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Kind denizens of PC Board, recommend me your finest gaming headset

#1Grunt40Posted 3/3/2014 8:18:55 PM
I'm willing to spend up 150 bucks (I'm sure I won't need to spend that much), and will I need to get a sound card with that? Or would a sound card be unnecessary
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#2-5xad0w-Posted 3/3/2014 8:23:24 PM
Well, as to needing a sound card, what do you want it for?

listening to high quality audio?

Or just to tell what direction you are getting shot at from in games and to yell at people for sucking?
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#3Grunt40(Topic Creator)Posted 3/3/2014 8:28:13 PM
-5xad0w- posted...
Well, as to needing a sound card, what do you want it for?

listening to high quality audio?

Or just to tell what direction you are getting shot at from in games and to yell at people for sucking?


I am a man who loves his music, but how much can an audio card improve the sound? Unless I'm listening to FLAC files, which isn't very often, should it matter? I was just wondering since I've seen those headsets that have 7.1 surround sound, and I wasn't sure if those needed a good sound card
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#4punk91288Posted 3/3/2014 8:30:39 PM
Wireless? Wired? Does it matter?
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#5Grunt40(Topic Creator)Posted 3/3/2014 8:43:28 PM
punk91288 posted...
Wireless? Wired? Does it matter?


Doesn't matter, although I feel like wired would be the cheaper choice with better sound quality.
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#6punk91288Posted 3/3/2014 9:19:19 PM
I've had a pair of Logitech G35's for awhile now and have been really happy with them. They have 7.1 audio and are wired. You could always check out the G930's which are pretty much the same thing but wireless. Don't think they're that much more expensive either.
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#7AlleRacingPosted 3/3/2014 11:55:37 PM
A pair of Audio Technica AD700Xs or Sennheiser HD558s, with an Antlion Modmic. You should be able to get that for around $150. The Modmic might be on backorder, so you could just try a cheap Logitech desktop mic. It'll still have better audio quality than any headset you can find for $150.
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#8Flaktrooper123Posted 3/4/2014 12:02:24 AM
I don't use headset (speakers FTW), but if I have to choose, I choose wired. I hate running out of power, all the same for speakers, headsets, and mice.
#9gungunn101Posted 3/4/2014 12:09:44 AM
If you plan on listening to a lot of music, I recommend buying music oriented headphones and a separate mic on the side. You'll have a much better audio experience this way. I recommend these:
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Labtec-Desktop-Microphone-600/dp/B000O7K4LO/
http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U/

If you wait, you might be able to find a pair of ATH-M50s for less than $120. I don't know what kind of music you listen to, or how you prefer to listen to it, but the M50s have a flat frequency, which is great if you're not into ridiculously heavy bass.

If you absolutely need a gaming headset, I recommend this:
www.amazon.com/SteelSeries-Siberia-Elite-Headset-Surround/dp/B00FB45ZDM/

They're a bit out of your price range, but they also have a relatively flat frequency. They might drop in price, so always keep a look out.

Sound cards aren't absolutely necessary, but if you're looking to improve your audio experience with more hardware, I would recommend buying a nice external DAC (digital to analog converter) once you have the money. Sound cards tend to get interference from the motherboard, resulting in a weird, electric sound. Since DACs are external, they don't have this problem. DACs generally produce better audio than sound cards as well.
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#10Flaktrooper123Posted 3/4/2014 12:18:44 AM
Those audiophile headsets are better for listening to music of course, but they won't be satisfactory if you enjoy loud boomy bass in games/movies or if the type of music you listen to most of the time are hip hop, heavy metal, or hard trance. Another 'down side' of that type of headset is that you will immediately be able to tell low quality mp3s right away, and will make you get annoyed by them.