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Two Parter: Headset/Headphones for a Big Head & 5.1 Speakers

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February 25, 2011 7:01:42 AM

As one might guess from the title I have two different sound-related questions here so, without further adieu:

First off, I'm in need of a good set of cans to replace my current set, which are just too tight for comfort, and have even made my jaw go numb during extended use. I wear a size 8-1/4 hat (just under 26" around the eyebrows), so my first concern is fit, followed closely by sound quality for music and gaming. Circumaural is most definitely prefered, and a built-in mic would be a bonus but strictly tertiary.

Secondly, I've been using a set of Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 speakers for those times when I don't have to worry about waking anyone up, and they've recently suffered some rather expensive damage. I'd like to get a replacement that sounds at least as good, and preferably with speakers that don't require a wire-stripper and your own copper wire to hook up.

I'd prefer not to spend more than $300 combined, but I could go to $400 combined if there was a really compelling reason.

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February 25, 2011 3:06:13 PM

The reference point on the head is generally the Sennheisers .... most audio buffs go for the $150 and $250 price points.

For "PC Speakers", the most common "buff" selection w/o getting to crazy on price is the Logitech 5500's which can be found every 6 weeks or so on the Dell site for $220ish. Newegg is $350ish. Watch sites like dealtime, fatwallet fr notices as to whether the deal is on.

http://www.xpbargains.com/index.php/send_deal/105140
http://www.dealoverflow.com/peripherals/logitech-z-5500...
http://www.dealitem.com/page/Detail.aspx?ID=888685
$315 new http://cgi.ebay.com/Logitech-Z5500-THX-5-1-notebook-des...

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February 25, 2011 7:31:56 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
The reference point on the head is generally the Sennheisers .... most audio buffs go for the $150 and $250 price points.

For "PC Speakers", the most common "buff" selection w/o getting to crazy on price is the Logitech 5500's which can be found every 6 weeks or so on the Dell site for $220ish. Newegg is $350ish. Watch sites like dealtime, fatwallet fr notices as to whether the deal is on.


Thanks for the tips!

One other question has popped up; I'm currently using my MoBo's integrated audio (ALC888). Would I actually gain anything by buying a discrete sound-card, such as an Azuentech Forte?
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March 7, 2011 12:56:09 AM

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