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Headsets vs headphones+microphone

TrippyJingTrippyJing Moses supposes his toeses are roses.But Moses supposes erroneously.Registered User regular
I've practically stopped gaming online since my last headset finally died. I've even slowed down on watching a lot of media on my computer as I've grown used to listening through the headset and not the speakers. I was browsing through Newegg for a new pair when something else occurred to me. I could do with a pair of headphones to listen to music with. I've been using the earbuds the player came with for some time now, and I could do with a good pair of headphones for two reasons:

1) I can give them to somebody else if I want to show them something without having to worry about the cleanliness of it all.

2) No need to raise the volume up so high when I'm traveling.



So I have to ask...should I buy both a headset and a pair of headphones

or

should I buy a pair of headphones and a microphone so I can game when I want to?



I would also welcome suggestions on what to get.

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    NovembersChopinNovembersChopin Las VegasRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I've gone through a couple of headsets and recently decided to switch to a Headphone with a clip on Zalman Mic.

    In the last 2 months, I've used the following:

    Corsair HS1 headet (returned because Mic sucked)
    Audio-Technica AD700 (sounded great but lacked the bass I like)
    Sennheiser hd555

    and now...I'm waiting for the Sony MDR V6 to ship to me.

    I think the Clip On Mic is decent but my previous Plantronic 777 Mic sounded much better.

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    mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Headsets will always work better.

    Also note that your choice of headphones may vary based on environment. The best headset for gaming or watching media at home in a (relatively) quiet environment is not necessarily the best headset for taking on the bus. For the former, you probably want some nice over-ear headphones with open drivers. But those will be large, and not block out sound, which will make them terrible for public places...for that you'd probably rather have some smaller on-ear headphones, and you'll almost certainly want closed drivers (to block out more sound).

    For this reason I'd recommend that you try to budget for both...a decent/nice headset at home (a detachable mic is nice for when you're not gaming), and a cheaper set of closed headphones for on-the-go.

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    FatsFats Corvallis, ORRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Headsets will always work better.

    Really? I need a mic but I'm a little concerned about the sound quality of the headsets, especially coming from my HD595s (all my listening is though headphones, I don't have speakers). I thought about just getting a ~$50 USB mic instead.

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    mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Fats wrote: »
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Headsets will always work better.

    Really? I need a mic but I'm a little concerned about the sound quality of the headsets, especially coming from my HD595s (all my listening is though headphones, I don't have speakers). I thought about just getting a ~$50 USB mic instead.

    Really. Part of it, I think, is just positioning...a headset will usually have a semi-directional mic that's placed so that you're speaking straight into it, as well as some decent noise cancelling. With pretty much any desktop or clip-on mic, you're either going more towards omni-directional, or you're increasing the distance.

    Even a crappy headset will usually have a much better mic, or rather you'll get better sound through that mic, then a headphone/mic solution.

    That said, I don't endorse crappy headsets, because sound is important. On the other hand, you definitely pay for a decent headset.

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