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I don't have much experience looking for headsets so I came to the conclusion to post here to see if anyone can give some insight.

I recently purchased a Corsair Vengeance 1500 headset. Many many reviews said it was extremely durable and at a cheap price. USB so no need for sound card to listen to nice sounds. However, after digging up more reviews, people said it was EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE. I ignored it because I thought it was just some trolls in the many reviews as MOST of the reviews were listed as "comfortable". So after I got it by mail, I wore it for only 15 minutes and my ear was already in pain due to the flat part of the headphone part of the headset. (the part where the sound was coming from) Day passed and my ear was also irritating. So I put a cotton, tucked it in the muffs so it holds the cotton. Now the ear can relax and reduced the pain by about 70% but still had some comfort problems. The Vengeance 1500 design was built for durability so the headset seems to feel like it wants to retain its original shape. This time after the 2nd day, the uncomfortable part now appears to be the bottom point of the headset/muffs. The muff is somewhat of a memory foam, even so because the headset design, it pushes the muffs against my 2 ears and the muffs now feel like hard surface. The bottom point of the muff is pushing under my ears, which means no bones to push against. I'm starting to THINK that this headset sacrificed comfort for durability.

[media=]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwXWEApOjTg[/media]

So.. I need help looking for a fine durable/comforting headset that uses a USB because I do not like to have to buy and install a sound card. I don't know which brand is best or the durability of other headsets. I know many headsets are just crappy and break easily. My maximum budget for headset is about 100 dollars. Maybe a few more.
Any assistance would be appreciated :) Edited by ElementDot

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Logitech G35. Wired or wireless is your choice. Its durable, has a great feel, the sound speakers are high quality, it comes with super awesome fun voice morph software, it automatically mutes if you raise the boom mic up away from your mouth annnnd....yeah it also comes with 3 diff top head cushions that swap out to fit your head nearly perfectly. Oh and they're noise cancelling.

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[quote name='Hoole' timestamp='1341002652' post='34730']
Logitech G35. Wired or wireless is your choice. Its durable, has a great feel, the sound speakers are high quality, it comes with super awesome fun voice morph software, it automatically mutes if you raise the boom mic up away from your mouth annnnd....yeah it also comes with 3 diff top head cushions that swap out to fit your head nearly perfectly. Oh and they're noise cancelling.
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Logitech G35

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Saw few reviews saying that G35's right side of the headset breaks. If it isn't tight as the Corsair Vengeance 1500 then I'll probably get it.
Any other suggestions?

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Logitech g35 looks pretty badass, I must say.

Me personally however, use the RAZER Carachias.

Comfortable, good mic, good quality, good sound, nails the job.

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I can attest Charcharias being comfortable. Maybe the most comfortable headset I've ever had.
The Mic in my opinion was only so so in sound quality, that's all I found at fault.
Cable was long and sturdy, Sound was excellent. comfort 5 stars.

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if you want quality Sennheiser and Audio Technica:

[url="http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-518-Headphones-Black/dp/B0042A68R8/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1341153056&sr=8-15&keywords=sennheiser"]http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-518-Headphones-Black/dp/B0042A68R8/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1341153056&sr=8-15&keywords=sennheiser[/url]

Recommend these:
[url="http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1341153083&sr=1-1&keywords=audio+technica"]http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1341153083&sr=1-1&keywords=audio+technica[/url]

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[quote name='-Grimreaperx2-' timestamp='1341153099' post='35007']
if you want quality Sennheiser and Audio Technica:

[url="http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-518-Headphones-Black/dp/B0042A68R8/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1341153056&sr=8-15&keywords=sennheiser"]http://www.amazon.co...ords=sennheiser[/url]

Recommend these:
[url="http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1341153083&sr=1-1&keywords=audio+technica"]http://www.amazon.co...=audio technica[/url]
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Those are not headsets, but I might just buy the Sennheiser if the next headset fail to meet my expectations. Audio Technica... expensive D:
Still looking for other recommendation about $100 budget.

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[color=#A8A8A8]I'm pretty partial to these. [/color]

[url="http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PC-350-Collapsible-Microphone/dp/B0012XFDWO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341486873&sr=8-1&keywords=sennheiser+pc+350"]Sennheiser PC 350[/url]

[color=#A8A8A8]Love me some Sennheiser, those for PC gaming, and I have a set of HD 595 cans for music and general listening. [/color]

[color=#A8A8A8]Red[/color]

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i had the G35 since their release date and no problems so far, they are very good overall however i have noticed that on occasions i wear them for prolonged periods of time (5-6 hours) my ears do get really warm. But i rarely have them on that long and everything else is just really good. So i would defiantly recommend them

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[font=comic sans ms,cursive][color=#FFA500][size=4]I am looking at the Astro A30s... I've read good things about them, but I don't know anyone personally who has used them . Since I use a discreet sound card, all digital headsets (USB) are a no-go for me. That means I will be going analog (3.5mm jacks), and from what reading I've done they seem to perform pretty well and have some great features.[/size][/color][/font]

[font=comic sans ms,cursive][color=#FFA500][size=4]Any comments on the Astros?[/size][/color][/font]

[font=comic sans ms,cursive][color=#FFA500][size=4]war[/size][/color][/font] Edited by =ADK= warspite

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[quote name='KLaFaille' timestamp='1341552744' post='35769']
[color=#A8A8A8]I'm pretty partial to these. [/color]

[url="http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PC-350-Collapsible-Microphone/dp/B0012XFDWO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341486873&sr=8-1&keywords=sennheiser+pc+350"]Sennheiser PC 350[/url]

[color=#A8A8A8]Love me some Sennheiser, those for PC gaming, and I have a set of HD 595 cans for music and general listening. [/color]

[color=#A8A8A8]Red[/color]
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[font=comic sans ms,cursive][color=#FFA500][size=4]I am taking a hard look at this headset. I like the reviews I'm seeing so far. Do you have anything else to add about them?[/size][/color][/font]

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Yes, if you do get them search for "PC 350 mod". It's super easy to do, takes about 20 minutes, and makes a huge difference in the bass response. Basically you add a few holes in each speaker housing to allow pressure generated by the speaker vent out of the housing. As soon as I got mine I did the mod using a soldering iron for the three added holes in each housing (some use a drill but then you have the shavings to worry about) and I'm very pleased with the result. Went from very shallow low bass response, to a much fuller deep response that is just about perfect now The PC 350 uses the same speakers as the HD 595 cans, so they are very nice indeed. Don't let the mod detract you from the phones, like I said it is super easy to do.

FWIW, the only difference with the PC 360 is that they are an open air design like the HD 595s vs the closed ear design of the 350's. Not worth the 50 dollar difference IMO.

Let me know if you have any other questions, I'd be glad to help.

Red.

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[quote name='KLaFaille' timestamp='1342212898' post='36837']
Yes, if you do get them search for "PC 350 mod". It's super easy to do, takes about 20 minutes, and makes a huge difference in the bass response. Basically you add a few holes in each speaker housing to allow pressure generated by the speaker vent out of the housing. As soon as I got mine I did the mod using a soldering iron for the three added holes in each housing (some use a drill but then you have the shavings to worry about) and I'm very pleased with the result. Went from very shallow low bass response, to a much fuller deep response that is just about perfect now The PC 350 uses the same speakers as the HD 595 cans, so they are very nice indeed. Don't let the mod detract you from the phones, like I said it is super easy to do.

FWIW, the only difference with the PC 360 is that they are an open air design like the HD 595s vs the closed ear design of the 350's. Not worth the 50 dollar difference IMO.

Let me know if you have any other questions, I'd be glad to help.

Red.
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[font=comic sans ms,cursive][color=#FFA500][size=4]Thanks Red! That's awesome![/size][/color][/font]

[font=comic sans ms,cursive][color=#FFA500][size=4]All the best,[/size][/color][/font]

[font=comic sans ms,cursive][color=#FFA500][size=4]war[/size][/color][/font]

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Just got the Turtle Beach x12. Really good so far and definitely better than the crappy logitech ones I had before.

Got it for only $45 too. Edited by xSteelerTown

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[quote name='=ADK= warspite' timestamp='1342402009' post='37044']
[font=comic sans ms,cursive][color=#FFA500]Thanks Red! That's awesome![/color][/font]

[font=comic sans ms,cursive][color=#FFA500]All the best,[/color][/font]

[font=comic sans ms,cursive][color=#FFA500]war[/color][/font]
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[font=comic sans ms,cursive][color=#FFA500][size=4]@Red[/size][/color][/font]

[font=comic sans ms,cursive][size=4][color=#FFA500]Hey, I did get the PC-350s and did the mod exactly like they show [/color][url="http://www.head-fi.org/t/406187/modding-the-sennheiser-pc350-headset/30"][color=#FFA500]here[/color][/url][color=#FFA500] (about half way down the page, there's some nice pics). All I can say is that they sound amazing, for both movies and games. They clearly blow away the Creative Fatal1ty headset I had before. Thanks very much Red, for you advice! It was a winner! I'm loving this headset![/color][/size][/font]

[font=comic sans ms,cursive][color=#FFA500][size=4]war[/size][/color][/font]

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Cool man, glad you like them. The mod makes all the difference in the world. The one I did was just to put three 3/16" or so holes on the top of each speaker housing. I didn't put any cotton in the cups on mine, I hear that takes some of low end boominess out if it's too much. I like the sound very much the way it is now.

If you don't like the smooth imitation leather of the ear cups, I've heard that the HD595 cups, which are lined in a felt like material and very comfy, fit on the 350's. I'll have to check that later with my 595's, and I think I'll be ordering a pair for the 350's if they do interchange.

[url="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Replacement-Ear-pads-SENNHEISER-HD555-HD595-HD518-HD558-Ear-cushions-Earpad-/200758369417?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item2ebe219c89#ht_563wt_1115"]http://www.ebay.com/itm/Replacement-Ear-pads-SENNHEISER-HD555-HD595-HD518-HD558-Ear-cushions-Earpad-/200758369417?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item2ebe219c89#ht_563wt_1115[/url]

Enjoy them and I'm glad I could be of help.

Red

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One week ago, I finally gave up waiting for the Asus Vucan Pro 7.1 USB Spitfire to release in NA. You can find them in the EU and AUS.

[url="http://rog.asus.com/audio/headsets/vulcan-pro/"]http://rog.asus.com/audio/headsets/vulcan-pro/[/url]

I purchased a pair of Sennheiser PC 360 and I am extremely pleased with them. My research took me to two recommendations a) Sennheiser PC 360 and B) Astro A40.

Both were comparable in the YouTube reviews except for one difference the Astro was better on the bass end and the Sennheiser was better on the treble end.

Astro

[url="http://www.astrogaming.com/a40-headset-astro-edition"]http://www.astrogaming.com/a40-headset-astro-edition[/url]

Sennheiser

[url="http://www.sennheiserusa.com/pc-professional-gamer-gaming-headset-noise-cancelling-pc-soundcard_504122"]http://www.sennheiserusa.com/pc-professional-gamer-gaming-headset-noise-cancelling-pc-soundcard_504122[/url]

I like the Sennheisers for the HD surround drivers, large ear cups, and velvet lining. They are extremely comfortable to wear for an extended duration.

I decided to also buy a soundcard with a headset amp. [color=#D3D3D3]My purchase was the [font="Times New Roman","serif"][size=3]Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX PCIE Fatal1ty Pro Sound Card SB1356.[/size][/font][/color]

[color=#D3D3D3][font="Times New Roman","serif"][size=3]Major Snafu[/size][/font][/color]

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[quote]
I purchased a pair of Sennheiser PC 360 and I am extremely pleased with them. My research took me to two recommendations a) Sennheiser PC 360 and B) Astro A40.[/quote]

Damn that's an expensive headset

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I have 2 headsets... My daily use headset is a pair of Tritton AX720's. Amazing headset in the $130 price range but a bit heavy for some people. Fairly bulky headset but the sound is amazing for both pc and console. Sandy Ravage actually turned me on to the 720s a couple years ago. He's been using them forever. For the price... they're hard to beat. I'd definitely recommend them.

I also have a pair of Astro A40's. What's there really to say about the A40's... headsets just don't get much better but for the price... they better be absolutely incredible. I rarely use them anymore tho. They're unnecessary for most pc games I play these days. Only time I ever really break out the A40's is if I'm playing CoD on xbox which is extremely rare these days. One good thing about the Astro's is you can use the mixamp with other headsets not just Astro headsets. I know a few guys that use it with Turtlebeach HPV's

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