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So this is something I have been wondering and ever since I've had my sound card (X-Fi Titanium) I've been debating how I should have my audio devices setup.

This is more directed towards any of you hardcore gamers out there, even more so if you are a hardcore MMO gamer. At the moment I have my speakers plugged into my sound card with all audio coming out of them. I have a Sennheiser USB headset (single ear piece) for use with ventrilo audio (speech) and microphone. Whenever I am on ventrilo (and I am a lot) and gaming I feel like I am missing out on the full experience and sound that I feel like I should be getting. I had an idea of getting a really really good headset and just whenever Ventrilo was about to have audio come out for it to dull all the other sounds.

(Ventrilo is VO-IP like mumble or teamspeak, for anyone who doesn't know smile.gif )

So for any of you gamers out there, what would you recommend for a good setup? Would you do what I'm doing? Maybe get a good headset? Maybe good Headphones? I just want to get the most out of my setup.
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I would 100% get a good pair of headphones (NOT a headset), and a Zalman clip on mic or similar. I have always used headset/phones for gaming and get Teamspeak to drop all volumes down to 25% when people are talking, it works very well.

There is no better way to position sound than with a good headset so it's the best choice for gaming. Which headset you choose depends on personal choice however, but for gaming I'd get an some open ones rather than closed.
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Thank you for the reply!

I may start looking at headphones as I do have a studio microphone I used for a podcast so that may be the best option. What do you mean when you say Open headphones out of curosity?

*I'd probably have a budget of around 200$ for headphones.
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Originally Posted by Crabby654 View Post

Thank you for the reply!
I may start looking at headphones as I do have a studio microphone I used for a podcast so that may be the best option. What do you mean when you say Open headphones out of curosity?
*I'd probably have a budget of around 200$ for headphones.

Probably easier if I send you a link rather than going into too much detail biggrin.gif

Have a good read of this: Guide to Gaming Headphones\Headsets

Also if you have any questions there's plenty of people who know their stuff better than me that are happy to help in the OCN headphones club

Turns out there's quite a lot to think about when buying headphones! hehe thumb.gif
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What my sig says: Xonar ST -> Shure SRH-840
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Probably easier if I send you a link rather than going into too much detail biggrin.gif
Have a good read of this: Guide to Gaming Headphones\Headsets
Also if you have any questions there's plenty of people who know their stuff better than me that are happy to help in the OCN headphones club
Turns out there's quite a lot to think about when buying headphones! hehe thumb.gif

Oh wow that is a very helpful link. I understand sooo much more now. To be totally honest, when I am moderately gaming, like playing Civ5, I do like to hear background noise so I think open headphones much be perfect, now to find a pair.
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What my sig says: Xonar ST -> Shure SRH-840

I'm most likely not going to upgrade my sound card yet because I literally just bought my X-Fi Titanium, which is a HUGE difference over my onboard. I've heard good things about Sennheiser headphones but I am a bit lost still when it comes to which brand and what to get for lets say 80% Gaming and 20% Music headphones. (music being hip hop/metal/rock)
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Originally Posted by Crabby654 View Post

I've heard good things about Sennheiser headphones but I am a bit lost still when it comes to which brand and what to get for lets say 80% Gaming and 20% Music headphones. (music being hip hop/metal/rock)

You should make a post in the headphone club and they will let you know what's best, but I know the Audio Technica ATH-AD700 is a very highly recommended headset for gaming, so you could always check that out and see what you think. (it win's no prizes for looks though!)
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