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So I'm ordering an X-Fi Fata1ity in a couple of days and I'm going to need a headset as well. Basically, I just need something comfortable and that sounds great. I'm looking to stay under $50 if I can, but anything within reason should be okay. Any suggestions? Thanks guys.

 

PS - The Ultra-D is working AWESOME for me, thanks for the help with it. :)

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i just got the zalman 5.1 , its gd
Me too and there grate

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In all honesty, I wouldn't recommend buying from "gaming" companies. Such as Icemat or Steelpad.

 

If you actually want a good "gaming" headset, companies like Sennehieser and even Sony make great headsets that aren't rating as "gaming" but outperform the "gaming headsets".

 

I've had a great experience with the Sony MDR-Z500. I've upgraded to the Z700 now but that would be out of your price range ($100 on Newegg but I got mine for 150 which is the MSRP. They didn't list on Newegg until AFTER I bought mine... curses.....

 

The Sony MDRZ500 has a 40mm driver with a fairly good frequency response. I think its 20 to 27000 Hz which is even better than most

 

The Z700 has a 50mm driver and a frequency response of 5 to 30000 Hz. That, is godly my friend...

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So I'm ordering an X-Fi Fata1ity in a couple of days and I'm going to need a headset as well. Basically, I just need something comfortable and that sounds great. I'm looking to stay under $50 if I can, but anything within reason should be okay. Any suggestions? Thanks guys.
I've had the Zalman 5.1s, and found them heavy and total overkill, to be honest - plus sound was muddy and I didn't really feel a true "surround" effect. I admit though that I hate over-the-head cans in general for gaming, especially circumaural style. I'm currently using the Logitech Precision PC headset and it's really nice - light, good sound, and the open-style supraaural design keeps my head and ears cool. If you can afford them, and don't need a microphone, then get a set of Grado SR60's or SR80's - bass is deep and smooth, and overall sound is just about perfect - they are probably the best cans I have ever owned.

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Sennheiser HD555
Uh-oh. I hope we're not going to get into the Senn vs Grado / supra vs circum -aural debate here ;)

 

Sennheiser HD 555

Cnet Review (7.3/10) Lowest Price $149.99

 

Grado SR80

Cnet Review (7.7/10) Lowest Price $95.00

 

My take - the Senns are a great set of cans - undoubtedly the more stylish (though Grados retro-look inspires me), they lack the tight bass and warmth of a really great set of headphones. Most will find the fit-around-your-ear cicrumaural design more comfortable than the Grados, but they are hotter to wear for extended periods and heavier.

 

The Grado's have great warmth and better bass, are diminutively light and the supraaural design fits on-top-of your ear - this provides better "surround" so-to speak. However this design can also be annoying to some.

 

The bottom line is if you like rich, deep sound, grab the Grados. If you like loud, defined and almost speakerlike sound, hit up the Senns.

 

The real difference? The Grado's always score higher in reviews and are US$75 cheaper.

 

If you want to compare apples to apples, try comparing the HD 555s to the Grado SR125s. The price is identical, but the Grados score 8.3 and earn an editors choice even from Cnet!

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i wasnt starting a debate, im not an audiophile. I own the 555s and i love the way they sound, thats pretty much what i was basing it off of.

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