Originally Posted by nleksan
Honestly you can get vastly superior sound quality from a separate pair of headphones with a condenser mic than you will get from any ggamingheadset, eespecially if you are talking about anything with more than a single driver per ear.
For the money, the Audio Technica ATH-AD700's are some of the very best gaming headphones around, with an unbelievable soundstage, extremely high positional sound quality, and they are excellent for music as well. I would start with just the headphones, and if you find that you like online gaming, you can pick up a more than adequate mic for Teamspeak with less than $20.
Originally Posted by pioneerisloud
This is the only person who's got it right so far lol. You can also spend $30 or so on a xonar dg so you're off on board audio as well.
Get a GOOD pair of headphones and something like the zalman clip on mic. I used to use some rx700s and the zalman mic myself. Really excellent budget setup. I'm not sure if there's better anymore, it's been a long time since I've screwed with headphones.
Wow... i knew the "audiophile club" would get here shortly with the "my headphones are better than yours" attitude.
Anyways... a basic "clip on mic" with no proper noise cancelling is just no good. Yeah, your audio sounds great to you but your voice in the mic sounds crappy to us... plus we hear everything from your breathing to the crunch of your nacho chips in the mic...
On top of that, there is the issue of the "sidetone" where you can actually hear yourself in the mic... through your headphones. When wearing sound deadening headphones, it's actually hard for you to hear yourself speak since your ears are isolated from outside sound... some headphones like the G930s introduce the sidetone so you can hear input from your own mic without causing a reverberation to your outbound transmission. Your average clip on mic with separate headset doesn't do this...
Either way, I'm not gonna get into the whole "well my drivers in my headset are better than yours argument". I"m just talking over overall functionality to getting the job done.... which means: 1) I can hear the game sounds properly 2) my microphone is clearly transmitting and everyone can hear me without interferrence and 3) the unit is comfortable and affordable to my budget for what it does. In that, the other recommendations are just fine... your preference is your preference and I'll allow you that, but please... spare us the whole "audiophile snob" routine. Thanks.Edited by DarkFury - 8/7/13 at 9:56am