So. I’m about to dive head first into non-gaming-headset teritory and I’ve read a lot of threads. Already before I started doing that, I was considering the Tygr’s and they still seem like a solid contender. I’m also looking into dac/amps (preferably separate) and, as a person, would like to future-proof a bit, since I have a “bad feeling” that I will at least tumble part-way down the rabbithole and get more, high-impedance headphones down the line.
I currently own a dated version of the Astro A40’s, which have served me well in the last 8 or so years.
Since I’m from Europe a lot of the typical recommends on dac/amps (schiit, jds, etc) are not easily available. I have however come across a (great) bargain for a Beyerdynamic A2, which to my google-fu seems to be a very tranpsarent amp, although not a lot is written about it. My only concern is how much of an overkill - or even possibly bad buy - would this be for my situation. I’m not necessarily dead set on the Tygr’s, but they would be a decent starting point for me.
Other than the Tygr’s I’ve mostly looked at other Beyers (990 or 1990). I’ve never owned a pair however, and my knowledge of my prefered sound profile in regards to brands, is slim to none. I expect the 990 to be to bright for me, but this is purely a guess on my part. I’m not much for the QA issues of something like the Sundaras, so even though all headphones can have issues, I prefer buying something with a better repuration for quality (feel free to prove me wrong, however).
The only thing I am sure about, however, that I want an open headphone and I’m most likely going to pair that with an external mic on a boom arm (unless a mod-mic is easily installed, which is not the case on most Beyers)
The smartest option would probably be to just start with the Tygr’s and take it from there. The A2 would probably be off the table by then though, so if that’s something worth owning, I might just bite the bigger bullet now.
Games: I mainly need the headphones to be geared towards Escape from Tarkov, PUBG (and probably the upcoming Battlefield 2042) and other than that I play Rocket League and Sea of Thieves, but the latter two are not nearly as sound-intensive as the other two.
Music: So other than wanting a good headphone setup for my gaming I, like most others, also watch both movies and listen to music on my PC. Music-wise it’s pretty broad from indie, rock and metal, so it’s easier listing some of the genres I don’t listen much to (jazz, opera, country…)
Speakers: I also have a set of powered/active speakers (Audioenginge a5’s - the non-plus ones) which I would like to include in my future setup, so I can easily switch to speakers when desired. As far as I can read that means having either a pre-amp or line-out on the amp.
My motherboard is the “ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING” which seems to have at least a little bit of focus on the audio. They’re advertising up to 600Ω headphones although that sounds like a bit of a stretch (but what do I know): ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING | ROG Strix | Gaming Motherboards｜ROG - Republic of Gamers｜ROG Global
Please let me know if I left out something - and thanks in advance for any possible input in this thread and all the great advice in all the other posts on here