Hi guys! I'm new to the site and have been researching for a new gaming headset for the last few days.
I previously owned the Astro a40's from 2009 with the MixAmp. They were mostly for console gaming until I got into PC gaming. I really liked them, but they are starting to crap out, the sound cuts in and out.
I also own a pair of Bose QC15 and absolutely love the sound quality out of them.
I'm hoping to get a good sound quality as well as a good mic. As much as i enjoy the astro's, i would like an upgrade or at least something similar. I have considered a second set of astro's, but i keep hearing the build quality has gone down the last few years. Also i live in Canada, and they want 71$ to ship it... I'm not paying a third of the headset in shipping.
My current set up has me connecting my Astro's to the mixamp to the motherboard via a usb.
My motherboard is the Maximus V formula, i do not have a dedicated sound card. Im also not sure of the sound quality if i go through the maximus V formula motherboard without a mixamp, As i always have used the Astro Mixamp from 2009.
Audio info about motherboard :
Realtek® ALC898 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
SupremeFX IV built-in 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 110 dB
- Output THD+N at 1kHz: 95 dB
- TI 6120A2 high fidelity headphone amplifier
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
- ELNA premium audio capacitors
- 1500 uF Audio Power Capacitor
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
- DTS Ultra PC II
- DTS Connect
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
I'm trying to figure out how to get good sound and mic quality as well as comfort. I will be wearing this headset for over 12 hours on some days, talking with friends as well as listening to music in the background. I want to be able to hear quite a lot of the details that some games provide. I don't really need a headset for day to day music or anything like that, as i use my Bose QC15 and love them. This is strictly for gaming. I would like to get some 5.1 sound going.
Any advice? I'm just trying to keep it under 300$. Also i live in Canada.