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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I've been looking at getting good gaming headphones now that I'm playing primarily with my laptop because of college, but I can't seem to find anything that I like. I've looked at the Razer Tiamat 2.2 and the Steelseries 7H and 5Hv2, the latter company having the edge for me because of the USB connection with a built in 7.1 sound card (my sound card, I assume, is built in to the motherboard and is utter crap). But what's keeping me from buying are some of the reviews and suggestions I've seen as to not get them despite the favorable reviews.

In general, I'm looking for:
A USB connection with a built in sound card
Good noise cancellation
Comfort
A good compromise of sounds
A good soundscape
Other things general expected with a good gaming headset
Preferably <$120

I also have a general question about Realtek HD Audio Manager. I updated mine to 2.7 and don't have a sound effects tab or an equalizer tab to adjust my sound settings with. Why might this be happening?

Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
post #2 of 6
first get a USB soundcard

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Xonar-Sound-Cards-XONAR_U3/dp/B0054L8GVK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365006258&sr=8-1&keywords=xonar+u3

or

http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Soundblaster-Audio-System-SB1290/dp/B0044DEDC0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1365006258&sr=8-2&keywords=xonar+u3

then you can get whatever headphones you want. since you are looking for noise cancellation, I am assuming you want something closed back?

Give these a try, great budget headphones that work well for gaming.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826262103&Tpk=jvc%20ha-rx900&IsVirtualParent=1

less than $100 and better than any USB headphones
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post #3 of 6
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Does the Creative Soundblaster allow for virtual surround sound like the Asus Xonar (review says it can bet set for 7.1 virtual surround sound)? I've played with THX before, and it definitely helps, but how does the sound compare to the Asus soundcard? Sorry for the questions...
You assumed correctly, closed headphones are a definite plus for me.
post #4 of 6
which one is better is going to be based most likely on your tastes. In my limited experience, Creative is fine if you are just using them for gaming, but the Asus would be a better card if you are planning to use it for music as well. mind you, I have not used either of these.

I did however use a different model creative USB soundcard and it was quite nice, as well as an Asus Xonar DG that was a bit better for music than the creative and was equally good for games.
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post #5 of 6
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I'll definitely be getting the Asus USB soundcard after the research I did. Also looked up the Dolby Headphone feature; it seems useful, but is it actually worth it? I don't quite understand the compatibility of it with headphones, can it be enabled for any pair?

I also like what you've linked for headphones, but do you have other suggestions? I've been trying to look around but nearly everything I find has a microphone attached to it or is $150+. Not quite in my price range.
post #6 of 6
Dolby Headphone is just some processing to shape and add effects to the sound. You could use it with speakers if you really wanted, though that would be a bad idea. Yes, it would work with any headphones.

The processing is designed to try to compensate for the fact that the speakers are strapped to your head rather than somewhere in front in a room (for starters, this means the sound coming out of the left cup won't be heard at all by the right ear, whereas something coming from a left speaker would be heard somewhat by the right ear in any typical speakers listening setup). Some people don't like the effect; others do.

There are some more headphones suggestions in the sticky thread in the subforum.
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