I am currently in the market for a headphone for 100% competitive FPS gaming. I am currently playing a lot of Call of Duty 4 and I would like a headphone that gives the best advantage at picking up sound cues such as footsteps. I already have a headphone for entertainment, so I am primarily only looking for competitive advantage with these new cans,
From my research it appears that I am after a headphone with:
Narrow/medium soundstage (certainly not HUGE)
Excellent imaging/separation (to precisely figure out direction of vital sound cues)
Not bass heavy (Things like explosions are not important and can perhaps distract away from footsteps)
Great mid performance and lower treble performance (I believe these are good for footsteps and to a lesser extent enemy reloading sounds, etc)
I have narrowed down my options to sennheiser hd58x jubilee beyerdynamic dt990 pro sennheiser hd660s beyerdynamic dt1990 pro
It would be great if someone could help me pick between these? Or perhaps suggest some better suited one for my needs. My budget is anywhere up to $500
I am aware that the first two are much cheaper than the last two, and would be happy to go for either of them over the last two if the difference is very minimal.
I apologise if I have posted any inaccuracies here, up until a week ago I didnt know the first thing about audiophile headphones.
So, will you be willing to also get an amp? Because if so, then I think you would really enjoy the dt990 600 ohm, really checks your boxes imo. Treble oriented and emphasis, great at resolving smaller details, bass light, excellent imaging and staging for the price point, and also very comfy overall. They can get fatiguing for some though because of the treble. I think if you paired that with a schiit magni heresy and a topping d10 you would be pretty set overall. If you are slightly worried about the treble, I think going with the dt880 600 ohm would yield a similar experience with less treble emphasis and a more neutral signature
I do think the 1990 would be a step up for sure, but I don’t know if that makes sense value wise, and would suggest you to start with the 990 600 ohm
You should be fine with that, but in the future I might recommend an upgrade to enhance the experience overall if you wanted more
Hmm, could you get a 600 ohm dt880? 250 ohm is more than fine, but getting a 600 ohm 990 or 880 would be preferred imo
For music I might agree, but I think the beyers def outperform the sennheisers for pure competitive gaming. The beyers have a brighter more clear signature with higher preforming imaging and staging, the sennheisers can get a bit muddled in comparison imo
I think you wouldn’t have any problem with the setup M0N suggested.
Also, if you want an all in one, the Fiio K5 Pro would have no problem pushing the 600 ohm.
I think with either of these setups, the 600 ohm would be totally fine.
Another thing worth adding here, and one of the main reasons I was moving away from the DT990 and more towards the HD58x is the soundstage.
I do believe a narrow soundstage is what I am after, so despite the fact that the DT990 have superior imaging , i have read that they also have a bigger soundstage, and for more close quarter games like call of duty, a narrow soundstage helps a lot.
I was testing an ad700x recently, and despite it being highly recommended nearly everywhere for compettive gaming, the soundstage felt so huge that i found it difficult to pinpoint enemy footsteps with clear accuracy. I got the impression the ad700x were more suited to more open world FPS. but again i could be wrong here!
Interesting lol, I would say those are fairly intimate soundstage wise, not super wide
I think it depends, I think that the 990 has the better imaging, but also can recreate a space better to where I think the soundstage would be beneficial to more easily place sound. I think the added separation, treble extension and detail, and of course better imaging would end up outweighing the more intimate soundstage of the 58x