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Looking for a good gaming headset

#1punisher1Posted 2/12/2014 9:40:30 AM
I'm looking for a good online gaming headset with mic of course. And was wondering what I should get. they seem to cost from what I can see at $60-$300. And I can't see paying $300 just for that. But I also don't want to spend $60-$70 for something that could be crap either.
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#2reincarnator07Posted 2/12/2014 9:46:36 AM
While I can't give you any specific recommendations, I'd recommend getting a nice pair of headphones and a separate mic.

What's your budget?
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#3AlleRacingPosted 2/12/2014 12:06:41 PM(edited)
I'll second the headphones + mic solution. For some good headphones for low prices, here's a few:

Sennheiser HD558
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-504631-HD-558-Headphones/dp/B004FEEY9A/

Sennheiser HD598
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Headphones-Burl-Wood-Accents/dp/B0042A8CW2

Audio Technica ATH-AD700X
http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-AD700X-Audiophile-Open-Air-Headphones/dp/B009S332TQ/

Audio Technica ATH-M50
http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U/

AKG Q701
http://www.amazon.com/AKG-Signature-Reference-Class-Premium-Headphones/dp/B004444O3W/

Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro
http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-DT-990-Pro-250-Professional-Acoustically-Applications/dp/B0011UB9CQ/

Stax SR-009 (best value)
http://www.amazon.com/STAX-SR-009-Electrostatic-Earspeakers-Japan/dp/B004W1S0BY

And for mics, try an Antlion Modmic, though they're often on back order, or just use a desktop mic of some kind. Even a cheap Logitech desktop mic will have better voice quality than the vast majority of headset mics.

Also, some of these headphones may be cheaper elsewhere, though they looked like relatively good prices, especially for those DT990s, maybe not so much the Audio Technicas.
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#4ShubPosted 2/12/2014 12:11:39 PM
You may want not to recommend 250+ ohm headphones like those DT990s to someone who likely does not have an amp to power the cans properly... and I'm going to assume/hope you mentioned the Stax SR-009 as a joke :)
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#5r0ge00Posted 2/12/2014 12:22:46 PM
AlleRacing posted...
Sennheiser HD558
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-504631-HD-558-Headphones/dp/B004FEEY9A/

Warm and neutral sound with a good soundstage. Solid for all around gaming.

Sennheiser HD598
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Headphones-Burl-Wood-Accents/dp/B0042A8CW2

A bit more refined and open than the HD558. Also a great choice for all around gaming.

Audio Technica ATH-AD700X
http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-AD700X-Audiophile-Open-Air-Headphones/dp/B009S332TQ/

These have a great soundstage, but anemic bass. Only buy these if you are competitive gaming 24/7.

Audio Technica ATH-M50
http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U/

Narrow soundstage and V shaped sound signature. Not too great for competitive gaming. They're ok for immersive gaming. The Creative Aurvana Live will do this better and for less money.

AKG Q701
http://www.amazon.com/AKG-Signature-Reference-Class-Premium-Headphones/dp/B004444O3W/

Neutral sound with great soundstage. These are amazing, but watch out for the bumps on the headband. The K612 is similar from what I've heard and doesn't have the bumps on the headband anymore. Both would benefit greatly from a quality desktop amp. Great choice for all around gaming.

Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro
http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-DT-990-Pro-250-Professional-Acoustically-Applications/dp/B0011UB9CQ/

Slightly V shaped sound with a good soundstage. Sometimes the treble is too much for some, so keep that in mind. These would also benefit greatly from a desktop amp. Great choice for all around gaming.
#6punisher1(Topic Creator)Posted 2/12/2014 12:41:02 PM
Thanks for the help. Im really looking for the headset so I can play games like day z. Want to be able to speak to others easily without bad audio. which can happen a lot where it's hard to hear others and such.
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#7r0ge00Posted 2/12/2014 12:46:17 PM
punisher1 posted...
Thanks for the help. Im really looking for the headset so I can play games like day z. Want to be able to speak to others easily without bad audio. which can happen a lot where it's hard to hear others and such.


Buy headphones and get a clip-on/desktop mic.
#8AlleRacingPosted 2/12/2014 1:31:30 PM
Shub posted...
and I'm going to assume/hope you mentioned the Stax SR-009 as a joke :)


7 new from $4,100.00


No way man, sick value.
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#9punisher1(Topic Creator)Posted 2/13/2014 1:19:03 PM
Is it worth just getting headphones with boom mic?
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#10r0ge00Posted 2/13/2014 1:23:15 PM(edited)
punisher1 posted...
Is it worth just getting headphones with boom mic?


If you don't really care about sound quality of the mic or the headphones, it's not a bad option. You might get something that's decent, but it's going to pale in comparison to actual headphones/microphones.