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Audio Technica AD700 vs Sennheiser HD555 vs Steelseries Siberia v2 for gaming?

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I am looking for a replacement for my older Sennheiser Headset and am looking into separate headphones with a clip on or desk mount mic vs. a nicer headset.

I play COD and other FPS competitively but do listen to some music on my PC. Most of it is MP3 and other relatively low fi sources but I still like the best possible (My main system uses Dynaudio speakers).

My questions are

Which do you prefer the AT AD 700's or the Sennheiser HD555s? Also how is the build quality of the Sennheisers? My current (albeit cheaper) set has lasted for years but feels very flimsy and plasticy)

What is the best mic to add with them? Is the Zalman clip on that everybody uses really that good? Does it pick up other ambient sounds in the house (like my wife listing to the TV down the hall)? Any other suggestions here?

I like the idea of the headset like the Siberia v2 for the simplicity of the built in mic (and better mic quality/placement?) but how would they compare for gaming sound?


Also, I have an older X-Fi card (probably a OEM) Is it worth the upgrade without an upgrade in sound card?

Thanks for your help!
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AD700 for bigger soundstage, HD555 for a more balanced sound albeit still bass-lacking. Siberia ONLY IF you want a convenience of not having a separate mic.

Get a Dealextreme clip-on mic instead of a Zalman, much cheaper, works better most of the time. The only downside to it is the shipping time.
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post #3 of 7
I found the AD700 to be more comfy and easier to drive than HD555. One drawback is that the sound is pretty muddled, separation isn't one of its stronger points. If you don't really care and just want a decent pair of replacement phones, they're probably one of the best options at the $100 USD price point. Stay away from the Siberia if possible, it really isn't worth the money.

The main selling point of the Zalman mic is how cheap it is. I picked one up locally for the equivalent of $2.30 USD. The sound quality is very good and the clip will work with most wires. Thicker headphone wires might find a slight dent from pro-longed clamping, but it isn't apparent and won't damage the headphone wire in any way. It WILL definitely pick up key strokes from a mechanical keyboard or mouse clicks, so be careful if you're on skype with the gf and lying about not playing games wink.gif
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After reading a bunch of reviews I think I am going with the AD700's. They seem to be the best bet for gaming.

What about the Mic? I have thought about three options, get a clip on mic like the dealtime or zalman and clip it to the cord of the headphones, fasten it to the top of my monitor, or buy a desk mic. Any suggestions, thoughts, opinions? Any other models worth looking at?

Also, what about my sound card? Right now I have two options 1.) First off I could use the onboard sound Realtek ALC892, or 2.) A creative X-Fi X-treme Audio (SB0790) which is PCI.

If I use a sound card I will block some of the airflow to my GTX460's but it shouldn't be a major problem unless the card is just huge. Do I need to get a new card, if so any suggestions? I don't need or want anything fancy, just good stereo headphone sound and a mic input.

Also - do any of the mic options have a mute switch like many headsets?

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post #5 of 7
Go with a desktop mic if you want better quality, but you can't really go wrong too with both Zalman and Dealextreme mic. None of the mics has a mute option.

Onboard sound cards are just okay. Use the X-Fi, see if you like it. If not, get a Xonar DG/DS.
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I assume there is no volume control on the cans either. Do you just use the volume control on the sound card software?

Also has anyone tried an external sound card like the Creative X-Fi HD?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102032

It has a volume control and solves any potential air flow problems. I wonder how the sound and CPU drain would be considering it is USB.

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post #7 of 7
Yeah, you would be using the windows volume control or whatever software your card comes with. A cheap sound card should do be more than sufficient if you're just doing every day gaming and 320 mp3's.
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