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On market for a new 5.1 headset...

#1CaptainMetManPosted 7/9/2012 9:09:59 PM
So my current 5.1 headset just died, the speakers in the right cup suddenly stopped, except for the sub. It was a Turtle Beach HPA2 which, say what you will about Turtle Beach, I was quite content with them, all around great sound for gaming, movies and music. I loved the bass mix with mids and high sounds. I tore the cup apart to try my luck looking for maybe just a loose wire...nada.

Any recommendation for a good, true 5.1 headset with great sound for both music and gaming? Something that doesn't look too outlandish would be nice, comfortable against ears but feels solid, not too heavy on the bass but enough to feel it. Extternal amp and volume control would be nice, but not necessary.

I have my eyes on the ROCCAT KAVE: http://www.amazon.com/Roccat-Surround-Gaming-Headset-ROC-14-500/dp/B00275C2L6, although have read reviews saying music doesn't really shine

and the Arctic P531: http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/detail?sArticle=33.%3F


Anything else worth noting? Experience with these two headsets?


I do not have a proper soundcard but I do plan to cave on one some day.
#2ivanwind15Posted 7/9/2012 9:25:55 PM(edited)
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-7-1-Channel-Surround-Sound-Headset/dp/B001O5CCQK/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1341894036&sr=1-1&keywords=logitech+g35

These are awesome, great sound and bass, and 7.1 surround.
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#3CatToyPosted 7/9/2012 9:23:13 PM
I have a Logitech G930. The headset itself is fantastic, but the drivers are ass. Had to install older drivers just to get it to work properly.
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#4unsolidsnakePosted 7/9/2012 10:05:12 PM
From: CatToy | #003
I have a Logitech G930. The headset itself is fantastic, but the drivers are ass. Had to install older drivers just to get it to work properly.


I actually like the new drivers/software thats out now. I was using the stuff on the disk, but just updated today. Its nice that the logitech gaming software works for my headphones and keyboard. =]
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#5gigapuddiPosted 7/9/2012 10:19:38 PM
Buy standalone headphones and a desktop mic.

My setup is:

Audio-Technica ATH-A700 http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AUD-ATH-A700-Technica-Headphones/dp/B000E9VKUQ

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Logitech USB Desktop Microphone http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-981-000246-USB-Desktop-Microphone/dp/B002RL84OY

Great sound quality, has directional audio (e.g. hear footsteps behind you in games), and can use them unhindered by an attached microphone when I'm not on the computer.

I never understood the appeal of 5.1 / 7.1 gaming headsets when regular headphones usually have better sound quality.
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#6thaandieselPosted 7/9/2012 10:26:25 PM
lol, i was just about to recommend my headphones, then realized they were the same lol. my right speaker is making a clunking noise but thankfuly no distortions or audio issues. mine are holding up well so far, been about a year and a half.

need a sound card, xonar DG, $20, killer value, superb 5.1 sound card.
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#7CatToyPosted 7/9/2012 10:40:00 PM(edited)
unsolidsnake posted...
I actually like the new drivers/software thats out now. I was using the stuff on the disk, but just updated today. Its nice that the logitech gaming software works for my headphones and keyboard. =]


Ah yeah, I see that new ones came out. I'm scared to try it though, I feel like it's such a fragile experience that I might risk breaking it.

Ah what the Hell, here goes.

Edit: Yeah, seems to be working just fine. The problem I had before is that the surround sound wouldn't work with the drivers that were available. Seems to be fine now, and that was pretty much all that would hold me back from recommending the G930.
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#8unsolidsnakePosted 7/9/2012 10:52:23 PM
From: CatToy | #007
unsolidsnake posted...
I actually like the new drivers/software thats out now. I was using the stuff on the disk, but just updated today. Its nice that the logitech gaming software works for my headphones and keyboard. =]


Ah yeah, I see that new ones came out. I'm scared to try it though, I feel like it's such a fragile experience that I might risk breaking it.

Ah what the Hell, here goes.

Edit: Yeah, seems to be working just fine. The problem I had before is that the surround sound wouldn't work with the drivers that were available. Seems to be fine now, and that was pretty much all that would hold me back from recommending the G930.


Ya, I like that now I only have one thing running for my 8
930s, and G19, instead of three separate things.
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#9CaptainMetMan(Topic Creator)Posted 7/10/2012 9:55:39 AM
Thanks guys.

@thaandiesel, My TB HPA2 lasted for a little more than 2 years, they were fantastic. I'll look into that sound card, I think I have at least one PCI slot left for them. Any sound card should be better than my onboard 5.1 out :p

I looked into the Logitech G35 and while they are nice and have great reviews they are virtual 7.1, one speaker per can and simulate the surround sound. Certain reviews have stated they have minor problems with positional detection, and there's nothing like hearing a jet sound like it's coming up on your rear, fly over your right flank and bank as it passes.

These CoolerMaster Storm Sirus have caught my eye, and my local MicroCenter has a pair: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Surround-Headset-SGH-6000-KK5R1/dp/B005HO1ULM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top.

Not fond of the red lights and the fact that CoolerMaster made my PC case and potential headset, but reviews are very positive for directional sound and stereo music usage. Might pick them up after work and rush hour has died down. Curse D.C. traffic!
#10ClouddxPosted 7/10/2012 10:03:43 AM
As someone else mentioned look into other things.... 5.1/7.1 Virtual SS IMO is useless, and truly does degrade sound quality.

If you need 5.1/7.1 Virtual Surround Sound you can look at picking up something like the AD700's and the Xonar DG will offer you audiophile quality sound while still allowing you to turn on that VSS for gaming.

I've owned many many headphones in the past, true 5.1 headphones, virtual 7.1 headphones and none can compare to just a nice pair of headphones.

I haven't turned on my VSS from the Xonar DG I own in quite some time, even when playing Quake and CSS I don't use the VSS.
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