I do think the CAls are great sounding headphones for the price.
But personally I found the cups barely fit around my ears and the diaphragms feel like they are about 1mm from my ear.
So my ears feel "bothered" in less them 10 minutes of listening, Check out the Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80), 60-Ohm, they cost more then the CALs, but the HSR-1000 (Pro 80) are much more comfortable to wear and are at least equal (if not better?) to sound quality then the CALs.
I was able to get the Gemini HSR-1000 shipped to me for $68.20, from Woot Tech.
I'll keep the HSR-1000 in mind.
The more reading/thinking I'm doing, the more I'm leaning towards headphone (perhaps ATH-AD700, if they're an upgrade over my HD555's) + mic vs. headset. However, if my fiancee is using the X12's, is there a way for both of us to use voice comm through the DSS? Would a mic splitter work?
For reference, my current setup is:
TV -> HDMI -> Xbox
TV ->Optical cable -> Receiver
TB X12 -> USB/Green Mic cord-> DSS -> Optical cable (also plugged into xbox via usb) -> Adapter (has Red/White and optical inputs) -> Xbox
I guess what I'm wondering, if I go the headphone + mic route, is if I can leave everything as is, connect the headphones via the Output jack on the DSS, get a mic splitter and hook up a standalone mic along with the X12's? Would that enable sound + voice for us both?
Edited by AlBorland - 12/11/12 at 1:02pm