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Hey everyone,
I'm looking at buying some headphones or a headset for gaming (and some music), I have already done some research and come to the conclusion that I would rather purchase a pair of decent headphones for the sound quality and get a Zalman ZM-MIC1 to clip on. However I don't won't to spend money on headphones if my sound card is going to lower the sound quality anyway. My laptop specs say I have a EAX Advanced HD 4.0 audio in my G73jh-A1 laptop, is that my sound card? and if it is will it be able to give me the sound quality a nice pair of headphones has to offer?
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It won't be all that noticeable, as the most important thing in the end is the place where sound comes from... in this case that being headphones... I can say that from personal experience, even the greatest sound card won't do you any good if your speakers/headphones/set suck.

Also I suggest that if you can rather test them before you purchase. I really don't like buying peripherals if I'm not able to test them myself previously.

So go through a few shops and try out different stuff and then compare online or vice versa (first get few models for which you're gonna look for)... Then make a purchase.

Hope it helped. Regards
    
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Would I get better sound quality from a USB headset or from a pair of headphones with my sound card?
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Getting a decent USB headset should fix all of your concerns... Some of the higher quality ones got all the stuff you need in them (meaning they'd work independently from your sound card).

But IMO get something budget with nice reviews and votes(or as said, try it out yourself). Something around 50 bucks should do it. Wasting anymore is IMO not worth it. If your looking for sound quality, I think headphones can never replace decent typical 2.1 / 5.1 regular desktop speakers.

Headsets are mostly used for some sort VoIP or regular chatting. And on most of those services default audio is compressed a lot henceforth you actually won't see the difference. For multiplayer FPS games, I've noticed that most people like headsets with hard/strong bass (I hate that) as they like hearing the sound of building collapsing and bomb going off or idk what while literately bleeding from their ears.
    
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I think I'll go with a headset, are there any USB headsets you would recommend? Right now I'm looking at the Logitech g35 on eBay.
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I think I'll go with a headset, are there any USB headsets you would recommend? Right now I'm looking at the Logitech g35 on eBay.
The Logitech g35 is a very good headset. Many people who get it do not regret it. Just be careful where you purchase it from and for how much. Some places will charge 90-$100+ but this headset is sold at many places for way less. It can easily be found for around $70 and sometimes places have it on sale for around $60. I was very interested in this headset at one point too
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I would personally go with a normal jack headphone as I had terrible experiences with USB headphones, sounded crappy despite the "sound card".

I would just get a AD700 for gaming and basic music needs. In my opinion a good headphone w/ normal "soundcard" > average USB headphone w/ in-built soundcard. And EAX 4.0 doesnt = soundcard, its just that there is a signal processing unit in your lappie. It's more or less for gaming use, by trying its best to create a real-world aural environment. Doesnt do much for music though.

A Logitech G35 is decent for a USB headphone, probably the only USB headphone I dont hate. Dont even consider Razer cans, or I might have to take out my stake

Take note that some people wont hear a difference with a soundcard and without one. But all people, blessed with the gift of hearing, hear a difference between a good set of cans and a worse set of cans, sth to keep in mind.

EDIT: you will need to get a seperate mike, if you plan on using one tho. Could be bought for around 20 dollars.
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post #8 of 25
I have used G35 on several occasion and it's actually one that I would recommend (even though it's IMO still kinda pricey) but actually completely worth the money, as that's the last headset you'll ever need. Also keep in mind that Logitech G series stuff is on most occasion awesome (even though some stuff could be a bit cheaper, but IMO more higher quality than any other brand). While I do not own the headset myself, I've got two friends that do and I've got only the praise for it.

Also interesting to note, even though you're researching yourself I assume, is integrated soundcard with built in 7.1 making it also great for watching some hq movies. Also G-buttons are pretty cool and ofc useful. You can goof around with those voice manipulators and the quick mic mute mechanic. But even though all that is great, the most important thing is audio quality (to me at least), and I can say from experience, it certainly does not disappoint.

Regards.

EDIT: Just wanted to say that for mouse/keyboard/gamepad/headset/webcam I'd never use anything that isn't from Logitech. Speakers on the other side while though in the same line, I've had better experience with SonicGear (that being case with Armageddon V) .
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I was wondering if you know where I can get the AD700 for a good price. How well does it do for gaming and music? I was just going to get the G35 but decided to wait and take a look at the AD700 and see about trying something different than my brother (who has the G35.) Plus has any one else had any experience with the AD700's?
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@sloppyjoe123
I was wondering if you know where I can get the AD700 for a good price. How well does it do for gaming and music? I was just going to get the G35 but decided to wait and take a look at the AD700 and see about trying something different than my brother (who has the G35.) Plus has any one else had any experience with the AD700's?
They are $90 new at Amazon. While I have never used them, I personally know a few people who do. While they are not the greatest headphones on earth, they do a pretty good job for the price. I am typically told that these do come off to be more gaming style headphones rather than music,entertainment,etc.
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