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A few months ago I bought a pair of Turtle Beach EarForce Z2's. From the pictures and reviews they seemed to be quite nice and pretty cheap. When I got them they worked perfectly and I enjoyed using them they were comfortable, sounded great, light weight, and were over ear. After a month or or so I accidentally dropped them about 3 feet off my desk and they broke. What they fail to show you in the pictures on the website is the small plastic piece used to adjust the size of them that breaks extremely easily. 

 

So, this is what I am looking for.

 

Spend around 100-200$.

Good Quality 7.1 Surround Sound EDIT: Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound. Since true surround sound in headphones is impossible.

Good Durability 

Light Weight 

Over Ear (On ear tends to hurt after a couple of hours because of my glasses)

 

It doesn't need to have mute or volume buttons, but normally they do at this price. I will only be using them for PC gaming and listening to music on my computer, so they don't need to be compatible with any other platforms.

 

I was looking into getting the GameCom 780's from Plantronics, my friend recommended these to me. He says they are very comfortable, have great 7.1 surround sound, are very durable, and quite light. But they're an on ear headset and he doesn't have glasses, so I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on them?

 

If anyone has any questions or needs added information, just ask.

 

Thanks for the Help!


Edited by Malthazare - 8/6/13 at 11:39am
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Heya,

 

7.1 surround in a headphone doesn't exist. It's laughable that they still advertise that. 7.1 is referring to channels and LFE. A channel is discreet. And the LFE is an output to a stand alone, self powered subwoofer. So unless the headphone has 7 drivers (separate ones) and an eighth driver that acts as a subwoofer, then maybe they can advertise that. All the "surround" jargon you find on headphones and "gaming headsets" are just a bunch of normal 2 driver low quality headphones, with a lot of fancy words and a little dinky USB "soundcard" built into it that has software that emulates surround sound. It's fake. It's impossible to have more than 2 channels on a 2 driver headphone. It's that simple. So instead of buying into paying half your money towards the idea of emulation and names and all that, maybe remove yourself from that abyss, and instead, move towards simply getting quality gear that does an even better job at what you're trying to do. Get some serious headphones. Get a nice soundcard (which is an internal DAC and amplifier, with software for adding surround emulation, for computers). Forget the "headsets" and "gaming headphones" junk.

 

Suggestion:

 

Sound Blaster Z series (has all the surround tech you could want for gaming, and the ability to drive serious headphones, with an external dongle to control it all)

Beyer DT770 PRO (closed back for isolation/privacy)

Beyer DT990 PRO (open back for more sound stage)

 

Add whatever microphone that you like after that. The AntLion Mod Mic would be my suggestion there.

 

Very best,


Edited by MalVeauX - 8/6/13 at 5:53am
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Originally Posted by Malthazare View Post

So, this is what I am looking for.

Spend around 100-200$.

Good Quality 7.1 Surround Sound EDIT: Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound. Since true surround sound in headphones is impossible.

Good Durability 

Light Weight 

Over Ear (On ear tends to hurt after a couple of hours because of my glasses)

Sennheiser HD558, sometimes they sell used for just over $100, on eBay & Amazon.

Asus Xonar DG (PCI) sound card (only 5.1), $30 and there is a $10 mail in rebate this month.

Get any add-on mic you like, $10-$15?

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