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I am looking at getting a new gaming headset to replace my current Logitech G35s which seem to be dying. I have had them several years, but I have noticed recently that when say, playing a game in 5.1 while listening to music, the audio can become crackly, something I assume is a problem with the headset's soundcard (correct me if I am wrong). They have served me very well, and I am looking at getting either a new set, or the bluetooth version, the G930. The G930s would be nice as, being bluetooth, they allow me to move around more while still participating in skype calls, listening to music or movies, etc.

My only issue with this is the possible interference. I'm not an audiophile, so I don't imagine I would notice a difference between wired vs bluetooth, but I know there will be a drop in quality with the bluetooth ones, however slight. This is not so much my concern, its more connectivity issues, or interference causing the quality to be lower than usual. My computer sits on my desk with 2 2.4ghz wifi antenna, I have my phone and ipod on the desk, also with 2.4ghz wifi. On some occasions at LANs, I will also be very close to a wifi modem. This seems to me like quite a few possible sources of interference, given all these things operate at 2.4ghz. Is it likely to be an issue? I sometimes connect my ipod to my computer via bluetooth, and the ipod tends to lose connectivity very easily. I wonder if this is due to the other devices in the area, and whether I would get similar drop out issues with a bluetooth headset?

Does anyone have any input on this? Experience or suggestions regarding bluetooth headsets? It's no great loss to me if a wired set is the better choice, its cheaper, and it would offer better quality. It would just be nice to be able to move around more while using my computer.

Thanks,
Tom
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I had the G930's, but I don't think they were bluetooth.
Anyway, I'd avoid them like the plague, especially in your set up with the router.

When I used them, I reckon they'd drop out probably once every 15 minutes, sometimes could drop once every minute given the circumstances (wifi being in heavy use/battery life).

I did find that when I used them away from the router, it wasn't so bad though.

Probably not to everyones taste, but I'd recommend a pair of actual headphones and a microphone. I've got a pair of AKG K550s at the minute and an antLion modmic, but any microphone would suffice, those modmics are pretty expensive for what they are, but they do attach to your headphones to make it seem more like a headset I suppose.
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You're right about the bluetooth actually, Logitech has their own "propriety wireless technology".

And thanks for the input on the g930s, its becoming apparent to me that my suspicions were well grounded.

I considered a clip on mic and headphone situation, I just have a few problems with that. I'd rather not have a desktop mic, as it makes it harder for me to still communicate while away from my desk, and it may be more likely to pick up background noise, of which there can be a fair bit in my household. I would rather the mic was as localized as possible. The problem with a clip on mic though, is that it means another cable, which further restricts my movement. I currently use my headset with the USB passthrough on my keyboard, if the mic was also USB, that would have to go directly into my computer, which would make for messy wiring, unless it was an analogue mic which could go through the keyboards analogue pass through, or vice versa with an analogue headset and usb mic.

If anyone has good suggestions or recommendations for a headset-mic combo that would come in under around $150 USD, it'd be much appreciated. I'm not looking for amazing quality, as long as audio is clear, smooth, and does the job, 5.1 or 7.1 is kidna important to me too.
post #4 of 8

I got some PX5s a while back...

Worst mistake of my life.

 

I don't know if all wireless headsets are as bad as those were...

But I will NEVER buy wireless again.

 

I'd suggest a wired solution for sure.

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I just got a Corsair Vengeance 2000 for $70 during a Newegg Flash sale. Oh boy they are fantastic. Great range. No problems with interference. Pretty awesome sound for non-audiophile headsets.
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You're right about the bluetooth actually, Logitech has their own "propriety wireless technology".

And thanks for the input on the g930s, its becoming apparent to me that my suspicions were well grounded.

I considered a clip on mic and headphone situation, I just have a few problems with that. I'd rather not have a desktop mic, as it makes it harder for me to still communicate while away from my desk, and it may be more likely to pick up background noise, of which there can be a fair bit in my household. I would rather the mic was as localized as possible. The problem with a clip on mic though, is that it means another cable, which further restricts my movement. I currently use my headset with the USB passthrough on my keyboard, if the mic was also USB, that would have to go directly into my computer, which would make for messy wiring, unless it was an analogue mic which could go through the keyboards analogue pass through, or vice versa with an analogue headset and usb mic.

If anyone has good suggestions or recommendations for a headset-mic combo that would come in under around $150 USD, it'd be much appreciated. I'm not looking for amazing quality, as long as audio is clear, smooth, and does the job, 5.1 or 7.1 is kidna important to me too.
The clip-on mic cables are long, Zalman clip-on for example is 3m long so there are no problems with coiling the cable around the headphone cable ---> single cable instead of two.

As for using the USB of the G110 keyboard... Please make sure that the sound problems are not coming from it. The USB on that keyboard is broken piece of turd that should be burned in the deepest depths of hell mad.gif

In a nutshell: The USB port in the G110 has extremely low power output, it can't power ANY device properly.
Also the mic/headphone jacks on the keyboard... seem to have the same problem. Keep in mind that it is NOT passthrough like you thought, it's a complete USB-soundcard/DAC.
Source: I own one and 90% of my devices won't work on it because of power shortage.

I recommend some cheap soundcard like Xonar DG(X) for your 5.1/7.1 needs. And get some decent analog headphones+mic.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 9/30/13 at 3:24am
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Thanks for the advice Tiihokatti, and you may be right about the keyboard actually, that would make sense. I'll try give it a go using my motherboard's USB ports. I just assumed it would be the G35s given they are several years old, and now held together with cable ties, tape, and a lot of glue (I must say though, I did a very neat job of it, and they wont be falling apart again tongue.gif). I'm kind of hoping the issue is the headset, because I really want a reason to replace them xD.

The sound card idea isn't bad either, its something I've considered a couple of times, just never got around to actually looking into it. Would you recommend the Xonar DG(X)? It goes for about $50 NZD, which is a good price for me. There is also the Xonar DS, could you vouch for that?, it goes for ~ $60 NZD, which is my upper price limit I would be looking at right now. It says it is 7.1, does that mean it can only do 7.1? Or also 5.1 and stereo?

And as far as analogue devices, do you have any suggestions? I'll do some research myself, but if you or anyone else has suggestions or recommendations, that would be great.
Edited by Tomha - 9/30/13 at 3:37am
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I rather let the sticky do the recommending.
G35 uses dolby headphones for surround, and so does the Xonar DG(X). And yes, it can do 7.1 for headphones.
Stay away from DS if you are not using speakers. 100ohm output impedance (2ohm would be ideal for headphones) and no dolby headphones, nuff said.

I am using Xonar DG (DG is for PCI, DGX is for PCIe) with Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80ohm headphones, more than happy with it.
Although my HD681Evo seems to pick some hissing noise from the Xonar... I blame the low 32ohm impedance of the headphones.
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