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Originally Posted by narmour;13207101 
i am really interested in getting a gaming headset, well a headset in general really for listening to music/playing games and movies. I haven't experienced a quality headset 5.1 surround sound super device.

Any good? What's the best bang for buck gaming/everything headset?

at a700
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by Domino;13207128 
at a700
Curious to how they compare to HD595s.
What's a good clip-on mic with noise canceling for headphones?
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 4/20/11 at 7:03pm
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would these be better than sennheiser HD555?
Hmmm...
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They most likey to be worst then Sennheiser HD 555. Since the Corsair gaming like it says in their name are aimed at the gaming market.
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These vs. real headphones is like real WC vs. the Corsair Hydro series. Lmao.
 
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post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by PoopaScoopa;13207071 
Curious if anyone wants to comment on them:

$85 - HD555
$105 - ATH-A700 for music
$117 - HD595
$210 - ATH-A900 for isolate gaming
I'm interested in your "isolated gaming" comment about the A900's and what exactly you mean by it. Are you refering to how well they reproduce directional sounds on a 3D soundscape in a game or do you simply mean using them to play in isolation (ie. on your own without interupting others)?

If it was in regards to how well they reproduce directional sounds on a 3D soundscape in a game, is that from personal experience or from what you've read around the place?

From personal experience as an avid competitive gamer over the past decade, I've tried numerous headphones and headsets looking for the best for gaming and although for years nothing beat quality headphones, I must say that now I am unimpressed with stereo headsets in modern games with great 3D sound.

I haven't tested the A900's out for gaming, but I have the 555's and have done the 595 mod to them, as well as tested out some A700's and AD700's in a side by side with some fairly cheapish Soundlink Medusa's and also more recently with the more expensive Roccat Kave's and they don't even come close to offering the same level of performance when it comes to directional sounds on a 3D soundscape in a game.

After years playing on 555's and later modded 555's, and testing the A700's and AD700's, I'd take the Roccat Kave's for games any day of the week. I'd be interested in testing the A900's though if you are saying they are good at reproducing directional sounds on a 3D soundscape in a game.

I'm sure the Audiophiles will start going crazy now, but before you all do, please understand I am speaking solely about gaming audio and not about music reproduction or stereo soundstage wink.gif

P.S. This is just my personal experience as a gamer who's tried them at gaming smile.gif
Edited by un-nefer - 4/20/11 at 7:26pm
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post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by PoopaScoopa;13207071 
I was making a list of headphones awhile ago to compare. Curious if anyone wants to comment on them:

$20 - HD 201
$34 - HARX700
$35 - HD202 > Bose
$35 - RX700 - http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/435809/jvc-ha-rx700-mods (modify to improve)
$50 - Samson SR850
$85 - HD555
$105 - ATH-A700 for music
$117 - HD595
$210 - ATH-A900 for isolate gaming

Portable:
$40 - Yuin Pk3

With Mic:
$75 - Icemat Siberia V2
$77 - HS1
$89 - TacticHD
$117 - G930


Really would add the SHURE SRH440 ($95-100) in their easily.

Just above the HD555 .

TBH i wouldn't even have the HD555/HD595 on that list to begin with smile.gif

You don't even have the Alessandro MS-1 ($100) on that list .
Edited by Benny99 - 4/20/11 at 8:24pm
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by PoopaScoopa;13207237 
Curious to how they compare to HD595s.
What's a good clip-on mic with noise canceling for headphones?

Zalman Clip on Mic ZM-1

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post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by Benny99;13210417 
Really would add the SHURE SRH440 ($95-100) in their easily.

Really? The SRH440s are incredibly sibilant with little bass. I did a test listen and I'd put them below the HD 201s. It actually causes physical pain on some tracks.



It would be interesting to know what they are using. Corsair doesn't make headphones, so they are getting the drivers from somewhere. Razor uses HD 555 drivers in their Carcharias, so given the reviewers comments I wouldn't be surprised to see something from Audio-Technica in these.
    
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post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by Benny99;13210417 
Really would add the SHURE SRH440 ($95-100) in their easily.

Just above the HD555 .

TBH i wouldn't even have the HD555/HD595 on that list to begin with smile.gif

You don't even have the Alessandro MS-1 ($100) on that list .

Why wouldn't you want the 555 on the list? They and A700s are a pretty solid standards for their price range. I haven't heard good things about Shure 440s. I haven't tested them myself though. Maybe the 840s would be a good one to add instead? MS-1s are a good recommendation. I forgot about those. Thanks for the Zalman link btw.
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Originally Posted by un-nefer;13209885 
I'm interested in your "isolated gaming" comment about the A900's and what exactly you mean by it. Are you refering to how well they reproduce directional sounds on a 3D soundscape in a game or do you simply mean using them to play in isolation (ie. on your own without interupting others)?

If it was in regards to how well they reproduce directional sounds on a 3D soundscape in a game, is that from personal experience or from what you've read around the place?

I am unimpressed with stereo headsets in modern games with great 3D sound.

After years playing on 555's and later modded 555's, and testing the A700's and AD700's, I'd take the Roccat Kave's for games any day of the week. I'd be interested in testing the A900's though if you are saying they are good at reproducing directional sounds on a 3D soundscape in a game.

I am speaking solely about gaming audio

I was more referring to gaming without leakage and blocking some of the background noise compared to open sets.

I haven't tried out the Roccat Kave's but I've heard some really good things about them for gaming. They also seem a lot more durable than most "gaming" headsets.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 4/20/11 at 9:10pm
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