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Comfortable Headset Upgrade Suggestions

I have had a problem with my current headphones that use for gaming on my PC. I currently have the Bose QC 3 headphones. Great headphones, great sound quality and noise cancellation. I would carry on using them for gaming but I feel like the cushioning has flattened a bit because after wearing for more than 3-4 hours my right ear starts aching and hurting a lot.

 

So, getting to the point, I'm looking for suggestions on PC headsets, mostly used for gaming with a built in microphone. Budget is around £150. I could push to £200 if my budget is too low. The main thing is they need to comfy for my ears, whether it's thicker cushioning, or firmer or longer lasting cushions. 

 

I'd like to keep the same sound quality from the Bose headset, but a lot comfier.

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Well most SteelSeries headsets are comfy I love my arctis 3

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If you're looking for just headphones, the Beyerdynamic DT990 Edition 32 Ohm are as good in terms sound quality and comfort as it gets for your budget. I have the 600Ohm version myself (mainly because i have a good AMP to go with them) and they're the most comfortable headphones i've ever had. Audio quality is also superb. And if you need a microphone, get an Antlion Audio ModMic. Just beware, they don't have any noise cancellation and they're "open backed", which means they block almost no sound coming from outside the headset. I personally prefer open headphones over closed ones though.

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Thanks for those suggestions. If I were to look at the Beyerdynamic DT990 Edition 32 Ohm, it would have to have a mic built in. I can't be dealing with all those wires with the ModMic wired, and it's just a bit too expensive for the wireless version. It does look good though, if I find but more money, I'd consider that combo

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Does anyone know if the SteelSeries Arctis 7 are comfortable? I'm just really weary of them losing their cushion quickly. Can you buy new cushions for them? I think with the Bose headphones you can buy replacement cushions but they're stuck on with glue, which I don't want to risk ruining

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3 hours ago, Kanna said:

Well most SteelSeries headsets are comfy I love my arctis 3

Steelseries headphones are garbage. Some beyerdynamics with an amp/DAC combo will be perfect. 

PM or DM me if you have any questions about audio or about your PC.

My pc specs

CPU > Intel core i7 9700k, GPU > RTX 2070 8gb, RAM > Corsair Vengance 2x8gb 3000mhz, Motherboard > Z390 Gigabyte Aorus Pro Wifi, Storage > 1TB HDD & 500gb M2 SSD, Cooling > H100I Corsair Platinum, PSU > Corsair RM750X V2

🎧Current Audio Setup For Gaming🎧

DT 990 pro 250ohm W/Straight cable and Dekoni Elite Velour Pads 

Soundblaster AE-9 Soundcard

The T.bone SC400 XLR mic

Other peripherals

Keyboard > Razer Chroma v2 Orange Switches

Mouse > Logitech G502 Hero

Why spend thousands on peripherals and your PC and forget one of the most important things... - Audio.

Read this post if you want a "gaming" headset ;)

 

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3 hours ago, Kahubu said:

I have had a problem with my current headphones that use for gaming on my PC. I currently have the Bose QC 3 headphones. Great headphones, great sound quality and noise cancellation. I would carry on using them for gaming but I feel like the cushioning has flattened a bit because after wearing for more than 3-4 hours my right ear starts aching and hurting a lot.

 

So, getting to the point, I'm looking for suggestions on PC headsets, mostly used for gaming with a built in microphone. Budget is around £150. I could push to £200 if my budget is too low. The main thing is they need to comfy for my ears, whether it's thicker cushioning, or firmer or longer lasting cushions. 

 

I'd like to keep the same sound quality from the Bose headset, but a lot comfier.

IF you cant get good studio headphones get either the mh571 or hyper x cloud 2 or alpha

PM or DM me if you have any questions about audio or about your PC.

My pc specs

CPU > Intel core i7 9700k, GPU > RTX 2070 8gb, RAM > Corsair Vengance 2x8gb 3000mhz, Motherboard > Z390 Gigabyte Aorus Pro Wifi, Storage > 1TB HDD & 500gb M2 SSD, Cooling > H100I Corsair Platinum, PSU > Corsair RM750X V2

🎧Current Audio Setup For Gaming🎧

DT 990 pro 250ohm W/Straight cable and Dekoni Elite Velour Pads 

Soundblaster AE-9 Soundcard

The T.bone SC400 XLR mic

Other peripherals

Keyboard > Razer Chroma v2 Orange Switches

Mouse > Logitech G502 Hero

Why spend thousands on peripherals and your PC and forget one of the most important things... - Audio.

Read this post if you want a "gaming" headset ;)

 

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2 minutes ago, Tigerleon said:

Steelseries headphones are garbage. Some beyerdynamics with an amp/DAC combo will be perfect. 

They aren't that bad you can hear the game sound clear and they are comfy for the price

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I'm just speaking from experience so what I say may not work 100%

Please try searching up the answer before you post here but I am always glad to help

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4 minutes ago, Tigerleon said:

Steelseries headphones are garbage. Some beyerdynamics with an amp/DAC combo will be perfect. 

Why are they garbage? Are you talking purely in sound quality or material quality? If they don't break, are solid, and the cushions are good and thick, then that's good to me. If the sound quality is good then that's good to me. I'm a casual consumer of headphones, they don't need to be the highest quality of sound for me. But if they're poor material quality then I understand

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2 minutes ago, Kahubu said:

Why are they garbage? Are you talking purely in sound quality or material quality? If they don't break, are solid, and the cushions are good and thick, then that's good to me. If the sound quality is good then that's good to me. I'm a casual consumer of headphones, they don't need to be the highest quality of sound for me. But if they're poor material quality then I understand

Well the headband thing is ski band and the cushions are super comfy and it's hard to hear background noise

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I'm just speaking from experience so what I say may not work 100%

Please try searching up the answer before you post here but I am always glad to help

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2 minutes ago, Kahubu said:

Why are they garbage? Are you talking purely in sound quality or material quality? If they don't break, are solid, and the cushions are good and thick, then that's good to me. If the sound quality is good then that's good to me. I'm a casual consumer of headphones, they don't need to be the highest quality of sound for me. But if they're poor material quality then I understand

The sound quality isn't that good. I mean if you only need build and comfort quality then go ahead. Also the mic is fucking horeendous just saying. 

PM or DM me if you have any questions about audio or about your PC.

My pc specs

CPU > Intel core i7 9700k, GPU > RTX 2070 8gb, RAM > Corsair Vengance 2x8gb 3000mhz, Motherboard > Z390 Gigabyte Aorus Pro Wifi, Storage > 1TB HDD & 500gb M2 SSD, Cooling > H100I Corsair Platinum, PSU > Corsair RM750X V2

🎧Current Audio Setup For Gaming🎧

DT 990 pro 250ohm W/Straight cable and Dekoni Elite Velour Pads 

Soundblaster AE-9 Soundcard

The T.bone SC400 XLR mic

Other peripherals

Keyboard > Razer Chroma v2 Orange Switches

Mouse > Logitech G502 Hero

Why spend thousands on peripherals and your PC and forget one of the most important things... - Audio.

Read this post if you want a "gaming" headset ;)

 

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Just now, Tigerleon said:

The sound quality isn't that good. I mean if you only need build and comfort quality then go ahead. Also the mic is fucking horeendous just saying. 

if you mean on the arctis 7 well then yeah maybe but my arctis 3 has a good mic it picks me up good

Reminder⚠️

I'm just speaking from experience so what I say may not work 100%

Please try searching up the answer before you post here but I am always glad to help

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Okay to go on comfort, build quality and audio quality. I'll still recommend the HyperX cloud alpha or Cloud 2's They can't be beaten by any other "gaming" manufacturer in terms of audio quality. Since they are reskinned from studio headphones. Kingston really knows what they are doing, doing that way. Same with cooler master. Their MH571's are great and the mic is decent on both the HyperX's and MH571's

PM or DM me if you have any questions about audio or about your PC.

My pc specs

CPU > Intel core i7 9700k, GPU > RTX 2070 8gb, RAM > Corsair Vengance 2x8gb 3000mhz, Motherboard > Z390 Gigabyte Aorus Pro Wifi, Storage > 1TB HDD & 500gb M2 SSD, Cooling > H100I Corsair Platinum, PSU > Corsair RM750X V2

🎧Current Audio Setup For Gaming🎧

DT 990 pro 250ohm W/Straight cable and Dekoni Elite Velour Pads 

Soundblaster AE-9 Soundcard

The T.bone SC400 XLR mic

Other peripherals

Keyboard > Razer Chroma v2 Orange Switches

Mouse > Logitech G502 Hero

Why spend thousands on peripherals and your PC and forget one of the most important things... - Audio.

Read this post if you want a "gaming" headset ;)

 

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4 hours ago, Kahubu said:

I can't be dealing with all those wires with the ModMic wired, and it's just a bit too expensive for the wireless version.

You don't really have any additional cable runs. The Modmic wire just clips right on to your headphone wire, so it feels like there is only 1 cable. No need for the wireless version.

 

I can vouch for the comfort and the quality of this combo. I never tried a headset that even came close to sound quality, build quality or comfort. Not even high-end sennheiser headsets for >300$ came close.

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Current Specs:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X @4.7GHz all-core OC (1.3125V) - Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro V1 - GPU: PNY RTX 3080 XLR8 Epic-X @2.1GHz Core / 10GHz VRAM - RAM: 2x8GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB + 2x8GB Crucial Ballistix (32GB total) @3600MHz CL16 - PSU: Corsair RMx 850W - Storage: 500 GB Corsair MP600 (System) + 2 TB Sabrent Rocket Q (Storage) - Cooling: EK & Alphacool custom loop - Case: Lian-Li PC O11 Dynamic - Fans: 6x Noctua NF-A12x25 - AMP/DAC: FiiO K5 Pro - Fan Controller: Corsair Commander Pro - OS: Windows 10 Pro - Monitors: 2x LG 27GN850-B HDR-Gaming-TV: LG C9 OLED 55" - Mouse: Logitech G Pro wireless + Powerplay - Keyboard: Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum, Corsair K63 Wireless + Lapboard - Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT990 Edition 600 Ohm - Microphone: Antlion ModMic

 

Temperatures: Furmark CPU-Burner and GPU-Burner running at the same time. Measured after water temperature hits equilibrium (39°C with fans at 1000RPM).

CPU: 75°C

GPU: 54°C

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5 hours ago, Tigerleon said:

Okay to go on comfort, build quality and audio quality. I'll still recommend the HyperX cloud alpha or Cloud 2's They can't be beaten by any other "gaming" manufacturer in terms of audio quality. Since they are reskinned from studio headphones. Kingston really knows what they are doing, doing that way. Same with cooler master. Their MH571's are great and the mic is decent on both the HyperX's and MH571's

For £4 extra you can get the MH752, the upgrade on the previous one. It has the dongle attachment thing on the wire that has built in 7.1 surround sound. Watching a few reviews on it and the mic sounds amazing. I'm considering this mic more and more. Is the 7.1 surround noticeable? 

 

For an extra £4 I can't see a reason to get the newer version. Would you agree?

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4 minutes ago, Kahubu said:

For £4 extra you can get the MH752, the upgrade on the previous one. It has the dongle attachment thing on the wire that has built in 7.1 surround sound. Watching a few reviews on it and the mic sounds amazing. I'm considering this mic more and more. Is the 7.1 surround noticeable? 

 

For an extra £4 I can't see a reason to get the newer version. Would you agree?

Well first off. These built in dongles sound awful compared to onboard audio. And this 7.1 surround this is literally bullshit. If you want 7.1 surround get 7 speakers and 1 sub woofer. You can't achieve either good audio for music or gaming because games use 3d audio processing anyways. So adding 2 layers on top of each other will sound crap. Also USB soundcards in headsets tend to break after a while. They will start to crackle and make weird noises.

PM or DM me if you have any questions about audio or about your PC.

My pc specs

CPU > Intel core i7 9700k, GPU > RTX 2070 8gb, RAM > Corsair Vengance 2x8gb 3000mhz, Motherboard > Z390 Gigabyte Aorus Pro Wifi, Storage > 1TB HDD & 500gb M2 SSD, Cooling > H100I Corsair Platinum, PSU > Corsair RM750X V2

🎧Current Audio Setup For Gaming🎧

DT 990 pro 250ohm W/Straight cable and Dekoni Elite Velour Pads 

Soundblaster AE-9 Soundcard

The T.bone SC400 XLR mic

Other peripherals

Keyboard > Razer Chroma v2 Orange Switches

Mouse > Logitech G502 Hero

Why spend thousands on peripherals and your PC and forget one of the most important things... - Audio.

Read this post if you want a "gaming" headset ;)

 

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