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I was at Compusa today looking to spend some gift card money and came accross these

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1430463&CatId=7214

they were on sale and i picked it up for 75$ so before I open them I want some advice...
I havea Titanium HD creative sound card and want a headset for gaming are tehse good?
If not what would you recommend i would like to spend no more then 300$ tops for a set!
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I have a pair of V2 and the only thing I like about them is how comfortable they are. I sometimes even forget I'm wearing them.
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I would personally opt for a separate headphones and microphone. A good solid set of headphones from with a clip on microphone.

If you have a larger budget, get a decent set of cans with an amplifier to accompany them. I went for the Beyerdynamic DT880's with a Fiio E9 amp. However, this may be slightly over budget.

This combination is fantastic for games like BF3 (especially), games that require sound staging (CSS) as well as music and film.
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Originally Posted by Crooksy View Post

I would personally opt for a separate headphones and microphone. A good solid set of headphones from with a clip on microphone.
If you have a larger budget, get a decent set of cans with an amplifier to accompany them. I went for the Beyerdynamic DT880's with a Fiio E9 amp. However, this may be slightly over budget.
This combination is fantastic for games like BF3 (especially), games that require sound staging (CSS) as well as music and film.

+1 to this. I used to have a set of Razer Carcharias, which admittedly sounded ok, but they weren't well made. One of the earphones went out completely, which I later found to be caused by the solders inside the ear cup coming loose.

I just got a set of Audio Technica AD700s with an Antlion detachable boom mic, and the difference is like night and day. All the audiophiles will say not to buy a headset, and I wish I had listened! The aforementioned combo cost me $140 and is worth every penny.

@OP: I don't know much about the Steel Series headset you linked, but they are closed-back cans, which (unless I'm mistaken) means that they should have ample bass and isolation, but comparatively poor sound staging, which is important for multiplayer FPS (to hear subtle sounds like footsteps better as well as positional audio).

Open-backed cans have less bass and isolation, but the sound staging is larger.
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CS:GO still has problems with its audio engine. Lots of issues with footstep fade and whatnot. Once would of beta it'll probably be good. I've been hearing good things from the HD 555s though.
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I use Sennheiser HD558's ($140) + the Zalman Clip mic ($8) for CS 1.6, CS:GO, and CS:S. I can follow people through the wall and kill them through it (1.6). I have been banned from servers claiming that I hack ( I don't).

Excellent soundstage and extremely comfortable. The sound is excellent as well. Keep in mind that the bass on these are on the lighter side. I use a Fiio E10 DAC with the bass boost on to give the bass a little bump. Highly reccomended gaming combo, as well as music.
 
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I use Sennheiser HD558's ($140) + the Zalman Clip mic ($8) for CS 1.6, CS:GO, and CS:S. I can follow people through the wall and kill them through it (1.6). I have been banned from servers claiming that I hack ( I don't).
Excellent soundstage and extremely comfortable. The sound is excellent as well. Keep in mind that the bass on these are on the lighter side. I use a Fiio E10 DAC with the bass boost on to give the bass a little bump. Highly reccomended gaming combo, as well as music.

well a buddy of mine that once was cal i or p or somecrap like that used to have a paid of those 558 or i thin they were 598 something with seighniers and 5s but the thing started to come apart on him and he read up reviews that pro gamers really like this headset so thats y he got it..
but im sure he knows nothing it's just for 75$ they suond aamzing to me but still someting feels off but a good price none the les.s.
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well a buddy of mine that once was cal i or p or somecrap like that used to have a paid of those 558 or i thin they were 598 something with seighniers and 5s but the thing started to come apart on him and he read up reviews that pro gamers really like this headset so thats y he got it..
but im sure he knows nothing it's just for 75$ they suond aamzing to me but still someting feels off but a good price none the les.s.

Sennheiser has the habit of making high end products that feel/look extremely cheap (ie lots of plastic). He probably had the HD555 or HD595. Those had a design defect where the headband would crack after a few years. The HD558 and HD598 had the same design but the cracking issue has been fixed.

The cool thing about the HD555 and HD558 is that they can be "modded" into their higher end counterparts - HD595 and HD598 respectively. All you have to do is remove a peice of foam. Some people say the HD558 mod doesn't make it 100% identical but I won't get into that here thumb.gif
 
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