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post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 

I am looking to buy headphones mainly for gaming, but also for music. Will I get better bang/buck with a gaming headset, or with headphones and a modmic?

 

Does a gaming headset have any special surround sound not found in traditional headphones, or are they the same? I want to be able to hear the direction sounds are coming from.

 

It would be helpful if you made suggestions or directed me to a comparison thread for hardware under $300.

post #2 of 33

What I read from head-fi is that game headphone, (i.e:- 7.1 surround etc) are gimmicky. A good sound stage reproduction will tell you which direction the sound is coming from. Anyway let's here some experts.

post #3 of 33
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Originally Posted by spooky655 View Post
 

I am looking to buy headphones mainly for gaming, but also for music. Will I get better bang/buck with a gaming headset, or with headphones and a modmic?

 

Does a gaming headset have any special surround sound not found in traditional headphones, or are they the same? I want to be able to hear the direction sounds are coming from.

 

It would be helpful if you made suggestions or directed me to a comparison thread for hardware under $300.


I like to think the Sennheiser HD558s ($130) with any add-on mic you like is a good setup.

post #4 of 33
Thread Starter 

So I will likely get better quality from headphones? And I can just look up the best value headphones in general to find ones that will suit my needs?

 

Also, my motherboard has these audio features:

  1. Realtek ALC889 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for Dolby® Home Theater
  5. Support for S/PDIF Out

 

Is adding a sound card necessary?


Edited by spooky655 - 11/13/13 at 7:49am
post #5 of 33
Whats your budget? do you prefer open or closed headphones, depending if you want sound isolation.

Im also new to this but from i know, you might need to get some low impedence headphones since yo will be using onboard sound. Unless you do get an amp, then get higher impedence headsets.

You can also download razer surround now before the start of next year to get it for free, and gives you virtual surround on any stereo headset. I actually like it but im sure its not the best.
post #6 of 33
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The budget would preferably be $200 CAD. I think open would be acceptable, unless the sounds would be picked up by the mic.

 

I know the Astro A50's come with a mixamp for $300. I was hoping for at least as good sound as those.


Edited by spooky655 - 11/13/13 at 9:08am
post #7 of 33
I dont think the mic will be able to pick up sound from the headset. The A50 are wireless but I dont really like wireless much. You can actually buy the mix amp pro for 130 bucks on their site and buy the sennhesier pc360 and call it a day. Any stereo headset can be hooked up onto the mixamp.

Myself...im debating on getting a PC363D...they are the same as PC360 but are more comfortable but more pricey..it all depends on what you want. Also if you just want a headset without the mic, beyerdyanmic dt990 are good as well as the sony mdr ma900, and then buy a mod mic to attach to any headset.
post #8 of 33
Thread Starter 

Is an amp necessary for $200 headphones? I don't really need the mixer.

 

I also want the headphones to be as accurate as possible without exaggerated bass, etc.


Edited by spooky655 - 11/13/13 at 11:09am
post #9 of 33
some do need it depending on the impidence...usually like the ma900 dont need it and sound great and when used with an amp, they sound even better. And well if u dont need the mixer, than you wont get virtual surround sound.
post #10 of 33
Thread Starter 

Oh, I thought the mixer just balanced voice chat with game audio. You're saying it is what allows me to better hear where sound is coming from?

post #11 of 33
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Is an amp necessary for $200 headphones? I don't really need the mixer.

I also want the headphones to be as accurate as possible without exaggerated bass, etc.

The HD558s ($130 in USA) do not come with a heavy bass and should work plugged directly into your motherboard.

A Creative Labs Sound blaster Z (SB1500) sound card should improve audio quality, $100 in USA.

post #12 of 33
Thread Starter 

Does the sound card serve the same purpose as the mixamp?

post #13 of 33
Yes, it gives you positional audio as well as balancing chat audio and game audio.

I actually now decided to buy The Sony MA900 for gaming. These are the best balanced headsets for gaming. For 200 bucks... I think they are worth it..although i want to know where people get them for less than 200? lowest i heard was 150
post #14 of 33
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Originally Posted by spooky655 View Post
 

Does the sound card serve the same purpose as the mix-amp?


The Z and Mix-amp roughly do the same thing, but for PC use, the Z is a better pick, better DAC chip and more powerful headphone amplifier.

Mix-amp is really a better choice for gaming consoles.

post #15 of 33
@PurpleAngel

You said it right! smily_headphones1.gif
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