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recoveringknowitall Posted: Mon, Mar 3 2008 6:44 AM

I'm currently using Sony MDR V700 and want something more suited to gaming... possibly a headset with a detachable mic. Price range $150 or less. Any suggestions?

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I've used nothing but Sennheiser for about 3 years now, I won't go back to anything else.

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I've known about Senn for years, but haven't owned a pair. They look very high quality and I've heard nothing but positive things about them so they're high on my list of candidates.

Considering THIS set... whatcha think?

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jtm55 replied on Mon, Mar 3 2008 4:22 PM

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I've known about Senn for years, but haven't owned a pair. They look very high quality and I've heard nothing but positive things about them so they're high on my list of candidates.

Considering THIS set... whatcha think?

 

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They're good Recovering, however you might want to go with these  

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826106392 

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I was looking at those too... it'll most likely end up being 1 of those 2.

Funny thing is neither of those sets can match the frequency range of my V700s, but they're just so dang uncomfortable.

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jtm55 replied on Mon, Mar 3 2008 5:58 PM

 Hi All,

All I can say is that the Sennheiser HD555 are the Best headphones I've ever owned. 

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http://www.techimo.com/articles/i243.html 

 

see this , also there is also a 5.1 headset by edimensional . 

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Sennheiser HD555

Ordered em from the egg... I'll letcha know what I think once they arrive.

Thanks anyway for the recommendation wolf... I shoulda mentioned I just wanted standard 2 ch. headphones.

 

 

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Kamrooz replied on Tue, Mar 4 2008 5:28 PM

Well...I guess it's a good purchase. I'm a fan of sennheiser also. But for gaming, this is better..

http://www.audiocubes.com/product/Audio-Technica_ATH-A900_Art_Headphones.html 

More pricey though. I visited a audiophile forum a few months ago and asked around for a good gaming headset, tons of people were recommending this sucker over the HD555 and HD595...But the sennheiser one you picked out is still a damn good headset. ^_^

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But for gaming, this is better

A matter of oppinion from my POV. The only reason I'm getting new headphones is because my V700s aren't very comfortable... heck they're marketed as DJ headphones, but I thought they were great for gaming. The sound quality is excellent... when playing F.E.A.R. online I was able to gauge where enemies were very accurately by listening to their footsteps.

BTW: Suggesting that something is better after a person has already clearly stated that they've already made the purchase isn't very productive, especially when what they've purchased is very good to begin with. I'm not aggitated or anything, but that's my oppinion.

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Kamrooz replied on Wed, Mar 5 2008 4:32 AM

I getcha, I didn't notice this thread before, both headsets are fantastic, the Audio Technics and the Sennhesier's I mentioned are in the same competing field, I was planning to pick up a HD555 as well but I was hit with a recommendation for that sucker. I don't have any of them though, I'm still on a Sennhesier PC155 which has served me faithfully. I just wanted to toss the info by since you just ordered yesterday....I was hoping it wouldn't of shipped out yet, but maybe it's too late.

 Don't be upset though, that sennhesier headset is amazing. This is my second Sennhesier headset that I'm on, if that's your first sennhesier set, trust me, it's a goodie =D.

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They arrived today and after just a couple hours of listening to a movie and some music, I've concluded that they are very nice. My V700s have punchier base, but that's to be expected since they're marketed as DJ headphones and the earcups are smaller and shallower so the driver is closer to the ear. Also the V700s have lower impedance so even a small mp3 player can drive 'em pretty loud. What stands out to me about the 555s is the richness and body of the mid and low frequencies... the 700s are accurate, but the mids come off kinda flat sometimes. In the end I like the 555s better because they are much more comfortable and that's why I wanted to switch in the 1st place. The 700s are a better value though and probably 1 of the best all around headphones you can get for under $100.

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jtm55 replied on Thu, Mar 6 2008 5:11 AM

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They arrived today and after just a couple hours of listening to a movie and some music, I've concluded that they are very nice. My V700s have punchier base, but that's to be expected since they're marketed as DJ headphones and the earcups are smaller and shallower so the driver is closer to the ear. Also the V700s have lower impedance so even a small mp3 player can drive 'em pretty loud. What stands out to me about the 555s is the richness and body of the mid and low frequencies... the 700s are accurate, but the mids come off kinda flat sometimes. In the end I like the 555s better because they are much more comfortable and that's why I wanted to switch in the 1st place. The 700s are a better value though and probably 1 of the best all around headphones you can get for under $100.

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recoveringknowitall:

I've known about Senn for years, but haven't owned a pair. They look very high quality and I've heard nothing but positive things about them so they're high on my list of candidates.

Considering THIS set... whatcha think?

 

 

Oh how I love my pair of the HD280...I have the black ones, and they sound absolutely amazing.

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frg1 replied on Tue, Mar 11 2008 8:29 PM

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I've known about Senn for years, but haven't owned a pair. They look very high quality and I've heard nothing but positive things about them so they're high on my list of candidates.

Considering THIS set... whatcha think?

 

 

Oh how I love my pair of the HD280...I have the black ones, and they sound absolutely amazing.

 

For headphone reviews check this site out. 

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 I couldn't find the link ...I probably edited that when you posted.Stick out tongue  I'll try and find it later.

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frg1 replied on Thu, Mar 13 2008 5:58 AM

 here are a good pair the mulitimedia edition is the one with a mic

http://www.skullcandy.com/shop/skullcrushers-p-1.html?zenid=5ef4e92a1bfafebbf3a79f26cfda990f
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What is with this craze and skull candy.  Everyone in the studios at my school has em except for my friends and I. 

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frg1 replied on Thu, Mar 13 2008 10:10 PM

 ive used the earbuds they sell could the full metal jacket and i thought they were great headphones for the price highly recomend them

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Dev replied on Sat, Mar 22 2008 3:43 AM

 I'm aware that the thread is finished as headphones have been bought. However, for future viewers of this thread I would recommend Audio-Technia's noise cancelling headphones, They are getting great reviews and are priced at $140, or at least thats what I paid for them when I was in New York for Christmas. They easily compet with Bose's Quiet Comforts which retail at often over $300. Solid bargain. Perfect for everyday use with iPods, computers and general music listening.

Here's a review of the noise cancelling audio-technica set. 

 However if you wanted to splash out a couple extra bob and get something that more in line with a trained ear or with audiophile tastes. Denon's AH-2000 cans are a safe purchase.

Here's a review of the Denon cans.

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 Great thread! This will help a lot in my own search. :)

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Dev replied on Sat, May 31 2008 8:58 AM

 I would stay away from skull candy headphones. I haven't listened to them but they look so tacky. Only time I see them is in airports with 14 year old kids wearing them hooked up to their DS.

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 Huh, I know nothing about them! But, after a little research, I feel safe in saying bullet clips are a totally unnecessary feature for headphones. Stick out tongue

 My verdict, though, after I work up the cash, has gotta be these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826106328

They're Sennheiser, all the reviewers seem to love them, and they just look so damned comfy! The looks are going to be my primary reason for choosing them over the HD-555s, but I'm sure those are great too.

 

 

 

 

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Dev replied on Sun, Jun 1 2008 4:21 PM

Yeah I read a review of them by Steve Guttenberg. He is like the A.O Scott of headphones. He said they were a kick ass buy. Check out his blog if wanted to read up on the high end sound scene. My dream is to one day get myself a truly quality sound setup. The only way that can happen on a budget  is a good education on the subject.

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 Ah, I dug up that review, it was even more encouraging! Neat blog, too. I love music, but I'm not sure I'll ever get an awesome setup like that. A. Duplex proximity to neighbors. B. I think I may have damaged my hearing too much at front row concerts to ever really get the full benefit, haha. But, it's fun to think about, and there might be hope yet! 

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Cmoazz replied on Sun, Sep 14 2008 1:54 AM

Hey all, the headsets I always recommend is the one I've been using a couple years now,
Medusa 5.1 Surround Sound headset
Home Edition $125
ProGamer $105
Medusa-USA.com

I personally have the Home Edition set http://www.medusa-usa.com/medusa-51-home-edition-p-876.html and I love it! They also have a removable microphone and they even fold up nicely. They are also super comfortable. Not to mention they look really awesome, and you'll be impressed by the luxury look of the box and packaging! It comes with everything you need.

I was a previous owner of the Sennheiser PC155 USB before this set, those were great too but too flimsy, my desk chair rolled over their hair thin cord and broke it, after breaking 2 I gave up. The Medusa cord is long and thick(every guy wants that haha) and I've dropped them so many times and their still perfect! I even stepped on the volume controller and I heard a crack - still flawless, and im a 215LB guy.

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Even after all this time I haven't become complacent with my Sennheiser 555s... they're great cans!

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jtm55 replied on Mon, Sep 15 2008 8:11 AM

 Hi All

I second that. The Sennheiser 555s are the best headphones I've ever had.

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Grahf replied on Mon, Oct 27 2008 8:28 PM

This thread lives again! Also agree Sennheiser are the sexy, love mine at work.

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ice_73 replied on Mon, Oct 27 2008 11:19 PM

my god how did i not notice this thread ? 

well let me throw in my opinion into the mix, the sen px-100 are the best for under 50, for under 100 the grado sr-80 are the best.

going into the high end the grado sr 325i are the best for under 300. the sen's are good but its a different style. every ear is different.  

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