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  1. #1
    Jan 2013

    Question Looking for Gaming Headphones ~$50 USD, Paired with ModMic

    Budget - around $50 USD
    Source - PC, attached to motherboard; "Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio" "built-in amplifier which is able to drive 600Ω loads"
    Requirements for Isolation - Preferably open; closed if absolutely necessary.
    Preferred type - Over the ear; on the ear if absolutely necessary, not willing to use much of anything else. They must be comfortable as I will be wearing them for many hours at a time.
    Preferred tonal balance - Decently balanced; Main usage will be for gaming.
    Past Headphones - Sennheiser HD 150s or 151s; they were overall decent, but the cord broke over time.
    Preferred Music - Don't really listen to any, besides gaming music
    Location - US

    I'm looking for some gaming headphones; around $50 USD is my budget. I'm thinking I would prefer open. I plan on getting a ModMic. I think I would also prefer over the ear headphones if possible. A detachable cord would be greatly appreciated.

    So far I've looked at these:
    Superlux HD 668B (can't keep them in stock or at a decent price)
    Sennheiser HD 439 (Really concerned about build quality)
    Status HD One (On the ear, instead of over the ear)
    Last edited by septima; 02-25-2015 at 07:13 PM.

  2. #2

    Re: Looking for Gaming Headphones ~$50 USD, Paired with ModMic

    Spend $25 more and get these:

    Sennheiser Black HD 280 PRO

    Excellent headphones at an excellent price.
    I have been using Sennheiser phones for a lot of years. I don't even remember how long I have had my Senn's and both pairs are still going strong.
    (Sennheiser HD 580 Precision ~ Sennheiser PC165 (Mic/Headset)
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  3. #3
    Jan 2013

    Re: Looking for Gaming Headphones ~$50 USD, Paired with ModMic

    Those look good, but they're closed. I've been hearing from a lot of people that open is much better for gaming.

  4. #4
    Aug 2014
    Bel Air, MD

    Re: Looking for Gaming Headphones ~$50 USD, Paired with ModMic

    I've tried a number of headphones in the past and I have found open backs are excellent for FPS gaming. I pick up on so many directional audio cues because open back headphones have a greater sound stage.

    Also, I'm currently using the Sennheiser 598 with the ModMic. In terms of build quality Sennheiser is an excellent choice.

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