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#1 Mar 20 2013 at 8:12 PM Rating: Good
So my birthday is tomorrow and I'm trying to figure out which headphones I should get. I have a pair that works ok, but they're heavy and hurt the crown of my head when I wear them. My wife sent me a message today saying she was thinking about these.

Wife's suggestion

I'm wondering what you guys think and what sets you guys are using that you really love.
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#2 Mar 20 2013 at 8:14 PM Rating: Excellent
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IKickYoDog wrote:
I need pro tips for headphones
They go on or in your ears depending on the model.

I use a cheap pair of SkullCandy earbuds.
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I've always heard great things about Sennheiser, I owned a pair of their earbuds that were out of this world.

For the PC, I use my PS3 headset. It sounds fantastic, it emulates 7.1 surround sound and it's pretty crazy when you play a game or watch a movie that takes advantage of that.

The downside is they're kind of large, I wouldn't wear them outside of my home office Smiley: smile
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#4 Mar 20 2013 at 8:18 PM Rating: Excellent
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Wish my wife would suggest I get $200 headphones. 4 1/2 star rating on 156 reviews seems good. I'd read through them to see if there is a common complaint. I have never owned a pair but have also heard good things about Sennheiser.
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I use the Logitech G35 and they've lasted 2 years for me. I use the wired version and my roommate uses the wireless one. They also have 7.1 emulation and I'm not too fond of it (not fond of any emulation because of the audio artifacts it introduces actually), but other than that they're pretty impressive.

I also wear glasses, if that helps, and they don't bother me with the headset on (I know some press in too tightly).

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Brutal Truth: If all you need the headphones for is for gaming, just get something cheap. The high end stuff is a scam. You don't need crystal clear FLAC level output to hear "GET OUT OF THE FIRE *******!" and "HEADSHOT ************!" It's like giving a Ferrari to a quadriplegic. Kind of funny if you think about it, but then you feel really bad about the situation. This is doubly so if your idea of listening to music is CDs, MP3s, or Youtube.

If what I wrote sounds even remotely familiar, just do yourself a favor and just ask for a $30 pair from Walmart and a *******.
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#7 Mar 20 2013 at 8:29 PM Rating: Good
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Wish my wife would suggest I get $200 headphones. 4 1/2 star rating on 156 reviews seems good. I'd read through them to see if there is a common complaint. I have never owned a pair but have also heard good things about Sennheiser.


Apparently $200 is what her comfort is worth. She doesn't want to listen to me play some game!
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Brutal Truth: If all you need the headphones for is for gaming, just get something cheap. The high end stuff is a scam. You don't need crystal clear FLAC level output to hear "GET OUT OF THE FIRE @#%^!" and "HEADSHOT MOTHER@#%^ER!" It's like giving a Ferrari to a quadriplegic. Kind of funny if you think about it, but then you feel really bad about the situation. This is doubly so if your idea of listening to music is CDs, MP3s, or Youtube.

If what I wrote sounds even remotely familiar, just do yourself a favor and just ask for a $30 pair from Walmart and a *******.


Lol. Right now, I just wear ear buds. It's usually pretty quiet when I play games so I don't need noise cancellation or anything special. Although, it would be nice to have a built in mic instead of this cheap one I have sitting on my desk.
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IKickYoDog wrote:
Geffe wrote:
Wish my wife would suggest I get $200 headphones. 4 1/2 star rating on 156 reviews seems good. I'd read through them to see if there is a common complaint. I have never owned a pair but have also heard good things about Sennheiser.


Apparently $200 is what her comfort is worth. She doesn't want to listen to me play some game!


I have surround sound speakers so it kind of pains me when I have to use headphones.
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lolgaxe wrote:
Brutal Truth: If all you need the headphones for is for gaming, just get something cheap. The high end stuff is a scam. You don't need crystal clear FLAC level output to hear "GET OUT OF THE FIRE @#%^!" and "HEADSHOT MOTHER@#%^ER!" It's like giving a Ferrari to a quadriplegic. Kind of funny if you think about it, but then you feel really bad about the situation. This is doubly so if your idea of listening to music is CDs, MP3s, or Youtube.

If what I wrote sounds even remotely familiar, just do yourself a favor and just ask for a $30 pair from Walmart and a *******.


If you think Skullcandy sounds good then ignore anything lolgaxe says on this subject.
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#11 Mar 20 2013 at 9:08 PM Rating: Good
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What I believe Wint meant was that if you can blindly tell the difference between a FLAC and an MP3, then ignore what lolgaxe says on the subject as those more expensive options are more suited for you.
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What I believe Wint meant was that if you can blindly tell the difference between a FLAC and an MP3, then ignore what lolgaxe says on the subject as those more expensive options are more suited for you.


I can certainly tell the difference in bitrate, and the range of sound between a pair of skullcandy buds my wife has and my beats earbuds are like night and day. You seriously can't tell the difference?
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#14 Mar 20 2013 at 9:36 PM Rating: Excellent
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You seriously can't tell the difference?
I can't. Not everyone can. Age, damage from constant loud noises from careers or otherwise, or simply being tone deaf. All should be factored. $200 are a waste of money for people like me, and that information should be available so people can make informed decisions.
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I don't use headphones for gaming. I play on mute most of the time.

I use these to listen to podcasts and you will never get a better pair of headphones for that purpose.

Edited, Mar 20th 2013 11:38pm by catwho
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You seriously can't tell the difference?
I can't. Not everyone can. Age, damage from constant loud noises from careers or otherwise, or simply being tone deaf. All should be factored. $200 are a waste of money for people like me, and that information should be available so people can make informed decisions.


No, I agree with you there. I figured if he was looking at $200 headphones he was an audiophile already. My wife is the same way as you, she can't tell the difference which is fine, except when I'm trying to explain to her why I want to spend $150 on earbuds Smiley: bah
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I can't tell the difference between $50 speakers and $100 speakers, but I can tell the difference between $10 ones and $50 ones, it seems.

I got rid of my 1990s era white box PC speakers and replaced them with svelte little Logitechs that I snagged on sale for $11. Regrets, I have them.
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catwho wrote:
I can't tell the difference between $50 speakers and $100 speakers, but I can tell the difference between $10 ones and $50 ones, it seems.

I got rid of my 1990s era white box PC speakers and replaced them with svelte little Logitechs that I snagged on sale for $11. Regrets, I have them.


Yeah for my surround sound at my desk I have a RCA receiver with a AudioSource Equalizer\Spectrum Analyzer, 5 satellite speakers, a Sony center channel, and a 12" amplified subwoofer under my desk. When I'm working from home alone on Monday and Friday afternoons, the music it does get blasted Smiley: nod
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#19 Mar 20 2013 at 9:52 PM Rating: Good
catwho wrote:
I can't tell the difference between $50 speakers and $100 speakers, but I can tell the difference between $10 ones and $50 ones, it seems.

I got rid of my 1990s era white box PC speakers and replaced them with svelte little Logitechs that I snagged on sale for $11. Regrets, I have them.


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Wint wrote:
I figured if he was looking at $200 headphones he was an audiophile already.
Err on the side of caution, and there's always other people who aren't asking but thinking about it. I might be an unrepentant *******, but rarely without some kind of method behind the madness. Smiley: schooled
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except when I'm trying to explain to her why I want to spend $150 on earbuds Smiley: bah
Smiley: laugh If it makes you feel any better, tactical eyewear isn't cheap either, and the wife is never happy about it.
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if this isn't obvious, stay away from Bose on that budget. I've listened to their high end and not so high end headphones, and... the below $200 ones just sound horrible.

of course, I don't think their expensive models are worth it either
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if this isn't obvious, stay away from Bose on that budget. I've listened to their high end and not so high end headphones, and... the below $200 ones just sound horrible.

of course, I don't think their expensive models are worth it either


I agree actually, my brother had a pair and they were garbage.
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I have this one, it's awsome. http://www.corsair.com/en/pc-computer-audio/gaming-headsets/vengeance-2000-wireless-7-1-gaming-headset.html
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#24 Mar 20 2013 at 11:04 PM Rating: Good


How is it comfort-wise? There's nothing I hate more than when the top of my head starts to hurt, or when my ears get so hot that it feels like the wax in my ears is melting.
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I bought a pair of Ear buds at Radio Shack for $8 and I love them Smiley: grin

I had a more expensive pair of Skull Candy (~$50) earbuds, and I think the sound in these $8 cheapos is much better. Especially the "thump" on hard rock songs and such. Not muddy but punchy. Vocals ring through just fine and the mids for fuzzy guitar sounds are lovely. Even my live CSNY tracks are pretty to listen too.

If you wanna be sneaky... Let her get you the $200 pair, return them for $$$, buy a cheap pair of earbuds for music, the PS3 headphones for gaming, and drop the rest on strippers and beer, and that's what I call a happy birthday w00t!

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Edited, Mar 20th 2013 10:24pm by LebargeX
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How is it comfort-wise? There's nothing I hate more than when the top of my head starts to hurt, or when my ears get so hot that it feels like the wax in my ears is melting.


Very nice in my oppinion. It's not heavy, the spring isn't too "clampy" and there is plenty of adjustment room. The venting on the ears could be a bit better, My old wired plantronics was a bit better for that, but these haven't been a problem for me at any rate, though I could see how some people might be bothered by the level of venting available.
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Generally Sennheiser is the best if you are looking for a headphones + mic, but from what I've heard they fall short when looking at headsets. If your problem is your current ones hurt your head I would not choose the Sennheiser 360 as I've seen several reviews mentioning the earcaps are just too small and makes your head hurt.

Personally I went for Astro a40 and I am super happy, but it all depends on what you are looking for tbh. A pair that really gives good value for your money I think is SteelSeries Siberia v2.

Edited, Mar 21st 2013 4:33am by Belcrono
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lolgaxe wrote:
Brutal Truth: If all you need the headphones for is for gaming, just get something cheap. The high end stuff is a scam. You don't need crystal clear FLAC level output to hear "GET OUT OF THE FIRE @#%^!" and "HEADSHOT MOTHER@#%^ER!" It's like giving a Ferrari to a quadriplegic. Kind of funny if you think about it, but then you feel really bad about the situation. This is doubly so if your idea of listening to music is CDs, MP3s, or Youtube.

If what I wrote sounds even remotely familiar, just do yourself a favor and just ask for a $30 pair from Walmart and a *******.


don't label something as truth/fact then start spewing crap please.

anyway... I like my audio technica studio headphones.


I also have a pair of these

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363856999&sr=8-1&keywords=audio+technica

4.5 stars with 1000+ Reviews. It's been great so far. That's for my piano though. For gaming, like Wint, I use the ps3 7.1 headset.
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http://www.sennheiser.ca/live/senn/produit/en/643/13

Light. Extremely comfortable. Superior quality for all types of use. Unreal noise cancellation. 200 bucks approx.

Just my opinion.
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#30 Mar 21 2013 at 1:33 PM Rating: Good
I really appreciate the input guys. Like I said before, I've only ever owned 1 pair of gaming headphones, so all these suggestions have been / will be useful.
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Happy birthday by the way Smiley: cake
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#32 Mar 21 2013 at 1:47 PM Rating: Good
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Happy birthday by the way Smiley: cake


Thank you sir! Smiley: grin
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It may be too late, but I would really look into any expensive headset you buy. My friend got a $250 pair and they are amazing for him but ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE for anyone he is playing with. The microphone is so sensitive that you can hear everything coming out of the earphones along with what the neighbors down the street are watching on TV. Even with the microphone sensitivity turned to 0 and the headphone sound low it is still nearly unbearable. Just a PSA for the benefit of anyone you might use the headset to talk to. It's not going to be very fun when if you can't use the headset you dropped $200 on.

I use bottom of the line $15-$30 logitech headsets and they serve the purpose just as well. And I'm sure you can find a pair with surround sound for under a hundred bucks. Other than having that and ones that cup around your ears, there isn't going to be much of a difference in performance.

Edit: I think it was a Razor pair.. they had some huge box attached to the cord that controlled volume and surround sound.

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I have the Razer Carcharias set and they're pretty sensitive, but Mumble lets me dial it down so I'm not overpowering everyone.
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I just looked them up and I believe he has the Razer Megalodon pair, although I could have sworn he spent more than that on them.
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