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Hammerfist 4th Dec 2014

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I think I'm in the market for a new headset.

Currently using a Sandberg no-model USB set which I picked up for about £15 six years ago. Really really impressed with these and the only reason I'm looking now is my wife keeps asking what I want for Christmas!

I use a mid-price set of Sennheiser over-ears for listening to my portable music, and whilst they're my preferred brand (simply from a price/quality ratio) I'm willing to look around.

Bear in mind that I'm a casual gamer nowadays - usually only a couple of hours a day - but sometimes will have an extended session. As such, whilst I don't want to really put a price range on it, from a realistic point of view we're looking at under £100 or so. Anything more will be wasted and, whilst I love my music, I detest audiophile snobs equally - so comments of "if you don't buy this £350 set you may as well be listening with a bar of soap in each ear" will be met with my wrath . Remember - my current set don't even have a model number!!!

Here are my requirements:
  • Full over-ear leather/faux-leather non-foam cups (preferably not too tight)
  • Built in mic
  • Wired (USB or 3.5 jacks)
  • Good frequency response, decent for both gaming and music
  • In-line volume (optional, but preferred)
  • Surround sound (with real multiple tweeters preferred, but virtual is fine)
  • Black. I mean, I can take silver detailing and all, but certainly not some bright white monstrosities!

Any recommendations? Equally, anything terrible that should be avoided? At first glance the Sennheiser PC333D looks like it might fit the bill.
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Treb 5th Dec 2014

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hm, not checking all your boxes but i really like my logitech headsets, a G930 (wireless) and a g430 (blue trim).
the G430 i got for those long sessions and when using the trackIR clip, the textile earspads are great during the warmer months and they don't make squeeking sounds when they rub on the arms/temples of my glasses

Thargor 5th Dec 2014

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Here you go!

https://www.staxusa.com/s ... tax-sr-009.html

They don't have a built-in mic, though, and may be "slightly" above your budget! But, hey, what's money!
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Hammerfist 5th Dec 2014

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I appreciate the tip, Treb. Looking at the G430's they're definitely going on my list. The earpieces do look comfy - the only reason I specified leather was because I didn't want that foamy stuff (it makes me cringe, like cotton wool).

Thargor - if I traded in my car I could probably afford 2, maybe 3 pairs of those! Man, it kinda makes me want to know what they actually sound like.....
Spagfoot 5th Dec 2014

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I have the Sennheiser PC 363D and I can honestly say they are the best I have ever had. Couldn't say they are better than Logitech but they are really comfy and have fantastically clear sound.

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MrYiff 5th Dec 2014

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Logitech gear is always worth a look if only for their awesome warranty service.

I've got an oldish set of sennheiser 595's which are really good quality (to the point of almost needing a headphone amp to get them to sound decent), but they are really comfy to wear which is especially important to me as I've got wierdly small ears and wear glasses so many headphones end up feeling very uncomfortable after a while.

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Hammerfist 8th Dec 2014

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TL;DR - Corsair H1500

We nipped into PC World (so time for a shower!) so I could actually try on some headsets. It's the only PC store in the vicinity, so please don't judge me. Pleasant fella asked what I want. I fucked his evening right up by pointing to the seven headset boxes I had stacked up and saying 'I want to try them on'. His face fell 'All of them'? 'Yep'!

So.... half an hour later, after he'd carefully removed security tags, slit open security seals, removed the wires holding them to the packaging, etc. I managed to try them all on. Between the ones in store it ended up a tie between the Steelseries Siberia and the Corsair H1500.

Whilst the dude was putting all the headsets carefully back in their boxes I went to watch the display 3DTVs with Sam (way to blow a 2-year-old's mind!) and check out the online prices and reviews on my phone. 2 minutes later my wife comes to get us, holding a bag with the H1500s in. 'I couldn't be arsed with all your fannying around' were her exact words, if I recall.

So there you have it, I now own a pair of Corsair H1500s. I got her to keep the receipt in case the audio was shit, but first impressions are that they're actually rather good! Music is crisp, clear and after tweaking a couple of settings in the EQ I can actually get it to sound better than my Sennheisers. The virtual surround is excellent, and I really do mean excellent. The cloth pads and forgiving headband are soooooo comfy. Happy Hammer

TL;DR - Corsair H1500
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firlonn 8th Dec 2014

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hows the tightness ... as in how tight does it squeeze your head? XD i need new headphones but apparently have a massive head that cant take any kind of pressure (or i get headaches)

Hammerfist 8th Dec 2014

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That's what I meant by 'forgiving headband' - they're nice and loose around the ears, but without feeling like they're going to fall off. My last pair took a month or two to break in, during which time I had to take them off every hour or so to give my head a rest.

I mean, if they were headphones for wearing out and about, I'd say possibly too loose. For sitting pretty static in front of my PC, perfect.
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Nal 9th Dec 2014

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Were you wearing them playing Planetside the other night? Cos I remember thinking you sounded better on your mic too, before you always sounded as though you were underwater, but you actually sounded like a normal person that time.
Hammerfist 9th Dec 2014

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Quote...you actually sounded like a normal person that time.
Bold claim, my friend... bold claim 

Nal 9th Dec 2014

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I only said you !Sounded! like one
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