This product was mentioned in
with an average of
I'm using these: [link]
Good price. Decent sound. Detachable cable. Top rest is perfectly shaped to allow the Vive cabling through. They stay on my head pretty well. I did replace the pads with velour ones for better comfort/less sweaty ears.
These are basically the best option out there around $50. I use them for my headphone bass sessions, and highly recommend them. They also come with a jack you need to change the 1/8 inch jack (standard headphone jack) to a 1/4 inch jack (the larger size that's on your amp).
Get these. The Superlux HD688B. I've used them for a while now, and they're pretty much the best bang-for-buck semi-open headphones on the market. Sound stage is big, very balanced between hi-mid-bass. I also purchased some suede-style ear cups to replace the pleather ones that come on the headphones, because I can get sweaty ears otherwise.
Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones [link]
I have these: [link]
The weird looking wire headband needed some initial stretching out for my big head (I used a stack of books) but once that was done, they have been comfortable and reliable for years. The same company (and Samson, they seem to be 2 variations of the same maker) also makes more 'normal' looking headbands.
I've got a pair of these teamed up with a desktop mic. Sound quality is amazing compared to the gaming headsets I've owned in the past and this is just a cheap studio headset, obviously well within your budget. Was reccomended them in a /r/headphones thread.
[link] with velvet headcovers and a modmic are what I use. You run into a paradox where the mic sucks or the audio is bad. Anything market for gaming is going to sound like ass, besides sennheisers higher end gaming headsets but those are hundreds.
Velour is just more comfortable and less sweaty than leather but honestly.. it’s not a big deal to me if the headset is designed in a way which makes it comfortable.
Btw these also have a big following and are relatively inexpensive: Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones [link]
Thoughts on the Superlux HD668B ? Anything of equal or slighty higher price that's of better quality?
Looking for something in the 30-50$ range of exceptional quality for use with gaming on a Desktop PC, preferably Over-Ear, I'm not looking for the Audiophile high tier, just "higher quality than a gaming headset" as I hear most of those are overpriced for their quality. I guess you could say i'm looking for an entry level very low price set.
Optional Side question, V-Moda or Modmic 4.0? Not sure how many of you are knowledgeable on the topic of Microphones, but I'm also looking for an exceptional quality attachable Mic.
Quality and Comfort for Under ~50
Thanks, and forgive me for my ignorance.
Edit: Could also use some Ear Pad Recommendations, Looking for something breathable for long sessions.
If you're just looking for headphones with no mic, I highly recommend the Superlux HD668B pair. They're fantastic for their price, and if the earpads are uncomfortable to you, you can replace them with certain AKG types. They've got good, balanced sound with a clear punch to the bass that doesn't muddy the mids and highs.
The ATH-M30x or a similar AT model would be my next recommendation. Sennheiser good too.
HD668B are semi-open, which I like for my environment since I can still hear what is going on around me or talk to the wife. I don't have a ton of background noise that I want to keep out. ATH-M30x are closed and will cancel out a lot of the outside noise in your environment; for those who use loud fans/AC or what not.
Either way I strongly recommend spending some extra $$ on some nice earpad replacements. I tried a few but nothing is quite as good as the Brainwavs memory foam line.
I recently changed from "Gaming Headset" to seperate Headset/Mic build and i can safely say i don't think i'll go back.
The quality to price ratio for one is amazing. i just bought a pair of SuperLux HD668Bs and i swear, i could hear Mei's thighs rubbing as she runs.
I just recently got the Monoprice 8232 Headphones, as I was looking for something cheap to replace my Logitech G340 Gaming Headset after it broke.
While I like the sound quality (definitly what I was expecting for this price) and the design of them, the earpads are just too small for my ears and I can't comfortably wear them.
I am now looking for an alternative and found the Superlux HD668B. The Earpieces seem much bigger and the price is similar. Should I get them or rather something else?
Source: Mostly my Laptop or phone
Isolation: I don't really need isolation, but a bit of isolation wouldn't be bad.
Preferred Tonal Balance: Neutral or Bassy
Budget: > 65$
Source: Gaming/General Use Desktop
I've used my trusty Superlux HD668B's for quite some time now. They have finally died on me and I'm looking for something similar. I want a replaceable cable, other than that I'm open to whatever.
this one look close to what I want. Though it's weird it has a male audio jack hanging from the headphones instead of a female one inside of them.
Heya. I work in lawn care and my wired earbuds are constantly in the way. I'm looking to go wireless/bluetooth so I don't have to worry about that anymore. The headphones I use at home are these and I love the sound of them, just for example. I work 8-10 hour shifts, so battery life is a definite plus, and handle a lot of loud machinery so they need to be noise-blocking. Sweat/water proof as well.
I can go as high as $150, if need be. I tried a friend's pair and they were very bass-heavy and muddy sounding, so I'd like to avoid that. I prefer more neutral sound.
What's the best bluetooth/wireless headphones to fit my needs, friends?
That's a great explanation, thank you.
These are a bit pricy but is this gonna be the best option for the money? Only other one I'd really given any thought to are the ATH-AD900X and these, which seem too good to be true, quite frankly.
If there is a volume button on your headset, only that and the OS volume control will change anything. That's it. The world of audio is just as complex (or even more so) than custom PCs. Honestly if you want to play around with getting headphones that sound great you can pick up a decent pair of like $50 headphones and with the amp/DAC I linked you and it might sound better than what you're using right now. This pair of headphones is only $40 but is regarded as one of the best price/performance headphones among the audio community and a lot of people recommend it vs $100-$200 headphones.
For REAL budget...
Open-back for a large sound stage and for $40 I've heard good things. I honestly plan on getting them soon.
Also, keep an eye on Massdrop. They often have Audio-Technica and AKG headphones on there for <$100.
You wouldn't need a headset as the Bluetooth Reciever has its own built in microphone. Simply plug your headphones into the 3.5mm female port and Bluetooth pair to your computer, and clip to your shirt. The connection should be more obvious on the Griffin device, see the additional product photos.
As for headphones done you don't need a mic I recommend:
Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones [link]
Or one of its cousin Superlux depending on the sound profile you want. The closed version would be of you wanted more bass, semi-open for wider sound stage.
For me, these are the perfect over-ear phones with the Vive.
Cheap. Sound quality is good. Detachable cable. Comfy. And the gap in the padding that goes over your head is almost like it was made for the Vive as the cables all feed through it and are not pushed into your head at all.
Only thing I would recommend is changing the pad covers to velour ones to avoid sweaty ear syndrome.
I have 3 pairs of expensive Wireless (2.4 ghz) Gaming Headphones, all of which are sitting collecting dust. There is no substitute for wired audio connections.
Check these out - someone from this sub recommended them, I grabbed them because they were relatively inexpensive & they work great!
The detachable cable lets you eliminate pretty much all of the extra cord distance. Seem to be made for the VIVE.
I got one of these a while back and haven't looked back. It's great for the price, I like open cans, and has a detachable wire since that's always the most common part that breaks. It's still 3.5 mm, but since that headset was cheap, I just got a Digital to Audio Converter instead. And it's got a bass booster on it for when I'm gaming. If your interested in that as well it's a little pricey, but I got the fiio.
For cheap, I've heard good things about the Superlux 668b semi-opens. Haven't got to try them yet but had them recommended to me on /r/headphones.
Honestly, instead of using wireless headphones, I would pick up a pair of Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones from amazon. They are not wireless, but they are REALLY comfortable and have terrific sound for the price. I was like you where I wanted a wireless solution for the Vive, but honestly not having to deal with charging a battery and any interference or latency has been an overall better experience imo. And if you are worried about an extra wire hanging down, don't because the 3.5 Male jack is right at the base of the headphone. This allows you to either use the length of the Vives plugin jack to connect the headphones to your Vive OR you can buy a small extension cable for a little more slack. If you are interested in those headphones let me know and I'll tell you anything about them as I currently use them for my Vive as well.
The only thing that's absolutely terrible are the headphones. Those look like the cheap $15 SONY headphones you can get at walmart. OP... is this your setup? If so, please do yourself a favor and upgrade your cans. These are some pretty good cans for a really cheap price.
I know that feel, I'm from argentina and those are even more expensive here.
I've heard these give pretty good audio quality for a really low price, and you could pick a mic to pair with it:
So I currently have the HyperX Cloud 2's and would like to get some proper audio headphones, but i don't know what to go with. I would like to keep the budget under £60 (or around $80 for the rest of you) I was looking at the Superlux HD668B Headphones but i wondered if there were any better deals on the market?
I highly recommend these headphones [link]
They're fairly cheap, good sound and just have a jack sticking out the left headphone so the vive audio can plug straight in.
My vive experience improved greatly after getting these due the improved comfort and ease of use.
Or if you prefer on ear or don't mind on ear, the Status Audio HD Ones are amazing for the price but they are on ear
Or if your willing to spend 15$ more (or 60ish $ if the first purchase discount is still on) there are the Status Audio CB-1s
Thanks for posting
Unfortunately, new and low karma accounts cannot create submissions in /r/Vive. Please participate in the comment sections first. The participation requirement is minimal. Do not message the moderators asking for an exception
Below is a copy of the removed submission
[Great Head phones for the VIVE.](/r/Vive/comments/4xxbia/great_head_phones_for_the_vive/) by MTthreat
I got these a few days ago. They fit the vive perfectly and the vive headphone cord is long enough to reach the jack on the headphones with no other cord. They also sound great.
I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. Please [contact the moderators of this subreddit](/message/compose/?to=/r/Vive) if you have any questions or concerns.
Holy mother of god, I also have X12's still. I've been using them for YEARS. I thought I was literally the only one left using them. I've had to buy a USB mic+headphone device because my headphone jack on my laptop broke and I need two jacks for this fucking headset. I even have the white noise that you're talking about; it's disgusting and it's been around for as long as I can remember.
Sorry, I had to get this out of my system. Please let me know if you find something. I fucking hate these things but I'm too broke to buy something new. I'm definitely looking at Superlux HD668b studio monitoring headphones but again, can't really afford new headphones quite yet.
I'm using those Superlux cans and they are god tier for their price. Seriously good sound. For a mic I just use the built in one from my webcam - I lose noise cancellation but I keep a quiet office anyway.
Superlux HD668b with any external mic you like.
They have a really wide sound stage with amazing sound from what I've heard which is great for gaming.
Link to Headphones
Thanks for that man! Should I keep the foam up? Because the reflections for the lower freq isn't being soaked up.... is there a way to combat this with EQ? Do you think this is the possible cause for my issues? I wasn't aware adding too much foam was a bad thing. I tried to treat the room the best I could.
I know this sounds nuts, but is there a way I can hear what you hear? I don't think we are hearing the same audio because the first one is god awful on my headphones. These are pretty neutral too. The name for the headphones I am using is called ' HD 668D'.
These are the headphones: [link]
Once again, thank you Alan for the input !!!
Open-back tend to be better for gaming and far as the sound leakage of open-headphones goes, it's rather minimal and with 1-3m distance it really shouldn't be noticeable to anyone around you in a normal environment.
If you're already set on the Modmic i'd suggest getting the Superlux 668B together with it so that you end up spending about 100$ total for both. The 668B are beating things way up their price class and are more than suited for your needs.
The only concern might be the clamp factor on your ears but that's mostly an issue for people with large heads and can also be eased by getting good velour pads for them.
These Superlux HD668B Headphones
just arrived this morning itching to try them out when I get home from work.
Can't stand earbud types as they always pop out and hurt (tiny ears or something), the sound quality of the htc ones are fantastic though. Unfortunately my gaming headset USB wouldn't fit in the port housing so had to buy an alternative.. Someone recommended these as the audio jack is short and reaches the vives so minimal extra cable dangling around praying the quality is good, its cheap and has lots of good reviews.
I bought these specifically for my Vive and they've turned out to be perfect for it. They have a male connector on one side that you plug the cord into. So, the female connector on the Vive can attach directly to the headphones. The cord on the Vive is the perfect length to connect to the headphones with no slack. It's basically like having wireless headphones. They also sound great for the price.
Really liking the Superlux HD668B's that I bought for my Vive. The gap in the middle fits perfectly over the wires on the top of your head. They sound great and with a little 5 inch 3.5mm extension cable I got they are able to plug in without any excess wire.
> Kingston HyperX Cloud Pro Headset
These are decent headphones but the main advantage is you're paying for a built in mic. At least its a fair price and normally the only "all in one" headphones I'd recommend. But yeah man building your own is the way to do it. I got the AD900x's and a cheap 4 dollar mic I got off amazon lol sounds okay actually. (although lately I've been using my guitar amp's microphone) Even these sound load better than any gaming branded headphones. I got them for my fiance. Her previous pair of wireless logitech headphones have been gathering dust. They're amazingly impressive for the price. Quality headphones do not have to be expensive. Thats what the gaming headset marketing has taught you though. Such a shame.
The Superlux HD668B headphones are fantastic. Pretty affordable, too. Can confirm that they handle GY!BE and Illinois pretty damn well.
[link] get these with new ear pads and a Antlion Modmic 4.0 for 90 dollars. A lot better sound then, Kraken's, Kingston Gaming headphones, or any GAMING headphones. Even better then the G430s for cheaper. It sounds better than some 150 dollar headphones
Superlux HD668B. They are large, fairly comfortable, and have a great soundstage for that price range. The open back makes them great for positional audio, which is exactly what you need for csgo.
Basically all headsets mics are "good enough" for streaming, but most aren't good (especially under $50), if that makes sense.
And headsets are headphones with microphones, judging by your questions I can't tell if you meant to ask for decent headphones under $50 or an actual headset for under $50.
A really good pair of headphones under $50 is the Superlux HD668B.
These headphones are amazing for the price and beat out headphones at higher price points.
Superlux 668b www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003JOETX8
This is usually regarded as one of the best under $50 options. I do not have them but would love a comment from someone who does. The most interesting feature for VR is the headband design, that is split with 2 offcenter pads instead of a single large pad.
Most headsets will end up resting on top of the cable on top of your head. Little bit extra pressure concentration. I wonder if a design like this sits around the cable and ends up more comfortable?
These. Pretty good headphones regardless, but I think I'm biased towards the HD598's since they're so damn comfy and I'm using them with a DAC amp lol
[link] are some really good headphones, according to TekSyndicate, they have high treble and not the best bass.
Okay before making a rude reply like that I did make a suggestion my link should have been in the reply if not I will just tell you put it here [link] enjoy the rest of your day
If you don't want to shell out $300+, get the Superlux HD668B's. I use them, and to me they sound the same as my friend's Sennheiser HD518's. They are semi-open, and are super comfortable.
I recommend these if you're on a budget. They usually drop down to around $40 and you can get them on massdrop right now for $30.
This one has my vote.
Really great sound, great price and comes with 2 different cable lengths. Entry-level price, audiophile sound.
It's not because they're loud, it's because a shit ton of money and effort goes into making the ride as quiet as possible.
I don't see how headphones are more dangerous than speakers. You don't need to blast your music and as long as you have a pair like this hearing other sounds won't be an issue.
I use these with a mod mic 4.0
I also have the 681s which worked pretty well too. Good for gaming but if you have a noisy pc or a bunch of dick heads you live with its pretty bad since they are open.
Lingerie for her : $30
Headphones for you : $45
As LeventNoir mentioned: Beer tasting with the money left.
For comfort this is really good for it's price.
If you want to get closer to the $150 point you were talking about, then audio technica 500x will be a much better setup. You can pair either headset with a zalman clipon mic for $10, or a modmic for $40
I'm rocking these headphones and I'm loving them. Don't buy an all in one headset, its better to get headphones and then a desk or lapel mic for around 15-20$
It would not have been blown.
The HD668B only costs $50 right now, and I can guarantee you that they both sound better than your headphones and they actually have better positional audio than your 7.1 headphones as well, because they're open headphones.
The HD668B are probably the best headphones you can get around that price point.
I think this one has a cleaner sound than the 439, but the 439 have better bass. Don't quote me on that though.
They're also open instead of closed, and open headphones are better for gaming AFAIK.
If those are your only options then go for the Clouds as USB is bad for headsets/headphones and the Clouds are one of the two headsets worth paying for.
These are open but sound great for their price.
the 30's are decent, the 40's are better but they are 70 bux. If you need closed headphones and have to stay under 50 bux get the 30's they are great, if you can afford the 40's they are definitely worth the 20 extra bux.
open backs are better for gaming IMO because of what they are saying, you can hear where footsteps are coming from so if you play FPS shooters and thas important open backs are good.
that being said the audio technica 40's are great phones. i've used them.
Superlux. Ridiculous price to quality ratio. These are excellent for monitoring and studio use, I highly recommend them. They're one of the highest rated headphones on HeadFi as well.
Well, the problem is that the N3DS XL has a pretty weak internal amplifier. Idk how loud you want them to go, but if you want to get to hearing damage levels of volume, you'll need a portable headphone amplifier.
If you want to listen at normal volumes, for $60 budget I'd recommend the superlux HD668B [link]
No, the only risk would be it creating a resonance chamber inside your ear canal, so just don't play your music too loud, and if your dad doesn't care and is stubborn, ask him for these.
Honestly no. I have the X12s and I've used the Kraken 7.1 before. The difference between the two was marginal at best.
If you want a real upgrade in audio quality, instead of going for a headset, go for a nice set of headphones like the Audio Technica M50s, etc.
A nice set of budget headphones, like these: [link] with a Zalman clip mic and a inexpensive DAC will give you a much better experience.
Right now I'm using Superlux HD-668B's. They sound great and are only 50 bucks or so
I use these for practice but they make my ears sweat after an hour or so. I use these for general listening.
I will recommend a desk mic, if you care about headphone users that is...They are cheap enough and will make sharing information/discord calls less of an screaming contest. If you are in a budget check out this headphones https://www.amazon.com/Superlux-HD668B-Dynamic-Semi-Open-Headphones/dp/B003JOETX8
For some they are uncomfortable but they are the unicorn 40 dollar cans that sound like $100.
I can help you set hesuvi if you have trouble.
These can make gaming headsets look like toys and cheap as well https://www.amazon.com/Superlux-HD668B-Dynamic-Semi-Open-Headphones/dp/B003JOETX8
Yo uso unos Headphones Superflux HD668B, el sonido es buenisimo.
Earbuds baratos y buenos recomiendo House of Marley.
Australian prices are a pita.
Closest I can come to your criteria - Superlux 668b
If you can swing a little bit more, you could also consider the AT AD700x or HD 559
Good bass, wide soundstage. It’s recommended you do ear pad mods for comfort however.
Just buy good headphones and get a microphone for them, you'll get much better results.
Get these cans: [link]
These replacement pads for comfort: [link]
For surround sound buy the Dolby Atmos windows plugin for bineural processing, that's all the HyperX's are doing and I guarantee the software plugin will do it better.
Superlux HD668B's for £35 are the best headphones you'll be able to find on your budget. By all reviews their sound quality is that of around £100 headphones, just cheaper build quality, so can't really knock it.
Probably grab some cheap velour pads to make them more comfortable too: [link]
Microphone wise, I can't really help, I've only used modmics/vmodas, know nothing about desktop mics/booms :)
Well take a look at the headphone. It's not a band, it's like two seperate cushions scraping the frame https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003JOETX8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Mate if you're going for a great budget option, these are fantastic - [link]
Insane cans for the price, I've had mine for over a year and they're fantastic, can't fault them.
Sounds like you can use a 3.5mm jack through the Dualshock 4 to output to headphones. You'll just need to get a setup that runs the Mic input through a 4-pole TRRS connector.
Something like the V-MODA Boompro mic would work, and you'd just need a compatible headphone. The Superlux HD668B would be a cheap set of cans that you could try. You'll need a 3.5" female to female adapter to get the mic to work in line.
The Antlion Modmic can work through a PS4 controller with a Y-Adapter. Just attach it to any decent set of headphones.
This mic adapter with the Sennheiser HD 598 looks like it would be quite a good setup.
The other option is to get something that works via USB and is compatible with the PS4. The HyperX Cloud II is a popular Headset/Mic combo that has a USB Sound Card confirmed to work with the PS4.
Ok so my gaming headset is on its way out after about five years. I want to get a nice pair of studio headphones and combine it with a condenser mic for comms during games like overwatch, CSGO, Vermintide, etc... My question is, and I know it might be a lot, can someone please help me out by telling me if these two products will work for the purpose I've listed above?
Thank you all so much in advance
Another suggestion for buying new: [link]
I was shocked by how good these sounded for the price.
Corsair HS50 is a pretty good buy at the 50$ pricerange.
If you don't need a microphone, then the Superlux HD668B is a well-recommended product.
Looking for advice and past experience with gaming headsets. I am new to audio, and recently read about people using headphones for headsets.
I am currently considering four headphones:
Audio Technica ATH-AD700X
AKG Pro Audio K612PRO
PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset
Budget - $0-200
Source - Dual Sock 4 Wireless controller
Isolation - Unnecessary, will be using these at home
What I'm looking for? I'm looking for a great gaming headset to give me a wide sound stage and high quality imaging. I primarily want to use these headphones to be able to pick up foot steps and direction of gunfire.
Depends on what you are looking for.
For convenience and price, the best would be Sony gold's (wireless). For convenience, low price and better sound quality get hyper clouds (wired). For best sound quality, buy good grade headphones and modify them into headsets. That's what I did and they are really good and from I read they are levels better than Sony gold's but I've never personally used those.
Though it really depends on what you want. Making your own headset is pretty cheap, just inconvenient and possibly problematic if you don't know what you exactly buying.
This is my setup for the superlux hd668b's:
Headphones: Superlux HD668b [link] - 38.99$ (these are particularly good for hearing where enemies are so I got these)
Mic: Generic Gaming mic ([link]) - 19.99$ (I cheaped out on this, the bare minimum recommend are VMODA mics at 30$ and the best ones are mod mics at around 50-60$. Should note you could possibly go lower on these and I think 8$ zalman mic could possibly work but I don't think they have a mute button and the mic I got was the cheapest with a mute that I could reasonablly find)
Earpads (optional): Cosmo AKG k 240 [link] - 8.99$ (it is highly recommended to get these earpads as people say the original earpads are horrible; also these are tough to put on so just a heads up)
USB Hub (for connecting sound card as the sound card I listed won't fit without this!!): Sabrent 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub [link] - 6.99$ (some USB hubs don't work or cause problems, these work in my experience so just becareful if buying another hub)
USB sound card: SYBA external USB Stereo Sound [link] - 5.99$ (some USB sound cards don't work so also becareful what you buy, these work for me)
Female to female 3.5mm: Ksmile® 3 Pack [link] - 4.99$ (needed to attach the mic)
If you or anyone else has any questions feel free to ask.
I have also been looking for an over-the-ear headphone, and haven't found the optimal one yet. Some foreign reviewer suggested Superlux HD668B Semi-Open Professional Dynamic Studio Monitoring Headphones as one of the best value for money headphones under $30. It costs 2.8k in amazon and seem to have good reviews everywhere, but I have not yet purchased it, so I don't know about the quality. He had suggested few others as well, but this was the only one available in India.
For, those who want to buy a headphone under Rs1000, there is a great offer in Flipkart right now. JBL T250SI headphone is available for Rs349. It costs Rs1090 on amazon and I think it is the lowest price yet. It's usual price is around 800. Looks like a clearence sale.
Budget entry: [link]
These have been my practice cans for a couple years now...
For online/competitive FPS gaming under $100/£70, I strongly recommend Superlux HD668B. I recommend replacing the earpads with velour pads from HiFiMan. If you can make it into your budget, then Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x will be one of the best FPS headphones you'll ever own.
HD668B has a wide and deep soundstage and very good imaging, separation, clarity and detail retrieval. AD700x is better in every aspect, especially in clarity.
Soundstage is produced by the headphone and not the game. It's perceived space and environment of sound. A small soundstage makes the environment around you sound confined or boxed in. With a large soundstage, the environment sounds much more open, spatial and natural. You just have to experience it yourself to understand it.
Imaging is inherent to the audio content. It's how accurately the locations of sounds/objects are reproduced. Soundstage and imaging are generally best achieved with open-back headphones. Open-back allows sound to freely pass through, unlike closed-back which isolates sound from passing in and out. Soundstage and imaging constitute positional audio. They're also the stereo equivalent of virtual surround sound. I prefer stereo much more because virtual surround compresses/degrades the sound quality, diminishes detailing, and mucks up the positional audio when headphones already have good positional audio.
Separation is how you discern individual sounds from a range of overlapping sounds.
I also compare to AKG K52, AKG Q701, B&W P7, Beyerdynamic DT990 (600 ohms), HiFiMan HE400i (rev. 2), HyperX Cloud, Koss Porta Pro, Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony, Monoprice Monlith M1060, Philips Fidelio X2, Philips SHP9500, Sennheiser HD598 SR, Sennheiser HD700, Superlux HD662 EVO, Superlux HD668B, Superlux HD669, Superlux HD681 EVO, Tritton Pro+ and Turtle Beach Ear Force XP Seven.
I don't recommend HyperX Cloud because it has a small soundstage, poor imaging, muddy low- and mid-range and scratchy treble.
Attach an Antlion ModMic 4 or a Massdrop Minimic. The ModMic attaches magnetically to a base that you stick to either cup. The Minimic uses a very similar clasp system. They're very easy to attach and remove. To connect the headphone and mic to the controller, or any other device with a single jack, you need a TRRS Y-splitter (three black rings on the connector). It's possible to use a sound card, e.g. Astro MixAmp Pro TR, or a DAC and headphone amplifier, e.g. Audio Engine D1, instead of the controller.
Honestly i wouldn't trust many review sites these days, Most of the time i see any sort of review on any item the person doing the review has no expertise on the subject. Have you seen the Cuphead review? These are the type of people that review products.
As for headphones:
The superlux 668 or the Samson sr850 are very good for their price and will sound just as good and even better than the cloud 2's in some areas.
For ~$100 you can get a pair of ATH-AD700X . They're the best headphones in their price range/price-performance to me. They sound amazing. The ad500x's/ad900x'z are also really good for a little less/more.
Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones
Best headphones under $100
Just switch out the leather earcups with felt for long-term comfort
Connected with this V-MODA BoomPro Gaming, VoIP Headset Headphone with Mic (Black)
Way below your budget, but the HD660Bs are solid, and have great soundstage. They're semi-open, so could potentially leak to the mic, but depends on the sensitivity of the mic, and if you're only using it for voice chat and not streaming/recording then I doubt it's an issue. Z Reviews recommends buying pads with them. I haven't tried this; they weren't super comfortable but were bearable for many hours at a time and were very light. Plus they have good bass, which could be good for some of your music.
It doesn't really make a difference if your audio outputs on the motherboard are properly shielded, which they basically always are anymore. The connector doesn't make a difference, the quality of the audio and the quality of the listening device do. Shitty audio will still sound shitty whether you use gas station earbuds or $10,000 headphones, usb doesn't have any benefits over 3.5mm.
These get spoken of pretty highly, though I can't personally attest to how good they sound. I've been eyeballing them for about a year, but my current headset is fine. Note that these are headphones and not a headset, they do not have a mic. They get commonly sold with this, I think specifically because of that teksyndicate video I linked above.
if you want good audio I've been using this for about two years or so with no complaints, if you're buying a headset for the microphone then I've heard good things about the MSI 502 headset and the HyperX Cloud 2 and if you want the headphones I use, the Antlion Modmic 5 should work fine
I wouldn't trust the latency/quality of wireless
these are probably the best bang-for-your-buck headphones
you can just buy one of these clip-on mics for them
if you want to go even cheaper, these are incredible headphones for the price
I know, I know, they look like shit that comes with a CD player from 1998, but you just gotta trust me, they sound better than my $90 Grado SR80's.
Probably right at your budget, a little over Superlux HD668B with these earmuffs. I've had no issues with them whatsoever, decent sound quality, excellent comfort AFTER changing the cushions. The stock ones are terrible to me.
I've bought a pair of Superlux HD668B and a pair of Brainwavz HM5 Velor pads. They arrived 3 days ago but I've only been able to use the stock pads because I couldn't put the HM5's over the cups.
I've read from a lot of places that say they should work together, as well as that the pads require a lot of stretching. I've already torn one of the pads a little.
If anyone here has them both, can you please tell me how you did it? Pics would be cool too if you can spare the time.
I've been slowly getting more and more interested in the world of "proper audio", after several cheapish headset solutions for gaming in the past.
Budget: Flexible to be honest, but I'd have to be really committed to my choice to spend more than about £120 ($154 USD).
Source: My desktop computer. I do not believe it has a fancy soundcard.
Requirements for Isolation: Low. I might want to take these for a long car ride from time to time but it'll mostly be used for gaming and music at my desk (osu, Overwatch, etc).
In public?: Unlikely.
Preferred Type: I haven't had many circumaural headphones, but I love them. Proper comfort is my preference!
Preferred Tonal Balance: I understand the underlying theory here, but I'm not really knowledgeable enough to say I have a preference. I believe that a wide sound-stage is important for gaming because of the positional audio.
Past Headphones: Some Sennheiser gaming headset I won in a competition - I don't really remember the sound other than "good!" but the bracket and hinge on the left earpiece eventually disintegrated. Currently I'm using a Jabra BIZ 2400 after several other office-style headsets broke.
Preferred Music: Again, I'm not really an expert on genres, but most of my music comes from anime and / or osu maps. Examples/favourites are Highscore, Scarlet Rose, Talent Shredder and Mythologia's End.
Improvements: This is my first foray into the world of actually caring about audio rather than some £10 office headset, so I'm improving from "not caring" to "proper audio".
The things I've been looking at so far are the Superlux HD668Bs, the Sennheiser HD 558s (which one commenter described as "wallhacks" quality) and possibly the Hyperx Cloud II (which has the advantage of coming with an okay microphone - possibly also considering the Stinger!)
Please help and educate this filthy casual!
Footnote edit: There's also the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x.
Get one with a detachable jack. That's what I'm using.
Specifically, these: [link]
(With replacement velour pads to avoid "sweaty ear syndrome")
Como dijo /u/TheLoko, cambiá al vendido por Amazon, ese si manda a Argentina en este producto.
Only headphones? Look at (if you're in the US) Superlux or Sennheiser
I currently use a combination of the Superlux HD668-B ($40 on Amazon) and the Mod Mic 4.0 (Link to Mod Mic 5, $70 on Amazon)
This setup blows away a $150 "gaming headset" I bought a few years ago, and only cost me about 2/3 as much. I haven't personally heard the HyperX Cloud IIs, people seem to love them, but I learned my lesson about gaming headsets, and I'll never spend my money on them again.
I'm dissing gaming headsets in general. The 7.1 you hear from the g430 is something any set of headphones can do, it's purely marketing bs.
You should look into getting actual headphones in the future, like the Superlux HD668B SHP9500 HD598 or even X2's.
These headphones don't require an amp and will deliver worlds better sound compared to the g430 and other "gaming" headsets.
Superlux HD668B, best headphones i've ever owned
(I also got aftermarket pads)
I have a pair of Superlux HD668B Headphones and they're pretty great for gaming. For sure under $100.
These Philips headphones are very, very good for the price.
This headset with this Mic is probably the best quality you are going to get for that price. it isn't wireless but the Headphones do come with a 1m and 3m cable.
These should be pretty good.
Here's a friendly budget way to get something solid without spending $350.
Headphones - $40
ModMic - $55
Adapter (if needed for console) - $7
Of course, ModMic can be added to any existing headphone you might already have.
Best option for under $100:
Pair these headphones
My gaming headset.
This combo is cheaper and much better sounding than the Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset from personal experience.
You can snag SuperLux 668B for around $40 USD, if you are patient you can get them as low as $30. Then grab a lapel mic or a cheap desk mic for $10-20. it should out perform most of your standard "gaming headsets" in that price range with the Hyper X Clouds being the exception.
668B are incredible headsets for the price. They are a little weak in the bass area, but not enough to write them off as junk.
Amazon 668B Link
Clip on Lapel Mic
Price at the time of posting for both those items: $47 USD
Edit: It's also worth upgrading the 668B pads to the velvet pads for $7 this would being the total to $54.
Budget - 50-120$. whatever headphones you recommend, add 30$ for shipping to my country.
Source - my PC.
Requirements for Isolation - Closed-back headphones.
Preferred Type of Headphone - Closed-back over-ear headphones.
Preferred tonal balance - dunno. neutral, i guess?
Past headphones - Turtle Beach Recon 320, Superlux HD668B.
Preferred Music - Linkin Park, 21 Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Rick Astley (rick roll guy).
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - Nothing, really.
Things I've observed while watching them for some time:
They can only catch the game audio when no one is talking or at least yelling so they have the speakers turned down most of the time.
They have a mic for each person or will sit closely to share a mic and talk loudly.
They use a gate in post process to cut out back ground noise when no one is talking.
It sounds like they use a compressor at the right thresh hold so their quitest voice is heightened and any back ground noise is inaudible.
This can all be done but you have to learn how to edit audio and understand all the tools that can accomplish this as well as invest in better equipment.
If you want an easier set up but obviously more expensive than not wearing headphones is to look into a headphone mixer, they are fairly inexpensive, and look into open back headphones so you can hear each other talk in the same room while hearing the audio. ( I highly recommend SuperLux because of the price you get so much fidelity for editing but they can be uncomfortable so look into getting velour ear cups also they are fairly small so if you have a big head I wouldn't recommend this)
They use $100+ mics per person so I can imagine if you're starting out with a webcam mic you'll definitely want to use headphones since you can't move the web cam closer to you to help make you guys sound louder and clearer.
You've got a lot ahead of you tbh, they use some pretty pricey equipment for a hobbyist and they have knowledge on editing that are a must to learn to increase the quiality of your content.
I would strongly recommend the Super Lux 668B and the Blue Snowball iCE
Maybe a pair of Superlux headphones probably either the 668 or 669, which currently is unavaliable from Amazon.com. I recommend you go to Z Reviews
for the best info on these headphones.
I have used this combination for a few years and it has served me incredibly well.
It is one of the best headphones you can get fro sub $100, and the mic just works. It doesnt have alot of fancy features but it comes off with very clear sound, and I have yet to have any problems with it, and I have abused it a few times (tripped on the cord).
Personally, I'd recommend these: [link]
I own these headphones which are quite large and open at the top. They might work.
The headphones I always see come up are Superlux HD668B.
I have this: [link]
with this: [link]
Hello, I decided to buy my first real headphones, and Superlux 668B looks like a good choice (link).
Are they worth it for this price? (29.99€)
I heard they can be used with V-MODA BoomPro and similar mics, but they will be dangling because the cable sticks out (which I love). Is this a problem?
Stock pads suck, would like something that doesn't make my head pulsate after some time. Has to be from german Amazon (there's an option to switch to english language) and eligible for dispatch to Lithuania.
EDIT: Bonus question. Will I need an amp or anything like that? I'm planning to plug headphones to the back of my pc.
Thanks to anyone who bothered to read this!
Which one of these would give me the best sound quality (mainly mids) and comfort for long gaming sessions (~3h)?
Or any other suggestions?
Isolation: Open, but I don't mind.
Past headphones: Gamecom 788 headset (broken) - I found the sound quality to be very good.
Preferences: Longevity and comfort.
Will I need an amp or anything like that? I'm planning to plug headphones to the back of my pc.
Bare minimum for the tower itself is a little over $500 for a PC with i3-6100 and RX-470 - getting below that money means either big performance sacrifices for little savings or getting used components.
To that price you need to add a Windows license, which for students is often available for free. And on top of that you'll need peripherals:
So minimum overall budget for decent gaming PC with all the extras in it would be somewhere around $750.
Any reason why you don't rebuy the headphones?
[link] you're welcome
I just ordered these [link] after liking my previous Superlux headphones.
Superlux HD668B's if you dont mind an open back set of headphones or if you absolutely need closed, Samson SR950's. if you need a mic, grab the Zalman ZM-Mic1 or the Soonhua SH-666
You could look into Superlux HD 668B's. I have Superlux 681's and switching from Skullcandy Hesh2's, they sounded more natural and similar to Razer's virtual surround software out of the box. Honorable mention of Presonus HD7's. I personally wouldn't look into software surround when a good pair of stereo headphones can produce similar depth and soundstage.
Trying to decide between these two. Don't want to spend more than $40, would also like to take advantage of cyber monday if you have other ideas. I edit videos, listen to music and play games. I wear a hat so that's a bonus to the first. But my controller, mouse and computer tower are white so that goes to the second. That's assuming one isn't much better than the other.
Superlux HD-681 EVO
Neither, I'd reccomend: Superlux HD668B
If you want a mic, you can combine with: ModMic 4.0
If you want some info watch this video: [link]
There are a lot of other videos, which showcase why this is the best choice, you can look em up!
Most headsets with a mic built in are fairly terrible, so i'd reccomend the superlux hd668b's which give you really good audio quality, and something like a modmic which is also really good. (for $5 more you can get one with a mute switch)
Gaming headphones on the cheap are really bassy, and the mic is usually terrible. I use the superlux headphones right now, and there is a huge difference in audio quality coming from headphones 2 or 3 times the price.
3.5mm is nothing to be afraid of, headsets are what you should be afraid of. I always suggest a headphone+microphone combination. I'm not super familiar with stuff in the Great North, so excuse me if I don't have the best suggestions. I normally suggest these Superlux Headphones but they are open back. I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 428 headphones that aren't made anymore but you can probably find a used pair for cheap. They're much nicer than any headset and they're massively comfortable. To some detriments, I often forget that they are on my head.
Of course you need a microphone. The best mic for this situation is the Antlion Modmic, but it seems pretty damn expensive in Canada. It's a microphone that attaches to a headphone via a magnet. They are incredibly impressive sounding. You might be able to find a slightly older one for cheap while not really sacrificing quality.
However, you'd be surprised how good audio quality is with crazy cheap microphones. These guys sound better than you would expect. You can just clip it to your microphone cable and forget about it. This Zalman mic is specifically made for this but I have heard this mic isn't all that great.
Cheers for this. So does the mic just plug into the headphones?
I've just purchased these will the add on mic still work for them?
Budget - 200 or below. hard
Source - Desktop
Requirements for Isolation -I don't need any isolation. I have a quiet environment
Preferred Type of Headphone -Over ear
Preferred tonal balance - i would love to have balance. good bass and crisp mids
Past headphones - Right now i'm using Superlux HD668B at home but i recently got a pair of M-Duo Dual-Driver In-Ear Earphones which have bass better than any headphones ive ever had before.
Preferred Music - Dub step [link] . some rap [link] . i also really like Hamilton [link] .
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - my daily headphones have been around for way to long and im just looking for an all around better listening experience. the superlux are good enough for gaming but they dont do much for me when it comes to listening to music.
Sorry for the strange taste in music :P
Kingston HyperX Cloud line is one of the few solid gaming headsets. Otherwise, your best bet is to buy a nice pair of headphones and a clip on mic. Some suggestions for headsets:
$38 superlux hd668b(recommended to buy velvet/velor replacement ear pads, see suggested)
$65 Phillips SHP9500
$80 Audio Technica ATHAD500X
clip on mic:
$8 Zalman ZM-mic1
$30 V-Moda Boom Pro
I've been told that this $40 pair of headphones, combined with this amp and a quality mic beats most $200-$300 gaming headsets.
I have a big head as well (normal snapbacks wont fit big) - so I know your struggle. I also wear glasses so it makes choosing a headset more difficult as I don't want constant pressure on my ears / head.
I think the way to go would be to get a pair of nice comfortable head phones and add a mic to it (that way you have some nice headphones for music / movies / etc.)
This is the headphones I use for gaming - [link] (really great for the price) and a review of the headphones
if you decide to go with these I highly reccomend getting different earpads. These are the ones I got and I can play for several hours no problem. [link]
The mic I use with it (referred this mike to a lot of my friends and their chat audio quality has increased drastically):
[link] also if you use this with the headphones I mentioned above you'll need [link] since the headphones input is a male 3.5 jack
If you end up with headphones that don't have a detachable 3.5mm wire you can always add a modmic to it as well (I use this when using my akg k7xx)
A $25 gaming headset may be inexpensive and crappy, but that doesn't make a $100+ gaming headset good.
If you want good sound, don't get a "gaming headset." I've listened to gaming headsets from a dozen manufacturers, Turtle Beach included, and they all sound like ass. Get a decent pair of headphones and an AntLion ModMic.
If you want something that sounds good and has that super-cushy design, the Sennheiser HD-280 Pro aren't bad and sound isolation is good. Grado makes good, inexpensive headphones, but they may not be terribly comfortable for gaming.
Gaming headsets are over-marketed crap in cool-looking, plastic bodies. I have a box full of them sitting behind me (including two Turtle Beach models.) As far as sound goes, not one of them stacks up to low-end Sennheiser cans.
Edit: Actually, the Sennheiser GAME ONE isn't completely horrible, but it's still overpriced. I'd still pick the 280 Pro with a ModMic.
I have these Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones which sound fantastic, and not just for the price but in general. They're what I'd imagine "official" Vive headphones would be.
The cord is removable, so you can just plug them directly into the Vive's headphone cord (or the otherway around I mean). They don't have any mechanical adjustments, so there's much less to have to fiddle with. The ear cushions are replaceable, so you can just swap them out when your sweat begins to degrade them. They're semi-open so you can still easily hear the room when muted w/out having to remove them. They grasp perfectly over the outside of the HMD itself (lift them from your head, move them forward so the HMD is "wearing" them instead of you, and then simply remove the HMD with the headphones secured in place), making removal a piece of cake. And they're ridiculously affordable.
People probably assume that they're shit because the price is so low but man, I'm telling ya, these check every box of mine for the perfect Vive headphones. They're easily one of the most confident recommendations I can make in any category.
Also, if you go with them I HIGHLY recommend buying these ear pad replacements at the same time. They're super comfy, and you can use the less comfy stock ones for any of your greasy/sweaty friends if you're weird about that stuff like I am.
I always recommend a headphone+microphone setup.
I suggest these Superlux HD668B headphones They are better than the headphones you will find in any gaming headset (even the HyperX). Superlux calls them 'Semi-Open' but many consider them to just be open back headphones. This means that there will be a lot of sound leakage, in case that matters to you.
For your budget I suggest this Sony Lav Mic. You can clip it right onto the cable for your headphones and they'll never be apart. Watch the video review there on Amazon before you decide on if it's good enough. I think you'll be surprised.
As others have said, the only worthy gaming haedset is the HyperX Cloud series. They just announced a new headset that costs exactly $50, but it isn't out yet so no one can say if it is good or not. In general, the combo I have given you will sound better in every way. The headphones will sound better and the microphone is surprisingly clear, undoubtedly better than the majority of headset mics.
This + this . Probably the best headset you can get for that much money .
Check these out. I have them, and love them. Get a cheap blue snowball ice mic, and you're set.
There's the Superlux HD668B and here are reviews for it.
Hi everyone. I'm looking to get some headphones for PC gaming.
I'm currently gaming with these old Altec Lansing XT1 speakers, and would like to upgrade to something a little more impressive, and I thought headphones would be the best choice as it'll disturb my wife a bit less.
I've done some reading and research through this sub and elsewhere, and was thinking of getting the following:
Superlux HD668b headphones
Fiio e10k dac and amp
I read that open headphones would be better for gaming and music in general, but only in quiet environments.
I thought if I get the Fiio with it then down the line I can get some bookshelf speakers for the PC too.
Does this setup seem like a good idea to you? Will the Fiio make a difference compared to using my motherboard's onboard audio? Is there something else you would recommend instead? Would the HD681 evo headphones be a better choice?
I'm not looking to spend more than £100 total for headphones + amp/dac.
Thanks for any advice or info you can offer.
this and this
are decent for the money
That will get you started for now. That mic has been recommended left and right everywhere. Those headphones are awesome as well. I gave a pair to my dad and in the middle of moving states, I stayed at my parent's house and I took em every night when playing CSGO and loved em. I currently use a pair of UE6000 and they are nice but they eat batteries like crazy.
For the budget minded folks, I got these headphones and they work great, come with an extension cable, and have a jack adapter.
I recommend this to everybody on a budget
These. Not a headset but headphones will do just fine.
Budget- preferably around $30, nothing over $50
Source - My pc and my phone sometimes (ZTE zmaz 2)
Requirements for Isolation- Some isolation would be nice, but I will be using them mostly at home at at my desk so it is not completely necessary.
Preferred Type of Headphone- Full sized over ear
Preferred tonal balance I guess balanced
Past headphones- I have been using these monoprice headphones for a while until they broke. As far as sound, they worked well for my needs but I did not find them very comfortable after long periods of use.
Preferred Music- Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, and Rush, but I will be using them for gaming most of the time.
Overall I'm looking for the best bang for my buck on a decent sounding comfortable pair of headphones.
Thanks in advanced
Edit: Ive found some that I think I would like, please give your opinion
Samson Z25 - ~$35
Superlux HD668B- ~$40
Samson SR-950- ~$30
Superlux 668b + Zalman mic
Really good headset for ~45 USD. I have been using this combo for about 3 years and it has served me flawlessly. Much better sound quality than you will get out of most any 'gaming headset.' Honestly better audio performance than you will get out of most anything under $100.
As far as durability I have tripped over this sum-bitch tons of times, I've tossed them around, incredibly robust. I'm stepping up to some sennheisers soon only for a bigger sound stage, but I will definitely keep these beauties in my arsenal.
If you have a bigger budget check out this its tek syndicate with the founder of mayflower electronics (DAC, and AMP company). Great series very informative.
In all honesty, they're probably not better than these Superlux Headphones.
If you need a microphone there are many cheap microphones that would work fine. This one is probably the simpliest to use and one of the best sounding.
Do yourself a favor and get headphones and pair it with a mic.
I suggest these headphones and this clip-on microphone. In every aspect it will sound better than literally any gaming headset while costing less. No simulated, or actual, surround sound headphones sound any better than stereo headphones.
Most gaming headsets are pretty bad. I hear the MSI HyperX Cloud II headset is the exception to the norm and has good sound quality but seems to be out of your budget. I'd suggest getting a good pair of studio headphones and a clip on mic. The Superluxx HD668s are highly recommended on a budget for gaming and general use. Pair this with a Zalman ZM-Mic1 clip on mic which sounds better than most cheap headset mics.
/r/zeos gaming headphone guide
Superlux hd668b and Superlux hd681 evo are both great and inexpensive headphones. I use them for gaming and music and they're some of the best sound I've ever heard.
I don't mean to be rude, but Crushers are garbage. I had those in my middle-high school years, and all they do is bloat bass and vibrate the cans. They are also really small and closed back, and don't get me started on build quality. Skullcandy wouldnt need there 2 years no question asked replacement if they made them better. I have sent back like 7 pairs over 4 years of having them, finally just sent them back and sold them and have never looked back.
I highly suggest looking here you can get the Superlux HD668B for $43, they have really good soundstage and a good low end, get a Vmoda BoomPro with an adapter and your looking at like $75 for a much better setup than even $100-200 "gaming headsets" and they even beat most of the crap "advertising" headsets like Bose and Skullcandy.
Im telling everyone from experience, this is the best way to do it, screw anything gaming related as that just means crap plastic and colors. If you want quality go this route and it isn't even that expensive.
That PC is worth 500. OS is about 80 (you can get it for 20) mousepad is 10, keyboard 15-20, headset 35 bucks. Similar budget and a hell of a lot better.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
Get these headphones With the mic and velour ear pads at the bottom. Also visit /r/headphones. And one last question does he want closed headphones, noise isolation but worst for gaming or open headphones where sound will leak a tad but a lot better for gaming. But whatever he wants avoid anything that says GAMING on them, especially Turtle Beach and Razer, they suck ass.
Cosmos ® 1 Pair Black Color Velvet Replacement Earpad Ear Pad Cushion for AKG K 240 Studio Headphones [link]
Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone [link]
Already discussed at a few places in the thread, but I always suggest the headphone+mic combo. You'll have better headphones and a better mic for around the same cost.
These Superlux HD688B Headphones are probably the best set you can get for the money. If that's a bit too expensive, you can get the HD 681 headphones instead.
Pair that up with any cheap mic and it will sound better than any mic on pretty much any headset. This Clip-On Zalman Mic is often suggested because it is easily attached to your headphone wire and sounds good. If you can spend a bit more, then this Sony Lav Mic will sound a bit better but not be as easy to use. Even one of these desk microphones will sound really great at the expensive of needing to be on your desk and pick up desk noise.
So i followed This guide and now i want to invest in some good Music/gaming headset. So the thing is i have previously bought a sound card (Asus Xonar D1) and i'm wondering if that thread still applies to me?
Mainly the Fiio e10k, do i steel need that when i have my sound card ? Wont that render my sound card useless?
The headphones i had in mind are the Superlux HD668B
Gaming headsets tend to just be crappy headphones with a crappy mic stuck on marked up $100. A good pair of open-back headphones like these or these and a mic like this will give you a better gaming headset than anything you could buy altogether for <$50. Hope this helps!
Superlux HD668B Headphones W/MODMIC 4.0. Headphones are okay but are a little light on bass imo, but that is just my preference.
I'd also recommend sending the headset back. Razer is very cheap product, the headset has terrible audio, 7.1 surround is a joke, it just sucks all the way around. I'd send those back and buy these headphones and to add a little comfort I'd recommend some new earpads for a few bucks and for the microphone which you attach via a magnet that comes with it. I'd for the modmic 4.0 It comes in just under 90 dollars, retail price of the Krakens. You will be getting much better everything all the way around, comfort, sound, microphone and more.
If you want to spend a few more dollars and have something a lot more rewarding I'd get the takstar hi2050. Now keep in mind both of these are open headphones so sound will leak a little bit on them when listening to music or playing games. However they offer a much better soundstage for games and sound better when open vs closed. Sound will leak out so people within 2 or 3 feet can hear a bit what you are doing. Keep that in mind, but if you don't mind that the Takstar's would be my personal choice.
The 668b's are very bright, lots of treble and a bit of bass. Takstar is one of the most neutral sounding headphones with a slight peak in the treble. The Takstar headphones offer one of the most comfortable pads you can buy, they are stupid comfy. 668b's get uncomfortable after 3 or 4 hours of use and if you have glasses I wouldn't get these. They have a bit more clamping force and push the glasses into you but if you don't have glasses it doesn't matter about that.
Also visit /r/headphones and ask them.
You should get these headphones. [link]
And this mic. [link]
The quality in those headphones is awesome and you won't find a headset with that good of quality near that price.
How do these compare to the Superlux HD668B
These are my choice great sound and very light great value and look at that cable ;-)
A few more suggestions for you. Your ears deserve to ascend as well, and many games have very impressive sound design.
SuperLux 668b. Fantastic bang-for-buck sound quality. Semi-open back which improves sound stage, and shouldn't really leak much sound unless you are BLASTING the volume.
AKG K240 I've never personally listened to these, but they also are praised as good value.
Koss PortaPros Oldie but a goodie, there's a reason Koss has made these things for decades.
Creative Auravana Closed back which will isolate more noise, but smaller sound stage.
OPTIONAL but reccomended for comfort: [link]
Something like this seems a good bet: www.amazon.com/Superlux-HD668B-Dynamic-Semi-Open-Headphones/dp/B003JOETX8/
If you have a big head you might need to bend it a little, but the price is definitely right.
These super cheap, high quality sound, deep bass with detachable cable and light weight... actually dont even need a cable, I just plug the Vive headphone cable from the headset directly into it.. [link]
With better earpads like this [link]
And a wool or cotton headband sock like this [link]
And you set :)
Why on gods green earth would you spend more than 50 dollars for headphones?
Velvet Replacement Earpad
Just under 50 bucks, sound great. Bundles two cords, the 1m one is perfect for vr use.
If you want earbuds, stick with the good ones already bundled with the vive.
I know I'm a bit late to the party, but I saw this post come up in an unrelated search and wanted to offer you my two cents.
My original comment to someone else is here, but I'll copy/paste it below for your convenience (and note that my VERY SMALL issue with volume will quite likely go away when using what's built into the Vive - I've seen it drive MUCH hungrier cans):
>I'm not the guy you asked, but I ALSO have the G930s. They're nice, but I won't be buying them again. I find the wireless to be flaky when my wife uses HER wireless headset (another Logitec, but not G930s), and the battery is nearly worthless after 2 years of ownership (though I do a fair bit of gaming, so YMMV). Next headset I buy is gonna be a pair of these bad-boys, and I'm gonna slap some of these on 'em. If I need a mic, I'll grab something like this. Won't be wireless, but I've got a cheap bluetooth headset if I need to move around the house. Since my HMD is tethered ANYWAY, I don't mind the headphones being so as well. :)
>Hope that was somewhat helpful! :)
>EDIT: OK, so here I am, nearly a month later. My G930s finally gave up the ghost, and I went ahead and bought about what I describe above (haven't picked up a mic yet (doesn't make sense at this point, with the Vive so close), but I've got the Superlux cans and 3rd party earcovers), and I'm LOVING them. Nice sound, though quieter than expected - I've not dealt with anything but USB headsets for a while, so I'm pretty sure I need an amp, which I can't fault them for, I knew it was a possibility going in. In any event, though a bit quiet at this point, it's not to the point of unhearability or anything. I just can't make it annoyingly loud if I want to. I'm also irked at the tiny male jack hardwired into them - I'd rather have a flush female jack, but what 'cha gonna do?
>Beyond those two TINY issues (the first is only an issue due to my not realizing they'd need a bit more juice, and the second is annoying, but not at all a dealbreaker), I'm LOVING them for the price. Reproduction sounds pretty good (good enough for mixing with, anyway), and comfort is GREAT (they feel VERY light). YMMV, but I'm a happy camper with my Superlux HD668B semi-open cans (just don't forget the (<$10!) 3rd party covers - they REALLY improve on the default comfort).
In any event, my all-in cost on these particular ones was > $50, so it's within range, I think. :) Hope you end up with something that works great for you! :D
EDIT #2: I'm a jackass. I had them plugged into line-in. When I found a second line-in (this one actually labeled and recognized by the OS as a headphone jack), the softer sound issue went away.
Here's the video I mentioned.
I suggest these headphones (if you're in a not so loud environment) with this boom mic. You'll need a little adapter to use this specific combo because the line-in for these headphones is weird, with it being a male 3.5mm instead of female 3.5mm.
[link] these, some comfy cushions [link] and the mic which is clip on the cord and has good quality.
Headphones offer 100-150 dollar sound quality and the mic is clip on but is a lot better then the G430. I own the G430, tried the 668b's and it was amazing.
Get a Superlux HD668B and an Antlion Modmic (uni-directional).
I was on a budget when I got my current pair, and these came highly suggested from /r/headphones. I love them for gaming and listening.
I just ordered these, they seemed like a high-quality pair for a decent price, and the reviews were very good.
I'm not the guy you asked, but I ALSO have the G930s. They're nice, but I won't be buying them again. I find the wireless to be flaky when my wife uses HER wireless headset (another Logitec, but not G930s), and the battery is nearly worthless after 2 years of ownership (though I do a fair bit of gaming, so YMMV). Next headset I buy is gonna be a pair of these bad-boys, and I'm gonna slap some of these on 'em. If I need a mic, I'll grab something like this. Won't be wireless, but I've got a cheap bluetooth headset if I need to move around the house. Since my HMD is tethered ANYWAY, I don't mind the headphones being so as well. :)
Hope that was somewhat helpful! :)
EDIT: OK, so here I am, nearly a month later. My G930s finally gave up the ghost, and I went ahead and bought about what I describe above (haven't picked up a mic yet (doesn't make sense at this point, with the Vive so close), but I've got the Superlux cans and 3rd party earcovers), and I'm LOVING them. Nice sound, though quieter than expected - I've not dealt with anything but USB headsets for a while, so I'm pretty sure I need an amp, which I can't fault them for, I knew it was a possibility going in. In any event, though a bit quiet at this point, it's not to the point of unhearability or anything. I just can't make it annoyingly loud if I want to. I'm also irked at the tiny male jack hardwired into them - I'd rather have a flush female jack, but what 'cha gonna do?
Beyond those two TINY issues (the first is only an issue due to my not realizing they'd need a bit more juice, and the second is annoying, but not at all a dealbreaker), I'm LOVING them for the price. Reproduction sounds pretty good (good enough for mixing with, anyway), and comfort is GREAT (they feel VERY light). YMMV, but I'm a happy camper with my Superlux HD668B semi-open cans (just don't forget the (<$10!) 3rd party covers - they REALLY improve on the default comfort).
These are rated pretty well.
No worries man I had a hard time understanding all this at first too. I thought the exact same thing btw. "I do notice a difference with 7.1 yadda yadda". I didn't understand until I actually got "real" headphones. And its a hard thing to accept especially if you have 7.1 headphones next to you that you've spent money on and like. No one wants to think they made a bad choice and I'm not saying you did necessarily, thats just what I went through. But anyway.. the same rule applies to music recorded in binaural (in the 2nd link... pay close attention to what happens to the audio when the singers swing behind you at 1:05, turn off 7.1 again).
You have two speakers on those cans. Its literally impossible to improve upon that unless the source itself was recorded with binaural in mind. You can't make two channels magically turn into 7 in real time. And when you have multiple drivers inside your headphones your ear can't make the difference between speakers that close together. And also you end up having multiple bad smaller speakers capable of audio that isn't that good anyway. So what's the benefit? So again. Until you try actual quality headphones get the "I definitely like 7.1 in stuff" out of your head because I'm telling you once you try good ones you're going to be amazed. What you're likely hearing is an EQ when you turn on 7.1 mode. It emphasis the lows and highs to make whatever you're hearing sound 'better' but its fake quality.
I promise that if you messed around with an EQ on "nice" headphones you'd also make those sound better than they did before too (assuming you like screwing around with EQ, a lot of audiophile people think its blasphemy to screw around with what the artist originally intended or to screw around with the design aspects of headphones. I personally think its not a huge deal but I also don't like messing with anything)
Tldr: What you're likely hearing is an EQ with 7.1 mode and you can do that with any pair of headphones. If the source isn't binaural you can't make it binaural by flipping a switch. You're turning on an EQ.
Honestly the only way to test it for yourself is to try a pair of good headphones for the first time. And luckily enough you don't need to spend a ton of money to try your first real pair. I got my fiance the Superlux 668b's this Christmas. She previously had wireless Logitech headphones. They're gathering dust now... The Superlux headphones are amazing for the price. Even I couldn't believe the quality. Years of conditioning has taught me that "good" headphones needed to cost a lot. But nope... Just damn good marketing from the people that make crap. Thats all it is.
Edit - If you do get the Superlux I'd also get replacement earpads as the ones they come with should be considered place holders. Also the video you linked is mostly all true.
I have the [link]
The sound is good but they aren't so comfortable. :'(
After an hour or two of playing csgo, my ears begin to hurt. Just a warning.
But I connect mine via my stereo, so I don't know if they will be loud enough without an amplifier if you just hook them up to your soundcard.
I've never heard of that brand, so I can't say much. But if you are looking for a headset, you don't need surround sound.
Listen to [link] if you don't believe me.
This would be what I think is the best option that should fit your budget:
Superlux 668B and a Zalman ZM 1
Previously recommended here so I got them. Pretty good sound but my ears overheat eventually...
For headsets, just get a great set of normal headphones and a standalone mic.
I use these Superlux with this clip on mic. Extremely lightweight, comfortable, semi-open format (a dealbreaker for me personally) and near studio sound quality.
Seven bucks more and it's Prime
Open back headphones will give you far superior sound for gaming than any gaming headset. Forget any "surround sound" crap. It just makes it sound worse.
Or <50 and are actually pretty good.
Possibly try the Superlux HD668b and a cheap mic like the Zalman.
The HD668b will sound better than headsets of a similar price.
or the better option if you can spare it
and this is what the go mic sounds like...from my own video. you don't have to mount it
I respect great sound quality, but I have very little understanding of how amps/dacs work.
I'm interested in upgrading my PS4 Turtle Beach Stealth 400 setup for something substantially better. I hate the build quality of these TB's. I had to do a warranty claim back in March for a broken extender, and yesterday the warranty replacement I'd received from that claim broke in the exact same way. Needless to say, I'm through with TB.
Here is the setup I'm currently considering, but I want to know if it's all I need.
As the PS4 only has two USB ports, I need one for controller, and one for the microphone. The AMP/DAC must absolutely have an optical in port.
Any help is appreciated. Will the FiiO be all I need? I don't fully understand Amps and DACs. Is this a combination of the two? Is there an alternative with an optical in of higher quality but maybe at a better price point?
Thanks so much. I genuinely appreciate any input.
I'm gonna recommend the Superlux HD668 for headphones ($42.95)
And the AntLion Modmic 4.0 ($49.95)
My current setup is Superlux hd 668bs with a standalone mic. I cannot recommend this headphone enough, one of the best sounding headphones PERIOD for under 50$. Hell, it even sounds better than some $100-$200 headphones. It is open so you don't have to use surround audio shit. I personally prefer these over the sennheiser ones but both are really good for their price. The only con is the pads as they really suck ass.
I also recommend takstar hi2050s as they sound as good as the superlux and is comfortable as hell. For the superlux, you have to get replacement pads but these are good straight out of the box. Some people say this sounds better than the superlux. They are also open so it has a exaggerated soundstage, which is good for gaming.
Looking to upgrade my Sony MDR-V150 headphones to something new, how about these? Are they significantly better?
You should invest in Superlux HD668B's. Easily the best headset I've used and it's been serving me well for around 3 months. Very comfortable, and if you aren't a fan of the leather pads that come with it you can replace them with cheap valour pads.
They don't have a mic built in, but that shouldn't be an issue if you are going to end up having a stand alone mic (a Yeti in your case). Or you can just get a cheap attachment mic.
I am going to suggest different headphones although those are technically fine you can get better ones for less money Link and then buy a clip on mic which will be better Link.
As far as the mouse goes, I have the G303 Apex and love it but only buy it if you claw grip or you will be uncomfortable.
The thing is that you don't need $200 to find good headphones.
Any of these will sound way better than any "gaming headset" twice their price and the Zalman clip on mic is $9.
Replace the shitty headset with these 2.
Way better sound quality. Your monitor should come with built in speakers so you don't need the speakers.
Also if you're not planning overclocking for now, just use the stock cooler. It's pretty good and you can always upgrade to the 212 later. And if you can, get a better PSU too.
You might wanna consider an r9 390. It's the same price as the 970 but better performance.
Was readying for bed last night, i have time to better help you out now. Some quality budget headphones:
Superlux Look similar to the headphones originally linked and have pretty good audio for their price.
TakstarGood comfort, solid sound more stylish (if he's into that)
I think the best combo for you is the Superlux HD668B and the Sony ECMCS3, this combo puts you a few pounds over what you wanted to spend. Another mic that is pretty good is the Zalman ZMICC 1, this will keep you below 50.
Glad to see I could offer up something useful.
Hey /u/snugglen, for affordable headphones that are great daily drivers, I'd recommend the HD668B from Superlux. They really do sound great. They're a semi-open, over-the-ear headphone. They come with a cinch bag to carry them in, as well as two lengths of 3.5mm extension cabling, a clip to ensure that the two cables stay connected as best as possible and a 3.5mm to 1/4" jack adapter. They're currently $59.95 on Amazon.
Here's a link for those: [link]
For a great affordable, level amp that doesn't have too much warmth to it, I'd recommend the Bravo Audio S1 solid-state amplifier. It doesn't use any tubes. I much prefer solid state amps to tube amps. It puts out great sound, and it's capable of powering higher-ohm headphones as well, in case you decide to invest in an even better set of headphones down the road. It's currently $67.99 on Amazon.
Here's a link to that: [link]
I hope that what I suggested helps, as good audio is just as important to your gaming as your GPU (in my opinion... I'm sure plenty of other redditors/people in general would agree). I can also recommend some affordable, worthwhile mechanical keyboards if you're interested. Just let me know. :)
dont get a headset [link]
I used both of them after I switched to a new pair of headphones!
Superlux HD668Bs: [link] and the Zalman clip on mic: [link]
For you budget maybe Superlux HD668B and a Zalman Zm-Mic1
Cheap but sound pretty decent.
If you MUST have a headset, HyperX cloud, otherwise, Tek Syndicate has you covered.
This selection is for the UK, and i am not sure how amazon uk ships to the EU, so my apologies in advance. Also, sorry about the reviews featuring multiple headphones, but he does a great job, so I use his reviews.
Headphones 1 (Superlux) |
Headphones 2 | Review
Mic 1 (desktop)
Mic 2 (ModMic)
Despite the mass-regurgitation of M50X recommendations, I DO NOT recommend them for games because they are a closed headphone, so reduced positioning.
EDIT: I can put some personal experience behind the Superlux, minus the pads (hence my recommending replacing them), they are awesome for what they cost, and they have what may be my favourite detachable cable system.
Perhaps the Superlux HD668B, plus the VModa boom mic as suggested above: [link] Mic: [link] I agree with /u/swordknight , that the Phillips would be a great choice, it has a warmer balanced sound, and if you think that would fit better than the Superlux's bassier sound the Phillips would be a great choice. Also the Phillips would leak a fair bit more than the Superluxs
I would like open back yeah. I was also looking at the Superlux 668B/Samson SASR850C which are both open back but at the ~£40 mark I don't know if they're good. They fit what I want and what you've suggested being open back though. I've seen the Superlux everywhere but I gather the Samson are just re-branded Superlux or just similar.
Edit: I'd probably opt for the Samsons because of the Velour padding they come with, not a nice looking headband though. :/
I3 are only dual core, you can keep your current mother board and get better results form the newer hex/octacore AMD processors
i found the superlux [link]
its a much better product not much of a looker, but don't fall for gamer bling headset you will need a mic this: [link] isn't anything special but still just as good if not better the the built-in one from the plantronics
I use these with my ModMic: [link]
They're terrific on a budget. Better than every headset I've ever used.
And yes, the ModMic is just an all-around awesome mic.
Superlux 668Bs are cheap but very good over over the ear headphones. Sennheiser 598s are lower mid end headphones that were on sale for $100 recently. Hifiman HE500s are high end magnaplanar headphones. Alclair reference are custom molded IEMs(in ear monitor)
As I said to Codden, I've been looking at two headphones in particular, in addition to the X12, the Superlux HD 668B and the Sennheiser HD 448, which one would you say is better for gaming? Also, what's a good, inexpensive clip-on microphone that's suitable for gaming?
So, I was looking into the Superlux HD 668B and the Sennheiser HD 448, which one would you say is better for gaming? Also, what's a good, inexpensive clip-on microphone?
For only $20 more get the Superlux HD668B. Having a non-trained ear, a $17 headphone might sound the same as a $100 headphone but hearing the difference between a closed end vs an open/semi-open end headphone is like night & day.
Hi guys. I realize I can ask this in /r/headphones but since these would be used for music production, I thought this crowd might be more appropriate? But feel free to point me away if not!
Anyway--I'm looking to buy my first pair of headphones for EDM production, right now I use earbuds which are, of course, limiting. I was recommended these as a first set, and the price is definitely right for me, around $45 USD. I'm no audio expert though. Is this a good first purchase, or is there a better, similarly-priced headphone out there this sub enjoys?
If it helps, I generally make chill EDM AND bouncy EDM with driving bass and loud leads. Not dubstep/trap.
These are the headphones: Superlux HD668B
Mainly looking for feedback on:
Direct links: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003JOETX8/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A2LXBKOLL3J3K6&psc=1
No, you don't have to spend that much to get that quality.
/u/Sigma3737 this is a better recommendation and you won't have to go hungry to pay for it:
Also add on these to be less sweaty:
I do not recommend HyperX Cloud / Cloud II / CloudX because they have a small soundstage, bad imaging and they sound very muddy and congested.
Soundstage is perceived space and environment of sound. It determines whether the sound is perceived to be coming from inside your head or beyond the drivers and around you. It can be compared to virtual surround sound; both attempt to produce the same spacious, three-dimensional effect. The reason why stereo should be considered over VSS is that VSS degrades the sound quality and diminishes detailing due to compression from digital processing. You might also experience less accurate imaging and separation. Imaging determines how accurately sounds/objects are positioned. Imaging is inherent to the audio content, so if the game is recorded or mixed poorly, a headphone with good imaging won’t improve the original source. Separation is filtering out individual sounds from a range of sounds.
Two much better options for a similar price is Philips SHP9500 with V-MODA BoomPro mic and Superlux HD668B with an Antlion ModMic or a Massdrop Minimic. I recommend replacing HD668B's earpads with velour pads from HiFiMAN or Cosmos. The headphones have a big soundstage, great imaging and good clarity and detail retrieval. SHP9500 has better tone quality than HD668B, but HD668B has better detailing. I recommend HD668B for online FPS gaming. They have a flat/balanced sound signature / frequency response (no emphasized or recessed lows/bass, mids, highs/treble) except HD668B having emphasized highs/treble. They are open-back, over-ear and have durable constructions and detachable cables.
Open-back headphones have cups with perforations/grills that allow outside sound to freely pass in and sound from the drivers to freely pass out. How loud you hear outside sound and how loud people around you hear the sound emanating from the headphones depend on your volume, of course. The benefit to open-back is generally a big soundstage. Closed-back headphones have cups with solid shells that largely isolate sound from passing in and out. These should be considered for gaming only if isolation is needed.
Over-ear means the cups and earpads go around your ear and rest against the side of your head and not on your ears.
If Superlux HD668B isn't available in your country and you can't import it, then Samson SR850 is a very similar option. Other open-back options: Audio-Technica ATH-AD500x, Status Audio OB-1 and Superlux HD-681 EVO.
Closed-back headphones I've heard have a relatively big soundstage and good imaging: AKG K52, Samson SR950 and Status Audio CB-1.
IMO you'd be better of with headphones at that price range. Speakers at that price range are generally not that great.
I've got a pair of Superlux HD668B's and they are amazing.
The sound difference is dramatic when comparing those Logitechs to the superlux. Huge open soundstage. It took my fiance weeks to get used to things sounding like they were happening behind her. That and the crisp highs are amazing, music and games are much more immersive.
Those and the mic are cheaper than the Logitechs and are much wiser overall. It sounds better and you save money.
I moved to these in christmas and can honestly say I'm delighted with them.
If your impatient though and want super budget cans, 668B's are the way to go, in my opinion. They need a pad replacement but for less than 60, your getting a good money worths!
Alright. I'll save up my money for the Taskstar. I see there the same as the cheaper Gemini which are closed and as well for the Hyper X cloud which are also closed. I just need a decent set that have good soundstage and I can hear people calling.
One more option:
Superlux HD668B and AntLion ModMic is what i'm recommending, they're not the headphones you're looking at, but they're better with the price point you have here, it costs around $90 which is what the Razer headset costs, but the mic will be MUCH better, and the sound quality of the headphones is MUCH better.