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*TPU's Gaming Headphone/Headset Thread*

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Home Theater' started by Kursah, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. Kursah

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    Ya I had read good things about it, but at 2X the price as my HPA2 boom I couldn't ever justify it. But I figured I'd link it for others to see...it does get very good reviews and you're right it's probably better than most other gaming headset mics for sure. I do like the magnet attatchment idea too.
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    my Denon D5000 cost $599, Grado 325i $299 and Sennheiser HD518 $180 so $30 for a quality mic I can attach to any of them is a deal to me. condenser microphones have a higher frequency response.
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    Yea it seems great :) I'll buy it or something like that if I ever need a better mic
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    you need teh adaptor, AND software. most cheap BT adaptors dont come with the software, so you cant run BT audio.

    i ran BT mics for a long time, and they generally sucked. windows wasnt aware when they disconnected so it had no auto-swap to another mic, or notification your mic was down - and quality was often incredibly bad compared to a mobile phone with the same adaptor for some reason.
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    I would've guessed they'd be decent as I've experienced with mobile phones. Sounds like too much of a hassle for crap results...at least for now. I'll stick with my mic input and my HPA2 mic thank you very much! :)
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    Sure, that's all true, Mussels and Kursah. Merging a BT device on a headphone is awkward. But I mean that most if not all the mics on booms, stands and on headsets they sell in computer shops are totally worthless. Contrary to that any quality BT 'headset' for phones from Nokia or Plantronics do the recording job well. That is my experience from using voice dictation since years and I have thrown in the dustbin many 'gaming', multimedia (even from oh! Logitech) headsets or mikes.
    At least the phone stuff delivers.
    On the other side, your tip to attach a mike with fastons is great, no doubt, and gives the cyberpunk looks! :)
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    i've got nokia and plantronics headsets, and they're the ones that give me terribad quality, static, and low quality sound
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    Amazing, stranger than actual space invaders invading us... Return them before guarantee expires mate!!! (but I am afraid your are talking about old stuff...) :banghead:

    I will do some test and return :rolleyes:
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    i bought them in the last 6 months, but they are older models/bottom of their price range.

    Usually i can hear the other side fine, but they hear lots of static and distortion from me, whereas a desktop mic (or corded) work perfectly.
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    My flu does not go away so it is useless to test voice stuff now.... laters... ;)
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    Just found this thread. Won this Corsair Vengeance 1500 in a contest. First nice headset I've had. The mike seems to work good and sound is fantastic. Been using it in ME3 Multiplayer demo and now the real thing!

    Best thing is that the cups fit completely around my ears, not on top. And I've got some big ears. :laugh:

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    That is just because of the noise reduction and level correction features that are incorporated into the mobile headsets. You can apply the same through any decent sound card driver. $10 clip-ons sound alright if you play around with levels and correction algorithms in your sound card driver.
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    i think thats the problem on PC with bluetooth - the poor generic sound drivers for the devices. software should easily be able to clean up the static, but it doesnt because no ones tried.
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    i just got the 1300 but idk if its just me but they dont seem loud turned all the way up for me :confused:

    i wanted the 1500 but i got $40 in mir with these :), i also needed some that fit my whole ear, i dont think i have big ears but got a big head :roll:
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    I've got big ears and a big head! :roll:
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    How would those Sennheiser HD518 sound in comparison to my Sennheiser PC 360 G4ME? They're about $30 more than the HD518...
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    Just got my brand new JVC HA-RX700 in the mail today... im so excited to try them out before work :D
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    I own both. I can't hear any difference.
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    Those HD 518's look soooo much better than the G4ME though... :eek:

    And thanks for that, it makes me happy. :)
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    Alright guys just got my new Mic in the mail today http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005IT9P3G/?tag=tec06d-20 it turned out to be a pretty great buy. the background noise is canceled out by almost double of my old mic stand (was only a 20$ buy for the old mic stand) i sound more clear then before, but my voice is a lot deeper with more bass. i have no complaints with that just a note worthy thing
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    can we review amps also? I just bought the Astro Mixamp
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    nobody is stopping you.
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    How about I encourage you to :p DO IT!
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    Astro Mixamp Pro review
    http://www.astrogaming.com/mixamp/mixamp-usb
    (Never reviewed amps so bare with me. My first amp)

    "The heartbeat of the pro gamer's audio experience. The MixAmp™ Pro combines crystal-clear voice communication with pinpoint-accurate 7.1 Dolby and Dolby Headphone surround. High-power, audiophile-grade amplification completes this portable, powerhouse package."

    So I tested this with a pair of AD700s. First off we have all heard or have experienced first hand how little bass the AD700s have, when paired up with the Astro Mixamp I was actually able to experience quite a bit of bass and it wasn't out of this world bass it was actually pretty clean.

    Music**
    I listened to Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go - Cinema with Skrillex (yeah I listen to dubstep) and Klaypex - Sunrise (feat. Sara Kay) (I will update when I have a listen to other genres as well). So far the soundstage of the AD700s and the Dolby Digital Surround Sound seem to be fighting each other as too which should take over but it's not a bad thing too me it's a Win Win situation (you can turn Dolby Digital off if you want to). I can hear every single beat when listening to these songs, vocals come off clean as well.

    Games**
    Counter-Strike: Source
    So far I've only played Counter Strike Source. Hearing the footsteps in game, gunfire from different directions are easily distinguishable.

    Halo Reach**
    Well, they are meant for consoles after all :p . Playing this game with this amp and the AD700s are unbelievable. I can hear everything, I've noticed that my headphones instantly become noise canceling when playing this game, I become literally zoned in and it's hard to break this trance and I have become quite addicted to the game now. So in conclusion, I could hear everything from gunfire from across the map, footsteps, call outs from friends etc.

    Looks/Durability**
    at first opening the box I was scared I would break it or screw it up somehow. The amp is a brick very large(pics soon hopefully). Although it is quite large it still pretty pleasing to the eyes and everything about this amp is just simple, it is pretty much "plug this here, plug this there, and you're good" very easy to setup. The sides come with a nonslip coating similar to Razers mice coating on Deathadder, Mamba, Etc. It glows when it's on although it's only 2 buttons that actually glow (power and dolby digitial on/off). There are nobs that are dedicated for sound and my favorite a nob to increase volume on ONLY voice or you can decrease the voice and increase the Game volume, this is incredible useful if you just want to just game without hearing the kids cry about how your a hacker or how you need to go to the kitchen.

    What it comes with**
    You can just look this up on their site, but if you don't want to then here we go! It comes with a mini USB cable (I will come back to this in a sec, its very important), Optical TOS cable, Y 3.5mm adapter, 2.5(?)mm xbox controller cable, and a normal 3.5 cable.

    ***Now the reason I said that it is very important that you keep the USB cable safe is because if you lose this and use say one from your ps3 or one from your cell phone it will not work, this is the bad thing about this amp it is very picky and very stubborn so if you are wanting this amp keep your cables safe.***


    So I hope I covered everything for you guys if not send me a message and I'll keep updating this post with videos of the amp in action and pictures. If you are looking into buying this I would say your best option is to buy the combo they sell for 250 (headphones and amp) as it is cheaper (amp is $130, headphones are $200). I purchased the mixamp alone simply because I didn't like the super amount of bass the A40's produced.

    P.S. I forgot to mention this, at the bottom of the AMP is a "chamber" so you can use batteries instead of a USB cable, or even the rechargeable batteries they sell on their site.

    It also comes with a Daisychain(not sure what it does but I can guess). I believe from what I saw from it was that it connects multiple mixamps together for LANing purposes.
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  25. Kreij

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    Anyone own a Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset?
    Would be nice to lose the cable to my headphone and have a mic too.

    Nevermind, I ordered them. I'll let you know if they're any good.
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