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I'm using a Xonar D2X sound card that is routed through G51's for output (can that cause any issues?) and I wanted to change my Audio-Technica ATH-M20's for something newer, they don't sound as great and the leather is wearing out quickly... They also don't fit on my head nicely so sometimes they fall off while I'm gaming

I was looking at Corsair's CA-HS1A and loved the fact that they're round and not leather covered. I don't like the Sennheiser HD555's so that's kind of out of the way.

I'm mainly playing games, sometimes I'll go on Skype while playing Starcraft or TF2.

Music wise I mainly listen to chillout progressive so I don't like huge bass, I prefer clear sound instead.

I see a lot of threads recommending a clip-on mic, I'm looking for a headset to get rid of that setup (I get all confused in the cables and I really don't like it.)
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The Corsair HS1A's are pretty good, I just got a pair last week to check out; and I can say overall they're good headphones.

Sound signatture wise, they're similar to the JVC RX-700's except they're closed cans instead of the Semi-Open JVC's.
The bass is also more detailed, while the Hi's are not AS detailed as the JVC's; they're still pretty good.

Definitely stick to the cloth pads though; their sound signature adds alot to the cans in making them sound well. The pleather pads are not as comfortable either.

Though for $90... it's hard to find a better headset but there are betterheadphones for the price.

Provantage has them for $72 which isn't bad though. I could probably recommend them at that price.

Though finding a Stick Mic or a Clip-On MIC + RX-700's would be a better value IMO.
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The Corsair HS1A's are pretty good, I just got a pair last week to check out; and I can say overall they're good headphones.

Sound signatture wise, they're similar to the JVC RX-700's except they're closed cans instead of the Semi-Open JVC's.
The bass is also more detailed, while the Hi's are not AS detailed as the JVC's; they're still pretty good.

Definitely stick to the cloth pads though; their sound signature adds alot to the cans in making them sound well. The pleather pads are not as comfortable either.

Though for $90... it's hard to find a better headset but there are betterheadphones for the price.

Provantage has them for $72 which isn't bad though. I could probably recommend them at that price.

Though finding a Stick Mic or a Clip-On MIC + RX-700's would be a better value IMO.
Thanks for the reply!

Well, there's also a promotion right now (until Feb 15th) so these headphones go for 69.99$ CAD (usually stuff is more expensive in Canada ), so it's the main reason I was pushed towards them.

I already have a Plantronics headset that I use only the mic + my ATH-M20's, lately my dad has been liking my headset more than the one he bought in the dollar store, so I'm thinking of passing it over to him.

I think I'll order myself a pair tomorrow (so it doesn't count towards this months expenses )
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These headsets are pretty good but i think using your rear outputs from the mobo. wont be enough power......i played with settings for more than an hour turn everything max and still not that loud........The only way i can get these to work properly is to connect the headset to my speaker system (Logitech Z-2300) and use the volume control and turn it up, which makes them rock the only thing is the bass is not deeeep.....but in games i can tell where enemies are coming from......and highs and mids are good......Also the mic is also just good........the best thing is so far is how comfortable they are.......

anyone got these....... i would like to hear from you....
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I got my pair last week, didn't have time to burn in yet. But as of now, they still sound amazing. I'd say the big plus is the comfort the top part is very flexible and allows my small head to fit in nicely.
I have a dedicated soundcard with an aux power, plus I don't listen to anything at a loud level.
I'll update after the burn in
So far so good, 70$ (80$ with tax/shipping) is hard to beat for such great quality.
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I got this headset about 2 weeks ago and it's very nice. The mids and highs are great, but the bass could be a lot better. I love bass, so it took me awhile to get comfortable to this particular headset. I came from the Sound Blaster Arena,which I had for more than a year, and there's a huge difference between the USB's sound and my soundcard.

If only I could get the bass from the Arena headset.. haha
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