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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.
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
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.
Budget - $100 range, flexible
Source - PC/3.5mm headphone in
Requirements for isolation - I'd like a bit, I hate hearing my headphones in recordings.
Will you be using these headphones in public? - No
Preferred type of headphone - Full Sized Ear Cups - ear encapsulated
Preferred tonal balance - No preference. I don't know anything about headphones tbh. I use it to listen
Past Headphones - Old skull candy headsets, Turtle beaches, currently my favorite pair is (Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black) - [link] ) Had these for 3 years and they still work just fine, but the lack of easy cup replacement has annoyed me for a long time.
Preferred Music - I love it all, but most of the time I bands from MCR / Greenday to Mumford and Sons / Imagine Dragons. I love most genres besides Heavy metal and some of the more obscure ones. Folk, rock, house and electric swing are some of my favorite genres though.
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - I want durable headphones that will last me a long time. Something that can accidently be dropped once in awhile. I want to be able to replace the 3.5mm Double male cable, the ear cups, and maybe even the headband. I want to buy something tough and worth money, something I won't replace every few years. Thanks in advance!
Requirements for isolation - None, wouldn't mind a little, but it's by no means a requirement especially if it means i'd be missing out on something better.
Preferred tonal balance - No preference.
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - I want something durable, I'd love to be able to easily switch out the cable and ear cups. If it's above 100$ It'd have to be really tough and hard to break. I wear my headset all the time, I want it to be comfortable or at least made comfortable by replacing the cups or something simple like that. that's it, thanks in advance!
This is a solid option. I used these with a vmoda boompro mic for awhile before i got M100s
Phillips SHP9500s are better than M50xs, and are also half the price. As long as portability and sound isolation aren't priorities, these are probably your best option.
Have glasses and a big head 7 3/4 baseball hats. I have the Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black) [link] . You can typically find them on sale for around $50 and then you can get an inline V-moda mic like myself or a boom microphone. They have a good sound stage since it’s open back.
There's a sub specifically for this. Maybe /r/gaming_headsets. I know this question gets asked here a lot.
I think the basic recommendation is this with a mic
These are probably as good as it gets, or you can pay 90 dollars for my HD518s lol [link]
If you want good sound for music, movies and gaming then what you really want are standalone headphones and mic (separate) and not a 'gaming' headset. I'm not sure what your budget is, so I can't really recommend any good headphones. In general, I think the Philips SHP9500 is a well-rounded pair of headphones. You could also check out /r/headphones.
The Philips SHP9500 are a steal, they're worth at least double the price. I've heard really good things about them. Here is the link to them on amazon, there's more reviews over there.
> no ragrets
Not sure if reference or typo :)
I recently bough a pair of Philips SHP9500 for $60 and they are pretty amazing. The sound quality and range of open headphones is great and they give me cleaner sound than a $150 Turtle Beach which I thought were a good improvement over my $10 earbuds (I bought them because they were wireless and had an optical receiver, so I could easily switch between PS3/4 and my PC ... they kill my head though ... anybody wants them I can knock off $50).
I know you had other suggestions, but I would recommend these:
I recently replaced my astro A30's with these and the comfort and sound quality blew me away. I was ready to spend about $200 on good gaming headphones when I read many people suggested to buy these and a mic cable instead. Also 50mm drivers get damn loud.
120€ is a horrible budget for a combination of good peripherals.
Since good headphones make the biggest difference Id recommend buying good headphones and cheap mouse+keyboard, you could still upgrade later.
I dont have enough experience to tell you what headphones are good(only have had two high quality pairs so far), but I use these and they are much better than the Technics RP-1200 I used before. You might wanna ask /r/headphones for advice (they recommended these, too :) )
They're $89 shipped on amazon right now. If you have prime of course. If you can scrape the extra cash.
HyperX Cloud have good sound for the money, but note that they are closed, so they are harder to wear than open ones.
I generally recommend getting a pair of open headphones like those (amazeballs value for the price) and a separate mic like modmic or v-moda boompro.
And purely for CS:GO you don't need an expensive pair.
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.
Yep X2s are amazing. Their little brother the SHP9500 is $65 and nearly as good. Definitely the best value in headphones today.
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.
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
Sennheiser have good options, though you shouldn't restrict yourself to a particular brand. Get what is best in your price range.
I use those [link], they have amazing sound for their price, and you can get a boompro mic with them to turn them into a headset with no additional wires.
I strongly disagree. M50s are one end of the spectrum, and they're very polarizing. They don't sound bad, but they're certainly not what I'd consider fun headphones. They put sound inside you.
Philips SHP9500s, on the other hand, are cheap, and very reminiscent of HD600s, which is pretty universally considered to be a very good thing. They sound great, they're supremely comfortable, they have a standard 3.5mm detachable cable, and they're very affordable.
The point is, if you need headphones under $200, the SHP9500 is the way to go.
You gotta decide whether you want openback or closed. m50x are closed and the hd598's are open. They sound a bit different from each other and also the opens will leak noise around you, so if you can't have extra sound blaring like mini speakers around you, it's something to consider. They are both great, read the reviews on both to figure out which is best for you.
These are also a pretty good pair of cans if you want to spend a little less, again these have a different sound then the others listed, take a look at the reviews.
I usually recommend
www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW + www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJ17WKK
Those headphones sound way better than their price tag, and the microphone attaches to them instead of their default cable. They are comfortable and durable (I dropped them plenty of times).
When it comes to microphone, there are reviews of that microphone you can find on youtube that include recordings of sound from it.
Just spend about $65 bucks on a pair of these, just to get a taste of how much difference there is. Be warned these are open back so there is no sound isolation. Obviously you don't need to spend $55,000, but you'll see a difference between $5 and $65, I have no doubt in my mind.
Pretty much any open back headphones will be heard from people within 10m of you in a quiet environment. That being said, the SHP9500 can't be beat for the price unless you're just looking for a status symbol. Way more comfortable than the X2s or 598s and have endgame sound for the under $900 price point.
here you go Seem to be a bit reduced in price too, you really cant go wrong and not heard about any complaints for comfort.
Yeah they are a bit out of my league (cheaper than I thought they were though). I found these Philips SHP9500 that seem pretty decent, and are about half the price of the game ones.
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.
Will you be in a quiet of loud environment? These are closed back and would be good in a loud environment but if you are in a quiet room these will be better. Neither pair requires any sort of "special amp", you could run them off most phones let alone a desktop/laptop sound card.
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.
>The Voids are actually pretty nice
For the price, they really aren't any better than any generic 'gaming' headset that isn't the shittiest of the shit.
For instance, SHP9500's curbstomp them in terms of sound quality for a lower price.
Generally from what I've seen, they sound great and well, they're pretty damn cheap.
If you can squeeze ~$140 you could get a pair of DT770s/HD598s which realistically should sound better and be more comfortable, but the choice is yours.
I personally went for 598s and they're essentially perfect, incredibly comfortable, great sounding and all of the features I wanted.
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
If you want to go 'fancy', you don't buy headsets, you buy a pair of quality headphones and a separate mic, either a desktop one or one that attaches to headphones if you want that. This always gets you better sound on both audio and mic, and more reliable construction in general.
Here's an example of a good pair of headphones for use at home, for gaming, as well as all other things: [link]
A mic can easily be added to it later if necessary.
Not many headphones are removable cables at your price point. These are the only ones that'd work I think
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.
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-[link] Are they ok?
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.
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 $50, so you can try to wait for one of those.
558 are 150. Honestly, I don't know what's the deal with prices, usually here in Latvia I can buy stuff for +- same price as in US, but these headphones are like twice as much, it's insane. Just look at this [link] 9500 for 70$
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.
So, um. I was looking at the Philips SHP9500S on Newegg and SHP9500S on Amazon, and when I refreshed the page on Amazon, the price dropped to $30 with free shipping. So, yeah. I'm getting those. It said only 15 are left. I guess they're clearing out the last of their stock.
I got lasik mwahaha!
Try the SHP9500. Very inexpensive and, though not the best build quality (since it's so cheap), It's one of the best money to sound quality ratio and, because it's so light and open, I doubt they will give you trouble with heat or discomfort with your glasses.
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.
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: [link]
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!
Your $80 request for a neutral closed back is the problem, double that budget and you have actual options.
You should look at open back options at that price point.
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.
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.
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) [link] 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.