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Hi,
I've been doing my reading arround the forum trying to avoid posting and tbh im more confused now than i was before!!eek.gifeek.gifeek.gifheadscratch.gif

I've got Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series card, so got decent sound card delivery sound.biggrin.gif

Now in terms of headset i've been doing fine with my Logitech Laptop Headset H555 since they are small & practical, USB so can connect them to the front of my pc, and cheap to replace if i break them, plus got a mic that moves all the way back so its kinda there but no there if u dont need it, which is a big plus. I love them because they are practical and not heavy to wear.

Now.... since i bough the new sound card, i kinda wanna buy a new powerful headset that takes advantage over my sound card.

I use my headseat for 3 things mainly (in the respective order) Games (no FPS, MMORPG, thus not so bother about position of the enemy but i still want a 5.1[+], but i still need a microphone that deliver clear sound quality), Movies (worth highlighting that most of the movies/series that i watch are streamed online so kinda dont think they are 5.1/7.1 likea normal blue-ray/DVD; I also hear some music too, but if i play music i tend to use the main speakers), Skype (to talk to ppl over mic)

The main thing that i came to realise by reading the forum is that USB = not good sound quality (which was kinda a revelation, i didnt know). But now my first question goes a bit further...

1) Is USB "lower sound quality" still able to deliver 5.1/7.1 sound taking advantage of my sound card? or to take advantage of the sound-card i need to use the 3.5 plugs card itself?
2) IF USB stills can take advantage of my sound card capabilities (& able to deliver real 5.1) but the sound quality will not be like if I plug my headset to the card with a real 3.5 plug, in a scale of 1-10 how much (in a non-expert/geeky way) will i notice the quality loss?

My main thing to the USB plug is that is practical to switch in and out. But im happy to move to 3.5 plugs if the switch gives me a significantly better quality.

now the main thing as you can see is Microphone quality, Games (MMORPG), and Movies


Now, whether it is wireless r not is not an issue but cause I've another headset for when I want to move around and use Skype and talk. And the USB thing... is just relative to performance and really "noticeable(nongeeky)" performance

having the aforementioned things in mind and with a budged of 200£, What do you guys recommend me? (ahhhh btw, i would like 5.1 sound [or 7.1], but i dont want something like the psykoaudio that looks awfully ridiculous on your head[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azvgoP41qKY&"]here a video on how it looks on ur head tongue.gif[/ame])

Also something that is not overpriced for just a bit of better sound quality or brand name.... I
remember like 2 years ago i bough the top of the range Sennheiser in Ear Headphones something like todays Sennheiser IE 8 and tbh.... my apple 80£ in ear headphone had better quality... and didnt cost me 280£ tongue.gif... and even lasted longer!

Thanks guys for sharing your knowledge and taking the time to read through! biggrin.gif
Edited by thurft - 6/5/11 at 1:39am
post #2 of 6
If you have a nice sound card like that do not get USB. USB uses it's own audio chip built in which more than most of the time is worse that what the price tag would warrant.

Stick to 3.5mm inputs.

Also, I use to be huge into those 5.1 headphones thinking it was awesome till I talked to a bunch of audiophiles here. Learned it was actually crap. Uses smaller drivers to fit them all in the headset vs having 2 nice really big ones. You also can't really distinguish the fronts from the backs very well either in any headset due to the positioning that would be needed.

Get yourself a really nice pair of 2.1's. Sennheiser are gods at headphones. Zalman makes a nice clip on mic that most people buy then clip on to their headphones.

You obviously like your sound positioning, quality headphones will still give you decent tracking where the shots are fired from. Like I said I got a nice pair of 5.1's. The Razer Barracuda's. Amazing sound but if you actually test the "5.1" setup on it....you'll realize that the rears and center really dont' sound much different than the rest.

If you want a true surround sound setup, get a stereo receiver and some home audio speakers and make a true home theater system. The sound is superb compared to the audio being processed on a sound card.
Edited by SpykeZ - 6/5/11 at 1:01am
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post #3 of 6
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which one would u recommend?
Also something that is not overpriced for just a bit of better sound quality or brand name.... I remember like 2 years ago i bough the top of the range Sennheiser in Ear Headphones something like todays Sennheiser IE 8 and tbh.... my apple 80£ in ear headphone had better quality... and didnt cost me 280£ ... and even lasted longer!
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I honestly would rather someone here who's a pro audiophile send you in that direction. I'm not big into headphones since I've got my receiver + 5.1 home theater speakers cranked up most of the time lol.
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ok, i will just wait till someone reply lol
thxs tho, btw which 5.1 speaker u recomend then? also gotta buy a new one
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Depends. Are you talking 5.1 for the computer or 5.1 for a receiver...both use different connections.

If you want some amazing ones for a receiver go with polk audio...pricey but worth it. You can get a set for like 300

Computer, look into logitech....they seem to be the only ones really putting out anything worth using for PC's
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