The best gaming headset?

By maltar7
Jul 14, 2010
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  1. Hi Guys…

    I am going to purchase a pair of headsets, which are mainly going to be used for gaming.

    I have narrowed my choices down to these two:

    More info on Astro A40 Audio System (Plus Toss link cable) - £209.90

    Features Include:

    Amazing sound quality - Astro A40 Audio System combines crystal-clear voice communication with pinpoint-accurate 5.1 Dolby and Dolby Surround Headphone to hear your enemies from every direction.

    Fully configurable comfort and style - Adjustable headset, quick-disconnect cable, in-line mute switch, user-configurable microphone boom and Astro’s patent-pending removable speaker tags allow you to game in comfort and in style. You can even design your own tag using ASTRO's Speaker Tag Customizer(sold separately)

    Play on variety of systems - Whether it’s your Xbox 360, PS3, or PC the new and improved MixAmp easily plugs directly into any system.

    Voice and stereo at your fingertips - The MixAmp’s discrete game/voice balance control allows you to adjust the settings to fit your needs.

    Dedicated voice channel - Link multiple MixAmps together for a private, hands-free, full-duplex voice communication channel experience - much higher-quality than VoIP systems, with zero network and system lag.

    Inject your own soundtrack - Connect your mp3 player through the mixer itself with a 3.5mm-to-3.5mm cable (sold separately). Free up valuable system resources, and put your music within arm's reach.

    Fully Loaded - The A40 Audio System comes with a quick-disconnect cable and multiple ends: a MixAmp cable (also compatible with portable audio players), a standard dual-jack PC connector with in-line volume and mute control.

    More info on Tritton Ax Po - £159.95

    Features Include:

    True 5.1 Digital Audio Headset.

    Detachable microphone compatible with Xbox Live, Playstation Network, and PC/Mac.

    Digital audio connection for DVD, PC, PS2, PS3, XBOX, XBOX 360, and all other devices with Optical digital audio or analog 3.5mm 5.1 output.

    Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic Certified.

    8 speakers, 4 in each ear cup.

    Illuminated In-line volume adjustment for Front, Center, Rear and Subwoofer controls.

    Separate volume control for voice chat.

    Inline microphone and volume mute switches.

    Adjustable time delay for centre and rear speakers
    Dynamic Range Control.

    Includes external 5.1 audio controller with analog 3.5mm 5.1 output.

    Lightweight headset with deep circumauraul (around the ears) design allows for comfort even during periods of extended gaming.

    The only problem I have is “Which one should I buy?”

    There is only one main difference between these two headsets: The Tritton Ax Pro has “eight independent speakers to deliver true 5.1 surround sound audio. “ Whereas the Astro A40 has “The Mix amp, which is designed to be used with stereo headphones (Astro A40 headphones or regular headphones) and it uses Dolby Headphone 5.1 processing for the 5.1 surround sound effect.”

    Also think you can find a better system?

    Why not recommend one, my budget is £210.00

    If you are going to recommend one “Make sure its Compatible with The Sony Play Station 3”.

    Thanks to all who Contribute
  2. P4PC

    P4PC TechSpot Member Posts: 71

    Damn must be nice to have money.
  3. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,716

    I was going to recommend the AX pro the minute I entered the thread. Like you stated the A40 is emulated surround sound, where the AX pro is a true 5.1 surround sound headset.
  4. kristin48616

    kristin48616 Newcomer, in training Posts: 31

    As is known to all, there are dozens of headsets out there that tout themselves as being the perfect audio playback device for gaming. You need to choose one perfectly fit for yourself. You can take into these factors account. First, the quality. Second, the price. Personally speaking, I recommend you buy Astro A40 Audio System, I think it’s better. if you don’t lack of money, it will be your best choice.
  5. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,716

    Emulated 5.1 will never sound as good as true 5.1. The Astro A40 is ridiculously overpriced considering it is an emulated 5.1. If they're going to use stereo headsets with surround sound they should at the VERY LEAST include emulated 7.1. But at $200 bucks there is no reason to choose it over true 5.1 headsets in the same price range.

    http://www.psykoaudio.com/

    Another example of the features a $200 headset should provide.

    Your post first says that it is different for everyone, then you talk of quality and price. But then you contradict yourself by saying the Astro A40 will be best for him. If it's different for everyone you shouldn't insist it will be best for him, it also lacks in quality considering emulated 5.1 headsets can be as cheap as $80 with the same dolby emulation.
  6. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,231   +119

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    How about this headset, best by far for gaming :) hehe
  7. Alster37

    Alster37 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 324

    Id go for the Steelseries 7h, £70 quid from the right website and seven channel surround sound. Apparently its one of the best.
  8. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,716

    Did they improve the cords? I had the 5H V2 and it lasted around a month. The cords are far too thin and they use cheap 3.5mm connectors that have the wiring to them come loose. I guess if you like using electrical tape they're ok.... Maybe I just got a bad pair of steelseries.

    EDIT: Oh wow. It only took them the 3H,4H,5H,5H V2,Siberia, and Siberia V2 to realize the cheap connectors were awful. Just read tons of reports of their headsets with the red and green connectors messing up. Glad to see it only took 6 different headsets to find the problem. The interchangeable earphones between leather and the cloth type is a great looking feature.

    But uh... £70? That's around $115 CAD and here I've seen em go for $50-60 CAD. Must be cheaper here for some reason.
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    Buy a Nox Audio Specialist or a Plantronics Gamecom 777 if you're worried about compatibility with the PS3 (not sure if the PS3 has a proprietary jack or something else that wouldn't allow an ordinary 3.5mm headset to not be supported); otherwise, just get a decent pair of Sennheisers like the HD 555.
  10. tweakboy

    tweakboy TechSpot Maniac Posts: 518

    Razer Megalodon 7.1 end of story 4 speakers in each cuff. Razer products pown...
  11. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,716

    Uh.... It is a stereo headset. 1 speaker in each cuff. It uses EMULATED surround sound. Don't give false info. it just confuses people.

    Also saying something like that, which is not only false but says "RAZER products pown" makes it a pretty useless post.
     
  12. kristin48616

    kristin48616 Newcomer, in training Posts: 31

    Since I was not familiar with the market quotation, what I judged may sound not so fair. After reading your post, I quite agree with you now. Compared to the products with the same price, we will consider the quality factor, it’s very important.


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