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spdiscus
02-13-2014, 10:21 AM
Any recommendations?
- wireless
- 5.1 or 7.1
- I'd like a microphone, but I don't really care about mic quality. It would be used very rarely.

Ravijn
02-13-2014, 10:54 AM
I've never used a wireless set myself so I am kind of interested in what others recommend for you.

The two wired headsets that I use are -

Razer Carcharias (http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-audio/razer-carcharias-for-xbox-pc)

and my fallback set if those break -

Don't laugh, they sound amazing and are REALLY comfortable.
(http://www.creative.com/mylivecam/products/product.aspx?catID=2&pid=19066)

Anemone
02-13-2014, 11:44 AM
Sennheiser is the top of heap, but you won't be able to get one with a mic that's wireless. Still, my wired headset is amazing. They have wireless ones without mic tho.

Rommel
02-13-2014, 11:46 AM
I need to get someone from the States to pop into Best Buy and pick me up a set of A50s (http://www.astrogaming.com/a50). I really regret not having done that over Christmas when I had a chance.

brandonjclark
02-13-2014, 12:01 PM
Don't laugh, they sound amazing and are REALLY comfortable.
(http://www.creative.com/mylivecam/products/product.aspx?catID=2&pid=19066)

http://i.imgur.com/ZoxY0rB.jpg

Ravijn
02-13-2014, 12:16 PM
I need to get someone from the States to pop into Best Buy and pick me up a set of A50s (http://www.astrogaming.com/a50). I really regret not having done that over Christmas when I had a chance.

Are they worth $299?

Syl
02-13-2014, 12:35 PM
I use a relatively cheap set of Logitechs that I got on sale a few years back. Also have a travel pair of Turtle Beach earbuds that are absolutely fantastic sounding, but those are usually for my phone or 3DS.

Logitech:
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Gaming-Headset-G330-Black/dp/B002I3OZB2

Turtle beach:
http://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Beach-Silver-Mobile-Earbuds/dp/B007F9XWGI

Of course, neither of these are wireless or surround sound. I have a full set of 5.1 speakers for my computer for that.

An older version of:
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-X-530-5-1-Speaker-System/dp/B0002WPSCG/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1392323490&sr=8-16&keywords=logitech+5.1+surround+sound

Rommel
02-13-2014, 01:00 PM
Are they worth $299?
They're allegedly the best. I want a wireless headset so I can game without disturbing the world, and there aren't many good options. At the low end is the Corsair, at the high end the A50 and Steel Series HWireless.

spdiscus
02-14-2014, 10:27 AM
Thanks, folks. I may have to stick with my non-gaming set for now (Grado sr60i). Completely forgot about the price range of these bad boys.

lockwoodx
02-14-2014, 10:44 AM
Razer Carcharias are sadly still the best quality for the price. By sadly I mean that the cheap pieces of junk have to be replaced annually unless you want to invest in something better.

Suicidal ShiZuru
02-14-2014, 10:48 AM
Wireless is overrated and normally means quality takes a hit. The Steelseries Siberia Elite are amazing and to my ears better than the A50s. If you must go with wireless I've heard plenty of good things about the Logitech sets and mixed reviews on Corsairs new lineups.

Rommel
02-18-2014, 05:41 AM
http://www.legitreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/SteelSeries-H-Wireless.png
New toys, just picked them up. And the sound is pretty damn good.

brandonjclark
02-18-2014, 06:44 AM
Wow, those looks REALLY comfortable.

lockwoodx
02-18-2014, 06:59 AM
http://www.legitreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/SteelSeries-H-Wireless.png
New toys, just picked them up. And the sound is pretty damn good.

They also look pretty damn slick. Hope there's a wired version.

These Blacksharks (http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-audio/razer-blackshark) are still going strong after a year and the first Razer product I've owned in a while that hasn't felt cheaply made. They're beefy, comfortable, mic is crystal clear, hinges haven't gone slack, and the break away cord on them is invaluable for those times I've got caught on them in the dark. I'd actually pay full retail for another pair once they wear out and getting them on a black friday sale last year was a bonus. Look for the Battlefield versions as they always go on sale/are cheaper which is how I got mine.

edit: I should add that the cons to Blacksharks are that while comfortable over LONG gaming sessions they will get hot around the ears after 2+ hours but it's only an issue during the summer so ambient room temp plays a factor. If you have longer hair expect a few strands to get ripped out on occasion, and they are pricy unless you catch them on sale. ($90 range is as low as they ever go)

Rommel
02-18-2014, 07:51 AM
Been a while since I bought anything hardware related, mainly because my actual hardware was in limbo these past several months. After two attempts to ship, my PC finally arrived via UPS surprisingly none the worse for wear. Well, that isn't true. Some of the cooling fins on the side of my video card appear bent. I honestly have no idea how that physically happens inside the unmarred case. I still manage an overclock so ... meh? I guess. Anyway--my stuff is here! Annnnd I threw my speakers and headset away before I left. Hm, that's a bit of a problem.

Why would I throw the headset away? Those are small and easy to pack--

http://images.geeksimages.com/imageshare/9/300x300/981-000010-R-unit.jpg

--Oh right, because they were the most uncomfortable and worst pieces of garbage that Logitech ever manufactured. Yep, I had a pair of Logitech USB Headset H530s and they sucked like that girl who messaged me randomly over the weekend via Whatsapp. Shaped to aim the mic forward, this really meant they were uncomfortable in every position. I imagine the engineer who designed the units starred in the film Mask. It's amazing I bought them in the first place. I believe I grabbed them on a raid night, desperately running to Walmart an hour before so I could yell at my crew of idiots they were standing in the fire / electricity / acidic slime / negative energy / smoke / shadows of love. Still, the sheer number of Logitech headsets I've had and despised reveals a layer of masochism of which I was not previous aware.

http://pcshop-ch.com/images/LD0000499769-2.jpg

Had 'em, broke them when my Aeron chair rolled over the cable.

http://media.ldlc.com/ld/products/00/01/14/67/LD0001146780_1.jpg

Had 'em, broke them when I turned to see if my girlfriend of the time was still alive and the earpiece snapped off.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81l5b90%2BMhL._SX385_.jpg

Had 'em, specifically designed to fold to avoid breaking in the center and they broke down the center.

So you can imagine that I was quite fed up with the whole "Buy headset, break headset and then replace headset system."

Now, I am not a music guy. Honestly, if I am not listening to talk radio I am rather content to sit in silence. When I played WoW I would turn all sound off, in fact. I know, some people value their ears more than their eyes but me? I may put taste well above hearing, when ranking the senses. Still, it can be a bit annoying to have a PC without any sound. While I was able to find a cheap set of speakers locally, a higher end set isn't neighbor-friendly in cramp Asian apartment life. Also, most of my work in Hong Kong is done on the phone and Skype yelling at people. So I have been trying to get by with some rip off iPhone headphones with in-line microphones.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cm/popularmechanics/images/86/apple-iphone-headset-0608.jpg

Not quite ideal. Also, one of the issues with the logitech units was being tethered to the machine like a dog in the yard. So, weighing my options, I decided it was time to go pop for a new set down at the Sham Shui Po Golden Computer Arcade. This time, I decided to go a little crazy.

http://www.legitreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/SteelSeries-H-Wireless.png

Beyond, the Steelseries H Wireless in all their glory! And sure they cost HKD1999 but man, do they sound good. Even the Dolby Digital, usually goofy and echo-boosted with all the additional bass, sounds natural. The transmitter has an OLED screen with equalizer and actually makes use of the S/PDIF port. I went with these over the A50s because they feature two batteries, one charging in the base so there is never the issue of running out of juice. Best of all, like Pinocchio, they ain't got no strings.

I'll break them in a week.