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*TPU's Gaming Headphone/Headset Thread*

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

  1. ourfpshero New Member

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    here's a little gem i'd like to share.

    DBI pro-700

    these are commercial headphones designed for demo stations. they use the mb quart hi solid design and dbi's own drivers. the sound on these is fantastic. fantastic range, highs and mids have strong presence, bass can pound with a little amping. they go for 170$ , BUT, there is usually a bunch of new ones on ebay for 40$ shipped
    http://cgi.ebay.com/DBI-PRO-700-HEA...in_0?hash=item1e57f14839&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

    these are indestructable. literally. armored cable, steel headband, thick plastic. the only drawback is the earpads. they are thick vinyl and not very comfy. if you have a big head or vulcan ears these may not be for you. i actually put denon leather earpads on mine recently

    there are also the pro-705 , which have enhanced bass. good for low power sources. the 700 is the more audio-phile centric can though.

    pros:

    -sound. its all there, great highs, mids, bass
    -amping only makes them better
    -very tough. you cant break these. only the end of the plug is vulnerable. this design has been purposely mangled and abused at trade shows to show their toughness

    cons:

    -wont fit large heads well
    -if your ears stick out a lot they will touch inside
    -vinyl pads could be softer
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    very interesting thread , cute work dude keep on update
  3. Kursah

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    :toast:

    Feel free to donate any experience with any headphone/headset you have or have owned, as that's what this thread is all about. The more the better! Dunno about "cute" work, but as a complement I'll take it! But for that I want a cute review submission! :rockout:
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    those cups on the DBI Pro 700 are the biggest I have ever seen.
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    I got a great deal on a new in box Razer Piranha. I have only used it for about half an hour, but I will update with my own opinions later :)
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    lmao, he thinks your cute... score! lol
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    thanx my friend , in fact i have cheap headphone now just use it for chatting cuz my speakers are good (creative T7900, 7.1) so im enjoy with it , but im thinking now about good headphone for play games in the night and i find some temporary chose which is creative called fatality 5.1 for gamers , but i still want be sure about it
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    I got a pair of Beyerdynamic DT234 Pro as I wanted a headset/mic in one unit. I upgraded from a bodgy pair of no names and the diffference is amazing.

    After playing BF 2142 with them for the first time, I couldn't believe all the new sounds I was hearing in game. The Rorsch gun sounded so good, I just sat in it spamming it for ages. Great bass, without drowing out the higher pitch sounds. Very comfortable. Only negatives would be no inline volume control and closed ear pieces.

    http://headphones.com.au/psingle?productID=16

    Overall, great performance at that price point ($180 au). Well made, nice materials and feels like quality. Very happy.

    Tye
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    I would liek to throw in my opinions on them since I also use to own them
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  11. Kursah

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    NP! Thanks for stopping by, and welcome to TPU! Keep us posted on your decision and feel free to add your 2 cents when ya do! :toast:
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    Here's my addition:

    Razer Barracuda
    Pros: Real directional sound is great in games.

    Cons: Bass is bad, the speakers buzz and vibrate so it ruins the sound.
    Break easily. Mine snapped off right above where it attached to the right speaker even though I handled them like my first born baby.

    Now I'm looking for a new headset. :p

    I'd love to have the Sennheiser PC350's, but they're $180. If someone can find me a deal that drops it down to $100 or less I'll love you.

    I'm also looking at these in no particular order.

    Steelseries Siberia.
    Turtle Beach TBS-2114 Earforce HPA2 5.1 Surround Sound
    Logitech G35

    Feel free to suggest something else.
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    search pc350 sennheiser on ebay. there are refurbs for 92 or best offer (make an offer) and open box ones from best buy
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    I wanted new headphones for my coming birthday and I finally found JVC HA-RX700 within Europe and they deliver here :rockout:

    http://www.audioout.co.uk/Items/497...VC HA-RX700 Precision Sound Stereo Headphones

    Not US prices, but pretty good still. And this was after spending hours of searching the web of headphones. You have almost nothing here in Finland and went through everything on http://www.iheadphones.co.uk/ & http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/

    Granted I was pretty picky. Had to be closed back, circumaural, one sided cord with lenght of 3m or more (I hate extension cords), comfortable and reasonable priced. With those requirements there are close to zero headphones, but luckily JVCs fit them all :)

    My current set is Sony MDR-XD200 (http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/sony-mdrxd200-closed-back-headphones-mdr-xd200-prodid-1175.html) that have served me well for many years now. I read a lot of people braking their phones or cords or they just stop working. Don't know if it tells about the quality of the Sony phones or more about me :p

    So now it's just a waiting game for the headphones to arrive. I'll add my opinions of the JVCs, the Sonys and possibly even my very old backup pair Philips SBC HP200, before I throw them in trash :)
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    Sweet, looking forward to reading what you think of em! I still love mine, and still can't believe the amount of sound they can put out. The auzen headphone amp must be about broken in because I've noticed I've had to decrease the bass output a bit...it was getting to the point of shaking the 700's lol. I like good bass, but not overpowering, but well-rounded sound (to my ears at least) is important.

    Definately keep us posted and I do hope you add your comments on the Sony and Phillips sets too! What are you using to drive them? Your ALC889a? I'm definately interested to read your findings.

    :toast:
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    I have the Razer Megalodon.

    I previously used Sennheiser PC 166 USB and Teknmotion PulseWave

    The Razers are definately my favorite so far.

    They have good sound, are plug and play, very comfortable, have a long cord, nice control box, and come with a nice carry case. Everything is very high quality, right down to the braided cord.

    They are on the large side. The control box especially so but it's not a big deal to me. The virtual 7.1 doesn't do it for me. The mic, while adjustable, could be a bit longer. I sorta wish they had regular 3.5 jacks but oh well.

    The Sennheisers were nice but I won the Razer and like it better. They are on-ear so not as comfortable.

    The Teknmotion had great sound but the software was buggy, i could never get them to work in usb mode.
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    Yep, onboard of course (pun intended) :D. Have windows volume on 35 and plenty of sound. Used to have windows volume lower and on softwares almost full, but these things came more alive this way. And no wonder, didn't remember these are 70ohm. Quite a lot when most headphones are 32ohms. Not that I use these ever on portable players, have Porta Pro copys for that job.

    When I still had Audigy 2 on volume needed to be somewhere in 40-50 range. No need for an amp and the sound quality hasn't disappointed yet. I have a Creative DDTS-100
    http://uk.europe.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=4&subcategory=136&product=9468&nav=-1 that I use as my home cinema system. Not really an amp, but awesome thing and no idea why Creative discontinued it.

    Mine is still going strong and not like this http://www.mccambridge.org/blog/category/hardware/ Back in 2002? there were not a lot Dolby Digital EX/DTS-ES decoders and don't think you still get then in lower end some cinema stuff. I've feared many times that if it'll break replacement will be costly, as I'd need a passive speaker surround system on top of home cinema amp.

    edit: dang, this thing sold for £150 just a while back here: http://www.avforums.com/forums/home...rks-550-creative-ddts-100-extremely-rare.html
    If I remember correctly I payed something like 180€/$257/£158 new.

    If you (or anyone else) wants some workout for headphones, here's a great sounding song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-t3iTpsPC8

    Not my favorite piece of music, but no video and sound quality is top notch. Plenty of lows, highs, distortion and what not. Also produced nicely, stereo effects, wide sound and no silly compressions.

    Add "some" :)p) volume and those JVC vibration dampening mods could be useful. I think I'd just break these (sonys) if I'll try to open them, but have some non slip plastic mat handy that seems perfect for the job.
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    off topic but:
    I just thought of something, I love the razer barracuda Headset so much, I'm thinking they should revise the Barracudas cause the band at the top is the ONLY problem I actually have with the headset, and to be honest I would choose the revisions over the Trittion headsets that I have. anyone agree?


    I know for damn sure I dont wanna use those new ones they just dont look good to me
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    They arrived. not bad considering I ordered them Monday, they came from UK and postage was cheap (4-7 day delivery and it was 4 days).

    I think it's burning time, Sonys beat these on high and overall sound still, but they have been burned for years xD I was reading that sound should get better and high too. Cymbal sounds can hardly be heard at the moment.

    So far it's 1 hour listening and bass is indeed tight! Almost like build in subwoofer :p These go lower than Sonys, but also have a bigger drivers. Used Pitbull - Hotel Room Service as comparison http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga2eZY3JQI8&fmt=22 (49s-> is deeb bass time) Even that HD video suffers a bit trying to produce the bass sound MP3 has. Sonys do play the deebest bass, but have no power behind it

    Anyhow, need to use these more and leave them burning over night(s), before I give any more impressions of these and the older headphones.

    Oh almost forgot, plugged these in to the creative decoder (DVD-player playing a CD with optical out) and had a hiss. Plugged in old Philips', hardy nothing on mute and with Sonys there was hiss again, but lower volume. Nice test of sensitivity :D No idea where the hiss comes, but don't really care as I'm not using these there. Perfectly quiet plugged in computer, probably some powerplug hum that got through.
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    I'm looking for a 5.1 headphone for movies only.
    I want a ''true 5.1'' and not upmixed or 3d technology.
    I've realtek 889a with 7.1 output but I also saw a few headphones with usb dongle , how does that works? Is that still ''true 5.1'' or what?

    any recommendations? budget about 75-80 USD or 50-60 euro's/.
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    The best set I had was the Turtle Beach HPA2 (see OP for more information and reviews) for true 5.1, they have 3.5 mm connectors, great mic, good comfort, good sound and an amp unit with master volume control and channel volume control...used them for years, I still prefer the harx 700's at this point, but you'd have to add a mic and they really shine with an add-in sound card like a cheap x-fi. Frankly I prefer emulated 3-d/5.1 to true...better sound from 2 speakers that when proper emulation is used directions in games is all too easy, I find myself trying less to find a direction that I did with the HPA2's in comparison. Check out the prior pages for some reviews that may spark your interest though.

    There is a USB headset that is still true 5.1 out there...I forget the name of it at this point though...but it was around $50 iirc. Something along Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 iirc.

    :toast:
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    I am really liking my Grado SR60i's. They are very comfy, good sound quality, relatively inexpensive, and look awesome. I would not hesitate to get another pair.

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    I got the JVC HA-RX700's, love 'em!
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    Yeah those are really hard to beat in terms of bang for $. I got a set too that I have modded a bit damn nice headphones. Mine are not from the new SRXXi series though. For music they are really good I think they lack a little spacial definition in order to be good for gaming, but oh my they do make up for that in terms of generous bass and a midrange that is really nice.
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    Thanks Kursah for this thread (an amazing amount of good info here)

    Pros:
    My favorite set was my Medusa 5.1 Home Edition. They were so comfortable we would forget we had them on after hours of gaming.
    The control box/external amp made it excellent to switch between inputs
    they come with many connection options

    Cons:
    Didnt last long enough
    mic is not detachable
    $$$ (I won them in SpeedLinks raffle (paid $25 for 5 tickets) or I never would not have had the chance to try them)

    I just ordered a set of the JVC HA-RX700, thanks Kursah
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