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post #1 of 12
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HI, :)

 

I'm looking for some good HeadPhones, i always used HeadSets and now like to try out a HeadPhone with ModMic but i'm not sure what HeadPhone i should buy.

I'm using the HeadPhones for a lot of stuff like Voice Chat (Teamspeak, Skype, VoIP), Games (All Styles, from Strategy to FPS), TV/Movies, Music (All Styles, from Classical to Techno).

As you see i probably need neutral HeadPhones, the only once i found was the "Superlux HD681 / EVO".

I also can spend around 100$ or more if i then also get really better sound quality for the money. I also don't want to spend too much money because my HeadSets never lasted long with me (1-2 years) i use them every day for 2-8 hours.

Open or Closed HeadPhone doesn't matter for me only sound quality matters.:L3000:

My new sound card will be also a Realtek ALC 1150 with 150+ Ohm with some japanese premium ELNA audio capacitors.

post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by Outbreaker View Post
 

HI, :)

 

I'm looking for some good HeadPhones, i always used HeadSets and now like to try out a HeadPhone with ModMic but i'm not sure what HeadPhone i should buy.

I'm using the HeadPhones for a lot of stuff like Voice Chat (Teamspeak, Skype, VoIP), Games (All Styles, from Strategy to FPS), TV/Movies, Music (All Styles, from Classical to Techno).

As you see i probably need neutral HeadPhones, the only once i found was the "Superlux HD681 / EVO".

I also can spend around 100$ or more if i then also get really better sound quality for the money. I also don't want to spend too much money because my HeadSets never lasted long with me (1-2 years) i use them every day for 2-8 hours.

Open or Closed HeadPhone doesn't matter for me only sound quality matters.:L3000:

My new sound card will be also a Realtek ALC 1150 with 150+ Ohm with some japanese premium ELNA audio capacitors.

Since you will be using the headphones for chat as well, and at that price point of 100$, I would say why not go for the Plantronics Gamecom 780. You should be happy with that. Thing is if you want better sound quality, you may have to spend 200$ or so and sound is improved only by a bit. This is a very good value and very comfortable.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

I'm currently have the GameCom 380 (26$) it's the GameCom 780 (41$) without the USB sound card and that makes it around 32% cheaper.

But i need to buy a new HeadSet/HeadPhone because of a loose contact on my current one.

The new Plantronics RIG Flex is 70$ but i'm not sure if there is not something better out there, especially since people on this forum say it's better to buy a HeadPhone and ModMic. :confused_face: 


Edited by Outbreaker - 11/28/14 at 8:40am
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

I'm currently using the Plantronics GameCom 380 (27$) it's the Plantronics GameCom 780 (40$) without the USB sound card and that makes it 32% cheaper.

I need to buy a new HeadSet/HeadPhone because of a loose contact, i did also consider the new Plantronics RIG Flex (72$). But i'm not sure if that would be the best choice especially since people here on this forum say it's better to buy a HeadPhone and ModMic to get the most out of the money.

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

I'm currently using the Plantronics GameCom 380 (27$) it's the Plantronics GameCom 780 (40$) without the USB sound card and that makes it 32% cheaper.

I need to buy a new HeadSet/HeadPhone because of a loose contact, i did consider also the new Plantronics RIG Flex (72$). But i'm not so sure if that would be the best choice especially since people here on this forum say it's better to buy a HeadPhone and ModMic to get the most out of the money.


Edited by Outbreaker - 11/28/14 at 8:57am
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Outbreaker View Post
 

I'm currently using the Plantronics GameCom 380 (27$) it's the Plantronics GameCom 780 (40$) without the USB sound card and that makes it 32% cheaper.

I need to buy a new HeadSet/HeadPhone because of a loose contact, i did consider also the new Plantronics RIG Flex (72$). But i'm not so sure if that would be the best choice especially since people here on this forum say it's better to buy a HeadPhone and ModMic to get the most out of the money.

I am sorry I was giving recommendations for headphones with an inbuilt mic. If you are going for headphones without that and intend to buy a seperate mic, I have heard the Sennheiser hd 280 pro and its a great headphone, if you are willing to spend 15$ more than the 100, theres the Sennheiser hd 380 pro, simply outstanding for the price.

 

A little more(160$) and theres the Onkyo ES HF300. Great all round headphone!

 

At 200$, there's the Soundmagic HP200, another very good open back headphone, I have the HP 100 and am very happy with it. That again is 200$. Amazing soundstage and highs!

 

Whatever headphones you buy among these you are in for a very good change, particularly with these headphones and that sound card as well. Happy listening :smile_phones: 

post #7 of 12

I just brought the HyperX Cloud Headset recently, and I must say, for the amount I paid for it (£50 from Amazon), the sound quality is excellent, and IMHO sounds as good (in a different way) as my current IEMs costing more (Yamaha EPH-100 - £90). I've been listening to music and gameplay again on my computer to compare against my speakers and earphones, and it's been positive so far.

 

Based on a QPad headset, which itself is based on a Takstar headphone - search Head-Fi for other user feedback. Random review on the Escapist Magazine.

post #8 of 12

Oh btw. I've had the Asus Xonar DX for a few years now (for my desktop speakers), but my last headset was USB-based, so it's been quite nice being able to plug my new headset into the FP to use the soundcard's processing facilities. Seeing as you're going for an integrated Asus effort, you can probably use the Dolby Headphone processing for the surround sound whilst gaming - no need to spend extra for a headset with "7.1 support" integrated.

post #9 of 12

Well I haven't tried the Hyperx Cloud but is it a marked improvement over the Plantronics one, because the Sennheisers I have suggested are very accurate with very good sound. Never heard the Hyperx Cloud so cant say more, can you help with more details here like whats the soundstage like(must be good because of the big drivers) and the overall sound signature and seperation?

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

What i found out is that the "HyperX Cloud" is better then "Superlux HD681 / EVO" that's what some people say on the internet that are having both.

The HyperX Cloud is now also on sell for 60$ on amazon this is cheap because in the EU it's 112$.:blink:

post #11 of 12

Well the options I have provided are more suited towards music listening, though they may work for games as well. On the other hand, I think the HyperX Cloud may do gaming very well, but I don't know about music. This is why I wanted to know more about the sound signature of the HyperX Cloud, instrument separation, imaging, soundstage etc.

post #12 of 12

Soundstage is the most important thing while gaming so pick a headphone with a good one, next come the highs and the mids(what Creative's scout mode does- basically allows you to hear your enemies better) and a good enough bass. If you like the low rumble, then bass is more important.

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