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In your opinion what is the best one? My mic recently broke, I will be using it for mainly Ventrilo, but I don't want sound quality to be extremely lacking for when I go to LANs and use it for games.

I am able to push the $100 budget if it allows for much better quality, but I would prefer not above $150.

Was looking at this, but i'm not sure how good logitech is in the headphone department and the fact it's wireless is kind of a turn off: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-399-_-Product

Requirement: Must be USB.

Thanks.
Edited by Murlocke - 5/16/11 at 4:56pm
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In your opinion what is the best one? My mic recently broke, I will be using it for mainly Ventrilo, but I don't want sound quality to be extremely lacking for when I go to LANs and use it for games.

I am able to push the $100 budget, but I would prefer not above $150.

Requirement: Must be USB.

Thanks.
Can you bump budget 20 bucks? If so, you can find Sennheiser PC350s for 120 on ebay. I wouldn't personally waste my time with any other "headset" under 100, but if you had to absolutely have one under 100 and had to have a headset, the Logitech G35 is all right.

3.5mm to USB adapter for USB usage and 3.5mm for soundcard/PC usage. Win/Win.
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I don't have the USB version of these, however I have the jack version of the Steelseries Siberia V2's. They also come as a USB version: http://steelseries.com/products/audi...siberia-v2-usb

They're extremely comfortable and the sound they put out whilst playing games is astounding. When buying them I expected them to suck for listening to music however it's the complete opposite. They have a nice mid-tone and the bass is very warm.

They have quite a high frequency thus turning them up loud is not a problem. I find that when playing Bad Company 2, my ears start hurting before the volume is turned up all the way. The sound quality in games is awesome. The mic is fully retractable and doesn't get "in the way" like some other microphones I've had on headsets over the years.

Best of all, they're $110 from the Steelseries site - probably cheaper from your store of choice over there buddy. You really can't go wrong for the price.
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post #4 of 31
Another thing you can do is get yourself a table mic and then get yourself a nice pair of headphones. You can get the Sennheiser HD 280s for around $82 on eBay.

However, I'm sure you'd rather have a headset.
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Can you bump budget 20 bucks? If so, you can find Sennheiser PC350s for 120 on ebay. I wouldn't personally waste my time with any other "headset" under 100, but if you had to absolutely have one under 100 and had to have a headset, the Logitech G35 is all right.

3.5mm to USB adapter for USB usage and 3.5mm for soundcard/PC usage. Win/Win.
Problem is, i've yet to find a USB Adapter that fits in my keyboards USB hub next to my mouse. It has the USB ports really close together, if you know a low profile adapter then that may be an option.
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I paid 60 bucks for the Turtle Beach Earforce X11 and it's great for sound and the mic. For the price I don't think you can go wrong. There are better you can buy, but you will have to pay more and I don't know them off hand and haven't tried any else. Only thing I don't like is the wires, but it's fine. (this is the most common one found at Gamestop, Wal Mart, and likely other stores as well.)
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I paid 60 bucks for the Turtle Beach Earforce X11 and it's great for sound and the mic. For the price I don't think you can go wrong. There are better you can buy, but you will have to pay more and I don't know them off hand and haven't tried any else. Only thing I don't like is the wires, but it's fine. (this is the most common one found at Gamestop, Wal Mart, and likely other stores as well.)
I wouldn't agree with this. I've had a pair of these to use with my Xbox 360 and the sound quality isn't nearly as good as my Siberia's. They're extremely uncomfortable when wearing them for a few hours too.
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I'm leaning towards the Sennheiser PC350 since i've heard a bunch about them. I'm not seeing any for $120 on eBay from an authorized seller. Not willing to buy from a site where I wouldn't get warranty.

However those seem like overkill for what I want, how much of a sound quality difference are we talking between:
Steelseries Siberia V2
Sennheiser PC350

I can get the Steelseries shipped for $105, and the Sennheiser will cost about $150-$170 from an authorized seller.
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I'm leaning towards the Sennheiser PC350 since i've heard a bunch about them. I'm not seeing any for $120 on eBay from an authorized seller. Not willing to buy from a site where I wouldn't get warranty.

However those seem like overkill for what I want, how much of a sound quality difference are we talking between:
Steelseries Siberia V2
Sennheiser PC350

I can get the Steelseries shipped for $105, and the Sennheiser will cost about $150-$170 from an authorized seller.
I've tried those on at a couple of LAN's back in Europe. They're comparable to the Siberia's. Pretty much the same sound quality - I couldn't notice a difference for the 10 minutes I was wearing them anyway. The only thing that annoys me about the 350's is the microphone - personally I hate it being clunky and thick like that. It annoys me because I can see it out of the corner of my eye. That's just me, though.

The mic on the Siberia's is tiny however is very responsive.
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I've tried those on at a couple of LAN's back in Europe. They're comparable to the Siberia's. Pretty much the same sound quality - I couldn't notice a difference for the 10 minutes I was wearing them anyway. The only thing that annoys me about the 350's is the microphone - personally I hate it being clunky and thick like that. It annoys me because I can see it out of the corner of my eye. That's just me, though.

The mic on the Siberia's is tiny however is very responsive.
The thing with the Siberia's is it doesnt seem like a noise cancelling mic, with a loud computer it will pick that all up.
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