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Gaming Headsets
I'm sure I've seen these threads before, but search turned up nothing.

Anyway, broke my good ol' SG Gaming headphones that I've had for 10 years this morning, had a look on the Razor site and became pretty confused. Was hoping that I could get some feedback from headsets that you use? Not after anything fancy, decent sound, decent mic, volume control/other stuff is just a bonus - not required.
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Turtle Beach PX5 if you have optical out from your PC and a bluetooth connection. Also works on PS3 and Xbox.

If no optical you can run a stereo pair of RCA into it, but it's only in stereo then.
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Looks good, but it seems like there's a jump from around $100 to $250 wherever I look. Can I save $100 to still get the same quality sound as a $200+ pair, by just sacrificing the fancy cajiggers?
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Depends if you want (fake) 7.1 or not. It's mega impressive though, I played a few racers using them and lost my shit at the immersion. It's not necessary, but with games with location based audio, it's mega useful.

Turtle Beach headsets are pretty pro though. Just watch out, some of them have horribly convoluted input cable rigs if they work on PC and consoles.
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Ah, good tip thanks.

So I would think that 7.1 is application dependant? Maybe I'll do some investigation of the games that I actually play and find an appropriate model.
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I'm currently using Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 which I'm pretty happy with (about $149 I think). You'll find a fair few people on various forums praising them for gaming due to their clarity and sound staging. However there's no mic, so you'll need to work out your own setup for mic - some people use a clip-on mic, a desk mic, some modify the ATH-AD700 to attach a boom mic etc. I've got a bluetooth mic hanging around my neck when needed.

Some things to note besides no mic - it's not very bassy if that's what your after; it's an open headset - meaning there's small sound leak, no real isolation from outside noise, but an open headset can be more comfortable and apparently is good for sound quality; while the product photos of the headset make it look like it's a purple and gold colour, it's really pink and gold; no in-line volume control.


For one that includes a mic headphones.com.au recommend this -
Beyerdynamic MMX2 $119 - includes mic; closed headset; in-line volume control
http://headphones.com.au/psingle?productID=382
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^^ what mic do you have? I use my technics 1200's which i really like, but have the same issue.

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I'll find out the model when I get home and let you know. Basically it's just a mic with a thin headband - instead of the headband going over my head, I wear it around my neck. Something like this -

One issue for me - with the headband around my neck, I think I'm not turning my head very often (because I bump the headband) and I end up getting a stiff neck after a while of gaming.

Some people on whirlpool forums recommend a clip-on mic. Example: Zalman Mic-M1 clipped onto a headphone cable -

There's mixed comments on clip-on mics though - some people seem to have no problems, but others complain that it picks up a lot of background noise. I can't remember the proper term, but basically clip-on mics are usually very sensitive and pick up a lot of nearby sounds. They usually about $10-$20 so it maybe worth a try.

I've been tempted to stick a boom mic onto my headphones like this -

Thread with some details for this mod - http://www.head-fi.org/t/446329/frag...0-boom-mic-mod
Similar but more professionally done mod - http://www.head-fi.org/t/490831/my-e...0-boom-mic-mod


I think there's one or two others on ITM with a similar situation, and they're using a USB Desktop mic sitting infront of them while they use their headphones.
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^^ what mic do you have? I use my technics 1200's which i really like, but have the same issue.

It's a Jabra M5390 bluetooth headset. It's not so much the mic but the headband attachment that's handy for this setup


Here's the headband attachment. So I just have that around my neck and the mic point up to my mouth
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I went through this dilemma a while ago. I just bought a nice pair of Beyerdynamics and use my webcam as the mic. Works great for me. The more I read about 7.1/5.1 headphones the more I didnt want a pair.
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Maybe I'll just get the gimmicky Starcraft headphones
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Love my Logitech G930s.
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Sennheiser HD 800. You know you deserve it.

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Love my Logitech G930s.

They look pretty solid, decent price. But not a massive fan of wireless, is the wired comparison the G35?
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The G930's look good to me. Docking station would be annoying if you forget to charge I guess, but you can plug them in so you can charge while playing right?
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Looked on a few sites but couldn't find much specific info on the 930's. So they have a base station that they communicate wirelessly to over 2.4? Are the batteries internal/recharable?
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Looks like you get a charging cradle, 10 hours playtime per charge. I would assume they're replaceable though.
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Checked the website for the part, yes replacement parts, replacement charging cradle are available
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Oh ok and it communicates to the base station wirelessly? I don't need anything dumb like Bluetooth?
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Yeah, looks like it all goes through the base station, which connects to your machine via USB (for charging etc).

Not a bad setup to be honest.
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Cheers, ended up buying it. All the product descriptions were so airy-fairy about how mind blowing the sound was, just wanted to know about how it actually works...
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Where'd you buy yours from? I'm thinking about getting one too.
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PC Case Gear, didn't really do a price comparison but seemed on par from what I was seeing through Google.
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Well what are you gonna do about it, trase?
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Update: they are awesome.
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Fuck, now I'm going to have to order one.
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After a week I can't fault it, batteries seem to last ok - but charging them isn't a hassle so I don't notice.

Only comment I have is that when I'm talking on VOIP I can't hear my own voice through my ears correctly, and feel like I'm yelling.
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