View Full Version : looking for a good headset

06-17-2007, 09:52 PM
I am looking for a good headset or head phones. I mainly do flight simulators so, at this time, being able to hear footsteps and other sounds behind me is not too important. After reading the "headset" in the search I am wondering if the Medusa Home Edition [SL-8796] is still the best choice. Would I be better off with a good pair of earphones Sennheiser HD280PRO , Audio-Technica ATH-A500 Art Monitor Headphones, etc. and using an external microphone. .Has anyone ever tried a throat mic or perhaps they don't even make them that will plug into a sound card.

06-18-2007, 03:46 AM
Look up the Plantronics sets. There is a Plantronic stereo headphone with microphone that Plugs into a sound card with the mic on a swivel and it has inline mute and volume slider with a loooong cord. The ear pads are big enough to block out some sound but not all sound.

TgD Thunderbolt56
06-18-2007, 08:30 AM
Most of the bits from Plantronics or Altc-Lansing suffice just fine (I've used them both), but if you really want that high-end, pure, clear sound with a top-of-the-line mic...get one of these: http://www.fullcompass.com/product/314073.html

I use them and have been for about 3 years. They're simply perfect.


06-18-2007, 09:33 AM
http://www.razerzone.com/index.php?main_page=product_in...=2_16&products_id=38 (http://www.razerzone.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_16&products_id=38)

been using these ones with audigy 2zs - i must say the totally new sound experience http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

06-18-2007, 10:04 PM
Sennheiser PC 150 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826106346)

Just over a year ago they were selling for in excess of $50, they now can be had for around $35.

Best realistically priced headset out there.

06-19-2007, 02:40 AM
IMO it's a complete waste of money to buy an expensive headset for gaming purposes, unless of course you also intend to listen to music or something with them. In most cases game sound sampling simply isn't good enough to motivate the cost and the sound quality. And 5.1 through headphones will always sound weird no matter what.

I don't suppose you're in Europe? If you had been, I would have recommended a set from the Russian cheapo brand Cosonic, e.g. the excellent http://www.cosonic.ru/cat.php?id=475 , usually available through low price hardware stores over here. It seems every fps gamer kid has one. That's $15 for a set that sounds juuust fine, and you get a practical mic. Once you have rolled your chair over the cord, spilt drinkable fluids and sat on it a few too many times, you just buy a new identical set. And you get to spend the money on some other unnecessary high-fun factor peripheral instead. Win-win.

06-19-2007, 06:56 AM

Must it be minijack or USB ?
Which is preferable over the other ??

TgD Thunderbolt56
06-19-2007, 07:39 AM
Personally, I prefer mini-jack over USB. But that's mostly because I plug in through the front breakout box on my SC and it has output and gain controls there.


06-19-2007, 11:48 AM
Ok. But is there any practical advantage or difference between the 2 "modes" ?

I've red something about different ways of handling the audio output (I can't remember exactly), i.e. with USB headset you can have just the comms in the earphones (TeamSpeak, to name one) and the game sound through the speakers, while with the minijack headset everything outputs from the speakers...

I'm trying to remember what I've red, but I don't think I can be clearer than this.

06-19-2007, 05:52 PM
after looking around im getting the 8796 surround headset, the 5.1 throughput to my surround speakers and the fact the control unit is a headphone stand swung it for me. I like the idea of pressing the power for the headset and the main speakers turning off, some of the lesser models dont allow this, or your replying on USB power for the amp.

also it allows you to plug your desk mic into the back when the units set to bypass and the speakers are on so you dont need the headset mic.

also revews point to extended comfort with them on, this crappy creative headset i wear hurts my ears after a while.

ventrilo can be sent through various 5.1 speakers, and i expect teamspeak 3 will allow the same, well i hope so http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

06-20-2007, 09:50 PM
Originally posted by Tuba2004:
After reading the "headset" in the search I am wondering if the Medusa Home Edition [SL-8796] is still the best choice. Would I be better off with a good pair of earphones Sennheiser HD280PRO , Audio-Technica ATH-A500 Art Monitor Headphones, etc. and using an external microphone. Has anyone ever tried a throat mic?

Thanks for the replies. They give me some options to consider.
I am not sure how important surround sound is for flight simulators. My 5.1 speakers don't seem to give much directional information. (i.e. The rear speakers don't seem to have much sound sent through them) Would the Medusa surround headphones make a noticeable change over the external speakers?

06-21-2007, 08:53 AM
Have a look at the Beyer DT109.
Soft ear muffs and serious duty boom mic (three way adjustable) that can reach down and tuck in against the throat.

06-21-2007, 05:11 PM
If you're just going to use it for playing games, then I would recommend you the Philips SHM6100/00. And keep in mind that a high price doesn't always guarantee better quality for speakers/headphones. I bought a headset with mic for only 8 euro's some years ago and I think it's one of the best purchases I've ever made. The sound quality was really great, the best I've ever heard from a headset.

I don't know about the surround thing... I don't think it's really neccessary for simulators.