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Madcap
Baby's on Fire
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join:2004-06-26
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New Gaming Headset, but $100 or less?

I've for years, had a tradition of buying cheap Logitech USB headsets and using them for listening as well as talking. Well. I will suffer their quick deaths no more! I'm hunting, and asking those wiser than I, to help me find a Quality Gaming Headset (Earphones and Mic) that doesn't bust my $100 price range. You can leave replies here which I will check at least 2-3 times a day, you can email me a link to a pair at madcapz @ Gmail.com

I'm not just slugging this off on you guys, I've been looking at hundreds upon hundreds of headsets trying to figure out which is the best. I now want to leave this in more capable hands. Remember, please don't bust my $100 budget. MY only rule is they must connect to the computer via USB.

Thank you!



I AM
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»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···00%20usb

After doing a good amount of research I settled on the ones above. I love them.



Dissembled

join:2008-01-23
Indianapolis, IN
reply to Madcap

I've been looking at those for close to a year now. Couldn't bring myself to make the the purchase because my current ones are still working.

However, the head strap cracked in half just this week-end. Glued together for now, but the Corsairs are going on my Christmas list!



Phantasee

join:2009-08-27
Hammond, LA
reply to Madcap

I've been looking as well. I am still using my Logitech ones that came with Socom on PS2. 1 speaker and all.



El Quintron
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said by I AM:

»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···00%20usb

After doing a good amount of research I settled on the ones above. I love them.

Those are very nice...
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Blockfire
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join:2010-02-11
Wichita, KS
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reply to Madcap

i have a logitech g33 headset and absolutely love them. my daughter loves to play with them in addition to my using them practically every day and they are still in great shape. I think i paid $60 for them at best buy.

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lostinms
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join:2001-11-29
Grenada, MS
reply to Madcap

Re: New Gaming Headset, but $100 or less?

These are the ones I got last year and they are still serving me well.

»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···26265065

but they are now discontinued.



Madcap
Baby's on Fire
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reply to Madcap

Thank you to everyone. If you think I haven't been reading this you are very wrong. I get email updates to make sure I don't miss anything in the thread. I've been looking at your suggestions (bookmarked the pages) and have been trying to compare all of them for the features I need. I'm also showing them to my mother as what I buy for myself I will buy for her too. So thank you to everyone who has made a suggestion, know that it's been looked at, researched some and bookmarked for more discussion!

I'm still accepting suggestions. While primarily for gaming I use voice chat, usually Skype over in game clients, to talk to my teammates. So not only do I want great sound I need the mic to be great and a bit durable. Again, thanks for those opinions and suggestions already given. If there's more from people then feel free to post them.



Archivis
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»www.amazon.com/dp/B000J4WPW8/?ta···imsp61_b

Been selling them for years. I've used them for years as well. I dare you to find a headset that is more durable, has better sound and has a better mic than this headset for under $100.

Or, you can spend three times as much for a shittier headset.

Inline volume/mute control is a must have for me. I like how it handles it.
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Archivis
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You'll find these at a reasonable price, too. You honestly don't need to spend $100 on a headset.



Krisnatharok
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reply to Archivis

Dunno, I know a couple people with Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma USB Gaming Headsets, and I think they like them.



Archivis
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Yeah, but I wouldn't know the price :P



Krisnatharok
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said by Archivis:

Yeah, but I wouldn't know the price :P

Good guy Archivis: Gets a gift, still won't cop to looking the product up online even months later.
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Madcap
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reply to Madcap

I would like to thank you all for your posts. Though I may not have answered every post I have been getting instant email alerts on replies and have been thoroughly exploring the items suggested. I'm compiling a list along another site I asked at. Priority goes to those items found on both lists but they will all get heavy research from me. Thank you kind folks for helping me.



Octavean
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join:2001-03-31
New York, NY
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reply to Madcap

If it were me I would probably just buy a BlueTooth headset suitable for use with the PC, Phone, mp3 player, tablet and so on. That way one pair could be used for just about everything. Good for playing games and good for on the go stuff like jogging and so on.



Cthen

join:2004-08-01
Detroit, MI
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»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···26104281

Just picked up this one 6 months ago. Could probably find them a bit cheaper shopping around. Just using the link to show it's features with pics.
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PinkyThePig
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I use a pair of studio monitor headphones for sound that ran me 60-70ish bucks and a 10 dollar clip on mic and the setup besides ugly cords, works perfectly. From what I could find to get similar performance it was an extra 40-50 dollars to get everythign combined into one chunk. I can get the model numbers / amazon pages that I bought them at when I get home if needed.



TruSm0ke

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I have the Tritton AX Pro's. I've owned them for about a year or so and I purchased them for around $175. My AX Pro's can be connected to PC, Xbox or PS3.

One of the main reasons why I went with the Tritton's was because they are true 5.1 headphones. Many headphones out there that are 5.1 end up actually being simulated 5.1. Simulated really isn't 5.1 surround sound. What it basically does is pump out multiple channels of audio, 5.1 channels, but play them only out of 2 speakers, like stereo (simple left and right channel).

I wanted true 5.1 sound and my Tritton's play true 5.1 surround sound. Each ear cup has 6 speakers built in. In essence these headphones contain up to 12 speakers total. Gaming with these Tritton's AX Pro has just been incredible.

I'm gonna buy a pair of the newest Astro wireless A50's within the next few weeks. I've heard some fantastic things about the Astro's. smany many professional gamers use them in tournaments.


Dissembled

join:2008-01-23
Indianapolis, IN
reply to Madcap

I thought I had read up on those Tritton headphones back when I was looking and actually saw quite a few negative reviews on them. At $200, every word said had best be raving and I don't remember that being the case. Distinct speakers is all well and good, but at that price point, I'd best get comfort, reliability, durability and features as well.

I will look at those again.


Revenge

join:2012-10-29
Australia
reply to Madcap

I personally use Plantronic Gamecom 777's. I've recommended them to my friends, and they all love them as well. It's probably one of the best cost-efficient microphone quality i have heard from a headset.

They are square cups, have "true 7.1" using multiple speakers, which is nice. In-line volume controls. Only issue is Plantronics doesn't develop them anymore in favour for the newer model, which is uglier, and more expensive.

So you'd have to look at eBay if you wanted to find any. That said, they will go for around $60-$70 brand new. Ive had them for a good 5 months now, no problems, no complaints, very happy



Octavean
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Sharkoon Announces the X-Tatic Air Wireless Gaming Headset

»www.techpowerup.com/174764/Shark···set.html

StubbyinKCMO

join:2008-11-15
Kansas City, MO
reply to Revenge

Dunno what you were reading, but its SIMULATED 7.1. I thought I was losing my mind, when I am currently looking at the pair I have had for a year when you said that.

And from Plantronics website...»www.plantronics.com/us/product/gamecom-777 it appears that they no longer make them.

I am currently looking at some of the newer ACTUAL 5.1 or 7.1 headsets as I remember the good old days of my Razer Barracuda TRUE 5.1. Stupid headband kept breaking though. Cheap wire instead of something stronger. But they were also above your price point at $125 at the time. This was about 5 years ago. They also no longer make them either. FPS shooters almost demand TRUE surround sound to hear someone sneaking up on you to stab you. Its saved me more times than I can think of.



Willies13
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join:2009-09-28
Montpelier, OH
reply to I AM

said by I AM:

»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···00%20usb

After doing a good amount of research I settled on the ones above. I love them.

I did the same and would buy another set if these went bad . This is the first head set I've had that has held up . BUT ONE THING make sure you download the software . With out it they sound like crap . You need the equalizer . If you are running Windows 8 run the software in compatibility mode and it will work fine .


charrog
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reply to Revenge

I would have to agree have the Plantronic Gamecom and absolutely love it...
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Revenge

join:2012-10-29
Australia
reply to StubbyinKCMO

Last i checked, your definition of real was several different speakers inside the headphone cups? And the Plantronics has said thing?

Headsets don't have true Surround, because its not actually *behind* you. It uses multiple speakers in the headset to *simulate* surround. The Gamecom 777's does these. I noted that they are no longer being manufactured by Plantronics due to the newer model (which i haven't tested) but you can still find decent quality or even new ones on eBay currently.


StubbyinKCMO

join:2008-11-15
Kansas City, MO

Yes Revenge, TRUE surround sound is achieved with multiple speakers in the same ear cup.

And per the wikipedia entry the Gamecom use VIRTUAL surround sound to do just that. »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolby_Headphone

However, we both can agree that the Gamecom is a really good headset and met the OP price point. If he can find them on Ebay or something similar I would recommend he get them as they meet his requirements very well.



Krisnatharok
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reply to Revenge

said by Revenge:

Last i checked, your definition of real was several different speakers inside the headphone cups? And the Plantronics has said thing?

Headsets don't have true Surround, because its not actually *behind* you. It uses multiple speakers in the headset to *simulate* surround. The Gamecom 777's does these. I noted that they are no longer being manufactured by Plantronics due to the newer model (which i haven't tested) but you can still find decent quality or even new ones on eBay currently.

Regardless of whether the speakers are six feet directly behind your chair or right behind your ear in a headphone, you still listen through your ears and the sound-waves still have to enter your ear.
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Dissembled

join:2008-01-23
Indianapolis, IN
reply to Madcap

Thought I'd chime in on this thread because I did end up getting the Corsair Vengeance 1500's for Christmas. They installed quick and easy after downloading the driver from Corsair (not in box). I tried them first with WoW, and I was amazed at the difference in sound. I had decent headphones before, but they were just 2.0. I am extremely impressed at how good these things sound for being a simulated/USB type headphone.

They are pretty solid and decently built for a sub $100 headphone and the braided cord is very nice and really long which is nice. The volume controller is back-lit which is a nice feature, unfortunately the actual +/- symbols are not so although you can see the controller you are still guessing in the dark which way is up and down.

And the bad. These are the most uncomfortable headphones I have ever worn. I mean it's really bad how tight these things are. It's been a month and I have been thinking they would break in, but they are still as bad as the day I got them. I have started now giving them a good hard bend each night before wearing them hoping they will loosen up a bit. My ears kill me after only a short while wearing them and even though the top head band has a decent amount of memory foam padding, the band hurts my head really bad too.



Krisnatharok
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The Vengeance 1500s have 50mm drivers (I think), which is unheard of at their price-point.