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Old 11-22-2017, 05:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need to replace gaming headset. Any recommendations?

So I'm currently using a Logitech gaming headset and the solder that connects the USB connector to the main board is starting to break off. This is causing issues like crashes and interrupted audio.

I've been doing some reading and it seems like the consensus is that "gaming" headsets give you less for your money and that it's better and sometimes cheaper to pick up a quality headphone and modmic. I know literally nothing about headsets or headphones so I don't really know what to look for or what makes one good or not so I'm open to suggestions.

I see a few brands come up regularly in the discussions, such as Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, and Audio-Technica. All I'm looking for is clear audio that doesn't lean too heavily towards the highs or lows. Primary use is gaming and movies.

Does anyone have any recommendations or know of a good place to read up on this stuff?

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Old 11-22-2017, 06:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would use a Sennheiser HD
and for the mic maybe a volume-sensitive USB mic

I use HD 545

And a Logitech USB Desktop microphone if I ever do Ventrilo or that sort of thing
I haven't used the mic or Ventrilo in almost 10 years though
They worked really well back then
I've even used the desktop mic for classes to record the teacher from my desk, with an HP Mini netbook, but to be honest I never had to refer to these WAV recordings, but it was clear enough

I used to have Sennheiser HD 555 and HD 595 but I sold them because they were "too exact" as I would put it
I just needed the headphones so I can hear enemy footsteps and where they're coming from in my PC games
So players accuse me of "wall-hack" when I only have to stop and listen where they are in the next room

The thing with Sennheisers is you have to baby them and protect the cables and 6.3 to 3.5 adapters, they use very bendy materials

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Old 11-25-2017, 11:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What is your audio source (I ask because you mention using USB Audio)? If you have a decent audio source (i.e. a good soundchip on a desktop mobo, or dedicated soundcard) I recommend an Audio Technica ATH-M50x and an Ant Lion ModMic. A lot of bang for the buck in that combo (I use it for travel). Depending on your sound source you may not get simulated surround (Dolby Atmos/Headphone, etc) but, personally that stuff never works for me anyways.
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Old 11-26-2017, 08:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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CNET says to get the Bose Quiet Comfort 35, if you're getting the mic separately.

For movies at least, think about getting a sound card.
It changes digital audio to analog so your headphones don't have to.
Your motherboard's chip or USB headphone also decompresses the digital audio but not as nicely.

Soundcards can also do "virtual" 5.1/7.1 surround sound, but like uv_halo said it doesn't really work.
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Old 11-26-2017, 08:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i use a steelseries arctis 5 its relatively cheap (about $100) with "surround" sound, its USB by nature, but comes with an analog adapter so it can be used like regular headphones.. and its comfortable
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I've been using my logitech g35 headset for many years. I'm not going to say that the sound quality is top notch, but the microphone seems to be very good.
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I'm a real cheapskate. I've been using my Turtle Beach x12's since 2011. They broke once, which was totally on me. Resoldered and they still work great. I find a lot of new headsets tend to be super heavy or wireless (dealbreaker). Going to rock these until they are unfixable.
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I'm a real cheapskate. I've been using my Turtle Beach x12's since 2011. They broke once, which was totally on me. Resoldered and they still work great. I find a lot of new headsets tend to be super heavy or wireless (dealbreaker). Going to rock these until they are unfixable.
Those x12's are quite the trooper I've had mine for equally as long and probably abused them more and they're still working great...... Now that I post this I have a dread that they're gonna crap the bucket and die on me now....
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What is your audio source (I ask because you mention using USB Audio)? If you have a decent audio source (i.e. a good soundchip on a desktop mobo, or dedicated soundcard) I recommend an Audio Technica ATH-M50x and an Ant Lion ModMic. A lot of bang for the buck in that combo (I use it for travel). Depending on your sound source you may not get simulated surround (Dolby Atmos/Headphone, etc) but, personally that stuff never works for me anyways.
I get my audio straight from the onboard audio on EVGA mITX motherboard. No room for a dedicated sound card so I plug directly to the mobo using either usb or 3.5mm. I think the onboard chip is a Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3Di.

I've been reading up on the Audio Technica headphones and a majority of people recommend the m50x, AD900x, and AD700x.. depending on what you use them for. What's your thoughts on portable sound cards with the built-in headphone amp?

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typically USB connection bypasses the onboard soundcard and does the processing though the device, case in point my speakers, connect through USB, and i dont install my sound card drivers on my motherboards, because they dont get used.. now, if you have a designated USB audio port, that would be different

as far as onboard sound goes, its all about the same, i was always a big soundblaster guy over the years, they have been in the game for over 20 years now, they must be doing something right
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