I know that gaming audio is basically a joke, for good reason, but as a long-time lurker (5+ years at this point) and a big-time gamer, it's been killing me that there really aren't any great audio products available for gamers. Seems like a case of "you get what you ask for"--the gaming market is flooded with horrifyingly poor products and fads (vibrating headphones, anyone) that make me ashamed of the community in general.
At this point, I've tried a wide variety of headsets (Sennheiser PC350/PC360, Beyerdynamic MMX300, Astro A40, etc) and IEMs (Etymotic HF3, Westone UM-2/UM3X-RC/W40, etc) with lapel microphones, with mixed results.
Basically, the problem boils down to one of three things: either I'm stuck listening to mediocre headphones, I've got a million wires attached to me, or I can't hear myself talking to my buddies over the microphone because my ears are plugged up with an IEM and I wind up sounding like a deaf guy.
Given that the chances are nil that Sennheiser will create a HD650 with a hypercardiod boom microphone, I was wondering if you guys had an out-of-the-box idea for an audio system build that could marry great sound quality (preferably with a closed circumaural headphone, to reject computer fan noise) with excellent off-axis microphone noise rejection (mechanical keyboards perform great, but tend to be obnoxiously loud), for less than $1000.
Personally, I'm considering mounting a shotgun microphone (e.g. Rode Videomic Pro) to the top of my monitor, and then picking up a Sennheiser HD650 to see how well my Essence STX can drive it. But I'm totally open to any suggestions you might have. Thanks!
Edited by Fuzzylog1c - 3/19/14 at 9:30pm