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Old December 23, 2011, 03:45 PM
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Hello

I was referred here by a friend and was wondering if you could help me out a little bit. Next on my list of upgrades for my PC is a soundcard / headset.

If anybody has any recommendations that would be great.

I have been told the Sennheiser 360 is pretty crazy and I have found a combo for the 350:

Asus Xonar Xense Sound Card + Sennheiser PC 350 Xense Edition Headset [90-YAA0J0-0UAN0BZ]

Also I am looking for a combo that will be an all rounder for music / gaming etc. It does not have to have a microphone either as I can just pick a USB one up or something.

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Whats your budget? Since you're using the headphones for music I dont recommend a headset, get studio headphones and the $10 zalman clip on mic, it will do wonders for your music sound quality as headsets generally are not focused for music.

Post your budget and we'll go from there
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More or less 150-200 I guess.

The gaming quality is more important than the music experience but both would be nice lol
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Asus Xonar DX and Audiotechnica M50s + Zalman ZM-Mic1
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And the Audiotechnica M50s will be great for gaming which is my priority?
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And the Audiotechnica M50s will be great for gaming which is my priority?
I would say no, regardless of whether you are a casual gamer or a competitive one. Claustrophobia inducing soundstage and the bass muddies important game details such as footsteps. If you want a fun sound, there are better and cheaper alternatives.

If gaming is top priority go for a PC 360. Just keep in mind they're an open ear headset. Forget the Xense bundle if you remotely care about bass/treble in your music. I have PC 350's and I like them, but they aren't without serious drawbacks.
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I would say no, regardless of whether you are a casual gamer or a competitive one. Claustrophobia inducing soundstage and the bass muddies important game details such as footsteps. If you want a fun sound, there are better and cheaper alternatives.

If gaming is top priority go for a PC 360. Just keep in mind they're an open ear headset. Forget the Xense bundle if you remotely care about bass/treble in your music. I have PC 350's and I like them, but they aren't without serious drawbacks.
Muddy bass??? Ummmmmmm no.
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So what are you guys suggesting for gaming?
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Muddy bass??? Ummmmmmm no.
I never said it had muddy bass, I said the bass muddies/affects the details you'd want to hear precisely for any sort of competitive gaming. Something like an explosion (although fairly impactful and realistic) would pretty much mask any cues that someone's about to stab you in the back. The M50's aren't detail whores, they're meant to provide a very fun and enjoyable sound. Plus, the immense popularity of these cans has driven pricing much higher than the original launch price. There are equally good choices in that regard for less.

To the OP, a Xonar DX+PC360 will be slightly over your budget at MSRP. (~250 GBP) But if you hunt around you should be able to find them for significantly cheaper.
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Old December 24, 2011, 09:57 AM
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I was able to find them well within my budget for a total of 146.94 before shipping:

ASUS Xonar DX - Sound card - 24-bit - 192 kHz - 116 dB SNR - 7.1 - PCI Express x1 - ASUS AV100 - low profile: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

Sennheiser PX 360 High End Collapsible Stereo Maxi: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

Just to check these are the right products?

Thanks for the help so far!
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