Tfue is arguably the current Twitch superstar. Turney Ellis Terney, better known as Tfue, is currently the most viewed Fortnite streamer on Twitch. He is a highly skilled and competitive streamer that focuses on high-level and jaw-dropping gameplay. In a lot of ways, he is a similar player to Ninja.
He did have some issues and scandals throughout his career. These include his contract with Faze Clan and his issues with Ninja. These have, however, not stopped his momentum on his social media platforms. His Twitch channel has over 8 million followers. His YouTube channel, on the other hand, has over 11 million subscribers.
One aspect that makes Tfue interesting is his choice of headphones. Most streamers would opt for mainstream gaming brands such as Logitech G and Hyperx. Tfue, on the other hand, has mostly been using Sennheiser’s professional headphones.
Tfue is currently using the Sennheiser HD800s but has also been previously spotted with the Sennheiser HD660s and Sennheiser HD700. These are all excellent headphones, each with their unique sound characteristics. Keep on scrolling below to find out more about these headphones.
Tfue’s current headphones are Sennheiser’s flagship HD800s. These headphones are the follow up to Sennheiser’s highly acclaimed HD800 headphones that were first released in 2008. While its reputation is a bit controversial in the audiophile world, it is undoubtedly one of the best headphones for competitive gaming.
Its popularity is largely due to its exceptionally large soundstage and accurate imaging. The listening experience that you get is often compared to stereo speaker systems. You get that immersive experience and get the illusion where audio seems like it are coming outside of the headphones.
This translates well in competitive games. The deep level of immersion allows you to visualize the size of your environments. And when added with the excellent sound engine of games like Fortnite, it is impossible not to hear the sound that your enemies make.
One thing to note is that the Sennheiser HD800s isn’t like most typical gaming headphones. Aside from their high-end price, these headphones have an impedance of 300-ohms and therefore require a headphone amplifier. And its sound can get better or worse depending on the headphone amplifier.
It is unclear what headphone amplifier or DAC/Amp combo Tfue is running. His previous headphones were directly connected to his mixer. These headphones are notoriously “amp-picky” and cannot be used properly without a headphone amplifier, so do consider that when planning to purchase these. You can also check our Headphone Amplifier and DAC/Amp purchase guides to learn more.
Overall, these headphones are not for casual consumers due to its high price tag and the additional accessories that you have to buy for the HD800s to get its full potential. If you are more of an entry-level consumer, we will be talking about Tfue’s other headphones as well as some great alternatives on this list. But if you can afford to pay the flagship tax, then you can check out the Sennheiser HD800s on Sennheiser’s Official Website.
Tfue’s Previous Headphones
One of Tfue’s first Sennheiser headphones was the Sennheiser HD660s. These headphones are the follow up to the legendary Sennheiser HD650, which was first released in 2003. They improve on the original HD6XX formula and are widely considered the best in the HD6XX series.
What makes the Sennheiser HD660s great for competitive titles is its accurate imaging. The Sennheiser HD660s has been widely praised for its stellar imaging both in games and in complex music genres, such as orchestral pieces. The directions of both footsteps and gunfire are easily heard, and combined with its accurate soundstage, it is very easy to pinpoint the exact location of your enemies.
It does not sound as wide as the Sennheiser HD800s but is arguably the more realistic sounding of the two. It does sound wider and will outperform most closed-back gaming headphones.
Unlike the Sennheiser HD800s or the Sennheiser HD650, the Sennheiser HD660s only has an impedance of 150 ohms. While it is highly recommended to pair this with a headphone amplifier, it can still work without one.
These headphones were featured in Tfue’s 2018 20,000 USD Streaming Setup. It was shown to be plugged directly to his Behringer Xenyx X1204USB Mixer. He has later moved on to the Sennheiser HD700 and Sennheiser HD800s.
One thing to note is that both the Sennheiser HD700 and HD800s are not direct upgrades to the Sennheiser HD660s. Both of these headphones have a different sound signature. So if you want a direct upgrade with a similar sound signature to these headphones, you might want to look at other offerings such as the Drop Aeon Flow Open X.
These headphones are also known to be built extremely well. They are constructed predominantly of plastic, but they are known to last for decades. Some of the original Sennheiser HD600 headphones that were first produced in 1997 are still being used today. Since the HD660s follows the same design and build quality, they are also expected to last for a long time.
Overall, if you want a natural-sounding and well-built pair of headphones for competitive gaming, the Sennheiser HD660s are a great buy. Make sure to check out the Sennheiser HD660s on Sennheiser’s Official Website.
The headphones that Tfue was spotted using after the Sennheiser HD660s was the Sennheiser HD700. These headphones were supposed to bridge the gap between the HD6XX and HD800 series. However, due to its odd sound signature, it failed to meet its expectations and was later discontinued by Sennheiser.
The main deal-breaker on these headphones was its sound signature. It had a particular sound signature that was different from both the Sennheiser HD650 and Sennheiser HD800. It had a harsh treble that was reminiscent of the Sennheiser HD800s, but it lacked the detailed midrange reproduction of the Sennheiser HD650.
Also, it lacked the wide soundstage that the HD800s are known for. It failed to deliver the Sennheiser HD800s experience and also failed to be a better sounding Sennheiser HD650. The Sennheiser HD660s, which is rumored to have a retuned version of the Sennheiser HD700 drivers, is arguably the better sounding headphone.
However, outside of critical/reference listening, the Sennheiser HD700 is still a capable pair for gaming. Its soundstage is wide enough to allow you to get a feel for how big your environment is. The imaging is also spot on, which is expected from a Sennheiser product.
They also have a 150-ohm impedance, which is similar to the Sennheiser HD660s. They do not necessarily need a headphone amplifier but will highly benefit from having one. These headphones were also directly used with Tfue’s Behringer mixer.
Overall, these headphones are not bad. However, there are better (and lower-priced) alternatives out there. Tfue, later on, moved to the flagship Sennheiser HD800s.
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Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro
Tfue’s headphones are not cheap. They are all industry standard and flagship headphones meant for professional productions. But if you still want to use audiophile headphones for competitive gaming, we also have great alternatives.
One of these alternatives is the Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro. It is a classic Beyerdynamic headphone that was released alongside the DT 990 Pro (Ninja’s current headphones) and DT 770 Pro. Some reviewers also regard the DT 880 Pro as the little Sennheiser HD800s.
Like the DT 770 Pro and DT 990 Pro, the DT 880 Pro also has a few variants. There is the 32-ohm, 80-ohm, 250-ohm, and 600-ohm variant. For this discussion, we will mostly be focusing on the best version, the 600-ohm version.
Just like the Sennheiser HD800s, the DT 880 Pro has a neutral sound signature that is slightly different from most Beyerdynamic headphones, such as the DT 990 Pro. Both the DT 990 Pro and DT 770 Pro have a V-shaped sound signature where the treble and bass are slightly boosted. They sound great, but they are different from the Sennheiser HD800’s neutral tuning.
The remarkable thing about this headphone is that some of its qualities can be compared to significantly more expensive headphones. The mids, in particular, are comparable to higher-end planar magnetic headphones such as the Audeze LCD 2. Imaging is also spot-on in this headphone.
As for the HD800s comparison, both of these headphones have similar frequency response measurements. The only difference is that the soundstage of the DT880 Pro sounds narrower but more realistic than the wide but exaggerated soundstage of the HD800s.
Just like the DT 770 Pro and DT 990 Pro, the DT 880 Pro has exceptional imaging and detail retrieval for its price point. No other gaming headset is going to touch these both in gaming and in music. You do have to use a headphone amplifier with this pair to get its full potential.
Overall, if you want a neutral semi-open back headphone that can be used in various applications, the DT 880 Pro is a better fit than the DT 990 Pro. However, if you want more life and energy in the sound of your headphones, then the DT 990 Pro will be a better fit.
Sennheiser x Drop HD6XX and HD 58X Jubilee
The Sennheiser x Drop HD6XX and HD 58X are arguably the best entry-level open-back headphones for competitive gaming and casual listening. The Sennheiser HD6XX is a rebrand of the legendary Sennheiser HD650, while the Sennheiser HD58X Jubilee is an original Drop product based on the classic Sennheiser HD580.
Both of these headphones are relatives of the Sennheiser HD660s, which Tfue used back in 2018. Apart from a few key differences in the sound signature, these products are mostly the same. Everything from the high-quality build will transfer to these lower-priced models.
Now between Tfue’s current HD800s, there will be some major differences. Like the HD660s, both the HD6XX and HD58X will have a more intimate soundstage and weaker bass response. Also, the Sennheiser HD800s have a completely different sound signature.
Most of the same comparisons between the HD660s and the HD800s also apply here. Both the imaging and soundstage are still great and better compared to gaming headsets. You will still have an accurate idea of where your enemies are on the map.
Both of these models are great headphones. The lower price tag of the HD58X, for example, does not indicate that it is a lower quality product. But you have to keep in mind their unique characteristics when making a purchase decision.
The Drop HD58X has more emphasis on the midbass compared to the HD6XX. This means that it will have more low end but not to the point that it will be too distracting. The Drop HD6XX, on the other hand, will be the more accurate sounding pair.
Also, take note that the Sennheiser HD6XX has an impedance of 300-ohms while the Sennheiser HD58X only has an impedance of 150-ohms. The Sennheiser HD6XX will need a headphone amplifier to sound properly. The HD58X, on the other hand, can be plugged directly to your motherboard, interface, or digital mixer. But a headphone amplifier or DAC/Amps is still highly recommended for the Sennheiser HD58X.
Overall, if you want to experience the famed Sennheiser HD6XX experience at a fraction of the cost, then the HD6XX and HD58X Jubilee are no brainers. Also, if you’re planning on buying and of the HD600 series, check out these recommended DACs/Amps to pair your headphones with.
Stephen is a musician, cinematographer, and headphone enthusiast who is passionate about reviewing audio equipment. He has been playing guitar for at least a decade, which introduced him to professional recording equipment such as headphones and in-ear monitors. With the help of reviews and online content, he was able to learn the ins and outs of the hobby. His goal is to give back to the community by providing quality content to help others enjoy the beautiful (and expensive) world of audio.
Favorite Headphones: Sennheiser HD660s