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#41 syeren

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 01:31 PM

I have used Icemat Siberia since day 1 (and before,) of my WoW life, and I honestly cannot complain about the quality of the sound via the Microphone or Headset itself.

http://www.icemat.co...siberia_headset

The only issue I have with them is that the build quality is really poor, and out of 4 friends who owned a pair, I am the only one with a pair that still works and resembles the original design.

I do plan to move over to Sennheiser once this pair break though, although I am not entirely sure as to what set of headphones I should get :P

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 01:52 PM

Since I tend to break my headsets pretty quickly (I don't know how, but somehow after 3 month or so my mic won't work anymore, probably issues with the cables inside the phones), i don't have a headset in use at the moment, using headphones and a normal mic. However I have repeatedly heard praises about the Medusa 5.1 Headset from Speedlink. Since I had once a downgraded version I can at least attest that the carrying comfort was pretty good.

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 02:15 PM

Since I tend to break my headsets pretty quickly (I don't know how, but somehow after 3 month or so my mic won't work anymore, probably issues with the cables inside the phones), i don't have a headset in use at the moment, using headphones and a normal mic. However I have repeatedly heard praises about the Medusa 5.1 Headset from Speedlink. Since I had once a downgraded version I can at least attest that the carrying comfort was pretty good.

I've gone the full range, from a super nice 80$ headset to the 10$ bargain bin special... I can't seem to make any of them last longer than 3 months. Mic breaks, headband breaks, one ear piece goes out, etc. I've resorted to just buying whatever is affordable at the best buy down the street and doesn't look like it'll fall off my head.

Being a female gamer has some distinct disadvantages.... headsets that fit my 6'0 tall big-headed husband rattle around on my more petite head size so we can't even buy generic spares. Inevitably the more expensive the headset- the more likely it is to be sized too big even on the smallest setting =(

I'm really rough on mine. Roll over the cord, constantly adjusting my mic around, slamming them on the teacup hook next to my desk (broke one handband that way), getting them caught on something and just yanking... I'm headphone makers worst nightmare.

So ya. Current headset is a Altec Lansing- over the top headband- with generic USB converter (since I have surround sound speakers). Husband's Altec Lansing- behind the ears headband- broke so he stole mine to raid lead and the sound on mine is much more tinny than I'd thought. His was quite nice though- mellow and fairly true sounding, before the mic gave out.
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 05:23 PM

Since I tend to break my headsets pretty quickly (I don't know how, but somehow after 3 month or so my mic won't work anymore, probably issues with the cables inside the phones), i don't have a headset in use at the moment, using headphones and a normal mic. However I have repeatedly heard praises about the Medusa 5.1 Headset from Speedlink. Since I had once a downgraded version I can at least attest that the carrying comfort was pretty good.

If at all possible you should try to compare the 5.1 headset to some good stereo headphones connected to a Creative X-Fi with CMSS 3D enabled. I did a bit of research and everyone who has heard both says that the virtual surround of CMSS 3D is actually much better. Sure, you see good reviews of 5.1 headsets, but the reviewers did not compare them to stereo/headphones with an X-Fi. I found no one saying that 5.1 headphones are superior.

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 07:55 PM

I've used these http://www.newegg.co...N82E16826106932 as someone linked above since WoW was released; I love 'em. I had to replace them once after the left speaker slowly died, but hell, they're $14!

Mic is perfect for me. It's ironic that after a guy went out and bought a $100 pair of headphones everyone said he had the worst mic they'd ever heard.

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 08:10 PM

I've used these http://www.newegg.co...N82E16826106932 as someone linked above since WoW was released; I love 'em. I had to replace them once after the left speaker slowly died, but hell, they're $14!

Mic is perfect for me. It's ironic that after a guy went out and bought a $100 pair of headphones everyone said he had the worst mic they'd ever heard.

I have either those same ones in a different color, or a very similar pair. Any headset will give me pain over extended time periods, but I have a ring in my cartilage and this headset doesn't put pressure on it. I don't even recall the last time I had discomfort from wearing them for a long time. I also picked them up on sale for cheaper than cheap :)
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 08:11 PM

I use(d) a pair of sony DSG-850? or something like that. It has a boom mic which sounds perfectly clear, excellent sound quality and has a huge cable to boot. Unfortunately, it suffers from the same problem all sony headphones I've had do, in which the lacquer over the wires in the cable rub together (and hence off) causing sound shorts after a time. If I can't get it soldered in ok I'll probably go buy those sennheisers.

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 08:41 PM

I have used Icemat Siberia since day 1 (and before,) of my WoW life, and I honestly cannot complain about the quality of the sound via the Microphone or Headset itself.

http://www.icemat.co...siberia_headset

The only issue I have with them is that the build quality is really poor, and out of 4 friends who owned a pair, I am the only one with a pair that still works and resembles the original design.

I do plan to move over to Sennheiser once this pair break though, although I am not entirely sure as to what set of headphones I should get :P

I can attest to these too, they're comfortable and sound real nice.

Currently using a generic Sennheiser 79$ pair, I seem to have a problem breaking them rather easily. :V:

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 09:12 AM

I've used these http://www.newegg.co...N82E16826106932 as someone linked above since WoW was released; I love 'em. I had to replace them once after the left speaker slowly died, but hell, they're $14!

Mic is perfect for me. It's ironic that after a guy went out and bought a $100 pair of headphones everyone said he had the worst mic they'd ever heard.

the mic on this makes your voice really high pitched and whiney, it doesnt have the range

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 09:23 AM

The Sennheiser PC150 is godly for example...
Fits perfectly, great sound and quality.

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 11:40 AM

I've gone the full range, from a super nice 80$ headset to the 10$ bargain bin special... I can't seem to make any of them last longer than 3 months. Mic breaks, headband breaks, one ear piece goes out, etc. I've resorted to just buying whatever is affordable at the best buy down the street and doesn't look like it'll fall off my head.

I get this problem, personally. Had a set of senn PC150's, myriad other headphone sets, most of them are dead in one ear or the other, and my current pair is starting to decline. I should say my current headphone speakers, because i too do that mic around the neck from an old pair thing.

So, I have a small aquaintance with solder and basic wiring, and I've tried to patch other broken headsets before with no success. I'm tired of picking up fragile headsets that will eventually be broken and thrown away, because they use tiny wiring and are made for effectively single use. I think I have most of the basic skills to repair/create my own, but I'm not really sure where I might start looking, and I know I don't currently have enough expertise to straight up design my own.

Does anyone know or have any idea where I might start looking to craft my own headset? Where possible parts might be available?
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 12:51 PM

I think that most headphones that go dead on one ear are actually not broken themselves but the cable breaks. I had several heaphones cables of my MP3 player headphones break, and even the cables of my Microsoft mouses tend to break after some time. If you look at the better 50+$ stereo headphones, pretty much all of them have exchangeable cables. The cables are *expected* to break after some time. Even good quality cables are brittle because pure copper cables deliver the best sound quality and just are brittle.

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 08:52 PM

Kalman (or others) would you be able to recomend a coherent method for modular USB sound that Doesn't Suck™?

I'm spoiled by having spent a very long time with access to studio equipment as a hobby/volunteer work (Yay for theatre) but have not bothered to upgrade my home setups because of the turnover rate on my gaming hardware (I'm playing on a laptop atm, and likely to update it again in the near future).

Ideally, I'd like to find a good way to get sound out of the laptop with the usual failure suspects being modular (Minimum full wiring, idealy some of the other garbage) so I can replace the fail points instead of the entire system.

This would ideally start with a usb cord to a external audio device that either produced true channeled sound, or if there's a mixer that can support usb point it my way.

I happen to have a pair of nice headphones, and even have a nice mic packed away. The only trouble is that they're expecting something a little more theatre like and a lot less computer like as their connection style, and I haven't found a Good Way to get the sound into a mixer. (I could go buy a tower I suppose, but that defeats the purpose. I'd like to keep my audiophile upgrade schedule seperate from my gamer pc update schedule if I can).

As for headsets, the best advice I can offer as a laptop user so far is to accept that if you cannot change the wires, you are going to buy new ever x months where x is determined by your personal workspace/habits. I'm working with an altec lansing pair that is nothing special, but had the benefit of having a seperate USB device for the usb audio card, with normal jacks for the headset/mic. It's made the "these cables died, time to replace" part a bit easier, and probably saved me a few dollars in replacement each cycle.

Well, I have a digital mixer, so I cheat and use SPDIF to get the sound out to my mixer (and for the record, in my current temporary living situation, I don't have enough space for my mixer to be hooked up, and it makes me so sad). So I just have two RCA's running from my mixer to my tower, when the whole thing is set up, and then the rest of the connections happen at the mixer. If you're working with an analog mixer, you're going to need something that can do (preferably) 1/4" output. You also need something that'll work with games.

If you're lucky and your laptop has SPDIF out, you could pick up a SPDIF-1/4" converter DAC; Hosa (which I believe is BSW's in-house brand) makes an XLR-TOSLINK converter box for 72 bucks, bidirectional. BSW is at bswusa.com.

If you don't have a usable output from the laptop (and laptop 1/8" outs aren't usable, in my book), you've gotta look at USB interfaces. There are a lot of decent 2 channel USB interfaces for reasonable money out there, the only downside being: I have no idea which ones support DirectSound and thereby video games. You could screw around with a Behringer UCA202; I have no idea if it works well with games, but honestly, for 30 bucks, who cares? It's RCA I/O, which is not ideal, but most mixers will support at least one channel of RCA, and RCA-1/4" isn't that hard to come by. Edirol's UA-1EX might be another one to check out; if you hit a recording equipment shop - if you're in theatre, I'm sure you know who the local one that doesn't suck is =) - you might even be able to snag a demo to test with.
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