I have these headphones and i really like them. I can hear in game footsteps, glass breaking, etc. that most other ppl don't hear. I get accused of cheating alot when i'm wearing these They are very comfortable and have a good mic that is very clear.
I have ultra sone hfi-700 headphones... although expensive... I COULD NOT HAVE A SOUND SYSTEM... due to a work environment near by... and I can tell the direction stuff is coming from... no matter where its coming from... I literally hear say a copter above behind and to the left... and spin around... and its there.... but you need a sound card to get the most out of it... these headphones also have AMAZING base
I have a pair of Sennheiser EH350's that are absolutely amazing. Crystal clear, quite comfortable, and cheap (well, relatively). No mic though. Sennheiser makes good stuff though, so for one with a mic, the PC350 looks amazing. Noise cancelling mic too - only picks up your voice, without as much background noise. It is a bit above your stated budget, but would be amazing for overall sound quality.
For a lower budget, those Plantronics look good, though I don't have any personal experience with them.
As I've said before, I'm partial to the Sennheisers - those 555's are stunning if you don't need a mic, and the 350's should be great for having a mic (Sennheiser is known for professional microphones as well, so you are guaranteed a good quality mic as well as the headphones themselves). Of course, none of those look bad.
Just got the headphones, good so far. A bit uncomfortable but I prolly just need to get used to wear headphones.
Any idea what I should set my audio filters to? I have the SoundMax and Windows set to stereo headphones but AC3 didn't change from 5.1. Should I set it to 2/0-stereo, 2/0+SW 2.1, or just AS IS? And what about the PCM, 16, 24, 32, or float?
I have decided to buy a new sound card anyway bc I want to use EAX. I take it that I'll need an X-Fi card right? I checked out their website, and I'm really confused. Any help? I'm also told to look for OpenAL hardware support.
Only problem is there is like 10 different X-Fi cards, how do I know what is what?
The mic should be outstanding - Sennheiser has been making professional microphones since the 1940s
As for which X-fi? I'd go for one of the Titanium series ones - they are the newest, and likely to have the best driver support. Between those two options, either will work - just decide based on features. The sound quality should be the same in either case. Excellent choice by the way - I have an x-fi, and I love it.
That is what I figured. In fact I thought they were the same thing only one had a 5.25 panel included. But I noticed that the one is 96khz and the other is 192khz. Does this make a big difference? I know that my current card is 192khz.
Thanks once again. You have been very helpful. You know I can't believe I didn't think of this earlier but I have a close friend who is about to graduate from Full Sail for music production. I prolly shoulda just asked him about this stuff.
Stay away from SpeedLinks 5.1 from MedUSA, they have great sound but my second pair cracked and then broke, poorly engineered ear cup to headband. MedUSA would not warranty them after 30 days, and SpeedLink wanted me to pay a small fortune for shiping overseas and back.