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8-18-2009 @ 10:52AM
Lol, why? Who needs a 150 dollar headset to play WoW?
8-18-2009 @ 11:00AM
A good question actually, but if you use your headset often it might be worth putting some cash on it - and if you are a WoW player, then why not get a WoW-flavored headset.Myself I own a Steelseries Siberia headset, and it works wonders.I'm hoping this isn't the 'exclusive' Mike was talking about on the latest podcast, it almost seems like an ad to me...
8-18-2009 @ 11:30AM
For $150 these better sound amazing. More likely they won't be all that great and you'll be better off spending the money on headphones that aren't a gimmick and come from a company known for quality. Try Grado SR60s or Sennheiser HD497s (if you can find them). Both are under $100 and both sound great.No microphone or USB interface though. But I don't see the point of a USB interface unless you have a laptop with a noisy (as in electrical noise) microphone jack.
8-18-2009 @ 11:58AM
$150 is not that much money for a high quality pair of headphones, there are many that are much more expensive. It's not just about being able to talk, it's about high sound quality as well. For example, Bose quality headphones can be around $300, and that's just for listening only. All in all, I think this is an interesting idea for WoW players who appreciate quality sound.
8-18-2009 @ 12:04PM
@jealouspirateAnd who says these have good sound quality apart from the manufacturer?The fact they are slapping branding on them would make me think they are in fact lower quality than equivalently priced headphones. The whole point of this type of branding is to sell the product on the power of the brand not the power of the product.I play WoW at home, so LED's on the side of my head are entirely superfluous.
8-18-2009 @ 12:14PM
@ RaptorIt says right in the article that many people (ie: not the company) already consider another headset of the same brand to be of extremely high quality.
8-18-2009 @ 12:13PM
It seems like a high-price but it sells. Look at the high-end "gaming" keyboards, they range from $300-600 in my local currency (roughly $200-400 USD). For the same price I could upgrade my bloody graphics card, and I'd rather do it.The "exclusive" or high-price for peripherals you don't need can only be justified, at least to me, is that they're an addon. You don't NEED them, you can even find high-quality goods for less price but what you're paying for may be extra features as well as the BRAND name.I don't need a $200 keyboard but I'd like to have one, because I know the company that supplies them has high-quality goods. Goes the same with speakers, headsets and mice. If you really wanna pay that much for those goods go ahead, but do so knowing you can perform just as well with practically any other peripheral.
8-18-2009 @ 12:43PM
@jealouspirate"It says right in the article that many people (ie: not the company) already consider another headset of the same brand to be of extremely high quality."Bzzzt. Wrong.They talk solely about the surround sound system as being the best. Which it might be as headphone surround sound is generally gimmick and crap. That means "many people" (weasel words*) could rate Creative headphones general sound quality as the worst in the world and the article would still be correct.If you go do some reading about headphones you will quickly find that anything marketed as for gaming is actually a really poor quality product (as most games have terrible sound and you don't notice the poor quality). I use shitty headphones but I at least know they are shitty.* Weasel words are things like "many people" or "it is commonly known" with no evidence backing them. Press releases are usually absolutely loaded with them. Those of us with a technical mindset and experience with consumer electronics have alarms go off every time we read them without a link to a quality independent review.
8-18-2009 @ 12:34PM
Im sure they tacked on an extra 50 just because it has wow branding.
8-18-2009 @ 12:50PM
You guys are missing my point. Nothing in WoW requires a high-end headset. WoW does not support 3d sound.It's not like in a first person shooter where you need to know where the enemy is in multiplayer or heighten the realism in singleplayer. The only people who buy this are gullible fanboys who just have to have the latest wow accessory, like that brick of a mouse they released last year.
8-18-2009 @ 2:13PM
I always have found that the more expensive headsets are also the ones that tend to break quicker. It's pretty funny when I buy a 60 dollar headset and it breaks 5 months later due to a wire or something going but then I buy a PS2/PS3 USB headset for 10 dollars and it works for 2 years.
8-18-2009 @ 6:46PM
I know there's a lively discussion about this already, but just speaking as someone who's been through a ton of gear himself and has reviewed other devices, I can say that it's worth putting some money into your headset if you want a good, high quality balance between voice quality and audio quality.I mean, don't get me wrong - if you're not picky about that kind of thing, you could totally get by with a cheap pair of Logitechs, but I've been down the road of buying a headset prized for its voice quality (a pair of plantronics) and being completely unhappy with the audio quality when I tried to listen to music or play games while someone else was in the room on the phone or something like that. So then I grabbed the Saitek Cyborg 5.1 headset, and loved the audio quality, but the voice quality left a little something to be desired. I would have probably kept those if they hadn't broken at one of the earcup/headband joints...and then did it again when I got a replacement pair. So I decided to drop some cash and picked up a pair of Sennheiser PC-350s. Analog, but they're fabulous and sound great when I'm gaming or just listening to music, and when I'm talking in vent or using push-to-talk in an FPS my voice isn't killing the people on the other end with static, popping, or mismatched volume. I've been reviewing a pair of Razer Megaladons for an outlet I write for and they're turning out just as well - but again, all of those really good options are expensive. Even the Saiteks I mentioned are about 60 bucks these days, and those broke on me!
8-19-2009 @ 11:27AM
>WoW does not support 3d sound.Untrue. 3D sound support is in the game. You may not notice it on your system, but I've noted several times that something was going on behind me, or to the left, or the right, and been able to react.
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