Headset or headphones.

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I've been having trouble choosing whether to buy a Headset(psyko, Tritton. ect) or over-ear headphones(Sony,Dr. Dre, ect) for gaming. Which one is better for gaming? And which is the best of its kind?

Joined: 05/20/2011
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If you have onboard audio then you can get a usb headset and not notice the difference in sound quality but if you have a dedicated sound card then definitely get a pair of headphones because headset's built in audio never come close to the quality of some solid headphones with a dedicated sound card.

Joined: 04/01/2010
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headsets for gaming, headphones for audio, but there are headsets out there that can produce good music but its gonna be expensive for ex. sennheiser pc350 and pc360, if you want something cheaper you can look at razer products and roccat.

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I have to say the even on-board audio still outclasses MOST USB headsets. And chrisrice93 is right in saying that a dedicated sound device will far outperform ANY USB headset in audio capability.

I have an Audigy 2, and use a pair of Sony noise-canceling headphones if I need to bring the audio closer (like, to BLOCK OUT MY CHILDREN!!!). This way I don't lose any of the advanced EAX effects, and the card creates a very realistic 5.1 set that plays through my stereo headphones but doesn't miss a bit of angling!

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The only good thing about a USB headset is for people without sound cards, But most motherboards have onboard sound.. Also USB headsets you can plug into the front, some cases don't have front audio plugs. I'm in need of a good headset these days. The Mic on the pair of headphones Rodney gave me has never worked. :/

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I second dedicated sound card and stereo monitor headphones. From an audiophile standpoint, that's the second best way to do it. The only thing that can beat it is running a line signal from the card into an external headphone amp.
If it were me, I would forget about the headset mic thing too. Keep the headphones, and if you must, use a boom mic of sorts.

I guarantee that no headset will beat the quality. Sometimes not even a gaming headset will beat it.
I run a line signal from my SB Audigy SE into a vintage Onkyo separate system, and I use that to power my headphones. You would be surprised at how well stereo headphones can reproduce a surround sound environment. Not just will you have a surround sound, but the quality of the setup will enable you to hear a pin drop, which is a huge advantage over the other players.
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Joined: 07/06/2009
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This is what I just bought:

Sennheiser HD595: http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD595-Performance-Premiere-Headphones/dp/B0001FTVE0
Sennheiser RS 180: http://www.sennheiserusa.com/wireless-headphone-best-noise-sound-systems-home_502875

Blue YetI: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-USB-Microphone/dp/B002VA464S/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1313281012&sr=1-1

Best decision I have made in 5 years audio wise. These products I will rebuy again. I have had so many headset, soundcards, and mics that I can't even count. I have been PC since I was 13(now 21) and I can honestly say, These 3 products are the best but. I recently just got the Blue Yeti and can't say ANYthing negative about it.

Before I had the Senn's I had a UK brand named Medusa (I live in US). The Medusa Headset lineup is amazing for anyone with a $100 and below budget for headsets. They are so comfy that you forget you have them on, but Since the release of the last 2 year versions the quality has diminished somewhat. I have gone through 3 Medusa headsets in 3 years...not bad tbh haha. I would recommend any gamer these headsets because they have the BEST sound quality for FPS games for $110 with taxes.

Medusa USA Site: http://www.medusa-usa.com/headphones-c-191.html

MY buddy just got the Wireless Sennheiser's and recommended them to me. I almost shit my pants seeing a $400 price on them on their website but found them on Newegg for $250 so I grabbed them right away. I can't tell you how amazed and pleased I am with this headset. #1) AMAZING sound quality, it defeats any phsyko audio, MLG, etc (wired and wireless) headset out there. #2) its wireless, so no more tripping over cords :D.

For the HD595 well thats a preferred pro gaming headset so I picked it up and is great for gaming but horrid for music and movies.

The microphone is awesome. For $100 you cant beat this microphone. I use this microphone for everything now. I am going to try it out on my podcast/Youtube show on next episode to see how it performs. here is review on that product:

Review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv3OpuBuCJs