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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!
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