I play Warcraft and BF2 a lot, and a couple of my friends got Logitech G35 USB headsets, and rave about them. I loved the ability to alter your voice (it's fun), and I love the positional audio to hear enemies coming up behind me in BF2.
So I read up on the G35s, and found out they don't require a sound card - they have audio built in. I've got a Soundblaster X-fi sound card, and want to take advantage of it. I've read the G35 doesn't offer 24-bit audio, and simulates 7.1 surround sound.
Right now, I use a crappy Wal-mart headset I've replaced about 8 times. I'd like to shell out a ~$100 or less for a nice headset ($150 max). Here's what I'm looking for:
• Over the head, not behind the head - I wear glasses, and last ones I got that went behind my head hurt my ears after wearing them more than an hour.
• Uses my sound card. I've got it, don't want to waste it. I've even heard that some SB cards can do the "altering voices" thing too.
• Very strongly prefer a built-in microphone.
• Looking for positional/surround sound audio, preferably not simulated, but simulated will do.
• Prefer closed ear, but prefer good audio more - will take open if folks say it's superior.
I come here for advice on all things PC, but I even looked around for reviews on headsets, or even audiophile-type websites for gaming, and didn't come up with much. Most folks seem to recommend Sennheiser or Medusa, from what I've read, but I prefer feedback from folks who have actually USED different brands and can tell me why they prefer one brand over another. Thanks for reading!