QUOTE(Skidd Chung @ Apr 25 2014, 01:25 PM)
Reporting for duty.
But wah now all the sifu sudah keluar with high end stuff ahaha. I think suddenly a lot of people worry to sound noob if they suggest Razer headsets.
I think hard to subject gaming headphones/headsets to ranking unless it's associated with budget.
True, when there's no given budget it is hard to recommend something. Just the same like recommending a rig.
A lot of new headphone users tend ot always ask the same question: "can recommend best headset for gaming?".
Yes indeed everyone can recommend something, but can the person buy it?
I'll try to come up with a list over the weekend as a guideline.
Oh and those who always think that Astro makes the best gaming headsets around, no they don't. They're decent indeed and they have a place in the market, but with how much they charge for their headsets they could easily improve on how they sound.
QUOTE(Skidd Chung @ Apr 25 2014, 02:06 PM)
Please la, I am not a sifu. Still noob with limited budget. Embarrassed coz I still learning how to hear the diff in sounds and only experience limited sets of headphone. Later people call me a fraud if I pretend to be sifu.
But I really like to read about other peoples experience on audiophile headphones compared with gaming headsets in games. Since this thread caters more to gamer, I think more emphasis should be on quality headphones that can enhance the gaming experience. Kind of hard to debate on value on such a subjective obsession
. However I feel a lot of the sifus here got a lot of experience with diff headphones to provide a good mixture of what is expected of a headphone for it's asking price.
Was trying to figure out what is the best games, genres, etc to test a headphone. Preferably something accessible like a Free to Play game or game demo where people can experiment with sound to 'review' their headphones. At least if we can get a list of benchmark games or demo, we have a common point to compare the differences in headphones.
Only demo I can think of is Half Life 2 : Lost Coast because it should be available for everyone though it is considered very old already, maybe 10 years.
Indeed. Unlike recommending a PC rig, headphones are just way more subjective.
Personal taste is so important and this goes out to everyone: find someone that has similar tastes to you and see what he says about the headphones he may have tried that you have an interest on.
It depends, I believe there are 2 groups to gamers now a days. One that plays competitively and one that plays for fun in as immersive an environment as possible.
It's extremely difficult to get the best of both worlds, the HD800 may be the king of soundstage but it is far from being the best in immersion and fun. To me the HD800 is too analytical for my liking, too articulate and lacks warmth. On the other hand, fun headphones like the TH600, TH900, D7000, HE-400, Fidelio X1, Audeze LCD-2 and Ultrasone Pro 900 are all just amazing when playing single-player games. It's eargasm at its finest, but at no point are they at a godlike level of soundstage in comparison to the AD700, K702 Annies, Q701, or Sony MA900.
I haven't found a best blend of both worlds (the K712 comes really close) so I've learned to live with the compromises. I have an X1 and an AKG Annies, I use the Annies when I play competitively and listen to music. But at no point that I wouldn't use the X1 to play competitively if I don't have access to the Annies at a given time. Heck, I still use my HD558 for single-player games from time to time.
QUOTE(Sentinel92 @ Apr 25 2014, 02:39 PM)
Sifu to me. Haha. I also got tons more to learn headphone wise. Haven't tried out so many models.
Yeah that's why I said emphasis on soundstaging, width and the ability to play multiple genres. Meaning you can hear footsteps at precise directions, hear thumping explosions when you need to, or sharp gunfire. Not easy to fond headsets that balances it like this.
And we'll, yeah like you said, we are here to discuss. Thats what's this thread is for. When we have unanimous decision we place it on the chart. Maybe I should start nightly discussion topic about a random headset everyone likes.
As for that, I don't know. Halo comes to mind. Especially with the epic soundtracks and multiple types of weapons. Haha. It doesn't have to be legally free. Heheh.
I think good games to test out competitively are those still using OpenAL. Unfortunately, those games are like a golden mine now a days and does take quite a bit of tinkering with .ini files and hex registries to work.
Mirror's Edge and L4D (the first one) are generally the go-to standard testing these days for positional accuracy.
However majority of games now a days has pre-baked sound effects. Blame consoles and blame Vista for the death of hardware audio support (though it's sorta back now in Win 8/8.1).
I know people play lots of COD and BF, many tend to take these games as the benchmark of whether a headphone/headset sounds good or not. But the problem that many don't realize is that COD and BF has some of the worst pre-mixing in modern FPS shooters.
But yeah, no two ways about it until either the devs for either franchise start doing something about it.This post has been edited by SSJBen: Apr 25 2014, 03:34 PM