I'll begin by saying I'm not an audiophile, but I respect the opinion of those who are and I humbly ask for your advice in my current situation.
I've had a set of Klipsch ProMedia 5.1's for more than 12 years or so, and the amp died last year so I got it fixed, and it was recently killed again in a power surge. I'm looking at about $150 to get it fixed again, or I could buy something new. The way I see it I have 3 major choices and I'm curious for your input:
1.) Fix the amp and keep using what I've got
2.) Get a new amp and keep using my existing speakers
3.) Buy headphones
It's worth noting that my computer is also hooked up to my 7.1 home theater setup in the den, and so I'm really just looking for a decent quality setup for my office. This is going to be 95% gaming and 5% music, so sound quality for music isn't that important. Voice chat is essential and I currently have a mic that I can keep using with whatever setup I go with. I am currently using the onboard sound device on my motherboard, and I wouldn't be against a cheap soundcard if that would make a noticeable improvement.
I'm not completely against headphones, and I understand that they're very popular, but I've never found a set of headphones that I can wear for more than an hour or so without getting very uncomfortable. I also don't like being 'deaf' to things happening in my house while I'm playing games, so I'm mostly considering speakers -- but should I keep trying to find a comfortable set of headphones? Are there headphones that will be comfortable (#1 concern) and also not be completely noise-cancelling?
My budget is ideally under $150 for everything, and I realize that limits my options, but I've seen a lot of information about some value studio monitors in that price range, but is that really want I want for gaming?
Edited by amneisac - 7/2/14 at 9:50am