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This headset or headphones + mic will be used for gaming. Right now I play in a big outfit on Planetside 2 and I would like my mic quality and audio to be better. I also will use these for recording gameplay commentary.

I will be mostly using skype and teamspeak, I know you said to get the ATH-AD700 and I'm sure they are great headphones but I'm looking for something more sound noise cancelling.

As for the clip on mic, how is the quality with the Zalmen? I'd really like my voice to be clear with no white noise.

You should know that PS2's audio codec is absolutely terrible. A $1000 mic will still sound like trash if you are using in-game VoIP.

Just pick up an Olympus noise canceling clip on, and slap it on a ATH-A700 and call it a day.
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You should know that PS2's audio codec is absolutely terrible. A $1000 mic will still sound like trash if you are using in-game VoIP.

Just pick up an Olympus noise canceling clip on, and slap it on a ATH-A700 and call it a day.

Well I use Teamspeak and skype, I've actually never used the proximity chat that is in PS2 because like you said it's grabo.

The ATH-A700 look great but they are $50 more then my budget. I think I might wait for the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 to go on sale and grab them. The Olympus looks great, would it be better then the Zalmen?
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In your original post you said you had background noise but thatd change in a few months. If you have to get closed headphones that's fine but if it won't be a problem in a few months id advise you think about that.

Closed headphones (ie A700) cant give as good soundstage/positional audio as open headphones (AD700) which is vital for gaming and FPSs in particular. The closed ones are best for music. At least that's what i've always been told when i decided on my setup.
    
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Well I use Teamspeak and skype, I've actually never used the proximity chat that is in PS2 because like you said it's grabo.

The ATH-A700 look great but they are $50 more then my budget. I think I might wait for the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 to go on sale and grab them. The Olympus looks great, would it be better then the Zalmen?

the M50 is a great headphone both in build and audio quality, but I wouldn't suggest it for gaming. It's not too comfortable for extended use and it doesn't have the largest soundstage.

The entire ATH Art series on the other hand is incredibly comfortable and pretty much perfect for gaming. I'd personally suggest the A700x since it's only a few dollars more than the A700 currently and assuming both are treated well the leather pads on the x version should last longer (there are some other minor differences and of course cosmetic changes, but they're all pretty much inconsequential).

If you prefer an open-backed design, the AD700 is the only choice that makes sense in the price range.


As for the Olympus vs the Zalman, yeah, it's "better", assuming directional audio is what you're looking for.


For what it's worth, even the Zalman is fine for VoIP. I personally use one on my main rig, as does my GF. Our skype calls sound a heck of a lot better than phone calls on my SGS3. Can't really ask for more than that with a highly compressed VOiP Codec (TS, and to a lesser degree Skype), especially while gaming.
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I bought one of those Zalmans. I had to put mine right in front of my mouth so it would not be noisy, but it distorted and popped when I talked because it was so close. You can try putting a cotton ball or other foamy stuff over the mic to help the popping. After I did that, I had to deal with two cords coming out of my head, and I always worried about breaking the cord since it was so thin.

These days I have a condenser mic (something like a Snowball/Yeti) that sits on a stand on my desk, but it's not really a good solution, especially for the money. Although it has way less noise than the Zalman, it is farther away from my mouth, so I have to turn the gain up, which makes the mic to pick up my fans, my keyboard, and other ambient sounds.

If you're dedicated enough to wrap a mic cord around your headphone cord, I would think about something like an antlion modmic or a similar product.
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If you're dedicated enough to wrap a mic cord around your headphone cord...

0_o I thought this was common practice among anyone who intends to actually use a clip-on/lapel/magnetic boom mic with a single set of headphones.

I mean it takes, what, 2 or 3 minutes, once every year or two?
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Well yeah, but that was only half the battle with my Zalman. I wanted to make a pop filter for it, and I had to build a boom arm for it, so it could attach to my headphones and sit right in front of my mouth. It got too unruly for me and did not sound that great anyway, so I decided to get something else, though if I had something like an Antlion modmic, which comes with a own pop filter and a boom arm, then I probably would have stuck to it.
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AD700 looks great and I am a few months away from getting my room back... Don't ask.. I'm thinking of just grabbing them if there is no other suggestions.
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Originally Posted by ANDMYGUN View Post

AD700 looks great and I am a few months away from getting my room back... Don't ask.. I'm thinking of just grabbing them if there is no other suggestions.

As long as you are good with open backed cans and aren't the type to cry about lack of skull crushing bass, go for it and don't look back.
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