Audio-Technica Debuts Gaming Headsets

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HOYT

I would have to agree if your looking for a high-end headset with mic for gaming and want to actually feel like your getting your moneys worth, I would be surprised if their are many others out their with better build and sound quality. I mean Audio Technica even builds high end studio mics so I really cant see going wrong here if you really don't care about the money.. Also gamers will spend close to 250 for a good headset by Tritton and Razor and I assure you these company's don't develop their own headphone drivers and boom mics... it's actually kinda laughable if anyone ever buys in to the stupid marketing of a 7.1 surround sound headset... last time I checked our ears are stereo (left and right)...lol Some of these are even USB.. lol that's even worse... just saying....

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fung0

Most of what you're "just saying" is just plain wrong. I'm using a set of Razer Megalodon headphones, which do "7.1 surround sound" rather well, at a very good price.

Yes, they use USB. So what? Plug 'em in, they work. (No drivers to install.)

As for 7.1... that just works, too. Not that I can hear 7 virtual speakers. What I CAN hear is very sharp positional sound. I can probably localize enemies better with the Megalodons than with my 5.1 desktop speakers. The headphones use 7.1 input, but what you hear when playing is a 360-degree sound field.

As for only having two ears... how do you think positional audio works in real life? Your two ears use a variety of cues, including timing and phase differences, to discern front-back positioning. These cues are not difficult to emulate. Early efforts were crude, but these days virtual surround works amazingly well.

Finally... who cares who developed the headphone drivers? As long as they're good ones, and the price is right. Last I looked, the Megalodons were about $150, not $250. That makes them a very good value, for the kind of gaming I'm doing.

Just saying...

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vrmlbasic

If I spent 250 dollars on a headset I wouldn't want to use it. I'd be afraid of breaking it and that it would suddenly make my 320 kbit MP3 collection sound inadequate.

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Led Weappelin

LOL vrmlbasic.

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drant22

If anyone has ever owned a Audio Technica product, or know their reputation in the industry, they realize how premium this headset is.

They marketed it for gaming, which will attract us but these have to be better than anything on the market considering ATs experience in building both high quality Headphones and Microphones for the music and audio industry.

This is a premium product and is priced as such. Will be buying!

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Mrcookjr

I was considering the PC360s then I saw these. Based off of construction and the condenser mic. When I'm online with friends, I like to be clear and easily understood. I am leaning toward these now. The open ear sounds confortable and I hope they do well and continue to make gaming focused headsets.

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SirGCal

I've been using my PC350's for YEARS and everyone is still amazed with how clear the mic is... But it's also a 150ohm setup instead of 38. The clarity with these is insane. I need new ear cups as the letherett has finally fallen apart but I wear them for 12+ hours daily while I work also for private music enjoyment. Some people complain about the warm ear but that has not been my experience. I have a massive Amazon review of the 350's.

These (AT's) look interesting, but also they are on the ear instead of over the ear. That's one difference I'm not fond of.

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kevaskous

Had the 350's when they first came out. Not really all that impressive even amp'd with a external amplifier. They are based on 555's which were not up to that standards of the 700/900 lines of AT. the 260 however is based on the 595/598 Much closer comparison.

Also these are -not- on ear, they are over ear, and they are based on the 700x/900x drivers, infact for all intents and purposes, these look to be a 900x with a condenser mic attached, great value.

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Hey.That_Dude

Show me more pertinent information and I might be interested, like a response curve for the drivers and microphone pick up diagram and response curve.

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Led Weappelin

I agree that there is a difference between 50 dollar headphones and 250 dollar headphones. But is there $200.00 difference in the sound quality? That's a huge chunk of change. I also know in the audiophile world that I wonder about at times there are cans costing $1000.00 that come with their own tubed preamps. That's right! Beauty is in the ear of the beholder I guess.

I'll go $150.00 for a headset with a mic. That's as far as this audiophile/pc gamer can go.

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SirGCal

Me also; that's why I went with the PC350's at the time for ~ 130 bills.

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Peanut Fox

Wow! I paid 60 bucks for mine, and bought them off of Dell's website of all places.

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JosephColt

Audiophilia hobby can be expensive without a doubt. Remember, your audio is as good as your strongest link. You need a quality DAC/AMP/Headphones/etc and loseless music files for optimal experience.

It also depends on the individual, most people are fine with lossy mp3 audio though.

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HOYT

I currently have a pair of ATH M50's from Audio Technica, And they are amazing in all aspects (Comfort, Sound quality and Build quality).. I use them for gaming and combined with a good sound-card games come alive. I would be willing to bet these are pretty good, they are modeled after their Audiophile Line of headphones(ATH-AD700X). However I would tend to agree these are a bit expensive and for that money you would only sound marginally better than the say ATH M50s witch only cost a 100 bucks and review better than some headphones that cost hundreds more... Unfortunately you don't get a boom mic with these but for the money you cant beat them... however with the money you save you can get your self a real nice sound card so you can take advantage of those new headphones...Just my thoughts

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Keiso50

Do they make headsets that don't look like I'm trying to talk to the control tower if I take them on an airplane?

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Morete

Thank you! It's just absolutely ridiculous to wear headphones that look like some kind of monstrosity. Bigger isn't better. Like the lyrics of that old song by Ruth Wallis..."I never measure ounce per ounce. After all, it’s the punch that counts." For example: tiny vintage Sennheiser HD40 headband headphones that weigh as light as a feather but sound like professional headphones. They look like dollar store specials, but their sound and quality is superb.

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Zstreek

I am always amazed at the prices of audio equipment. This is just pure silliness. I'm sure they are super nice but is all that quality really worth $200 more than you would pay for a perfectly acceptable set? I doubt I could tell the difference in sound quality.

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DU00

While I agree that these are expensive, you can tell the difference between $200+ headphones and $50 ones. I went from a Creative Sigma headset to a pair on AudioTechnica M50s and the difference is huge. There's a lot more to a headset than price but usually higher quality parts are more expensive. If $250 seems like much then look at the JVC HA-RX900. For the money these things cant be beat (~$60). Also like HOYT said... M50s are awesome for the money as well.

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Zstreek

I am always amazed at the prices of audio equipment. This is just pure silliness. I'm sure they are super nice but is all that quality really worth $200 more than you would pay for a perfectly acceptable set? I doubt I could tell the difference in sound quality.

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Ghost XFX

For $250? How long is the eargasm for this experience?