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I’ve been looking at these for a while now. How do the OP match up with them. Sorry if this is a stupid question I’m just getting into audio equipment.
I own the 598SE and the Q701 which is $10 more on Amazon right now and I think the Q701 are superior where sound quality is concerned. They do sound dull without proper amplification though, and the headband is painful if you don’t do something about it (I cut the bumps off). The build quality is also pretty bad although I got the Chinese model and not the Austrian. The 598SE is also more forgiving of bad recordings, but I’d still choose the Q701 if I was given the choice.
Edit: The 598s are still good though, and better on all fronts other than sound quality i.e comfort build quality arguably looks etc.
Too good a deal even for puns.
I just realized, your link has a referral code embedded in it. Can you repost the deal again, just take everything out after “B004444O3W”
So the link would be http://www.amazon.com/AKG-Signature-Reference-Class-Premium-Headphones/dp/B004444O3W
Typically gaming headphones, you want something that sounds at least good, but focuses more on having a wide and accurate soundstage.
The K701/Q701/K702/K7xx/K712 family of headphones have that. You can often find K701, Q701, or K702 at around $200, such as: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004444O3W/
They have FANTASTIC sound stage and imaging, just ask /r/headphones. Do not get a headset.
Unless you want two monitors, you might as well bump up to a 1440p display. I have the VG248QE and love it btw, but the 1080 is just completely overkill for it.
You might also want to look at Windows 10 instead of 8. Preference aside, it supports DX12 and is generally more compatible with most programs you’ll be running.
Audio wise, if you don’t mind spending some extra cash, I’d recommend going for a “true” solution instead of a gaming headset. I used to use a Logitech G930 and I really liked it, but it ended up being completely nothing compared to a proper audio solution. My suggestion: AKG Q701 with a sound card: either an ASUS Xonar DG or a Xonar DGX. They’re practically the same, they just use a different PCI slot.
The difference it makes: the gaming headset you chose has surround sound virtualization built in to the Logitech software, using Dolby surround. In reality, the “7.1 surround” headset you’ve chosen is just stereo with virtualization. The sound cards I’ve linked use the same Dolby surround software (under the title of “Dolby Headphone”), except it’s done on the card instead of the program. The key difference is that you can plug in any stereo headset (from the cheapest shit to the best) to the sound card and it’ll give you 10x better surround sound accuracy than any “gaming” headset will give you on its own. Audio is one of the most overlooked aspects when building a gaming rig and I implore you to consider spending the extra cash. It really makes a world of difference. Here’s a recommendation guide by an audiophile for the best headsets for your money, if you don’t want to spend too much on audio.
Thanks for listening.
I swear by my AKG Q701’s, a little more than $150, but I’d say worth it.
However if you don’t have a decent headphone amp to drive them with you might be better off getting something cheaper and spending the extra money on a headphone amp, in which case the AKG K240 MkII is a good choice.
and instead of giving any reason why mixing on headphones is bad (I really don’t think it is, and have never head anything of the sort) I will give you a FAR more useful piece of advice. Test your mix on as many sets of speakers and headphones as you can, once you think you have a good mix listen to it everywhere you can, in the car, on your TV, not just on good speakers, but normal everyday ones too (and headphones), it has to sound good there too because that’s where dos people are likely to listen to it.
in addition, learn your headphones, listen to something you now really well, that you’ve already listened to a billion times on countless sound systems/ speakers, and listen to it countless times on the headphones, and use the headphones foe all sorts of other music too. Learn the sound signature of your headphones, that way when you mix on them, you will know that even though the Bass may be a little lacking on your nice reference headphones, it will be punchy on a more normal system even before you’ve tested your mix in various places.
Ok. The one above comes with Windows but on /r/microsoftsoftwareswap has windows for 30 dollars. I’d get that there and save lots of money for new audio such as Takstar Hi 5050’s and a modmic 4.0. Great headphone and mic for very good audio quality but for 100 dollars.
Here they are: http://www.modmic.com/collections/modmic/products/modmic-4-0-omni-directional Modmic just is on an adhesiveness strip that attaches to the headphones and the mic is magnetic so you can adjust it and it comes with an inline mute button.
Headphones that I’d get for cheap budget but perform better then any gaming headset.: These are expensive, open back so people will hear what you are listening to http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004444O3W/ref=s9_simh_gw_g23_i7_r?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-2&pf_rd_r=01ZA07T75X849VHT8FBW&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2091268722&pf_rd_i=desktop
I’d always get open backs if live alone, they are so great. Here is a semi open http://www.amazon.com/Superlux-HD668B-Dynamic-Semi-Open-Headphones/dp/B003JOETX8/ref=sr_1_cc_3?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1455483772&sr=1-3-catcorr&keywords=takstar+hi+2050 the ear pads are stiff, hard plastic and a little small but these will fix the comfort level but still shallow and small. http://www.amazon.com/Cosmos-Velvet-Replacement-Cushion-Headphones/dp/B00KLPRQMO/ref=pd_bxgy_23_img_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0M9ADB4CWADMXYZSXAWZ they are a bit treble heavy with a tight bass, I’d watch Tek Syndicate’s video on them.
Here is the Takstar HI 2050 fully open http://www.amazon.com/Takstar-Monitor-Headphone-Gaming-Computer/dp/B009PIQUB6/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1455483772&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=takstar+hi+2050
and the closed back version http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FXSVSDW/ref=s9_simh_gw_g267_i6_r?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=05P9JBMF55EC32FP84MD&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2079475242&pf_rd_i=desktop and you need hear cups, these are again, shallow and hard plastic http://www.amazon.com/Brainwavz-Replacement-Memory-Foam-Earpads/dp/B00MFDT894/ref=pd_sim_23_7?ie=UTF8&dpID=41vuwIZESZL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=09B713WS8BED7EZ7PY02
If you want a really nice setup get these with an AMP and DAC which are a lot better audio quality http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00193FT26/ref=s9_simh_gw_g23_i7_r?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=05P9JBMF55EC32FP84MD&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2079475242&pf_rd_i=desktop they are great and low price here is the AMP/DAC http://www.amazon.com/Audioengine-D1-24-bit-Digital-to-Analog-Converter/dp/B006IPH5H2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1455484124&sr=8-3&keywords=shiit+magni%2Fmodi
For more headphones visit /r/headphones there.
My source is my Motherboard Z87-G43. Will I need a sound card for these headphones or do I just need the Amp I’ve chosen?
Are these three items a good buy, I’ll mainly be using them for gaming. If you could recommend a better set up for around the same price that’d be awesome.
Headphones: AKG Q 701 Quincy Jones Signature Reference-Class Premium Headphones – Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004444O3W/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_GRGpwb60YBAWR
AMP: FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LP3AMC2/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_HTGpwbYZJG1XK
Cable: 2.5m New Replacement Audio upgrade Cable For AKG Q701 K702 K271s 240s Headphones Headset https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KALWHSM/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_cUGpwb9ZJD6GY
i got some AKG quincys and a E7 DAC and i wouldn’t worry about getting an amp tbh. i only really use it when i’m listening on my piddly ipod or something bc it can barely power them even at full. there’s really not that big a difference especially if you’re only listening for fun.
some audiophiles can get pretty crazy with this stuff like saying you need to break your headphones in by playing pink noise through them for like 24 hours when you first get them.
Get yourself one of these and a standalone mic. Stop buying headsets.
Honestly, for metal a V-shaped sound signature would probably work better, but I’ll give you some options for both. The AKG Q701s: http://www.amazon.co.uk/AKG-Signature-Reference-Class-Premium-Headphones/dp/B004444O3W/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1432941252&sr=1-1&keywords=akg+q701 are quite balanced
As for the V shaped the Beyerdynamic DT770 PROs: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beyerdynamic-DT770-PRO-Headset-OHM/dp/B0016MNAAI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1432941586&sr=8-4&keywords=Beyerdynamic+Dt990
AKG Q-701 and modmic or vmoda boommic are the best. http://www.amazon.com/AKG-Signature-Reference-Class-Premium-Headphones/dp/B004444O3W
He uses AKG Q701’s