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This is going to be a long post, so I hope you find it helpful. I wouldn't be typing this stuff up if I didn't think it would be.

I've spent a large portion of money experimenting and trying different things. I've ran through the gamut, if you want real advice then take it from me.

Your post said "Hello to the audiophiles out there." which means you're probably looking for something high quality.

A headset isn't a great choice because you're paying a premium for something that is pre-built. Think of it like buying an Alienware instead building your own computer... It's the best analogy I can really give you, but If you MUST buy a headset, then you have two realistic options for audiophile quality.

Beyerdynamic 715565

Sennheiser PC360

I've never tried the Beyerdynamic, but I owned the Sennheisier PC360 for about a month and a half. Sennheiser makes some very clampy headphones.. nice quality on both the headphone and boom microphone but the comfort really agitated me and I ended up selling them.

I've owned my fair share of headsets before the PC360. I had PC161's which were great until they broke on me. I have owned a number of "gaming" headsets which include flagship models from Steelseries (formerly known as Icemat), Logitech, and Astro A40 headsets.

The never ending quest I'll call it. ll had separate issues with all of the aforementioned which stemmed from the comfort down to the functionality/cost. At that time I didn't really know what "audiophile" quality was.

Honestly, the PC360 didn't really blow me away coming from the PC161. It wasn't until I purchased the Audio Technica AD700x that I realized how much sound quality I have been missing in other headsets. Seeing that the price difference between the AD700x and the AD900x were minimal, I ended up exchanging them for the AD900x which provided even better sound quality and bass response.

The AD900x are fantastic headphones which give great soundstage and clarity. They work great as multimedia/music headphones as well as gaming headphones. This would be the headphone I'd recommend to you. They're around ~$200 US Dollars.

I know what you're thinking. So what about the microphone?

I have also burnt through a lot of resources through trial and error in recording solutions.

First up I tried some cheaper microphone solutions, which I wasn't happy with.

Stepped up to a Blue Yeti USB microphone, which was a really nice boost in audio quality, but the microphone was far too sensitive and picked up everything. The thing was huge too and annoying to me.

It was at that time that I was able to try the AntLion Mod Mic. It's a great product, but I didn't find the quality of the recordings to be anything special. Granted the SIgnal to Noise ratio on my onboard soundcard was a lot worse than I originally thought it would be. I had to use a USB soundcard to really test it. The quality ended up being on par with most of the more expensive headsets I've tried in the past, but the Sennheiser PC360 definitely had a better microphone.

It's at this time that I came up with the conclusion that any type of boom microphone or usb condenser microphone wasn't going to cut it. I ended up getting an Audio Technica AT2020 XLR microphone (At this point you'd probably think I'm some kind of Audio Technica resller, wouldn't you?) alongside a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface. The audio interface is awesome. It allows two recording sources (instrumental or microphone) to be connected, allows direct monitoring and on the fly gain control.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d50-zxV3UOA&feature=c4-overview&list=UURml4bU5u4zvdICMoBCtyCQ

This is an example of the kind of audio I'm recording with it. This is also before I got the wind filter for the microphone. I get even better quality these days. The one thing I found out on a complete whim, is that the Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface can be used as a DAC (Digital Audio Converter, aka Sound Card). It provides extremely high quality sound, and there have been opinions that it is even better than a $200 Asus Xonar Essence soundcard. It made the purchase even sweeter and was originally unplanned to be used as my primary headphone soundcard.

I got some desk/instrument equipment to set this all up. It allows me to maneuver the microphone for close, professional recording or just leaving it at a distance for any kind of VOIP or casual use. Here's some photos of what it looks like.





So to break down that long post, this is what I recommend:

Headphones: Audio Technica AD900x (~$200-$210)
Microphone: Audio Technica AT2020 XLR Microphone (~$70-100)
USB Audio Interface: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (~$150)
XLR Cable/Desk stuff: Extra (~$50)

All in all you can get this stuff for around 400-500 dollars depending on where you get it. It's going to be very high quality and something you may end up using for a very very long time no matter what application whether its for gaming or professional use. It's a good investment IMO.

Hey mate, I am using a Blue yeti USB microphone now, do you think i should sell that and get the one you have with the audio interface? Or just get a foam for the microphone? because my mic is like 30 cm away from the desktop and it still pick up a lot of noise im thinking to get the rode arm or not...
thanks
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The Blue Yeti is one of the best non-professional mics out there. I would suggest you keep it.
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Hey mate, I am using a Blue yeti USB microphone now, do you think i should sell that and get the one you have with the audio interface? Or just get a foam for the microphone? because my mic is like 30 cm away from the desktop and it still pick up a lot of noise im thinking to get the rode arm or not...
thanks
raf

Foam definitely won't help. You just have to move your microphone closer to your sound source. If you feel that is only possible with a boom arm, then I guess it would be okay to go that direction. However, I probably wouldn't drop $150 on the Scarlett 2i2. Instead, I would just get the USB AT2020, a shockmount, and the boom arm.
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I have my 2020 and scarlet 2i2 all set-up just waiting on my arm and windshield. Next barrage of questions biggrin.gif

Right. Again as a complete noob I need software. I have paid for Fraps and have the full program but the recording is far too heavy even at 720p - while I do have a 3930k it till does a bit of damage to my FPS and I don't really have the harddrive space to record massive gaming vids. I have the Adobe CS5 suite with Premiere Pro to do editing. What I need is the best software to record voice and in-game video/audio filter the audio of background noise and put the two together using Adobe. I'm a bit of a noob and while I have basic editing knowledge I took one look at 'Reaper' and figured it was a mountain to climb!

Easiest most efficient software for one use - recording games and doing commentary.
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I have my 2020 and scarlet 2i2 all set-up just waiting on my arm and windshield. Next barrage of questions biggrin.gif

Right. Again as a complete noob I need software. I have paid for Fraps and have the full program but the recording is far too heavy even at 720p - while I do have a 3930k it till does a bit of damage to my FPS and I don't really have the harddrive space to record massive gaming vids. I have the Adobe CS5 suite with Premiere Pro to do editing. What I need is the best software to record voice and in-game video/audio filter the audio of background noise and put the two together using Adobe. I'm a bit of a noob and while I have basic editing knowledge I took one look at 'Reaper' and figured it was a mountain to climb!

Easiest most efficient software for one use - recording games and doing commentary.

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