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Looking for best music/gaming headset for $100

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Home Theater' started by johnspack, May 14, 2011.

  1. Widjaja

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    HD202s are fine with me.
    Good for someone who enjoys bass over the rest of the sound.
     
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    The HD 280 Pros sound pretty damn good to me. Maybe you're used to serious Hi-Fi stuff. I do agree a bit on the uncomfortable comment. They squeeze my head a little more than I would like. I find myself using my PC 350 more often than the HD 280 Pros even for music because I can wear them for 12 hours without any discomfort.
     
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    Better than a $100 headset, and hard to beat for closed cans in the price range.
     
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    I can think of around 5 or more pair of headphones that sounds far better than it at the same price or less. WS70, M50, DT770, D1100, D1001/CAL!, SRH840... Don't forget the HD25s too.
     
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    I have hear of certain sennheiser headsets being too small for some domes so it maybe something to take into consideration
     
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    I don't like over the ear, so most seins are out of the picture. And I do think the hd280s should sound good. Remember, I have very limited choices being in a small town in western Canada. At least the Razers use Neodynimium magnets.... my first entry level audiophile set... I so would love a set of real hi-fi headphones, but I have to live on about $500 a month after rent. I can only dream.....
     
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    Have you seen the list?
     
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    All of those, except maybe the Denons, are significantly more expensive. I did overlook the Denons, but I never heard them, so don't know how they compare to the 280's. I know for the $90-100 range closed back headphones, they are a good choice.

    They aren't audiophile. Neodynium magnets does not automatically equal audiophile, or even mean that they are good.

    Trust me, the Razers are poop, ESPECIALLY compared to the other options given to you in this thread.
     
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    The Denons at least have a reasonable soundstage which is very important for gaming. The ES70 is cheaper and have better sound than the HD280Pros and the D1001 too. I did game with them all for a bit, the SRH840 have the best positioning out of them brunch, but also the most expensive. I would never recommend the HD280Pro in my whole life unless all other headphones have been killed off or something. Seeing that stuff you sell in Canada is totally overpriced on that site, why not try Amazoning a pair of Creative Aurva Live! ? They are cheaper, more comfortable, have a far better soundstage and sounds more natural than the HD280Pro. Unless you really hate bass, I see no reason why not.
     
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    Making a fool of myself? Posting misinformation? Stop posting? Well, I agree with one of those. With someone like you on this forum, I won't bother coming back. I have no need to prove myself to you, or prove what I know, but I do hope people actually do their own research on the subject.

    Yes, Dolby Pro Logic is still around & has been improved. In all my research (including Dolby's site), I've never read it was digital. Further, it uses STEREO channels to SIMULATE surround. It isn't true surround sound. Thereby, yes Dolby Digital is better. Pro Logic is used only for mediums that can't or would be difficult to support Digital.

    Heh, I say I don't need to prove myself & yet here I am. That's all I'll bother saying. Goodbye forum!
     
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    Ah, I do want to add two things.
    1 - I don't run sound directly from my PC, I run it through my stereo system. Oddly enough, almost the same speakers you run, but mine is a full Klipsch system with a receiver. Other than the standard analog audio connections on the receiver being a bit soft & somewhat loose, it's a decent system.
    2 - Really this is something that's a matter of opinion. In the end, it's up to each person to investigate for themself. Don't simply take somebody else's word for it, go read what the companies say about their stuff, go try things in person, etc. I feel digital is better due to my own investigations (not only the ones I've posted, they were just the easiest). Most people think analog is better. Find out for yourself.
     
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    Why do we need to care about digital and analog at such a low budget level? As far as I can tell, equipment costing less than about $200 will not be able to show the difference between the two. If OP has the money to fund a mid to high end setup, then the argument is justifiable. but as of now, OP wants something which does good bang for buck, not that extra mile.
     
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    I don't find sound stage nearly as important as accuracy. I prefer analytical over a good sound stage for gaming and music both, any day.
     
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    Listening to music right now on my Razers, using my titanium and putting it through my 10 band hardware eq, then through my JVC rx-5000v a/v amp, sounds really not bad! For sure blows away my el cheapo sonys. The sound is quite clean, and the bass is okay. I still think they blow away anything else for the price.
     
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    So you got Razer after all :mad::ohwell:

    Going to kill a kitten, brb
     
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    Don't worry, once I figure out how to get myself a 2600k system, I'll think about dropping $300 for a nice set of headphones! Prices are stupid up here, and pretty much anything on ebay won't ship to Canada. Sucks.
     
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    No need to buy yourself crapware to tide yourself over. Get something decent in first go as not to waste your money. That is from experience.
     
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    They cost me $80, and through my equipment, sound pretty darn good. Plus, I needed a dedicated headset for my online flying. I don't really need high end audiophile headphones for that. When I do get a headphone set for music, I expect to hunt down a used set of $300+ audiophile headphones. No point in buying crap! But with my budget, it takes a bit more work. I only live on $500 a month, so even saving $300 just for a set of headphones is a bit ridiculous. I need to eat... and buy other computer parts. I'll look for a good used set for like $150-200, I'm sure I could find that.
     
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    In which case you should have gone for something with good bang for buck, but Razer is not exactly bang for buck either. Something along the lines of Creative HS800 (what I use right now for gaming) or Steelseries Siberia V2 would give you more for your money. Ah well, too late now. The important thing right now is you enjoy your purchase, and from the sounds of it you do. Hence no need to ugprade in the future (until your Razer breaks, that is. Which will be pretty soon from what I hear) :toast:
     
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    Can't get HS800 here, and did think about the v2s. Don't really think they are any better than the carcharias, but if you say they are, then fine. Could've spent 20 bucks more for a slightly better set of low end phones. Oh well. I'm still considering the hd280s, and yes I know they're crap, but all I can get here. Lovely living in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere!
     
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    I might be a little late to the party, but if your not worried about a microphone - the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro's are a BEAUTIFUL set of headphones for about $100.


    EDIT: See you already bought Razers.....oh well.....
     
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