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hey also just one last question, i dont think i can get the pc 360 in Australia and the store i return my product only gives me store credit not cash, and the yonly have the pc 350 how much difference is it compared to the pc360 or the pc 350 special or other brand like astro,razer..etc and the only problem i have using my yeti is the mic is to tall so when i gaming its basically blocking my way to see the screen

Thanks again!

I've never heard of the PC350s until now, haha. I looked into it for you, and the obvious differences between the two are:

1. The PC350s are closed back. What does that mean? Less of a full sound stage but more noise isolation. This often leads to getting a little hotter (cause they breathe less) but a very immersive gaming experience with no outside sounds distorting your audio queues.
2. The earpads are leather as opposed to velvet, maybe less comfortable for you?
3. The earpads are larger, which would be a + for comfort.
4. The volume control is on the head phone wire instead of built onto the headphone like with the PC360. Minor convenience issue.
5. Looks like the PC350s cost a significant amount more.
6. The PC350 has a lower frequency response, meaning it is probably going to be more bass-oriented.
7. The PC350 has a higher impedance, meaning that it requires a more powerful amp to drive it (probably not a concern to you as 150 ohms is not something high at all) meaning it's playback should be louder. This stuff is probably negligible to you, and you probably won't notice a difference, but it's always nice to know the full story.

It's important to note that generally people prefer open backed cans (headphones) for listening to music. So, generally, the PC360s are taken to get the best of both words while sacrificing very little, but I feel you will be happy with the PC350s none-the-less.

I almost want to tell you to forget about Razer and Astro. Their products are heavily advertised but often not the best (save for the Razer Death Adder - thing is wonderful). Razers keyboards are outstripped by Filco, Ducky, Leopold and their headsets by Audio Technica, Beyer Dynamic, Audio Technica, Sennheiser, etc. I can't speak for Astro, but based on that review I linked earlier, they're a middle of the road option that costs too much for what they offer in sound quality and clarity.

If you do the boom arm idea I mentioned with your yetti, you can easily ziptie the cable to the boom arm and you won't have any issues w/hanging wires getting in your vision, and the mic will hang above the monitor, or to the side (really whatever you prefer) and it won't block vision at all.
Edited by SDub - 7/1/13 at 9:53am
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Thanks alot, i think im going for the PC 350 then! and what sound card i should get ? thanks again, really appropriate it thumb.gif
     
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No problem bro biggrin.gif

Like I mentioned earlier, I personally use the Sound Blaster Z. With the right settings it REALLY improved my music listening experience and somewhat improved my in-game performance. I play Crysis 3. Crysis 3 uses FMODEx middelware which mixes the sound BEFORE being sent to the sound card which makes it really hard for the Sound Blaster Z to shine in all of it's spatial audio glory. If you played a different game with different middleware, it would be astoundingly different. If your budget is the sky, I would go for the Creative X-fi Titanium HD. That seems to be the crowd favorite for gamers over at head-fi.org. For more information on stuff related to this, check out this thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/593050/the-nameless-guide-to-pc-gaming-audio-with-binaural-headphone-surround-sound

If the sky isn't the limit, I've heard many a member on OCN report really good results with the Xonar DG/DGX series sound card and for the price, you really can't beat it.

Don't just listen to me, the purpose of a forum is to get a bunch of people responding to you and to pick the one most positively reviewed. Remember, I am biased and I can't help it due to my limited experience and knowledge. Hopefully someone else chimes in thumb.gif
Edited by SDub - 7/1/13 at 10:26am
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Among gaming headphones AD700 and Creative Aurvana Live and Sennheiser HD 555 are the headphone of choice. AD700 i think has the biggest soundstage, so does AD900 (not sure about this one). But the Senn headphone is a very well rounded headphone. You have many choices. Also a dedicated microphone is the best thing ever just saying it just gets out of the way.
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