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Hello overclockers,

I am looking for a new headset. I am getting tired of my Plantronics GameCom 307. I am looking for something primary for gaming, but I also like to watch movies and listen to movies. I am buying in the UK, so stores include stuff like eBay, Amazon, Pcworld.co.uk and anything that is on uk.pcpartpicker.com.
I do have to say, I may be a bit biased towards SteelSeries. What are your opinions on the V2 Frost Blue?

My budget is something up to 100 - 150 pounds? Of course the cheaper the better, but if something is really worth it, I am not afraid to spend the money on it.

Thanks, Ataken.
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I'm a bit biased towards Beyerdynamics smile.gif

OCN recommendations / Mad Lust Envy's guide
Do you have a soundcard or amplifier?
If not: DT770 + Xonar DGX
The bass is a bit too much for perfect positional audio though... The DT770 is the most popular headphone in OCN Headphones and Earphones Club.

I would stay away from USB-junk like the Siberia.
For example the Siberia only works in W7/W8/MAC, but not in W8.1.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 11/4/13 at 4:17am
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post #3 of 8
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Are there any cheaper alternatives to the headphones? I am also looking for something with a microphone, as I often play games with friends so communication is important to me?
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The common consensus among Finnish overclockers is that even Superlux HD681Evo is better than the Siberias. And I have a pair too (And 2 other ~80€ headsets that lose against it, when the superlux is only 28€).
Siberias would be good at 50€ price point (~43£), but at 90£? Hell no.

As for the mic: Modmic or Zalman. Or optionally a condenser/table mic like Samson Go Mic.
I am using a customized Zalman with my HD681Evo and DT770. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

IMHO, the best bang for buck would be Superlux HD330 paired with Beyerdynamic velour pads and the Zalman mic.
Soundcard that can drive 150ohm headphones is recommended, like Xonar DGX. Creative should be releasing their new cheap soundcard models too that would rival the DGX, but not sure about the release date...
Edited by Tiihokatti - 11/4/13 at 7:58am
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I saw alot of people mentioning the Zalman and Modmic. Is the Zalman mic any good though? I mean is it clear enough without any unneccesary sound? Also I am not too fond of the ModMic, I mean it is a great idea, but it is currently unavailable, and I couldn't find it on eBay or Amazon. It is also in America, so shipping would take time to UK.
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Originally Posted by ataken View Post

I saw alot of people mentioning the Zalman and Modmic. Is the Zalman mic any good though? I mean is it clear enough without any unneccesary sound? Also I am not too fond of the ModMic, I mean it is a great idea, but it is currently unavailable, and I couldn't find it on eBay or Amazon. It is also in America, so shipping would take time to UK.
Tested just now in Skype:
The quality is pretty good as long as the positioning is decent (on the headphone cable near your mouth) and mic-boost is on.
With the mic-boom (and windscreen) it would be much better as even a whisper would be loud and clear.

But the recording quality also depends on the soundcard. I'm using Xonar DG.

Actually there is headset version of Superlux HD660, but the mic is a condenser mic that requires pre-amplification.
Most ppl just cut out the head from the mic-boom and replace it with the Zalman rolleyes.gif

Everyone I know who owns both the Superlux HD668B/HD681 and HD330 say that the HD330 is much better.
One guy even prefers the HD330 over Sennheiser HD598, but he was using Little Dot mkII tube-amplifier.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 11/4/13 at 10:10am
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post #8 of 8
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Actually there is headset version of Superlux HD660, but the mic is a condenser mic that requires pre-amplification.
Most ppl just cut out the head from the mic-boom and replace it with the Zalman rolleyes.gif

What a bizarre product that is.

Personally, I think the zalman sounds like crap unless you get the exact right positioning, which even then is difficult to maintain. If you don't want to deal with waiting/ordering a modmic, get one of http://www.amazon.com/Labtec-LVA-7330-Clearvoice-Microphone-Shielded/dp/B00004Z6BL and cut the headband off. Use some sticky-backed velcro or double sided heavy duty tape to stick it to whatever headphones you decide on. Check ebay too, you can often find these for under $10.
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