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Mainly for gaming. Would like to have 5.1
Any recommendations?
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Logitech are always a good company for PC periferals including headsets, mice, keyboards and joysticks etc..
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You'd actually get better sound with a good pair of audiophile headphones since You've already got an X-fi. Just turn on CMOS 3D and you're good to go.

To get a decent 5.1 headset you'll have to spend about $100-125 anyway, and then they aren't a true 5.1 setup because they simulate front and rear speakers... yes they've got several drivers, but the positioning is screwed up so they have to simulate the right positions around your head. the best 5.1 headphone will not be nearly as good as a good properly set up 5.1 speaker config.

CMOS 3D works very wll with just normal headphones and then you'll get better sound quality, and have headphones that work for not only gaming, but you can enjoy them while listening to music, movies and many other things.

the 2 most popular audiophile grade gaming headphones are:
$100
Audio Technia ATH-A500 - a closed can that is sensitive enough that you don't need to shell out for an amp to drive them.
Sennheiser HD555 - An open can that is a great all-around headphone. It's got a great soundstage and good imaging which is important for gaming. they can be driven unamped, but will benefit from an amp
$150-
DT770 80Ohm - these are widely regarded as the best gaming headphone period. They are a bit harder to drive so they benefit the most out of the 3 from being amped. If you have the cash these are the way to go.

for a mic you can get a desktop boom mic, a Zalman clip on mic (what I use with my Senn HD595's) or you can get a cheap headset mic and get creative. I've seen people make booms for their headphones to make their headphones into headsets, it's all personal perference. I personally just have the Zalman mic cliped to the cord of my hd595's and I get perfectly good reception
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I spent alot on the X-Fi, so $20 headphones won't cut it.

The ones that require an amp, is that something that comes with them? Never thought of an amp for a headset. But if the quality is that much better I may consider it.

Most of the time I will only be using them when LAN gaming. Otherwise my Klipsch 5.1 set can handle everything else.

Good idea on the Mic. That will broaded my search to better headphones.

What about a wireless set??
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Originally Posted by Ed Blown Vert
I spent alot on the X-Fi, so $20 headphones won't cut it.

The ones that require an amp, is that something that comes with them? Never thought of an amp for a headset. But if the quality is that much better I may consider it.

Most of the time I will only be using them when LAN gaming. Otherwise my Klipsch 5.1 set can handle everything else.

Good idea on the Mic. That will broaded my search to better headphones.

What about a wireless set??

I'd stick with a wired pair of headphones. You'll get better SQ for your money because you're paying for high quality components and not for wireless transmitters and receivers. If you are willing to put a bit more into it like it sounds you are I highly suggest the
DT770's
http://www.headphone.com/products/he...mic-dt-770.php
These are the new version and are 250Ohm, you'll want to find the 80Ohm version, and if you buy last years model it'll bring the price down. I've seen like-new old versions for $150
on second thought... I can't find the 80Ohm version hmm....
http://cgi.ebay.com/Beyerdynamic-DT7...QQcmdZViewItem
ebay

If you want to stick with closed cans you can go with some Audio Technia A series cans. I mentioned the a500's earlier and they are a good can, but the A700's would be better. They are also very popular for gaming.
http://www.audiocubes.com/category/H...eadphones.html
http://www.audiocubes.com/category/H...eadphones.html

Also popular are the Sennheiser HD555/595 series. I use the HD595's and love them.
http://www.headphone.com/products/he...ser-hd-595.php

As far as amps go, any audiophile quality headphone will not come with an amp (exctept for some rare/extremely expensive headphones that have an amp designed specifically for them) so you'll have to pick out your own amp. You can spend as little as $50 or several thousand on an amp. But for gaming, you don't need something ultra fancy.

Many gamers use a Cmoy or what is often referred to as a mint tin amp (a small cheap amp enclosed in an altods or other mint tin) Since you game you'll probably want something portable. So I'll suggest some good amps that are portable and at about $100 or less:
CMOY: about $50 or so
Pa2v2: $65 this is a popular amp that tends to be powerful in the bass regions
LDM+: $70 this is another popular amp that has a much more natural and transparent sound to it then the pa2v2. This has great syngery with the Sennheiser HD555/595's
PINT: $100 this is a great amp if you can get your hands on one. the boards aren't made any more so often they go for about $150... I'm currently working on getting my hands on a few boards so I can make some
PIMETA: $100 This is probably the best amp listed. It can be made in a portable form factor for around $100, or you can make it in a desktop form factor and use audio grade parts jacking up the performance and price. Mine cost about $180 in parts alone, but it sounds absolutely amazing. It is still small enough to travel, but if LAN parties are in mind I could build one just like mine is a slightly smaller case.

Of these amps only the LDM+ and pa2v2 are avalible commercially, the others would need to be built. I'd be more than willing to build you an amp if you need. This would give you the option of the types of inputs and outputs you wanted (RCA or mini jack input and 1/8" or 1/4" output) and also the power soruce (batter, wall or both?) and things like that
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