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post #1 of 13
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Ive been looking at many articles where the Turtle Beach Z Seven is mentioned as the ultimate gamer headset. Its sound is amazing but its 5.1 surround sound, which to me really makes me question it right away. Been many years since i tried a surround headset and wasnt happy with it, but maybe this one is better.

 

But my question really is, am i better off buying a high-end Sennheiser headset meant for Music than a "gamer headset" . Microphone is really not important, headset mic are usually bad compared to standalone anyway.

My Brother is a musician, he has the Sennheiser 580's which have really nice sound but lacks bass i feel.

Any advices guys ? Or is these quite expensive gamer headsets that amazing with 5.1 sound?

post #2 of 13

There are very few 'gamer' headsets that compare in sonic quality to regular headphones in the same price range. 
There have been a very small number of pretty decent sounding gamer headsets from the new gamer-brands (turtle beach, razor etc) so it's always best to give it a listen before buying (if possible) as most headfiers are not familiar with the plethora of gamer headsets available. 

 

In my experience I've only ever heard two headsets that I liked. A cheapish Turtle beach USB model that isn't in production any longer and the current high-end Sennheiser headset ($200?). 


Edited by GREQ - 10/10/13 at 1:48am
post #3 of 13
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Yeah i think im just going for a Sennheiser Momentum. Basicly its the same price for the Turtle Beach one.

post #4 of 13

TBH the Momentum has a fairly smallish soundstage. I love mine, but I prefer other headphones for gaming.

The only plus side is that it doesn't need amping and doubles up as an out-door fashion headphone.

 

It's not bad for games, but if gaming is the only criteria then there are better options.

post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post
 

TBH the Momentum has a fairly smallish soundstage. I love mine, but I prefer other headphones for gaming.

The only plus side is that it doesn't need amping and doubles up as an out-door fashion headphone.

 

It's not bad for games, but if gaming is the only criteria then there are better options.

Can you recommend some? What are your favourites ?

post #6 of 13

I really like the Beyerdynamic DT990 for gaming, but it's open-back, so not ideal for isolation. 

The DT770 is also good but closed-back, so has a bigger bass response - this is quite a popular headphone for gamers because it's closed-back with good good isolation and solid build quality. Quite a lot of games testers use these too.

If you chose any of these, get the 32 ohm version otherwise you'll need an amp.

 

Others have reported the Sennheiser HD558/598 to be good for gaming. 
I like them a lot but have only heard them with music, not games. They are both open back though and benefit from amping.

 

If you think you'll be getting an amp in the future or consider buying one now, professionally modified Fostex RP headphones are also excellent for gaming. Mad Dog by Mr. Speakers for example. 

 

 

For gaming I like to use a professionally modified T20RP MKII (almost completely closed-back) and a vintage Beyerdynamic DT990 (open back).


Edited by GREQ - 10/10/13 at 3:06am
post #7 of 13

Get the V-MODA M-100, XL pads, and their BoomPro Mic and you will have the perfect setup for games, VoIP, and music.

post #8 of 13
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Ended up buying Sennheiser 598 but not decided if i need an AMP or just buy the Asus Xonar Essence card with amp built-in.

Many people are saying that they hardly hear any difference with and without an amp with this headset.

post #9 of 13
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Yeah i think im just going for a Sennheiser Momentum. Basicly its the same price for the Turtle Beach one.

Actually BeyerDyanmic Makes a Good Head Set, that people do enjoy for gaming

post #10 of 13
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Ended up buying Sennheiser 598 but not decided if i need an AMP or just buy the Asus Xonar Essence card with amp built-in.

Many people are saying that they hardly hear any difference with and without an amp with this headset.

Well an open can isn't a bad start, still there are much better options that should cost less. AUdio TEchnica AD700X and Beyer DT 990 are 2 that should be under $150, but the Dt 990  need an amp, which the Asus Sound Card would power just fine

 

still do enjoy the headphones 

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

Well an open can isn't a bad start, still there are much better options that should cost less. AUdio TEchnica AD700X and Beyer DT 990 are 2 that should be under $150, but the Dt 990  need an amp, which the Asus Sound Card would power just fine

 

still do enjoy the headphones

Would you recommend going for an Asus card to power the 598's ? I see reviews say bass are more lenghty with it. Hard to know what they mean with that though.

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by JohnnyReef View Post
 

Would you recommend going for an Asus card to power the 598's ? I see reviews say bass are more lenghty with it. Hard to know what they mean with that though.

If you can afford it, it should bring better quality to your headphons all around, I might look into other Sound Cards as well, for some that may have drivers that enhace your gaming experince 

post #13 of 13
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Ended up returning the Sennheiser 598, not happy With the sound. Love the quality of the sound but i need more beat to it, more bass. Extremely neutral headset so really not my cup of tea.

Thinking of trying the DT 770 which u guys suggested instead.

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