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Author Topic: Good 5.1 or 7.1 Headset (w/mic)?  (Read 78 times)
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Crawley
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« on: December 20, 2014, 10:22:21 PM »

My old Sennheiser 280 Pro headset is getting a bit long in the tooth. Rather than re-purchasing that I'm eyeing the 5.1 and 7.1 Headsets for something a bit more up to date. What's a good one with a mic I should consider?
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2014, 12:24:53 AM »

Aiming for around $100, or could you go higher? Is ~$250 too much?
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2014, 01:42:22 AM »

Around $200 is probably my max. If $250 ones are just totally awesome then would consider.
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« Reply #3 on: Today at 02:25:32 AM »

Something something Astro A40 + Mixamp.

When I get more time I'll try and sell you on it.  Having a headphone amp makes a big difference, and the Mixamp is a great one for gaming.  Are you going to be using it more for PC gaming, console gaming, or both?
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« Reply #4 on: Today at 08:31:25 AM »

All you really need is the mixamp. That has dolby headphone built in, so it's able to take a 7.1 (or 5.1?) signal, then process it to simulate a very convincing 5.1 simulation, all without the quality loss that comes from having multiple tiny speakers instead of a single one.

The astro headset itself is something you can take or leave. You can probably get a more comfortable and better sounding headset elsewhere. And while my impressions after trying the A40 (and successor) headsets multiple times are positive, they cost a premium above things like some basic sennheiser (who also have quality issues despite their headsets sounding great).

One key thing is the warranty. I haven't looked at the A40 warranty, but if it's a good warranty, then it's worth the extra cost. Headsets seem to be something that break with such regularity that it doesn't matter how good the base headset it, they will always break within 2 years due to things like the constant motion of taking it on or off, pulling cables, and more.
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