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i'm ready to order new headphones. such has hfi-580 or Ultrasone Pro 550. i read how soundstage is important for music but how about games. I have a plantronic gamecon 377, they do lack on volume and bass but they do give me great 3d effect on when the enemies are walking around me etc. Why do i need such expensive headphone for gaming only if such a cheap headphone like the plantronic can do great soundstage?
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post #2 of 7
You will get the best soundstage on a HD555 or 595, since they are open types.
I have a HD555 and love it. Especially, because they are also the best in wearing comfort.

Do NOT buy anything with 5.1/7.1 built in, or called gaming product, or anything in general from plantronics.
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There's a lot involved in what makes a headphone good for gaming or not. Imaging, mids, sound stage. Typically airy sound is better than closed headphones, but not always. Sometimes, especially if you're in a loud environment, isolation will help form a good seal from the world and extraneous noises.

The 377 is not a good gaming headset. The fact that you were able to hear footsteps is great, but you should have been hearing them much sooner than you did. A sound card with a good gaming headphone should let you hear footsteps and other positional cues much earlier, much farther and with much more precision.
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post #4 of 7
Sound stage is actually more important for gaming than it is for music. Would opt for the sennheisers as Locutus said there, you don't get better for gaming. If you listen to alot of music too you might consider Audio Technica AD700's.
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Sound stage is actually more important for gaming than it is for music. Would opt for the sennheisers as Locutus said there, you don't get better for gaming. If you listen to alot of music too you might consider Audio Technica AD700's.
wouldn't the software create a 3d soundstage for you on a headphone. like creative eax or cmss3d to make you feel like in a HT 7.1.
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wouldn't the software create a 3d soundstage for you on a headphone. like creative eax or cmss3d to make you feel like in a HT 7.1.
From my experience, CMSS3D just introduces an echo and is really weird for gaming. I don't use it any more.
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If you set up CMSS3D correctly its brilliant for fps gaming and gives you great positional awareness. I would also recommend the HD555's for gaming as I own these and they are fantastic. I have previously owned 'gaming' headsets and none of them come close to the Sennheisers.
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