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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.
And they won't because they don't process audio in the same way.

Find another pair of DSP-500's, I just sold mine locally last year. I bought another pair on eBay a while back before that.

You can also find them in a revised addition of GameCom Pro 1's as the name; and yes the Icemat's are still pretty good too.

Please don't listen to all these people raving about digital versus analog. In many situations it's preferable to have a pair of real cans with proper audio. In your case what you want is another set of DSP-500's. The ONLY issue you'll have is that the software that worked with it on XP will not work on Windows 7. However, Windows 7 will automatically recognize them and give you similar options (without the room effects) to the software such as bass boost, etc.

They might not, without the software that came with them and was used on XP operate in exactly the same way as Windows 7.
    
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And they won't because they don't process audio in the same way.

Find another pair of DSP-500's, I just sold mine locally last year. I bought another pair on eBay a while back before that.

You can also find them in a revised addition of GameCom Pro 1's as the name; and yes the Icemat's are still pretty good too.

Please don't listen to all these people raving about digital versus analog. In many situations it's preferable to have a pair of real cans with proper audio. In your case what you want is another set of DSP-500's. The ONLY issue you'll have is that the software that worked with it on XP will not work on Windows 7. However, Windows 7 will automatically recognize them and give you similar options (without the room effects) to the software such as bass boost, etc.

They might not, without the software that came with them and was used on XP operate in exactly the same way as Windows 7.

Thanks. I'm going to poke around some more for a current set that's like the dsp-500's. If I can't find anything equivalent I'll start looking on ebay for a pair.

For me its about being able to tell where people are, not audio quality. If people had trouble understanding why I was trying to find a pair like the plantronics I hope this crappy illustration helps.
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..What?
"Distance" in terms of hearing footsteps and other game sounds has to do with the headphone's soundstage width, not whether or not you're interfacing with analog or USB. A USB headset only means that the audio processor is in the headset, rather than in your computer. You can't "hear" digital audio. A good pair of headphones with a larger soundstage would be what you need.
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..What?
"Distance" in terms of hearing footsteps and other game sounds has to do with the headphone's soundstage width, not whether or not you're interfacing with analog or USB. A USB headset only means that the audio processor is in the headset, rather than in your computer. You can't "hear" digital audio. A good pair of headphones with a larger soundstage would be what you need.
I guess I'm having trouble describing what I'm looking for. I'll give an example.

Say a game starts "telling" your computer to make a sound when someone approaches to within 100 feet in game with a very quiet level that will rise as they get closer. With the nice sound card and headphones, the level is barely audible at the "distance". With the "crappy digital headset" the sound starts at a much louder volume, which allows me to hear someone at 100 ft instead of me noticing them as they gradually get closer and the level gradually builds.

Its about the audio processing, not the actual speaker.
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Sounds kinda like "War Tapes" in BC2. Some people swear by it but all the crazy effects it adds drives me mad.
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Sounds kinda like "War Tapes" in BC2. Some people swear by it but all the crazy effects it adds drives me mad.
That's a great way of putting it. The sounds that would normally not be discernible with a quality sound card because it is good at varying their volume become discernible with the dsp's because they can't vary the volume that well. Its a much smaller band of volume level than the nice cards.

Here's how bit-tech described it:
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Many gamers won't play on anything other than headphones because of the advantage of the strong stereo separation that helps pinpoint players' locations. We found these DSP-500s more than up to the job. The strong bass coped ably with the gunfire and explosions that pepper a CS game, and were accurately able to render subtleties in footsteps from various differences and locations - making them a great headset for the trainee killer.

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Heres a set from an Amazon seller for $79


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Heres a set from an Amazon seller for $79
Amazon.com: GameComPro1 PC Gaming Headset: Video Games
Sweet. I'm going to look around a little more before I take the plunge. I'm kind of hesitant to get these because of reviews like this one from newegg:
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I have Vista Ultimate 64bit and it will automatically detect and install the drivers for my DSP-500s but not this headset (Gamecompro1) The DSP-500s sound fine with what ever drivers Vista installs but the Gamecomspro1's are terrible, and I have tried installing the Persono software on Vista, it will NOT work. Period. and like I said Plantronics has no plans of supporting it for Vista.
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Has anyone tried the Steelseries Siberia V2's?
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Has anyone tried the Steelseries Siberia V2's?
Not personally, but I had some experience with the Icemat Siberia's and they were great. The V2's are just a better version of those. The V2's have a reputation for being very comfortable. I think, especially with the sale at SteelSeries right now, that they're a pretty decent buy.
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