Have you ever considered trying the new Zowie MASHU headset? I would like to see how it compares to CAL! and DT770s. It's pretty new, and the only place I know you can buy it right now is on http://market.esea.net/
. I know headsets usually aren't that good, but, so far, zowie have been releasing good stuff and their products surely live up to their price.
also, quick note, you said I should get the DT770s over CAL! for gaming, but on your review itself competitive seems to be better on CAL! than DT770s. I'd really like to know why because there's quite a difference in price.
The ZOWEI mice are supposed to be very competitive, but I have no idea about the headphones. Audio reproduction and headphone design are a completely different ball game than the type of sensor and ergonomic design of mice that ZOWEI built their reputation on. Most likely, they defined a budget and features wishlist, and went shopping for an OEM headphone or driver manufacturer that they could buy from and put their logo on. I'm not saying the headphone will be bad, but I AM saying ZOWEI would be using someone else's sound design and you'd be paying the cost for the ZOWEI brand, their shopping costs, and the driver research done by the actual maker of the most critical headphone parts. I certainly would not expect Zowei's headphone to sound better or beat the price-value offered by Beyer, Audio Technica, Sennheiser, AKG, and other headphone-specialists that develop and manufacture their own headphones.
Yup, also been looking at the Objective O2, but I think the Magni looks better (don't like cables so the front). I have been studying your guide more than for the financial exam I have tomorrow
Hmm... Filo 12. In what way does it differ from the F09K? Since the Magni, F09, F12 and even my NAD integrated amp can supply enough power, do you think the DT990 600 ohm version could be a decent choice or should I just go with the 250 one? I would still like to be able to use it with just an iPod.
Thanks for all your help
As far as headphone choice, I don't have anything further to add between the two you're looking at, beyond what has already been recommended to you.
I wouldn't call you lazy, just hoping to have a well-integrated setup. I'd say read the manual (RTFM!) of your monitor, and see if it supports 5.1 DDL audio output. Some TVs do (via optical), which is how they would return audio back to a speaker driver if the TV was hooked up to digital cable or something. 5.1 DDL audio ---> Astro Mixamp (or other surround processor) ---> headphone = good virtual surround.
I think you were specifically asking about microphone input and outputs though... If you actually have a computer monitor with multiple mic outputs, sure you should be able to use it as some sort of hub. Each console has it's own way of doing microphones though... I say, just buy a 3 pack of lapel mics for $4 (like I did), hook one up to each device and be done with it, lol.