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 Post subject: Got a gaming headset, and I'm not too happy
PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:17 pm 
Sharptooth
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I bought a steelseries Siberia V2, which is . . . OK. I think they're marketed more for kids. They are tight, not very comfortable. Worse, though, is that I really do not have any good way to control the volume for the headset and microphone separately.

I think I need a mixamp. Or something.

Astro Gaming makes a mixamp that is supposedly fairly good (better than their headsets). The newest version has presets for balancing game and microphone volumes.

Does anyone out there use it, or recommend something else?

I know that steelseries has a cross-platform mixer and an external USB sound card/mixer. The mixer uses a USB input for the microphone. I know nothing about the external sound card, other than that it simulates 7.1 surround.

I'm probably going to give these headphones to one of the kids and get myself something nicer, like Sennheiser or Beyerdynamic. But I will still want that easy control over my volumes.

Thanks in advance if you can steer me right.


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 Post subject: Re: Got a gaming headset, and I'm not too happy
PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:25 pm 
Smithfield
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You shouldn't need to touch the volume for microphones really. Set your headphone volume to a comfortable level and then set your microphone level using some feedback mechanism (like the microphone check on Steam or Skype) and adjust the microphone level until you're happy with it. And that's it, you should never have to set it again.

If someone else says you're too loud when you're speaking normally, it's their problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Got a gaming headset, and I'm not too happy
PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:15 pm 
Mr. Late Night
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I'm not aware of anything that has separate levels on the headset themselves for microphone & headset volume and I'm not sure how good the mixamp that Astro sells separately is since I haven't had a chance to test it. Are you primarily going to be using the headset for gaming or are you going to be using it for music listening as well? Personally I have a couple different headsets for music & gaming depending on the type of audio:

Gaming: Logitech G930 (wireless) have had too many gaming headsets meet their end after having the cord get accidentally run over by a chair, long cords are nice but have their disadvantages

Music listening: Grado SR-125i & Audio Technica ATH-AD700s with a Alpha Design Labs Stride acting as a USB DAC/amp

For a while I also used the Audio Technica headset with a separate mic that attached to the headset cord for gaming and it actually worked quite well. Because of the open soundstage that the ATH-AD700s have it was pretty easy to get good locations on enemies and other events around me. They're also quite comfortable so you might want to take a look into a set of those for your gaming needs if you also plan on music listening.


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 Post subject: Re: Got a gaming headset, and I'm not too happy
PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:31 am 
Sharptooth
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I've found the Siberia V2 headset can be loosened up by stretching the tension bands outward. It's easy to stretch them too much, and end up with a sloppy, loose-fitting headset; but, they can be tightened back up. Point is, I can wear them without pain, my head no longer feels like it is in a vise.

They are clear-sounding, moreso than my old Sony MDR-V600. Small sounds aren't washed out by game music, as I was accustomed to hearing.

The microphone is too short and lacks proper sensitivity.

Still, this set is more for kids. I'd like to replace it with the Sennheiser PC 350 or 360, or maybe the Beyerdynamic 715575.


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