions for better comfort| $7.88
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $53.82
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-07-06 22:42 EDT-0400 |

  • best budget headphones /r/headphones approved

  • great budget mic

  • not a headset


  • 2 cables. deal with it

  • not XxX mlg gam3r XxX 0/10

    EDIT: added link to optional replacement ear pads/cushions that'll improve the comfort.
u/Malatros · 13 pointsr/IWantToLearn

I don't know a lot about baking, but one of my friends does and she recommended the below book.

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

Also, there is a great show called Good Eats I recommend for this. :)

u/K_U · 13 pointsr/humblebundles

Nothing particularly good in this bundle.

If you want take up cooking and treat yourself, I would give my highest personal recommendation to The Food Lab and Bravetart. They are great because they go over technique and fundamentals and provide a good base that you can build from once you get more comfortable in the kitchen. Once you hit that point The Flavor Bible is also a great resource for experimentation.

u/Spl4tt3rB1tcH · 12 pointsr/oneplus

No, bluetooth is not a proper replacement for the analog jack. AptX-HD and LDAC are nice, and would suffice (at least for on the go listening) IF they could handle a stable connection. But they can't. Especially when you're outside.

I looked into it. If I wanted to go bluetooth with AptX-HD/LDAC I'd need a setup thats FAR more inconvenient than a simple 3.5 jack cable - A small portable bluetooth DAC/Amp that supports the codecs (Example), still a 3.5 jack cable and my IEMs, connected via bluetooth to my phone. Wow, where do I put the additional device now? Fucking clip it on my damn jacket?

All convenient "audiophile" solutions cost 150 bucks or much more, AND ONLY support normal AptX. For example the Plussound cables. Normal AptX is pretty damn horrible if you have good earphones, y'know. And no it's definitely not proper 16bit lossless.

So then there is the obvious solution. Do what many others do and buy some bluetooth headphones. But there is NO DAMN CHOICE of good headphones. All bluetooth headphones are midrange AT MAX, but already cost a shitload for the cheap quality.

Bluetooth is not, and will never be a proper replacement. There must be a new and proper music streaming standard before we can ditch the headphone jack for real.

u/whymygraine · 12 pointsr/headphones


EarStudio ES100-24bit Portable High-Resolution Bluetooth Receiver/USB DAC/Headphone Amp with LDAC, aptX HD, aptX, AAC (3.5mm Unbalanced & 2.5mm Balanced Output)

u/alahos · 12 pointsr/buildapcsales

What do you guys think of electric blowers like this one? Assuming it's not a piece of crap, it could pay for itself.

edit: Definitely getting myself one, just not necessarily the one I linked to. Thanks for the answers!

u/Daemon_Ursus · 12 pointsr/buildapcsales

I also really like these, great headphones at a great price. However the stock cords suck pretty hard unless you like grippy rubber cables. I picked up these as a replacement, and fully recommend them for anyone else who doesn't like the stock cable:

u/Bachstar · 11 pointsr/seriouseats

He's the culinary director of the blog Serious Eats. Used to work in the Cooks Illustrated test kitchen before starting out on his own. He's very beloved on Reddit, partly because he's often participating in community threads, partly because he's a fantastically detailed & process-oriented chef who helps you understand why it's important to do X step or use X ingredient.

Link to his book which is also awesome.

u/fancy_pantser · 11 pointsr/AskCulinary

I think you are starting from the wrong place if you think it will be like Texan chili [con carne]. Mole negro and soft cheeses are the main culinary exports of Oaxaca and they are fantastic. This is one of my two favorite culinary regions in Mexico!

Mole negro
First off, the famous mole negro using the regional pasilla de Oaxaca pepper (aka "chile negro" when dried). There are many recipes for that; find one that has ingredients you can pick up at your local Mexican supermarket or order online. You can cook meat (often chicken) in it or use it to make enchiladas enmoladas. They're soft, cheesy, and the rich, black sauce has a great pepper flavor but also a complex mixture of spices that lend subtle notes to the flavor like a fine wine. Every abuelita in Oaxaca has her own special variation on the recipe.

Traditional meal: nopales + meat + oaxaqueño cheese + guajillo sauce
Another personal favorite coming straight out of restaurants in Oaxaca is often called the Conquista Plate. As you can see, a thin steak over grilled cactus, Oaxaca cheese and chile guajillo sauce. The cactus is nopales; learn to love it's mild flavor, as it's in tons of authentic Mexican dishes. Guajillos are a fairly mild chili with a distinct, tart taste. They're also used all over Mexico so you should be able to find them pretty easily. Oaxaca is famous for cheese, so you can also easily find that in most Mexican markets.

Recipe for the sauce (use only guajillos and ancho). You can find your own instructions on grilling nopales and the steak or whatever meat you want to go with it. That red sauce can basically go on anything.

Chile verde: more like a SW "chili"
Although it's not from further south than Chihuahua and Sonora and has become a staple in New Mexican cuisine, chile verde is probably going to be the best marriage of rich Mexican sauces and a more traditional southwestern US "chili" where chunks of tough meat are stewed or braised in the sauce until tender. I've tested and approve of this recipe as a basic starting point. However, in The Food Lab, Kenji goes into detail about why it's better to let this dish braise in the oven. Here is his final recipe, which is amazing and pretty simple once you get through it a couple times (and usually provides leftovers for days). I do believe he is a bit misinformed (in the book, in particular) about how unique Hatch chilies are; the exact same chilies are widely available as "Anaheim peppers" in addition to other sub-cultivars of the classic "No.9 chile". But I digress.

More about chile verde and SW food
I collected about a dozen cookbooks when living in NM trying to find more chile verde recipes to try. Two more recent ones I highly recommend are New Mexico Cuisine: Recipes from the Land of Enchantment and Red or Green: New Mexico Cuisine. For authentic Oaxaqueño recipes, I have only read Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy but it's very good and sub-divides the region to give you a sampling of coastal seafood, cheese from the mountains, and about a thousand mole recipes!

Finally, I want to say I agree with your friend: Tex-Mex is a mistake and traditional Mexican food is where the good eats are at!

u/stevenkmason · 11 pointsr/goodyearwelt

My Santa was /u/havingaraveup and he absolutely knocked it out of the park.

I received The Food Lab cookbook that I've been wanting for some time (how did he know?!?!). It's already on display in my home and I used it for dinner last night (slow cooker bbq steak tips)!

He also included some shoe care products and this homemade Aaron Rodgers candle that I shall sacrificially burn next year when the Lions defeat the Packers on their way to the Super Bowl.

Thank you so much for your generosity!

Also, shoutout to /u/aype for putting this on.

u/skweejal · 11 pointsr/Vive

Man, you asked a question that will only get you "Senheissers only" style answers. So, I'm gonna try to hit all of your concerns with 1 (well 2) products.

Superlux 681 or 668b

I have a pair of Superlux 681.

  1. They are tight but comfortable. They will have a slight amount of jiggle with really fast head movements, but these things will be hard to fling off of your noggin. The ear pads are pretty terrible, but they are interchangeable with the AKG 240 headphone pads. I would highly recommend swapping those out. Here are the ones I bought.

  2. They sound amazing for the price. Seriously, the audio will take a shit on 95% of those "gaming" headphones that tout "True 360 degree surround sound" bollocks. The 681 are a tad bit tinny, but you will hardly notice unless you're an audiophile. The 668bs are much less tinny if you find the 681 having too much treble.

  3. Easy to take off and easy to handle. They weigh about 250g so they are pretty light. Easy to handle.

  4. Here's the kicker, they cost me $30 on amazon.

    "Mate" you must be thinking, "You're pullin my fuckin' chain, these must be shit". I'm not, your chain is not being pulled. These aren't the "Best headphones for under $30", these might just be the best headphones for under $150. The sound you get out of them is comparable to some seriously high end shit. Ignore the SteelSeries, Razer, and Sennheiser status quo. This is the first place you should look.
u/Flannel_Condom · 11 pointsr/Metal

I'm sporting the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x and a FiiO E10K. I also use the Fidelia music player on a mac. It's definitely an upgrade from standard audio equipment but still under $250. You can easily go nuts and drop $1,000+.

FLACCs are still difficult to find from digital sources for lesser known bands. Not everyone's on bandcamp. I buy the physical CD then rip it to FLACC. 320kb/s MP3s are ok but if you opt for a higher fidelity setup I'd stick to FLACC, ALAC, WAV, or AIFF.

u/Jonners_90 · 11 pointsr/headphones

I'm in Canada, btw.

I have a basic SMSL dac/amp to use with my PS4 through optical and have enjoyed my 598s + Modmic 5 for gaming for some time now (almost 2 years). Very light and comfortable. However I can't always use open back because the house can get noisy with a baby niece and nephew. I've used a few Hyper X headsets before (still own the original Clouds, sold my Alphas) but was getting bored.

I enjoy the Sennheiser sound so I was looking for something similar to the 598s, but closed . Along came the Cs. They're a tad expensive up here - $180 CAD + 13% tax on Amazon... But I found someone on Kijiji selling theirs for 90 bucks! They were in good condition too. Box was a little beat up, but both cords were intact (1/4 was still wrapped). Here's a comparison from a gaming perspective in CoD WW II:

598s have this smooth sound that's easy to like. Imaging is excellent and soundstage is wide enough to make your head turn around to see where stuff is coming from sometimes.

Gunshots pierce the environment to immerse you without sounding shrill or harsh and the tail end of explosion sound effects with the shrapnel and dirt flying around is very satisfying.

The mids of course are forward, people usually call this "warm", don't they? Sorry I'm not an expert audiophile. Vocal callouts are lively, the rumble of tanks is clear, reload sounds are detailed and very "metallic", the way they should be.

The bass is a bit light. It's there, but I know Sennheiser cans don't emphasize it. Explosions and ordnance are present, but a little more low end wouldn't hurt. I wanna feel like I'm there, not far away from the action.

The Cs are essentially exactly what they sound like... Closed 598s.

  • Treble sounds similar and has enough detail, just not quite as perfected as the originals.

  • Mids sound a little more hollow, but just barely. It's not terrible but I expected this.

  • Bass is improved. Punchier and tighter. This I enjoy. :)

  • just the right clamping pressure, soft headband, and the unique rubbery cloth earcup material = the most comfortable, best sound isolation closed headphone I've ever tried. Seriously. Beats both the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pros and the Hyper X Alphas WITH HM5 pads on them. They are wonderful.

    Here is something to note: the standard 4 foot 3.5mm cable is TRRS and includes a cheap crappy mic on it. Amps usually don't read TRRS plugs very well. When I first tried that cord with 1/4 inch adapter, it sounded like absolute trash! Dollarama earbuds would give it competition.

    I plugged in the 10 ft straight 1/4 inch cord from my SEs into the Cs and it fixed the issue. Sounds great now! So, if you plan on using these, don't use the TRRS cable in your amp or PC motherboard. You'll have to get a y splitter like this.

    I highly recommend these on sale or used. Not $180 CAD.

    TLDR: Cs are basically exactly what you expect, a closed off 598. Different headband and earcups make for a comfortable fit and clamp. Be wary of the TRRS cord in your amps. Worth it on sale or used.

u/downquark5 · 10 pointsr/weightroom

You are a newbie. Get a cage so you can have adjustable safeties.

This is the rack that I own.

I have done 400+lb rack pulls on it for reps. I have done 185lb overhead press on it. I have squatted and failed 395lbs on it. It is a good rack and it is cheap.

u/clothing_throwaway · 10 pointsr/headphones

So I recently got a Philips Fidelio X2, Syba Sonic DAC/Amp, and a V-moda Boompro mic, and I wanted to share some thoughts.

My goal was to get something easy, convenient, and quality for gaming but still good for music and movies (aka, a fun v-shape sound signature), while still being open back. Like others, I've gone back and forth on a million different combinations of headphones, mics, dacs, amps, etc. I felt like I was going crazy...

"Well, I could get a Beyerdynamic... but most of their affordable stuff have fixed cables... I could get the SHP9500... but I hear bass is lacking... I could get a Sennheiser HD58X... but then I can't use the V-moda... I could just do a table mic... but then it starts getting too cluttered... etc., etc., etc."

Finding the right combination of my nitpicky requirements is a goddamned nightmare.

I finally settled on a used pair of X2s, thanks to Reddit, actually. Figured they would have the fun sound signature I was looking for, plus the open-back design I'd like for gaming (and just in general), plus the compatibility of the V-moda Boompro and the Syba Sonic DAC/Amp that works so well with the Boompro all at an affordable pricepoint.

And if you're wondering, yeah, I was influenced by ZReviews. I realize now that he jumps on some things and hypes them up probably too quickly, but if anyone has seen his reviews on the SHP9500, Fidelio X2, or the Syba Sonic, it really does seem like a dream come true for someone like me who is looking for a really good all-arounder for gaming, music and movies.

Before I get specifically into the X2, just so you know where I'm coming from, my long-time daily drivers have been the very affordable Superlux HD681. They're very cheaply built, the stock earpads are utter garbage, they're bright, they have a pretty damn wide soundstage, they're incredibly good for gaming for the price, and they're still no slouch on bass and bass extension (although they certainly lean toward high trebles.

I picked up some Sennheiser HD 4.40BT recently because I wanted something portable and wireless. They're decent, but they're uncomfortable and they sound so muddied compared to my much cheaper Superlux.

Anyway, onto the X2...

Build Quality

Initial impressions are that these are well built. Feel very sturdy and rugged yet still sleek, if not a tad too heavy.

The headband is incredibly comfortable. In fact, so far in my time with headphones, these are by far the most comfortable pair of headphones I've ever worn.

That being said, while the clamping force is nice and light and doesn't put much pressure on my ears or jaw, the clamping force is almost too light. It causes them to sag on my head and it means the tops of my ears are what's ultimately doing most of the work keeping the headphones on my head. This also means that if I simply look around too quickly (like, not vigorously shake my head but literally just look in one direction or the other too fast) they literally fall out of place. Very annoying. I like how comfortable they are, but they need more clamping force.

Also, I feel like they creak. I can literally hear them creaking when they're on my head and I move around a bit. It's not the end of the world, but I feel like that shouldn't be happening with headphones that are in the "mid-fi" price range.

I have no idea what the stock pads are like, because I bought them used and the guy had these on them. I will say that those Hifiman velour pads are hella comfy, but they messed with the sound signature in a way I didn't like (more on that in a sec).

So, yeah...comfy, built well, detachable cable is a HUGE fuckin plus, but they need more clamping force and they have a tendency to creak.

Sound and Stuff

I'm no audiophile, so I'll try not to pretend like I am.

When I first got these, my initial impression was "FUCK these are way too dark and muddy." Just like when I first tried the Sennheiser HD 4.40BT (in comparison to my Superlux HD681), I felt like there was practicaly 0 treble. Like, not v-shaped sound signature but a fucking high, inauthentic bump in the bass and then a sharp fucking drop off the side of a cliff.

"Where are the vocals?? Where are the guitars?? Where is the clarity??" is what I kept asking myself.

Unlike the HD 4.40BT, though, I tried not jumping to conclusions and I gave them some time to fester.

Here's one easy change that made a big difference: I had these cheap Cosmos earpads lying around from my Superlux HD681 and I swapped them onto the X2s. They're not as comfortable (although still comfy in general) and they're not nearly as thick, so therefore they brought my ears closer to the drivers, and BOOM...suddenly I had treble again!

I've heard some people say they think X2s are too sibilant, which is crazy to me. While I did get my treble back, they're far from being overly high. They're kind of just right now. Honestly, a simple earpad swap was almost all these needed (for me at least).

Sound clarity was still a bit muddy to me. And that's been the most disappointing thing for me.

Bass is there, treble is (now) there, mids are recessed like a lot of reviews claim, which is all perfectly fine with me, but it still feels muddy compared to my Superlux HD681. The Superlux HD681 feels more tinny to me now that I've tried the X2s for a little bit, so I'll happily take the X2s over the Superlux now, but I still feel like I can separate instruments, vocals, etc. I guess that would be called imaging?

A couple other changes helped that, though...

EQs and DAC/Amps

Like I said, I got the Syba Sonic DAC/Amp almost entirely for its usability with gaming. It gives me a mic input and a headphone output which is perfect for the V-moda boompro mic, plus a treble and bass boost, plus a volume knob.

For under $40 this was really all I needed. I have to say, it's been fun playing around with the treble and bass boost. It doesn't work in all instances, but there have been some songs where I reeeally want that bass, and the bass boost gives it to me. Other times when it just feels too muddy or grainy, the treble boost at least helps with clarity and I feel like I can pick songs apart a little better.

Also, I finally delved into the world of equalizing with Equalizer APO and these particular measurements for the X2. For the uninitiated, I guess these are a bunch of equalizer settings for tons of headphones that are designed to make the headphones as neutral as possible. After reading a quick tutorial on how to work Equalizer APO I got it working, and I have to say it has made a real difference.

The X2s went from muddy, grainy, and lacking clarity to being (at least for me) decently more neutral and much cleaner and clearer. That being said the suggested -6.1dB gain seemed to make it so that my DAC/Amp just doesn't quite get loud enough. I changed that to closer to -4.0dB and now I seem to get a decent range of volume like before (although still not as much).

It did lighten the bass on the X2s, which is a bit of a downer. There are certain songs that really need the punch, but I'm still new to equalizers and too afraid to mess around with it too much.

All in all, the Cosmos earpads, Syba Sonic and EqualizerAPO changed these X2s waaaaay more than I honestly assumed they would. Honestly, kind of transformed them.

Quick Note About Soundstage

Since I also wanted these for gaming, I feel like I should mention soundstage.

I've heard some people say the X2s have amaaazingly wide soundstage and I've heard others say it almost has no soundstage whatsoever.

All I can say is that after going back and forth betwen the X2s and the Superlux HD681 in Overwatch, PUBG, and Fortnite, I feel like they are at least just as good as the Superlux if not better, which is plenty good enough for me since the Superlux have been my gold standard of gaming soundstage for qutie a while now.

Last Thoughts

So, did I get what I wanted? Ummm...mostly? I totally get now why people start "chasing the dragon" when they start getting deep into a hobby. There are so many specific things you want, and you begin to feel as though literally no company has actually even produced the thing you're looking for. It's almost like it doesn't exist.

Although, more than likely, you just haven't found it yet.

It took some messing around with earpads, a DAC/Amp, and an equalizer to truly get what I wanted out of these X2s, but I'm glad I didn't write them off immediately.

That being said, while the Fidelio X2s aren't giving me the clarity and imaging that I desire, they do have a found sound signature and they are a good choice for an all-arounder (gaming, music, movies, etc.).

You can get the bass that is surprisingly punchy for open-back headphones, you can get a soundstage that's decent enough for casual gaming with friends, they have that ever-elusive detachable cable, and some tweaks here and there can get you some cleaner treble.

I'm happy, but then I'm disappointed. I'm happy again, and then I'm disappointed again...such is the case of having too many criteria.

u/throwswithfats · 10 pointsr/Cooking

I think Serious Eats would be a great starting point for you. It's got the recipes, but it's also got the why. Learning why the food does what it does, and learning why recipes work or don't, is very important.

u/kmojeda · 10 pointsr/cookbooks

As an avid cook and collector of cookbooks, I have three recommendations -

  1. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
  2. The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez Alt
  3. The Flavor Bible

    The first two will teach you the essentials of cooking. How salt, fat, acid, and heat work together to make delicious food. J Kenji Lopez Alt has a popular serious eats blog and his book will teach you everything you need to know about cooking perfect meat, eggs, burgers, etc.

    Once you learn all of the basics from those books, use the Flavor Bible to be creative.
u/dethwysh · 10 pointsr/Android

Visitor from /r/headphones here.

You better believe I still use mine. Even if Dongles and external solutions are better than most integrated solutions, LG's Quad DAC designs are still decent, and some of the best integrated solutions available.

That being said, when I bring out more demanding headphones, or more sensitive in ears, I'll generally hook them to a portable dac/amp or a very low output impedance Dongle (for the IEMs).

That being said, I still use my headphone jack when I get into most cars, as there's the simplicity of one wire and you're good to go. Sure, it's not wireless, but there's never any drop outs, or weird latency, and/or compatibility issues. Arguably those issues depend on implementation, but still. Less moving parts so to speak.

Also, it's good to have for times when you want to plug into a friend's speaker or system and not blow out their BT settings.

Edit: added links.

u/Shenaniganz08 · 9 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I've had my Sony MDR7506s for over 12 years and they are still going strong. You can replace the pads with higher quality ones

You can thank me in advance

u/kh2linxchaos · 9 pointsr/buildapcsales

If you don't mind spending more money on different parts for these headphones, these earpad and headband replacements are fantastic.

u/ShadowX22 · 9 pointsr/DotA2

While people are recommending headsets that come with the mic. I'm going to recommend something else. Get a high quality set of over the ear headphones. I'm talking something like the Audio Technica ATH-M50S, Audio Technica ATH-AD700, Sennheiser HD555/595 (The 595's are very similar to the 555's but sound better, there are links around that you can mod your 555's to become 595's), or Sennheiser HD380 Pro. And then attach a Zalman Mic to it.

I have a pair of HD595's and absolutely love them, I can wear them all day and not feel it. They are built like tanks and have amazing sound quality. With my Zalman mic, I not only have a headset that has much higher sound quality than any gaming headset, but I can also use it for VOIP.

I used to have a pair of Creative Fatal1ty MKii, but after picking up my Sennheiser's I can't go back to them. The comfort and sound quality is literally night and day.

Although slightly out of your price range, the two companies make extremely high quality audio equipment. If you look through their offerings you'll definitely find a pair of headphones that will fit your budget. If you watch Amazon you can find that they cut prices dramatically from time to time, I picked up my 595's for around $150, and now they're almost $250.

u/aviewdev · 9 pointsr/pcgaming

If you get the superluxes consider these ear pads as well. Mmm... Velour.

u/vsTerminus · 9 pointsr/headphones

FiiO E10K Olympus DAC / Amp on Amazon

I am using it to drive a pair of Sennheiser HD 598 SE headphones at work.

Before you chastise me for open back in an office space, I listen at a relatively low volume, the ambient noise here is pretty loud, and I've okayed it with my cube neighbor who is rarely even at his desk.

Some initial thoughts:

  • The Bass switch is subtle enough (depending on the music) that I actually find it pleasant. Edit: Probably won't use it much long term, but it's nice for some kinds of music.
  • Size is smaller than I expected. Pencil for scale. (Sorry, no banana available)
  • Sound quality is quite nice for this purpose. You'll hear from others that this is basically an entry level DAC and they're not wrong. It works for me because I'm just using it to listen to lossy music (320mp3) at work and wanted something a little nicer than this old laptop's onboard DAC.
  • I have Gain on Low and wouldn't dream of raising it. OS volume sits around 70-80% and the physical knob on the amp doesn't rise above 3 most of the time.
  • Installation was dead simple, but I'm running Arch Linux (ALSA + Pulseaudio) so there is no driver installation. I just plug it in and tell the media player which device to use.

    The biggest issue I've been having so far is not the DAC's fault, but the fact that my laptop is quite old and has a weak CPU. This led to some crackling when the CPU was under heavy load, so I've had to tweak a number of things (process priorities, disable "smooth scrolling" in my browser, etc) to eliminate it.

    Otherwise it seems like a solid purchase.
u/erethangbagel · 9 pointsr/Android

Mine turns on and connects to my phone automatically every time I turn on the car. I have this one.

u/skulltree · 9 pointsr/battlestations

Not sure if troll...but he linked to Amazon UK. You can buy it here if you live in the U.S.

u/Du6e · 9 pointsr/buildapcforme

Based on all the research you put in, i don't think that you really need our help :p

But just in case you just need some re-assurance, the R7 series is definitely going to get you the best bang / buck, although it'll be interesting to see how Intel prices SkyLake X / KabyLake X.

You'll also have to look into if their block supports AM4 since they only say that they support AMD.

Why even bother with your SoundBlaster if it's going to complicate the build. I'd just sell it an get an external solution like a FiiO E10K or a Scarlet Solo (Although i guess that depends on what headphone you have).

Even with something like this, you still have quiet a bit leftover for some sleeved cables and a keyboard / headphone upgrade.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | AMD RYZEN 7 1700 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor | $319.75 @ OutletPC
Motherboard | MSI X370 GAMING PRO CARBON ATX AM4 Motherboard | $178.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $119.88 @ OutletPC
Storage | Samsung 960 Evo 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $129.99 @ B&H
Storage | Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | Purchased For $0.00
Storage | Crucial MX300 750GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | Purchased For $0.00
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card | Purchased For $0.00
Power Supply | SeaSonic 520W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular Fanless ATX Power Supply | $126.50 @ Jet
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $875.10
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-10 14:41 EDT-0400 |

u/aljobar · 9 pointsr/Cooking

You seriously cannot go past Kenji Lopez-Alt’s book: The Food Lab. It’s several hundred pages of how to cook basic things properly, then apply those techniques to more complex dishes. It even covers things like equipment, knife skills, etc. I understand that he’s launching a second copy soon, too.

u/julieannie · 9 pointsr/blogsnark

Some ideas that have worked well for me/others:

Aging Parents - Kind of expensive (fluctuates a ton) but if you have a parent with a ton of photos who talks about scanning them all in someday, this scanner is fantastic. I have the older version and it's literally so easy to use that even my mom and dad could figure it out when I let them borrow it. Not a great bulk doc scanner but exactly what you need for photos. Pair with a case like this to store the originals in and you've done a great deed.

Newlyweds- If they don't have specific interests, a picnic blanket goes over well. I have the one linked and it's nice for the cheap price. Pair with some wine, maybe some other picnic accessories. I'm also giving a minted gift for a custom designed print for wedding photos to my brother/new sister-in-law.

Teens- Move beyond the selfie stick - some phone lenses go a long way, get a self timer for the phone, or a PowerCore. The powercore isn't sexy but super loved by all. I usually hit up BaubleBar or Sephora for deals too.

Handyman- I shoved this cheap light in my husband's stocking last year and he loves it. It's super handy.

Homebody- This is out of stock in the best size right now but it always comes back in. It is the softest blanket ever, doesn't shed, and we bought them for every room of the house.

Dog- What dog doesn't love bully sticks? A good deal, really good quality and my dogs have loved them.

On my wishlist- A milk frother, The Food Lab cookbook, a magnetic pincushion, maybe some Ugg slippers, a bunch of Etsy art and Essie gel couture nail polish. Debating a special purchase for myself with a bonus I received, I'm thinking a camera for a big trip coming up if I can find the right holiday deal.

u/HyperCubed4 · 9 pointsr/seriouseats

I worked briefly as a butcher and, as a rule, I thought all minced beef was the same, aside from the fat content (I didn't say I was a good butcher). Eye of Round vs. Brisket? They're both extra lean, right?

Nope. After reading an article Kenji had wrote about the different kinds of beef cuts, I learned that I could make my burgers exponentially more flavourful by mixing and matching cuts.

Kenji knows what's up, and I'm heavily considering buying his book on Amazon.

No, this isn't a paid/undisclosed promotion... but if Kenji wants to throw a couple bucks my way, I won't say no.

u/8f27 · 9 pointsr/Kochen

Ganz klar: The Food Lab!
Ist zwar Englisch aber trotzdem ganz klare Empfehlung! Einerseits sind die Rezepte gut, wenn auch klar amerikanisch andererseits habe ich noch aus keinem Kochbuch so viel mitgenommen und gelernt!

u/Clobbersaurus7 · 8 pointsr/seriouseats

Oops I did it again. Posted a recipe from The Food Lab that I can't find published online. So i guess instead of a recipe I'll implore you to buy the book because it's awesome

Kenji did not pay or bribe me for this plug btw..

u/seainhd · 8 pointsr/AskCulinary

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

u/dolichoblond · 8 pointsr/headphones

Switch out the earpads. This is a common complaint with basic pleather earpads. They may be comfy and form-fitting but they don't breathe enough for some people (myself included).

An amazon customer image shows those Panasonic pads swapped out with Beyerdynamic 250 Velour replacement pads.

I just did the same "mod" with my Monoprice 8323s because the only thing $30 about those cans is the earpad material. Much nicer now with the velour. The $25 is a bit much for earpads as they're not as nice material as say the Beyerdynamic DT880's velour earpads but they definitely do the trick for me.

u/qqqsimmons · 8 pointsr/weightroom
u/guga31bb · 8 pointsr/Fitness
  • Cage -- $360 shipped

  • 2 horse stall mats -- $80 in total

  • Bench -- $10 from Craigslist

  • Weights -- about $.60 per lb from Craigslist

  • Texas Power Bar -- almost $300 shipped (I splurged on this but it's awesome)

    Big initial investment but totally worth it. Working out at home is amazing.
u/Tacanacy · 8 pointsr/PS4

There's some info you should know before deciding on headphones and headsets, so strap in.

Open-back headphones:

  • AKG K702, K701, K612 Pro, Q701
  • Audio-Technica ATH-AD900x, ATH-AD700x
  • Beyerdynamic DT990, DT880
  • Philips SHP9500 (on sale for $50 on Newegg)
  • Samson SR850
  • Sennheiser HD598 (SE, SR), HD558
  • Status Audio OB-1
  • Superlux HD681 (B, F), HD681 EVO, HD668B, HD330

    Closed-back headphones:

  • AKG K550
  • Audio Technica ATH-MSR7
  • Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus, DT770
  • Status Audio CB-1
  • Superlux HD669, HD662 (B, F), HD662 EVO, HD660
  • V-MODA Crossfade M-100

    Attachable mics:

  • Antlion ModMic 5.0, 4.0
  • Massdrop Minimic
  • Neewer Clip on Mini Lapel Microphone
  • Sony ECMCS3
  • V-MODA BoomPro
  • Zalman ZM-Mic1

    Open-back headset:

  • Sennheiser G4ME ONE

    Closed-back headset:

  • Sennheiser G4ME ZERO


    I have AKG Q701, Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x, Beyerdynamic DT990 (600 ohms), Philips SHP9500, Superlux HD668B and Superlux HD681 EVO of these. I also compare to AKG K52, HyperX Cloud, Philips Fidelio X2 and Sennheiser HD700. I got all of these for gaming (and because I love collecting headphones). All of them have been burned in for at least 20 hours, some several hundred. I use Schiit Magni 2 Uber and Modi 2 Uber as my headphone amplifier and DAC.

    Q701 has a huge soundstage and excellent imaging, separation, clarity, detail retrieval and tonality. It has a mid-forward sound signature with clean, recessed bass. It's over-ear, very lightweight and has a durable build and a detachable cable.

    AD700x has a very big soundstage, great imaging, separation, clarity and detail retrieval, and good tonality. It has a bright sound signature with clean, recessed bass. It's over-ear, very lightweight and has a durable build.

    DT990 has a very big soundstage, great imaging, excellent separation, clarity, detail retrieval and tonality. It has a bassy and very bright sound signature. Despite the boosted bass, sound cues are still highly defined in the middle of explosions and gunfights. It's over-ear, lightweight and has a very sturdy build.

    SHP9500 has a big soundstage, good imaging, separation and detail retrieval, and very good clarity and tonality. It has a flat/balanced sound signature with clean bass. It's over-ear, lightweight and has a durable build and a detachable cable.

    HD668B has a very big soundstage, very good imaging, separation and detail retrieval, good clarity and decent tonality. It has a bright sound signature and clean bass. It's over-ear, very lightweight and has a sturdy build and a detachable cable. I recommend replacing the earpads with velour earpads from HiFiMAN or Cosmos.

    HD681 EVO has a very big soundstage, good detail retrieval, very good clarity and tonality, but has poor imaging and separation. It has a warm sound signature with a deep, clean bass. It's over-ear, lightweight and has a durable build and a detachable cable. I recommend taking out the loose felt inside the cups and replacing the earpads because they are very shallow and the driver sticks out quite a bit. Some good compatible earpads are the ones from HiFiMAN and Cosmos, but if you have big ears, then I recommend AKG K240/K270/K271 earpads and the round velour earpads from Brainwavz. The earpads can cost up to $25, but the sound quality is worth at least $100. sells the Superlux headphones cheaper than Amazon.


    Closed-back headphones have cups with solid shells that largely isolate sound from passing in and out.

    Open-back / semi-open-back headphones have cups with perforations/grills that allow outside sound to freely pass in and sound from the drivers to freely pass out. How loud you hear outside sound and how loud people around you hear the sound emanating from the headphones depend on your volume, of course. The sonic benefit to open-back is generally a big soundstage and, hence, better imaging.

    Soundstage is perceived space and environment of sound. It can be compared to virtual surround sound; both attempt to produce the same spacious, three-dimensional effect. VSS can sound more ambient and immersive, which will depend on the processor (CMSS-3D, Dolby, SBX, etc.), but it degrades the sound quality and diminishes detailing due to compression from digital processing. You might also experience less accurate imaging and separation if the headphone already has good imaging and separation. Note that a deep soundstage is equally important as a wide soundstage.

    Imaging determines how accurately sounds/objects are positioned across the soundstage. Imaging is inherent to the audio content, so if the game is recorded or mixed poorly, a headphone with good imaging won’t improve the positional audio.

    Separation is separating individual sounds from a range of sounds. Good separation properties make it easier to filter out or discern overlapping sounds from other sounds and track them.

    Sound signature is a frequency response / sound profile. For example, a V-shaped sound signature emphasizes the bass and treble while recessing the mid-range. A flat/balanced sound signature doesn't over- or under-emphasize these frequencies and attempts to reproduce the original recording accurately as possible. A bright headphone emphasizes the treble and can subdue the bass. A warm sound signature emphasizes the bass or subdues the treble.


    The Antlion ModMics and Massdrop Minimic use a clasp system to attach to headphones and they are easy to attach and remove. They are compatible with all headphones. The ModMic 4.0 has two different pickup patterns to choose from and an option for a mute button. The ModMic 5.0 has all of these features and is modular. The Minimic has a mute button and is modular. The V-MODA BoomPro mic is compatible with headphones that have a female 3.5mm jack without any proprietary nonsense, like Fidelio X2 and SHP9500. Status Audio CB-1 is compatible, though. It has a mute button and a volume control. The other mics clip onto your shirt and don't have any in-line controls. You should listen to recordings on YouTube to judge for yourself if they are good. I think they are for voice chat.

    To connect the headphone and ModMic/Minimic to the DS4 or any other source that doesn't have a mic jack, you need a 4-pole Y-splitter. The BoomPro doesn't require a Y-splitter.

    For connecting to the PS4, you can use an audio USB adapter. Since the dongle is too thick, so you'll need a USB extension cable.

    I recommend getting a dedicated DAC and a headphone amplifier or a sound card because the onboard audio on PS4/DS4 has bad audio quality. Check out Astro MixAmp Pro TR; you can balance the game audio and chat audio and adjust the overall audio.

u/RouletteZoku · 8 pointsr/buildapcsales

Obligatory have these headphones, AMA.

I replaced the ear pads with hm5 velour pads, (got them when they were like half off) no modifications required (once the stock earpads are removed, they can’t be reused, just a warning)

u/WhatisH2O4 · 8 pointsr/UnethicalLifeProTips

I have the m50, so no detachable cord, and they are still treating me well to this day. I eventually upgraded and my new set has velour ear pads, which are awesome. Even though my m50s don't get as much use anymore, I got some replacement pads for them and it was like getting a whole new set of headphones. So much comfier, no more getting sweaty by wearing them too long, and they have a slightly improved soundstage imo by adding these new pads. Might be worth checking out, they're only $20 right now.

velour ear pads for ATH-M50X

u/HybridDuck · 8 pointsr/nvidia
u/SLiiDE101 · 8 pointsr/pcmasterrace

This is a good alternative for people in the UK.

u/Helmerdrake · 7 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/GoldenGonzo · 7 pointsr/buildapc

"The Anchor" headphone hook. I own this. It's 2 years and running strong, I love it.

u/SuspiciousRhubarb4 · 7 pointsr/Cooking

Take a look at The Food Lab by /u/J_Kenji_Lopez-Alt . He covers a lot of the science without relying on so much of the BS conventional wisdom.

u/Darklyte · 7 pointsr/GifRecipes

I didn't know she had a cookbook. When I look for recipes, /u/j_kenji_lopez-alt is my first choice (and his book, his serious eats) but he doesn't really do desserts. Bravetart is professionally a pastry nerd and I've been using her primarily for desserts recently. When I found out she had a cookbook I ordered it immediately!

u/Z3ROGRAV1TYx · 7 pointsr/headphones

Just upgraded from my ATH-M50s. Well not price wise, but imo, soundwise.

I bought them for $50 off Newegg on Sale. Incase you haven't figured it out yet, they are the Phillips SHP-9500s.

First impressions:


  • These things are super light and comfortable. Compared to my M50s, the clamp force is much lighter, and I don't get fatigued as quick from the clamp. Note that I replaced the earcups on my M50s with new earcups which definitely helped! But for $20 more, you could get the Phillips. After a bit you forget they're on your head.

  • I find the earcups to be very comfortable, but the shape (Seal) maybe wraps a bit to wide for my tastes. I don't really mind it though and something I've gotten used to really quick, and maybe am starting to enjoy.

  • They are a sweat magnet though, I will say that.



  • Not going to go in depth with this, because many people have already said what needed to be said. But I will throw you some super quick impressions..


  • Bass is definitely not extreme or anything, but that's to be expected with opens. Honestly though, I really like the bass. I am not a bass head, and I think the bass on these are just right, it's clean, tight and sounds good.


  • Mids sound great! Very smooth and detailed! Great for vocals in both female and male. Instruments sound great as well of course! Overall I really enjoy the mids on this. It's clean, detailed, relaxed.


  • Trebel is very detailed, smooth, and crisp. Sometimes at higher volumes you can get a bit of sibilance, but not bad.


  • I find the soundstage to be pretty good, not AMAZING, but compared to the m50s.. I find a definite improvement. Things sound more airy and open, and I find myself able to pinpoint instruments more clearly. As well as shots, footsteps, etc in games.


    Overall the sound is very good in my opinion.. especially considering the $50. It's an absolute steal if you ask me!


    Notes: Remember these are openbacked headphones, so not really made for public use as everybody will be able to hear what you're listening to, as well as you be able to hear all the noise around you.

    This isn't really a con, because it's how they're made, and it's to be expected. So if you're looking for public use, you should not be looking for a pair of open backed headphones.


    Extra Information: The intergrated amp you are seeing is a Cambridge Audio Azur 640a v2. I use for my Vienna Acoustic Mozart Grand speakers. I use the headphone port for my headphones. The dac that it's being run through is a Fiio D3 (D03K).

u/Urschleim_in_Silicon · 7 pointsr/headphones

I am not a professional, but I can say this much... I have a pair of Audio Technica Pro 700 MK2's and listening to them plugged into my Pixel 2 vs listening to them plugged into my Onkyo receiver fed audio from my PC via optical cable is an ENTIRELY different experience.


I've been considering picking up an es100 to be able to use my 700MK2's wireless with my phone and I'm hoping that it offers a similar experience as I get with my Onkyo.

u/koopai · 7 pointsr/buildapcsales

I have 598s and use this. I've never used the Schiit stack but used my FiiO E10k every day for two years and love it.

u/Analsexflowchart · 7 pointsr/headphones

I can't recommend these pads enough for the 668's!
I went from the headphones being slightly uncomfortable to wearing them to bed on some nights.

u/SergeantStuck · 7 pointsr/Tipper

I've been using Beyerdynamics DT 770 Pro 80 ohm paired with a Fiio E10k DAC and the sound quality is incredible. You'd be under budget with this setup too and the E10k also has a bass boost switch if that's your thing ;)

That's more of a desktop setup, though my phone does drive the 770s pretty well. If you're looking for headphones for on the go listening, I'd recommend Sony's WH1000XM3, they're the best noise cancelling headphones I've ever owned.

u/Kryzm · 7 pointsr/headphones

Congrats! I love my 598Cs. They're going to be my go to headphones until Massdrop ships my K7XX :)

Now every I see the 598Cs I recommend getting this replacement cable.

It's worth every penny. Enormous upgrade over the stock cable.

u/mollymoo · 7 pointsr/PS3

That's really not a good way to do it. Line level audio is intended to transfer an audio signal between devices, not to drive headphones. You would be overloading the PS3's audio output, which is designed for loads of around 10k ohm, if you connected some headphones which might have an impedance 100 times lower. It would be quiet, you'd have no volume control and you'd likely get some distortion.

The right way to do it - the way which wouldn't overload the PS3's audio output and would give you adequate volume which you could control - is to use an amplifier. Practically any stereo will have the required line-in and headphone out, or you can buy a dedicated headphone amp. You'd need, say, an amp like this and a cable like this(if you wanted to connect it directly to the PS3).

u/Subbota · 7 pointsr/rocksmith

I use this headphone amp to split my signal to RS, an amp, and a third line for recording raw guitar output.

With individual amps I can set levels for each output.

u/Evexium · 7 pointsr/gaming

Setup Specs:

u/LRed · 7 pointsr/headphones

It has an optical out so if you want a cheap dac/amp combo you could use the SMSL SD 793II and if your PC has an optical out you can use it with that too.

Also according to this thread on gamefaqs

It does support USB dacs but I have no experience with this so you should do more research.

As for the 'flat' sounding of headphones I'm fairly certain the 598's are fairly efficient though I think an amp could possibly help tighten the bass region due to the 300ohm peak at 100hz IIRC.

Something like E10k also has a bass boost which may be helpful if you find them too bass light. But that's usb so you should do research on that.

u/Dae314 · 6 pointsr/WorldofTanks

In my opinion, you should only do that if you already have a good set of headphones/speakers that can actually take advantage of the increased sound quality from a card. If you're running WoT with a $20 set of stereo speakers, you'd get more "sound-quality-per-dollar" by getting a better set of headphones than you would with a sound card.

The other reason I came here is to recommend that you get a DAC that's external to the computer. They're undoubtedly more convenient for headphones (who's going to run their headphone cable to the back of the PC?), and arguably you reduce the amount of EM noise by taking the DAC outside of your computer rather than have it sit next to all of the computer's electronics on the PCI-E slot.

The last time I looked, the FiiO E10K was highly recommended for entry level price-to-performance.

u/DZCreeper · 6 pointsr/buildapc

Gaming headsets suck, period.

Get yourself a nice pair of well reviewed closed back headphones. Open back leaks more noise and tends to have a little less bass.

Then you need a mic you can attach to the side like a regular 'gaming' headset, only except now your audio is high quality.

Then if you want to improve the experience a little more, grab an external DAC and headphone amp.

u/metafizikal · 6 pointsr/audiophile

Best answer is probably/maybe. Here are some options at different price points:

$30 UCA202

$76 FiiO E10K

$100 Modi 2

$150 ODAC

u/Wh0_The_Fuck_Cares · 6 pointsr/mechanicalheadpens

You might want to consider changing those pads on the m40x. Went from stock to Brainwavz on my m30x (same pads) and the difference in comfort and sound is substantial.

u/wip30ut · 6 pointsr/Cooking

am i allowed to recommend Food Lab? I know there was some controversy with Reddit and Kenji on his participation (and whether it constituted free advertising or not).

u/Ravenhaft · 6 pointsr/zerocarb

Oh well if you have a cooktop, I use a great recipe I found. I just use a regular stainless steel pan.

  1. Salt generously, then let sit at room temperature for 45 minutes
  2. Heat to med-high heat with 1 tbsp ghee, let it start to smoke just a little bit then throw on the steak.
  3. Cook, flipping every once in awhile, generally about 6 minutes.
  4. Add 1 TBSP of butter and cook for another few minutes. Turn down temperature if it starts smoking too much.

    I do this almost every day and LOVE the ribeyes I get out of it.

    If you want the official recipe buy this book, it's changed my cooking life.
u/curlycue · 6 pointsr/LosAngeles

Aight girl-

Foreign Cuisine-
How to Eataly - Oscar Farinetti - We made the most AMAZING brisket meatballs and a super simple yet completely delicious red sauce out of this book
Around My French Table - Dorie Greenspan - Where the Cornish hens and gougeres came from.
Real Korean Cooking - Maangchi - Korean Fried Chicken. We've made them twice now because they're so good and can't wait to do more.
Mexican Everyday - Rick Bayless - Learned how to make perfect guac from this book and so far we've made these v tasty chorizo/mushroom/potato tacos. The recipe is SO cheap and SO voluminous that we had it as a taco filling, a quesadilla filling, and we're making a hash with it for brunch this morning.
Every Grain of Rice - Fuchsia Dunlop - We haven't tried anything out of here yet but there are sooooo many good-looking recipes in here.
Entice with Spice - Shubhra Ramineni - Likewise, haven't made anything out of here yet but looking forward to trying it all out soon.
Jack's Wife Freda - Dean & Maya Jankelowitz - This is actually a book from a restaurant that my fiance and I LOVED when we last visited NYC. It's got a lot of fusion recipes. Mediterranean/Israeli/South African/etc. Really unique flavors and also v comfort-food based. We're making rosewater waffles out of this book tomorrow!

Rose's Baking Basics - Rose Levy Barenbaum - This book is incredible. She has tons and tons of step-by-step photos which is SUPER helpful. We made the dark chocolate caramel tart out of this book, but pretty much everything in here looks amazing.
Modern Baking - Donna Hay - I mean... There is some INSANELY decadent looking stuff in here. We haven't tried any of these recipes yet but I can't wait to!

Cook Like a Pro - Ina Garten - It was really hard to pick just one Ina book but I liked most of the recipes in this one. She has this ridic recipe for a dijon mustard chicken that is INCREDIBLE. Also, this bitch knows how to cook some veggies. Big fan of this one.
The Food Lab - /u/j_kenji_lopez-alt - I just love this guy, tbh. We've made a really fantastic beef tenderloin out of this book and an incredible red wine sauce to go with it and of course, his famous roasted potatoes which are now my holy grail recipe for roasted potatoes. This book is like a science textbook only instead of boring stuff it's FOOD science, which is my favorite kind.

Those were all the ones we purchased ourselves (though technically Eataly was a gift BUT we love it and plan to use it often.) We have other cookbooks in our stable that we've received as gifts, which is what resulted in my fiance and I deciding we wanted to embark on this journey. We kept being given cookbooks and never doing anything with them. But man, do people love it when you send them pics of stuff you cooked out of a book they gave you. If people give you cookbooks, use them!! It will make their day to see it's being used. Here's what else is on our cookbook shelf-

The Forest Feast Gatherings - Erin Gleeson - This is a vegetarian book my fiance's mom gave us a few years ago for Christmas. We have a bunch of veggie friends (and friends with a lot of different allergies) so we turn to this book to have a few things that are edible by all of them when we have them over, as we often do. This book has a really delicious salad that has pomegranate seeds, pear, and hazelnut that is out of this world good. I also got my HG salad dressing from this book.
The Salad Bowl - Nicola Graimes - Another gift from my fiance's mom. Is she trying to tell us something?? Honestly haven't looked much into this book yet but it sure is pretty.
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook - Dinah Bucholz - This was a gift from the assistant in my office. Everyone in my office knows me as the Harry Potter girl because I have a lightning bolt tattoo, haha. We haven't made anything out of this yet, but we probably will have some sort of epic feast with recipes from this book when GoT starts back up later this year.
Talk About Good - Louisiana Lafayette Junior League - My boss gave this to my fiance and I as part of an engagement gift. My fiance went to school in New Orleans. It's primarily New Orleansian/Cajun food. Haven't made anything out of it yet, but we are looking forward to it.

And that's what's on our cookbook shelf for now.

edit also omg thanks for the gold!! <3

u/KnivesAndShallots · 6 pointsr/Chefit

I love cookbooks, and have probably fifty in my collection.

The ones I keep going back to are:

  • Anything by Yotam Ottolenghi - He's an Israeli-born chef in London, and his recipes are a great combination of creative, relatively easy, and unique. He has a knack for combining unusual flavors, and I've never disliked anything I've cooked from him. If you're relatively green, don't get Nopi (too advanced). His other three or four books are all great.

  • Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless. Bayless has a PBS show and owns several restaurants in Chicago. He's a great chef and his recipes are accessible and fun.

  • The Food Lab by u/J_Kenji_Lopez-Alt. I was skeptical at first, since Lopez-Alt's website is so comprehensive, but the book is absolutely beautiful and contains both recipes and explanations of technique and science.

  • Modernist Cooking at Home - It's expensive and many of the recipes are challenging and/or require special equipment, but the book is truly groundbreaking and never fails to stoke my creativity. It's the home version of his 6-volume tome which many think is one of the most innovative cookbooks in the last 20 years.
u/tblaich · 6 pointsr/Cooking

Well you can't go wrong with The Food Lab cookbook. It doesn't get too complicated and explains things very well.

A Victorinox Chef's Knife is about 40 dollars and will last him a long time and it can be cool to have one for him.

u/Qodesh-One · 6 pointsr/AskCulinary

Jacques Pépin New Complete Techniques

The America's Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Become a Great Cook

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

From here you can move on to:

Institut Paul Bocuse Gastronomique: The definitive step-by-step guide to culinary excellence


Larousse Gastronomique: The World's Greatest Culinary Encyclopedia, Completely Revised and Updated

These are all great resources. Also look for culinary school text books and always youtube.

The resources are out there and with everyone having a different way to learn and adopt information the variety in options is tremendous. Good luck and keep cooking. If you have any questions please reach out and if I can help I will.

u/legalpothead · 6 pointsr/KitchenConfidential

Food Lab.

Dude, don't be rude to people in your own thread.

u/OldFalls · 6 pointsr/podcasts

Something like this

You can spend more and get one with balanced inputs, but even these cheap little ones work well.

u/nymets12985 · 6 pointsr/VinylDeals

You could always just get a headphone amp and separate powered speakers. In order to not break the bank but still have quality products, I recommend:

Headphone Amp

Powered speakers

Have owned both and can say you’ll be happy, especially for the price point.

u/Dopey2189 · 6 pointsr/buildapcsales

I used these [hybrid pads]

They opened the sound stage a bit and retained the sound quality, while becoming much more comfortable. I think the mid bass may have diminished just a little, but after breaking them in, the mid-bass returned to normal. I imagine the pads flattened out, bringing the drivers closer to their original position.
These are the only closed pair of cans I own, now. I sold my M50x's, Shure SRH840's, and gave my brother my old Sony MDR's because I love the M40x's. I use these with a Fiio E07K, and Spotify 320kbps, when on-the-go. I mainly use the Fidelio X2's at my desktop and put the HD598's upstairs for the "family" computer.

Bottom line, the M40X and aftermarket pads (if you don't like the stock pads) should be the only closed back headphones you need unless you want to spend over $300.

Keep in mind, this is just my experience/opinion. As is everything when it comes to audio equipment.

u/stunstyle · 6 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Alright, by hybrid I assume you mean these: (amazon uk link). How do they change the sound signature of the M40xs compared to the original ones because I've really gotten used to it and don't want to make them sound like $20 headphones.

u/gj80 · 6 pointsr/headphones

> are there bluetooth headphones that actually sound good?

I've been on a quest for actually good sounding bluetooth headphones myself recently, and the conclusion I came to was - no...not without some help.

Get this: ES100. Clip it to something (it's incredibly tiny and lightweight) + whatever headphones you want (if the cables are swappable, then look for some short ones... Fiio makes some short MMCX cables for instance). Bam, any headphone you want is now bluetooth at basically its full potential. It drives everything I've tested it with amazingly well (quite a bit better than my Schiit Fulla, at any rate) and sounds amazing.

If you will also be using the headphones for gaming or movies/TV, then instead get the BTR3 ... the ES100 is slightly better (more gain, more firmware updates, more configurable options, etc) overall for AptX-HD music playback (or LDAC, or AAC), but it doesn't support AptX-LL (low latency) mode, which is important for anything interactive. BTR3 supports all of those including AptX-LL. In low latency mode, I can just barely perceive a slight delay in terms of lip synchronization, but only just barely if I'm doing my best to look for it, and I might just be imagining it. For any casual media consumption or gaming bluetooth via AptX-LL, at least with the transmitter I'm using and this receiver, is good enough.

I've tested both of these with my Fiio FH5 and Etymotic ER4XR IEMs (both of which are quite resolving IEMs), and in both cases it sounds 100.00% indistinguishable to my ears compared to just plugging them into my smartphone. On the other hand, when I connected them via SBC codec using a USB bluetooth dongle, I could easily tell. Though, actually, even via SBC things still sounded better than I figured they would....goes to show that the default SBC codec isn't the only problem with most bluetooth headphones. Decent headphones via SBC still sound fairly decent, if not at their absolute best.

Oh, and the ES100 has an optional "high gain" mode, but even with that disabled, it gets me significantly higher volume if I pump it up to painful max levels (as a test) compared to the BTR3. The BTR3 was never too quiet at max volume for me, but if I had headphones that were hard to drive then that might sometimes be an issue.

u/SinisterHumanoid · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

ATH-M50x's with brainwavz pads since the stock ones are thin and will fall apart after a year of heavy use. And a ModMic. - $150~ - $30~ - $50~

Of course if you already have a mid the ModMic isn't needed. OR for just twice the price cut the second cord attached to your skull and get an AT2020 and even a Scarlett Solo for the best sound possible. - $100~ - $100~

u/TheACT24 · 6 pointsr/PS4

All you need is one of these combiners and a mic, such as a mini condenser mic, that plugs in with 3.5mm jack. Then you can plug the adapter into the controller or you can even go a step further and use a USB adapter to a port on the PS4 like I do.

u/Jokuhemmi · 6 pointsr/headphones

You need a splitter if your pc has separate connectors for audio and mic.

u/rabidfurby · 6 pointsr/Seattle

Bose isn't bad, but it's very overpriced for the quality you get.

I swear by the Sennheiser HD 380s that I keep at work. The ear cups go around your ear rather than on top of it, which means they do a better job of blocking out sound and are much more comfortable for long periods of time. Even though it's pricey ($150), it's still half the price of Bose.

The Beyerdynamic DT770 is also a good option. I have DT990s at home but you wouldn't want open headphones in an office environment - it'd let too much office noise in, and your coworkers will hate you because your music will leak out. You want the 32 ohm version of these unless you also want to buy a headphone amp like this one.

u/HardontheBeav · 6 pointsr/BDSMcommunity

I have one of these. It cost about 1k.

Squat/power rack: very versatile. you can tie up a sub in a number of different ways. mine has a pull up bar built in. it holds up very well to both lifting and kink use. you do NOT need a 1000 dollar power rack. this is the one i have:

Bench: doubles as a bondage bench just fine

barbell/weights etc.: this is the bulk of the expense. I use these for powerlifting, not necessarily for kink.

deadlift platform: this is good for both deadlifts AND if you build your own its pretty cheap. with high quality wood it is fine for bare feet.

boxing bag: I have a heavy bag (100lbs) bolted into the ceiling. i reinforced the attic with 2x4 and some 4x4s. it will easily work for suspension or swing with the extra support.

u/immarked · 6 pointsr/Fitness

Home gym guy here!

I went to a regular gym for years and after awhile I realized I can buy a gym for what I pay to go there.

I picked this up from Amazon: cage At the time it was $199.

I totally agree with anyone who can get a cage of craigslist, but I live in bum fuck nowhere and I may be the only person up here with a cage.

From Craigslist, I managed to buy a bunch of Olympic weights, by buying bench presses from people. Olympic weights sell for $120-$200 for a 300lb set. But from some reason I can get a bench with the same set for $75, and it has the Olympic bar.

So I pick-up up 3 of those, I had to drive about an hour each way to get them, but I figured it was worth it. This left me with 3 benches 1 for regular one of incline and one for bells. 3 bars one for the cage and 2 for the benches. Along with 900 lbs in weight.

I have 2 Olympic dumbbell handles that I use, but they kinda suck so I'm keeping my eyes peeled for some regular ones, but I need 70-90 lbs and they are rare.

All in all I spent about $400 including gas.

I have a bunch of boxing gear in my basement as well but that from my younger days, I have noticed you can get a full gym worth good boxing gear for under $200 as well. I still keep my roadwork up for cardio, that's free.

I've had my home gym for 3 months now, my biggest concern was if I would slack, but I have managed to add 20lbs to my bench 30 to my dead and 40 to my squat, which to me, just an average dude, was very impressive.

u/KNXLV · 6 pointsr/Fitness

This is a squat rack. This is a power rack

u/BGumbel · 6 pointsr/Weakpots

This "only" supports 800 lbs.

This will good enough until you decide on Texas vs Ohio power bar I don't think it has center knurling, but I'm sure you could find a similar one with it for the same money.

This only supports 300 lbs, but you can always rebuild the framing out of 4x4 wooden posts. I can tell you it doesn't collapse even when you have around 500 lbs on it.

Then you just need weights, Craigslist, or if you want new, walmart has them for a little less than 1$ a lb. Make sure your 45's are the right size, or you'll end up doing deficit deadlifts.

u/secondandsebring · 6 pointsr/xxfitness

Something like this might be a better option. You want something sturdy, adjustable, and that has safeties if you're working without a spotter. It's a bit more expensive, but you could use a rack like this for other SS lifts like BP and OHP, not just squats.

For the one that you linked to, u/kalisaurus mentioned that hers is "a bit wobbly", which would make me nervous to use when lifting heavy.

u/Mark_is_on_his_droid · 6 pointsr/AdviceAnimals
u/Tater_Tot_Casanova · 6 pointsr/xboxone


This is the one I use and have had no issues

u/notdeadyet01 · 6 pointsr/buildapcsales

Just a heads up, you'll want to purchase one of [these] ( to go along with it. The wire that comes with it is 10 feet long and the 3.5mm adapter is huge and clunky.

u/Sebetter · 5 pointsr/headphones

At 32 ohms it shouldn’t be too tough to have your PS4 push out the power for the headphones.

You probably don’t need to use an external sound card and could just use the controller. I’ve done that with my sennheiser HD598 (50 ohms). If you need a microphone and headphone splitter cable this is the one that I use with a zalman in-line microphone. Of course, with the SHP 9500 you have the benefit of a 3.5mm connection so you could just get a V-Moda BoomPro and plug that directly into the controller.

Sorry this may not be the solution you’re looking for but it is cheaper than buying a new soundcard🙈

u/DerJawsh · 5 pointsr/headphones

IIRC the HD598 uses a non-standard connector for the plug that goes into the headphones. It's actually not 3.5mm that plugs into the headphone but rather 2.5mm.

The HD 598SE (black version on Amazon) comes with a shorter cable that is 3.5mm without adapter if that interests you.

Otherwise, I believe there are unofficial "replacement cables" for the HD 598 that you can buy (I believe there are some official ones too but you have to scour the Sennheiser parts site) that are 2.5mm/3.5mm

u/PsykoDemun · 5 pointsr/technology

2.5mm is simply a size for the plug. You can do TRS (or TRRS) on a 2.5mm jack for balanced stereo audio.

As an example Sennheiser uses a 2.5mm end on their headphone cables to plug into the headphones themselves. Here's a replacement cable for Sennheiser headphones that is a 3.5mm male to 2.5mm male.

u/atirad · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

This cable is a great replacement for the stock, preference for shorter high quality cable for your desk to amp/dac.

u/redditRiXtidder · 5 pointsr/Vive

I have the Superlux HD668B they have a really great sound for the price. The ear pads need to be exchanged to be comfortable, luckily these fit.
Edit: forgot to mention: They have a male 3,5 audiojack on the left cup. and a 1m cable is included, which makes it really convenient to use the the vive.

u/Howard_Campbell · 5 pointsr/Cooking

The food lab is the book. The blog is serious eats.

u/eloreb · 5 pointsr/xxfitness

I don't really have advice on your original post, but I used to be just like you when it came to cooking. Cooking for me consisted of throwing a piece of chicken on my George Foreman grill until it was burnt (no salmonella for me!) and eating raw vegetables because they required no cooking.

There is so, so SO much info out there on how to cook. If you love watching videos, look up videos on YouTube. If you love reading, invest in some cookbooks. If you have a friend who loves to cook and does it well, ask him/her for some basic lessons.

Aside from my boyfriend who loves to cook (thankfully), I've learned the majority of my cooking skills through some great cookbooks. The Whole30 book has so many great beginner tips and delicious, obviously healthy recipes; even when I'm not doing Whole30, I constantly refer to this book for recipes! If you're a science/chemistry person, The Food Lab is pretty amazing.

I think a lot of people get scared of cooking because YES it can totally be daunting and time-consuming and hard! But it doesn't have to be. You don't need to make gourmet meals for yourself every night; just figure out some flavor profiles you love and recipes that are easy.

u/kperkins1982 · 5 pointsr/Cooking

Kenji Lopez-Alt has perfected the perfect scambled eggs in the book The Food Lab

it is basically salting the eggs, waiting 5 minutes, then stirring as little as possible for a couple minutes and it makes the perfect fluffy scrambled eggs

u/OklaJosha · 5 pointsr/FoodPorn

He's not being pretentious, he actually knows his shit. This is the guy who wrote a #1 bestseller cooking book (New York Times & Amazon)

And was called a "cooking savant" by NPR

/r/seriouseats has a lot of his recipes.

u/mochajava916 · 5 pointsr/Cooking

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

u/gregmo7 · 5 pointsr/Cooking

If you love to read, then I completely back up those who recommended J Kenji Lopez-Alt's "The Food Lab". He also spends some time on /r/seriouseats, which I think is really great. Food Lab is great because it explains not only HOW to make a recipe, but the WHY a recipe works the way that it does, and allows you to expand your cooking skills. His is not the only book that does this, but I've read Salt Fat Acid Heat and The Science of Cooking and a good portion of the tome that is Modernist Cuisine, but Kenji's style of writing is exceptionally approachable.

But my actual suggestion to someone who wants to go from never cooking to cooking healthy meals at home is to watch the recipes on Food Wishes, because he shows you what each step of the recipe is supposed to look like, and his food blog is not filled with flowery stories, but helpful tips.

Another great online resource that I used when I started cooking about 5 years ago was The Kitchn. They offer up basic technique videos on how to cook proteins and vegetables that are really simple to follow for beginners.

My advice to you is this: don't feel like you need to dive immediately into recipes. First learn how to season and cook a chicken breast or steak consistently, and roast the different kinds of vegetables. Then just start jumping into recipes that you want to try. And don't be afraid to ask questions here :)

u/Spongebert · 5 pointsr/de

Das dazugehörige Buch ist aber wirklich das Geld wert. Da gehts nicht so sehr um Rezepte, als um Techniken die man ohne Probleme übernehmen kann um Sachen die man eventuell seit Jahren auf ne bestimmte Weise macht, noch ein wenig zu verbessern.

u/Jeade-en · 5 pointsr/running

I had Kenji's cookbook in my hands last week and reluctantly put it back down. It's not running's just geeky food science related. I'm a fan of Kenji and the whole group at Serious Eats

u/Cdresden · 5 pointsr/KitchenConfidential

Lately, I've very much been enjoying Kenji's The Food Lab. I think it's worth the (ebook) price just for the chapter on fried foods.

I also keep coming back to The Flavor Bible, which has lists of how to combine ingredients for different cuisines.

If you want a valuable collection of recipes and have $50 to spend, get Cook's Illustrated's The New Best Recipe. It's supplanted The Joy of Cooking on my shelf.

u/BangsNaughtyBits · 5 pointsr/podcasts

A full setup that will record four local mics, max, or two local mics and a Skype caller. A choice of mics.

Behringer UMC404HD interface for $100 (needs a USB cable I think)

Behringer HA400 headphone amp for $25

Needs two TRS 1/4" stereo cables, one for the headphone amp and one for Skype. $10

Behringer XM1800S three pack of good enough mics for $40

or a slightly better Behringer XM8500 at $20 each

or a very nice Blue enCORE 100 at $60

A couple 9-foot XLR cables for $12 or vary as you see fit

On-Stage, desk stand for $13 (lots of options)

You need some RCA to 1/4" TS cables. Technically two though there are reasons up to four and this six pack is cheap at $8. Wish they were shorter.

or you can get by with one of these.

and my personal favorite, the UCA202 for $30

This gives you full Skype access to the other rig for Two local mics.


u/ThickAsABrickJT · 5 pointsr/audioengineering

If you're talking about something like the Behringer HA400, then there should be minimal (if any) effect on the sound when it comes to your monitors.

That said, your headphones might be another story. A lot of cheap headphone amplifiers have a resistor in between the amplifier chip and the headphone jack. Because headphones are low impedance (16Ω-60Ω) and this impedance changes with frequency, this can cause the frequency response to be different from what it should be. Your monitors have high-impedance inputs that won't be affected by this resistor.

Really, the only thing you can do (aside from opening up the headphone amp, if you're familiar with electrical engineering) is to do a listening test.

u/verifitting · 5 pointsr/headphones

they say "this year". If you can wait, you could wait for sure yeah :) you could just get the affordable Fiio E10k for now. It has line out which you can connect to Atomörerverstärker-schwarz/dp/B00LP3AMC2

A good enough temporary solution for sure, there's plenty of people on /r/headphones still using one!

u/xodakahn · 5 pointsr/headphones

The HD598 were my first 'real' headphones. I did like them. But I felt they needed more. These have been my favorite auxiliary equipment. Before you completely give up on the HD598s give a DAC/AMP or even just an AMP at try. (unless you are using one already)

u/c_galaxy · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I had the same problem. Best way to get ride of this static would be to remove your analog audio from the inside of your computer.

I would get an external DAC/AMP or DAC/AMP combo. I use the FiiO e10k. $75 on Amazon It's a pretty good little DAC/Amp.

u/king_of_the_ayleids · 5 pointsr/audio

Game engines use their own 3d stereo sound processing so virtual 7.1 isn't really worth much. I would recommend getting an external sound card (DAC/AMP). I would recommend this or this

You could also peak around /r/headphones. There's a ton of discussion there about these things. There's no upper limit to quality or what you can spend on Digital to Analog Converters and Amplifiers.

You could also just search amazon for sound cards, but if you're only using it for headphones make sure you're not wasting money on cards that have speaker outputs. The one's I recommended aren't cheap, but you will appreciate the quality.

u/ShotgunBFFL · 5 pointsr/headphones
u/TrackieDaks · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Yep, just got myself some Brainwavz memory foam pads:
Brainwavz Replacement Memory Foam Earpads

Much nicer for my big head.

u/Qubix1 · 5 pointsr/headphones

With the stock ATH-m50 pads, do they rest on your ears? The stock pads are rather small and round, not well designed for people with larger or sensitive ears. I replaced them with Brainwavz HM5

The pad is much more comfortable than the stock pad as it is more oval than round and my ears actually fit inside of the pad instead of touching it. The pleather is more supple and the memory foam more conforming to the side of my head. It makes a better seal and is more isolating.

u/Feilong4 · 5 pointsr/headphones

I had a pair and they look very nice! The earcups are very striking in appearance. Kinda regret selling them.

The drivers are dynamic and are 20mm in diameter. According to a source, they were released in 1976 and ended production around 1982-83. They originally retailed for 6,000 yen or about 55 USD. I measured the impedance and they were around 50-60 ohms - I forgot the exact number.

Believe it or not, these are semi-open - there are some vents along the circumference of the brown backplate. Here's a picture of the location of the vents. If you open them up and tilt them at the right angle, you can see there are openings/vents.

Here's how the drivers look like. Surprisingly heavy drivers - weighs a bit like a D battery. The weight is possibly due to the thick magnets.

In one of the pictures I linked, I used Brainwavz earpads on mine when I had them. With the Brainwavz pads, not too amazing but warm and pleasant. With the original pads, I found them to be very honky and bass light. Might be worth a shot if you may be interested. Oh, and the original earpads are just adhered on - if you wanted to open them up or try the pads I linked, you can peel them right off though do it slowly so that the fabric underneath don't rip. The original earpads can be re-adhered with some glue-stick.

Awesome find btw! You don't see those around very often!

u/VelcroSnake · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Nice. Something I did with my Pok3r was buy a set of the white keycaps.

Also, something you might want to look at for the Clouds is a pair of Brainwavz Pads.

u/hakobo · 5 pointsr/headphones

I bought these and put them on my m50s and now I can wear them forever. They do leak a tad more sound now, but nothing crazy.

u/sherm137 · 5 pointsr/ZReviews

They are solid, but just be aware, that Z only recommends those with different ear pads. It's an extra expense (only $20) but it might put you out of budget.


Also, you will want to eventually save up for an amp/dac combo unless you have a great motherboard. Most motherboards will be able to power the m40x, but you won't get the most out of them. A solid entry-level amp/dac is here:


Also, the Cloud Hyperx 2 are actually some decent headphones. I'm not sure you will be getting that much of an upgrade going to m40x. If it's an option, wait, save up $50 and buy the Sennheiser hd58x Jubilees on Massdrop. You seriously won't regret it and your mind will be blown.

u/MoogleMan3 · 5 pointsr/headphones

Disclaimer: I hate desktop stands. They take up too much space and rarely look good.

My favorite. The only thing preventing it from being perfect is screw holes on the top for clean mounting under a desk.. I can easily add those though.

Second favorite. Works great, has screw holes for under desk mounting.

Nice wall mount hangers. I like these a lot for wall mounting.

The old standby. Cheap and effective. I use a few of these throughout the house for hanging headphones. No, they do not cause damage or indentations on headphone bands.

u/MentalToast · 5 pointsr/battlestations

Absolutely no prob :)

My mom reviews electronics for a living so we end up getting tons of new devices really often and generally need to find cables to match so things are being switched out and added in all the time. To make it more convenient instead of having to go sort through a box or into a drawer and untangle cables I wanted something super easy access to so that if i needed an hdmi , bam, I had one. Same with the others.

For the controllers I used Stick-On Game Controller Hooks 2 Pack. The snes and nes usb controllers are simply hung via a tack.

I got a simple ~$10 corkboard from walmart, used a label maker for the labels and then used CraZy TACKz 36tacks to hang the cables. I wouldn't recommend them though, a standard tack works better honestly ( In theory a hook is great but they loosen and then swing around making it a pain to re-orient them when you're taking things on and off frequently.)

The headphones under the desk is The Anchor Great adhesive, super cheap and can orient it vertically or horizontally which lets you fit two pair ( in my case one for skype/discord+gaming and the other for general use since it has better quality but no mic)

For anyone else curious about the other pieces of the set up:

the desk is Series A:72inch Desk by Bush Business Furinture.

The lights are EconoLed RGB 5M 3528 LED Strip Light 300leds

Mousepad is Reflex Lab Huge Gaming Mouse Pad

The headphones are :
SteelSeries Arctis 5
and Audio-Technica ATH-A900X

Monitors are : ASUS VN279QL and Dell U3417W FR3PK

Keyboard is : Razer BlackWidow X Tournament Edition Chroma

Mouse is : Razer Naga Hex v2

u/Dustoned · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Here, I hate reddit format. Seriously never remember the () [] order.

EasyGo EGP-COM-011 Electric Compu Cleaner for Electronic Devices

u/MiniMoose12 · 5 pointsr/headphones

So far the Bose Sound True II for apple seems pretty good. Too bad the deal wasn't for the android variant of it :(

Don't think Im taking a chance on those bose earbuds. All the reviews rip it's Build Quality apart. I mean IEM's are mostly plastic but how do you make it that bad lol.

Sennheiser 598's SE are back on sale for 110$ 10$more than the lowest. Pretty good if you want open back.

Pink Cloud II's for 75$ is pretty good. One of the best gaming headsets for your money.

Beyer Custom Street?!?! what are these? Bassier versions of the custom ones? Now even sure if it's a deal at 99$

Other than the usual cheap ass wood earbuds and shitty gamer headphones this sale seems kinda sad :(

So far pretty good for entry level stuff but that's the "amazon" usual so it seems with every big sale.

edit: So in 2 hours this is supposed to drop in price, anyone hear anything good about these? I might bite to try them out as I'm currently using shit for iems.

8AM PST these are going to drop in price, I know they are very popular :P DT880 250 Ohm O.o

832AM Brainwavs hybrid pads are lined up for sale

u/ronaldgoddamnreagan · 5 pointsr/headphones

Anyone wondering about the headphones:

  1. Very bright headphones with pretty neutral mids and bass. Treble can be harsh and sibilant.

  2. Semi-Open with a large soundstage.

  3. Very analytic

  4. Moddable

    Stock earpads suck, replace them with these [affordable velvet pads from amazon ( and you increase the comfort and sound ten fold!

u/Reanimations · 5 pointsr/buildapc

If you want a recommendation, I have the FiiO E10K DAC, and it's great. The bass boost switch on the front is a nice touch.

u/Brostradamus_ · 5 pointsr/buildapc

Then just get a good set of regular headphones + a DAC. Head to r/headphones and get a good recommendation at your price point + Buy this DAC. Sennheiser HD 598's are a very popular "budget" option.

audio technica m40x/m50x's are also very good.

u/jas0nb · 5 pointsr/battlestations

Are they 32/80/250 ohms? I'm guessing they're not 32 considering the amp in the back. What amp is that, also? Looks like this guy but it's hard to tell for sure.

u/beefqeef · 5 pointsr/WorldofTanks

If you're willing to spend a decent chunk of money on a sound card, don't. Get an external DAC- it does the same as a sound card but is further isolated from interference in your computer. Some also have built in volume controls and mute buttons.

I use a Scarlett Solo with audiotechnica M50X headphones.

This is a good small DAC.
FiiO E10K Headphone Amplifier and DAC

And this is one which I use.
Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2nd Gen 2 in 2 Out USB Audio Interface

Edit: It's not worth it unless you have a good quality headphone set. I would recommend the audiotechnica M40 or M50 headphones for very good quality at low prices compared to other brands.

u/SilknSkies · 5 pointsr/buildapc

Why not get an external DAC/AC like this?

u/covertash · 5 pointsr/headphones

They look exactly like the Brainwavz pads, judging from the pics in the link above. Really helps put into perspective just how much profit they are making now, selling them for $21 on Amazon:

u/Shidizity · 5 pointsr/headphones

I'm going to assume you're talking about the HE400S. I'm currently running a pair with the Schiit stack and I think it's a good improvement over just running it straight. By far the biggest improvements came from replacing the stock pads and the grill mod. Pop the plastic rings off of the outside of the cups, and take off the thin sheet of cloth. Then pick up these. Those pads are really a game changer, and I think you'll get a bigger improvement from those two things for 30 bucks.

u/porkyminch · 5 pointsr/NintendoSwitch

Alright so I looked into it a bit and from what I can tell the Cochlear Mini Microphone 2+ has an input that you could use for this or any other devices with a 3.5 mm headphone jack. That's probably the best way to go about it if you have one.

If not, you could probably use a lightning-to-3.5mm adapter, then split the 3.5mm into input and output with a cable like this. Then you could connect an aux cable from the Switch to the microphone side of the splitter. Garageband has a voice recorder (comes preinstalled) and you can set it to "monitor" to output it to headphones or, hopefully, your cochlear inplant.

Roundabout way of doing things, but that should work.

u/ItsMeSlinky · 5 pointsr/xboxone

First, I agree: don't go wireless. Just get a recent controller with the 3.5mm jack built in.

Second, "console" headsets are almost always 50% more expensive than PC equivalents, and the sound quality is almost always 50% worse. Not saying that gaming headsets need to be "audiophile" grade (they don't), but if you're going to charge $100+ for a gaming headset, it had better sound like a $100 pair of headphones, not a $20 pair with lots of cool gaming logos.

Personally, I just bought this adapter off Amazon and it lets you use any PC gaming headset with the Xbox. Hooked it up to my Logitech $40 headset and couldn't be happier.

u/the5souls · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

Sennheiser HD 558

"Open" headphones, which means the outside parts of these headphones aren't solid. And because it's open...

  • Sound leaks out, which means other people can easily hear whatever you're listening to even at normal volume
  • Wider soundstage, which means you can better pinpoint where and how far the sounds feel like they're coming from (imagine you were in a decently sized concert hall with the sounds coming from all around you)
  • Less bass, which means you won't get those headrattling wubwubs and explosive bass hits
  • More treble, which means you can hear the higher sounding stuff like pianos and snare drums
  • Do-it-yourself moddable, which can help adjust the HD 558 headphones to sound closer to it's big brother, the HD 598, and may help add a teaspoon of bass


    Audio-Technica ATH-M50

    "Closed" headphones, which means the outside parts of these headphones are solid. And because it's closed...

  • Sound stays in, which means other people won't be able to easily hear whatever you're listening to even at normal volume
  • Smaller soundstage, which means it's more difficult to pinpoint where and how far the sounds are coming from (imagine you were stuck in a small closet with the sounds coming from the walls)
  • More bass, which means the wubwubs and bass hits have some more "punch" in them
  • Less treble, which means instruments like pianos and snare drums are less "crispy" and sound duller
  • Default earpads are commonly swapped out since the M50 earpads can wear out, may be uncomfortable, or the ears can get warm over time.


    Both are pretty good headphones, and there are pros and cons to each. Just remember to consider what kind of music you listen to, what kind of games you play, and whether or not people will be around you when you're listening to stuff! If portability is a concern, the ATH-M50x can fold up into a more compact shape if needed whereas the HD 558 can't.

    And welcome to the audiophile world! Your wallet will cry!

    Come stop by /r/headphones whenever you want!
u/flychristopher · 5 pointsr/headphones

They are super durable- Once you get the ear pads replaced, they can last for years. I've had mine for a few years; used them at home and on the job (live sound) daily. They still work good as new. Great cans. I'm glad you like them!

u/jags0333 · 5 pointsr/headphones

I haven't tried socks, but I have used some of these with good results.

u/000040000 · 5 pointsr/gadgets

I didn't realize I was obliged to provide a suggestion. Here you go:

Sennheiser HD 380 PRO

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B

u/DarkStarPDX · 4 pointsr/livesound

Hmm... Headphone amplifier maybe? (or something like this)?

u/Lawsnapper · 4 pointsr/headphones

Here are some Beyerdynamic Pads that fit. The Amazon customer review pictures have some instructions on how to fit them, and this Head-Fi forum post has some step-by-step instruction pictures as well. I put the pads on my M50's, and I have really liked how they feel. I still think they sound good, but as with most things YMMV.

u/Lolzum · 4 pointsr/headphones

The Beyerdynamic DT250 pads are also a solution, which for many are the go to pads for the M50.

u/kissmyassdracula · 4 pointsr/headphones

I got the velour pads like other people suggested a year or so ago and love them.

Here's a link for purchase:

u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

The replacement pads for the Sony MDR-V6. They're great headphones, but the pads are just god awful. Pick up those nice beyerdynamic ones, it lasts longer and feels more comfortable.

u/SingedFlings · 4 pointsr/headphones
u/Bottomonium · 4 pointsr/ZeosReviews

Hi Zeos,

Which combination would you recommend?


u/heapspray · 4 pointsr/Fitness

how much do you pay per month? Make it about ROI for the gym owner. Tell him you will leave if he doesn't get a squat rack and he will be out the 200 dollars per year that he earns from your membership. A power rack on costs only 250 dollars. Tell him you will sign a contract for 1 year if he puts in a power rack

u/chancegold · 4 pointsr/technology

I got one of these about a year ago. $30 bucks.

I wouldn't go back for the world. Being instantly connected as soon as you turn your car on and just throwing the phone up there or grabbing it when you egress is the most convenient thing in the world.

Particularly if you are in and out of the car quite a bit during the day as I am.

u/Tardsmat · 4 pointsr/oblivion

That is static noise from your PC. It happens because you propably have an onboard sound card. Your other PC parts interfere with it and disrupt your sound. The only way to fix this is to get an external sound card. Something like this. I had the same Problem after i got New speakers.

u/rchawk0 · 4 pointsr/Guitar

These are earpads i use for my m50x's they are really comfortable.
Brainwavz Replacement Memory Foam Earpads - Suitable For Many Other Large Over The Ear Headphones - AKG, HifiMan, ATH, Philips, Fostex (Black)

u/High_Life_Pony · 4 pointsr/Cooking

If you are a new cook, I really recommend The Food Lab. Sure, it has recipes, but it also tells you how things work and why instead of just “cook at 350 for 1 hour.”

The intro section has a great starter guide for tools and equipment as well. Basically, here’s a tool that you absolutely need. Cheap version, pros and cons, then high end version. Or here’s a tool that’s really handy if you like to whatever a lot, but if you aren’t cooking that much, you can get by without it.

Highly recommended. I bought most of my tools from these recommendations, and they’ve been great!

u/tiglathpilesar · 4 pointsr/Wetshaving

I put down 1491, not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because my BFF gave me The Food Lab as an early birthday present. I didn't think you could write a food book that reads like a novel, but I've been swept up in it since last Saturday. Anybody else read this?

u/colemth · 4 pointsr/sousvide

The Food Lab by Kenji Alt-Lopez is a must own cookbook in general

u/Skodbil · 4 pointsr/Denmark

Nå folkens, der er snart gået et år siden Skodbil sidst mæskede sig i fødselsdagskage, og det betyder at successen skal gentages. Fødselsdagsgaver er for lang tid siden gået fra at være Lego og våben, til at være sokker og bøger.

Derfor skal der nu nogle gode kogebøger på listen. Jeg er ikke så meget på udkig efter opskriftsbøger, men mere ude i at ville have kogebøger som jeg rent faktisk kan lære noget af. Jeg har allerede følgende på listen, men hvis DU kender en helt vildt god bog jeg bør læse, så sig til.


The Food Lab, Kenji Lopez

Chocolate at Home

Paul Bocuse Institut Gastronomique

The Professional Chef

The Flavour Bible

Mastering Cheese

Der er med vilje ingen vinbøger på listen, for det gør jeg mig ikke specielt meget i - endnu.

u/vsod99 · 4 pointsr/pcgaming

You should probably be fine with your motherboard's built in audio, but if you're looking to get a little clearer low ends, this is a pretty good one for the price. Alternatively, you could purchase a DAC, which would function as an external sound card, and many have built in amplification as well.

u/darkdoppelganger · 4 pointsr/livesound

A distribution amp is definitely the way to go - if you want to stay economical, you probably need something like this.

u/ofBeautyAndRage · 4 pointsr/sennheiser

What you need is a good Bluetooth receiver, that will turn any pair of wired headphones or IEM’s into Bluetooth headphones/IEM’s. Since you’re using a decent pair of IEM’s you want something that can drive them, so your best option would be one of these Bluetooth receivers specifically made for audiophile equipment.

FiiO BTR3 -

EarStudio ES100 -

I have both and they are amazing the quality difference between wired and Bluetooth is almost indiscernible. I also use them both to drive my
IE80S IEM’s and believe me you will be surprised by the quality of these devices. They both are small and can easily be carried in a pocket.

u/JaffinatorDOTTE · 4 pointsr/oneplus

An audiophile buddy recently ditched the 3.5mm with his current phone. Here's what he recommended to me (he's tried 4 of various price levels, etc.):

u/punikun · 4 pointsr/PS4

Just as a heads up, you can plug and use any headset into the ps4 controller as long as you get a 4 pole jack plug like this

No need to spend 100 bucks on the sony exclusive one, unless you REALLY want it.

I also don't think it's really necessary when you don't play much multiplayer with friends but good headphones really enhance the exprience when playing horror games or generally games with thick atmosphere. A good sound system would probably still be better but I don't know your setup.

u/Route66_LANparty · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales

I bought these a few years back. Turned me into a huge Sennheiser fan boy. The comfort and durability alone are notable. Add-in that the sound quality brings you into the realm of audiophile-grade and you have a huge reason to buy whenever they go on sale.

I have the 558 in my laptop bag for gaming on the go, a pair of HD518 for use with the Vive, and the Massdrop HD6xx on my main PC setup.

I've been wanting to grab another set for work, was hoping to grab the 598 and "complete the set." But this is tempting.


I use the following replacement cables with mine:

u/deexmikey · 4 pointsr/headphones

Give this cable a try.

u/rjwwrx · 4 pointsr/headphones

I'm really enjoying the new Metallica album. The mastering/production is quite good. Death Magnetic borders on unlistenable with my 598's so I appreciate that they didn't make that atrocious mistake again.

Happy to be able to enjoy another Metallica album. Now if I can just stop wanting another pair of headphones...

Edit to include a link to the replacement senn cable for those curious.

1.2m Replacement Audio upgrade Cable For Sennheiser HD598 HD558 HD518 Headphones

u/ilikeshoes23 · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales

I got these a few weeks ago and the cable it comes with is pretty long...

Got these to replace the original cable, they work great.

u/Gallifrasian · 4 pointsr/GooglePixel

I use this. It works for both my Sennheisers and M50x. Although, you'll probably have the same issue as it's only very slightly smaller.

I would recommend an adapter like this. Just leave it on the end of your cable all the time and you won't notice it.

u/UKFAN3108 · 4 pointsr/headphones

I have a modest mid/hi fi collection going with my Shiit stack, THX-00, HD6xx, and HD598 (used with a mod mic as a headset for gaming). I told myself I was at my end game for a few years as I had a nice variation, but couldn't pass on a planar headphone for 300. The M1060 should be a nice addition to my collection.

The M1060 has a 50ohm impedance, so it isn't entirely possible that these don't need a robust DAC/AMP to drive them, but I'm sure a modest DAC/AMP would improve the sound quality of the headphones over your Macbook. I sometimes use my Macbook to drive my 6XX's (300ohm impedance) at work and it does alright, but the 6XX's do sound a bit better on my home setup.

I think a $100-200 investment in a DAC/AMP is worth while for a $300 headphone. Fiio E10k or the Shiit Fulla 2 would be good entry level options in the 100 or less catagory with numerous options in the 100-200 catagory. I'm sure you can get another 100 recommendations on other DAC/AMP combos, but I do feel you will notice an improvement over any phone or laptop.

u/prms · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I want to point out that you don't necessarily need a RCA out. A standard 1/8" is fine as you can use a 1/8" to rca cable. My previous setup was Fiio e10k as a DAC into Topping TP22 into those micca speakers.

u/scalablecory · 4 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Properly powered, the 770-80 can deliver very deep, textured, powerful bass when the music calls for it. So, something is very wrong here :), but, it's an easy fix.

Low volume and poor bass response are the first indicators that headphones are being underpowered. You need an amp. Might I suggest a FiiO E10K? It has excellent quality and is cheap.

u/andrei_316 · 4 pointsr/headphones

I just dropped $30 on the [Brainwavz Hybrid Pads] ( The price for the Shures in Canada were $20, I love the velour on my HD598s so I just pulled the trigger on the Hybrids instead, thanks for your help though :)

u/Fozzy420 · 4 pointsr/battlestations

Other specs:
-PC itself is a pre-built(Don't kill me. I got a great deal) MSI Aegis 3
-2x Asus monitors Asus MG248Q and Asus VX238H
-240GB SSD
-Headset is a Logitech G430 that I've swapped the earpads with these
-Razer Deathadder Elite
-Keyboard is MSI Interceptor 4200 (came with the PC, planning on upgrading)

u/mcdoty · 4 pointsr/headphones

I just got from amazon. Fit the m40x perfectly and make them so much more comfortable. But not everyone agrees with the sound. Some people think changing pads ruin the m40x. IMO there's a slight decrease in bass. But I think the comfort and increase of soundstage is worth it.

u/smoothoperander · 4 pointsr/PS4

Hey man I was in your shoes not too long ago. I use this adapter for my DS4 along with Sony studio headphones and a ModMic. The ModMic is your secret ingredient. It's a separate, high-quality audio device that allows you to use whatever headphones you like, eliminating the need to balance quality with usability.

u/oddsnsodds · 4 pointsr/audiophile

A laptop with one jack almost invariably has a headset jack just like a phone's.

You should be able to use a standard headset splitter:

u/TogShark · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Hey there! A few bits of advice from someone who's had M50x's for a while now.

  • The ear pads that they come with are uncomfortable after extended use. I suggest purchasing these.

  • If you haven't got one already, I highly recommend picking yourself up a DAC. Maybe this one.

  • They should have come with three cables. One straight short, one straight long and one coiled cable. Use the coiled cable, because it's extremely durable. You can't accidentally tug it at an awkward angle and potentially damage something because it's like a damn spring.

  • You can also purchase additional cables, even braided ones if that's your preference.

  • Don't be a scrub and carry it around in the leather bag it comes with. Buy a hard case.
u/GotWilks · 4 pointsr/battlestations

The Anchor - THE ORIGINAL Under-Desk Headphone Stand Mount

I personally use this and really love it. Saves some desk space, too!

u/ATLBuckeye · 4 pointsr/BF1AdvancedTactics

> Unfortunately, the main issue (unless there's a fix I don't know about) is that I can't use the microphone due to the way the connectors on the jack are set up or something like that.

Try this!

u/SigmaTheDJ · 4 pointsr/xboxone

You can buy an adapter that will let you do that with any wired headset that's compatible with the Xbox One. For example: -

That might be a bit short, but that's the sort of thing you need.

u/_Kai · 4 pointsr/pcgaming

The "dongle" is a USB sound card that seems to accept a 3.5mm 4-pole style cable.

If you have a headset with two separate input (mic) and output (speaker) cables, then you need a Y-Splitter.

However, if the dongle accepts two separate cables, then just plug them in directly, or use this Y-Splitter to separate one cable into two.

u/4wh457 · 4 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

That board has ALC1150 (which is also properly implemented) so you should be fine without a soundcard as long as you stick to not too hard to drive headphones. If I was in your shoes and looking for affordable headphones mainly for gaming but that also work well for music or any other use case along with a good sounding microphone this is the combo I'd personally get: (because the stock earpads are fairly crappy despite the headphones otherwise being extremely good for the price)

All this would cost 66.97$ and beat any "gaming headset" under 150$. The ONLY gaming headset I'd personally trust/get is the GAME ONE by Sennheiser and even that is slightly overpriced for what you're actually getting in terms of headphone and mic sound quality. Pretty much everything else is either massively overpriced and/or sounds worse than a Koss Porta Pro.

u/bantership · 4 pointsr/buildapc

Ok, this looks like a job for /r/CabaloftheBuildsmiths if I've ever seen one.

Let's start with your sound. While this guy is not accurate with his take on sound cards, he's spot on about everything else when it comes to gamer audio. As for the headphones he recommends, you can find an even better deal here, and a great set of replacement earpads here.

Do you live near a MicroCenter or a Fry's Electronics? I promise you you'll save money on that i7 if you do.

I have the same liquid cooler as you and it works awesome. However, get the H110i if you can. Why? Because firmware. My build is similar to yours, and I have a review of the h115i there.

Your Windows can be a retail copy if you buy a (much cheaper) Win10 Pro license off eBay. Just make sure your seller has ironclad legit reviews. Avoid OEM if you can afford it. Buy a 16GB flash drive, use Windows media creation tool, load it on the flash drive from the computer you have now. Then install Win10 on your new computer.

When it comes to a Z170 board, nearly all your options are perfectly fine. Don't buy mobo manufacturer marketing garbage. It's sooo much hype to rip a lot of people off.

I own the Dell S2716DG and I highly recommend buying the Viewsonic XG2703-GS, because it is the #1 rated 1440p 144hz monitor out there. /u/NCX is your no-bull source for everything monitors, and I would highly recommend reading any monitor review he puts up.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor | $329.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler | Corsair H110i 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler | $109.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard | MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $122.88 @ OutletPC
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $88.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Crucial MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $122.00 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card | Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB STRIX Video Card | $678.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case | Corsair Carbide Clear 600C ATX Full Tower Case | $114.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply | EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $89.99 @ Amazon
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit | $119.99 @ Amazon
Sound Card | Creative Labs Sound Blaster Zx 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card | $89.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard | Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard | $80.00 @ Amazon
Mouse | Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse | $51.99 @ Amazon
Headphones | Superlux HD668B Headphones | $37.95 @ Amazon
Other | Antlion Audio ModMic Attachable Boom Microphone - Noise Cancelling with Mute Switch | $49.95 @ NCIX US
Other | ViewSonic XG2703-GS 27" 165Hz IPS 1440p G-Sync Gaming Monitor HDMI, DisplayPort | $699.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $2807.68
| Mail-in rebates | -$20.00
| Total | $2787.68
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-14 11:17 EST-0500 |

u/QuipA · 4 pointsr/headphones

> 50 ohm impedance would be hard for my motherboard to push

50 Ohm is not a high impedance, your motherboard should be able to drive the HD598 with ease.

A problem that does occur with motherboards is inadequate damping. If your mobo's output impedance is higher than ~5 Ohm you will decrease the sound quality and fidelity of the HD598. Unfortunately soundcard and mobo manufacturers know their products are mostly shit and therefore they do not even provide these specs at all.

If you want to make sure to get the most out of the HD598 invest in an entry level desktop DAC/AMP like the FiiO E10K or Micca Origen+

u/Starionn · 4 pointsr/headphones

Do you have problems with any other headphones?

I haven't used the M40X's myself, but "headphones not getting loud enough" is generally one of the few, reliable, markers that you would benefit from upgrading to an amp.

The JDS Labs Atom is pretty much the gold standard for cost/performance at $100. You would probably want a dac too, or at least someway of switching from speakers to the amp without having to reach around your computer to the back to swap.

The FiiO E10K works pretty well, and is a dac/amp combo at $75 if you want an affordable all-in-one.

u/Vollmar_ · 3 pointsr/headphones

I have these and I think they are really comfy if you change the earpads to something softer, the stock leather ones are kinda painfull to wear for a long time.

These earpads are frequently bought together with the headphones on amazon so I guess they should be good? I haven't tried them myself but I think I have seen them reccomended.

The cable is fine as it is in my opinion no need to change it unless you want something more durable (I don't think durabillity is a problem with it) or better looking.

u/VanillaWaferX · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Well I have a pair of these and they sound very good. Open back so good for gaming. But they also sound very good for movies/shows. I also have a pair of their cheaper pair. I would suggest the hd668bs if your budget is including the mic. (watch MD for them though as I got my 668b's for the same price as the 681's). Also if you decide to go with either of those. Get the AKG 240 comfort pads trust me. Enough of my biased suggestions. These are also decent, I have used a pair of these for gaming and they sound pretty good IMO. They would also be good for media.

There is other good headphones out there within your budget, but i won't recommend anything I haven't personally used. Read through what others suggest as well.

u/__REV__ · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I highly recommend against "gaming" headsets. They are usually overpriced for the components they use. I went with the route of using a set of semi-open back headphones and clip on mic for a bit. I've since upgraded to a NEWER condenser microphone. Either way:

Cheap but very good quality heaphones

super cheap but decent mic

Also I recommend these earpads. They lessen the low end a bit and make the headphones x100 more comfortable.

edit: just realized that's the "recommended combo" on amazon lmao. Either way its ~52 USD and a great deal. Compare the quality of this setup and its right up there with 100 dollar "gaming" headphones. Also semi-open and open headphones are great for FPS games because of the open soundscape.

u/G65434-2_II · 3 pointsr/headphones

Did you happen to get these velour pads? I bought those for my K240 as well and didn't like them. Affordable? Yes, but the material is somewhat coarse, foam stiff, and the ears holes noticably smaller than on originals. They appear pretty well made, but are just not that comfy.

If you don't mind the required pre-stretching and care needed in putting them on, HM5 pads are a good option, IMO. Comfy and they pass the "3 knucle test" with flying colors. Here's mine with the non-angled thick pleather variants. (they come in velour as well)

u/xmagusx · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

> FiiO E10K

Not saying it's not, but why would you say it's worth 15 bucks more than this one?

u/njules · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I don't know much about DACs but I have seen this one and this one recommended multiple times.

They are a bit pricey compared the one you sent though. And the second one can't work on your motherboard since the mobo doesn't have an s/pdif output.

u/undead_drop_bear · 3 pointsr/Games

>I never spring for fancy headsets, let alone custom sound cards.

you don't even need that. A decent USB amp/dac like the fiio E10K and some panasonic rp-ht21 will go a long way.

You'll notice a huge difference with those two alone.

edit: extra info: If you got a little bit more money, go for Grado sr80e or Sennheiser HD 598's. Again, with that amp/dac, killer sound.

Headphones make a difference, but what they're plugged into make an even bigger difference.

Note: this setup is for PC. The amp/dac will work on the PS4, but will switch left and right for some reason, unless Sony fixed that.

u/TheMuffinsPie · 3 pointsr/audiophile

If your current audio DAC is fine, there may not be a reason to buy a seperate DAC, but that purchase will completely depend on your current setup.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Amazon says the impedance of your headphones is 50 Ohms. This is an impedance spec that definitely will work fine without an AMP. However, should you decide to purchase an AMP (like the budget-oriented ones I'll post here), such as the 02 from Mayflower, the FiiO E10k or one of the Schiit AMPs like the Magni, you would find that the audio quality of your headphones would increase, since their full potential will be unlocked.

The Schiit combo is very high quality for the money, and I believe you'd be pretty happy with it.

u/Blais_Of_Glory · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

What's your budget? Where do you live? What type of music do you listen to? Are you looking for headphones that can be used for gaming? Do you need a mic with the headphones? What is the music coming from? For example, if you're listening to music through your computer and your headphones are connected to the computer, you would be better off getting a DAC and amp combo (something like the Schiit Fulla/Schiit Fulla on Amazon or FiiO E10K or Audioengine D1 or AudioQuest DragonFly) and then getting better headphones. I personally have tried several different brands and Sennheiser are my favorites. I currently have Sennheiser PC 363D (on Amazon) for gaming, movies, and TV and have the Sennheiser HD 598 SE (on Amazon) for music.

u/jakethepassion · 3 pointsr/Amd

So from my limited understanding of audio equipment I know that a DAC simply converts the digital signal from the computer to an analog signal for the headphones (a separate DAC helps the most with isolating the signal from interference from the computer). If you think the sound coming from your headphones is too quiet or lackluster what you really need is an amplifier to make the signal stronger, or a DAC/amp combo.

Two DAC/amp combos I see recommended often are the

Fiio E10K


Both have a DAC to isolate the signal and an amplifier to power higher end headphones.

u/ineedawindose · 3 pointsr/buildapc

you can also consider investing in a usb dac & an amp or a dac/amp like a fiio e10 and forgo the onboard audio completely. a bonus is that you can reuse this for future systems without worrying about onboard audio chipsets.

u/keeif · 3 pointsr/sffpc

Likely picking up interference from your graphics card. If you can, route the audio cable over the top of the motherboard and then down to the HD audio pins.

Though it might not be avoidable with how compact the case is and how close the ports are to the graphics card.

I think this gets worse with more power hungry cards. I've had the cable sitting right on the back of a 960 and never heard any interference but when I upgraded to a 970 I had to reroute the cable as I was hearing the same thing.

Only other option is buying a USB DAC and Amp like this.

u/Pomnom · 3 pointsr/reactiongifs

>It achieves making the phone water resistant, allowing for a digital audio connection, giving built in stereo speakers, not having to deal with a wire that gets snagged on things and leaving room in the phone for better laid out internals.

Links added. The last point is completely conjecture and they managed almost a decade without it. Also the lack of option. Every single smartphone can use bluetooth headset. Only iphone 7 cannot use wire headset.

u/Fai9al023 · 3 pointsr/headphones
u/Impressive_Username · 3 pointsr/MSI_Gaming

Its 70, but worth every penny. I used it with my AKG k712 pros for about a year before upgrading to a soundblaster g6.

u/YouOnlyLurkOnce · 3 pointsr/technology

I went through three variations on this device before finding one that works well. It's this one:

5 months in and it's still batting 1000 by every metric I can think of.

u/cookrw1989 · 3 pointsr/Ford

If you want cheaper, get an FM Modulator and this:

I use this one in my Subaru and plug it into an aux jack and its great!

And if you're electronically proficient, here's a way to add an aux hard wired to the radio:

u/halpmeplz01 · 3 pointsr/PS4

Another option- I'm linking the one I got below. It is like $14, but the cheap ones seemed to have really mixed reviews, to say the least, so I went with the Sennheiser one with muchhh better reviews.

u/dicks1jo · 3 pointsr/headphones

A little bit before handing the mixamp off to my roommate to use. You need an adapter to plug into a mixamp. This guy worked for me. In the end, I found myself abandoning the mixamp altogether though. It's a cool idea, but I just found the quality level of the execution lacking.

u/crazyherb · 3 pointsr/xboxone

I use a ModMic 5 with my Sennheiser HD 650.

This adapter to split.

This cable to make it less annoying

The cable doesn't seem to be in stock anymore, but you get the idea.

Plug the cable into your controller, the splitter into the cable, the mic into the mic input of the splitter, and your headphones into the headphone input of the splitter.

Make sure any cables you get are 4-pole so it supports stereo audio plus the microphone.

The mic is detachable (magnetic) and looks like this attached.

u/BlizzardCanyon · 3 pointsr/xboxone

Sennheiser 598's with Antlion modmic. Amazing pair of headphones with a detachable mic to avoid strange looks in public. You will need this splitter as well!

u/bubonicplaque · 3 pointsr/headphones

Grab a mod mic and one of theesse and you should be good to go

u/hot_pepper_is_hot · 3 pointsr/audioengineering

Link 1. Link 2. Don't go to this link.

edit: I don't know what either of you are talking about, but I am going to make a guess.

u/CatManDew13 · 3 pointsr/xboxone

There's a specific splitter you can get, lemme try and find it, that separates the mic inline and headphone. Allowing you to use a modmic.

Edit: it's a Sennheiser PCV 05 Combo Audio Adapter

u/kodiak117 · 3 pointsr/xboxone

You could use a y cable and plug in whatever you want -

u/True_Patrician · 3 pointsr/PS4

If you want to hear footsteps get the Game One*, they're open backed so you get a better soundstage which is exactly what you need for positioning footsteps.

From what I read make sure you get the 50 Ohm version as the 150 Ohm version you wouldn't be able to drive very well via the controller, but all new versions are the 50 Ohm so you should be fine. I'm not sure how the cable is but if it's a split microphone and headphone jack (which I assume it is seeing as this is in the frequently bought together thing) you'll need to get this:

* thanks for the correction /u/jtredd

u/PlaidDragon · 3 pointsr/audiophile

A couple things:

I highly recommend the HD 598s. I've used them for over a year now and I still love them like the day I got them. Everything sounds good on them and they are super comfy - you could wear them for 24 straight hours. I got this replacement cable for them and It's very high-quality and well worth the $16

All that being said, I would not really recommend using them in public. Firstly, while I love the the tan and brown look, they will look kind of goofy in public since they aren't really your "normal" headphone colors (unless, or course, you get the ones in black). Aside from aesthetics, there is not really a good storage solution (I think there's a case you can get for them, but it's really bulky), so they might get broken if you put them in your backpack and aren't careful with it. Finally, they are open-back. You will be able to hear everything around you, and everything around you will be able to hear you. If I'm without speakers and don't want to wear headphones, I'll actually just set them on the desk and turn them up a bit and they double pretty well as makeshift speakers.

Anyway, they're really best for home use (I use them for gaming, music, and everything in between).

u/Damieok · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

Your welcome, unfortunately the only affordable replacement cables come from China, so the shipping time is long.

The only US replacement cables I've seen are overpriced and hyped up for audiophiles.

The seller is on Amazon as well and has some variants with phone mics built in.

Edit: Fixed Link.

u/10GuyIsDrunk · 3 pointsr/Vive

You want this.

u/kjack9 · 3 pointsr/Vive

I got this one for use with my HD558s. I'm then running a 30 ft long headphone extension (15ft from computer to link box, 15 ft for Vive cable) back to a Behringer headphone amp and then a DAC. I also have other 15 ft extensions (DisplayPort, USB, power) from the link box back to my PC.

The end result? 30 ft of Vive leash, headphone cable is cable-wrapped back to a proper headphone amp and DAC. No plugging/unplugging, and good sound quality to boot.

Granted, take everything I just said above with the understanding that I don't have a Vive yet, and it might work great...or not!

u/fightinchunk · 3 pointsr/headphones

Most of the comments here are correct in regards to silver/copper with all else being equal. But these cables increased the max volume I was able to reach with my phone because of the lack of an inline mic, which adds enough resistance where I was able to notice a VOLUME difference(NOT SOUND QUALITY, that stayed the same once volume matched). The HD598cs cable comes with an inline mic that adds resistance and confirmed that the hd598cs cable added the most resistance out of the other 2.5mm - 3.5mm cable options I had at my disposal(hd598 cable, hd598cs cable, akg k545, 3 audio technica cables from m50x). The regular 598 cable, all 3 m50x cables, and the aftermarket cable akg k545 cable(all of which didn't have inline mics) all reached significantly louder volumes that the cables that had inline mics.

Keep in mind that this experiment was performed with a phone, which has a combined mic/headphone jack. When a TRRS jack with inline mic is inserted into the phone's headphone/mic combined port, this was the only time I noticed the differential in volume. When I tried performing the same experiment on my desktop's headphone jack, which has a separate mic jack, there was no noticable volume difference between the cables with inline mics and without them. Performing the same experiment with all my laptops(combined single mic/headphone port) produced the same results with my phone.

edit: I also remember reading a couple of posts here about the button being all fucked up, where some redditors were experiencing left/right issues after unknowingly damaging the multifunction button on the wire. If you feel like you're not getting the proper volume, get these cables if you didn't use the inline mic much.

u/ogre_pet_monkey · 3 pointsr/cableadvice

I have no idea how you did not find this, but here goes:

  1. google: sennheiser 558 cable
  2. first hit 'accessories' >

    you can directly order from sennheiser us or look for part:
    542192 or the shorter cable without part-id on the website.

    second hit is amazon, with a 3rd party cable:

    .. and the list goes on

    edit: the smaler cable has article number: 505638
u/foodwrap · 3 pointsr/headphones

I got these a few weeks ago and it's been fantastic so far, really nice build quality and shipping was quite a bit faster than expected which was another plus.

u/OurEyesArentReal · 3 pointsr/Vive

> My assumption is that closed headphones adds more presence since it isolates you more from the real world.

This is true. But with closed headphones you get less sound stage and it feels more like you're wearing headphones than it feels like sounds are happening around you. Open headphones allow sounds to feel like there is some space between your ear and where the sounds is coming from. It's kind of a balancing act.

I'm going to be using my Sennheiser HD 558 for personal use. They're the most comfortable thing I put on everyday. I could probably wear them 24/7 and not notice them. They just kind of melt into your head and onto your ears... and they sounds great for the price.

I did buy a shorter cable and plan on ziptieing the Vive cables so I get a snugger fit without more cable flopping around. The cable that comes with Senn HD5XX headsets is at least 8 feet long. Great for at your desk, not great to be dragging around behind you in VR.

u/afish_insea · 3 pointsr/headphones

Relatively inexpensive, good cable. Not silver or anything super fancy, but it's built well and is braided

u/abarrelofmankeys · 3 pointsr/PSVR


No problem, if for some reason you want to go with the senns considering I can give you a first hand review that they sound great, are pretty durable (I only say pretty because I take good care of stuff and am not hard on them, but I've had no problems) and are comfy, this is the cord I bought

The long one has it's uses, it's nice for plugging into a pedal and playing guitar at night or plugging into a pc, but it's impractical for most day to day and portable use.

EDIT: Apparently that's where headphones plug in half way down the cable (buds are above the move remotes), so it won't be as big of a problem as I thought, and a short one might actually be a problem. Ugh, so many things to consider.

u/rootbeerfetish · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Hi! I'm by no means an expert on the subject but I did learn a few things while pursuing a quality audio experience and its kind of turned into a new hobby.

Simulating surround sound was something I wanted to achieve as well when shopping for headphones a while back. Something I learned is that the headphones themselves can't really do this. The right kind of headphones (and sometimes software) can help this effect but you can't magically turn 2 channels (I.E. right and left) into 4 or more to get multi-directional sound. In gamery types of headphones, the marketing makes all kinds of claims that its the total fault of the headphones but it's simply not true.

The only real way to get a simulated surround effect in your headphones is if the source had this in mind from the get go. And after that good quality headphones can help a bit further. This can be easily demonstrated with this video. Plug in ANY pair of headphones in your house and for added effect? Close your eyes. Seriously even 3 dollar earbuds from the dollar store will work. And what you'll notice is a full high-quality multi-directional, surround sound experience from just youtube and whatever headphones you happened to try. Neat! But how?

Games and movies ect need to have an audio engineer design the sound with this concept in mind known as binaural. In games, this is usually the "headphone" mode in options settings. Or it'll just be on by default. There are times where a game simply won't have it and no amount of software can change that going into your headphones. Software can't magically know that the bullet was supposed to be behind you instead of in front of you.

What does this mean? That you can get virtual/simulated surround sound from pretty much any pair of headphones? Yes! Learning this concept to me was the beginning of something new. I started looking at simple high-quality headphones that could help make the effect even more dramatic.

I learned about open vs closed back headphones. Closed back headphones make you feel like the sound is sort of coming from inside your own head. This is fine especially if you want to block out other sounds from your room or house ect. Open back headphones let sound in your headphones from the outside, allowing for a more natural 3D effect in most cases. I did a lot of research on open back headphones. I ended up getting the AD900x's. I know this might be expensive-ish but there's a good option for optimal sound on a budget.

I got this combo deal for my fiance. You'll get an open back experience to help further the 3d effect you're after and ontop of that these headphones sound fucking GREAT for the money. Seriously makes me mad that I was buying gaming headphones for all these years leading up to what I learned. Check it out.

  • Headphones
  • Replacement earpads. (optional) The stock ones made me and my fiance's ear sweat like crazy. Not comfortable.
  • Microphone.

    Now, this is just a suggestion. Just use whatever you thought sounded better when it came to your logitech's or Beats after making sure headphone mode was on in the game you're playing. Hopefully, I've given you enough to do your own research on the subject. But. For the money? I found this combo to be amazing for gaming and surround sound. Just make sure you always turn on "headphone mode" in games and you'll get the 3D experience you're after. Learn more at


    TLDR; Some audio nerd info. I'd personally just use whatever you thought sounded better when it came to your logitech's or Beats after making sure headphone mode was on in the game you're playing. Seeing as the surround sound effect is mostly due to the source. If you ever want to try and make the 3D effect more dramatic I linked a suggestion on a budget.

u/Tcsailer · 3 pointsr/CFBOffTopic

I have [this] ( and I love it. It uses science to explain why to do things and I need that kind of thing otherwise I'll doubt it.

u/thergoat · 3 pointsr/cookingforbeginners

My recommendations:


  1. Tasty videos! They’re short, so you can binge a bunch, but they’re also straightforward and usually on the simpler side.

  2. “Food Wishes” on YouTube. I’ve been watching them for over a decade - lighthearted, fun learning that takes you step by step through TONS of dishes. I cook almost daily, and I can credit this guy for most of my inspiration.

  3. Binging with Babish & Basics with Babish. Similar to good wishes, but a little more laid back (which is an accomplishment) and a bit higher production quality IMO.

  4. Bon Apetit! Also YouTube. So many fun personalities, everyone has different specialties, it’s like learning from experts that feel like your friends. Carla & Molly have the best recipes and explanations IMO, but they’re all wonderful.


    These are more advanced, but Serious Eats (google it) never lets you down when it comes to recipes, but they’re definitely more involved (hours to days).

    One of the serious eats writers, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is a PhD Biologist (I think biology...) who wrote The Food Lab. This man is the god of cooking. 100% scientifically and experimentally tested, this book will teach you everything you ever need to know about cooking and then some. HIGHLY recommend getting a copy. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

    Finally, if you don’t want to drop $20 (it’s dropped by ~60% since I bought it! Definitely get a copy!!!) on that, but want to be healthy and learn easy, flavor packed recipes, pick up a copy of The Thug Kitchen. It’s vegan, but the skills are useful anywhere and I’ve yet to find anyone - carnivores included - that’s disliked a single recipe. I got a copy for myself, my girlfriend, a good friend of mine, and my brother.

    Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck (Thug Kitchen Cookbooks)
u/FriendlyEngineer · 3 pointsr/Cooking

Well, on the extreme side, "The Professional Chef" textbook I believe is the one used by the culinary institute of America. I picked one up off Amazon for $36 just for the hell of it. It's really interesting and reads more like an academic text than a cook book. It can be quite intense though.

A much more popular choice and a much easier read would be "The Food Lab" by Kenji Lopez-Alt who is a writer for serious eats. The book has plenty of recipes but does an unbelievably amazing job explaining the science and reasoning behind the choices that are made as well as various "experiments" that kenji does to answer cooking questions. It definitely teaches technique and really helps put you in the right "mindset" for cooking without a recipe.

Here are links to both.

u/SumoSizeIt · 3 pointsr/intj

I suggest The Food Lab and Serious Eats, by J. Kenji López-Alt

u/Cats4Lunch · 3 pointsr/Pizza

Why not?

The recipe I'm referring to is nothing but salt & pepper, a roasting pan with a rack, and all day, really low and slow. Amazing how well that came out.

u/bc2zb · 3 pointsr/fatlogic

I could and it's a pipe dream of mine. However, the author of the original recipe has quite a collection already, and has already published such a cook book.

u/Thisismyfoodacct · 3 pointsr/Cooking

I dig you're enthusiasm but you're asking a broad question!

I'd recommend the following books to help answer your questions:

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of The Kitchen

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking through Science

u/kaidomac · 3 pointsr/cookingforbeginners

part 2/2

Second, there are ways to take a more cost-effective approach. I always bring up the physics example of the apple falling on Newton's head, which made him realize gravity existed, and then he dedicated his whole life to figuring out the formula for gravity; then you saunter up to science class one day, learn F=ma, and that's that! Likewise, a lot of smart & persistent people have worked hard to create formulas for food, called recipes, which you can try & learn & get good results at simply by following their step-by-step checklist.

Part of getting good at cooking is learning the underlying tools, technique, and knowledge required for flavor combinations, food pairings, spice mixes, cooking methods, etc., but part of it is also just burning through a bunch of recipes & getting exposure to good results & to various processes, without having to master every single one right off the bat & then think up new ways to use them. So in addition to learning how to cook in general, I'd also recommend simply following a bunch of recipes initially, rather than trying to re-invent the wheel, which can help you get better results initially, simply because you have proven instructions to follow! There are a million great resources for doing this; I'll share just a few here:

  • Website: Serious Eats: Most recipes are split into a detailed explanation & then a separate page for the recipe itself. Excellent learning resource!
  • Book: The Food Lab: By Kenji of the Serious Eats website. This is a really excellent book to learn cooking step-by-step, complete with full-color pictures & detailed explanations.
  • Website: ChefSteps: An excellent resource for detailed recipes from the company that makes the Joule sous-vide machine (note that not all recipes are sous-vide!)
  • Show: Good Eats with Alton Brown (on TV or available to purchase online); lots of detailed walkthroughs & tribal knowledge shared in each episode.
  • Book: Modern Sauces: 150 sauces, plus great explanations to build up your knowledge about sauces. One thing I've realized over time is that most restaurants create amazing flavor through their sauces, whether it's something as basic as Big Mac sauce at McDonald's or a super fancy steak sauce at an elegant, high-end restaurant.
  • Show: "Wok Star" by Eleanor Ho: She teaches a fantastic, recipe-free workflow for creating stir-fry dishes using a wok & a hi-heat portable burner. Note that you can buy the discs (which are just simple recordings of her classes) & printed materials separately from the wok & burner if you already have the tools. She's put together a really great system for teaching wok cooking, so if you're interested in learning the "flowchart" for quick & healthy meals using the stir-fry method, this is the best resource I've ever come across!

    Third, it helps to have some good introductions to the different aspects of food. Here's a few links to read to help kick-start your education process:

  • Basic cooking advice & approach
  • How to cook a chicken breast so it's good every time
  • A quick discussion about "master" recipes
  • Introduction to spices
  • How our bodies works in relation to food & a bit more on food & exercise
  • A quick introduction to complete foods
  • My approach to meal prep & a bit more information on the Look Book
  • Some tips for getting organized in your kitchen (kitchen part specifically is a few posts down)

    Anyway, learning how to cook can definitely be discouraging & can absolutely be a money-drain, because you're going to have to make a lot of mistakes, due to the learning process, and make also a lot of just plain mediocre food before you start hitting some home-runs. I'd recommend making sure that you have a recipe storage system for capturing the recipes & workflows you really like.

    I'd also recommend adopting the "growth" mindset when it comes to cooking, because it's easy to quit in the face of setbacks & label yourself as a terrible cook or view cooking at home as hard or dumb or whatever. If you look at cooking from a big-picture perspective, you're going to be alive until you die, and you've gotta eat every day, so imo at least, it's totally worth learning how to cook so that you can save money & enhance the enjoyability of each meal that you cook while you can!

    I think part of that is just accepting that it's going to take some time & practice (and money) as you grow & develop your skills, your personal recipe database, and the various workflows available for things like making breads or grilling or stir-frying or whatever you want to dive into. Probably the best way to save money, at this point in your cooking education, is to find & follow top-rated recipes. Pinterest has a pretty good algorithm for bubbling up really good recipes, so if you type in "chocolate-chip cookie" into the Pinterest search & try a recipe (exactly as printed, step-by-step) on the first page of results, then you're likely to get much better results than just winging it...while also building up your cooking skills in the process & getting that background knowledge & hands-on time required to get better at cooking!
u/MarrusAstarte · 3 pointsr/FoodPorn

I picked up most of my (mediocre but useful) cooking skills primarily from Serious Eats, ChefSteps, and more recently Chef John on YouTube.

The recently published Food Lab book is a great reference as well.

Also, don't be afraid to practice. Most of the time with food, even if you don't get it perfect, you'll have something edible, and you can use the experience of making something less than perfect as a step towards making it better.

u/murphtim · 3 pointsr/Cooking

Food Lab is LEGIT! been following Kenji on for a long time. Saw his book for the first time last weekend at B&N. $50 in the store!?! I just ordered it this morning on Amazon Prime for $30

u/Chef-horse · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

If you are trying to cook more at home, nigh I suggest this book. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

u/WeShouldHaveKnown · 3 pointsr/Cooking

There is a cookbook called the food lab which is really great. It explains the science behind making things extra delicious and the recipes in that book are really good "every day" ones not necessarily project meals. Highly recommended.

u/357Magnum · 3 pointsr/Cooking

The Food Lab

It is a very thick book with lots of full color photos, and tons of good info. The only problem that I've had with it so far is that, for as much as he talks about precision in the variables, he doesn't seem to give enough info in the recipes, which is always the problem I have with written recipes. For example, I tried his technique for soft boiled eggs, and it doesn't specify the starting temp of the eggs. He says the best method is to put cold eggs into the boiled water. But when I did this, using the cooking times provided, my egg was still almost completely raw. I think the problem is that my eggs came right out of the fridge. Had they been room temp to start, 40 degrees warmer, it probably would have worked. But honestly, most people keep eggs in the fridge, so I think the onus should have been on him to make that clear. I have yet to try with room temp eggs to see if his numbers are close to accurate. But when I read "put cold eggs in hot water" I took that to mean cold, not room temp.

The second thing I tried out of the book was the Prime Rib technique. He says to cook it at your oven's lowest setting (in my case, 200F), until the internal temp is 120, then rest for 30 minutes, then sear at 500-550 at the end. He says it takes 4-5 hours at 200. But again, I was making this for lunch, so I was starting at 7am. But of course, my roast came right out of the fridge. So long story short, I had to crank the temp up to 350 to get it to finish roasting by lunchtime, so the slow cook method was not accomplished. Again, had my roast started at room temp, it would have probably worked better, but that wasn't explicitly stated.

I wonder if I need to assume that everything is at room temp to start. If that is just considered dogmatic in cooking or something I was not aware. I read the whole intro, and while he does say that nothing in the book is gospel due to the many variables, I would think that the emphasis on the exactness of temperature, the home cook target audience, and the use of thermometers should at least give some attention to the subject of starting temperature. I might find the answer as I read more of the book. But anyway, I still think it is a great book, and I'm sure the techniques are valid, I just can't hope to get everything right the first try.

u/ChrissiTea · 3 pointsr/seriouseats

To save any other British people the sudden disappointment I just felt - it's only 20% off on

Still not that bad of a price though, I guess...

u/kristephe · 3 pointsr/Cooking

I'd definitely recommend Samin's book Salt Fat Acid Heat! Rather than just recipes, it teaches you the fundamentals of recipe creation and cooking. Kenji's The Food Lab is also an awesome contribution.

u/Dial-1-For-Spanglish · 3 pointsr/Cooking

Yes - likely ANYTHING with Kenji López-Alt.
I just bought his book, The Food Lab, and it's six pounds of 'just as fantastic as his work at'.

u/The_Zeus_Is_Loose · 3 pointsr/ketorecipes

/r/seriouseats has a ton of good info on cooking. I also recommend The Food Lab book. I have bought a few now as gifts. /u/J_Kenji_Lopez-Alt is also seen around Reddit and has been super helpful a few times in answering tweets about certain recipes within a few hours. (Not sure if I am supposed to publicize that last part.)

u/tcookc · 3 pointsr/audioengineering

you'll need an additional headphone amp/splitter to get more than two hp-out on any affordable interface.

u/Boloar · 3 pointsr/diyaudio

Pretty much the easiest way is a single Bluetooth receiver, connected to the input of an audio splitter (preferably a powered one, such as a multi-headphone amp like this) sending copies of the received audio to the separate devices. There are currently no completely wireless solutions to having truly synchronized audio sent to multiple outputs - at least not available for the common man. It's a topic of much research.

u/n_nick · 3 pointsr/battlestations

Here is my build list formated for reddit

Group | Name | Price | Quantity | Total | Link
--- | --- | --- | --- | --- | ---
Pc | (Everything Inside the case) | | | |
$1,601.62 | Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor | $347.00 | 1 | $347.00 |
| Cooler Master Hyper D92 54.8 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler | $44.80 | 1 | $44.80 |
| Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $171.49 | 1 | $171.49 |
| Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory | $129.99 | 1 | $129.99 |
| Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $97.99 | 1 | $97.99 |
| Hitachi HD​S723020BLA​642 | $58.00 | 3 | $174.00 | EBay
| EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card | $459.99 | 1 | $459.99 |
| EVGA 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply | $90.39 | 1 | $90.39 |
| XFX AMD Radeon HD 5450 1GB | $29.99 | 2 | $59.98 |
| PWM Female to 4 x PWM Male Computer Case Fan Splitter | $6.50 | 2 | $13.00 |
| Sabrent 2.5" SSD & SATA Hard Drive to Desktop 3.5" | $12.99 | 1 | $12.99 |
| 80MM 5000RPM Fan | $0.00 | 2 | $0.00 |
| 92MM 5000RPM Fan | $0.00 | 4 | $0.00 |
Monitors | | | | |
$744.66 | Seiki Pro SM28UTR 28-Inch 4K UHD 3840x2160 | $195.69 | 1 | $195.69 |
| AOC e2460Sd 24-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor | $142.99 | 3 | $428.97 |
| Dell 17" 5:4 | $30.00 | 4 | $120.00 | EBay
Cables | | | | |
$137.77 | Cable Matters Gold Plated DisplayPort to DisplayPort Cable 10 Feet | $11.99 | 1 | $11.99 |
| Cable Matters Active DisplayPort to DVI Male to Female Adapter | $19.99 | 2 | $39.98 |
| DVI Male to Female 90 Degree Adapter Connector | $4.43 | 3 | $13.29 |
| 15ft 28AWG CL2 Dual Link DVI-D Cable - Black | $10.47 | 3 | $31.41 |
| 15ft Super VGA M/M | $5.69 | 4 | $22.76 |
| 15ft USB 2.0 A Male to A Female Extension | $1.87 | 5 | $9.35 |
| 25ft hdmi cable | $8.99 | 1 | $8.99 |
Desk Accesseries | | | | |
$263.49 | Perixx PX-5200 Cherry MX Blue | $72.91 | 1 | $72.91 |
| Logitech C310 Webcam | $31.93 | 1 | $31.93 |
| Lapel Mics | $6.50 | 1 | $6.50 |
| FingerPrint Reader | $12.58 | 1 | $12.58 |
| Mouse Pad | $8.99 | 1 | $8.99 |
| Headset Func HS260 | $79.99 | 1 | $79.99 |
| Altec ACS 54 - Speaker | $0.00 | 1 | $0.00 |
| Logitech G700S | $50.59 | 1 | $50.59 |
Audio Accesseries | | | | |
$58.33 | BEHRINGER MICROAMP HA400 | $24.99 | 1 | $24.99 |
| 5-Pack 6.35mm Male to 3.5mm Female Adapter | $7.99 | 1 | $7.99 |
| 3.5mm Male to 2 x 3.5mm Female Splitter Cable | $3.99 | 1 | $3.99 |
| Coupler 3.5 mm Female - 3.5 mm Female Stereo or Mono | $3.93 | 1 | $3.93 |
| 3 feet Slim 3.5mm Stereo Audio Cable - M/M | $2.71 | 2 | $5.42 |
| 3-Feet 3.5mm Stereo Male to Female Extension Cable, 5-Pack | $12.01 | 1 | $12.01 |
Lighting | | | | |
$86.88 | Studio Designs Swing Arm Lamp Black | $24.75 | 2 | $49.50 |
| Lutron TT-300NLH-BL Credenza Lamp Dimmer Black | $14.83 | 1 | $14.83 |
| Triple Outlet Swivel Adapter, White | $3.27 | 1 | $3.27 |
| Daylight LED Light Bulb 15W | $9.64 | 2 | $19.28 |
Cable Managment | | | | |
$18.81 | 100 Velcro Ties | $5.00 | 2 | $10.00 |
| 100 Releasable cable ties | $2.47 | 3 | $7.41 |
| Cable Clip nais | $0.70 | 2 | $1.40 |
Power | | | | |
$53.13 | Monster MP AV 750 Audio Video PowerCenter | $18.99 | 1 | $18.99 |
| AmazonBasics 6-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip 2-Pack | $12.99 | 1 | $12.99 |
| 3 Outlet Single-Tap Wall Tap | $4.00 | 2 | $8.00 |
| 15ft 16AWG Power Cord Cable | $5.20 | 1 | $5.20 |
| 10ft 18AWG Right Angle Power Cord Cabl | $2.65 | 3 | $7.95 |
Network | | | | |
$33.98 | TP-LINK 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch | $22.99 | 1 | $22.99 |
| 5-Pack, Cat6 Ethernet Patch Cable in Blue 3 Feet | $10.99 | 1 | $10.99 |
Monitor Mount | | | | |
$215.27 | Arm wall mount | $17.54 | 3 | $52.62 |
| Top wall mount bracket | $4.80 | 4 | $19.20 |
| Center Monitor Mount | $7.99 | 1 | $7.99 |
| 2x8 | $7.47 | 3 | $22.41 |
| 2x4 | 2.55 | 1 | $2.55 |
| 3" clamp | $5.98 | 6 | $35.88 |
| 4" Hinge | $2.81 | 2 | $5.62 |
| Wood Screws | $9.00 | 1 | $9.00 | Lowes
| Assorted brackets/hardware | $25.00 | 1 | $25.00 | Lowes
| Case Rack Mount | $35.00 | 1 | $35.00 | EBay
Misc | | | | |
$35.97 | Steam Link | $19.99 | 1 | $19.99 |
| Bluetooth Adapter | $7.99 | 1 | $7.99 | GRANDCOW Bluetooth 4.0 USB Adapter Dongle for Windows 10/ 8.1 / 8/ 7 / Vista / XP
| 19 Key Numeric Keypad | $7.99 | 1 | $7.99 |

u/onemanshownetwork · 3 pointsr/podcasting

If on a budget:

I like the Behringer q802usb for a mixer $65

2 ATR 2100 Mics $80 a piece

If you want to spend more on a mic that won't pick up as much noise:

Sennheiser E835 Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone $100 a piece - but doesn't come with stand or pop filter...

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Headphones to monitor sound or edit. $70

If you want your partner to have headphones, you will need a headphone amp $25 and chord $7

If you have any questions I have a Facebook Group for beginners: Podcasting Made Simple

u/bushwoodband · 3 pointsr/Reaper

I've experienced this issue as well - my workaround is using this headphone amp that I have ($24 on amazon, link below) in between my interface and the headphones, and it provides an extra level of gain, which gets me right in the sweet zone

Behringer Microamp HA400 Ultra-Compact 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amplifier
Learn more:

u/emosoresex · 3 pointsr/rocksmith

Truthfully the in game sound is perfectly fine IMO and up to par with any DAW I've used, the difference is likely in what you're using to output the sound (the two 12" are going to sound a ton better than shitty macbook speakers or not amazing quality headphones).

That being said I'm splitting to the same exact amp for my setup with a behringer headphone amplifier and dehummer.

I've heard other people use tuning pedals or AB/Y pedals which may (probably) are a cheaper and better solution, but I can't personally speak to that.

The downside of this setup is that you're going to still need to keep your volume at 10 and your tone at 10 on your guitar for the best RS note detection.

u/squirley2005 · 3 pointsr/audioengineering

Funnily enough I have myself just bought one of these for like £20. Well worth it!!

u/Yoav420 · 3 pointsr/audioengineering

Thank you for the reply.

Do you think these cheap Behringer MX400 and Behringer HA400 will do the job for band practice?

The only problem is that I have a very convenient record function on my drum module that records the mix in and the drums to a wav file on a SD card, by plugging everything to the mixer I lose this function so maybe I should wire like that:
Bass + Guitar -> MX400 -> Drum module -> HA400 -> headphones.
That way I can record easily while jamming, what do you think?

u/matty_b · 3 pointsr/headphones
  1. As mentioned elsewhere, the BD pads are great.

  2. Never tried and never looked.

  3. If you bought them used, so used that the pads are worn, wouldn't the burn-in opportunity be long gone?
u/Dyllionaire15 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Absolutely, and I don't think it would look bad with black pads on white headphones personally.

Here are the ones I bought. They took a little effort to put on there, but are very snug and don't move around. (The amazon picture isn't correct, as it looks like they are the plastic/leather pads, but what you get is the velour)

These Shure pads apparently work as well, although I don't have any experience with them. Looking at the reviews they seem like they fit a little bit looser and can freely spin a little bit.

When I get home tonight, I can take some pictures of them on my M50's if you'd like. I love them and well worth the $20 I say.

u/TaintedSquirrel · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

A few years ago a rebrand of these came out called NX-HTDJ with velour pads + headband. I picked up a pair for $12 and they're amazing. Unfortunately it looks like they aren't being manufactured anymore.

DT 250 pads will fix the 8323's but they cost about $25.

u/ninjapirate9901 · 3 pointsr/headphones

A nice alternative is the Beyerdynamic DT250 Velour Pads. They fit both the M50 and pro700mk2 (though it takes a bit of wiggling).

u/camelNotation · 3 pointsr/howto

These are either MDR-7506 or the MDR-V6 and either way, you have a stellar pair of headphones right there. I roll the MDR-7506 myself and for the money, you won't find a better technical listening experience. If you replace your pads with the Beyerdynamic Velour Earcups you will find slightly better isolation, increased comfort, and even clearer bass. Here's a link to them on Amazon, but shop around:

You'll need to pry off the old ones along the edges. Once you get a bit off, the rest should slide off with it. Just be gentle with the edges so you don't bend anything out of shape and harm the isolation quality.

u/Kazooie · 3 pointsr/EDC

Just thought this would be fun to do.

(from left to right, top to bottom)

2009 13" Macbook Pro w/ 256 GB SSD

Pentel GraphGear 1000

Moleskine Notebook

Nebo Redline

Bolle Anaconda

Time Easy Reader

Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10

Boy Scouts Swiss Army Knife (not sure which model)

Audio-Technica M50 with EDT250 pads

Nintendo Wallet from NYC Nintendo World

Insulated 20oz Klean Kanteen

Kenneth Cole Reaction Bag

Arbor Bandana (as a face mask for cold days)

iPhone 4S


Keys (glowing tritium, apt, mail, bike, lockbox, utili-key, LED, room, car keys)

u/turfyman · 3 pointsr/headphones

You can roll the Beyerdynamic DT250 Pads.

They fit surprisingly well and they're velour to boot.

EDIT: Maybe it goes without saying, but I have these on mine. Look here for pics.

u/idiosyncrisia · 3 pointsr/headphones

I have had mine since 2007.

When your ear pads die- they will die either by disintegrating or splitting at the seams, you can buy these:

They will fit your headphones, and are velour. A bit more comfortable I think too.

These things are tanks, and while they may get uncomfortable if you wear glasses, they will last a long, long time through much abuse.

I have flown countless times with them, and they still work flawlessly.

u/monoxgas · 3 pointsr/headphones

Put the velour pads on mine about a month after I got them, can't recommend this enough. The headphones are super comfy now and don't wear on my ears during long use.

For reference:

u/livefreeordi3 · 3 pointsr/EDC

Yes actually I got the flaking right around the 4 year mark as well. Following instructions I found on a forum, I replaced the original pads with some Beyerdynamic pads , and it was just as good as new!

[Edit] here's a video showing you the process of replacing the pads.

u/RodentKoss · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I'm really enjoying the Sennheiser Game Zero, it's the same headset as the Sennheiser HD 380 Pro that I was using before, but with a built in boom microphone. Excellent noise deadening, I can barely hear the "real world" with the headset on, it's great.

u/Chabbies · 3 pointsr/headphones

I'm not Canadian but since I'm bored I found these

Sennheiser HD 380

Sennheiser HD 280

Shure SE215 (Just bough a pair of the clear ones not 2 hours ago :D)

Those are all the ones I could find without posting ones that have already been posted in their own thread by other users. Hope it was helpful anyways

u/LD5ifty · 3 pointsr/makinghiphop

I know you said under $100, but I've never known anyone to regret spending that little bit extra on a set of cans (except people who bought Beats™). Assuming you're going to be using them for mixing work as well as leisurely listening, I can highly recommend [Sennheiser's HD 380s] ( There are very few other products in your price range that compare.

When you have a little extra scrilla on hand, I also recommend picking up one of these so you can boost the output level to the 380s. The power, clarity, and control offered by this combination is an amazing value.

u/Dent18 · 3 pointsr/drums

I use

Great noise canceling/balance between hearing your drums and music

They're solid for general usage too

u/Eat-Sleep-Lift · 3 pointsr/homegym

Not OP but, the Titan T-2 design is a prevalent design from a number of manufacturers. ex. Atlas Power Rack and RepFitness Power Rack

From the Repfitness website they list the specs of the 2x2 uprights as 14 gauge. That translates to a 5/64" or ~2mm thick steel. Compared to the R-3 (T-3) 11 gauge steel which is 1/8" or ~3.175mm

The 2x2 14 gauge racks are advertised as capable of holding 700lbs on the j-cups. Comparatively the 11 gauge 2x3 racks can hold 1000lbs

For the average home gym user that weight differential is negligible. Realistically the only time someone would approach the maximum weight capacity would be on one exercise, the squat. And for either rack I'd suggest not ever dumping that kind of weight from max height onto the safeties.

So both racks perform their primary function comparably. Why would someone go for the T-3 over the T-2? That's just personal preference on a number of things. But here are the main differences. The T-2 doesn't need to be bolted to the floor or platform. The T-3 (R-3) has the westside hole spacing throughout the benching area. T-3 has both a 1.25" and 2" pull up bar. There are more compatible accessories (thanks to Rogue) for the T-3. Like OP you can buy spotter arms and bench outside the rack on the T-3.

Of course the ability to modify and expand upon the T-3(R-3) comes with the caveat of cost. The rack is more expensive and the accessories will be too.

u/theking4u · 3 pointsr/homegym

All this advice applies if you live in the US (don't wanna waste your time).

For a full power rack, I would recommend just waiting for a good deal on craigslist. Even this rack on amazon is pretty good deal

I'm sure if you look long enough you can find a better deal on craigslist. I bought that weight bench a few years ago, but if I had known better I would have just gotten a power rack. As a beginner (less than 300lbs on squat), this solution works for me. Also, try to find one with a pulley system if possible, cause I love some of the exercises that are only possible with a pulley system, especially if you are beginner. Also, remember if you decide to upgrade you can always sell something professionally made and get most of your money back and even make money if bought from a really good deal. Of course, void all this if you love building stuff and have the time.

u/aussie_jason · 3 pointsr/Jeep

As long as you have an auxiliary port then something like this - iClever Himbox HB01 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit with 3.5mm Aux Jack, Multi-Point Access, Siri / Voice Activation, Dual USB Charger & Magnetic Base, Updated Aluminum Ring - Black

u/hornicorn- · 3 pointsr/CarAV

I have this one in my car and let me just say it is amazing. Auto connects up from last time and has an extra USB port to plug my phone in. This is the one you want. iClever Himbox HB01 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit with 3.5mm Aux Jack, Multi-Point Access, Siri / Voice Activation, Dual USB Charger & Magnetic Base, Updated Aluminum Ring - Black

u/miraculous- · 3 pointsr/diysound

I believe this satisfies your criteria.

This was my first dac/amp.

I still keep it for travel.
Will drive up to 250Ω.
Sounds fantastic too. Would recommend.

u/Itsthejoker · 3 pointsr/cscareerquestions

I can't wear earbuds for more than a few hours at a time, so I have Koss Porta Pros. Unbelievable sound in a very portable package, and I have them paired with a Fiio E10K that filters out any line weirdness. I used to have a shitty work laptop that had awful grounding, so the amp was super useful. Now I just use it because it sounds good :)

u/ggibby · 3 pointsr/headphones

Welcome the the Grado club - three actual Grados have passed through my collection, and three hybrids as well.
For tinkering and modding, there's nothing better, IMO.

I found several reasonable DAC/amp units that improved the ride, as it were.
My early favorite being the Fiio E10K - compact, USB-powered, not hard on the budget.
If you can leave it on the desk, the Massdrop O2 + SDAC DAC/Amp is a winner,
but beware of Massdrop - their temptation fu is strong. :-)

To do both DAC and DAP, lurk eBay for an iBasso DX90 - I never go anywhere without mine.

Agreed that they really shine with 'classic' production - late 60s to mid 80s analog path,
but also considerate modern artists like Spoon and Andrew Duhon,
maybe Isis and Animals as Leaders on the heavier side.

The folks at have a couple opinions about the Brooklyn Sound, too.

u/japaul32 · 3 pointsr/buildapc

I would recommend a pair of HD 598's and a headphone amp. Or the AKG k701/q701.

I own the HD558, and Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro, and I use them in conjuction with a Schiit Magni. My favourite for comfort and overall audio quality is the HD558. If I want some more bass in my music I switch to the DT770 Pro.

Take a look at this

Edit: I'm assuming you're using onboard audio. If so, take a look at a amp/dac combo like this

Edit2: You guys in the UK get some great prices. Here's the DT990 Pro. Definitely want to get a headphone amp with this guy.

u/explosivo563 · 3 pointsr/audiophile

Depends on your price range. Check out fiio dacs for entry level. Schiit modi and magni for mid/higher level. There are many options for dacs and amp/dac combos. I use the e10k which is an entry level amp/dac.

u/ZeM3D · 3 pointsr/headphones

Pads are easy to replace. These should fit and not alter the sound too much.

u/ItsFoxBit · 3 pointsr/HyperX
u/ZeosPantera · 3 pointsr/headphones

Don't forget if you want these to FEEL good you have to spend twice as much.. As you need the $19.50 Brainwavz pads to throw on them.

u/poonedundies · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

I have these and I love them. The sound quality is pretty decent. No issues hearing anything or with my friends hearing me. In audio lag either. The one thing I will recommend is changing the ear pad. The new pads help change the sound and provide a ton more comfort.

u/noteandcolor · 3 pointsr/xboxone

I've owned several over this generation. Turtle Beach XO Seven, Microsoft Stereo Headset, Astro A40, Sennheiser Game One, HyperX Cloud II, Plantronics RIG 800LX SE, HyperX Cloud Alpha, and beyerdynamic MMX 300. I keep coming back to the Cloud Alpha. $100, and it's the perfect blend of sound quality, comfort, and simple controls. I went a little further and added $30 Brainwavz HM5 earpads. Can't recommend it enough.

An audiophile's review of the Cloud Alpha:

u/qfews · 3 pointsr/headphones

Here are the main parts:

Bluetooth receiver -

3.5 jack -

side button -

You could probably find cheaper options. I just bought a lot because there wasn't really any tutorials out there on doing this. Other stuff you would need are a soldering iron, a dremel, and some wires, Also, please get better earcups if you haven't already -

Here are the internals:

u/NessInOnett · 3 pointsr/headphones

I have the m50x with the Brainwavz HM5 pads. The difference in comfort is night and day. The default pads on the m50x hurt like hell after about an hour of wear for me. The HM5 pads are little heavenly pillows. Sadly, the bass really suffers.. and I had to ramp it up a bit in software to compensate. Using mine with a Fiio E10k, even with bass boost enabled, it isn't enough to balance things out back to stock.

u/thisisnotjr · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

For those that have big ear and head. Here are the the [Brainwavz Earpads] ( that should work well with these.

From personal experience, the padding's are a must for any pair of headphones. They're just so comfy.

Edit: Check the additional promotion underneath the price. There should be an additional 15% when you purchase one or more of the padding.

u/Expat123456 · 3 pointsr/ROGphone2

No red tint display. The white balance on my phone is even better than the Huawei P30 I switched from.

Camera is very competent indoors too compared to the P30. P30 only excels in darker environment while being able to take quick pictures.

My Bluetooth is working fine, but I don't connect directly to my car but to an EarStudio Es100 via the aux input. No problems there connects as soon as the car is on.

u/iammarcy · 3 pointsr/headphones

Yes, it's the Radsone ES100. You can find it on amazon here.

u/GusIsBoosted · 3 pointsr/headphones

The only real answer:

its a bit of a pain to put them on properly.
But I did it to my older set of HD598s and it brought them back to life.

Definitely recommend these ear pads for the 598.

u/pirate_starbridge · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

Have tried both - the fuzzy versions of these are so much more comfortable IMO - subjective of course, but with the fuzz you don't get ever sweaty, they breathe.

u/Jiffe_The_Pleb_King · 3 pointsr/LivestreamFail

They are actually amazing if you replace the pads with these:

u/rempred · 3 pointsr/headphones

The cable is a mile long, you could walk across the room before it yanked. If you're playing at your desk (PC?) then you'll be fine, the cable won't wear or fray. These headphones are amazing, I love them. In about 8 months your ear pads will start to feel like they suck, that's because the foam has broken down. I just got these and my 700Xs are brand new again.

u/nphil · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

I have the M40x which I think is pretty similar. How do these go on? Do you take off the old pads first or do these go on top of the ones already on there?

Was thinking about buying these velour pads, been on my wishlist for 24 dollars forever.

u/bobguyman · 3 pointsr/headphones

On amazon it's from's amazon store front.

u/RonHS · 3 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

OP can correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like this headphone hanger on amazon

u/ThriftstoreTentacles · 3 pointsr/battlestations

An under the desk headphone hanger. I see that potted plant, definitely a must have. I notice no mousepad? That looks like a wood table and you would get better response on a mousepad than just the table. I cannot fathom why people like the keyboards without the numbpad but to each there own.

u/tldnradhd · 3 pointsr/headphones
u/showYOUmyOHface · 3 pointsr/battlestations

Previous link was to which is probably why he linked you to the US site.

Edit. Have a link

u/NinjaMilez · 3 pointsr/battlestations

Nice, a sleek black and white aesthetic. Nothing is out of place here. Glad you went with a mouse mat with a small logo.

I don't have any suggestions really since it's all but perfect. I can offer a potential upgrade or two if you have money that needs spending!

A headphone stand has already been mentioned but the style of headphone stand that you decide to go with is also a consideration. You can get ones that stand on your desk. These are good if you want the headphones to be a point of attention on the desk. They are nice-looking Grados so might be a good idea.

If you want headphones on your desk but not to take up any space then you can get ones that attach to the edge like this or to the underside of the desk like this.

If you don't want them to be anywhere near the desk then you can find wall mounted ones or something you can stick to the side of a desk leg if it's wide enough à la this.

If you want a better quality LED bulb for your lamp (because it is a nice lamp!) then it might be worth investing into some high CRI (90+, ideally ~95-97) LED bulbs. They can be expensive but they are very nice. Make sure that you double-check the base type of the bulb already in the lamp before you buy. Yuji LED sell what are probably the best LED bulbs you can buy right now. You can also choose between colour temperature. If you only use the lamp during the evening then go for the 3000K option for a warmer colour.

For a future and more expensive investment (that could also become a hobby), you should look into buying or building a custom mechanical keyboard. Your setup would love it! Check out /r/MechanicalKeyboards if you're interested.

Hope this helps!


u/Ajemalu · 3 pointsr/headphones

The product link is here:

This is really a great "stand". Super affordable, great quality, and saves space. It doesn't look "cool" as some of the other table-top stands, but personally I find it working really well as I am sure I'd grow tired of seeing a headphone on my table.

u/__PETTYOFFICER117__ · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/Callamanda · 3 pointsr/battlestations

Looking good, but I have two inexpensive suggestions: get this for a PC stand and get this for your headphones

I just received the glass stand and I like it a lot, used it to raise up my monitor and free up space for my keyboard and my backup HDD. It'd fit/look a whole lot better than that silly AC retail box ;)

u/Chase_Buffs · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/BaddyMcBad · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Just so you know, > traditionally means "greater than" so i believe your Thread should read "Best PC upgrades < $50?"

But to answer your question, yes fans are a great option but you might also consider something like a reusable duster. Instead of using the canned air that we typically use it is a rechargeable duster than you can manually or electrically recharge. This one's right at your price point too!

u/randomguy113377 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Your question is a little bit hard to understand without Information that you did not provide. But my mind reading skills have improved over the last few months, so here is your solution:


u/Kirbachu · 3 pointsr/gigantic

Do your headphones have a separate cord for the mic or are they both in the same one? If there's only one then you're probably going to have to get a splitter:

u/Wholegrainey · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

Yes. I use this one

u/imanAholebutimfunny · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales
u/Plyphon · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

These are highly regarded by /r/headphones as a industry standard in budget headphone amping for any listening types (home, studio, etc)

u/shadyinternets · 3 pointsr/audiophile

like justanotherdickweed mentioned, just get yourself a little USB/DAC and that should help.

the one i linked is a bit more than his link, but is more powerful/better in my opinion.

ive had a similar Fiio dac/amp for about 3 years, use it almost 7 hours a day 5 days a week at work and it has been worth every penny. they also have more portable versions like the e07 if you care to take it with you at any point.

u/kare_kano · 3 pointsr/androidapps

If you want to do WiFi streaming, install $3.50 BubbleUPnP on the phone and use the Windows 10 built-in DLNA streaming. If you're on Ubuntu you can install pulseaudio-dlna and use it as output from sound settings. I'm sure there's something for Mac as well.

For USB, what you're looking for is called a USB DAC. If you're really strapped for cash and don't have fancy tastes in sound quality, or quality headphones, then one of these $5-7 puppies will take care of it. Quality is touch and go, some may be DOA and need replacing, but they'll get the job done. You can also go for a $20 Signstek (PCM2704), but I wouldn't recommend more expensive ones without knowing what headphones you're using and what you want from them.

If you do, I can recommend the $40 FiiO K1, $65 SMSL SD793-II or $75 FiiO E10K, but if you do that you should also look into putting $50-200 into decent headphones and you're probably not looking for that.

Whatever you do DO NOT get USB headphones. Decent ones are expensive, cheap ones are absolute crap. A $5 DAC like above and a $25 pair of Sennheiser HD202 will be better and can be replaced separately or even taken apart and repaired if they break.

u/the_blue_wizard · 3 pointsr/audiophile

These are powered speakers with USB inputs - $350/Pr Retail -

How important is USB to you? That's a nice feature, but only if you need it.

I think these might be the latest version (R-51PM - $500/pr) -

If there is a replacement model that means there are probably very good deals on the Older Version.

These are 5" speaker, and to make a determination, you have to consider what else you can get for a similar price.

Edifier S2000-Pro, DAC, Remote Control, Bluetooth 4.0, etc... - £399/pr -

There is nothing wrong with the Edifier, assuming they do what you need done.

The one advantage the Klipsch do have is that they have a USB input for direct connect to a computer. That is probably the feature that is the deciding factor. However, if you computer has an Optical or Coaxial Output, then something like the Edifiers 2000 might be a good choice.

Or, if you are not connecting to a computer, then USB becomes less valuable. In the case, the Edifier with Optical/Coaxial/AUX and Bluetooth is a better choice, simply because it has a Remote Control.

The various Mackie and JBL in 5", 6.5", and 8" could be a good choice as they are highly rated and are less money, but they would require you to buy a USB DAC. Though these can be had in the range of $100.

Some of these are USB DACs and Headphone Amps.

The JBL 306 and the Mackie MR624 are both 6.5" speakers, which are TWICE as big as a 5" bass driver. They are about $200 each, which with a DAC would run in the neighborhood of $500/set.

You can check reviews on line and you will find nothing but positive for both the JBL and the Mackie MR Series.

All that said, nothing wrong with the Klipsch, just make sure they do what you want, suit your application, and fit your budget.

Just a range of possibilities

u/CAvalanche11 · 3 pointsr/battlestations

Am a good friend, helped him pick out about 90% of this stuff.

Headphones are Sennheiser HD 598 special edition (the amazon exclusove ones), but those are discontinued, newest version are the HD 599

Mic is Blue Snowball USB

He also uses a FiiO e10k DAC for headphones also

u/spicedpumpkins · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

> is a sound card worth it in today's age?


Most games don't support Creative's proprietary sound like they used to in the old days.

Most modern mobo's have the basics to get you buy.

If you absolutely think you would benefit from external sound then at least get a portable DAC that you can use for other things/take with you.

My goto suggestion is usually Fiio E17K ALPEN 2 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier which when plugged in via USB will be recognized as a windows sound card, provides excellent sound for the price, has an electronic 3 band EQ and you have the benefit of unplugging it and taking it with you to power your cans on the go.

If you're stuck at 75 bucks then FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Also, Creative software to this very day SUCKS. It is very rarely updated and sometimes does not play nice with when you try to use proprietary creative sound profiles within specific games.

I forgot what the specific profile was for "enhanced enemy footstep" detection but it muffled other game sounds that were really needed in Overwatch and in TF2.

Bottom line. Pass on this shit. There are better alternatives in the same price range.

u/Teerhand · 3 pointsr/audio

Hey mate, i hope this isn´t too late for some advice.


So first and foremost, congrats on a nice pair of cans. your motherboard has a dedicated audio solution, which shouldn´t be to bad in the first place, but to improve upon that i would recommend the fiio 10k

it´s a pretty nice headphone amp/dac combo, which competes with a lot of pricier solutions, and for listening to music and gaming, you won´t find anything better under 200 bucks.


while the guy at the music store is technically correct, the sterling is of course a headphone amp as well, but as soon as he heard the words gaming and pc, he should have known this ain´t what you´re looking return it, thats the wrong kind of need a digital analogue converter, that has an amp integrated.

u/TR00Z3D · 3 pointsr/headphones

Get these, now.

The SHP9500 are open, neutral, sharp and precise.

They are very, very comfortable and if need be, you can replace the pads.

Just search the subreddit and you will see people drooling about these cans.

They do not NEED amplification but greatly benefit from it. I recommend the FiiO E10k:

P.S. They also have a removable cable, which is always nice to see.

Edit: While they are not wireless, they are the best bang-for-the-buck cans, at this very time in the 0 - 100 range. And for the time being, wireless is just a gimmick.

u/ppooiiuuyyttrreewwqq · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

Or if you're more on a budget, this will do but the quality will reflect the price. I'd go with he first one if at all possible.

u/TrueJudoka · 3 pointsr/buildapc

I bought the Fiio E10k a little while back. I love it, definite upgrade from the onboard audio. It's not too expensive and it suits it's purpose.

I don't have any experience with them, but I've seen a lot of Schiit set ups. There's a Schiit DAC on Amazon US right now for about $85. Definitely check out /r/audiophile and /r/headphones as well, utilise the resources they provide and you'll more than likely find what you're looking for.

u/ttelbarto · 3 pointsr/buildapcsalesuk

I feel like you could just run it from your motherboard but I'm not 100%. I bought one of these because I read the sound quality would be better and I didn't want to waste the headphones.

u/Erosis · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

Yeah, I have a fancy motherboard too (MSI Z170 Gaming M7) and it doesn't do it justice, but you're right. The DAC is usually the last thing you get to finish your setup and untrained ears might not notice anything. Headphone > Amp > DAC. If you get any hissing or electronic interference, then you especially might want to invest. Entry level DACs and Amps go for a minimum of $50 each and I would at minimum recommend this DAC/Amp combo.
I should also mention that headphones can have high impedance and you would need an amp to provide the gain necessary to reach your desired volumes. However, all of the headphones I've listed (and the 700X) have a low impedance and do not need the amp for volume. I regard anything lower than 40 ohms as low impedance.

Regarding virtualization, I typically avoid sound enhancements and spatial sound on Windows and let the applications speak for themselves. You're correct that the quality will depend on the game, but overall you don't have to worry with modern titles. The only game that I actually enjoy virtualization with is in Overwatch where Blizzard integrated Dolby Atmos. It lowers the quality of the sound, but does make spatial cues more discernible.

u/kronbison · 3 pointsr/headphones

This may be due to your on-board sound. Before spending, I would test out the headphones on a different PC/source. Make sure it isn't just the headphones themselves.

Then, when you are ready to buy, get an external dac/amp, basically an external sound card. Check out the Micca Origen($100), Fiio E10k($76), Monoprice Dac/Amp($80), and SMSL SD793-II($63).

u/Pat-Roner · 3 pointsr/audiophile

you could get a fiio e10k.

u/auralucario2 · 3 pointsr/headphones

If you want something inexpensive but powerful, look no further than the FiiO E10K. Especially since you have the 250 ohm edition, a decent amp is pretty much necessary.

As an aside, the DT990 are the complete opposite of flat. They are very v-shaped, with boosted bass and treble. Especially treble.

u/ShiftyAsylum · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I'm guessing the output from this (16-bit, 44.1k) isn't as good as your on-board sound. If you're serious about getting a nice pair of headphones, I would at least look into something like this or this. There's no point in spending cash on a good pair of cans when you're going to be putting a less than optimal signal through them.

>Edit: Updated SMSL link.

>Edit 2: Third option.

u/Jimmy0517 · 3 pointsr/Zeos

I finally got my X2's and wowow for gaming these are a must. Thank you for the recommend and videos. Wanted to follow up woth a questing regarding an AMP for my PC. The PC can drive the headphones with my onboard but for music via itunes or movies I can't get the level in volume i like which is generally loud. I know you mad an AMP video, but I was wondering if i get a USB amp like a AMP
There wouldn't be a problem using an AMP with a headset that also is using a mic? Would the microphone function still work if I have the headset plugged into an AMP?

u/The_Punniest · 3 pointsr/lgv10

These are the ones I have.

I really recommend them, they make the headphones feel completely different. I have larger ears and they actually fit inside of the pads now.

Here is another picture, the stock ones are on the inside

u/doctaj5 · 3 pointsr/HyperX

You can try replacing the ear cup pads with something like this

Brainwavz Hybrid Memory Foam Earpad - Black PU/Velour - Suitable for Large Over The Ear Headphones - AKG, HifiMan, ATH, Philips, Fostex

u/PeeboJones · 3 pointsr/onebag

These are the pads I purchased.

u/QWERTY36 · 3 pointsr/buildapc

> doesn't cover the ears that well at all

You could always get better pads. It should decrease the shallowness as well. Youd be surprised at the quality increase from new pads. Try the brainwavz hybrid pads they will fit right on the m50x.

u/orzof · 3 pointsr/headphones

Hey, I have a similar ear shape, maybe a bit less prominent, but I have had similar problems with headphones. If you don't want to get a new pair of headphones right away, you could put some new pads on those Cloud IIs. I have HM5 memory foam pads on mine which are much thicker than the stock pads.

They look like this:

Picture 1

Picture 2

Sorry about the poor lighting, but I hope it gives you a sense of the added depth.

These are the ones I use, but there are other variants; angled, flat, velour, hybrid(velour and pleather), etc.

u/XylefMTG · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Be cautious about pad change recommendations also. Being a newb, I watched a couple "gotta change the pads" video and not only did I change them, but threw out the stock pads (I didn't know lol ). I haven't liked the sound since the pad change and I've since ordered stock pads to get the original sound back. Enjoy and have a great day!

Edit: A nice individual DM'd me to ask me if I had removed the foam insert when I changed the pads. I did not. He suggested that I try the replacement Brainwavz pads without the foam insert. BIG difference. I'll still keep the stock pads because I never should have tossed them, but finally I'm enjoying the sound and comfort of the pad replacement w/the m40x's I'd hoped for. Here are the pads in care you're interested:

u/firitheryn · 3 pointsr/headphones

To my ear the M40X is the superior set as well. Might I also recommend these supremely comfortable earpads.

u/honeycakes · 3 pointsr/ZReviews

The stock pads aren't terrible for about an hour. After that you will start to feel the pressure of them. I switched them out and it really helped comfort. I got the Brainwavz angled memory foam pads for $30 on amazon.

I wear my m40x for gaming, music, etc. I love em.

u/coldpipe · 3 pointsr/headphones

Yeah, 7XX is not for smaller heads. It's only slightly loose in my head though.

I think you can use fatter pads like Angled HM5 or leather pads (to help grip) like Dekoni. The sounds probably will change though.

u/mrdavesampson · 3 pointsr/headphones

Same setup here. Just replaced my pads with the brainwavz angled HM5 pads after some head-fi research and the bass is so much better now. Would highly recommend the pad upgrade for any other HE-400i owners.

u/fureddit1 · 3 pointsr/lgv20

Although I haven't used a mic for recording voice, I use a measurement mic and an RTA app on my phone for work.

I use to be able to use a mic/headphone splitter, something like this:

But after the Oreo update, the splitter stopped working.

Luckily, I was able to use this USB-C audio adapter:

And the mic jack works for my purposes although I notice a some noise at around 15khz that wasn't there when I was able to use the mic/headphone splitter so I don't know if it would get picked up by a recorder.

Btw, if you want to get a USB-C adapter, get the one I linked to. I bought a similar one from Cable Matters as a backup but it wouldn't work on my phone.

u/Erickson117 · 3 pointsr/xbox

I actually do this myself. All you need to do is buy a 3.5mm splitter that has 3 stripes on the male side to make sure it works with microphones.
The one in the link it's the same model I use.

u/keanex · 3 pointsr/headphones

So what you're really asking for is a headset with a TRRS cable. Otherwise you can just use a TRRS adapter. Boom. Plug the 3.5mm mic into the mic slot, headphones into the other, and then that device into the PS4 controller.

u/NattyMojo · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Seperate mic and headphone ports. You need a splitter

Edit: heres the one I use, MillSO 3.5mm Jack Adapter CTIA -...

u/Madshadow85 · 3 pointsr/buildapc

So your headphones only have one male connector and you need it split into two for your computer? You would need something like below.

Headset Adapter, MillSO 3.5mm Jack Headphone Splitter CTIA Headphone Adapter Mic and Audio Cable with Separate Microphone and Headphone Connector for Gaming Headset to PC - 8inch/20CM Black

u/stacker55 · 3 pointsr/techsupport

if its aux cable you probably need a splitter to make it headset and mic plugs instead of 3 in 1. check here

also you probably know but if the mic is in the up position its automatically muted. but its probably the splitter that will fix this

u/J-Dubbleu · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

The port you're plugging into is an output port only, so it doesn't even recognize your earbud's mic. What you need to do is get a headphone mic splitter like this one, and plug the separate ports into your computers audio output, and audio input jacks.

u/YoYo-Pete · 3 pointsr/macbookpro


I feel you buddy. I have Astro's Mix Amp Pro (which doesnt work in boot camp) and the headphone jack on the side really gets wonky and auto changes the levels (never for the better). Mic will go to zero or will max out so it's clipping and nobody can understand.

Right now I am using the cheapest USB desktop mic I could buy. I probably need the USB device you mention.

You need this:

Then you can use it with those cheap USB audio cards.

u/-UserRemoved- · 3 pointsr/buildapc
u/goon_c137 · 3 pointsr/techsupport

Headset Adapter, MillSO 3.5mm Jack Headphone Splitter CTIA Headphone Adapter Mic and Audio Cable with Separate Microphone and Headphone Connector for Gaming Headset to PC - 8inch/20CM Black

u/poside99 · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Most if not all of the high end smartphones have very respectable DACs. Seeing as you're more into IEMs at the moment, a dac/amp combo is not gonna have much of an impact. Mostly due to extra bulk being super annoying.

If/when Samsung removes the headphone jack, a dongle would probably be more than enough for your use case. If not, you should take a look at the Earstudio ES100. It's a $100 Bluetooth dac/amp that many people are recommending. Being Bluetooth (i.e wireless) and the fact that it's really small makes it super convenient to carry around.

In addition, it has a really good app that has a equaliser built in for you to create your preferred sound profile.

u/SickZX6R · 3 pointsr/Android

This is what I use to bridge that gap.

Edit: I care about the headphone jack too Jesus, but the ES100 is awesome to have in addition to a headphone jack

u/mpachi · 3 pointsr/Dell

Depends what where you want the audio out.

For the speakers?
not much i can help you there, as i disable the speakers in the bios

For headphones?
The noise floor on the 3.5mm port on the laptop is the worst, if you have sensitive iems you will always hear it.
instead you need to grab a usb dac like


  • 24bit/96hz
  • usb only
  • $124.88


  • 16bit/48hz (on usb) up to 24bit/96hz(BT ldac)
  • BT/USB
  • has both balanced and unbalanced outputs
  • $99


  • 16bit/48hz (on usb) up to 24bit/96hz(BT ldac)
  • USB/BT
  • $69


  • 384kHz/32bit(usb)
  • BT/USB/Onboard (its it own music player)
  • $99.99

    any of these will give you great sound from whatever headphones you have
u/pure5152 · 3 pointsr/headphones

I'm using it with the es100, which is $99. Huge improvement over the dongle (if you have a iPhone 7 or newer), extremely convenient because it's bluetooth, and one of the few dac/amps that don't produce ANY hiss (and the andromeda is EXTREMELY sensitive to hiss). It's also competitive in quality to my ha2se. Highly recommend it - you can buy it on amazon.

u/mkestrada · 2 pointsr/headphones

The pads I purchased weren't exactly the standard issue HM5 pads. I own a pair of HE-400 with focus pads and I thought it really helped with the comfort there, so I opted for the focus pad knockoff style.

Supposedly the combination of faux leather, suede and perforated leather on the inside of the pads helps it acoustically somehow. Seeing as how I've never owned a pair of standard issue HM5 pads, I can't really compare the two for any acoustic differences that may or may not exist.

I'm also reminded of how it's been shown many times over that people to tend to mistake a louder headphone for a better headphone. Seeing that the HM5 pads are bigger, they cause the ear to be further away from the drivers, resulting in a lower overall volume, although easily corrected by turning the volume up. I readily admit that I have no idea how much this phenomenon affects my overall impressions of the headphones w/HM5 vs w/stock pads.

u/ColossalKiwi · 2 pointsr/headphones




Take your pick.

u/Kerry56 · 2 pointsr/headphones

You might try the Brainwavz HM-5 hybrid pads. They will fit, but I have no idea how they'll affect sound. The hybrid pads have pleathor on the outside, but velour where they contact your skin.

u/CruderMax · 2 pointsr/steelseries

I don't know if you've solved this yet, but I purchased the following:

And they worked wonderfully, improving comfort and spacing. Only thing to note is that they have a bit of a tight fit at first, but they do go on.

u/vkgfx · 2 pointsr/headphones

When I used the HM5 pads that everyone here raved about, I found that it cooled off my ears considerably. The MDR-7506 keeps a very close contact with your ears, whereas these are so big that there's room to breath. These would seem ideal but they're out of stock on Amazon so you might have to look elsewhere.

Pure velour always seems to exacerbate the problem for me. I don't have issues with the HD598 or HD600, but they also have way more roominess than MDR-7506s have. As a direct comparison, I tried some Massdrop velour pads on my M50x in a desperate attempt to make them comfortable, and I found them to be pretty muggy and hot. When I switched to the pleather HM5 pads, they became cooler, more comfortable, and sounded better. The velour on my DT770s actually makes my head hot despite the roominess because there's tons of velour surface area touching your head, so I think the velour HM5 pads might have the same issue but I'd enjoy hearing what someone else says.

For $20 shipped, the pleather HM5 pads are incredible IMO.

u/Adesmus · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

I am replaced mine about 3 months ago with these after using the stock pads for about a year and I can say I am very happy with them. They have minimal sound difference. For me it made it so the sound was just a bit muted and I had to turn the volume up a couple of notches to get the same sound as the stock pads. I believe this is due to the much thicker foam and having the drivers not being so close to my ear. There is some space now where as before my ear would touch the driver slightly and be a bit cramped. These have much more space inside and breathe so I can wear them comfortably for much longer. I wear them for up to 10+hrs at a time with no issues. With the stock pads I would experience discomfort after only a couple of hours. Hope this helps.

Brainwavz Hybrid Memory Foam Earpad - Black PU/Velour - Suitable for Large Over The Ear Headphones\_sw\_r\_cp\_apa\_Pt8QBbGE6SSAA

u/markymike111 · 2 pointsr/nvidia

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x... FiiO E10K USB DAC Headphone Amplifier Plus Antlion Audio ModMic 4 Noise-Cancelling Attachable Boom Microphone Mute Switch USB Adapter Brainwavz Hybrid Memory Foam...

u/xX_AllFallsDown_Xx · 2 pointsr/steelseries

Is there a difference between your link and this one? (Hybrid Oval version)

It's $5 cheaper and I think the only difference may be that yours is angled?

u/FLHCv2 · 2 pointsr/headphones

That's what my buddy said. He suggested these.

I'll have to try different things out.

I digress, but I'm running into other little nuances too, such as me taking a lot of work phone calls and realizing that the seamless transition between music and call on my IconX is super convenient. I just take one bud out and take the call. Now, I find myself switching between the M50 and the IconX to take calls (M50 microphone quality is worse according to my girlfriend and I also hate both ears being covered when talking on the phone; can't hear myself talk).

Regardless, I'm in an exploratory phase and I'm glad this sub is here. Thanks!

u/esperianterra · 2 pointsr/steelseries

For pads I recommend these : some struggling to put them on but they fit just fine.

But I can see where your mindset is coming from and I understand why it irks you. Personally im a tinkerer and a modder so tweaking things / modding things / spending more money to make things fit just right for me is kind of on part for the course and... almost fun, as silly as it sounds.

I was able to tweak the EQ settings more through fully with Equalizer APO but that might also not be something you'd be willing to do. Im currently using the first profile from this thread :

u/cbeater · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Get ATH-WS99BT for same price on amazon and add these [earpads] (, then be content you have one of the best sounding headphones, dont even need a amp.

u/ThaPchild · 2 pointsr/LogitechG

I got them off Amazon. Search "HM5 Pads" there are a million colors and angle or non angle.

Here is the link to mine.

Brainwavz Angled Memory Foam Earpad - Suitable For Large Over The Ear Headphones - AKG, HifiMan, ATH, Philips, Fostex

u/Ronronk · 2 pointsr/headphones

I would suggest getting some bigger pads for the m40's such as something like this ( or another pad.

u/Fernando_Matt · 2 pointsr/headphones

No, they don't leak. Change the stock pads now if you don't, the benefits are 100% worth for the price.

Look at these now. It's a very good deal.

u/thefrencharmy · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

m40x with the HM5 angled pads is quite decent.

Modmic 4.0 is not as good as the boompro mic, and is still pricey at ~$50.
If you are using the modmic 5.0, it'll work pretty well, but it's pricey at $70.

Instead, look into this mic that plugs directly into the m40x, without any mods, for $20. This mic's quality is slightly worse than boompros, but fits directly.

To use the boompro mic with the m40x, you can remove the locking mechanism and then buy a 2.5mm male to 3.5mm female adapter and voila, you can plug the boompro into them.

Zeos over at /r/zeos highly recommends the m40x, so take that for what it's worth

u/Bootshark · 2 pointsr/headphones
u/kazF · 2 pointsr/headphones

like this?

or would u recommend something else?

u/arsa37 · 2 pointsr/headphones

i would go for the RHA MA750i or ATH M40x ( you can get them refuribished ) and buy some pads like these

u/JadeMainframe · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

I would second this. You can get the Audio Technica m40 off /r/AVexchange/ for around $50 - 55 shipped and then get a pair of Brainwavz Angled Earpads $27 from amazon that's ~$77

u/straightouttaireland · 2 pointsr/headphones

These earpads really complete these headphones!

u/ewiggle · 2 pointsr/headphones


They also make non-angled ones if you don't want the increased thickness in the back.

u/aild4ever · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

ATH M40X are worth every penny, i've used mine for a 9 months now, the only issue is the comfort , Brainwaves Angled Ear pads, get this for added comfort and soundstage, that's the only flaw i've found with M40X.

u/I_play_drums_badly · 2 pointsr/xboxone

I think the problem might be because you are using a stereo (3 position) 3.5mm plug and the controller is designed for a stereo+mic (4 position) 3.5mm plug. Buying a splitter might solve your problem :

u/T-Shirt_Ninja · 2 pointsr/buildapc

If the cable does have an inline mic, and I'm assuming you're using that cable as the HD 569 does usually come with such a cable, you'll need one of these to split the single 3.5mm jack into two separate 2.5mm jacks; one will plug into the headphone port on your case or motherboard, and the other will plug into the mic port. On your laptop, the two ports are combined, but on desktops, they usually are separate.

u/Da_stranger · 2 pointsr/PS4Deals

Sure thing.

Game sound through headphones

  1. The Dualshock 4 controller has a 3.5mm jack built in, so all you really need to do is plug your headphones into the controller, hold down the "PS" button, go to audio, then select the option to output all audio to headphones. You can also adjust the volume within this menu. That's all you need to hear the game volume through your headphones. This is the simplest way to do it imo.

  2. Plug your headphones directly into your TV's headphone jack/aux out/audio out and adjust volume on tv. You will probably need something like this if your headphone's cable isn't long enough.

    If you want to use your headphones to hear the game noise and talk to friends with a mic then you have two options.

  3. Get a splitter like this, and a mic like this. Plug splitter directly into controller. Plug headphones into aux side of splitter, and plug mic into the mic side. Output all audio to headphones through the PS menu. That should be it.

  4. Plug your headphones into your Tv's audio out and your mic directly into the controller. Go to settings>devices>audio devices and output all audio to tv. If you unplug your mic, this setting will reset, and you'll have to go back and do it again.

    Hope this helped.

u/zypo88 · 2 pointsr/apexlegends

$10 Microphone

$6 adaptor

Plus your preferred pair of headphones.

Edit: a word

u/meest · 2 pointsr/livesound

Do you have a tip ring ring sleeve cable right now?

As others have said. The best way for this is to use an interface like a scarlet 2i2 or something similar.

Otherwise you need to figure out how your computer is sending audio out of the Jack and how it's wanting the audio back in the Jack.

You'll most likely need to get an adapter like this and then run the cables to the appropriate spot.

Don't be surprised if you get some wonderful buzzing in the audio. To avoid that, you guessed it. Get a better audio interface.

u/PuddingInTheThyme · 2 pointsr/headphones

With regards to what I mentioned in an edit above, it's up to you how far you want the spending to go.

Like I said, I think the adapter sounds pretty good with my HD 6XX. Your headset will have a lower impedance than mine and should work even better. I just wanted to point out that it is debatable whether or not this accomplishes audiophile-grade sound.

If you're happy with this middle-of-the-road solution then that is fine. Maybe you'd also be just as happy using a cable like this plugged into your Dualshock 4. It would be both simpler and cheaper. Personally when it comes to videogames I don't worry as much about the quality. I reserve my full-on pickiness for movies and music. :D

u/kf97mopa · 2 pointsr/macbookpro

The input function is still there on the headphone jack of my MBP, the 2016 model. They removed the optical audio, which I am still a little sore about, but audio in is still there. Have they removed it more recently? That sounds unlikely.

If it is still there, it should work with one like this:

u/brosephargon · 2 pointsr/xbox

I forgot I did something a while a back, and I actually had a splitter in my Amazon history.

Kingtop 3.5mm Combo Audio Adapter Cable PS4,Xbox One S,Tablet,Mobile Phone,PC Gaming Headsets New Version Laptop

If that doesn't work for you, then you might just have to get another pair of headphones

u/jasrajsokhi · 2 pointsr/podcasts

Another way is to simply bypass your interface. I have the xenyx 1202 (not fx ) and this is the method I use. You can split the single jack on your computer using this cable ( )

And then use a RCA cable ( ) to connect the RCA out from your mixer to mic in port of the splitter cable into your mac.

u/AMysticalAlliance · 2 pointsr/ipad

Have you tried normal iPhone/Mobile earphones? The ones with 4 pins? iPads accept either 3 pin (headphone only) or 4 pin (headphones+mic) . You can't just plug in a dedicated mic into the iPad. You need to use a converter.

u/burtchnasty · 2 pointsr/Blackops4

Logitech G430

KingTop 3.5mm Adapter

Better headset than any Astro blah blah blah. These were designed for the PC Master race and transition well on Xbox. Thank me later 🤙🏼

Dont let the price fool you. These are a couple years old, but were a very expensive set of headphones when they were first released

u/WildCheese · 2 pointsr/diyaudio

technically two of these and a pair of aux cables would do the trick, but the levels will be funky and the mic in is mono.

you could get a cheap usb soundcard with line-in to record the audio from another device though, if you don't have a device with line-in already.

u/lilrick110 · 2 pointsr/xboxone

This is what you'll need to use for that. I've been using it with a logitech G430 PC headset for a few months now without any problems. It has separate mic and headphone input, it also works on the newer 3.5mm jack controller.

u/Prospec7 · 2 pointsr/WindowsMR

there are two types of single 3.5mm theres OMTP (which is for older phones) and then theres CTIA (which is apples standard)

You need CTIA, I know on that page it says its ctia, but I'm pretty sure its actually OMTP because I ordered that same splitter but from the us amazon and it states that it doesnt work with apple/iphone devices

u/Thirty_Seventh · 2 pointsr/buildapc

You can just get a cheap headset splitter

u/mbze430 · 2 pointsr/steelseries

yes the mic still works exactly the same. it still have the same quality and isolation. I have looked at the manual for all three headsets. The Arctis Pro, Arctis Pro + GameDAC, Arctis Pro Wireless. They Arctis Pro + GameDAC and Wireless come with the same 3.5mm TRRS cable. The Arctis Pro comes with a "break-out" cable so it can either go with the TRRS or the Chatmix adapter. With that assumption they all should work EXACTLY the same

Yes you gonna need a TRRS CTIA splitter (Tip = Left, Ring 1 = Right, Ring 2 = Ground, Sleeve = Mic)

This is what I used,

Or if you want to stick with SteelSeries products

u/Rashkh · 2 pointsr/headphones

The headphone jack on your PC is probably just a headphone jack, not a headphone/mic jack. Try using a splitter.

u/kilogears · 2 pointsr/amateurradio

The box is literally just wire, no components. The 7300 already has a DC bias on the mic audio pin, it just needs to be connected to the headset mic pin. I will see if I can find the diagram, my 11 year old actually did it so you are at the mercy of his “filing system”.

I will say it works great with every headset I have tried so far. The audio connector does not “mute” the radio speaker so you have to use the headphone jack on the rig (or put a dummy plug in) if you want that.

EDIT: here is the traditional PC headset to modern TRRS (“iPhone”) adapter. Worth $5, costs about the same as buying the connector by itself and much less hassle:

MillSO 3.5mm Jack Adapter CTIA -...

u/LostInSpace9 · 2 pointsr/razer

He’ll actually need something like this if his headset has one cable and needs to be split into two for his desktop. Headset Adapter, MillSO 3.5mm Jack Adapter CTIA Headphone Splitter Mic and Audio Cable with Separate Microphone and Headphone Connector Compatible for Gaming Headset to PC - 8inch/20CM Black

u/HereSoIDontGtSpoilrs · 2 pointsr/techsupport

The jacks probably don't support using both. It has to be designed a certain way to support line in and line out through the same port. I believe many motherboards don't support that, so you could get a cheap splitter like this.

u/Parzival8910 · 2 pointsr/buildapcforme

Yes. There are ports on all motherboards (USB, Audio, Ethernet, etc) and there is a hole in the back of all cases. When you install the motherboard, you can access these ports from the backside of the case (P.S. Make sure to put in the Port Shield before you put in the motherboard).

Also, all cases have some ports near the front (Usually two USB and two audio ports, one for headphones and one for microphones. For this case, it's just one audio-port that is both input and output. This good for headsets with a built-in mic, as you usually need a splitter like this) For this case, they are on the top of the case near the front. There are a few cables inside the case that connect to the motherboard, this is how these ports that are on the case connect to the motherboard, and by extension your PC.

u/ks3aja985jajecfi64l · 2 pointsr/techsupport

You probably need a splitter, example splitter on amazon

Microphones that work with smartphones have four connections on the plug. The microphone signal is on the extra ring.

Microphones that work with most PC's have three connections on the plug with the microphone signal on the tip. (Headsets that are combined headphones and microphones need to have separate headphone and microphone plugs to work with most PC's.)

Some PC's made in the last few years support microphones and headsets with plugs with four connections, most PC's don't.

This gets asked so often that perhaps it is time for someone to write an article for the knowledgebase, ideally with pictures.

u/SuperNerdDace · 2 pointsr/techsupport

The problem is likely that your desktop doesen't have a connection to allow both audio out and audio in on one 3.5 port. You can work around this by joining the connection with one of these cables.

u/cnc137 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Based on the AOC G2590Px Manual on AOC Gaming's website it looks like the "Earphone" (Audio) jack on the monitor is only for audio output and NOT for a microphone also.

Does your headset have one or two audio plugs on the end of it?

If it only has one, then you will need to buy a headset adapter and then plug the green plug into your motherboard's audio out (headphones)(usually green) jack and the pink plug into your motherboard's microphone jack (usually pink) to get audio out and your microphone to work on your headset.

u/dephyre · 2 pointsr/AstroGaming
u/Vexiified · 2 pointsr/pchelp

The only way to get both mic and sound at the same time would be to have an audio splitter. It's pretty dumb but that's the only way you can get something like earbuds to work.

u/SilvaDragon · 2 pointsr/FORTnITE

As you are likely aware, there are separate audio channel settings for game sound and chat sound. When this happens, if you go into the audio menu, can you just change the game audio back to the PS4 controller, or is that option gone?

On the hardware side, you could get an adapter for your headset that breaks out the mic and speaker lines and plug them straight into the PC to bypass any USB driver flakiness that might be causing this:
Example adapter on Amazon

u/KiyPhi · 2 pointsr/headphones

This is going to be a tough find if it even exists because the DAC would also have to have an ADC inside as well to get the mic signal to the laptop. It is hard enough to engineer a decent DAC that small, let alone adding in an amp AND an ADC converter. You are most likely going to find it easier to get a mic/headphone splitter like this one and use two ports instead.

u/MRThundrcleese · 2 pointsr/techsupport

yes this is what you want

u/4eyescreative · 2 pointsr/headphones
u/chrisimplicity · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I’ve been surprised at how much I like the Earstudio ES100 It gives basically headphone, stereo system or powered speaker Bluetooth connectivity! The app is nice too.

u/nagas3000 · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

these and these dacs and what's your budget?

u/cptAustria · 2 pointsr/audiophile

>what's out there these days as far as high quality Bluetooth audio for around $100

earstudio ES100.


here is a link its a great and pretty tiny receiver that can do aptx, aptx HD and lower (aac,sbc) . its small enough to clip on a shirt collar and has a standard and balanced audio jack and works great as a portable receiver/headphone amplifier so you can use your favorite headphones with it.

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/blopblip · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I'd forgo an amp and spend your money on studio monitors + DAC.

Something like this plugs into your computer and outputs an analogue signal for either headphones or speakers.

Then, powered speakers like these. It will be a big upgrade from your logitech system, and fit your needs/budget. If you can find a used pair of M-audio AV-40's or bx5's, that would be ideal - this newer line seems to have poorer reviews.

u/Trazac · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Surround sound headsets are a joke, so don't worry about not using one. Doubtful you'll even notice a difference at all and any difference you perceive right now is likely placebo.

The AKG K7XX headphones are very good, but expensive. You'll need an amp to take advantage of their quality, and to that end you'll likely need a decent DAC as well. You could start out with somethin like the Fiio E10K
which is highly regarded for its price. It's very good for a device that costs less than $100.

On the flip side, there are the Sennheiser HD 598 headphones which aren't nearly as good, but also cost much less and don't require an amp to sound good. They don't benefit all that much from an amp anyway (although any headphones might benefit from a decent DAC.) They're pretty good for gaming, and very comfortable.

u/motodoto · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I'm the thrifty kinda guy.

Refurbished Denon receiver, 2 Micca bookshelves, a Micca center channel, and a Bic America subwoofer. About 700 bucks total. Sounds good enough for me. I know much better is out there but it's hard to justify the costs.

My Sennheiser HD598SE's are great ($150), and I have a FiiO E10K ($75) that they plug into at work, and at home I just plug them in directly since the onboard soundcard isn't too bad surprisingly on my motherboard. I have a Sony SRS-X5 bluetooth speaker plugged into the back of it as well. I have those cheap-ass sony ANC headphones (20 bucks at the time I bought them) and they get the job done at a cheap price for planes and for the AC unit blasting in my office (I know... killing me, 80db of white noise all day long).

I have a friend from work that spent 50,000 bucks on his setup. It sounds great, and it's worth it, but I couldn't spend that much on it.

I'm more of a headphone kinda guy. My next upgrade would probably be going all out on headphones. A pair of Sennheiser HD800's probably. That's in the far future, I got stuff I want to do around the house first.

These are my workout earbuds

They are a great value.

u/applevinegar · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

That DAC has a dual purpose out, you can either connect an analog 3,5mm jack to it, or a mini toslink (which has identical physical dimensions but an optical end).

I had never heard of that DAC but it should be ok as it does have an headphone amp.

Some alternatives could be the evergreen Behringer:

or this:

or this if you prefer a volume pot:

(all should ship to the NL)

u/ThyGoonSmasher · 2 pointsr/starcitizen

I think there would be minimal benefits using an enthusiast grade DAC and amplifier on your model of headphones. You might like something like this though

It's the FIIO E10K which is a decent DAC+AMP combo, but it only has USB in so make sure your sound card supports that. It may be worthwhile googling around for reviews of the Sennheiser 598SR + FIIO E10K pair to get some other opinions as well.

u/ChamuelSophia · 2 pointsr/buildapc

If you want to completely fix your issue at any volume get yourself a USB DAC like the FiiO e10k. Use the plug and play Windows drivers.

u/Jc36 · 2 pointsr/IndianGaming

How much are you willing to spend? The FiiO DAC Amps are very well built and work great. The E10K is 5k, and is great for medium to high quality headphones and is USB powered.

u/gozit · 2 pointsr/techsupport

The better solution would have been a USB powered DAC/AMP combo. Basically usb-->3.5mm but with some nice tech behind it. Something like this

Just plugs into your USB port, plug and play and you are good to go

u/D_VoN · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

So something like the FiiO E10k would work?

u/TakeCoverOrDie · 2 pointsr/headphones

So this does both?

u/hwreilly · 2 pointsr/headphones

Not 200$ it's an old model so it's been discontinued it was only about 70$ when it was out. Here is the new version of it, it's pretty cheap.

u/risingremains · 2 pointsr/headphones

Complete noob here looking to move away from the typical "gaming" headsets. I play games and listen to a lot of music. I've done a bit of research and was thinking about the following items:

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

FiiO E10K

I haven't yet decided on a mic. Just looking for some tips.

u/Lyzerfex · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

Well. That's a good question. If you are in a budget then pretty much 60-70% who read this will agree. The Fiio E10K. It will set you back less than $100. It is brushed aluminium. Includes a bass gain switch, if you need some additional drive or jaw shocking bass. It's nice and small. And a good DAC/amp.

Mayflower objective 2. This DAC/amp is for more audiophiles with a higher budget. It can drive high impedance headphones and people's listening experience on the Objective 2 was superb on multiple headphone types, that were geared towards different ways of listening. It has superb clean sound.

Sound blaster E5 by creative. It is capable to drive up to 24 bit/192 khz audio files. It is capable to drive headphones up to 600 ohms or 2 300 ohm impedance sets of headphones. It has very good quality sound for what it is.

That'll be that.


Fiio E10K:

Mayflower objective 2:

Sound blaster E5:

u/IBEPROfen · 2 pointsr/headphones

I bought this one. I tried a few times switching between the FiiO and just the normal headphone jack on my pc and couldn't tell to much of a difference. But this is the first decent pair of headphones that I've had. Also I'm not that much of an audiophile yet so I'm not 100% sure what to be listening to in order to tell what good quality is.

u/taylortaudio · 2 pointsr/MatebookXPro

Yep, you can get a small sound card just for a better sound through headphones. Check out this one:

u/Freezerburn · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Quality won't drop, should be fine. "Gaming" headsets aren't generally quality sounding headsets. The 598 is a good headphone, what matters more is if it's getting good power, most recent motherboards of quality have ok soundcards. If you want the best quality then hook up the headphones to a DAC AMP combo (Digital Analog Converter aka sound card)

If you want to learn about getting the most out of your headphones go to /r/headphones and /r/audiophile

u/FallenAdvocate · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I bought a DAC, I had some case noise before and wanted something to get rid of that and something I could use with my laptop when needed. So I ended up getting this I really like it, and sorry for any formatting problems I'm on my phone.

u/micahz3 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

A similar thread showed up around summer this year that prompted me to up my audio game. At the time I had a Logitech G630 headset and the mic boom stopped staying up so I needed a replacement. It was good luck that I saw that thread! I bought Tascam TH02-B with these replacement pads. Also got Blue Snowball and FiiO E10K DAC. I love my audio setup now!

u/headphones_SS · 2 pointsr/SubredditSimulator

[Ive been looking at the FiiO E10K but was also looking at open back headphones of the same OEM unit under a different brand. Perhaps consider a pair of Panasonic IEM's right now that they're dropping due to discontinuation. I mean I'd be able to hear a difference because the output impedance was that high it would be best to pair with a budget of around $100.

u/LeopardTurret · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I personally use this. It sounds great:

Plus it's an external DAC/Amp, so no risk of electrical interference from an internal soundcard. (not that interference is even that common, but still...)

u/joshmac007 · 2 pointsr/headphones

Hey /r/headphones,

I've been looking for a nice pair of headphones to dive into recently for my first REAL pair of headphones and I've been eyeballing one in particular.

The HE400i. I've read up on reviews on how it has fantastic sound quality and is well worth it but I just wanted a second opinion from users on here. I found them new for $210 on ritzcamera and it looks like a steal. I was also planning on pairing them with the FiiO E10K to power these bad boys.

So should I pull the trigger and buy these?

u/Harry101UK · 2 pointsr/thedivision

I'm using the same headphones as the other 2 guys (HD 650's) and a DAC made a huge difference. I've got a little FiiO and it really added clarity, and punchier bass. Also prevents motherboard noise which I heard occasionally.

u/xFrostbite13x · 2 pointsr/buildapc

this will almost certainly be fixed by getting an external USB DAC. the audio cable in your case is acting like an antenna and picking up electrical noise from the PC's components.
edit: here's a good one:

u/getprank3d · 2 pointsr/HyperX

A (sort of) comprehensive guide on the most popular hyper x headsets

I have alpha and it is good but I had to buy brainwavz hm5 pleather pads because my ears touched the drivers. This is relatively expensive (22.5 us). I also wanted surround, so I got the dongle for the revolver s but it was very staticky so I returned it. Other than that, now the stereo is good, with good clarity because of the dual chamber driver, although you might hear static unless you put it to studio quality in Windows.
They also only come in black and red, and the cable twists up a lot, so I twist tied down the part of it I don't use.

From what I heard, there is more bass on the revolver and revolver s but the headband causes ambient sound absorbtion issues, and the s has surround but again, for me the dongle didn't work, so I'm not sure for you.

My friend has the cloud 2 and he said he gets static with the dongle too, but aside from that, they are basically the alpha but more comfortable without replacement pads, surround sound, extra velour pads in the box, a carrying case and worse sound quality and mic quality then the alpha. These come in black and red, and gunmetal.

The original clouds I don't know much about, but I'm pretty sure they are the same as the cloud 2 without the replacement pads and worse mic and sound quality. Black and red and black and white colors as well

The flights from what I've heard are similar to the alpha, with the same comfort issue (still compatible with brainwavz hm5 pads), wireless, but with some permanent static, because they are wireless a mute on the side of the headphones and good battery life.

The stingers are the best headset for a budget and are basically cloud 1s but with worse everything (build quality, sound and mic) and cost 50 usd.

Other than that, I don't know anything about the cloud core or the cloud x (specifically for Xbox).

If you have the money to spend, (122.5 usd plus tax) I recommend the cloud alpha, the brainwavz hm5 pleather/memory foam pads, and in windows, changing the advanced audio settings to 48 khz studio mode, but take this with a grain of salt.

For reference, the replacement pads all take a few minutes to stretch on to the alphas and flights

Brainwavz hm5 pleather/memory foam link (more comfortable, smaller soundstage then velour, same sound quality as vanilla pads)

Brainwavz hm5 velour pads (better soundstage, less comfortable then pleather/memory foam pads), also a dust magnet

Brainwavz hm5 hybrid pads (not recommended, but in between velour and pleather. It is better to stick with one or the other, this one isn't very good

there is also a sheepskin model, but I don't know if it will stretch well to fit or have sound differences.
Also the angled and circular hm5 pads will not fit, so don't get those.
Sheepskin link

Good luck with the purchase.
Sorry my formatting sucks I'm on mobile.

EDIT: While I was typing this, the other guy described the sound of the alphas, 1s and 2s good, so read that post as well.

u/MooseChamp · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

I use these with mine. I'd say I have a pretty big head to go along with some thick glasses and it only starts to hurt after 4 hours of use. Even then I just take them off for a few seconds and I'm ready to go.

u/veni_vidi_vale · 2 pointsr/headphones

regular hm5 memory foam pads are also on lightning deal sale for $13 right now

u/dstlny_97 · 2 pointsr/HyperX

Slightly yes. I had the Cloud 2's before my Alpha. You can get deeper from HypeeX if you request them, or you can get even deeper through Ebay for like £20 - these

u/Crimtide · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Pretty sure you can buy aftermarket ear pads like these and try them, they might give more padding, more space. Brainwavz replacement ear pads .. I use Brainwavz on my DT990s and they are lots better than the stock ones.

u/epsiblivion · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales
u/KingTacoNomNomNom · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

I️ believe he’s referring to these. I️ upgraded the pads on my M50s as well and these are great.

Brainwavz Replacement Memory Foam Earpads - Suitable For Many Other Large Over The Ear Headphones - AKG, HifiMan, ATH, Philips, Fostex

u/Livehappy_90 · 2 pointsr/PS4

I have the Hyperx Cloud 2 and they would hurt my ears after about 30 mins I guess my ears stick out more than most and they were sitting against the hard part in the headset so I ordered some new ear pads that were a lot thicker and that solved the problem.

These are the replacements.

u/peebeearr · 2 pointsr/HyperX

I use these: They're a bit annoying to initially put on the headphones, but I assure you they do fit, and are waaaay more comfortable.

If you end up using these, I can also give you some EQ settings that make them sound significantly better (in my opinion).

u/PotusThePlant · 2 pointsr/Argaming

No tenes muchas opciones buenas, por un lado tenes estos Sony que son muy conocidos (el cable es no removible lamentablemente) y sino los [Audio Technica M40X] ( A este ultimo lo estoy usando ahora mismo y me parecen muy buenos pero es medio obligatorio cambiarle las almohadillas por algo como esto, se que son medio caras pero son comodisimas. No significa que con las almohadillas stock son inusables pero si son incomodas despues de usarlas un largo rato.

EDIT: Aca tenes un review de los sony y este es uno de los M40x.

EDIT 2: Estuve probando los pads stock para ver que cambiaba en sonido y te digo que a mi me gustan mucho mas con los pads que te puse en el link. El interior de las almohadillas stock me toca la oreja, son mucho mas duras y siento que el sonido es como mucho mas angosto (no se como decirlo, es como que todos los instrumentos estan juntos), tambien los bajos suenan mucho mas fuertes y yo soy de preferir un sonido un poco mas neutral. Dicho eso, los pads HM5 comunes te reducen los bajos (bastante, yo lo subo un poco con ecualizador), aumentan los detalles y te dan mejor separacion y todo esto aparte de ser mucho mas comodos. Te dejo una foto a modo de comparacion (derecha stock, izquierda hm5).

u/GymothyCharles · 2 pointsr/headphones

The Audio Technica ATH M40x is quite popular in that price range, however, they have been recommended with the Brainwavz HM5 Pads. Another option is the Sennheiser Urbanite(On Ear), which is a little bassier than the M40x, but, in my opinion, looks a little nicer. You can also do some browsing around the sub, and visit/comment on the Daily Purchase Advise thread.

Happy hearing!

u/singergiant · 2 pointsr/headphones

I've had my M50x's for like ~1.5 years now and just recently upgraded the earpads to these. definitely worth it.

u/Turquoise_HexagonSun · 2 pointsr/headphones

Here's another set of pads that work well with the 8323.

u/Popcorncandy09 · 2 pointsr/steelseries

Brainwavz Replacement Memory Foam Earpads - Suitable For Many Headphones - AKG, HifiMan, ATH, Philips, Fostex, Grado, Sony ear pad (Black)

Nice and deep, doesn't hurt your ears and comes in loads of colours and materials. Brilliant compared to the factory ones!

u/Oddb411 · 2 pointsr/headphones

How do these compare to the ATH-M40x? I've had those since November and the reviews I read suggested the M40x were more neutral sounding so I went with those. But seeing the M50x go on sale so often for the same price has made me question if I made the right choice in going with the lower end model. For reference, I'm using them with the Brainwavz HM5 pleather ear pads.

u/kevikev · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Not sure how you feel about replacement ear cushions, but supposedly, these work on all of the Arctis series:

u/MrEleventy · 2 pointsr/headphones

> Anybody with an idea for replacement pads for my headphones please

Brainwavz HM5 pads will fit the 550s.


K553s w/ HM5 pads

u/fuzzypeter · 2 pointsr/gifs

I don't, sorry. But, you can swap the pads out for these, I've heard they can help if you find the original pads to be uncomfortable.

u/danesnick · 2 pointsr/buildapc

To add to this. I'd recommend the M40x over the M50x. On sales, the M40x can get as low as $65 (compared to $99 on a M50x on sale).

The main differences are some of the swiveling features of the ear cups, (90 vs 180 degree rotation), some slightly higher quality materials on the m50x, and more bass on the m50x (while the m40x tend to be more neutral). Overall, you don't lose much in terms of sound quality with the m40x.

They're both horribly uncomfortable for long periods. To fix this, I'd recommend the Brainwavz HM5 pads:

They fit both headphones and make them infinitely more comfortable. You do lose some isolation/bass if that's a concern for you.

That being said, if you live in an environment where you can get away with Openback cans, I'd go with the HD 558/598's over the M40/50x's.

u/gacres57 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I had them on my M50Xs. Got them from Amazon here:

BTW, cute dog :D I quit playing games due to school so thats why I suddenly stopped playing CS a few months ago when we used to play

u/EmperorNarwhale · 2 pointsr/Rainbow6

If you can, get a pair of headphones and a separate microphone. They will blow any "premium gaming headset" out of the water. Gaming headsets are typically closed-back headsets, which limits your sound stage. You'll want a piar of open-back headphones. They also have to cram a lot more inside the headphones which typically results in something being of lower quality.

It seems you're on Xbox one, so you'll need one of the controllers with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

If you're on PS4, you can use the same items I have listed, and if you're on PC you don't need the splitter.

One of the best pair of headphones you can get is this one. The Audio Technica ATH M50x.

Then get an antilion modmic. It attaches right to your headphones with no hassle.

Then get this thing so you can use the headphones and microphone on your xbox one controller. (Yes, it works on Xbox One.)

All you have to do is plug your headphones and microphone into the splitter, and your splitter into your xbox one controller. Way better than a gaming headset, and way cheaper too.

You can even get better earpads for better comfort, if you want.

u/HAPPYSADPERSON · 2 pointsr/headphones
u/mongie- · 2 pointsr/headphones

The ATH-M40x with the pads swapped for the Brainwavz pleather pads are really great even though in price are a good amount under what the 598s normally are. I swap between them and my 598s all the time.

There's quite a bit more bass on the M40x. Highs are somewhat similar, maybe slightly more relaxed on the 598s. I usually use the M40xs for gaming and in loud environments and the 598s when I want my ears to breath (your ears can get hot with no air to go in and out of the can) and just want to have music in the background. I personally like the M40xs more for most music when I want have it in the foreground, but both are great.

u/dasaxguy · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

You go on Amazon, spend like 20 dollars on a color you like, and then the headphones become the most comfortable things ever.

u/pizzor · 2 pointsr/PowerMetal

As someone who loves his pair of m50x's, I suggest you try out swapping the ear pads if you haven't already. I've got these ones, and I find they sound quite a bit nicer than the stock ones, if less bassy (which is fine for me as I'm not one for lots of bass). They are also way more comfortable and you don't have to worry about your ears pressing against the inside foam.

u/Grandmastersexsay69 · 2 pointsr/WindowsMR

Headset first then the headphones. I assume you took off the stock headphones? I also use these, they make it a lot more comfortable.

u/Hitorijanae · 2 pointsr/headphones

My suggestion is the Audio Technica ATH-M50x. They're $129 new or $109 refurbished. I'd recommend getting the refurbished because you really should get the Brainwavz Pads as the ones they come with are kinda shitty.

u/creationart · 2 pointsr/headphones

Here you go!

M50x Pads

u/shakeysanchez · 2 pointsr/headphones

I bought these for my PRO700MK2's and I absolutely love them. Totally changed my experience with the headphones.

u/atc32 · 2 pointsr/Cooking

alton brown is a good place to start, and I would also recommend the food lab ( if she has some interest in science. He does a good job of explaining the why's, and it will teach her to ask good questions early and not just take it all on faith

u/Geolian · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

If you're science/detail minded, The Food Lab is a great cookbook. You'd learn not just the basics, but also how small changes in ingredients, timing and technique have significant impacts on the end result. Lots of recipes and cookbooks just give you a series of steps to follow, and more often than not you'll be alright with just that. But having a book that details how different ingredients work by themselves and with each other is a huge help in getting started.

It's also important to note that cooking is combination of art & science (in contrast with baking, which can be very specific in its process...don't get too experimental with baking until you have more experience). A recipe may ask to cook for 20 minutes, but based on the heat you're applying it was already done in 18 minutes. Do you leave it in there longer just because the recipe said so? It's not always about following a specific set of steps, you have to be able to look at the process and identify the necessary changes to achieve the result you want. And that knowledge only comes through practice and experience.

So yeah, there may be some mishaps. I like to say, "eat your mistakes". Rarely is something so badly cooked that it's completely inedible. Every mistake is a lesson on what to improve upon, and there's always room to improve.

It sounds daunting at first, but it's like learning a new language or riding a bike. Eventually, the general knowledge from all the different recipes you cook compounds and you'll "just know" how the process is going without even looking at it. Have fun with it, it's a really useful skill.

u/Ashilikia · 2 pointsr/LetsReadABook

I read more of The Food Lab this week. I only have two chapters left (it's a behemoth of a book) but I had to return it to the library because I'm moving tomorrow. One of the last chapters I have left to read is about salad, which made me so sad to return it! I love salads, haha.

I seriously recommend The Food Lab to anyone who likes both science and cooking. It's a great book to just read through even if you don't actually make any of the recipes; you learn so much! It was written by /u/J_Kenji_Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats. If you're an Alton Brown fan, Kenji does work comparable to but more rigorously than Alton did/does, but with written posts instead of videos.

u/coughcough · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Kenji's method is what I use. If you haven't checked it out, his book The Food Lab is really good.

u/meteorknife · 2 pointsr/cookingforbeginners

This is the link for the book. I would recommend it too. My biggest problem was that I knew how to make a handful of recipes, but I really didnt understand what was happening when I mixed things in a certain order or why/how the different variations of a dish exist (poached eggs vs over easy). This book fully explains their recipes and why its being cooked that way.

I would highly recommend it if you have an analytical mindset and trying to learn processes and rules of cooking.

u/drewd0g · 2 pointsr/seriouseats

Hey Kenji, thanks for doing this AMA! Big fan, the The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science is always open in our kitchen.

I’ve cooked your Deep-Fried, Sous Vide, 36-Hour, All-Belly Porchetta recipe several times and it’s awesome. My question to you is how can I translate this recipe & technique to a part of a lamb?

-Would Lamb Belly be the best cut for this? Or would I have better luck using a meatier part of the lamb like a boned out chuck or leg?

-For how long and what temp would you recommend cooking it for?

-For finishing, would I be better off in a blazing hot oven versus deep-fried due to the absence of the thick skin found on the pork belly.

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions!

u/elchicodelgado · 2 pointsr/Cooking

This is an amazing cookbook. I generally shy away from cookbooks as I find them pointless, given that I can use the internet to find recipes but this one is worth owning.

u/sscutchen · 2 pointsr/cocktails

Absolutely. I have Kenji's book, The Food Lab. I don't do everthing by his methods because, for example, my wife likes beef and chicken very well done. But the fundamental science behind what he—specifically—and the site—in general—provides is excellent.

u/IndividualHamster · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

You might like this : The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science I got this for someone that's really into the science behind cooking and she really loved it. I don't know the ratio of meat to vegetable in here, but I'm pretty sure the book runs the gambit.

u/pokemansplease · 2 pointsr/BlackPeopleTwitter

To anyone wanting to learn more about it, The Food Lab by J. Kenzi Lopez-Alt is an awesome book to have around. It doesn't just list off recipes, but discusses different types of foods and breaks down the different techniques most used in cooking them. So you don't just learn how to cook certain specific recipes, but how to cook things in general. I love it.

For example, there's a section about steak where he discusses all the different cuts, how they're flavored, and the pros and cons of the methods used in cooking each type. He even explains how you can rig up a ghetto sous-vide setup in a beer cooler.

u/Frogblaster77 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

He sounds a lot like me. I hate clutter. I would recommend this.

If he already knows all that, then this.

If he already knows all that, then he's set for life and you can probably just stop getting him gifts now.

u/chris_anna · 2 pointsr/Cooking

The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt has been a great find for me and venturing toward the deep end of cooking. He definitely doesn't try to make his recipes overly simple, but they're written well and are a snap to follow. The book is about 1,000 pages long and definitely rewards cover-to-cover reading, but my preferred way to approach it is to think of a food or class of food that I want to make (like "hamburgers" or "salad dressing") and then find it in the index. If it's in the book, it will definitely be a very good version of the recipe.


Reading the non-recipe sections also did a lot to help me understand what goes on during various cooking processes and has helped me step away from strictly following recipes. I still generally follow Kenji's recipes to the letter but I can adjust something from, e.g., AllRecipes to suit my tastes without compromising the end result.



u/soopuoos · 2 pointsr/cookingforbeginners

Try 'The Food Lab' by Kenji Lopez Alt. He details a lot of the science behind cooking methods and includes experiments he's done to compare them

u/123ilovebasketball · 2 pointsr/financialindependence

To expand on /u/barchueetadonai's reply, Kenji Lopez-Alt writes recipes tested via scientific method. His recipes are available on or in his book The Food Lab.

Also, invest in a basic slow cooker. Start it before work and you'll come home to pot roast, pulled pork, buffalo chicken, meatballs, pretty much anything.

And lastly, the sous vide cooker. Check out /r/sousvide, but you can make anything from steaks to lamb to duck. But most importantly, long cooks will leave the toughest cuts of beef or pork tender and juicy.

u/axiomatic_fallacy · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Hands down, The Food Lab (nonaffiliate link)

Kenji Lopez-Alt breaks so many cooking concepts down with science and experimenting but in a way that the average consumer can enjoy it. He shows you the process he uses and makes results easily reproducible. You can read it, you can learn from it, you can cook from it. And Volume 2 is already planned.

Edit: I feel like an idiot because I didn't even read your text. I'm not deleting it. It's so good it deserves 2 mentions :D

u/careynotcarrie · 2 pointsr/INTP

Those America's Test Kitchen "best-ever this"/"all-time best that" magazines are my favorite impulse buys while waiting in line. I've been thinking about signing up for full access to their site for a while. And I love Serious Eats too. :) Speaking of which, I definitely recommend picking up a copy of The Food Lab! It's great.

edit: Changed/corrected "on line" to "in line." (Recently learned that using "on line" in a non-Internet context is actually a NY regionalism, after being made fun of for saying it by my [INTP] bf.) X(

u/ltran96 · 2 pointsr/Cooking

I highly recommend Serious Eats. They've got a lot of great articles and walkthroughs. One of my favorite parts is that not only do they explain what to do, but why common convention dictates we do some things. While you're at it, I recommend you pick up a copy of The Food Lab, which contains a lot of the same material. It's very well formatted and written, and I suspect your daughter will plow through it if she's as interested in cooking as you make it sound like she is.

u/Bosco_is_a_prick · 2 pointsr/videos

Maybe a professional oven get hotter then a home over but I can't make really crispy roast potatoes by only baking. I have used this recipe a few times and it is definitely not horseshit it makes amazing roast potatoes. This guy released a really successful cook book last year, I have it and he definitely knows his shit.

u/ADarkAndScaryRide · 2 pointsr/cookbooks

I'm surprised no one has mentioned The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt or the site Serious Eats (sub /r/seriousseats)

u/domesticat01 · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I'd echo the 'kitchen stuff' idea. has a decent and thoughtful list, along with but if I could tell you to get a few things, I'd pare it down to:

  • Enameled cast-iron pot
  • Cast iron skillet
  • A chef's knife (most people need an 8" knife but my hands are very small, so a 6" works for me -- the key is to buy what works for YOU)

    Eventually, add in a few high-quality knives (I love Wusthof and Henckels but not all of their lines are created equal) -- I lean on my paring knife and chef's knife for much of what I do, though having other knives can be nice

    These items are good, but equally important is to learn how to use them. Long-term, you are going to save yourself much heartache, frustration, and money if you do something terribly unglamorous: take some basic cooking classes before you start buying physical things. Learn how to use these implements properly before investing, so you become a smarter investor. What you've bought for life: knowledge. Start with knife skills ( might work) and work up to learning other basic cooking techniques. You want to look for classes and books that don't just teach you how to make a single recipe, but to understand methods, like braising and sautéing and frying. This way, whenever you hit a rough patch in your life, you can always take care of yourself.

    Also: get a library card. You can then go pull books like these for free, absorb the learning, and save your money to buy only the items that YOU want to keep as a permanent reference:

  • Cooks' Illustrated "Science of Good Cooking" -
  • The Food Lab: Better Cooking Through Science -
u/Tesseden · 2 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

Maybe something like this.

Keep in mind if you were to get this one you would need an 1/4 inch (6.35mm) to 1/8th inch adapter (3.5mm)

u/CharlesWiltgen · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Cool! Unless I'm still misunderstanding I think you just need a headphone amp, like this Behringer HA400.

u/Christopholies · 2 pointsr/podcasting

That's a great setup. I love the tube idea! I'm using my RE20 for an in-studio setup with a DBX 286s, but I'm curious how it would compare with a tube setup like that.

Btw, this little guy is great for splitting headphones.

u/Mostass · 2 pointsr/headphones

That one is really overpriced where I live, this one is quite decently priced

Would it make any difference?

u/RapidMMA · 2 pointsr/audio

Ok, Thank you. Here is a similar setup to what I use. My personal one is a bit more sophisticated but nonetheless, these items will certainly get you started and aim you in the right direction.


Let's start with the Mixer:

Your mixer will be your new interface. Rather than plugging one microphone into your computer you'll plug all your microphones into one mixer which then will be connected to your computer via USB.

Microphone - Mixer - Computer

Here is a good starter at a decent price. It'll be your most expensive single piece of equipment (unless you decide to get top tier microphones). You'll be able to EQ and set levels to each microphone hooked up to the mixer before sending it to Audacity (or Audition, Reaper). You can also hook up more than 3 mics, a guitar, your phone, maybe you want to hook your computer up to it to play a sound, basically anything that sends one signal to another, you'll be able to do it with this and record it.

  • Behringer QX1202USB 12-Channel Mixer


    Next Microphones:

    If you're able to hook up a mic cable (XLR) to your Blue Yeti, you can still use that microphone, too. Obviously, switch your polar pattern to cardioid that way it's more directional and doesn't pick up as much room noise. Also, try to point it away from your AC unit. Regardless, since the Blue Yeti is a condenser microphone, it'll pick up more room noise because it's much more sensitive. That's why in broadcast situations you'll always see dynamic microphones such as the Electrovoice RE20 or Shure SM7b. For your own sake, I would do some research on condenser vs dynamic but any website you shop at (or if you go to Guitar Center in person) you can filter microphones by condenser or dynamic. I highly recommend buying yourself 3 dynamic microphones to reduce room noise.

    Here are my microphone recommendations:

  • Cheap - Behringer XM8500 - You'll likely need a mount and windscreen or pop filter
  • Low - Shure SM58 - You'll likely need a mount and windscreen or pop filter
  • Mid - Rode Procaster - No mount, windscreen/pop filter necessary
  • Best - Electrovoice RE20 - No mount, windscreen/pop filter necessary


    Finally, your Accessories:

    You'll need 3 XLR's to hook 3 microphones up to the mixer. I recommend purchasing them from - very cheap cables that last a long time if you learn to wrap your cable correctly.

    Same with your microphone stands:

  • Simple Tripod Microphone Stand

    Most microphones you buy will come with the mount for it. If you get the Behringer XM8500 or the Shure SM58 you might need one of these if it doesn't come with it:

  • Mount

    Also, for both of those mics I definitely recommend buy either a pop filter or wind screen to put over top to reduce plosives. If you don't know what plosives are, google it. You wont need to worry about plosives if you purchase the Rode Procaster or RE20.

  • Windscreens
  • Pop Filter

    One very last thing to mention is headphones. Through the mixer, there is a headphone jack where you can plug headphones in to monitor the mix. However, there is also something called "Main Out" or "Control Room Out" - you can send your vocal mix to an external Headphone Amplifier/Splitter that way you and your friends can all listen to the mix in real time.

    Audacity is a good program but I recommend getting familiar with Reaper The trial version is free version and I think after the 60 day evaluation you're still allowed to use it although it may press you to buy it. I personally use Adobe Audition but that requires a subscription. If Audacity works fine for you, then by all means.

    I apologize for the long post and I hope it's not too overwhelming. Mixer, Microphones, Cables, Stands, and headphone splitter is basically what this whole post is about! Feel free to ask questions.

    If all else fails just find a podcasting kit to purchase from somewhere and go from there
u/troughdiver · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

Happy to help! And I’m not sure about the Blue Yeti. I would read reviews and checkout forum threads to find out more.

The mic I have and like is this (important to note I don’t sing so haven’t put it to the real test):

Studio headphones I recommend:

($80-100 range) industry standard, very flat response, this is what I started with and finished my first song using:[email protected]%5EPLA

($210-240 range)
More snazzy, have them and love them, flat response, a lot more comfortable than the Sony’s too:

If you’ll get these you’ll probably want an amp to power them separately in order to maximize volume control (this is due to the Ohms, and is useful for anything higher than 80), I have this one it does great.. only $25 too:

Btw the reason I say price “range” is because the prices fluctuate with promotions etc.


u/CASTorDIE · 2 pointsr/Twitch

It was a nightmare trying to use a spiderweb of headphone splitting cables until I got the Behringer HA400 and all the appropriate cables. It will make life easier, and your group will thank you lol :)

u/Drigr · 2 pointsr/podcasting

In general, straight up splitting the audio signal will degrade it. Might as well get something like the behringer ha 400

u/sharkamino · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Do you already have a headphone amp or happen to have a stereo amp or receiver with a headphone jack?

Lowest decent entry level Audio-Technica AT-LP60XHP $129 has a headphone jack for easy to drive headphones.

Or a better Teac TN-300SE Black or Walnut $150 with Coupon code SPIN in the shopping cart click "Have a promo code" above the subtotal on top. The Teac also has a built in phono stage preamp.

Then add a $100 headphone amp: [z]GUIDE[s] \\\ SEPARATE DAC & AMP & TUBE-AMP

u/GlassConcert · 2 pointsr/Guitar
u/yoitsmeab · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

Behringer Microamp Ha400 Ultra-Compact 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amplifier

u/harroldo25 · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

You could use a small mixer and a headphone amp, especially if you have no intention of recording.

You'll want enough inputs for all of your instruments. If you have 4 instruments playing in your band then you'll need 4 input channels.

The cheapest way would be:

4 input mixer (all on TRS jacks - you would have to convert XLR to jack and you wouldn't be able to send phantom power to condenser microphones).

4 channel headphone amp.

Cable to connect the two boxes. The cable must be TRS otherwise you'll only get the left side or right side only - guitar cable wouldn't be great.

You would hear sound, it's cheap and compact. If you're willing to spend more money then you could get more expensive equipment. It wouldn't be pretty but it would do for starting out along with a sub £50 investment.

u/matty_m · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Here is the headphone amp I use. I have a windscreen but I haven't used it since i always used it inside. I have not tried to use it to record three people talking at once but I knew someone who did it with an H1 with some success. It definitely had more of a live sound than in a studio.

u/ActionFlank · 2 pointsr/PS4

FiiO D3 (D03K) Digital to Analog Audio Converter With Micca 6ft Optical Toslink Cable - 192kHz/24bit Optical and Coaxial DAC

Behringer Microamp Ha400 Ultra-Compact 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amplifier

Inelegant and cheap solution I use for my 598s. You can pay more for a mixamp, but meh. This gets loud. You may need another aux cable... I don't recall if the DAC came with one, as I needed a long one that I got separately.

u/HerpBanana · 2 pointsr/Bass

You can get a headphone amp, that works too. If you just wanna listen and practice with headphones. I have used this for years.

u/KnockoutMouse420 · 2 pointsr/audio

You need something like this. I looked a little bit on your website but I don't speak Spanish. Hook it up to your monitor out and you're good to go.

u/NovaKitFoX · 2 pointsr/letsplay

Head Phones. Headphones.. .HEAD PHONES!!!!!
Get Ether a simple non powerd headphone splitter.
Or even better, a powerd one like this one here

We I do the same set up on our channel and a powered splitter is WELL WORTH IT. IT lets both of us adjust out levels to our liking.
Though keep in mind. IT's not going to be the END ALL of background pic up on that Yeti.

If you have open backed headphones or just it REALLY LOUD. the Yeti will still pick up the audio from them. I've noticed it in my captures as well. But since it is so low, it's not noticeable when the game audio is mixed in.

So get a powered headphone amp that will split into multiple out puts for your cheapest best solution in my book.

u/tehdudeabides · 2 pointsr/podcasts

I did. I went with the following item:

Behringer Microamp Ha400 Ultra-Compact 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amplifier

u/swiftlysauce · 2 pointsr/buildapc

avoid gaming headset, buy a good pair of headphones and a seperate microphone, you'll get much better sound quality for the price, especially in the headphones department.

For $70, I would recommend the Samson SR850 headphones with these Velvet earpads because the stock earpads are pretty bad, but the headphones sound GREAT for the price. Build quality is average.

For a mic, the Zalman ZM Mic1 is a common mic. It sounds great and it easily attaches to your headphones cable (those Samson) have a pretty thick cable so it won't fall off).


Superlux HD 668b Identical sounding to the Samsons, but are designed differently, sometimes are cheaper, those earpads are still recommended)

Superlux HD 681 or 681 EVO They basically sound like the 668b/SR850, but just a little worse overall, but you won't beat them for $30. The earpads are still recommended.

u/soundman92 · 2 pointsr/headphones

Cosmos ® 1 Pair Black Color Velvet Replacement Earpad Ear Pad Cushion for AKG K 240 Studio Headphones

u/wilb0b · 2 pointsr/letsplay

Oh yeah, one last thing. I was able to use them much longer when I found the leather earpads were just a little too uncomfortable so a $7 upgrade to Velour Earpads works amazingly! Unless you don't mind the leather of course.

u/STRMfrmXMN · 2 pointsr/headphones

Welcome to the club! Make sure to put some AKG velour pads on there for some added comfort!

u/WilliamAgain · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

AKG K240.

Along with some replacement ear pads to swap with the stock pleather pads as they are not comfy. The headphones are reasonably priced, well built, are relatively flat/neutral in terms of EQ. All of that makes them great for general purpose recording and media playback.

u/bartvdlee · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

I recommend velour pads for these headphones. These two are pretty good (if you really want cheap earpads you should search on AliExpress tho): US:

u/Kagruma · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Great, Although the treble is way too high, so put some like paper towels between the foam pad and the speaker itself.

Also, get some really nice velour pads like these, they come with another foam pad you can put in to reduce the treble highs.

u/AnonyPoni · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

I used some cheap Cosmo velvet pads. They aren't as thick as I'd like but they make the headphones way more comfortable.

My major gripe with them is that they don't make headphones as open as I'd like, but they make the superluxes fairly comfortable. I've ordered some hifiman velour pads to fix the soundstage nissue but they probably bwill take a while to get here.

Another option is (surprisingly) turtle Beach. If you find them reasonably comfortable, the pads themselves do have a bit of an open soundstage. They sell all their pads on their website at a low price. There are some round ones there that should fit the superluxes. Could be worth a shot.

u/Clear-Conscience · 2 pointsr/headphones

Superlux HD 668B + these pads

Another within your price range would be the Takstar Hi2050

Other than that, there aren't many options right now within your price range. The SHP9500 with a V-Moda boompro mic used to be the best recommendation but the SHP9500 is way too expensive now, since the hype train rolled through and ruined it.

u/BickNlinko · 2 pointsr/ThriftStoreHauls

Nice find! I've had my gold K240's for like 15 years, and I've worn them at my desk like every day. I've only had to repair a busted wire in the left can and replace the cable. I also swapped out the ear pads with a set of these like three years ago and they're still holding up and way more comfortable than the vinyl ones, especially after they started cracking.

u/Match-Sticks · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I recommend the Beyerdynamic DT 770 + FiiO E10K if you have the coin.

u/IsaacM42 · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

> ASRock Z170 Extreme7+

Reading a review on this great motherboard it's got one of the best audio codecs (like my Asus Z170i Pro Gaming) but no headphone amp. If you want to get these headphones I suggest going with an external dac/amp combo like this one. Ofcourse this would add expense that may not be worth it to you. You could instead get the Sennheiser 558 plus an external mic could be easily driven straight from your motherboard.

u/sk9592 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

The FiiO E10K is excellent for the price if you want a DAC/AMP combo unit with good audio reproduction. You would still need to plug the mic jack from your headset into the computer though

u/y0y0ma · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I've heard of their 3020, but supposedly the Concept 20 is the same driver in a different cabinet? The What HiFi review makes it sound like the cabinet alone is worth the price difference. That could be true, but I am not going to rely on their word for it. I think it would be best if you could arrange for an audition or, better still, buy them with a good return policy so you can send them back if you are not satisfied with them. This is the most reliable way you could test out 2 speakers because you know best what is important for you. As for bass, it is also part of the music and I feel a faithful reproduction is essential to the experience. I do not own a subwoofer myself because I am satisfied with my MB Quart 490 and their 7.5" woofer. The bass is present but not overpowering at all and it makes all the difference when listening to Pink Floyd or The Coup.

Anyway, what I meant was the audio files will be converted from digital to analog at one point. In your case, it would be the PC's onboard solution. Now, depending on your PC, your onboard solution could be great or it could suck (distortion/constant hum etc.) ! To get around this some people use the digital output on their PC (USB/HDMI/Optical) and the conversion is performed using another device. Since usually stereo amplifiers do not have any way of accepting digital input, the go-to choice is a separate DAC like Fiio D03K / Behringer UCA202. Some people also a get a headphone DAC like Fiio E10K because they need a portable amp for their headphone in addition to a DAC. Others may need more than just a DAC - for example there could be a need to take the HDMI input and send the video to a TV and the audio to speakers. This is where a receiver comes in. A receiver is basically an amp + many more options for inputs, but it could be overkill if you only need a DAC. Used receivers could be cheap, though, and they are quite popular because of the input options you get. Goes without saying that you may not need a separate DAC at all, but just something to consider.

Phew! Hope that helps! :)

u/TanukiAccountant · 2 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

They're pretty good! The 598s were my first pair of "audiophile" headphones and to be honest I was pretty blown away when I first got them (not to hype up your expectations too much though so keep them tempered) I primarily use my 598 for gaming (Overwatch mostly) and listening to music @ my desk. Not a lot of bass (basically none) but the soundstage is still pretty impressive because there were a few times I've been fooled to think a roommate was knocking on my door when it's really coming from a video.


Listen to them for a while and if you ever feel like "upgrading", maybe look into a USB DAC like the [E10K]( ). I bought it a year into using my HD 598s and the sound improvement was marginal but very noticeable (on a laptop at least lol). I've had them for a while so I definitely want to upgrade with a shiny new toy, but can't ever justify it because they've held up so well.

u/cellard0or · 2 pointsr/progmetal

Using a FiiO-E10K as USB sound card. Over the time I have had these headphones to compare: ATH-M50-X, Beyerdynamic Custom One and DT 770 Pro, Shure SRH 840.
The SRH 840 are my absolute favourite, they sound perfect for everything guitar based. I use them on the road (e.g. public transport) and at work because they are foldable and fit nicely into my backpack. A friend of mine also bought these, loving them. At home I also still have the DT 770 which sound a bit more neutral (still very good) but are not as portable.

u/ponyboy3 · 2 pointsr/mac

Ok, so I'm not allow you're just uninformed. I use bt in my car also, but i have a corolla so no way I'm upgrading the sound system in there.

It's a slippery slope when you get into hifi. If you want to experience it, get a dac like this FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black), a pair of decent quality headphones ie Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones and then a lossless recording of your favorite song.

Remember, as soon as you get the starter pack you will have a hard time listening to it any other way.

Don't worry about why stuff costs more, monster used to sell a $200 hdmi cable.

u/SwimmingAshes · 2 pointsr/headphones

The 600ohm versions are kind of meant for expensive and "boutique" amps, just stick with the 250ohm.

They don't NEED an amp but they do improve considerably with one, I'd recommend the Fiio E10K they go very well with beyers.

u/asdf767 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

this is the cheapest usb dac that i would use. Or an fiio e3 if you have optical or coax output on your pc.

For about $80 i would get a fiio e10k

u/XenOmega · 2 pointsr/headphones

Canadian buyers seem to be limited in their option. If I want to deal in CAD $

For someone new, can I do better than this at 110$
FiiO - E10K Olympus USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

u/TokyoRock · 2 pointsr/buildapc

CPU: The i3-6100 is a general improvement over the FX-8320E, performing 30-50% better in games and ±10% in multithreaded applications. Plus, changing processors let's you upgrade to DDR4 memory.

Motherboard: Even through the i3-6100 is a locked processor, it can be overclocked (as long as you have a good cooler on it). But even without overclocking, this is a better choice of processors.

GPU: Same choice as yours.

Case: I think you forgot a case, so I chose an affordable but cool case.

PSU: The Thermaltake Smart 550W is a bit higher quality than the EVGA 600B.

Sound Card: If your friend is serious about music, you need to get him/her an external DAC. I suggest the Fiio E10K.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor | $147.98 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard | ASRock Z170A-X1/3.1 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $89.98 @ NCIX
Memory | Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory | $69.99 @ NCIX
Storage | Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $57.98 @ DirectCanada
Video Card | MSI Radeon R7 370 4GB Video Card | $194.99 @ DirectCanada
Case | BitFenix Nova ATX Mid Tower Case | $34.99 @ NCIX
Power Supply | Thermaltake SMART 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply | $64.99 @ NCIX
Optical Drive | Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer | $19.95 @ shopRBC
Wireless Network Adapter | TP-Link TL-WN722N USB 2.0 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter | $14.87 @ DirectCanada
Other| Fiio E10K| $109.99
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $805.71
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-24 16:19 EDT-0400 |

u/dr_torque · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Something like this perhaps?

u/Flacid_Monkey · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I have this and the sound quality is astonishing + it's an amp so some games where the sound level is low can be amped up.

u/AtomicNC · 2 pointsr/headphones

Either way, youre gonna need a DAC, unless you plan to use an RCA to 3.5mm adapter which I wouldnt reccommend. You can get some fairly cheap DAC+Amp combos. Something like these two, both of which I recommend.


($100, currently on sale for $70!)

Or, if you want to go the Schiit route, theres the ($100) Fulla 2, although ive heard of numerous issues people have had with that one

u/demevalos · 2 pointsr/headphones

I would start on the lower end of things to warm up to the entire hobby. I can give you a recommendation though, DT 770 Pro 80 Ohms, and a Fiio e10k. This is the setup that I started out with, and it's brought me into the whole thing very nicely. The 770s have really solid bass and decent high end, but some people don't like the 'V' shape that the sound has (aka missing mids). As your just getting into this, I doubt you'd care too much about that. You can get the 770s used on ebay much cheaper than the $180 amazon pricetag, and I would recommend going that way, headphones are something that are easy to pass around. The e10k will give you a nice introduction to DACs and Amps while being very affordable. Make sure to get the 80 ohm version of the 770s though, or possibly even the 250 ohms, but I personally wouldn't try the 32 or 16 ohm versions.

u/TheBreakRoom · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I've been very happy with my FiiO E10K which is a 2-in-1 type deal. Budget friendly, and portable. About the size of a stack of credit cards. Currently $75.99.

Just having the DAC away from the PC and components gives such a cleaner signal I love it.

u/Vliger2002 · 2 pointsr/headphones
  • Headphones:
  • Sennheiser HD598 | Frequency Graph
  • Sennheiser HD558 | Frequency Graph
  • Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 250 Ohms | Frequency Graph
  • DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter)/Amplifier Combo:
  • FiiO E10K
  • Creative Sound Blaster E3
  • Amplifier only:
  • FiiO E6
  • Creative Sound Blaster E1

    The Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pros have great bass response, while the Sennheiser HD598's aren't as punchy in the bass. That being said, the DT770's present a bit more in the high-end frequencies, and some might find that unbalanced.

    The HD598's are certainly more balanced in their presentation. The HD558's are the cheapest option, but present great value for somebody looking for a bit more bass than the HD598's, but less than the DT770's.

    Any of these headphones paired with a proper headphone amplifier will provide a good listening experience, but different. While both Sennheiser's are open-back and will breath more to provide a wider sound stage, the Beyerdynamics are closed back and will provide a more narrow sound stage, but provide more bass response.
u/wolvesneednoarmor · 2 pointsr/headphones

You need a dac, if you're looking for a budget solution, look towards Fiio. Maybe the e10k,

u/notR1CH · 2 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

If you have nice pair of analogue headphones, you should ideally get a nice DAC to go with them. Integrated motherboard audio is really not up to handling high end headphones as you've already noticed!

I personally use with a pair of Sennheiser HD595s and it sounds pretty great to my non-audiophile ears. has a list of plenty of others with reviews if you want to look around.

u/stormbringer89 · 2 pointsr/headphones

Hey /r/Headphones! I just had the opportunity to pick up a pair of Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones for free, so I decided to go all out and finally join the audiophile realm. I bought the Moov Mic (which was also suggested here I believe) and attached it to the headphones to make a quasi-"gaming headset" for PC gaming. The FiiO E10k arrived today, and I was blown away by the difference between my motherboard's onboard sound and this little thing. Amazing stuff!

u/Sen7ryGun · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Gaming headsets are shit, over priced, sound bad and fall to bits on the inside of a couple of years.

You can get a kickass Hi-Fi headphone+DAC/amp solution and a clip in mic for less than the price of most gaming headsets that will last year's if not decades.

Gamers are the easiest market in the world to milk easy cash out of with shit products. All you need is RGB lighting and "vidyagaemz" written on the box.

You want a totally fuckin rad pair of bargain basement headphones and a dedicated external sound solution that gets your audio processing outside the EMI/RFI hell that is the inside of your PC case, sits on par with Beyer DT 990s, ATH-M50x and Sennheiser HD598s for sound quality, will live forever and comes in costing less than $120USD for the whole package, including a clip on mic? Take a look at the Superlux HD668b stereo headphones, the Fiio E10K USB DAC/amp and grab a Zalman ZM-mic1 to stick on the side.

Congratulations, you're now the owner of the best bang for your buck Hi-Fi headgear solution getting around and have just entered the world of high quality audio for gaming, music and movies. Time to leave gaming headsets behind.

u/UnicornCrackFace · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

So after reading over a few times and looking at the linked wiki I feel a bit more confident when looking.

My desk is a standard height with a narrower shelf circa 30-40 cm higher. I have a desk mount clamped to the shelf for my monitor and keyboard and mouse on the lower section. My pc is set below the desk currently.

The main reason for separating the mic and headphones is that I found that "gaming headsets" are gimmicky and the sound quality from them doesn't compare to standalone headphones (with DAC/preAmp). So this is the route I'm taking- but this left me with the task of getting a desk mic.

My previous headset always left staticy sounds running through skype etc, so was looking to invest a bit more this time round. Now I didn't realise about the phantom power. Thanks for this.

I was looking at this
as a DAC and PreAmp, but are there options to plug mic into a standalone unit alongside headphones? (That you're aware of)

I think a boom arm nearer my face is definitely the option that seems best for noise cancellation like you suggested.

u/barelyincollege · 2 pointsr/headphones【並行輸入品】FIiO-DAC搭載ヘッドホンアンプ/dp/B00LP3AMC2/

This would work -- theoretically it's a little underpowered for the DT-770-250, but in practice everyone says it drives the 770 with no problems.

The Magni 2 is the better choice between the two, but the E10K will work.

u/laydros · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I'm not experienced enough to offer a full end to end answer, but I'll try to fill in some gaps.

  • the components in the audio setup with computer files are basically:
    • source: mp3/flac (if this is poor quality the whole thing will go poorly)
    • digital to analog converter: DAC is the thing that will convert the digital file into analog. This could be the soundcard, a standalone DAC, or one built into your amplifier.
    • preamp (optional): might be nice if you want to switch between multiple inputs
    • amplifier: for amplifying :)
    • speakers: take the amplified analog signal and push on the air to create sound.

      The first thing to consider is the DAC side. You computer's soundcard has a DAC, but depending on the model it may be pretty poor, and a much better DAC can be had for fairly cheap. For example my Dell XPS 13 is a very nice laptop, but the headphone jack has TONS of noise. I personally use a Fiio E10 which is a big improvement for $70, and has a very good headphone amplifier built in. That might not be a good option for you, but is an example.

      The next step is amplifying the sound. You have to general options.
  • Amplifier to passive speakers
  • Active speakers, meaning they have an amplifier built in

    The general thought is for a given amount of money active speakers will often sound better because the speaker and built in amp are designed together, but discrete amplifier and passive speakers have more flexibility and room to upgrade piece by piece down the road.

    An amp might have a good DAC built in, saving you from that step, and even a small number of active speakers do.

    An example off the top of my head is Audioengine. They are know for having very good components in your price range and make for a more apples to apples comparison:

    Passive with amp
  • N22 desktop amplifier $200
  • P4 Passive Speakers $250

    Active speakers
  • A5+ Speakers $400

    I've never heard any of this stuff before myself, so these are examples, not recommendations! but reviews have said the N22+P4 sounds a little better. However the A5+ is all in one, and a little cheaper.

    I'm still trying to wrap my head around what is better for near field or not. It seems like many of the powered speakers you see are "near field studio monitors" meant for mixing and mastering, meaning they have flat response and sound good on a desk, where many of the passive setups are designed for enjoying music at a distance.

u/Jakomako · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I think the people that say that a 780 is overkill for 1080p just don't have very high standards. If you want to play the most demanding games on very high settings and maintain 60FPS, a 770 just isn't going to cut it.

Sounds like you know what you're doing with the RAM, but for the sound card, you should get an external DAC for your headphones. An internal sound card will be essentially the same as the onboard motherboard audio. If you really want to drive your headphones properly, get something like this:

That website is terrible. Synthetic benchmarks like PassMark do not accurately represent real-world performance. is much better because it tests using real-world performance in actual programs.

u/TristamIzumi · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Do you mean the E10k for a DAC/AMP? It only has audio out, not audio in that is needed for a mic.

u/chouetteonair · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Are there any problems with your mobo's sound quality? Just try headphones in green, microphone in pink.

After looking at some reviews online people are pretty consistently complaining about faulty USB dongles and microphones, so a sound card might not even solve your problem or improve your audio. If you want a sound quality upgrade then these are a pretty popular recommendation.

u/Flying_Spaghetti_ · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I would just like to add that I have this DAC with these speakers and it has made a huge difference.

u/wikkix · 2 pointsr/leaf

I've got this one, it works great. Get some velcro or something to help hide the wires and it doens't even look too bad.

u/wickedzeus · 2 pointsr/mazda3

if you're going to do this, don't forget to pick up a ground loop noise isolator it will get rid of the whirring/static noise you'll inevitably get as you drive. That's the one I used, so I can vouch for it, but there are many other ones out there. I had it paired with this on my 07 (placed it on the front of the center console a few inches under the lip) and it worked well until I switched cars

u/summervacationtoHoth · 2 pointsr/AndroidQuestions

I have the iClever Himbox as a secondary Bluetooth connection in my car. It has a nice wired remote thing that works for changing tracks and play/pause functionality.

u/SteveTCook · 2 pointsr/technology

Most cars with bluetooth pair automatically (and reliably) when you turn your car on. You don't need to take your phone out of your pocket many times. Just hit play to start up where you left off.

I've had 2 cars like this. In one of them, I used one of these:

Worked really well, and I liked it more than fumbling with aux cable all the time.

u/Computerknight54 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I think this is what you're looking for. I believe the one you linked is for sharing a connection with two headsets, not merging two different inputs.

u/nsxviper · 2 pointsr/DestinyTheGame

You have different options.

If your Beats has a removable headphone wire.
V-Moda BoomPro add-on Mic.

If your Beats doesn't have a removable headphone wire.

Antlion Mod Mic Unidirectional

Antlion Mod Mic Omnidirectional

If you want to use the Zalman or Antlion mic, you need to purchase a splitter.

Sennheiser Splitter

USB Headphone/Mic Adapter, requires USB extension cable

u/mannequinz · 2 pointsr/xboxone

For the Xbox I use HiFi Man HE400S with a ModMic and a splitter. All of that plugged into the stereo adapter for the controller. No need for the splitter on the PC obviously.

Also, here is a good place to start looking for new headphones/headsets.

u/Bambambm · 2 pointsr/Vive

> Sennheiser Game Zero headseT

You may not need extention cables, the Vive comes with a headset port on the head display, it comes out over the top strap, you will need an adapter though for the 2 to 1

u/massdrop · 2 pointsr/u_massdrop

We do ship to Australia, and you'll need a Y-connector like this. A generic version of that cable would generally be cheaper and work just as well.

u/LifelongCaboose · 2 pointsr/Gaming_Headsets

The Zeros are a closed back design and come with a case and cost more. The Game Ones are way better because of the open back design but if you game in a loud environment you will be able to hear it all through the headset and people around you can some what hear what your listening too. Open Back offers better sound stage for the best audio positioning but have no sound isolation. I never buy headsets used for many reasons. For some reason the White game ones are usually cheaper and if you order from Amazon just make sure it's shipped and sold by Amazon and not a third party company. Also they should fit fine over your glasses. Since it's a headset designed for PC it uses a 3.5mm mic and 3.5mm audio jacks. So for the Xbox One and laptops you will need an adapter Sennheiser sells one I will link it. Also for Xbox one I would waste your money on one of the Adapters just go for a new Xbox One controller that has a 3.5mm combo Jack.

Game One White

Game Zero Black

Sennheiser Adapter

As for issues with them on Xbox One in my testing I didn't encounter any. Besides the fact they can't be turned up to extremely loud volumes because of there semi high impedance(for a headset). Your MacBooks on board audio should be fine. When you build a PC don't cheap out and get a cheap Motherboard because the On board audio on cheaper boards may not be able to run the this headset well.

u/RainingMartians · 2 pointsr/PS4Planetside2

I use the ($60) [Logitech G430] ( w/ Sennheiser Splitter cable, it really needs a splitter as audio is too low without. As for features, it sounds like any other headset nothing special, but it is more comfortable with it's softer earcups. I heard of someone using an adapter from turtle beach to get full 7.1 out of them as they are advertised to offer 7.1, but only on PC. I've never tried adapter on PS4:

But, I also heard alot of good things about HyperX, I think this is their first gen pair($68)

And last but not least the PC fav,Kraken($70)

A bit of advice on any headphones you choose(if you plan to use microphone function), you would do well to have some audio splitter cable as audio improves dramatically. For example, my G430 came with an adapter that ran through USB, but audio was so low it was worthless. Also, pretty much any headphones should work on PS4 with an adapter or Splitter cable, but splitter is a better solution, just stay away....far away from anything branded "StarTech" as they are usually recommended or shown "bought together" on Amazon, they seem perfect cuz their cheap, but I used a splitter adapter from them and it was DOA.

u/About7fish · 2 pointsr/xboxone

Yeah, it's built to accommodate TRRS plugs, so if you have one wire for your headphones and microphone then it'll work just fine. But if you have a setup with two separate cords, you'll need a cable to join them. I use this, but it's neither the cheapest nor the only option available.

u/Mashable_Pixels · 2 pointsr/xboxone

> wired or wireless

All depends on monitor/desk gaming or living room/sofa gaming

> I have heard great things about the Sennheiser's but I like using mine for just regular headphones sometimes with my phone for music

You can use those Sennheiser's for that too It has separate audio (green) and mic (pink) jacks but a simple PCV 05 Combo Audio Adapter combines the two (just an FYI, Astro include there own within the Mixamp) but I do admit its not as convenient for this usage compared to the dual threaded audio/mic cable that the Astro A40's use.

> Is the mic detachable on the Sennheisers?

Unfortunately no but it is the same kind of style as the Astro A50's mic, Meaning that to mute the mic you simply flip the mic up and that's why it is not detectable.

u/shanx057 · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Since you are gaming on the PS4, running a good headphone and modmic combo will require ONLY ONE of the following -

  1. A dac/amp with USB ($$$)
    Example - Creative G6 is $150. There are others but this is a good starting point.
  2. A splitter so you can connect the headphone and mic to your controller $)
    Example -
  3. USB soundcard compatible with the PS54 ($)
    Example -

    Personally my current setup for PS4 is a Creative SoundBlasterX G6 dac/amp connected to a HD 600 and modmic 4.0. Extreme overkill headphones but I mainly use it on PC and the G6 allows me to effortless switch between the two. Also I don't like the audio out of the PS4 controller in general so I did not opt for that method.

    For $250 I would suggest getting a good set of cans and then using option 2 (splitter) or 3 (compatible usb sound card) to start with. If you don't like the audio quality, then move up to the dac/amp.

    Now coming to the closed back can's that you want, there are a few good options that come to mind (please note the order is not a ranking of preference, simply what came to mind first) :

  4. Beyerdynamic DT 770 32 Ohm- $180 on
  5. Sennheiser HD 569- $110 on
  6. Sennheiser HD 598 Cs- $ 150 on


    I would also wait a while for others in this subreddit to give you their choices in closedback headphones.
u/Ganondorf_Is_God · 2 pointsr/DestinyTheGame

I actually use a sennheiser pc headset and plug it into this which goes in a usb port.

You can also use this and plug it into the headset/mic port on the controller.

u/dunderwood · 2 pointsr/xboxone

I had a similar issue so I bought a new audio adapter and the problem was fixed.

u/sniper5566 · 2 pointsr/headphones

This is the adapter I use for my headphones with a mic on my ps4.

u/KardnalSyn · 2 pointsr/xboxone
u/WayneBrody · 2 pointsr/DestinyTheGame

I've got a Logitech G430 and I love it. Great surround sound, really good mic, and comfortable on your head. Reasonably priced at $80.

Its wired, so you'll be tethered to your PS4, but you can also get a little adapter which allows you to plug the mic into your PS4 controller.

u/Sorrowablaze3 · 2 pointsr/thedivision

I just have the optical audio from the xbox into the mixamp, and a usb from xbox to mixamp. The headset goes into a cord like this -

Which should have come with your mixamp, and that's it, mine worked right off.

I actually only just got this stuff this week, the Sennheiser's are awesome!

u/ThatGuyNicholas · 2 pointsr/sennheiser

Had this for my 598s and they come in some pretty decent length

u/tusca99 · 2 pointsr/headphones

Why not just buy another cable? You won't get much better sound than your hd598s, buying an aftermarket cable like this ( would save you money that can be spent on something that you don't have

u/Archlicht · 2 pointsr/Vive

This is the reason I didn't buy a pair of Sennheisers. Shortest cable I could find to work with them is 4 ft. Although I suppose if you keep it coiled it won't be horrendous.

u/awaythrow810 · 2 pointsr/buildapc
u/D4rk_N1nj4 · 2 pointsr/headphones

Looking for an adapter for my 598Cs's 6.3mm cable. Looks like the cable is 2.5mm TRRS to 6.3mm. I need an adapter that converts that 6.3mm to 3.5mm. I purchased this one a few weeks ago, but it didn't work at all.

Someone suggested yesterday that I might need one that converts to TRRS, but that seems near impossible to find, and the few I can find seem sketchy and expensive (here and here). I'm at a bit of a loss so any help to find this adapter or something that works would be great. If I can't find anything here, I'm gonna go into a BestBuy or Guitar Center and ask around if they might be able to help.

EDIT: Been thinking about it more and is my issue that the cable is TRRS and therefore converting that to be just sound is impossible? Should I get a new cable like this?

u/crimson_713 · 2 pointsr/Metal

Sennheiser makes an incredible set of open back audiophile headphones that are my go-to for music. Open back, removable cable, high quality audiophile sound, and comfortable as fuck. They fit my big ass head with plenty of room to adjust in both directions. They're fairly durable, so long as you're not tossing them around or banging them against something. Mine have survived two drops, although I don't recommend testing it, haha.

I will say that the cables that come with the headphones aren't that great, so you might want to consider a replacement. They're a bit pricey, but they've finally dropped under $150USD. They were $189.99 when I bought them, and now they're $139.99. Hell of a deal for the quality.

u/Brandonandon · 2 pointsr/headphones

Amazon has some nice replacements.

Sennheiser RCG M2 is a 1.4M replacement with inline controls. Or you can go for a replacement w/o inline controls.

u/Brakkio · 2 pointsr/headphones

Pick up one of these if you want to listen on your laptop

u/Explore-- · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I have a pair of 598's that I have had for a year. I want to make them a little louder so I am looking into getting an AMP/DAC. (

Also, I want to upgrade the cable to one that is a little bit shorter. I just don't know what size of this ( to get.

Thanks for the help.

u/pntless · 2 pointsr/headphones

I've been using for about a year and a half. It is decent and comes in different lengths.

u/morelikepotatos · 2 pointsr/hardwareswap

I have one of these:

and also my hd 600's (and the 598's), come with one (although it's not braided). These cables are EXCELLENT, and that stock cable is freaking insane lol. It's pretty much impossible to use these headphones on the go without these. Oh an also because they are sleeved they don't tangle, and the spring at the end keeps the cable from wearing down overtime. It's pretty much good all around.

u/Kurumiz · 2 pointsr/headphones

own some hd598's, hope i can help

i don't have a nontwist cable to test, but im pretty sure you need a nontwist cable to put into your headphones. you need to twist to shove them in all the way(if they aren't in all the way, you will only get sound out of your left ear, or quiet sound, or other stuffs). essentially no, you cannot use the headset without locking the cable into place.

i step on my cables a lot, and imo this is actually perfect. it keeps the cable in the jack perfectly. if you keep pulling on it for some months it'll seem to come loose easier, but cables are dirt cheap to replace in stead of you usually needing to get new headphones when you inevitably break your cable (went through 5+ headphones before i got my sennheisers)

i recommend grabbing one of the replacement cables sold on amazon. they hold into your pc jacks better than the cable+2.5>3.5mm adapter that it comes with in the first place. i got the 3m and it's been great (i broke my old one due to twisting it really really hard inside the jack with my chair, completely my fault. other than that it's held up great.)

i really don't understand the need to not have the twist mechanism, it's pretty beneficial. is there any reason why you'd actually need to remove it?

u/rehpotsirhc123 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

You might want to swap cables if you pick those up because they come with a 10 foot cable that has a 1/4" connector, any 3.5mm to 3.5mm male cable will work, if the ends are skinny enough but they sell ones made for headphones. |

u/dailyapple · 2 pointsr/headphones

I ended up getting this one and I'm pretty happy with it, has the locking mechanism, I like the look, and seems durable so far.

Edit: Closeup

u/Traegs_ · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I'll never not recommend Sennheiser, they are amazing. Even their budget headphones are really good and sound leagues better than similarly priced headphones from "premium" companies like Skullcandy and Turtle Beach.

Comfortable, sound great, replaceable cable, and easy to clean (those ear cushions pop right off, I hand wash them with Dawn dish soap about 2-3 times a year).

The default cable with the 6.33m plug and 3.5mm adapter is a little annoying, I replaced mine with one of these and it's been great.

u/louderthanthis · 2 pointsr/Vive

I use my old 518's for the Vive. I bought one of these in a 1.2m length and they're stylish and just perfect

No coiling. Short enough that it can just be there.

u/leppermessiah1 · 2 pointsr/Vive

The 558's and 518's have the same removable cable as the 598's (which I have and sound phenominal). The 598's come bundled with a shorter cable, but you can purchase one here:

Edit: It's only the 598 Special Edition that comes bundled with the shorter cable, but they are all replacable.

u/kencater · 2 pointsr/assholedesign

Amazon has some pretty great generic replacement ones. A variety of lengths and finishes available. Mine are from here.

u/deskjockee · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

For anyone not liking the provided cable, I got This replacement cable, and it has been great.

u/hiscout · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

^ this is exactly the one I have.

Correction: I have the 4ft cable for $5 less But it's up to you what length you need. The other linked one is 8ft.

u/devnull00 · 2 pointsr/Vive

There is also the Superlux HD668B. Although the 681 is 32 ohm and the 668 is 56 ohm, so the 681 will be louder.

Either way, you want to replace the ear pads with these.

That said, you don't need external headphones. Take the earbuds, route them over the top of your head and slip the wires for each earbud through the loop on each side of the headstrap.

This way the earbuds act like integrated headphones and dangle right there next to your ears. You can put them in and take them out as needed without them falling down or ever not being next to your ears.

u/kubbiember · 2 pointsr/headphones

I've tried four sets on the AKG 240 Studio (55 ohm):

  • Cosmos Velvet Velour. These are very light and fairly comfortable; I cleaned them regularly with a lint roller to keep the soft, but they eventually become thin velvet after a couple of years. Not bad for the price.

  • wang_yifei Ultra-Soft Velours. I bought these to replace the Cosmos, and they are worth every penny. They are a smaller profile (thickness), which sounds better to me on most headphones (ear is closer to the driver). They are made specifically for the AKG 240, so the fit is fantastic. The only real difference in sound I note between the Cosmos and these is due to the change in distance between the ear and driver.

  • Brainwavz Sheepskin Round Regular. Better head seal due to soft materials (sheepskin and soft memory foam), resulted in better mid-bass perception. Supremely Comfortable; especially for long audio sessions. I plan to keep using these currently.

  • Brainwavz Sheepskin Round XL. The extra space in the earcup introduced reflections that made them sound more airy; not my preference. I have smaller ears, so YMMV based on the size of your ears. Super comfortable, but again, smaller ears, some ear shift.
u/dragoonjefy · 2 pointsr/Vive

For under $50, you can't go wrong with:

Superlux HD668B headsets. They are very lightweight, and from every single review I've read online or seen on youtube, they compete with $150-$200 studio headphones. In music, the 'treble' can be a little rough for some people, it can be very crisp. But in gaming, they've said this isn't an issue and makes for an INCREDIBLE soundstage in-game. Also, they come with a small 3ft cable AND a longer cable; the 3ft cable is perfect for jacking into the vive.

Everyone suggests You also pick up Velour replacement pads as the pads that come stock leave a lot to be desired and may be uncomfortable. Luckily, placing them both in your Amazon cart brings your total to JUST AT $49 and some change, which nets you FREE SHIPPING as well. So you're better off grabbing the pads :) /thread

u/GreatRobo · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Yeah id say 3-4 hours. these pads fit the headphones if you have an issue with the stock ones.

u/6x9equals42 · 2 pointsr/headphones

A splitter cable will work, you just won't be able to independently control the volume for each headphone. You could also pair a DAC like Fiio D3 with this although not sure how noisy that would be compared to the other options

u/ryandinho14 · 2 pointsr/DaftPunk

There are all sorts of amps you can get. Are you interested in tube or solid-state? Are you getting the ATH-M50s for sure? If you are, you will need to get a high-wattage tube amplifier, because the ATH-M50s only produce 38 ohms, which is a low impedance. This means that plugged into a tube amplifier, they will not be very loud, especially compared to higher-impedance headphones. To compensate for this, you will need to get a higher-wattage amplifier, which translates to more expensive.

Depending on your price range, I would direct you to anything from the solid-state Behringer HA40 to the tube HiFiMan Ef5. Honestly unless you are an experienced audiophile, you will not need a tube amplifier, but they are really cool. If you want to meet somewhere in the middle there are also what's called integrated amplifiers, which combine the components of tube and solid-state amplifiers. They claim is that they produce the quality of tube with the volume of solid-state at a price between the two. That's up to the judges right now but for most an integrated amplifier is definitely ample, especially a beginner.

Personally I use the FiiO E6 as my portable headphone amplifier. It's pretty good for being so small but I do hear white noise at louder levels. FiiO is a fairly reputable amplifier company if you want to look into them. I really don't know enough about amplifiers yet (this is my weakest area) to recommend a specific product, but here are some popular integrated amplifiers. I'm still garnering the money and experience to become an amplifier connoisseur.

u/CosmicCarl · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

A headphone splitter like this one might do the trick.

u/adultspodcast · 2 pointsr/podcasting

I use a Behringer x1222usb mixer and three ATR2100-USB Microphones. I got the ATR2100s because I wanted the flexibility to be able to plug them directly into my Mac. I then have two Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Microphones as backups for when we have additional guests.

If I were doing it all over again I would have saved some money on the mics and bought 4 of the Xm8500s and just 1 ATR2100 (to plug directly into my computer when I needed to).

The x1222 mixer works fine, though I'm beginning to wish I had gotten a mixer that can record multiple audio tracks so that I could do some more fine tuning to individual audio levels in post (until then, I recommend a great program, called Levelator, farther below that can help with this).

You'll need decent cables for each mic, which will cost more than you expect--from what I've seen looking for cables with Neutrik connectors is usually good practice. There's also the matter of decent mic stands and pop filters as well.

You'll also probably want head phones for each podcaster so that they can hear themselves whenever they drift off mic. Amazon basics headphones are probably good enough for anyone not controlling the mixer. Then you'll also need a headphone amp (which splits the headphone signal and lets each person control their own headphone volume), for example. And you'll need several (at least one per set of headphones plus a couple spare) 6.35mm (1/4 inch) Male to 3.5mm (1/8 inch) Female headphone jack adapters.

If you want to do Skype interviews, you'll need a mixer with an AUX send port. You'll also need an iMic audio device, you can find out more about that and the other audio cables you'll need [here] (

Regarding software. I'd personally recommend Audacity over Garage Band, I just feel like I have more control over the sound with Audacity. Once you clean your audio up a bit (remove background noise, compress, run a limiter, etc) you should consider running it through the program Levelator which does great things to equalize voice levels.

I'm new at this as well, having only recorded 8 times, but if you want some more tips from someone else who is just starting out--just let me know.

u/runwichi · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

Okay - so MIDI isn't audio, it's just a communication protocol that lets things talk to one another. I'm going to guess that you're either sending a MIDI sequence to your keyboards (which would require a MIDI OUT from the device), or you're sending an audio feed that has a MIDI track assigned to it out of the laptop (which would need an audio output from the interface).

The XR18 can do both of these as it has a MIDI interface on the device itself. Fair warning, though - most mixers do not have a MIDI interface on them, so if you're specifically looking for a combo unit, your options are going to be severely limited.

You mention that the click will be sent to everyone else in the band, how many people will be getting the click? Have you thought about a headphone splitter?

u/nachoaddict · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Yeah for sure :) The first time you switch out pads it takes some getting used to stretching them all the way around. I used these but I found them to be quite a tight fit for the m50's which means slightly annoying to put on your cans. They aren't a perfect fit so the lip of the pads that holds onto the ear cup doesn't go all the way in like it does for the stock pads. If this is confusing I can provide some pictures but they do feel more comfortable after you've completed the mod. A lot of people liked to use these Shure pads too though I haven't had any personal experiences with them.

u/Loid_Node · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

From what I have gathered from my teachers and people around me, is that headphones usually exaggerate frequencies unless you get some flat response ones I suppose, even then it will probably sound different on speakers and such. Some headphones that was suggested on this thread are the Sony MDR-7506 which look pretty nice, and have a flat frequency response. I can't confirm the quality but if you do get these, you would also need the ear cushions because I hear the quality of the default ones aren't that great.

Edit: Now seeing that mixing on monitors is preference, I would probably mix on monitors myself, the mixing console in school is really awesome so I love being in there. But since I am broke I wil probably be using headphones myself.

u/andysaurus_rex · 2 pointsr/headphones

I know they aren't velour in the picture but these are the ones I ordered and they are in fact velour. The picture is incorrect.

u/thewatermellon · 2 pointsr/headphones

Great headphones! It's one that I always recommend to friends on a budget. As for the replacement pads, you have 2 options the way I see it.

  1. Buy either genuine or knockoff ones that are the same as what are on there now. Something like this.

    or 2) A lot of people like these Beyer pads for the V6/7506. I've never tried them, but I'm sure you can find more info if you search around.

    Either way enjoy the cans!
u/wondroushippo · 2 pointsr/headphones

They're light and you can adjust their clamping, and they might be the best you can do in your budget. Which, and I'm being blunt here but it's the truth: your budget doesn't really afford you the opportunity to be picky here. You could buy the Monoprice 8323 and add Brainwavz velour ear pads or these Beyerdynamic ear pads ( and get more comfort, but you could be spending more than the headphones themselves (on Monoprice for $16, more on Amazon) for the ear pads. Same situation with the KSC75, they're $15 and use the same drivers as the PortaPro, but more comfortable quality ear pads seem to run as much as they do. Maybe that's worth it to you. But I think your money's best spent buying the best sound quality you can and dealing with whatever annoyances may possibly exist.

u/__dontpanic__ · 2 pointsr/VideoEditing

I've had these cans for 8 years now and still going strong. Love em. Tough as nails too (although I did manage to break the headphone jack through my own stupidity, but it was nothing a bit of solder couldn't fix).

If you do get these headphones, make sure to get these pads too:

Can't rate those pads highly enough.

u/clay_vessel777 · 2 pointsr/OverwatchUniversity

Get these headphones, get these replacement earpads, and this mic.

You will have fantastic audio quality, hours and hours of comfort, and years (if not decades) of use. I have a pair of those headphones I've had for over 10 years and used extensively for audio/video editing and they are absolute Godsends

u/DasKnocker · 2 pointsr/headphones

On mobile and just erased my wall of text, but can't recommend the BD velour pads enough. Had them on my 7506 Pro for about three years and couldn't be happier.

Beyerdynamic EDT250V Headphone Ear Pads Black

u/sageDieu · 2 pointsr/headphones

Here you go:

Beyerdynamic EDT250V Headphone Ear Pads Black

I have had these on my M50s for almost a year now and they work great. They're a little tight (as in smaller than the stock pleather pads) but that hasn't been an issue for me - I was worried they would fall off or something over time but they have held up great and I definitely do not baby these headphones.

As for the sound change, I'm no hi-fi audiophile but it doesn't bother me. To the trained ear hearing side by side with the stock pads and these you might get some weirdness in the bass tones but its nothing unpleasant for me. I personally enjoy a lot of bass so getting more boominess is not a bad thing - I use the second mid-heavy eq on my fiio e6 and that both combats the tonal imbalance of the headphones and cuts back on the boominess caused by the pads.

u/Advice_For_You · 2 pointsr/headphones

I had to replace the pads on my Sony MDR v6 several times. I recommend using the velour pads made by Beyerdynamic. They do not flake off like the stock pads and I had one set last 4 years straight without falling apart.

u/nantucketcookie · 2 pointsr/headphones

edit: found these on amazon

they seem to be well reviewed, best of luck!

u/Balzac_Onyerchin · 2 pointsr/audio

Personally? I'd get another set. I've had a pair of MDR V6 since the mid 80s (basically the same headphones), and they are still great.

For the money, it's hard to beat those two Sonys. Both are on Amazon for just over 70 at the minute, and you can throw in a pair of velours for super comfort and still be below your spending cap. I bought the ones below for my V6.

u/I_Am_Treebeard · 2 pointsr/melodicdeathmetal

I own a pair of Sony MDR-7506's and they handle every style of music I've used them for extremely well (with the exception of EDM, they are not bass heavy enough to really do that style any justice). They are studio monitors so they are very flat (no extra emphasis on the lows or highs) and their clarity and presence is unbeatable for the price. They will blow anything by Skullcandy or Beats completely out of the water and they are supposed to last for decades, I've had mine for about 3 years and they function as well as the day I bought them. There's also an /r/headphones and /r/audiophile subreddit, they will definitely point you in the right direction.

The only complaint I had about these headphones was that the ear pads started to wear out after about a year so I replaced them with these slightly softer and nicer earpads and they look as new as the day I put them on. They have a little more cushion which creates a little more deadspace between your ear and the speaker which in turn gives the bass a little more kick.

u/douggiefresh024 · 2 pointsr/Metal

These are the ones I used. I know it says they're for Beyerdynamic but they'll fit other headphones (including the m50's). It's a bit of a pain switching them but it's doable.

u/tatumc · 2 pointsr/gadgets

I listen to the same types of music and I have these.

I love them.

Also, get these to replace the stock pads.

u/decalotus · 2 pointsr/headphones

Have had mine for 7 years and still going strong. It's been mentioned, but the pads will be destroyed after a year or so of regular use.

I'd go ahead and pick these up as well:

More comfy and way more durable.

u/phobos2deimos · 2 pointsr/headphones

Get these Beyer velour pads, much better than the Sony stock pleather pads.

u/extraGuac · 2 pointsr/headphones
u/veepeedeepee · 2 pointsr/headphones

Try replacing the ear pads on your 7506s with those designed for Beyerdynamic DT-250s. They're far less fatiguing because of the velour construction and, for me, feature improved lows and isolation. Also, only about €20.

u/TheSonar · 2 pointsr/headphones

These ones


u/dubbingt · 2 pointsr/headphones

I have these headphones. The standard pads aren't very comfortable and over time they lose their softness. What I did was buy these Beyerdynamic Pads.

Its a direct fit and a very popular mod for these headphones. Mine feel much more premium and very comfortable for long periods of time now.

u/poco153 · 2 pointsr/headphones

I had a set of Beyerdynamic EDT 250 pads on mine when I had those Panasonics, and they worked well. Much comfier than the default pads.

u/SnuffulPuff · 2 pointsr/headphones

Here's another way of doing it if anyones interested, just some genuine leather from ebay. I also got beyerdynamic pads instead after doing some research.


I just cut the leather to the same size as the orignal material and sewed it up by hand.

u/notavalidsource · 2 pointsr/gamingpc

I have the M50's too, and was able to pick them up for $110 a couple years ago. They have been wonderful to me in games. Recently replaced the earpads, and while they do leak a bit more sound, they are so much more comfortable for me, and I love the velour over pleather on my skin.

u/Rexacious · 2 pointsr/rocksmith

I use the MDR V6 which are similar. Used them for the past 7 years, so much I bought a second pair for when I am away from home. They're the only headphones I've owned which have maintained their sound quality after so long.

I had the same problem with the earpads falling apart after a while so I replaced them with Velour pads. The ones I bought are here:

There are cheaper alternatives now, but when I bought the pads years ago there weren't so many.

u/abw · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Sennheiser HD 380 PRO are excellent at $125 on Amazon, or the older model (slightly less excellent but still very good) is the Sennheiser HD280 PRO which Amazon is selling at $78.

They're both studio quality headphones which provide a flat response suitable for mixing (although I'm sure you know it's no substitute for mixing with decent monitors in a treated room). If you just want something to listen to your music and you're not too worried about an accurate frequency response then something cheaper will do fine.

Sennheiser and AKG are the two brands that I would personally recommend.

u/iTrolling · 2 pointsr/shutupandtakemymoney

I recommend either Sennheiser HD 380 Pro or Sennheiser HD 280 Pro.

I like the 380's over the 280's and I have worn both extensively. On the 280's the main drawback is the tightness of band on the ears; after extended use is can hurt taking them off. The tightness does come with some benefit though; it almost creates a vacuum environment that block outsides sound from leaking in... almost noise cancelling. The 380's have a lighter grip and a lighter construction overall. They do not weigh down on my head as much nor grip as strong as the 280's. Of course, that means sound from the outside does leak in a bit, especially at low volumes, but little can be heard once the volume is turned up. I can wear the 380s for hours, and feel so comfortable I have barely feel them on.

You're probably going to need a microphone as well; I like to stick with the Zalman clip on. I attach it directly to the headphone cord and works great!

As a side note, both of these headphones will need to be burned in to really notice the quality. I work with the 380's for music production and music listening as well. They are really versatile headphones.

u/jmb-412 · 2 pointsr/Metalcore

Without a doubt Sennheiser HD 380 Pro

I've owned Audio Technica ATH M50s, and the 380 Pro's are much better.

u/JustDaniel96 · 2 pointsr/italy

Sennheiser HD380 PRO e non te ne pentirai. Sono fantastiche, le tieni ore senza rendertene conto

u/ADCfill886 · 2 pointsr/cscareerquestions

So I wasn't sure either, so here's the pathway that I took:

  1. I first bought this pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones because I wanted something on-the-go, and it was "decently noise isolating". They broke pretty quickly, but were never comfortable (which is a big factor) after 4-5 hours, and were not the best in terms of noise isolation or in terms of sound quality.

  2. After they finally kicked the bucket, I bought this pair of headphones, which apparently DJs use at clubs and whatnot. While they were comfortable, I found that my ears would sweat in them (because they were closed binaural, so not noise cancelling, but still really hard to "breathe" in, if that makes sense). Sound quality was decent, but I really wanted something better.

    Then I ended up with the Bose headphones.

    I gotta say though, it was the best $300 I've ever invested in myself. If I had to recommend any/ headphones for a loud work environment, it'd be those ones. I put them on and I'm in another world -- no other set of cans I've tried before these has come close in terms of noise cancellation.

    I did a lot of research for myself though, you might not want to spend that much if you have a smaller budget. My budget stopped mattering after I spent $200 on the HD 380 Pro and realized it was only a "decent" pair of headphones. :\
u/mountainman710 · 2 pointsr/headphones

For electronic music (I listen to 90% drum and bass, and also great sound for games, I cannot recommend the sennheiser HD-380 pro. The bass extension into the sub bass is fantastic, much better than my HD650. It fits all of your needs, except it is closed and has a lot of isolation.

There are plenty of reviews on amazon that express how they enjoy the hd380 over the ATH-M50x.

I find the isolation great for gaming, especially in shooters because it blocks out the external noise and allows you to hear footsteps perfectly in their correct direction.

It has a neutral signature which makes it a great overall headphone. I broke my first pair because I left it on the floor, and immediately replaced it.

Great for movies as well. Explosions really rumble thanks to the fabulous bass extension. But the audible bass isn't bloated, it flows smoothly into the great midrange.

The HD598 is more purely a musical headphone. It has a 1/4" jack which is made more high end home audio. While the hd 380 pro has a standard 3.5mm jack which will fit in your computer's soundcard.
The hd 380 pro also has bigger earcups, which I find comfortable because my ears hurt if the cups rest on them or touch them.

I bought them for full retail in 2010 for $200 and they were definitely worth the price. Now they are $150 on amazon.

u/Go0n · 2 pointsr/cybermonday

$99 Sennheiser HD 598's. List price is 315 but you can almost always get them for about 250. 216 right now.

If you're looking to use them in an office/travel environment the open-back design on the HD 598's are not ideal. The Sennheiser HD-380's are available at $115 so far today (200 list, 150 normal, 115 on Friday) - closed back (less sound leakage), more conservative styling, and near universal praise.

u/ediskrad73 · 2 pointsr/chvrches

i have a pair of Sennheiser HD 380 Pros and I cannot recommend them enough.

u/Zimfan · 2 pointsr/headphones

Sennheiser HD 380's are great. They fold flat, have a great comfy design, and are well balanced. They sound amazing from my laptop. I have to boost the bass when playing from an iPod, but my iPod will drive them well. Very distinct sounding mids and highs, and great sub-bass that isn't overpowered.

The price on amazon is 145, but will vary from day to day:

only downside is the coiled cable which limits portability. I found a decent way to replace the cable and can tell you what you can get to replace it for cheap if you are interested

u/maefju · 2 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

got a pair sennheiser pc 350

and a pair of sennheiser pc 380 hd

the hd380 pro are so much better, its not comparable

u/PoopSmearedFist · 2 pointsr/headphones

I have a pair of those Senns and I really like them. They are my first pair of real headphones, so take my advice with a grain of salt, though. I listen to a wide variety of music from jazz to metal to electronic to hip hop. I decided on buying the Sennheisers because of their flat, neutral sound, outstanding customer service reputation, and the desire for closed, over-ear headphones.

I bought mine through Amazon refurbished for $108 (shipping included), instead of the MSRP of $200. Here is the link to the seller.

u/Do_it_in_a_Datsun · 2 pointsr/homegym

Looks just like the Atlas but twice as pricey. I use my Atlas 5-6 times a week. Owned it for over a year now and its fine.

u/ubdead5x · 2 pointsr/homegym

The Atlas Power Rack is also great (it is very similar to the Titan Power Rack, but has better reviews). It'll cost you about $400 after shipping and taxes.

u/WhoFartleked · 2 pointsr/triathlon

sometimes people make a distinction between a power cage (enclosed) and a squat rack (open on one side), or a full rack / half rack.

I like the full racks. My gym just put in a row of them and I can do my whole workout in one or two stations. Some day I want to make space in my workshop for one.

u/Konstantynopolitancz · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Mine has a bar that's straight across

u/TheGreatestWall · 2 pointsr/Fitness

"Squat rack supports up to 300 lb" lmao that is final destination waiting to happen. OP just save up for a decent quality power rack. Something like this.

u/deiselaewireless · 2 pointsr/homegym

I don't like how the bench is attached to the rack.

You might like something like this that adds the possibility of doing squats:

I have one of these for my home gym:

I like it a lot since I can do pretty much any compound exercise and having the safety pins is a huge plus. Im not sure how I would feel benching heavy weight with the adidas bench when there is no safety mechanism.

u/b2kpm · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Shit I've been using an even cheaper one for almost a year now and it has held up great, no problems.

edit: although if you have amazon prime the powerline ships free so there is that to consider. If it is on deep enough sale it can often be cheaper due to this. But either one, add a set of rings to the pullup bar and you've got a stew going. Getting a rack for the garage was one of my best fitness decisions ever. No excuses when its just downstairs.

u/bartmanx · 2 pointsr/homefitness

I don't think you've considered a power rack, but I think you should.

A power rack or cage, olympic barbell, with 200lb of weights (to start) and you're equipped for doing the best exercises out there.

Have a look at...

which is a very popular strength training program for beginners.

Here is an example build I found by googling...

u/afterlove · 2 pointsr/90daysgoal

Yesterday.. my power rack came in! I even managed to assemble it all before bedtime. I'm super pumped for this - I've always wanted one in my house (I really don't like going to the gym alone) and now I do :) Time to get my lift on!

Today My goal is to track my food on MFP. Also I decided I really need to cut the "fluff" out of my life - things I do that waste time and really serve no purpose. Like surf the internet/play on my phone for hours on end! Or sit on the couch right when I get home from work. If only I could stay moving, I would get so much more accomplished in the day to day. Also I am on a mission to acquire an Olympic barbell.

Otherwise.. Happy Halloween!

u/tolos · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I bought a power rack from amazon for about $400 (that's with shipping). I can't drop weights where I work out; the bottom safety bar position is about four inches short of full RoM for deadlifts so I built a short platform to stand on for deadlifts. The rack has a pullup bar.

Bought olympic barbell and 255 lbs of plates (not bumper plates) for about $200 on craigslist. There were some small rust spots on a few of the plates, but it's not like that changes their functionality. The annoying part was checking everyday for a couple of weeks until what I wanted showed up for a reasonable price. Maybe you live in a better city.

Bought a bench from amazon as well for $150. I decided to buy new because of similar safety concerns. If I recall, the listed weight limit is just for additional weights, and it assumes something like a 200 lbs person, so this bench is actually rated up to 500 lbs. It's harder to know what a bench is rated at just from looking at a poor cell phone pic from a craigslist add, and if it comes with a dinky 1" diameter barbell I'm going to be skeptical it can hold a lot of weight.

u/chromenomad · 2 pointsr/Fitness

You'll be better off to just buy a cheap bench and use it inside a power rack like this .. that'll open up the exercise possibilities also. (squats, chins, presses) By setting the bottom bars at the appropriate height, it's easier to bail out if you're using too much weight without a spotter.

I had a bench setup like what you're describing (though with wider supports), and I found it to just take up a lot of space for no reason. It's not conducive to most other exercises you might ever decide to do. Even for casual/supportive work for other activities, the rack is still really useful and doesn't take up much more floor space than your bench does.

u/panaceator · 2 pointsr/homegym

This rack is cheaper and amazing. I have it. The cost belies the quality. Check out the reviews.

u/Tofinochris · 2 pointsr/homegym

I have this one and have had it for about 15 months, using it 3-4 times a week. The quality is great, 14 gauge steel and feels extremely sturdy. The j-hooks and spotter bars are solid steel so nothing's happening to them. I did 90% of the assembly myself and then got my wife to help me hold up the sides to do the last bolts; make sure you follow the directions about not tightening the bolts super tight until you've got the thing together (this is good advice for putting together anything with bolts actually). Heaviest weight I've used with it is 365), and it says the max weight is 800, but really if you're gonna be using any more than four plates on it you're lifting enough that you should be looking into higher quality equipment not something cheap and cheerful. If you're a beginner or intermediate lifter and all your lifts are under 400 (assuming you want to do rack pulls or something with your deadlift weight) this rack will suit you great. I also do pull-ups/chins off the front bar and the thing doesn't wobble even with no weight on the back, and I'm 6'5"/210.

This rack will last because there's not really anything on it to break down. I wouldn't go cheapest on a bench or a bar, especially not a bar because you'll be replacing a crappy one within a year, but you're grand with a cheaper rack as long as the reviews are good, it's made out of sturdy stuff, and you assemble it correctly.

u/Awsaim · 2 pointsr/iphone

This could probably help you and OP it's even got the physical skip and reverse buttons too and you can put it where it's more convenient or safe for you.

u/jvorn · 2 pointsr/technology

Hey btw I had a similar setup to you/distain for bluetooth transmitters, but I've been using the Titan Himbox for a while and its amazing. Plugs into aux so minimal quality loss. Love it, actually made me stop considering getting a new car.

u/cheesecoffee · 2 pointsr/techsupport

iClever Himbox HB01 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit with 3.5mm Aux Jack, Multi-Point Access, Siri / Voice Activation, Dual USB Charger & Magnetic Base, Updated Aluminum Ring - Black

Himbox, $25. Stupid name, great product. If you get any hum or feedback you'll need a loop noise isolator, which is around $10. No install, bt controls, easy.

u/Bradnon · 2 pointsr/audio

I know it's not what you're asking for, but your options aren't limited to buying a whole new head unit. They make standalone receivers that plug in to an aux port:

u/HenryOfEight · 2 pointsr/RangeRover

A quick google appears to be if you have the Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) then the aux is in the rear under a flap on the center console.

That’s where mine is on my Sport 06, but I have the tv screens and DVD player.
It was a must have feature for getting such an old car, but I wanted one for a while.

I then purchased one of these and it works great.Bluetooth Adapter

Mine has two Aux, one has the Satellite radio on it, so not sure if you have a “Sat” button and can hook into that?

Good luck, nice car.

u/e1337ist · 2 pointsr/prius

I got one of these for my 2008. Mounted the control on the left side of the center console. It's been fantastic so far. Play Pause Track Forward and Back, starts up and pairs automatically when your car turns on, and doesn't interfere with the existing hands free phone system built into the Prius. You can use your steering wheel volume controls to adjust the audio as you would any other AUX source. It's by far the best balance of functionality, features, and affordability that I've found.

u/fieldsofgreen · 2 pointsr/prius

Sadly there is no software or upgrade you can do to make it work stock.

But, this is an awesome cheap alternative, exactly what I use:

iClever Himbox HB01 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit with 3.5mm Aux Jack, Multi-Point Access, Siri / Voice Activation, Dual USB Charger & Magnetic Base, Updated Aluminum Ring - Black

Cheap, easy, connects every time I try in the car. Since the gen 2 prius has the aux and a 12v in the center console, you can easily set this thing up behind the scenes. I cannot recommend it enough! I have the controller puck mounted right next to my seat belt so I can easily skip songs and pause music. Works incredibly well!

u/hamburger_protocol · 2 pointsr/BMW

Just check out wireless Bluetooth adapters on Amazon, there are dozens. I got this himbox because it was cheap, its very small and subtle, easy to use, but the sound quality fluctuates and sometimes is pretty poor

u/oranjeboven · 2 pointsr/mercedes

No. Stay away from FM and use your aux input. The Wirecutter reviewed all the auxillary Bluetooth units and rated this one the best.

u/Lurking_Grue · 2 pointsr/technology

I hear ya.

My ford was just driving me nuts. Every morning I had to use voice commands to set it to bluetooth and that barely worked. On top of that the car would wait 15 seconds and send a play command so I would start driving away and my podcast would suddenly stop and I couldn't really disable those features. The interface was wobbly as hell.

I went though the trouble to upgrade the firmware on my car and it just introduced more bugs like an audio dropout every 20 seconds.

I finally gave up and bought one of these:

The experience was SO much better as my car would stay in Aux and there is a physical button for that and I just hit play on the device and it just plays.

Funny thing is every so often my car will fuck up and it is on some random radio channel and aux no longer functions until I turn off the car, open the door and start over.

Seriously, car manufactures have to fucking clue when it comes to software.

u/Micotu · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Probably not the solution you are looking for, but just buy this usb amp/dac. It will make your sound better and give your headphones a volume knob, as well as extending the range on your headphone cord, as the amp/dac has a usb cord to your computer giving you extra range.

u/Gravityblasts · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I have a few, but it depends on your budget. If you are looking for all in one DAC and Amp combos, the two I would suggest are:


FiiO E10K and the NuForce uDAC3

Both of those would be great options for a budget solution, and they are tiny so they double as a portable or mobile Dac/Amp. They get power from USB, but it should be enough to drive 50ohm headphones. The Fiio is going to be the cheaper of the two, around $75, and the Nuforce will be around $100. Sometimes the Nuforce uDac3 will be around $70-$80 on amazon, but it's usually around $100.


If you have between $200-$300 budget, then I would recommend the Modi 2 and Magni 2 by Schiit Audio. It is usually referred to as the 'Schiit Stack" (because you literally stack them on top of each other lol), but you don't have to stack them.

If you go to their site, it will lists all of their amps, and all of their Dacs. The Magni 2 is the Amp, and the Modi 2 is the Dac. There are the basic versions (which is what I have), and they run $99 each if you order directly through Schiit, which comes out to $200 for the set. They also make an "Uber" version of each, which runs about $150 bucks per unit, which is $300 total. The differences between the standard and Uber version or sort of minimal, but the Uber version of the Schiit stack is regarded by many audiophiles as the best "budget" audiophile Dac/Amp setup. For the price, it rivals many solid state and tube amp and dacs that cost $500+ dollars.

I have the Standard version, and it sounds great with my AKG K612's. There is a list somewhere of all of the headsets that sound great with the Schiit stack, and what kind of sound signature you get out of each. The best thing to do if you already know what kind of sound signature you like out of your headphones, is to find the Headphone + Dac/Amp combo that produces that type of sound, and pic that. But I would say that the HD598's + the Schiit stack will be perfectly fine for you, but of course that will be up for you to decide if you were to go this route.


I would recommend the budget route, at least until you know what kind of sound signature you like. Some people want flat sounding cans, others want bright highs (probably really good for hearing gunshots and footsteps), others want a more warm sound, where the mids really break through the track and the bass really kicks.

The budget option will be a cheap way for you to determine if the HD598's produce the type of sound you like. If they do, then you can upgrade your Dac and Amp in the future, OR just change to a different headset if you decide that you want more highs, or more low end.

u/sn34k · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Thanks! I used to always do a full tower, but with the way cases have changed the mid towers have so much more space now.

The headphone amp is awesome, though I want to get the DAC that goes with it. You can also get some really affordable 2 in 1 DAC+Amp combos like this:

A friend of mine uses that one with his phone and did with his PC before upgrading to ridiculous audiophile level gear.

The main reason I use the amp is I got the headphones off that same friend for a great deal but they are 250 Ohm so you have to have an amp to use them at all. They sound amazing though.

u/rjmana · 2 pointsr/headphones

alternatively there are dac/amp combos that go for the same price as the magni (or less) that plug into the usb.

Monoprice Desktop Amp

Fiio e07k

Fiio e17

Fiio e10k

u/sodope89 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

So your sennhesier gsx 1200 is currently what is giving you the virtual surround sound. So if you get rid of that amp youll need another amp that offers virtual surround sound, which is pretty limited.


In other words if you just switched amps you may not have the ability to do that. unless you changed your headphones as well.


Arctis pro headset DTS virtual surround 32ohms


Audio Engine headphone amp/dac This unit sounds really good and fits perfectly on a desktop. With a 32ohm load it should go plenty loud for you.


This unit I've never used before but I've always read good reviews and im sure it could power a 32ohm load no problem. Great price point.


The Audio Engine D1 and the Arctis Pro should be a solid pairing.




u/sleekskyline120 · 2 pointsr/headphones

I need a DAC & Amp to use with my Philips SHP9500s on my PC.

Budget: $50 - $100

Necessary Features: USB Input, External Power(non portable)

My onboard audio sounds pretty good (Asus Z97-AR motherboard), but it is very noisy. I also have this cheapo USB adapter which sounds awful, but it's quiet. I use the audio adapter for my V-Moda Mic and I plan to keep using it because the mic is very clear with it.


The most recommended products seem to be the Fiio E10k and the Micca Origen. I think the Micca is perfect, but it's over budget. The Fiio has all the features I need too, but reviews seem to be mixed about actual sound quality.

My biggest question is whether there is an appreciable difference between the 192kHz Micca and the 96kHz Fiio. Also, are there any other obvious contenders that I'm overlooking?

u/lightfork · 2 pointsr/buildapc

You can achieve good isolation using a USB DAC.

Many people recommend the FiiO E10K for headphones.

u/Zalbu · 2 pointsr/headphones

What's a good portable entry level amp and DAC for Europeans? The Schiit Fulla 2 seems to be getting the best recommendations but it's way harder to find in Europe. Is the Fiio E10K a good alternative? It's a lot cheaper than the Fulla 2 too.

u/Silent331 · 2 pointsr/joinsquad

My current audio setup for gaming very similar to yours. I love this setup and have no interest in getting anything else and will be using this for years to come, or until something dies. The USB DAC separates it from the computer and there is zero feedback or noise and its bliss. I would definitely recommend an outside dac over onboard or in case sound card.

Sennheiser HD 598, open and closed back

Mod Mic 5


USB sound card to plug in the mic if needed

Total: $324.81

u/zeagan · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Not sure about just straight cables, but there are piles of usb powered DACs with RCA outputs. Really depends on your budget. uDAC3 is good, Audioengine D1 is good, Fiio E10K is good.

u/stevenwashere · 2 pointsr/oneplus

The schiit fulla works with my phone. You will need an otg cable though. I know the name is dumb cuz it shows up as fulla schiit but it's a solid brand and a solid entry level product for audiophiles.

FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black)

And fiio makes tons of different ones. A co-worker has a battery powered one and my other coworker uses this one for power his Sennheiser 58x jubilee and his Sennheiser 6xx. Those are just a couple there are so many. Check out massdrop cuz cool audiophile stuff always shows up there for good prices.

u/FatS4cks · 2 pointsr/headphones

You can always try to look into what kind of chips manufacturers put in their audio interfaces and compare them to the internals of straight up dacs. I haven't done so myself, but I expect they mostly use realtek components, the same stuff that ends up on computer motherboards anyway, meanwhile dedicated audio gear typically uses in-house components, or chips designed by other audio companies. Again I'm basically guessing when it comes to what kind of components are found in mixers since I'm no expert in that field.

I'd say most modern middle ground motherboards are good enough for 75% of all headphones, but if you're looking into getting something like Beyerdynamics in the 250ohm flavor or
the Sennheiser HD600, which are generally hard to drive, I recommend Fiio E10k or the Dac-X6. Both are decently cheap and will drive 90% of all headphones. Someone mentioned the o2 sdac and that one is basically the sweet spot before the law of diminishing returns begins and it will drive 99% of everything out there.

tldr; get your headphones first before looking into external audio since it's likely your pc will run them just fine.

u/ThatNeonZebraAgain · 2 pointsr/PCSound

FiiO E10k is a little over your budget (could get one that's open box/used), but well worth the price.

u/StormKMD · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I would look into a DAC&AMP at this point. Couple options:
Fiio E10K
I have this one and it works great with my DT990s.

If you want to spend more, you can look into a Schitt stack. Magni - Amp + Modi - DAC

u/KSledneck · 2 pointsr/software

You can find used speakers on craigslist. Look for a 2.1 system that include a sub and plug directly into the wall. You can also test them out with your phone if you got to check them out. Speakers that dont plug directly into the depend on the electrical current of the 3.5mm jack to drive them not making them loud enough. In terms of headphones you should save and get a nice pair with high impedance and a dac/amp. Audio Technicas m50x/m40x are great headphones and if your audio device cant drive them hard enough look into getting a dac/amp like this one

u/cjei21 · 2 pointsr/Philippines

May budget-range ka ba? O bottom-less wallet? haha.

Mukhang solid na yung suggestion ni /u/invaderxim. Pwede na yun for about 3k php. Not sure lang about sa warranty.

Otherwise 5k-7k++ pag titingin ka sa mall. I suggest that you visit Listening Room at Megamall, or ListenUp! at Glorietta.

Hanapin mo yung FiiO E10K (

Plan B, baka pwede sound-card upgrade?

u/Digitalabia · 2 pointsr/AVexchange

I have one of these and I don't like it. I makes the sound too bright and tinny. I don't recommend it.

u/Stingray88 · 2 pointsr/hackintosh

You're going to face extreme difficulty getting a PCIe sound card made for gamers in Windows working in Mac OS without support from the manufacturer. Gamer hardware on Macs is niche, and PCIe hardware has become niche as well because of the change in the Mac Pro design. Creative definitely doesn't support Macs with that card, so I think you'll probably be out of luck. The audio codec is likely something uncommon.

Best advice I can give you is to transition away from PCIe sound cards in the future. An external USB DAC/AMP device is the way to go. Not only will you find better cross platform support from many manufacturers... But having your DAC be external and physically away from all other parts of your computer makes a massive difference in audio quality because there's less interference on the analog lines (which are extremely susceptible to interference).

I personally have been using this DAC/AMP for my speakers and headphones. The audio quality is incredible, and it works out of the box with no issues on Windows and Mac OS. However its stereo only, but you can find 5.1 USB devices as well if that's what you're looking for.

u/TrappaTroopa · 2 pointsr/steelseries

Honestly dude just buy one of these. It's an amplifier and a DAC. I tested it with my Arctis 7 before I got my DT-770 Pro 250+OHMs and it makes things much louder

FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black)

It's very small and light. Fits in the palm of your hand

u/homeboi808 · 2 pointsr/hometheater

If you are doing music creation, get headphones. Get both the Superlux 668B's and Xiaomi Piston III's, they can't be beat for the price, check Rtings (the Xiaomi is the little brother of the 1More Tripple Driver, I have both and they sound identical, the 1More just has better tips/accessories and works with iOS' volume controls). Then, spend the rest on a DAC/AMP, such as the FiiO E10K.

u/Shockwave0304 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Getting a dedicated DAC and amp is the most recommended solution to increasing sound quality on here. And will allow for more upgrades in the future should you choose to do so. (Ex: Getting a turntable or dedicated CD player) The [Fiio E10K] ( is a common suggested DAC/Amp in your price range. You might be able to find an Audioquest Dragonfly in your price range too if you look around. Unfortunately it's rather difficult to find a DAC/Amp in your price range that is truly worth the money.

I'd look around on /r/audiophile at past posts and see what others have said. Also check in /r/headphones and see what they have suggested in the past.

EDIT: Read through this post that made on /r/headphones, I think it will help you.

u/pheonix94 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I would return or sell the soundcard for as much as you can get for it and pick up an external DAC/amp. I'm currently using a FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier with a pair of Audio Technica AUD ATHAD500X's and I couldn't be happier. The audio is super clean and the FiiO can drive the headphones way louder than I could ever want.

u/AndroidVageta · 2 pointsr/hardwareswap

What? An amp ALWAYS makes things better unless you're running some high-end sound card with it built in. If he doesn't have an amp I'm assuming he's using on-board...which no headphone should suffer to.

OP, how about something like this:

Do you need a DAC? Just an amp? Are you using analog (if you've got a equalizer)?

u/archetype4 · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Easiest thing would be to get a USB dac/headphone amp with a line out in case you add a nicer amp or speakers later.

Either of these will work, the e10k does up to 96khz 24 bit resolution, has a volume knob, looks nice, and has a good reputation with its measurements and many reviews.

the signstek only does 44.1khz/16bit accurately but that won't matter for most people. I have the signstek one and it works fine with my dt770s, no noise and seems clearer than my motherboard audio. Plenty loud enough at 20% windows volume too.

If your budget allows for the e10k, get it. The signstek amp is just really nice for the <$30 category, which is almost non-existent for usb dacs.

u/mrjnox · 2 pointsr/AndroidQuestions

My Nexus 6P, Pixel C, and Pixel XL all support external USB sound cards with the port acting in host mode. That is to say, to make USB audio work, I need to use a USB-C to USB-A cable and a bus-powered USB sound adapter. It's unweildy, but it works (and and external DAC like the one I linked will actually usually give better quality than the one internal to the phone.

Although their is a USB-C audio standard, as /u/sorakiu pointed out, manufacturers have yet to all start fully implementing it. A passive adapter, like the one you purchased, relies on a standard like this to work.

u/jLynx · 2 pointsr/Nexus7
u/Nexdeus · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

> 100 €

For that price range, perhaps this.

u/majinwar · 2 pointsr/headphones

Personally own the FiiO E10K and would highly recommend it.

Amazon ($75 USD)

u/not_a_throw_awya · 2 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

yeah amp/dac can be expensive. if you save up and drop down the money on the schiit modi/magni you should be really happy, but there are some more affordable options that are amp+dac combos like the fiio e10k ($75) which are also good, though I'm not sure I'd recommend going any cheaper than that with your headphones. realistically though, unless you're an audiophile you won't notice the difference between the amp+dac combo i linked or a schiit stack. you could also go a bit lower most likely but i don't know of what is good in the $50~ range.

from what i can tell a good stereo amp should work for headphones if you don't mind the annoyance, but i'm not an expert or anything, i just like headphones.

u/Nose-Nuggets · 2 pointsr/pcgaming
u/SmonkWide · 2 pointsr/headphones

Hi hi hi friends,

I bought my Sennheiser HD 598 CS's during black friday and I cant help but feel like I'm not getting the most out of them. Right now I have them connected, along with a ModMic, to my mobo with this.

I had my eyes set on these;

FiiO E10K

Optomo NuForce

So, my question is, should I get either of these DACs or is it not really worth the price I'm intending to pay? If I should buy a DAC which one of these should I get? Or is there a better one around this price point?

Budget: $150cad

Location: Canada

Thanks for any help!

u/Creamlium · 2 pointsr/headphones

Hi team,

I have the AKG 712 Pro with a FiiO E10K.

When I'm playing games (mostly PUBG), I'm not hearing directional sound well. I'm not sure if it's just my crappy hearing, my settings, or something else all together. When I hear gunfire, I always think it is behind me. Any suggested settings tweaks or anything else I could do/test?

u/MixxiM · 2 pointsr/headphones

Budget - Around $150-200(minus the DAC/amplifier I plan on buying for $75unless I shouldn't) Flexible but obviously less is better.

Source - Not really sure if this is what I should be doing but I plan on buying this so I guess the budget is $75-150

Requirements for Isolation - Some would be ideal but they'll only be used in my room upstairs so nothing crazy, usually fairly quiet.

Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized

Preferred tonal balance - Probably leaning slightly towards heavy bass but balanced is fine

Past headphones - Literally nothing worth mentioning. I use a shitty 1-ear $12 "headset" from office depot on my pc and apple headphones on my phone. Anything is an upgrade

Preferred Music - Mainly hip hop/rap, some rock. Decent bass is a must but I don't care about it too much. Going to be using it for gaming too.

u/andywizard1 · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Since there is a lot of processing of information going on around the motherboard there may be some kind of electrical interference affecting your audio output. In my case I would hear faint squeaking through my headphones when my GPU usage was high. Right now I have a FiiO E10K external Amp/DAC and it works great with my HD558's and HD598Cs, solved all my issues. I personally have not had any experience with Creative's solutions.

u/MrEditor · 2 pointsr/GWABackstage

Why are there still fake-real knobs and such? Because.....

There was a long time where analog was it. It's all there was. 4, 8, 12, 16 track analog recorders. Behemoths of recording consoles. If GWA existed somehow in that day, we would all own little 2-track recorders, a small mic pre-amp unit, and a microphone. And you'd maybe have an analog EQ and compressor, big physical units that looked like this.

So when everything went digital, a decision was made. To preserve brand identity and user familiarity, they copied the physical unit into a digital VST application. Compare This real world Shadow Hills Compressor unit with The Shadow Hills Compressor Plug-in.

There isn't any reason beyond that. There is reasons to choose analog or digital, but not to have a UI reminiscent of analog units.

As far as heaphones go, I'll take you through what I own, and what I use most.

Sennheiser HD 650

Sennheiser HD6 MIX

These were gifts through a brief endorsement deal I had, and I run these through this headphone amplifier

For higer-end earbuds, I use Sennheiser IE 60's and Sennheiser IE 80's. These I primarily use for simple editing on the go, giving to performers to use on stage or using myself on stage, or for women tracking vocals or instruments who don't want to mess up their hair with big over-the-head headphones.

But, my most used setup, what has become my dream setup, and the one that I will always reach for first, is far from the priciest.

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, run out of the computer through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.

This is my favorite setup. The 280 Pro's are $100, the Scarlett is around $150. The headphones are crystal clear, have tight response all through the spectrum, are rugged enough to get chucked the fuck around, are comfy, and come with a great quality screw-on adapter so they able to be used into a 1/4" connection or a standard 1/8" headphone jack. Their impedance means they don't need an amp and can be used as normal headphones. They sound JUST as good as pairs ten times their price, and they have a certain special something to their super-low end and high-mids that I haven't found. Go get these today. Trust me.

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 isn't used as an amplifier in this case, since the 280's don't need it. It serves as a USB feed out, with a nice little volume knob. USB out will always trump 1/8" headphone jack out audio. Plus, the 2 inputs are nice to have. I own two of these units, and one always travels with my laptop for an easy, portable solution for HQ audio monitoring, easy L-R in recording from a sound board, or easy audio out from my laptop.

Together, these things have a certain magic, and I don't have to break my bank or handle them like china dolls. They're both rugged and sound AMAZING.

EDIT: I forgot my in-ear molded earphones. I own a pair of Alclair Reference IEM's. They are a great price, sound incredible for stage or studio, and I got mine with wood backs and DAMN are they sexy.

u/einulfr · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I've been pretty happy with the FiiO E10K paired up with my HD 598 SEs.

u/mlicata8802 · 2 pointsr/AskTechnology

Is there a difference between the "FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier" and "FiiO E10K Olympus 2 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier". I don't see any change besides the price. If there is a difference is it worth it to get the Olympus 2?

FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier: (

FiiO E10K Olympus 2 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier:

u/Plankton_C12H · 2 pointsr/oneplus

Just like removable batteries and physical keyboards, there’s basically no chance of it coming back. The truth is that the general public doesn’t care, just look at the sales figures from the Note 10/10+ despite the Internet and reviewer outcry about it not having a headphone jack.
Also... there is not much difference (if at all) in sound quality between most onboard DACs and a decent pair of Bluetooth headphones specially while streaming (of course there is exceptions like some older iPhones an the LG V series) and most people wouldn’t care anyway, and those who care like the audiophile community have been using external DAC/AMPs for a while and are moving more and more towards 2.5/4.4mm balanced.

As for options, you can get the EarStudio ES100 so you can use your favourite wired headphones again.

If you are completely against Bluetooth, and since you listen to 18+ hours a day of music, maybe getting a DAP is a better option for you.

Or get an “older” phone, the S10/S10+ still have the headphone jack.

u/khroloxen · 2 pointsr/NintendoSwitch

I would recommend an Amp/dac as I find the headphone out sounds terrible even when compared to a super cheap usb dac.

I personally use It’s small, versatile, and provides a decent amount of power for its size. I use it with all of my portable devices with a variety of headphones.

u/DontTakeMyNoise · 2 pointsr/headphones

Oh, and what's the ES100? This bluetooth DAC?

u/imnotyour_daddy · 2 pointsr/bassnectar

I read a lot about separate amps and DACs but I wanted something portable and cheap and easy. I'd been looking at the the EarStudio ES100 which is $99 but while at the Brooklyn aloft hotel one night after getting tipped at King's Theater, my phone popped up that it was on special for $74.25 and I went ahead with the purchase

I hadn't realized this at the time the ES100 started as a kickstarter to have studio level quality and it exceeded my expectations. My only gripe is that every time I plug it in or unplug it, it turns on and I have to hold down a little button to turn it back off. I miss old fashioned on/off toggle switches

There's an iPhone app where I can EQ it to take advantage of my headphones (lots of BASS)

I still have a wire from my headphones to this little thing and I also have a conversion cable 1/4" to 3.5mm or whatever. Ideally a high quality bluetooth receiver like this would be built into my headphones but I'm guessing that professionals don't take headphones seriously if they come with bluetooth built in

anyway, I highly recommend if to anyone that loves music without any sound limitations


u/raistlin65 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Well, I don't know a lot about the various home audio Bluetooth receiver models. But the es100 combo USB DAC headphone amp bluetooth receiver is very popular in the audiophile headphone crowd Supports many different codecs, and even has an app for IOS and Android so that you can eq the output.

u/artsca · 2 pointsr/headphones

Yes you could use this or this you'd still have a wire from the headphones to the device though.

u/dildacorn · 2 pointsr/audiophile

yes you should bother.. There are amazing headphones that are easy on the ears!! Headphone examples: Koss Porta Pro X & AFK Khans.

You'll hear the difference trust me.. Def purchase an AMP though.

You could pickup an ES100 DAC/AMP. It should be a very noticeable upgrade!

The AFK Khans cannot be powered by the ES100 just forwarning.. Def pickup a Koss Porta Pro X by Massdrop for your first purchase! :)

ES100 bluetooth DAC/AMP -

If you need a pad upgrade get these -

u/Matix__ · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

Here ya go friend :) Just gonna let you know now that when you get them, it'll seem at first like they won't go on. With a bit of patience they'll fit just fine

u/Rogue11 · 2 pointsr/xboxone

As far as wireless headsets that are surround sound, you have the following compatible with Xbox One:
>Turtle Beach

>* Elite 800X - $299 - Great when it works. I personally had issues with 3 sets and decided it wasn't for me.

  • Stealth 500X - $229 - Model before the 800X. Same 50mm drivers as the 800x basically the same, but without bluetooth compatibility for the phone app and bluetooth audio. This is the wireless solution that I decided was best for me.

    > Astro

    > A50 - $299 - There is an A50 that is out now that is commonly referred to as the "Halo A50." It is the current generation model that comes with the headset stand, base station, etc. It's a great headset that is mostly wireless. For chat, it requires a cord from the headset to the controller.

    A50 (new) - $299 - This version is not out yet, and has been delayed. The biggest difference between the newest model and the previous generation is this model is completely wireless with no cords from the headset required.


    > SteelSeries Siberia X800 - $309 - This wireless headset uses a cord to the controller for voice chat. I am unfamiliar with the headset but it seems like a valid third brand option, in no particular order.

    >Wired Headsets

    > This requires some type of surround sound receiver, headphones, and a mic. There are bundles available from Astro, Turtle Beach, Razer, SteelSeries, etc., but one can obtain better quality by mixing and matching the best of each part: the receiver, the headset, and microphone (if it isn't included in the headset)

    > Surround sound receivers

    > This is pretty much between Astro's Mixamp Pro TR and Turtle Beach's

    Astro's Mixamp Pro TR for XO, PS4, PC and Mac - $130 This is one option for dolby digital 5.1/7.1 surround sound decoding and Dolby Headphone encoding for any standard stereo headset.

    >* Turtle Beach Elite Pro TAC - $199 - This is a second option for DTS surround sound via DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound. A lot of options that aren't available on the Mixamp Pro TR are on the Turtle Beach TAC such as being able to adjust background noise, microphone boost and mic monitor levels instantly and physically.

    > Differences between Astro and Turtle Beach They both do a great job at providing situational surround sound to stereo headphones. With the current firmware updates for each respective unit there does seem to be a sound quality difference with a lot of people prefering the Astro. I recommend plugging in headphones and watching this video and hear the differences for yourself: Astro Mixamp Pro TR vs Turtle Beach TAC


    > Some of the best headsets recommended by those on can be read about here. This is where I had come to my selection of the AudioTechnica ATH-AD700.

    > If you would rather buy a wired surround sound headset ready to go out-of-the-box

    > For a wired ready to go set, I'd have to put my money on the Astro A40 Mixamp Pro TR, although I personally prefer open-back headsets instead of sound isolation closed-back headphones.

    If it were me buying a set today...

    I would want something wireless so it would be the newest Astro A50 that comes out in October, or the SteelSeries X800, but then again, it is because I've went down the wired path, using a mixamp or DSS with many different wired headphones and mics. Even if I didn't have cord-loving cats, I'm glad that I have a wireless headset. It really is a personal preference that you can't really pin down, until you try some yourself.

    A side note: I have an average sized head, but larger than average protruding ears. Every headset I've purchased, I've swapped out the earcups with aftermarket sets. Most notably brainwavz HM5 earups. They are deeper and more comfortable for me and have worked on most sets of headphones without modification. I highly recommend them. They come in Pleather - various colors, Hybrid pleather + Velour, and just Velour
u/EinTheVariance · 2 pointsr/headphones

hmm, I have both of those for years now and never had this issue even with extensive usage (for a period of time, I had been using them for 6+ hours a day, even 12+ hours on weekends). I don't think there's anything you can with the Logitech pair, but I replaced the Steelseries earpads right away as they were too shallow for me and hurt my ears.

Replacing the Steelseries pads is no different than replacing it on other common headphones. You just pop them off and slip the new pads on. There is even a notch on the plastic cup so it's even easier to do than other headphones.

I use these on them:
They also have pleather versions of you don't like velor or don't want to be arsed with cleaning the lint off the velor from time to time, but it is definitely cooler (temperature wise) and a lot more comfortable than the pleather version.

Anyway, they are a little tight (don't be afraid to apply force when putting these pads on) but fit perfectly without any trimming or anything. As I've said, all you have to do is use the notch on the cup and just spin the lip of the pad on the cup. If you are having issues, I suppose I could do a video or something, but should be simple enough.

EDIT: oh, and as for your headband, there are "replacements" for those too that you can snap over like these:

u/Urano_Metria · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

I use these, and they've been awesome.

u/pmjm · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

From what I'm reading, the AKG's could use a bit of a boost in the highs, so that might actually be a functional replacement in addition to comfort.

I love cloth/velour pads because after 30 minutes or so I start sweating with plastic/pleather, making things very uncomfortable and getting the headphones extremely dirty after a couple of weeks. So thanks again for this info as it's definitely something to consider.

Do you think these brainwavz would work on the Pioneers?

u/boomstick009 · 2 pointsr/steelseries

For replacement ear pads i would highly reccomend velour as your ears won't get as sweaty. Personally i would also highly reccomend these..

u/JesusMakesMeLaugh · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I got them for Christmas, but I believe they were the HM5 replacement pads.

u/DankDrugsForDays · 2 pointsr/headphones

I have the open back HD598s but I fucking hated them when I first got them. Like you said, everything sounded tinny and essentially lifeless with zero bass for several days of use. I didn't want to give up on them since they were my first real pair of headphones & were by far the most comfortable, and they got so much better with continuous use. The sound stage and overall clarity is incredible when I compared them to my other gaming headsets & slightly cheaper headphones.

One thing that helped make the bass more prominent (almost too prominent lol) was replacing my ripped stock pads with these ones. The comfort level also went way up, which was definitely the most appealing part of these pads.

u/notromantic · 2 pointsr/audiophile

For the ear pads, the HM5 Velour Pads are most often recommended. I switched mine out with those and they are much easier to wear for long periods of time. Sound is definitely not the same though, you lose a bit of bass and mid-bass as a result.

I can't offer much help if the headband is stretched too wide...

And modding the M50s to the M50x is, IMO, not a worthwhile time investment. You may as well just pick up an all new M50x to solve all 3 problems at once. Or you could check out the headphone purchase recommendation tool over at /r/headphones for alternatives.

u/SemperFlux · 2 pointsr/xboxone

Older generation TB 800X can be had for $199 brand new. Do the firmware updates for the mic issues, and if you've got some time and patience, swap the pads with some Velour pads (like these:, and boom, done.

My TBs have some quirks every now and then, but sound quality is top notch, I can listen to my own music from my phone seamlessly and with independent volume from my game, and I can take phone calls on it too.

u/blueman541 · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Have you tried using different earpads on your ad700? I had issues with long use and swapped them for Brainwavez memoryfoam pads. Much more comfortable.

u/shard13 · 2 pointsr/headphonemods

Brainwavez HM5. I use them for just about anything they can fit on. I have had them on my DT990s for about 3yrs now, and the only problem I have is the black velour picks up my cat's white hair like the mother of all magnets. Otherwise, stupid comfortable.

I also have them on my HD280s and ATH 50x.

u/discoshanktank · 2 pointsr/onebag

I bought this one because of a recommendation from someone on another subreddit. They work great.

BRAINWAVZ Velor Replacements Ear...

u/Khoonda · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

While those are fine, I'd really recommend getting the Brainwavz pads as they're much more plush. The thickness will also help keep the headphones on a bit tighter.

u/Stubb · 2 pointsr/headphones

The Brainwavz foam ear pads go a long way to removing the dark feeling while maintaining everything that's great about the Nighthawks.

A recent Head-Fi post indicates that AudioQuest suede pads are now available as well.

u/Weeberz · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

No, you need to look at oval pads like these:

Which I also bought as potential replacements for my 598s thinking they were better than the stock ones. They were not. they are exactly the same. Would only use if yours are damaged or if a lower end model doesnt have as comfortable velour pads

u/BurntToasters · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

assuming ur talking about this one

u/Robertpdot · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Actually, it looks like these are the ones I bought specifically:

Like I said they are suuuuuuper comfortable, I went from 2-3 hours max wearing them at a time to a full work day after the switch. The only downside I'd say they have is the covering on these ones (idk about /u/MilesDonger 's link) are a cloth that doubles as a two Tesla rated lint magnet.

u/zdelusion · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

I got these ones. They're much better. They'll probably take any cups that would fit the other popular AT headphones.

u/HuhhDoe · 2 pointsr/battlestations
u/Brianthedoon · 2 pointsr/AverageBattlestations

Maybe consider a monitor mount (example) and a headphone hook (example) and you might find yourself with some more space to work with. Looks great, though. Pretty cool that you're so close to that window for some fresh air.

u/erikv55 · 2 pointsr/headphones
u/6SpeedRobbyG · 2 pointsr/battlestations

The Anchor - THE ORIGINAL Under-Desk Headphone Stand Mount

u/alanpsk · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I'm going to suggest a few things because your setup has a lot of potentials. First, mount that CRG9. That behemoth is a great monitor but the stand just takes up too much space, once you mount it, it will give you an unbelievable amount of desk space. Second, drill a hole and route your mouse and keyboard cord thru it. Also, get something like this to hang your headset underneath the table. Last but not least, put some pictures or your collection or what not onto the wall to make it more personal. Afterward, your setup will look much better and super clean. Hope that helps.

u/TryptamineTester · 2 pointsr/battlestations

Elevation Lab The Anchor - The Original Under-Desk Headphone Stand Mount | Gaming Headset, Over Ear Headphones Hook, Universal Dual Fit | Patented

u/KomradeKielbasa2 · 2 pointsr/battlestations

Nice man, I'm majoring in Kinesiology

The Anchor - THE ORIGINAL Under-Desk Headphone Stand Mount

u/dstaller · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

> P.S I know what yall are thinking, this is some rich fat kid that sits on his ass all day and needs everything perfect.

Didn't cross my mind at all but thanks for clarifying anyways. Had me worried.

Take your pick.

u/Hifimanz · 2 pointsr/headphones

do you want a hanger like this - or like this The philips has a headband + an adjusting headphone pad - just hang them using the headband part and not the headphone pad and you'll be fine - you won't ever had to worry about the fabric wearing or arcing.

u/fourdayz · 2 pointsr/classicwow

Get one of thesebad bois for headphones, they’ve free’d up a lot of clutter on my desk.

u/xen0blade · 2 pointsr/AskBattlestations

I really like this one.

EDIT: Realized it might not be what you're looking for. But I like it. So there! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

u/Lurkin4Life · 2 pointsr/battlestations

It's a sticky add-on I got from Amazon.

u/NCC1941 · 2 pointsr/WindowsMR

I use an under-desk mount for mine. I have the smaller variant from that link (would have chosen the larger one if I'd originally planned on using it for my VR headset, but it's fine), and while mine isn't quite large enough to hold a VR headset comfortably, it still works, and weight isn't an issue - I've been using it for the last several months to hold both my headset and headphones together without issue.

u/OliverBrodersen · 2 pointsr/battlestations

Nothing special, just this hanger from Amazon. Really neat!

u/sup3rs3cr3t · 2 pointsr/StandingDesk

I wanted to share a couple pictures of the desk set up and also some of the accessories I purchased. My expirience with Fully was great. I got the Jarvis3 with Walnut veneer in a72x60 size. The frame was delivered about 3 days later and the desk top about a week after purchase. The quality is everything I expected! This thing is heavy and stable at all heights. I love this desk!


I decided to get the keyboard tray and accessories from Amazon. The keyboard tray is probably going back because it is difficult to move back and forth.
Keyboard Tray Here:

The Anchor:


VESA adapter for old Samsung Monitor:

Dual Monitor Mount:

Clips for wire management:

Long Power strip:

u/needabuildplz · 2 pointsr/battlestations
u/tedtms · 2 pointsr/battlestations


CPU: i5-7600K
RAM: Avexir Core Series 8GB DDR4 2400
GPU: msi GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Storage: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
Storage: 5TB in hard disk storage
PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620
Cooler: Corsair H80i closed loop cooler
Case: NZXT H440 Mid-Tower



Displays: Dual Dell U2412M
Keyboard: Velocifire VM01
Mouse: Logitech M560
Mousepad: Steelseries QcK
Headphone hanger: The Anchor (barely visible below the desk)
Amp: Pyle PTA4 Mini (PC, turntable, and docking station as switchable inputs)
Webcam: Logitech C310
Dell docking station for work laptop
UGREEN USB 3.0 sharing switch (switches webcam, keyboard, and mouse between dock and PC)
XBox 360 wireless receiver and controller


For the interested, my Rainmeter theme details can be found here.


Been wanting to make this build for a long time. Or really, any build. Always loved PC gaming, never had the budget until this year and put this together with the help of a friend.

u/gailson0192 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

What about using a blowing type of vacuum. [Like this one](EasyGo CompuCleaner - Electric Computer Blower for Electronic Devices - Alternative to Compressed Air or Canned Air

u/Herdo · 2 pointsr/nvidia

>Don't let it fool you, its super powerful, and I have even dropped it a couple of times on accident. It's built like a tank. I was thinking about buying two so I can keep one at mom and dads when I visit.

These types of things are awesome. I have this one and I have the same things to say about it. Way more powerful than a compressed air can, constant air flow, and super durable. Everyone should have one of these.

u/Bound4MuMuLand · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I'm going to buy one of these, or a cheap electric leaf blower.

u/Riper_Snifle · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

This seems to be one of the cheapest, and best reviewed on Amazon It's the equivalent of buying about 10 cans, so you'll make your money back pretty quickly.

EDIT: Here's a video review

u/baitboy3191 · 2 pointsr/pcgamingtechsupport

Keep it clean, both software and hardware wise. Dust is a bitch and it can cause thermal issues. Since you have a laptop you should at least air dust it maybe twice a month, by taking out the bottom and air blowing the heat sinks and fans (DONT LET THEM SPIN too much, hold them down or tape them down when air dusting them).

I have a can-less air duster from amazon this ( bit pricey but worth it.

No need for antivirus, windows defender is super solid, just use your common sense when it comes to navigating the internet and downloading programs, it will remind you to run a system scan if you have not done one in a while. Furthermore, malewarebytes is a great addition that can help keep your system clean. I also use CCleaner to clean out my browsing history and cookies.

Keep the system cool, gaming laptops have come a long ways now, but they still can get a bit toasty especially during long gaming sessions. Any chill pad that directly feed air into the intakes should do a good job of keeping your laptop chill.

When downloading a new game, make sure you have the latest graphics drivers, nvidia tend send out their newest drivers whenever there is a big game being released.

u/Orys___ · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Use an electrical air duster like this one

Much cheaper than canned air on the long run.

Just blow air on all the parts, lock fans when cleaning them (you can damage bearings if they spin too fast)

u/crabbman6 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

There are cheaper models, yes. I have the Compucleaner and it works wonders. Blows shit straight off my desk if I aim at it.

u/Black_Devil213 · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

Well, I live in the UK, and got mine off Amazon. They claim it's available in other European countries as well.

Here's the link if you're interested:

It comes with an EU plug adaptor as well.

u/deankenny · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I bought this the other day
and it's absolutely amazing, i was paying anything from £7-£10 per can of air, and for £40 I got unlimited amount of air, that also doesnt freeze up and put liquid on my components, in one clean i'd probably already recouped my cost in cans, it was an absolute no brainer to buy this, AND it's more powerful than canned air.