Hi, long time lurker, first time help seeker here.
I’m looking for a headphone or possibly even iem for strictly competitive gaming, specifically, COD:Advanced Warfare (2014) on Xbox Series S/X. It, like many other COD games, has a poorly optimized sound engine, as I’ve analyzed the graphs in audacity I’ve come to the conclusion that I’d need good subbass for the most crucial sounds. The most important thing about the HP/IEM I’m looking for is that I want to drive it without a dac or amp so straight out of the controller; I know it’s heresy, but I insist on it for the sake of minimalist simplicity and power saving. My budget is up to 2000 (USD/EUR).
So the HP/IEM I’m asking you to recommend most importantly should be the best money can buy up to 2K that can be driven from a potato and it has to have immaculate 360 degree circular imaging; I’m willing to take that sacrifice if the distance/verticality aspect of the soundstage is inconsistent, and it has to have excellent subbass, so possibly a planar, but at very least a kind of even bass that is on par with a well driven HD800S. Only a HD800S driven by a Questyle CMA400i and an A90 ever made me feel like I can hear everything perfectly from the right direction, though I’ve failed to recreate that when I tried another HD800S the 2nd time I’ve bought it, and I suspect I need a tad better bass, long reaching, even, detailed.
The ones I think could be good candidates:
-Raptgo Hook X iem suggested on Reddit by Pokrog, a guy with much experience. It costs 250, please tell me if up to 1000 or 2000 there are better alternatives as it’s a pain to order it where I am.
-Ultrasone Edition 11: I highly recommend you guys check this one out, it’s a handmade German oakwood phone with an angled driver and sensitive biomembrane that’s super easy on the ears, has large stage, rumbling bass that’s up to planar standards not seen on dynamics, and is easy to drive. Reviews an be found on headfi. I’ve seen Germans calling it a mini T1.2, the one Falenkor seems to endorse. (T1.2 is the one I’ve neglected to try, but now it’s not sold new, and it’s hard to drive).
-LCD GX: I’m a little worried about how bad it would be when driven from the controller, otherwise seems to fit the bill
-The new audeze Maxwell: Probably similar to Penrose X, probably not the best alternative here, but the wireless nature is compelling, at least I know I don’t suffer from driving it badly, since the makers intended for it to be used with it’s built in dac/amp. Does penrose have outstanding 360 imaging and subbass compared to the above when driven from a potato (controller)?
I highly appreciate any experienced users input. I’ve tried many dynamics like DT1990, DT880, DT 770, TYGR, AADX5000, AD700, ADg1x, AD1000x, Ad2000x, AKG K612, K701, K702, HD660, Stax l700 and 009, KOSS 95x WITH GOOD AMPS (a90, Questyle cma400i and twelve, 353x) and also hifiman Ananda without an amp and they were all… useless, I’m sorry! Only had good experience with HD800S ONCE (had it for 2 weeks), useless on 2nd try with a different model. 2nd best was Ultrasone 11 when auditioned. 3rd is a 50 dollar logitech g335 I’m now using, it slightly seems to emphasize the subbass I need, probably due to closed back nature.