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So I've been looking for gaming/music headphones....

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I've done my research, looking for something I can use on airplanes with my iPod, and connect to my XBoxOne to game and chat.  Not as easy as it sounds.  Apple style headphones don't work with the XBoxOne (shock!), so I had to find something that could convert Apple headphones to the CTIA style plug the XBoxOne uses. 

 

During my research, on here, InnerFidelity, YouTube, etc., i decided on the UE6000 headset.  It's got some noise cancellation for airplane trips, folds up small for travel to the beach, and most importantly, it sounds like, from reviews, the sound signature I'm looking for, BASS with clear mids and treble.  Only one problem with them.  They are Apple compatible.  That means the mic won't work on the XBoxOne.  Enter V-Moda.  I was initially considering the Crossfade M-100's, but the price kind of scared me a bit, and a few threads here stated that the bass wasn't what I was looking for.  But the accessories were what I was looking for.  The Boompro mic to be specific.  It is CTIA compatible, and works with the UE6000's.  How do I know?  There was a review on Amazon.ca that did exactly what I was thinking of doing.  Take the UE6000 headphones, connect the Boompro mic, zip-tie some of the cord down so I don't have a full 6 ft. cable hanging between my head and the controller, and game and chat on the XBoxOne.  When I want to listen to music, take the UE cable, plug it in, and operate my iPod with the controller on the headphone cord. 

 

I just thought I would write this for others wondering the same as myself, and what I did for research to be able to do things like this.  Currently waiting on Purolator courier for my headphones, and my mic hasn't shipped yet.  I'll update this thread with the results, and let everyone know how this all works out.

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The headphones arrived today, the mic should be here Monday.  I've been testing the headphones for the past two hours, with everything from Jack Johnson and Diana Krall, to Five Finger Death Punch and Metallica.  They sound great!  Just the right amount of bass with the noise cancelling/amplifier turned on, and a little anemic with it off.  I love these things, they are my new go to headphone.  IEM's are beginning to bother me, shoving things in my ear tends to hurt after a while, and I wanted to try an over-ear design.  I highly recommend these cans for those looking for bass, but want clear sound.  These provide that in spades.  I'll let you know the gaming aspect of them when I get the mic, and try these out on XBL.  I do need to get rechargeable batteries now, as these cans take AAA batteries to run the NC/amp aspect.

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Just spent the last hour playing a few games with them.  No chat, as I don't have the mic yet, so single player stuff.  Forza sounds great, the engine noises can really get your heart racing.  Madden, hits are great.  Deliver a serious hit, and get one to the ears, good stuff.  Halo- Spartan Assault.  Guns sound good, grenades sound with a good thump, and you can pick up what the squad is telling you as you proceed through the game.  I tried all the other available XB1 headsets, the Turtle Beach XO7's, the X04's, and the Microsoft XB1 proprietary headset.  The Turtle Beaches both suffered from static, and the Microsoft headset felt like I was listening with Apple earbuds.  These really bring the game alive.  I can't wait for some squad based action with these and the mic on some COD:Ghosts.  Should be great.

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Just finished up with 50+ hours of burn-in on these, with pink noise at full volume.  Went through a set of batteries in the process.  Really loosened up the drivers.  I get full bass impact now, and haven't heard a headphone until now that makes Metallica's "Death Magnetic" sound good.  Can't wait to get my mic on Monday, to give these a chat session a good trial, as well as a Skype call.  So far, I'm really impressed with the sound.  The mids are a little dry, but I can get used to that, as this is a ridiculously good sounding headphone overall.  I've tried a few to get here, and I would say the closest comparison I can give to these are the M50's.  But I prefer these more.

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Got the mic today, and immediately had to try it out.  Pulled it out of the box, and it has about 5-6ft of cable, as well as an included y-adapter for computer use.  I used the included velcro to tie about 3ft. of the cable back, so I wasn't dangling and tripping on the cable.  Plugged it into the UE6000 headphones, and dialled up some COD: Ghosts.  Beautiful!  Mic works great, has a volume control on the cable, so you're not deafening the group, and chat works great.  Mic is nice and easy to bend, making it easy to get to the right position, so it's not bothering you.  My only gripe, is you can't hear yourself chatting with it.  It works fantastically otherwise.  And the sound quality of this combo easily bests the XB1 specific headsets you can get on the market right now.  Perfect combo, and should work with other headsets with a detachable cable as well. 

 

Cable is a solid construction, has a kevlar liner on it, and flexes and moves easily.  Microphonics are non-existent.  At least, I didn't hear any while playing.  Just a wonderful playing headset, and works great with my iPod as well.  I'm a happy camper, and thought I'd let everyone know.

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