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post #61 of 238
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Originally Posted by Audioholic View Post
Unfortunately it does. But I 'll bet that if two guys play, say COD4, and one has 400$ sound, and the other $400 GPU and they are both the same skill, the one who knows where the other is will win nine times out of ten. I would take positioning over FPS any time. And I'm sure that the sound in games will only get better so having good sound setup will be much popular once people hear the difference.
I used to play Heroes of Newerth at 7-15 FPS, I can say that I'd prefer a $500 hp + amp than a GPU. I played fine in RTS, and I'm not really an FPS player anyway.
post #62 of 238
The only games I ever played competitively are Team Fortress Classic (for almost 10 years) and TF2. In TFC I was one of the top ranked players in the world for many years and for TF2 I only played in leagues for about a year but I was in the highest divisions. TF2 has some sound issues that makes pinpointing weird, but TFC is a very very fast FPS game that sound plays a HUGE role in. There are no footsteps in TFC, but the advanced method of movement requires nonstop jumping (bunnyhopping) which is a very important sound to hear. If you can hear somebody reload a shotgun or prime a grenade before they turn a corner, you can already have them half dead before they can even touch you.

I will say that the DT880 is a very very good headphone for gaming, especially for the price. I eventually upgraded to a bunch of Stax headphones and preferred them more for competitive gaming than the DT880. You can pick up the faint sounds in the upper midrange and lower treble regions that are essential clues to your enemies' whereabouts in FPS games. I would say the best headphone for gaming is the Stax O2 because the imaging is just ridiculous. You will hear exactly where people are, far more precise than the DT880 or other nice gaming headphones. I know a $1500 headphone and expensive amp isn't what most people plan to game with, but for the price of a DT880 rig you could find a used Stax Lambda rig. Actually, I think I read that the Stax SR2020 rig can now be found for under $500 which seems like a great deal.

I think a good idea for some of you competitive gamers would be to take advantage of EQ. Give the bass and midbass some attenuation and give the upper mids and lower treble sliders a little boost. You will be able to hear the very important positional cues much easier without having large explosions drown them out.

I tried CMSS3D and didn't care for it. I just stick with default stereo mode.
post #63 of 238
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Originally Posted by n3rdling View Post
I will say that the DT880 is a very very good headphone for gaming, especially for the price. I eventually upgraded to a bunch of Stax headphones and preferred them more for competitive gaming than the DT880. You can pick up the faint sounds in the upper midrange and lower treble regions that are essential clues to your enemies' whereabouts in FPS games. I would say the best headphone for gaming is the Stax O2 because the imaging is just ridiculous. You will hear exactly where people are, far more precise than the DT880 or other nice gaming headphones. I know a $1500 headphone and expensive amp isn't what most people plan to game with, but for the price of a DT880 rig you could find a used Stax Lambda rig. Actually, I think I read that the Stax SR2020 rig can now be found for under $500 which seems like a great deal.

I think a good idea for some of you competitive gamers would be to take advantage of EQ. Give the bass and midbass some attenuation and give the upper mids and lower treble sliders a little boost. You will be able to hear the very important positional cues much easier without having large explosions drown them out.

I tried CMSS3D and didn't care for it. I just stick with default stereo mode.
Can you please please tell me where can I find SR 2020 for 500$? All I could find is 800+.

About the EQ suggestion, you are 100% right. I forgot to mention this in the review. If you have sensitive headphones, EQ will do wonders if you use it right and I also prefer stereo to CMSS.
post #64 of 238
What about the Beyerdynamic MMX 2?

Someone actually recommended that headset to me instead of the PC350

Amazon.com: Beyerdynamic MMX 2 PC Gaming Multimedia Digital Headset with Microphone: Electronics
post #65 of 238
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Originally Posted by dennis_lcfx View Post
What about the Beyerdynamic MMX 2?

Someone actually recommended that headset to me instead of the PC350

Amazon.com: Beyerdynamic MMX 2 PC Gaming Multimedia Digital Headset with Microphone: Electronics
Very interesting! Very good price. Could be very good cans.
post #66 of 238
They look like a relabeled DT231/5 with an added mic. Which are said to sound good but they are closed-back. I think it's really annoying to hear myself talking in my head when using teamspeak with closed cans, so I wonder why they would make a gaming can out of that instead of the DT131.
post #67 of 238
thanks for a great post. this is exactly what i'm looking for. i'm using a x-fi platinum and am looking for the best bang for buck setup. looks like i'm going for the ad700's.

anyone have an idea how those compare to the sennheiser hd555's?
post #68 of 238
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Originally Posted by n3rdling View Post
The only games I ever played competitively are Team Fortress Classic (for almost 10 years) and TF2. In TFC I was one of the top ranked players in the world for many years and for TF2 I only played in leagues for about a year but I was in the highest divisions. TF2 has some sound issues that makes pinpointing weird, but TFC is a very very fast FPS game that sound plays a HUGE role in. There are no footsteps in TFC, but the advanced method of movement requires nonstop jumping (bunnyhopping) which is a very important sound to hear. If you can hear somebody reload a shotgun or prime a grenade before they turn a corner, you can already have them half dead before they can even touch you.

I will say that the DT880 is a very very good headphone for gaming, especially for the price. I eventually upgraded to a bunch of Stax headphones and preferred them more for competitive gaming than the DT880. You can pick up the faint sounds in the upper midrange and lower treble regions that are essential clues to your enemies' whereabouts in FPS games. I would say the best headphone for gaming is the Stax O2 because the imaging is just ridiculous. You will hear exactly where people are, far more precise than the DT880 or other nice gaming headphones. I know a $1500 headphone and expensive amp isn't what most people plan to game with, but for the price of a DT880 rig you could find a used Stax Lambda rig. Actually, I think I read that the Stax SR2020 rig can now be found for under $500 which seems like a great deal.

I think a good idea for some of you competitive gamers would be to take advantage of EQ. Give the bass and midbass some attenuation and give the upper mids and lower treble sliders a little boost. You will be able to hear the very important positional cues much easier without having large explosions drown them out.

I tried CMSS3D and didn't care for it. I just stick with default stereo mode.
The Stax 2050 would be a improvement over the DT880 IMO... Electrostats seem to have all the sonic characteristics you need for competitive gaming.. I know of someone who felt the 2050 was much better then the DT880.. & he heard sounds the DT880 completely missed.. & the speed.. I think a good pair of stax would be the best you cab get for a reality type gaming experience or close to 3d audio without any type of DSP..
post #69 of 238
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Originally Posted by Trysaeder View Post
I used to play Heroes of Newerth at 7-15 FPS, I can say that I'd prefer a $500 hp + amp than a GPU. I played fine in RTS, and I'm not really an FPS player anyway.
You don't need much of anything for rts games.
post #70 of 238
You guys seem to be mostly recommending the DT880 for FPS multiplayer games. Would the recommandations be the same for general gaming? I'm asking because I don't play over Xbox Live. I'm looking for a replacement for my old Sony MDR-7506. I got those mostly for music and they're getting ragged.

I own an Xbox 360 so I mostly play FPS gams but not exclusively. I'd like a pair of headphones that would enhance the experience over my Sonys when I'm playing at on in the morning and my girlfriend is asleep.

Also, about 1/3 of usage would be for films.
post #71 of 238
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Originally Posted by Alexis Pinsonnea View Post
You guys seem to be mostly recommending the DT880 for FPS multiplayer games. Would the recommandations be the same for general gaming? I'm asking because I don't play over Xbox Live. I'm looking for a replacement for my old Sony MDR-7506. I got those mostly for music and they're getting ragged.

I own an Xbox 360 so I mostly play FPS gams but not exclusively. I'd like a pair of headphones that would enhance the experience over my Sonys when I'm playing at on in the morning and my girlfriend is asleep.

Also, about 1/3 of usage would be for films.
Yes. I played Mass Effect 2 yesterday and if I closed my eyes, I could totally imagine myself as Shepperd.

EDIT: that's only if your gf doesn't mind dreaming about Shepperd as well because she will hear your in-game audio.
post #72 of 238
My only problem with the DT880 is that I'd have to rely on blind fate if I get them because there are no dealers in Montréal, so I can't test them.
post #73 of 238
Beyerdynamic DT 880 PRO | Studio Economik, Canada

voilà, mon ami

215 St-Augustin
Montréal, Québec
Canada, H4C 2N7
post #74 of 238
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Originally Posted by Blu. View Post
Beyerdynamic DT 880 PRO | Studio Economik, Canada

voilà, mon ami

215 St-Augustin
Montréal, Québec
Canada, H4C 2N7
Thanks!
post #75 of 238
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Originally Posted by wadec22 View Post
thanks for a great post. this is exactly what i'm looking for. i'm using a x-fi platinum and am looking for the best bang for buck setup. looks like i'm going for the ad700's.

anyone have an idea how those compare to the sennheiser hd555's?
Well AD700 would be my choice too for x-fi. They are realy great for FPS games. But, if you want all-around headphones, I must say that HD555 is better for movies and music.
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