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And by Headset I mean Headphone with incorporated mic. My laptop's inc mic might as well not be there, and I'm on Skype 24/7.

They just seem to all be directed at gaming, without much emphasis on music quality. Just enhanced clarity on the med-high range, many times lacking in bass, sometimes highs, in either quantity or quality. If I had to give Gaming a percentage on my requirement, it would be about 10%. Rest is all about music/movies and comfort. I must also say design somewhat matters to me, but it isn't a deal breaker in any case. Virtual surround sound is welcome if well implemented but not mandatory at all.

So does anyone here know a lot about this, or owns a headset with decent music quality? I'll be buying in Europe, likely Portugal, and ideally I'd be paying around 40 Euro, but I could go almost twice as high if it were that good of a deal.

Thanks so much in advance. Been reading reviews all day long for the past few weeks and just can't seem to find anything great. I would not think twice about a pair of Sennheiser PC330's if it weren't for the horribly tight structure. Some I've considered were the Plantronics GameCom 380/780, SS Siberia V2, Turtle Beaches Earforce X12, a few others fell a bit short.
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You can always use a clip-on mic. As for the phones, take a look at Panasonic HTF-600, they are quite good headphones for $30.
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Just because they're marketed towards gaming does not mean they are not sufficient for anything else.

Just understand that if you want an incorporated mic you have to pay a premium for that. If you spend 40-80 euros on a headset, the sound quality isn't going to be as good as headphones of the same price.

From reading your post, you sound like you want something that's way out of your price range. Out of the ones I've personally tried, it sounds like the Steelseries Siberia V2 is the best match for you. The price point is fine, the construction is fine for the most part, and the sound quality is fine. They definitely do not lack in bass.

I've purchased a lot of headsets over the years. The only one I can really recommend without fault is the Sennheiser PC360. In my opinion they're the best headset hands down. Audiophile quality with a great microphone. The problem is that the price is about four times more than you want to spend.
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Originally Posted by strych9 View Post

You can always use a clip-on mic. As for the phones, take a look at Panasonic HTF-600, they are quite good headphones for $30.

Clip-on mics are something I'm considering but still ultimately trying to avoid if possible. It's just less practical. The price wouldn't end up being too different in terms of quality either I think.
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Originally Posted by gl0ry View Post

Just because they're marketed towards gaming does not mean they are not sufficient for anything else.
Just understand that if you want an incorporated mic you have to pay a premium for that. If you spend 40-80 euros on a headset, the sound quality isn't going to be as good as headphones of the same price.
From reading your post, you sound like you want something that's way out of your price range. Out of the ones I've personally tried, it sounds like the Steelseries Siberia V2 is the best match for you. The price point is fine, the construction is fine for the most part, and the sound quality is fine. They definitely do not lack in bass.
I've purchased a lot of headsets over the years. The only one I can really recommend without fault is the Sennheiser PC360. In my opinion they're the best headset hands down. Audiophile quality with a great microphone. The problem is that the price is about four times more than you want to spend.

For point one I know I know, the ones I listed as options are the ones I found to be more versatile even though labelled as gaming headsets. What I meant was that, being all directed at gaming, it makes it hard for us newbs to find those which are also good for music ^^

I'm also aware mics come with a hefty premium, I'm not expecting 80-euro headphone quality on an 80 euro headset. I know it can even get down to as low as half. I'm definitely not an audiophile (well, I love music but not to the point of wasting a few hundreds on music gear), so sorry if it seems like I want more than what I can get. I only want music quality that is above the average of game-branded headsets within the 40-80 price range.

The Siberia V2 are the ones I've considered for the most time, but now they seem a bit expensive for what they offer, when compared to the GameCom / TB, I don't know.

The PC 360 are basically my dream headset, but wouldn't the open-back design hinder bass and leak out/in a lot of sound?

Thanks in advance!
post #5 of 14
I personally hate clip on mics. The more wires dangling off of me, the more irritated I get. The very reason I tried wireless headsets, which by the way I do not personally recommend.

Siberia V2 are pretty standard headsets. They aren't the best by any means, but I'm sure they're more than good enough for your tastes. It has received many, many favorable reviews for its comfort, design, and sound quality. I don't know what you mean by they seem expensive for what they offer. The Sennheiser PC 360 literally has nothing in the box other than the headset itself and a mute function.

My opinion is that a lot of additional features products have are gimmicks. Nothing more than marketing techniques used to grab consumers attentions.

At one point I've owned both the Icemat Siberia (aka V1 and before they turned into Steelseries) and the V2 model. I liked the V1 better, they seemed to have a higher build quality but they are discontinued.
The sound quality from both of them are identical, although the V2 has a leathery type of padding which creates a tighter seal. The V1 had vents that allowed air to enter and felt a lot more comfortable to me (they were removed in v2). The v2 is made with mediocre plastic as are most headsets in that price range. The #1 issue I had with headsets around that price range is that they all tend to creak a bit when you move your head around.

The last bit of advice I can give you, is try to avoid USB headsets. They can be fine, but if you run into any type of driver issues, they can become completely irritating to use, not to mention you can't use them for most other devices. If you really need a USB solution, you can just buy a USB sound card.


As far as the Sennheiser PC 360 leaking sound. I don't really care because I don't have anyone else in my room tthat would complain about it. The bass is at a perfect level for me. Clear detailed bass that isn't over the top.
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post #6 of 14
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Thanks gl0ry, that's also why I didn't like the clip-on mic option. That and the fact that most of them don't cancel ambient noise out very well (leaning more towards presentations and silent environments in general) and that it'd be two things to re-position every time I put on/off top clothing or whatever. Everything just seems to add up to discomfort.

What I meant by the Siberia V2 being a tad too expensive for what they offer is that, well, for one they're a gaming headset, hence not exactly meant for music. Second they're from Steelseries, meaning they already come with a rather hefty brand premium... Other than that, they have seemed great every single day, from reading and watching reviews, for the past few weeks. I'm also a bit doubtful regarding its sound card. Is it worth it? It's not very expensive where I live, I can have it for a 13 extra euros. My Asus N56VZ seems to have a pretty good onboard one, will have to check just how decent it is.

I guess the PC 360 would be a no brainer if I had that kind of budget. Maybe one day smile.gif for now, I'm just having a pretty hard time deciding between:

Siberia V2
With the con of the "high" price, comparatively - 69 euro white / 73 euro black / 86 euro black w/ USB Sound Card. I prefer black, not sure it's worth the extra. No ports.

Earforce X12
No cons that I know of, except for the tiny detail that is the huge mic tip which isn't retractable, something I find to be a great asset to the Siberia V2. Also much cheaper here - 48 euro +5 in ports.

GameCom 367 / 377 / 380
Very good value here. I prefer the 7 ones due to the 380 being so ugly / visible retracted mic. They're also reportedly better build and a bit better sound is sometimes mentioned. They're more expensive and harder to get though. I think the 780s are out of question, they cost twice as much as the 780 just due to the surround.

Still wondering which one of these would be the best option. Don't want to be throwing money away, things are kinda tight atm tongue.gif also wondering which ones have the best sound isolation.

Thanks everyone!
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microsoft lifechat lx-3000 !hd sound cant go wrong!
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Thanks but almost everyone mentions discomfort with those tongue.gif
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I still think the Siberia are the best out of the ones you have listed. I really don't think you will be dissatisfied with them. Their USB sound cards are ok, fine for most solutions.
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microsoft lifechat lx-3000 !hd sound cant go wrong!

Honestly, do you post ANYTHING besides MICROSOFT LIFE CHAT LX 3000!!! HERR HERR!
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