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My best bet on a gaming headset under $100.

post #1 of 14
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Hey guys just joined in. Its nice to finally join this wonderful community :D

 

Now on to the topic:

 

Sorry for the cheesy title  . . . I'm gonna order a headset within this week. I'm not an audiophile(a noob to be exact), so I'm asking for you guys' opinion on this. 
 
> I'v choosen the Audio Technica ATH-AD700. Link - http://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATH-A.../dp/B000CMS0XU
 
> This is not a surround sound headset. Can't find anything good under my budget. Also heard a good stereo headset always outperforms a cheap surround sound one. 
 
> Read some good reviews about this, but I thought it would be a better idea to ask you guys before(rather then after) ordering.
 
> My budget is $100. Please suggest accordingly. Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 14

What system are you going to be using the headphones with?

 

Do you need a mic built in?

 

I really like my Turtle Beach X12

 

Sure they are not the best sounding headphone on the markget, but for under $60 they are good enough and they offer some great features like bass boost and independent volume control for both chat and game.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Force-Gaming-Headset-Amplified-Stereo-Pc/dp/B005DQG0BO

 

They are definitely one of the best investments I have made for gaming on my XBOX 360.

 

Do not think that the X11 is the same as the X12.  If you go with Turtle Beach stay with the X12.

post #3 of 14
You chose wisely. The AD-700 is considered the best headphones for gaming for under $100, In fact, many people prefer them for gaming over more expensive headphones. The wide soundstage helps with positional audio.

That being said, they are bass light. If you are into being wowed by explosions and other heavy bass sounds, not going to get that with these headphones. But gamers say that's better for positional audio because the deep bass can get in the way of hearing footsteps. smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post

What system are you going to be using the headphones with?

 

Do you need a mic built in?

 

I really like my Turtle Beach X12.

 

 

My bad. I'l be using this on a PC. To be more appropriate, play BF3/BF4 in PC. I'l buy a decent sound card later on. I'm concentrating more on the sound quality and less on the mic for now. Because what I hear comes first. Yeah the TB X12 is pretty good bang for the buck I hear :)

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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

You chose wisely. The AD-700 is considered the best headphones for gaming for under $100, In fact, many people prefer them for gaming over more expensive headphones. The wide soundstage helps with positional audio.

That being said, they are bass light. If you are into being wowed by explosions and other heavy bass sounds, not going to get that with these headphones. But gamers say that's better for positional audio because the deep bass can get in the way of hearing footsteps. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Thanks. As I said before, I'l mostly be playing BF3/BF4 . Playing these two games and others which will be released in the coming months, is my main purpose. Not music/movies. Hope you see my point by now. Will you still suggest the AD-700?

 

Also can you please tell me how the HD-518/HD-280 PRO will be performing compared to the AD-700?


Edited by Ork7O - 8/21/13 at 5:08pm
post #6 of 14
As a general rule, open headphones have bigger soundstage than closed headphones. So HD-280 PRO won't even come close for gaming. I'm not familiar with the HD-518, but have you seen Mad Lust Envy's Gaming Guide: http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-8-17-2013-cal-nuforce-hp-800-fiio-e12-reviewed. There are headphone ratings there for gaming. AD700 wins over almost everything else, even headphones that cost several times as much. You don't need to look any more biggrin.gif
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

As a general rule, open headphones have bigger soundstage than closed headphones. So HD-280 PRO won't even come close for gaming. I'm not familiar with the HD-518, but have you seen Mad Lust Envy's Gaming Guide: http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-8-17-2013-cal-nuforce-hp-800-fiio-e12-reviewed. There are headphone ratings there for gaming. AD700 wins over almost everything else, even headphones that cost several times as much. You don't need to look any more biggrin.gif

Thank you, good Sir. I now can sleep in peace when its almost 7 am here  biggrin.gif. . . Now all that remains is to buy a Zalman Zm-Mic1 and a sound card. I'm thinking about buying a x-fi titanium for now. Will this be enough for the AD700 . . . Or should go the asus route and look for something similar there? . . .confused.gif  . ..I got around $60 margin on the card.

 

Btw, I also own a pair these http://www.microlab.cn/product_detail.asp?id=281&bigclassid=15&smallclassid=72


Edited by Ork7O - 8/21/13 at 6:13pm
post #8 of 14
I use external DACs now, but I believe that the Creative cards have better gaming audio than the Xonars in terms of software driver support.

I also think I read that the with the Titanium HD, you have to unplug the speakers to get the headphone output to work (not sure). Might be best to look into Soundblaster Z series cards as well. But like I said, gaming cards are not my thing.
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Originally Posted by Ork7O View Post

Thank you, good Sir. I now can sleep in peace when its almost 7 am here  biggrin.gif. . . Now all that remains is to buy a Zalman Zm-Mic1 and a sound card. I'm thinking about buying a x-fi titanium for now. Will this be enough for the AD700 . . . Or should go the asus route and look for something similar there? . . .confused.gif  . ..I got around $60 margin on the card.

 

Btw, I also own a pair these http://www.microlab.cn/product_detail.asp?id=281&bigclassid=15&smallclassid=72

Takstar Hi2050 (Technical Pro HPT-990) semi-open headphones, $70

Asus Xonar DG (PCI) sound card, $26.49 and there is a $10 mail in rebate this month.

Add an add-on mic you like.

post #10 of 14
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Takstar Hi2050 (Technical Pro HPT-990) semi-open headphones, $70

Asus Xonar DG (PCI) sound card, $26.49 and there is a $10 mail in rebate this month.

Add an add-on mic you like.

 

Thanks. I'l be using a DGx as my PCI slots are almost covered by my gpu. I just came to know these - http://www.amazon.com/Creative-EF0060-Aurvana-Live-Headphones/dp/B000ZJZ7OAhttp://au.creative.com/p/bundled-offers/aurvana-live-twin-pack. Reviews are good too.

 

> How good will be these compared to the AD700 ? 
 
> Which cups are more suitable for long sessions of online gaming? Open or Closed?
 
> What are my options in open headsets other than AD700 within $100?
 
Thanks in advance.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Ork7O View Post

Thanks. I'l be using a DGx as my PCI slots are almost covered by my gpu. I just came to know these - http://www.amazon.com/Creative-EF0060-Aurvana-Live-Headphones/dp/B000ZJZ7OAhttp://au.creative.com/p/bundled-offers/aurvana-live-twin-pack. Reviews are good too.

> How good will be these compared to the AD700 ? 

> Which cups are more suitable for long sessions of online gaming? Open or Closed?
> What are my options in open headsets other than AD700 within $100?.

I have the CALs, but to me the cups are too small, diaphrapm feels like it is two millimeters from my ear.

Can only wear the CALs for 10 minutes at a time, before my ears feel "bothered".

post #12 of 14
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I have the CALs, but to me the cups are too small, diaphrapm feels like it is two millimeters from my ear.

Can only wear the CALs for 10 minutes at a time, before my ears feel "bothered".

WoW. Very important piece of info there. I was worried about exactly this point. Comfort. Well then, my head is pretty big and I'm sure the 'cups being too small effect' will cross my mind too. 

 

So not to many open headphones under $100 then huh?

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Ork7O View Post

WoW. Very important piece of info there. I was worried about exactly this point. Comfort. Well then, my head is pretty big and I'm sure the 'cups being too small effect' will cross my mind too. 

 

So not to many open headphones under $100 then huh?

I push the Takstar Hi2050 (Technical Pro HPT-990) semi-open headphones, not perfect and needs hours of break in time,

decent bass for an open headphone.

 

EDIT, have not used the Hi2050s in months.

So I just plugged them in, not bad for only $70.


Edited by PurpleAngel - 8/22/13 at 3:30pm
post #14 of 14
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Thank you all for you kind responses. I am grateful. Finally got the AD 700. The xonar dgx is gonna be here next week. I'm having an weird issue with AD 700 though. The left can seems to be louder than that of the left one. I had to manually adjust the balance from the sound driver(http://i.imgur.com/PvISGxm.jpg). Its much like this one here, just opposite  - http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1701687 . Do you guys know anything about this :S, I finally got this HP after 1 month of wait and this happens :'(

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