I've been recently searching for some new headphones for my PC but finding it difficult to come by a set which satisfies my needs, the primary use of which will be used for 60% gaming (all types of games) , 25% videos on YouTube and 15% for music (mainly alternative rock, dubstep and pop).
Here is my current setup:
Asrock Z77 extreme4 integrated sound card and the Turtle Beach PX21.
I will be purchasing the Asus Xonar DGX sound card and will also be purchasing a new pair of headphones (£150 budget [I am from the UK so will be using Amazon UK to purchase these items]), I will also be purchasing a attachable mic.
I have been doing some research and came across the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 and the Audio-Technica ATH M50, these both seem like good headphones however are very limited to specific elements, I want a full immersive experience in games (such as in Skyrim and Battlefield 3), however I have heard the AD700 does not offer anything in terms of bass, however I also want to play competitively where the directional awareness is a huge factor, while I want to be immersed in the game.
I also want a competitive advantage, unfortunately the M50 appears to lack severely soundstage which is a huge factor for me as I want to be able to locate the enemy on the map.
So I want to compromise between the two, a good bass, but also good sound awareness (being able to hear where the enemies are coming from), while still maintaining the high sound quality from the mids, highs and lows which the AD700 offers and I need your help to find this.
1) I have found some headphones called the Sennheiser HD 598, are they any good for my needs?
2) Is the AD700's bass really that bad compared to the Turtle Beach's PX21 which I thought had amazing bass?
3) Is the M50's soundstage really non-existant as people lead me to believe?
4) What are my alternatives considering I have a budget of around £150 but I can go up or down?