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July 3, 2014 5:39:13 PM

Title says it all. Help me please! I need a gaming headset for around 150 dollar price range to replace my Steelseries 7H which turned out to ultimately be a piece of shit. Thank you for your assistance in the long run.

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a b 4 Gaming
July 3, 2014 5:57:45 PM

Astros arent that great quality.
I would go with the Logitech G35s or wireless G930s.

Great sound, quality mic, bass sounds real, not artificial. The surround is great, as well as the on ear controls.
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a c 207 4 Gaming
July 3, 2014 6:01:41 PM

Gam3r01 said:
Astros arent that great quality.
I would go with the Logitech G35s or wireless G930s.

Great sound, quality mic, bass sounds real, not artificial. The surround is great, as well as the on ear controls.

I disagree. The Astro has better sound reproduction then your suggestion of the Logitech G35. That said, I don't think the Astro is worth its price tag.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 3, 2014 6:02:31 PM

I should have specified quality in their price range. They arent great for their price.
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July 3, 2014 6:39:58 PM

Trapped between the Kingston HyperX cloud for 100 that was mentioned, or the PC 363D -- but I'm not sure if I should spend extra on the PC 363D or not. I have a Fatal1ty Champion Series sound card, so I'm not sure if I need the 7.1 gimmick for the cost? What do you guys think? Or better options
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a c 207 4 Gaming
July 3, 2014 7:10:10 PM

Don't get those Sennheiser headsets. Too expensive for their worth. For that price, buy a quality pair of headphones and a mic like the modmic and you will have way better sound quality and a good microphone. None of those $250+ Sennheiser headsets will match a pair of $200 headphones in terms of sound quality. (I subtracted $50 for the price of the modmic.)
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July 3, 2014 7:28:28 PM

ksham said:
Don't get those Sennheiser headsets. Too expensive for their worth. For that price, buy a quality pair of headphones and a mic like the modmic and you will have way better sound quality and a good microphone. None of those $250+ Sennheiser headsets will match a pair of $200 headphones in terms of sound quality. (I subtracted $50 for the price of the modmic.)




So do you suggest I get the Kingston HyperX Cloud? Because I want good sound for in-game FPS positioning, good comfort, and good mic sound quality. I care much more about the headset sound quality than the microphone.
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a c 207 4 Gaming
July 3, 2014 7:38:11 PM

Yes. For the price, I think the Kingston HyperX Cloud is definitely a very solid pair of headset. It's built around a pair of 53mm drivers and supplies great bass, good positional tracking, awesome comfort, and great mic. The bass is actually very powerful if you're not used to headsets or headphones that supply heavy bass. May take a bit of getting used to but it makes a great experience especially in FPS games with all the explosions and gun shots. Positional tracking is great. You can actually hear the footsteps pretty accurately. Sometimes they are faint, especially with all the raucous in FPS games, but obviously you should pay attention more or clean out your ears haha. It comes with exchangeable foam ear cups if you don't like the default leather ones. It very light. It doesn't feel like you have a clamp on your head. The mic, which is detachable, is really good. You can adjust it to your liking and it has great noise cancelling.

I would say that even though the headphones appeared to be closed, they sound almost semi-closed. It is a little bit airy but I think it worked out.

That said, it's not perfect. It is only $100 so I would not say that they have awesome sound quality. I may be judgmental there because I am very picky on sound quality (being an audiophile). You may find it great. But for sub-$100, they are among the best all-round headsets on the market.
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July 3, 2014 7:42:48 PM

ksham said:
Yes. For the price, I think the Kingston HyperX Cloud is definitely a very solid pair of headset. It's built around a pair of 53mm drivers and supplies great bass, good positional tracking, awesome comfort, and great mic. The bass is actually very powerful if you're not used to headsets or headphones that supply heavy bass. May take a bit of getting used to but it makes a great experience especially in FPS games with all the explosions and gun shots. Positional tracking is great. You can actually hear the footsteps pretty accurately. Sometimes they are faint, especially with all the raucous in FPS games, but obviously you should pay attention more or clean out your ears haha. It comes with exchangeable foam ear cups if you don't like the default leather ones. It very light. It doesn't feel like you have a clamp on your head. The mic, which is detachable, is really good. You can adjust it to your liking and it has great noise cancelling.

I would say that even though the headphones appeared to be closed, they sound almost semi-closed. It is a little bit airy but I think it worked out.

That said, it's not perfect. It is only $100 so I would not say that they have awesome sound quality. I may be judgmental there because I am very picky on sound quality (being an audiophile). You may find it great. But for sub-$100, they are among the best all-round headsets on the market.



That said, I am willing to spend up to 150 or maybe a bit more. Is this still your final headset despite the added money range?
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a c 207 4 Gaming
July 3, 2014 7:53:47 PM

Yes. There isn't a pair of headset out there that I know of that offers something worth the upgrade to justify the extra price. I am personally not a fan of headset and there are only a select few headsets that I actually would recommend or use. And I've tried about 3 dozen headsets. Most are not very comfortable, which means you can't wear them for prolong period of time. That alone kills gaming experience. Others offer awesome comfort but the sound quality is very flat so it was hard to identify player positions well. Then there are subsets that are great all-around but cost too much and there are better alternatives like buying a quality pair of headphones and then buying a modmic. The most annoying ones are those that are awesome everywhere but the mic (which is NOT detachable so it can't be replaced) is crap. Nothing worse than gaming with friends when they are constantly annoyed at you for your constant raucous caused by an AC unit or some fan or whatever outside noise.
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July 3, 2014 7:55:58 PM

ksham said:
Yes. There isn't a pair of headset out there that I know of that offers something worth the upgrade to justify the extra price. I am personally not a fan of headset and there are only a select few headsets that I actually would recommend or use. And I've tried about 3 dozen headsets. Most are not very comfortable, which means you can't wear them for prolong period of time. That alone kills gaming experience. Others offer awesome comfort but the sound quality is very flat so it was hard to identify player positions well. Then there are subsets that are great all-around but cost too much and there are better alternatives like buying a quality pair of headphones and then buying a modmic.


Have you ever used the 7H? It's what I'm trying to replace. I thought the sound quality was very good on those, so with a final okay I'll give it a go to purchase these Kingston's because you're an audiophile and I only listen to audiophiles.

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a c 207 4 Gaming
July 3, 2014 8:16:10 PM

Oh I did leave one part out -- construction! Plastic or cheap construction is a huge turn off for me. Like the original Beats headphones are crap. The current ones are still crappy but it's a tad better. Sennheiser headphones, while offering great sound quality, are cheaply made with plastic. The Kingston HyperX Cloud has a decent (not cheap but not awesome) construction and a very good finish.

I have tried the 7H. I personally find it okay for the price. The one thing I don't like in their construction is the detachable feature, which is great for people with low expectations when it comes to audio quality but I feel like it took a hit in audio quality with that. Great for travel and storage of course. At stock, it has a very tight fit so it's very uncomfortable at the beginning. I find that annoying. I do like their replaceable ear cups. The cloth version is very comfortable so awesome point there. It's also breathable so it doesn't get hot during prolong usage. The detachable cable is good. The adjustable mic is also kind of cool. All that said, most of those "features" are USELESS in my opinion. They're like little things that would be cool if the headphones have good sound reproduction, but it doesn't. SteelSeries made it more of a travel headset (headset? like why would someone traveling be needing a headset?) more than a gaming headset. A lot of the good things I can say about it is just aesthetics and for me as an audiophile, I do like headphones / headsets that are visually pleasing and good flexibility, but sound quality is first and foremost. Bass is lacking and at times sound very fake, which is even worse. For FPS games, it's harder to hear footsteps. The headset was good on non-fps where there are not much background noise like Dark Souls. I can hear footsteps there well but every headset does that well. All in all, I don't like the sound signature of the SteelSeries 7H. For the price, I find it comparable. It's not terrible or crap (well it's crap in the overall sense) given price consideration.
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July 3, 2014 8:22:55 PM

ksham said:
Oh I did leave one part out -- construction! Plastic or cheap construction is a huge turn off for me. Like the original Beats headphones are crap. The current ones are still crappy but it's a tad better. Sennheiser headphones, while offering great sound quality, are cheaply made with plastic. The Kingston HyperX Cloud has a decent (not cheap but not awesome) construction and a very good finish.

I have tried the 7H. I personally find it okay for the price. The one thing I don't like in their construction is the detachable feature, which is great for people with low expectations when it comes to audio quality but I feel like it took a hit in audio quality with that. Great for travel and storage of course. At stock, it has a very tight fit so it's very uncomfortable at the beginning. I find that annoying. I do like their replaceable ear cups. The cloth version is very comfortable so awesome point there. It's also breathable so it doesn't get hot during prolong usage. The detachable cable is good. The adjustable mic is also kind of cool. All that said, most of those "features" are USELESS in my opinion. They're like little things that would be cool if the headphones have good sound reproduction, but it doesn't. SteelSeries made it more of a travel headset (headset? like why would someone traveling be needing a headset?) more than a gaming headset. A lot of the good things I can say about it is just aesthetics and for me as an audiophile, I do like headphones / headsets that are visually pleasing and good flexibility, but sound quality is first and foremost. Bass is lacking and at times sound very fake, which is even worse. For FPS games, it's harder to hear footsteps. The headset was good on non-fps where there are not much background noise like Dark Souls. I can hear footsteps there well but every headset does that well. All in all, I don't like the sound signature of the SteelSeries 7H. For the price, I find it comparable. It's not terrible or crap (well it's crap in the overall sense) given price consideration.


Well, for overall I guess then the Kingston is probably a better headset for what my needs are (good sound for gaming and music in general). My 7H broke for no reason (the middle bridge piece wore out from extended use) so basically I was really frustrated about that and have been without a functional headset for several months as a result. So I'm hoping in purchasing these I will be as pleased if not more pleased than I was with the 7H for gaming purposes.
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a c 207 4 Gaming
July 3, 2014 8:26:48 PM

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that. With all the detachable features of the 7H, it was definitely cheap construction. I started talking about construction first thing but forgot to elaborate on it for the 7H. But it's because of all of that "features" that I labeled it a travel headset instead of a gaming headset. So for some people, it may be worth it. For me, that construction was a no-no in my book.

The Kingston HyperX Cloud is built very well. Not awesome build quality, but it's very passable. Given everything else that went into the headset and it being less than $100, I really couldn't ask for much more.
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July 3, 2014 8:32:42 PM

ksham said:
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that. With all the detachable features of the 7H, it was definitely cheap construction. I started talking about construction first thing but forgot to elaborate on it for the 7H. But it's because of all of that "features" that I labeled it a travel headset instead of a gaming headset. So for some people, it may be worth it. For me, that construction was a no-no in my book.

The Kingston HyperX Cloud is built very well. Not awesome build quality, but it's very passable. Given everything else that went into the headset and it being less than $100, I really couldn't ask for much more.


Hm. Sounds about right. Damned thing broke. I need a headset that's worthwhile for the cost (since the 7H was so damn expensive for the quality - though I found it rather comfortable). Might I mention that I haven't had many headsets over my years.. probably 7 or 8 in the past 10 years! So basically I'm a novice in this department, but I am extremely picky about what I'll be dumping a far amount of cash on for a headset without it being overpriced. As long as it gets the job done and is comparable to the 7H in terms of sound quality and decent microphone, I am absolutely sold.
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a c 207 4 Gaming
July 3, 2014 8:38:46 PM

No. The Kingston HyperX Cloud is NOT comparable to the 7H in terms of sound quality. It has better sound reproduction and the mic is better at noise cancellation as well. As long as you handle it with care and not throwing it around, you will not be disappointed with how good it is for the price. It isn't built like a tank but it's far from flimsy. Like I said, it's very light and it won't feel like a vice on your head.

Note: if you're not a bass person, you may actually not like that headset so that's a point to take into consideration.
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