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Old 10-11-05, 02:55 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

I'm looking for a great gaming headset that'll also sound great for movies and music. Due to 5+ hour World of Warcraft marathons, CS:Source Fragfests, and VoIP calls, I want something that won't hurt my ears after prolong periods of use. 5.1 audio would be a plus, but it's not a dealbreaker.

I'm aiming to find something in the $50-60 range but would spend up to $100-110 if I found EXACTLY what I'm looking for.

If you have any suggestions, please link it. If you really want to make my day send me to an online review of the product.

Thanks for all your help
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If you want the mic included, for gaming the Sennheiser PC160 is the best you can get
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Old 10-11-05, 03:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for the recommendation. I did a little google search on it and came accross a review by Gamespot.com. They seem to indicate that it was a great headset but didn't quite have the bells and whistles of the PC 165 USB. I'll be doing some more research, however, thanks for sending me in the right direction.

Edit: After checking ZipZoomfly.com, I'm not quite sure that the PC165 USB warrents another $57. Looks like the PC160 will be the choice for me.


Just b4 I make the purchase tonight, does anyone else have suggestions for other brands?
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Old 10-11-05, 06:19 PM   #4
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I thought if you used a USB headset it will use onboard sound?
Is there any truth to this?
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Go Sennheiser, 100% quality stuff.
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I have the sennheiser PC-155's with the mic, they are USB or non your choice. I love em, sounds great and mic quality is great. I use them every day.

I havent read up on the 160 or 165's though, so I'm not quite sure what they have over my model.
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Old 10-11-05, 11:11 PM   #7
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I thought if you used a USB headset it will use onboard sound?
Is there any truth to this?
Its true, basically a USB headset using onboard sound produced by the headset itself rather than your pc's sound card.
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Its true, basically a USB headset using onboard sound produced by the headset itself rather than your pc's sound card.
Let me see if I got this right. A USB headset processes the sound and it not processed by the sound card and then sent to the USB headset?

What is the sound quality like with that?
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Let me see if I got this right. A USB headset processes the sound and it not processed by the sound card and then sent to the USB headset?

What is the sound quality like with that?
Depends on the DSP on the headset..
USB headsets cost more since they have more or less a soundcard on them..
But they DO bypass your soundcard, so no EAX or anything like that if you got a Creative card, it wont be used.
I think the main reason are people who do progaming and tour alot, so that they will always have the same sound no matter on which machine they are playing..
Google for reviews and read their views on the quality on specific sets..

I recently bought a pair of PC150 (not USB) for my X-Fi.
Great sound, PC160 is prolly a bit better, but It seems alot of reviews tend to agree not enough to motivate the higher price..
PC155 is the usb version of 150, but its a bit pricy.
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If you want the mic included, for gaming the Sennheiser PC160 is the best you can get
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Depends on the DSP on the headset..
USB headsets cost more since they have more or less a soundcard on them..
But they DO bypass your soundcard, so no EAX or anything like that if you got a Creative card, it wont be used.
I think the main reason are people who do progaming and tour alot, so that they will always have the same sound no matter on which machine they are playing..
Google for reviews and read their views on the quality on specific sets..

I recently bought a pair of PC150 (not USB) for my X-Fi.
Great sound, PC160 is prolly a bit better, but It seems alot of reviews tend to agree not enough to motivate the higher price..
PC155 is the usb version of 150, but its a bit pricy.
I'm going to go research the PC 160. Since when has price a consideration to a hardware junkie? Does anyone have one of these? I'm curious what the sound quality is like since I use onboard sound.
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I just picked up a PC160 set a few days ago. Newegg had a weekend special for $72 with free shipping, been thinking about getting them for a while so I ordered em.

I had been using some PC130’s but they made my ears sore after 40 mins or so. The 160’s are super comfortable and they sound really good. I have a pair of HD595’s as well, and while the PC160’s aren’t in the same league they are still quite good for music and great for headset gaming.
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