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57695 No. 57695 ID: 4c768d
So my Steel Series Siberia V2's crapped out after around 3 years of almost daily use, and I'm in need of a new headset. Any suggestions for a good quality gaming headset that's less than $100?

Was thinking about buying another pair of the V2's as I really liked them, but after looking up my issues, and seeing they are pretty common(left side losing sound, and shitty wiring in the mic/volume control box that leads to them not working) and not getting fixed might be in the market for something else.
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>> No. 57696 ID: c3e6b2
Boof made a great guide now in /arch/


Not sure if it will help you but take a look see there. One of my employee ordered one of these and sound quality is really good


Also the ear muff part is large and deep enough for my monkey ears
>> No. 57697 ID: 53e7c0
I'll recap what Boof said in his thread here >>5635

No such thing as a "gaming headset". Go buy actual good headphones. Buy a cheap mic and a couple velcro sticky tabs. Apply to mic and preferred side of headphones.

After years of reading electronics mags and Consumer Reports and other websites, I took his advice and got the Audio Technica headphones and a JDS Labs 02 Amplifier, and I've experienced the best-quality-sound PC gaming I've ever had.

If you're convinced you want a "gaming headset" stay way from Steel Series and Razer. Everything peripheral wise I've tried from both those companies were garbage.
>> No. 57698 ID: 9dcda2
I went the "actual good headphones" route and bought some Audio Technica M50's. I suppose they're not audiophile tier, but they're reasonably priced, gud, and fucking awesome when you're in hotel and the neighbors are having a domestic dispute.


I use regular speakers at home and I'm always floored by how good the M50's are when I'm using them to drown out some Indian I.T. guy, I can hear through the wall, talking to someone as if cell phone technology required you to shout like you were using two cans and some string.

And then I've got Sirius satellite radio for the truck. The sound quality is ass-bysmal. Bitrate is overrated.
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>> No. 57702 ID: 4c768d
yeah a mic would be nice, but honestly I think I only used mine 2-3 times so not a big deal if it doesn't have one

Was browsing amazon after looking at some of the suggestions and remembered these http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDRRF985RK-Wireless-Headphone-Black/dp/B009A6CZYO/ref=sr_1_39?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1459293975&sr=1-39&keywords=headsets

Anyone have any experience? Will mainly be sitting at my computer or walking around the room so range doesn't sound like it would be ab problem, and some of the used prices seem pretty cheap.
>> No. 57703 ID: 06a0fb
I'd say get something like the AH-M50s avgas suggested. Wired is generally going to be better, and depending on how much wireless crap is near your computer, you might get interference. Even in a $100 set of headphones.

Besides, you can't get yourself an AMP/DAC setup later on for the Sony's because there's no line to hook them in to.
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>> No. 57705 ID: 3f5192
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Just please, get a proper pair of headphones and not a "gaming headset".
>> No. 57706 ID: 4c768d
Don't worry I think I've learned my lesson. Might go check out the local best buy tomorrow but I assume it's all Razer crap. Feeling kind of cheap so I think i'm gonna go with these http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LFVSKRS?psc=1

Like the styling, just hope they're comfortable enough
>> No. 57708 ID: 82a3e8
My razer megaladons work perfectly fine. Pretty decent-good sound and the mic isnt bad.

And ive had them for like 2 years now and they still work. Pretty much daily use.
>> No. 57709 ID: 53e7c0
I have anecdotal evidence about Razer, too.
Once upon a time, my shit Logitech g500 mouse started double clicking after roughly 3 months of use. Logitech customer service was as shit as their product; so rather than wait for something to come in the mail from New Egg or Amazon, I tried a Razer from Walmart, at my brother in law's suggestion. Everyone of the 6 or 7 mice had a loose sensor/lazer or double clicked out of the box.
They were two different styles too. Deathadders and something else. Taipans or Mambas or something? I can't remember. Anyway I find it unlikely that Walmart would be able to fuck up two whole boxes of mice, if they're a quality product, while the assholes at Newegg warehouse and FedEx/UPS and Amazon don't manhandle them to oblivion.
>> No. 57711 ID: 82a3e8
Weird, Ive had a naga, and am now using a death adder both have long out lived their life expectancy.

Then again, every single intel/gforce system ive owned have shit the bed critically when they shouldnt have, where as amd/radeon have been wonderful.

Maybe its some weird metaphysical shit with our expectations of products somehow shaping reality to match those expectations.

Or maybe I need sleep.
>> No. 57714 ID: 06a0fb
Razer's laser subcontractor had some issues a few years ago. Lack of QC and double-dealing the razer supply to other mouse makers for extra profit.

Razer dumped them, and switched to a Korean laser producer rather than a Chinese. Problems should be fixed now.
>> No. 57716 ID: 53e7c0
Funny that's been my experience with my last 3 Intel/Nvidia systems too. When something goes, it's catastrophic and fries everything, including the PSU.

Good to know. Maybe I'll give them a shot. My CM Havoc might be wearing out here.
>> No. 57718 ID: 4c768d
Razer products just seem cheap to me, I do have a lot of friends that used them for World of Warcraft(so pretty constant use) and never seemed to have a problem.
>> No. 57719 ID: 9dcda2
I've rekt 3dFX cards, ATI cards, and Nvidia cards. GPUs just wear out. I think I've only had a few cards make it to an honorable retirement.

In descending order of failure rate:
Video cards
RAM sticks
Power supplies
Hard disks
Ball, optical, and laser mice (fuck I hated ball mice)
CRT Monitors

And that's from all mfgs. Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Intel (mobo), EVGA, Crucial, Corsair, G-Skillz...

I've never failed a Intel processor nor has it happened to any CPU I've come across. Hell, the 386 16mhz from 1989 we started with went on to run some test equipment around 2001. (Traded the 386 for a dual processor Pentium Pro, 80mhz! Score!)

AMD processors were junk in the Pentium 1 days, so I've gone with Intel since.
>> No. 57720 ID: 06a0fb
you're still paying for AMD tech even when you buy an Intel, because Intel never developed a 64-bit architecture for mainstream desktop processors. They just license it from AMD.

Unless you're buying Itanium processors, about 7-10% of the total purchase price of any 64-bit Intel processor product is overhead to cover licensing fees to AMD, depending on the form-factor.
>> No. 57730 ID: 0dcdc8
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>Bought 2009
>Shit kicked out of it daily...7 years worth
>Survived 2 kids
>multiple moves
>falls off desk often
>kicked frequently

>not a single problem with the unit at all whatsoever.

The only guidance I can give you is avoid pleather.

Take close note to the cups on this headset, not the shape but the material.

Anything other than velvet padding is a recipe for shit on multiple fronts.

There have been some recent candidates that caught my eye as far as upgrades go..

Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset (981-000585)

Material is mesh which should be acceptable....Maybe.

Would be my choice right now.
>> No. 57732 ID: 82a3e8
That I did not know. Learn something new erry day.

Hmm, That might explain my keyboard, mouse, and headset all working flawlessly despite much abuse.

Where as my razer xbox controller hated being used. Switch issue with the right trigger.

Im half contemplating getting a new chair. But then I wont use it much as Ill be enlisting soon. So it hardly seems worth it.
>> No. 57735 ID: 06a0fb
>That I did not know. Learn something new erry day.

Another trufax: Intel does not actually own Core architecture. University of Wisconsin Madison, via a joint university/faculty owned electronics engineering and research firm, designed the Core 2/Core i internals for Intel, alongside the integrated memory controller which gives Intel the I/O and RAM access advantage over AMD.

They pay $35 million a year to the company/university for the tech. But they got sued in 2012, 2013 for not having paid for a few years. Intel caved really quick, and signed a renewal for an additional 10 years.

So yeah. That's why Intel's chips have been so much better since the Core stuff launched. Not from any work of their own, but because UW-Madison is greedy pricks that won't license the IMC design to AMD. Not can't, won't. AMD's offered up to $40 mil per year for just the IMC. UW won't even call them back.
>> No. 57759 ID: 2deb4c
Thats some suspicious shit right there. If UW has a monopoly
on the architecture, and AMD is willing to pay more than Intel a year then what would be the reasoning behind not letting AMD use the tech?
>> No. 57763 ID: 53e7c0
probably underhanded dealings with Intel, ie Intel Business Practices for the Last 30 Years 101.
>> No. 57764 ID: 06a0fb
Pretty much this

>In 1986, Intel broke an agreement it had with AMD to allow them to produce Intel's micro-chips for IBM; AMD filed for arbitration in 1987 and the arbitrator decided in AMD's favor in 1992. Intel disputed this, and the case ended up in the Supreme Court of California. In 1994, that court upheld the arbitrator's decision and awarded damages for breach of contract.

>In 1990, Intel brought a copyright infringement action alleging illegal use of its 287 microcode. The case ended in 1994 with a jury finding for AMD and its right to use Intel's microcode in its microprocessors through the 486 generation.


So Intel's been dicking AMD for decades; it would not surprise me to find that Intel has bribed several professors and administrators at UW-Madison to find "reasons" that allowing AMD access to the tech isn't in the favor of the University/company.
>> No. 57789 ID: d0041a
It's a taxpayer funded public research university so now we have collusion.
If they were making 80 mil in profit a year from Intel and AMD that money could be going back into the state education system.

There should be no fucking question, a public university granting exclusive intellectual property usage to one company when there are several Chipset manufacturers willing to pay to use the tech.
It's either something everyone can buy access to, or nobody can.
AMD is also a US company so I can be construed as damaging national security because .gov, to buy the latest and greatest, is forced to buy from a company that is a near monopoly
>> No. 57790 ID: d0041a
Intel is already at monopoly status.
When microsoft underwent antitrust Linux and mac existed and had their own share of the market.

AMD's GPU's (they bought ATI years ago) is the only thing keeping AMD afloat.

And it's even more fucking despicable that the tech is held by a public university in collusion, because now AMD has to dedicate precious scarce capital to R&D for it's next, and possibly last, generation of x86 chips.

They've had numerous court battles over the years, what's truly pitiful about this level of underhandedness not getting slapped on the wrist is that Moore's law is in effect, we're edging closer and closer to silicons dead end, and with each new generation, the closer we get - the smaller and smaller the nanometers get (we're just about at 10nm now right?) - the exponentially greater the capital, capital goods/resources are required for production.

As it stands now Intel has market dominance and is almost an exclusive Price Setter

This is the kind of corporatist seersucking bullshit that makes people lose faith in capitalism and free markets, and this industry (CPU's) is absolutely fucking vital to literally everything
>> No. 57791 ID: 53e7c0
Right. And I don't think people understand the type of market pull Intel has here. Since Intel got caught pulling their shit with OEM partners, Compaq (now HP), Dell, Gateway, Best Buy, Circuit City(now dead) all had to file for bankruptcy restructuring.

That's the amount of money Intel was handling under the table to these guys, minus legal fees and fines of course from Uncle Sam of course.

AMD had to end up settling out of court for a fraction of what it actually cost, because Intel just kept filing counter-suit after counter-suit, filing delay after delay (called a stay of court), using their position and money to use the legal system to literally bludgeon AMD into settling.

It's the same reason why AMD's and ARM's mobile and laptop CPUs are eating Intel's lunch, but AMD powered laptops still generally suck. Nobody bothered to carry AMD processors because Intel was paying everyone not to. Now, years later, that's all been found out but still no one is making top of the line motherboards and etc. for AMD powered laptops.

Intel does very little of their own shit anymore, and they feel if they throw enough money at it, regardless, it will be fine (Ultrabooks).

Looking specifically at Ultrabooks for instance, because this at the time was their "halo device" that became a total market failure:
They made a notebook to compete with MacBook Air, made it really thin, removed most of what makes a PC useful, then charge a massive premium for it.

Intel however dumped more money in to the line, derided the critics, and "fixed everything". Sandy Bridge Ultrabooks didn’t sell, so officially the message was that they weren’t actually meant to sell until Ivy Bridge came along. Those would be less expensive and have better battery life.

Incrementally speaking, they were both, but they still didn’t sell, nor did slightly better battery life compared to a real notebook. The fact that any Ultrabook which wasn’t immediately and obviously terrible was painfully expensive and borderline non-functional seemed lost on Intel.

During the reign of Ivy Bridge, the market was flooded with removable screens, 180 degree hinges, twist tablets, and detachable everything. SemiAccurate had a surreal moment at CES when an Intel employee pointed to the wall of Ultrabooks on their keynote stage and said, “That is innovation”. They were pointing out three different hinge types in two colors, silver and black.
Before long the screed changed to, “Wait for Haswell based Ultrabooks, those are the real ones”.

As of 2013, independent coders and software engineers were reporting that they were still working with compilers that used the "cripple AMD" function (the case was settled in 2009) despite a "non-defective" compiler being a part of the FTC anti-trust suit. For example, I myself, have an AMD cpu, and in games like Starcraft 2, I've noticed a noticeable boost running a VM and spoofing an Intel cpu at the same speeds as my Bulldozer.
>> No. 57793 ID: d0041a
Intel's foray into mobile CPU's was a failure that cost them over 20 billion dollars in wasted R&D alone and countless in lost projected sales.
We start getting into sub 10nm node territory and a mistake like that will cost trillions and could break Intel's back, and worse, if this future is without AMD
>> No. 57907 ID: 8be205

Intel out of mobile/embedded market effective immediately.
>> No. 57909 ID: 691674
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My Sennheiser PC 151 is dying after 8 years of trustworthy service. The headphones work fine, but the mic is unreliable. People sometimes have a hard time understanding what I'm saying, and that's obviously a big issue in gaming.

From Boof's previous thread & this one, I understand that getting a standalone headset and a mic is best, but I'm so used to the PC 151 and love the ease of flipping it up, that I think I might be annoyed with the homebuild solution.
Are there really no good headsets with built in mics to consider?

I'd also prefer over-ear/round-ear rather than the PC151's on-ear thing.
And why aren't there any MSA Sordin style gel pads. Gel pads rock! ;)
>> No. 57910 ID: 8be205
>Are there really no good headsets with built in mics to consider?
Helo and general aviation headsets, but you're looking at $300+ for a decent one.
>> No. 57911 ID: 82a3e8
>Are there really no good headsets with built in mics to consider?
As much as everyone says headphones with built in mics suck, my razer megaladon has lasted a few years now, the sound quality and mic quality are pretty good, and I think I payed around $100 for em.
>> No. 57937 ID: fd0828
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I just recently got a set of Razer Blacksharks and I have been pleased so far. I've had good luck with a Razer keyboard for years and years and years so I stuck with the same brand. They replaced a crappy Turtle Beach headset my wife got me 4-5 years back. The sound quality is much better and they seem like they're going to be much more durable thanks to the metal construction.

Also, I feel like a fucking Huey pilot.
>> No. 57938 ID: 33338c
Not bad, are they? Mine have survived having the cable run over with a desk chair a few times too. I try to not actively recommend Razer, but the Blackshark is a solid headset. Had a Razer Lycosa keyboard too, but last month I splurged and got myself a Corsair K70 with Cherry Red mechanical switches. First mechanical keyboard I've owned (not counting the early-2000s ones I used as a kid), but damn this thing is nice. Much better media controls than the Lycosa, too, and has a volume wheel.
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>Also, I feel like a fucking Huey pilot.

You gotta complete the ensemble.
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I blame this thread and disposable income.

Picked up the G633.

Sound is great, mic is ok.

So far so good. The only real complaint I have is that you cannot easily keep one ear uncovered without the headset slipping off your dome.

The only reason that this is even a semi-complaint is that you cannot hear ANYTHING other than the headphones when you have them fully on.

When the wife is bitching at me, I can't even fake that I was listening to her dribble with them on and have to keep one ear uncovered.
>> No. 57998 ID: 0a9273
>cannot hear ANYTHING other than the headphones when you have them fully on.

this. with any stereo type headset.
how am I suppose to hear rekuawn de'shawn kicking in my door?
>> No. 57999 ID: 82a3e8
I have dogs, They act as my 2 stage alarm.

Dog 1 barks at anything and everything he can hear. Dog 2 only barks when noise comes from inside my fence line.
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open can design on a decent headset.

it's not rocket science. Really, don't waste money on stupid "gaming" headsets. Buy yourself some decent Beyer Dynamics or Sennheisers.

You're going to be using the headphones for more than playing games, most likely, so why get yourself intentionally hamstrung sound quality just for "better" sound just for gaming? Get a headset you'd want to listen to music or movie audio on.
>> No. 58027 ID: 0dcdc8
>Get a headset you'd want to listen to music or movie audio on.

Waiting for it to arrive with a mic attached.
>> No. 58108 ID: 33338c
Okay, Opchan tech support time, relevant to thread. Yesterday I got my new parts in, and after wrestling with an apparently-corrupted Windows install, I'm now on a shiny "new" build (the old Ship of Theseus paradox comes into play here). Short version is I'm running a Core i7-6700K on a Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7, with a gargantuan Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo (and new RAM, but I can't see that being my issue). Problem is, my sound quality is ass now. A lot more buzz and hiss than my old board had, which elevates to a spitting buzz when I start playing anything. My understanding is that it's probably interference from something poorly-shielded, but where/how would I go about mitigating that?
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