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Old 02-09-2016, 02:23 PM   #1
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I've never been interested in online gaming, but I've decided to give The Division a real shot, and as such, have decided I wanted to get a headset. I'd also be interested in using it for my TV, and wireless interests me.

After doing a nights worth of research last night, I found that there's really only three options: The Astro A50, The Turtle Beach Elite 800, and the Steelseries Siberia 800.

Anyone have any thoughts or experience with any of these? Or any other advice would be welcome?
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Old 02-09-2016, 02:43 PM   #2
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Even when it comes to a brand like Sennheiser/AT you will get much better sound quality and value by using a microphone separate from a pair of headphones as opposed to an integrated pair.

That being said, you may prioritize convenience over sound in which case any of those will be fine.

I use a pair of Sennheiser HD595's and a clip on mic. You may find a better deal on a similar pair of wireless headphones and mic; I'm not much into the wireless sound scene.

Just something to consider.
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Old 02-09-2016, 03:16 PM   #3
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Even when it comes to a brand like Sennheiser/AT you will get much better sound quality and value by using a microphone separate from a pair of headphones as opposed to an integrated pair.

That being said, you may prioritize convenience over sound in which case any of those will be fine.

I use a pair of Sennheiser HD595's and a clip on mic. You may find a better deal on a similar pair of wireless headphones and mic; I'm not much into the wireless sound scene.

Just something to consider.

Thanks, you're not the first person I've seen suggest this either. I've read a fair amount about the V-Moda wireless, which then I can just run their boom mic addition through the controller.
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Old 02-10-2016, 04:36 PM   #4
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So after a bunch more research, I'm leaning more toward Duece's route. I'm looking hard at the Sennheiser RS185, and the VModa Boompro Mic.

After doing some listening, I've decided I like the open back set up more than the complete closed back noise cancelling set up. I may get a wired closed back someday for phone and tablet use.

Anyway, the reviews of the Boompro Mic are great. And I don't mind being teathered to the controller.

Does anyone know if I can just connect the headphones to the TV, I have a new Samsung that I think I can connect Bluetooth? Then I can pump just the mic to the controller?
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Those aren't bluetooth. They must have some RF module that connects through RCA and Optical; both of which your TV and receiver must have. That's preferred for sound quality over bluetooth and should be less of a hassle.
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Those aren't bluetooth. They must have some RF module that connects through RCA and Optical; both of which your TV and receiver must have. That's preferred for sound quality over bluetooth and should be less of a hassle.


That's what I keep coming back to. I'd like to hook up the headphones through my TV optical line. I'm not using a receiver at the moment, just the TV speaker, which I probably won't change soon, because it's in a smallish bedroom. So I can hook the headset up through the TV's optical output, which should pick up my PlayStation as well. Then it's just the Mic running into the DualShock4.

This way I can use them for both TV and the PlayStation without switching anything ...

I think.
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That's what I keep coming back to. I'd like to hook up the headphones through my TV optical line. I'm not using a receiver at the moment, just the TV speaker, which I probably won't change soon, because it's in a smallish bedroom. So I can hook the headset up through the TV's optical output, which should pick up my PlayStation as well. Then it's just the Mic running into the DualShock4.

This way I can use them for both TV and the PlayStation without switching anything ...

I think.

Based on what I read on the product description: yes. As long as Playstation, Headphones, and Mic don't all need a particular output that is limited; i.e. they all need an optical output but your TV only has 1.
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Even when it comes to a brand like Sennheiser/AT you will get much better sound quality and value by using a microphone separate from a pair of headphones as opposed to an integrated pair.

That being said, you may prioritize convenience over sound in which case any of those will be fine.

I use a pair of Sennheiser HD595's and a clip on mic. You may find a better deal on a similar pair of wireless headphones and mic; I'm not much into the wireless sound scene.

Just something to consider.
I was actually going to do this, but how good are the clip on mics? The quality of my voice on the other end? And do we need amps? I see the Astro's come with one
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Old 02-11-2016, 09:50 PM   #9
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I was actually going to do this, but how good are the clip on mics? The quality of my voice on the other end? And do we need amps? I see the Astro's come with one

Everything I've read shows the vmoda boommic is the best of the mic add ons.
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An 8 dollar Zalman clip on is suitable for everything except recording music.
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Old 02-15-2016, 05:59 PM   #11
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You settle on any? Been using the g430 since it was on sale and came with $40 Steam cards. It does the trick since I don't care too much about sound and voice quality (as long as I can hear them/the audio and they can hear me when I speak normally), but they're pretty ugly and I ****ing hate the cord. Wouldn't mind going the wireless route for this.

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You settle on any? Been using the g430 since it was on sale and came with $40 Steam cards. It does the trick since I don't care too much about sound and voice quality (as long as I can hear them/the audio and they can hear me when I speak normally), but they're pretty ugly and I ****ing hate the cord. Wouldn't mind going the wireless route for this.


I haven't actually pulled the trigger, but I intend to go with the Sennheiser closed back wireless and hook up that VModa mic.

I'll let you know when I finally do it.

Part of my reason for doing it is that I really intend to use these for watching TV in bed at least as much as for gaming.
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