I am in the process of finding a pair of decent headphones/headset for gaming, movies (mostly online streaming movies/videos) and listening to music. During my search I had run across people recommending this forum so I figured I would join in to see if anyone can offer me some ideas/recommendations.
Note that I am aware that this forum is aimed more at higher end headphones but doing a search shows that people have been helpful offering advice on less expensive options as well. Right now I am leaning towards a cheaper gaming headset option which I would like advice on but would also like advice on other options that might be available to me if I saved more funds or an upgrade in the future.
I have currently been using Logitech H390 ($40 found at RadioShack or Best Buy) which are very cheap but do the job. I once owned a Sennheiser headeset and miss it very much as the sound quality was superior in comparison.
I will be using these at home only on my PC (no gaming consoles, ipods, etc.)
Current budget is approximately $150.
My current requirements:
- Open ear (so that I can hear the phone or door plus they are a lot cooler than closed)
- Good sound quality (please remember I am not an audiophile)
- Preferably 7.1 surround option (for a more "in the game" feeling as well as hearing where other people are in FPS games.
- Easy way to switch between 7.1, 5,1 and stereo
- Preferably a mic built in for gaming purposes
- Windows 8.1 compatible
With that said I am currently leaning towards Sennheiser PC 323D (which, to my standards, would sound much better than my current H390's and has all of the above requirements).
I know that many people seem to like Logitech G35 but a comparison shows the Sennheisers to be better for a little bit more money.
Comparison link: http://versus.com/en/logitech-g35-vs-sennheiser-pc-323d
Can anyone recommend something I should be looking at in comparison around my budget?
In addition to my above question, I would also like advice on going a different route such as actual 7.1 surround headphones and a sound card. Can anyone offer any ideas on what they would do in this case (preferably as cheap as possible even if it doesn't fit my current budget)?
And if anyone needs to know my computer specs (for ideas on space, onboard audio, etc.) they are found below. The onboard audio uses Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC though this is irrelevant when using a USB headset.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing any ideas and advice!
Z87 Performance Custom Computer System
Case: FRACTAL DESIGN, ARC XL Full Tower Case w/ Window, EATX, 9 Slots
Power Supply: SEASONIC, M12II-650 Bronze 650W Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 80 PLUS® Bronze
Motherboard: ASUS, Z87-PLUS, DDR3-3000 (O.C.) 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /1+1*, SATA 6Gb/s RAID 5 /8, mini-DP + HDMI + DVI + VGA, USB 3.0 /6+2, HDA, GbLAN, ATX
Processor: INTEL, Core™ i7-4770 Quad-Core 3.4 - 3.9GHz TB, HD Graphics 4600, LGA1150, 8MB L3 Cache, DDR3-1600, 22nm, 84W, EIST HT vPro VT-d VT-x XD
Memory: CRUCIAL, 16GB (2 x 8GB) Ballistix Sport PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
Video Card: EVGA, GeForce® GTX 780 Superclocked w/ ACX Cooler 967-1020MHz, 3GB GDDR5 6008MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, DP + HDMI + 2x DVI
SAMSUNG, 500GB 840 EVO Series SSD, TLC Samsung MEX, 540/520 MB/s, SATA 6 Gb/s, 2.5-Inch 7mm,
SEAGATE, 1TB Barracuda®, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache
Operating System: MICROSOFT, Windows 8.1 64-bit Edition