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a b 4 Gaming
March 26, 2010 7:42:31 PM

Hi guys,

My budget is 99$ max, what is the best gaming headset for this price? What would you get for yourself?

Thank you!

J-P

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March 26, 2010 7:49:02 PM

The best one I have ever used and I use it everyday still is the Razer Carcharias. Incredibly comofortable, great sound and bass, the mic is superb, and it should only cost you about $80 or $90 w/ tax included.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 26, 2010 10:43:20 PM

Thanks for the suggestion! I found them on Newegg.ca (I live in Canada):

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

I'll wait a few days in case I receive other suggestions. Reviews in general seem a little better than other models I've seen for the same price. Definitely a good candidate. Thanks again!

Found a review here:

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2341761,00.a...

They also review the Logitech G35 in this article. Found some refurb in Canada:

http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...

I wonder if it might be a better purchase?

Regards.

J-P
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March 26, 2010 11:16:44 PM

I actually looked at the G35 a few minutes before I bought my razer one, it looked pretty nice, but since there isnt a huge price difference, I shelled out the cash and got the higher quality one.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 28, 2010 2:20:09 PM

Thanks for the suggestion khubani, but I was looking for something with bigger cups so I think the Sennheiser PC 350 would be more my style:

http://www.directdial.com/PC350.html

Unfortunately it is above my budget, but it looks great though. :) 

Tried to find some refurb, but only found new ones and it's all around 150$ CAN everywhere I look...

Right now, I think I would get the Razer Carcharias. But the Logitech G35 (refurb) and the Creative Sound Blaster Arena are great contenders too. I am still giving myself a few days to think about it and read more reviews...

Thanks again everyone for your input!

Regards.

J-P
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March 29, 2010 10:26:55 AM

JDV28 said:
I actually looked at the G35 a few minutes before I bought my razer one, it looked pretty nice, but since there isnt a huge price difference, I shelled out the cash and got the higher quality one.



LMAO "I shelled out the cash and got the higher quality one." The craziest thing about Razer is how they package there products. They have the most phenominal packaging..........WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE TAG! :kaola:  :lol:  I have 3 razer products. 2 razer mambas, and 1 razer destructor gaming mouse pad. The Mambas come in a elegant hard plastic case and displayed as if it were a diamond in a glass case. The mouse pad is in a sleek black zipped semi-hard sleeve that looks like it could be for a laptop and embedded snuggley in black foam padding. Now dont get me wrong Razer has great products. But im pretty sure if there packing wasnt so overboard, the prices would be a little lower. :love:  :love: 
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March 29, 2010 6:56:37 PM

Sorry to hijack the thread but, since it's in the same context, what would be a good gaming headphone (headset w/o mic) cuz i've already got a zalman mic ? probably around the OPs budget.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 29, 2010 9:44:17 PM

Hijack this thread??? LMAO! Seems like we have no choice... Welcome aboard!

For a headset without a mic, I always used Koss headsets. I think they're a good bang for the bucks. Here is the one I am using now:

http://www.koss.com/koss/kossweb.nsf/p?openform&pc^fs^P...

The thing with Koss is that they specialize in music and not games. I can tell you however that this headset is very comfortable and listening music with it is a treat! I've been using it to play games too and the sound was great, but I guess that with a headset specialized for games it might get even better.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 31, 2010 11:28:44 PM

Thanks Brawla!

I read somewhere that the Creative Arena were not so comfortable because the cups aren't very large (I've got big ears!). :) 

I think the Razer Carcharias might be more comfortable over extended hours of use, but that's just my perception. If anybody could share its experience with any of those it would be appreciated. :) 
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April 3, 2010 3:30:44 AM

I'm also in a dilemma between arena and the carcharias. I had the razer piranha and the only issue with razer is the durability. I had to go to the bathroom real bad one time and when I quickly took it off my head, it broke! Now the right side is completely ripped off and just the wires and some tape holding it together lol. I heard similar issues about the carcharias and some were about speakers dying.

I'm still contemplating between the two but I'm kind of favoring the arena because razer products, especially headphones feels pretty cheaply made.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 3, 2010 7:57:41 AM

Get a Logitech G35...awesome...7.1 just bought one
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April 6, 2010 7:03:36 AM

My headset without mic, i want to buy a another headsets with mic that i can take with others when playing games.. Any one recommend where have high quality and cheap headsets ? Thanks :bounce: 
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April 6, 2010 8:07:37 PM

BroHamBone said:
LMAO "I shelled out the cash and got the higher quality one." The craziest thing about Razer is how they package there products. They have the most phenominal packaging..........WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE TAG! :kaola:  :lol:  I have 3 razer products. 2 razer mambas, and 1 razer destructor gaming mouse pad. The Mambas come in a elegant hard plastic case and displayed as if it were a diamond in a glass case. The mouse pad is in a sleek black zipped semi-hard sleeve that looks like it could be for a laptop and embedded snuggley in black foam padding. Now dont get me wrong Razer has great products. But im pretty sure if there packing wasnt so overboard, the prices would be a little lower. :love:  :love: 

NO. The packagaing probably costed them 2 dollars and i doubt they added much more.
The reason they are so pricey is because you are paying for the name, but there are some great reasons why the name has its reputation today.
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April 7, 2010 1:16:59 AM

mojito_619 said:
Sorry to hijack the thread but, since it's in the same context, what would be a good gaming headphone (headset w/o mic) cuz i've already got a zalman mic ? probably around the OPs budget.


I have these, love em. Very comfortable, the sound isnt overbearing, (its designed to let sound pass through the phones i.e. they are vented letting sound escape (they arent loud for people around you or anything), so it sounds more natural.) crisp clear, surround effects are nicely simulated.

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD555-HD-555-Audiophil...
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April 7, 2010 4:16:21 AM

JDV28 said:
NO. The packagaing probably costed them 2 dollars and i doubt they added much more.
The reason they are so pricey is because you are paying for the name, but there are some great reasons why the name has its reputation today.



Well, i guess you obviously havnt experienced there packaging....
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April 7, 2010 8:23:24 PM

BroHamBone said:
Well, i guess you obviously havnt experienced there packaging....

If you would take 3 seconds to look in my sig I have 3 Razer products. and no doubt the packaging is VERY nice, but I am positive it did not cost them more then a few bux. because all that goes into them is some paper and plastic. Its not like a cup of coffee where the cup is the most expensive part.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2010 8:38:20 PM

Sorry for the delayed answer everyone. First of all, I want to thank all of you for your answers. I finally bought myself the Razer Carcharias more than a month ago and I've been using them since. So far I am really satisfied, my number one criteria was comfort and they are very comfortable! I feel I could wear them all day without feeling them! Sound quality is good (not as good as my previous Koss PRO3AA though) but it gets the job done. Microphone is ok, people say they hear me well, however I had to go to "Control Panel" and then "Sound" option under "Recording" and check an option called "+20dB Boost" for the microphone. Before checking this option people said they could barely hear me. Note that I use Vista 64-bit with a Sound Blaster Audigy card, maybe this option is not available or is called something different depending on your OS / sound card / drivers version etc...

For other people reading this thread and looking for a headset, besides the Razer Carcharias, I also considered the Logitech G35 and the Sennheiser PC350 but they were a little more expensive.

For people with a bigger budget, according to this review the Astro A40 is like the best headset ever, and even at 250$ they say it's worth every penny:

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2325849,00.a...
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a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2010 8:40:46 PM

Best answer selected by MC_K7.
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