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Microphone/headphones/headset solution (gaming)

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January 16, 2012 10:18:06 PM

I recently obtained a high-end creative Xfi sound card for a nice price, and after (thus far) ascertaining that there's no way to get the pretty usb headset I'd been considering to mate with it, I'm in the market for an analog set.

However, I'm still considering getting the usb headset for LAN and skype as if I must go analog I'd rather get a good pair of headphones than a mediocre headset. I'm looking at getting the Sennheiser HD 598.

I don't want to have optimal sound quality for just single player as I mostly game online, so I'd like some suggestions on finding a cllip-on mic.
I'd prefer to have something with decent noise cancelling e.g. able to deal with my typing, person in the background and my static breathing.

If this mic is so good it will eliminate any need or want for the usb headset, then I'm willing to pay up to £80-£90, which is the range that headset retails in. Not that I think a consumer mic for my purposes will cost that much, but just putting it out there on the off-chance someone suggests a £500 studio mic!

I don't mind if it's not a particularly dainty mic, but I don't want a desktop mic; I want something for use in conjunction with the headphones I mentioned.

I may be looking for something that doesn't exist, in which case a next best alternative would be appreciated. With that sai my experience with desktop mics hasn't been favourable and they feel restrictive.

Thanks in advance for any replies.

This could all go to <self-filtered> when I'm informed I suck and my sound card can provide output to a usb headset. If that happens, I'll probably want an analog headphone set later anyway, so I'd still be interested in a response to my original question.
January 17, 2012 11:37:58 AM

cant really help you in terms of a microphone... i dont use them much myself and when i have its been the cheap desk mount ones. i know that clip on mics do exist though.

as far as headphones go...if stereo sound is more than enough then yes a good pair of analog 2.0 headphones should work nicely. i've heard good things about sennheiser but personally i prefer my audio technica's [ath-m50s].
January 17, 2012 3:27:44 PM

I'd be happy with 2.0 and leaving it to my sound card to produce false 5.1. I've not got any experience to back my opinion up, but I can't help but think headphones/a headset with 5.1 built in wouldn't sound too great in practice.

I guess I still have a mic to find.