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I'm looking for a Sound whoring headset for fps games but still able to sound great while watching blu-ray on my PC or listening to music.

I'm thinking of getting the Astro A40 but couldn't really test them out at Best Buy so I don't know how they sound.

I did look on here for headsets and confused as to what is the best at positional cues.

My budget is $350 max for this current item.
Edited by everlast4291987 - 3/31/14 at 3:44pm
    
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Get AKG Q701s + a soundblaster Z/Zx.

To keep it simple, "7.1" headphones are a gimmick, as your ears don't work that way. What you want are open headphones with 2 high quality drivers (not 8 bad ones), and good surround simulation like SBX on the Creative Soundblaster Zx. They're also much better than Astro A40s for music and movies.

EDIT: The Phillips X1 is also very good, a Xonar would be a good alternative soundcard.
Edited by brucethemoose - 3/31/14 at 3:48pm
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I have currently the Turtle Beach X12 and was using the Razer surround software but windows 8.1 screwed up my install when I updated it.

Also whats the name of the guy for your avatar?

That's one sexy looking headphones. I need a Mic as I run with a clan and have a teamspeak. My room can get loud sometime when my girl is on speakerphone all the time and she talks loud.

I'm also very new to audio stuff. And trying to learn more about Audio stuff. I play Titanfall and cant hear a guy run up behind me and he snaps my neck.
    
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I agree with Bruce about the Q701 and Soundblaster Z/Zx. Using SBX Surround and Q701 makes for a great surround experience. The one thing I would warn about is that if you lack a decent amount of hair, the bumps on the Q701 will make your head sore until you head assimilates to the bumps on the headband of the Q701s. If you don't want your AKG mark, you can switch out the headband with another model's by contact akg and they can sell you a replacement, or you can rip the bumps off, or cover them up with a cloth/foam of some sort.
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Razer Surround wouldn't work with 7.1 headphones, neither would SBX.

Also, Razer Surround and SBX (on a Creative soundcard) are based on the same principle. If you do get a Soundblaster Z/Zx, you should try both separately. And turn off all the other "enhancements" as well.

Phillip X1s would be better if you can afford them, they should have better insulation, a better fit and better sound in general.

A clip on mic isn't hard to find. PC360s are good if you want a built-in mic.

Ron Swanson from Parks an Recreation, you definitely should watch it biggrin.gif.
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I have hair like the Beatles guys. I love my longish hair.

I'm currently reading this post he said this

"Competitive: I can't directly compare the two for competitive use, but no one should pass these up for the slight decrease in score. They are essentially just as good, but the K701 lacks a warmth I deem necessary for overall use, so you end up really focusing on details, which is the main strength in the K701. The emphasis on detail retrieval is what makes the K701 just beastly. The Q701 is tuned for more enjoyment FWIH, though they are still detail monsters, just not as glaringly obvious. As far as positional cues and accuracy, they are every bit as good as the K701. Soundstage may be just a smidge smaller, but I attribute that to the fuller sound. Soundstage to me is bigger on headphones that lack a lower end, letting the space breathe more, if that makes sense.

Seriously, get the Q701 over the K701. Its just an overall better can. If you seriously just want detail whoring for gaming, the money is better spent/saved on some AD700s. The K701 is overkill for that specific need, as the Q701 can be just as good, and be enjoyable outside of gaming. I didn't like the K701 for anything other than competitive gaming. I like the Q701 for most purposes. I tend to use them over the D7000 when watching my favorite shows, due to comfort (love me open+velour pads), and voices are clearer, or playing games that aren't reliant on bass. My D7000 is mostly for music, action movies, and intense games." Any thoughts on this?

I'm still going to need a microphone. Any suggestions on this?

I'm going to watch that tonight if I can find it hahaha. Awhile back i was seeing pics of this guy all over facebook.
Edited by everlast4291987 - 3/31/14 at 4:05pm
    
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Those words... "warmth", "tuned for more enjoyment", and such... To many vague adjectives, way too subjective IMHO.

It isn't necessarily wrong though. Ad700s are great for gaming, but Q701s are technically better headphones. Though pricier, PC360s and Phillips X1s are more "neutral" but still very good for gaming, don't coun't them out.

EDIT: Ron Swanson may be my favorite TV character ever, you can't miss him biggrin.gif
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I'm thinking I may get the Blue Microphones Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone, Cardioid mic.

So with the Q701s and the SoundBlaster card how would I would i set it up?
Edited by everlast4291987 - 3/31/14 at 4:30pm
    
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Another viable option would be DT880/990 with a fast&easy DIY mic.
The Q701 is not a very bassy headphone so keep that in mind (Dubstep? With light bass? You haven't mentioned your music tastes). But if you are looking for the supreme directional sound accuracy: lack of bass is a good thing.
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I love VNV Nation. but I like bass but i want detail in the bass not noise that is distorted and drowns out sounds
    
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