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post #1 of 10
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Hey guys !

I'd like to buy new heatset for my laptop with integrated soundcard realtek ALC888S ( is it good soundcard ? )
My laptop is Acer Aspire 7540G

Headset in price range 70$-120$

Important :

- Good for games ( good positioning )
- Good for listen music
- Comfortable ( im playing 12/15h / day sometimes ( no offese here pls biggrin.gif )

Thinked about Razer Carcharias ( but dont know it will works on my realtek ), or SteelSeries Siberia v2 usb soundcard.

Waiting for opinions. Thanks !

post #2 of 10
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some1 can help me here?
post #3 of 10
USB audio is just plain bad (with the exception of expensive professional audio recording external usb soundcards, but thats another story).

Your soundcard is poor, but no worse than what is found in the vast majority of devices ranging from mainstream desktops all the way down to ipods and other mp3 players.

For your price range, there are a couple great options, but which one is right for you depends on a few factors:

1- how mobile does it need to be? Some of them are very big and clumsy to move around with.
2- closed or open? Closed cans have more bass and filter out more outside noises, but usually at the cost of a somewhat smaller soundstage, artificially warm sound, and heat (physical heat, as in you may find your ears getting hot faster)
3- what type of music do you prefer? Each set of drivers is best suited to a particular set of frequencies. If you listen to a lot of dubstep, you wouldnt want light airy cans, even if they do have an excellent soundstage and clarity.
4- does it require an attached microphone? If not, you can get better headphones for much cheaper, and just add your own microphone to it for 10 bucks. Pre-attached microphones can drive up the price on a set of headphones by as much as $100, and are no better quality than the seperate attachable one you can get for 10 bucks!

Also, just a general rule tip - stay away from any audio products from razer, logitech, steelseries, or any other company that focuses on gaming and computer accessory products (with the exception of soundcards), avoid Bose and avoid any headphone advertised as surround sound, 5.1, or 7.1.
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post #4 of 10
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Most important is - Good for games ( good positioning )
Can be without mic
I listening all types music biggrin.gif ( pop, rock, hiphop/rap, sometimes metal )

My new Headset will in 80% for games. Thinked about ATH Ad700 but it cost 100-130$ + 30-40$ Courier. Becouse in my coutry it cost 150-200$.
post #5 of 10
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What u think about it :

Headset : Superlux HD-668B HD 668B
+ Soundcard Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro
+ zalman mic

?
post #6 of 10
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iso help guys, really rolleyes.gif
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post #8 of 10
Corsair Vengeance 1500 are awesome. They get comfortable at first but I don't know about long term since I take hourly breaks when I play games. Amazing highs and lows, roughly $100. It's USB, but when you want the same sound quality on a 3.5 mm audio jack, sadly you won't get it so I left my laptop in my bag playing music biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by SpammisT View Post

Corsair Vengeance 1500 are awesome. They get comfortable at first but I don't know about long term since I take hourly breaks when I play games. Amazing highs and lows, roughly $100. It's USB, but when you want the same sound quality on a 3.5 mm audio jack, sadly you won't get it so I left my laptop in my bag playing music biggrin.gif

Damn i had 20-40 offered headsets for my laptop like " they will the best, they are awesome" i just need 1 and good 100% biggrin.gif but ill check it
Edited by viruspk - 2/24/12 at 11:34am
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The problem with USB headsets is they completely bypass the soundcard and use their own audio processors.

Now, without getting technical, lets just use some common sense. Lets say you have two headphones for the same price, but one us USB an one is 3.5mm:

With the 3.5mm, the price youre paying (after marketing, retail markup, and profit margins) is going 100% to the housing and the drivers.

How about with USB? Well now you need to split the cost between the housing and drivers, the audio controller, and the software and testing for that controller. That means that for the same price, you're looking at only getting 1/3 the driver/housing quality.


Now on top of all that, you have to consider that you are now using a tiny low powered soundcard built into the housing of the headphones or the cable, primarily designed to withstand physical abuse and heat (consider it has no cooling and is completely incased in insulating plastic, and is getting knocked around all the time cause of its location). Do you think that soundcard is even as good as the one built into your motherboard? Never mind a stand-alone soundcard.


This alone should persuade any informed reader to avoid USB headphones.

As for the headphones you mentioned, I would not suggest the AD700 if you listen to rap, hiphop, and other bass heavy music. They are perhaps the most comfortable headphones EVER and have excellent soundquallity and soundstage for the price, but they do NOT have bass. The A700 would be a better all-round alternative due to significantly higher bass (although it is still somewhat bass-light) and only slightly smaller soundstage.

I cannot comment on the Superlux, as I've never used one.

Check out the headphone guide thread here on OCN, its a great resource.
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