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post #51 of 76
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Erm if you're from the UK I don't know how much weight this suggestion can hold, but if you check out http://headphonemicmods.com/ my friend tommybwoy does(you guessed it) mic modifications on headphones including sennheiser hd595's. The pc360's look fantastic but are JUST for gaming since they don't have a detachable microphone. With Tommybwoy's mod, you can basically have it as both
sorry live in holland and i'm not to fond of having a new headphone chopped up

the mod's look nice though :O i have thought of taping one of those mic's u can put on your desk to the top of my monitor so it's out of sight, but i haven't owned one so i don't know if they can pick up my low volume speech late at night.

but the 360's may have a fixed mic but it's not that disturbing, i've had a lot headsets with a fixed mic so i'm used to it .

but if i buy a HD595 or PC360 i will most likely use it with the auzentech forte's built in Headphone Amp and creative CMSS. i noticed a lot of people here are quite fond of the Astro Mix Amp with the dolby 5.1 virtual surround.

i was wondering if anybody has tested it against a auzentech sound card. the only headset i can test my creative extreme music (creative CMSS) and asus xonar D2X(dolby headphone and dolby virtual surround) with is my razer barracuda and it's a 5.1 headset so i cant realy compare how well the virtual surround is and how good music sounds on both (the HP sux in stereo mode regardless of soundcard and u cant say anything positive about the 5.1 sound quality )
Edited by anub1s - 6/19/10 at 8:16am
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Hey steggy what do you think about the Labtec lva 7330 mic? Also, as far as a versatile headphones (good in gaming,movies and music) which would you prefer ad770 or the HD595?

I own TB HPA2,HD555,HD595,PC350 and ad700 but I do love the overall hybrid capabilities of the Senns HD595
post #53 of 76
I've actually found the HPX and HD595 to be pretty similar. Only over long listening periods do the HD595 start to get a bit fatiguing, but the overall sound under first impressions will lean towards the Sennheiser model. However considering the price point of the HPX that is really tough to turn down.
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To wrap up, one thing I would be interested in seeing are potential modifications on this headset. The hardware and everything is obviously there. I think a simpler grill mod could possibly do wonders for this headset.
Well here it is.
The headphone gods did listen?
http://www.sennheiser.com/sennheiser...-gaming_504122

Its like the Sennheiser PC 350 but now with open type speakers!

Sennheiser PC 360
post #55 of 76
I love the review, great job. I just purchased the HD 595 upgrading from the PC 350. How much will the mixamp improve the sound on the HD 595 on a scale of 1 to 10? I planned to plug the Headphones directly to my SB Xtreme gamer sound card.

Thankx in advance
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I love the review, great job. I just purchased the HD 595 upgrading from the PC 350. How much will the mixamp improve the sound on the HD 595 on a scale of 1 to 10? I planned to plug the Headphones directly to my SB Xtreme gamer sound card.

Thankx in advance
The only thing the mixamp will do is enable dolby digital 5.1 surround sound on headphones without it. In addition it will allow you to hook up a mic and play on xbox 360 and ps3 while hearing game sound through the headset as well.
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Fabulous Review. This thread's link was the first that popped up when I google-searched "Turtle Beach HPX with AMP Review best headset?", and even after reading this great review, i can bet you that i'm not the only one still left with the same question i came in with.

It would be great if you could post and answer to this in your first post at the top so other people aren't left in confusion:

I'm wondering, Without price being an issue, In terms of sound quality (if there is a tie, then sound quality + comfort, and if another tie, then SQ + C + anything else), what is the best possible headset/sound setup for the Xbox 360?

I am under the impression that it is the Turtlebeach HPX headset with the Astro Mixamp, but the Sennheiser HD650 also sounded intruiging, so is the HPX in fact the best xbox gaming headset? is the HPA-1 in any way better, and is there anything about the best headset that any other headset does better?

please let me know! thanks!

please send me an email as well:
email: Jakewilliams2194@gmail.com

PS: I have X4's and i hate them. they get awful feedback with everything else in the room and produce a static-like buzzing sound that i can only get rid of when i sit right in front of the turtle beach amp, and i mean DIRECTLY IN FRONT. It sucks.
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Price no object, your best bet would be something like the Beyerdynamic MMX300/Qpad QH1339/Sennheiser PC360 + Mixamp
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do these 3 headsets beat the headsets in your original post in sound quality? namely the hpx's and sennheisers? also, what kind of individual mic for xbox 360 would be the best to use if i decide to get headphones that do not have a mic, like the senn 595 or 650's?

also, how do the senn pc360's compare to the 595 and 650 in terms of sound quality?
Edited by masterkchief - 2/13/11 at 12:31pm
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Hi. Before saying anything I want to apologize forehand if I misspell a word or I miss paraphrase a phrase, because I speak Spanish.

This message is a directly response to Steggy's article. I know that you've put a lot of effort on it and that you know what you are talking about (you're not saying BS, or pretending that you actually tested those devices cause I have no doubts that you did). And although what you say on the article may be true, there is something wrong with it. You are not precisely specifying what you are comparing on each headphone. You are directly comparing general aspects of an ordinary headphone, which is not bad. But when you mix headphones with headsets certain dilemmas happens to appear and this is not an exception. For those who don't know which are the differences between a headphone and a headset, a headphone doesn't have a microphone (Mic), but a headset yes.

General speaking, a headset is not meant for the same purposes a headphone is for. Let's be honest: If you're with a headset while you're gaming, its because you are playing online and talking with your friends either through the game or through Skype/TS/etc. If not and you are a real gamer (a real gamer will only spend money on this kind of headsets/headphones), you would be probably using it's 5.1/2.1 sound system for gaming offline or online without talking. And once again, I'm talking in general this not applies to all cases. And if you are a gamer by all means, you must have a headset. Its one of those basic rules someone should follow in order to have the rights to be called "A Gamer". Lets put an example: Your gaming with your friends on some COD matches. Suddenly someone starts to talk with his Mic and all your friends join him. But you cannot do that cause you've bought a pair of headphones: Noob is what you will be called for life. And this is the reason WHY the headsets are always better on gaming than on anything else, cause they were meant to be used on that area.

On the other hand, headphones aren't meant for gaming; I know they sound amazing but you don't have a Mic so you are potentially limited. Heaphones are meant for people who loves music, who loves high volume music sessions and who loves to listen to it "how it should be". They are not occasional people; no one will spend 500 bucks on a headphone unless he/she loves music. And thats why headphones have way better bass than a typical headset, cause it really need to have it for a music amateur to be satisfied. But on a game? Do you really need that much of a high bass? No, I don't think so.

What does all this go about? Well I saw that you put a lot of stress to the sound quality aspect on music. And maybe that wasn't your intention but it is the cruel truth: After reading the whole article my thoughts were:

"For the light bass, I don't recommend the Sennheiser PC350/Astro A40/Turtle Beach HPX/Tritton AX720".

I don't know which were you intentions, but to tell you the truth you gave me that impression. If you are going to compare this stuff for sound quality and only sound quality, then don't mix headphones with headsets. If you will compare, make sure to compare apples with apples. It's unfailing the fact that a 150 bucks headset won't have the same audio quality as a 200 bucks headphone has; if it would then: they would be way more expensive than they are AND there would be no reason for headphones to exist, they would have no success. And another missed point on this article, pun intended, was that you mixed low-mid end profile headphones (Grado Sr80) with a mid-high end profile headphones (Sennheiser HD650) which is not fair considering that not everyone has the pocket able to afford this last ones.

I will let you guys reach your own conclusions about this paragraphs I've written and please don't hesitate on responding this.

I forgot to add that if you're going to answer please avoid mentioning that you can "easily" convert a headphone to a headset by sticking a microphone to it , because it is not an excuse. If I would follow that philosophy then I could say: "My PC is better than anyone's PC because I can add to it as much hardware as I want to". With that said I'm out.

Thanks for reading.
Edited by Saizer - 4/22/11 at 11:24pm
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