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As the title says, I'm looking for a USB gaming headset exclusivity for playing BF3 and the like. I've read a bunch of the headset recommendation threads but can't seem to find exactly the answer I'm looking for.

I used to own a set of plantronics DSP-500s and loved them because the usb sound processing would let me hear people much further away than my uber sound card paired with headphones. I used to get accused of hacking because I would always know where people where do to their footsteps.

I want similar usb sound processing in the new set so I can hear people much further away than anyone else.

My brother used to use a set of icemat's back in the day when he was playing counter-strike semi-pro. He used to rave about how good they were. Are they still a good bet?

I currently own sennheiser rs-120's and klipsch image s4's. I've previously owned the plantronics dsp-500's and bose triport (around ear).

Summary:
My target price range it around $50 but I am willing to go up to $100 if a set really stand out.
Must allow me to hear people clearly at long distances like the dsp-500.
Mic preferred but not necessary.
Comfy around ear fit.

Thanks in advance.
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I dont really understand how the footsteps are different depending on the soundcard. i thought those settings are regulated by the game (how far the footsteps can be heard) and the soundcard can only make the quality of the sound better or worse but not the distance you hear things at.

I would say that if thats really true, stick to those headphones.
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Not to be a know it all but...a USB headset will never be close to an analog one. Look at getting the AD700 Audio Technicas they are in your price range.

If it sounded better than your soundcard and headset something was setup wrong with your soundcard or they were uber cheap headphones.

All that matters in gaming is how big the sound stage is, so that the headphones can position the audio correctly. USB headphones can in noway improve the sound as they are just digital. And can only work with the source they are given. They cant improve whats not there in the data.
Edited by Hawk777th - 8/4/11 at 3:34pm
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post #4 of 44
Digital audio will never be as good as analog. Audio gets fragmented going through usb, stay away from these soundcards, headsets, etc.

If you want great sound, check this out. Don't take it seriously, I wrote it to be funny bc we see a lot of people with a similar question to yours:

Quote:
HORRIBLE
GAMING
HEADSETS


Hey, it seems you have started a thread asking for help buying headsets so you can talk to your guild while you play WoW. This is a helpful guide to bluntly state some of the finer points.

Let me get this out of the way quickly, straight up NEVER BUY A HEADSET. You may be asking, "Why?!" since virtually every uneducated fool has one. Well good thing I'm here, so I can teach you up.

Headsets are inherently a horrible idea because they combine piss poor headphones with a piss poor microphone and cost significantly more then they would cost separately, and I stress the significant part, its a joke. Not only do you get worse quality for the price, but because you are combining garbage parts with cheap wiring they are much more likely to break, and when they do, are harder to fix.

What you do want: A set of good headphones (depends on your budget), and a cheap desk mic. Personally, and many others on this forum will support this, I have the ATH AD700's. Great set of all around phones, perfect for listening to music and playing video games. They got decent bump, nothing that will blow you away, but their sound stage is incredible. They are open air though, so they do have some leakage.

Surround Sound... Since you have asked for headset help, it is also very likely that one of your criteria is that the headset you get recommended be Surround Sound because you think that will improve your piss poor kdr. First things first, you suck, accept that you are terrible at FPS games and move on. nothing will help that, no matter how much money you throw at it, I will always whoop that ass. But secondly, while the fact that it won't make you better is irrelevant, what is relevant is that fact that actual surround sound in headphones (putting multiple cheap drivers, all less then a half an inch from your ear) is only a gimmick, and a poor one at that. Not just a "oh it costs a lot and isn't that good" kind of gimmick. It actually adds NOTHING to your experience, gives you surround sound that can be less accurate then virtual surround sound with 2.0 headphones, and gives you significantly worse sound quality for the price, since you have very cheap drivers (there are 7 of them), and a cheap brand

If you still aren't convinced...lol go buy a razer, fatality, logitech, steelseries, turtle beach, etc and everytime you pick up those pieces of garbage I hope you are reminded of my post and your asinine decision.

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post #5 of 44

Yeah, USB sucks compared to analog for sound. You'll want something with a wide soundstage, so some open-backed cans should do the trick. The Audio Technica AD700's are popular around here, but are at the higher end of your price spectrum. Some cheaper cans that I think would satisfy you are the Superlux HD668B's. These are great cans for the money and the reviews for it are stellar.



As for headsets, most of the time you'll be able to get a separate headphone + mic with better sound quality for the same price, but sometimes you'll find some good sales. The SteelSeries Siberia V2's are currently on sale (they're the newest versions of what your brother used) and the sound quality is surprisingly good. They're very comfortable, as well. You can actually get these off of SteelSeries' website for $63 right now, and they have a bunch of colors to choose from. Just enter code QC2011 at checkout. Here is the link. There's also a USB version, but I would recommend against getting these because, as mentioned before, analog provides better sound quality and the USB version is more expensive for no good reason.
Edited by decimator - 8/4/11 at 4:21pm
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Digital audio will never be as good as analog. Audio gets fragmented going through usb, stay away from these soundcards, headsets, etc.

If you want great sound, check this out. Don't take it seriously, I wrote it to be funny bc we see a lot of people with a similar question to yours:
You wrote that? It seems awfully similar to this..

http://i.imgur.com/G7jKK.png
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The RX700's are nice for gaming...in case you want something for around $40.
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inb4audiophilepolice... oh wait.
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Grief you might as well put that in your sig

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inb4audiophilepolice... oh wait.
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The thing I liked about the dsp-500's is that instead of a sound (like footsteps) slowly fading in as someone approached, they wouldn't be that big of a difference in volume between when they first became audible at a long distance and when they were right next to me. I'm not looking for quality. I'm looking for something that is comfortable and will let me triangulate things at a good distance away. The only game the dsp-500's really stood out for me was counter-strike. Unfortunately, mine broke and they are no longer in production.

I've found that although analog headphones provide a better sound quality, they don't give me the same edge I had with the usb sound.
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