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Buying a new headset

Tue Jun 21, 2016 2:15 pm

I have to buy a new headset. I'd like something that has reasonable voice and microphone quality for VoIP, as well as an acceptable quality for music -- I'm looking for something "merely adequate" for music. I'm not planning on doing any serious gaming. I'm hoping to pay no more than 100 Canadian dollars, around 75 US dollars.

So far I'm considering the HyperX Cloud Stereo Gaming Headset, in spite of the use of the meaningless buzzword "cloud" :) , but the NewEgg reviews aren't that great.

Wireless would be nice, but I'm assuming that's not possible with my budget.

Any suggestions, or any advice as to where to find reliable headset reviews?
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Re: Buying a new headset

Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:32 pm

The most cost effective solution is a decent set of stereo headphones with a lapel mic clipped or taped to the cord. I'm using some very old audiophile headphones and a Zalman ZM-Mic1 now. I got by with a very comfortable Sennheiser PC150/PC151 headset for gaming for a long time, but the music quality was just so-so. The current PC-310 model may fill that niche.
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Re: Buying a new headset

Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:06 am

I back up JAE's assessment. Get the best set of cans you can afford and just buy the Zalman mic. It's what I use, too.
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Re: Buying a new headset

Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:32 pm

I use Plantronics CS510. Heard good things about PLNAUDIO478.
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Re: Buying a new headset

Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:49 pm

I am very happy with my HyperX Cloud Revolver. The sound quality is excellent for a gaming-focused headset and I've never had anyone tell me they can't hear me well with the mic. Plus it's super comfortable.
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Re: Buying a new headset

Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:04 pm

I'd throw in the Corsair headsets to your search if staying sub $100 CAD.

My Corsair 1300 is just now falling apart. I've had it since 2012 and really liked it for comfort, sound quality is clear for gaming and music, although a little more richness in bass would be nice but it does not sound devoid of bass by any means. All of the reviews for the Corsair headsets say that they are the most comfortable headsets, more so than some of the mainstay $200 high quality ones out there. Obviously it wont compete with the high end stuff, but it's also a 1/4th the cost :) ... 6826816049 $55 USD, converts to $73 CAD.
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Re: Buying a new headset

Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:17 pm

I have either a Cloud or Cloud II and have been happy with it. It's comfortable, large head friendly, adjustable mic boom, and solidly built. Sound quality isn't phenomenal but it's still a step up from basic PC headphones. One minor quibble I have is that while the control dongle is nice the mute switch is very small and there's no easy way to see if it's muted.

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