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I am in the market for a new gaming headset. Mainly, what I am looking for is a USB headset with a very good positional audio (channels do make a difference, but do not guarantee better positional audio).

The reason I want to go for a USB headset is:
1) I do not have a soundcard.
2) I plan to LAN a lot, so USB is a lot more convenient
3) Because I will be using different computers, the USB soundcard will allow me to save my settings on the USB device, allowing me to get the same audio result from multiple computers.

For a while, I wanted to get the SteelSeries 7H USB:
http://steelseries.com/us/products/audio/steelseries-7h-usb

But I then found that Sennheiser has its own set of USB gaming headsets. For Sennheiser, I am looking specifically at the 333d's:
http://www.sennheiserusa.com/PC-noise-cancelling-headset-stereo-gamer-usb-mac_504126

However, I have heard the 163d's are very good as well:
http://www.sennheiserusa.com/gamer-headset-gaming-computer-headset-pc-usb-mac_504128



A friend of mine and my brother both own Logitech G35 and Logitech G36 respectively and they both seem to do extremely well for them. I got to test them out and they are way better than the Razer Barracuda, which I am using at the moment.

I want to know what you guys think: what is your preferred or what is the best USB gaming headset with good positional audio? Sennheiser? SteelSeries? Logitech? Some other company? And how do they compare to the other headsets that I mentioned (so I can get some relative idea of the quality)?


EDIT: I also just quickly peeked at another headset by Astro called the A40. I haven't read anywhere on their site or resellers saying if this headset is USB or not. A review also mentioned that you can get better surround sound and sound quality elsewhere for less money. Anyone have experience with these? How do they compare to the other headsets mentioned here?
Edited by Meri - 5/8/11 at 9:28am
post #2 of 11
I have to say, I was rather surprised by the A30's audio quality. The A40 was a big let-down after all the hype that it has. But the A30 delivers strong, clear audio quality with a nice strong bass. The bass was pretty excellent. It's hands down better than the A40 in terms of audio quality. It's slightly better than the HPX1 interms of clarity, but not as powerful.

The PC 350 performs level on par with the AD700 and Turtle Beach's HPX. Its a very good headset but its more expensive that the HPX.

In comparison terms, the Steel series is much better than a Turtle Beach X1, and a little better than the Astro A40, although not quite on the level of the Sennheiser PC350, Audio Technica ATH-AD700, or Turtle Beach HPX
post #3 of 11
Just picked up a PC360 myself and it's amazing. My friend had a steelseries v5 (or something like that) and it had broke fairly quickly and he had to get it rma'ed and it broke again.

I'll never get anything other then a Sennheiser. Can't comment on their usb headsets since I have never owned one but ever other device I have owned from them has been amazing.
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But I then found that Sennheiser has its own set of USB gaming headsets. For Sennheiser, I am looking specifically at the 333d's:
http://www.sennheiserusa.com/PC-noise-cancelling-headset-stereo-gamer-usb-mac_504126

The difference between that 333d and the 163d mainly looks to be the size of the earcups. If the 163d is the same as the pc160 (my old one) the earcups are pretty medium in size and the 333d's look to be much larger. The 333d's look like they surround the ear whereas the 163d would go on top of it.
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post #4 of 11
What's your budget btw? The 360s goes for what around 250. You might aswell get Psyko Carbon then. Its got a build in amp and is a true 5.1 headset. Excellent with positional audio. One of the best
Edited by Spooony - 5/8/11 at 5:51pm
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My budget is very flexible. Since I am considering a pair of 333d's, somewhere around $100-250, but like I said, my budget is flexible.

Optimally, I would like to get the 360s, but I would also have to buy a soundcard. At the moment, I want to just stick with a USB headset for the reasons stated above.

Unless there is a good usb soundcard that I can buy separately, I won't be getting headsets with solely 3.5mm jacks.
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Originally Posted by Spooony;13434118 
What's your budget btw? The 360s goes for what around 250. You might aswell get Psyko Carbon then. Its got a build in amp and is a true 5.1 headset. Excellent with positional audio. One of the best

When did true 5.1 in a headphone become a good thing? I always thought the drivers were too small to produce the directional audio AND bass without serious compromises.
post #7 of 11
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Thanks for all the suggestions... but so far all the suggestions have been non-usb.

Basically, I just want to know comparisons and preferences between different types of usb headsets.

Headsets like the Sennheiser 333d and 163d, Logitech G35, SteelSeries 7H usb, and any other usb headset.

I have noticed there is little to no third party information about the 333d, probably because it is new. Although I have heard they can be uncomfortable, I may give them a try regardless; from what I have read, Sennheiser has a history of having better sound quality than its competitors and the 333d's have gotten good reviews for its sound.
post #8 of 11
im suggesting xfi usb. (?)
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by digitally;13459687 
im suggesting xfi usb. (?)

I just looked up some xfi usb sound cards and they seem ok... are these worth getting? If they are, I may as well get the sennheiser pc360s.
post #10 of 11
I own a pair of Steelseries 5H and some ATH-M50s. The only real benefit to the steelseries was the mic and even that wasn't great. One thing i do have to say was they were comfortable to wear for hours (i have a big head and wear glasses so it can be a problem). I haven't had experience with the other headphones you mentioned but I do wish I bought my m50s first and just bought an mic seperately though.
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