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Hello, I'm currently looking to purchase a new headset/headphone for my PC which I will primarily use for games such as Battlefield 3, Counter-Strike and Arma2.


At first I was thinking about getting a 7.1/5.1 headset from companies such as Tritton/Razer/Astro since they are marketed towards gamers, but after looking on several forums I've found out that most audiophiles prefer stereo headsets/headphones with a dolby headphone soundcard such as the Asus Xonar series.


Here are some of the products I was interested in:


( With my onboard soundcard, 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec) )

Tritton AX 720+ ( 165 euro's )

Razer Tiamat ( 200 euro's )



( With any of the Asus Xonar dolby headphone soundcards )

Sennheiser PC350 ( comes with Asus Xonar Xense soundcard ) ( 217 euro's )

Sennheiser PC360 ( 135 euro's cheapest I could find, around 150-200 everywhere else )


Separate soundcard:

Xonar: D2 7.1


I'm not an audiophile, but I would like a nice surround sound headset/headphone which allows me to hear what is going on around me, such as enemies who try to sneak up on me.

But I find sound quality important aswell since games such as BF3 have great sound and I would like to hear that.


I haven't really looked into headphones with a seperate clip-on mic, this might be a good option but I do prefer a mic attached to the headphone since it is a bit more convenient.

As for music and movies: I'll probably just use my cheap logitech/ or TV speakers so it is not that important.


What would you recommend me to purchase ? maybe you have some alternative suggestions for headsets/phones/soundcards ?


other info : normal size head , max buget around 260 euro's.



Thank you for your time.