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Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Home Theater' started by Outback Bronze, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Outback Bronze

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    Hi guys,

    Im After some advice on some headsets.

    My GF bought me a pair of new headsets for Xmas but unfortunately the right ear was cutting out sporadically so I had to return them.

    The model was: Coolermaster CM Storm Sirus S (SGH-4000-KWSA1) True 5.1 Surround Sound Headset.

    I Thought they were pretty decent. I paid $92 for them.

    Now, unlucky for me is that they don't stock them any more.

    These are the options this PC store has were I bought them.

    Logitech G130 / G230 / G430 / G35 / G930 29/52/64/106/159

    Creative Fatal1ty Gaming / Draco HS-850 45 / 45

    Creative Tactic-3D ALPHA / SIGMA 58 / 78

    Razer Kraken Pro / TIAMAT 2 / Kraken 7.1/ Blackshark 2.0 75 / 92 / 115 /112

    Steel Series 51101 SIBERIA V2 /51125 SIBERIA v2 Frost Blue 89 / 129

    Steel Series 61023 Foldable 3HV2/ 61031 5Hv3 detachable 49 / 86

    Steel Series 61050 7H Pro Gaming / 51127 SIBERIA Elite Black 111 / 249

    Coolermaster Storm Sonuz // Corsair Raptor HS30 / HS40 76 // 55 / 65

    Corsair Vengeance 1400 / 1500V2-7.1/ 2100-7.1 99 / 109 / 169

    Thermaltake TteSports Black Shock / Shock SPIN Gaming Headset 44 / 57

    Thermaltake TteSports Black Shock ONE DTS 5.1 Gaming Headset 82

    Thermaltake TteSports CRONOS / Dracco Captain 79 / 95

    Prices are in bold.

    I can put this $92 to any of these or they are offering me a full refund. Maybe I can go else where
    to buy some new ones.

    Was looking for non USB ones but am open to suggestions.

    Cheers,

    O.B.







     
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    Get a sound card and a real pair of headphones.
    Asus Xonar DG (If you have a PCI slot): $29.99 ($19.99 after MIR) - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0045JHJSS/?tag=tec06d-20
    JVC HARX700 - $39.99 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0013OWPV4/?tag=tec06d-20

    Mic:
    Zalman clip-on - $8: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00029MTMQ/?tag=tec06d-20
    Boom type - $2 - (run 3.5mm extension cable to act as mic cable to sound card, zip tie to headphone, plug this in when ya need it... it's what I do and works great! These are better than the Zalman mic in my experience.): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002EQ6E9E/?tag=tec06d-20
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    10ft 3.5mm male to female cable - $3 - http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_...m/Category?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021813

    Overall should be quite a bit better quality combination for all audio-related activities. Spend your money more wisely and get a lot more in return. There are a lot of other headphones one could choose in that price-range, that's just the pair I've enjoyed the most in that price-range. I still have mine and listen to them. Very durable, they are large but sound damn good...especially from a sound card (can make a HUGE differnece, even with gaming headsets that use 3.5mm jacks). I would never go back to a gaming headset after going with a sound card + harx700 + boom mic mod combo.

    Food for thought. :toast:
     
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    Are those headsets you linked 2.0?

    Ive been recommended some quality 2.0 headsets paired with a sound card.

    Atm i can only run with a pci-e sound card.

    Im still debating which way to go.

    I collected my refund so im able to go somewhere else.

    Just couldnt make a decision in store.
     
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    Im running an Asus Xonar Essance STX with the asus beta driver with a set of Sennheiser PC 350 cans and use the sound cards Ultra High Gain control set @ (+18db for 300~600 ohm) setting for some unreal sound.

    And man do they vibrate your head BIG time with some great audio!
     
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    there is no reason you shouldn't buy a pair of headphones over a gaming headset. cheap headphones and headsets have poor build quality and the usual problems with low frequencies, high frequencies, distortion, ringing, etc.

    something like this

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0042A68R8/?tag=tec06d-20

    will always be better than a $150 Razer, Logitech, Turtlebeach or Corsair gaming headset. what does a company that makes mice know about audio? Sennheiser has been making headphones long before any of us were born. Sennheiser spent a lot of money on R&D making the driver which is the same one used in the HD598 ($249).
     
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    also if you look in "post a picture of your desk" or "show your rig" threads on various forums you will notice a lot of gamers are using Audio Technica or Blue Snowball USB microphones these days. you can easily tell who has one on Mumble or Teamspeak. these microphones use a dynamic or condenser capsule, the A/D converter is built in and bus powered.
     
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    Thanks mate.

    Ive found some locally where I live but they are not cheap.

    Here is the link: http://www.jbhifi.com.au/portable/mp3-players/head-phones/sennheiser/

    I might have to sign up for amazon!!

    Thanks for your help mate they sound good going by the reviews.

    Will they be suitable for gaming and paired with a nice sound card?

    Also are they 2.0,5.1 or 7.1 or something?

    Thanks.
     
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    try

    http://www.addictedtoaudio.com.au

    the Sennheiser HD518 are stereo. the Xonar DG sound card is often recommended because it has Dolby Headphone and it's a nice upgrade over on-board audio for the money.

    the microphones I mentioned are

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004QJREXM/?tag=tec06d-20 (comes with tripod)
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006DIA77E/?tag=tec06d-20
     
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    I'd go for the Siberia Elite chech em out if you're interested
     

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