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7.1 virtual surround is trash. Don't buy these. Not worth the price at all.
Get these. Better and cheaper.
Top of your range
I’d drop the speakers and put the money into better headphones: [link]
this, or any of its alternatives/revisions. (Some of the newer models are more expensive)
Doesn't really matter if there are any cheaper ones, if we're talking "Gamer Headsets" instead of headphones the HyperX Cloud line is basically the only thing worthwhile.
I would suggest a different route, purchase quality headphones and a separate mic that you can either leave on the desk or attach to the headphones. You will get much better quality than "gaming" headphones for the same price, if you're spending 100 bucks or more, otherwise I've heard good things about these, the non-revolvers.
HyperX cloud, NOT cloud 2. They are ultra high quality for the price, and the Mic is very good. Here's a link on Amazon. I swear by them, they are extremely reliable and are metal, not plastic so they don't break like most other ones. They also beat out many $100+ stereo headphones for music.
No fancy parts, no USB plug needed and they come with an adapter for phones audio ports.
Not all Turtle beach headsets have the feature. And are mostly plastic kids toys. Honestly some of the stuff they sell is almost funny how bad it is. I suggested to a friend to get the Phillips and instead he got the Recons. His mic has static in it all the time and we mute him until he agrees to buy a real headset. Also dig this $54.99 [link]
I was under the impression the G430 was a solid budget headset, but I honestly don't know much about headsets so...
I am aware it's usually better quality-wise to buy headphones + microphone (as two different pieces rather than a combo) but this would be very impractical due to how my PC is setup.
When you say Cloud Core, I assume you refer to the Kingston HyperX Cloud Core ?
I recommend you get a HyperX Cloud. Many a budget gamer swears by these. [link] (Also, the G430 is way better than the 230 for the price.)
The XO Ones perform well for the price and include a good chat adapter with some extra features but their build quality is pretty plasticky.
For overall sound and build quality in that price range you probably can't do better much better than the HyperX Clouds. They have a core model without all the extras that works great for the consoles:
The Clouds do not come with a chat adapter though so you will need one of your own (you can use the one that came with your MS headset), a chatpad, or a new controller with the built in jack.
I had a $40 pair of turtle beeches that fell apart and sounded ok.
I now have HyperX Clouds and they're fantastic.
The "HyperX Cloud I" is $85 now, and is the same as the Cloud Core, but with a bunch of extra cables, a nicer box, and a 2nd set of pads (velour).
1) They don't sound very good. A vast majority of gamers don't have any understanding of audio as a topic, so using them for advice is not a good idea. Twitch streamers aren't any better, why is it that gamers who care about their sound buy wired hifi? The standards for 'good sound quality' in gaming are set so incredibly low than virtually any product gets good reviews.
2) For convenience wireless might be nice, but for sound quality wireless is only a problem. Wired always wins for sound quality.
3) The HyperX Cloud Core is the same price and sounds better, as it is based on a set of hifi headphones, the Takstar HI2050/Pro80. These don't need an amp. If you want something thing cheaper then the Superlux HD668b headphones paired with any mic will get you better sounding headphones, leaving some money for a mic.
HyperX headsets are my favorites, most comfortable headsets I have ever worn. This one's on sale right now, though not by much https://www.amazon.com/HyperX-Cloud-Core-Gaming-Headset/dp/B0153XL4V2/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=hyperx+headset&qid=1553921409&s=electronics&sr=1-3
The HyperX Cloud (in all its various forms) is a pretty safe choice. The cheapest "Core" version includes a mic and costs $56 on Amazon.
I have this headset. Is it solid enough?
Hyper X Cloud Core $100 best headset I've ever owned, going on 3 years now.
Hyper X Cloud Alpha >$150 Currently saving up for these , cause I ran over the cable on my Core and had to tape it to get it to work.
This one? [link]
These have a 3.5 mm jack instead of using a USB soundcard like the II's. They're remodeled Takstar Pro 80s and for $60 you'll be getting your money's worth out of them. Comfy af, too. The mic isn't terrible, but definitely better than what you're used to if you've only dealt with Turtle Beaches.
Frequency Response Graph here, if you're interested
HyperX Cloud Core
Do you mean the Hyper X Cloud Stinger or Hyper X Cloud Core? I looked up "Hyper X Cloud 1" on amazon and got no hits.
Just get the Cloud Core instead
However, if you want the headphones soley for gaming, I would actually recommend getting this:
Build quality is unrivaled. The sound is very good IMO, on par with the popular M50X by Audio Technica, and has a decent microphone. I actually use mine alot over my more expensive headphones due to convenience.
Lists the difference on that page. The major difference is actually the audio control box, and that it's USB connection for the extension cable.
These are only $69.99 new.
I don't have experience with the Siberia, but I do know that the Clouds are best regarded for price to performance.
They also have the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which is a newer model for the budget-minded. It's only $50 new.
I'd watch both of these over the next few days, there is sure to be sales on them somewhere for the holidays.
I mean the HyperX. The Cloud Core is available at 53.26$ right now: [link]