What gaming headset would be able to make the most use of my MoBo Audio [7.1 + Audio Boost/Sound Blaster Cinema]

Hey, just built my first PC and put in a MSi z87-GD65 mobo. I see there's the Audio Boost + 7.1 tech on there which should allow for "better connection quality" (generally speaking).

My question: What headset should I get? I was looking at 7.1 USB headsets, but obviously - they will use their own card...not sure if that matters. Otherwise, I can get a Stereo headset that plugs into the back. Whatever gives me better sound quality in this aspect, I'll take it. Even if it means sacrificing 7.1 with a USB card that comes with the headset.

Some things to consider:
  • My budget is around $100.
  • This will be my main audio output. I will be putting my speakers onto my old PC in a different room for the family.
  • Not sure if this will help, or matter, but even though I'll listen to most music, I do enjoy my metal/rock more. I suppose it should have decent bass and treble? Either way, audio quality should be decent and far from tinny.
  • VoIP friendly (doh!)..and should have noise cancelling mic.
  • FPS games aren't my main go to games (although I'll play em)...not sure if surround sound will be of use.

I am looking for your recommendations!

I am mainly considering Corsair Vengeance 1500v2 (currently on sale at Canada Computers for $69.99), as well as checked out the Logitech line up (G230/G430). I like the looks of Steelseries too, but there seem to be some mixed reviews on the Siberia v2 line up.

Any other suggestions will also be considered.

Thank you very much in advance for your time and recommendation!
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  1. A good guality audion headphones offer the best audio quality, but I think that you should forget the 7.1 for stereo, with your budget.
    Audio Technica AD700, Sony MDR7506, Audio-Technica ATH-M30, Audio-Technica ATH-WS55, Koss PortaPro (cheap and relatively good!), Sennheiser HD280 Pro (sennheiser is allways a good pick!), aomwthing cheaper Sennheiser PX 100-IIi.
    I personally use Sennheiser HD 485 at this moment and if you can get those an sale, they are relatively good for their price.
  2. Hey thanks for your response! I actually went ahead and bought the Corsair Vengeance 1500 v2. I'm just testing it out and it works well. although I just cant seem to get the software to run (had to download it) there's that.

    I had to make a last minute decision at the store since it was closing in 5 minutes. Yes, I hate last minute decisions, but didn't want to spend more time on looking for headsets.

    Wish I had gotten your response slightly earlier though, may have taken a look at those - although I was looking for headsets anyway (not sure if any of your recommendations were headsets).

    Thanks anyway though! :D
  3. Noup, these are not headsets. I personally use now a days Headphones and separate mic, because the sound quality is better. I used to have Creative headset, but I was not pleased to sound quality.
  4. hannibal said:
    Noup, these are not headsets. I personally use now a days Headphones and separate mic, because the sound quality is better. I used to have Creative headset, but I was not pleased to sound quality.

    Yeah these aren't anything special - in fact I can't install the damn drivers - lesson learnt: don't buy headsets without researching the potential problems. Apparently I'm not the only one facing issues.

    Can't even return these damn cans lol. Oh well - I'll go your suggested route next time. Thanks again.
  5. Best answer
    You should remember that pure audio headphones like 280 pro, requires good headphone amp. If you are connecting those directly to your computer audio output, chose those that has low impedance, because those does not require so much power. If you have separate headphone amplifier and or sound card with some real amp power, you can chose also from those with slightly higher impedance...
    It is important to compare you output impedance to you headphone impedance! An amplifier should have an output impedance less than 1/8 that of the headphones it is driving (and ideally as low as possible). But high impedance headphone models requires a lot of more power to drive.
    The headphone sensitivity also affect this. The higher the better if you have low power amplifier.
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