The gaming peripheral recommendations thread May 1, 2019 6:59:17 GMT via mobile
Post by dagless on May 1, 2019 6:59:17 GMT
Wow, you have a STAX? I'm jealous too.
I love Focal, I use the closed Spirit Pro for gaming and on the train. I have one of the cheaper STAX sets for music but they are way too open for my noise PC fans.
I did a brief sampling of the Utopia and, oh yes, it sounds great. But the price is ridiculous. And they didn't really sound better than the STAX I have for way less money. So absolutely not worth it just as a protable alternative.
But I am a bit jealous of somebody who can just spend 5 grand on a headphone.
PS: I HATE Sennheiser. Or rather how they do bass. Sounds so ugly to my ears. Even the revered HD800 is kind of meh.
One of my friends actually bought a Sennheiser HD800S, a Focal Clear, and then a Focal Utopia, so I was lucky enough to have to opportunity to audition those. That's kind of how I figured out that the Utopia were the right headphones for me.
The HD800S just sounded too analytical and transparent to me. Maybe it's because I'm used to the warmth of my LCD-2 or maybe it's because of my Burson Soloist amp, but the Utopia worked perfectly with my current setup.
I definitely won't pay $4000 or $5000 for them. I'll wait for a good deal and try to buy one from an authorized seller for $3000-ish.
By the way, my "fun" headphones is a pair for Fostex TH900.
They are very V-shaped, so they are only good for a certain type of music with strong bass and female vocals (like EDM) and nothing else. I don't think I'll ever get rid of them because they are just a big guilty pleasure for me. Every time I put them on, they just blow my mind.
Of course “analytical and transparent” is exactly what the HD800s are designed to be.
They are primarily studio reference headphones, and just like reference monitors (what everyone else calls speakers) they’re not really supposed to sound “good”. They are supposed to sound flat and detailed, so when you’re mixing music you can hear any little flaws that could be masked or amplified by equipment that colors the sound more. That means if you make music on good quality reference headphones or monitors, you shouldn’t get any nasty surprises when playing back on other equipment.
I believe Focal Clears are intended for the same purpose, but don’t think the Utopias are. Although I’ve never been in the market for headphones in this price range, so not entirely sure.
Some audiophiles like the clarity and detail in this kind of thing for general playback, and even between supposed flat headphones/monitors there’s a huge variety and personal preference is important. However, when judging them, it’s good to know why they are the like this.
Definitely with you on Focal as a brand though. I have CMS65 monitors (now discontinued) for both music and gaming. Super clear, and never seem harsh or fatiguing. Can’t see myself changing or upgrading, well ever really.
Not sure I’d recommend them as a gaming peripheral exactly. They take up a pretty big chunk of desk space.
As for other stuff, I’m pretty boring.
Computer is pretty much a featureless black slab.
Logitech MX anywhere mouse 2 is also fairly standard, but I use it for my laptop as well and the tracking is ridiculously good. I’ve used it perfectly normally on a fabric sofa and even my own leg (had so much stuff around me, it was the only surface left).
Never really felt any need for a gaming keyboard or mouse. Nice to see some more subtle designs around now though. No way I’d buy something that looks likes it belongs in a Transformers film. But that’s just me.