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I stream games (Low quality, 480-540) and recently was using the Razer Cacharias. The microphone quality was decent but the audio quality wasn't too great. I was interested in 5.1/7.1 headphones for the couple of FPS games I play. I got the XPSeven, and while the audio was superb, the microphone was filled with static it was ridiculous. I then exchanged them for a G45, The audio quality was worse, but the microphone was slightly better. Unfortunately, there is still annoying static (White-noise) in the background every time i talked. Doesn't sound great on stream, especially in comparison to my previous Chacharias. In both of the headphones, the positional features (5.1/7.1) were very fuzzy and low-quality. Might be my rig.

I'm looking for either: A headset with attached microphone, or individual headset and microphone. The audio quality for the headset isn't much of a concern, but the microphone quality needs to be good. None of this background static that I keep running into with trying to get new headsets. I would prefer directional sound but well, beggars can't be choosers.

EDIT: Almost forgot. I would prefer if these products were something I could pick up in-store. I don't have any backups so i can't go more than a day without headphones/microphone.
Edited by ball2hi - 9/14/13 at 12:27am
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You will always be better getting separate stereo head phone and mic.

Go to best buy and look at their music head phone selection. Something in the 80 to 150 dollar range is usually the best choice, depending on your budget. Then, check out their stand alone pc mics. Almost any of those are better then gaming head set mics.

I went through this a year or so ago. I tried all the big name 5.1, 7.1, gaming headset and ended up going with a set of ultrasone head phones with a inline amp. Best sound ever when compared to the gaming head sets.


You will more than likely get a huge amount of resonances to this. The question you have posed is almost as bad as arguing religion with people.
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Originally Posted by selluminis View Post

You will always be better getting separate stereo head phone and mic.

Go to best buy and look at their music head phone selection. Something in the 80 to 150 dollar range is usually the best choice, depending on your budget. Then, check out their stand alone pc mics. Almost any of those are better then gaming head set mics.

I went through this a year or so ago. I tried all the big name 5.1, 7.1, gaming headset and ended up going with a set of ultrasone head phones with a inline amp. Best sound ever when compared to the gaming head sets.


You will more than likely get a huge amount of resonances to this. The question you have posed is almost as bad as arguing religion with people.
I'm already entirely aware of the quality difference between standalone headset/mic and gaming headsets. I was just wondering if one could recommend to me a name so I don't just walk into Best Buy blindly. I still have 14 days to return these Logitech G35s anyways.

Also i would prefer if they weren't stereo, as I would love some kind of sound direction. Used Razer Cacharias for my FPS gaming for years, would love to be able to stop walking sideways in order to tell if something is forward or behind me, haha.
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As far as brand, looks like your best bet with best buy is sennheiser or Bose. Although I am not a huge Bose fan. Make sure you make the choice between open or closed cans. I prefer closed, but a lot of people like open because you get a much fuller sound stage. I went with closed mainly because of people in the room while gaming.

As far as stereo vs surround, the stereo head phone I went with produce a far better surround experience then the gaming head sets that were actual 5.1 or 7.1. You also need a decent sound card. Using the cans I got, I can tell if a bullet is coming from front or behind.

Also, don't think you will really find surround head phone in the audio section.

What sound card are you using?
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Originally Posted by selluminis View Post

As far as brand, looks like your best bet with best buy is sennheiser or Bose. Although I am not a huge Bose fan. Make sure you make the choice between open or closed cans. I prefer closed, but a lot of people like open because you get a much fuller sound stage. I went with closed mainly because of people in the room while gaming.

As far as stereo vs surround, the stereo head phone I went with produce a far better surround experience then the gaming head sets that were actual 5.1 or 7.1. You also need a decent sound card. Using the cans I got, I can tell if a bullet is coming from front or behind.

Also, don't think you will really find surround head phone in the audio section.

What sound card are you using?

None, I would prefer to keep it that way too since my computer is a bit out of date and I'm already hitting the edge in terms of PSU usage, and space. I plan to later in the month upgrade my computer and maybe my case but for right now I can't really fit a soundcard in here.
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