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- 50mm neodymium drivers deliver full spectrum of sound
- 1.5m cable gives you freedom of movement for indoor use
- Comfortable double layered headband cushion, breathable ear cushion for longer wearing comfort
- Finishing of connector: gold-plated, acoustic system: open, Magnet type: neodymium
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Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf. And the mic is V-MODA BoomPro Gaming, VoIP Headset Headphone with Mic (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJ17WKK?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf. I highly recommend them, sound quality is amazing but the only downside is everyone can hear your shit.
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
It makes no difference. If you're going to drop that much money buy him these and this.
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".
I personally use the Sennheiser HD 600 which are open-backed but these are out of your $100 budget.
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
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 $30 as this is a pretty significant improvement in both headphone and mic quality with the bonus that the SHP9500 can be used for listening to music.
Wall of text ahead. Please, read only if you are really interested...
What I usually recommend when someone ask for advice about gaming headsets is: Gaming headset are crap 99% of the time. They provide very poor sound quality, and any good headphone (literally, even 40$ 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.
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.
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 is a headphone that allows sound to leak out and lets noise around you in. Closed back isolates you from surrounding noises and prevents noise from leaking out. If you will only be using these at home I would recommend open back. They generally sound better for the price.
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!
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............
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.
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.
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) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_NVPmybDE49EDJ
edit: derp didn't notice this was about the closed 598. disregard!
Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-Ear Headphones (Black)
Philips shp9500 headphones with vmoda boom pro mic.
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.
Antilion ModMic is about $50. Mod Mic is cheap and great.
My Cheap headphones in comparison
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.
You should state your budget.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW + http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJ17WKK
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.
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.
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.
So that's what I recommend. Any option you pick here will theoretically last you a great many years, if not a lifetime, and will outperform any gaming headset. This is because manufacturers of these headsets will spend a tiny amount of cash on the components and a large amount of cash on marketing them, meaning when you buy a gaming headset you're really paying for them to sell it to you. Stuff like I've listed above is all word of mouth; passes the savings onto the consumer who gets a quality product at a good price.
They're all open backed, meaning they leak sound out and allow outside sound in; the benefit of this is that you get a wider soundstage, which in regard to gaming essentially means better 3D positioning. You can pick out things like footsteps and locate where they're coming from with a great degree of ease.
Fidelio X2: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-X2-Headphones-Over-Ear-Cushions-Black/dp/B00MRUPSHQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1521974003&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Fidelio+x2
Phillips SHP9500/00: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-SHP9500-00-Headphone/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1521974021&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=shp9500
Audio Technica AD700X: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audio-Technica-ATH-AD700X-backed-Hi-Fi-headphones/dp/B009S332TQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1521974053&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=ad700x
Audio Technica ADG1X: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audio-Technica-ATH-ADG1X-High-Fidelity-Open-Air-Headset/dp/B01AYZZP5U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1521973470&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=audio+technica+headset
V-Moda Boompro: https://www.amazon.co.uk/V-MODA-BoomPro-Microphone-Gaming-Communication/dp/B00BJ17WKK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1521974126&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=v-moda+boompro
Antlion ModMic: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Antlion-Audio-ModMic-Attachable-Microphone-Uni-Directional-Muteless/dp/B00R98O6R4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1521974091&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=antlion+modmic
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.
https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500S-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW These are my go to when listening to albums stoned/tripping. Not too expensive either compared to other studio headphones!
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.
Cual es tu presupuesto mas o menos? (en dolares)
Estos son muy buenos por ejemplo.
I have used the following setups within the last year, ranked in order of preference:
'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.
Audio-Technica ATH-AD900X (also the 700X)
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.
Looks like the mic is currently out of stock. I got mine on eBay.
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.
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.
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: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Mng4DbKXDKZ8J
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
Skull Candy Aviators
Beyerdynamics Custom One Plus
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Headphones - https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500S-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW
Mic - https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BJ17WKK/ref=pd_aw_fbt_23_img_2?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=GZGWYYQJ2284JWHTYPQ7
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!
Fixed links : https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW/
best headset combo for under 100. period. you're welcome.
L.E. saw this after I posted. Exact thing @decked_out said.
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 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_oEG4Db83VC5YB
V-MODA mic https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJ17WKK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_cFG4DbZYEQ5S9
> 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Here are my recommendations that will work with a V-Moda Mic:
If you want an overall better experience/quality and have the money - X2:
I'm sure there are other options out there using the Modmic(attaches to any headphone) but these are the ones I have experience with and would recommend using the V-Moda cable. Obviously prices will vary but those 9500's are on for a good price IMO. None of these require an aftermarket Amp(I'd get one anyway though!) as they are under 50ohm.
Very highly regarded:
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.
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. https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500S-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW
Over $150: Audio Technica ATH-AD700X Audiophile Headphones paired with modmic. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009S332TQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
/r/headphones if you disagree so that you can actually learn
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'.
Really can't do better for <$100 than [this](https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500S-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW
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
With this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BJ17WKK/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1944687562&amp;pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&amp;pf_rd_t=201&amp;pf_rd_i=B00ENMK1DW&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_r=1EK16A77YRBBKHCR8238
Looking to finally transition from a "gaming" headset to an actual microphone and just over-ear headphones. Can you give me your opinions on these choices?
I'm a little limited on budget so I want to stay around this range.
The Philips SHP-9500's and V-Moda BoomPro. Stupidly good combo for the price. The headphones have massive cups and are super comfortable, though they are open so you better be okay with sound leakage. The mic is great and is super convenient, it will pair with any headphone that has a standard 3.5mm removable cable.
Got this mic for christmas, and I love it. I modded a paid of Sennheister HD515's to accept this mic and it worked alright, but I went ahead and bought another pair of cans that I fell in love with.
These headphones sound awesome and are probably the most comfortable and light pair I own. They also look nice, and accept the vmoda's mic without modification!
Any combination of these is good, I've also included a deal on amazon USA that has audio technical awesome audiophile headhones 199$ -> 70$;
I came late to the party, so the only remaining tips I can think of that aren't already covered are:
I am glad you liked the fan suggestion,as it works wonders for nausea and comfort. I have been going on about it for ages on the forums here, so I secretly hope it was my post that brought the idea up to you.
Just got them. They're fantastic
Headsets with multiple drivers work great? You're nuts. Never purchase a headset with multiple drivers because the drivers will be smaller and it will sound like crap. Buy headphones and get a mic to go with them. Better value and better sound.
An example would be....
These with a V Boompro
I use some nice philips open back head phones and modular VModa boom mic (it's attached to a 3.5 mm cord - you plug one end into the phones and the other end into your controller). Whole setup was less $100 shipped from Amazon. You do need a 3.5mm jack on your controller or else you'll need an adapter (newer XB1 controllers and Elite controllers have this). Not sure about PS4.
Amazon links below (the phones are actually discontinued but there is a lot out there - the price fluctuates wildly - they usually will hit $60-$65 every couple of weeks):
Currently using these headphones + This mic and i have no complaints
If you get open back headphones you should hear pretty much everything outside your headphones- pads matter a little bit for sound isolation, but not a whole bunch when you have open headphones.
I don't know your price range, but under $100 you can get some pretty good options for gaming. All of these recommendations don't have emphasized bass which should help with details like footsteps. Out of all these I prefer the Philips shp9500 because they're the cheapest and you can get a headset mic for them
SHP 9500 they're cheaper on newegg
You should look into open back headphones. I very much enjoy my Phillips SHP9500. REALLY great sound for the price. Used to be able to find them on Newegg for about $55 but they've gone up some. A step up from that might be something like the Sennheiser HD 59X.
Headsets lose out to head phones every time, I recommend getting a pair of good headphones and a mic.
I would go with [this] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004FEEY9A/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1479683905&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=hd+558&amp;condition=new) and
or [this] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00ENMK1DW/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1479684063&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=shp9500&amp;condition=new) with this
they sound pretty good and the best bang for your buck. Hope this helps
edit: actual mic
While you ask for a closed design I feel like if you're listening to classical you'll get a better experience from an open pair of headphones. If you still want a closed design the M50 will serve you well however you could find some other options in the recommendation section here or from Head-Fi.
Sennheiser HD598 if you want a fairly decent neutral option, I personally have its bigger brother (HD600). Sennheisers sound signature works really well for classical music. You could also try the Philips SHP9500 which offer a similar experience and are a fair bit cheaper most of the time.
If you're looking for a headphone that you're primarily going to use to game with, I suggest looking into open-back headphones.
Assuming you DO need a mic:
Philips SHP9500 + V-Moda BoomPro
Assuming you DON'T need a mic:
Audio Technica ATH-AD700X
Though these are above your price range, do keep an eye on them. Black Friday is near, so a few are bound to drop around the 100$ range.
Keep in mind that if you can always attach a ModMic to virtually any headphone you buy. So if you decide to not go with the SHP9500, this could be your next investment.
>What does open/closed mean?
There's a full explanation on /r/headphones somewhere but I'll give you the gist of it.
Basically, open headphones open up the sides that aren't facing your ears, this means the soundstage is physically far wider, typically giving all around improvements in comparison to closed headphones.
The downsides? quite obvious. If you listen to something at high volumes and there's someone in the room with you, they'll likely hear it. That, and open headphones block out VERY little sound, you can hear most things around you as if you had no headphones on, it's a positive for some, a negative for others. Generally I'd say get open unless you plan on using them in public at high volumes and/or you're typically in a noisy environment and you don't like raising the volume to block it out.
Worth noting, open headphones also have somewhat less bass, since the drivers can't vibrate around the housing it creates less of a 'head-shaking' affect, but I feel as long as it's not TOO weak (beware: devices that aren't capable of driving said headphones WILL make bass sound awfully weak) it actually sounds better, more of a quick, smooth 'punch' in comparison to a slower punch that vibrates your head so to speak.
>Whats a removable cable?
Literally just a removable cable, as in you can disconnect the cable from the headphones, it's great if you have a cable routed behind your desk for instance as you never need to move that cable, it's overall just convenient, it also prevents your cable from ruining your headphones (as in, cable gets cut/damaged, headphones are useless to a degree).
How small and well, portable they are. Only really matters if you intend on traveling with them.
>And prefernce in terms of sound?
Different headphones have different sounds obviously, some are more bass heavy, some are very neutral, some focus more on the mids and dim the lows/highs etc, there's a lot of differences here and there, I generally strongly prefer neutral headphones, though it's preference.
So, do you really NEED wireless? because, wireless will generally sound dreadful in comparison to a good set of wired headphones, at ~$100 you can get a pair of Phillips SHP9500s which sound superb for the price. I'd strongly advise against wireless as well, obvious reasons. As for a mic, there's a ton of cheap clip-on mics, or you could simply get a desk mic if you cared enough. A modmic is pretty good in terms of quality, though they're like $50.
Also, I'm 99% I replied before you edited your post to add in the bottom part, unless I'm simply fucking blind. Possible.
>best headset combo for under 100. period. you're welcome.
>L.E. saw this after I posted. Exact thing @decked_out said.
FTFY, it'll get removed by the mods if you keep the ref links and that'd suck because this is probably the best advice in the entire thread.
I'd just like to give you the heads up that the Philips SHP9500 are currently on sale for $55 on Amazon if that's within your budget, which are a very common pairing with the BoomPro.
Open backs are generally better for music. But obviously, sound leakage is an issue.
Assuming it comes on sale again around Christmas time the Sennheiser HD598 will be the best choice, however since they are open-backed they will leak sound.
Alternatively you can consider the Philips SHP9500 which is a good choice but doesn't sound as natural as the HD598 (in terms of detail).
Or if you're open to modifying your headphones the Sennheiser HD558 sounds much closer to the HD598 by removing some foam damping the sound inside. I haven't tried the HD558 so I can't attest to whether this is accurate but many people claim it's identical ~95%.
e: no idea if your system will be powerful enough for any of the headphones I suggested.
Instead of a ModMic I use a V-MODA BoomPro ($29 mic with 3.5mm passthrough jack that plugs into headphones) attached to Philips SHP9500 headphones ($89; sound good and are very comfortable). Previously I used a Monoprice 108323 clone ($28; sound ok, but were tight on my head), which is a cheaper alternative. There's also official V-MODA headphones, but they are super expensive.
Unfortunately, some headphones that have a 3.5mm jack, such as Sennheiser, have a locking mechanism that prevent the BoomPro from connecting. There are guides on how to mod them to make it work, but I wasn't brave enough to try.
The advantage of this setup is that the mic is decoupled from the headphones, so if either one breaks it can be replaced. Also the mic can be disconnected to listen to music on a trip. With a traditional gaming headset if either one breaks you have to replace the whole headset. It also allows you to have high quality headphones if desired. Gaming headsets sound OK, but sometimes compromises are made to bring down price. Maybe only audiophiles care, though.
I'm looking at getting a new headset with a mic for gaming and online communication.
I went to the purchase assistant, and looked at the options there. I was thinking of a SHP9500 with the V-Moda boom, but I'm hearing both praise and criticisms at the 9500. Also, I was only able to find them for $130, which is a little more than the ~$60 USD the assistant had. The alternatives I'm looking at are the Superlux 668B ($57), 681 (about the same price), or the 681-EVO ($72). However, I don't know if there's compatibility between the V-Moda and any of these, I've never used a mic that didn't come attached to the headset before. If I look for an all-in-one package, maybe a HyperX Cloud ($104)? I'm just going by the recommendations in the Assistant page here, I've got no idea what I'm doing, I just want the best value for my dollar, and a headset that doesn't creak.
Lucky kid. Although, depending on his music taste, I might get him these in the future. http://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW. Good pick!
This thing is AWESOME. I use it with these Philips headphones and fucking love the set up. The headphones are always on sale somewhere for like 50-60 bucks as well.
I'd say both combined are as high quality as a $150-200 range mic by the big name brands. Or at least close enough.
The headphones are very good for music as well btw. Open back though.
Assuming most of "gaming" headsets aren't very good, in overall, I recommand you to buy a good value "music" headset and a mod-mic.
Also, if you are hearing random buzz and unbalanced/compressed/distorted/muffled output, it's most probably due to interference around the motherboard, which can be alleviated by using a DAC, like the Q1 for example.
Have a nice day :)
I mean yeah I had a pair of Sennheisers a long time ago. But you don't need to spend that much money on a good pair of headphones or a headset. By the way Headphones + Microphone > Headset. I would recommend the Philips SHP9500s and the V-Moda BoomPro Mic
these are pretty good
V-Moda Boompro. You will need to connect it to headphones that take detachable cable with standard 3.5mm audio jack. Some suggestions: Skullcandy Hesh 2 ($35), Nuforce HP800 ($50), Philips SHP9500 ($75). If you're in Europe the Logitech UE6000 can be had for an absolute steal at 35€ and they're excellent. (Hell, you could try ordering them from the US too, might still end up cheaper than the ~$130 they go for over there.)
PS: Don't get the Antlion ModMic. It's overpriced crap.
Received my SHP9500 today...and compared to my other SHP9500 that I purchased a few months ago from Amazon, they have a completely different box style.
Now to my understanding, Philips has made the SHP9500 (2013 version) discontinued and the newer 2016 Version is the SHP9500S/27 (27 is the region which is USA). This is where things had me researching and confused for the past hour.
From the research I have gathered the original SHP model number is SHP9500/00 and comes with a 3.0m wire, 3.5-6.5mm (1/4”) adapter and a black cloth type bag (that is cheap and can prolly easily be ripped apart lol).
If you notice on my box it says SHP9500 under HiFi Stereo. Everything indicates that these are the original SHP9500 EXCEPT the grid on the side of the box that shows frequency, driver size, and dB sensitivity. This is the weird part. Every picture I have looked up of the SHP9500S/27 has stated in the box SHP9500S under the same area that line says SHP9500.
Also my box states it comes with a 5ft cord (1.5m) which inside the box was a 3.0m cord and all the things that DONT come with the SHP9500S version. On their website the SHP9500 is listed as 2013 and the S version is 2016. I can not find anywhere on my box the date these were manufactured.
So Philips is either being lazy and not changing the description on the boxes OR they decided to rid of the “S” on the box to make less confusion for consumers but here I am confused AF!!!
Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-Ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_gP5NDbFG21Z3A
This link leads you to believe you will be receiving the SHP9500 original that comes in a black box instead of this white and teal one I got. My other 9500 came in the black box, but not these.
In conclusion I guess my biggest thing would be, the SHP9500S actually seems to be the better headphone but nothing indicates how they got the frequency to 6-35,000hz instead of the original 12-35,000hz as well as the dB sensitivity which is labeled on the box I just received as 102db but the original SHP9500 was 101db.
What is the difference between 6-35000hz vs. 12-35000hz, would the lows be better with the 6-35000?
Just weird to me since I expected to receive the same style black box but instead got what the SHP9500S would come in but it’s not labeled S. Do I return? Do I order a pair of SHP9500S to see how they come?
This is the link for the SHP9500S/27
Philips Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones (SHP9500S/27) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYNSKPE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_g35NDbZEBEWZH
These are probably just as good as the ATH-M40X with open back.
If, and it's an expensive if, you could just get a boom mic and replace your G35.
Desktop Mics require a good setup, and for some, they also pick up background audio which can be distracting. A desktop condenser is like $30 to $50 now, and it's definitely better than most headset or boom microphones, but if the room is noisy, the boom is 300% easier to get going and deal with for conversation.
You'd have to replace your headset, and that's a whole different price option and category to look into, i.e. $100 instead of $40 to $50.
I'd recommend the SHP9500 and the vmoda boom pro, but anything in that price range would be comparable. ie you can go into the sennheiser / vmoda range as well, but for comfortable gaming headphones, it's hard to beat on comfort, especially wearing for 8hr+ sessions.
A good pair of headphones is night and day for comfortable chat, i.e. 3-5 hours a day or 3-5 hours/week.
A lavalier/clip-on mic i.e. collar mic is a good option, but fiddly if you need to get up or move around, based on cord length or clothing. Nice to have, tricky to actually work with for games or guild chat, unless you never take breaks, and then accidentally sit on the microphone/cord when you get back and break the mic cable...
There's the modmic which can sit on an existing headphone, analogue connection, not USB, and the vmoda boompro (zeos review, recording demo at 6:00 to 9:00 minutes in, switches to the sony collar mic, and back to 9:30 for the boompro again) can connect to a vmoda headphones, or 3rd parties like the the $50/$70 shp9500 headset which is better for games.
Unfortunately, headphones don't get rated alongside headsets often, so i can't say definitively if the G35 is better or worse. I bought one of the original G35's and the background hum when silent was uncomfortable to listen to or use. It kinda has to have improved over the decade or so it's been out, so IDK, it's not an option i'd go for.
The blue yeti / yeti pro / snowball has analogue/USB connections and a higher pricetag, but it's also a condenser microphone, and that might be good or bad, depending on room accoustics. If you don't plan to run interviews or record instruments, a stereo, analogue or XLR option is kind of pointless, since mono can be expanded out and stereo adds more noise, not less.
If you have a typical bedroom/basement/office room and don't have padding/absorbing surfaces and want to record, then a headset boom might just be cleaner setting. i.e. room audio will pick up mechanical/fan noise from PC's, room fans, aircon's. etc. as a background hum or cyclical noise, which is hard to filter or screen out.
at least get these for ~$70
Philips SHP9500 + V-Moda BoomPro
You will not regret the pro, that’s for sure!
So I also wanted a new headset a few months back and did like 7 straight hours of research rather than study for exams. What I ended up getting was a headphone/mic combo I do not regret!
I got them on Amazon and they’re the perfect combo. Someone on reddit mentioned them and said how all these gaming headphones cost you a fortune and break after a certain amount of time, but this microphone is so clean and great and the headphones are incredible quality. You just plug the microphone into the jack of the headphones and another cable plugs it all into your controller!
Also I bought a Qadira Wooden Omega Headphone Stand to make it all complete.
Philips SHP9500 HiFi Stereo Headphones Over-ear Black /GENUINE and ORIGINAL Pack https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_28Krl1NgpTcSP
V-MODA BoomPro Gaming VOiP Headset Headphone Mic https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00BJ17WKK?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
Qadira Wooden Omega Headphones Stand-Hanger-Holder - Walnut Finish https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B014F37W9E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_3eG1WTJ7Pwvgs
I think they're pretty great, but it depends on what you wanna use them for.
the M50x is a great portable closed-back headphone, so I found that they worked well to stuff into my backpack and use while studying in the library.
If you need something even MORE compact, then your money might be better spent on some good earbuds, like the Shure SE215.
Similarly, if you only want these headphones for gaming or some other at-home use, and don't care about portability, then you could buy a larger set of open-backed headphones. Something like the Philips 9500 or Sennheiser HD598 would be way more comfortable than the m50s, and give great sound, but with the main trade-off being that they're not portable.
A lot of this depends on your budget. Wanting to step up from 25€ still doesn't tell us how much you are willing to spend. All dollar amounts listed below are in USD:
Sub $20 - Tascam TH02. $18. Similar to the HD201 from Sennheiser, but easier to find and much cheaper.
Additionally, the Monoprice HiFi Studio Headphones are another excellent choice around $25.
$30 to $50 range - Koss Porta Pro. $33. I've always heard great things about these headphones, plus they have a sweet look.
$70ish range - Philips SHP9500S. These are closer to $75, but are extremely comfortable and have amazing sound for the price.
Most of these headphones won't require an external amp/DAC, but it won't hurt to have one either.
For the best audio experience per dollar I think it's best to go with proper headphones and a mic attachment. This is my set-up: Philips SHP9500S HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_CVw-Bb0YE7XTY and for the mic Aux Cable, Tsumbay Audio Cable with Microphone and in-line Control, 3.5mm Male to Male Cable Headphone Cable Premium Nylon Auxiliary Cord for Headphones, PS4, Home/Car Stereos (1m) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XXD5SKN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_LWw-BbMK5EC8V. I see that the headphones have been discontinued so they're super expensive now but the idea is that any pair of good headphones (with detachable 3.5mm cable) will do.
I was just about to edit my original post they are actually the 9500s and apparrently they went up in price from when i bought them but these were the headphones i had before i bought the 9500s and they are semi open backs so they kinda split the difference between closed an opened but if you wan to take full advantage of open head phones these audio technicas are closer to the price range and are pretty good quality as well
These are the cheapest headphones worth getting.
WAY better than any gaming crap from logitech, razer, hyper x
Gonna make this short.
If you were looking at open headphones, order this:
Better than that headset/ath-adg1.
Edit- the audiotechnica pads used on the ad series/ath ag1 are not that great. They are more on ear, as they are fully round, not ear-shaped; they also seem to collect dirt fast.
I have these: https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500S-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW
They were $60 a couple years ago. But yes, great positional sound.
The sound quality is frankly amazing. Zero distortion and you can hear a pin drop. Open ear, however. Better sound stage than any gaming headphone. The philips are a slight step below the high end Sennheisers.
Well, I'll be honest in saying that I haven't heard of the Superlux until now, but from a quick glance and read of that it seems to be a semi-open pair of headphones, while the 598 SR is a fully open back pair of headphones. You'd have a larger soundstage and might enjoy it more, but at the same time you may not. With that larger soundstage, you might value it to be worth the difference in price or not, but the 598s are also commonly regarded to being incredibly comfortable for long periods of time and people also love that.
There is certainly a cost different between the two, but maybe instead of jumping to that right away you might want to look at the Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black), but from Newegg instead. They often have these headphones that are also good open back headphones on sale for roughly $50 USD, and right now they are on sale for another hour (at least in the US).
Regardless of what you do, you could order them and try them out for a few days and if you don't like them you can return them for your money back. This deal may not come around again until Black Friday/Christmas time, so do take that in mind, but it won't go away.
They're available on amazon and I think they'll ship them international but I'm not sure about which countries. If they don't ship there, try a forwarding service.
Open back headphones have an open earcup behind the driver, meaning you will hear much more background noise while using them but generally sound more "natural".
For gaming, people usually prefer closed backs, in which case i'd reccomend the monoprice retros with pads that are actaully comfortable. If you're looking for something with a microphone you can pick up a little lav mic or go with the V-moda boompro. The boompro requires your headphone to have a detachable cable but its only one cable which is nice.
In my experience he most popular heaphones for the boompro are the Philliips shp9500 for open back and the ATH M40x for closed.
I own everything but the M40s but i hear they're great for gaming.
Commented on another thread earlier. I've spent few weeks researching and getting help from /r/headset and /r/gaming_headsets. Best option for comfortablity, price and quality is getting a Philips SHP9500, which has a detachable cable on, and plugging in the V-Moda Boom Pro mic. Dude, i'm telling you man, it's sanely awesome.
Edit: Links for Amazon
If you liked your SHP1900 there's always the SHP9500 which is a very highly regarded headphone. I'd imagine there'd be a pretty significant difference in sound quality with these considering the price difference.
[Sennheiser HD 598] (https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-598-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B0126HISOO/ref=sr_1_1?s=aht&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1474024089&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=sennheiser) or [Philips SHP9500] (https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1474023921&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=philips+headphones)
Planning on putting a V-MODA BoomPro mic in it and using them as a gaming headset, trying to stay under $150
Edit: forgot to mention i know about the mod needed with the HD598
I recommend grabbing a pair of headphones with a removable cable. Headsets generally don't give decent sound quality for the price compared to headphones in their price range. I've personally had a bad experience with steelseries as well.
Here's a config I think may fit your needs
I believe the Xbone controller has a 3.5mm jack.
edit: Not sure what you mean as in simultaneously. You wan't sound coming in from both devices? Think V-moda's come with a Y splitter
High end costs a lot of money, more than $200, but $200 is still going to get you plenty.
On ear headphones sit on your ear, over ear ones rest around your ear on your head.
You could just buy a mic then you would be set, or pick up some HiFi headphones too. Its up to you and how much would want to spend.
Closed backed headphones have the outside made of a solid material to block the noise going in and out. Open backed headphones just have some kind of mesh to let the sound in and out, this gives a performance benefit but means anyone nearby will be able to hear the music.
For some ideas for headphones, HD598, A500x, M50x, SHP9500. As for the mic, the modmic is a popular choice.
What kind of sound do you want?
If you like your Bose headphones then you could get a good mic, possibly like this one or this one.
I recently just purchased the v moda boom pro, I should get it within 2 weeks. Its a mic that attaches itself to any headset that takes a 3.5 mm cable. That way you can use some really good headphones built for audio experience while having a good mic, since most gaming headsets that try to include it all usually suck.
I'm new to the headphone game but I heard good things about the phillips shp9500. They aren't base heavy but people that got them for gaming stand by it.
You need to decide if you want open or closed back. I prefer open back for gaming. I find them more comfortable because the breath.
I’d look at these:
Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-Ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_CMBADb4MV5PBC
This mic just plugs right in and is also you cable:
V-MODA BoomPro Microphone for Gaming & Communication - Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJ17WKK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_oNBADbW90ZHY1
And to round it out this dac/amp:
Syba Sonic USB 24 Bit 96 KHz DAC Digital to Analog Headphone Amplifier 2 Stage EQ Digital / Coaxial Output and RCA Output https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009WN7QT4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_xOBADbE9EEVQF
This set will blow any astros away and their mixamp.
Because the going price for "good" headphones is way above $100. It may be a lot for you personally, and you wouldn't be wrong to believe that is a fair price for high quality, but the reality of it is that $100 is considered entry level by enthusiasts. When you consider that a headset is more complex than a headphone due to the addition of a microphone, mute switch, lighter weight for ergonomics, plus 7.1 surround sound marketing bullshit, etc., your $100 headset is probably closer to the equivalent of a $50 headphone, and I have never seen a headphone that retails at that price that I would call durable. As such, Sony and others can get away with turning you into a repeat buyer of their disposable headsets. You're really going to be better off getting good headphones and adding a mic.
The only headset that I've seen recommended by enthusiasts on /r/headphones is the Kingston HyperX Cloud series, mostly because it's just the Takstar Pro 80 with a microphone attached. I have never used either the HyperX Cloud or the Takstar, so I cannot vouch for its durability. Another cheap alternative is to buy a decent headphone that has a detachable cable that connects via 3.5mm TRS jack and get a $30 [V-Moda BoomPro] (http://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-BoomPro-Gaming-Headset-Headphone/dp/B00BJ17WKK) mic. I use the BoomPro with a pair of [Philips SHP9500] (http://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW) headphones, another entry level headphone that occasionally goes on sale for $50-60 on NewEgg, I believe normal price is around $80-90. It doesn't fold for travel, so it never leaves my desk area, but it feels durable enough for the price; I don't see it falling apart under light use anytime soon. It's very light and has a \balanced sound that's great for music too, but it is open back, so sound will leak both ways - you'll hear everything around you and everyone around you will hear your headphones. Either the HyperX Cloud or SHP9500/BoomPro will set you back about $90.
Damn I got here like 5 minutes too late to recommend these if you wanted open cans.
Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_AzakxbQXQA42D
You can do better for the money. Do you need closed back for gaming? Open back typically give you a much better sound stage.
These cans + this mic Will destroy the hyper-wank clouds.
Put SteelSeries on that list as well. Sound is dry as fuck even for a 120$ headset and can't even stand a test vs a 50$ sony headphones. I whent to /r/headphones and i found about the Philips SHP9500 and v-moda boom mic combo. 130$ for the combo and you will never look back again.
If you're willing to stretch your price range just a tad, the Phillips SHP9500 or Sony MDR7506 might interest you. Consensus on both is that they offer really good value. The MDR7506 offers the better sound leakage prevention.
Actual headphones made by a good audio company, like the HE-350s, will always blow "gaming headsets" completely out of the water. It's not even a competition, they're trash. There are exceptions to the rule but they are few and far between. The A40's are not one of them. If you're looking for new headphones and care at all about comfort, sound, and build quality, stick with advice you'll get here and stay away from gaming headsets.
With that said, if you're alright with waiting until August for them to ship, the HE-350s are a solid entry level starting point. There are a bunch of other options also, if you don't feel like waiting for the HE350s to ship. Check out the Philips SHP9500s. Very comfortable for long gaming sessions, built very well, and sound great. And cheap on top of that.
Have you thought about whether you want open ear headphones or closed ear?
Alright, so I think I found something that would be better than the list from my last comment.
I've heard crazy good things about this, it's only $30 more than the Superlux HD681 EVO and from the sound of it, well worth the difference.
Still want to get this so that I can use my headphones with my Pixel 2, I decided to not get the TROND BT-RX M to try to stick with the budget and this unlike the BT-RX M would be useful in two situations.
Like I said in my previous comment, I have no experience with good headphones, so I could totally be missing something here. Would appreciate some input on this.
I have these, and they sound pretty great for the price. I'm no audiophile by any means though. They aren't high impedance, but there is a very noticeable difference between no DAC and DAC.
If you must stay within that budget, I would suggest something like the Audio Technica ATH-M30X for a closed back set or the Philips SHP9500 if you want an open back set. Out of those two I would suggest the Philips, but since it is an open set other people around you would be able to hear what you are listening to. If that is not a problem, get the Philips. If you do not want other people around you listening, get the Audio Technica's. If you really want to save money, look into the Monoprice Retro's.
A little bit ubiquitous, but I'd probably suggest the three following, they're basically seen as the "basic bitch" tier that's high quality but doesn't break the bank.
Personally, I use the Phillips ones since I got them on a sale and they were the cheapest. The next thing to look into would probably be a DAC, but that's where my knowledge basically ends, since I went with the most straightforward solution possible and got a DACPort mini off Massdrop.
If your looking for good gaming headphones under $100 I recommend the Philips SHP9500's over the HD518's because you can add the Boom Pro and turn them into a headset.
I would recommend the philips shp9500 on amazon, most reviewers say it's too good for its price,also the cheapest openback headphone from a reputable brand,philps,can't go wrong. Also should drive pretty well
Another headphone you could try are the m50x, since you said neutral might be to your liking these are kinda neutral whilst still sounding fun slightly over your budget.
Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_T25jDbZFCVWJF
V-MODA BoomPro Microphone for Gaming & Communication - Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJ17WKK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_-25jDbQMB3E23
Both total to ~$110 not including tax in the USA.
Might see if you can find a used 58x in Canada. Would be a good start I think if you went open back. Or these Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_leujDbQH2EY31
These with this DIYed to the top of the headband and this plugged into your PC.
Then pick up a Blue Snowball and boom! A headset replacement that actually sounds good.
see /r/Zeos and /r/headphones for more information. If you do go to /r/headphones, please read the side bar for rules about posting.
This or the Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-Ear Headphones (Black) that is on sale on amazon for 54.99: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ENMK1DW/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;psc=1
They're $89 shipped on amazon right now. If you have prime of course. If you can scrape the extra cash.
Any opinions on [these?](
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00ENMK1DW/ref=mp_s_a_1_19?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1521635957&amp;sr=1-19&amp;pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&amp;keywords=modmic&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=41%2BX-iFa0PL&amp;ref=plSrch) got a pair of g930s, thought it might be an improvement to get a mic and headphones
I am just stepping into the audiophile world and picked up an Aune X7S Amp and Aune X1S Dac. I'm trying to figure out the best way to connect them to my PC, to each other, and then to the headphones.
I've done a little research and it looks like USB from PC to X1S will provide the highest quality, is this true? I could do digital or do some weird 3mm to coax.
Then I connect the Dac to the amp with coax.
Then my headphones are Philips SHP9500(until my Sennheiser HD6XX come in):
Right now these run on a 3mm cable, should I buy a nicer 1/4 cable to run to the amp? Will it make a difference?
So I guess I only have two questions. What is the best way to connect PC to Dac? Is it worth changing out my headphones audio cable from 3mm to 1/4?
All I plan on doing is setting these up and being good to go, I'm assuming I don't need to really do anything on my PC other then make sure the music is high quality?
Thanks for any help!
Here is the mobile version of your link
Damn, if i lived in the us i would definitely pick up a pair.
Link for the lazy https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00ENMK1DW/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1488317431&amp;sr=8-1&amp;pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&amp;keywords=shp9500
Edit: sold out
Budget - $100
Location - USA
Looking for headphones that emphasize durability and comfort. I travel a lot and sometimes might need to put them into my backpack. I also study a lot on the go so durability is a must.
Thank you guys for all the help!
Not sure if this is a good deal: SPH9500
The downsides to this headset are only the 2, non removable pads and open ears.
This is a solid option. I used these with a vmoda boompro mic for awhile before i got M100s
Those are called earbuds. Headphones go over your head. I guess that's one downside to headphones, but a half decent pair of headphones weigh much less than a pound. These are 10.6 ounces or 0.66 pounds. You gotta have a twig for a neck for them to be too much weight.
Philips SHP9500 as long as you don't mind them leaking since they are open. http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00ENMK1DW/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&amp;condition=new
You might like the Philips SHP9500:
They're not as cheap as they've been (they have gone as low as $60), but they are still in your budget and a good value. I have a somewhat large head, (not sure of hat size, though) and find them a bit too loose.
I love gaming with them and have a V Moda BoomPro for VOIP.
Also, It might help to know what it is in 700X reviews that you don't like.
130 bucks just for the headset here in Canada.
100%. I’ve got these with the V-moda boom mic. They’re really good (open ear, though, so if ppl are in nearby rooms they’ll hear gunfire):
Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones
V-MODA BoomPro Microphone for Gaming & Communication - Black
Beyerdynamic DT770 (80 ohm) for closed. Philips Fidelio x2 for open. If these are too expensive, get the Sennheiser HD 558 for cheap and open. If you want cheap and closed, get the Audio-Technica ath-m40x and the brainwaves hybrid pads.
Actually, get these because they're really cheap right now and WAY WAY WAY better than any gaming headset. They're about as good as the HD 558 but less expensive.
"quality" is extremely subjective... like you could be like that guy who owns several hundred pairs of $$$$$ headphones and love a $200 pair for certain things more than a $5000 pair.
response to your other comment:
SHP9500 (NEW) Still for sale [$45]
M50x Limited Edition (sold out/limited edition blue) (like new and with all original accessories) [$120]
Philips SHP9500S HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_jNJ7AbXKB15QE
I really like these... they aren’t in your budget range though...
People love the Mx40's. I got the Status Audio CB-1's for my gaming headset. If you're looking for an open back, people seem to really love the shp9500. Like i said, those are open back and are light on the bass. Another open back that people love in the price range are the HD 559. I've heard good things about the Massdrop x HiFiMAN HE-350.
Kind of depends on what you're looking for in terms of sound and where you're using them.
E: if you aren't dead set on new, i'd find something more expensive and check out /r/AVexchange. Really good deals and it's a bunch of people with headphone buying additctions. Just buy and sell constantly. I mentioned above, but i paid $350 for what would've cost me about $600 new after mods. I find that headphones is an area where people take care of their stuff because it takes a special kind of person to start dropping hundreds on headphones that aren't beats.
You could go with These and then buy This Mic to go with it.
I have this set up and is leagues better than the Arctis 7, Astro A-40's and Cloud 2's that I had before.
If you are looking for a huge upgrade in audio fidelity over those turtle beach headphones. I highly recommend the Phillips SHP-9500's!! They go from $60-$90 dollars on amazon. I've used turtle beach and astro headsets back in my gaming days and these studio headphones are more comfortable than both (although the Astro's are close). On top of that the audio quality is probably more than sufficient for mixing, they compete in audio quality with $300+ headphones it's insane. They are open back headphones so soundstage is more accurate, but because of that you can't really record vocals with them.
Watch this audiophile review them it's hilarious
A good alternative to "garbage" gaming headsets would be a pair of headphones and a mic to go with it. Can't really tell what price point you mean by not to expensive is but because I have them I recommend Phillips SHP9500's. Now there are other great headpones out there made by Sennheiser, Audio-Terchnica, etc... but I have only used the SHP 9500's so I don't have an opinion on there quality. For a mic you can get something like a mod mic, v-moda boom pro(recomended for shp 9500) or a zalman clip on mic. Now I would advise looking up some headphones and find a headpone/mic combo in your budget and not just go shp9500/v-moda right away because I recommend them. Now for a soundcard the one in your mobo is good enough. Here is a post about this topic from a while back to shed some more light on it. https://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/4nabvv/gaming_audio_and_you_why_995_of_gaming_headsets/
I'm looking for some nice, comfortable closed headphones preferably with a microphone up to around $75. I looked at the Skullcandy SLYRs and the Hyper X Butts and I'm wondering if these are alright or if anyone has any other suggestions? I also looked at ones without a microphone such as the Superlux HD668B and the Philips SHP9500. Thoughts on these?
Edit: I suppose a template would be helpful :)
I've been doing research on this lately and came to the conclusion that "gaming" headsets are generally overpriced for the quality. Best bet would be buy some good quality headphones and attach a mic if you want to. The 2 pairs that I am looking at now for under $100:
Sennheiser HD 518
They are both open back so they are not noise canceling, just FYI.
Philips SHP9500 is only about $63 right now. Great soundstage, great sound quality, very good for gaming. https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW
Im gonna leave a link here for some of my favorite budget cans ever. Dont get these if you dont want sound to leak out though, they are open back
Yes! I meant card, sorry. This is going to be my first actual good headphone purchase, one of these 3
Get those, save your money for a better amp down the road. Spending under 100 bucks for both combined will mean you will have to compromise too much for it not to be worth it.
These are easily the best headphones under 100 bucks IMO.
Then later pick up a FiiO e10K if you think you are lacking something. Try it out and see if it honestly makes a difference.
Philips SHP9500 are apparently on par or better than headphones that go for $300 or more. I personally own the Philips Fidelio X2's but they are above $100 :/
Ahh yeah this game is one that really requires headphones to at least be situationally aware because sound is so important in this game. Might I recommend a pair of open-back headphones. You can still get great sound, but you are able to hear outside noises like kids crying or saying Dad etc. I own the Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_OACTzbPGZ98ZP and if you frequent /r/pcdeals you can get a pair around $40-$55. They are super comfy because I can wear them for 8+hours,and don't get tension headaches like I got from others because I have a big head.
Also you don't want surround sound headphones only stereo if you are looking for something else. The ones that claim to have surround sound are a gimmick and a waste of money.
Philips SHP9500 ( Open set with big pads that are really comfortable)73$
m40x ( Closed set with balanced signature but the pads aren't as comfortable as the phillips ) 80$ right now
id grab the phillips one if not using in public, more comfortable and great sound quality for the price and you can get a great microphone for the phillips cause the cable is detachable , i recommend the vmoda boompro 30$ the m40x has a propietary kind of cable locking so its not gonna work with that
If you're not worried about isolation there are a lot of options that are great for using at home in a relatively quiet environment. These are open back so although they don't isolate particularly well they have a very wide soundstage and great detail and clarity.
$70 Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black) - cheap but good
$170 Sennheiser HD 598 SR Open-Back Headphone - These are widely considered the best value for money
If you want something more isolating (closed back);
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones, Black
r/headphones has a huge resource in the sidebar with more options as well.
That's somewhat odd, they seem to have been discontinued but there's still a few available here, I had no idea you couldn't get them in the US anymore. I'll edit this when I find something similar available on US Amazon.
Edit: Superlux 668, they're £37 and should be near enough as good, but I've not personally tried them
Extra edit: I just noticed the $67 SHP9500 are available on US Amazon, they're quite difficult to get here and are absolutely worth it if the 598s aren't available there anymore.
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Beats and skullcandy are pretty bad tbh. This is a really good site for comparing the actually frequency response that different headphones have. If you add your pair of headphones along with the Audio Technica ATH M50x, Sennheiser HD 518, and the Sennheiser HD 558's you can get a clear visual representation of your headphones sound signature compared to others and you can see that the bass on the Shure SRH440's is extremely low compared to the others. Along with the headphones I mentioned you should also look at the Phillips SHP9500 which are very highly reviewed as you can see here. The Takstar HI 2050's are also great and a bit cheaper than the others, here is a review for those. Unfortunately headphone.com doesn't have every pair headphones for their graph so you can't actually see the curve for the Phillips SHP9500's and the Takstar HI 2050's. Those should all be much more comfortable as well.
From what I've heard, these are pretty damn good.
Surround sound headphones don't do much to help at all. If you take a good pair of stereo headphones and listen to the virtual barber shop on youtube, it does just as good a job as any surround sound headset. Also, the sound is almost ALWAYS not as good anyway. In the 100 dollar range, I would recommend you stretch the price to 130 dollars, get a philips shp9500 and vmoda boompro. If you need closed headphones, NVX Audio XPT100 with vmoda boompro is also a good choice.
Oops, didnt realize I already said a lot. But stereo headphones do just as good a job as virtual surround at sound stage and direction. Again, going to /r/headphones and asking there might yield some more clear answers.
And also, if you were to get a close headphones, m50xs should be perfectly fine, but if you change your mind and want to get an open headphone (which is better for gaming because sound stage) These should be perfect.
Virtual 7.1 is worthless. Also, if you're considering spending 300$, no headset will do you any good in that price range.
You'd be far better off getting a actual proper pair of headphones, like the Sennheiser HD598's or the Philips Fidelio SPH9500's if you want to spend a little less. To go along with one of those, get a decent studio mic, like the Blue Snowball or the Audio Technica ATR2500
If you want the microphone to be integrated to the the headphone, look no further than the ModMic 4.0
If you want a good little headset for relatively cheap, just get the Kingston HyperX Clouds. They beat practically any other headset out there, aside from like Sennheiser Game Zero's and Beyer MX300's, but those are over 3 times the price usually.
The Philips headphones are pretty good from what I have heard. I'm referring to these ones. The price at the moment is over your budget, but they go on sale frequently. I wouldn't be surprised to see them go on sale again on Boxing Day.
I have a really big head, and most headphones I've ever tried were way too tight for me, and gives me headaches. Please help me out here.
Past/Current headphones - Beyerdynamic DT-770-PRO-32
From older posts, I was looking at these two, but I don't know.
1). - https://www.amazon.com/AKG-240-Semi-Open-Studio-Headphones/dp/B0001ARCFA
2). - https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW (These look really comfy, but I don't know how tight they will be).
PLEASE HELP ME OUT AND END MY HEADPHONE HEADACHES. :(
Some that get recommended often are the SHP9500S with a V-Moda BoomPro at 108 USD, and the HyperX Cloud at 80 USD.
You can also use a ModMic, but the price for quality seems eh.
So im on abit of a tight budget, and I'm looking for something at around $100.I will be plugging it into my computer, I have no amps or such.I previously just used the apple earphones,not much to say there. I will be using it for gaming and for listening to music. I was looking at these-https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW Are they ok?
Canadian prices are unreal at the moment. Philips SHP9500 plus the V Moda BoomPro mic are $192.99.
Edit: Newegg in Canada has them for $69.99. That's just the headphone. You could get the mic separately from Amazon.
Is this worth upgrading to Sennheiser HD 598 Cs from my Philips SHP9500s? Not a huge headphones guy but I've been told that there's a noticable jump in quality from $100 to $200/$300. I don't super feel the need to upgrade but I'm considering I might as well since they're off $150 and I've yet to try decent closed back headphones.
Sticking with the gaming trend, I'd recommend the Hyper X Cloud headsets. Fantastic set of headphones for the price.
If you want a somewhat DIY kit, you can pick up a pair of headphones with a removable cable like the Philips SHP9500's and stick a ModMic or V-Moda Boompro onto it, however, this route can be more expensive, depending on what headset you decide to buy. Honestly, this is the route I'd go.
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Those are the cheap open back ones that were hyped up a while ago. I think the 9500's. They're not terrible cans, super comfy, decent for a casual listen. But I have a higher standard than most when it comes to clarity because I was looking for a pair that I could use for critical listening when mixing music.
I assume you are asking about these:
Higher quality/high fidelity audio compatible equipment would mostly only benefit you if you had hi res audio to listen to in the first place, plus with that relatively small impedance of 32 ohms they are very easily powered, the jack on the DS4 is enough. These are relatively low-tier headphones so don't go too high on externals for them, it won't help as much as you want them too, but they will help nonetheless.
A small/portable amp for the these headphones would do some good for you in games where 3D/spatial/positional sound awareness can give you an advantage in game, such as in FPS games. If you play those a lot, especially competitively, I recommend it.
If we are talking about the same headphones, then that 12-35 Hz range will be awesome for what I just mentioned, as lower frequencies (especially when amplified) will make footsteps easier to make out.
I don't know if you use a seperate pair of cans for music but if you use these then they should sound pretty good, more so with that sub-$100 price tag, and especially so with an amp. An amp is a bit of overkill on these as with all easy-to-drive headphones, but hey, overkill is fun. Bear in mind that these are open-back headphones, so sound will leak both into and from your environment, as you might've experienced already, so an amp would help compensate.
All in all, no, you don't "NEED" an amp, but you'll most likely find them fun to use for music and advantageous for certain games, so go ahead and try them out, just do your research.
TL:DR; No but get them anyways kek
Pro tip: Never buy a product that is marketed to gamers.
Start with a Monoprice Desktop Headphone Amplifier.
Then pick headphones to suit the rest of your budget and preferences. My personal preference are the Philips SHP9500's.
does he own a lot of high end headphones already? I mean if he already has a lot of headphones it may not be the best option but if he does not have anything you can certainly a lot of "cool" headphones in that price range.
148 on amazon for example Sennheiser-HD-598 http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-598-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B0126HISOO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1450329822&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=hd+598
Philips-SHP9500 usually around 75 on amazon but constantly sold out (I would be weary of purchasing from 3rd party due to warranty but elsewhere may have as well)
https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodWarmth <- i love this shop but it wouldnt be there in time for xmas delivery unfortunately but if you made a card with the photo of the item you got, I dunno. :p
I have two pairs of cans, Superlux HD681 and [Philips SHP9500] (https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW) I'm planning to pick up Micca mb42x. Should I buy an amp or amp+dac combo? Budget $70.
Zeos is basically the jesus of headphones; id go check out his list https://www.reddit.com/r/Zeos/comments/66x9c0/guide_headphones_gaming/
these are what he reccomends for your price range:
add the vmode boom pro
his youtube channel is great too.
open or closed?
open: I would get these SHP9500 for open (you can find them cheaper if you look) and a boom pro or desk mic.
I'll suggest closed if you want closed
I have these and they work pretty much the same. Just plugs into the controller if you have the newer models. I don't know how it would work if you need the adapter.
I use a pair of Philips SPH9500s + a Vmoda BoomPro mic
If you’re willing to go above your budget a little, and isolation is not as important, the Philips SHP9500 is the only one I can think of without a single reservation.
They are comfortable, durable, and replacing or upgrading cables is cheap/easy to find. They are only 32ohm and 101dB sensitivity, so they can run without the need for an external amp if you do not already have one. They offer a wide soundstage and strong bass response, which make them well suited for watching movies and playing games—as well as music.
The only caveat is that they are open-back and therefore do not isolate very well. If you intend to use them indoors or at home, and disturbing others is a non-issue, then I would go with these. If those are considerations for you, then I’d consider the Audio Technica M20x. If you can stretch a bit, or find a refurbished version on Amazon . the M40x is a much better iteration. The Sony 7605 is also great but is about $80.
These Philips open back headphones are considered an excellent value for the money. IDK how they work for gaming: https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500S-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW/
https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW this plus a cheap USB mic and you'll have a really good setup.
I only wish to spread the word, and show others what they have not yet experienced. Far better equipment at much lower prices exists, and no gimmicks :)
70 bucks. Just get this at the bare minimum. Phillips SHP 9500
I own 2 now.
Mic can be integrated.
Although not needed a dac/amp combo make it quite a bit more punchy.
These have a very low clamping force and sound great, they are open back though.
Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-Ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_btFNDbC0R5MXRPhilips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-Ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_btFNDbC0R5MXR
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I realize you want wireless, but these are extremely well recommended around the audio community, if you can take open-backed headphones. They're not anywhere near the top of your budget, but listen to this review for a bit and see if you won't consider them?
These are probably as good as it gets, or you can pay 90 dollars for my HD518s lol http://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1422274116&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=shp+9500&amp;pebp=1422274117819&amp;peasin=B00ENMK1DW
It is good for league. Basically any game that has a lot of things going on. It just smoothings things out by allowing more frames to be displayed. Instead of 60 its 144. There is just a headset added, but it is pretty low quality. It is good for gaming, and is alright at music and such (provided you really don't care about sound too too much). It has a mic attached which you can put up. For $30 more you can get some studio headphones that are much better and dont have the mic attached.
The build is really good for the cost and considering ddr4 ram is new tech the mobo,cpu, and ram should last you at least 4 years. The GPU is the highest clocked 1070 and should last you 2-3 years depending on if it is overclocked. Speaking of which your CPU is overclockable. The case is big enough for any size components and can be changed to accommodate future upgrades if required. You have a 250gb SSD which is the perfect size for games and OS. You have a 2tb harddrive which is enough for literally anything. 2tb is huge. Overall you are set for at least 3 years probably 4 with this build before you may have to change something.
If you'd rather not spend $250 on headphones, this is just a smidge worse sounding for a hell of a lot cheaper
Both the Fidelio x2 and the SHP9500 are compatible with the boompro.
Ok, then I will order SHP9500.
Just to be double sure, because I see there is some problem to get them in Europe, is it this model?
Thank you for your help.
Better quality than any "gaming" headset you can find at this price. I also prefer this combination over Astro headsets.
You can't wait a bit while you save up 50 bucks and get something good instead of an "okay" cheaper set? Just wondering
Alternatively you can go for this SHP9500, it's a great headphone too, open back.
Lots of people are saying ATH MX fill in the blank. Before you go buy those, look into Phillips SHP 9500s. Not only are they cheaper than all of the ATH models being mentioned, they also have a more even frequency response. Here's the response of the 9500s vs the m40x and the m50/m50x. They're a little less even than the Sennheiser HD600, but that's a huge price difference. Plus, they're super comfortable so you can wear them for hours now problem. Only issue with them is that they're open back, so there's a lot of sound leakage, which means they aren't very good to use in public. But if you just plan on using them for production, they're amazing.
Well since the Roccat you had before was worth $150, I'll use that as a baseline. If you're willing to spend the same amount for only headphones, I'd say go with the Audio Technica ATH-AD900X. If you want to get a mic with it, get this Sony ECMCS3. if you wanna save some cash, you can go with the AD700X or AD500X and buy the sony mic i linked. Another alternative is the Philips SHP9500 (which is what I use for gaming) with a V-Moda Boom Pro Gaming Mic. if you also wanna step up your microphone game, you can also get a ATR2100. I say that mic and not a blue yeti or snowball because the 2100 is a dynamic mic, which means it doesn't pick up a lot of background noise. This is useful since the AD series and the SHP9500 are all open back headphones so the sound leaks out. this is great for gaming though, since it provides a wider sound stage and helps with positioning in games.
Ahh you have Sennheiser's. Open back ones to boot. Those aren't actually too bad. Of course you can buy similar headphones for 100 bucks. The reason those cost an extra 100 is because it has a built in mic and has "gaming" on the box. And because gamers expect gaming headphones to be 7.1 they put that little bit in there. I'd still turn off 7.1 where ever possible but the superlux headphones perhaps might not be worth the investment now? If you want a true upgrade go with the AD900x, the pair that I own. Review of their slightly cheaper brother the AD500x. You can also try the
Phillips 9500. They've gotten great reviews so far. Both of these headphones have a huge soundstage which means they create the illusion that the sound is happening in the same room as you're in and not just sound happening inside your head. Your Sennheisers likely do a good enough job as they're open back cans but the ones I linked are REALLY open back.
I didn't know you had Sennheisers. Those aren't terrible. Basically you're looking at stepping up your game now.
Edit - Oh sorry I didn't answer your other question. Basically that little device that you plug your headphones in is a DAC (digital to analog converter). Your computer, when you play an mp3 or something sees the music as 0's and 1's. Human beings don't speak binary computer languages. So that device turns the code into an analog sound which our ears hear! Yay!. Not all DAC's are the same. Some do a better job than others, scooping out more detail to give to your ears. All devices have one... all of them. Otherwise you couldn't hear anything at all. Phones, motherboards, mp3 players ect. Unless your motherboard is crap the DAC inside of it is likely just fine. If you have a REALLY nice motherboard then that device might not be as good as your built in DAC.
I'd do a test to see which one is better. Try and get the volumes the same on both devices and switch back and forth. Ignore the fact that the little DAC has 7.1. If the source is in stereo enjoy it in stereo. If the source is binural then the work is done for you. Or you change the settings in the video game to "headphone mode".
You can go one step further and buy a DAC or a DAC Amplifier combo device. Not all headphones need extra juice to power them but sometimes you can get a bit more detail out of your audio just by having one. Here's a list to get you going on them. I bought the SMSl 793 to give my headphones more detail and volume. The need factor was small. My motherboard handled them just fine but I wanted a bit of extra bite and also to remove my DAC from the inside of my computer. I also gained a volume nob RIGHT next to my keyboard which is amazing.
Tbh I think these are better http://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW
Honestly I suggest getting rid of those Razers and purchasing a quality pair of headphones with a modmic. This would be a MUCH better choice. In an enclosed space, multiple drivers are always worse than two well designed drivers.
Also, the hissing could be due to noise from your CPU/network card etc. or just from the headphones themselves... unfortunately that set is mostly marketing and not much of quality design.
If you just bought those new, see if you can return them and get a pair of Philips SHP9500s as well as something like a ModMic. There are less expensive external microphones as well you can check out, but the modmic is of great quality and adheres to the side of the headphone.
That setup is the real deal and would kick the shit out of any headset on the planet.
I'd go with the Phillips SHP9500 over the 598s if you want open headphones - but I don't know if OP wants closed or open, I've personally always found closed more immersive, but that's super subjective.
Seems the SHP9500 is on Newegg for $30 less than Amazon right now. $120 is nice :D
Actually, wait, that's the SHP9500S, is that better or worse?
As for open vs closed, I do prefer closed because I don't want outside interference, but how open is open? Like, will my headphones drown out outside (mainly voices from my neighbors, I live in a dorm so our walls are pretty thin.) stuff enough that I can ignore it?
I'd always recommend trying them out in a shop; for sound, but esp. for how it fits. Check some reputable brands like AKG, Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic etc. . If you can get an older model for a discount, even better. You won't miss out on any technological advances by buying an older model at that price point.
Edit.: Someone else recommended those: https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW/
I swear by the Philips SHP9500 headphones. I have 2 in storage in case my main pair craps out and in case the back-up pair craps out. They are in my opinion the best, most neutrally pure headphones under $500 (and they are like $80 usually). Ever since I started mixing with them 3 years ago I swear I have magically better sounding projects. For normal listening they are also so crisp and clear. On that Amazon page the most helpful review has some good settings to apply to the headphones in order to make them sound even more neutral.
You might need to get a pre-amp to power them a little harder (my audio interface has a shit ton of headroom so a non-issue for me) but if you need a pair of headphones to use at a seated area, get these. Get 2 of them.
If you can find a set of Philips SHP9500 cans and couple them with a V-MODA BoomPro mic, these things are earcandy. They are open-back however, but if you like a fantastic soundstage and sound then these work a treat. They are also extremely comfortable, can game for hours with them and zero issues with discomfort. ~Cheers~
Get a good solid regular headphone without an attached mic, plus the blue yeti nano. I went ahead and checked to see if you could plug earbuds or headphones into it and the answer is yes you can. There is an audio Jack on the bottom of the mic.
As for feeling claustrophobic when wearing headphones, have you tried wearing open back headphones? They let the sound travel outward a little (nowhere near as loudly as speakers so your mic wont pick up the sound unless you are BLASTING your game sounds).
There are quite a few options for headphones that are open back and cheap. The reason they are called open back headphones is because the earcups are not closed off to keep the sound just in your ears. And you might ask me "what's the point of wearing headphones if the sound is allowed to leak out?" And the reasons are: comfort, sound quality, and temperature control. They are lightweight which makes them easier to wear, they dont give you that closed in feeling, and they let your ears breathe and prevent sweating.
Some good cheap options are the Phillip's shp9500
Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_7G64Cb4F3GYG8
Or the sennheiser HD 559
Sennheiser HD 559 Open Back Headphone https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L1IIEKM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_nI64Cb5G6KGKS
Or the Audio-technica AD700x
Audio-Technica ATHAD700X Audiophile Open Air Dynamic Headphones https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009S332TQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_iJ64CbA4ZQ3F1
All of these would be great, but something to keep in mind is these headphones wont have quite as much bass as a closed back headphone. It's still there, just not as much. So if you listen to very bass heavy music, you might wanna swap to your speakers for that.
My head and ears are big. Anything I buy, they are small and tight.
Looking for: bluetooth, less than $100, around the ear.
I purchased Cowin E-7, August EP650. Both tight. Cowin E-7 sounds better but tighter.
Seems like I need bluetooth version of:
I couldn't find anything so far.
Album with more pics.
Desktop is a modified Dell XPS god-knows-what.
These two together make the best gaming headset under $200. Maybe even $300. They are super lightweight, super comfy, and have a very, very good sound. They may not be the best for mobile though, since they are full-size and open-backed.
Philips SHP9500 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW
I own a pair of these and I love them. I think they will meet a lot of your requirements as well. They sound very neutral/balanced with a lot of clarity. I like to listen to a lot of live recordings and vinyl with these, my current favorite being Jimmy Hendrix Live at Berkley. Voices would be very clear using these for transcription purposes. And your music will sound fantastic with a lot of detail.
They are also extremely light weight and very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. They have an expansive and open soundstage and I've heard others say they are great for gaming due to their detailed sound and also their comfort. They're open back which means they aren't super isolating so you wont have a problem hearing LANmates. A lot of people like to attach a V-Moda BoomPro mic. - http://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-BoomPro-Gaming-Headset-Headphone/dp/B00BJ17WKK
But I think the best part is the price. Amazon has them for 80$ right now and I've seen them go for even cheaper on flash sales etc. (I got mine for 70 on a New Egg sale)
Seriously, these cans sound absolutely insane considering the price. The SHP9500 can stand its ground against headphones that cost three times as much are a steal for being under 100$. I hope you give these a look, you wont regret it.
Also the Phillips SPH9500S (even cheaper)
$78 on Amazon US. In the EU, they're either not available or cost €140+, not including shipping (for example). If you ship from the US, the shipping and crucially, the import tax brings the cost to pretty much to what you'd pay in Europe anyway. €125 + a few euros for shipping is actually a good deal from Germany for these.
So I just did a quick Amazon search for Phillips SHP 9500 and they came up as $78. With the attachable mic that is said to be usually bought together with this specific headphone, the price came out to be a little over $100.
Razer headphones on Prime Day were around this price. Now I can't speak about audiophile fidelity, but I think it would just come down to aesthetics without doing audiophile tests. So these aren't necessarily cheaper per se
I actually don’t see the need for surround sound. That’s more of a marketing gimmick really, as the usb 7.1 dongles suck. If you really need surround sound, get Dobly Atmos on your computer.
But I don’t think you really need either. Most games have really good audio, and some games like rainbow six siege literally say don’t use surround sound because it’s broken. You need a headset with good soundstage.
What’s soundstage? Well it’s being not only able to tell the direction of your enemy, but also the distance. That’s why I recommend open back headsets for gaming, though they do leak sound and your mic may pick that sound up. Don’t worry about it though, because what I recommend is omni directional and will basically only pick up your voice.
I recommend the Philips SHP9500/SHP9500s. They are to same thing but the s has a little bit more bass. You also might have trouble getting the 9500 because it is discontinued and not many are left. I recommend these because:
Has a lot of treble which is good for hearing footsteps.
Has a detachable cable Incase the wire breaks and so you can use a mic
It is extremely well priced at 80USD. It’s probably the best for gaming under 150 USD. And most importantly it will definitely fit you.
For mic, I recommend the Vmoda BoomPro. You just unplug the cable from the headphones and replace it with the BoomPro which is just a 3.5 mm cable with a mic attached. This is a super good mic.
I also highly recommend an amp both for gaming and music. The one I recommend has a switch with T D and B. T is treble boost (for gaming), d is flat, meaning it won’t change anything, and B is bass boost. Which you want if you listen to music because the 9500 has little bass.
I recommend the Syba Sonic DAC/AMP. Link at the bottom. This will definitely help sound quality as it bypasses your pc soundcard.
IMPORTANT: DON’T use the included usb cord in it as it will cause a short in your computer. You’ll need a different mini usb cable as the provide a really bad one.
To use the amp: This is a usb amp, so plug the usb into your computer and the mini USB port into the DAC/amp. The will power it so it will drain laptop battery with a laptop. Then all you do is is plug your headphone jack into the big 3.5mm headphone jack. Don’t use the one for a split cable because your headset isn’t a split cable.
That’s it! The total is about 150 bucks and will surpass anything for the price.
Don’t get a gaming headset. They just use cheap divers and RGB and day gaming to trick you, as they are way overpriced.
Z Reviews on YT (total audiophile geek) recommends this as well. I invite you to spend more time researching on his channel and other places to understand the mic and amp better. He has a best gaming gaming headsets video from a year ago. This setup is at the very front and one of the first things he talks about. Also goes very in depth on the whole subject of sound for gaming at the beginning. Here are the links:
Vmoda BoomPro Mic - https://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-BoomPro-Microphone-Gaming-Communication/dp/B00BJ17WKK
Syba Soni DAC/amp - https://www.amazon.com/Syba-Digital-Headphone-Amplifier-Coaxial/dp/B009WN7QT4
Remember you need a different mini usb cable. I’d throw the one it came with away because it’s garbage and possibly a fire hazard.
Please watch Z Reviews Gaming Headphone guise from a year ago. The first 25 minutes are all you really need to hear. They explain audio in-depth and talk about the headphones and this combo. Good luck!
Feel free to reach out to me as I can help with the setup or usage, but r/ZReviews is probably a better option. You’ll get help ASAP from a whole hutch of audiophiles who know their stuff.
Look at the Philips SHP9500. They are open backed (they have a grille instead of hard plastic shell covering the ears). If you keep them at a lower volume, you can hear the world around you just fine. I use them with my wife in the room, and all's well.
You can sometimes get them on sale for $50. Add a mic and you're good to go.
The Koss PortaPro is pretty cheap but I dislike it's design and is this the Pioneer SHP you are talking about? Also the Fidelio X2's aren't available in Canada sadly. So I am leaning towards the Pioneer SHP but I have another question. My friend suggested the Audio Technica ATH-M-40X and I am wondering whether that is good?
My main headphones recently stopped working properly so I'm looking for a replacement. I would use them for gaming with a priority on immersion, and as I already have a modmic I don't need a headset. I do watch a lot of videos and sometimes films, so them being good for that would be nice as well, but it isn't strictly the priority.
Budget - I'd like to spend no more than £100 but if necessary I'm willing to go a little over.
Source - My computer, a DAC/AMP would be nice but that would likely be outside of my budget.
Requirements for Isolation - Only going to be used at home, I can use some other headphones when quietness is needed.
Preferred Type of Headphone - Full-sized
Preferred tonal balance - I think I'd want balanced?
Past headphones - Well my headphones that just broke were the Creative Aurvana Live! and I'm currently using Koss Porta Pros until I get a replacement. I can't really say what I like about them.
Preferred Music - Lately I've been listening to classical, and I would say it's my favourite, but I do also listen to Rock and occasionally Electronic.
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - Can't honestly say I know, I felt like something was lacking with my old headphones but I don't have the technical knowledge to pinpoint it.
Location - UK, mainly use Amazon Prime for purchases but if I can get it somewhere else for cheaper then I will.
Other - So I spent a fair bit of last night researching this and the headphones that got mentioned a lot were the SHP9500, the Audio Technica AD series, HD558/598 and sometimes the DT770/990.
The annoying thing is, while the SHP9500 are fantastic value over in the US, like $50-70, they're equivalent to $155 here, at least on Amazon. Now, I could get the 990 for about the same price (£109 for 9500, £104 for DT990) but I would have to get a DAC/AMP to power them, which would put it way over my budget, and the SHP9500's have a detachable cable, which sounds fantastic right now. However, I don't want to be spending money on headphones that are worse than others I could get for the same price.
I've seen the 559's but I don't know what the difference between those and the 558's is, but if they're the same, then I could get them for £89.99 from Amazon.
I've heard mixed things about the AD series and the cheapest ones are still expensive for my budget at £119, again on Amazon.
Trying to decide between these is honestly difficult considering that most of the reviewers and resources are from the US and so they're basing the "bang-for-your-buck" value on the prices of the items over there, where they're a lot cheaper. I'm not saying I'd only pick from these, just that they're the headphones that are mentioned the most when trying to find good open-back headphones for gaming on a small budget. If any of you guys can suggest headphones that are just as good, if not better, but at a better price for my region then I'd happily consider them. Thanks.
Open Back headphones suggestions:
Sennheiser HD 598 SR
You need me to learn the instrument for you too or is this sufficient enough advice?
Phillips sph9500s https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500S-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW. Most comfortable headphones I have ever worn. You can wear them for a long period of time without sweating or having ear pain. Only down side is it doesn’t have a mic. There are also a lot of reviews about its sound quality for the price. Highly recommended for games like pubg and other fps that requires directional sound locating like footsteps and gun fire in the distance. They usually go on sale for around $50.
Definitely go with BoomPro compatible headphones exclusively, here are the good ones:
$80 Phillips SHP9500 (Legendary at this point. Neutral, budget open backs)
$150 Phillips X2 are insanely cheap right now (Very fun open-back V, bassy, wide, lots of highs)
$155 Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus (closed, wide and sub bass)
$299 T60RP. Just about the highest end headphones that are BoomPro compatible. Can be Argon modded as well for another $100 (adds even more bass, detail, and wider sound stage)
Onboard PC audio is fine, but the $150 Sennheiser GSX 1000 is an end game DAC/MIXAMP/audio controller for gaming headsets and really enhances the experience.
Check out the Philips SHP9500. I use them at work all day with an LG V30, they sound great, very open, and most comfortable headphones I've ever used. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_DmrhDbQESZD0B
Here's a review. https://youtu.be/aipXii-qWiQ
How do those headphones compare to these:
and that mic seems a little expensive. I was thinking about getting this one: https://www.amazon.com/Zalman-Zm-Mic1-Sensitivity-Headphone-Microphone/dp/B00029MTMQ
I would check out /u/zeos guide on their headphones.
Personally I own these because of his recommendation and I love them.
Headphone & Mic,
or just a headset that's very decent.
These aren't the best of the best, but they are good. They both have breathable ear pads so your ears won't get all sweaty.
Check other sites or Amazon's warehouse deals for the best price.
> I really want to get a headset for the Xbox One that supports surround sound.
This is my scolding. Surround sound can only be surround when it is set up to be surround. Multiple speakers one inch away from your ear is not a surround setup and will not create surround, audio-postprocessing softwares does it - by changing the sound patterns from different directions, to simulate it.
Surround headsets seem to go for $160+ on Amazon. With that budget you can get something wayyy better.
Adapter: XBox Stereo Adapter ($25)
Microphone: Antlion Modmic ($50)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00ENMK1DW/ref=s9_simh_hm_awbw_d0_g23_i5?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=mobile-hybrid-4&amp;pf_rd_r=SDMVAV19KSH54C6YPT2A&amp;pf_rd_t=30901&amp;pf_rd_p=d769f389-7f4f-53a7-934d-e346dda6ba41&amp;pf_rd_i=12097479011)) Said to be in the same caliber as Sennheiser HD600 ($400)
Cable connector: 3.5mm Y-Splitter/Headphone-Mic adapter. ($2?)
A total of $175 for a setup that blows. Every. Single. Gaming marketed headset out of the water.
The audio driver is 32.5% larger than those of an Astro A50s. The headphones have zero audio insulation. Isn't that bad? For those sitting next to you perhaps, but it'll allow sound from the speakers to flow freely without creating pressure, making it feel like you're in a big room listening to sounds coming from all places. Surround..? Not really, but a phenomena called soundstage, making it easier to pinpoint where audio is coming from, because it feels like the audio sources are far away, combined with surround-post-processing it's far better than even true 7.1 Surround Headsets.
You cannot go wrong these and this!!!
The HD598's are great if you don't mind spending the extra $20.
The Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones are a great compromise. $75 and almost as good as the Sennheiser's but half the price.
The Sennheiser 518s are only $45 right now. Get some of those and a clip on mic and you are golden.
Philips SHP9500s are also $75 on amazon right now and from what I hear are outstanding for their price point and very comfortable even for people with big heads, which I have. When I get some extra bank I am heavily considering getting a pair and moving on my from Corsair Voids. You will also need a mic to go along with these though.
You can definitely find much better cans for the price. Do you need closed-back headphones? If not, the Phillips SHP9500 would be worth a look. They're only 32 ohms so you wouldn't need to purchase a DAC/Amp to power them.
Also, you should use the Daily Headphone Purchase Advice Thread for these kinds of questions. Follow the template there and someone will help you find something that works for you.
Per la musica classica parlano davvero bene di questa http://www.amazon.it/Philips-SHP9500-00/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1411134493&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=philips+shp9500
stretcha un po' il budget...
Philips SHP9500 seems to be a pretty good high-quality choice for around $80: https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW
https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1511359878&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=shp9500 These? If not, can you please give me a link to them?
I've only heard good things about it for the price.
Edit: Those are open-back. Not good for isolation, but good for soundstage. If you want closed these maybe a better option.
Alternatively, you can go with the [ Philips SHP9500 ] (http://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW) paired with the [ V-MODA boompro] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html/ref=mh_navm_banner_fresh?node=10329849011). This is a very popular pairing with exceptional sound quality and comfort for the pricetag ~ $100.
WARNING! These are open back, meaning people around you can clearly hear your sound. If you play around others that would be bothered by this, it might not be a good choice
In the review/comments section for this model it says "does not work with Xbox".
Do you think they say that because they mean it doesn't work with the xbox stereo headset adapter?
Sorry.. I'm sure it's really basic and easy to understand if I saw it, but I can't understand it from the pic on amazon. It looks like a large headphone jack splitting into 2x 3.5mm plugs. But the Elite controller has only one 3.5mm headset jack.
Edit: My plan is to buy the Phliips SHP9500
Here you https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_85QaAb719JHK0
I give up trying to link through the text. Make sure you get a mic with it though if you're into talking.
No doubt some good advice but imo, the best mic and headphones you can get for $100 are the Philips SHP9500 - https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ with a V-moda mic - https://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-BoomPro-Microphone-Gaming-Communication/dp/B00BJ17WKK/
Since the philips cable is detachable, you just ditch that and plug your v moda mic into it.
You should check out some audiophile websites about the Philips set, probably the best headset in the $100 range. It beats many that are even more than that.
yeah im only talking about the use for csgo.
First you should decide wether you want an open or closed Headphone.
Open means the sides of the Headphones are, well open. They are usually covered by some kind of mesh. This means you will be hearing whats going on around you (people talking etc), but they will also hear whatever sounds are coming from your headphones.
Closed Cans are the opposite, people wont hear your music/csgo sounds, but you wont hear anybody around you either. I would recommend these if you dont have your own room to play csgo in or plan to use them on the go.
Personally I prefer Open Headphones for CSGO since they generally have a bigger Soundstage which helps alot telling for where Footsteps/Shots etc in CS are coming from. So should you have your own quiet room to play in i would highly recommend getting open type Headphones.
Open Headphones i would recommend:
Generally People recommend saving up for the M40X over the M20X
EDIT: i forgot the Q-Pad which is basicly HyperX Cloud but as an Open Back
You could also look into getting a used X1/X2 on Ebay and pairing it up with a boompro or ModMic
Real Headphones > Gaming Headphones
My recommendation Sennheiser HD 598
Best Bang for your buck
The Philips SHP9500 paired with a modmic or zalman clip-on mic is a budget friendly option
SHP9500 from Philips at a decent price on Amazon. Or if you are willing to pay $160USD, get the HD 58X. 9500 is kinda sibilant in treble range but 58X is basically non fatiguing to the ears. Best to demo the 9500 and 58X first if possible.
They're available on Amazon here, They'll be back in stock on August 11th :
Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-Ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_p91rDbNYM31XZ
Cooler Master MH-752 MH752 Gaming Headset with Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound, Plush Earcups, and Omni-Directional Boom Mic https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JH4R6ZT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_pmEtDbKVWFYGM
Highly recommended. Closed back with great audio for footsteps. Detachable mic. Comfortable as hell.
Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-Ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_5mEtDbG5RP38V
Great sound for the price. Open back without mic. Very comfortable as well.
Amazon has them for about $70
Newegg also has them for $70
On occasion, they reach $60.
This sub also has them used for about $40-60 usually.
idk what your price range is but ill name a list of headsets iive know are good.ive tried a couple and i personally own the astro a40 tr https://www.amazon.com/ASTRO-Gaming-A40-TR-PC-Headset/dp/B014LH5LH4/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1468999233&amp;sr=1-2&amp;keywords=astro+a40+tr
Razer man o war te edition Very comfortable and has a good bass response
Logitech g633 amazing sound ive tried these i absoultely loved them but i was able to buy keep these at the time i had them
Hyper x cloud ii/revolvers basically an audiophile headset called takstar something idk remember the numbers with a mic
If you want an audiophile grade open back headphones you can get the phillips shp9500 with a vmoda boom pro(replaces the 3.5mm cable from the phillips with a 3.5mm cable with a mic attached to it that actually works really good ive personally have used the vmoda boom pro, and these also dont have much bass since they are open back but will give you a good soundstage and a more flat overall sound which is great)
Turtle beach elite pro pretty new but looks amazing
Senheisser game one/zero one is a closed back and one is a open dont remember which one is which
Plantronics rig 500/500hd/500e(just little variations in between still the exact same headset one is just stereo,one is surround sound, and one issurround and comes with different sets of earcups closed and open. ive also personally used these they are fantastic but i wouldnt recommend if you have big ears normal to small ears fit inside the cups well)
If anything is out of your price range i can probably recommend some other ones but these are the ones i can think of on the top of my head feel free to ask any questions
I've heard that these are pretty good https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW
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I've heard good things about the HyperX headsets, that's a shame they broke in such a short time. I show you what I use for my headset/headphones, they might not appeal to everyone but I'm very happy I went this route. It will be a bit more expensive than the HyperX headsets.
So for headphones, I got the Philips SHP9500. They're $75 on amazon as I write this, and they're just wonderful headphones. Open back, amazing sound, easily the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn, and a detachable 3.5mm cable which is what makes using these as a headset so appealing
To turn these into a headset, you also gave to get the V-MODA BoomPro Mic, which is another $30. Because of the detachable 3.5mm cable on the headphones, the V-MODA BoomPro just plugs directly into the headset
So again this is more expensive and probably not for everyone, but I will personally never buy another gaming headset ever again after using a pair of these headphones
I have the m40x. Amazing quality headphones.. The only problem I have are the pads, that are really uncomfortable when listening to music for long periods of time. In the process of solving the problem with Brainwavz HM5 Velor pads.
I also heard good things about the SHP9500, but I couldn't buy them in Europe due to high price. They were over 120$. Source: https://www.amazon.de/Philips-SHP9500-00-HiFi-Kopfh%C3%B6rer-neodymium/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1474968468&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=shp9500
Phillips SHP9500's with a V-Moda Boompro Mic. Open backed so you'll be losing a bit of bass and gaining a more open soundstage. Takes a bit of getting used to depending on the person but it's a good entry level option.
if you don't mind spending a bit more, there are these
ive heard good reviews of them
Personally, I'm using the Philips SHP9500 with a V-MODA BoomPro inline mic. Because the boom mic is built into the cable for the headphones, it saves having to run an additional cable for just the microphone itself. Be aware though that the headphones are open back, so they will leak (but also allow in) sound. I don't have the TrackIR Pro Clip, but I do have a bunch of wireless head trackers (UTC Mk. II, TrackHat Cli Plus) that I attach to the headphones using magnets. Velcro works too, but I find that the magnet is smaller and more secure. In particular, I'm using the magnetic clasps from ModMic. Be aware though that at some point ModMic switched from cylindrical magnets to conical ones. I had an old ModMic 4 with the cylindrical magnets, so I flipped one of the magnets around in one of the clasps and attached it to my headphones, and now I can just buy the accessories combo pack for more clasps. This is no longer possible with the conical magnets though, so to get the correct magnet, you'll have to buy a ModMic just to get the magnet out of it.
Not a ton of good choices at that price but here are two to read about that might work for you:
Audio Technica ATH-AD700x
Would this be the ones you are referring to for Phillips?
I’ve looked into the Philips SHP9500 and pairing it with the Vmoda boom mic or the antlion mod mic. Not sure which is better but I’m leaning towards the boom mic because it’s less wire?
I’ve seen the shp9500 on amazon for about $80 bucks and another amazon prime listing for $63 bucks. Kinda confused if there’s a difference
Here are the links
Would you guys suggest pairing these headphones plus the boom mic to the Astro A40 mix amp? I will be using it on the Xbox one mostly
Budget - $100
Source - USB or 3.5mm audio jack
Requirements for Isolation - Enough that outside noises don't interfere with the headphone noises very much. I'm interested in open back but am worried about hearing the TV downstairs or people walking around my house while listening to something. Won't be using them in public
Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized
Preferred tonal balance - Balanced
Past headphones - HyperX Cloud and Corsair Void. The Corsair ones seem quiet and flat at times. HyperX felt a bit bassier which was cool for music but a bit overwhelming for gaming at times. The HyperX headphones also weren't very breathable.
Preferred Music - House/LoFi/Drum n Bass. Mostly anything electronic.
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - Better "soundstage" for games like Rainbow Six Siege where spatializing sounds is crucial. I tried using my Corsair Void's "surround" mode but it just makes everything sound like I'm in an empty garage. More breathability would be nice too.
I already have a separate microphone so that's not needed at all. I was looking at These headphones from the buying guide but wanted a second opinion here. I'm not much of an audiophile, nor is listening to music a major hobby of mine, I'm mostly looking for comfort and practicality in competitive games.
If you're willing to wait just a little you can grab them on a good sale.
They destroy any "gaming" headset. Amazing for gaming and music
Or... you can just get their little brother
If you're interested in a set of open backs, these are highly recommended for this price range. They also go on sale quite often, as low as $50, so you can try to wait for one of those.
Sure! But you'd probably prefer a pair of "open" headphones.
The Philips SHP9500 have been under $40 in the past, and would sound a lot better. Note that they don't block out noise at all, and people in the room would be able to hear what you're playing. If that's a problem then the AT M20x would be a good choice.
My budget is <$100
I'm looking to pull the trigger tonight on some over-ear headphones and I think I've narrowed it down to these:
Audio Technica 500X: https://www.amazon.com/Technica-AUD-ATHAD500X-Audiophile-Headphones/dp/B009S333U4
Philips SHP9500: https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW
Satus Audio CB-1: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BDX1IVW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;smid=A30DTQ2AMNXSE
AKG K240: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001ARCFA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;smid=A1FMHNVWMGI839
Which of these should I go for? Or is there some better option for a comparable price?
Also, does anyone have a headphone stand they recommend?
Asking this for the second time. I do a lot of long session gaming (anywhere from 4-10 hours + breaks), comfort and build quality are top priorities. I don't play games like CSGO that rely on keen positional awareness. I don't listen to much music either. I use an ATR2100 as my own dedicated mic.
Budget ~$100, flexible
Source Onboard sound with my PC and laptop
Requirements for Isolation I always prefer closed headphones. If they're open, I'd like a minimal amount of sound leak. I don't ever blast the volume on my headphones (volume is around 30% when I check through Windows, though that's probably normal?).
Will you be using these Headphones in Public? No
Preferred Type of Headphone Full-sized over ear
Preferred tonal balance Anything that isn't bass heavy.
1st: HyperX Cloud
2nd: NVX XPT100
I want to say that I've been careful with them, but since they've deteriorated so much already, that's obviously not the case.
Preferred Music Nothing in particular honestly, I don't listen to music regularly.
What would you like to improve on from your set-up I need something that lasts much longer than these two headphones have. I absolutely loved them when they were working in top condition. I've tried on my dad's ATH-M40x's, and while they sound nice and feel really sturdy, it's really tight on my head and the pads feel rock hard.
I was recommended the SHP9500, but I'd be more comfortable with different options.
558 are 150. Honestly, I don't know what's the deal with prices, usually here in Latvia I can buy stuff for +- same price as in US, but these headphones are like twice as much, it's insane. Just look at this https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1484850481&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=SHP9500s 9500 for 70$
Except swap the headphones for these: https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP9500-Precision-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B00ENMK1DW/
Detachable cable means the headphones don't die when the most fragile part inevitably does. All the missed wireless stuff still applies however.
Ok I typed the headphones wrong, here
I mean really, "don't exist" what, do you think I was fucking making that up? That I don't have or wear headphones? Christ.
And no, sorry, the gun sounds in WW2 sound much better to me, people just like busting call of duty's balls cause it's a large, popular franchise so its the "cool' thing to do. You're not deep because you like bf over cod.
Its not surprising, a lot of corners were cut in bfv's development and production and it shows, everyone can agree on that. Certainly in the audio department for starters.
I like that you bfv fans are trolling the CODMW subreddit, any mention of slight against that abysmal failure and you people pop up with your little protests.
Modern Warfare is going in more of a bf direction than bf this year, but don't take my word for it, read up. For the beta there's going to be a 32v32 with vehicles, including player driven helicopters and you can try it for yourself.
Bfv failed us this year, I'm a fan of the series, but definitely not bfv, it's the worst bf game made in terms of content and production value.
If you can I would get the SHP9500 & VMODA Boom Mic instead of the Cloud II.
Also I can suggest the SwiftRX as good pad.
Also have you looked at offerings from Viewsonic and BenQ for your monitor?
Get the Philips SHP9500 + V-MODA BoomPro Mic. Best high-quality affordable headset by a longshot and that mic works in any 3.5 mm jack. The 9500 has been compared to $250 open-headphones in terms of quality.
> my issue is how far apart the keys are, total size, keysize and shape, weight, lack of dedicated macro keys
You can find most of these online. On the weight: This is a stretch and would just add to the budget, but there are desk mats for that which you can get pretty cheap. If not: Rubberized feet all the way! Also that sounds like you are abusing your keyboard, maybe you dont want blues but some heavier switches instead? When you buy a new mech, make sure to ask over at /r/mechanicalkeyboards! We love helping.
About macro keys: AutoHotKey! ;) I pretty much abuse Ctrl+F-Keys for that.
>Hadn't heard of the scimitar, but it seems one of the main complaints is that if your thumb is big, it will drag while pressing the buttons, naga has this too, but it seems to be worse on the scimitar, the naga is still returnable, so i might go try the scimitar in store and see if i like it more.
I havent tried it and I'm not even the typical PCMR Corsair fanboy (I'm actually pretty critical on their products), but the Scimitar looks effin' sweet! I wouldn't have thought that it has such problems as it is made to be used by pretty much every person.
>I looked into standalone mics and headsets, but the entry price seems about 195-260 total which is a lot more expensive than the 149 i payed.
I wanna add that Ive now had 3 pairs of headphones in that price range and the SHP9500 stood out BY FAR. They had such a clear sound, it was amazing.