As for my requirements, I'm extremely open to suggestions and appreciate any and all input. I am quite close to my tv and pc whether it be for gaming, movies, or music so I'm fine with wired as it seems to produce the greatest sound quality and wireless just isn't necessary when I'm within 5 feet of whatever I'll be listening to. Comfort is a big issue. I play video games a lot (at least a few hours a day and up to 5 or 6 hours if on the weekend, etc.) and listen to music whenever I'm conscious so I'd like something that doesn't cause pain during extended use and that fits well without being too loose or squeezing my head.
In terms of sound, I am not a big fan of bright/harsh sounding speakers or headphones. I like more of a warm/neutral sound. Of course, I want plenty of "oomph" for games and movies but I also want an admirable set of cans for music that I enjoy hearing for long periods of time without fatigue.
I would definitely like a setup that has great directionality and soundstage for gaming and movies to be able to hear faint footsteps and gunfire and pinpoint where it's coming from while also being able to adequately portray explosions and other loud booms.
Now that I have most of the backstory out of the way (sorry for the length), I have been wanting a nice headset for a long time since I live in an apartment with 2 roommates and neighbors so I can't have a ridiculously loud surround sound system blaring whenever I want to game or watch a movie. I've been reading for the past 3-4 weeks on everything I can find and I'm simply exhausted of doing it because I still can't make up my mind. I'm hoping you guys can point me in the right direction.
When I searched for things like "best Xbox 360 headset", the same suggestions were always mentioned which are Astro A40's, Tritton AX PRO's, and Turtle Beach HPX/X41's. They are logical choices since they are designed for the console but all seem to come with notable drawbacks such as the price and lack of bass with the Astros and sound quality with the Trittons and TB's. After reading through countless threads and reviews on these, I started coming across people recommending to buy a nice set of audiophile cans and pairing them with an external microphone and making a far better headset than those. The ones I've seen mentioned most which are supposed to be amazing for the price are the Audio Technica A700s and A900s. I am still extremely new to all of this and have no clue which choice as best.
- Would it be better to keep it simple and go with something like the Astro A40 System or will making my own headset yield far better results?
- Will I need to buy an Astro MixAmp to pair with the headphones or is there a cheaper/better alternative for surround sound and connection to my xbox?
- Are the Audio Technica's the best choice in or around that price range? If so, is there a big difference between the A700's and A900's? I believe I found the A700's for around $90 and A900's for approx. $160. What about between the A and AD models? I've also seen a few others mentioned such as the AT M50's and Beyerdynamics.
- If I go with headphones + external mic, is the Zalman Mic on Amazon for $11 the right choice and will it have decent voice quality without picking up all of the outside noise around me?
Basically, I'd like to keep the budget as cheap as possible without sacrificing quality as we all do I'm sure. The MAX I can go for the setup would be around $300-$350 or MAYBE $400 if it's going to be a worthwhile difference. I love my music and my video games so I'd definitely like to have a great set of cans to really bring them to life. However, I'm always glad to find products that are unbelievable "bang for the buck".
I'm truly sorry for the length but I just wanted to make sure I explained everything so it makes it easier on you guys to help me.
Let me know what you think.
Thanks so much!