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Reddit mentions of Cosmos 1 Pair Black Color Velvet Replacement Earpad Ear Pad Cushion for AKG K 240 Studio Headphones
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We found 62 Reddit mentions of Cosmos 1 Pair Black Color Velvet Replacement Earpad Ear Pad Cushion for AKG K 240 Studio Headphones. Here are the top ones.
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- Package includes 1 pair of replacement earpad
- Black color soft velvet material
- The Ear pads will fit AKG models: K240 K240S K241 K271S K240MK2 HSD271 HSC271
- Dimensions: Round outer diameter 4.2" with opening 2"
- 1 pair of black color velvet replacement earpad compatible with AKG headphones.
|Color||AKG K 240|
I don't have a picture, but I use my Superlux HD668B, a Blue Snowball, Corsair K65 RGB LUX [MX Red], Logitech G Pro, and a Pecham Extended mousepad to cover up my swiss cheese desk.
I definitely suggest the HD668B if you want a new pair of headphones for cheap, best pair of headphones I've ever had. Removable cable, top tier sound, and you can change the earpads if you want to.
Edit: I can provide low quality pictures of my messy ass desk if you want. Here's an album, and yes, those are my three coolers + a box.
Headphones | Superlux - HD668B Headphones | $39.95 @ Amazon
Other | Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone | $5.99 @ Amazon
Other| &#91;OPTIONAL&#93; Replacement ear cushions for better comfort| $7.88
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $53.82
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- best budget headphones /r/headphones approved
- great budget mic
- not a headset
- 2 cables. deal with it
- not XxX mlg gam3r XxX 0/10
EDIT: added link to optional replacement ear pads/cushions that'll improve the comfort.
Man, you asked a question that will only get you "Senheissers only" style answers. So, I'm gonna try to hit all of your concerns with 1 (well 2) products.
Superlux 681 or 668b
I have a pair of Superlux 681.
"Mate" you must be thinking, "You're pullin my fuckin' chain, these must be shit". I'm not, your chain is not being pulled. These aren't the "Best headphones for under $30", these might just be the best headphones for under $150. The sound you get out of them is comparable to some seriously high end shit. Ignore the SteelSeries, Razer, and Sennheiser status quo. This is the first place you should look.
So I recently got a Philips Fidelio X2, Syba Sonic DAC/Amp, and a V-moda Boompro mic, and I wanted to share some thoughts.
My goal was to get something easy, convenient, and quality for gaming but still good for music and movies (aka, a fun v-shape sound signature), while still being open back. Like others, I've gone back and forth on a million different combinations of headphones, mics, dacs, amps, etc. I felt like I was going crazy...
"Well, I could get a Beyerdynamic... but most of their affordable stuff have fixed cables... I could get the SHP9500... but I hear bass is lacking... I could get a Sennheiser HD58X... but then I can't use the V-moda... I could just do a table mic... but then it starts getting too cluttered... etc., etc., etc."
Finding the right combination of my nitpicky requirements is a goddamned nightmare.
I finally settled on a used pair of X2s, thanks to Reddit, actually. Figured they would have the fun sound signature I was looking for, plus the open-back design I'd like for gaming (and just in general), plus the compatibility of the V-moda Boompro and the Syba Sonic DAC/Amp that works so well with the Boompro all at an affordable pricepoint.
And if you're wondering, yeah, I was influenced by ZReviews. I realize now that he jumps on some things and hypes them up probably too quickly, but if anyone has seen his reviews on the SHP9500, Fidelio X2, or the Syba Sonic, it really does seem like a dream come true for someone like me who is looking for a really good all-arounder for gaming, music and movies.
Before I get specifically into the X2, just so you know where I'm coming from, my long-time daily drivers have been the very affordable Superlux HD681. They're very cheaply built, the stock earpads are utter garbage, they're bright, they have a pretty damn wide soundstage, they're incredibly good for gaming for the price, and they're still no slouch on bass and bass extension (although they certainly lean toward high trebles.
I picked up some Sennheiser HD 4.40BT recently because I wanted something portable and wireless. They're decent, but they're uncomfortable and they sound so muddied compared to my much cheaper Superlux.
Anyway, onto the X2...
Initial impressions are that these are well built. Feel very sturdy and rugged yet still sleek, if not a tad too heavy.
The headband is incredibly comfortable. In fact, so far in my time with headphones, these are by far the most comfortable pair of headphones I've ever worn.
That being said, while the clamping force is nice and light and doesn't put much pressure on my ears or jaw, the clamping force is almost too light. It causes them to sag on my head and it means the tops of my ears are what's ultimately doing most of the work keeping the headphones on my head. This also means that if I simply look around too quickly (like, not vigorously shake my head but literally just look in one direction or the other too fast) they literally fall out of place. Very annoying. I like how comfortable they are, but they need more clamping force.
Also, I feel like they creak. I can literally hear them creaking when they're on my head and I move around a bit. It's not the end of the world, but I feel like that shouldn't be happening with headphones that are in the "mid-fi" price range.
I have no idea what the stock pads are like, because I bought them used and the guy had these on them. I will say that those Hifiman velour pads are hella comfy, but they messed with the sound signature in a way I didn't like (more on that in a sec).
So, yeah...comfy, built well, detachable cable is a HUGE fuckin plus, but they need more clamping force and they have a tendency to creak.
Sound and Stuff
I'm no audiophile, so I'll try not to pretend like I am.
When I first got these, my initial impression was "FUCK these are way too dark and muddy." Just like when I first tried the Sennheiser HD 4.40BT (in comparison to my Superlux HD681), I felt like there was practicaly 0 treble. Like, not v-shaped sound signature but a fucking high, inauthentic bump in the bass and then a sharp fucking drop off the side of a cliff.
"Where are the vocals?? Where are the guitars?? Where is the clarity??" is what I kept asking myself.
Unlike the HD 4.40BT, though, I tried not jumping to conclusions and I gave them some time to fester.
Here's one easy change that made a big difference: I had these cheap Cosmos earpads lying around from my Superlux HD681 and I swapped them onto the X2s. They're not as comfortable (although still comfy in general) and they're not nearly as thick, so therefore they brought my ears closer to the drivers, and BOOM...suddenly I had treble again!
I've heard some people say they think X2s are too sibilant, which is crazy to me. While I did get my treble back, they're far from being overly high. They're kind of just right now. Honestly, a simple earpad swap was almost all these needed (for me at least).
Sound clarity was still a bit muddy to me. And that's been the most disappointing thing for me.
Bass is there, treble is (now) there, mids are recessed like a lot of reviews claim, which is all perfectly fine with me, but it still feels muddy compared to my Superlux HD681. The Superlux HD681 feels more tinny to me now that I've tried the X2s for a little bit, so I'll happily take the X2s over the Superlux now, but I still feel like I can separate instruments, vocals, etc. I guess that would be called imaging?
A couple other changes helped that, though...
EQs and DAC/Amps
Like I said, I got the Syba Sonic DAC/Amp almost entirely for its usability with gaming. It gives me a mic input and a headphone output which is perfect for the V-moda boompro mic, plus a treble and bass boost, plus a volume knob.
For under $40 this was really all I needed. I have to say, it's been fun playing around with the treble and bass boost. It doesn't work in all instances, but there have been some songs where I reeeally want that bass, and the bass boost gives it to me. Other times when it just feels too muddy or grainy, the treble boost at least helps with clarity and I feel like I can pick songs apart a little better.
Also, I finally delved into the world of equalizing with Equalizer APO and these particular measurements for the X2. For the uninitiated, I guess these are a bunch of equalizer settings for tons of headphones that are designed to make the headphones as neutral as possible. After reading a quick tutorial on how to work Equalizer APO I got it working, and I have to say it has made a real difference.
The X2s went from muddy, grainy, and lacking clarity to being (at least for me) decently more neutral and much cleaner and clearer. That being said the suggested -6.1dB gain seemed to make it so that my DAC/Amp just doesn't quite get loud enough. I changed that to closer to -4.0dB and now I seem to get a decent range of volume like before (although still not as much).
It did lighten the bass on the X2s, which is a bit of a downer. There are certain songs that really need the punch, but I'm still new to equalizers and too afraid to mess around with it too much.
All in all, the Cosmos earpads, Syba Sonic and EqualizerAPO changed these X2s waaaaay more than I honestly assumed they would. Honestly, kind of transformed them.
Quick Note About Soundstage
Since I also wanted these for gaming, I feel like I should mention soundstage.
I've heard some people say the X2s have amaaazingly wide soundstage and I've heard others say it almost has no soundstage whatsoever.
All I can say is that after going back and forth betwen the X2s and the Superlux HD681 in Overwatch, PUBG, and Fortnite, I feel like they are at least just as good as the Superlux if not better, which is plenty good enough for me since the Superlux have been my gold standard of gaming soundstage for qutie a while now.
So, did I get what I wanted? Ummm...mostly? I totally get now why people start "chasing the dragon" when they start getting deep into a hobby. There are so many specific things you want, and you begin to feel as though literally no company has actually even produced the thing you're looking for. It's almost like it doesn't exist.
Although, more than likely, you just haven't found it yet.
It took some messing around with earpads, a DAC/Amp, and an equalizer to truly get what I wanted out of these X2s, but I'm glad I didn't write them off immediately.
That being said, while the Fidelio X2s aren't giving me the clarity and imaging that I desire, they do have a found sound signature and they are a good choice for an all-arounder (gaming, music, movies, etc.).
You can get the bass that is surprisingly punchy for open-back headphones, you can get a soundstage that's decent enough for casual gaming with friends, they have that ever-elusive detachable cable, and some tweaks here and there can get you some cleaner treble.
I'm happy, but then I'm disappointed. I'm happy again, and then I'm disappointed again...such is the case of having too many criteria.
If you get the superluxes consider these ear pads as well. Mmm... Velour.
There's some info you should know before deciding on headphones and headsets, so strap in.
I have AKG Q701, Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x, Beyerdynamic DT990 (600 ohms), Philips SHP9500, Superlux HD668B and Superlux HD681 EVO of these. I also compare to AKG K52, HyperX Cloud, Philips Fidelio X2 and Sennheiser HD700. I got all of these for gaming (and because I love collecting headphones). All of them have been burned in for at least 20 hours, some several hundred. I use Schiit Magni 2 Uber and Modi 2 Uber as my headphone amplifier and DAC.
Q701 has a huge soundstage and excellent imaging, separation, clarity, detail retrieval and tonality. It has a mid-forward sound signature with clean, recessed bass. It's over-ear, very lightweight and has a durable build and a detachable cable.
AD700x has a very big soundstage, great imaging, separation, clarity and detail retrieval, and good tonality. It has a bright sound signature with clean, recessed bass. It's over-ear, very lightweight and has a durable build.
DT990 has a very big soundstage, great imaging, excellent separation, clarity, detail retrieval and tonality. It has a bassy and very bright sound signature. Despite the boosted bass, sound cues are still highly defined in the middle of explosions and gunfights. It's over-ear, lightweight and has a very sturdy build.
SHP9500 has a big soundstage, good imaging, separation and detail retrieval, and very good clarity and tonality. It has a flat/balanced sound signature with clean bass. It's over-ear, lightweight and has a durable build and a detachable cable.
HD668B has a very big soundstage, very good imaging, separation and detail retrieval, good clarity and decent tonality. It has a bright sound signature and clean bass. It's over-ear, very lightweight and has a sturdy build and a detachable cable. I recommend replacing the earpads with velour earpads from HiFiMAN or Cosmos.
HD681 EVO has a very big soundstage, good detail retrieval, very good clarity and tonality, but has poor imaging and separation. It has a warm sound signature with a deep, clean bass. It's over-ear, lightweight and has a durable build and a detachable cable. I recommend taking out the loose felt inside the cups and replacing the earpads because they are very shallow and the driver sticks out quite a bit. Some good compatible earpads are the ones from HiFiMAN and Cosmos, but if you have big ears, then I recommend AKG K240/K270/K271 earpads and the round velour earpads from Brainwavz. The earpads can cost up to $25, but the sound quality is worth at least $100. Thomann.de sells the Superlux headphones cheaper than Amazon.
Closed-back headphones have cups with solid shells that largely isolate sound from passing in and out.
Open-back / semi-open-back headphones have cups with perforations/grills that allow outside sound to freely pass in and sound from the drivers to freely pass out. How loud you hear outside sound and how loud people around you hear the sound emanating from the headphones depend on your volume, of course. The sonic benefit to open-back is generally a big soundstage and, hence, better imaging.
Soundstage is perceived space and environment of sound. It can be compared to virtual surround sound; both attempt to produce the same spacious, three-dimensional effect. VSS can sound more ambient and immersive, which will depend on the processor (CMSS-3D, Dolby, SBX, etc.), but it degrades the sound quality and diminishes detailing due to compression from digital processing. You might also experience less accurate imaging and separation if the headphone already has good imaging and separation. Note that a deep soundstage is equally important as a wide soundstage.
Imaging determines how accurately sounds/objects are positioned across the soundstage. Imaging is inherent to the audio content, so if the game is recorded or mixed poorly, a headphone with good imaging won’t improve the positional audio.
Separation is separating individual sounds from a range of sounds. Good separation properties make it easier to filter out or discern overlapping sounds from other sounds and track them.
Sound signature is a frequency response / sound profile. For example, a V-shaped sound signature emphasizes the bass and treble while recessing the mid-range. A flat/balanced sound signature doesn't over- or under-emphasize these frequencies and attempts to reproduce the original recording accurately as possible. A bright headphone emphasizes the treble and can subdue the bass. A warm sound signature emphasizes the bass or subdues the treble.
The Antlion ModMics and Massdrop Minimic use a clasp system to attach to headphones and they are easy to attach and remove. They are compatible with all headphones. The ModMic 4.0 has two different pickup patterns to choose from and an option for a mute button. The ModMic 5.0 has all of these features and is modular. The Minimic has a mute button and is modular. The V-MODA BoomPro mic is compatible with headphones that have a female 3.5mm jack without any proprietary nonsense, like Fidelio X2 and SHP9500. Status Audio CB-1 is compatible, though. It has a mute button and a volume control. The other mics clip onto your shirt and don't have any in-line controls. You should listen to recordings on YouTube to judge for yourself if they are good. I think they are for voice chat.
To connect the headphone and ModMic/Minimic to the DS4 or any other source that doesn't have a mic jack, you need a 4-pole Y-splitter. The BoomPro doesn't require a Y-splitter.
For connecting to the PS4, you can use an audio USB adapter. Since the dongle is too thick, so you'll need a USB extension cable.
I recommend getting a dedicated DAC and a headphone amplifier or a sound card because the onboard audio on PS4/DS4 has bad audio quality. Check out Astro MixAmp Pro TR; you can balance the game audio and chat audio and adjust the overall audio.
I can't recommend these pads enough for the 668's!
I went from the headphones being slightly uncomfortable to wearing them to bed on some nights.
Anyone wondering about the headphones:
Stock earpads suck, replace them with these [affordable velvet pads from amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Cosmos-Velvet-Replacement-Cushion-Headphones/dp/B00KLPRQMO) and you increase the comfort and sound ten fold!
Superlux HD668B + Velvet ear cushions + ModMic 4.0
I have the Superlux HD668B they have a really great sound for the price. The ear pads need to be exchanged to be comfortable, luckily these fit.
Edit: forgot to mention: They have a male 3,5 audiojack on the left cup. and a 1m cable is included, which makes it really convenient to use the the vive.
CPU | Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor | $329.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler | Corsair H110i 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler | $109.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard | MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $122.88 @ OutletPC
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $88.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Crucial MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $122.00 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card | Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB STRIX Video Card | $678.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case | Corsair Carbide Clear 600C ATX Full Tower Case | $114.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply | EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $89.99 @ Amazon
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit | $119.99 @ Amazon
Sound Card | Creative Labs Sound Blaster Zx 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card | $89.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard | Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard | $80.00 @ Amazon
Mouse | Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse | $51.99 @ Amazon
Headphones | Superlux HD668B Headphones | $37.95 @ Amazon
Other | Antlion Audio ModMic Attachable Boom Microphone - Noise Cancelling with Mute Switch | $49.95 @ NCIX US
Other | ViewSonic XG2703-GS 27" 165Hz IPS 1440p G-Sync Gaming Monitor HDMI, DisplayPort | $699.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $2807.68
| Mail-in rebates | -$20.00
| Total | $2787.68
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-14 11:17 EST-0500 |
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That board has ALC1150 (which is also properly implemented) so you should be fine without a soundcard as long as you stick to not too hard to drive headphones. If I was in your shoes and looking for affordable headphones mainly for gaming but that also work well for music or any other use case along with a good sounding microphone this is the combo I'd personally get:
https://www.amazon.com/Cosmos-Velvet-Replacement-Cushion-Headphones/dp/B00KLPRQMO (because the stock earpads are fairly crappy despite the headphones otherwise being extremely good for the price)
All this would cost 66.97$ and beat any "gaming headset" under 150$. The ONLY gaming headset I'd personally trust/get is the GAME ONE by Sennheiser and even that is slightly overpriced for what you're actually getting in terms of headphone and mic sound quality. Pretty much everything else is either massively overpriced and/or sounds worse than a Koss Porta Pro.
Did you happen to get these velour pads? I bought those for my K240 as well and didn't like them. Affordable? Yes, but the material is somewhat coarse, foam stiff, and the ears holes noticably smaller than on originals. They appear pretty well made, but are just not that comfy.
If you don't mind the required pre-stretching and care needed in putting them on, HM5 pads are a good option, IMO. Comfy and they pass the "3 knucle test" with flying colors. Here's mine with the non-angled thick pleather variants. (they come in velour as well)
I highly recommend against "gaming" headsets. They are usually overpriced for the components they use. I went with the route of using a set of semi-open back headphones and clip on mic for a bit. I've since upgraded to a NEWER condenser microphone. Either way:
Cheap but very good quality heaphones
super cheap but decent mic
Also I recommend these earpads. They lessen the low end a bit and make the headphones x100 more comfortable.
edit: just realized that's the "recommended combo" on amazon lmao. Either way its ~52 USD and a great deal. Compare the quality of this setup and its right up there with 100 dollar "gaming" headphones. Also semi-open and open headphones are great for FPS games because of the open soundscape.
Well I have a pair of these and they sound very good. Open back so good for gaming. But they also sound very good for movies/shows. I also have a pair of their cheaper pair. I would suggest the hd668bs if your budget is including the mic. (watch MD for them though as I got my 668b's for the same price as the 681's). Also if you decide to go with either of those. Get the AKG 240 comfort pads trust me. Enough of my biased suggestions. These are also decent, I have used a pair of these for gaming and they sound pretty good IMO. They would also be good for media.
There is other good headphones out there within your budget, but i won't recommend anything I haven't personally used. Read through what others suggest as well.
I have these and I think they are really comfy if you change the earpads to something softer, the stock leather ones are kinda painfull to wear for a long time.
These earpads are frequently bought together with the headphones on amazon so I guess they should be good? I haven't tried them myself but I think I have seen them reccomended. http://www.amazon.com/Cosmos-Velvet-Replacement-Cushion-Headphones/dp/B00KLPRQMO/ref=pd_bxgy_23_img_2?ie=UTF8&amp;refRID=14B3X29NFSNXM84WGPFQ
The cable is fine as it is in my opinion no need to change it unless you want something more durable (I don't think durabillity is a problem with it) or better looking.
Hi! I'm by no means an expert on the subject but I did learn a few things while pursuing a quality audio experience and its kind of turned into a new hobby.
Simulating surround sound was something I wanted to achieve as well when shopping for headphones a while back. Something I learned is that the headphones themselves can't really do this. The right kind of headphones (and sometimes software) can help this effect but you can't magically turn 2 channels (I.E. right and left) into 4 or more to get multi-directional sound. In gamery types of headphones, the marketing makes all kinds of claims that its the total fault of the headphones but it's simply not true.
The only real way to get a simulated surround effect in your headphones is if the source had this in mind from the get go. And after that good quality headphones can help a bit further. This can be easily demonstrated with this video. Plug in ANY pair of headphones in your house and for added effect? Close your eyes. Seriously even 3 dollar earbuds from the dollar store will work. And what you'll notice is a full high-quality multi-directional, surround sound experience from just youtube and whatever headphones you happened to try. Neat! But how?
Games and movies ect need to have an audio engineer design the sound with this concept in mind known as binaural. In games, this is usually the "headphone" mode in options settings. Or it'll just be on by default. There are times where a game simply won't have it and no amount of software can change that going into your headphones. Software can't magically know that the bullet was supposed to be behind you instead of in front of you.
What does this mean? That you can get virtual/simulated surround sound from pretty much any pair of headphones? Yes! Learning this concept to me was the beginning of something new. I started looking at simple high-quality headphones that could help make the effect even more dramatic.
I learned about open vs closed back headphones. Closed back headphones make you feel like the sound is sort of coming from inside your own head. This is fine especially if you want to block out other sounds from your room or house ect. Open back headphones let sound in your headphones from the outside, allowing for a more natural 3D effect in most cases. I did a lot of research on open back headphones. I ended up getting the AD900x's. I know this might be expensive-ish but there's a good option for optimal sound on a budget.
I got this combo deal for my fiance. You'll get an open back experience to help further the 3d effect you're after and ontop of that these headphones sound fucking GREAT for the money. Seriously makes me mad that I was buying gaming headphones for all these years leading up to what I learned. Check it out.
Now, this is just a suggestion. Just use whatever you thought sounded better when it came to your logitech's or Beats after making sure headphone mode was on in the game you're playing. Hopefully, I've given you enough to do your own research on the subject. But. For the money? I found this combo to be amazing for gaming and surround sound. Just make sure you always turn on "headphone mode" in games and you'll get the 3D experience you're after. Learn more at https://www.reddit.com/r/headphones/
TLDR; Some audio nerd info. I'd personally just use whatever you thought sounded better when it came to your logitech's or Beats after making sure headphone mode was on in the game you're playing. Seeing as the surround sound effect is mostly due to the source. If you ever want to try and make the 3D effect more dramatic I linked a suggestion on a budget.
These make a great improvement, the pads that come with the headphones suck. I have this same set-up.
Nice find! I've had my gold K240's for like 15 years, and I've worn them at my desk like every day. I've only had to repair a busted wire in the left can and replace the cable. I also swapped out the ear pads with a set of these like three years ago and they're still holding up and way more comfortable than the vinyl ones, especially after they started cracking.
Superlux HD 668B + these pads
Another within your price range would be the Takstar Hi2050
Other than that, there aren't many options right now within your price range. The SHP9500 with a V-Moda boompro mic used to be the best recommendation but the SHP9500 is way too expensive now, since the hype train rolled through and ruined it.
I used some cheap Cosmo velvet pads. They aren't as thick as I'd like but they make the headphones way more comfortable.
My major gripe with them is that they don't make headphones as open as I'd like, but they make the superluxes fairly comfortable. I've ordered some hifiman velour pads to fix the soundstage nissue but they probably bwill take a while to get here.
Another option is (surprisingly) turtle Beach. If you find them reasonably comfortable, the pads themselves do have a bit of an open soundstage. They sell all their pads on their website at a low price. There are some round ones there that should fit the superluxes. Could be worth a shot.
Great, Although the treble is way too high, so put some like paper towels between the foam pad and the speaker itself.
Also, get some really nice velour pads like these, they come with another foam pad you can put in to reduce the treble highs.
I recommend velour pads for these headphones. These two are pretty good (if you really want cheap earpads you should search on AliExpress tho): US: https://www.amazon.com/Cosmos-Velvet-Replacement-Cushion-Headphones/dp/B00KLPRQMO/ref=pd_bxgy_23_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=Q12PWZCQ9EYBDJESATRB
Along with some replacement ear pads to swap with the stock pleather pads as they are not comfy. The headphones are reasonably priced, well built, are relatively flat/neutral in terms of EQ. All of that makes them great for general purpose recording and media playback.
Welcome to the club! Make sure to put some AKG velour pads on there for some added comfort!
Oh yeah, one last thing. I was able to use them much longer when I found the leather earpads were just a little too uncomfortable so a $7 upgrade to Velour Earpads works amazingly! Unless you don't mind the leather of course.
Cosmos ® 1 Pair Black Color Velvet Replacement Earpad Ear Pad Cushion for AKG K 240 Studio Headphones https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KLPRQMO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_UYkxyb8GA67TW
avoid gaming headset, buy a good pair of headphones and a seperate microphone, you'll get much better sound quality for the price, especially in the headphones department.
For $70, I would recommend the Samson SR850 headphones with these Velvet earpads because the stock earpads are pretty bad, but the headphones sound GREAT for the price. Build quality is average.
For a mic, the Zalman ZM Mic1 is a common mic. It sounds great and it easily attaches to your headphones cable (those Samson) have a pretty thick cable so it won't fall off).
Superlux HD 668b Identical sounding to the Samsons, but are designed differently, sometimes are cheaper, those earpads are still recommended)
Superlux HD 681 or 681 EVO They basically sound like the 668b/SR850, but just a little worse overall, but you won't beat them for $30. The earpads are still recommended.
Yeah id say 3-4 hours. these pads fit the headphones if you have an issue with the stock ones.
I'd avoid headsets, you can get better value with a mic and headphone for $30.
Superlux HD-681 headphones
Zalman lapel microphone
Optional: The headphones are really great and have a comfortable headband, but some people don't like the earpads, here are some cheap fake velour ones link
For under $50, you can't go wrong with:
Superlux HD668B headsets. They are very lightweight, and from every single review I've read online or seen on youtube, they compete with $150-$200 studio headphones. In music, the 'treble' can be a little rough for some people, it can be very crisp. But in gaming, they've said this isn't an issue and makes for an INCREDIBLE soundstage in-game. Also, they come with a small 3ft cable AND a longer cable; the 3ft cable is perfect for jacking into the vive.
Everyone suggests You also pick up Velour replacement pads as the pads that come stock leave a lot to be desired and may be uncomfortable. Luckily, placing them both in your Amazon cart brings your total to JUST AT $49 and some change, which nets you FREE SHIPPING as well. So you're better off grabbing the pads :) /thread
I've tried four sets on the AKG 240 Studio (55 ohm):
There is also the Superlux HD668B. Although the 681 is 32 ohm and the 668 is 56 ohm, so the 681 will be louder.
Either way, you want to replace the ear pads with these.
That said, you don't need external headphones. Take the earbuds, route them over the top of your head and slip the wires for each earbud through the loop on each side of the headstrap.
This way the earbuds act like integrated headphones and dangle right there next to your ears. You can put them in and take them out as needed without them falling down or ever not being next to your ears.
Could I use These?
It would work a lot better for me.
amazon, exact ones are: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KLPRQMO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
I would get zalman zm-mic1 combined with this pair of headphones. I know the Superlux 668B is a pair of headphones that kicks even some high end gaming headsets' ass. And with the (good for the price sounding) zalman zm-mic1 clip on mic, which will drag the price down to ~50 dollars, still delivers great sound. If you want to make them a bit more comfortable, you can add these ear cushions to your 668B, which is a big comfort upgrade for the small price. Don't be fooled by the made for AKG though, since they would fit the Superlux cans just fine
You may consider replacing the original pads with some velour pads
I had the HD-681 and the pad's surface started to crack in under two years.
Probably right at your budget, a little over Superlux HD668B with these earmuffs. I've had no issues with them whatsoever, decent sound quality, excellent comfort AFTER changing the cushions. The stock ones are terrible to me.
If you want cheap and good, this combination works well:
Cosmos Black Color Velvet Replacement Earpad Ear Pad Cushion for AKG K 240
Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones
Ultimately I decided I like the earbuds routed through the headstrap better, but these sounded pretty good. They are 56ohm, so they will be a little quieter than your 39 ohm LGs. That said, some people are using 250ohm headsets and that has to have a pretty low volume unless you can turn it up high enough in the game.
The cable on the HD668B also breaks away easily if you tug on it and it comes with a nicely sized shorter cable you can use too.
Fit perfect on the HD668b and dont get sweaty
I have the Samson SR850's and I use these.
I'm looking to upgrade my gaming audio setup from a piece of crap gaming headphones from Sades. I'm willing to spend $50 total on both the headphones and mic or the headset.
Right now, I'm deciding between the HyperX Cloud Stinger and the Superlux 668b with replacement pads and the Zalman Zm-Mic1.
Which setup would give me better audio quality, comfort, and microphone quality? Are there any better alternatives? Thanks
If I were you, I might do it a little differently.
Steelseries makes good keyboards and they're very customizable. r/mechanicalkeyboards might throw a hissy fit at me for saying that, but they're good all around boards. Every key can be customized with macros and stuff if he so chooses, right in the Steelseries software. No need to mess around with AHK.
Mice are a very personal thing. Does he know you're getting him PC peripherals for Christmas? If so, knowing the size of his hand, and if possible, how he grips a mouse would be super helpful. I spend a shameful amount of time on r/mousereview and would love to help you out! The Xtrfy M4 is very popular at the moment if he has medium or small hands. Right here you can see how to measure hand size properly.
If you can't get a precise measurement or grip style that's fine - could you maybe compare his hand to yours (a simple "Hey, which one of us has bigger hands?" should do), measure yours, and estimate roughly how different they are.
If he's got the space for a setup, he'd be much better off with a dedicated set of headphones and a dedicated microphone than with a headset, and it'd be cheaper too! I personally recommend the Superlux 668B headphones with a set of replacement earpads (these ones are amazing, but these ones are still very good while being much cheaper). Then grab yourself a Fifine microphone and something cheap to hold it and you've saved yourself a lot of money while getting him a much better product!
Oh, those headphones will let in a fair amount of background noise, and they'll leak a bit of the sound playing through them. If your house/apartment is often loud or you share a space and don't want to hear his games, these Takstars are shockingly good for the price. If you wanna save a few bucks and not go for a separate microphone, this CM headset is based off them but has an attached mic!
Good luck and I hope he enjoys his gift! Feel free to ask any questions you've got, PM if you want :)
I have 688Bs. They're pretty swank for the price. Response is fairly flat, though they do benefit from some EQing with something like Sonarworks. If you're on a budget or are just supplementing a decent pair of monitors then yeah, they're really really good.
I will say the ear pads were designed by people who hate humans. They're absolutely sweaty murder for more than a few minutes. Replace them immediately with cheap velour ones like these and they become fine for long term use.
That stuff obviously might not apply to the 681s, which I have zero experience with, but I'm guessing they're close.
2cheerUup, my bro uses them and loves them as well as alot of dota2 & lol players. If you want good monitors tho, I can just recommend Superlux-HD 681B, theyre essentially the same as AKG 240 MKII, some people say the sound's even better thant the original, but that comes down to preference ofcourse. Price is only 20€ + VelourPads(17€) [highly recommended since standard ones suck]
Swap into the 4pin Balanced XLR on your Audio GD Amp. Frankly, the Single Ended output of their balanced units sounds much worse than the balanced out of the balanced Amp/Dac
That and the K240s will open up with a little more power on tap. For Pads I like the Cosmos Velours
Bluetooth earbuds: Soundpeats QY7 Cheap, but very good sound quality and well made.
PC Headphones: Superlux HD668B with these pads, this DAC, and an MPOW Bluetooth receiver
Sorry for the crazy link, in on mobile and don't remember the proper link format. I used these pads with my hd668bs for years. Absolutely adored the upgrade and made them comfortable for long sessions.
Amazon. Heres the pads:
You can snag SuperLux 668B for around $40 USD, if you are patient you can get them as low as $30. Then grab a lapel mic or a cheap desk mic for $10-20. it should out perform most of your standard "gaming headsets" in that price range with the Hyper X Clouds being the exception.
668B are incredible headsets for the price. They are a little weak in the bass area, but not enough to write them off as junk.
Amazon 668B Link
Clip on Lapel Mic
Price at the time of posting for both those items: $47 USD
Edit: It's also worth upgrading the 668B pads to the velvet pads for $7 this would being the total to $54.
I'm not the guy you asked, but I ALSO have the G930s. They're nice, but I won't be buying them again. I find the wireless to be flaky when my wife uses HER wireless headset (another Logitec, but not G930s), and the battery is nearly worthless after 2 years of ownership (though I do a fair bit of gaming, so YMMV). Next headset I buy is gonna be a pair of these bad-boys, and I'm gonna slap some of these on 'em. If I need a mic, I'll grab something like this. Won't be wireless, but I've got a cheap bluetooth headset if I need to move around the house. Since my HMD is tethered ANYWAY, I don't mind the headphones being so as well. :)
Hope that was somewhat helpful! :)
EDIT: OK, so here I am, nearly a month later. My G930s finally gave up the ghost, and I went ahead and bought about what I describe above (haven't picked up a mic yet (doesn't make sense at this point, with the Vive so close), but I've got the Superlux cans and 3rd party earcovers), and I'm LOVING them. Nice sound, though quieter than expected - I've not dealt with anything but USB headsets for a while, so I'm pretty sure I need an amp, which I can't fault them for, I knew it was a possibility going in. In any event, though a bit quiet at this point, it's not to the point of unhearability or anything. I just can't make it annoyingly loud if I want to. I'm also irked at the tiny male jack hardwired into them - I'd rather have a flush female jack, but what 'cha gonna do?
Beyond those two TINY issues (the first is only an issue due to my not realizing they'd need a bit more juice, and the second is annoying, but not at all a dealbreaker), I'm LOVING them for the price. Reproduction sounds pretty good (good enough for mixing with, anyway), and comfort is GREAT (they feel VERY light). YMMV, but I'm a happy camper with my Superlux HD668B semi-open cans (just don't forget the (<$10!) 3rd party covers - they REALLY improve on the default comfort).
EDIT #2: I'm a jackass. I had them plugged into line-in. When I found a second line-in (this one actually labeled and recognized by the OS as a headphone jack), the softer sound issue went away.
So I woke up and these are the links to the videos and some pointers and what not.
ALL LINKS IN THE BOTTOM
Here is the first video for 150 dollars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dj5G0isn9Y
These are the 50 dollar headphones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fD-M1F6L4g
These are the really high end for 200-1000 dollar sets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgTnJ3JQQ0E
Open vs Closed
Closed which is what I use right now but am looking to get an open pair for 150 bucks. Now closed is where the sound outside your headphones do not come in, as much. Now some are completely noise cancelling then others and some you can still hear but not too well. It has a less of a sound stage so it is harder to know where somethings is by hearing it.
Open is where the vibrator (forgot the name) is directly exposed with little noise cancelling materiel and sometimes none. The offer a much larger sound stage where you can tell where hostiles are, where the birds are, tanks, etc. They also are much better sounding. However, if you live in a loud place with a lot of things going on, get closed. Open also allows for people to hear what you listen to, from 2 or 3 feet away but not behind a closed door.
One of the things that you need to be weary about is desktop mics. They are good sounding, great everything. However if you have a small desk get an attachable arm. If you have a mechanical keyboard or hit your table a lot get an arm. But arms can be expensive 20-40 dollars or even more. The solution is getting a Antlion Modmic 4.0 for 40 bucks, great sound, nice and clear and noise cancelling so it won't pickup outside noise. Desktop mics I'd get is a Blue Yeti, Snowball, Audio Technica 2020 is also great, Snowflake microphone, etc.
Ad-dons for audio
So if you want to get better audio, louder, etc. Get an AMP/DAC mix. They are a DAC/AMP connecting VIA USB plug to the PC and then the headphones connect to the DAC with a quarter inch with some 3.5mm connectors but not recommended. These offer a much better experience but at a cost for 80-200 dollars for good ones. Some pads too add bass or take away from treble, mids or bass or add to. But not that much but it is always great to get better pads then stock ones on some stuff for more comfortable wearing.
Probably why you are here reading this. Now if you have 80-100 dollars here are my recommendations
Takstar HI 2050 open back headphones and a modmic 4.0 come in at just 100 dollars, they are great headphones. VERY comfy pads from Bererdynamic, honestly I don't know how they aren't losing money they sound like 200 dollar headphones.
Superlux 668B's they are good headphones, they sound high end, are very tough, etc. However they are semi-open and have a fairly large sound stage. My biggest 2 problems are, they are very treble heavy and uncomfortable for larger heads and ears. If I got these I'd need the velour ear pads Amazons sells for them because the stock are hard plastic. The other problem is they aren't very big either and I have a very large ear and head so they is a minus for me. Which is why I love the Takstar HI2050's.
Now if you want to drop more money then get these AKG Q701's which are VERY open. They offer the largest sound stage in the price bracket and more then almost all 500+ headphones. They are very comfy and big for big ears. Very good sound.
For some alternatives in that price bracket for open are DT 990's pros for 150 dollars, they are a bit treble heavy but still are very great. They are 150 on Amazon for the 250 OHM one which can be used in quarter inch and 3.5mm plugs by unscrewing the quarter inch adapter. They have very deep ear pads and very comfy ones too.
Now if you want closed for 30 bucks and still good audio get these Monoprice 108323. Now these earpads aren't very good IMO so I'd get Brainwavz replacement pads for 20 dollars. They are deep, comfy and overall nice. Sound I don't know too much about but they still beat gaming headsets.
For the last pair of closed backs I can think of are DT 770s, bass heavy, VERY big headphones from Beyerdynamic and overall good but not a good sound stage get these for 170 on Amazon.
Another honourable mention is Audio Technica M50x's, they are ok. Better then gaming headsets but don't offer much compared to 990's or 701's but still good. They are 160 I believe.
Now get a modmic or whatever mic you want with these, I'd get a desktop mic w/ arm personally but modmic is nice.
Make sure to look at reviews.
Feel free to ask any questions too.
I have these super cheaps ones and they are 100 times better than the stock ones. https://www.amazon.com/Cosmos-Velvet-Replacement-Cushion-Headphones/dp/B00KLPRQMO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1474493012&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=hd+668b+pads
Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003JOETX8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_pZ3xxbE9RB2X6
Cosmos ® 1 Pair Black Color Velvet Replacement Earpad Ear Pad Cushion for AKG K 240 Studio Headphones https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KLPRQMO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_7Z3xxb3GZ8HFB
Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00029MTMQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_n03xxbR50CP7G
These are the ones I ordered:
There are others that will work, I'm not sure what but if velvet isn't your thing I'm sure you can find something else, but these were decently cheap and I find them pretty comfortable. They have more give and plush compared to the stock pads from the hd 668b's.
Depending on your motherboard/psu then a DAC can help with the background noise. I have a cheap motherboard and no sound card so pairing a dac with my superlux has helped. I highly reocmmend getting velour pads for the superlux though. https://www.amazon.com/Cosmos-Velvet-Replacement-Cushion-Headphones/dp/B00KLPRQMO?ie=UTF8&amp;*Version*=1&amp;*entries*=0
Yeah, I tried cleaning them. A few days ago I searched for some and found this, which are different material than the stock pads, but I was skeptical because it didn't seem like the pads could be easily replaced.
No, you don't have to spend that much to get that quality.
/u/Sigma3737 this is a better recommendation and you won't have to go hungry to pay for it:
Also add on these to be less sweaty:
Will these pads work with the Superlux 668B instead? They're cheaper than the ones on Head Direct because of shipping.