Headphones with mic or headset highly recommended!

ZaggyZaggy NullPointerExceptionThe Netherlands Join Date: 2003-12-10 Member: 24214Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Onos, Subnautica Playtester Posts: 3,654 mod
edited January 2013 in New Player Forum
voice beats typing
Making this a sticky, because really, we need more people with headsets playing!

Some good reading material
General headphone/headset advice topic on overclock.net: http://www.overclock.net/t/368653/ocnhc-gu...phones-headsets

General headphone advice topic on head-fi: http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-e...ged-and-updated

Head-fi article, headphones for every budget: http://www.head-fi.org/a/buying-guide-head...-by-price-range

PC Gaming Audio guide on head-fi: http://www.head-fi.org/t/593050/the-namele...-surround-sound

50 euro headset/headphones/earphones topic on xda-developers: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1190205

Innerfidelity headphone reviews (this guy knows his stuff): http://www.innerfidelity.com/headphonereviews

Some headsets/headphones/microphones I've read about or have used myself:
Have myself and can recommend will be starred: *
Headsets (headphones with mics attached)
~less than 50 Euro
Plantronics 307 Gamecom
Plantronics 380 Gamecom
Plantronics .995 USB, Wireless, batteries

~50 Euro
Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset volume control, mic mute - have listened to it at a friend, decent sound, good mic, comfortable!
Sennheiser PC151 volume control, mic mute *
Arctic p531 note: USB connector, "5.1 sound", requires driver install, bad mic
Superlux HMD-660E note: 150 Ohms impedance, soundcard or amplifier required! Appear to be end of life.
Superlux HD 668B Good value for what you get, note: higher tones are very harsh, shrill, 56 ohms, requires amp.
Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1, USB

~100 Euro
Roccat Kave 5.1, equalizer, volume control, mic mute
SteelSeries Siberia V2 volume control, mic mute
SteelSeries Siberia V2 USB USB, volume control, mic mute
Corsair Vengeance 1500 USB, 7.1, volume control review volume control, mic mute
Razer Carcharias
Logitech G35 USB, 7.1, volume control, programmable buttons comments
Cyber Sniper Sonar Champion 5.1, USB

~200 euro
Sennheiser PC350 volume control, mic mute
Sennheiser PC360 volume control, mic mute

Headphones (no mic, generally better sound than headsets):

~50 euro
Beyerdynamic DT 231
Sony MDR-V6

~100 Euro
Grado Sr-60i
Sennheiser HD 239 *
Technica-ATH-AD700

~150 euro
Sennheiser HD558

Separate microphones
~10 euro
Zalman-ZM-Mic1 *

~20 euro
Logitech USB Desktop Microphone

~30 euro
Antlion Modmic *

~80 euro
Blue Snowball USB

Changelog:
27-12-2012 added Cyber Snipa headsets
17-12-2012 added comments by Flaterectomy
15-12-2012 added Blue Snowball microphone
14-12-2012 added less than 50 euro category, added plantronics headsets, added overclock.net headphone/headset topic link, small topic title/description edit
05-12-2012 added Logitech G35 and some minor notes
04-12-2012 - changed links to amazon.co.uk, changed Sennheiser 555 to 558 as 555 appears to be EOL, added Corsair Vengeance 1500 and Razer Carcharias
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  • ZaggyZaggy NullPointerException The Netherlands Join Date: 2003-12-10 Member: 24214Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Onos, Subnautica Playtester Posts: 3,654 mod
    Updated OP with some headset/headphone/microphone recommendations, please comment.
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  • MaxAmusMaxAmus UK Join Date: 2003-12-26 Member: 24779Members, Constellation, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Shadow Posts: 563 Advanced user
    Commanding NEED VOICE !! please and thanks :)

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  • rantologyrantology Join Date: 2012-02-05 Member: 143750Members, NS2 Developer, NS2 Playtester, Squad Five Gold, NS2 Map Tester, Reinforced - Shadow, WC 2013 - Gold Posts: 1,493 Advanced user
    edited November 2012
    This is a headset recommendation (the mic on them is terrible)-


    I would highly recommend Arctic P531's. They are true 5.1 surround sound and they are awesome for the price ( $48 ). The initial setup can be a little confusing (they need to have specific drivers and software settings setup correctly, they can also be a bit picky with which USB port they are plugged into), but once you get past that it took me about a week to get used to wearing them and now they are decently comfortable and the sound quality is pretty awesome (they work great for music too). The software can be configured in a lot of different ways with custom equalizer profiles too which is a plus.

    Only ###### thing as mentioned above is that the microphone on them really sucks, I still use my stand-alone logitech mic.
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  • GuspazGuspaz Join Date: 2002-11-01 Member: 2862Members, Constellation Posts: 913
    If you've already got a good set of headphones (I have a nice set of circumaural Sennheisers) and you play in a relatively quiet environment, a high-end desktop mic can work well too. I use this:

    http://www.logitech.com/en-ca/webcam-commu...ktop-microphone

    It's not cheap, but it's pretty darned high quality (reasonably directional with decent noise cancelling), nothing at all like the desktop boom mics from the NS1 era that everybody had :)

    I like the glowing mute button; if the button is lit up, you're "live", if the button is extinguished, you're muted. Might seem like a silly thing to like, but it's neat :)
  • ZaggyZaggy NullPointerException The Netherlands Join Date: 2003-12-10 Member: 24214Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Onos, Subnautica Playtester Posts: 3,654 mod
    QUOTE (rantology @ Nov 6 2012, 09:46 PM) »
    This is a headset recommendation (the mic on them is terrible)-


    I would highly recommend Arctic P531's. They are true 5.1 surround sound and they are awesome for the price ( $48 ). The initial setup can be a little confusing (they need to have specific drivers and software settings setup correctly, they can also be a bit picky with which USB port they are plugged into), but once you get past that it took me about a week to get used to wearing them and now they are decently comfortable and the sound quality is pretty awesome (they work great for music too). The software can be configured in a lot of different ways with custom equalizer profiles too which is a plus.

    Only ###### thing as mentioned above is that the microphone on them really sucks, I still use my stand-alone logitech mic.

    Personally I'd recommend against 5.1 headsets, it's a lot of features though for a headset, added.


    QUOTE (Guspaz @ Nov 6 2012, 10:19 PM) »
    If you've already got a good set of headphones (I have a nice set of circumaural Sennheisers) and you play in a relatively quiet environment, a high-end desktop mic can work well too. I use this:

    http://www.logitech.com/en-ca/webcam-commu...ktop-microphone

    It's not cheap, but it's pretty darned high quality (reasonably directional with decent noise cancelling), nothing at all like the desktop boom mics from the NS1 era that everybody had :)


    I like the glowing mute button; if the button is lit up, you're "live", if the button is extinguished, you're muted. Might seem like a silly thing to like, but it's neat :)

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  • ByorunByorun Join Date: 2003-04-19 Member: 15661Members, Constellation Posts: 104
    I am using somthing like image. It would be nice if I could select which communication device I want to use for send/receive ingame voice.
    Right now I can hardly understand other people via ingame voice through my speakers ( turning down the effects volume is one way to fix that but not the prefered one).
    I would like to use my headset for ingame communication only ( the way i do it with TS3)
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  • ZaggyZaggy NullPointerException The Netherlands Join Date: 2003-12-10 Member: 24214Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Onos, Subnautica Playtester Posts: 3,654 mod
    QUOTE (CyberTrunks @ Nov 15 2012, 02:03 PM) »
    I am using somthing like image. It would be nice if I could select which communication device I want to use for send/receive ingame voice.
    Right now I can hardly understand other people via ingame voice through my speakers ( turning down the effects volume is one way to fix that but not the prefered one).
    I would like to use my headset for ingame communication only ( the way i do it with TS3)


    Hi!
    Neat, I use something like that as a phone headset at work, if only wifi stereo phone headsets were affordable!
    Yeah the voice volume is a bit too low at the moment, it's being discussed here: http://www.unknownworlds.com/ns2/forums/in...howtopic=124036
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  • ByorunByorun Join Date: 2003-04-19 Member: 15661Members, Constellation Posts: 104
    thank you zaggy i will voice my opinion there :)
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  • Cee Colon SlashCee Colon Slash Join Date: 2012-05-25 Member: 152581Members Posts: 390
    My next headset is coming in from the high mountains of Nepal, apparently. Will document that experience once they arrive!
  • ZaggyZaggy NullPointerException The Netherlands Join Date: 2003-12-10 Member: 24214Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Onos, Subnautica Playtester Posts: 3,654 mod
    QUOTE (Cee Colon Slash @ Nov 15 2012, 03:37 PM) »
    My next headset is coming in from the high mountains of Nepal, apparently. Will document that experience once they arrive!


    Looking forward to it!
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  • KwisatzHaderachKwisatzHaderach Join Date: 2012-02-06 Member: 143872Members, Reinforced - Shadow, WC 2013 - Supporter Posts: 368 Fully active user
    edited November 2012
    I have a recommendation to make too! Seeing the Superlux HMD-660E in the OP's selection is a good start, yet I prefer headphones + mic. So my recommendation is the Superlux HD668B. It offers INCREDIBLE value!
    It's ridiculously cheap (~25€) and received praise all over the internet, from pros and users alike. The only modification that has to be made (sooner or later), is to exchange the default ear pads (plasticy fake leather) with velour pads (around another 15€)

    Review: http://www.headfonia.com/superlux-hd668b/
  • ZaggyZaggy NullPointerException The Netherlands Join Date: 2003-12-10 Member: 24214Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Onos, Subnautica Playtester Posts: 3,654 mod
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    QUOTE (KwisatzHaderach @ Nov 30 2012, 09:07 PM) »
    I have a recommendation to make too! Seeing the Superlux HMD-660E in the OP's selection is a good start, yet I prefer headphones + mic. So my recommendation is the Superlux HD668B. It offers INCREDIBLE value!
    It's ridiculously cheap (~25€) and received praise all over the internet, from pros and users alike. The only modification that has to be made (sooner or later), is to exchange the default ear pads (plasticy fake leather) with velour pads (around another 15€)

    Review: http://www.headfonia.com/superlux-hd668b/


    Thanks for the tip!
    From what I read they sound good but the higher sounds are harsh.
    Looks like good value for the price!
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    edit: I noticed they have a rated impedance of about 56 Ohms, so they would require an amp as the average soundcard/onboard sound can drive up to 32 Ohms I think?
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  • HyperformsHyperforms Join Date: 2012-11-04 Member: 166912Members Posts: 49
    I'm using the Corsair Vengeance 1500. They feel great, the mic sounds great, and the sound for the most part is great. My only beef with the sound is that it's either difficult or impossible to distinguish a sound coming from in front of you or coming from behind you. Granted common sense would say if you're hearing something in that situation and not seeing anything, chances are it's behind you.

    I hate to bash them because their products are real good(I use a Corsair K90 and an M60, RAM and PSU also but that's internal), but reliability has been absolutely awful in terms of brand performance for their external products... my RAM and PSU are still going almost 3 years strong with no issue. The only other brand I've had this many products from is Logitech and Logitech stuff for me has been reliable for the most part. I've had to send back my first Corsair K90 because it wasn't working correctly out of the box, and now after a year or so the headphone cord connection is weakening and I may have to attempt to open it up and fix it myself as apparently the only thing I would need to fix is the soldering of the wires. That's a reasonable repair job for someone inexperienced and I happen to have the tools in the apartment.
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    I think most Razer products are garbage, but I have the Razer Carcharias and it has held up well, feels comfortable, and has a great mic/sound.
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  • ZaggyZaggy NullPointerException The Netherlands Join Date: 2003-12-10 Member: 24214Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Onos, Subnautica Playtester Posts: 3,654 mod
    Added Corsair Vengeance 1500 and Razer Carcharias.
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    edited December 2012
    Toms Hardware Guide: Eight "5.1- And 7.1-Channel Gaming Headsets", Reviewed

    I bought the corsair vengeance 1500 headset some weeks ago (by reading the review above).
    Most people buy the logitech G35 Headset as i know.
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  • ZaggyZaggy NullPointerException The Netherlands Join Date: 2003-12-10 Member: 24214Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Onos, Subnautica Playtester Posts: 3,654 mod
    QUOTE (Joseppe @ Dec 4 2012, 08:51 PM) »
    Toms Hardware Guide: Eight "5.1- And 7.1-Channel Gaming Headsets", Reviewed

    I bought the corsair vengeance 1500 headset some weeks ago (by reading the review above).
    Most people buy the logitech G35 Headset as i know.


    Thanks, added review and added Logitech G35
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  • ZaggyZaggy NullPointerException The Netherlands Join Date: 2003-12-10 Member: 24214Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Onos, Subnautica Playtester Posts: 3,654 mod
    Added less than 50 euro category, added plantronics headsets, added overclock.net headphone/headset topic link, small topic title/description edit.

    If anyone has any recommendations or critique, please let me know!
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  • Champlo0Champlo0 Join Date: 2012-04-17 Member: 150617Members Posts: 465
    I just recommend getting an actual microphone (mine is a blue snowball) because eventually the microphone in headsets starts going bad (like mine did) but the sound will usually remain fine. I also prefer wireless because the wiring in the connection can't come loose, so I use a turtlebeach px3 for hearing (I use to use the mic on it but I stopped after it messed up a lot).
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  • ZaggyZaggy NullPointerException The Netherlands Join Date: 2003-12-10 Member: 24214Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Onos, Subnautica Playtester Posts: 3,654 mod
    QUOTE (Champlo0 @ Dec 14 2012, 07:45 PM) »
    I just recommend getting an actual microphone (mine is a blue snowball) because eventually the microphone in headsets starts going bad (like mine did) but the sound will usually remain fine. I also prefer wireless because the wiring in the connection can't come loose, so I use a turtlebeach px3 for hearing (I use to use the mic on it but I stopped after it messed up a lot).


    Thanks for the advice, added blue snowball.
    As for wireless, what about having to replace batteries and latency?
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  • FlaterectomyFlaterectomy Netherlandistan Join Date: 2005-02-03 Member: 39643Members, NS2 Playtester, Squad Five Blue, Squad Five Silver, NS2 Map Tester, Reinforced - Shadow, WC 2013 - Shadow, Subnautica Playtester, NS2 Community Developer, Pistachionauts Posts: 939 Advanced user
    I use a Logitech G35. I was initially a little hesitant to spend € 85 on a headset (though they seem to be more expensive now), but it has paid off. Good quality sound, comfortable to wear and pretty durable - I've had this pair for two years and it's still in great condition. The only thing is that the mic squeaks when you flip it aside in order to mute it, but I can live with that.
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    QUOTE (Zaggy @ Dec 15 2012, 03:39 PM) »
    Thanks for the advice, added blue snowball.
    As for wireless, what about having to replace batteries and latency?

    My headset uses a charging coord that connects to the transmitter. At most there might be 3-10 MS of delay, but I can never notice anything, even as I sometimes unplug it and walk around my house listening to music with it. Just try to elevate the transmitter for the headset, I suggest, but that's mainly for helping to be able to use it throughout the house. I can't speak for my knowledge of wireless headsets well, but I do suggest that you try to make sure you can just charge it, rather than use batteries (I don't think a headset would use batteries honestly, because that would shift weight onto the headset unnecessarily)
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  • SeeVeeSeeVee Join Date: 2012-10-31 Member: 165206Members Posts: 425 Advanced user
    edited December 2012
    I have this pair, 60 US and they vibrate on my head from the bass. Great sound: http://www.cybersnipa.com/us/gaming-audio/...5.1-headset.php

    My friend has the model up for 80 US: http://www.cybersnipa.com/us/gaming-audio/...hip-headset.php

    Both are really comfortable and sound great.

    I like their products, reasonably priced and great quality.
  • PoolitzerLPPoolitzerLP Join Date: 2013-02-09 Member: 182935Members Posts: 4
    im using Sennheiser PC 360. In my opinion the best headset you can buy with money;)
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    edited February 2013
    I 100% agree with OPs recommendation of the AKGs. I am a bit of an audiophile myself and have tried many different headsets. I currently use a pair of AKG Q701s with a fairly pricey amp and love it. I also use the Astros A40 for LANs. As far as gaming is concerned, the only pair of cans that beats these in positioning detail is the Senns HD800s (but those cost 7 times as much).

    Edit: and by OP I meant Head-Fis OP linked in the post. :P
  • dragonmithdragonmith Join Date: 2013-02-04 Member: 182817Members, Reinforced - Diamond Posts: 429 Fully active user
    I'm using the Surround Sound Headset - Logitech G35 7.1, which is not THAT expensive, and I really like it.

    Also because my ego is large and I want to set a trend...

    I can't post my voice online :(. Never mind.
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  • aaSpideraaSpider Join Date: 2010-07-27 Member: 73079Members, Reinforced - Shadow, WC 2013 - Shadow Posts: 35
    I would just like to mention the CM Storm Sirus headset. I have been using them for a little over a year now and they are great for directional audio.

    cmstorm.com/en/products/audio/sirus/
  • ZaggyZaggy NullPointerException The Netherlands Join Date: 2003-12-10 Member: 24214Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Onos, Subnautica Playtester Posts: 3,654 mod
    dragonmith wrote: »
    I'm using the Surround Sound Headset - Logitech G35 7.1, which is not THAT expensive, and I really like it.

    Also because my ego is large and I want to set a trend...

    I can't post my voice online :(. Never mind.


    Actually you can! http://vocaroo.com/

    As for the other posts, thanks for the comments guys, I will look into the CM Storm Sirus headset as well.
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