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#1 k0r3aN_pR1d3
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I am a college student and live in a apartment. I am looking for a good sound system for my PS3 and maybe for PC as well. People recommended me the Astro A40. However, I am not sure about the sound quality of the system. I can go with either headphones or speakers. My budget is around $350
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Gaming headsets/headphones = big no-no. People who recommend Astros don't know good quality.

Headphones from a good brand such as Sennheiser, Audio Technica, AKG, Grado, ect = Goooood. Very good.

My personal recommendation is a pair of Sennheiser HD555s and a Rolls amp. Good headphones usually require a decent amount of amplification to get the best out of them. 85 bucks is an insane price for those headphones. Heck even the refurbished price of 51 bucks is down right mind-blowing considering how good they are. The only downside is that they are "open" backed headphones which means they leak quite a lot of sound. If you need closed back then you can try the HD280s or search for headphones from another brand listed.

Remember that headphones never need surround sound nor will they ever. Headphones can emulate or trick our brains into thinking this with regular stereo sources. There was never a need for it as it was always there.

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#3 k0r3aN_pR1d3
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Are the Sennheiser PC360's any good? It has a mic which would make things convenient for me.
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Good but cost too much. If you don't mind the additional wire you can get the Zalman clip-on mic from amazon. To use a mic with a 3.5mm plug on the PS3 you need this adapter. You don't plug the headphones into it. the headphones go to the amp.

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#5 TheFinalMaster
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thats easy step 1 destroy you ps3 step 2 buy an xbox step 3 buy a turtle beach head set

note the first 2 steps can be skipped.

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[QUOTE="TheFinalMaster"]

thats easy step 1 destroy you ps3 step 2 buy an xbox step 3 buy a turtle beach head set

note the first 2 steps can be skipped.

Really...? -_-'
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Gaming headsets/headphones = big no-no. People who recommend Astros don't know good quality.

Headphones from a good brand such as Sennheiser, Audio Technica, AKG, Grado, ect = Goooood. Very good.

My personal recommendation is a pair of Sennheiser HD555s and a Rolls amp. Good headphones usually require a decent amount of amplification to get the best out of them. 85 bucks is an insane price for those headphones. Heck even the refurbished price of 51 bucks is down right mind-blowing considering how good they are. The only downside is that they are "open" backed headphones which means they leak quite a lot of sound. If you need closed back then you can try the HD280s or search for headphones from another brand listed.

Remember that headphones never need surround sound nor will they ever. Headphones can emulate or trick our brains into thinking this with regular stereo sources. There was never a need for it as it was always there.

ChubbyGuy40
im a noob but can you tell me how does the amp really help besides the volume control ?
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I am a college student and live in a apartment. I am looking for a good sound system for my PS3 and maybe for PC as well. People recommended me the Astro A40. However, I am not sure about the sound quality of the system. I can go with either headphones or speakers. My budget is around $350k0r3aN_pR1d3
I have the Astros, and the sound quality is FANTASTIC. Read the IGN review... best headphones they've ever reviewed. I don't doubt it too. They're great. You can say I don't know sound quality, but at this budget and based on your needs, I can't say anything but positives about them.

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[QUOTE="k0r3aN_pR1d3"]I am a college student and live in a apartment. I am looking for a good sound system for my PS3 and maybe for PC as well. People recommended me the Astro A40. However, I am not sure about the sound quality of the system. I can go with either headphones or speakers. My budget is around $350donalbane
I have the Astros, and the sound quality is FANTASTIC. Read the IGN review... best headphones they've ever reviewed. I don't doubt it too. They're great.

But then...

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[QUOTE="ChubbyGuy40"]

Gaming headsets/headphones = big no-no. People who recommend Astros don't know good quality.

Headphones from a good brand such as Sennheiser, Audio Technica, AKG, Grado, ect = Goooood. Very good.

My personal recommendation is a pair of Sennheiser HD555s and a Rolls amp. Good headphones usually require a decent amount of amplification to get the best out of them. 85 bucks is an insane price for those headphones. Heck even the refurbished price of 51 bucks is down right mind-blowing considering how good they are. The only downside is that they are "open" backed headphones which means they leak quite a lot of sound. If you need closed back then you can try the HD280s or search for headphones from another brand listed.

Remember that headphones never need surround sound nor will they ever. Headphones can emulate or trick our brains into thinking this with regular stereo sources. There was never a need for it as it was always there.

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im a noob but can you tell me how does the amp really help besides the volume control ?

Things like onboard sound or TV outputs just add gain to the signal. That makes it loud, noisy, and you get dirty audio/distortion. Amperage is the actual power being sent to the headphones. Gain takes that very weak/small sound being sent and just increases the volume while sending little to no power at all. Good headphones have a higher impedience rating than lowly headphones or gaming headsets. Higher impedience = needs more power to drive them. You can use without an amp but it doesn't sound nearly as good.

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#11 k0r3aN_pR1d3
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I was looking at the USB adapter to use a mic and the reviews seem pretty sketchy. Is there an official Sony adapter? As for the PC360, I fortunately have a friend who is able to give me a good discount (Only $100 for the cans). I also have the Sonly bluetooth headset but I think the cups are too big for me to efficiently talk into the headset.
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[QUOTE="forzafootball77"][QUOTE="ChubbyGuy40"]

Gaming headsets/headphones = big no-no. People who recommend Astros don't know good quality.

Headphones from a good brand such as Sennheiser, Audio Technica, AKG, Grado, ect = Goooood. Very good.

My personal recommendation is a pair of Sennheiser HD555s and a Rolls amp. Good headphones usually require a decent amount of amplification to get the best out of them. 85 bucks is an insane price for those headphones. Heck even the refurbished price of 51 bucks is down right mind-blowing considering how good they are. The only downside is that they are "open" backed headphones which means they leak quite a lot of sound. If you need closed back then you can try the HD280s or search for headphones from another brand listed.

Remember that headphones never need surround sound nor will they ever. Headphones can emulate or trick our brains into thinking this with regular stereo sources. There was never a need for it as it was always there.

ChubbyGuy40

im a noob but can you tell me how does the amp really help besides the volume control ?

Things like onboard sound or TV outputs just add gain to the signal. That makes it loud, noisy, and you get dirty audio/distortion. Amperage is the actual power being sent to the headphones. Gain takes that very weak/small sound being sent and just increases the volume while sending little to no power at all. Good headphones have a higher impedience rating than lowly headphones or gaming headsets. Higher impedience = needs more power to drive them. You can use without an amp but it doesn't sound nearly as good.

Thanks a lot for the response :D
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[QUOTE="ChubbyGuy40"]

Gaming headsets/headphones = big no-no. People who recommend Astros don't know good quality.

Headphones from a good brand such as Sennheiser, Audio Technica, AKG, Grado, ect = Goooood. Very good.

My personal recommendation is a pair of Sennheiser HD555s and a Rolls amp. Good headphones usually require a decent amount of amplification to get the best out of them. 85 bucks is an insane price for those headphones. Heck even the refurbished price of 51 bucks is down right mind-blowing considering how good they are. The only downside is that they are "open" backed headphones which means they leak quite a lot of sound. If you need closed back then you can try the HD280s or search for headphones from another brand listed.

Remember that headphones never need surround sound nor will they ever. Headphones can emulate or trick our brains into thinking this with regular stereo sources. There was never a need for it as it was always there.

forzafootball77
im a noob but can you tell me how does the amp really help besides the volume control ?

You really don't need an amp for entry level headphones( such as HD555)
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[QUOTE="forzafootball77"][QUOTE="ChubbyGuy40"]

Gaming headsets/headphones = big no-no. People who recommend Astros don't know good quality.

Headphones from a good brand such as Sennheiser, Audio Technica, AKG, Grado, ect = Goooood. Very good.

My personal recommendation is a pair of Sennheiser HD555s and a Rolls amp. Good headphones usually require a decent amount of amplification to get the best out of them. 85 bucks is an insane price for those headphones. Heck even the refurbished price of 51 bucks is down right mind-blowing considering how good they are. The only downside is that they are "open" backed headphones which means they leak quite a lot of sound. If you need closed back then you can try the HD280s or search for headphones from another brand listed.

Remember that headphones never need surround sound nor will they ever. Headphones can emulate or trick our brains into thinking this with regular stereo sources. There was never a need for it as it was always there.

DivergeUnify

im a noob but can you tell me how does the amp really help besides the volume control ?

You really don't need an amp for entry level headphones( such as HD555)

I've used them with a TV, iPod, Captivate, iPhone, integrated sound, and a X-Fi Titanium. These things sound way better with an opamp.

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[QUOTE="DivergeUnify"][QUOTE="forzafootball77"] im a noob but can you tell me how does the amp really help besides the volume control ?ChubbyGuy40

You really don't need an amp for entry level headphones( such as HD555)

I've used them with a TV, iPod, Captivate, iPhone, integrated sound, and a X-Fi Titanium. These things sound way better with an opamp.

I'm not doubting they have an effect... but its heavily debatable, especially a cheap amp with a mid level pair of headphones. I doubt it's by any means neccessary- especially given the jump in quality from built in speakers to a 100 dollar pair of headphones. Saying an amp is neccessary is just being a nitpick( up until say hard-to-drive headphones like 650s or K701s)

Of course I can't truly say this 100 percent as I don't own specifically the 555s, but this is based off of what I've owned

and the fact that Head-fi( which I know you go to :P ) uses very grandiose words to describe very subtle differences