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Headset +/- soundcard

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by bJN, 19 Feb 2010.

  1. bJN

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Nov 2009

    Posts: 3,532

    Location: Norwich

    I've been looking at a new headset for a while now as I'm slowly getting fed up of the (pretty below-average) sound quality of my desktop mic and my Sennheiser HD201s (as much as I love them) are slowly dying on me and the quality isn't what it once was - that and they keep slipping off my head at times when I lean forward :mad:

    Sennheiser PC350s are out of the question, I'm trying to budget around to get enough money for a complete system overhaul soon so I'd rather spend as little as possible.

    The Creative Fatal1ty headset seems to be winning at the moment, however I have come across somewhat of a dilemma.

    Is it worth getting the USB Creative Fatal1ty headset found here and rely on the inbuilt sound card in them or should I get the analogue version found here and a standalone sound card to go with them? I would use my on-board sound card but I'm not exactly a great fan of it, the quality of the sound just isn't there and I hate my microphone on it.

    Thoughts and recommendations? :cool:
     
  2. Elfmeister.

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Jan 2009

    Posts: 823

    Please don't buy the Fatality stuff, its just a gimmick, I had the originals and they where poor, good treble but weak bass and mids but comfort was good.

    I'm in the same boat kinda, looking at a Plantronics 377 with a Asus Xonar DS to give them some clout or just get a better quality headset for around £60 and use the onboard!
     
  3. Uriel

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 15 Jan 2006

    Posts: 7,652

    Xonar DX and Goldring DR50s, plus logitech desktop mic (non usb version).
     
  4. Elfmeister.

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Jan 2009

    Posts: 823

    Thank you for the advice Uriel, for my buget what you suggest seems very good so I've gone and purchased some DR50s for £21 which I thinks a bargin and the Xonar DS for £37, no need for the mic as I have a Asus Soundmax Superbeam.

    At least with the DR50s you can wear them out and about and not look a fool you would with the GAMECOM logo over your head.
     
  5. Uriel

    Sgarrista

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    Ahh - sorry I said the DX - not the DS. The DX has Dolby Headphone which makes a huge difference for headphone use (it simulates 5.1 over stereo heaphones). The DS has no equivalent feature.

    All the same - the DS is a decent card for stereo use.
     
  6. Marsman

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2009

    Posts: 11,178

    You can't be sorry about that. If he read it wrong, well........
     
  7. Elfmeister.

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Jan 2009

    Posts: 823

    Laughs at ones reading ability, I just hope it's better than my onboard now or I've just wasted £37, my order is in the warehouse queue so I could change it, is it worth spending the extra £21 for the DX over the DS?

    and is this the one so I'm sure?

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=SC-002-AS&groupid=701&catid=11&subcat=

    Although my only problem with this is I only have one PCI Express slot which is above my GPU, will it be ok?
     
  8. D D Danneh

    Mobster

    Joined: 8 Feb 2009

    Posts: 3,468

    Location: Sheffield

    No doubt it will be better than your onboard, but I do think you would benefit greatly from the dolby headphone feature. I own a DX and there's a definite advantage between nothing and Dolby Headphone + 7.1 shifter (not too much difference between nothing and DH, but the 7.1 shifter can't be activated without DH).

    If your DS is anything like my DX without DH, then yes, I think you would be worth spending the extra £21.

    If the PCI-E slot is a problem, the D1 is identical to the DX but it uses a PCI slot (Or so I have been told). It is also cheaper and doesn't require an extra power connector.
     
    Last edited: 22 Feb 2010
  9. Elfmeister.

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Jan 2009

    Posts: 823

    Thanks for the heads up on the D1's, going to ring up in the morning and see if I can swap it over before it's posted.
     
  10. Uriel

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 15 Jan 2006

    Posts: 7,652

    I would advocate DH without the 7.1 shifter. It depends on the synergy of the headphones' soundstage with Dolby Headphone though.
     
  11. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: 25 Oct 2009

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    Location: Nelson, South Wales

  12. Elfmeister.

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Jan 2009

    Posts: 823

    Yes, for a complete headset in the >£25 range, the 377s seem spot on but I'd never be seen dead on a bus or train with them.

    So I got some Goldring DR50s which were delivered this morning and they're another level over my old Creative Fatality ones, can't fault them so far even with onboard sound and the HDMi sound through TV, although I should be raving about them even more tomorrow if I get my new Xonar D1.

    Nothing like having to google a word/phrase so you understand it!
     
    Last edited: 23 Feb 2010
  13. rhysduck

    Soldato

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    Location: Nelson, South Wales

    Don't get it. They're good looking and work like a charm.
     
  14. Elfmeister.

    Hitman

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    I'm not keen on the whole GAMECOM logo embossed over the headstrap, looks a little tacky imo and if I was to see someone wearing them on a bus I'd laugh to myself, hense why I would't be seen dead in them :p, maybe I'm a little fashion conscience but if I was just going to wear my headphones/set in doors all the time then I would of got the 377s.