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no because most of them have push to talk setup. I have it setup so I have to press the tilde key in Teamspeak and Mumble to talk. probably shouldn't talk and type at the same time anyways.

no gamer should ever use anything but PTT. my private TS server has it enforced as a global setting, and theres a reason about a dozen skype users i know flocked to it after i first let them use it.
 
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I use free talk and friends already complaining about my mechanical keyboard sound while using Razer Carcharias. I imagine it'll be a lot worse with dedicated mic xD.
My problem with PTT is it's often difficult to dodge a bullet and hold talk button at the same time, be it in keyboard or mouse.

Probably need foot button to ensure comfort:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005G5QCZ6/?tag=tec06d-20
 

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I use free talk and friends already complaining about my mechanical keyboard sound while using Razer Carcharias. I imagine it'll be a lot worse with dedicated mic xD.
My problem with PTT is it's often difficult to dodge a bullet and hold talk button at the same time, be it in keyboard or mouse.

Probably need foot button to ensure comfort:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005G5QCZ6/?tag=tec06d-20

thumb button on mouse works great. i'm already holding the side of the mouse for grip, so its not much of a change.
 

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no gamer should ever use anything but PTT. my private TS server has it enforced as a global setting, and theres a reason about a dozen skype users i know flocked to it after i first let them use it.
If I am in an intense battle and I need assistance the last thing i want to do is push another button just to talk.
 
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If I am in an intense battle and I need assistance the last thing i want to do is push another button just to talk.
You could try setting a noise threshold for voice transmission. Should work well as long as you speak louder than you type.
 

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You could try setting a noise threshold for voice transmission. Should work well as long as you speak louder than you type.
hehe true but with a mechanical keyboard i would have to yell.
 
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I've never used a mechanical keyboard. Are they really that loud?
yes. but rhino is just being whiny about his need for VA comms. i've never ran into a situation gaming where i take my hand off my mouse, so using a thumb button for voice comms does not interfere with what i'm doing in the slightest.
 
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I've never used a mechanical keyboard. Are they really that loud?
MX Blue is clacky-clicky loud. The rest not so loud, at least to your ears.
Still, the sound is captured distinctly over mic, kinda like when someone typing while videochat with you using his notebook internal mic and keyboard. "Help... clackclackclack... I'm in ...clackclack... the building ...clackclackclack... north of you".
I use MX Red by the way.

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yes. but rhino is just being whiny about his need for VA comms. i've never ran into a situation gaming where i take my hand off my mouse, so using a thumb button for voice comms does not interfere with what i'm doing in the slightest.
I use thumb button for PTT in Nazi Zombie Army and it's uncomfortable for me. Maybe because I use my thumb to stabilize mouse position (claw grip?) or maybe because you expertly accustomed to your game.
 

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MX Blue is clacky-clicky loud. The rest not so loud, at least to your ears.
Still, the sound is captured distinctly over mic, kinda like when someone typing while videochat with you using his notebook internal mic and keyboard. "Help... clackclackclack... I'm in ...clackclack... the building ...clackclackclack... north of you".
I use MX Red by the way.


I use thumb button for PTT in Nazi Zombie Army and it's uncomfortable for me. Maybe because I use my thumb to stabilize mouse position (claw grip?) or maybe because you expertly accustomed to your game.

maaaaybe i have a better mouse :p G700 has perfect thumb buttons for voice chat.
 

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I am really considering retiring the FiiO E9...it's been great, and I'm not sure I wanna get rid of it...as it's still useful if I wanna have multiple headphones hooked up (which happens more than I figured it ever would).

Going to sell my Aune T1...I used it for about 10 hours...and while it does have great outputs...it's HP amp was no better than what I already had. though the bass output with the darker tube I got to my Denon was awe inspring and so deep and controlled. Great little unit, but with my current tuned setup it just can't hack it...plus my Dell's HP jack, while it hisses, puts out very powerful sound and also features a good EQ from the Dell Audio Console. I liked the idea of the Aune T1...and if I didn't already have my sound card and other HP amp options...I'd keep it. If I didn't need speakers, I'd keep it.

Note...it does get pretty damn warm...the bulb just produces mad heat. My Denon get's a little warm under HP and very warm when cranked on speakers...as expected, the FiiO...maybe gets luke warm being solid state and all...a weaker ss amp.

My Denon AVR has been handling my HE-400's amazingly well, I also put the stock pleather pads back on...they're broke in now...very comfy imho. My Auzen + Creative EQ + Digital to Denon = AWESOME. When I start to think about the regret for the kind of money I spent on those heapdhones...I put them on...fire up a random song or band or playlist and start nodding my head to the beat.

Next are a pair of earbuds I received. I don't know if anyone remembers Ironbuds...they were a kickstarter funded deal...eventually went beyond that and created buds for a while...wooden housings, replaceable parts..cheap replaceable parts at that. Also came with extra buds and tips for around $35. They sounded pretty good...very bassy, lacking mid and a little hi...were good though. I eventually killed the cable...and when that happened they were out of parts...barely responding. I thought they were gone..they came back..now with Grizzly Buds.

Aluminum housing, sound great...amazing compared to Iron buds.... it's still Iron Forge but they apparently are going with a new name. I took a risk...$37. Same cable, different buds...much much much higher quality and better sound. And as much bass as I could ever imagine handling while still letting the hi's and mids stay clear...I actually back the bass off on these for a more well rounded sound.

http://legendarytime.com/grizzly/

Are the end-all? No. I'm sure not.. the best I've heard for under $50...and I have gone through over a dozen different pair of ear buds. So for a cheap pair for a bass head? Oh ya all day long..need much EQ? No not really. Hits deep and can shake the shit outta your eardrum. They sound great through my Denon HP out...so they respond well to an amp too..and my cheap Sansa MP3 player.

:toast:

I should get off my ass and do a review of my HE-400's at least.... that and the Sony XB500's I've had for a few years....I'd have to get them back from the g/f and kids. I just don't game much anymore.
 
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HE-460i should be out by the Fall.

 

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Nice...ya I remember reading about them. I'm good with my HE-400's. Unless these bring huge change I'm good. Though I wouldn't mind a spare set of pads...and I read the new pads will be much more comfy...I do like the headstrap on the new ones better for comfort too.
 
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Nice...ya I remember reading about them. I'm good with my HE-400's. Unless these bring huge change I'm good. Though I wouldn't mind a spare set of pads...and I read the new pads will be much more comfy...I do like the headstrap on the new ones better for comfort too.
I don't know much about them. the new HE-460i and HE-560 only weigh 360 and 380 grams which is probably due to the new headband and single sided driver (Audeze headphones seem to be getting heavier lol). the old HiFiMAN HE-400 and HE-500 took a $100 price cut too.
 
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I don't know much about them. the new HE-460i and HE-560 only weigh 360 and 380 grams which is probably due to the new headband and single sided driver (Audeze headphones seem to be getting heavier lol). the old HiFiMAN HE-400 and HE-500 took a $100 price cut too.
Ya I read that too...I don't mind the weight of the HE-400's unless I wear them longer than a couple hours...usually I don't have them on my head that long.

I'm glad they're $100 cheaper, even better value at that price point! Still a tough pill to swallow and with family and background noise...it all blends because of their openness but they are still so damn good. Again I think I'll be sticking with my 400's at this point.

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soetmhing i've done but didnt occur to share until now

Won a set of sennheiser HD 518's thanks to bumblebee here on TPU, and thought 'damn, i need a mic for my phone'




yay, ebay has me covered - cables exist for iphone, samsung etc.


and then a thought... oh why oh why isnt there an adaptor for these to let me use the mic on a PC?




so i just modded the headphones to have a mic + media controls, and it can be used with mic on a PC from a single cable.

no need for an external mic, or a second cable :D
 

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Post some step-by-step instructions, links, etc. I'll add it to the OP. :toast:

Is the other cable 2-ended to match the 3.5mm jacks on the adapter?

That's a good share! Looks like a simple and cheap solution!
 

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Post some step-by-step instructions, links, etc. I'll add it to the OP. :toast:

Is the other cable 2-ended to match the 3.5mm jacks on the adapter?

That's a good share! Looks like a simple and cheap solution!
thats a specific cable for the latest sennheisers. if your headphones have a detachable cable, one likely exists that suits.

once the mic actually arrives (the adaptor to PC already has) i'll post better pics.
 

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My HE-400's have a different style of COAX style connection @ each HP cup...I'd probably have to re-terminate a cable or build one to do what you are doing here. I look forward to seeing some pics and reading your about your results.
 

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as requested Kursah:


HD 518's with an Ebayed modded cable, that adds in line controls for android - and a mic!

Note the locking mechanism sennheiser use, so you have to get a specific, compatible cable.



Cheap adaptor = in line mic for gaming on PC :D
 
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Hey so I got Sennheiser PC363D's to replace my PC 360 G4ME, which got its wires torn off by my dogs while they were playing and got all tangled, and I'm at a bit of a loss.

They come with a utility called Dolby TruStudio Pro, which I guess is supposed to help the experience with the headset, but the utility does not even list the Senns as a device it can use.

Anyone got experience with this model?
 
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Looking for some mic advice

current situation:

1. Microsoft webcam. Quality is great for audio, but causes BSOD's with sleep mode and teamspeak 3.
2. Logitech desktop USB mic. Quality is OK, bit quiet. currently testing if it BSOD's too.
3. Zalman clip on mic... i've yet to quality test it, but its around here somewhere.
4. cheap shit headset that works well enough, but quality is crap
5. The above sennheiser headset and mic. since the mic doesnt work without wearing the headphones, i dont really like it. i'm a speaker person with push to talk.


Currently using #4 as the only analogue one i could find to narrow down the cause of the BSOD's, and suspecting windows 8.1's USB audio drivers to be the culprit, since i've had this issue on two motherboards and two OS installs, with two different sound cards. only thing in common after months of testing was the damn webcam. no webcam = BSOD free for over a week now.


So i'm looking for cheap, *quality* desktop analogue mics. no USB at this point in time.

Suggestions?
 

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So i'm looking for cheap, *quality* desktop analogue mics. no USB at this point in time.
I bought a sennheiser headset (PC 323D), and the mic quality was the best I've had from any headset or analogue 3.5mm mic. Unfortunately, despite the excellent sound quality, the headset was one of the most uncomfortable I've ever worn, beaten only by the cheapass Creative Fatal1ty. Instead, I bought a very comfortable wireless headset that has some ace sound quality, and a Blue Microphones Snowball iCE. As it's a condenser mic, the single source audio quality is quite literally amazing. Unfortunately, it's USB.

I feel your pain. Quality analogue mics are far too hard to come by, but the Sennheiser headset was the best I found. It's taken me months to get to this stage, and I've been through about 4 headsets and 2 mics.

Also, down with PTT! Voice Detections for life!
 

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Also, down with PTT! Voice Detections for life!
people like you are why my teamspeak 3 server is locked to PTT only. hate the goddamned skype mouth breathers, and the feedback, and eeeurgh. maybe 1 in 100 people actually have a good mic and dont give feedback.