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My precious AD700's have broken, and I'm not exactly looking to spend another 150 ( I live in canada)

I have integrated sound (Realtek® ALC 892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking) from my P8Z68V-pro, not sure if I wanna spend money right now to buy a sound card. I'm really lookiing for a short/medium term solution that will do me fine, until I can save up some money and buy some AD700's or HD5xx. So the USB solution seemd like a viable option

State your budget! (Set an absolute maximum or give a relative maximum with + x amount if it will be amazingly better).

Don't wanna go over 100, i'd really prefer if i could spend under 80 and even more so under 50

State your music tastes

Metal, Drum and bass, Trance, Techno, Rock, Jazz. A variety of music styles, but I mostly listen to music via speakers, so this isn't too much of my concern

State what perks are highly desirable (low impedance, heavy bass, excellent for gaming etc..)

I want really good headphones for gaming, 3d audio surround


State what products you already have and are planning on using with your recommended item (state whether you have an amp if you're looking for headphones with high impedance for example)

Ive been looking at the Corsair Vengeance 1500, but they are kinda pricey, my other friend recommended the Steelseries 5Hv2
I bought the Zalman ZM-RS6F Theatre 6 headphones because they were only like 35 bucks + 15 dollar mail in rebate, but I want to get different phones because the sound is not that great and there are problems with windows 7 drivers


State how you are going to use the item (e.g. out-and-about, at the gym, at home, PC / console, gaming, music etc). The more detail in this, the better.

These are strictly for my gaming rig PC, I'm only going to be using them for playing games, mumble/ventrilo (already have a seperate mic), MAYBE some music while I'm playing. When watching movies or listening to music, I tend to use my speakers


State where you live and offer some sites that are known for having good prices / being reputable so we can help recommend you products in your country's currency (like Amazon or ebay).

As I said, I live in Canada (Edmonton specifically). Some sites I've been looking at are memoryexpress.com (due to their price match policy), NCIX, Futureshop, bestbuy, amazon,ca. But if you guys know any other places that I can buy from while in canada I'd love to hear
post #2 of 9
I reviewed the Corsair 1300's and you can see my writeup there. I would say that purely for gaming, they work very well. I assume that the 1500 would be better yet.

They would not be good for music, can't stress that enough. But, the 1300s make for nice gaming audio.
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by Droviin View Post

I reviewed the Corsair 1300's and you can see my writeup there. I would say that purely for gaming, they work very well. I assume that the 1500 would be better yet.
They would not be good for music, can't stress that enough. But, the 1300s make for nice gaming audio.

Thank you for your response and the link to your review. Right now I'm pretty torn between my options. The zalman surround headset ill work out to ~$20 after MIR. The sound isn't that great but hey its only 20 dollars. I guess what i'm really wondering is, how much better will the Vengeance headphones be? If these headphones are comparable to the AD700, then I would probably be willing to spend the extra money on getting the corsair. The bass end isn't TOO important (I did use the AD700, which people had always said were bass light). Would you say it's worth spending the extra 60 dollars to get the Vengeance 1500's? or just stick with these Zalman surround phones and hold out till I can buy some AD700's again?


If I went the Corsair route, I'd probably hold off even longer to get headphones, probably something better than the AD700's, but I'm still not sure. I could get those corsair vengeane 1500's for about 80 bucks, so i guess all in all what I'm asking is if they are really worth the price difference.
post #4 of 9
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I almost forgot to mention, I noticed the Siberia V2 on sale at some places, I could probably get these for under 70 bucks, What are everyone's thoughts on these?
post #5 of 9
I recently picked up a pair of Audio Technica ATH-300's as backup/travel gaming headphones. The construction and feel is cheaper than the higher end Audio-Technica stuff but man, for ~$30 they blew me away with the sound quality and comfort. I've never gotten so much for so little from headphones before!

I mostly use them for gaming (BF3 the most lately). They are very middle of the road headphone as far as sound reproduction, they reproduce high's decently (but not stellar) and their bass response is lacking. This results in a very 'warm' sound that I like a lot for gaming. I generally listen to more mellow stuff (indie rock, folk, that sort of thing) and the sound has been great for those genres. Getting something bass heavy like hip-hop or electronica isn't killer but totally acceptable for the price range of the headphones.

I paired them up with a cheap Zalman clip on mic and I've got a fantastic budget gaming headset. I highly recommend it for a as-low-as-you-can-go option. You can certainly do better for $20-$30 more, but for super cheap, they rock!
post #6 of 9
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Well I ended up buying the Steelseries 5hv2, since i got them for about 50 bucks, I think i might keep these althoguh there was some problems setting up in windows 7 (beeping)

I fixed it by installing an older driver (v1.20) and then upgrading the drivers via windows update, they seem to be working good

EDIT: If anyone has experience with these particualr headphones and could offer some tweaks / advice on setting them up, that would be appreciated
Edited by Wind - 5/14/12 at 11:12pm
post #7 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wind View Post

Well I ended up buying the Steelseries 5hv2, since i got them for about 50 bucks, I think i might keep these althoguh there was some problems setting up in windows 7 (beeping)

I fixed it by installing an older driver (v1.20) and then upgrading the drivers via windows update, they seem to be working good

EDIT: If anyone has experience with these particualr headphones and could offer some tweaks / advice on setting them up, that would be appreciated

it seemed like they have a burn in time...but when i got them, the mids/low end was absolutely garbage so I brought them back. I wasn't happy with them. But I never let them "burn in" if they needed burn in time...
post #8 of 9
I'm currently using Creative Aurvana Live! cans. Apparently they share the same drivers as Denon D1001 headphones. They're technically not fully closed but they are well insulated with minimal sound leakage. The pleather is of above-average quality and is comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time as long as your head is average sized. I use them for gaming, TV shows, and a wide range of music (from classical to rap), and find that they perform quite well.
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post #9 of 9
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aw, i wish i could get the aurvana live here for cheap. good price on nice headphones

ive been using these 5hv2 the past few hours, but i noticed i could get the siberia v2 for like 15 more. do you guys think it's worth spending the extra money? or are they both so similar that it's hardly noticeable?
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