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#101 Posted by -Karmum- (3767 posts) -

Hey guys, I really need a new headset. I'm currently "rocking" this headset, which I've had for about a year. It has done what it's supposed to do, but it frankly sucks. My budget is $150, but I really don't want to spend that much.

With that being said, the only headset I'm really considering at $150 is the Sennheiser PC 350, but I would prefer to spend a bit less (and hopefully retain the same or near quality). Suggestions? Ideally my realistic budget is like $100 - $125, but if there is nothing in that range (in terms of comparable quality to the Sennheiser headset), I guess I'll have to take the plunge.

Does not have to be wireless, although that'd be nice.

Edit - I think I may just go with a good pair of headphones and get a clip-on microphone. That way I can actually use the headphones for my MP3 player if I wanted, too.

#102 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -

Hey guys, I really need a new headset. I'm currently "rocking" this headset, which I've had for about a year. It has done what it's supposed to do, but it frankly sucks. My budget is $150, but I really don't want to spend that much.

With that being said, the only headset I'm really considering at $150 is the Sennheiser PC 350, but I would prefer to spend a bit less (and hopefully retain the same or near quality). Suggestions? Ideally my realistic budget is like $100 - $125, but if there is nothing in that range (in terms of comparable quality to the Sennheiser headset), I guess I'll have to take the plunge.

Does not have to be wireless, although that'd be nice.

Edit - I think I may just go with a good pair of headphones and get a clip-on microphone. That way I can actually use the headphones for my MP3 player if I wanted, too.

-Karmum-
There are recommendations for each of the items you've detailed in the first post of this sticky. Take a look, and if nothing there suits your needs, come on back and ask some follow-up questions. Good luck, Boz
#103 Posted by DivergeUnify (15150 posts) -
So guys I've decided I'm going to get the Matrix M-stage amp with the amp upgrade option. Its about $300. Everyone said it sounded very neutral, low distortion, and would work well with the Senns and Grados. I will have impressions in a few weeks. This post serves as an official stop being broke, and start saving message
#104 Posted by NVIDIATI (7575 posts) -

So no DAC upgrade?

#105 Posted by DivergeUnify (15150 posts) -

So no DAC upgrade?

NVIDIATI
USB version includes a DAC
#106 Posted by NVIDIATI (7575 posts) -

[QUOTE="NVIDIATI"]

So no DAC upgrade?

DivergeUnify

USB version includes a DAC

There's a USB version of the M-Stage? Or are you talking about another Matrix AMP/DAC?

#107 Posted by DivergeUnify (15150 posts) -

[QUOTE="DivergeUnify"][QUOTE="NVIDIATI"]

So no DAC upgrade?

NVIDIATI

USB version includes a DAC

There's a USB version of the M-Stage? Or are you talking about another Matrix AMP/DAC?

Nah, there's a usb version of the Matrix M-Stage :D
#108 Posted by NVIDIATI (7575 posts) -

[QUOTE="NVIDIATI"]

[QUOTE="DivergeUnify"] USB version includes a DACDivergeUnify

There's a USB version of the M-Stage? Or are you talking about another Matrix AMP/DAC?

Nah, there's a usb version of the Matrix M-Stage :D

What chips does it use for DAC and jitter? Also do you have a link?

#109 Posted by DivergeUnify (15150 posts) -

[QUOTE="DivergeUnify"][QUOTE="NVIDIATI"] There's a USB version of the M-Stage? Or are you talking about another Matrix AMP/DAC?

NVIDIATI

Nah, there's a usb version of the Matrix M-Stage :D

What chips does it use for DAC and jitter? Also do you have a link?

http://tamaudio.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=108 It came out in 2011 DAC is under features( not sure what a jitter is, but there are 2 pieces listed) " USB input module is based on TAS1020B and PCM1793 which provides 24 bit / 96 KHz high quality DA conversion"

In the M-stage thread, you start seeing posts going back a few pages

* on head-fi

#110 Posted by DivergeUnify (15150 posts) -
Still might get a different combo. Goddamnit it why am I so indecisive
#111 Posted by NamelessPlayer (7729 posts) -
Jitter has to do with the timing of those ones and zeroes that make up digital audio signals. Ideally, the timing should be perfect, but jitter will throw it off somewhat. More jitter is a bad thing. That said, I get the feeling that maybe the audiophiles are blowing the jitter thing way out of proportion, and that audible amounts of jitter would mean a seriously defective S/PDIF output.
#112 Posted by RAGEofSTUNTS (731 posts) -
Looking for some durable headphones that can be tossed a bit and still work fine with average sound quality. My optimal price is $70-$80, but if I have to spend $100 that is fine. Also, no Turtlebeaches. I'm on my second pair of the Earforce X11's and everyday they get worse, only one headphone works now and that one is hanging by threads.
#113 Posted by ChubbyGuy40 (26100 posts) -

Looking for some durable headphones that can be tossed a bit and still work fine with average sound quality. My optimal price is $70-$80, but if I have to spend $100 that is fine. Also, no Turtlebeaches. I'm on my second pair of the Earforce X11's and everyday they get worse, only one headphone works now and that one is hanging by threads.RAGEofSTUNTS

Headphones or headset? I recommend headphone + external mic. My HD555s sound great if you have a stereo or a decent soundcard powering them. They don't have much bass though, so you'd have to adjust your EQ a bit. I believe they're discontinued in favor of 558s, so you might be able to find some cheap. Refurbs are great as well. They're also open-back so they leak sound.

Could take a look at Audio-Technica's offerings for the same price range. Can't go wrong with any of them.

#114 Posted by kraken2109 (12968 posts) -

As said above, HD 555 are discontinued so should probably be removed from the thread. I can't get any in the UK, maybe it's different in USA but i think they should be replaced in this sticky. HD 558 that replaced them are more expensive though.

#115 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -

As said above, HD 555 are discontinued so should probably be removed from the thread. I can't get any in the UK, maybe it's different in USA but i think they should be replaced in this sticky. HD 558 that replaced them are more expensive though.

kraken2109
I've wanted to update the sticky for some time, but due to a bug with Gamespot and HTML code, it is prohibitively difficult to rewrite the code to BBCode to make the changes. Once the fix comes through I will be making an update, but at this point folks will just have to figure out its protege is the HD 558 on their own. :( I'd really like to reorganize the whole thing to make it a bit more intuitive. Boz
#116 Posted by ultrapc (808 posts) -

Hello guys , will i notice a big difference upgrading from a G35 to a sennheiser HD 555 ? is the HD555 a good investment now ? btw that's the only sennheiser i could find where i live .

#117 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -

Hello guys , will i notice a big difference upgrading from a G35 to a sennheiser HD 555 ? is the HD555 a good investment now ? btw that's the only sennheiser i could find where i live .

ultrapc
The HD555 has been replaced by the HD 558s, which are significantly more expensive. The HD 518 is an alternative, though not nearly the value king that the HD 555's were. If you can find an HD 555 in your area, it's a very, very good buy. That said, I personally found them uncomfortable (I have a giant head), and prefer a closed-back headphone. Your mileage will vary. Good luck, Boz
#118 Posted by ultrapc (808 posts) -
[QUOTE="ultrapc"]

Hello guys , will i notice a big difference upgrading from a G35 to a sennheiser HD 555 ? is the HD555 a good investment now ? btw that's the only sennheiser i could find where i live .

Bozanimal
The HD555 has been replaced by the HD 558s, which are significantly more expensive. The HD 518 is an alternative, though not nearly the value king that the HD 555's were. If you can find an HD 555 in your area, it's a very, very good buy. That said, I personally found them uncomfortable (I have a giant head), and prefer a closed-back headphone. Your mileage will vary. Good luck, Boz

Thanks for the advice . I guess i'll be buying The HD 555 now as they're the only sennheisers I found , i also found the HD598 but they're way over my budget . do i need an amp for the HD555 ? Thanks .
#119 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -
do i need an amp for the HD555 ? Thanks .ultrapc
You do not need an amp, though it will improve the sound should you ever decide to go down that road. Good luck! Boz
#120 Posted by The_Bones (861 posts) -

I've been looking for some good headphones that don't cost a ton since the right speaker on my old sony mdr-cd180s went out need a bit more in depth recommendations. I got the Koss UR-20s that were recommended on here but don't like the audio quality on them so I'm returning them. I really wish I could just get another pair of my old headphones but they are no longer being made and aren't stocked by anybody so I'd like to try and find something that has a similar or better sound and comfortability for a low price.

#121 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -

I've been looking for some good headphones that don't cost a ton since the right speaker on my old sony mdr-cd180s went out need a bit more in depth recommendations. I got the Koss UR-20s that were recommended on here but don't like the audio quality on them so I'm returning them. I really wish I could just get another pair of my old headphones but they are no longer being made and aren't stocked by anybody so I'd like to try and find something that has a similar or better sound and comfortability for a low price.

The_Bones
Try the JVC HARX700. I recently bought a pair, and they are extremely comfortable, sound great, and offer similar qualities to the Sony's you referenced. They're inexpensive, widely available, and particularly great for gaming. There are only two drawbacks: they are gigantic, and the midrange can be a bit muddy with certain vocals. But hey, it's a sub-$40 headphone. You won't do much better until you hit the $80 to $100 mark, in my opinion. Boz
#122 Posted by tohapply (67 posts) -

nice post ! It is much helpful to me !

#123 Posted by jesuschristmonk (3302 posts) -

After asking around about the Sennheiser HD 202's and 203's, I found the Superlux HD668B's on Headphone, and they seem to be very good (looking at the reviews). Anyone have any feedback on them since they're $50 and I'd be waiting 2-4 weeks for them, or anything similar?

#124 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -

After asking around about the Sennheiser HD 202's and 203's, I found the Superlux HD668B's on Headphone, and they seem to be very good (looking at the reviews). Anyone have any feedback on them since they're $50 and I'd be waiting 2-4 weeks for them, or anything similar?

jesuschristmonk
In the first post I state that the list is meant to show only headphones which notably improve upon preceding price ranges, meaning anything listed in the $30 - $40 would be - theoretically - better than those in the $20 - $30 range; YMMV. I have never used the Superlux phones, personally, but have heard good things. I do own a pair of HD202s, and they are excellent for the price, and not too bass-heavy. In its price category, I have not problems recommending the HD202's to anyone interested in an inexpensive, closed-back headphone. Personally I'd go ahead and pull the trigger on the HD202's; they're great headphones, and a particularly good point at which to dip your toes into the discerning headphone marketplace. I hope this is helpful. Boz
#125 Posted by jesuschristmonk (3302 posts) -
[QUOTE="jesuschristmonk"]

After asking around about the Sennheiser HD 202's and 203's, I found the Superlux HD668B's on Headphone, and they seem to be very good (looking at the reviews). Anyone have any feedback on them since they're $50 and I'd be waiting 2-4 weeks for them, or anything similar?

Bozanimal
In the first post I state that the list is meant to show only headphones which notably improve upon preceding price ranges, meaning anything listed in the $30 - $40 would be - theoretically - better than those in the $20 - $30 range; YMMV. I have never used the Superlux phones, personally, but have heard good things. I do own a pair of HD202s, and they are excellent for the price, and not too bass-heavy. In its price category, I have not problems recommending the HD202's to anyone interested in an inexpensive, closed-back headphone. Personally I'd go ahead and pull the trigger on the HD202's; they're great headphones, and a particularly good point at which to dip your toes into the discerning headphone marketplace. I hope this is helpful. Boz

Very. Thank you very much :)
#126 Posted by ModernWorldII (102 posts) -

Astro A40 vs Tritton AX720

So I want to buy a new headset for ps3 and pc gaming. And I have picked out these 2. I NEED/WANT a mic for ps3 chatting and commentating (I am a youtube commentator) So the question is, witch is more durable, sounds better, feels better, and has a better mic.

PS. I DONT want headphones only headsets!

#127 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -

Astro A40 vs Tritton AX720

So I want to buy a new headset for ps3 and pc gaming. And I have picked out these 2. I NEED/WANT a mic for ps3 chatting and commentating (I am a youtube commentator) So the question is, witch is more durable, sounds better, feels better, and has a better mic.

PS. I DONT want headphones only headsets!

ModernWorldII
If you can only choose between the two for whatever reason, the Astro A40 is generally regarded as the superior choice. Happy gaming, Boz
#128 Posted by NamelessPlayer (7729 posts) -

Astro A40 vs Tritton AX720

So I want to buy a new headset for ps3 and pc gaming. And I have picked out these 2. I NEED/WANT a mic for ps3 chatting and commentating (I am a youtube commentator) So the question is, witch is more durable, sounds better, feels better, and has a better mic.

PS. I DONT want headphones only headsets!

ModernWorldII
I don't see why you can't just get a headphone and a ModMic, plus an Astro Mixamp for the PS3... ...but if you insist on a headset, can you afford the Sennheiser PC360 and a Mixamp?
#129 Posted by msrania (50 posts) -
can anybody recommend me some good headphones that has a loud and clear bass sound?
#130 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7288 posts) -

can anybody recommend me some good headphones that has a loud and clear bass sound? msrania

Ultrasone dj1 or pro900.

#131 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -
can anybody recommend me some good headphones that has a loud and clear bass sound? msrania
Asking this is much like saying, "can anybody recommend me some good cars that has a fast engine and reliable performance? " Sure, but I might suggest anything from a Subaru to an Aston Martin. How are you using the headphones? PC or console? For travel or not? Exercising? What's your budget? Is appearance a factor? The more detail you provide the better the suggestions we can provide. Start with the recommendations in the OP, and go from there. Happy gaming, Boz
#132 Posted by Jynxzor (9293 posts) -

Hey I'm looking for a recomendation for a set of PC gaming headphones (Preferably over ear)

My budget sits around $100-150, I'm obviously willing to go higher if the price justifies the preformance. I don't need a mic just the headphones themselves.

#133 Posted by kraken2109 (12968 posts) -

Hey I'm looking for a recomendation for a set of PC gaming headphones (Preferably over ear)

My budget sits around $100-150, I'm obviously willing to go higher if the price justifies the preformance. I don't need a mic just the headphones themselves.

Jynxzor
Boz will say audio technica ATH-M50.
#134 Posted by Jynxzor (9293 posts) -
[QUOTE="kraken2109"] Boz will say audio technica ATH-M50.

Thanks for the tip, any other suggestions? I'm having a hard time finding these ones at a Canadian retailer (or even online retailer that doesn't charge out the behind to ship to Canada.)
#135 Posted by NVIDIATI (7575 posts) -
#136 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -
[QUOTE="Jynxzor"][QUOTE="kraken2109"] Boz will say audio technica ATH-M50.

Thanks for the tip, any other suggestions? I'm having a hard time finding these ones at a Canadian retailer (or even online retailer that doesn't charge out the behind to ship to Canada.)

kraken2109 is right. That said, the Headphone FAQ is limited in its recommendations for simplicity: Too many choices can paralyze shoppers. There are lots of great headphones out there in your range. NVIDIATI's DT880 recommendation is spot on, it's an excellent closed-back headphone, very comfortable, if a bit bass-heavy. I prefer a little extra bass for gaming, though, as it's more impactful. Where in Canada are you? Maybe someone here can recommend a local retailer, particularly if you're near a major city. Happy gaming, Boz
#137 Posted by NVIDIATI (7575 posts) -

NVIDIATI's DT880 recommendation is spot on, it's an excellent closed-back headphone, very comfortable, if a bit bass-heavy. Bozanimal
Actually the DT880s are open back, but the bass presence is a little higher than something like the AKG K701 or K702.

#138 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -

[QUOTE="Bozanimal"]NVIDIATI's DT880 recommendation is spot on, it's an excellent closed-back headphone, very comfortable, if a bit bass-heavy. NVIDIATI

Actually the DT880s are open back, but the bass presence is a little higher than something like the AKG K701 or K702.

You got me! I was thinking of the 770's, which are probably closest to my personal "ideal" headphone for gaming. I haven't auditioned the 880's, personally. Good catch, Boz
#139 Posted by Jynxzor (9293 posts) -
I'm located in Alberta, I recently checked out a Best Buy but kind of got cut short looking at headphones due to sales-people swarming me (and odly enough telling me to look online and elsewhere for headphones) Red Deer to be more precise. I'm thinking of going to a music store to see if they have any decent headphones.
#140 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -

I'm located in Alberta, I recently checked out a Best Buy but kind of got cut short looking at headphones due to sales-people swarming me (and odly enough telling me to look online and elsewhere for headphones) Red Deer to be more precise. I'm thinking of going to a music store to see if they have any decent headphones.Jynxzor
You can try Parkland Audio & Music:

G8 5550-45th St
Red Deer, Alberta
T4N ILI Canada

p. 403.309.9499

Says they carry Stanton, Behringer, AKG, Sennheiser, and Pioneer headphones. They might have something. An AKG K240 is a gem around $100 USD.

Avoid HMV, they look overpriced. Visions Electronics looks like it might have a decent selection; I see Audio-Technica, Shure, Sennheiser in their lineup, and it looks like you have one locally:

2119 50 Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4R 1Z4, Canada

(403) 340-1750

But that's all I'm Googling for you: The rest is up to you! :P

Good luck,

Boz

#141 Posted by TheShadowLord07 (22110 posts) -

would the sennheiser hd 438 be good headphone if its my first high end headphone? its pretty cheap, had a 1.4m cable, and the site as free internal shipping(yesasia if you heard of it). should i get it? oh and to Boz,can I use a 1.2m cable with the 438?

#142 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -

would the sennheiser hd 438 be good headphone if its my first high end headphone? its pretty cheap, had a 1.4m cable, and the site as free internal shipping(yesasia if you heard of it). should i get it? oh and to Boz,can I use a 1.2m cable with the 438?

TheShadowLord07
If I might ask, why did you pick the HD 438? They're supposedly good headphones, but at about $180 retail, there are better options available for the money, in my opinion. The cable is detachable from the headphone, and retail includes two different lengths from what I can see, but I'd check with Sennheiser to make sure it will accommodate whatever male-to-male you want to use; it may not be a 3.5mm jack on the headphone itself. Happy gaming, Boz
#143 Posted by TheShadowLord07 (22110 posts) -

[QUOTE="TheShadowLord07"]

would the sennheiser hd 438 be good headphone if its my first high end headphone? its pretty cheap, had a 1.4m cable, and the site as free internal shipping(yesasia if you heard of it). should i get it? oh and to Boz,can I use a 1.2m cable with the 438?

Bozanimal

If I might ask, why did you pick the HD 438? They're supposedly good headphones, but at about $180 retail, there are better options available for the money, in my opinion. The cable is detachable from the headphone, and retail includes two different lengths from what I can see, but I'd check with Sennheiser to make sure it will accommodate whatever male-to-male you want to use; it may not be a 3.5mm jack on the headphone itself. Happy gaming, Boz

well its not really $180 more like $100 with free shipping. and i havent pick it up yet(still looking around). I know headphones.com will ship hear but thats another $40 and thats without the VAT. I could always pick up the hd 448 but the cable is alittle long to me I think, and their is probably no easy to make it smaller or replace it with another cable. well tbh, i am interested in the hd 439 and that is similar to the 438,but like i said the problem is the shipping and vat.

#144 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -

Well let's talk for a minute, then. What are you using these headphones for, exactly? Gaming, movies, music, traveling, exercise (I'm guessing no to the latter)? For example, I have two pair of headphones, one for gaming, and one for music on-the-go. I rarely listen to music unless I'm doing something else, so I almost always listen on home speakers rather than headphones. So I bought a gaming headphone rather than a high-end headphone.

I just want to make sure you're getting the best headphones for your dollar and for whatever purpose for which you intend to use them.

I see from your profile it looks like you're in Sri Lanka, so I understand availability may be constrained. Are you limited to Sennheiser? Do you have any retailers where you might try a few different headphones before you buy?

Happy gaming,

Boz

#145 Posted by TheShadowLord07 (22110 posts) -

Well let's talk for a minute, then. What are you using these headphones for, exactly? Gaming, movies, music, traveling, exercise (I'm guessing no to the latter)? For example, I have two pair of headphones, one for gaming, and one for music on-the-go. I rarely listen to music unless I'm doing something else, so I almost always listen on home speakers rather than headphones. So I bought a gaming headphone rather than a high-end headphone.

I just want to make sure you're getting the best headphones for your dollar and for whatever purpose for which you intend to use them.

I see from your profile it looks like you're in Sri Lanka, so I understand availability may be constrained. Are you limited to Sennheiser? Do you have any retailers where you might try a few different headphones before you buy?

Happy gaming,

Boz

Bozanimal

just some cheap earbuds when I go to the gym or outside in general. at home I use the onboard speakers from my laptop but the sound quality isnt so good. i want to use this the headphones for music,gaming,and youtube

lol grade a fakes of dr dre beats but i dont want to buy them since the sound quality isnt so good.i have look but i couldnt find any the brands i heard of. well there is one place that carries sennheiser but the dont have them in stock atm and im not sure if they will carry them again) and i dont think im able to try them on since they are in the original package

#146 Posted by TheShadowLord07 (22110 posts) -

[QUOTE="Bozanimal"]

Well let's talk for a minute, then. What are you using these headphones for, exactly? Gaming, movies, music, traveling, exercise (I'm guessing no to the latter)? For example, I have two pair of headphones, one for gaming, and one for music on-the-go. I rarely listen to music unless I'm doing something else, so I almost always listen on home speakers rather than headphones. So I bought a gaming headphone rather than a high-end headphone.

I just want to make sure you're getting the best headphones for your dollar and for whatever purpose for which you intend to use them.

I see from your profile it looks like you're in Sri Lanka, so I understand availability may be constrained. Are you limited to Sennheiser? Do you have any retailers where you might try a few different headphones before you buy?

Happy gaming,

Boz

TheShadowLord07

just some cheap earbuds when I go to the gym or outside in general. at home I use the onboard speakers from my laptop but the sound quality isnt so good. i want to use this the headphones for music,gaming,and youtube

lol grade a fakes of dr dre beats but i dont want to buy them since the sound quality isnt so good.i have look but i couldnt find any the brands i heard of. well there is one place that carries sennheiser but the dont have them in stock atm and im not sure if they will carry them again) and i dont think im able to try them on since they are in the original package

hows this: ebay only $100, has free shipping, and i can add a 3 year warranty as well. can i put this over my head as well

#147 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -

hows this: ebay only $100, has free shipping, and i can add a 3 year warranty as well. can i put this over my head as wellTheShadowLord07
They look pretty good, actually. They're not well-known state-side since they're not available here, but you can read the Head-Fi reviews here. I have a giant head and wear glasses, so one of the reviews threw me off personally, but it looks like they sound great at the right price, which is about $100. It's your call.

Boz

#149 Posted by Jynxzor (9293 posts) -
But that's all I'm Googling for youBozanimal
hah thanks, yeah I am going to go check parkland Audio out on monday good guess. I'll let you know what I pick up.
#150 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -
[QUOTE="Bozanimal"]But that's all I'm Googling for youJynxzor
hah thanks, yeah I am going to go check parkland Audio out on monday good guess. I'll let you know what I pick up.

Good luck! I hope you find something you love. :) Boz