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paradoxeternal
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which headset to pick for gaming and music?

Hi, I'm a newcomer to stereophile and hi-fi audio in general. I've recently bought an ASUS Xonar DX soundcard for my computer and dayton speakers and mini amp. However, I want to do most of my music listening and gaming with a pair of headphones; i currently own Astro A30s but they are uncomfortable and the sound quality, as far as I can tell, could be better.

I was looking for advice on which set of headphones to buy I have three sets listed below. I'm looking for comfort as I will be wearing these normally for 2+ hours for longer gaming sessions; at the same time, I want at least decent quality. Here is what I'm looking at:

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 $135

Audio Technica ATH-AD700 $97

Superlux HD668B $50

The superlux is best for my budget, however i worry about the comfortability as the ear cups are made of vinyl and I tend to sweat a decent amount during the summer. I've heard fantastic things about the ATH-M50 all around, however I'm not sure if stretching my budget that much is worth it. THe ATH-AD700 seems to be a split in opinion from what I see; I hear it doesn't have good bass response.

Basically, in your opinion, is the Superlux going to have at least decent sound for someone who isn't used to hi-fi sound? Or is the ATH-M50 completely worth the extra $85 dollars or so?

Also, do you have any other suggestions in the 50-100 $$ price range?

Thanks for your help.

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I personally prefer the Grado SR80i, however

some people say they get uncomfortable after awhile, which is something I haven't experienced. They are also an open design so external loud noises can be heard and someone sitting next to you can hear your music if it is fairly loud. I find them very comfortable and you can't beat the sound for $100. If you want to save a little, the Grado SR60i is hard to beat at $80, but think the SR80i is worth the extra $20.

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thanks for the suggestion!

Those grado's look good. I have only one question; they are listed as stereo headphones. Does this mean I can't listen to music/games in virtual surround sound like with dolby surround? 

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Virtual surround is virtual because it is being played through

stereo headphones. I believe your soundcard will do Dolby Virtual Headphone 5.1 surround sound which is intended to create a surround sound effect with stereo headphones.

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Phones

Grado SR60i. If they are uncomfortable over time replace the cushions with AKG (yellow) cushions.

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