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I need to upgrade from these uncomfortable Colouds I am wearing right now.

I can't decide between the AD700 and the PC360 or the PC350.

Which one will be the best for pure positional audio performance? Price is NOT and issue whatsoever, but those are the only ones I am willing to buy.

In order of preference; will change if I hear radical or noticeable or worthwhile differences in the comments section:

PC350 (I sometimes game around others, would help if the headset was closed)

PC360 (This over the AD700 unless performance is noticeably worse because of the mic which I am very attached too)

AD700 (Kind of last resort, though I will purchase if it is much better)

I don't have any opinions on the PC350, and really need some. According to Mad Lust Envy, the AD700 and PC360 are very similar, though I really need to know what exactly the difference is before I go for the PC360 because it has a mic and I still need to know about the PC350.
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Hmmmmm.

Well open headphones are going to help for positioning. You have a much wider sound stage so the audio will seem more natural. Closed headphones sort of defeat the whole point to your purchase.

The AD 700s are going to be slightly better IMO. The sound stage seems bigger to me and I like the fit better.

Other then that, I feel like it comes down to a coke and pepsi debate. A lot of people think the PC360s have more bass and are just as spacious sounding, while others think the PC 360s sound too cold.

Either way the argument becomes more about sound quality than positioning, and in all honestly, some skull candy ears buds would even get that job done.

I know you said we could only choose from those headphones, but If I were going to make a suggestion, I would look at the sennheiser 598 and the audio technica ath-ad900X.

They are nothing more than the older brothers of the ones you have selected now. These headphones are much more natural sounding and airy. This is going to increase the "in game" sensation, and hopefully trick your brain into thinking you know where you are in cyber space.......just my two cents.
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a condenser microphone is going to pick up the AD700 and HD598. Sennheiser open back headsets have noise canceling technology to prevent this. easy choice.

(sorry for the edits TJ.. brain isn't awake yet)
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Thank you for both of your opinions.

I have considered the 598s before, but never for anything but music. Hmmm.

If what bumblebee says is true, I think I will go for the PC360s.

I think it's so ironic that the PC360s are cheaper than the PC350s on Amazon right now, considering the PC350s are a technically lesser product.
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it is true. open back headphones leak a lot of sound. you can hear it beyond a bedroom door when the volume is turned up. a condenser microphone like the Antlion Modmic is fantastic but it doesn't have any noise cancelling so it will probably pick the headphone up too.
    
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the Sennheisers use dynamic microphones which are okay but they have noise cancelling. the Modmic is a condenser microphone and much better at picking up the voice but noise cancelling doesn't really exist in pro audio.. it's a consumer thing.. that's why studios have vocal booths.
    
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a condenser microphone is going to pick up the AD700 and HD598. Sennheiser open back headsets have noise canceling technology to prevent this. easy choice.

(sorry for the edits TJ.. brain isn't awake yet)

It would pick it up even with something like a blue snowball?
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yup. you should be using a closed back when recording vocals.
    
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yup. you should be using a closed back when recording vocals.
So maybe the 350 is a better choice? But I really don't want to sacrifice the good soundstaging.

I haven't heard of any issues of sound leaking into the Sennheiser integrated mic. And I strongly doubt that it would reach a Snowball, especially with the ten decibel pad cardioid setting on.
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the Sennheiser microphones are okay for gaming but it's not something I would use for skype or podcast.

the Snowball is designed to pick up noise..



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