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Dad looking for highest quality gaming headset with mic that won't pick up the kids in the background

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As the title says. Right now I'm a little paranoid about bothering friends through mumble or in-game comm with the kiddies making background noise.

 

My setup is an Asus Xonar Essence STX with some Sennheiser PC350s. I used to listen to more music but I just don't have much time anymore and I use my audio equipment mainly for gaming these days. I feel like a change but all my research points back to the PC350s. I've been wearing that model headphone for 7 years now, surely there's something better by now...

 

I'm looking for:

-durable

-mic that blocks out background noise better than what I have or advice on settings/physicality that can help

-closed back

-over ear

-stereo

-comfortable

-highest quality possible

-good mids/highs (bass is a bonus as long as the mids/highs are clear)

-budget not a concern

 

If anyone has information about a way to macro a mute button on my kb I'd really appreciate them. The MMX 300s are interesting but lack that mute and I've read they pick up more background noise than the PC350s.

 

I appreciate any feedback, but I'd prefer first-hand knowledge. I've been reading here for years but this is my first post. Thanks for all the years of info.

 

EDIT: I should clarify this is for PC gaming.

 

EDIT2: I'm in the stereo headphone and let the game/drivers do the surround sound camp.


Edited by EARBALLS - 10/18/13 at 3:05pm
post #2 of 7

The best headset with no budget limits would be the Turtle Beach Seven.

 

Does everything you want.

post #3 of 7

Maybe swap out the stock op-amps in the STX, get some LME49990s or AD797BRs.

Might add new life to the PC350s.

 

Maybe try the "Unified Xonar Drivers".

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Maybe swap out the stock op-amps in the STX, get some LME49990s or AD797BRs.

Might add new life to the PC350s.

 

Maybe try the "Unified Xonar Drivers".

 

That's a great idea. I've also read about bass mods which is basically just drilling ports. Since I have a working extra pair I'll experiment on them. I'm reading about the drivers now and it's on my to-do list for sure. Any input on the mic picking up background noise?

 

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Originally Posted by Rage038 View Post
 

The best headset with no budget limits would be the Turtle Beach Seven.

 

Does everything you want.

 

Those actually uncheck a lot of boxes for me. I think I'm steering clear of those but I appreciate the feedback.

post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by EARBALLS View Post
 

 

Any input on the mic picking up background noise?


I don't know if it's possible but try lowering the gain in Windows of maybe the microphone has that function.

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by EARBALLS View Post
 

That's a great idea. I've also read about bass mods which is basically just drilling ports. Since I have a working extra pair I'll experiment on them. I'm reading about the drivers now and it's on my to-do list for sure. Any input on the mic picking up background noise?

The only thing I can think of is to cover the microphone, but leave an open in the direction of your mouth.

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I tried with some packing tape but there was little difference in monitoring mode. I might try something thicker since packing tape isn't exactly sound proof.

 

The only recommendation for a new headset so far are the Turtle Beach Seven.

 

Anyone care to suggest something else I should consider?

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