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looking to buy some headphones/headset for fps gaming. I keep hearing that headphones + mic is the best combo. So what are the top choices i have here? keep reading about Audiophile AD700 + zalman mic. is this still on top of everything else?

I dont have a sound card atm, but i think i will pick one up to if it makes that big of a difference. top sound card suggestions too?

currently using USB Logitech g35.
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need a budget.....
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keep g35 and buy a blue microphone snowball.
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keep g35 and buy a blue microphone snowball.

Dont listen to him tongue.gif
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I own the AD700s ...and I still have no idea why i didn't return them??? rolleyes.gif I actually kind of hate them..they feel constantly like they will fall off my head they make my ears itch and they have noooooooooooooooo base at all.

they are pretty good for gaming sound wise ...if i could wear them for more than 10 minutes before making my ears itch..


i have been using my $35 JVC HA-RX700 headphones almost exclusively over the AD700s ...also the AD700s are open so sound leaks both ways ..since my wife is currently in the same room I couldn't use the AD700s if i wanted too most of the time because they drive her nuts with sound leaking out.


however i do love my HA-RX700s they are very comfy and sound very good for $30 some headphones and they don't make my ears itch..which is AWESOME...

I think i may well sell my AD700s soon ... they are kinda useless here because of the noise leaking (granted i knew they where open design when i bought them ...my thought was i'd use them when my wife wasn't in the room..but the itching issue has kinda made even that unworkable for me.) / ear itching issues.... but that may just be me.. i haven't seen others complain about them causing that reaction much.

but in my case the AD700s haven't worked out at all.... I really should have just admitted my mistake and returned them.... but i got distracted or whatever and missed the return window... meh....
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I use the AD700s, and I love them. Ataroine..itchy ears? Sounds like he doesn't clean them. A washcloth with some rubbing alcohol does wonders. The bass is weak on the AD700s..easily compensated for by the EQ panel in my Xonar STX. So easy it's too easy to overcompensate and have too much bass. Also, he could have his system audio improperly setup. If you select 8 channels in the CP without settings up Windows for 7.1 bass is weak. If you select 2 channels when Windows sound it's setup for 7.1 bass is also weak. His other complaint, about the sizing, must have a small head, or slightly below average. Most of the guys in my BF3 clan use and recommend AD700s. Haven't asked them about their size, but I'm 6ft 2" and the 'wings' the AD700s use to auto-fit go all the way up. The only con to sizing it has, imo, is the ear pads can become off-center, as in, the rear part of the earpads are slightly raised and wider than the front to be more confortable and, for my unit, can shift upwards(primarily on left pad) over time. Just have to slide them back into place occasionally.

I have HD555s, Astro A40s, and AD700s. Had the HD555s since 07, A40s since 09, and AD700s since 2011. Before the AD700s I would switch between the HD555/A40s based upon different games/music. Now, I just use my AD700s. HD555s are collecting dust and A40s are used entirely for console gaming.

So, my recommendation, for fps gaming, is the X-fi Titanium HD, paired with AD700s and a Zalman clip-on mic. Why the Titanium HD instead of STX? CMSS-3d is superior to Dolby Headphone. I've actually been considering replacing my STX with a Titanium HD, but, well, I keep thinking with next-gen consoles on the horizon eventually next-gen audio cards will come as well and spending $130 for something that isn't a 'omg I need this' kind of difference is a bit, much.

Also, keep in mind that the cheaper cards won't have the quality DAC/Amps in the STX/Titanium HD, and will not sound nearly as good with quality headphones like the AD700s. Altroine didn't specify which he use's to provide audio output so it's entirely possible he just didn't have a DAC/AMP capable of delivering a noticeable difference between ****ty $30 cans and AD700s. For good headphones with great sound, you have to spend upwards of $80.
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I use the AD700s, and I love them. Ataroine..itchy ears? Sounds like he doesn't clean them. A washcloth with some rubbing alcohol does wonders.


lol... sorry but NO.... i am apparently alergic or something to the material they used for the pads... mine have maybe 5hrs total listening time and my ears itched the first time i put them on (brand new out of box from factory.)

I assure you i'm very particular about keeping stuff clean... the AD700s just don't work for me apparently.



edit.. oh yeah .. i have used (and hated..sorry no offense to those that like them intended.) my ATH-AD700s w/ the following equipment


Xonar DG
FiiO E9/E7

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

and vintage Pioneer SX-780, SA710 and SA-410 as well as a Sansui 350A

i just don't like the AD700 apparently and have some sort of (unusual perhaps it may be) allergic reaction to the earpads.
Edited by atarione - 12/4/12 at 4:46pm
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