Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Computer Audio › Headset / audio / Mic which way to go
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Headset / audio / Mic which way to go

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

HI guys a noob here ...so be easy on me lol

 

I am looking to upgrade my onboard sound from my pc and not really sure what i should go for, should i go for a Asus Xonar STX card pci - e and a good gaming headset, i also watch a lot of movies and use the headset for ventrillo and mumble, Or should i go for a headphone amp like the atro...and a again the headset, and get a clip on mic, i only use it for PC and i will be using the headphones a lot most of the time tbh. and help or adive would be appreciated. my budget is variable i have maybe £300 to £400 tops to spend

 

my last headset was the vulcan ANC which may not be great but they were very comfortable. I would like Over the ear headset if poss.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 9

In your shoes i would hit the best SQ/cans my $$ allows me then work backwards towards a DAC/Soundcard. Also for gaming it would be a god idea to research how the soundcard u eyeing performs as there are games where issues with certain soundcards seem not resolved to this day Finally standard, wired stereo cans, soundcard and seperate MIC for best SQ/$$ rather than headsets for me tongue_smile.gif

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

great, thanks i think i will trouble is trying to find some closed that have great sound but th Hd-598 are open or would have gone for them

 

but thanks i think i'll take you advice look for some can's that are a happy medium then go for a sound card

 

i have a couple hundred pounds so will look on the recommendations..

 

Thanks for you help, if you have any advice on closed headphones that a ggood for gameing and movies as i'll wear them a lot please give me your advice

 

thanks Trog

post #4 of 9
I'd go for the best sounding headphones like what was recommend earlier then get a $20 Logitech USB desktop mic with a The on and off switch. It sounds very clear.
post #5 of 9
I agree with a separate mic/headphones combination - it lets you pick the right headphones for yourself (fit, style, whatever) and still have the mic. Creative actually includes a beam array mic with their newer cards, that works pretty competently, but there's also the Antlion ModMic and various inexpensive models from Zalman and Logitech that can be suitable as well. Said Creative cards also have a built-in headphone amp (the Asus ones do too, but I don't think they give you a mic in the box), which basically solves all hardware questions - just add cans and you're done.

Regarding headphones, have you looked at the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 or ESW9? (You mentioned open-back being no-good, but I didn't catch the "why" there; if open-back is okay, I would also add the Ultrasone HFI-2400 and AKG K701 to that list).
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks Obobskivich the the reason i was going to go with closed was i have a toddler in the next room to where i'll be so wanted it to be as quiet as poss, but tbh i am looking at open as well and the ones that caught my eye where the HD 598's but now you given me 4 to look at i'll go and look at them now,

 

thanks )

post #7 of 9
I think unless you crank the headphones way up, or pick really leaky open cans (like Grados), you probably should be okay with not disturbing others in another room (unless you have really really thin walls). Something like the K701 or HFI-2400, which are open and leaky, aren't likely to be a problem to those in another room (likely not even in the same room - my roommate never complained about the K701).

Regarding the 598 specifically - I haven't heard them, but I have heard their predecessor, the HD 595. Very unoffensive, but a bit boring - I've heard that's supposed to have been improved with the 598, but I cannot confirm this. They certainly look neat in pictures though!
post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post


Regarding the 598 specifically - I haven't heard them, but I have heard their predecessor, the HD 595. Very unoffensive, but a bit boring - I've heard that's supposed to have been improved with the 598, but I cannot confirm this. They certainly look neat in pictures though!

 

From what i've read the 598's is different sounding than the previous versions. Slightly bright and fun. 

 

The HD558 is probably the budget version. tongue.gif

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

yes now i have narrowed it down some,

going to get the Xonar Ess. STX sound card

 

and cthe choice of head phones is between the HD-598 and the DT 990 Pro

 

which would be best for games / movies in about a 50 / 50 split

also i presume the 250 version of the 990's would be better

 

whats your opinions pls

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Computer Audio
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Computer Audio › Headset / audio / Mic which way to go