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My Zalman ZM-RS6F 5.1 Headphones are dying, what is a worthy successor

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Before I start I have gone through the headphones guide and others on this site which has sort of made my short list, but i would still love some other suggestions. Remember I am in Australia so prices are different and some Headphones I would have to import (which I don't have a issue with).

I currently have a pair Zalman ZM-RS6F 5.1 and they are slowly dying needing more and more super glue repairs, this headset has served me really well over the last 6 years.
http://www.amazon.com/Zalman-ZM-RS6F.../dp/B0001OYMFO

I liked everything about them except for absolutly zero bass, things I liked about them were 6 speakers Front Centre Rear, which i found gave good directional location of people in say css & BF3.

There mainly for Gaming If i want to listen to music I can turn my logitech speakers on for bass loudness etc.

So condition are:
Dont want to go backward from what i had
Comfort
Sound quality & Directional location
Bass
Price of around $150 or less
Mic not essential have a Zalman Zm-Mic1 which works well

I have used a mates pair of Sennheiser PC 360 Pro and they were awesome but way out of my price range.

If I cant find anything I can always get the same Zalman's which ticks all boxes except for Bass.

On saying that the Zalmans came out in 2004 so Im sure there are heaps better now.

Also is there going to be much difference in directional sound with one 3.5mm or USB VS 3x 3.5mm inputs, I have no sound card just the on board ASUS Realtek 992 sound.

Open or closed don't matter i have had both styles before.

Here are some i am currently eyeing off

Plantronics Gamecom 777 Surround Sound 7.1 Gaming Headset USB
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=15283

Sennheiser HD280 Pro
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Sennheise...ht_2118wt_1163

Audio Technica ATH-AD700
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-Audio...#ht_5059wt_905

Open to all idea's and thought's Thanks ahead of time
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The AD700 are also beautiful for gaming but they also have zero bass. Besides possibly better SQ which would still be limited by your onboard audio, I would not recommend the AD700's. Same would go for the HD 280, very little bass and since they're closed cans you wont get that surround sound effect but rather a much more congested one. Sorry i cant recommend a pair but those 2 headphones that you were eying aren't going to be an improvement other than maybe sound quality in audio reproduction.
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Well I bit the bullet and picked up the AD700 & and a Xonar XD to go with it hopefully its should work well.
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Great soundstage and fidelity, you'll just be missing that low end that makes games so immersive but I think you made a good decision
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Great soundstage and fidelity, you'll just be missing that low end that makes games so immersive but I think you made a good decision

It sucks the low end isn't going to be there but others options for $130 AUS were very few and far between
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So Thought i would follow up on how I went.

Audio Technica ATH-AD700:
Pro-
Comfortable
Awesome Awesome Sound Stage clarity frequency response & range
Material doesn't induce sweat as easily as the old pair
Bang for buck
Worked good with either on-board or Dedicated sound card
Best directional location with Dolby Headphone

Con-
Purple?
Not as much bass as a 12inch Sub on my ear
No mic( not an issue for me used zalman clip on mic)

So I bought them from here http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/130546247...#ht_5059wt_905
Product was fine internationally shipped

With the Ad700 just with my on-board (realtek 892) they were heaps better than my old set louder, clearer, more bass etc reasonable directional location.

I also picked up a Asus Xonar Dx this made another improvement as the Dolby headphone setting give the best locational and directional sound i have ever heard on 2 speakers ,maybe even a 7.1 set-up.

Bass is crisp, treble is sharp I can't believe how much of the sound spectrum I was missing out on with the old headphones, by far the best thing is the sound stage, it really does sound like your in the environment that your playing/listening in/to.

Only thing is when not in-game I turn off Dolby headphone as it adds echo in you-tube or music. This echo doesn't seem to be there in games but.

Bf3 is by far the best audio in a game with this set-up its awesome.

To summarise I was stupid to think on-board sound was adequate now days and any set of headphones was good enough. This is by far one of the best upgrades i have ever done and wish I did it many years ago, If you have spare cash and want something to add to your PC experience get a dedicated Sound card and good set of headphones.

P.S. These headphones in a Yamaha Hifi Amp connected to a PS3 using Dolby Headphone are also awesome sounding
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you could've saved some cash and went ahead with the Xonar DG like I did. SQ is nearly identical, the DG has a more powerful onboard amplifier, and it also has dolby headphone and virtual 7.1. But the DX is still an awesome choice.

Totally agree with what you said.
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you could've saved some cash and went ahead with the Xonar DG like I did. SQ is nearly identical, the DG has a more powerful onboard amplifier, and it also has dolby headphone and virtual 7.1. But the DX is still an awesome choice.
Totally agree with what you said.

Ooops should of mentioned my top PCI-E was the only slot i wanted to use and I picked up the DX for the same price as the DG Win Win.
Edited by Pittster - 1/28/12 at 5:45pm
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Ooops should of mentioned my top PCI-E was the only slot I wanted slot i wanted to use and I picked up the DX for the same price as the DG Win Win.

Can I have a hint as to how you got it that cheap? It would be really nice being able to move my GPU back up a few slots and using one of the many PCIe slots I have available
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Can I have a hint as to how you got it that cheap? It would be really nice being able to move my GPU back up a few slots and using one of the many PCIe slots I have available

Got it second hand off a forum they retail for $100 in Australia check on Ebay sometimes they Pop up cheaper.
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