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I always seem to find myself in this predicament, spending so much money to find which headset is the best. So, now it is time I turn to the forums for help! I currently own;
  • Astro A40 with wireless 5.8 mixamp
  • Astro A50 (built in wireless mixamp, can't use it with other headsets)
  • Sennheiser PC360
  • Logitech G930
  • Turtle Beach X41


Which headset do you recommend and what has the absolute best quality? I don't have a price range, but if I had to give one, no more than $500? I mainly stay on computer when gaming and don't need a microphone since I use a blue yeti pro desktop mic, but I occasionally go on xbox 360, so having a built in mic would be nice. Motherboard includes Realtek ALC889 codec with optical port, but I know it isn't optimal. Also, would the sound quality improve depending on the connection? For example, would the PC360 directly connected to the back of the computer sound better than connected to the astro mixamp, connecting through an optical cable?

Also is the Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless headset any good?
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PC360 - You already own pretty much the best headset you can buy. There is really no other comparison in terms of 'headsets'.
    
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Originally Posted by problemgaming View Post

I always seem to find myself in this predicament, spending so much money to find which headset is the best. So, now it is time I turn to the forums for help! I currently own;
  • Astro A40 with wireless 5.8 mixamp
  • Astro A50 (built in wireless mixamp, can't use it with other headsets)
  • Sennheiser PC360
  • Logitech G930
  • Turtle Beach X41
Which headset do you recommend and what has the absolute best quality? I don't have a price range, but if I had to give one, no more than $500? I mainly stay on computer when gaming and don't need a microphone since I use a blue yeti pro desktop mic, but I occasionally go on xbox 360, so having a built in mic would be nice. Motherboard includes Realtek ALC889 codec with optical port, but I know it isn't optimal. Also, would the sound quality improve depending on the connection? For example, would the PC360 directly connected to the back of the computer sound better than connected to the astro mixamp, connecting through an optical cable?
Also is the Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless headset any good?

When using a toslink (optical cable) you are going all digital for the source signal and therefor the sound quality will depend largely on the amp (this is usually considered good). The question here is how good the astro mixamp is. Honestly I don't know but considering the price its probably much better then any integrated sound card. If you want better sound quality you can either upgrade to a discrete sound card (and directly connect to that) or get an better amp that has a toslink port.

As for headsets I doubt you can find anything better then PC360 that have integrated mic. You could always get some high-end headphones and use a cable clip mic. I know some people have made look pretty neat by combining the headphone and mic cable with sleeving.
    
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When using a toslink (optical cable) you are going all digital for the source signal and therefor the sound quality will depend largely on the amp (this is usually considered good). The question here is how good the astro mixamp is. Honestly I don't know but considering the price its probably much better then any integrated sound card. If you want better sound quality you can either upgrade to a discrete sound card (and directly connect to that) or get an better amp that has a toslink port.

As for headsets I doubt you can find anything better then PC360 that have integrated mic. You could always get some high-end headphones and use a cable clip mic. I know some people have made look pretty neat by combining the headphone and mic cable with sleeving.

I'm confused. How are you going from optical to headphones without the digital to analogue conversion?

The PC360s are great if you want straight up performance gaming wise. If you want bass in your music, then the Beyerdynamic MX300s are very expensive, but will do that. The better way to do all of that is to pick a good headphone for gaming and add a modmic so it feel exactly like a headset.
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I'm confused. How are you going from optical to headphones without the digital to analogue conversion?
The PC360s are great if you want straight up performance gaming wise. If you want bass in your music, then the Beyerdynamic MX300s are very expensive, but will do that. The better way to do all of that is to pick a good headphone for gaming and add a modmic so it feel exactly like a headset.

Perhaps I was not being clear enough.

OP's current setup is: onboard --> toslink+USB --> astro mixamp --> headphones with mic
Yes?

In this case digital to analogue is done by the astro mixamp.

What could also be done is: onboard --> toslink --> HI-Fi amp --> headphones
parallel with onboard --> 3.5mm jack extension --> mic

Or one could use a discrete sound card and directly connect the headphones/mic using the 3.5mm jacks to that sound card
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Do amps have Toslink connections? Even if you could put a toslink into an amp, there still needs to be some conversion, otherwise, you're using onboard and just amping onboard sound.

And the DAC on the astro mixamp is nothing to cry home about.
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Do amps have Toslink connections? Even if you could put a toslink into an amp, there still needs to be some conversion, otherwise, you're using onboard and just amping onboard sound.
And the DAC on the astro mixamp is nothing to cry home about.

Some do some don't. Its a feature. The fact that it is onboard sound does not mater as its digital (controlled by software not hardware) and decoded at the amp end. The quality will depend as I said largely on the amp as the conversion/decoding is done there. The better the decoder and amp the better the sound, though decoding support like Dolby digital does also play a role. And like I also said I don't know how good the astro mixamp is but even if its "nothing to cry home about" I would still wager its better then the on-board peramp (3.5mm out).
    
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If it's decoded at the amp end then that's where the conversion is happening and you'd have to look at the DAC in the amp. Some way or another digital has to be converted to analogue for headphones.

The Astro mixamp HAS A DAC in it. That's how the conversion is occurring.
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post #9 of 13
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I'd like to thank everyone for their replies. So the best sound quality I could get would be connecting the PC360s to the Astro Mixamp? Unfortunately my mixamp is wireless, but only 2-3 feet away from the base unit. Would that make any difference in sound quality? Is there anything that I could buy that would improve sound quality, such as a better headset or amp? If so, could I have some recommendations? Also, if I get this correct, if I use the amp to decode the audio, it doesn't matter about the sound board on the computer, as long as it supports dolby digital and an optical cable?

And one more thing, does anyone have any hands on experience with the creative headset listed above in the original post? It has some interesting listing features.
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I recommend the Titanium HD for gaming on PC, but if you're gaming on xbox, the astro is fine.
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