Well, if price is a concern, you can eBay a used DSS for $25-$30 instead of the Mixamp, or the Recon3D like I have which cost half the price of the Mixamp, or you could buy the Tritton 720+ and sell the crappy bundled headphone to someone you don't like (I do not endorse that last option).
And really, do you have a wireless gaming headset and the M-100? If so, are you reeeeeally going to type that you wouldn't much rather be listening to the M-100? I've tested the TBs and read a lot about Trittons and Astros. They're targeted as mainstream, high visibility products, not as value leaders or quality classics. Harsh trebles, poorly defined bass, weird ergonomics (durability & earpad comfort? Whats up with the nylon pads?) and generally unrefined compared to the headphones we get excited about on Head-Fi daily, like the M-100, or the AD700 and Q701 I have
Also, you said again that a headphone with detachable cables was necessary to add a mic. What? No, you just wire a mic straight to the controller or PC mic port (sorry PS3 gamers, I'm not as familiar with working a mic into your setup, but there are posts about it). I bought a 3-pack of cheap lapel mics for $4 and a generic 2.5mm--->3.5mm adapter for the Xbox controller for $3, and my voice is just as clear/loud in voice messages as the TB mics playing back in my XBL party, and I don't have a thingie in my face picking up my breathing. In no way less convenient than a "dedicated" gaming headset that still has to be plugged into the Xbox controller and console.
AD700 ($80) + mic ($7 total) + Recon3D ($70-$80) = my current Xbox setup = $157, better soundstage, sound-"hunting" ( ), PC + Xbox. Sometimes I rotate in my Q701 for an even better experience, though I want an M-100 and I think the boom mic will work just as well. These headphones can't even be touched by the harsh sounding gaming headsets, unless you're talking about the (still poor value to add a mic) Sennheiser or Beyerdynamic headsets. And you still get the benefits of virtual surround... If that's not important (and isn't included on most gaming headsets), then a $2 RCA to 3.5mm adapter and a cheap amp like the FiiO E6 is all you need.
How are "dedicated" gaming headsets more convenient or a better choice for some people compared to great headphones with also great SQ value?
lol... I was just pointing out the fact that instead of buying the V-moda Boom Mic Pro (now priced at $40) + AstroMixamp ($130) specifically as a previous poster mentioned (total $170), you can legitimately purchase a perfectly nice wireless surround sound gaming headset for around $130. I just thought it was funny how the price of that specific setup to get your favorite pair of headphones to work with a console is more than a gaming headset with every feature you could possibly want.
The benefit of having a gaming headset & a separate pair of headphones is if your sibling/spouse/friend wants to listen to music or play video games, you still have another pair of headphones. I feel like having a gaming headset is similar to purchasing noise-canceling or bluetooth or sweat-proof headphones. You are looking at other features besides just sound quality per dollar. There are gaming headsets with good value sound quality too (for example: SteelSeries Siberia V2)
Yea, your $160 set-up is also great value wired solution, and yes, I am sure that everyone here would probably prefer to listen to music on their wired audiophile-grade headphones. However, you can legit get a dedicated wired surround sound gaming headset for less than $80, and stereo sound for less than $50. Then, you could spend the extra $80-$110 you saved on a nicer pair of headphones for music listening. I feel like the only people who are specifically looking for surround sound headsets are competitive FPS players who don't care much about the game soundtrack. So yes, a dedicated gaming headset can be a great alternative for certain people.
Edited by money4me247 - 2/21/13 at 10:59pm