Best over-ear headphones according to redditors

We found 12,278 Reddit comments discussing the best over-ear headphones. We ranked the 1,181 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Over-Ear Headphones:

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/PGleo86 · 221 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

If it makes you feel better, you can get better-sounding headphones than Bose for less money. The Audio-Technica ATH-M40X should blow anything Bose below $300 out of the water for just under $100, and if your budget is closer to $50 you can often find Sennheiser HD558s for around $50-60. The more you know!

u/worldsfastestsloth · 172 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black) And the mic is V-MODA BoomPro Gaming, VoIP Headset Headphone with Mic (Black) I highly recommend them, sound quality is amazing but the only downside is everyone can hear your shit.

u/nomad_sad · 156 pointsr/ExpectationVsReality

Got a really nice pair of sennheisers for $100, other than that wasn't too impressed by anything.

Edit: the headphones in question =

u/ChangloriousBastard · 148 pointsr/headphones

I think it could happen pretty easily.

Let's say that you decide that you want a decent pair of headphones and land on a budget of $200. Maybe you have some Amazon gift cards, so you decide to go on Amazon. You start looking at the reviews and come to find that the HD598s are reviewed very well. You read a ton of things that talk about how great they sound, and how well they perform.

You go look around at some other reviews around the internet and see that everyone has the same things to say about the headphones. You look at the specs and see things like "open back" and "over ear", but they're tucked in with things like sensitivity and resistance, which are terms you don't really understand. You think to yourself "well, headphones are headphones. I look at the picture and they look like headphones. I don't know the jargon, but all the reviews talk about how great they sound and I just want great sounding headphones".

If you look on the product page on amazon, you'll notice that there is no reference to sound leakage, either from the description, the top reviews, or the top FAQs. The closest thing you get is this blurb in the description:

> Open-back headphones allow ambient noise for a more natural sound experience

Unless you're familiar with headphone terminology, that doesn't sound like it's talking about sound leakage. It's a very vague claim to say the least.

When I searched for "Sennheiser HD 598 review" in Google, I went through the top results to see when I could find something explaining the potential for sound leakage due to the open design.

  • Head-fi reviews. Without expanding any of the reviews, I didn't see anything that would have led me to understand the potential for sound leakage.

  • Nothing in this CNET review

  • The PC Mag review does make a mention! "Since the HD 598 is an open-back design, it does project some audio outward. Those around you will likely hear your music if you're listening at moderate-to-high volumes."

  • The review from digital trends gives the best warning possible ("Of course, no set of headphones come without at least a couple of drawbacks. In the case of the HD 598, we found that the open-backed design allows for a lot of sound to bleed out."), but it's about 1,000 words into the text.

    One thing to note is that the mentions of sound leakage are all buried in reviews that all say the same thing. If you start the review and thought "well, I've read this all before", you might stop reading.

    For a lot of people, audiophilia and headphones are a hobby. For others, it's just something you want to spend money on once and just enjoy it. For those casual consumers who aren't willing to really dig around it would be easy to not know that open-backed headphones leak sound.
u/coreycubed · 132 pointsr/buildapcsales

My favorite headphones Sennheiser HD598 SE went on sale last year for $94.99 during Black Friday. Just a heads up if you are looking for new headphones and want a pair of open cans. I am no expert but these are highly rated, and the SE black ones look great unless having two Noctua fans strapped to your head is more your style. Keep an eye for a deal on these for sure.

u/spangemonkee · 121 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone ~$80. Don't buy Beats.
The Wirecutter is your friend.

u/sdwashu · 93 pointsr/headphones

Last update 11/27 1:36am pacific || Removed bold from some items, pruning of dead deals coming.

If the first field is bold it is a new deal

Note, I've hit the text limit so I'm limiting extra text.


Headphone | Price | Store | Notes
------------------ |-------|--------|-----------
BeyerDynamic DT 1770 Pro | $416 | Amazon | Available for $405 shipped via 3rd party
BeyerDynamic 990 250 ohm pro | $109 | Amazon | Lowest price ever on Amazon. Thanks /u/Jedi_Pacman!
BeyerDynamic T1 Second Gen | $1099 | BuyDig via ebay |
Sennheiser HD600 | $260 | Amazon | Thanks /u/aasteveo!
BeyerDynamic DT 880 600 ohm | $169 | Amazon | Lowest price on record for both Amazon and 3rd party.
BeyerDynamic DT 770 80 ohm | $118 | Amazon | Thanks /u/ASpaceman :)
Chord Mojo Amp / DAC + NVX XPT100 Studio Headphones | $549 | Sonic Electronix |
MrSpeakers ETHER C Flow | $1620 | MrSpeakers | Thanks /u/MrSpeakers !
MrSpeakers ETHER Flow | $1619 | MrSpeakers | Thanks /u/MrSpeakers !
Samson SR950 | $24 | Adorama
Sennheiser IE80 | $179 | Amazon | Thanks /u/LOMOcatVasilii Also available at Sonic Electronix
Stax SR-L500 + SRM252S | $1009| Shenzhen Audio |
DUNU DN-2000J | $269 | Shenzhen Audio |
TFZ Series 5S | $69 | Shenzhen Audio via Amazon |
Fanmusic E6 | $39 | Shenzhen Audio
Simgot EN700 | $69 | Shenzhen Audio
FORREST FLC8S | $269 | Shenzhen Audio
Audioquest NightHawk | $349 | Crutchfield | Also available from Needledoctor
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x | $27 | BuyDig | Add to cart for final price
Beyerdynamic DT 880 32 ohm includes $50 newegg gift card | $159.99 | Newegg | Also available at BuyDig for $139 add to cart to see discount
Beyerdynamic T90 Chrome Limited Edition 250 OHM| $279 | BuyDig| Also available at Newegg for $299 w/$40 gift card
Sennheiser PC360 headset | $99 | Amazon
Monoprice USB DAC Headphone Amp
| $49.99 | Monoprice |
BeyerDynamic DT 770 16ohm | $100 | ebay | Also available at BuyDig for $109
BeyerDynamic A20 Amp | $294 | BuyDig | Use code "DIGTURKEY5"
Westone UM Pro 10 | $99 | Amazon
HiFiMan Edition X | $1299 | Music Direct | Thanks to /u/boombap33 for pointing this out
V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Black | $176.54 | Musician's Friend | Includes free Boompro mic. Use code "blackfriday"
Sennheiser PC350 Headset | $78 | Newegg |
Sennheiser Momentum In Ear | $70 | Amazon | Android or iOS versions
BeyerDynamic DT 1350 | $119 | Adorama
BeyerDyanmic DT 880 250 ohm Chrome version | $149 | BuyDig via ebay
Superlux HD668B | $25 | Gearbest |
Audeze LCD-4 | $2999 | Adorama
Audeze LCD-3 | $1349 | Adorama
Audeze LCD-XC Limited Leather | $1299 | Adorama
Audeze Sine | $299 | Adorama
Audeze Sine w/Lightning Cable | $359 | Adorama
Audeze LCD-2 Rosewood w/Lambskin | $749 | Adorama
Audeze LCD-2 Bamboo w/Lambskin | $699 | Adorama
Audeze LCD-2 Aluminum w/Lambskin | $699 | Adorama |
Hifiman HE-400i | $249 | Headamp | Use code "HEADFI10" thanks to /u/Chillindude82Nein for the better deal!
Hifiman SuperMini DAP + iFi nano iDSD + Fiio Cable| $394 | BuyDig | use code "DIGTURKEY10"|
Audeze 2015 EL8 Open | $404.10 | HeadAmp | Use code "BF2016"
Audeze 2015 EL8 Close| $404.10 | HeadAmp | Use code "BF2016"
Audio-Technica ATH-R70x includes $25 newegg gift card| $224 | Newegg |
Fostex TH-900mk2| $999 | Adorama |
Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 Black| $189 | Amazon
Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 Gun Metal | $189 | Amazon
Philips SHP9500S | $50 | Newegg |


General Discounts | Discount | Notes
Earphone Solutions | 25% off | Store Wide use code "CYBER" -- they offer discounts for trade-ins as well.
Master & Dynamic | 20% off | use code "MD20"
Meze | 25% off select headphones
NeedleDoctor | Various |
Monoprice | 20% off | Use code "BF2016"
Audeze | B-Stock| Dedicated thread here. Thanks /u/kangaroo_steak!
V-Moda| 10% | Free Boompro Mic with order of on-ear/over-ear headphones.
Brainwavz | Various | Thanks /u/robotlabs!
Addicted to Audio | Various | "For the aussies" thanks /u/KingJie!
Shenzhen Audio | Various |
Decware | Various | thanks /u/Elnrik!
HeadAmp | Various | Use code "HEADFI10" for 10% off (most?) products
Brainwavz Canada | Various | Thanks /u/custardbun!
Violectric Audio USA | 25% | Code "BLACK-25" thanks /u/novicez!

u/sarxion · 61 pointsr/todayilearned

Audio Technica. This is a brand that deserves a lot more attention for making the best quality headphones at lower to mid price range...While searching for a good pair I checked amazon reviews and I had a hard time believing almost all their products had ratings of over 4.5 stars, from budget studio to ultra budget priced. Seriously, this is a company that leaves it's satisfied customers and product quality do the talking.

Edit: My co-worker has the ATH-M50 and they sound and feel GODLY, they deserve all the credit people are giving them... I still can't believe they are $120 headphones because the build and sound quality is unbelievable. Also, if you are a broke college student like me, you can't go wrong with the ATH-M20x or ATH-CKS55USBK in-ear earphones, just check the reviews.

u/theamunraaa · 61 pointsr/pcgaming

Or you buy a headphones with a detachable cable (3.5mm jack) and get a V-Moda boom pro and you have it all in one high quality cable.

My recommendation is Philips SHP9500 with V-Moda Boom Pro

u/poopsonlawn · 60 pointsr/Music

I picked up the Sennheiser HD 202s a while back just because of the price. A fantastic-sounding and comfortable set of headphones for ~$20.

u/Mastagon · 59 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

I'm putting this here because I don't want to flood the main sub with what I'm able to find. So here goes:

Headphones| Price
[ATH-M50x Headphones] ( |$150 in cart. $250-$300 everywhere else I check
[Sennhieser HD 598 SR Headphones] ( |$109 Record low
[Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Headphones] ( |$180 - $38 = $141
[August EP650-Bluetooth headphones] (| Was $99, now $58
[August EP640 Bluetooth Headphones] ( |was $80, now $37
[Prime Day Bluedio T2S Headphones] ( | Was $20, $21 in cart no tax
Prime Day Bluedio V Headphones | was $200, $140 in cart no tax
[AUSDOM ANC 7 Bluetooth noise cancelling] ( | was $100, now $50. Well reviewed!
[Sony Extra bass bluetooth headphones] ( | was $200, now $99

Earbuds| Price
[Aukey Arcs Bluetooth Sport] (| was $24, now $14
[1MORE Triple Driver earbuds] ( | Was $131, $106 in cart

Bluetooth misc| Price
[Anker Premium Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker ] ( | was $130, now $60
[Trond bluetooth receiver] ( | Was $25, now $20. I have one its awesome
[Altman Bluetooth Transmitter/receiver] ( |was $43, now $26

CPU Coolers| Price
[CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i v2 Extreme ] ( |$110. Historic [all time low] (
[Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance] ( |$155 (temporarily out of stock)
[MasterLiquid Pro 240 All-In-One] ( | was $140, now $95 [Historic low] (

PSU| Price
[Corsair CS650M] ( |$110. Not the lowest but okay
[EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G3] (| Was $130, now $99 [historic low] (

Cases| Price
[Corsair 780T full atx case] ( | $189 in cart. Not an [all time low] ( but not bad
[Corsair Carbide 400C white] ( |$105 in cart

HDD| Price
[Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB] ( | $270 - 51 = $219
[Seagate 4TB BarraCuda Pro ] (|$245-75 = $170 [Historic low!] (
[Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Portable] ( | Was $160, now $135 [all time low] (
[Seagate Firecuda 2TB] (| was $126, now $85 [Historic low] (
[Seagate Firecuda 1TB] ( | was $83, now $60 [Historic low] (

Input Devices| Price
[Logitech G13 input pad] ( | Was $75, now $55 [Historic Low] (
[Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB MX Brown] ( | was $180, now $160 [Historic low] (

Networking| Price
[NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Router] (| was $499, now $290
[TP-Link AC3200 Tri band router] ( | Was $249, now $175
[Netgear 16-Port Gigabit Switch] ( | Was $106, now $75 in cart

MISC| Price
[Logitech C922x Webcam] ( | was $130, now $89. All time low
[Acer KG251Q 1080p Freesync monitor] ( | Was $230, now $170
[M9S PRO android tv box] ( | Was $130, $98 in cart
[Cyberpower 600w UPS] ( | was $224, now $125

I'll try to keep tabs on everything but let me know if there are any errors or price updates. And as a side note, I'm actually getting downvotes for this? I can't see how there could possibly be a sane explanation for that.


EDIT: Updated 7:00pm EST!! Let me know if there's anything you see and I'll put it in here!


EDIT: I've put everything new as of Jan 11, 4:00pm in bold. Also, check this post on RedFlagDeals for a great big list of deal


EDIT: Its all over everyhone. Hope you snagged something cool beyond bitter disappointment this year!**


u/SilentHopes · 45 pointsr/buildapc

I've never been an advocate of gaming headsets. You pay for something that's way more expensive than what you're actually getting. You buy a $150 headset, you're probably getting $70-80 headphones with a bad microphone.

You're almost always better off to buy a pair of headphones that suits your needs well and then buy a microphone afterwards. You'll get the better use of your money this way. I've got a pair of Sennheiser HD 558s with a Zalman ZM-Mic1. It clips onto my headphone's cord so I don't have to worry about it being all over the place. Sound quality is good and I've gotten no complaints about static or fuzziness from friends. Otherwise, the Modmic is always a good choice.

If you're looking for something that isn't sound isolating, I would recommend buying a pair of open headphones with an external microphone. The 558s are open, by the way. You get a bit of sound leakage, so other people can hear what's going on if it's loud enough, but you can also hear everything around you. Because of this, you get a more realistic sound.

u/an_angry_Moose · 43 pointsr/buildapc
u/WhereDoWeGoWhenWeDie · 38 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Seriously though, can people start helping him instead of discussing why he shouldn't give a fuck? He asked a question, if you don't have an answer, give it a break.

These should be great some of the best for the price, and doesn't seem to use leather:

u/Paraclipse · 36 pointsr/buildapcsales

How big of a difference is there between hd 558s and HD 598s? Should I wait for 598s or just splurge on these?
Edit: I actually ended up picking up a used hd 598 SEs from amazon warehouse deals for slightly less

u/Dallagen · 29 pointsr/headphones

It makes no difference. If you're going to drop that much money buy him these and this.

u/auraliegh · 28 pointsr/dadjokes

Sennheiser has some really good pieces. Even their higher end isn't too horribly expensive. Amazon sells most of their headphones. These are the ones I have and I love that every piece of padding and the cord are completely and easily replaceable.

u/ISlangKnowledge · 27 pointsr/Music

I have Sennheiser HD 280's myself and they're also a solid headset that's a pretty good bang for your buck. I got mine for $60 through a family member that works at Best Buy but you can find them for around $80 and are a great headset if you can't afford the $120 (give or take) that the HD 555's cost.

u/FrankYouPrease · 25 pointsr/makinghiphop

Making beats in any public space quiet enough to do so (i.e. a library) would probably make you some kind of asshole for doing so in that space if you use a keyboard or drum pads, or anything else that makes rhythmic noise that other people would have to unwillingly listen to.

Why do you want to do this anyway? I can't imagine how it would make the process better. Are you hoping someone important approaches you with a record deal like some kind of 80's feelgood movie, and your life is made from then on because you become super rich and famous on the spot just for having the courage to make music in public?

I'm just giving you shit. If you ignore everything I've said so far, you should at least check these headphones out, I've had mine since 2011 and they're still great for tuning out the outside world.

u/deffsight · 24 pointsr/VideoEditing

These are pretty standard for the industry. Sound great and are not too expensive. I use them pretty much everyday when I'm editing. The only thing is they aren't noise cancelling, so if that's something you want then you might want to go for something else. But I've used them in the office with other people working/talking near me and I've been fine.

u/vanoreo · 24 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Mouse: Logictech G502. It is widely considered to be the "best" mouse for PC enthusiasts.

Keyboard: Will heavily depend on your preferences, but I have a DASKeyboard 4 Ultimate with Cherry MX Blues (tactile click). I have also heard nice things about the Corsair K70, and Strafe. If you are new to mechanical keyboards, I would recommend checking out the subreddit /r/mechanicalkeyboards for more information.

Headset: I just use an old set of Turtle Beach X12s I've had forever, because I usually just use my soundbar, but a buddy of mine prefers to use a desk mic and some Audio-Technica headphones.

EDIT: Saw your budget in the other comments. You should probably go with the Strafe for your keyboard. Most others below $100 aren't as high of quality. Personally, I think you should get the Strafe, the G502, and the headphones/mic combo.

u/thePhysicist8 · 24 pointsr/pcgaming

Fear not, for you can still enjoy the wonders of surround sound with Hi-Fi headphones. Most "gaming" headsets use a built-in DAC (and BS marketing magic) to emulate surround sound over stereo. You can do the same thing using Razer Surround or similar software for free.

You'll have to decide between a closed or open earcup design. If you're not already familiar: a closed-back design will give you better noise isolation and more bass response, while an open-back design will give you a wider soundstage and better positional accuracy. 95% of headphones are closed-back, but there are some nice open-back options in your price range.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x ($100) are a decent option. They're durable, portable, closed-back headphones with a lot of bass response.

The Sennheiser HD 558 ($115) are a steal at that price. They're incredibly comfortable, open-back headphones with a very wide soundstage and warm signature. They'll do much better with surround software.

Both of those options have a relatively low impedance, so you shouldn't have to worry about amping (although they'll still benefit from it). If you're looking for a mic, the ModMic 4.0 is on MassDrop right now. It's a bit pricy, but I've heard great things about the sound quality. If you want something a bit cheaper, the Zalman Clip-On is always an easy option.

This might be slightly skewed, because a brick sitting on my head would be more comfortable than the headband on my Q701s.

u/blazerthedragon · 23 pointsr/OverwatchUniversity

I'd suggest a pair of open-backed headphones since I've found that those headphones tend to have better soundstaging to help me pinpoint where people are.

I found closed headphones tend to have more "immersive" sound with more bass, but if you're looking for something for purely competitive performance I think an open-backed pair would do you well. There's some generalizing going on here, but in general I personally feel open-backed headphones are better for gaming.

Here's a couple suggestions around your price-point - disclaimer that I haven't actually owned any of these (except for the original AD700 which I can vouch for being great for gaming), and it's merely meant to serve as a starting point for cans to check out. Filter the reviews and find the ones where people mention the words "gaming" or "soundstage".

u/tinster9 · 23 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Mine have always been Sennheiser. Something like

u/goda002 · 23 pointsr/giantbomb

I do not remember that talk, however Giantbomb's go to headphones for there podcasts are Sennheiser HD 202 which are only $25 the only issue with them it that the audio cord is over 10 feet long.

The headphones that are used in the control room are the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro at $99 which are great headphones for the price.

And if you can find a pair the Sennheiser HD 419 which I use are awesome I have a large head and I can wear this for hours on end without issue. They go for about $30 - $40 if you can find them.

Sennheiser HD 202 -

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro -

Sennheiser HD 419 -

u/soundbytegfx · 21 pointsr/buildapc

Dedicates headphone plus mic. Don't waste your time with "headsets". Try this setup:


    V-Moda Boom Mic + Phillips SHP9500. Zeos (of ZReviews) highly recommends those headphones, despite their relatively cheap cost. Check out his guide here and also /r/Zeos and /r/ZReviews
u/gravyenema · 20 pointsr/buildapcsales

The standard price of these is $79.99 USD for years. So still a deal, just not 50% off.

u/IamNotaGamer · 20 pointsr/india

Purchased Sennheiser HD 598 CS for Rs. 4999.

Now price is back to Rs. 14990.


EDIT 2: Gone again

u/SUpirate · 20 pointsr/AmazonTopRated

I'm only recently getting into the audiophile world, but I'll give this a shot from what I've discovered. The guys at /r/headphones would love to go into detail.

Lets take a 0-100 scale of audio quality, in which 0 is a person banging on a garbage can and badly humming the tune to a song, and 100 is literally being in the studio with the band recording.

A generic setup like an iphone and the iphone earbuds probably falls somewhere around a 65 on that scale. You can hear the song and make out the words and all, but there's not much intricacy and it has to be pretty loud to hear the different pieces of the music individually. The bass is probably bad and the sound-stage is very small.

Investing in something like THESE, which are occasionally <$100, would move you up to about 80. Its a HUGE jump in quality. You hear things in songs you never knew were there before. Any person with functional ears would easily hear the difference and universally prefer this sound over the cheap earbuds.

Add another $100 for an amp and dac and you're getting into the mid/high 80s on our quality scale. You can hear the music very much the way it sounded in the studio. Unless you're actively listening for differences you aren't likely to ever have a complaint with this type of setup.

Most reasonable people would probably stop in that range just because for a couple hundred bucks you can get a really good sound setup that satisfies the vast majority.

But without question a person with functional ears would be able to notice an improvement between the $200 setup I described and the $2,000 setup that includes headphones like these. If you have discerning ears you may even find the difference to be fairly large, although most people probably wouldn't think its that huge.

And then there's another step even above this, where you could spend >$10,000 on a setup from the truly top of the line. And yes that will sound better, but not 5x better. The higher up the ladder you climb the less pronounced the changes become.

u/bking · 20 pointsr/editors

Noise-canceling is an absolute no-go. You want the cleanest signal possible, and the fewest points of failure.

You'll also get pretty sweaty in the QCs.

Sony 7506 are a gold standard for people in audio, and a lot of editors. They're comfortable, easily serviceable and ridiculously accurate.

u/i91809 · 20 pointsr/bassnectar

this is my shit right here, shoutout /r/headphones

Best bet for your price range is probably ATH M50x, nice punchy bass while retaining a lot of detail in the rest of the frequency range

The Beyerdynamic DT770 are a little more pricey but worth the extra cash imo, again you get nice deep bass without sacrificing sound quality anywhere else and these bad boys are built like tanks

On the more budget-friendly side of things is the Sony MDR-V6, this is a straight up classic headphone that punches above its price point as far as sound quality goes although I personally would have some reservations about the non-detachable cable

There are a ton of other headphones that fit your general requirements and price range but these are the first three that popped into my mind!

u/moony66 · 19 pointsr/FortNiteBR

Have Sennheiser 598's.

Footsteps have been incredibly spotty for a long time in this game. They acknowledged they were broke a while back, and did a couple changes to make them a bit more audible, but they're still not consistent.

u/spicedpumpkins · 18 pointsr/buildapcsales

If you're hardstuck at 50 bucks these are ok. Be aware that the "7.1" is SIMULATED and often sounds weird depending on game.

I think people should consider the Philips SHP9500 on a deep sale for $55 for Black Friday + VModa boom mic $30 as this is a pretty significant improvement in both headphone and mic quality with the bonus that the SHP9500 can be used for listening to music.

u/concavecat · 18 pointsr/Cynicalbrit

Headphones in this Episode

Dodger: HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset for PC & PS4 - Pink (KHX-HSCP-PK)

Octopimp: Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

Pluto: Sennheiser HD 650 Open Back Professional Headphone

Jesse: Some headset idk

u/QuipA · 18 pointsr/headphones

The HD6XX is an HD650 with a custom "Massdrop" branding and color scheme.

The awesome part is that the HD6XX was available for only $200 + shipping and the 5000 units were sold out in less than 45 minutes when the drop went live and Massdrop ran into huge server issues.

u/my_weird_me · 18 pointsr/sysadmin

Closed headphones. I've used these for many years:

They sound great and isolate a fair amount. You can play white noise on them if you don't want music.

Other than that: explain your problem and try to get an office / closed cubicle for "touchdown" (not your proper place of work but somewhere to sit when you need some extra concentration).

u/calvin521 · 18 pointsr/AskReddit

People, don't buy Bose. The pair you talk about is 299. For that you get mediocre audio quality too. These will do the job at half the price with better playback quality too.

u/jlubea · 17 pointsr/financialindependence

Yep. Just bought myself a pair of Sennheiser HD 650's, and it was well worth it. Got a Schiit DAC and AMP to go with them.

HD 650's:


Schiit DAC:

Schiit AMP:


Now, back to the VTSAX!


Edit: Hah, looks like they released the Modi 3 in the past couple of days. The web site has been redone a bit as well, so the above links no longer go to the products. Try these links instead:


Schiit DAC:

Schiit AMP:

u/JammySTB · 17 pointsr/gamingpc

>but all of the responses are "get a good pair of headphones and a clip on mic"

Because this is the best option.

I personally use the clip on Zalman but I've heard great things about the ModMic. If you got a great pair of headphones(many use the AD700, HD558/HD598, etc) and attached this it would essentially be the same as a gaming headset but with significantly better sound quality and better build quality.

If you're going to be stubborn and not accept this, I reccommend going for the Sennheiser PC360. It's typically around the same price as the HD598 but not quite as good...

EDIT: Added links to some products, note that I only looked them up on Amazon, you can probably find everything cheaper if you shop around...


EDIT 2: DarkWingPig mentioned virtual surround sound, which is what draws many people towards gaming headsets. You can add this functionality to any pair of headphones using a sound card such as the Asus Xonar DG, Asus Xonar DS, or the Asus Xonar DX.

I have an Asus Xonar DX and, in my opinion, it can work well in certain games such as Counterstike, where knowing the position of a sound is essential, but I don't use it for the majority of games...

A user over at Head Fi called Mad Lust Envy has created a thread reviewing many different pairs of headphones in relation to how well they work with Dolby Headphone(virtual surround sound).

u/koalapear · 17 pointsr/headphones

Sennheiser HD598 $99 on amazon.

u/BlackDiablos · 16 pointsr/buildapcsales

These are the HD 558, not to be confused with the HD 598.

The HD598 was $99 for Black Friday 2014 and didn't drop that low until Black Friday 2015. I don't know anything about the price history of the HD558, but I wouldn't expect it to drop this low again for some time, even though the price has been steadily dropping for some time.

u/GrahamMc · 16 pointsr/battlestations

They look just like the Sennheiser hd558. I have a pair and they are AMAZING. Probably best bang for your buck. You can do a "foam mod" to make them more like hd598's too.

u/mynamejesse1334 · 16 pointsr/headphones

Gaming headset?

In all seriousness, pretty much everyone here would recommend you get a solid pair of headphones and a separate mic. Coming from someone who used to use headsets, I can say that the separate set-up is much better.

However if you're dead-set on a headset, I've used the Siberia V2, Razer Tiamat 7.1, and HyperX Cloud within the past couple years so I can answer questions about those.

A quick set-up, and one that I use and love, is the Sennheiser HD558's and the ModMic. Which, yeah, it's ~$200 for that combo, but in my mind it's worth it and if you want to save money there are plenty of cheaper headphones you can get instead of the 558, and a ton of different mic options other than the ModMic

u/Vortax_Wyvern · 16 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

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

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

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

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

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

HyperX Cloud (70$)

Sennheiser G4me One (170$)

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

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

Hifi headphones for gaming have the disadvantage of having to deal with the micro thing. None of them have microphone incorporated, and you must either use a desk microphone like this, use a modmic like this one. or if your budget is tight, something like this. The first one requires desk space. The second and third one are detachable micro, with an extra cable you’ll have to deal with. Any of them are a nuisance. Any solution is annoying. All of them are an extra expense that must be accounted. If micro is a must and you are not willing to bother with this solutions, please, go back to HyperX Cloud or G4me One.

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

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

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

Some closed back cans:

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

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

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

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

As for open cans:

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

Philips SHP9500. 80$. Mid-forward signature. Good soundstage, great comfort. Very detailed. Another amazing quality for the budget headphone.

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

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

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

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

Welcome to the rabbit hole.

u/CedarMadness · 16 pointsr/Music

For around $100 you should be able to get some HD555s and perform this mod to turn them into 595s

Or if you have loud and annoying roommates, you could get some 280 Pros

u/xSociety · 16 pointsr/gifs

I have these and I forget I'm wearing them often when gaming.

u/DrakeDun · 15 pointsr/Vermintide

Open-backed audiophile level headphones. Left For Dead on XBox taught me to use my ears.


For my part I cannot imagine how people play with FOV 120 or whatever the max is. The distortion is unbearable to me, aesthetically. I suspect it would also destroy my ability to headshot, since tracking distances become so variable.


Depending on the weapon, I'm typically putting up a 65 - 85% headshot to melee kill ratio. Upward of 200 headshots per map as often as not. North of 300 when team is not putting in work. Doubt I could do that through reverse fish eyes.


Even at FOV 120 you still have 260 degrees not in LOS. At most we're talking 67% blindspot instead of 82% blindspot. Either way yo gon' git stabbed in da butt, if you're not listening for the adorable little pitter-patter of rat feet.


EDIT: Dude, talking about this made me want to know what actual natural human FOV is so I looked it up. [210 per Wikipedia.] ( You would need some huge-ass display to make that work.

u/Tacanacy · 15 pointsr/PS4

Philips SHP9500 + V-MODA BoomPro + Creative Sound BlasterX G1

In case you can buy from Newegg, the headphone is on sale. The sound card is on sale on Creative's website.

It's a straightforward setup: the BoomPro mic plugs into the headphone's jack, the G1 sound card plugs into the PS4's USB port, and the headphone/mic plugs into the jack on the sound card.

SHP9500 has a balanced/neutral sound signature, meaning it doesn't over- or under-emphasize the bass and treble. It has very good clarity, detailing, and bass and treble quality. If you ever want to play shooters online, then it has good positional audio (soundstage and imaging). It sits over the ear. It's durable and lightweight. It has no flimsy or squeaky parts. The earpads have good quality and they're soft and removable, but they're shallow.

The BoomPro has a volume control and a mute switch.

The G1 offers SBX virtual surround sound, which I think has less tinny sound, less sound degradation, less loss of details (virtual surround sound uses compression) and better positional audio than Dolby Digital commonly found in various devices.

I have HyperX Cloud, which is Cloud II and CloudX with more accessories, and I advise against it; it has scratchy treble and very muddy bass and mid-range. It also has bad positional audio.

Did you come across the Antlion ModMic in your research? It's a very easy mic to attach and remove from headphones, so if it doesn't feel too complicated, then I have some other recommendations.

u/draggingalake · 15 pointsr/giantbomb

Drew uses a lot of stuff I've used or am currently using!

The headphones are the Sony MDR7506, or the Sony MDRV6 and they are ultimately the same thing. I have both, I haven't been able to tell the difference, and from what I've researched, they use the same parts internally, so the only thing different is the cosmetics. I know the Vergecast also uses these headphones in their studio.

While I don't have the Focusrite 2i2 like Drew was using, I do own the Focusrite 18i8 (Gen 1), and the Focusrite 18i20 (Gen 2) and both are phenomenal. They are more expensive than a standard USB Mixer, but the pre-amps make up for some of that cost, plus the ease of use.

I have never used the Shure SM7B, but it's the same microphone that Kinda Funny Games uses. I use the Electro Voice RE20, which is the same Microphone that Giant Bomb West and East uses, as well as, the Vergecast. I would love to hear Drew's opinions on both mics. Both mics are exceptional review-wise and very popular in audio recordings, but having Drew compare the two would have some value.

And just because I have listed all the equipment Drew has used. Here is the Anker 10-Port Hub he was using. Anker is a great brand for USB/Computer accessories. They have an outstanding warranty and customer service department.

Note none of these links are affiliate links, this post was simply to make it easy to find the gear Drew was using.

u/aloehart · 14 pointsr/pcmasterrace

You don't even have to go that far.

Samson Go Mic: $40

Sennheiser HD 202: $25

Bam, you're already significantly better than your average gaming headset.

u/Felgirl · 14 pointsr/PandR

This is a really misleading and uninformed comment.

If you notice the graph with the frequency response curve, it goes up to 100khz.

Literally no headphones go up that high.

For comparison, one of the most successful, widely used professional pair of studio headphones (the kind engineers sometimes use in place of monitors{a kind of speaker} use when recording albums), Sony MDR7506's

Youre right to say theyre "Not as good" as something like this, but anybody reading your comment will look even at that pair of sony headphones and declare them "definately not good headphones" based on provided info.

PS the sonys are cheaper

u/kRiiLiiN · 14 pointsr/headphones

I agree with the other comments here, don't worry about spending more to get more. If you haven't heard decent headphones (designed for the sound quality not the looks or marketing) then something cheaper will still be impressive.

Here are some recommendations to get you started:

Open Back

u/aasteveo · 14 pointsr/headphones


Whoa, are these like super jacked up right now to prep for the sale? It says 598's are $310! That's more than I spent on my HD600's ffs. Or am I missing something?

u/Enricky17 · 14 pointsr/radiohead

I'd recommend the Sennheiser HD 598. They are literally the best headphones you can get for under $200! Radiohead is a band that has a lot of intimate and detailed songs. These are open-backed headphones so the sound stage is really wide and makes you feel like you're their with band! Also I recommend these for any genre of music really; if you want an intimate and detailed experience.

u/inspectorG4dget · 13 pointsr/GradSchool
  • Bike: commuting made easy, exercise
  • Over the ear headphones (US$100): [Sennheiser HD 280 pro][sennheiser]
  • [Mendeley]: Organize papers and notetaking, with cloud support. Free and cross platform
  • [yEd]: draw publication-grade diagrams in ludicrously short amounts of time. Export to various formats. Free and cross platform
  • [LyX]: LaTeX editor for writing papers everything
  • Coffee maker at my desk
  • Some snacks at my desk
  • Set of disposable forks in my drawer for when I need them
  • An overnight kit (soap, etc, clothes, towel) to shower at the gym if I pull an allnighter
  • A good backpack that holds everything. It also has hip straps (better for my back)
  • Podcasts to listen to, when walk/bus to/from school
  • Automated data backup solutions (I use gDrive, Dropbox, time machine for data backups, and Amazon Prime cloud storage for photo backups)
  • xkcd and other webcomics for relief
  • Netflix and Spotify for entertainment
  • Rice cooker and food processor (reduces chopping time by 90%)
  • Friend with a Costco membership (buy meat in bulk and stick it in a freezer)
  • A comfortable keyboard (it's made all the difference to my wrists and forearms)
  • A tiny pharmacy (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, pseudoephedrine, vitamin C,D)
  • Spare socks in my backpack
  • A full set of must-have applications for my computer/phone/tablet to make automate the tech side of work
  • A calendar app that works for you (I just use Google Calendar)
  • [Alarmy] (free version): phone alarm clock that you can set up to turn off only when you take a picture of a specific thing (mine's set to my shower head in my washroom)
  • Plants at home: ambience and smell (basil, lemongrass, lavender)
  • Tiny screwdriver kit in my backpack: for when I need to open up a computer or hard drive
  • Automated billing to my visa and web banking
  • Gym clothes under my desk for the school gym
  • Fitness ball to sit on (the first month is a little rough, until you build up your back muscles). Once you get used to it, it's very comfortable, good for your core/posture/back; and you can bounce on it at work
  • a stash of scrap paper on my desk to write immediate to-do's on
  • [Asana]: task tracking
  • Google Keep: list making

u/tieke · 13 pointsr/buildapcsales

Not as low as previous sales, but Sennheiser HD598s are $109.99

u/_OVERHATE_ · 12 pointsr/headphones

In order of price:

  • Creative Aurvana Live! (NOT THE LIVE 2).

  • Audio Technica ATH-WS1100

  • Phillips Fidelio X2 The Fidelios L1 are also good on bass.

  • Beyerdynamic DT770

  • V-MODA M100

  • Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 (Mahogany have the best bass, Purplehearts have the most bass, Ebony have the most controlled bass)

  • Fostex TH900 Simply, the best bass headphone money can afford. Its craaaaaazy.

    There are others that people like to recommend the old Denons, specially the D2000 that can be found cheaper in Ebay, but its a pain in the butt to find, same with the MDR-XB1000.

    Some people will also mention some JVC ones, but i havent had the chance to try them. Btw some people will recommend the HE400i and please no stay away from them. Stay away from Planars in general if you want Basshead levels of Bass, the LCD-2 Pre-Fazor being the only exception (i tried it like a year ago so i dont remember a lot but i liked it).
u/minasmorath · 12 pointsr/technology

> They work the same as the other headphones.

No, no they certainly don't. They work the same as something like these. They have garbage sound quality. Headphones are not all created equal. These in particular are incredibly shit. I need a dongle to plug in a decent pair of headphones like these. That's why removing the headphone jack makes no sense.

Oh, and bluetooth has limited audio quality, you can clearly hear the difference.

u/mikedaul · 12 pointsr/audioengineering
u/thecolbra · 12 pointsr/gadgets

[Sony mdr 7506 are labeled as professional] (

Top of the line kitchen aid stand mixers as well.

Fender professional line as well

u/castlecrasher2 · 12 pointsr/Vive

You can take off the built-in headphones, they just screw in. I'll be taking mine off because the built-ins are worse than I expected. These are my headphones, for reference.

u/somajones · 12 pointsr/Bass

I went through dozens of sets of failed headphones my first twenty years.
Bought these Sony MD7506 in 2000 and they've never let me down.
I had to replace the foam, cheaply, about ten years ago.

u/Joniak · 12 pointsr/annakendrick

They actually did a bit of research for the movie as the headphones are Amazon's number one seller for DJ Headphones.

Sony MDR7506.

u/ChicksDigNerds · 11 pointsr/headphones

If your idea of 'high quality' is 'sounds good enough to recognize what song is playing and doesn't fall apart the first time I use it' then $50 is reasonable. If you want high-fidelity, high-build-quality gear, then you are going to pay a premium for it regardless of what it is--headphones, tools, PC parts, etc.

Creative Aurvana Live are pretty decent, actually

u/Wezirn · 11 pointsr/FL_Studio

Theyre relatively cheap.

Pretty much all professional producers know of these headphones. They will play mainstream music just how the producers in the studios heard it. A lot of them will have even used them in the studio.

alternatively for even cheaper

The sound quality is really great. The poor reviews are from people who've bought them and have had them die.

you wont find anything that produces a better sound quality than these for their respective price ranges.\

Bonus is that theyre not USB so you dont have to worry about some kind of shitty driver. Theyre plug in and enjoy.

P.S. actual speakers that are meant for music production arent called speakers, but "Monitor speakers" or just "monitors"
Heres a suggestion if you want actual monitors

u/IkariHapa · 11 pointsr/Gaming4Gamers

Don't get a "gaming" headset, instead get a pair of quality headphones by Audio Technica, Sennheiser, etc and a standalone mic. You can find something pretty cheap on Amazon like the ATH-M30x which is on sale for $70, but if you do insist on getting a gaming headset, then you can't go wrong with a Razer Kraken. I've owned one for 2 years with medium-heavy use before the right earpiece broke (still had sound).

u/copot1234 · 11 pointsr/techsupportmacgyver

About $200 on Amazon. The official site lists the recommended price at $300 though.

u/V0xus · 11 pointsr/giantbomb

To piggyback, I use the Sennheiser 598s and they are fanfuckingtastic.

u/vodka_ginger · 11 pointsr/audiophile
u/TheWhiteNoise11 · 10 pointsr/headphones

Actually you've linked to the HD598 SE (Special Edition), which is actually also an older model. The price is high because that particular model is discontinued and hard to get your hands on. The newest model is the HD598 SR, which is a much more reasonable $169 currently.

u/vese · 10 pointsr/headphones

You can get 650s new for under $350..

And I personally prefer them a lot more than the HD600 but they're definitely comparable, some people like the HD600 more.

u/michaelwentonweakes · 10 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I've got the MDR7506 and I'll never buy another pair of headphones. Great sound, very comfortable. There's a reason why every studio in the world has ten pairs of the MDR line lying around.

u/aeon_orion · 10 pointsr/audioengineering

Sony MDR-7506. Love these headphones.

u/s4g4n · 10 pointsr/Music

Sennheisser HD 280 pro

best bang for the buck, noise canceling too which is great for flying.

u/blrm71 · 10 pointsr/dancegavindance

I use Sennheiser HD 650s with a Schiit Modi Multibit DAC and Schiit Magni Headphone Amp!

EDIT: formatting

EDIT 2: For a little bit better value than the HD 650s (and basically the same exact headphones), check these out!

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/FreelanceSocialist · 10 pointsr/headphones

Okay. What I am going to recommend is two sets of headphones. One for nice, comfy, multi-hour home listening in front of the computer, and another set for when you're on the go. All of these sound good without any amplification.

Full-Size, Home Listening

  • Audio Technica ATH-AD700 - nice, mid-level offering. Wonderful, open sound and definitely the #1 most comfortable headphones I have ever owned. These are fairly large, this is what they look like on me. They are reasonably light, and the design is completely open. You will hear sounds around you and if someone is sitting next to you, they will hear some of your music (or all of it, if you have the volume cranked). The pads are fuzzy and comfortable. Highly recommended for electronic music, chamber pieces, acoustic guitar and piano... well, just about everything. (~$100)

  • Sennheiser HD-280 Pro - These are the heavyweight champions of the $50-$100 price range. Headfi (a major audiophile community) loves these things. So do I. Comfortable, with fantastic bass response and great isolation. Built like a tank - I DJ'd for quite awhile and my set is still going strong despite being dropped, stepped on, thrown in road cases, etc. The ear cups also rotate reasonably freely to allow them to fold "flat" and be tossed in a backpack. The pads on these are that pleather material which could cause a little bit of sweat, but nothing to really complain about. Excellent sound, overall, but particularly suited to drum n bass, dubstep, industrial, goa and other genres of trance and electronic dance music. My pair is actually in my lab at work, at the moment, so no photo of them, sorry! (~$90)

  • Audio Technica M50S - Foldable, easy to toss in a bag. These are what I moved to after using the 280 Pro's for several years. Very smooth sound with a pretty surprising bass range. Definitely out-performed the 280's in some pieces of music when it came to the low range. Again, smooth, balanced sound overall. Great isolation on par with the 280's. The soundstage isn't as good as the AD700's, since these are closed headphones, otherwise I'd totally recommend these, flat out. These beat the Monster Beats Studio, hands down, for a third of the price. <3 Bass (~$120)


  • Koss Portapro - These things are classics for a reason. Very, very highly recommended by a ton of people. Comfortable, portable, built well, and excellent sound for the price bracket they are in. Unique styling. Those temple pads you see keep the pressure from the earpieces from becoming fatiguing on your ears. I've forgotton that I was wearing them on several occasions and tried to put on my hat over them. If you're cool with the style, I really recommend these. (~$40)

  • Grado SR60i - I love Grados. They have a really classic look, they are very comfortable, and they have solid sound. More suited to articulate, dynamic music. Not a ton of bass. Would recommend these for home use as well, actually. If you want, you can step up to the SR80i, but I don't feel like you will hear too great a difference, out of an iPod or an onboard soundcard. (~$70-$100)

    Note: the Amazon links above are using my affiliate ID. What this means is that if you purchase a set through those links, Amazon gives me 4-6% of the purchase price as a commission. The price you pay is not affected in any way - that commission comes out of their end. You don't have to use those links, you can search Amazon for any of the models above. And by all means, you don't have to buy through Amazon.
u/VacationAwayFromWork · 10 pointsr/Music

Sennheiser HD 202s are a great buy at twenty bucks. Buy those and put the extra $30 aside for your next pair (if you ever need them).

Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Headphones (Black)

u/cookiemonsterGage · 10 pointsr/headphones

I am incredibly happy with these headphones. They are very comfortable and do a great job of keeping noise out, I can mow the yard with them on and still easily listen to talk radio with clarity. I really enjoy the quality of sound for the price as I tend to destroy my headphones quickly.

I just wanted to thank this subreddit for all of the helpful information!

u/Neoro · 9 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I love my HD 598's that I got a couple years ago

u/SmittyJonz · 9 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Been wanting to try some Sennheiser HD559 since I just have Cheap Monoprice headphones. 559's been at $98-$99 for a while (Hit $74 on prime Day but I didn't order) and these Dropped to $68 on Amazon other day so I ordered them. Much Better than the Closed Back Cheapos. I'm Not a big headphone Guy so they Sound Good to Me......

Topping MX3 Drives them Well

Testing them Out with Heart, Great White, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, Allman Brothers............

u/punkkapoika · 9 pointsr/headphones


140€ HD598's, best headphones for the price I have tried.

40€ Audio HiFi 6J9 Amplifier, the difference to the PC soundcard (Hero VIII Maximus) is huge. I would recommend it for any HD598 user.

35€ DA3 SA9227 + PCM5102A DAC, not a huge difference to my ear.

u/Crashboy96 · 9 pointsr/buildapcsales

Fantastic budget "Hi-Fi", the SHP9500 headphones have been loved for a long time for their comfort and high value for the money.

This is a pretty good price according to CCC, although for those interested in the second revision SHP9500S model, it's only about $12 more on Amazon as well.

EDIT: From what I've read, there's not much of a difference between the two versions.

EDIT 2: The price dropped $1.04 down to $67.84 lmfao, cancel your orders and re-buy for that sweet dollar savings!

u/Fluxtroid · 9 pointsr/buildapcsalesuk

If just headphones are something you'd consider, you can get these for £55 and then a studio condenser mic with everything to get you going for £30.

Audio-Technica ATH-M30X Professional Headphones - Black

u/philip1243 · 9 pointsr/hiphopheads
  1. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Great over ear headphones, more bass driven, but pretty well rounded sound. Good for being submersed in your music.
  2. Sennheiser HD 598 Awesome open ear headphones, nice and roomy sound. (open back headphones allow outside sound in.) Great for acoustics and softer music.
  3. FiiO EX1 My daily driver, which are surprisingly really nice. Great balanced sound for In ear, super comfortable too. Punchy bass when needed and handles light and relaxed music with good highs.
u/CareerRejection · 9 pointsr/headphones

According to camelcamelcamel, that's the price that black friday had and pretty much hasn't been since.

u/Seri0usbusiness · 9 pointsr/edmproduction

The ATH-M50's are NOT flat at all. I've had the ATM-H50 for almost 3 years and every time I take off headphones off and listen to my HS7's, the highs pierce my ears.

I recently got the Sennheiser 598Cs on Black Friday and they're definitely a "truer" response than the ATH-M50's.

u/kaptain_carbon · 9 pointsr/Metal

I have always enjoyed my Sennheiser pro headphone. I do not know the number off the top of my head...but they have always provided great range. Though plugging them into my computer makes a low humming noise.


u/exaltare · 9 pointsr/buildapcsales

This promotion doesn't have a direct link, so I linked an item with a promotion link.

I noticed this earlier today and wanted to make sure that everyone was informed. Amazon hasn't made any public releases for this, it only shows up on specific items, and the promotion text is badly placed.

Amazon Harmony is a recent promotion for musical instruments. Certain high value items that are sold by Amazon have this promotion text:

>Speak with an Amazon Harmony associate for discount codes and to learn more. Call me

If you click the link, you can receive a call from Amazon. If you ask them for the Amazon Harmony discount, they'll ask you for some information and then read you a code to enter at checkout. They can also e-mail the code to you.

Here are the details:

  • The link only shows up on certain higher value items. However, the code works on almost every musical instrument. It doesn't have to be used on a specific item.
  • The item has to be directly from Amazon. It doesn't work for items that are fulfilled by Amazon.
  • The promotion value changes weekly. The highest value is 20%. The lowest value is 5%. The current value is 15%.
  • The code is unique and saved when used. The expiry date is longer than seven days.
  • The code has no limit for qualifying items. It works on this piano.
  • The code stacks with other coupons or promotions. It stacks with earlier codes.
  • The code works for all qualifying items at checkout. However, you can request more codes from Amazon rather than placing one large order.
  • The code works for most microphones. Microphones are often categorized as musical instruments.
  • The code doesn't work for most headphones, headsets, monitors or amplifiers. It does work on some headphones like the Sennheiser HD 650. It's unlikely to work for any item that doesn't show up for a "Musical Instrument" search.
u/10GuyIsDrunk · 9 pointsr/battlestations

For most audiophiles?

All of them... except the SE215 and maybe the B&W P7.
With the rest it's down to preference, they're all top-tier.

Like, I'm very happy with my HD 650s and a couple hundred dollars worth of amp/DAC. He's got these (and all the other ones) and thousands of dollars worth of amp/DAC. Basically when he listens to music with headphones or earbuds, he's putting $500 in each ear, then using thousands of dollars to send music to them.

u/lootbox · 9 pointsr/headphones

FWIW, they're also $315 on Amazon:

Delivery time is significantly shorter than Best Buy's if you have Amazon Prime. Dunno how the return policies compare.

u/Khanthulhu · 9 pointsr/assholedesign

This is for prices being below the Minimum Advertised Price so it's actually usually a really good deal. Amazon frequently sells one of my favorite headphones like this. The price for it is very good and it isn't being manipulative or anything. It's a genuine deal.

People in this thread are being a bit too cynical.

u/kickinthehead · 9 pointsr/VideoEditing

I'm sure other people will concur when I recommend Sony MDR7506 headphones. They're pretty ubiquitous in film and recording studios.

What you want in your headphones is accuracy, as opposed to some expensive headphones which are made to enhance sound for the consumer who want something like lots of bass.

Extensive review on

u/notshortjustfunsized · 9 pointsr/techtheatre

Sony MDR-7506

In my opinion, they are great headphones. They fit comfortably and have a very balanced sound, while also being very reasonably priced.

EDIT: Here is the link for the product on amazon. There are almost 500 reviews that you can go read through to see what other people think

u/fragilemachinery · 9 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Worth mentioning, the MDR-V6 is the same headphone without the gold plated plug, and usually a bit cheaper.

Either way though I agree, they're excellent studio cans, people tend to be split 50/50 on whether the sony's or the senn's are better.

Also, Amazon is cheaper than Sweetwater.

u/aoforjo · 8 pointsr/Guitar

I saved up my money to buy the Audio Technica ATH-M50. The day I went in to buy them I stumbled upon these


For half the price, spent the rest of the money on weed. you cant explain that. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

u/IntendoPrinceps · 8 pointsr/mechanicalheadpens

Keyboard: Huo Ji Z-77

Headphones: Sony MDR-7506 (been rocking these almost daily for ~7 years and just recently had to replace the original pair, my favorite headphones of all time)

Pen: Lamy Fine Tip Safari in Charcoal

u/jaymz168 · 8 pointsr/Music

For home I have my Sennheiser HD-280 Pros which will eat your iPod battery. For travel I use a pair of Realistics (Radio Shack brand) that are rebranded Koss headphones for about half the price but I don't know if they still sell them.

u/Ante_eater · 8 pointsr/Calgary

This. Sennheiser are fucking gods of mid range audiophile quality. I've owned 3 products from them and still have all of them 3 years later in good working order. I bought these a few years back and still use them daily, well worth the extra $50.00 IMHO.

u/pandalolz · 8 pointsr/edmproduction

I'm fairly certain Sony MDR7506's have been industry standard for longer than I've been alive. I got mine for $60 on ebay.

u/typ901 · 8 pointsr/VideoEditing

Industry standard Sony MDR-7506. Not crazy expensive and they hold up well.

u/mischiefthebunny · 8 pointsr/edmproduction

Serum is $189.

MDR7506 - the best headphones. Got introduced to these and haven't looked back. Get these and save the difference for Serum. Serum is awesome btw!

EDIT: PriceZombie, MDR7506 is only 79.99 through Sony!

u/sheboygan_sexpo · 8 pointsr/synthesizers

Sony MDR7506's. Good enough for Trent Reznor, and David Lynch while filming Twin Peaks. Good enough for me. They sound great for casual listening, and are flat enough for mixing/mastering.

u/[deleted] · 8 pointsr/asmr

These are going to be the most comfortable cans you can get for less than $100, and have very good sound quality, as they are rebranded Denons. I can wear them for hours with no problem whatsoever.

u/igotagamblngsolution · 8 pointsr/headphones

I don't need it, but the Creative Aurvana Live is half off ($50), both at their site and on amazon.

u/Moimoi328 · 8 pointsr/Cartalk

A new car battery costs $100. A nice pair of Sennheisers costs $80. Stop watching movies in your car and solve the problem for real.

u/Soupdeloup · 8 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

In response to the person who has been using it for 5 years, I'd recommend against it. There are better headphones available if you don't specifically search for a 'gaming headset'. I've said before the hyper x cloud sounds horrible from experience and I stick by it.

If you don't search by the gaming headset moniker and instead look for a separate headset/microphone combo you'll be a lot happier.

Personally I enjoy these headphones and microphone, but I've been using them for 2 years so I'm also probably a bit biased/out of the loop. If anyone recommends better, definitely chime in!

Along with this microphone:

They are overpriced right now (headset was ~80 when I bought it, microphone was $35) so I'd wait until black Friday or look for a cheap alternative, but regardless I wouldn't go for the hyper x cloud. These are also open back so you'll have a nicer sound but others around you will be able to hear if you've got the volume up.

u/WhatevsBrah · 8 pointsr/buildapc

Ask yourself what type of gaming you do. I was playing CS:GO on a pair of ATH-M50x's and while the deep sounds were great, for music even more so, I ended up enjoying all "positional" FPS games much more when i got a pair of Sennheiser HD 598's. Ridiculously priced on amazon right now..

I was considering a Mod Mic but decided on the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB with a desk clamp and windscreen and do not regret it one bit. I'm surprised with the quality of this mic and i don't have to wear my headphones to use it.

u/feanor726 · 8 pointsr/indieheads

I love, love, love my Sennheiser HD598's.

This review sums them up pretty well. You'll fall in love.

They're $100 off Sennheiser's price over at amazon.

u/TedRobbers · 8 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

non-mobile link:

u/tielknight · 8 pointsr/buildapcsales

Compared to something like this? Yeah it'll sound bad.

Imo, if you need a one with mic get something cheaper, the 7.1 is just a gimmick.
If you want something good get the Monoprice's plus a cheap mic instead.

u/CPfresh · 8 pointsr/pcgaming

The Steps too PC gaming headset success:

First a disclaimer. PCgaming headsets are subpar compared to equivalent consumer and entery level audiophile headphones. Buying a gaming headphones basically means you're paying money for the marketing term "gaming."

  • Don't buy a gaming headet
  • Buy an open back pair of entry level audiophile cans like These ( I assure you they're normally cheaper, they seem to have a price hike right now cause they're low on stock)
  • Buy an Antlion mod mic or a zalman mic 1
  • Now you can enjoy far superior sound quality than any game set can offer you. Bonus? You'll also be able to enjoy music at a much higher quality than you would have before.
u/Archlicht · 8 pointsr/Vive

I've done a fair amount of research on this lately, and the Sennheiser HD 518 headphones seem perfect for me. Expensive enough that you know you aren't getting crap, but not too pricey at $68, either. Open-ear design for positional audio. They also have a detachable 2.5mm to 3.5mm cord, so you can get a shorter one for Vive.

u/Callmeagile · 8 pointsr/indieheads

These are far and away the best sounding and most comfortable headphones I've ever used:

I know they might be outside your budget, but if you get them, you won't be disappointed.

u/Erosis · 8 pointsr/buildapcsales

Also on sale at Amazon for $88.13, an all time low for Amazon.

For general listening, these headphones are quite good but I prefer other cans. For competitive gaming, I think these are the best you can get for under $400. The soundstage on these are enormous.

u/anw817 · 8 pointsr/mechanicalheadpens

oh no... one of these is not like the other

try these

try these for something portable

if bose are a choice you're considering, bose are EXTREMELY overpriced for bass-heavy sound, the only thing they have over their competitors is they have excellent noise-cancellation

u/iHubble · 8 pointsr/headphones

So is the deal on HD 598 Cs still a thing after the UK drop?

EDIT: Holy shit, yes. Even better, they are $109 CAD with free shipping on, which is ~$80 USD after conversion! This is amazing.

u/emmuhmah · 8 pointsr/AskWomen

A pair of sound-dampening headphones. I got a nice pair a few years back from Audio-Technica and it's the best purchase I've ever made. Way cheaper than Bose (I paid $70) and the sound quality of a headset is unlike any other headset or earbuds I've owned. It blocked out noisy studio-mates in grad school and now it blocks out loud phone calls and neighbors from the surrounding cubicals at work. 10/10.

u/Blarfles · 8 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

I'm a big fan of the Sennheiser HD598s as an all around consumer headphone. They can be worn basically forever without getting uncomfortable, sound generally lovely, and provide a fantastically "open" soundscape. They are open-backed, and as a result bleed a lot of sound, making them bad for public use. But I find that closed-back headphones have an almost claustrophobic sound that doesn't sit well with me so that's a trade off I'll make.

u/JahRo225 · 8 pointsr/buildapcsales

Fidelio X2's are 198 + S&H with the $50.00 coupon going on now. They rival some top tier cans and are amazing for music and gaming. Skip the garbage phones and get this + a Boompro or ModMic

u/VaultVeteran · 8 pointsr/unitedkingdom

Since you live in London I assume you've got a few quid to spare, so here's a 50 grand pair, the Sennheiser Orpheus

Otherwise, I've heard good things about these [Sennheiser HD598 headphones] (

u/Xanderoga · 8 pointsr/PS4

I have a pair of these and cannot recommend them enough. They feel great even after using them all day, rich sounds both for music and gaming.

u/jedbanguer · 7 pointsr/headphones

The Sennheiser HD 598 (not the Cs!) are in the mexican Amazon store as deal of the day at $1798 MXN, about $86~ USD. I dont know if they ship to the US, but you guys might want to check it out. I already picked up a pair, and I'm tempted to get a second one.

u/powercorruption · 7 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Sennheiser HD 598 Cs Closed Back Headphone

$115 new, $80 used through Amazon Warehouse. Don't get the standard 598 if you plan on using these outside of home. These are the Closed version that doesn't leak sound out.

u/shadowkid017 · 7 pointsr/buildapcsales

If you're looking to spend about this much on headphones, consider the Sennheiser HD 598SR or the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x.

u/TheBlankVerseKit · 7 pointsr/headphones

For UK customers, £89, down from £199.

Just bought mine. First decent set of headphones. Very excited.

u/nsdjoe · 7 pointsr/headphones

The Philips SHP9500 are well regarded open back headphones in that general price range but i'm ill equipped to make a comparison.

Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black)

edit: derp didn't notice this was about the closed 598. disregard!

u/mahTV · 7 pointsr/Vive

I've done an extensive amount of headphones research myself. I've tried several fairly expensive cans, and I think I've found the best possible combination (surprisingly one of the cheaper options, as well):

Philips SHP9500 along with a 1 foot 3.5mm Male to 3.5mm Male cable

These headphones are CRAZY comfortable, open backed so your ears don't melt off, and the only ones I could find that accept a non-proprietary 3.5mm audio jack on the headphones themselves (so you can use a shorter cable). They sound pretty, too.

The audio solution for the Vive bummed me out in the beginning, I really wanted integrated audio, but I think the above is a great alternative. I don't sell these, btw, the above links are just for reference.

u/Mrsbreezy · 7 pointsr/PaymoneyWubby
u/bmetz16 · 7 pointsr/audiophile

Noise canceling won't do shit for a person's voice. Those are meant for background noise. You want a closed back noise isolating headphones. Sennheiser hd 280 pros. $83, great sound and you have to yell in my ear to get my attention when I'm playing music.

u/DownvoteBrigade80 · 7 pointsr/mildlyinfuriating

Wait, what? Those are $160?

You could get these for $100. Oh, but who would want to use something that needs the ancient 3.5mm jack?

u/caligari87 · 7 pointsr/mylittlepony

I've listened to the first few minutes, and it's pretty good. Gonna hold off on the rest until I get home where my nice headphones are.

The only thing I'm (mildly) not liking so far is the lyrical delivery. It's a bit too dense, where Moonrise gave the lines a little more room to breathe. Minor complaint though.

u/josecouvi · 7 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Here's a few that are in your price range and pretty well known for their durability:

Beyerdynamic DT 770

Sony MDR 7506 (Also check for the price on the V6 as they're both very similar and just as durable)

AKG K240

Shure SE215

u/laughing-octopus · 7 pointsr/headphones

Instead of paying $300+ for HD 600s, pay $10/month ($120/year) for Apple Music and get better quality music.

Nice headphones playing low quality music will simply sound like low quality music.

Put another way, wearing high quality custom eyeglasses to look at an out of focus photograph will not make the photo come into focus.

My suggestion:

  • Pay $10/month to Apple Music (if you have an iPhone), Tidal, or Spotify
  • Buy some Sony MDR7506 for $75

    You'll be miles ahead of the game.
u/Wikkiwikki420 · 7 pointsr/ExpectationVsReality

The ones I listed are grade A.

Edit. Sennheiser may make some subjectively cheap quality shit, but it is going to be better than anything produced as a fashion piece, no debate or argument will change that.

That said, yes sound quality is subjective to the listener. Sennheiser has very many sound signatures depending on what you are looking for. Getting a pair of headphones that are designed for mastering audio will always be your best choice for the most versatile headphones for all types of audio.

How they feel when you wear them will always be the biggest issue with these types of headphones. Do you like leather, velour, leather substitutes or fabrics. Do you like a metal head band or plastic. Are the headphones secure or too tight? Those are the questions you need to go in to a store to find out.

Audio quality though.... If you are moving from a fashion brand or a regular mainstream brand like samsung, phillips, koss, or entry level "street wear" sony headphones then audio quality isn't a concern for you and anything I listed will blow the shit out of what ever it is you had been using previously. If you happen to be an audiophile then you are going to need to sit down and make sure that the sound signature is what you are expecting.

To be clear... Sony studio headphones are all fucking amazing and until the new models that recently came out, their studio headphones had remained largely untouched for something around 25 years. Those can be found on amazon for $99 Check em out if you are new to the audio community. These are honestly top notch and best in class at that price point.

u/ModulationLobbyist · 7 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Sony MDR V6 Monitor Headphones

Well if you are posting in WATMM and do any sort of music making these headphones people are recommending will give you a warped frequency response. You might as well go for the industry standard and get the V6. Every studio has a couple of these.

And since you say you will be mixing, you really should think of getting proper headphones instead of boosted nonsense!

u/faster3200 · 7 pointsr/gaming

First, let me say this: all headphones are surround sound. You only have two places that you can hear from and headphones literally surround them. Surround sound (5.1, 7.1, etc.) in speakers is nice since in order to hear from all directions without getting too technical you need speakers around you. If you see 5.1 or 7.1 headphones, that means they just stuffed a ton of low quality drivers into their phones and is a good sign they are nothing but marketing and that you should avoid them.

Also, if you see a headset that is usb that means it uses it's own sound card essentially, which may be good or bad for you depending on your setup.

For gaming specifically you want headphones with a good sound-stage. There is no gaming headset on the market that compares to getting some good phones plus mic. Sony MDR-V6 and Creative Aurvana Live (rebadged Denon AH-D1001) are a decent choices for your price range. You can always get a desktop mic, a clip-on mic, or better yet find a Labtec LVA-7330 on ebay and do some simple modding and you have yourself a headset with removable mic.

u/pipechap · 7 pointsr/BuyItForLife

If you want an actual 80s design that will last forever with hard use:

u/LawfulFelafel · 7 pointsr/gamingpc

Satay away from gamer brand headsets. Listen to LynkDead and get yourself some high quality earphones and a cheap mic.

u/hvyboots · 7 pointsr/gadgets

Sony MDR-V6. Bought them in 1989 for $90. I've bought new ear foam twice, lol. Still use them 4-5 hours a week at work to this day.

Durability-wise, I should add that that includes my college years where they used to ride around in my backpack for 12 hours a day and get listened to 4-5 hours per day while studying, riding public transport, etc.

And you'll notice that they get pretty decent reviews on audio quality to this day.

u/proxpi · 7 pointsr/audioengineering

I'm going to assume you're talking about electric guitar, and you want to record on to your computer.

We'll go with the simplest/cheapest way (Note, you won't want to run an electric guitar directly into a computer, it'll generally sound like crap)

First off, you'll need a microphone. The Shure SM57 is an industry standard for recording many things, from guitar cabs to snare drums, and more. It's only $100, too! There's a knockoff of that mic, for half the price, that's supposed to be just as good (some people even prefer the sound), the GLS-57. Both of these mics are "dynamic" mics, and either of these mics will work.

You'll need to get a mic stand to place the mic in the proper position on the amp, which is a separate lesson in and of itself.

Next, you need a way to get the mic signal into your computer. The quickest, cheapest, but least featured way to do so would be something like the Blue Icicle. You would plug it into your computer, plug an XLR cable into it, and plug the mic into that cable.

For software, the most basic, and free software is Audacity. It really is pretty basic, but you can plug your stuff in, hit record, and it'll record. If you want something more powerful, check out Reaper. It's really good, and pretty cheap (and has a more or less unlimited trial period if you're that kind of person). It is somewhat complex though, and it'll take a decent amount of time to get comfortable with. If you have a Mac, Garage Band is just peachy.

inally, the last important part is hearing what you're recording. At the low-end, you're probably better off with headphones. I recommend either the Sennheiser HD280s or the less expensive Sony MDR-V6s (mostly identical to their professional MDR-7506s). If you want to get some actual monitors, check out the Behringer MS16s.

Unsurprisingly, you can spend a hell of a lot more money on any of these things. Feel free to ask any questions!

Bonus advice! If you want to record an acoustic guitar, instead of the SM57, you'd want to get a small diaphragm condenser (SDC) mic, like the MXL 603S.

u/Pnume · 7 pointsr/headphones

If you ask me, laptop speakers are never fine.

If you're willing to spend no more than $100, consider the CAL! They don't require an amp and handle rap well.

According to many, you can't do much better in the sub-$100 category.

u/Shike · 7 pointsr/headphones

noontec zoro

Philips Downtown


Creative Aurvana

Noontec is a newcomer that's made some really excellent phones with the Zoro and is definitely worth a look.

The Cityscape are decent sounding lifestyle headphones which look understated.

The ATH-ES55 is standard Audio-Technica affair, good construction quality all around with good sound.

The Creative's are actually rebadged Foster/Fostex headphones (they were used in Denon's D1001(?) if I remember correctly)

All of these are relatively good, but there's definitely a LOT out there.

u/Pafkay · 7 pointsr/misophonia

32db of sound insulation as well as the speakers :)


u/FenrirUlf · 7 pointsr/Music

Depends on the use to be honest with you.

Crystal clear quality with a very flat response? (Very suitable for audiophiles who do studio work and/or don't need an overwhelming bass response) : Sennheiser HD280s

Great quality for over the ear headphones and that have amazing bass response (Perfectly suitable for casual listeners that like a bass heavy response but still has a great amount of clarity) : SOL Republic Tracks

Need something for athletic activities that stay in the ear very well? I use these for just about anything from running, biking, weight lifting, or just walking to class : Bose IE-2

u/mastermx · 7 pointsr/EliteDangerous
u/scrample2401 · 7 pointsr/AudioProductionDeals

This was interesting to me at first glance, but is it really much of a deal? Senn HD 650s are $320 on Amazon right now and might go lower during black friday sales, and Sonarworks Studio Edition is $250. Add in the $25 flat shipping fee for the bundle and it doesn't seem great?

edit: also, sonarworks itself went on sale for like $80 off a few months ago according to this sub's history

edit 2: also, if you just want headphones and a tool for mixing/mastering on headphones, it might be cheaper to use the headphone edition of sonarworks rather than the studio edition.

u/eksaurus · 7 pointsr/cscareerquestions

I use these headphones at work in an open-office coworking space, and can rarely, if ever, hear anybody else.

u/SinkDemon · 7 pointsr/buildapc

$1200 on a build with an APU? Alarm bells should be ringing.

Edit: Here. This is a much better use of your money

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor | $212.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler | Enermax Liqtech 120X 111.0 CFM Ball Bearing Liquid CPU Cooler | $59.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard | Gigabyte GA-Z97N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard | $109.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | $64.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $79.99 @ Newegg
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card | $329.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case | Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case | $49.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply | Cooler Master VSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply | $79.99 @ Newegg
Monitor | Philips 298P4QJEB/27 60Hz 29.0" Monitor |-
Keyboard | ROCCAT Ryos MK Wired Gaming Keyboard | $69.99 @ NCIX US
Mouse | ROCCAT Kone XTD Wired Laser Mouse | $73.16 @ Amazon
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $1131.07
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-31 12:32 EST-0500 |

I've dropped the headset - buy a proper pair of audiophile grade headphones. Ask /r/headphones if you want more advice but something like these and an antlion modmic is so much better than a headset, it's not even funny.

u/Robert_Skywalker · 7 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/viciouskicks · 7 pointsr/medicalschool

These Sennheisers are ultra comfortable and easy to wear for multiple hours.

u/ggKevin · 7 pointsr/CringeAnarchy

Sennheiser HD 598's! If I get them they will be my first real set of headphones.

u/falconboom · 7 pointsr/headphones
u/LcRohze · 7 pointsr/pcgaming

I love how everyone is recommending overpriced garbage sounding headsets when the OP asked for headphones. Check out Audio Technica AD 700xs, the're simply amazing. The Sennheiser HD 598 are also superb.

u/ProPencilPusher · 7 pointsr/gaming

I'm gonna be that guy, and say something like Sennheiser HD558 or Audio Technica ATH-M50s with a Zalmann clip on mic or standard desktop mic.

Not as elegant but will sound MUCH better than most, if not all, of the mic + headphone combos.

u/callmesov · 7 pointsr/gifs

> HD598

Black ones are $130 right now on Amazon.

Highly recommend them. I've got them connected to a Soundblaster Z and they sound nice, not sure if there's something better I could be doing in the sound card/amp department.

u/Lapper · 7 pointsr/headphones

Surround sound, especially "digital surround sound" like these headphones use, is largely a marketing scheme and does not sound objectively "better" or even generate a better soundstage.

If you're interested in the real "surround sound" experience, try open-backed headphones like the Sennheiser HD 558 (a nice recommendation for your price range).

u/cconley0609 · 7 pointsr/drumcorps

I brought some Monoprice 108323s on tour last year, and just had them folded up hanging on a bungee cord above my seat. They're cheap-ish (I got them for like $20), so you don't have to worry a whole lot about breaking or losing them, but they're also pretty good headphones for the price point. They don't have active noise cancellation, but they blocked out most of the noise on the bus when I wanted to get some sleep. They've lasted me 2 years of casual use and one season of drum corps so far, probably the best $20 I've ever spent. The only downside is that the stock earpads are a little uncomfortable, but I was able to get some comfortable replacements pretty inexpensively on their website.

u/OverExclamated · 7 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Thinking about all of the headphones that I personally have used or tried, I think that the SHP9500s is likely to be the candidate that would last the longest with continued abuse. They might get scratched up and dinged, but overall they'd stay together and keep functioning.

The cloth on the earpads might wear out or get snagged and torn, at which point you can just rip the originals off of their mounting rings (they come glued to the stock mounting ring) and replace them with an after-market pad.

And this might sound excessive, but once you've determined the naturally comfortable position for him while wearing them you could simply epoxy the gap which allows the earcup to pivot in place for added reinforcement.

Cable replacement options are plentiful and inexpensive.

Only caveat is that they are an open-back so if he likes to jam out around other people, that might be an annoyance.

u/B00STERGOLD · 6 pointsr/PUBGXboxOne

Ill give you my setup. Great for games and a nice set of headphones for day to day music. You can shop around for better prices.



u/Dissentient · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace +

u/Dis9942 · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

for the love of god don't get a headset, get headphones and a separate mic. What is your budget? If you are a foot step fanatic like me, I HIGHLY recommend this pair of open back headphones. Get a Vmoda boom pro if you want a headset like mic, or for a traditional mic get a Fifine one, they have an amazing budget line up.

u/paladdinsane · 6 pointsr/buildapc

Just got a pair of Philips SHP9500 for $60 on sale from Newegg, with free shipping. See they are back at $100 now, but you might be able to find them discounted elsewhere. The comfort of this pair of headphones is incredible, and check the reviews on Amazon. As far as comfort and sound quality for the dollar, i'm not convinced you can do any better, and way under your budget if you find the same sale that I did.

u/Symz58 · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Antilion ModMic is about $50. Mod Mic is cheap and great.

My Cheap headphones in comparison
Phillips SPH9500

u/homeboi808 · 6 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

Monitor headphones mean that they aim for a flat EQ, they don't favor any frequencies (low's, mid's, high's). Almost all expensive headphones (besides Beats and Boss) are monitors, and many/most are open back (zero noise isolation).

I bought the Sennheiser HD 598 for $100 on Black Friday last year, and those are your popular entry-level "audiophile" headphones (they are super light-weight as well).

As for the M50/M50x's, my brother has them and they are slightly bass heavy, I feel they are more than appropriate for music listening (they aren't comfortable for listening hours on end though).

If your budget is sub $150 and you want closed-back monitors that still have a good bump for bass, the M50/M50x's are very good.

Visit /r/headphones.

u/mr_roo · 6 pointsr/Games

I wouldn't recommend any traditional gaming headsets, you would do better to get a good pair of headphones and a separate mic. Gaming headsets have good mics, but the speakers are almost always lacking compared to similarly priced headphones.

I've used many headsets from Logitech, Steelseries, Razer, Turtle Beach, and a few other companies, and anything from Sennheiser, Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic, Denon, AKG, or the multitude of quality audiophile manufacturers, will give you far better audio.

Sennheiser makes the only really good headsets in my opinion, the PC350 and PC360, but they are expensive at around $200, and don't sound as good as the HD598's for about the same price.

Steelseries makes okay headsets, but are over priced for the audio quality. The 5Hv2 and 7H are incredibly comfortable, and the Siberia v2 are quite comfy as well (not if you have a large head though, I have 7 7/8 hat size and was fatigued in an hour). Also their build quality is very good. They produce very accurate locational noise, but be warned as Steelseries headsets have no bass at all at the cost of having very clear footstep identification.

I wouldn't even consider Razer products as their build quality is sub-optimal.

Check out: and for all the info you want on good headphones.

Also is a good place to start.

For gaming I use Audio Technica ATH-AD700 and Zalman Zm-Mic1. The AD700's don't have a large bass presence, so bass thumps don't interfere with footsteps and important locational noise (which they produce very accurately). These are by far the most comfortable headphones I have ever had on. The ModMic is also a very good mic option for any headphone.

Do a little research on the audio sub-reddits and you will find the perfect solution for your needs.

u/Xaxziminrax · 6 pointsr/CFB

Which, incidentally, are on sale for $150 right now.

(If anyone reading this doesn't know headphones, that's a fucking steal)

u/Dreyka1 · 6 pointsr/headphones

Buy a used 558. It will sound almost exactly the same and you can foam mod it.

Always buy headphones used because they sound the same as new.

u/Scorch8482 · 6 pointsr/xboxone

My current setup is A50s and a Modmic plugged into a Y-adapter that plugs into the adapter and so far it works amazing. Let me try to get you links:

-Modmic (incredible quality; built to last and made by a guy who's just starting up):


-Sennheiser (better for gaming, however the sound leaks so others can hear your music at a low volume (cant be used in public places))

-A50s (what I have; perfect for music and great for gaming; very private and doesnt leak sound very much):

The modmic is magnetic and will stick
To your headset while having the ability to be taken off with ease to leave the headphones bare. The a50s are awesome for music and pretty good for gaming, but if you do gaming at about a 80-20 ratio to music listening than I would go with Sennheiser 558s or 598s. The y-adapter just allows you to combine both the headphones and the mic into one 3.5 mm AUX jack.

Total cost was about $165 (not including xbone adapter). Fairly good price for better headphones (structurally and sound-quality), ability to use everywhere and not look dumb with an attached mic, listen to music that sounds phenomenal, and speak in crystal clear quality to my buddies (who have already noticed how well it sounded in comparison to the xbone chat headsets).

TLDR: Get audiophile headphones, a modmic, and y adapter for a better and cheaper headset that can be used as normal headphones and as a headset (removable mic).

u/acommunistspy · 6 pointsr/buildapcsales


Seems like 75$ is a very good price for these. Only been lower than $80 on amazon twice very rarely.

u/mattdg91 · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Winamp and the VST bridge plugin for headphone correction. You should consider getting some nice headphones to fully appreciate your tunes. These are wonderful open-back headphones that are insanely cheap right now, I remember dropping $120 on mine. The open back will let sound in, so you'll still hear your fans whirring slightly, but if you have a quiet environment then it's like sitting in front of a good pair of speakers.

u/dstaller · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

HD 558 + Modmic is what I'm using. HD 558s are on sale for $80 at the moment too.

Won't get any better for the price.

u/aspburgers · 6 pointsr/headphones

get the HD 518 has a better soundstage(what you want in gaming) and smoother bass than the m50 and only $105

u/c0ldsh0w3r · 6 pointsr/Unexpected

You're welcome. This is the set I bought recently. Leagues better than the cheap ass 15$ chinese headset I had been using previously.

EDIT: They were on sale when I bought them for about 80 bucks.

u/Nekomii · 6 pointsr/battlestations

You should look into open headphones. Sennheiser is a great brand if you don't buy too cheap (like the 518 you mentioned).

I've got HD 598's and they're extremely comfortable & fit your needs - should look into them.

u/MomoBP · 6 pointsr/headphones

Why 558s ??

Go for 598 : sennheiser

Or the new model 599 👌

u/abonnett · 6 pointsr/Music

Thanks for the heads up. I'll be sure to visit it when I want to upgrade or need to replace. I just ordered these:
Heard nothing but good reviews and I know the bran is up there with the best.

u/Grayko · 6 pointsr/PS5

I’ve been using the Sennheiser HD 598 CS through the headphone jack on the DS4 for a long time. Extremely comfortable, well built, and incredible audio quality. I’ve had them for 2.5 years now and they are just barely started to show wear on the ear cups. Incredible value as well.

Was a years long headset user from Sony, Tritton, and Astro dating back to my early teen years. Ditching headsets was the best choice I ever made audio wise. The in-line mic isn’t as good as a boom arm but it’s worked well for me when I rarely need to use it. I’d recommend waiting to the 598s or something similar, or even the HyperX you mentioned. Never had good personally experiences with consumer grade Sony audio products, specifically their old PS3 headsets.

Sennheiser HD 598 Cs Closed Back Headphone

u/Bioniclegenius · 6 pointsr/buildapc

I'm currently using a Yeti Blue and a pair of Sennheiser HD598SRs. Planning on switching to a Modmic 5 in the future, for more easy plug-and-play with a straight headphone jack, rather than messing around with a USB mic that I have to unplug to switch my audio back to speakers.

u/OneTime_AtBandCamp · 6 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Don't know about speakers but the Senheisser HD 598 SE is on sale for $110 again, pretty good deal. In fact they're on sale for $110CAD in Canada and $110 USD in the US, so Canadians are for once getting the better deal.

u/enemy1g · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

You're not really gonna get quality with wireless, both build and probably audio quality. Sennheiser HD598s were just on sale for $129, and that leaves ~50 for a standalone mic, or a ModMic.

Edit: Still on sale

u/mojuba · 6 pointsr/headphones

Confirmed, but only on the Spanish Amazon for some reason :)

u/x_Mark_0f_Cain_x · 6 pointsr/hardwareswap

You can buy new 598's for 150 or a used pair for $114 on Amazon:

u/YoungRichKid · 6 pointsr/mechanicalheadpens

Keyboard: WASD 61 Keys with custom cap colors (built on their site)

Headphones: Sennheiser HD 598 SR with open backs.

Pen: Baoer 388 with a medium nib

I want to buy a nicer pen but for right now this one (with Noodler's black ink) works perfectly. I use numbers a lot at work, so I plan on making a separate number pad soon, and I also am probably going to purchase a trackball to place between the keyboard and number pad. The headphones I bought on Prime Day for half their normal price (at the time).

u/NeverEndingXsin · 6 pointsr/buildapc

+1 for sennheiser.

These are the headphones I have, absolutely AMAZING for gaming, and extremely comfortable as well. I'll play for hours and forget i'm even wearing headphones.

u/MrPartyHard_ · 6 pointsr/PS4Pro

The Sennheiser HD 598.

They work perfectly with the PS4 and you can choose between the open-back (SR) and the close-back (CS) option.

u/mac404 · 6 pointsr/headphones

Please don't rely on Z Reviews for an understanding of how things sound. His views are, at best, inconsistent, and he has a high penchant for large amounts of bass over anything else.

The problem with the T50RP-Mk3's is that they are uncomfortable and don't sound very good out of the box. They are easy to mod, which is why they became as popular as they did. But even if you had an amp you knew could drive it, it's really not a good idea without at least different pads.

Something like the Sennheiser HD598 would be a much safer bet. Or for a crazy value, the HD558 is on sale at Best buy right now. They won't be as bass-heavy as the LP2's you have right now, but the rest of the frequency response will be much less weird / more even.

For more thoughts, you could always post in the daily Purchase Advice thread.

u/NekoLas90 · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Ooooh misinterpreted the replacement suggestions lol I'm looking at the Sennheiser HD 598 open back here but the closed back are cheaper and might suit you better, you can buy something like this if you need a mic.

u/DQ11 · 6 pointsr/edmproduction

Sony MDR-7506.


They won't boost or color any signal too much and give you a nice even response for the most part. For the price range they are really good.

Obviously you can find better ones for like $500 but these are great for what they are.

u/BeMadTV · 6 pointsr/caseyneistat

Based on this picture, I will try my best. Correct me if I am wrong:




If interested, I can tell you the setup I use for this podcast if you like the sound (My first time, still working out the kinks). It's portable too and I wouldn't have to guess the equipment:

u/TrueDiligence · 6 pointsr/buildapcsales

Tascam TH-02 - $26

Creative Aurvana L!ve - $56

Sony MDR-V6 - $67

These are all solid options to consider. The Creative and Sony options are definitely better than the Tascam, but I included it in case the others are out of reach. The Creative Aurvana L!ve are more bass heavy, while the Sony's are more treble heavy.

u/plazman30 · 6 pointsr/headphones

Amazon has the HD650 for $337 new.

Wondering whether the HD650/600 will have a Black Friday deal.

u/bigdoghogfrog · 6 pointsr/headphones

Isn't this a better deal?

233 Pounds to US is $310 US, shipped, all in. No import/custom fees. I can buy it here in Canada for $400 CAD shipped.

u/dustyjuicebox · 6 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Here are my current head phones. year long warranty, 10ft cord, things sound great for the price, they feel like clouds on my ears and are fairly sound proof. This is the head phone for the person looking for a decent pair of headphones without wanting to drop over $100 for them. Seriously, if you want good head phones, buy these.

Edit: upon further review it seems I got these headphones on sale. However I still encourage you to buy them.

u/zdelusion · 6 pointsr/Bass

I use Sennhieser HD280. They're a popular model for monitoring. The other popular monitoring headphones under $100 would be the Sony MDR7506.

u/That1guy1981 · 6 pointsr/pics

On headphones, There's a lot of ways to research.


Such as

  • C-NET - Advertising influenced Professional reviews
  • Consumer Reports - Unbiased Professional reviews
  • Amazon reviews - A metric crap ton of amateur crowd-sourced reviews, and some occasional products with massive amounts of fake reviews

    For me I like to use the amazon reviews but I always put the item listing into fakespot. Using Fakespot lets me know the reliability of the ratings because a lot of the lower end earbud listings are completely faked.

    My research led me to two separate products I loved. Wired Sony "Studio Headphones", these sound great to my non-audiophile ears. These are sturdy, to me they feel good wearing them and they sound great. Included in the box was an exploded parts diagram with a parts list. These are not break and throw away headphones, these are designed to be serviced. It had great reviews was within my budget $80 and fakespot said the reviews were legit. These are solid, sturdy, designed to be serviced. I freaking love them.

    The other product I really like is the Avantree Wireless 40 HR Blue Tooth headphones. The ratings were good, and legit per fakespot, my complaints about my other wireless blue tooth was that I never seemed to have them charged when I wanted them and the range sucked. I double checked the tech specs and the 40hrs wasnt marketing BS. These legit have much higher battery capacity than the other wireless headphones. When I first plugged these in I played them side by side in wired and wireless mode next to the Sony Studio headphones. The bass was deeper, and the mids were better represented, at first I was really happy. These were out performing the Sony Studio Headphones, but as I played more songs side by side, I found I liked these better on most songs, but on some songs it didn't sound the way I remembered them. Then it occurred to me, I plugged the Sony Studio headphones back in, and adjusted the equalizer, I was able to adjust the equalizer such that my Sonys sounded exactly like these, then I figured it out and I was pissed off. These weren't better at reproducing the bass and the mids. They simply have a built in bass boost that can't be turned off. I'd give this product 7 Stars if I could for battery life, but only 4 for bluetooth range, and 2 for the bass boost I cant turn off I get why they do it, if you had to listen to headphones side by side in a store a consumer would hear more bass out of the boosted ones, and think they were better at reproducing bass.


    TL;DR lots of ways to research, Fakespot is awesome, some headphone manufacturers use dirty tricks. Beats uses what are basically fishing weights to make their products feel heavier and sturdier, and some manufacturers include a bass boost that you cant turn off.

    Edits - lots of spelling and grammatical mistakes.
u/OmegaVesko · 6 pointsr/serbia

>svi balkanski narodi su skloni muzici, i audio uređajima

To jesu, u smislu da imaš gomilu ljudi koji non-stop kupuju nove zvučnike da bi imali 'više vati'. >_>

Al' ozbiljno, ja gledam sebi da kupim uskoro nešto ovakvo, da mogu da slušam muziku ko čovek. Dosadilo mi je da stalno guram bubice u desktop, mada ove Pioneer koje sad koristim i nisu toliko loše.

u/evil-prince · 6 pointsr/india

Get any Sennheiser product that suits your budget, if stops working within 2 years, you can replace that with a brand new same product from their service center.

I'm using this Sennheiser HD 202 II model since last 3 years, replaced my old one last year when it stopped working, just before the end of 2 years warranty period.

u/danaknyc · 6 pointsr/edmproduction

Monitors > Headphones.

Headphone > quiet monitors.

Anything > Dell Monitors.

$400 + apartment = Sennheiser HD 600

u/idmb · 6 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Sennheiser HD 280s. Exactly your price range, and as good as some double that price for sure.

u/Soundsgoodman · 6 pointsr/GameAudio

Hey. I can offer some advice as far headphones go. I have had a lot of experience with the Sennheiser HD 280 pros ( . They are recommended for the course I am taking and I personally love them. For under a $100 you can get something that blows Beats out of the water, and will definitely be a step up from skullcandys. I've done a lot of mixing with them and they performed very well when I was doing 5.1.
Feel free to PM if you got any questions.
Have a great day.

u/TheShvarts · 6 pointsr/gadgets

These, every time.

I'm a DJ so I know sound quality and I'm also a basshead. They don't get any better than the HD280's for bang for your buck and sound quality!

u/goonzmuzic · 6 pointsr/musicproduction

I’m a big fan of the Sennheiser HD650s they price around $310-320 usd

Edit: they have a pretty solid sound, and they are extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

u/pr0grammer · 6 pointsr/headphones

The design difference is on-ear (your picture) versus over-ear (what you're looking for).

The Sony MDR-V6 is only a little above your price range (the price fluctuates between $60 and $90 on Amazon, currently $69) and is easily one of the best sub-$100 sets out there. Their sound quality and comfort should be much better than the HD201s, and they're built to last. They have good sound isolation; you could probably get better with earbuds but then you'd be sacrificing a lot of comfort and durability.

I don't know if someone else could provide a better set for metal, but the V6s are great for all-around use.

u/DeletedAllMyAccounts · 6 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

He might be interested in Renoise. It is, in many ways, like a full-fledged-digital-audio-workstation (music software) version of LSDJ. It has some features that seem to be unique to itself and LSDJ, such as sequencable sub-patterns.

You might consider grabbing him a copy of the Korg DS-10 if he doesn't already have it. It's a nice piece of software, all things considered. This is distinctly different from the Korg DSN-12 or Korg M01D available for the 3DS. As far as I can tell, it's only available on cartridge. There's the original for the Nintendo DS classic and an upgraded version for the 3DS that I've never seen in the wild.

The QuNexus keyboard is awesome, (I've got a nice 49-key and still want one) and while it's similar to his Axiom, it's a bit more expressive, and it would serve as a nice supplement to his limited 25 keys, as he could set it to a different octave and use both keyboards in tandem as one 4-octave keyboard.

Also, if he doesn't have a pair, I'm sure he'd appreciate some decent headphones for the road. These and these are decent examples.

u/enbay1 · 6 pointsr/AdviceAnimals



Ill give you the headphones, but when I bought them off amazon they were on sale for 55 bucks. I would rather buy a 50 dollar item once every 5-10 years than 20 dollar items every 6 months. Ive done both.
And check ebay for refurb/open box/scratch and dent. That's where I get all my things.

Ebay mouse $20

Ebay Headphones ($50)

u/Nsongster · 6 pointsr/AskReddit

The only headphones you will ever need

Literally, I know people who have had the same pair for 15 + years.

u/Funkagenda · 6 pointsr/audio

Not actively noise-cancelling, but the Sony MDR-V6s are incredibly popular and being closed-back they do a great job at simply isolating outside noise. I use mine almost every day on the bus to and from school. As an added bonus, they street for a lot less than the $110 listed on Sony's website.

u/BaksideAttak · 6 pointsr/headphones

The Sony MDR-v6 is on sale right now on Amazon. Good headphone with nice balance, but doesn't have loads of bass.

If you really want that deep and bigger bass sound I would recommend saving money and getting the ATH-M50s. But they're double your price range.

u/Mad_Economist · 6 pointsr/CabaloftheBuildsmiths

My pleasure!

Depending on your preferences and how flexible your budget is, you could use these peripherals:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Monitor | AOC i2267Fw 60Hz 22.0" Monitor | $119.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard | Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire XT Wired Slim Keyboard | $69.99 @ Newegg
Mouse | EVGA TORQ X10 Wired Laser Mouse | $14.99 @ NCIX US
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $204.97
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-01 23:22 EST-0500 |

And then snag [this deal] ( on some [NVX XPT100s] ( That'd come out around $275. If you'd like to shave off a bit, the keyboard could be replaced with an alternative with either [Kailh Blues] ( or [ALPS Blues] ( both of which are also clicky switches, but which have a different feel (particularly the ALPS).

Now, that said, the XPT100, while very well regarded is a warm (slightly bassy) but generally neutral headphone. If you want something with more bass emphasis, [Creative's Aurvana Live!] ( [would be an excellent choice] ( and slightly cheaper to boot. I have their bigger brother, the CAL! 2, and they're quite fun headphones. Not ideal for detailed analysis of Vivaldi, but great for some EDM.

u/Probably_Unicorn · 6 pointsr/headphones

IMO, the DT990 is much better for games. The wide soundstage (even though it has its uses in competitive gaming) is pretty awesome to have to play games with. It has that 'wider' 3D effect. It also slightly exaggerated lows and highs so you get more out of the sub-bass and it has a fun rumbling effect. (Granted, it isn't overwhelming and even for music if it wasn't meant to be prominent, the bass isn't obnoxious.)

The DT880 is 'better' for music. It's more neutral and if you're really wanting it for music it's the better choice. (Assuming you like an accurate, clinical sound.) The soundstage is different since it's only semi-open and isn't as wide.

And if you want more clamp force, look into the 'Pro' models. They have better clamp force from what other people have reported. (Which both the 880 and 990's pros are 250 ohm) Plus, if you can get them on Amazon, they're around $150.

Since they're only 250 ohm, you can drive them with your computer. My Nexus 5 can also drive them just fine. There is some very very very subtle distortion when you run them unamped. (Only for certain frequencies, generally vocals at some peaks and some sub-bass) It also depends on how well a song is mixed. I haven't noticed it in a game yet.

u/psikeiro · 6 pointsr/gamingpc

Here are the specs:

CPU | Intel Core i7-4820K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler | Corsair H105
Thermal Compound | Prolimatech PK-1 5g Thermal Paste
Motherboard | Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard
Memory| Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133MT/s C9 4x 4gb
Storage | SAMSUNG 840 EVO 250GB
Storage | SAMSUNG 840 EVO 250GB
Case | Corsair Graphite 760T in White
Power Supply | Corsair RM1000 80+ Gold
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional (64-bit)
Monitor | Asus PB278Q 27" 2560x1440 PLS
Monitor | Asus PB238Q 23.0" Monitor
Keyboard|Filco Ninja Majestouch-2 w/MX browns
Keyboard | Keycool 84 (white body) w/MX black
Keyboard | KBT Pure Pro 60% w/MX blues
Keyboard|KBT Pure 60% w/MX reds and blue LEDs
Keyboard|Leopold FC660M (gray keycaps) w/MX greens
Keyboard| KBT Pure 60% w/MX whites
Mouse | Mionix Naos 5000 Wired Laser Mouse
Video Card| XFX 290 DD Black edition
Video Card| XFX 290 DD Black edition
Headphones| AKG K702
Headphones| Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250Ohm
Headphones | Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250Ohm
Headphone stand| Woo Audio HPS-HB
Headphone stand| Just Mobile Aluminum
Microphone|Samson Meteor Studio Mic
DAC| Schiit Modi
AMP|Schiit Magni
Speakers|JBL LSR305 5-inch Two-Way Pair
Fan| 3x Corsair SP120 Quiet edition PWM
Fan| 3x Corsair AF140 Quiet edition
Router|Netgear AC1750 R6300v2
Modem|Motorola SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Custom Cables|Made by /u/Lavins

Big thanks to Corsair for sponsoring most of this rig.

Here's the review of the case I released a couple of days ago

u/Kittakatkara · 5 pointsr/headphones

Well the Sims headset costs twice as much as the Sennheiser. Just because of the name Sennheiser doesn't mean it's better, especially at that low of a price. The Sims headset is probably tuned more for a bassy mainstream response anyways. My recommendation at a budget price point is the CAL found here Creative Aurvana Live! Headphones

u/_fortune · 5 pointsr/hardware

Depending on your intended use, I'd suggest the CAL!, Sony MDR-V6, or Audio Technica ATH AD700 with a Zalman clip-on mic.

With any of these headphones plus the mic, you will get much higher sound quality than any headset in the price range.

u/TheXecuter · 5 pointsr/headphones

I'd recommend the dt990 pros, great for metal. These are extremely comfortable headphones. The pro's do benefit from an amp you could get away with something like the bravo v2 (this isn't a true tube amp) but will drive these headphones very well for the $$.

u/xgunnerx · 5 pointsr/Austin

The kind folks at /r/headphones would be of some help here.

If you're really serious about having an amazing audio experience, I'd recommend a schiit stack (magni/modi 2) amp/dac combo along side a Beyerdynamic DT 990 pro. It's a great starter combo and you'll be amazed at the sound production. Great for gaming too. I've had mine for 2 years and love it.

u/obamaluvr · 5 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

Turtle beaches are among the worst crap you can buy.

If you want to really drop a decent amount, you can buy some pretty good audiophile headphones for a bit over $200. You'll need to get a separate microphone then, but that is a very good option for music and gaming.

Something like the dt990-pro, q701, or HD598

u/unusualprospect · 5 pointsr/gaming

These. They sound amazing

u/blizzsucks · 5 pointsr/skyrim

I will be playing this game the day it comes out, wearing these. Can't wait.

u/steamwhistler · 5 pointsr/headphones

To expand a little bit on what ImKrimzen is getting at...

This community is really, really hardcore about headphones. I say this in an affectionate but matter-of-fact way: we are a bunch of elitists who mostly look down our noses at products like the one you're asking about. Most gamers here prefer to use an awesome pair of headphones with a regular 3.5mm audio hookup, and then attach something like this mic to it. This tends to give you better value for your money than buying an overpriced gaming headset. Now, playing on console is a little more complicated...I've never even used a mic when console gaming, but if you can find a way to set that up via a bluetooth mic or something, then you can always just use the PS4 controller's headphone jack to plug in a regular pair of headphones and then go to town. (Or alternatively, your TV's aux out if it has one, or optical digital out through a DAC.) Here are a couple of relatively inexpensive headphones that have an absolutely stellar reputation around here for gaming. (And will also bring your movies and music to another level.)

Less expensive

More expensive

Most expensive (or actually not, because they're on sale)

Edit: Oh, just one important thing to note: this is /r/headphones 101, but since you're new, I'm just going to assume you may not realize that all those options I linked are open-back headphones, which means that they do not isolate sound well and they leak your sound out. In other words, other people around you can hear your stuff and you can probably hear noises in your environment, so if you need sound isolation, get a closed-back pair like this. But the advantage of open-back is that you generally get better-quality sound for your dollar, and the sound stage is always better, meaning the locations of sounds in your 3D headspace are very detailed and precise. This is really awesome for immersive gaming and movie-watching, so people love open-back headphones for those uses.

u/veepeedeepee · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Sony MDR-7506. They're the field audio recording industry standard, and their BIFL design (you can easily replace the ear cushions) and accurate tonal response make them the perfect choice. At £68, they're a little over your budget, but well worth it. I have worked in television production for nearly 15 years and I'm still on my first pair.

u/liathus · 5 pointsr/technology

mdr-7506 has been made for years without change, because they are fantastic, and you can get replacement parts for every piece of them.

Under $100 for the best headphones you will ever use.

Buy these, cheap, and awesome sound. Everything else is over-hyped and over-priced.

u/cuntweiner · 5 pointsr/indieheads

I have the opposite problem, I can't fall asleep to music because it's too engaging... Do you have really nice headphones? Try getting some nice headphones with an aggressive, engaging sound signature like these. As a sound engineer, I wear headphones all day long, some I can fall asleep with, but I don't think it's possible with the Sonys.

u/Morinaka · 5 pointsr/AskReddit

Weird thing is the headphones Dre would actually use in a studio can be had for like half the price of Beats, you can get a pair of Sony MDR-V6's for $70 or the later model Sony MDR-7506's for $85, these things are pretty much industry standard for audio quality and can take some punishment.

u/xXzeroftwzeroXx · 5 pointsr/headphones

I had a wonderful Redditor recommend the 558's over the CALs when I was searching for advice. My budget is around $100-$140 and I'll be using the headphones with the neewer mic the play LoL and talk on Team speak. I just wanted other opinions to confirm that the 558's are definitely worth the premium price over the CALs and that they would be good for my needs. Thanks!

u/Turquoise_HexagonSun · 5 pointsr/headphones
u/japes98 · 5 pointsr/audioengineering
u/infinis · 5 pointsr/headphones

looking for more Opinions

Budget - 150$ CAD

Source - Ipod w RockBox/Android +-FiiO E6

Requirements for Isolation - Not required

Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized/Open/Over the Ear (Looking to compliment the incoming Dunu Trident and the existing Fanny Wangs.

Preferred tonal balance - Balanced pair

Past headphones - Fanny Wang 3000, Monster DNA IEM, Sennheiser IEM

Preferred Music - Rap/RnB/Pop/Classic (very multigenre)

Location - Canada

I am currently leaning towards
Sony MDR7506

Also I have noticed those AKG on sale, but can't find a complex review on them.
AKG 172 HD

There is some sales on the M50, but I dont know if they are overhyped. They are also the most expensive (150$)

Last option is the DT-440, they are on par with AKG in terms of price, but I'm not sure that I like their design.


Thanks for any help!!

u/sadilikeresearch · 5 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers
u/tmeowbs · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I have a pair of 7506s that are absolutely incredible. I expect them to be a BI4L item.

u/meh_mediocre · 5 pointsr/guns

I wonder if that makes the Glock 19 the Sony MDR7506 of the gun world. They're not very pretty, and there's fancier and some better sounding phones at that price point, but they're the constant recommendation for anyone looking for good sound quality and durability at a fairly reasonable price.

u/joshuajetpants · 5 pointsr/indieheads

Sony MDRV6 - pretty legendary studio monitors for the budget minded (they can be had for ~$60). I've been using these for years. I'd recommend upgrading with velour earpads.

On the go, I use the JVC HA_FXT90 (here and here).

u/True_Patrician · 5 pointsr/blackops2

Don't buy a headset, they're shit.

Go with some decent headphones, probably either this or this (or if you want to go cheaper this which will still sound leagues better than any $200 headset) as I know they both have good soundstage.

For mic, get a Modmic which is $30 and will have better voice quality than most $200 headsets.

Now to connect it to your 260 you need an adapter which luckily Steelseries makes a nice one.

If you still really want an all in one headset though, go with an Astro they're still a bit pricy but at least they're not shit like TBs are.

u/BlasterSarge · 5 pointsr/classicalmusic

I'll recommend the three pairs of headphones that I use on a regular basis. I know you asked for over-ear, but even as an over-ear guy myself I've still gotten a lot of utility from all three of them, so they're all certainly worth considering.


MEE Audio Sport-fi M6P- These are my daily workhorse earbuds. I wear them a good 6 hours a day, and they stay fairly comfortable throughout; they wrap around the ear and fit quite nicely. Includes an on-cord volume adjustment, microphone, and pause/play button, if that matters to you. They run around $19, and they're far and away the best headphones I've ever used in this price range.


Sony MDR-V6- These were my first step into the world of "real" headphones. They've been industry standard studio monitors since the 80s, and for good reason. Sound is clean and crisp, with a fairly balanced sound signature and particularly good mids (seeing as classical music isn't particularly "bass heavy" having mids as a strong point is ideal; you definitely wouldn't want a bass-head pair of cans). They're foldable, and so I find them rather portable. They're over-ear and closed-back so they're not going to bleed sound all over the place, but they don't have the best isolation so if your daily traffic is particularly noisy (e.g.: downtown of large city or louder) that might be a bit of an issue for you, but if you're in areas a bit more quiet (e.g.: office, cafe, smaller city) they'll do you fine. They're not the most fashionable things and they also have a coiled cable, neither of which bother me but could be an issue for some. They run about $80, and if you're coming from cheap gas station quality headphones these will probably knock your socks off.

Sennheiser HD 598- Of the three, these are the best. Amazingly warm and rounded, with a spacious, open, and detailed sound. They have really good instrument separation as well, which obviously lend themselves quite well to listening to classical music. Extraordinarily comfy for an indefinite period of time. However, these are my "home" headphones, as they are open back and provide absolutely no isolation whatsoever- I can hold a conversation perfectly well with someone with these on and my volume at 70%, so they'd be utterly useless in any public space. The open back provides an excellent soundstage, but that's the price you pay. Speaking of price, they run at around $150, but they go on sale with some frequency for $99.


I personally would recommend getting the earbuds and the 598s, with one being an out and about pair and one for being a home pair. That's what I usually roll about with, and between the two of them I don't really use the V6s anymore as a consequence. That being said, if you're only going to buy one pair as your be all end all, the V6 is a great purchase- I used them exclusively for 4 years and was never disappointed. If these don't float your boat though, I'd recommend hopping over to /r/headphones or and see what they have to say- they're both extraordinarily helpful communities with huge and knowledgeable user bases.

u/iGuitar93 · 5 pointsr/headphones

How bout these?

These have been used in the audio and video industry for a long time. They are pretty flat and are good for monitoring. They were my first headphone and I think they are great. Just be careful you don't get a fake. There are fakes out there.

u/Feilong4 · 5 pointsr/headphones
u/fritzwilliam-grant · 5 pointsr/hardware
u/M4D5-Music · 5 pointsr/FL_Studio

I would recommend a pair of Sennheiser HD 280s, I've had my pair for ~7 years, and am still very satisfied with the quality. They are typically around $100 on Amazon

u/ZombieFeedback · 5 pointsr/Filmmakers

As a long-time audio tinkerer who just got into video the past few years, seeing someone giving solid advice about audio makes me happy. I'd like to add two recommendations of my own:

There's no sale on it right now, but for $100, I'd personally put my money onto the Audio Technica AT2020. It has a very nice, neutral frequency response that doesn't get too extreme anywhere, and I can verify from personal experience with its big brother the AT2035(Basically the same mic, same diaphragm, same polar pattern, etc., etc., but with a few options that are useful for recording music, not as much for recording audio for video), that it's a great little mic for spoken voice. Even used it outside on a windy day with a lawnmower going in the background during an interview, and neither one gave it much trouble.

If you're willing to spend a little more money on your headphones, I can't recommend a set of Sennheiser HD280 Pros strongly enough. Very responsive and articulate for the price, very even, neutral EQ to let you figure out how to get the best sound from your audio track, great sound isolation to keep outside noise from bleeding in, comfy, breathing, don't squish your ears, durable and reliable as hell, I've used mine on professional recording sessions and mixes to great effect. They're a little more expensive than a lot of people will probably want to spend, but they're well worth a hundred bucks.

Also, please please please learn how EQs and compressors work. They can look intimidating when you're unfamiliar with them, but they're really simple tools at their core, and those two alone give you amazing control to manipulate your audio tracks, as well as clean up and save a less-than-stellar recording. If you can, also learn about how to use reverb, matching your voiceovers and audio tracks to the room they're supposed to be in can give them a really nice touch.

u/dtwhitecp · 5 pointsr/pics

You are right, and you also sound like you haven't used "open" headphones before. That's essentially exactly what they are, and they sound amazing for it. It's mostly for listening by yourself in a quiet room, not for anything actually portable.

Try anything "open" from Audio Technica or these as a classic intro to the genre.

u/0st_ · 5 pointsr/Overwatch

Get a really good headset like a Sennheiser + a modmic, "gaming headsets" charge you ridiculous prices for a terrible quality mic and a decent headset which they act like gamers want surround sound which you don't. 7.1 is terrible for gaming. I have the Sennheiser HD 598s + a modmic
which has 10x better quality than 90% of most gaming headsets today and the combo only costs around 200$. If you have money to spare, and are looking into getting a good and worth your money headset, I would suggest getting the 2 that i just linked. Hope this helps.

u/tide19 · 5 pointsr/buildapc

I have used the following setups within the last year, ranked in order of preference:

  1. Sennheiser HD 598 + Antlion ModMic 4.0 - $200 total - Perfect for gaming, positional cues are OP
  2. Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus + V-MODA BoomPro - $230 total - Love the sound, closed back isn't good for gaming though
  3. Philips SHP95000 + V-MODA BoomPro - $110 total - Similar to HD 598s in effectiveness, clamping force is much worse though
  4. Audio Technica ATH-M50x + Antlion ModMic 4.0 - $170 total - Nice monitoring headphones, not the best for gaming
u/philosopherrr · 5 pointsr/audiophile
u/messymike22 · 5 pointsr/pcgaming

I hate the suction cup feeling too, I ended up getting a philips SHP9500 after reading a bunch about it on reddit a year ago. Its not a good solution if you are worried about other people hearing what you are listening to as they can be heard across a bedroom fairly easy, by design of course, with little holes in the pieces that cover the ear. This also means you can hear your surroundings too, works great for me as I can talk to people IRL while wearing them.

The pads are soft and the headband is on the looser side so it won't squeeze your skull. I do find that sometimes I don't hear sounds from far away in games like distant footsteps as good as the traditional suction cup feeling earphones but its worth the trade off for me because my ears don't hurt even after a full day of gaming, in 20 years of wearing headphones I haven't had a more comfortable set.

It doesn't come with a mic, I just use a $10 desk mic I've had for 2 years and am going to get a moda mic that just plugs into the headset cord eventually.

u/zodiac_killer25 · 5 pointsr/Drugs These are my go to when listening to albums stoned/tripping. Not too expensive either compared to other studio headphones!

u/DasBrandon · 5 pointsr/FortNiteBR

This is about as good as you can get for under $100. Warning: it’s big and might be loose if you have a small head. It’s also open-back, so it doesn’t block out outside sound.

You can pair it with this.

This has been my setup for close to two years on Xbox, so I’m not sure how it would translate to PS4. I use the Dolby Atmos app, but idk what the PS4 alternative is.

u/Xenon-133 · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Here's a few options. Depending on where you are in the world some might be more feasible than others. I'm talking from a UK perspective, YMMV.

u/bopbop66 · 5 pointsr/headphones
u/majorscheiskopf · 5 pointsr/headphones

It's basically a Audio- Technica AD500 or AD700 (The AD700X and AD500X sound essentially the same, as far as I can tell, while the X versions might have slightly more bass). The AD900 would be an improvement on this sound signature towards neutrality, whereas something like an AKG K7xx would be a substantial increase on the low end of this sound signature, and a decrease in the peakiness of the treble, which creates an overall similar sound signature, but one which is much more pleasing to most people.

In terms of an actual label- it's mids focused, with a 10k peak.

Link to measurements- AD500

Link to Amazon- AD500X

[Link to measurements- AD700]

Link to Amazon- AD700X

u/dunger · 5 pointsr/PS4

I just got the Philips SHP9500 along with the V-MODA BoomPro. By far the most comfortable headset I have owned. Ear cups are huge and completely surround my ears. The headset is very light weight and does not squeeze at all. I wear them all day when working, and in the evening with gaming. Plus, they are great sounding too.

Amazon Links:

Looks like the mic is currently out of stock. I got mine on eBay.

u/xelamats · 5 pointsr/buildapc
u/SeafoodDuder · 5 pointsr/buildapc

'Gaming' is just a term companies use to cater to people who play video games (gamers). You don't want to buy from someone like Logitech who makes mice, keyboards, webcams, desktop speakers, 'gaming' headsets, etc.

You want to buy a pair of quality headphones (not headset) from a music company like Audio-Technica (Japan), Sennheiser (Germany), AKG, Grado, Shure, Bower & Wilkins (UK) and so on. These companies (besides maybe Sennheiser) don't really advertise to gamers, so you're kind of stuck in the loop of Logitech, Corsair, HyperX, Creative, etc.

I'm not sure what kind of music you're into, so I can't make any suggestions but I can give you starter things to look into. Check out the suggestion thread over in /r/headphones. Add a standalone mic or a V-Moda Boom Mic.

Philips SHP9500

Audio-Technica ATH-AD900X (also the 700X)

Sennheiser HD598

u/PotusThePlant · 5 pointsr/Argaming

Cual es tu presupuesto mas o menos? (en dolares)

Estos son muy buenos por ejemplo.

u/naextec · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

If you wanted something roughly equivalent to this you could get the Sennheiser HD 558s and a mod mic if you need a mic to be on the headphones themselves. In total its around $160 (plus shipping if there is any).

Edit: Thought I should note there's a muteless version of the mod mic that's a few bucks cheaper if it doesn't matter.

u/mookler · 5 pointsr/aww

Upon closer inspection, they might not be the exact same ones.

I have Sennheiser HD 558, which is the same brand and look very similar to the model in the pic

u/icansmellcolors · 5 pointsr/Nootropics

I'd recommend a pair of Sennheiser. Maybe the HD555/HD558 model.

  • Soft, Gentle, and Warm Sound
  • Comfortable around the ear design and soft padding
  • Wear them for hours without getting ear aches or sensitive spots
  • Build Quality

    I'm not a Dr. or a therapist or have any kind of experience with this specifically. Being a musician, amateur multi-track recording engineer, and also an avid PC gamer whose tried many manufacturers and many styles I can say that Sennheiser is by far my favorite.

    I know you're not looking for favorite recommendations but the reason I make this post is because of the beautiful balance and sensitivity a nice pair of Sennheiser headphones gives you.

    Without getting into technical details I'll just say it's the warmth and subtlety of the sound from these headphones that made me recommend them to you for therapeutic reasons. I would imagine soft, gentle, and warm would be more what you're looking for.

    The other bonus is that the build quality on the HD555/HD585's is fantastic... I've had mine for years and not had any problem with them. They are still as comfortable as they were the day I bought them.

    edit: looks like HD555 is no longer available and have been replaced with HD558 models.
u/reubenno · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Don't bother man, 7.1 is a gimmick, you're much better off with a decent set of headphones and a desk (or mod) mic.

Have a look at this:

That setup will straight up destroy anything a gaming headset can offer, open backed headphones are great for surround sound audio.

If you are dead set on getting a headset, then the Hyperx Cloud 2s are the only one's I'd ever recommend, purely because they're actually a decent set of headphones with a mic attached.

Take a look at this post

u/throwaway93257 · 5 pointsr/LoveLive

Three questions:

  • How much are you willing to spend?
  • Where will you be using these headphones (home, work, walking in public, trains, etc.)?
  • What kind of fit are you looking for (i.e. buds vs. over ear)?

    Sennheiser HD 598s are a great midrange option (always wait til they're on sale), but your mileage may vary depending on your answers to those questions.
u/redbeardforeal · 5 pointsr/audiophile

So the Denon receiver is an older model but one that has held up very well since its inception in the early 2000s. Would be a perfect little amp to start an awesome listening station.

I'm not very well versed in the turntable side of things but a quick Google tells me it's an entry level turn table that is a little older. Not sure how it will sound/perform.

As for the RC-95 I believe you can run your audio through that bad boy and then it lets you control the level with the included remote(again, just Googling here, not a ton of info on this bad boy)

As for speakers, gosh there are so many and at ALL different price ranges. Personally, I have had good luck with Klipsch and Polk Audio speakers. With the system you have these should rock out pretty hard and sound really nice: [](Klipsch Floor Standing Speakers)

If you don't want to break the bank and want to have a rad audio experience might i suggest some awesome headphones and a DAC/AMP for them: [](Sennheiser HD598s)

DAC/AMP: [](Fulla by Schiit)

Hope this helps a bit! Good luck!

edit: apparently I have no idea how to format, whatevs.

u/goddfree · 5 pointsr/headphones

No, those look like the ivory colored old version (without the microphone).

Amazon link:

u/storyr · 5 pointsr/buildapc

Sennheiser HD 598s

They are fantastic open ear cans.

u/bwc_28 · 5 pointsr/investing

There actually is a bit overlap. When some people go into Best Buy and purchase a $200 pair of Beats if they had known better they would have bought a different brand. Audio Technica makes some awesome headphones in that price range, Sennheiser has some decent ones (this pair in particular fits the mold of the Beats demographic), and the Grado 225i is considered by many the best sub $300 pair of headphones out there for only $200. Yes, it's a different aesthetic, but there are people who buy Beats and think they have great audio and just don't know any better. Because of marketing.

u/sometimes_ramen · 5 pointsr/headphones

The cheapest I've seen them brand new has been $99 USD for the past two Black Friday sales and I personally bought one last Black Friday. I would assume it would hit that price again with Amazon and their SE version this Black Friday as well. It has also gone as low as the 70s Like New for a short period probably due to returns of the SE edition and there was also that presumable price mistake on the Ivory color for Like New a couple of months ago if I'm remembering correctly. If you need one immediately, you can probably find one BNIB for like $120 USD give or take.

u/SirLaxer · 5 pointsr/cringe

Depends on the kind of headphones you want (on/over-ear, in-ear, etc).

My first audiophile headphones were Sennheiser HD558s with the foam mod, and I picked them up for about $85 during a huge sale.

u/thugIyf3 · 5 pointsr/battlestations

Hmm I think this is a good game to play. I would like to open this up to everyone and have them comment on the exact model of what I have in my picture. I'll edit my post with the confirmation and links of what everything is. Clues: look at old version of my battle stations


Laptop: [Dell XPS 15 L521X] ( [System Specs] (

Laptop Stand: [Cooler Master Ergostand] (

Webcam: [Logitech C/B 910] (

Speakers: [2 pair of Dayton B652] (

Keyboard: [CM Storm Trigger Black Switches] (

Mouse: [Anker Gaming Mouse] (

USB Hub: [Anker 13 port USB 3.0 hub] (

Computer screens: [2 of LGE2242] (

Monitor Mount: [Vivo Monitor Stand] (

Receiver: [JVC 703VBK] (

Hexagonal device: [Moto Stream] (

Subwoofer: [Yamaha YST-SW012] (

Headphones: [Monoprice 108323] (

Hard drive: [Seagate 3TB expansion drive] (

Cased device on top of hard drive: [Raspberry Pi B] (

Chair (this is a hard one): I forget

u/SuggestMeStuff · 5 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

(sorry if posted in wrong thread)
New to Reddit. Kindly someone suggest Headphones 25$ for gaming ? over the ear ? cheap good ones. amazon US ?
I read that These are cheap and very good. but they are only available as used. should i get the used ones or are there any new/better. i am not from US but my friend from US will bring them to me soon. you guys are lucky to have stores like Amazon :D

u/LaphroaigCask · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I'd recommend some decent headphones and a cheap mic like this one:

I'd be surprised if you can find a halfway decent gaming headset that's inexpensive, as they tend to have poor sound and microphones for the money until you hit the premium tier. But you can get some pretty excellent $30 wired headphones that will last you a long time and be useful for other things besides gaming, and that mic that I linked is only $10 and sounds way better than the mic on my cheap headset.

Edit: here's an example of a cheap pair of headphones that I'm sure sounds way better than any budget headset:

u/Cmcc71 · 5 pointsr/battlefield_4
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/KrustysKomedyKlassic · 5 pointsr/headphones

Ordered these today! Hopefully will have them this weekend.

u/adm96 · 5 pointsr/headphones

If you don't want to worry about an amp, the Fidelio X2's come to mind. They're efficent (no need for an amp), have a fun sound signature, and have a very wide soundstage that you will really benefit from when gaming.

u/theDarkUnknown · 5 pointsr/classicalmusic

I think the issue with just recommending a single model is music listening like preference is rather personal and varies among people. Headphones have different profiles, some place emphasis on bass or highs, others are completely neutral (some people find neutral sounds off for instance due to years listening to a certain profile). You may want to have a look at r/headphones, there's handy guides in the sidebar including an interactive questionnaire that can help select suggestions.

I personally use this DAC and an
HD 598 CS. The DAC isn't strictly needed to be clear, I mainly use it to switch between set of speakers and headphones easily.

If by earphone you mean in ear buds then I can't really say I have a good suggestion, I just use a standard bluetooth pair of anker which are acceptable. I don't like having expensive earbuds, drives up cost if/when they get lost.

u/zfa · 5 pointsr/melbourne

Hey, guy who wanted a pair of HD598 headphones yesterday, they're on sweet sale right now...

(These are the new closed back ones though)

EDIT: Sweet sale now gone so they're no longer super-bargain.

u/lockwoot · 5 pointsr/headphones
u/Mr_Enduring · 5 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

They are currently on sale as well for $110

u/Aii_Gee · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I'd recommend these.

I wouldn't recommend 'Gaming' when going for headphones.

u/Neo_007 · 5 pointsr/india

if you are a audiophile. Audio-Technicia is way to go. lower price version still little bit expensive but worth the price. you will not regreat.

u/pursitofHappiness · 5 pointsr/buildapc

get a pair of good headphones and buy a separate mic. Most gaming headphones are shit. I have a pair of audio technica ath-m20x and I love them. They are very comfortable and sound good to me. Cord is a bit to long but other than that I cant think of any cons.

u/Trazac · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I didn't say they were bad, just that they're a waste of money. I would get the first Clouds over the Cloud IIs personally, since they cost a bit less and are functionally identical. I think they are based on the same headphones (which is a good move on Kingston's Part) but with the added gimmick of virtual surround sound.

Having said that, you could easily get a good pair of headphones and a crappy lav mic (three actually) and have a better setup for the same money.

u/rockdahouse1337 · 4 pointsr/headphones

What kind of price range?

What sound signature?

What I can guess based on what you have stated: you want open back over ear headphones.Something to keep in mind, a lot of open back headphones lack a punchy bass so if that is a big thing for you it may be better to go with closed. They do have a major advantage when it comes to positional audio though.

For around $75 some good options are Philips 9500S or audio technica ath-ad500x. Both of those options have phenomenal positional audio, but as I stated before, lack somewhat in bassiness.

If you want to look at some more options you can check the link in the sidebar for purchase advice.

u/notamustache · 4 pointsr/headphones

Budget - $125. Really don't want to spend more than $100 unless you can convince me.

Source - Dell laptop

Requirements for Isolation - All the isolation. I don't want to hear around me, and I don't want them to hear me.

Preferred Type of Headphone - Closed. See above. I want solitude and I don't want to bother others with my music.

Preferred tonal balance - Probably can't really tell the difference in mids and highs, but I love bass.

Past headphones - Grado SR80i. Sounded great, but they're open so they didn't block out noise and everyone could hear me even at low volume, which is not what I want. Also the pads pressing against my ears for awhile hurt pretty quickly.

Preferred Music - Alternative Rock, Hip Hop, Ambient/Post Rock, Trip Hop

Misc - I tried my friend's Audio-Technica ATH-M50 and it was incredible. A little big, but I did like the coiled cable. The cable on my SR80 has gotten twisted a lot from storing it in various places. I will use these primarily for studying and occasionally watching TV or movies on my computer. I love the M50, but the price tag may be a bit too high. Should I go for the M40x or the M30x? How much "worse" is the M30x than the M50? Are there alternatives that are better for the price? Also I have Amazon Prime which is why I keep linked to Amazon haha. Saves 10-15 bucks.

u/yeah_it_was_personal · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales

So, my strongest recommendation is going to be to get a regular headset and run either the integrated mic if you're on a laptop, or use a cheapo USB mic. For whatever reason, headsets are more expensive for decent quality fidelity.


I'm going to circlejerk Sennheiser: $50, $70, also 70$


And AudioTechnica: 50$


Especially if you're planning on streaming, you can get a great non-mic OEs for midrange price, and splurge on the mic.

u/rsilverblood · 4 pointsr/ZReviews

Here's the TL;DR of differences between Gibson and Philips for the Fidelio X2 manufacturing:

Philips sold the plant to Gibson, and now Gibson manufactures the headphones. Gibson tried using glue to hold the earpads better to the cup, and they said it didn't affect the sound quality, but was a QC issue. Gibson has said that because this interfered with the removable earpads, they would revise this going forwards. Some new stock and some used pairs might have the glue issue, but this is only important if you plan on using aftermarket earpads (or if you plan to use it long-term and might need to replace the stock earpads later down the line).


(Reddit thread with a guy who works on the Fidelio X2 team confirming an error in QC.)

(Zeos compares the differences in a video.)

(Picture of the glue before and after being removed, courtesy of Massdrop.)

(Head-fi thread/topic about the issue. Likely the least helpful link here. View at your own discretion.)

For a time, Amazon's product page for the Philips Fidelio X2 mentioned that some earpads might come glued, and if so, to contact customer support for a replacement. (The warning is no longer there, now.)

Read the most helpful reviews on the Amazon product page, if you'd like to. One talks about QC issues and customer support. Others mention the product's quality. This should help you make up your mind.

Hope all these links are helpful for ya. Cheers,

u/Fenghoang · 4 pointsr/headphones

They're on sale again, in case you missed the Amazon Prime Day deal last week.

There appears to be two versions of the X2HR on Amazon (the X2HR/00 and X2HR/27). Not sure if there's a difference but this is the X2HR/00 version.

Camelcamelcamel price history for the X2HR/00 and the X2HR/27. Also the discontinued X2/27 for comparison.

u/DeathKoil · 4 pointsr/buildapc
  • Mouse - Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum. Good weight and decent button placement.
  • Keyboard - IBM Model M 1391401. Buckling spring keyboards are great!
  • Headphones - Sennheiser HD598. Open back gives a huge soundstage for gaming. Amazing headphones.
  • Microphone - Samson Meteor. Very accurate microphone that is very sensitive, so be careful what you say on the other side of the house. If the mic is open everyone will hear. In Discord you can adjust the sensitivity so that it is only open when you speak and that works quite well.
u/The_Boney_King · 4 pointsr/hardwareswap

Crap ton for $113 on Amazon for those lucky enough to not pay taxes (or $122 if you do)

u/ih8reddit1010 · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Sennheiser HD 598 headphones would be a good option.

u/TheGamingPlatypus18 · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

For anyone curious, here's the link to the Amazon page and a review of the HD 598 Cs:

Amazon Page: Click Here Review: Click Here

Sennheiser's a great brand, and I personally have a pair of Sennheiser HD 201s, HD 419s, CX3.00s (for my phone/mobile devices), and more recently, a pair of HD 598 SRs — the latter of which I was able to snag on Prime Day for $110 CDN :P

u/SomeTechNoob · 4 pointsr/headphones

I am confused. You are looking for closed cans?

u/necrofin · 4 pointsr/headphones

There is the HD598CS: I've no idea how they sound in comparison with the open back though.

u/youngkidae · 4 pointsr/headphones

Then I think you should go with something closed back, less noise from the outside and also less sound leaking from you.

Audio Technica ATH M40X Might be good for you.

I used to have an open back version of this wich was pretty ok too, but nowdays I use a beyerdynamic custom one.

u/draeath · 4 pointsr/Fallout

You want a flat frequency response. Gaming headsets typically jack up the bass and treble curves because it "sounds better."

You want something more like this or my current favorite, this (though a bit overpriced at full retail - I got mine for $80 on a promotion).

u/lovesouljah · 4 pointsr/headphones

Maybe you should also consider the Sennheiser HD-280. Build quality is even more tank-ish than the M50s, excellent tight bass response meant for rock and in-game explosions. Coiled cord is fantastic and stretchy. Love them.

u/mdmdma · 4 pointsr/vinyl

I have had these for 5 years without a single problem:

edit: I should say there is a tear in the material that covers the padding that surrounds the ear, but it doesn't bother me or hinder the use in any way

u/djdementia · 4 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Beginners kits get asked often here. Here is what I wrote up a few weeks ago for beginners kits:

A beginners kit on a tight budget ~$180:

u/Bottomonium · 4 pointsr/ZeosReviews

Hi Zeos,

Which combination would you recommend?


u/uv0001 · 4 pointsr/todayilearned

Sennheiser Momentums
-Less than half the price of beats.
-Sounds better than anything beats can crap out.
-Good for the average user, no amp needed.

If you're willing to spend Beats money but want to get your money's worth you can go with Sennheiser HD650 or B&W P7. But remember with these, you're going onto audiophile territory and some need headphone amps. The higher you go, you hit diminishing returns. In the end, for the average person you just don't need to go spending that much on headphones for decent quality.

u/spektrality · 4 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

Massdrop is a site that features group buys. Basically they gauge interest in a particular product, approach the manufacturer with that data and get a sweet deal for anyone who wants to buy it. Usually there is only about a week window to buy any item and shipping takes forever.

This instance was a few months ago when they sold a special version (made of plastic instead of metal, but same audio components) of the Sennheiser HD650 headphones (normally $350-$400) for $200.

Edit: wording

u/pauseflash · 4 pointsr/headphones

Lowest amazon sold them for was $326.00.

Just so you know if you Link an amazon item a bot will come and do a price check for you.

Get the camelcamelcamel browser extension and you can set up alerts for when items hit all time lows, or whatever % you want of it

u/SinnU2s · 4 pointsr/GoodValue

Sony MDR-7506 - 4.5 Stars on Amazon, over 800 Reviews. Under $100 and Prime eligible.

u/TheSpazzacus · 4 pointsr/headphones

The Sony MDR 7506 is going for $78 on Amazon.

u/Sand_Triangle · 4 pointsr/headphones
u/UpFromTheCinders · 4 pointsr/oculus

Get these:

Creative Aurvana Live are well known in the headphone community (check out headfi.) Super light weight, super comfortable, and awesome sound (better than Rift, which I agree are quite good) with decent bass. A total steal at $55. I used to have a ton of headphones and these are all I use now.

EDIT: thafred is right: Stay far, FAR away from anything labeled "gaming headphones." That's just branding and they're usually inferior to better, lesser known cans.

u/funwok · 4 pointsr/gaming

Depends on some things.
Do you want virtual 7.1 simulation/EAX support? If yes, a standard Xonar DS soundcard for around 30-40USD will suffice. That will help with some of the more expensive headphones too, which will need a bit of extra power to drive.

Pretty much every gaming headset uses rather cheap mics and so can we. All voip comm will get heavily compressed, be it with TS, skype or ingame voice, so you really don't need a high quality mic for gaming. Many gamers are using a Zalman mic for around 10USD, but any cheap, sturdy clip on mic will do.

This left us with around ~150USD for a good headphone. There are plenty of alternatives in the <150USD range, I can give you a couple of often recommended options.

The favorite right now in hi-fi circles is the ATH-m50 at around 130USD.

A very comfortable pair are the AKG K271MKII at the same price level.

To complete the our maxing out the budget trio we have the Ultrasone HFI-780.

All three have superior drivers with very good sound characteristics, very decent isolation and are fun enough to listen to for gaming, music and movies.

But we don't really have to max out the budget to get superior sound quality. There are some very decent headphones under 100USD too, which can more than compete with any high budget gaming headset.

Some examples: Sony MDRZX700
Creative Aurvana Live, especially for Europeans where the price is better
similar famous like the ATH-M50 are the ATH-AD700. It's a open headphone though, so gone is any decent isolation in exchange for a better soundstage.

I could go on for a bit, but those mentioned above are pretty well known and tested with the hi-fi community. You should find plenty of reviews and user experience for them. While some of them are a bit more analytical than most users are used to, they are all pretty fun and warm and not so boring like traditional studio monitors.

Even if we look at the lower budget gaming headsets <100USD, many without any 7.1 simulation, we can find plenty of better sound headphones, especially if we don't need a soundcard.

u/MisinformationALLDAY · 4 pointsr/headphones

What on earth is emo hip hop.

Anyway check out the Creative Aurvana Live

u/D4nthr4x · 4 pointsr/headphones
u/123kyran123 · 4 pointsr/buildapc

Blue snowball is certainly the best for good recording, while the Samson Meteor is great too. Usually the Samson is a lot cheaper than the blue snowball, but seems like it's not the case here.

Go with the Blue snowball. It'll last you a long while for sure!

Another thing, why would you get an headset if you already are using an Mic? That is now-a-days the only benefit over an headphone.

Headphones have overall much better specifications for better prices. Here are a few to check out:

  • Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro. It's a great headphone for gaming. It has an open back, which gives you a much better soundstage, which you want for gaming.

  • Audio Technica ATH-M50(X) is another good option although it is more of a bassy headphone. So hearing clear footsteps will be harder, but listening music on this thing is a lot more enjoyable for sure.

  • Takstar HI 2050. this is not a known headphone and I haven't personally used this headphone. But seeing from specs and topics from other poeple this headphone has very clear and detailed tones with a decent soundstage, which makes it a good choice for gaming. Not so much for music.

  • AKG K240. Is another decent option although the more expensive K550 would be more enjoyable to listen to.
u/techknowledger · 4 pointsr/lgg7

I prefer circumaural headphones -- completely cover your ears headphones. Higher ohm headphones take more power to push but filter interference better -- the higher the impedance, the lower the volume, however. This phone has no problem pushing up to 250 ohm headphones and all four DACs will operate with this impedance. I would recommend these:

They offer the best bang for the buck, IMHO, and are the lightest and most comfortable quality headphones I have had.

I also don't like noise cancelling headphones as they change the sound, IMO.

I am no audiophile, however, so I would recommend you visit and see what they are now recommending. I just know what works for me.

Here's a link to a post you may find interesting with a comment that I wrote containing more links:

Good luck!

edit: I see someone has posted before me and he offers good advice. You should try them before buying them or be able to return them without a restocking fee if you don't like them. I can only say what I like and that may not be your cup of tea.

edit 2: I prefer open headphones which leak a LOT of sound for others to hear but sound much better. If you are planning on travelling with your new headphones, you should probably get a closed version. The beyerdynamic DT 770 PROs are really good for that.

u/colonelmustard32 · 4 pointsr/headphones

This might interest you $100 cheaper:

I'm not entire sure what the difference between the premium or the Pro version. I have this exact model and I have been quite pleased with it.

u/LosdaVS · 4 pointsr/MillerPlanetside

Using these since 2009 and they not only sound superior compared to any "gamer-headset" but also will NOT brake. after 6 years my cans are still like new. they are comfortable for hours, have an incredible soundstage, every single part of it can be replaced if ever needed. the head-band is made of feather-steel, the mounting of the cans are steel, you really only can brake them with force on purpose.

there is one thing though, it has open cans, you hear things from outside very easily. if you prefer a more isolated sound, get these. same headphones, but closed design, the soundstage is a bit smaller and have a bit more emphasis on bass than the 990PRO, but having 80ohm you can drive them on your smartphone also.

the pricing on both of them should fit your budget.

edit: has no mic, but you're using a blueyeti anyway. also 6.3mm and 3.5mm audio-jack.

u/Embern54 · 4 pointsr/LearnCSGO

I mean, you would definitely be able to tell left and right, but other more specific directions such as 5m away on the right side of connector? Definitely not.

I would recommend getting some high quality headsets such as the Philips Fidelio X2HR or the DT 990 PRO .

Both are extremely high quality and you would easily be able to tell exactly where sounds are coming from. Also, for the price of around £120 they will sound better than any £200-500 speakers you can find.

Tl:dr Yes, you could tell left from right, but not anything specific. Getting a good pair of headphones is recommended.

u/dvtnlx · 4 pointsr/starcraft

If you want to save money and only care about performance/price ratio try this combination in the sub 75 dollar range, which should be sufficient for most gamers. This will net you better quality than anything that is marketed for gaming:

Sennheiser HD 202

Zalman ZM-MIC1

u/lublub19 · 4 pointsr/metalmusicians

You can't go wrong with a pair of these:

Honestly anything made by Sennheiser is a good choice. Just make sure to check the specs, 60hz is all you really need for low end, everything below that just messes up the mix anyways. You can also find cheap speakers and a mini sub for cheap (40$ or so). It's always a good idea to have multiple speakers so you can hear it on multiple different platforms.

u/cartoonleaf · 4 pointsr/headphones

Not going to lie, if you want the HD600s for cheap and none of that $100 gift card nonsense, look them up on Amazon.UK. They're so much cheaper there. They also ship within the states. I got mine within 2 days.

As for the K7XXs, they return to Massdrop every once in a while. I got the second batch of black editions. Now they have the reds and black and alternate. I think the red one is gross.

As for sounds, they're not close at all and both require adequate amping. K7XXs have the sound stage, boosted bass that eats into the lower mids and are airy. The HD600s you have the mids. The fits are way different too. The Sennheiser clamp while the AKG rest on your head and have the bigger openings.

Around $311 for the hd600. The lowest these used to be were 399 with the gift card. I say search camelcamelcamel too.

If the price zombie shows up, it'll show the lowest price.

u/And_You_Like_It_Too · 4 pointsr/PS4

You might do a deep dive into /r/headphones and you could ask in /r/headphoneadvice — I think what they’ll tell you is that if you were to buy a “gaming headset” with your $300 budget, you end up sacrificing some of your potential sound quality in order to get that microphone attached.

Whereas you can buy a really nice pair of headphones and then spend $30 or less on a V-Moda BoomPro Mic (or something like it) which basically acts as the cord between your headphones and headphone jack and has a flexible boom mic, a volume dial, and a mute switch. There’s another one that you can stick to the side of one of the headphones either with a magnet or sticky too, depending on the type of headphones you buy and what you prefer.

I bought a pair of Fidelio X2/HR headphones that cost $325 just over a year ago, but you can get them for $150 now. Really comfortable band that operates sort of like ski goggles so it doesn’t squish your head, and will fit a fucking watermelon if it needs to. I bought them because I was looking for a “unicorn” that I could wear for movies, games, TV, and music. They sound fantastic, though they’re even better when you plug them into an amp/DAC (I plug them into my home theater receiver’s headphone out jack and crank it up).

Another really highly recommended one are these Sennheiser HD600 Open Back Headphones for $300 from Amazon Prime right now.

Or there’s these BeyerDynamic DT 770 Pro Studio Monitor Headphones that come with an Antlion ModMic so you don’t have to buy the microphone separately, and they’re $189 from Amazon right now, and you could spend the remainder of the $300 on a dedicated headphone amp/DAC that will boost the volume/bass/output and help you get the most from them.

Another popular recommendation is a more traditional gaming headset — the Arctis Steel Series Pro + Game DAC for only $175 — the DAC boosts the headphones and provides DTS:X Headphone (for virtual surround sound). It’s the wired edition, but you could pay more for a wireless if you want.

Anyhow, maybe this will be helpful and give you a couple ideas, but they should help you more in /r/headphone advice if you tell them your budget and what you’re trying to do and what you’re looking for. Read the sidebar so you know the posting format so more people will respond. Hope you enjoy whatever you get! A home theater system is worth saving up for, and eventually you can turn a 5.1 system into a Dolby Atmos system by adding two height channels (so long as you invest in a receiver that is Atmos capable from the start). Come the PS5, I’m hopeful they’ll support it and DTS:X as the XBOX One does now, but they’re also working on their own 3D sound format. Go to a home theater store and have them demo DolbyAtmos for you (especially on a game if possible) and you’ll see how much it adds. You can get a decent home theater system for far cheaper than you used to be able to, but it’s worth it to save up the money and buy something you’re really gonna be proud to own for at least 5-10 years if not longer.

u/ackerlight · 4 pointsr/headphones


Edit: nvm, here's the link.

Btw, the Fiio E10 is suffiecient to drive these? Is the one that i currently have.

u/I_Smell_Panties · 4 pointsr/Metal

I'm not much of an audiophile, and I'm pretty poor, so I can show you the lower end of the spectrum!

These are what I use: Sennheiser HD-280 Pros. Comfortable, good range, and durable. Also, Sennheiser has great customer service/warranties.

u/varii_ · 4 pointsr/tf2

If you want to have a popular youtube channel, you have to work hard at it my man. I can tell by watching a few of your videos that you are relatively young and I have to tell you by being young and posting here desperately looking for attention or views it will rub people the wrong way. Because to some, It just seems like from an outsiders perspective you're just looking for an easy way to get subscribers or views. Being young doesn't help either because there are many people who will be pretty mean to you because of your age or your voice.

As far as tips go however? There is a lot that can be said.

Point one: Increase the quality of your videos. Download a better recording program and learn how to use it.

I watched a few of your videos and I just have to be frank the video quality isn't very good but don't fret! There are programs that can help with this.

There are many to chose from but these are the main three:

two of these are not free however. OBS is a free alternative that many use and it is pretty good!

If you do not like the fact that fraps or dxtory are not free, you can torrent or pirate those programs however, some people might think negatively of you claiming it is stealing. (But that doesn't matter anyways because pretty much everyone torrents or illegally downloads these two programs but don't tell people they do)

Anyways, to learn how to use these recording programs there are tons of tutorials on youtube to help you learn how to use any of those three, so good luck finding one that works for you.

Point two Now that you've downloaded an recording program, you should learn how to use an editing program to edit and compile the videos you recorded!

There are many editing programs but the main two I see being used are:

Like before, these programs are not free and are more on the pricey side so if you don't think spending a lot of money is worth it (and I do not blame you) Just download them for free like everyone else who makes youtube videos basically does but they don't tell people that they do.

learning these programs will take some time and effort and it might be a little challenging especially in after effects for a beginner but if you really care about improving your youtube channel you should practice using these programs, how will you do that though?

Well like I said before there are a number of youtube channels that have tutorials to help you with learning about those two programs. Just find a program that suits your needs.

Sony vegas is a little more easy to understand and pretty much can suit the basic needs of creating videos.

But after effects has a lot more to offer on the effects and editing side but is a little less easy to understand.

Point Three Buy some new equipment to be able to record your videos at a good quality.

You could make an entire thread out of the best microphones or the best audio equipment or the best PC setup.

All I'm going to say about this though is, invest in a computer set up that you can record comfortably with.

Today, you can actually purchase a desktop computer for about 500 dollars that can record videos surprisingly well!

for example, this build is 520$ and can handle recording videos amazingly well!

as for recording equipment? if you want to sound professional when recording videos, I highly recommend getting a studio quality microphone because I watched a few of your videos and your microphone and audio quality is kind of, subpar. So here are a few beginner microphones that are cheap and can make your audio quality sound better!

These microphones are relatively cheap and offer amazing sound quality for their price.

Now you need a pair of headphones to compliment your microphone because why would you buy a gaming headset if you purchased a microphone already. so here are a few I suggest, a few of these are more on the pricey side but I highly recommend them.

It's all about fitting your price range and preference.

Find a set up that works for you.

Point four don't forget to be yourself, have fun and keep making content!

Having a personality an audience can relate too is great and all but you should just stay true to yourself and remain genuine when creating content.

There are many people trying create and make TF2 content like you. So having too many copy cats of the same content creator or personality can just seem boring. Why go to someone who creates virtually the same content of someone else? That's redundant and doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

And you should also try to always make content. Never stop making content, making content is the way you get your name out there. Just keep creating content and be dedicated, never give up making stuff.

So, try to have fun with it and think of creative ways to attract an audience to your content. What new fresh idea and creative content can you offer that nobody else does?

If you can do that while remaining true and genuine to yourself your audience and you don't give up. I feel like you would be able to grow as a creator.

That is all the tips I can give you, I'm not much of a content creator myself but from an outsiders perspective I hope this helped you in anyway.

Good luck and have fun with it man.

u/Corsaer · 4 pointsr/Metal

Thanks for the recommendation!

Right now I'm deciding between Sennheiser HD-280 and the Grado Prestige SR-60i.

u/reverendnathan · 4 pointsr/videos

Here's a graph and here's an amazon link for all the phones:





Show me the spectral range of a 30$ headphone that compares. You can't. I own Sennheiser PX-50's and they don't compare to any of those. But yes, you are overpaying for Sennheiser. Now stop trolling, because you cannot top empirical evidence.

u/imuya · 4 pointsr/GirlGamers

I responded to a similar thread on girlgamers here;

>My advice is to not buy a headset, and instead get a nice pair of headphones and a clipon mic. The majority of "gaming headsets" provide vastly inferior audio quality, are USB, and are really overpriced for what you get. see: Astro's.

>My suggestion is watch this video;

>To get a decent understanding of how headphones work, and what a lot of the general terminology means (Amp/DAC/Ohms/SNR/Digital and Analog signals/etc).

>Then proceed to;


>And they'll probably tell you the exact same thing. A good pair of headphones combined with a clip-on-mic will not only provide the best audio experience for your money, but also the best audio experience period.


>This is a good price-range guide for headphones as well.

>in general;

>5.1 and 7.1 are a gimmick, virtual 5.1 and 7.1 dont do anything but allow 5.1 and 7.1 audio channel audio to be played as 5.1 and 7.1 audio channels.

>Generally in gaming, virtual 5.1 and 7.1 can actually muddy up directional sound and make your audio experience significantly worse if the game isnt optimized for that exact audio spartialization.

>You dont want USB if you're going to be using an Amp/DAC or a Soundcard, because it wont actually use your amp/dac or soundcard.

>Popular recommendations are like;

>Audio Technica ATH-M50

>Audio Technica ATH-AD700

>Audio Technica ATH-AD700x

>Sennheiser HD-280 Pro

>Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro

and then a clip-on microphone like this one;

>Zalman ZM Mic1

But the tl;dr is, buy a good pair of headphones and a clip on mic. They will sound better, last longer, and potentially be significantly cheaper.

Also, check out Massdrop for good deals on Headphones and Amp/DAC's.

u/oratory1990 · 4 pointsr/headphones

I don't know where you are looking, but they are available on Amazon as of now (27.09.2017, 19:21 UTC+1)

It would be a really stupid business decision to remove the HD650 from the lineup...

u/merry0 · 4 pointsr/headphones

The Story

In under two weeks of discovering this sub, a massive amount of research, and looking deep inside myself, I took the plunge. Being a huge listener of vinyl and high quality masters, in addition to the amount of music I consume mixed with the environment I'm usually in (working at home), getting cans of this scale made a lot of sense. I'm coming from M50x's which are great, but I've been ready for the next step in ultimate aural enjoyment.

Originally, I thought that step would be HD650's, especially after they're so raved about here and were only ~$315 at the time. I had a pair of HD250's before my AT's and loved em'. But I'm not exactly brand-loyal and willing to experience what others have to offer. Frankly, the first time I looked at Audeze, I kind of brushed them off as a Beats model using hype and certain "keywords" to make everything sound better than it actually was. Luckily, this doesn't seem to be the case!

The Score

Here they are. For me, this is a huge win. Scored these LCD-2.2f's for ~$500 from an awesome dude at /r/avexchange at the tail end of 2016. Got them one year in, so warranty still in effect. These things are in fantastic condition; literally look brand new and hardly used.
Grabbed the Schiit stack (Modi/Magni) directly from the source. Amazon seemed to be more expensive for the Uber models (which both are). Using Mogami cables (was going to get PYST) based on great recommendation from a producer friend. For now, I just got the cheap Omega stand which suffices well, although a little off in color (walnut stand with bamboo headphones).

The Aftermath

I listen to a decent variety of (sub)genres from Rock to Death Metal to EDM to Pop Punk etc.. They all sound absolutely amazing with these cans. I'm a bassist so I enjoy the lower frequencies hence the lack of neutrality is appreciated here, and really, it does give everything that warm, enjoyable tone everyone mentions (I frankly don't really "notice" it). I think the defining moment was turning on one of my favorites, Sussudio, and literally being unable to not headbang+drum. Between hearing things I've never heard before and the amazing clarity, I think one of the biggest differences is the definition of beats, vocals, and other elements that don't exactly pop, but sound "complete". I seriously feel like I'm in the studio with the artist.

Overall, the experience is amazing. This result is exactly what I was hoping/going for. Music should make you feel something by being dynamic and captivating your senses, not being a progressive background noise. For anyone wondering if they should take the next step, think about how much you value the experience of the media consume, not just the idea of "listening" but truly "witnessing". Ok, I'm out of inspirational wordage ;)

u/aderra · 4 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

The studio standard: MDR-7506

u/Dodgeballrocks · 4 pointsr/audio

Standard Sound Guy Headphones from Sony. They are designed to be very accurate, they come very close to reproducing the sound signal the way it is. Most other headphones color the sound in some way which is fine if it happens to suit your taste but for me, I want the sound as close to way it was recorded and mixed as possible.

There are more expensive headphones that are more accurate, but they are comfy and durable and nearly every working sound engineer has a pair or three. (I own two) so they are the best set that fit your budget.


I actually at work right now (I'm a video recording tech so I need to listen to the video recorder's audio input often) and me as well as three other guys on the crew today all have a pair of those Sony's.

u/rebldomakr99 · 4 pointsr/howardstern

There is a pretty large audiophile community that really obsesses over this stuff which is where I was able to find some answers.

THIS appears to be what you can buy without modding it like Howard has done:

I believe on the audiophile sites they explain the cord was modded for the show or something along those lines. are the devices you see some of the guests use (I think most famously was Ellen) if they don't want to mess up their hair. I've heard speculation they buy them in bulk and throw them away after each use if the guest doesn't keep them.

It's pretty cool finding radio forums that really get into the technology Howard has used over the years, he always seems to be on the cutting edge. Literally pages and pages of discussion on his equipment without one wig reference.

u/StraightToVideo · 4 pointsr/livesound

$50 Sony MDR-v6 headphones. These are what I use for most of my live gigs, they're good enough to do a very good job, and not so expensive that I'm scared to take them out of the studio. Usually they run around 80-90, this is a pretty great deal.

u/brianwc · 4 pointsr/gadgets

There's no reason to spend twice as much money for some branding by Dr. Dre or whoever. The Sony MDR-V6 Monitor Series Headphones for $77 will reproduce every frequency your ears can hear, will last forever, and feel great.

u/techfish · 4 pointsr/headphones

Sony MDR-V6 Enjoy :)

u/kachunga · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I've got the 8323 and panasonic RP-HTF600. I slightly prefer the Panasonic. Although the Monoprices are sturdier, I feel like the mids and highs wear my ears out on the Monoprices.

u/djchadnusa · 4 pointsr/Beatmatch

I work 5 days a week as a club Dj and got tired of replacing expensive headphones every 6 months. I tried these they work great and last a long time. Visiting DJ's who forgot theirs or they broke and borrowed mine were surprised when I told them.

u/SisyphusSmiled · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/ZBLongladder · 4 pointsr/vita

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x is great for gaming, if you don't mind an open 'phone.

u/Masterchiefg7 · 4 pointsr/pcgaming
u/CuffRox · 4 pointsr/edmproduction


Any headphones with really light pressure, or headphones that have velor earcups. I personally use the Sennheiser HD598s. I have no problems with my ears aching after wearing them for hours.

u/ohem · 4 pointsr/malefashionadvice
u/Kami_no_Kage · 4 pointsr/PS4

Okay, you're not getting much good here. You're not going to get less bass or any kind of deficiency in sound, first of all. Good headphones don't not have bass or not have good bass, it's just different from the artificial stuff you'll hear on typical gaming headsets or beats. And the advantage with buying real, good, headphones, is that they can be used for anything. Music, movies, gaming, etc, they'll be better at all of it than anything you have right now.

You definitely want something open for fps gaming, but if it'll be a problem for sound leaking in or out, you don't necessarily need those. They'd be better, but they're not absolutely necessary.

I use HD598s. They're perfect for gaming, with a wide soundstage you won't find out of many headphones at all in this price range. Anything more expensive than this, and you're getting into diminishing returns for gaming imho.

If these are too expensive, they have a little brother called the HD 558s. These are nearly identical in sound according to most people, as they use the same drivers and thus the difference in sound is from materials, and a simple mod that removes the foam in the cups supposedly makes them nearly indistinguishable.

Now, for something closed, I would maybe suggest something along the lines of V-moda Crossfadess or the very famous ATH-M50x.

I'm not a huge fan of ATH-M50s, they're pretty overrated nowadays, but lots of people use them for gaming, and since you're starting off, they're likely better than anything you have right now.

If you need a mic, may I recommend a Modmic. They attach to your headphones, they're pretty good value. If they're too expensive along with a pair of headphones, you'd really be fine with any old cheap mic. Even a $10 one would probably be comparable to some expensive "gaming headsets", believe it or not.

Since this has already gotten really long, PM me for any IEM recs. And check out /r/headphones for much more information, probably better than anything I have here.

Good luck!

u/CricketDrop · 4 pointsr/AskMen

I don't really know much about earbuds. I'm not a typical user though. I like circumaural ones. These were like $250 when I got them but they're much cheaper now.

u/DildoFingers · 4 pointsr/CodAW

Don't buy into "gaming headsets". A nice pair of headphones with an external mic will give you way more sound quality. If I were you I would get:

Sennheiser HD 598's-

Ear Force DSS2 - (not sure what is up with that first picture)

Zalman clip on mic -

Then you'd need an adapter to hook up a 3.5mm audio to whatever controller you're using. You can simply get a male 2.5mm to female 3.5mm adapter (won't give you chat volume control) or you can use something like this if you're using a Xbox 360.

This setup is almost exactly what I use and it's amazing. I use Sennheiser HD 380 Pro's and Ear Force DSS1.

u/Schack_ · 4 pointsr/buildapc

If price doesn't matter then DO NOT get a gaming headset. I would recommend a Modmic 5 and a ATH-AD2000X headphone.

If you want something more sensible then get a V-MODA mic and a pair of Philips SHP9500

u/MathTheUsername · 4 pointsr/xboxone

Mic monitoring was a necessity for me as well, but I ended up just getting open back headphones instead so I could hear myself talk without the need for monitoring. Open back headphones also typically have a better soundstage as well, meaning better directional sound. Great for games.

I use a pair of Philips SHP9500

with a vmoda mic

u/I_AM_SCUBASTEVE · 4 pointsr/xboxone

Honestly, stay away from gaming mics if you are gonna go wired. Get yourself these with this mic.

This combo will be miles and miles ahead of any gaming headset. I went though this dillemma a few years ago and went with this, never looked back.

u/Warskull · 4 pointsr/gadgets

Get a V-Moda boompro and find a pair of headphones that have a 3.5mm jack and uses detachable cabled. Replace the cable with the boom pro and bam, instant headset.

Some potential headphones:

Phillips SPH9500 - do shop around sometimes you find these cheaper on other sites.

Monoprice Headphones - if you want a cheap entry level before you decide if you want to go further

V-moda crossfades

Skull Candy Aviators

Beyerdynamics Custom One Plus

u/Wil_Layne · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales

Excellent deal. The Philips SHP9500's are also currently on sale for $54.99 if you're interested in those as well. That's the lowest I've ever seen them. Link:

u/sammydizzo · 4 pointsr/hiphopheads

Sennheiser HD 598, I got them for Christmas and they have great quality and are really comfortable. I think they're also on sale right now.

Sennheiser HD 598 Over-Ear Headphones

u/realmain · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales




Those were the ones I used and ended up deciding to get a Sennheiser HD 598 with an Antlion Modmic Uni-Directional, which are an amazing combo.

u/danr3l · 4 pointsr/malefashionadvice

That's actually the highest you'll see them on Amazon. If you're looking for a good deal I'd wait - graph down the page shows they've been as low as $171, $215 recently.

u/Casters4eva · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales
u/Peregrim · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Philips SHP9500

V-MODA BoomPro Gaming

Good entry into decent can. Super comfortable for long gaming sessions. Don't need an amp to drive them. Mic is decent, better than most built in headsets. And all on a nice budget.

u/migueldias94 · 4 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

Headsets almost always sound like absolute crap and you're better off just buying a good pair of stereo headphones and adding a mic to it, but, if you really want a headset the only two options you should consider as of now are:

The Hyper X Cloud I and II - These weren't made by Kingston. They are rebranded Takstar Pro 80s which are one of the best budget closed headphones you can buy. They are really good.

The Sennheiser's - They are based on non-gaming Sennheiser's and generally sound pretty decent.

All in all if you really want the best sounding experience, a good and cheap solution would be some type of open back headphones (better soundstage, makes it easier to pin point the enemy's location in game).

Superlux makes some criminally inexpensive sets of open cans, but the pads suck, so if you buy one of these make sure you buy good pads, like the Brainwavz HM5 pads from Amazon.

The one I use is the Philips SHP9500, it's a 300$ sounding headphone for 60-100$ depending on where you live.

Just wanted to give you my opinion since I happen to like headphones very much.

u/Peejaye · 4 pointsr/buildapc

If you're leaning towards a headset, go with the Kingston HyperX, otherwise if you want more out of your budget go visit /r/headphones and get suggestions from them.

A modmic/Sennheiser will go a much longer way.

u/ImMufasa · 4 pointsr/xboxone



Mod Mic

That headset is better than any turtle beach or astro by far and the mic is also leaps and bounds better than anything that comes with a console gaming headset. Every gaming headset, especially console gaming headsets, are a complete rip off.

u/JSM357 · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

never get a gaming headset, just get a nice pair of open back headphones within your budget range (example ) and get an Antlion modmic 4.0 .

u/GeneralEren · 4 pointsr/vinyl

These are what I have. Sennheiser HD 558 and apparently they are half off right now so yeah go with these. I cannot recommend them more. Also half off? there ya go.

u/Kuusou · 3 pointsr/gamingpc

Buying yourself some stand alone headphones and a mic like the Zalman Mic1 would be a good idea. It's the path I have taken.

I am getting myself some HD558s and I have heard some good things about the ATH-M50s if you like the closed back style. A good friend of mine went with the Audio-Technicas and the Zalman Mic, he says he is really happy with the choice

u/poco153 · 3 pointsr/audiophile

Grado SR80i

Sennheiser HD558 or HD555

Furthermore, check out the Head-Fi threads linked in the sidebar and see if anything there meets your requirements.

u/s7vn · 3 pointsr/headphones
u/Unbiased_Bob · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

$95 Audio technica:

$98 Sennheiser:

First will feel like the sound is coming from inside your head, second will feel like you're at a concert, both are amazing for their price.

I got really close to your budget, but both companies have alternatives above and below your budget.

u/IHasIcing · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

Sennheiser HD558 is just outside of your upper bracket by $2.99 on Amazon right now. I've never heard them, but having heard the HD598 recently, the HD558 should be a great candidate for you. The only downside would be these are open-back headphones, so they will leak a bit of sound and you can hear everything as if you don't have a headphone on at all.

For a closed-back headphone at that price range, lots of people recommends Creative Aurvana Live!, Sony MDR-V6, and Jaycar Pro Monitor Headphones (which is the same as this but less expensive). If you're into modding stuff, Fostex T50RP is considered one of the best headphone for modding and there's plenty of documentation online. Granted it is a tad over your upper bracket as well, thank the modders for that :D

u/Hyejii · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/Azerua · 3 pointsr/headphones

Need some advice regarding HD558's and how well they would go with my Asus Xonar DG sound card. Also is it worth getting the [HD 598's]( 1&keywords=sennheiser+headphones+HD595) over the 558's for the extra money?

u/PixelPhoenix · 3 pointsr/battlestations

I personally use Beyerdynamic DT990s 250hm along with a FIIO E10k amplifier but if you're looking for something a little cheaper then I would recommend that you look at Sennheisers HD series such as the 518s or the 558s. Check out /r/headphones they will also have some more recommendations over there.

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/kilspeed111 · 3 pointsr/headphones

The HD558 are slightly over your price limit ($119 as of right now)

There isn't really much I can say about them, they're just plain awesome, and sound a lot like their more expensive brother, the HD598 (although the HD598 is somewhat more durable, they are $199 which is a lot over your budget. If you're willing to spend that much, the HD598 would be a better choice).

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them!

Edit: If you're not willing to shell out that much, the akg k240 is also an excellent headphone.

They are an absolute STEAL at their current price. I own them myself and I think it's one of the best headphones ever made at that price.

u/ambyance · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

submit this link to amazon product page for "tell us about a lower price?"

if enough people submit, theyll pricematch. dont bother chatting up csr cuz they wont do it

u/Rechirax · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace
  1. Don't buy a Kraken 7.1. Gaming headsets have shitty audio/mic quality and are prone to break fairly quick(My brother had his share of Krakens)
  2. Buy this instead.

    This will make the best headset you will have for about the same price range of a Kraken.
u/MarcoAcheron · 3 pointsr/audiophile

As a fellow gamer I was in the same boat about a year ago. I grew tired of using ear buds so I started down the audio road. Luckily, before I spent any money, I came across this video on gaming audio myths, as well as the video /u/kronbison posted . Long story short, I settled on a set of entry level headphones (not headset) paired with an entry level DAC+AMP combo.

And what a difference it made. With the new set up I could easily tell where other players are, and tell which direction the footsteps come from. I highly recommend looking into this setup as a guide. And the quality of audio is excellent for my junior audio ears. But like anything else, read the side bar and judge for yourself. I bet that you wont regret making the switch.

My setup:

Headphones: Sennheiser HD558

DAC: Schiit Modi 2 Uber

Amp: Schiit Magni 2 Uber

My setup goes PC to DAC via SPDIF optical, DAC to AMP via RCA cables.

u/sandman369 · 3 pointsr/CasualConversation

Sennheiser has a good range of stuff. This looks like an awesome deal

u/JamesFuckinLahey · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

First you need to decide if you want open or closed headphones. Open often have a better sound stage (for the price) and often sound a bit better, but at the expense of having almost no attenuation of outside sound. They also leak sound. Closed cans (like my #1's, Beyerdynamic DT770s) shut out the outside noise and usually have better bass response. There's plenty of other information out there so I'll let you do your own research on what you would prefer.

I'll just put up my top picks for each category (that I've actually listened to), but you can get way deep at Head-Fi and they will be able to give you better suggestions.

For Open Cans:

  • Sennheiser HD 558

    For closed cans:

    *Beyerdynamic DT 770

    Note, on the Beyers, the price is a little higher than you wanted and they're 250 ohm, so you'll need a preamp of some sort to drive them (they might be quiet on a sound card, I don't know I have the more expensive 80 ohm version)

u/Scooternuts · 3 pointsr/headphones

HD 558s I think will be the general agreement for this. This is the updated version of the 555s I think.

u/unixbrained · 3 pointsr/Vive

They're at the high end of your price range, but I'd seriously recommend checking out a pair of Sennheiser HD 518s - they are a very solid pair of headphones for the price (without going too far into audiophile snake-oil territory) and will stay cool and SUPER comfortable for as long as you wear them. ~$65 on amazon right now, a great price.

Only thing to bear in mind is they are open-air headphones, so you will be able to hear stuff "through" them. Some really like that, some really don't.

Edit: everyone else is linking theirs, so... Link

u/Mlthelasher · 3 pointsr/headphones

Sennheiser HD-518 are great. And if he does want a mic, the ModMic by AntLion is a solid choice.

u/Kennertron · 3 pointsr/rocksmith

You would probably want something like this RCA to headphone adapter then you can use any headphones you like.

I have a crappy pair of Behringer headphones I got with a practice amp kit I had bought early on in my guitar learnings, but here's some Sennheisers that look pretty nice.

Works with anything that has RCA audio out.

u/sepulker · 3 pointsr/headphones
u/bassmaster22 · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

How convenient, I've been looking for a good pair of headphones all week! I've been looking at the M50, M30, and the Sennheiser 518.

I wouldn't call myself an audiophile, but I play bass and listen to music a lot, so I will appreciate good sound quality. That said, the music I listen to is all in mp3 format and has a 320kbps quality at most. I very rarely listen to FLACs or any other higher quality format. Any recommendation is appreciated. Thanks!

u/tow66 · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

Agreed, according to /u/PriceZombie, these are usually closer to $80.
Amazon Link

u/SweetButtsHellaBab · 3 pointsr/buildapc

The Sennheiser HD598's are very comfortable for wearing hours at a time and can be had for £75 whenever Amazon does a lightning deal for them (has happened a few times now), but they're an open design so may not be the best for streaming depending on whether you think your microphone might pick up the loop or not (most good microphones shouldn't).

If you don't want to wait for a sale, you can pick up a pair of Sennheiser HD518's for only £50 at the moment:

They have a similar design to the HD598's and sound very similar too. Of course they're not the same quality, but buying a pair of HD598's at their regular price simply isn't worth it considering the value of the HD518's. I have the Sennheiser HD558's which is the product between these two and couldn't recommend it highly enough, though it's at a terrible price-point right now.

u/Hobgoblinpie · 3 pointsr/headphones

I don't know if there is a Richer Sounds in Staines, but that and Sevenoaks are generally the better chain stores for headphones. It can be a pain in the arse trying to test headphones out in the UK.

If you want to get them cheaper, you could look into,, etc. No import or customs since they're EU, but usually significantly cheaper than the UK.

For instance:

u/H4CK3R314 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Check on ebay or craigslist for some second hand gear, always a great way to start. I just picked these up, they're super comfortable for long use and sound great, maybe a bit too much on the low-end, but nothing a simple EQ can't fix. The Sennheiser HD 598's are also fantastic. Amazon is also having a sale on headphones right now, so you can dig through that a bit too. I would also try to test your tracks on as many systems as possible, and put an EQ on your headphones to try and get them to match the sound you are looking for

u/LagrangianDining · 3 pointsr/promos

I'm not a fan of the M50's... they sound muddy, and hell, ever since the tsunami, those things have been like $160... (up from $110)

SONY MDR-V6 have been only at $75 since the tsunami (normally $70) and I think they sound exceptionally better, amp or no amp.

And I mean, if you want bassy sounding headphones, why don't you just try some Sennheiser headphones in the $199 range instead of blowing your money now? The damned Senn HD598 sound way better and are open so that you can enjoy clean bass and not have your ears a sweating mess.

Stop all the Audiotechnica fanboyism and look at headphones objectively. If I were obsessed about buying Japanese products, I'd bank up money to get the Denon D2000 instead. If I wanted some bassy headphones, I'd be looking at Sennheiser instead. If I wanted some fashion while getting cleaner treble, I'd be looking at AKG instead. If I wanted some light headphones with mid-range focus, I'd be looking at Grado. If I wanted some reference headphones on a budget, I'd be looking at Shure.

Come on, people, there are plenty of better headphones (from ATH themselves too! e.g. A900) to get at that price range.

Fuck the cult of M50 and their brainless fanboyism.

u/wazups2x · 3 pointsr/Rainbow6

I own them and I definitely don't recommend them for gaming. The soundstage for them is terrible. They're also not very comfortable for long periods of time.

I recommend the Sennheiser HD 598. EXTREMELY comfortable and a much better soundstage.

u/SnowSC2 · 3 pointsr/buildapc

This will kind of depend what you use the headphones for, but with that budget you can get some solid headphones.

Sennheiser HD598s are really popular. They are well priced for the sound quality and are extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

They are relatively low impedance so no amp is required but you may consider getting a DAC/AMP anyway, the cord they come with is 1/4".

u/EinTheVariance · 3 pointsr/headphones

what? That's grossly overpriced:

They go down to like $100 sometimes lol

u/cup_of_chino · 3 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I finally caved on those white leather Sk8 Hi's thanks to this infamous picture. They're a little more snug than the suede/canvas ones but feel a lot more substantial. I wish they made these with stitched soles, but no biggie.

Also managed to cop these Sennheiser HD 598s on Amazon's lightning deal. Can't wait to try 'em out tonight.

u/Stoneyfrog89 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Ok but gaming headsets are crap. Get these then:

An insane deal. Your music will sound great too. I would get them myself if they would ship to Holland, but they dont.

u/SearingPhoenix · 3 pointsr/buildapc

40 dollar headphones are actually... not that bad... if you buy right.

Now, I would put segmentation of headphones like so:

0-20 dollars: The "I'm probably going to break these, so I'm not going to spend much money," segment. If you're not buying them for risky usage scenarios, spend more money.

$30-50: Here's where you'll start seeing your money doing some work. Sony makes some fantastic headphones in this range. Something like the Sony MDR7506, Sony MDR-V55/BRs, JVC HARX700s, HARX 900s, or Audio Technica ATH-M30s.

$100-200: You aren't going to see significant gains over $50 cans until you break the $100 dollar mark. For instance, the ATH-M50s or Sennheiser 558s are (supposedly) fantastic. I personally have a pair of V-Moda Crossfade LP2s that give me fantastic audio quality to my ears.

Above that, I haven't done a whole lot of research. I believe segmentation hits again and you won't see a good gain until you start spending around 250-300 for studio-grade stuff, then another step up to 500+ for high-end studio and audiophile-grade equipment, but that's just kind of what I remember seeing.

u/feetsarefailing · 3 pointsr/Vive

I bought Sennheiser HD558's based on a recomendation in another thread. They were described as good audio quality, good soundstage, good enough not great bass. But extremely comfortable.

And that is what they are. My legs are worn out long before I even notice the headset. I'm not an audiophile, but the quality is great in my opinion. And they are just under $100 USD.

u/kaliboy1 · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

You can get these factory refurbished on Amazon for $63. I have purchased three of them and they all came in flawless condition. The packaging left a lot to be desired but the cans themselves looked brand new. All three still working flawlessly 2 months later. (

u/Nixflyn · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

As low as $85.56 from Amazon warehouse deals if you don't mind a damaged box. Check the used section. I got mine that way and the only thing wrong with them was the box had a corner that was dented.

u/RadiantSun · 3 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

> There is plenty of reason to buy a gaming headset.

No, there is precisely one reason to buy a gaming headset i.e. you don't want to deal with two cables.... in which case, you can buy a passthrough mic, which still has better quality than the Cloud2

> and way cheaper than buying a ton of high end shit for marginally better sound.

A) "A bunch" = buy 2 things instead of 1, and plug 1 into the other. Ok.


  • HyperX Cloud2: $95

  • Passthrough mic + Monoprice 8323 = $55

    > If my mic breaks i just take it out and attach a new one.

    The problem is not with the external mic accessory, the problems arrive internally, as is wont to happen when you mic two things you shouldn't be mixing.
u/MisterMushroom · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Monoprice 8323 is a good low-budget option. I've used these for around 2 years myself. Good pair of headphones, however the extension on one side has cracked and is beginning to crack on the other. It's easily repairable with electrical tape, and considering the color you can't really see it, but that is a factor. Cheap enough to replace if I really wanted to, however.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is close to the max on your budget, but is a universally recommended great option.

Whatever you get, make sure it has a replaceable/detachable cord.

/r/headphones has a good recommendation sub you may want to check out as well that will cover more ground.

u/regreddit · 3 pointsr/DJs

You should try the Monoprice 8323s (Available via Amazon). These are $25 USD headphones, and can easily pass for $200 cans. They seal up nice and tight to block out noise, and have really decent bass, mids, and highs. I've had mine about a week and like them as much as my Grado SR60s.

u/ScaryColors · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

It depends on what you need- but if you play games where directional sound is important, AD700x headphones would be a phenomenal upgrade in sound quality to Astros. Then, after you get those, you can determine whether or not you want/need the soundcard. This soundcard does have a decent chip-amp (which IIRC is fairly neutral) if you can't achieve the volume you want, and the Creative software can do sound-shaping to help with surround sound in games, but you might not even feel that you need it after upgrading your headphones.

Fuller, rich sound- you'd probably want a desktop amp/dac stack
Less noise- not sure what you mean but if you have static on the line coming of the mobo or the Astros aren't EF shielded properly that could be the main issue

Edit- and then, if you use mic communication in game, you would need to add a mic to your setup, but it's well worth it

u/Voyevoda101 · 3 pointsr/oculus

Hey OP, I had this question a few days ago and asked someone who sounded like they knew what they were talking about. Here you go.

I ended up going with the Senn HD650s (though I havn't purchased them yet) which are far above your price range. Looking at buying guides and such from /r/headphones, I'd say you'll want this $150 pair from Audio Technica if you can dig up the extra cash. If not, then you'll have to look around.

Since you said gaming and classical music, you'd want to stay away from "bassy" headphones. Open ear would be preferred for the soundstage (compliments both classical music and gaming extremely well). Good luck.

u/Iceblack88 · 3 pointsr/GameDeals

Alright, here are my two options:

  1. The Audio Technica ATH-AD700X are my current headphones. They're $100 but they're worth every god damn penny. Gaming feels you're there, music feels like you're in the band. They won't sound much better than regular headphones if you connect them to a cell phone but if you use them at your computer then you will be surprised.

  2. I ALWAYS recommend headphone amps since I started experimenting with them. But they're not cheap at all, they are the same or even more expensive than the headphones themselves. Here's a good combo though: The AKG K 240 are just cheap enough that won't hurt but also good company enough to trust them. They're semi-open so they won't be as situational as the Audio Technica would but the sound stage is still good (Sound stage means when you can tell where a sound "comes" from. Like hearing a bullet or explosion to your left, of actually hearing the guitar on the front and the bass to the back of the track). If you do get these then I'd recommend one of the cheapest headphone amps the FiiO-A1.

    I'd obviously recommend you spend a little more to get the Audio Technica AND the amp, but I understand if you don't want to spend that much.
u/WTF404 · 3 pointsr/headphones

So I put this on yesterdays thread, but it was late at night so I'm unsure if it was seen at all. sorry if it was and just no one had any suggestions, ill put it here one more time.

I know its a lot, so please bear with me and I'm sorry for the wall of text. I have an idea of what I want, but first what im looking for in a headset;

Budget - 100 is my limit unless theyre REALLY good for my specific needs.

Source - LG phone, MP3 player, Desktop Computer, Laptop

Isolation - Preferably yes, if it can block out most things id be happy. I plan to use them at home, and if i can on the bus, public, but not much or nothing extreme like working out or running. My house however has a lot of sounds going on around it.

Preferred type of headphone - Full size, but I'm ok if they aren't, i am however looking for one with a mic or where i can attach a mic. If it doesn't have one well ill just need to find a mic as well.

Tonal balance - Honestly, I don't know, I love bass, but sometimes in certain things bass is too much and prefer balance or where i can hear all instruments.

Past Headphones - Philips SHE3590BK/10 (15 dollar), Creative Fatal1ty(got em when I just didn't care but now I do)

Music type - I like any kind, ranging from Rap, Metal, alternative, Pop, Dubstep, Trap, grunge, electric to Classical, smooth jazz, Big Band, Instrumental, Orchestral, Swing, Ska. I dont discriminate. But I do like listening to every instrument in a song, and i love a good bass.

Location just in case: Cali.

Prefer not to buy a AMP/Dac, at the moment money is tight.

I need headphones that are good for gaming/listening to the music i posted/movies, action, thrillers, horror, etc.
I know its a lot so its hard to pinpoint a tone as well as me being very inexperienced in Audio.

I also wear glasses, so some may not be too good for me and I might use them for long sessions.

Based on links provided by this sub and my own research here are some I've been looking at and have my interest with reasons as to why(based on just reviews and that guide and personal):

u/Ohsighrus · 3 pointsr/xboxone

Sonic is just as good. Anyone who argues otherwise while using a set of turtle beach gamer headsets or worse aren't people you want to take advice from. Want an advantage in Fortnite and PUBG? Then you need a large sound stage. To get the largest possible sound stage you want an open back headphone. Here are the best bangs for your buck for competitive FPS gaming.

Sub $100: Phillips SHP9500 paired with a vmodo mic.

Over $150: Audio Technica ATH-AD700X Audiophile Headphones paired with modmic.

/r/headphones if you disagree so that you can actually learn

u/rtkierke · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

AD700x and just grab a
Zalman mic until you can save for a better one.

u/Zashyr · 3 pointsr/Rainbow6

just picked these bad boys up cause of a friend suggestion and it's reviews for fps game performance is apparently unmatched. Played my first whole night with them last night and I think I ascended to audio heaven.

u/St0rmr3v3ng3 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

If you are looking for a headset you should consider headphones as an alternative. Massdrop got the HiFiMAN HE-350 for 100 bucks right now. Newegg got the Philips SHP9500S for 50 bucks.
Amazon has the Audio Technica AD700X for 103$.

Why would you buy a headset? They have poor quality, are prone to breaking frequently (usually by having either the cup on the microphone side dying or the headband snapping) and offer bad sound quality for the price as the majority of the budget goes towards "gamer" advertising and gimmicky design.

I believe the average PCMR member is very knowledgeable on hardware, gpus, monitors, keyboards etc but overlooks treating his ears appropriately.

u/Pontius_Pilot_ · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

ATH-AD900x $124 with DIG5 coupon

ATH-AD700x $105

The ad700x's were on sale recently for $73 if you wanted to wait for them to go on sale and the price for the ad900x's is the lowest I've ever seen.

Edit: BTW, these are headphones that are recommended for FPS gaming due to low/no bass and high positional awareness. You would have to buy a mic in order to talk. You could get a VMODA if you modded the headphones or just bought an external mic.

u/2capp · 3 pointsr/rawdenim

I was always a fan of the Shure in-ears. Little warm sounding for some people's taste. The SE215 is the current $100ish model. I was also really interested in the RHA MA750s for a while but ended up getting a grab bag from massdrop with some MEElectronics for cheap.

I wear glasses too and have never had any problem with over-ears. I used to daily drive a pair of Audio Technica AT-AD900x with zero glasses issues. The 700x is very nearly as good at costs around $100. Pads are plushy and never gave me any issues with pressing on the arms of my glasses.

u/PriceKnight · 3 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

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u/drakthorian0294 · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Audio Technica AD500x(114$) - Open Back Headphones

Audio Technica AD700x(144$) - Open Back Headphones


Audio Technica M40x(129$) - Closed Back


The difference between open back and close back is that open back headphones have the advantage of having better positional audioBut the disadvantage of typically lower bass quantity(although more accurate) and you can hear people around you(irl). The AD500x and AD700x are probably some of the

best headphones for positional audio at 150$ and below except for the that are a bit more expensive 144$. They also have good higher frequencies meaning that you'll be able to hear footsteps behind you

Where the enemy that shoots at you is located etc.

Closed backs on the other hand typically has a more punchy bass(low end frequencies) but at the sacrifice of positional audio.


I am sure there are others around that has good alternatives here as well, but those are my picks in that price range.

u/Tater_Tot_Casanova · 3 pointsr/xboxone

Agree with the above comments re: good pair of headphones vs gaming headset. You’ll get better sound game / mic going this route. My current set up is as follows and it’s the best sound experience I’ve ever had ( if you don’t mind a few cords): Audio Technica AD 700x $100 + ModMic 4 $55 + Y split cable $15 to plug into the 3.5 mm port on your controller. The above is all I really needed to play but last week I also grabbed this Dac Amp. $65 and the whole set up sounds even better and doesn’t drain my controller’s battery life.

u/arynthesizer · 3 pointsr/headphones

"Surround sound" that isn't built into the game itself is bullshit.

For both bass and treble (bass for music, treble for footsteps), I'd recommend a pair of Beyerdynamics. The DT770 if you need isolation, or the DT880 or DT990 if you don't care about isolation. The 880 and 990 will give you a better soundstage. The 32 ohm versions since I'm assuming you don't have a dedicated amplifier.

Another low-isolation option is the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x or the ATH-AD900x. I'd recommend the ATH-AD700x as of right now since you can get a used pair for 25% off here. They're a little bass anemic, however, but to hear footsteps you really want a treble-forward pair of headphones. They have a crazy soundstage too.

u/the5souls · 3 pointsr/Games

This is from his IAmA so you may not have seen this, but Palmer Luckey says the quality of built-in headphones are similar to the ATH-AD700. Reviews on Head-Fi for the AD700 are positive, noting that they have great soundstage, clarity, and detail.

As for your positional audio question, the audio team at Oculus have built a custom audio SDK around those headphones since they know the exact specifications (audio drivers, impedance, etc.) that everyone will at least have (both developers and users). But if you decide to use your own headset, the audio SDK uses two things to help with positioning: HRTFs (head-related transfer functions that calculates sound reflections off shoulders, torso, how long a sound reaches your left ear vs right ear, etc.) and environmental effects (subtle sound reflections off walls and ceilings and floor). These two things will calculate each sound position every frame as you move your head around.

I'm a bit of an audiophile, and I personally have a set of MrSpeakers Mad Dogs with an SMSL amp, but I might stay with the built-in headphones most of the time because of convenience and I get to listen to what developers intended me to hear. We'll be okay!

You can read more about the nitty gritty Oculus' audio stuff in their documentation here:

Hope this helps!

u/BloodySteel · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Really can't do better for <$100 than [this](

But if you are willing to go over $100, I would recommend the Massdrop HD6XX. But do noted that unlike the SHP9500 which can be plugged directly into a decent modern motherboard, with this option you are expected so shell out more $$$ for an AMP. My personal recommendation is the Schitt Fulla 2, a great starting DAC/AMP

u/powersurge360 · 3 pointsr/xboxone

Don't get the S model. The S comes with a surround sound dongle that is worthless imo. It totally destroys the surround sound and, as this post alludes to, you can't use a USB sound card on xbox one anyways. The revolver is the same model but doesn't have the dongle and I think it's also missing a couple of plastic pieces meant to cut down on the metal reverberation.

However, for around the same price point, consider the HD 598 SR which is a much better headphone and also has a mic. Looks like the price is high atm but it comes down to around $130 if you don't mind waiting.

If you want a better headphone than the hyperx revolver but don't want to pay for/wait for the HD 598, the SHP9500s are a good set and you can combine em with a boom pro to get the microphone functionality. This will be better sound quality both in the mic and the headphones and will be about the same price as the revolver based on current amazon prices.

That's not to say the revolver is bad though. Note too that the two I recommended are less bass heavy and more focused on mids & treble so may be less 'fun'.

u/L8Show · 3 pointsr/audio

1st you need to figure what kind of headphones you want. What will they be used for. What type of music, etc. Indoor, on the go? Open, closed, noise cancellation, etc. It's great idea to go and test headphones for fit, and sound before buying. Your best bet is to research a bit, and wait for a sale if you can.

Popular budget open headphones like the Philips SHP9500, and Sennheiser HD558 (replaced with HD559, but they may still sell the older version) are a good value, especially on sale. Philips use to go around $50, and those Senns went for around $70.

u/D0PETHR0NE · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Phillips SHP9500 (open), Monoprice DJ's, Status Audio-CB'1, Hifiman Edition S

>Would rather not shell out $50+ dollars for a new proprietary cord every few months

Aliexpress/eBay is your friend

u/dementedsnake · 3 pointsr/headphones

Long story short: I came here to ask about good budget headphones. A few people (including materix01) recommended these. I was looking at them and refreshed the page. The price suddenly changed from $65 to $29 with free shipping. I thought you guys would want to know. Posted here.

Grab them while you can, and thanks for the help guys.



Apparently the listing was in error, and anyone who ordered a pair should check their email account associated with their Amazon account. The headphones are like new, but used. The seller is offering to refund and cancel your order, or they will fulfill the order and take another $5 off by way of apology.

u/adamdevigili · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

Cannot reccomend the Phillips SHP9500s enough. Very light, huuge ear cups, above average sound. They frequently go on sale for $50-60 bucks, abut are worth every penny of the $77 they are on amazon now. One of the more popular headphone/audio reviewers on YouTube gave them a glowing review.

I personally have had mine for over 2 years, and even though I have a set an Audeze LCD-2 sitting next to me, I always for the 9500s when gaming.

For a mic, if you want to get a standalone mic (like a Blue Yeti or Snowball) that works. Using a modmic would be a slightly expensive approach providing a more "gaming headset" looking solution.

u/furhart · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I usually recommend buying regular Stereo headphones. They're cheaper and have better sound and build quality.

Here's a combo my brother uses: Philips SHP9500 and V-MODA BoomPro Gaming

They cost about $100/95e.

Be warned though, the headphones are "open back", they WILL leak sound. But if you don't care, then you'll be in for a great experience.

u/_Skylake_ · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

> Xstar 1440p monitor (over clocked to 96hz)

haha I meant as in studio monitors

I guess it's pointless to say it, but getting that sound card was a waste of money (unless you had a legitimate reason).

You should upgrade from those turtle beaches! I remember rocking turtle beaches for years and years all while being happy, then a buddy of mine hooked me up with some Sennhieser HD 598 headsets and it blew my mind how much better everything was.

If you have $70 to blow, the Philips SHP9500 is a fantastic headset for the money. It's often compared to $200 headsets.

u/joshkroger · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

All gaming headsets are junk. You're better off having a dedicated pair of headphones and mic. They sell good mics that pair well with headphones. For sub $100 I recommend the Philips shp9500 (currently on sale for $55) with a vmoda boom pro mic.

Philips SHP9500

V-MODA mic

u/Sneppz · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Fixed links :

best headset combo for under 100. period. you're welcome.

L.E. saw this after I posted. Exact thing @decked_out said.

u/amtrisler · 3 pointsr/battlestations

If you care about how good your audio sounds at all, upgrade your headphones and your speakers. I recommend the Sennheiser HD598 (HD598SE if you don't like the color) or the Audio-Technica ATH-M50. Both are very nice mid-range headphones, and will most likely completely change your outlook in sound. Go with the 598s if you can, but they are open headphones so anybody around you will be able to hear what you're listening to.

For speakers, I'm using the Swan M10. They have very very nice sound for their price, but they are extremely difficult to find. I got mine in for a little under $100. /r/audiophile will be able to give you some more recommendations for speakers, but I'm a headphone man myself so I don't know a whole lot about speakers.

Sennheiser HD598:

Sennheiser HD598SE:

Audio-Technica ATH-M50:

Swan M10:

Swan M10 Massdrop:

Looks like they're about to drop again, so if you're interested request the drop and you'll get an email whenever they go up for sale. If you have any question about headphones or audio in general feel free to ask. Check out /r/headphones if you want, we're pretty welcoming.

u/Marbanesa · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I used to have an M95, then i switched to the glorious G502. Comfty, infinite scroll and custom weights. I highly recommend the G502.

Best headphones i've ever used

u/Eternith · 3 pointsr/anime

So I stayed up from 3am to 8am last night to watch the 66th Kohaku music show, just because Love Live had a 3 min segment in it. But instead of tuning out after seeing it, I kept watching all the through and discovered a lot of amazing artists. I've spent the day looking up songs from SMAP, V6, EXILE, and Miwa to name a few.

I never realized how much good (Japanese) music there is out there outside of our narrow anisong bubble. I've been missing out. Anyone got recommendations?

Also I got my new Sennheiser HD 598 headphones today, which may also play a role in making this music sound so good.

u/gone421 · 3 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

I use Senheiser HD598's. I bought them for 150$ at B&H when I was in NYC a little while ago, best headphones I've ever owned. They're open back, so the soundstage is also very good. I've made insane calls where I told people the exact position somebody was during my deathcam before. 10/10

I have a desktop mic that I've had for about a year, the Blue Snowball. It's fantastic.

u/jbisch · 3 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

This is the regular price for these. They are almost always this price.

Amazon did have the SE version of these on sale for $99 for black friday.

u/Immiscible · 3 pointsr/headphones

I'd probably recommend the Sennheiser HD 598, it's extraordinarily comfortable in the sense that it's very light and can be worn for 10+ hours without problem. The same can be said of my second recommendation, the Philips Fidelio X1. It's extraordinarily comfortable, perhaps more so than the 598's, with much more bass.

That being said, this link contains the most exhaustive list of headphones and how good they are for video games. Keep in mind that most "A" range headphones will need an amp, driving up the price.

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/Diaggen · 3 pointsr/headphones

AKG 701/702's or Senn 598's are both good choices in the $250 to $280 price range. The Senn's are more comfortable for long listening (headband on the AKG's can be hard on the head) but I prefer the sound of the AKG's. I will note that the AKG's require quality amplification. Laptops/sound-cards/MP3 players aren't going to do these any favors.

ATH-M50's are a popular choice more in the price range of the mdr-xb500's. Not having owned either of the Sony's or the M50's I can only go off reviews. I get the impression however that they have about the same bass accenting characteristics.

The ATH-AD700's I think are a really good all around headphone, especially at just over $100. The purple throws some people off, but it grows on you. I use this set for everything from late night gaming, tv/movie watching, and of course listening to music.

I'd recommend using these as a starting point. Read some reviews on Head-Fi or amazon (many head-fier's post reviews there, especially on quality or popular headphones).

u/waltzfordebby · 3 pointsr/piano

I use the sennheiser hd598 and highly recommend them.

They are open headphones though so anyone else in the room will easily hear the sound from your headphones

u/Snake2250 · 3 pointsr/osugame

I've heard these are nice.

u/orange-cake · 3 pointsr/buildapc

My setup right now is a pair of HD598s and an AT2020 USB+, and while I'm certainly not a hardcore enthusiast, from what I do know, it's one of the better/best combos you can go for without worrying about getting an amp, dac, or any of that. They both have different and/or newer versions available, but any jump up in tier will probably see a huge price hike (the hd600 would've been as much as the 598 and mic together, idk if you could justify that).

Both of them sound incredible compared to anything I've used in the past, and as a daily driver to bring with you places I couldn't recommend the 598's more (provided you buy a shorter cable; they're basically studio headphones and come with only a 3m one that's a huge hassle), and you can't do that with a headset!

Alternatively you can get a yeti, it's in a similar price range to the at2020 and I've seen a lot of good reviews. Personally I needed a mic that worked well with my super-deep voice, and I had read of some issues with the yeti that I haven't experienced with the at2020. I could be totally off base there though, I don't think it really matters too much! And if you do want to look into a DAC or and amp later on, the non-usb vesion of the at2020 is a good choice too

Tl;Dr for about $300 on sale you can get a great separate headphone and mic situation instead of dropping the same on a headset that might be lacking on one or the other.

Edit: autocorrect hates short words smh

u/sunnishly · 3 pointsr/headphones

Bought these for $249.95 on Amazon. They really haven't dropped much in price, but honestly I think they're worth every penny at full MSRP. The velour ear pads, coupled with the cushioned head-pad on the top make these cans extremely comfortable. They're pretty sturdy, so I can see them being used for years to come. Highly recommend these as a nice, quality pair of open headphones.

u/JimJamJamie · 3 pointsr/hardware

Couldn't you just get a nice pair of Sennheiser 558s and a Zalman mic? I'd recommend that over 'gaming' headsets any day of the week.

u/Ramzinho · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/DanTheManWithDaPlan · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

What a lot of people do is get dedicated heaphones like the Sennheiser HD 558 and an attachable Mod-Mic, or sometimes just a boom mic. This setup will general give better audio quality than most headsets, and you can just get a splitter for the headphones

u/TheAverageOne · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

Indeed; if you want to focus more on audio quality and less on gaming/you already have a standalone mic, check out the Sennheiser HD 558. It's a tad cheaper than the PC350, and sounds better, but doesn't have a mic.

u/PostalFury · 3 pointsr/buildapc

> u/AlphaFemaleNerd: Good headphones.

1000000x yes. And not a gaming headset. Proper audiophile headphones like the DT 990 Pros, Sennheiser 598s, or the less-expensive 558s. Pair those with a modmic and you're good to go.


HWMonitor/CPU-Z: HWMonitor for quick access to temperatures (usually over/under by a couple degrees), and CPU-Z for frequencies and such.

Surge protector: Useful when you need it, ease of mind when you don't. Covers $300k worth of equipment in case anything is damaged, as well. Gotta love Belkin.

Mechanical keyboard: Much longer lifespan than some typical office keyboard, pretty lights, clickity-clacks, etc.

Good mouse: Same case as the keyboard: Much better than an office mouse, better tracking, button customization, etc.

Your hardware's respective software: Whether it's Ryzen Master, your SSD's storage manager, blah blah blah, it's useful.

UserBenchmark: See how your build stacks up to others, and/or if it's performing as it should be. Fun little thing.

Some greenery: Adds color to your battlestation. Nice little accent piece. Not necessary, but I like it.

u/MesaDixon · 3 pointsr/Guitar

It came down to the m50xs and these for use with my thr10c (and now with my Helix).

I got the Sennheiser HD 598 Cs and couldn't be happier.

u/KissMyJonass · 3 pointsr/headphones
u/drocdoc · 3 pointsr/xboxone


They are over priced crap

There are a lot to choose from like

[sennheiser 598c's] (

[Bose Sound true 2] (

[Also can go wrong with audio technia headphones] (

[v moda] (


Also watch this video and read the comments they have some more recommendations

u/JamesDaBatman · 3 pointsr/headphones

Looking for a new pair of headphones since my current ones just broke on me. I mainly play CS:GO, so I need reliable headphones that will let me hear what direction things come from. I've been looking at the Sennheiser HD 598 Cs but I'm not sure if they have surround sound like I'm looking for.
Budget - I'd prefer not to spend more than $130.
Source - Desktop PC
Requirements for Isolation - Since I live with my family, I'd like to have a good amount of noise isolation.
Will you be using these Headphones in Public? No.
Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized
Past headphones - Logitech G430, which just broke on me

u/3ruses · 3 pointsr/headphones
u/Kerry56 · 3 pointsr/headphones

HD598cs might work for you. Its the closed back version.

u/farix126 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Hello all, so I got some help last night and think I’ve narrowed my options down to either a DT 770 , a 598 CS or just keeping what I have (hyperx cloud). I was just looking to see if anyone could help me decide or make other suggestions.

This is my post from last night with all the details. A summary is I’m looking for some new headphones for 150$-200$. I mostly play video games and listen to music for background. In all honesty I’m not sure what I’m really after, other than to see what everyone here is talking about. My only “actual” reason would be that my current pair is almost 5 years old. I would also need to get a mic if I get a new pair so any suggestions for that would be appreciated.

Thank you for any advice and sorry if I said anything dumb, I am extremely new to this.

u/orrk256 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

the shenheiser HD598 Cs are curently going for 140$

they are comfortable to wear and have noise isolation and sound great

u/Bubblewhale · 3 pointsr/hardwareswap
u/dr_wapz · 3 pointsr/headphones

Note you can get them cheaper if you buy in german store (tested)
UK $111
DE $109

u/wolf39us · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Save up a bit more

u/kittysneeze88 · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

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

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

u/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/AeonDisc · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Sennheiser HD 598 open cans: Sennheiser HD 598 SR Open-Back Headphone

Plus an attachable mic: Antlion Audio ModMic 5 Modular Attachable Boom Microphone

I wish there were other options than the Antlion though. Mine failed after a year, altgough i did drop it a few times. This is still the best option though i think.

u/heartcall · 3 pointsr/Vive


If you haven't dived into the world of ultra-high end headphones yet, I'd recommend against anything with that high of an impedance (300 ohms, in this case, actually the same impedance as the HD 800s), unless you're going to do a lot of research, and probably spend additional money on an amp. There's definitely no way they'd work on a cell phone or anything portable, without an amp, and I'm not 100% sure if the little portable AA battery amps would drive them properly. They may or may not work with a computer, 300 ohms is kind of right on the line of what a computer can potentially handle. Depends on your sound card, desired volume, etc. Other sound equipment, yeah, that's something you need buckets of research to figure out (or just buy an amp).

I ended up going with lower impedance headphones rather than try to figure out amps, personally. Specifically, the older version of these: Those are basically the best it gets without needing to worry about an amp. 50 ohms, while most cheap headphones are about 16-32. The 598s I can recommend very highly, they sound a bit better than my "THX certified" Klipsch Promedia speakers, for sure (not that I have any complaints about those either, for the price they're excellent). The only possible complaint about the 598s is that the sub-bass is almost non-existant, so no dubstep (sounds like that's a non-issue!). Regular bass, however, like string bass, cello, etc., sounds excellent.

edit: They may also be a tiny bit quiet on devices where you already have to crank the volume to 100% on regular headphones, but a little AA battery amp should be fine.

Edit edit: On the other hand, if you do want to go for the HD 600s, this amp appears to be highly recommended for its price:

u/HulkTogan · 3 pointsr/oculus

These are my headphones. I love the soundstage they deliver, because it really adds another level of immersion.

Is there a good sense of directional audio with the Rift headphones?

u/dncnexus · 3 pointsr/headphones

I would just go with these . It’s from Sennheiser and 20 dollars more than 150 is worth it to me than to possibly get a bad product. I looked for a pair of IEM from eBay and bought them new from a highly rated store and got refurbished product. Just pay a bit more for what is known

u/toreytlow · 3 pointsr/xboxone

Headphones -

Mic -

The only thing you should know is these are open cans, which means they are not outside noise canceling, so if you need the TV sound in the living room for example to be out of your headset, a closed can headset is a better choice. If you have more questions I'm glad to help!

u/MrKyleOwns · 3 pointsr/gaming

I've always been told to buy a decent mic(blue snowball)and a separate pair of headphones(Audio-Technica ATH-M30x) because you get so much more quality for your money

u/xevile · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Audio Technica ATH-M30x is a great option. My friend has it and I have used it a few times. Great headphones with amazing build quality at that price. If you find it hot with the earpads that come with, get some foam earpads as replacement.

There is also the Sennheiser HD449 which is the same in sound quality. Altough I felt this had a little more bass than the ATH-M30x. This one comes with foam earpads and has more comfortable clamping than the ATH-M30x personally. This too belongs to another friend but I had limited use with this one.

I use the Sennheiser HD439 which I couldn't find in the Canadian Amazon. It's cheaper than the above two but provides almost similar sound quality, but has the added benefit of having detachable cables and comes with 2 cables. If you prefer that, then go ahead and look into it.
P.S Bought mine at a discounted USD 46.99 about a year ago.

Good Luck.

u/speculates · 3 pointsr/Indiemakeupandmore

This year I made an amazon wishlist, and the nice thing about it is you can add items from any website to it (there's a google chrome extension but you can do it from your amazon wishlist, as well.) Some things that I added:

  • Gift cards to Etsy and places I like to buy clothes from
  • A new pair of cheapo earbuds for my purse
  • These nice headphones
  • A new ambidexterious gaming mouse (I game right handed but prefer to do everything else on the computer left handed and I don't want multiple mice)
  • Crafty things (wool, painting supplies, watercolour paper)
  • Food/candy items for stocking stuffer ideas
  • A 64gb usb 3.0 drive
  • A new ipod charging cable
  • Some stuff from Sephora
  • A few cool adult colouring books like this
  • Some art related books (painting, hand lettering) that look interesting but I would never think to buy for myself (my family is big into books)
  • Sheets, a mattress topper, and a mattress pad
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • A link to my steam wishlist

    I basically just took a few hours one evening and surfed the web and added things that looked cool, then revised it the next day and removed anything I didn't actually want. A lot of it is stuff I probably wouldn't buy for myself but I'd enjoy having. I tried to add a variety of stuff in the price range department and I thought listing out gift cards to specific places for clothes/etsy stuff was a better idea than them picking it out because that's usually hard.

    For etsy itself, I have a few different lists - things I'm going to buy, things I'll probably buy, and things that are maybes. If certain people (my mom, my sister) wanted to see it and pick something out from it I'd let them and that's part of the reason I've organized it that way (and so I know what I like from which stores without having to search through the whole store)
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/eegras · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Return and get another.

ATH M30s are pretty good, better than the PS headset.

Modmic for the microphone.

Both of these will give you vastly superior audio quality for only $20 more.

u/PresidentoftheSun · 3 pointsr/tf2

Decent mic arm

Pretty good mic

Phantom power supply which you need because this is a condenser mic and requires external power to operate

Pop filter because duh

Decent Headphones imo

Total: 132.55 with sales.

Audiophiles will probably jump down my throat for this list but this is an okay starting point if you want decent equipment. The mic's a little quiet but this can be fixed computer-side.

u/hunnen10 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Get this one its on sale now. i'm sure lots of people can confirm that these headphones are worth every one of the 54 dollars you'll pay for them

u/Jennica · 3 pointsr/popheads

The ATH-M30x

With some tweaking on the equalizer they are nice and fit my needs. They are pretty trebly without the eq

u/2501King · 3 pointsr/misophonia

There are not many noise cancelling earbuds out there most have noise isolation. I currently have a pair from etymotic and they are good but not great. Active noise canceling is terrible at blocking random noise it does much better with things like engine noise.

Best thing I have found is headphones + white noise+ ear plugs. I have worn it for 8-10 hours a day for the past 5 years.

For white noise I use

And I have a tab for each color full blast.

For ear plugs

For headphones

u/KasperDaGod · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/ma7ch · 3 pointsr/DotA2

I personally would go for a desktop microphone with a pair of nice headphones.

Blue Snowball Microphone (£49.99)

Audio-Technica ATH-M20X (£32.99)

u/outlooker707 · 3 pointsr/xbox360




I'd also recommend the MDR-V6 if you can find it on sale.

Those are good choices for $50. Unfortunately you cannot plug headphones into the xbox 360 cotroller, only the xbox one. The cheapest way to connect them is to use this. You will have to plug in the audio cables to this connector and then plug your headphones into the other end.

This wont work if your friend only has an hdmi cable, there is another way to connect them but you will have to spend another $50 for an adapter. Still I bet your friend would appreciate a nice pair of headphones that they can use with all other devices.

u/RyzaVisuals · 3 pointsr/Beatmatch

I use these I’ve had them for about 2 years now and can’t complain. Pretty durable and I use them for a lot of my mixing projects in school and out of school. Sound translates pretty well to different monitors and headphones.

u/continuumdrag · 3 pointsr/podcasts

We are looking at setting up an very basic, in-home podcast studio. Would anyone mind weighing in on what we are considering?


The podcast is primarily two hosts with an occasional guest (3 ppl max). Its all conversational. It doesn't need to be perfect, we are just hoping for a reasonable audio quality. We aren't trying to break the bank. So my research has been low end but quality items.


Here is the purposed setup:

u/foamed · 3 pointsr/DevinTownsend

Three headphones which are recommended for first time buyers looking to invest in a higher quality pair of headphones are Audia-Technica's ATH-M50x, Grado's SR80e and Beyerdynamic's DT-770 Pro 80ohm.

Sennheiser's HD650 would be better for Devin's type of music, but it's also a big step up in price and they should only be used inside as you need a good DAC to drive them.

Personally I'm using several different headphones depending on if I'm in front of my computer, in the living room or outside. My two main headphones are Philips Phidelio X2 and the Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro 32ohm limited edition.

Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, AKG, ATH and Grado are usually safe brands to go for when looking for higher quality headphones.

u/KasaiSV · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Thanks a bunch for all the info. I'll have to do some research into the planar headphones. Until I did a quick search I had no idea what those were.

Are these the Fidelio x2s you were talking about:

They're currently 160 on Amazon. Not sure what they normally run for.

u/mrstinton · 3 pointsr/ultrawidemasterrace

So since I did a lot of searching prior to purchase but couldn't find anything - to anyone else considering using the Ikea Fredde desk and the X34 together, the the monitor stand just barely doesn't fit on the raised shelf and so I had to screw a small metal plate to the back to accommodate the rear foot of the stand. It's a fine solution and I can't see the plate during regular use so it's seamless.

I'm super happy with the monitor besides some minor bleed in the corners but UNF I just can't get over that colour accuracy and encompassing view! With this addition to my setup I feel like I'm at max level, i.e. can't "level up" (at least not very far), with regards to my audio/video setup.

Anyone with a nice ultrawide monitor shouldn't skimp out on audio too! I see a lot of ascension posts featuring $100 Logitech speakers, which are fine but you can improve on audio as much as video! To anyone looking for an excellent performance to value ratio mid-fi 2.1 audio solution to complement their ultrawide I can't recommend this combo highly enough: Audioengine A5+ bookshelf speakers + S8 subwoofer.

EDIT: Forgot about headphones! My point still stands, don't be afraid to spend more for a better experience! I love my Philips Fidelio X2 for both gaming and movies. If you're in the market for some cans head on over to /r/headphones and ask for purchasing advice in the sticky.

u/thatflyingsquirrel · 3 pointsr/PUBGXboxOne

If you’re on a budget. Plug directly into the controller.

Gaming Headset for PS4 Xbox One PC, Beexcellent Noise Reduction Crystal Clarity 3.5 mm Professional Game Headphones with Microphone for Laptop Tablet Mac … (Blue)

If you’re not on a budget.

Philips X2/27 Fidelio Over Ear Headphone, Black

V-MODA BoomPro Microphone for Gaming & Communication - Black

Creative Sound Blaster X7 High-Resolution USB DAC 600 ohm Headphone Amplifier with Bluetooth Connectivity

u/SubsequentDownfall · 3 pointsr/aphextwin

Philips X2 are probably the best choice. They have a slightly "V" shaped sound signature, which puts the drums slightly forward in most mixes, and really are known for complimenting electronic music because of their sound signature. They are a great balance between "forgiving" and "revealing" meaning they can still make poorly mastered recordings sound good, and can still show quite a bit of detail that most headphones will not be able to show. Before their release Sennheiser's HD600, were the main champ of the "mid-fi" range, but after the X2's were released plenty of people say they prefer them. They're really known for their very good bass and mids, what I really like about them is their soundstage is 3-D meaning sounds can be perceived as not only appearing around you, but above and below you and I've heard this very frequently in Aphex Twin songs, specifically the drums in IZ-US and the slow monophonic synth at around 2:30 in Mt. Saint Michel's Mix.

Here's a good review, and a more entertaining, but far less objective review.

Other options to consider are Hifiman's HE-400s, I have heard mixed stuff about them from "meh" to "absolute game changer for $300". But they are certainly worth looking into.

If you're looking to spend less and get the headphones Richard says are his favorite for studio, the Sony MDR-7510 would be good to look into.

If you find you can't get your headphones to good listening levels, notice a lot of floor noise, or just want to spend more money to get a little better sound you should maybe look into getting a dedicated headphone amp. I personally use the Schiit Fulla for my Philips X2's, and I think they make a difference well worth the price. The next step up would be NwAvGuy's Objective2 Amp which is well known for competing against much higher priced amps and being very neutral.

If you want to do more of your own research I highly recommend using head-fi's popular headphone guide or posting a purchase advice thread in /r/headphones. Spending $300 is a big decision and there's a HUGE difference in the best headphones $300 can buy and the worst. I would definitely avoid noise-cancelling and blutooth unless it's an absolute necessity since it just redirects the price tag to additional technology instead of focusing on the driver. Also in pretty much any price bracket, open-back headphones will trump closed-back. Open back allow for a much larger soundstage and typically do everything better than closed. Before I made the move to open back I hated the idea, but after hearing how open back headphones almost feel like sitting perfectly in between two very nice speakers, I never can imagine going back to closed.

I will any questions you (or anyone else) have.

u/PewPewJester · 3 pointsr/headphones

I've not listened to the Phillips Fidelio X2 but the ppl on this sub seem to recommend it often. Might suit your preference for bass.

My personal recommendation would be the HE-400S. Sits right in your budget, excellent mids and solid bass. The bass might not hit as low as other cans, but it sounds well defined and not muddy to my ears. Furthermore, the bass can be elevated using leather pads.

Also, I've also heard wonders about the HE-400i, if you can find it on sale, you should grab that. It's probably worth more than the X2 and the 400S. However, these cans need decent amping to work to its full potential.

u/Zarphos · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Oh! 598 C's. I didn't know those existed. Here's what I was looking at. Thanks!

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/mrselkies · 3 pointsr/audiophile

Just found these HD598's for $109.

u/beurredarachide · 3 pointsr/CanadianHardwareSwap

OP You'll need to lower your price if you want to sell it quickly. Its currently selling for $129.99 at

Also you should be able to lower the cost of shipping the item by using the Canada Post Paypal discount or take a look at Netparcel or Eshipper.


u/pm-me-your-games · 3 pointsr/de

Hey /u/dtxer, stickie den Post doch mal, finde ich ne gute Idee den Thread.

Ich überlege meiner Freundin einen Snuggie ( zu schenken, einen Smoothie Maker ( aktuell sogar im Angebot) mit Rezeptebuch ( hat sie schon bekommen und feiert den hart. Beides liegt so um die 20-30€, das Rezeptebuch hat sogar nur 4€ gekostet.

Dann bekommt meine Mutter professtionell gestaltete Visitenkarten (kein Vistaprint oder sowas) und geiles persönliches Briefpapier, alles von nem befreundeten Designer zu nem geilen Preis.

Ich hab mir dieses Jahr selbst ein großes Geschenk gemacht und zwar hab ich zugegriffen als die Sennheiser HD598 für 99€ im Black Friday Angebot ( waren.

u/Happy_Phantom · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice
u/soufend · 3 pointsr/vinyl

I use Sony MDR6's, mainly used for DJing, though. I don't can't do casual listening at home because kids.

u/captain_w_anchor · 3 pointsr/edmproduction

This headphone is amazing. Sony MDRV6’s have awesome quality and don’t break the bank for around $70ish. I feel like I can pick out each part of a song when I have these on

Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones with CCAW Voice Coil

u/skullydazed · 3 pointsr/headphones

I'm looking for a comfortable set of headphones I can wear all day, that accurately and cleanly reproduce sound.

Budget - Theoretically unlimited, but I'm usually happy enough in the low-mid range.

Source - HiFiMAN EF2A

Requirements for Isolation - These will be used at work to drown out the noise of the mechanical keyboards my new coworkers use.

Preferred Type of Headphone - Over the ear

Preferred tonal balance - Studio monitors, I want accurate sound reproduction.

Past headphones - For years I used a pair of Sennheiser PXC-350's for travel and occasional office use. I love the sound but they are too tight on my head to wear comfortably for hours.

In the last few weeks I've tried out 3 different pairs:

  • Sennheiser Momentum - I think these sounded good, but despite being sold as "over the ear" on me they were definitely "on ear". I returned them.
  • Sony MDRV6 - I love how these sound. They're crisp and clear and everything sounds wonderful on them. The only problem is that they aren't quite big enough to fit over my ears comfortably. After an hour I have to take them off for at least 20 minutes.
  • Sony MDR1R - These sound muddy compared to the MDRV6's, but they're so much more comfortable.

    Preferred Music - Vocal/R&B, Rock, Classical and occasionally Jazz. The first things I listened to when I got the two Sony headphones were Amy Winehouse, a Dvorak concerto, Pink Floyd and Joe Satriani.
u/ooblie · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

It depends on how much you're willing to spend. I just got a pair of these and I love them. They sound incredible and I love the coiled cord because it doesn't get in the way, but it's accommodating if you need to get up and move around your desk.

u/connundrummer · 3 pointsr/electrohouse

The Sony MDR-V6 is a very solid monitor headphone at a very reasonable price.

u/felixhandte · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I have a pair of Sony MDR-V6s that are twenty years old. Until my sister sat on them and broke the hinge on one of the earcups, they worked perfectly. They're still beautiful, sound-wise. They cost $65 new on amazon (be sure to check out the reviews.

Compare to iPod earbuds that are $30 and last three months.

u/happybarfday · 3 pointsr/editors

I personally use the Sony MDR7506 as they're pretty much a standard for basic monitoring. Crisp, detailed high end, tight punchy base. Comfortable for hours on end and if you take decent care of them they should last years with the only wear and tear being the earcup material flaking off a bit. They're definitely made for desk-use as they have a very long coiled non-detachable cable.:

There's also the Sony MDRV6, which are very similar, but apparently have a little more low-end.

As far as speakers go, I've been using the Audioengine A5+ for a few years now and have been very satisfied. Great sound and more power than I'll ever be able to use in my small apartment. They look nice too (I got a good deal on the white ones). They are powered speakers (opposed to the A5) and thus don't require a separate amp. They also come with a small remote for volume/mute:

For a DAC I use the Audioengine D1 plugged in through USB, which gives me higher quality audio and a convenient headphone out and volume knob:

u/zpao · 3 pointsr/ReviewThis

I've owned the MDR-V6s for years now and I love them. They have excellent sound and while not noise cancelling, the music stays in and the outside stays out. I've brought them on airplanes and while they aren't going to be the same as those Bose things, I'm impressed with how little plane noise I hear. They don't make really great walking around headphones (the long coil cord is awkward), but are great at a desk where I'll swivel or lean back.

u/Teriyakuza · 3 pointsr/gadgets

They might be close to 30 years old, but my Sony MDR-V6s have never failed me, except maybe the ear pads.

u/mister_sleepy · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I think this belongs in r/firstworldproblems.

That being said, I would do this: Save the $35. Let your dad buy you shitty $10 headphones while you save up enough money to get some quality, high-end headphones instead of some pretty good midrange ones.

I currently use these, they were recommended to me by an audio engineer that I work with:

The next time I buy headphones, though, I'm going for these:

Or, if you're really wed to earbuds:

u/ninnabadda · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

If circumaural headphones are ok, I can recommend the Sony MDR-V6's, I've been using one or another pair of them for the last 3 or 4 years I believe although recently I was looking at giving the KRK KNS-6400's a shot.

Headphones can be a really personal choice what with desired frequency response, how the ear pads feel on your head, what they're like to wear for 8 hours straight (if you need to), etc. For instance, while I've been using the MDR-V6's for between 4-12 hours a day for the last couple of years, I have a friend who can't stand the sound of them.

In general when looking at headphone stuff (which is not THAT often considering I haven't switched models in so long), I usually end up at In particular this thread always sticks out in my memory:

Which is a budget-separated list of reviews of about 113 different pairs of headphones from $10 Koss wrap-arounds to other pairs from Audio Technica or Denon costing $3-400.

Best of luck!

u/PinkFloydJoe · 3 pointsr/guitars

Headphones: These headphones ROCK! I use them with recording, mixing, performance.

Now the amp part is where it gets tricky. I would recommend getting him a Marshall MG15CFX (I had an older version of that, it's what I learned on.) With headphones they sound pretty good! It also has an aux input for mp3/cd players, as well as a foot controller you can buy so he can turn on the distortion/fx without pressing the buttons on the amp.

Here's the optional footswitch:

u/lurking_quietly · 3 pointsr/headphones

Posted yesterday with minimal response.


Budget: US$200 is a hard limit for everything, including any recommended DACs or amps.

Sources: Laptop computers, mobile device, and headphone-out jack to my (not-so-high-quality) home audio system.

Requirements for Isolation: Though I'll primarily use headphones indoors, I may be listening to my iPod in public. I'd therefore want good isolation.

Preferred Type of Headphones: Closed over-ear > closed on-ear > alternatives. I am not interested in IEMs.

Preferred tonal balance: Unsure; probably neutral? See "Preferred Music" below if that helps.

Past headphones: Mostly cheap, sub-US$40 on-ear eadphones or earbuds/IEMs. Over 10-15 years ago, I think I had the predecessor to the Sony MDR-V6, which I liked, though I had no decent frame-of-reference to which to compare them at the time.

Preferred Music: I actually listen more to podcasts than music; ideally, I'd like something that is a good complement to something like Radiolab, which has detailed, interesting sound engineering. In terms of music, I listen to rock (especially alternative), electronic, and mashups. I'd prefer healthy bass, but nothing so bass-heavy it creates a lopsided profile. I also expect to use these to listen to TV and movies as well as on my computer, but I don't do any gaming.

Miscellaneous: I'd prefer something that does not require an amp or DAC, especially since I may be using this in public with mobile devices. I'd also prefer something sturdy enough to last many years, including travel. Being able to replace the earpads would be a definite bonus. What the headphones look like is secondary to me, provided they're neither comically large, nor scream, "Expensive! Steal me!"

What I'm Currently Considering:

  1. Sony MDR-V6: US$80 at Amazon.

  2. Sony MDR-7506: US$85 at Amazon.

  3. Audio-Technica ATH-M50: US$127 at Amazon. (Left to my own devices, I'd likely get either these or the ATH-M50x below on the strength of reviews and recommendations for headphones in my price range.)

  4. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x: US$170 at Amazon.

  5. Shure SRH840: US$200 at Amazon; very close to my budget's hard limit. (Considered primarily since it was suggested as an alternative to the ATH-M50/ATH-M50x.)

  6. Whatever additions to this list you fine people may suggest.

    Addendum: Suggestions currently include:

    Beyerdynamic DT770, 80 ohms, via /u/TheJosablo; US$170 on eBay.

    Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro, via /u/DependantBlackWoman; US$172 at Amazon.

    Thanks for any counsel you can provide!
u/LiquidDetergent · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Buy this or this for a mic.

Headsets do not deliver good audio quality for their price. At a sub $100 price range you might not be able to tell the difference but a decent pair of headphones with an attachable mic is going to deliver superior quality.

At your price range I recommend the JVC HARX900s and the ATH M30s. I would also look at the Sony MDR-V6s but they're out of your budget.

u/RookSeven · 3 pointsr/headphones

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50 or Sony MDR-V6 should be good and are way under $180. I actually just got a pair of MDR-V6 to use at work, since all I had before were open headphones.

Otherwise if you can stretch the budget a bit, the Sennheiser HD 25-1 ii would be even better.

u/bdorocke · 3 pointsr/headphones

My dad traveled a lot with them when touring. The craziest thing about is, these are the best headphones I've had and they belonged to my dad when he was in collage. Another crazy thing is that they still sell at regular price for around $100.

u/Joel05 · 3 pointsr/buildapcforme

Do you know anything about music production/audio? Those speakers are rubbish, and a good amp should be obtained before a soundcard. For almost $90 dollars you could get a pair of K240's or Sony Mdr v6's.

Not to mention this is /r/buildapcforme not /r/suggestaprebuiltforme.

u/rashondala · 3 pointsr/gamingpc

What is your price range? As a general rule, it is better to get a cheap stand alone mic and a good headset. I use sony MDR-V6 headphones, and a cheap clip on mic.

u/carloshc · 3 pointsr/brasil

Sei que está longe do seu orçamento, mas tenho um Sennheiser HD 600 e ele é simplesmente incrível.

Caso estejas entrando nesse mundo, esse meu headphone é considerado de entrada para os audiófilos. E carece de um bom amp e um bom DAC.

Eu tenho um bom amp, só falta um bom DAC.

Boa sorte!

u/Endarys · 3 pointsr/france

Hum perso dans cette gamme de prix je préfère le HD 600 (il est souvent en promo autour de 200-250€).

Mais après je suis totalement subjectif : j'adore le son de la gamme audiophile de sennheiser et je n'aime pas trop le son des AKG x)

Plus objectivement sinon, le HD600 est considéré comme étant le casque le plus détaillé à ce prix x) mais vu que y'a pas que les détails qui jouent dans l'appréciation d'un casque, du coup l'autre est cool aussi x)

(Et comme tu le dis, c'est pas un Beats !)

u/alex77456 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Sennheiser HD 600 are generally nice headphones and seem to fit your requirements (except the roommate thing).

u/retrogreq · 3 pointsr/oculus




Or if your budget is more, check these out...just know the $250 and $400 ones would benefit greatly from/requires an amp and/or DAC, respectively.

u/IDANUB · 3 pointsr/hcfactions

dont buy a gaming headset, the sound quality is very bad compared to regular headphones of the same price. most of the cost of a gaming headset is because of marketing and theyre based on regular headphones that are half the price.

theres an example of headphones that are good for the price, but they come without the microphone attached

and then you can just attach a mod mic and you have the sound quality of a $200-300 headset with $100

but if you just want a gaming headset the hyperx cloud is the best, not the best option imo though

edit: forgot to mention the padding is usually less comfortable on gaming headsets as well

those are good too for the price, possibly better but ive never used them so i couldnt say

u/nathris · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Absolutely. If you must get a gaming headset then go with a Razer Carcharias, but you'd be better off keeping your mic and better headphones, eg

u/Vagrantwalrus · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Creative Aurvana Live

amazing sound quality, and really inexpensive, but the build quality is a little weak. I haven't damaged them in any way, but I feel like it wouldn't be hard to if you're careless.

u/Suicidal360Flip · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

The deal they are having in Amazon was the reason why I went with the 250 Ohm. It worked out because thats all my sound card can push.

u/MareDoVVell · 3 pointsr/headphones

The Pro, from everything I've read, only has the downsides of being 250 Ohm(though there is a premium version that is 250 Ohm) and having a less comfortable, tighter fit(apparently for DJ'ing). Otherwise they are supposedly the same as all the other versions. I'm absolutely in love with mine and only spent $164 for them new on Amazon

u/Gerarddp · 3 pointsr/headphones

I'm looking to buy one of the following:

  • Astro A40
  • Sennheiser PC 360
  • Sennheiser HD 558
  • Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro

    With an Asus Xonar Dg Pci.

    My priority is comfort, I want ones that don't press against the ears and don't get them warm. Mic is not a priority (I have a clip mic), but if two of them are equaled I'll get the ones with a mic.

    I listen mostly to electronic music.
u/BananasApeUnicorn · 3 pointsr/headphones

It appears you left a mobile link, here is the full site.

Here is the price history of the Beyer DT990. This is sort of a normal price, only $10 below average.

u/alligatorbilly · 3 pointsr/lgv20

After you find some earbuds, look at getting some cans. These are amazing on my V20. DT990 by Beyerdynamic.

u/SugaRush · 3 pointsr/starcraft

Dont get bose, they are a waist of money. If you want closed back headphones I would recommend the Sennheiser 280s Very good set of headphones that dont leak much. Also the Grado Sr-80i that Eziril list below are very good but leak a lot of sound because they are open.
I have owned a pair of the Carcharias since they came out and have yet to have a problem with them. Personally I use the Sennheiser HD 380 pros and a webcam mic. If your using skype make sure you get close back headphones or your friends will never stop bitching about being able to hear everything your doing.

u/sillyblanco · 3 pointsr/nottheonion

I have a couple of recommendations, both right around $100.

These are in-ear, and they kick ass: Klipsch R6i

For over the ear, these Sennheiser's are fantastic: Sennheiser HD-280 PRO

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/bilarion · 3 pointsr/piano

I had the same question not long ago, and I settled on the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro.

It's one the most popular headphones for musicians and studio use, and they cost 100$, which is pretty cheap. Check them out.

EDIT: This article may help you narrow down your choices too.

u/Dagga_Ninety5 · 3 pointsr/edmproduction

These sennheisers are the best headphones in their price range by far and are near the center of your price range at 100 bucks . Do not get beats by dre or audio technica not worth the money.

u/onebluefish · 3 pointsr/tinnitus

Yeah, absolutely factor in T when shopping for headphones, but I wouldn't say don't buy headphones, rather be smart about it.

The big issue with headphones is making sure you don't damage your hearing while using them. The most common way this happens is through people using headphones in already loud environments, so they need to crank up the volume in order to hear over the ambient noise.

To prevent that, find passive (active noise cancelling is another debate) noise cancelling headphones that will dampen the noise around you, so you aren't competing with those other sound levels. In this way, you will find an audible listening range at a much lower volume level. It's simple stuff, but people like to blow it out of proportion. The fact of the matter is there is almost negligible mechanical different of a sound wave hitting your ear drum whether the sound was created 10 cm away from your ear or 10 feet, if they both hit your ears at X decibels, they will both produce the same energy transfer on your ears and cause the same amount of "damage".

My recommendation:

At their best, they cut 32 db of ambient sound, giving you that much more room to listen to your music safely! (Note: I'm not sure what how much of each frequency they dampen. The idea is still there though, use good judgement.)

u/sequentialsilence · 3 pointsr/AskReddit




Those are around $100

$40 RH3C

$40 ATH-M20

$60 SR850

I own the HD280's and the M40 I prefer the HD280 to the M40 and I've used the RH3C and for the price they're really good, the SR850 I've heard good things about it, but unfortunately have yet to use it.

u/celticsfan747 · 3 pointsr/radiohead

For great audiophile quality headphones for cheap, I love my Sennheiser HD280s
great for Radiohead with all the layers, especially on KOL and In Rainbows

u/toofishes · 3 pointsr/programming

It's less about what is playing (I usually go with the Linux client) and more about getting the big ass pair of headphones. That alone solves the noise AND the interruption problem- people are a lot less likely to tap you on the shoulder if you have something more than earbuds.

Highly recommended, even in an office setting:

u/SithisTheDreadFather · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

If you intend to use these as a monitor for a person near a mic, you should not buy them. If you are mixing or monitoring at the console, you're probably fine.

I'm a video editor I use these (and the Q701) at work. I used to do basic mixing with them, but now I hand off my tracks to a dedicated sound department. I use them in an open office, and while I can tolerate a low level of noise, it gets unbearable if people get too loud. The sound is pretty neutral and they're extremely comfortable (the K7XX much more so than the Q701).

These are open headphones that are popular for studio use. These are closed headphones that are popular as well. Our sound department uses these when they're not using speakers (and our voice booth uses them as well).

At the end of the day you should get a pair of speakers, but barring that, neutral headphones that are comfortable to wear.

u/masterofstuff124 · 3 pointsr/buildapc

HD280 Pro's

I make a lot of music but they are great for gaming; and just overall amazing headphones.

u/perplex1 · 3 pointsr/battlestations


u/veni_vidi_vale · 3 pointsr/headphones

Great deal. I paid a lot more for mine and have no regrets, I still think it was worth every penny.

If you are on the fence, IMO don't hesitate. It doesn't matter what genre of music you like, if you want a darker sound profile, these headphones will not disappoint.

Link for the google challenged

u/PhDinBroScience · 3 pointsr/ToolBand

I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 650's and a FiiO E17K Aspen 2 portable DAC.

Those two combined with the proper EQ settings for the headphones = fucking Nirvana.

That setup plus the FLACs from HDtracks is going to be my experience for the new album.

u/OJNeg · 3 pointsr/headphones

The term "closed-back" refers to the housing of the driver being sealed off from the air. Imagine this. Open back refers to an non-enclosed back. Like this. This creates a more natural listening experience, at the expense of leaking sound. Generally, open-back is meant for home listening.

It seems that the MDR-V6 is perfect for your needs. You could always tie the cord up, or replace it with a coiled cord.

u/RingoFreakingStarr · 3 pointsr/anime

The HD 650s are the best headphones I've ever used. I have the 6XX which is literally the same cans but with different outer aesthetics and a different cable connector and they sound the exact same.

Sennheiser has historically offered replacement parts for their headphones. From cables to ear pads. They also do repair stuff though I don't know the pricing for that. Might be more cost effective in some cases to just get a new pair of headphones.

u/victim115 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Sennheiser HD 650

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I'll update when I find more.

u/DanTHEStan · 3 pointsr/headphones

Looks like they are on sale on Amazon as well.

u/DangerUltra · 3 pointsr/edmproduction

This may be controversial to an extent but...

My suggestion: Use 2-3 reference tracks to compare your song to when producing/mixing/mastering. Use whatever headphones you normally use when you listen to music. After it sounds good on there, THEN switch to a better sound system (or headphones) to fine tune. Once it sounds good on there, only then do you really need to use a sound system with a good low end. For me, this is my car, because I have new neighbors and my monitors are too loud for them.

At the end of the day, no matter your sound system, you have to learn it. Listen to songs you know very well (and like) on it. Always use reference songs when you're making music. I've paid for pro studio time and the songs I made on the systems I knew always came out sounding better.

I use apple ear buds and then I use these:

My monitors, which don't get used very often, are Rokit 5's. You may find an old used pair in your budget.

u/vmwhelan · 3 pointsr/self

My girlfriend ordered me these for my birthday. (21 tomorrow :) )

u/Chuuno · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I've used the Q701's, and from what I remember reading they're very similar to the K702's. the Q701's are very bright and have excellent soundstage. The bass response is very clean, but it is VERY light. "Dynasty" by Koan Sound, which sounds like a big bass dildo on most headphones, sounds balanced, almost light in the Q701's.

My brother has the HD598's, and he loves them. He may be biased because he bought them, but he prefers the HD's to my Q701's.

Both of those pairs of headphones will require an amp to get the most out of them. The Q's in particular sound even thinner on the low end without a good amp.

That being said, buy These Sony MDR 7506's instead. They're normally $130 on amazon, currently listed for $80, and they're fantastic. They've got the flattest, most accurate response, and the closed back means you've got clean sound in more environments. Since I bought these I haven't used any other pair to mix. A friend of mine had the ATH MX 50's, and after listening to my Sony's, he put his AT's down and ordered a pair because they are just THAT accurate. Seriously, consider these Sony's, you won't be disappointed!

u/mwaterous · 3 pointsr/DJs
u/captainkaba · 3 pointsr/de

Sony MDR-7506

die Rezensionen sprechen für sich, Preis-Leistung unschlagbar. Es hat einen Grund, warum es diese Dinger fast unverändert seit 40 Jahren gibt :)

u/ahap7 · 3 pointsr/PostHardcore

Sony MDR-7506

Chances are this what the band used in the studio when they recorded. They're going to give you a really true picture of what the mix was intended to sound like. A lot of headphones emphasize the highs and lows because that "sounds hi-fi" when you try them in the store, but post-hardcore is driven by guitars which are all mids. These are great for the genre.

u/Csno · 3 pointsr/nin

Sennheiser makes some of the better quality in-ear headphones around.

If you are interested in using the same headphones used by the original mix engineers, and don't mind wearing bulky headsets, then the Sony
is for you.

u/NewYorkJewbag · 3 pointsr/AskTechnology

Sennheiser makes really comfortable headphones. Also, Sony’s over the ear DJ headphones last forever and are really comfortable. Bought these ones for my son when he was in 10th grade, he just finished his first year of college and they’re going strong:

Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone

They’re also repairable if anything happens to the wiring. Someone else mentioned skull candy but in my experience they’re really poorly built.

u/I_am_your_prise · 3 pointsr/Guitar

I don't have experience with those headphones but [I own these] ( and they're great.

u/twelfthsphinx · 3 pointsr/Atlanta

I first heard the sample on my high quality headphones, and honestly heard 2 voices, a nasal high pitched "yanny" and a deeper, almost scolding, british "laurel".

Then someone flashed a picture of the dress, and it was white/gold for me only once and blue/black ever after.

u/I_am_disgustipated · 3 pointsr/ToolBand

I feel you. Someone asked a similar question a while back on this sub, and reading it inspired me to do the same thing you're doing (except I gotta wait till I have cash). I'm no headphone expert, but I'm looking at this one:

Speaking of which, if this is a bad decision, someone let me know! I play electric guitar, so I am hoping this will be good for both casual listening and guitar practice.

u/brunerww · 3 pointsr/videography

Hi /u/saientific - the Zoom H4n has noisy preamplifiers - if you decide to go with a Zoom, you may want to consider the [£229 Zoom H5] ( instead.

If budget is an issue, you may want to consider the less expensive [£69 Zoom H1] ( This recorder has a single 3.5mm mic input instead of the more expensive recorders' twin XLR inputs, so you will need a [£22.91 Hosa MIT-156 XLR to 3.5mm transformer/adapter] ( in order to accept input from professional mics such as the [£148 Rode NTG-2 shotgun mic] (

No matter which recorder you buy, you should also invest in a set of [£69 Sony MDR7506 monitoring headphones] ( to prevent surprises in the editing suite.

With your recorder, headphones, shotgun, a [£9 shock mount] (, a [£69 Rode boom pole] ( and good technique you will be able to get the microphone to within a meter of your actors/interviewees and record high quality sound.

Hope this is helpful and best of luck with your venture into videography!


u/I_want_all_the_tacos · 3 pointsr/headphones
u/Arm-the-homeless · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

AKG K612 Pro + a headphone amp (necessary) if you can afford that much. They're open headphones but for the money I don't think you'll find a better soundstage for gaming.

For something closer to this price range, the Creative Aurvana Live is supposed to be quite good.

u/Schwibbles · 3 pointsr/headphones

Still there for anyone in the US. Only $315 new too.

Link here

u/mlasn · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales is pretty good for tracking Amazon pricing history (don't know if there is a better website).

u/throwaway_swifty · 3 pointsr/edmproduction

These are very good.

Edit: I use a mix of this and my speakers depending on whether I'm at home alone. Also using FL studio and a Focusrite 2i4 as an interface.

u/moosenberg · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

When I pet my cat with my headphones on while he's rolling around on the floor, I get a kinda nasty static shock through the earpiece (pretty sure it's because I plug my headphones in through the speaker which is grounded). After a few times of this happening, I learned my lesson, but the amount of static is pretty surprising. Hope OPs card is okay

My headphones if someone is wondering

u/fr0stie · 3 pointsr/Beatmatch

Honestly, I wouldn't buy either of those. I don't know what your particular monetary situation is, but I made the mistake of buying a cheaper set of cans when I set out to DJ which broke in less than 5 months going to gigs once or twice a month. I then bought a pair of ATH-M50's and haven't looked back. I strongly suggest that you save up to buy a pair of these as there is a good reason that they're touted as one of the best value entry-level DJ headphones. The fact is, if you pay less, you're likely gonna end up with another pair that will break, and even if they don't break, most of the headphones in the <$60 range will not offer isolation good enough for anything but really small gigs. To be fair though, I recently played a show with my ATH-M50s where, even blasting them full volume, I had to strain to hear them over the speakers we were using. Regardless, the sound quality is impeccable for that price and they're pretty durable. That said, if you absolutely cannot put up the money for them, I can give you a few other options:

These are supposedly pretty good and only a little out of your price range. They're the better version of your MDR-v55s, and while I haven't used them myself, I've personally seen several really good DJ's use them on pretty big sound systems to great effect.

You might also try these Sennheisers which are still a little out of your range but evidently not too bad.

I definitely would not buy either the Pioneer HDJ-500 or HDJ-1000 which are both notorious for breaking.

Ultimately, you get what you pay for. If you're just a bedroom DJ, you can probably get away with either of the choices you've listed, but if you plan on ever doing anything outside of your bedroom, you're going to eventually NEED a better set of headphones. If I could go back in time with the knowledge that I have now, I would definitely pony up the extra cash for the ATH-M50's (you might even look into getting a used pair if you have to) as they really do sound leagues better than the $100 headphones I had before them and are far more comfortable and durable.

u/makuto9 · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I recommend the Sony MDR7506's. They're affordable, comfortable flat response headphones. Once you get them you'll notice them in movies and photos of pro studios, which I think is neat.

u/Fhajad · 3 pointsr/battlestations

In that case, not bad. Those $10 skullcandy headphones, for the price, are VERY good earbuds.

I use these, earbuds just aren't my thing.

u/ThoseGrapefruits · 3 pointsr/ImSavingUpForThis

I personally got Sony MDR-1706's not too long ago and absolutely love them. They've been making them for decades and they haven't changed at all. Check them out, certainly a lower price point than the Audio-Technica's and they are fantastic monitors:

If you do think about getting them, find some replacement earpads (the ones made out of velour). The stock ones are the same fake leather stuff that comes on most headphones and it makes a world of difference. The earpads I bought from Amazon aren't available in the UK for some reason, but I'm sure you can find them somewhere. With them (and even without them) the headphones are incredibly comfortable. I'll wear them for hours at a time with no problems.

u/warinthestars · 3 pointsr/audio

Hell, even these Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone

u/Locutrad · 3 pointsr/brasil

Eu tô com um fone da Sony que é excelente, tanto em qualidade de áudio quanto em eliminação de ruído. Eu tive sorte de achar a 59 dólares no Aliexpress e de ser original.

u/engagechad · 3 pointsr/Bass

I personally like flat response headphones that I can EQ on my own. So.. This might not really be all that helpful for you.. But I've been using These suckers everyday for over a decade. I've replace the ear cushion things but other than that they've been one of the most dependable purchases ever.

u/RaZz0r65 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

yea i love the O2 + ODAC combo unit i have the one with rear power and a fancy aluminum knob i love that thing.

I have it paired up with a pair of DT770's pro 250ohm.

Was it expensive as hell?


Was it worth it?

Hells yes i have had a line of gaming headsets from low to high budget and none of them can even hold a candle to the current set up.

How ever my brain was like well you now have a pair of fancy headphones and a amp + dac better get a nice mic to go with it.

So now i have a AT2020 with a mic stand shock mount and pop filter for no good reason.

Sense i hardly ever use it but they few times i do i get compliments that i sound great so yay i guess.

But really tho OP get a amp and a nice pair of headphones and a clip on mic.

For around 200usd i would recommend something along the lines of this

Desktop amp

Sony MDR-7506


Zalman Zm-Mic

this set up will blow the socks of pretty much any gaming headset out there the only ones that might be on par.

Is prob something like the Sennheiser high end gaming head phones and something like the Audio Technica line of gaming headphones.

But those headsets alone will set you back 250-300+ usd and you will most likely need a amp + dac to unlock the full potential of them anyway so.

u/HerpDerpenberg · 3 pointsr/PUBATTLEGROUNDS

Not the guy you're asking, but you don't need to go apeshit and buy some $150-$200 headset. But two things help better audio quality... better set of headphones and a dedicated sound card or at least an on board that has a build in headphone amplifier.

Also, I would buy a separate desktop microphone + headphones. A lot of times it's tough finding a good headphone with a good sounding microphone. Furthermore, there are issues with headsets where you get a lot of popping, lip smacking, etc since it's close to your mouth or it can catch your breathing and be annoying for people you're playing with. When you separate the two, you get the best of both worlds with a good microphone and a good set of headphones that you can also use to listen to music in public without looking like an idiot wearing a headset.

I'm using this sound card with Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone. Although, the Sony headphones are really high in price right now for some reason, you can get them for $70-80 if you look around. The reason I went with the Sony headphones, they're studio quality professional monitors. I bought these at a suggestion of a Tested review with Patrick Norton about headphones. Basically, he said that so many people who care about accurate audio representation (that's the key, no over Bass, etc) use these headphones as reference. Before, I was using Koss PortaPro Headphones which are still probably the best headphones under $100 by a long shot. My only problem is that they were open and not closed ear, so you get ambient audio mixed in and harder to isolate sounds. If you have a noisy environment around you, look for a closed headphones. They also have a short cable, so you'll need a headphone cable extension if you want to use these on a PC. The Sony have something like an 8 foot cable.

u/dualactioncomplete · 3 pointsr/FL_Studio

2 things:

  • Do you use an Audio Interface? If you aren't, you may have issues as most laptop/desktop headphone A/D converters and preamps are terrible.

  • You stated your budget was £100, I can think of two workhorses that are budget staples of the industry.

    Sony MDR-7506

    Audio-Technica ATH-M40X
u/Silgan · 3 pointsr/classicalmusic

Spend a good $50-$100 on a good pair of studio headphones. You won't regret it.

Idk if it's okay to post a link like this, but I'm not associated with Sony in any way, so I think it's fine:

Those are the pair I've been using, and I've been loving them for a about a year so far. They're absolutely incredible; they've completely changed my experience of listening to classical music. The only thing that beats them in my eyes (ears) is being in a live concert; you can hear ever detail in the music.

u/nandxor · 3 pointsr/audioengineering

SM57 is good, but you'll probably want a stand to go with it. It's my personal opinion that at $80, the Sony MDR-7506 headphones are the best value for audio gear under $100.

u/Festus_Clwnkilr_Krex · 3 pointsr/headphones

So i'm burning out from research, so hopefully you guys can help me out with my question.

I'm getting a Fiio e17 for christmas and a new set of cans.

I've narrowed it down to either Grado 225e
or Beyerdynamic DT-880s 250 ohm

my quandary is whether to go with the grados which are 32 ohm or the beyerdynamics which are 250 ohm.
I'll be using them with the fiio amp linked above. Will the fiio even improve the grados since they have such a low impedence?

u/shitty_hdr · 3 pointsr/apple

Don't downvote this person. I bought for the first time "real" headphones. Beyerdynamic DT990 and now I can't listen to anything with lower quality. The number times I bought Porta Pro (they are great by the way) and other low priced headphones, I could have bought one good ones.

I recommend to buy something good right away instead of buying in small increments bad ones.

Edit. Don't become a full audiophile :) It's not cheap. Beyerdynamic DT990 was/is half the price when I bought them.

u/AdoreShitYuki · 3 pointsr/audiophile

As someone with an average, maybe slightly more so, sized head, I recommend the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro's. There are enough reviews on these to vouch for how well these sound, so I'll just comment on its comfort: It's like having a pillow fastened to my head, just look at those large comfy velour earpads. I can easily wear these for hours at a time without issue. They're relatively inexpensive too :)

u/labx7 · 3 pointsr/edmproduction
u/wewladendmylife · 3 pointsr/SiegeAcademy

I use a pair of DT990 pro headphones and attached one of these magnetic microphones.

I'd pick up a pair of over-ear headphones if you see one in your price range. If you need a mic you can pick up a lapel microphone for pretty cheap. I just find that most gaming headsets are overpriced for the sound quality.

u/DamnationSC · 3 pointsr/melodicdeathmetal

I use a pair of Beyerdynamic DT-990 Pro 250ohms coupled with Schiit Magni and Modi for my headphone amp and digital/analog converter combo. The magni/modi combo is great for flat sound i.e doesn't add any extra sound qualities in the conversion or amplification (pro for some, con for others) and they power the 250ohm version of the DT-990 pros wonderfully. The DT-990 pros themselves are great metal headphones in my opinion. First off, they are the most comfortable headphones I've ever put on, I've worn them 8 hours a day for the past 2 months and sometimes forget they're even on. The soft velour earpads are fucking superb. Sound quality wise they're amazing as well. Massive soundstage, when I got them one of the first songs I played was Inside the Particle Storm- Dark Tranquillity and I was motherfucking blown away, and it doesn't hurt that they're good for FPS gaming as well. Amazing, punchy bass, but not overdone at all like you find in some DJ headphones. Good mids and nice highs. Some people find the treble on the dt-990s to be fatiguing but I've yet to come across that and even if I did I could get rid of the problem through the equalizer.

u/Crimtide · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 Ohm

I had once wanted wireless headphones too.. but quickly realized how terrible they are in comparison to the opposite.. especially for something I love doing, for long hours, all the time.. gaming... I wore Sennheiser headphones with a long 10 ft cable for 7 years.. I got tired of it getting caught and tangled and whatever.. Bought and returned 6 or 7 different wireless headsets/phones. Settled on a coiled cable headphone. The Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 Ohm. This is the only thing in your price range I would ever substitute for over my previous modded Sennheiser headphones. You will need an amp to drive these. If you have a headphone amp, these are great. Most modern motherboards are amped.

The reason I went with a coiled cable is because it doesn't tangle, it doesn't pull.. it just chills.. I ran an extension behind my desk and up the back side.. and the coil just lays on my desk top.. it's tense enough to not let it fall down my side, or off the desk.. but it doesn't tug at all.. I don't think I will ever buy anything else. If/when these die, I will buy another pair.

An added note.. if you end up researching these, and liking them, I changed my stock earpads out for these Brainwavz ear pads. They changed the sound profile a bit, added a bit more bass, and are more comfortable in my opinion.

u/classyjoe · 3 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

exactly this.

I might also add that it might be worthwhile looking into other options, since there's a lot of different headphones out there for varying tastes (like those people who are looking for more palpable bass sensation than what the Sennheiser models offer for example this headphone currently on sale. Most of the headphones that are considered comparable will be a little more expensive from what I've been able to find). No doubt in any case though that these are great deals on great headphones

u/Dishevel · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

For about $75.00 you can get these.

Blue Mic

Nice Headphones

u/chatmonchy · 3 pointsr/DealsReddit

HD202 is also discounted, dropped $41.01 from 59,99 to 18,98.

u/IBYMBYBMYL · 3 pointsr/PS4

They should be fine. If you want a cheap, yet good sound quality and comfortable over the ear pair of headphones (without a mic) I'd suggest these. They're only $25.

u/SunbaneG · 3 pointsr/CasualConversation

I was going through this thinking that I guess I don't really have any brand loyalties, but I think this one applies. Really though, if anyone is looking for a great set of headphones the HD202s are a phenomenal set in the 25 USD range. I've had mine for about 7 months and couldn't be happier.

They also make higher-end stuff. That being said, the entry-level stuff is great for the layman, and the more expensive stuff is probably just for the most affluent audiophiles.

u/dev_tomato · 3 pointsr/india

I've been using these for the past 3 years. Didn't find any others that sounded better, the highs and the lows sound perfect on this, also many famous recording studios use this. They went recently out of stock on Amazon and Flipkart. Should be back soon, I guess. I got them for Rs. 1800.

u/concernedindianguy · 3 pointsr/headphones

Location: India

Budget: Indian ₹6,000 (~US $100) Hard limit. It's a big amount to me. Most mid-range android phones cost between ₹8,000-₹15,000.

Source: 50% Laptop and 50% Android phone

Requirements for Isolation: I will be using it both at home and on public transportation, so headphones with sound leaks are not preferable.

Preferred Type of Headphone: I would prefer over-ear rather than on-ear or IEM.

Preferred tonal balance: Overall balanced pair

Past headphones:

u/spankymustard · 3 pointsr/podcasting

Here's my recommendation for a podcast starter kit:

u/mjschreff · 3 pointsr/SantasLittleHelpers

My son is 17. A senior in high school and a 4.0 gpa student takeing honors classes. He plays trombone, bass guitar and drums. He is a model student and exemplary human being. He has not asked us for much because he is old enough to see when our last dollars go to groceries. And to notice when we stop answering the phone. This kid deserves a few presents under the tree.

He would like these headphones
Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Headphones (Black)

Found at the bottom of this list

u/Logofascinated · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Sennheiser HD202s are £25 including delivery at Amazon at the moment. I highly recommend them - great sound, especially for the price.

u/thesouthpaw · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Headsets (phones + mic together) pretty much always suck.

Get some 518's and shop around for a decent usb mic.

u/snarkfish · 3 pointsr/gadgets

see that link clark-kent posted

i own the following open:sennheiser hd 518 and closed: sennheiser hd 280 pro and can recommend both

both are circumaural (earcups surround the ear and rests on the skull) and very comfortable and sound great

i don't own these, but this is a great pair of headphones (near legendary) for an awesome price audio technica ath-m50

u/Efflux · 3 pointsr/gaming

If you want a nice USB surround sound one, get this one Logitech G35. I personally vouch for it, others do as well.

If you want one with a 3.5 mm headphone jack, these are nice Steel Series Siberia.

A lot of people will tell you to go with a non-gamer headphone and a clip mic. As you get a bit more bang for your buck.

This is all according to preference though. My preference is in the order I listed, the surround sound is quite impressive. Hope this helps.

u/Seric_X · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

If you can, I'd put up with the in-ears for a while, save up and then get yourself this: Sennheiser HD600.

You might be able to find them second-hand for a better price, they're fairly popular.

There is arguably no better bang-for-buck reference quality headphone on the market, plus they've got a decent amount of room for your husband's decent amount of ear.

Don't worry about buying second-hand if that's more economical for you, almost all the parts are end-user replaceable. The pads on the ears can be removed and replaced, as can the padding on the headband. Same goes for the cable.

I am of course unable to estimate of you're husband's largeness of lug, so do try before you buy .

u/pn42 · 3 pointsr/Austria (vorallem weil die so billig sind atm, sehs grad, wtf)


wenn du in jeglichen bereichen irgendwelche fragen hast, pm. :--)

u/demevalos · 3 pointsr/AVexchange

The 880s are sold, but the 600 is still available. The HD 600 is normally $300 new on amazon. These are essentially brand new, except the replacement pads and headband are not Sennheiser.

u/vicejoebiden3 · 3 pointsr/hardwareswap
u/crowsmen · 3 pointsr/audiophile

A used or refurb set of HD 600 (~$250)and an O2 amp (build or buy, <$150). Can't do much better for $400 IMO.

By the way, if you are looking to play drums along with your music, these are not the headphones for you. You'll need something that isolates a lot more, like possibly a DT770M, though I've never used these.

u/DestituteTeholBeddic · 3 pointsr/audiobooks

For my commute I use these

At home I use this before bed, or I am doing stuff around my room

If at my computer doing something repetitive or playing some videogame and don't have to pay attention to sound I have these

If my Bluetooth headphone run out of battery, or its raining outside (bad weather) I have back ups

From best to worst in sound Quality


Mixcder Bluetooth Headphones tied with

MagicBox II

Sennheiser-MK-II-Precision-Enhanced (basically tied as well - less bass though)

u/shadow31310 · 3 pointsr/oculus

Oh my lord, i gave you the wrong model number! D;

It was the HD280's that i have!

Try these

u/zxlkho · 3 pointsr/audiophile

Stay far far away from skullcandy. I haven't heard those Sonys, but I would recommend the Sennheiser HD280. They're just a little more than 70 bucks, but they sound great.

u/autunno · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I recently purchased one of these:

The sound quality is very good, although it might sound vanilla to some people as it's a very honest sound; the only downside I could think of is that people often say that the plastic headband is not extremely durable. But even this issue doesn't seem to be that big of a deal, considering they replace it for you if it comes to it:

It's really worth for its price, IMHO.

u/w00t_b00ts · 3 pointsr/DotA2

The Sennheiser HD280 Pro's are probably the best "budget" headphones I've ever owned. Definitely worth considering.

u/pwndepot · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I'm in my 20s. I like the headphone idea. Someone suggested Sennheisers and I totally second that motion. I went with a more expensive model ( and I LOVE them. If he's into music and gaming, these are a godsend.

Not sure exactly your son's living situation, but I live on my own and I tend to err on the side of lazy. Because of this, I'm almost always running low on basic bathroom supplies. New toothbrushes, new razors, shampoo, soap, extra bath towels, those kinds of things. Heck, when I first moved out, I went without a shower mat for almost a year. And ceramic tiles are freaking cold.

As I hit my 20's I discovered coffee and all it's amazing wonder. If your son did too, he may like getting a legitimate coffee making kit. I'm talking a decent french press, a ceramic burr grinder, and a kettle (I just use a pot for now, so I don't have any specific suggestions yet). If you really wanna get fancy and you have the money, you could even get him an electric kettle so he has complete temperature control. And if you're ordering that stuff on amazon, I would get a bag of some well reviewed whole beans. I like the Kicking Horse roasting company, but that's just me.

I also wanted to take a moment and suggest basic kitchen supplies. Like the bathroom supplies, these things tend to go unstocked or simply ignored in my house. Things like a good frying pan or a nice sized pot for making pasta. A brita filter with a few extra cartridges. Extra dish soap. Extra sponges. Even kitchen towels for drying hands/dishes (I currently use an old shirt :/ ). I also would suggest things that make cheap food taste better. I'm talking a pepper mill, some garlic salt, onion salt, basic herbs, and a good hot sauce. My brother was always partial to Chulula, but I tend to just go with whatever Trader Joe's has.

Hope this helps!

u/pat_trick · 3 pointsr/NewToTF2

This one.

...seriously, you can do just fine with a basic mic and headphones.

u/garlandobloom · 3 pointsr/oculus

Currently I'm just planning on sticking with the rig I built last year, which was partially built as a Rift machine. I suppose if money was no object I'd upgrade the GPU from a 7950 to whatever is out when CV1 drops. :)

More likely though, I will pick up some good headphones. (Sennheiser HD-280 PROs currently on my radar: )

So nothing crazy planned. I'm on a wait and see approach when it comes to input. Will live with a Dual Shock 4 if I have to.

u/dannywatchout · 3 pointsr/funny

Many people consider Sennheiser to be one of the the best right now. Some even believe it's THE best at the moment. They are definitely a superb choice for headphones.

That being said, there are a lot of variables in headphones that cater to different people. For one, there are 3 sort of blanket headphone types: In-ear, On-ear, and Over-ear. In-ear are basically ear buds, On-ear are headphones with small cups that sit on your ears. Over-ear have larger cups that surround your ear. Personally, I'm a fan of Over-ear, as they are the most comfortable to me and tend to have higher quality headphones (Over-ear don't make headphones sound better, but companies tend to make more Over-ear than On-ear of various price ranges).

On top of that, there are two kinds of cups: open back and closed back. For some background, headphones play sound both towards you an away from you. Closed back means the back of the headphone cup is closed (duh), blocking the sound going away from you. Basically, it's you and whatever you're listening to. A band in your head. Open back means that the cups are open to an extent. These headphones often look like they have a grate on the cups. This means sound goes out, and also sound goes in. These headphones make it so the music sounds more lively. Instead of the band being in your head, think of you at a concert for that band. Open back headphones make it so the music blends with the environment around you. Be wary, because people around you can hear what you're listening to pretty clearly. If you're using headphones for every day use, I'd recommend closed back for yours and everyone else's sake. You get to listen to what you want without distractions, and everyone around you won't be disturbed by you either.

Not sure which headphones you have, but these are the Sennheiser HD 280s. Over-ear, closed back, $100 dollars. Pretty good sound for the price, not so stylish. As far as audio quality, they're definitely worth the price.

If you're willing to go a little higher, I'd recommend the Audio Technica M50x. These bad boys are some of the best headphones I've used. They are the complete package to me. Sound quality is great, the build is good, the ear cups are comfortable, and you can replace the aux cord if it breaks, all for $150. I've heard better sound from headphones, but for $150, these are a steal. You really won't find better anywhere in this price range. Once again, over-ear, closed back.

If you're a guy that likes in-ears, I can't really help much. Almost every in-ear I've listened to are low end (less than $50), the exceptions being Beats in-ears ($100, meh), and Shure SE425 ($300, pretty damn good, mostly used for monitoring during music performances). If you're an on-ear guy, you're the first I've met. Regardless of your preference, I think it's worth taking the leap to over-ear and trying them out.

Either of these options are good. If you want to look for yourself, I'd highly recommend Amazon. You can find a lot of headphones here for cheaper than retail. The brands I'd recommend are Sennheiser, Audio Technica, and Beyerdynamic in that order. Keep in mind the different types of headphones and open back vs. closed back if you do decide to look around.

Sorry for the long read, best of luck!

u/yolorelli · 3 pointsr/audioengineering

I've always use the Sennheiser HD-280 Pro's. They are relatively inexpensive and pretty flat sounding.

u/hi2u · 3 pointsr/trance

I use Sennheiser HD 280 pro.

why I like them:

  • Sound isolation. They sort of clamp onto your head, blocking out the world, which helps a lot because you should be mixing in your headphones.

  • Frequency response is flat. So you can tell the difference between a pounding track and a super compressed really loud track. Cheaper headphones like to reproduce the bass too loudly, which is really frustrating when you need to know exactly how your track is going to sound when you drop it.

  • Portable; they fold up, and fold flat (good for fitting into a messenger bag, or a backpack).

  • The cord is really really long

  • Durable, especially if you take good care of them. I've had mine for almost 2 years and they still work great.

  • Cheap! so if you do lose them or break them you can just buy another pair. or you can throw them into the club if people love you (also comes with 1/4 and 1/8 plugs so you don't have to buy an adapter)
u/cyancynic · 3 pointsr/Guitar

I love my Sennheiser HD 280's. They're quiet, they're super comfortable (I've worn them over 8 hours straight without clamp-head pain or fatigue), they're reasonably priced, and they live forever.

u/acefire117 · 2 pointsr/videos

Ok, sort of being an audiophile myself here. I'll try and help you out.

According to Sennheiser's director of marketing, he essentially made the statement that this headphone was released specifically to compete in the Beat's headphone market: aka, it looks pretty with a sound ready to please a general market. In other words,

"it's all about that bass, 'bout that bass, no treble"

-Meghan Trainor.

It also explains the look and price point of these headphones. At $200 and a physique quite similar to the Beats themselves, it's obvious Sennheiser is hoping to put out some direct competition. And while I have no doubt that they sound better than the Beats simply because Sennheiser puts a greater amount of recourses into audio research rather than advertisements, they're still going to have that broad consumer sound signature which typically emphasizes high's and lows to make the sound more exciting. (which is fine if that's what you're looking for). They're also brand new which means there'll be some time before a final verdict is drawn to the opinion of these cans.

As far as value goes, with headphones, it's really what YOU value and not what the general consensus believes. Some people, me included, will die for a super accurate sound and full bodied performance which is why I own a pair of HD 600's. My babies.

Until you reach around the $500 mark, it's generally you get what you pay for. If you're a die hard music lover. Get something nice. If the ultimate sound isn't what you're looking, don't bother wasting it on something you'll under appreciate or in some cases with higher priced headphones, you might not even notice.

Also check out Head-fi, fucking love that place.

u/spruce_goose · 2 pointsr/headphones

saved $80 for no warranty, worn pads and old drivers

u/Dinkerdoo · 2 pointsr/Music

I splurged recently and got a pair of Sennheiser HD600s with this Amp/DAC and damn, do they sound nice together. Maybe if I use Monster cables though...

u/Misogynist_MGTOW · 2 pointsr/headphones

if u're extremely flexible, there's a deal in amazon u.s.a right now, for 361$, u get a pair of hd600 and fiio e10k's neutral sounding with great mids and highs without any sharpness and u can amplify the bass with the fiio e10k amp and u can flip the gain switch if ur hd600 dont have enough power from e10k amp.
enter the link, scroll down till u see "frequently bought together", then u uncheck microphone and press add to cart then buy it quick, this is a great deal.

u/Zograf · 2 pointsr/RandomKindness

I'm a bit of a geek myself when it comes to headphones and iem's.

There are a few pairs out there that many consider the greatest bang for the buck:

  • I got a pair of Sennheiser HD25-1 II myself. They work great, sound nice and will probably outlast me in quality. They've been recommended by most parts of the audiophile community for ages.
  • V-MODA Crossfade M-80 was very recommended when I was looking for a nice pair myself. The build quality is superb and so is the audio.
  • Sennheiser HD 600 is one of the most well knows and well recommended pair of open ear headphones out there and they are for a reason.

    A tip is to check out a few big reviews on Head-Fi
    (full size) to find a pair you'll probably like (but remeber to take peoples personal opinions with a grain of salt). I find that finding a personal pair is half the fun.

    The horrible (and wonderful) thing though, is that there is not "one size fits all" when it comes to headphones. The best you can do is get out there and try them out. You should also realize that a nice pair of headphones is only half of the equation. If you're only using them with your iphone, you're missing out.

    Happy hunting!
u/Quagga_1 · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Hey Black_Halcyon

Normally I avoid the trap of telling someone to just spend more money, but you left the door wide open

  • Your $100 budget is flexible
  • You're considering buying an amp (easily another $100)
  • You've used the "A" word ;-)

    The golden rule in audio is that you should spend the majority of your budget on the best possible transducer you can afford and worry about the rest later. With this in mind, my advice is to pool your money and splurge on the most affordable headphones to be universally recognised as "audiophile-grade", i.e. the Sennheiser HD 600 series.

    For example:

  • HD 600 (from $300 on Amazon)
  • HD 650 (from $320 on Amazon)
  • HD 6XX ($200 from Massdrop).

    Going by your criteria any of the above might be a good fit.

  1. The Godfather(s) of all modern open-backed headphones
  2. New from $200, but 2003 introduction (HD 600) means that buying secondhand is an option
  3. Works OK from PC (debatable) but scales very well with dedicated amp
  4. Smooth and natural-sounding (i.e. less bassy than PortaPro)
  5. Makes any good recording sound good, reasonably tolerant of poor quality tracks
  6. Detachable cables

    Some notes

  • HD 600 is the most neutral of the trio
  • HD 650 and HD 6XX are more bass orientated. This is relatively speaking. Coming from a PortaPro: prepare to have your mind blown (after the initial acclimatization period) with audiophile goodness.

    Good luck with the decision!

    PS - If you are too fiscally responsive to be tempted into spending the big bucks, you could always consider the HD 58X ($150 from Massdrop). While it is more bass-heavy than the 600s, it is perhaps the biggest bargain in audiophile headphones today. And it gives its best without any need for an additional amp.

u/imgregarious · 2 pointsr/headphones

Someone chime in because I might be misunderstanding something.

What is the benefit of getting the HD6XX for $250 when HD600 can be bought for ~$285?

Don't get me wrong. It was pretty amazing at $200. I don't know that it's quite so 'competitive' now with the price raise.


u/Frosty1887 · 2 pointsr/headphones

At the end of it all this would be my list.

More expensive.

  • HD600

  • Modi Uber 2

  • Vali 2

    If you decide to go with the Vali 2 understand that it is indeed a tube amp and will have more floor noise then the Magni 2. The Vali will also create a warmer and more dynamic sound.

    Less expensive.

  • HD6xx

  • Modi 2

  • Magni 2

u/mkbatterson · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Get a used pair of Sennheiser HD 600's.
You can find them for 200-250 on ebay and such. I have a brand new pair to sell for 300. But that's a little out of your price range.
The best part about these headphones is that their are modular. Meaning if the headband foam is old and compressed just buy new headband foam! People are pretty good with audiophile equipment. I just make sure they don't smoke or have animals, can't stand stale cigarette smoke!
Best Headphones in my opinion. If you really need surround sound use a virtual surround sound program. They have come a long way in the past few years.
Cool virtual surround sound example

u/muttonchopsmage · 2 pointsr/MLPLounge

[](/rdsad "I used to have a nice car stereo")

Klipsch is good stuff I must say. And as for your ear buds, there's some good cheap stuff floating around, Monoprice springs to mind. As for me I recently got these and a decent amp for my main audio setup, they're wonderful.

u/shenyuhsien · 2 pointsr/headphones

Link to HD600 $260 I personally prefer HD600 over HE400i, but sound is very subjective... and HD600 is made in Ireland :)

u/actualscientist · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

Sennheiser HD 600s. I love them.

u/RailroadBro · 2 pointsr/coupons

This is a ripoff for shit quality headphones.

Try these instead for better quality AND slightly cheaper.

Don't be an idiot and ever buy Beats crap - buy professional gear instead.

If you want to buy headphones for mixing music, buy open back headphones instead. FYI, other people will be able to hear you when you use open-back headphones and is only suitable for mixing music in a quiet room. People buy them if they can't afford thousands of dollars to treat their room and use expensive monitor speakers.

u/the_monster_consumer · 2 pointsr/headphones

At this price point I think you could create a great setup for ~$500 by choosing one each from the following options, perhaps omitting the DAC:

1. Headphones

Sennheiser HD 600

Sennheiser HD 650 (more expensive)

Mr Speakers Mad Dog

HiFiMan HE-400 (with reservations)

Beyerdynamic DT880 (less expensive)

2. Amplifier

Schiit Magni


3. DAC

Schiit Modi


(or you can get the Objective2 with ODAC in same chassis)

I definitely wouldn't recommend spending huge amounts on amplification and DACs at this price point; the noticeable difference is going to be in getting the best headphones you can.

u/1k0nX · 2 pointsr/ValveIndex

I'm an audio engineer and for years swore by my ATH-M50s and M70s which are high-end closed headphones. After buying a pair of Sennheiser HD 600s, I'll never go back to closed headphones to mix or simply listen to music (except when I need to record with a mic to avoid sound leakage).

The soundstage is more expansive; there isn't artificial bass buildup; and the audio is more detailed overall.

EDIT: spelling

u/shanx057 · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

If you are okay with the wait for your headphones the HD 6xx is a good option.

If you want everything in as little time as possible then get the following -

  1. HD 600 ( currently $300 on (Replace with other similarly awesome headphones as you wish)
  2. JDS Labs Atom Amp ($99)
  3. Modi 3($99) or Topping D30 ($130) as your DAC

    You should be set for sometime with this setup. Also you should probably wait for some other audio enthusiasts to chip in. :)
u/thewxdude · 2 pointsr/CFBOffTopic

Nothing was Prime Day sale or anything, but I got these beautiful bastards and I'll be driving them with this. I could do a lot better with amps and DACs but I was already $500 deep so I'll settle with this for now and upgrade that stuff later. The wait until Tuesday night is going to be painful. Haven't upgraded in like 4 years.

u/Cve · 2 pointsr/headphones

So im a huge noob when it comes to anything audio pretty much. I bought astros originally for gaming on my xbox and migrated them over to pc with me. I wanted to get into higher quality headphones as I enjoy listening to music and while these work they aren't the best. My question is What Amp should i pair with these Sennheiser HD 600 headphones as when i just ordered them I didn't even know I needed one. Any help will be much appreciated, and im looking at 200 and below. Thanks
Link to Headphones:

u/Novuna · 2 pointsr/headphones

Right now the HD 600s are $250 on amazon.... just picked up a pair.

The only competition for this was the $200 6xx drop which was pretty limited. If massdrop does end up doing it again it's hard to know if you will even land a pair, so I just took the 600s.

u/infinitemile · 2 pointsr/headphones

I got this one here. All that was included was the physical amp itself. No cords, no AC-AC adapter.

There seems to be confusion in the Amazon comments over whether they offer the adapter as well. I did not receive it. Feels bad man

edit: also my HD600s didn't come with a female to male cord. This says it should include "1 adapter to 1/4 inch" in the box. All that was in the box were the physical HD600s.

Am I being abnormally stupid, or am I getting punked here?

u/MrEleventy · 2 pointsr/headphones

You can land a HD600 for $245 on Amazon if you don't mind used.

But you'll need an amp if you got a HD600...

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/Nine_Cats · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

They're not very common. Can't easily find a frequency response curve, which isn't a good thing for monitors. Street price is about $115 ish.

Other options in the price range are the Sennheiser HD 280s which very likely have a more clear bass response curve.

You'll find a lot of people just recommending what they own. Which is okay, but it totally depends on what you're mixing. I would go for a better known set of headphones if I were you.

u/chrawley · 2 pointsr/CFB

You don't want active noise-canceling headphones. Those are the kind where it plays white noise to counteract the background noise. That said, for ~$100 you can't go wrong with Sennheiser HD 280 Pros.

u/bFusion · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

As a lot of people have mentioned, you don't need a lot of fancy gear. I would suggest a small midi keyboard and a decent pair of headphones. Those two things are the only thing I use every day. Once you get familiar with production and decide it's something to really invest your time/money in, then you can branch out with more gear.

After you decide to get more gear, I would suggest the Komplete 9 Bundle which will have pretty much everything you'll ever need forever.

Aside from the Syntorial you mentioned on learning sound design, I would look into doing Hooktheory's daily challenge for ear training. I highly suggest doing this every day until you can 100% the beginner one and do pretty good on intermediate. Learning how chords and intervals sound in relation to a melody is absolutely invaluable when composing quickly.

Additional learning can be found on Coursera for free. I highly recommend you take these courses when they are available.

Introduction to Music Production - Discusses the signal chain, how to work in a DAW, and the basics of synths and effects.

Developing your Musicianship - I am doing this one right now. It's basic music theory and ear training, very informative! It's super light on coursework and the videos aren't long so I recommend jumping in and catching up if you can.

Songwriting - This might not be in your wheelhouse, but it focuses on writing lyrics and creating a song holistically: making sure every part means something and reinforces the main thoughts of the song.

Fundamentals of Music Theory - I haven't taken this one yet, but it's coming up in a few weeks. I'm very excited about it.

Seriously, if you have any questions about anything I would be happy to help. I've been writing music for over 15 years now and I love teaching. Feel free to PM me with anything, whether it be related to gear, theory, composition, arrangement, finding creativity. It's always fun to help a newbie along :)

Best of luck!

u/adamkavon · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

I have a great pair of studio headphones (HD 280s), plus a $4 mic. I used zip ties to attach the mic to the headphones.

Most of my guildmates say I sound more clear on my mic (using Mumble and Vent) than people using $100-$150 "gaming" headsets.

Plus, mine sound awesome for music.

u/hallflukai · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Sennheiser HD-280 Pros. I do some music production and these things are killer, I've talked to plenty of people that do production professionally and swear by these babies, and they are also great for anything else (video games, general music listening). $100 well spent.

u/loopynewt · 2 pointsr/buildapc

At sub-$100, I'd go for the Sennheiser 280 Pro or Grado SR-60i. Above that range, I'd start looking at the Audio Technica M50s with dat 5/5 Amazon rating. I've owned both the Grados above and the M50s. I like them both a lot.

u/mpfour · 2 pointsr/electrohouse

Shure SRH 440, Sennheiser HD-280 Pro, AKG K-240

All at or under $100. Keep in mind you can buy the best headphones in the world with the biggest bass but your ipod or laptop lack the ability to power them without a pocket or desktop amplifier. These three are all well suited for normal, non-studio use with ipods or laptops. Not to mention they look badass. Happy listening!

u/the_wailing_walrus · 2 pointsr/gadgets

Sennheiser HD 280 pro has outstanding reviews, but is ~$75:

Often slightly cheaper (~$65), but with very good reviews is the Sony MDR-V6:

And last, but not least is the lower-priced Audio-Technica ATHM40FS for ~$55:

All good headphones, check em out.

u/scrub96 · 2 pointsr/gaming

the sennheiser hd280pros are what i used in college for late night gaming. I still use them in the office to listen to music. The closed aspect of the headphones means nobody know what you are listening to.

u/PaperJesus · 2 pointsr/ReviewThis

I have been using these for the past couple of years and they are pretty amazing. My ears do get a bit sore after using them for an extended period of time (3+ hours) but that hasn't bothered me too much. I have been using new ear pads for about a year now (I ordered some last August) and they're still in pretty good condition). The thing about new ear pads is that they make the headphones feel brand new again. My pair was purchased by my dad almost twenty years ago and they're still in great condition. I have heard from my cousin who has purchased a few pairs of these is that the ones they produce now are inferior compared to the pair I own because they're made of plastic and not metal anymore. I have another cousin who bought these and they are just about equal sound-wise. She also says her ears don't get sore from them, but that they can get really hot after an extended period of time.

u/DigitalDiatribes · 2 pointsr/Bass

I use a set of Sennheisers (HD280 Pro) for our headphone monitor system at our practice space. I play an upright too with these giant low end fundamentals and a lot of boominess, and those Sennheisers are the only headphones in the place that can take the signal without using a high pass filter.

u/The_Shmef · 2 pointsr/Bass

Bigger drivers that have a better low frequency response. When I headphones practice, I use either in-ear (so the ear-plug/monitor type) or Sennheiser HD 598's [$150]. The in-ears don't need as much power and since they're so close to your ear drum you can pull a lot from such a low power, small driver. The Sennheiser's are a little on the flat, open side so your mileage may vary because you need something decent to power them. I know that it's isolated cousin, the Sennheiser HD280Pro [$99] is also a great tracking style headphone (isolated, clear, not super hyped and pretty comfortable for long sessions.) Can't speak for the B3 but most of the Zoom stuff I've seen at that pricepoint seems to be okay. They made a lot of cheap garbage back in the day, but some of their processors now are pretty cool.

u/thedeadlyrhythm42 · 2 pointsr/drums

It would help to know a little more. What he will be using them for? How much are you looking to spend?

These Sennheiser HD 280's are one of the industry standards in studios all over. They have very good isolation, sound great, and are absolute tanks.

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/SaidTheShotgun · 2 pointsr/headphones

I would recommend Sennheiser HD-280. They are not noise canceling but they are closed and do fantastic job of blocking outside noise.

u/lordchewie · 2 pointsr/hometheater

Good luck finding any wireless worth listening to for under 100. Go wired, get a pair of HD 280s or similar.

I'm sure someone else will come along and say there's something better for the same price.

u/fakeplasticcrow · 2 pointsr/gadgets

Hey, I use Seinheisser HD-280 Pros at work:

They aren't noise canceling but they offer 32DB of sound reduction by clamping on your head and having closed ears. They truly are more of a reference monitor, but I like them with most forms of music. Had bose noise canceling before and I think these are more durable and effectively block out the sound just as well. I also think the sound quality is far superior in these puppies, but the soundstage is more flat because they are studio reference monitors. Cheers!

u/gibson85 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Sennheiser HD280 Pro. Highly recommended if you're looking in the $100 price range.

u/semi- · 2 pointsr/gaming

I don't use a headset. I use a pair of sennheiser HD280 pros and a Snowball Blue USB mic mounted to my desk with a clamp mount and a gooseneck.

Sounds good, works good,

u/wherestheanykey · 2 pointsr/westtoo

I have the Sennheiser HD280 Pros, which are the closed back, slightly less expensive equivalent to the HD555's.

Personally, I prefer closed phones for gaming, movies, and studio monitoring. Open phones like the HD555's are better for listening to music, as they'll add some warmth.

Though, the HD555's are a lot more comfortable.

Definitely go with the Zalman clip-on. Or, be ghetto like me and use a separate mono headset draped around your neck.

u/CtrlAltDeleteDie · 2 pointsr/starcraft

Sennheiser HD-280. Do it. And you can get them a lot cheaper if you look!

u/SecAdept · 2 pointsr/PSVR

Really, as long as you can use it wired too, it's mostly around you listening and EQ mix preferences. If you are picking earbuds, just go with whatever you like... there are not "fit" issues with the PSVR since they don't go over it...

For "cans", the main thing is to look for a headset that expands slightly bigger than your head, so that it will go over the PSVR bands comfortably, but most seem to work fine. Do pay attention to ear cup size, though... Your ears are relatively close the the PSVR's bands... if the ear cup is too large, it will press against the band rather than fully covering your ear...

Anyways, for a good 'ole, inexpensive but reliable pair of studio quality cans... these two always work well:

BTW... both are intended to give a flat, "real" sound profile that you can adjust to taste with an EQ... they aren't like the other brands that are purposely over bassy, or whatever... So if you prefer that heavy bass profile... pick something else appropriate.

u/Snywalker · 2 pointsr/facepalm

I do audio work on the side, and have used many different headphones in the pursuit of the perfect pair. These Sennheisers hit the sweet spot in the Venn diagram of build quality, sound quality and bargain for the buck.

u/ParadigmBlender · 2 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

I swear by Senheizer 280. They are great for both games and music and at 90-100 bucks very reasonable for quality headphones. They are pretty well known Brand/model.

u/4878- · 2 pointsr/hiphopheads

I've used Bose once before and the sound quality was great. I haven't had a quality set of headphones in a while. I was looking at the Beyerdynamics and these Sennheisers

u/panicClark · 2 pointsr/italy

Se lavori in un openspace un buon paio di cuffie over-ear fanno parte dell'attrezzatura base per la sopravvivenza, dopo un po' non ne puoi fare a meno.

Consiglio: io mi sono sempre trovato da dio con le Sennheiser HD280.

u/timdev · 2 pointsr/Music

I also like sennheiser.

I have a pair of HD 280 pros that I like a lot. A bit pricey at around $80, but they sound great.

If you're looking to replace your iPod earbuds, I like these just fine.

u/NewMonix · 2 pointsr/classicalmusic

For under $100 (usually around 80-90, I think) the Sennheiser HD 280 is a great set of headphones. They're pretty big, but this helps block out unwanted noises. I've had mine for a couple years and I still love them. A friend of mine also got a pair and he, too, thinks they're awesome.

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/Carthoris · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Honestly I can't use open construction headphones while gaming because my gaming environment is too loud. if you don't game in a very quiet room Sennheiser HD 280s would be my suggestion for a closed construction headphone at the $100 price point.

u/trnelson · 2 pointsr/Music

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

I don't own them, but I am planning on getting them soon. Under $100, and excellent reviews.

EDIT: Link

u/SteveJobsiDead · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Sennheiser 280 Pro for $96. I was looking at this pair myself last year but went with the Sennheiser 555 (a bit more pricey now).

u/3ricG · 2 pointsr/techsupport

Personally, I would recommend Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones with a clip on mic. I don't have any gaming headsets, but the benefit to buying this is that you wouldn't have to always use it for gaming. These are some of the best headphones I've used (for the price), and are very comfortable.

Other subreddits that might be able to give you advice:






u/SayAnythingRyan · 2 pointsr/headphones

these meet your budget.

Sennheiser is a well known and well regarded company in the headphone industry. They have a coiled cable which is nice, they are also lightweight.

u/Unstizzy · 2 pointsr/JoeRogan

People have already answered your question but as a side note the headphones they are wearing are Sennheiser 280 pro's and they're hands down some the best headphones I have ever owned. I still have them but I jumped to Sennheiser HD 598 when I saw them on sale for $100 during Black Friday.

EDIT: Entered a link to the headphones mentioned.

u/typewryter · 2 pointsr/askwomenadvice

I travel frequently for work. Here are the little things I've bought myself that make my experience more enjoyable:

  1. Cashmere pashmina scarf. keeps you warm on flights, and feels super-luxurious

  2. Noise-cancelling headphones (I have these)

  3. Kindle, as someone said above. Great!

  4. There are of course a lot of decent bags to be had for the $100 pricepoint, but those are something personal enough it may be hard to buy for someone else.

  5. Matching cosmetic bag/pouches. I got a set of pouches similar to this, and a matching cosmetic case. The cosmetic case holds my toiletries, the smallest pouch holds my makeup necessities, and I use the larger two to organize my other stuff. For example, I put everything I will probably need mid-flight in the pouch, and then I can just stuff that in the seatback pocket and avoid bothering my seatmates by digging out my bag from under the seat.
u/jpellizzi · 2 pointsr/VideoEditing

Just putting in my 2 cents. Sennhesier HD-280's are great over ear headphones with decent noise isolation.

They're reasonably priced and sound great. I'm an audio engineer and I use these whenever I have to mix a project at home on my laptop or while traveling.

As for recorders, the Zoom H4n is nice but the Sound Devices stuff is real quality if you can afford it.

u/DudeMG · 2 pointsr/hiphopheads

For studio stuff, or just quality listening (in your house or something) I love the Sennheiser HD280 pro's. Also, I hate to say it, but beats sound great.

u/ThePowerglove · 2 pointsr/MetalMemes

Investing in a decent 2.1 system was the best thing I've ever done. $140 for a set of Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 and $100 for Sennheiser HD-280 Pro headphones. It will change the way you listen to music.

u/thebesticando · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

I used to play pc fps games professionally and I wore these at events. I got to try plenty of "Noise cancellation headphones" from Bose and other companies, but these ones were the best you could get. These were still better than the noise cancellation headphones that took batteries and had it's own device for removing sound. They make a plane ride 100x better too. the only downside is the cord is a bit heavy and thick.

u/Zepppster · 2 pointsr/VideoEditing

A bit harsh there... Thanks for the input though lol.
EDIT: [Here are the headphones I edit with.] (

u/MCMixing · 2 pointsr/Beatmatch

Im not familiar with the exact model you mention, but I'm the biggest advocate of the HD280 Pro's that you'll ever meet. I got my pair like 7 years for that exact same price, so I wouldn't suggest holding your breath too hard for a sale but they're the best headphones you'll ever have.

u/blarrick · 2 pointsr/headphones
  • Budget - $400 total (including amp/dac)
  • Source - Computer, using stock motherboard sound. I intend to use part of my budget for an amp/dac though.
  • Requirements for Isolation - None
  • Will you be using these Headphones in Public? No, strictly at home
  • Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized, closed-back
  • Preferred tonal balance - I want a basshead headphone with clear or even pronounced mids, and preferably rolled off highs. I find treble very fatiguing, HD 598s are my current headphone and I like the level that the highs are at.
  • Past headphones - First headphones were the HD280s. Got rid of those and now I own the 598s. I love them, they have a great balance and the bass even kicks harder than the closed-back 280s, but I want a real basshead headphone now.
  • Preferred Music - Electric of all kinds. Electric rock (Celldweller, EDEN), D&B (Pendulum), generic EDM (Chainsmokers, Kaskade) and occasionally rock/metal variants (Evans Blue, Iron Maiden, 10 years, Disturbed, Fight or Flight).
  • What would you like to improve on from your set-up - The 598s have the exact sound I'm looking for, so I'd prefer something with that tonal balance, but in a closed-back, basshead version. Thanks!
u/Brian2one0 · 2 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

Or just buy any modern motherboard (something that supports a 6700k or 7700k) and you'll have perfectly fine audio. The only reason to buy a sound card is if your onboard audio codec is bad.

I have the MSI Gaming z270 M3 motherboard and it has the Realtek ALC1220 codec on it. It's almost impossible to distinguish the sound between a motherboard with a newgen audio codec like that and a high end soundcard. You'll only be able to notice if you have high end audio equipment like this that can take advantage of $300 soundcards. Your "Hyper X Cloud 2" or "Razer Kraken V2" headphones wont be able to tell a difference.

u/KrimsonKrayon · 2 pointsr/Music

I went from a turtle beach gaming headset to Sennheiser HD650 headphones. I then needed to buy a webcam with a mic to replace my turtle beach headset.. cause the HD650 is just headphones, no mic.

Back then, they were $600 new, but I found a set for $350 refurbished. I haven't had a problem with them even though they weren't new. Refurbished items come from the factory after they were returned, so I figured they tested them enough to justify the savings.

They are a bit cheaper these days but its still pretty expensive brand new. Amazon has them new for $440.

AKG 701/702 and Denon AH D2000 are also really popular choices. Your best bet would be to go down to a store that sells these types of headphones and listen to them to pick what you like best. Just make sure you are using an audio source like a CD or better if possible.

Personally, I just read reviews/audiophile forum posts online and ended up buying the sennheiser hd650s off amazon without even testing them.

u/TPGryff · 2 pointsr/TagProIRL

Sennheiser HD650- music heaven but expensive. At this point though, it's only going to sound as good as the quality of the music files you have. Amp semi-required

Sennheiser HD598- step below the HD650s. Equal treble and mids, not much bass but these are the headphones that makes you appreciate the clear sound without it.

Klipsch X10- very treble-y, it sometimes hurts, but if these weren't the clearest sounding in-ear headphones I've ever had I don't know what. Fairly wide soundstage. I've washed them twice and they still work.

MEE M-Duos- These are the cheapest of the bunch. I was pleasantly surprised at the sound of them. As clean and clear sound as the HD598 but with much more bass. My favorite tbh

Also shoutout to /r/headphones check out their wiki

u/HunterKillerNYC · 2 pointsr/osx

My opinion is that if you want to get a little more serious about audio for your PC, you would also need to get an external DAC/AMP with SPDIF interface. There are such units out there that would connect via USB.

From here, get yourself a decent set of open back headphones... don't go cheap. Here are two models to consider.

Beyerdynamic DT990:

Sennheiser HT650:

I recently got the HT650s and I love them!

Here is where the amp comes in; these headphones have higher impedance, so they need the amp to drive them, then the DAC to convert the digital audio to analog for you. For instance, the DT990 comes in a 250 ohm and 600 ohm variety, so you would look for an amp that can drive that amount accordingly.

Me personally, I went with the Fiio E17 / E09 combination, which works fine for my setup. The E17 is also portable, so I would have the option to use it on the go if needed.

u/Lolzum · 2 pointsr/headphones

I've listed a few options, feel free to ask more questions.


Alpha dog by MrSpeakers is a closed headphone that rivals some of the big boys out there, even the flagship open cans. The TH900 by fostex and LCD-XC by Audeze are their closest competitors, and those headphones cost almost 3 times as much.

Mad Dog by MrSpeakers is my other recommendation for a closed headphone, this one being almost half the price and not that much worse in most regards. Less refined than its older brother, but it's very often the go to choice for someone who wants a comfortable, premium closed headphone at a reasonable price.


The Hifiman HE-500 is an astonishing headphone for its price range, competing with flagship headphones, and it is a direct competitor with the LCD-2 by Audeze, which costs 1000$. Your biggest problem with these are the weight and their comfort issues, might not be your top choice, but it's still an excellent headphone

The Hifiman HE-400i might be a successor to the HE-400, but its sound signature is much more similar to the HE-500. Not as refined, but much lighter, this might hit your sweet spot for comfort and sound.

The AKG K712 is a really comfortable and relatively light headphone, and it's really well balanced. Some people experience issues with the treble peak that the K7XX series by AKG have, but this might the best price performer that I've listed.

The HD 650 by Sennheiser is a headphone that I personally own am very pleased with, and so are many, many others on this sub and on Head-fi. If someone wants to spend big on their first headphone, these are usually their first choice. Slight clamping, but generally really comfortable, I don't have any issues with them. The sound is beautifully warm and luscious, it's really nice for a relaxed and long listening.

u/WinterCharm · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

None of these actually "max out" your budget, but they are all very solid picks.

  1. Oppo PM-3 - Oppo's 3rd iteration of planar mangetic headphones are damn nice. They have incredible sound, bass that extends way down, crisp highs, and are very comfortable. They can be driven by the S8, but would definitely benefit from a nice amp/dac.

  2. Sennheiser HD 650 Widely regarded as an extremely neutral headphone, they will reproduce anything you listen to with them with fantastic accuracy, clarity, and detail.

  3. Bang & Olufsen H6 V2 or H7 These are my personal favorite of the pack, becuase of their incredbly balanced sound, replaceable cable, and neutral signature. They're also lightweight and comfortable. They do not sound as good as the sennheisers or Oppos, but since they are one of my 3 listening options, I don't mind. These are great for what I use them for. :)

  4. Bowers and Wilkins P7 These come in wired and wireless variants, and are not only comfortable, but look quite good. If you have large ears, they may not fit very well, due to the square earpads, but they sound great, and are tuned to have a little more bass than some of the other selections.

    Edit: picks are in order of best >> worst choice. Also, the top 2 will definitely benefit a lot more from a dedicated amp.
u/Javild · 2 pointsr/buildapcforme

This is probably as overkill as it gets before starting to lose performance.

CPU | Intel - Core i9-9940X 3.3 GHz 14-Core Processor | $1815.75 @ shopRBC
Motherboard | Asus - ROG RAMPAGE VI EXTREME OMEGA EATX LGA2066 Motherboard | $1027.44 @ Amazon Canada
Memory | Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 128 GB (8 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $1179.87 @ Amazon Canada
Storage | Samsung - 970 Evo 2 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $659.99 @ Amazon Canada
Storage | Samsung - 970 Evo 2 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $659.99 @ Amazon Canada
Video Card | Asus - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Dual OC Video Card (2-Way SLI) | $1569.99 @ Amazon Canada
Video Card | Asus - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Dual OC Video Card | $1569.99 @ Amazon Canada
Case | Corsair - 1000D ATX Full Tower Case | $412.33 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply | EVGA - SuperNOVA T2 1600 W 80+ Titanium Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $465.18 @ Amazon Canada
Case Fan | Noctua - NF-A12x25 PWM 60.1 CFM 120 mm Fan | $37.90 @ Amazon Canada
Case Fan | Noctua - NF-A12x25 PWM 60.1 CFM 120 mm Fan | $37.90 @ Amazon Canada
Case Fan | Noctua - NF-A12x25 PWM 60.1 CFM 120 mm Fan | $37.90 @ Amazon Canada
Case Fan | Noctua - NF-A12x25 PWM 60.1 CFM 120 mm Fan | $37.90 @ Amazon Canada
Monitor | Asus - PG279Q ROG Swift 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor | $799.99 @ Amazon Canada
Monitor | Asus - PG279Q ROG Swift 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor | $799.99 @ Amazon Canada
Main Monitor | Asus - ROG SWIFT PG27UQ 27.0" 3840x2160 144 Hz Monitor | $2398.99 @ Powertop
Keyboard | Corsair - K95 RGB PLATINUM Wired Gaming Keyboard | $269.99 @ Amazon Canada
Mouse | Logitech - G502 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Optical Mouse | $199.99 @ Amazon Canada
Headphones | Sennheiser - HD 650 Headphones | $492.29 @ Amazon Canada
Microphone | Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone | $225.00 @ Amazon Canada
Headphone Amp | Audioengine D1 24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter | $229.99 @ Amazon Canada
Custom Loop | EK Water Blocks EK-CoolStream SE 480 (Slim Quad) Radiator | $132.28 @ Amazon Canada
Custom Loop | EKWB EK-Cable Splitter 4-Fan PWM Extended, 2-pack | $32.99 @ Amazon Canada
Custom Loop | EKWB EK-ACF Compression Fitting for Soft Tubing, 10/16mm (3/8" ID, 5/8" OD), Black, 4-pack | $53.11 @ Amazon Canada
Custom Loop | EKWB EK-ACF Compression Fitting for Soft Tubing, 10/16mm (3/8" ID, 5/8" OD), Black, 4-pack | $53.11 @ Amazon Canada
Custom Loop | EKWB EK-ACF Compression Fitting for Soft Tubing, 10/16mm (3/8" ID, 5/8" OD), Black, 4-pack | $53.11 @ Amazon Canada
Custom Loop | EKWB EK-ACF Compression Fitting for Soft Tubing, 10/16mm (3/8" ID, 5/8" OD), Black, 4-pack | $53.11 @ Amazon Canada
Custom Loop | EKWB EK-Furious Vardar EVO 140 PWM 140mm Fan, 2500 RPM, 2-pack | $88.00 @ Amazon Canada
Custom Loop | EKWB EK-Furious Vardar EVO 140 PWM 140mm Fan, 2500 RPM, 2-pack | $88.00 @ Amazon Canada
Custom Loop | EKWB EK-Velocity CPU Waterblock, Intel CPU, Copper/Plexi | $138.42 @ Amazon Canada
Mousepad| Logitech Powerplay Wireless Charging Mat| $203.00
Custom Loop| EK-CoolStream CE 420 | $135.00
Custom Loop| EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 RGB PWM| $255.00
Custom Loop| EK Vector RTX RE Ti RGB| $230.00
Custom Loop| EK Vector RTX RE Ti RGB| $230.00
Custom Loop| EK-Vector RTX Backplate – Nickel| $72.00
Custom Loop| EK-Vector RTX Backplate – Nickel| $72.00
Custom Loop| EK-FC Terminal X2 3-slot – Plexi| $50.00
Custom Loop| EK-DuraClear 9,5/15,9mm 3M RETAIL| $27.00
Custom Loop| EK-CryoFuel Solid Cloud White (250mL) BUY 5| $20.00
| Total | $16914.49

This uses a custom cooling loop, it is not very hard to make since I used soft tubing, but if you don't want to use that, you can get 2 of THIS or THIS GPU and THIS CPU Cooler and just remove all the Custom Loop parts.

For the main monitor, I chose a 4K 144Hz monitor and 2 secondary 1440p 165Hz monitors which can also be used for gaming or can be used when you stream.

For the CPU I chose a 14 core i9 CPU, which has the best balance of cores and clock speed of the i9 CPUs, you could get more cores but the clock speed will drop a lot and so will your gaming performance.

u/I_Am_A_Pumpkin · 2 pointsr/4chan

the Sennheiser HD650s, one of the most highly regarded headphones under $1000

u/CapnCrunch10 · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Amazon is currently price matching it for those who don't want to get it from Adorama.

u/caodaiwei · 2 pointsr/headphones

Sennheiser HD 650 on sale today on amazon for $315.99 usually goes for $500.

u/El_Brubadore · 2 pointsr/headphones

Some of it I bought used (the HD650's and Bifrost) but to buy everything brand new you'd be looking at around $1,100 total.

The Bifrost DAC and Bottlehead Crack aren't available on Amazon but here's all the links:


Schiit Bifrost

Bottlehead Crack w/ speedball

u/dotdrew · 2 pointsr/audiophile

My suggestion would be the Aune T1 Headphone Tube DAC and Amp which is currently on sale on Massdrop for $120 (around £113 including shipping, import duty and VAT). It's got RCA line out too so you can connect speakers to it in the future too if that's you're kind of thing.

I'd then look at spending the rest of your budget on a quality pair of headphones, perhaps the Sennheiser HD 650?

u/hacksoncode · 2 pointsr/gadgets

I've had a pair of Sony MDRV6 headphones for around 30 years, and they still sound great (the cover of the foam pads has deteriorated a little in that time, but you can actually get replacement covers for these things since they last so long).

Side question: Anyone know WTF is up with reddit and links tonight?

u/lechonga · 2 pointsr/headphones
  • Budget: $200 flexible, preferably less but I don't want to stop myself from not getting as close as possible to what I want.

  • Source: PC/Phone, maybe amp too in the future?

  • Requirements for Isolation: I'm looking to use these pretty much everywhere: at home, in the office, airplanes, library, etc. isolation seems like it would be a must.

  • Will you be using these headphones in public?: Definitely, library and office use.

  • Preferred Type of Headphone: Closed over the ear, comfort seems like it will be an important factor.

  • Preferred Tonal Balance: I'm not an experienced audiophile if at all, overall balanced would be great.

  • Past Headphones: Don't think I have ever owned anything that was worth over $30, mostly IEMs and a few cheap on/over ear closed.

  • Preferred Music: Pretty much anything; trap, jazz, folk rock, pop, edm, psychedelic rock.

  • Improve from current set-up?: I am not very experienced so anything that improves sound quality and comfort would be great.

  • Misc: I have been really drawn to these, and I keep reading over the resources, but I still feel so clueless due to my lack of any actual experience.

  • Location: US
u/Alushia · 2 pointsr/GirlGamers

I just wear regular studs and have never had any headphone issues. Any over the ear headset works great. My favorite was the MDRV6 which lasted for years and sounded great when I was a teen and regularly stole my older bro's pair, but haven't gotten around to getting my own pair due to saving up for too many other things! My current headphones do fit over the ear though, and 0 earring issues.

u/-c0de- · 2 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

The Siberia's will only do stereo sound unless you have the USB sound card, which at that time does a simulated surround sound.

Unless you are willing to fork over the money for a true set of surround sound headphones, then your money would be better spent getting a good set of studio monitor headphones (Sony MDRV6 or Sony MDR7506) and a clip on mic (Zalman or ModMic)

u/vanquish421 · 2 pointsr/headphones
  • Budget - $100 max, but looking for great bang-for-the-buck mostly
  • Source - Galaxy S3, desktop, laptop. Mostly 320 kbps mp3's
  • Isolation - would prefer a pretty good amount, I'd like to use these for travel and walking about, as well as at home
  • Preferred Type - closed
  • Tonal Balance - balanced with a bias toward bass, especially sub-bass
  • Past Headphones - nothing special, JVC marshmallow in-ear for music, Turtlebeach X-12 for gaming. Whatever I end up getting will be the best headphones I've owned so far
  • Preferred Music - electronic, mostly dubstep (deep UK type, tons of consistent low frequency sub-bass, ex: Breakage - Rain) and hip-hop, some house and trance, but also metal, rock, indie, anything really

    The three cans I've been looking at, but I'm open to more recommendations:

  • The Monoprice 8323 seem to be a great value, and I love the idea of a detachable/replaceable chord for travel, but I've heard these cans are insanely uncomfortable. I know I can replace the pads with velour pads, but I'm not looking to spend half the price of the cans or more on new pads, and I've heard you lose some bass from these when you do that.

  • The ATH-M30 look like a great value, but I've heard they're a bit dull and may be lacking in bass.

  • The Sony MDRV6 look like the most promising, but the massive chord length seems bad for traveling. Any home solutions to keep most of it wrapped up? Also, how is the bass on these?

    Basically looking for affordable, balanced but with good bass, isolated, comfortable for hour+ listening, and decent for travel.
u/cgakdr · 2 pointsr/headphones

Budget - $80-$100 total

Source - PC and Moto X

Isolation - Semi-open at worst, closed preferable.

Type - IEM and over

Balance - Flat or slightly bassy, not V

Past - Meelec A151 and Klipsh S4-II

Music - Variety of techno

When the A151s broke, I ordered the S4s and a new jack. Was pleased when jack worked and hated Klipsh's flat cable. Now the jack is broken again and I'm looking for new buds. I'm reposting from yesterday in an attempt to get more opinions.

I've been looking around this sub, and I've whittled my list down to these, with durability being the advice I'm searching for:


  • Meelec A151 - Great sound, pretty durable, but bad plug joint. Strongly considering.
  • Meelec M6 - Said to be extremely durable, but I'm worried about getting lo-fi sportbuds sound.
  • Monoprice 8320 - Heard they sounded great for the price, but it's the price and the gimmicky chrome plastic that has me worried.


  • Creative Aurvana Live! - Read that they're weak as paper, and a bit pricey for me.
  • Monoprice 8323 - Numerous reports of the headband cracking and losing one side of sound.
  • Sony V6 - VERY pricey, but I found a comment thread complimenting them, hence their inclusion.
  • Superlux HD668B - Supposedly better quality than the 681(Evo)s, and a dollar cheaper. Maybe.
  • Superlux HD 681 Very well sounding for the price range, but also very leaky.
  • Superlux HD-681 Evo - Highly rated and look to be awesome, strongly considering.

    Again, I'm looking for price, but durability is currently more important.
u/sw1nglinestapler · 2 pointsr/headphones

Maybe the Superlux 661 or Sony MDR-V6? Closed-back means you lose out on some soundstage for gaming, but very analytic sounding cans like these bring out all the little details which make it easier to pinpoint where things are happening. I personally think the Superlux 668b is the best bang for buck out there when it comes to gaming/general use headphones. They isolate surprisingly well for open-backed headphones, but for that same reason they do leak sound.

u/rohmann98 · 2 pointsr/headphones

Sony makes two great headphones at that price

The MDR XB500 is great but be warned, it is very bassy(I tried playing Mass Effect and could barely hear anything over deep noises)

The MDR V6 is a very neutral headphone, and is also great for most genres

These are both great headphones but personal preference takes precedence(hey that rhymed). Find what works for you, but the V6 is a great place to start

Also, IEM's(earbuds) at that price range tend to suck, so i would stay away from those