So, I’m looking to potentially upgrade my headphones… but am on the fence of if it is worth upgrading at this point.
Right now I’ve got a pair of HD558’s that I’ve been using for a long time gaming and some music… it’s been working well. Now that I have a little more disposable income and have upgraded my PC/monitor… I’m looking into potentially upgrading headphones too.
Problem is… my research seems to suggest the HD 558’s are actually quite good for my purposes and won’t benefit much from a DAC or AMP. I mostly play games, a lot of competitive ones. Mild music use, normally background for working. Electronic (trance, D&B, house… etc), some jazz, some rock/metal… etc. I appreciate sound quality, but am no audiophile (yet). For games, I’ve been into Valorant (same idea as Counterstrike). I feel like sometimes it’s hard to tell where the enemies are… and I wonder if it’s got to do with my headset. (imaging/clarity?)
When I upgrade, I want to really notice the difference. From what I’ve researched, it will take a good bit of money to get that step up for my uses. I’ve seen the AKG 7XX/712 Pro recommended as good headphones for gaming, but are they really a big enough step to make it worth it? I’ve heard the ATH-700x are good, but close to my current headset… and that the HD 6XX/660s aren’t great for gaming due to sound stage issues.
I’ve seen the beyerdynamics 990 600 OHms recommended a lot here but don’t know how it stacks up to the rest.
As for budget… I’m fairly flexible but would like to stay somewhere between 500-1000. That said, I’m still on the fence if upgrading at all is worth it.