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Looking for a new headset

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I am in the market for a new headset. It would be mostly used for gaming and teamspeak, and occasional music listening when using my speakers is inappropriate (at 2 AM for example biggrin.gif). I'd pretty much only use it at my desk, so while wireless would be nice it's not a must. One of my big gripes about my current headset is that there's a control thingy with volume and mute buttons about 50cm down the wire which annoys the hell out of me, so if it is wired, I'd much prefer a wire that had none of this crap dangling around.

I've read through some of the past 'looking for ...' threads and I've noticed you guys don't seem to like headsets and prefer headphones. I'm not opposed to this as long as it doesn't complicate things (things like a wire from a headphone and another from a clip-on mic are unacceptable to me). I used a desk mic before as well and found it always got in the way, especially on a crowded desk. I obviously don't want anything to be standing in front of my screens either.

I currently have Corsair Vengeance 1500s, and while it's a pretty good headset the sounds quality just doesn't do it for me. There's no bass in this thing whatsoever, which in itself is a deal breaker to me. Add to that that I'm not a big fan of the microfiber earpads and the control thing hanging in my way and it's time for something new. smile.gif

Now, on to specifics. My budget for this is somewhere around the €150 mark, which is currently around $200. This budget is not set in stone, and if something is decidedly worth more than this, I am willing to rethink this.

The games are pretty much anything; it will range from Battlefield to Tomb Raider, Bioshock, GTA, Need For Speed,... As for the music, I listen to pretty much anything; metal, techno, hip hop, dubstep,... It's pretty wide as well. I do like bass though. I have a set of Sennheiser CX 400-II Precision in-ears which are widely accepted as being extremely bass-heavy, and they're perfect for me.

Obviously they have to be comfortable as well. I much prefer over-ear to on-ear. I sometimes have my headset on for hours at a time and I don't want it to get uncomfortable.

My sound card is an Asus Xonar DX which has my speakers hooked up to it. I don't have much experience with these things, but if my new headset were to have dual 3.5mm jacks (which is likely), how would I have to go about hooking it up? Would I have to get behind the computer to swap the cables every time or is there an easier way to do this?

If it helps, I live in Belgium, so any brands that are hard to get outside of the US could potentially be an issue.

The 2 big things I've been looking into over the past few days were the Sennheiser PC360s and Astro A40. Both have good and bad reviews that completely contradict eachother, one calling the bass great and the other saying there is none. Unfortunately things like headsets are a nightmare to find demos of out here, and once you open the package and try a product, there's very little chance the store will take it back, so I can't just go around and try some.

Alright, I think that's about it, I hope I gave you enough information. If you need to know anything else, please let me know.

Thanks in advance! smile.gif
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The PC360 is the best headset out there but you have other options at your price point. Otherwise, you should consider some Ultrasone HFI-2400s, Pro 550s or 750s with a ModMic. Without an amp, you should stick with low impedance headphones. If you were to add an amp, I could suggest a few more at your price.
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