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Heya,
I've been in the market for a new headset, with a budget of around $80 max. Of course, I could just go ahead and grab a SteelSeries (which I actually was considering pretty strongly) or a Turtle Beach or some other 'gamer' series, but then I remembered that I have my friends over at OCN to help me out!

Currently I'm just using a pair of cheap-ish Sony's that I got a year or so ago to hold me over until I can get something better. Also it worthwhile to mention that I'm currently using on-board audio for the foreseeable future, unless there are some good budget model suggestions.

I know that I will probably be recommended to get a good headset + separate mic, and I'm totally cool with that, but again, around $80 max is my limit.

I game PC pretty regularly, 20-30 hours a week max. TF2, BC2, L4D2, and soon Portal 2. I also listen to music frequently, a couple hours a day.

So, could anyone help?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 8

Sennheiser HD555
Amazon $78.84

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CPU: AC Cuplex Kryos HF Radiator: XSPC GTX 480 GPU:2xSwiftech Epsilon 6990 8x Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15 
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post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexus6 View Post
Yeah, figured that someone would throw that out to me. Considering that I have a current pair of cans, I'll probably just grab a Zalman mic with this paycheck (only have $80 free), and then grab a HD555 next payday. Yeah, I work part-time and go to school full-time, sue me.

Thanks.
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post #4 of 8
no.

AD700s.
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post #5 of 8
they're (AD700) at lowest $90.
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That's $10 extra dollas very well spent. I will go to Fry's now and return this worthless Essence STX
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post #7 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by cuad View Post
That's $10 extra dollas very well spent. I will go to Fry's now and return this worthless Essence STX
Because you can't use it to its full capability? Yeah okay.

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post #8 of 8
I learned my lesson!

AND what do you know? I saw the Titanium HD on sale there for 129.99 in conjunction with a $30.00 rebate. In the end this will end up costing only ~$10 more than a Xonar DX. What a steal. I've yet to try it out though. I will be putting it in my rig soon... I know I won't hear a difference with my current headphones though. But w/ the money I saved I'll be on the lookout for a pair of AD700s.
Edited by cuad - 3/28/11 at 5:57pm
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