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What do you use for Gaming Audio?

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Home Theater' started by MxPhenom 216, Dec 5, 2011.

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What is your Gaming Audio Solution?

  1. Headset and Mic

    45.2%
  2. Normal bookshelf speakers

    21.4%
  3. Both. Mic for talking and bookshelf speakers for game audio

    33.3%
  1. MxPhenom 216

    MxPhenom 216 Corsair Fanboy

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    I am wondering if im the odd one out there. I have always used computer speakers as my game audio and everything else, but now ive been playing with TPU'ers and they actually use a headset with a mic. What do you do and prefer, and why?
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    I use bookshelf speakers and an HT amplifier. I currently only use 2 speakers; I have the full 5.1 set, but lack desk space for a center channel.

    I use the mic off of a XBOX360 headset, and only use the headset for audio from time to time. When I do use the headset, it's only for TS/in-game chat, while gmae audio and such is still on the speakers.
     
  3. MxPhenom 216

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    Why do like all headsets have the mic on the left side!
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Good question.
     
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    cuz i use my xbox mic on the right side. and the left side just feels funny
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    I'm left-handed. Seems perfect, to me. :laugh:
     
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    Im left handed too!
     
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    I use 2x 200watt disco speakers and a roland stereo mixing amp for my front out, I then use a panasonic home theater system for my rear speakers and use quadraphonic surround for gaming, When listening to tunes i set the rear speakers as front aswell.

    Never used a headset because i don't need to because my setup is in the bedroom and away from the rest of the family.
     
  9. MxPhenom 216

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    yeah im away from the family, but im just wondering since some people prefer it beause i guess its more immersive with the headset. I guess some good headsets sound better then speakers?
     
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    Paradigm Monitor 9 v.6, Sennheiser PC360 with Astro Mixamp.
     
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    I don't know i guess its each to there own realy but i do love the sound from my setup when gaming as i get all the low end rumble from explosions and stuff and as i use the pc for everything it just seems to make sense having it set as i do :).
     
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    I use a HT amp for game audio (5.1), and a USB headset for TS/Vent etc

    I used to use a mic and have voices through my amp, but hated hearing mic crackle, and people with shitty mic's up loud through it.
     
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    I use a JVC amp with around 500w RMS speakers when I'm solo gaming or doing some music related stuff, got a 7.1 hooked up for when I watch anything on the TV connected to the PC and a headset whenever I need to be using a mic.
     
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    Many good headsets will sound better than speakers if you are talking Astros/Turtle Beaches/Trittons with built in surround sound :)
     
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    Sony MDR-V6 with a mic taped to the side
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Depends on your speakers. It's easier to get stereo positioning alot of times with headphones, because they almost always have the same sound field(in someone's ears).

    Speakers need to be set up properly, and that includes the distance apart they are from each other.
     
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    I prefer headPHONES with a mic attached to it if needed (I don't use my mic much though). 50~150$ budget for headphones seems reasonable to me.

    For instance I just bought Creative Aurvana Live! Headphones for 50$ (though I'll use them for music). Sadly I destroyed my SRH440s
     
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    I prefer using a headset. Nothing's worse than hearing someone else's Ventrilo/Mumble/TS3 or game sounds going through their mic with their speakers set on max. Plus, cans will always give you more precision/clarity than speakers (which have to be cranked up to hear every little detail), and speakers seem to lose a lot of the little things (not to mention bothering others in your household).

    I use a cheap Creative Fatal1ty analog headset (I'm no balls to the wall audiophile, but my ears are pretty well trained to pick up sound quality differences) and it actually sounds very decent.
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    Speakers (Cambridge Soundworks .. something something) or a pair of Sony MDR-v150's I got for free. I don't do teamwork so I don't use a mic, but if I have to I have a Logitech H555 headset that is pretty good.
     
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    something something :p
     
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    Very true a properly set up surround sound system will be better but it also could be harder to achieve unfortunately due to space constraints/noise complaints and such and if im not mistaken aren't good quality surround sound systems noticeably more expensive?
     
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    yes and totally worth it.
     
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    Razer Carcharias/onboard Realtek HD audio user here
     
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    An old but very good 5.1 speaker setup plus Creative Fatal1ty Headset and Mic for when my grandaughter is on a sleepover :D
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Depends on what you consider expensive. I play guitar, so have spent endless amounts on trying to find "tone". There's no question to me about having to pay to get good sound..that's a given. But, you can get really decent sound for relatively cheap, if you are careful with the parts you chose to assemble your audio system.

    On the other hand, when it comes to gaming, one of the biggest impacts, to me, is real 3D positioning. That doesn't take incredibly expensive stuff...and yeah, headphones do it for far cheaper, and more easily, for sure.


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