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What would you guys recommend? Either the Sennheiser HD201's ($45), or the HD 205/415 (both $75)

I know it's more expensive, but i live in South Africa. I will get either the Asus Xonar D1 or an Extreme gamer, leaning towards the D1. I game 70% of the time & watch movies/episodes the rest of the time.
Get the grado sr60s. They'll blow you away.
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These can's are excellent introductory cans to the Audiophile world. While they don't have a defined signature sound, they have great sound quality, and perform well in all avenues [rock/hip-hop/instrumentals]. The bass is on the low side in terms of quantity although it's punchy with good extension and nicely controlled. Midrange is well-rendered, coherent, smooth, and reasonably transparent. These cans make excellent gaming cans as they rest on the head for hours and and are NOT discomforting, thanks to the padded paddles that push the cans away from the head.Soundstage is wide, and reasonably deep, so you can hear people creeping up in you in CS and other games where footsteps are important.
Typo errors in the ATH-A700 Section.
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post #153 of 471
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Hope this isn't the worst thread within which to ask this question: are there any soundcards out there out there that have a USB/digital output? If not, why not?
There aren't any soundcards with USB output. USB based headphones/headsets have a built in audio device. There are many soundcards with digital output. This is an unpowered output however, so you're probably not going to find a headset which accepts a digital input.
    
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Why don't you talk about the grado sr60s. As I understand it they're considered one of the best headphones ever produced, let alone under 100 bucks. I've listened on a pair of friends and would be happy to report that they're probably the only ones on your list with a truly balanced sound for under 100.
Grado and allessandro headphones both come with a signature in your face sound. They are not very good for gaming IMO. But as for clarity in music... ahh bliss.
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Just got a pair of HD201 for the wife. Made a post on it here. And here it is again.

I just got them today. My wife is out of town so I plugged them in to do a comparison. Right off the bat I missed the headphone-world-dominating comfort of my ATH A700s. After a couple minutes, however, I found the HD201's to not be uncomfortable at all, just not as comfy as my A700s.

Sound is a bit quieter at the same volume level but not bad. On my iPod Touch at 75% volume it about as loud as I enjoy.

Insulate from outside noise as well as can be expected.

They are very crisp and clean sounding. No overriding bass. The bass is soft but defined. Feel more like a quick thump than a ground shaking pound. (I still find my A700s to be vastly superior, but they better be at ~$120) Footsteps would probably be very easy to hear although I didn't do any in game testing. The high end is so clear, they are great for games and some music. I wouldn't recommend them for movies or huge explosions.

Anyway, just my take. They are no where near my A700s but I would pay at least $50 for the HD201, I am that impressed. They are by far worth the $20. I'd pick up a pair as backup if I didn't already have this pair for my wife.
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post #156 of 471
Got my HD555 and Zalman mic, the headphones are REALLY nice but the mic causes static when connected (In the headphones) and the mic makes a deep hum when I talk to people on ventrilo

Got a Auzentech Prelude in my desktop pc and have the same issue on my laptop
post #157 of 471
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Get the grado sr60s. They'll blow you away.
grados aren't that great for gaming. Not enough sound stage.

One thing I feel like this guide is missing is a)headsets(don't crucify me yet I'm going somewhere with this) and b)dolby digital surround sound(again, don't crucify me)

While headsets are generally something to stay away from, there are a few that actually shine. While these headsets perform well, the price:quality ratio is skewed due to companies thinking "hey, I stuck a 15 dollar mic on this pair of headphones in a convenient way, I should charge an extra 50 bucks!"

Anyways, the headsets that would belong on that list are as followed(sort of in order from the lowest to the highest.

Sennheiser PC350- Some pretty solid reviews on performance, however being closed kind of restricts the sound, and at the pricepoint, there are better headsets to choose from.

Turtle Beach HPX - God if you didn't want to put me on the stake before, i'm probably halfway roasted by now. Turtle Beach actually got something right for once guys. This 80-90 dollar headset is actually a real good budget headphone. It will outperform the pc 350 and for a better price. It also has a terminal designed for use with the astro a40 mixamp, taking advantage of dolby digital virtual surround sound. One problem is these headphones are very hard to drive, your volume on the tv will be turned up pretty high on these.

Astro A40 - Well, being designed for competitive gaming in mind, these perform well. They are said to be comparable to Sennheiser 555's, and reviews from owners put them just below the 555's. So in a list of headphones, you could put ad700s>595s>555s>a40s>hpx>pc350. These can be both open and closed headphones, and come with the a40 mixamp which uses Dolby digital encoding. While the combo is really great, the price.....not so much. 250 dollars is a lot. The mixamp is sold seperately for 130 and the headset is sold for 200 seperately. The mixamp price, fine, the headset? no way. If you were to have the headset sell for 100, and the mixamp for 130, and the set for 200, you'd have a real winner here. But with the prices you'd be better off getting ad700's and a boom mic.

MMX 300 - Basically Beyerdynamic dt770's with a mic. Nasty right? 400 bucks. remember the price:quality ratio thing here? ya...... :/

Like I said though, there are some real solid headsets out there, it's just the prices that are killin people. Right now hpx's are a great budget performer if people want the convenient package of a headset.


The other thing I wanted to touch base upon is dolby digital. With decoders like the a40 mixamp, when you plug in a set of stereo headphones, when you turn on the DH you have a virtual surround sound system in place. This makes directional positioning a lot more open and precise. It is a lot more effective than cramming a ton of crappy drivers in a headphones. You can use any stereo headphones with the a40 mixamp, so you can have the quality and soundstage of audio technica ad700's, only complemented even more by the virtual surround sound. There are other products for DD, but they are either as much or more than the mixamp, and the mixamp offers a few convenient features, like, controlling the balance between in game sound and voices on xbox 360, run on batteries either rechargable or non, and the possibility of connecting to other mixamps so you can have your own private voice network. Extremely valuable for LANs.


Figured I'd throw a few things into the thread.
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post #158 of 471
Awesome guide here, guys. Incredibly informative. I'm considering getting a good set of cans for my setup and had a question. I have an X-Fi with my Logitech Z-5300e speakers plugged into it. These are a 5.1 set, and have 3 plugs into the card (front, rear, and center/sub). No other inputs are available on the card. So, I was considering the Plantronics audio switcher, but I noticed it has only two connectors to the card - speakers and mic. What I have been doing, is just plugging my current headphones into the headphone jack on the speaker's volume controller. Should I just continue to do this (ie, am I suffering any sound quality loss over plugging directly in to the card) , or is there an audio switch that provides 3 inputs?
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if you get the switcher just leave he surround and center/sub plugs in your soundcard and only switch the front L/R (green) one. turn your speakers off when you want to use headphones and change the settings on your x-fi to headphones instead of 5.1 speakers.
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If you use the switcher can you no longer use a mic?
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