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Hi all,

I've purchased an AKG GHS-1 for gaming only. I'm satisfied with everything (sound quality, design, build quality), except the MIC.
It's not a "noise cancelling" one so it picks up a lot of ambient sounds (e.g. mouse and keyboard clicks). The problem may also be that it's not unidirectional enough and/or its positioning (not facing the mouth).

Bottom line, in mumble (no matter how hard I try to play with the settings) most of my clicks will trigger voice activation, bad. Note that push to talk is not an option for me.

So now I need to go for a replacement product.

Question #1:I've read that many suggest that at these price points (PC360/PC330) you're better off with headphones + separate mic.
Do you know a separate mic that won't pick up my ambient sounds ?

Because the two common options (Zalman clip-on and Antlion midmic) seems to pick up ambient sounds:
- the Zalman is omnidirectional and not in front of your mouth
- the modmic is in front of the mouth but is still omnidirectional

I've sent an emal to Antlion and they've replied immediately with helpful and honest information (kudos to them for this).
They say they had the same question from other users and they told me what one of these users have reported them: he was able to find a setup (position + mic level) that is not too bad (clicks not triggering voice activation). Which translates to me as the problem is there but you may be able to mitigate it. Adding the fact that the modmic also has another issue for me (no mic off button/switch) and that it is 40$ (I'm in France) ...

Not sure I'm ready to got for a Sennheiser PC 350/360, maybe a PC 320/330.

Question #2: if I go for an headset, how are PC320/330 with respect to AKG GHS-1 ?

Question #3: between a PC330 and PC320, any advice ? Alternatives (if any) ?

Thanks !

MaX.
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Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Sony Optiarc 7280s Thermalright HR-02 Macho 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
NZXT Sentry Mesh Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Asus VG236HE 120hz Corsair K90 
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Corsair HX 750w Fractal Design Arc Midi Logitech G500 Creative X-Fi Titanium 
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I have the Zalman clip-on that I use with my ATH-AD700's. I think for the money it is a good mic. People say they can hear me clearly but they can also hear my Air Purifier that is in the same room. Which is ok but for games that have voice commands, they have a hard time picking up what I am saying. Last night I finally got Tom Clancy Hawx to register what I am saying (found the sweet spot for the mic level)

I had one Zalman that I had for about a year but then had to replace it due to the wire getting tore up (very thin wire) so I just purchased 2 in case it gets messed up again smile.gif
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