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Hi

I am in the market to replace my Philips SHP2700 headphones which partially broke as it was dropped.

I am looking at spending $50 to $90 at most. I am currently using my motherboard's on-board Realtek ALC892 audio.

A bit of history on the matter... Sometime last year I had a bit of cash to burn so I decided to buy the Asus Xonar Xense sound card which included a Sennheiser PC 350 heatset. From the reviews I read which lead me to my purchase, I was expecting to be blown away.... only thing is, I wasn't frown.gif

In my opinion, they sounded terrible. It sounded very hollow like an empty tin can. Bass, what bass? Oh wait, there wasn't any bass worthy of being called bass! This was even after i fiddled with all the settings in the software (which was up to date).

Completely disappointed I contacted Asus locally, they advised I may have a faulty kit and requested that I bring it in for testing at their offices around the corner from where I work. They said that they wil credit the device as they do not carry swap-out stock on sound cards. The credit will be passed back onto my supplier so that he can order a replacement through the supplier channels.

After much thought I requested that I instead purchase an SSD with the credit (plus a little pay-in) as I was convinced a new kit will sound just as bad.

After a bit of recent research I read that the Sennheiser PC 350s and and a coulpe of cheaper Sennheiser's were reported to have low bass levels and in some cases sound hollow to some people.

I am also thinking of buying an Asus Xonar D1 sound card (the PCI version od the DX) as I am having a bit of trouble with Skyrim (low volume voices), which is a known issue with Skyrim and Realtek audio chips. Other than that the on-board has never given me any issues. The reason for opting for a D1 over the DX is that I only have one other PCI-express slot available but will block one of the fans on my MSI GTX 670 Power Edition (OC). I have another PCI slot open at the very bottom which will be perfect for the D1.

I really need some good advise moving forward with a set of headphones. I do not need a headset specifically but rather heaphones, or at least a headset with a detachable mic. I need something with good bass levels, should not sound hollow, cups should have good sound isolation and a good range for other frequencies.

Please assist. Thank you so much

CTV
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post #2 of 9

You might want to refer to this list:

 

http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/ocns-most-recommended-audio-products

 

scroll down to headphones

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You might want to refer to this list:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/ocns-most-recommended-audio-products

scroll down to headphones

Thanks. Some of these are not distributed here in South Africa. Also, surely there must be a bigger variety that are still good?
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post #4 of 9
Im not sure what kind of gaming you do, but for FPS it doesnt get much better with the Sennheiser PC 350/360. Bass is light yes, but depending on the game, you dont want alot of bass.
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Im not sure what kind of gaming you do, but for FPS it doesnt get much better with the Sennheiser PC 350/360. Bass is light yes, but depending on the game, you dont want alot of bass.

Not really a big FPS person, though I do play a bit. I do not play online or professionally. I can understand to a degree why a lot of bass would be undesired, however one needs a set to cater in general for most type of games, music and movies.

I am not an audiophile or any type of expert, but the Xonar Xense card and/or Sennheiser PC 350 sounded like crap IMO - unless there was something wrong with mine.
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post #6 of 9
The best for your money, under $100 headphones out there are the Grado SR 60i.
They may look "old school" but have great, punchy bass (not "fake" bass) and have a super clean sound for under $100.
I personally think Sennheiser cans sound too tinny for me. Then again, I'm an old school rocker, not a hip hop fan.
You can get them at Headroom.com for $80
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post #7 of 9
http://steelseries.com/products/audio/steelseries-siberia-v2

I've been using these for almost a year now, really good mic and sound quality, nice long extension cord option, and looks really nice, and VERY sturdy. And comfy. I've bought 2 brand new, and a few off ebay for friends and family for gifts. Good headphones. biggrin.gif
post #8 of 9
Did you use the Xonar Audio program? If you messed around with it a little bit and changed the "Enviroment" Settings. It can make it sound hollow. It happened to me once when I reformatted and I couldnt figure out why It sounded so wierd. But I turend if off and it was all good after that. Im kinda thinking this is what happened to you because that setup should sound really good
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Did you use the Xonar Audio program? If you messed around with it a little bit and changed the "Enviroment" Settings. It can make it sound hollow. It happened to me once when I reformatted and I couldnt figure out why It sounded so wierd. But I turend if off and it was all good after that. Im kinda thinking this is what happened to you because that setup should sound really good

That's just it. They sounded crap out of the box with stock settings as well as after I fiddled with all the possible options.
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