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I'm planning to build a new computer for the first time soon, and I want to purchase some great headphones to accompany my new rig. I've been contemplating on getting the sennheiser595 with the zalmon mic along with a decent sound card. But I read some reviews supposedly claiming that mid range priced sound cards are up to par with onboard sound. Should I Stray from the high quality headset and just purchase a gaming headset such as the 930? If so what's a good headset under 200?
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I personally have the 595s and the Zalman mic, and it's money well spent. For sound cards, I would just wait and save up some money and grab a used Auzentech Forte when one comes up on here. Great soundcard without many of the buggy issues that some sound cards have. Also, to save you a little money... buy the 555's then mod them almost to the 595's. It's pretty easy to do and there is a lot of articles around to tell you how to do it.
Edited by Doogiehouser - 5/9/11 at 12:06am
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Well first off, the HD595s are getting very dated by now. On top of that, you can save a bunch by getting a pair of HD555s and modding them to sound exactly the same if you're comfortable with that kind of thing (and if you lurk this forum you should be ^_^).

The other issue is that no matter what set of cans you get, the source has to be good enough. Discrete sound cards are definitely the way to go if you're willing to spend that much money on headphones in the first place as onboard makes almost all music sound muddy.

Gaming headsets are definitely an option if that's pretty much all you need them for, but before you buy make sure you are not going to use them for music because other than LAN sessions, their audio software often ruins music listening.

I would recommend getting a pair of HD555s as you can mod them, and they sound very good for the price. On top of that, with a Zalman mike (as you mentioned) they can double as a very good pair of gaming headphones as well. If you want something more comfortable, try the Audio Technica ATH-AD700, which I have heard are a little better for gaming purposes as well. Whatever you do, if you are serious about sound quality know that no amount of software fiddling is going to advance your experience as much as a discrete card so prioritize that (but make sure you don't go overboard by splurging and falling for some of these marketing scams).

BTW before you make you're decision make sure you either look around these forums (I'm pretty sure I've seen a bunch of threads like this before) or http://www.head-fi.org for more information.

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i have the razer carachas and i love them... very good sound and voip is flawless. $80 at bestbuy. Never caught it at newegg... wanted a second pair.
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If you want a headset, get a Sennheiser PC360 on eBay.
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Turtle Beach Ear Force HPA2
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Originally Posted by canoners View Post
If you want a headset, get a Sennheiser PC360 on eBay.
I have the PC350's and I LOVE THEM.

Paid like 69 bucks on ebay.
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off topic: doogie, I really hope you realize you put thermaltake instead of thermalright in your cpu cooler.

on topic: OP, don't get the carcharias headset unless you can get it for less then 60 dollars. But they are a good headset. I haven't found a better headset yet.
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I second the Razer Carcharias. Absolutely incredible head set for the price. Sound quality is great for me, runs music just fine as well as gaming audio, and they are extremely comfortable. You could keep these on all day and not feel a thing. The Carcharias's bigger brother however, the Megalodon, is almost the same head set as the Carcharias, but it is better, which is why I recommend the Megalodon as well. It's in your budget, it's $150. It looks the same as the Carcharias except for two things, it has glowing LED razer emblems on both head phones, and the in line control is bigger and badder (Badder as in more bad ass). Those are only the physical differences though. Technically speaking, the Megalodon is much better. It has very nice quality 7.1 surround sound packed into the head set along with 2.0 sound as well with Razer's Maelstrom audio engine. They also have a maelstrom audio button on the in line control that will switch from 2.0 sound to 7.1 surround, and vice versa. One of the only problems you really shouldn't even have to worry about it with it, is static that is easily fixed and won't be a problem for you since your building your own rig. People complain that it's mic will randomly generate a constant static noise and you can hear it in the head set, but they say it's caused because their PSU doesn't have enough wattage to support all of their internal hardware and generate enough power for the USB ports to hold the Megalodon + a mouse + a keyboard. So just make sure to grab a PSU with some extra wattage and the Megalodon should be heaven for you =)

EDIT: Check out Chillafrilla's review

on youtube to get a little more insight or a pretty decent look at the head set. ^_^
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