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post #1 of 9
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Hello,

 

I need some help in choosing my next pair of headphones. It's mostly for listening to music and casual gaming. Currently I am using SteelSeries' Siberia v2 but one of the ear-cups and the microphone are broken, so new ones are needed. I really like the sound of the Siberia v2 though. Should I stick with them or change to one of the following: SteelSeries Siberia v2, SteelSeries 5H v3, SteelSeries 5H v2, CM Storm Pulse-R, Logitech G230 or Razer Electra?

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Originally Posted by WanderVanguard View Post
 

Hello,

 

I need some help in choosing my next pair of headphones. It's mostly for listening to music and casual gaming. Currently I am using SteelSeries' Siberia v2 but one of the ear-cups and the microphone are broken, so new ones are needed. I really like the sound of the Siberia v2 though. Should I stick with them or change to one of the following: SteelSeries Siberia v2, SteelSeries 5H v3, SteelSeries 5H v2, CM Storm Pulse-R, Logitech G230 or Razer Electra?

Is this for Windows PC use?

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

It's for my gaming laptop, yes. It's running on Windows 8.1

post #4 of 9

I would suggest looking elsewhere as you can find better gaming performance than most headphones labeled as "gaming headphones." I'm not sure what your budget is, but I would highly suggest the AKG Q701. You might also want to take a look at Mad Lust Envy's thread where he reviews several headphones solely for gaming purposes. http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-update-4-17-2014-akg-k612-and-k712-pro-added-edits

 

- Roy

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It's for my gaming laptop, yes. It's running on Windows 8.1

 

Did you have a budget?

post #6 of 9

I wouldn't really go for these 'Gaming' labelled headphones as they are not exactly designed for music. The EQ on them is tuned to emphasize the bass, and often quite largely. While it may sound (haha, pun :3) like a good affair for gaming, and listening, you may find that you'd want to listen to something with a little more focus on mids and trebles, such as classical. You don't want overpowering bass for that, because it'll likely drown out those higher frequency ranges. :) Plus, overpowering bass can sound pretty muddy (I'm looking at you 'Beats Headphones').

 

For a general all-round good pair, I can recommended brands like Sennheiser, AKG, Beyerdynamic and Audio Technica. If you have a low budget for this, I highly recommended Sennheisers, like the HD 419/429 (the former being the more bass-focused pair and the latter being more evened out, none too overpowering or unbalanced) or perhaps going minimum and buying a pair of HD 201/202's. Preference plays a big part in what pair you go for though. If you want everything to be smooth and evened out (a flat sound signature), you might want some Audio Technica's, possibly the ATH-M50X's. :) They are all good quality, but everyone has a preference. See if you can try out a pair before buying. It makes the biggest difference knowing what you're getting into.

Hope I've helped, and hopefully I've not broke any rules making this first post. (Sorry admins. It would take too long to read all the rules, but I skim-read it and I get the general idea, I think :3 derp)

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If you want everything to be smooth and evened out (a flat sound signature), you might want some Audio Technica's, possibly the ATH-M50X's

 

I wouldn't consider the M50 to have a flat/neutral sound signature. They have an emphasis on the lows and the highs with somewhat recessed mids. I also wouldn't recommend the M50 for gaming as they have a relatively narrow soundstage and lack sound separation.

 

- Roy

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Quick question, would wireless headphones an option for less than € 60, which is the limit of my budget?

post #9 of 9

Do you need/want surround sound? Usually that's a pretty big deal for gamers (like myself). You might just consider having a separate surround sound headset for gaming and then an entry-mid level pair of cans for music. My Turtle Beach X60s suck with music but for a basic gaming headset the surround imaging is decent. Oh and wired is always superior in terms of sound quality if not the most convenient (the million foot cable on my X60's gets maddening at times lol).

 

 

Update: now that I think about it I hate the sound in the X60's overall...gunfire and other environmental effects just don't sound...real. But they were a gift and I'm not complaining about getting free stuff :)


Edited by jcslone - 7/6/14 at 4:45am
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