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These are what i currently use with a DAC plugged into my pc and then i use an EQ software to adjust even more. These aren't studio headphones and our of the box have more focus on low end frequency....but they definitely dont slack on the rest of the mids and highs. Id say the biggest weakness is mids for them but damn the bass makes up for it. The cord going in is just a regular 3.5mm so any cord will work with it. Ive had these for about 3ish years. The only thing i did was buy some fabric ear cups because the pleather original ones started to crack and fall apart. But i really like these for sure.
Apparently these are recommended (sorry for the Canadian Amazon link):
The inline mic would be pretty mediocre though so you'd need to get the Vmoda boompro if it's compatible, or the Modmic 4/5.
here is one option the cups seem to be way above avrage, the Audio-Technica Solid Bass WS1100iS, they should be good, especially if you don't listen to tons of music, being that they are form amazon you an easily return if they don't work
After spending days doing research, I bought ATH WS1100IS as my first real "audiophile" headsets. I'm newbie to this, and I think I did good though (I hope). :)
Your motherboard has a solid audio package, so you can blow your budget on a good set of headphones. For a couple years, I ran quite a few headphones off a Crosshair 6 which has essentially the same audio.
Several of the usual suspects seem to be over-inflated, but the price on the WS1100is seems to be in line.
Oh you're from Canada. Here in the US about a week ago were at that price, look at it now :( Audio-Technica ATH-WS1100iS Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones with In-line Microphone & Control https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018UB3HU0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_6Ye6BbKE6ZCJQ
For the price of the m40x with new pads, 85+30=115.
or these for 104. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audio-Technica-Ath-Ws1100is-Solid-Over-Ear/dp/B018UB3HU0
Probably same sound signature as m40x but with better build, no pad swap needed and easy to drive.
I'd live in a dorm with 2 other people, and I like my volume up. I don't care as much about isolation as sound leakage. I know I can't eliminate it completely, but at least closed cans are the best one can do.
MSR7's are $200... What do you think about these as compared to let's say Beyers or the M40X/M50X: https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-WS1100iS-Over-Ear-Headphones-Microphone/dp/B018UB3HU0
Ever heard the Sennheisers HD 598 CS?
Sorry for the second reply, but do you know anything about the ATH-WS1100? Seems to be a more bass oriented version of the MSR7, but I can't find much about it since it's a Japanese import.
Today, the ATH-WS1100is are priced really low on Amazon.
A couple of good options from Audio-Technica:
Semi-open backed - WS1100is + VModa BoomPro
Closed-back - MSR7 + VModa BoomPro
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Amazon transitioned Australia to its own amazon site, so I can't get the edition s from the US, unless there is an alternative site that ships to Aus.
What do you make of the durability of the edition s headband in light of the consistent reviews complaining about it?
MSR7 If your talking about the MSR7, not the MSR7NC, it usually costs $349, but there is a site based in the city I live in selling it for $249. So the sale price is under $20 cheaper than the s edition.
WS1100is I can get them through Australian amazon for $211.19 + shipping.
I think it's actually just the prime price from Amazon
AT WS1100is + VModa BoomPro is the easy recommendation.
The AKG K553 mk.ii is also an option. But search "akg k553 mk.II" in the amazon search bar. You'll see a combo package with either an included amp, or a condenser mic, for $199-219.
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Can anyone chime in on how these compare to https://www.amazon.ca/Audio-Technica-Ath-Ws1100is-Solid-Over-Ear/dp/B018UB3HU0/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&qid=1599489606&refinements=p_89%3AAudio-Technica&s=electronics&sr=1-6
For gaming and a bit of video/audio editing on the side.
I think these might warrant your opinion
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> directional sound (not sure of the term)
X2HR is outstanding for the vast majority of gaming genres imo. The one exception though is competitive fps. Note that I said competitive fps; this does not necessarily include every other type of shooter or combat game out there.
If footsteps and shot location are the focus, the advantage goes to something with good imaging, but also some energetic sharpness and a tone that's tilted more toward mids and lower highs where those ticky-ticky pew pew sounds dwell.
The X2HR can be emphasized well in that region with a tailored equalizer curve, but most people don't seem to want to be bothered to do that so instead opt for a headphone that has more in that region natively - something like a WS1100is or MSR7 (the price on those is not typically that high) or K712.
I think the Audio Technica Ws100is look FRESH my dude. They come with an inline mic but the V-moda boompro works very well with these. They arent bluetooth but are very good for gaming and without murder death bass.
For bass, these are far better than the m50s (and cheaper!): https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-WS1100iS-Over-Ear-Headphones-Microphone/dp/B018UB3HU0
The stereo imaging is fairly tight, but with good separation and detail. The bass is articulate and punches beautifully.
They are also vastly more comfortable and have a much better aesthetic imo.
> that has really good directional audio
Is it safe to assume your intended use is competitive fps? If so, the WS1100is + VModa BoomPro is going to be one of your better affordable options.
I already have an Usb Blue Yeti so the mic will not be a problem, https://www.amazon.it/Technica-ATH-WS1100IS-Over-Ear-Headphones-Microphone/dp/B018UB3HU0 sadly these are actually unavailable on Amazon Italy so the only thing that come out from the list are the triple driver. I'll think about buying these https://www.amazon.it/more-Triple-over-ear-Titanium-H1707/dp/B0798TVDVJ/ref=sr_1_2?__mk_it_IT=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&keywords=triple+driver+over+ear&qid=1553934317&s=electronics&sr=1-2 and upgrading to an amp later. Thank you
AT WS1100is + VModa BoomPro would be an excellent option.
WS1100is are an ideal candidate for what you're looking for.
Works with the VModa BoomPro
> Do open cans sound like speakers turned down low?
In some sense, that's an analogy that can be made. It's definitely true in respect to leaving yourself more open to the ambient sounds in your surrounding environment; ie. you get minimal or little passive isolation. Also, generally speaking, open backs can offer that wider stereo separation left and right versus a closed back - this is not an all-encompassing statement though because there are plenty of exceptions to the rule on both sides.
Open, you'll hear several feet away, but it's unlikely someone would hear them across the entire house unless you have a very small house with hard surfaces and the volume cranked.
> Would loud-ish case fans/radiator fans be too loud to clearly decipher footsteps?
If your case sits on the desk right next to you and your fans are genuinely loud or you have a blower style graphics card, I suppose it's possible that the distraction or actual noise level could be enough to distract you from some of that micro-detail. But if it's just the usual background fan drone I wouldn't worry about it too much.
For what you're looking for, the - ATH-WS1100iS + Vmoda BoomPro is the easy recommendation.
So does amazon.co.uk not ship to you're country?
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audio-Technica-Ath-Ws1100is-Solid-Over-Ear/dp/B018UB3HU0 found these 163£
Fan of audio Technica sound signature. This for 129 might be a good choice considering it is similar to MSR7 but little more quality build over MSR7.
My headphone suggestion, Audio-Technica
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What country are you from? On amazon, they're 117$.