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Old 2008-02-05, 03:13   Link #1
Potatochobit
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Is anyone using a medusa or turtlebeach headset?

It's almost time to shop for a new headset!

I have an older corded panasonic thats padded and covers the whole ear and it has served me well, but it's reaching it's age.
I've put alot of use into this and the in-line volume control does not work so well anymore.

So I was thinking I want the best! I tested that bose set, I think they sell them at target for about 100$ but I didnt like it too much. sure it was good, but not much better than my current.

Since I use the headset numerous hours a day (and night) for games but also for doing translation work, it has to cover the whole ear without much preassure.

So what do you think about medusa or turtlebeach? both use surround sound speakers in the ear phone! I have not had a chance to test them yet, but can you really tell you have surround sound in your headphones?
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Old 2008-02-05, 04:24   Link #2
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hobbes_fan is the resident sound specialist, so he'll probably have more useful advice to give. My only advice (and I'm sure you know it) is to test the headsets in stores if at all possible, especially if you're going to be using them for hours on end. Even if it sounds great, there's nothing worse than something that makes your head or ears hurt. The other consideration is the material making up the earpads, and whether they can be changed or not. I had a set of DJ headphones that I loved dearly (had to use an audio jack converter to use them with regular 3.5mm audio jacks), but after two or three years of extremely heavily use the plastic lining along the pads started to dissolve and would flake off onto me. It didn't make them unusable, but it was a bit unpleasant.

(As an aside, and this isn't a product recommendation for your needs, but I recently bought a Motorola HT820 - wireless headphones/headset! I should have it in a few days, but I'm really excited about it.)
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Old 2008-02-05, 05:20   Link #3
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Lol, I don't have mch experience with turtlebeach other than their soundcards which are great equipment, (not audiophile grade but a cut above Creative). I will say that 7.1 or 5.1 in headsets is not very useful. 5.1/7.1 works because sound is directional, surround works in hi fi equipment because the speakers should be placed apprpopriarely ( rear l & R, Front L & R, Centre etc etc) because headphones are fired directly into your ear, the surround effect is greatly diminished, it doesn't have the depth to truly convey a sense of surround sound. Also unless your source is 5.1 or your soundcard is capable of upscaling to 5.1 forget it, you're getting stereo or even worse mono. I guess what I'm trying to say is it works kind of, but it is disappointing as generally the effect is pretty mild at best. If yo have access to a surround sound setup put all the speakers next to each other in front of you instead of the circle/semi circle configuration as shown here


when you pt all the speakers at the front next to each other you don't get the "surround" depth, basically this is what happens in these kind of headphones.



I'd opt personally for a pair of headphone monitors, for transparent flat eq response, which is better for vocal reproduction. Beyerdynamic for over $100, Sennheiser or audio technica under $100.

If yo need a mic, well depending on your requirements, well Samson co1u usb condenser mic is recording quality but that's overkill probably. Plantronics make some decent gaming usb mics .

See the guys at the local music store in the recording section. Even the cheapest stuff there tends to be superior to pc gear

A few words on Bose

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