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I am looking for new headphones.

I will mostly use them for gaming, and my budget is about $210 for the headphones, soundcard, and preferably mic (if possible).


I would prefer closed headphones.

80% Gaming
15% Music
5% Movies



Any recommendations? I looked at the Audio technica ad700's but they are open.

I was also honestly looking at steelseries siberia v2 headphones, as they are pretty cheap. Honestly i'm not an audiophile, I just want decent headphones that won't break after a few months.

I am almost always on teamspeak/vent/mumble
Edited by Nynn - 3/3/13 at 12:25am
post #2 of 12
ATH-M50 $115
Creative Z $110
Do http://www.head-fi.org/t/446329/fragtalitys-audio-technica-ad700-boom-mic-mod for you mic. Labtec mics can be found for $10-20.

Others might suggest the Zalman clip mic, but sound quality is too low on that if you use voip all the time.
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The siberia v2 is nice for long gaming sessions since it's light, but it's open and you said you liked closed better. With the amount of gaming you do, going with a creative soundcard would be best. Something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102041 which goes for about $55. That would give you about 150 left to pick a nice pair of headphones.

Something like this http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-A700-Technica-ATH-A700X-Headphones/dp/B000E9VKUQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362325155&sr=8-1&keywords=ath-a700x for $130 and then you could get a clip on mic or desk mic for around $10-20 bucks.
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post #4 of 12
Save a few dollars

Asus Xonar DG or DGX sound card ($27-$45).

Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar 90 Pro) headphones, $75.41 on Amazon
(not for large heads)
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Xonar DG/DGX for sure and maybe Fostex T50RP.
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Beyerdynamic DT770 & Xonar DGX +Mic of your choice.
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Beyerdynamic DT770 & Xonar DGX +Mic of your choice.

Sounds good, but Creative is better for gaming. Better sound positioning software.
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Be nice if the budget could be upped to $300
Sound Blaster Z (or Zx) and the DT770 Pro 250-Ohm.
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The siberia v2 is nice for long gaming sessions since it's light, but it's open and you said you liked closed better. With the amount of gaming you do, going with a creative soundcard would be best. Something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102041 which goes for about $55. That would give you about 150 left to pick a nice pair of headphones.

Something like this http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-A700-Technica-ATH-A700X-Headphones/dp/B000E9VKUQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362325155&sr=8-1&keywords=ath-a700x for $130 and then you could get a clip on mic or desk mic for around $10-20 bucks.

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Sounds good, but Creative is better for gaming. Better sound positioning software.

Why would you recommend the Recon3D? It's sooooo bad that I wouldn't even take it if it's given for free.
And the Recon3D uses TruStudio THX, its HRTF is just absolute garbage.

The old X-Fi cards then yes, Creative are good. But not Recon3D.
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Why would you recommend the Recon3D? It's sooooo bad that I wouldn't even take it if it's given for free.
And the Recon3D uses TruStudio THX, its HRTF is just absolute garbage.

The old X-Fi cards then yes, Creative are good. But not Recon3D.

He games most of the time. It's a good card for that. It does ok with music even though it's not as good with music as the Asus. I speak from personal experience having gone through a majority of these sound cards.
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