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post #22681 of 25048

Hi Mad Lust,

 

I am Australia Sydney a something of an entry level gamer but forever searching of the ultimate gaming headset.

 

Firstly let me say out of all the forums and "reviews" by experts I find yours to be nothing but pure religion as its from experience, understanding, geared for a specific culture and it comes from the heart, so thank you...If there was ever a cult name for those who follow you I would call us "The Cult of Ascension to Pure Lust" in gamin.

 

I currently own the Titian Warhead 7.1 & before this a Turtle Beach headset but I am wanting to venture into something new & not the usual gaming "brands"

 

So just two question's I would like to ask;

 

(1) To improve the Warhead 7.1, what amp/decoder would you add if you had the choice & if they can be improved upon in any way?

 

(2) With a budget of $1000 - $1500, what ULTIMATE GAMING HEADSET would you personally purchase with the knowledge you have so far? This would include Headset, amp, decoder, mic & anything else you deemed needed to complete the package.

 

NOTE: I am 100% console Xbox 360 & Xbox one gamer ONLY...no PC or PlayStation.

 

 

Thanks,

 

 

Lance.

post #22682 of 25048
Quote:
Originally Posted by tsunamisoldier View Post

Hi Mad Lust,

I am Australia Sydney a something of an entry level gamer but forever searching of the ultimate gaming headset.

Firstly let me say out of all the forums and "reviews" by experts I find yours to be nothing but pure religion as its from experience, understanding, geared for a specific culture and it comes from the heart, so thank you...If there was ever a cult name for those who follow you I would call us "The Cult of Ascension to Pure Lust" in gamin.

I currently own the Titian Warhead 7.1 & before this a Turtle Beach headset but I am wanting to venture into something new & not the usual gaming "brands"

So just two question's I would like to ask;

(1) To improve the Warhead 7.1, what amp/decoder would you add if you had the choice & if they can be improved upon in any way?

(2) With a budget of $1000 - $1500, what ULTIMATE GAMING HEADSET would you personally purchase with the knowledge you have so far? This would include Headset, amp, decoder, mic & anything else you deemed needed to complete the package.

NOTE: I am 100% console Xbox 360 & Xbox one gamer ONLY...no PC or PlayStation.


Thanks,


Lance.

Hi Lance.
The answer to 1. is no. Those headsets are not made to be improved and they won't. It'd be a waste of money trying to anyways.
To 2. Well it depends. We need to know a bit more about your preferences and such. That's a very promising budget and there's quite a few headphones that'd fit there. Is it accuracy you seek? Enjoyment or soundstage? A bit of both or ear shaking bass? No music or movies in the mix? Tell us more and we'll sure be able to help wink.gif
Edited by conquerator2 - 4/5/14 at 2:35pm
post #22683 of 25048
Quote:
Originally Posted by tsunamisoldier View Post
 

Hi Mad Lust,

 

I am Australia Sydney a something of an entry level gamer but forever searching of the ultimate gaming headset.

 

Firstly let me say out of all the forums and "reviews" by experts I find yours to be nothing but pure religion as its from experience, understanding, geared for a specific culture and it comes from the heart, so thank you...If there was ever a cult name for those who follow you I would call us "The Cult of Ascension to Pure Lust" in gamin.

 

I currently own the Titian Warhead 7.1 & before this a Turtle Beach headset but I am wanting to venture into something new & not the usual gaming "brands"

 

So just two question's I would like to ask;

 

(1) To improve the Warhead 7.1, what amp/decoder would you add if you had the choice & if they can be improved upon in any way?

 

(2) With a budget of $1000 - $1500, what ULTIMATE GAMING HEADSET would you personally purchase with the knowledge you have so far? This would include Headset, amp, decoder, mic & anything else you deemed needed to complete the package.

 

NOTE: I am 100% console Xbox 360 & Xbox one gamer ONLY...no PC or PlayStation.

 

 

Thanks,

 

 

Lance.


You could get the beyerdynamic headzone game..the smyith realiser a8's the best of the best but it's a bit over your budget!

post #22684 of 25048
Lance,
Rarely do we see requests for "what IS the holy grail?" combined with a large budget. Kinda cool! Issue is... games don't usually have super-high quality sound files (very good but not HD Audio, the XB1 files CAN be better cuz BluRay has more space but that's no guarantee they WILL be better). So that kinda puts a limit on the max possibilities; you can still do well, but it kinda lends itself towards euphoric musical experience at the high end rather than ultra-resolving (relatively speaking, at a $1k + budget you will still have great resolution).

With that in mind, you could either blow your entire budget on the very very expensive Smith Realizer or the Beyer Headzone (which may be overkill for the source material), but I'd say play to the strengths and typical objectives of gaming. I suggest finding one of the older receivers (AVRs) by Marantz that have Dolby Headphone. Probably the best practical amp/DAC combo to use. That pretty much covers everything but headphone, you MAY be able to find a used deal on a Sennheiser HD800 for it's amazing clarity and depth of soundstage, buuuuuut again in respect to musicality and a headphone that just sweeps you off your feet and makes you ENJOY rather than analyze, I'd say the choice match would be either a Fostex TH900 or a HiFiman HE560. Superb, immersive choices.

So those are Holy Grail options, but I think it's best to figure out which direction you want to go before dumping a large sum into a headphone. Closed, open, extra bass, neutral, particular brand, fit and comfort, all these things are individual taste, BUT I hope I gave you a starting point and something to chew on smily_headphones1.gif
post #22685 of 25048

Philips X1 + VMODA BoomPro + Astro 5.1 wireless = Da best! That is all.

post #22686 of 25048

Why both ?

I guess X1 is for music right ?

 

So I decided to stay with my aurvana live! because there seems to be a huge jump in prices after this headphone, if I want something better. I don't really care much for dolby headphone. Maybe only in a couple of games but its optional. I want to ask, if I should bother with getting anything other than my xonar dg ? some dac or other sound card? Maybe external ? Or am I good set in stone with xonar dg? (I could use voume wheel on some external device. Right now I am just controlling volume with control wheel on my g11 keybosard). So I want volume wheel control and just something on my desk so I could easily switch headphones.

 

That way or another, I was at media markt yesterday and besides testing some normal headphones(god those prices...) I did had a chance to see/try some gaming headsets/headphones. My general impression was always that gaming headsets are more feature rich at better prices than normal headphones. Most sport memory foam, are comfortable etc... with exceptions. There was Creative Evo set and besides being kinda expensive compared to everything else there, it looked very nice! Great build quality, nice cushions, killer looks, detachable usb and jack. built in microphone. Sadly I did not had a chance to use it. I had Creative mkII and Tactic 360 sigma(still have it and using it's amp with my aurvana live! on 360) before and creative must be my fav hedaphone brand. I always liked their warm signature but some creative sets lack detail, have poor build quality or have bad wiring/cable. That Sound Blaster Evo seems to try to improve on everything. There also was siberia v2 set but packgaged with strakingly low price. skullcandy crusher was there too. Comofrtable good cushions but rather poor seal I think.


Edited by HiCZoK - 4/6/14 at 3:51am
post #22687 of 25048

After seeing how the AKG's and Philips Fidelio X1 stacked up in your rankings, I've put my Astro A40 up for sale here and on eBay. Link in my signature if anyone is interested ;)

post #22688 of 25048
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

Lance,
Rarely do we see requests for "what IS the holy grail?" combined with a large budget. Kinda cool! Issue is... games don't usually have super-high quality sound files (very good but not HD Audio, the XB1 files CAN be better cuz BluRay has more space but that's no guarantee they WILL be better). So that kinda puts a limit on the max possibilities; you can still do well, but it kinda lends itself towards euphoric musical experience at the high end rather than ultra-resolving (relatively speaking, at a $1k + budget you will still have great resolution).

With that in mind, you could either blow your entire budget on the very very expensive Smith Realizer or the Beyer Headzone (which may be overkill for the source material), but I'd say play to the strengths and typical objectives of gaming. I suggest finding one of the older receivers (AVRs) by Marantz that have Dolby Headphone. Probably the best practical amp/DAC combo to use. That pretty much covers everything but headphone, you MAY be able to find a used deal on a Sennheiser HD800 for it's amazing clarity and depth of soundstage, buuuuuut again in respect to musicality and a headphone that just sweeps you off your feet and makes you ENJOY rather than analyze, I'd say the choice match would be either a Fostex TH900 or a HiFiman HE560. Superb, immersive choices.

So those are Holy Grail options, but I think it's best to figure out which direction you want to go before dumping a large sum into a headphone. Closed, open, extra bass, neutral, particular brand, fit and comfort, all these things are individual taste, BUT I hope I gave you a starting point and something to chew on smily_headphones1.gif

 

Someone in this thread bought the TH-600 + Mixamp (+some portable amp) and was hugely amazed by it. I can only speak for the TH-900 and it's still my favorite can. Relatively easy to drive, great, cohorent soundstage, very very deep hard hittingbass with low decay, very low distortion so despite its pronounced bass not fatigueing at all (like X1 or Signature DJ from my own experience) and very detailed. 

 

So if the TH-600 is even half as good it would be a very good recommendation. Plus he'd save quite some money. 

Maybe that guy can chime in and give his further impressions. 

post #22689 of 25048

thank you all for your experiences and knowledge.

 

Gaming on the Xbox is about clarity for First Person Shooter Games....top of the list as follows for importance;

 

1. Precision listening to my surroundings to hear people around corners or sneaking up behind me...to understand the foot steps are above me or below me...direction of enemy fire...this is crucial.

 

2. Environment - The enjoyment of hearing grenades, explosions, rockets, choppers etc without it becoming distorted or so overpowering that everything else gets lost as you lose "precision" and voice clarity of team mates.

 

3. Voice clarity

 

This sums up how I want gaming headsets to function...I am not seeking anything that upgrades my music collection...I want to find 100% domination in every aspect as a gamer.

 

 

Hope this helps Mad Lust...If you have a NUMBER 1 suggestions on what headphone, Decoder/Amp/Mic you would put together that would rule over all else using my specifications please provide & I shall buy.

 

 

 

Lance. 

post #22690 of 25048

Hello Mad Lust Envy (and the rest of Head-Fi)! 

 

I had recently bought the Astro A40 2013 Mixamp and Headset bundle. This was my first serious gaming headset (the one prior to them was a pair of cheap Turtle Beaches). I have noticed that the bass in this headset is a little too prominent when I am trying to listen for footsteps in Call of Duty and other competitive shooters. I definitely think these are great all around for gaming and other media alike, however, after stumbling upon this thread, I have begun to wonder how much better the positional audio can actually be. 

 

So, here's my dilemma: I am unsure as to whether to get the ATH-AD700Xs or the Q 701s. My even bigger issue is my budget. I only have enough spending money to either go with the AD700Xs for competitive AND keep my A40s for a slightly more fun headset or I can go with JUST the Q701s as well as a mic (possibly the modmic) and end up selling my A40s. In the latter option, I will have the Q701s as my main headphones for all around use. 

 

I will for sure be keeping the Astro Mixamp as I am a console gamer as well as a PC gamer. I'm absolutely unsure which headphones to purchase. Any help and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Oh, and also, if there are any other headphones that anyone thinks I should consider, please mention them so I can take a look at them. The Q 701s are around $250 so that would be more or less my budget. 

post #22691 of 25048

Hi Gents,

 

After playing around with the adapter design, I've come around to the final design. The entire body of the adapter will be made of metal with glue shrink holding it together. I've wired all the internal with solid core copper. This also insures the highest quality signal will be sent, though I have considered wiring the internals with solid core Silver. The new design is more snug with the AKG as well. The 1/8" jack I used has a smaller entry, so the Boom Pro wont turn nearly as much as the prototype I made.

 

I'm opening up a testing program for these very shortly. Participants will be put on a list and there will be one unit passed around among the members. Final details will be disclosed later. 

 

Stillhart, I have your adapter in hand, let me know when you want it. Same goes for you MLE.

 

On the left is the prototype, on the right is the final design.

 


Edited by Zombie_X - 4/6/14 at 7:22pm
post #22692 of 25048
Quote:
Originally Posted by grumpy1471 View Post
 

Hello Mad Lust Envy (and the rest of Head-Fi)! 

 

I had recently bought the Astro A40 2013 Mixamp and Headset bundle. This was my first serious gaming headset (the one prior to them was a pair of cheap Turtle Beaches). I have noticed that the bass in this headset is a little too prominent when I am trying to listen for footsteps in Call of Duty and other competitive shooters. I definitely think these are great all around for gaming and other media alike, however, after stumbling upon this thread, I have begun to wonder how much better the positional audio can actually be. 

 

So, here's my dilemma: I am unsure as to whether to get the ATH-AD700Xs or the Q 701s. My even bigger issue is my budget. I only have enough spending money to either go with the AD700Xs for competitive AND keep my A40s for a slightly more fun headset or I can go with JUST the Q701s as well as a mic (possibly the modmic) and end up selling my A40s. In the latter option, I will have the Q701s as my main headphones for all around use. 

 

I will for sure be keeping the Astro Mixamp as I am a console gamer as well as a PC gamer. I'm absolutely unsure which headphones to purchase. Any help and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Oh, and also, if there are any other headphones that anyone thinks I should consider, please mention them so I can take a look at them. The Q 701s are around $250 so that would be more or less my budget. 

 

I'm not sure where you live but there is almost always a pair of Q701 on the classified here for less than $200 (the price for a new one in the US).  I love my Q701 and I think, with the super easy and reversible bass mod, it can easily a great headphone for everything.  While I haven't heard the AD700, I've read that they're great for competitive gaming but that's it.  The Q doesn't have that problem once you mod it (takes ~5 minutes).

 

The Fidelio X1 is also a great all-arounder.  It's more bass-heavy so you lose a bit for competitive gaming (vs the Q701 or the AD700) but it should still be a step up from the A40's. 

post #22693 of 25048
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zombie_X View Post
 

Hi Gents,

 

After playing around with the adapter design, I've come around to the final design. The entire body of the adapter will be made of metal with glue shrink holding it together. I've wired all the internal with solid core copper. This also insures the highest quality signal will be sent, though I have considered wiring the internals with solid core Silver. The new design is more snug with the AKG as well. The 1/8" jack I used has a smaller entry, so the Boom Pro wont turn nearly as much as the prototype I made.

 

I'm opening up a testing program for these very shortly. Participants will be put on a list and there will be one unit passed around among the members. Final details will be disclosed later. 

 

Stillhart, I have your adapter in hand, let me know when you want it. Same goes for you MLE.

 

On the left is the prototype, on the right is the final design.

 


Yessss!  Thanks, man.  I'll PM you my info.  Between this and the M-stage, I've got a fun week for headphones coming up!

post #22694 of 25048
Thread Starter 
Tsunami, footsteps above or below, not happening. Games today only have horizontal positional cues, not vertical. The things you ask for are basically you asking for everything. The only way to have everything is to go for a neutral headphone, and you're still gonna trade off a little immersion (unless you get something like the Alpha Dogs which are neutral but still fun). Planarmagnetics have the advantage of being linear without trading off fullness. The Alpha Dog is $600 and you're definitely gonna want to amp them.



Grumpy, Considering the K70x is about $90 more than the AD700x, I'd get it instead. Later on down the line, you can buy some K712 pads for it, and you'll have both an amazinbg competetive friendly headphone, and with the K712 pads, you'll gain warmth and more fun. You could also look into the K612, but I haven't heard them yet (I will be very, very soon). They are like $150, and apparently do everything well.

Zombie, that is an awesome looking adapter. Thanks for your hard work and dedication. smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 4/6/14 at 7:31pm
post #22695 of 25048
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stillhart View Post
 

 

I'm not sure where you live but there is almost always a pair of Q701 on the classified here for less than $200 (the price for a new one in the US).  I love my Q701 and I think, with the super easy and reversible bass mod, it can easily a great headphone for everything.  While I haven't heard the AD700, I've read that they're great for competitive gaming but that's it.  The Q doesn't have that problem once you mod it (takes ~5 minutes).

 

The Fidelio X1 is also a great all-arounder.  It's more bass-heavy so you lose a bit for competitive gaming (vs the Q701 or the AD700) but it should still be a step up from the A40's. 

Thanks for replying! Leaning towards the Q701 now! I happen to be in Canada (believe me, I know this sucks when it comes to purchasing headphones and electronics) so the cheapest Q701 that I can find is $250.  Is the bass mod the one where you remove the foam on the inside of the grilles or this one: http://www.head-fi.org/t/607019/akg-q701-simple-mod-increase-bass-and-decrease-soundstage-a-little

 

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Grumpy, Considering the K70x is about $90 more than the AD700x, I'd get it instead. Later on down the line, you can buy some K712 pads for it, and you'll have both an amazinbg competetive friendly headphone, and with the K712 pads, you'll gain warmth and more fun. You could also look into the K612, but I haven't heard them yet (I will be very, very soon). They are like $150, and apparently do everything well.

The Q701s are on sale where I'm looking to buy from so would those be just as good as the K70x? I am aware that the two are around the same so sorry for asking. 

 

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zombie_X View Post
 

Hi Gents,

 

After playing around with the adapter design, I've come around to the final design. The entire body of the adapter will be made of metal with glue shrink holding it together. I've wired all the internal with solid core copper. This also insures the highest quality signal will be sent, though I have considered wiring the internals with solid core Silver. The new design is more snug with the AKG as well. The 1/8" jack I used has a smaller entry, so the Boom Pro wont turn nearly as much as the prototype I made.

 

I'm opening up a testing program for these very shortly. Participants will be put on a list and there will be one unit passed around among the members. Final details will be disclosed later. 

 

Stillhart, I have your adapter in hand, let me know when you want it. Same goes for you MLE.

 

On the left is the prototype, on the right is the final design.

 

I would definitely want one of these if I end up getting the Q701! Would definitely be better using the Boom Pro instead of a separate mic! Sadly, I'm in Canada so I'm not sure how I'd get my hands on one... 

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