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I've been looking to get a headset primarily for gaming so that I can play without annoying my partner. Although I will probably use it for listening to music too. I thought I'd come here for advice, I've been a silent reader for a while and really appreciate the depth of knowledge users here have. My perfect headset would include the following features in order of preference:

 

Decent audio capabilities and surround sound- either virtual or real

Microphone

Both PC & Xbox compatible

Stylish (not over the top) design

Detachable microphone

Desk stand

Wireless (not necessary but I thought I'd put it on as its always a nice feature, but don't want to sacrifice audio quality for it).

 

I'm the first to admit I don't really know a whole lot about the range of headsets / headphone and mic combos available as was hoping for some friendly advice about what to get. Budget is fairly low, not really looking to spend over £100 unless the headset is really worth it. One set I had looked at is the Turtle Beach PX5 but read mixed reviews about audio quality.

 

Cheers for any advice.

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Originally Posted by tolks View Post

I've been looking to get a headset primarily for gaming so that I can play without annoying my partner. Although I will probably use it for listening to music too. I thought I'd come here for advice, I've been a silent reader for a while and really appreciate the depth of knowledge users here have. My perfect headset would include the following features in order of preference:

 

Decent audio capabilities and surround sound- either virtual or real

Microphone

Both PC & Xbox compatible

Stylish (not over the top) design

Detachable microphone

Desk stand

Wireless (not necessary but I thought I'd put it on as its always a nice feature, but don't want to sacrifice audio quality for it).

 

I'm the first to admit I don't really know a whole lot about the range of headsets / headphone and mic combos available as was hoping for some friendly advice about what to get. Budget is fairly low, not really looking to spend over £100 unless the headset is really worth it. One set I had looked at is the Turtle Beach PX5 but read mixed reviews about audio quality.

 

Cheers for any advice.

Headset are crap, you can get Boom Mics or clip on mics for cheap that do the job.

Real surround sound is a horrible gimmick, there is a major thread on overclock.net, and if you have a look at the Mad Lust Envy thread in the computer section you will learn something, go read first then post back. Your lucky I even posted.

 

Unless your buying the Sennheiser RS220 your always going to sacrifice for audio quality.


Edited by WiR3D - 5/22/12 at 12:37am
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Originally Posted by tolks View Post

I've been looking to get a headset primarily for gaming so that I can play without annoying my partner. Although I will probably use it for listening to music too. I thought I'd come here for advice, I've been a silent reader for a while and really appreciate the depth of knowledge users here have. My perfect headset would include the following features in order of preference:

 

Decent audio capabilities and surround sound- either virtual or real

Microphone

Both PC & Xbox compatible

Stylish (not over the top) design

Detachable microphone

Desk stand

Wireless (not necessary but I thought I'd put it on as its always a nice feature, but don't want to sacrifice audio quality for it).

 

I'm the first to admit I don't really know a whole lot about the range of headsets / headphone and mic combos available as was hoping for some friendly advice about what to get. Budget is fairly low, not really looking to spend over £100 unless the headset is really worth it. One set I had looked at is the Turtle Beach PX5 but read mixed reviews about audio quality.

 

Cheers for any advice.

 

Heya,

 

Get any nice headphone.

 

Add ModMic.

 

Very best,

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Correction your even luckier Malveaux posted. 

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by tolks View Post

I've been looking to get a headset primarily for gaming so that I can play without annoying my partner. Although I will probably use it for listening to music too. I thought I'd come here for advice, I've been a silent reader for a while and really appreciate the depth of knowledge users here have. My perfect headset would include the following features in order of preference:

 

Decent audio capabilities and surround sound- either virtual or real

Microphone

Both PC & Xbox compatible

Stylish (not over the top) design

Detachable microphone

Desk stand

Wireless (not necessary but I thought I'd put it on as its always a nice feature, but don't want to sacrifice audio quality for it).

 

I'm the first to admit I don't really know a whole lot about the range of headsets / headphone and mic combos available as was hoping for some friendly advice about what to get. Budget is fairly low, not really looking to spend over £100 unless the headset is really worth it. One set I had looked at is the Turtle Beach PX5 but read mixed reviews about audio quality.

 

Cheers for any advice.

 

I think your budget may be a bit too low. 

 

I would look for an Astro Mixamp (surround sound for consoles) + Samson SR850 (headphones) + ModMic (detachable mic).


Edited by chicolom - 5/22/12 at 11:52am
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Why are headsets with integrated mics considered a bad choice, don't they use the same technology?

 

I had a look at reviews for a few different ones, i.e. the Corsair Vengeance 1500 which most said had good audio performance (though I don't want to get them as they only connect over usb).

 

I would appreciate if someone would explain the differences without just scoffing at my lack of knowledge, I'm already quite aware of that.

 

 

@chicolom

Thanks for the advice, the mixamp looks very interesting and I hadn't seen these before.

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Originally Posted by tolks View Post

Why are headsets with integrated mics considered a bad choice, don't they use the same technology?

 

I would appreciate if someone would explain the differences without just scoffing at my lack of knowledge, I'm already quite aware of that.

 

 

@chicolom

Thanks for the advice, the mixamp looks very interesting and I hadn't seen these before.

 

There's nothing wrong with integrated mics, it's just that most "gaming" headsets are made by companies that don't have a lot of experience making headphones.  They usually have inferior sound quality (and build quality) to hi-fi headphones.  They're cheaper, sound worse, and sometimes appear to be more concerned with styling then sound quality. 

 

 

Here's a sample of what Dolby Headphone sounds like, which is the surround sound tech inside the Mixamp.  Listen to it with headphones on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=L9ApNLMmeAs#t=331s

post #8 of 9

Do some research. check the Mad lust envy gaming thread

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Correction your even luckier Malveaux posted. 

All hail the great and all knowing Malveaux.

But if you need a brain, a heart or courage, go someplace else.

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