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Headset will primarily be for gaming but I some times listen to music. Looking to spend around 200$ on it and maybe buy a sound card too if you guys can give me recommendations on that. Just tired of USB audio since I've always had a problem with my G930 and other USB headsets in the past.
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Meh, the go to $200 headset is the PC 360. There was a time when I considered buying it, but then I watched the following short video, which compares its mic to a Rode NT1A consdenser microphone.

You don't have to be very observant to notice that the PC 360's mic sounds so effing cheap. I'm also 99% sure just by listening to it that it's one of those microphones that'll clip constantly (That means distort.) if you try anything besides a normal speaking voice. That means you can't yell or try to impress your friends with singing, which is a huge negative to me.

Another thing that bugs me about the PC 360's mic is that it has the stupid noise-cancelling "feature". It works by muting the microphone unless it hears a sound over X decibels. In practice, this usually chops off the beginning and end of what you say and causes small distortions while you're speaking. Essentially, you're in some kind of hell where you can't talk loud or the sound will distort, and you can't talk quietly or you'll confuse the noise-cancelling "feature" which'll cause distortion.

You can probably turn the noise-cancelling feature off, but all that'll really do is make you realize what a cheap mic you're using as it will expose all the background fuzz.

I'm talking about a $200 headset here, so all the headsets below this price point are going to be this way if not worse.

At the same time, I can't really recommend going the standalone microphone + headphones route. See, the Rode NT1A itself is worth more than the PC 360, and you'd have to drop another $100 for an audio interface and XLR cables so you could hook it up to your computer.

There are less expensive USB options, but, last time I checked, none of them come with shockmounts, so if you type while using them your recording is going to be littered with obnoxious bassy thuds. *I actually have no idea if shockmounts will reduce this phenomenon, but in theory they should. This is going to be made worse by the fact that standalone mics are usually farther away from your mouth since they usually sit on the desk, which causes your voice to be quieter and every background noise to be louder.

tl;dr Mics are a big pain.

Anyway, I think my recommendation would be to find a USB condenser, find a compatible shockmount, get a mic desk stand, and spend the rest of your budget on headphones.

Here's a setup you can start with. http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/C01USBPak
Edited by cuad - 8/15/13 at 10:13pm
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Meh, the go to $200 headset is the PC 360. There was a time when I considered buying it, but then I watched the following short video, which compares its mic to a Rode NT1A consdenser microphone.

You don't have to be very observant to notice that the PC 360's mic sounds so effing cheap. I'm also 99% sure just by listening to it that it's one of those microphones that'll clip constantly (That means distort.) if you try anything besides a normal speaking voice. That means you can't yell or try to impress your friends with singing, which is a huge negative to me.

Another thing that bugs me about the PC 360's mic is that it has the stupid noise-cancelling "feature". It works by muting the microphone unless it hears a sound over X decibels. In practice, this usually chops off the beginning and end of what you say and causes small distortions while you're speaking. Essentially, you're in some kind of hell where you can't talk loud or the sound will distort, and you can't talk quietly or you'll confuse the noise-cancelling "feature" which'll cause distortion.

You can probably turn the noise-cancelling feature off, but all that'll really do is make you realize what a cheap mic you're using as it will expose all the background fuzz.

I'm talking about a $200 headset here, so all the headsets below this price point are going to be this way if not worse.

At the same time, I can't really recommend going the standalone microphone + headphones route. See, the Rode NT1A itself is worth more than the PC 360, and you'd have to drop another $100 for an audio interface and XLR cables so you could hook it up to your computer.

There are less expensive USB options, but, last time I checked, none of them come with shockmounts, so if you type while using them your recording is going to be littered with obnoxious bassy thuds. *I actually have no idea if shockmounts will reduce this phenomenon, but in theory they should. This is going to be made worse by the fact that standalone mics are usually farther away from your mouth since they usually sit on the desk, which causes your voice to be quieter and every background noise to be louder.

tl;dr Mics are a big pain.

Anyway, I think my recommendation would be to find a USB condenser, find a compatible shockmount, get a mic desk stand, and spend the rest of your budget on headphones.

Here's a setup you can start with. http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/C01USBPak

Yea I should have said headphones instead of headset. I already have a AT2020 mic and looking for just headphones and a sound card.
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Oh... you confused me. Well, $200 is the perfect budget for one of the Beyerdynamic big three (DT 770, DT 880, DT 990). There's no need to look any further.
Edited by cuad - 8/15/13 at 10:26pm
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Oh... you confused me. Well, $200 is the perfect budget for one of the Beyerdynamic big three (DT 770, DT 880, DT 990). There's no need to look any further.

Came up with the cash but before I spend it I was wondering are these the only good ones in this price range? Or are there other alternatives? Also what audio card would you guys recommend to pair up with it?
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Originally Posted by theturbofd View Post

Came up with the cash but before I spend it I was wondering are these the only good ones in this price range? Or are there other alternatives? Also what audio card would you guys recommend to pair up with it?
http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/ocns-most-recommended-audio-products
Yes, there are other good headphones. But which headphone to recommend depends on where you live as the Audio Technica and Ultrasone headphones are pretty hard to find in Europe for a decent price. And Beyerdynamics are actually made in Europe so they are easy to come by.
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/ocns-most-recommended-audio-products
Yes, there are other good headphones. But which headphone to recommend depends on where you live as the Audio Technica and Ultrasone headphones are pretty hard to find in Europe for a decent price. And Beyerdynamics are actually made in Europe so they are easy to come by.

I live in the US
post #8 of 14
Audio Technia ATH-AD700, Alessandro MS-1, Grado SR80i-all great headphones, buy one and stick on an Antlion ModMic. Awesome value for money, awesome sound and a good mic.
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Audio Technia ATH-AD700, Alessandro MS-1, Grado SR80i-all great headphones, buy one and stick on an Antlion ModMic. Awesome value for money, awesome sound and a good mic.

Decided to grab the AD700x since it looks better than the standard AD700 lol. Now does anyone know if the difference between the Titanium HD sound card and the creative sound blaster Z is big? Or can I save the 40$ on the difference and get the Z.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132010&Tpk=Asus%20Xonar%20Essence%20STX

I would go for a soundcard with a built in headphone AMP..

ASUS Xonar Essence STX

Just a thought, so you dont have to worry about getting an amplifier down the road.
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