I’ve been looking for new headphone for a while now, currently I have a Logitech G Pro X headset. I don’t mind it because it’s the best sounding, most comfortable, and most durable headset I’ve ever owned (I’ve only ever owned gaming headsets). I have used much better headphones, my father is a drummer and I’ve listened to his headphones before and they’re leagues above mine in sound quality.
I play games very casually, I play a lot of War Thunder, co-op shooters, MOBAs, and rpgs. I don’t need to hear footsteps for any games I play so I’m much more interested in good sound as I’ve never actually owned a good headset. Comfort is very important as I spend at least 10 hours on the computer 3 days a week. I find pleather earpads to be extremely uncomfortable as I sweat a lot while wearing them and they become sticky and sometimes even itchy.
I listen mostly to Rock music, specifically classic rock, psychedelic rock, and folk rock, though I could name at least one band I enjoy from many different genres of music. My current headphones are pretty bass heavy - they’re gaming headphones after all. I don’t really know what sound signature I will most enjoy because I’ve only ever had similarly bassy headphones. I listen to music when I play most video games that aren’t single player rpgs that I want to be fully immersed in (currently Cyberpunk is the standout for this). Even when I play csgo and apex I’m listening to music and talking to friends most of the time.
I’m looking for open back headphones that will be immersive for many hours of casual gaming and music listening without becoming uncomfortable. I’m hoping to stay below $450 for the headphones, a dac, and an amp. I’m looking to get Neomi BS5’s when they come back into stock as well, I have money set aside already so that won’t come out of the rest of the budget. I’d like to have a dac + amp that I can hold onto for a long time that can run more powerful headphones like HD600 or even more power hungry if at all possible.
I like the Idea of M560’s if they show up in stock ever, X2HR’s the HE4xx’sh, the HD58x’s, and the 99 noirs (even though they’re closed back they still seem to fit the sort of thing I’m looking for) but I’m not sure which would actually be best for what I’m wanting.
I also have been having trouble with navigating amps and dacs, I was originally going to go for the mx3 combo but I’m not sure if that’s still a good option. I don’t need a headset mic, I have a desk mic set up already. In terms of a dac and amp I currently only have a usb dac, I would like something that could drive the BS5’s and whatever headphones I end up going for. I like the upgradability of separate dacs and amps though I would consider a combo. I need to be able to toggle between speakers, headphones, and both hopefully without needing to unplug anything.
I’ve been trying to research for the last month or so and I’ve become extremely overwhelmed with the possibilities. I’m trying to stay below $500 for the whole setup not including the BS5’s. I would greatly appreciate the help.