Surround sound headset (with mic)

I just did a search, and it looked like it's been a while since this topic has come up. What is the general consensus on Surround Sound headsets that include mics? I am currently looking at the Medusa and the Turle Beach offerings. I'm leaning towards the Turtle Beach X51s, since money is a bit of an issue. I'm not super picky about sound quality; I just want to know from which direction the helicopter is coming. Do any of you have a 5.1 headset with a microphone, and how do you like it?

Honestly? Pay your 90 bucks for a higher quality set of stereo headphones and a seperate mic of some kind. Maybe one that clips to the arch on the headphones or something. Or just buy a higher quality headset, but not 5.1.

After owning one set of 5.1 headphones (The Zalman set) and using another one at a LAN party, I can't say the difference is really tangible unless the current set of headphones you have is really awful.

Oso picked up on of the Sennheiser's with a mic attached. I'm sure he'll chime in as to whether it's got the surround or not but I'll just add that the set I've been using (sans mic) has been a superb mix of comfort and audio quality.

If I ever feel like spending a bit more, I'd most likely take a look at these.
http://www.sennheiserusa.com/newsite...

I picked up the Turtle Beach set after doing a bit of research. Overall I really enjoy the headset (they replaced my Monsoon flatpanel quadrophonic speakers with sub). It took a bit to get it dialed in (actually ended up using AVIA). Once it was dialed in, the soundstage was good enough to directionalize players who were trying to sneak up and shank me. The inline amplifier seems to do an good job even with bass. Music and movies sound excellent as well. The only downside was the initial poor fit of the headset, but after a few sessions it is very comfortable. I bought mine from Newegg, but if you check out ebay TB sells refurbs for about $20 less, not a bad deal.

*note* I do own a pair of Sennhesier headphones for normal use as well.

Broken record in 3....2....1.....

Of all the equipment I own, these were the best bang for the buck. Sennheiser PC 150

They actually turned me into an audiophile.

pol wrote:

Broken record in 3....2....1.....

Good advice is good advice no matter how many times it's been stated

Here is me reviving this thread.

Disclaimer: First do not recommend me anything that are stereo headphones. The ones I have now are fine and are perfect and do not need to be replaced. So save any commentary on Sennheiser or Plantronic or anything of that nature. Unless of course they make a 5.1 surround sound headphone now.

Now as I look to build a new system in the coming months, piece by piece as I find sales, I am also looking into getting a true 5.1 surround headphones. The newest pair of Turtle Beach ones The Ear Force HPA2 and the Ear Force AK-R8 seem to have decent reviews. However the AK-R8 seems to be only USB which is major disadvantage as I plan on taking full advantage of my X-Fi soundcard. So this leaves the HPA2 for Turtle Beach due to it's specs using connectors and not a USB. The other option I have out there is the Medusa 5.1 Home Edition. Now for going on 3 years reviews on the medusa have been pretty high up there. I haven't been keeping track of model numbers to see if they have improved on their original designs at all but this one seems to have everything I could possibly want on a surround sound headphone. Extra connections from the PC to the unit and also from a DVD player to the unit. Then from the unit to your speaker system.

I won't go into any other models of surround sound headphones since what I have found out there other than TB and Medusa seems to be crap. If I am wrong please suggest to me another brand or model of 5.1 surround sound. It must not be USB, it must affordable in that it's under $160 and it should not impede a normal 5.1 speaker setup.

So anyone out there use the two models I referenced here?

I'm just curious why nobody is talking about the Tritton AX 360s? I've just absolutely loved using mine on the 360. Havent tried any of these others and they all seem real cool, but just curious? Bad reviews somewhere?

Then there's this new Turtle Beach X3 for 360.
Unfortunately the microphone is still wired -- it needs to be plugged into the controller. Why can't they produce something like Microsoft's wireless 360 headset?

rabbit wrote:

I'm just curious why nobody is talking about the Tritton AX 360s? I've just absolutely loved using mine on the 360. Havent tried any of these others and they all seem real cool, but just curious? Bad reviews somewhere?

I hope not! I just ordered a set based of yours (and zero's) recommendation. Buy.com + rebate + google checkout brought it done to $70.

By the way, I noticed the past tense in your sentence. Are you not using them anymore for some reason?

*sigh*

You people weird me out. Tried the medusas at a lan party. Bass response is crap. Positional audio comes through well but not any better than a set of stereo phones with CMSS3D enabled.

Never used the Turtle Beach equivalents or the Icemat Siberias, though those seem to be popular as well.

Don't anyone even dare think of the Zalmans. They're so bad it's insulting.

rabbit wrote:

I'm just curious why nobody is talking about the Tritton AX 360s? I've just absolutely loved using mine on the 360. Havent tried any of these others and they all seem real cool, but just curious? Bad reviews somewhere?

Tritton has some bad reviews and a few users on another forum I'm one specifically said to stay away from them. At least for the PC equivalent version if there is one like that. They stated they were of poor quality construction, that the wire was rather thin and either broke or disconnected from the headset itself. So I would say that Tritton is a hit or miss for most people. The Zalman ones are on the same price range as Tritton and look to be very bulky. In the surround sound headphones department I do believe you pay for what you get, usually.

So besides Thin_J who clearly states that he believes that 5.1 headphones aren't much different than normal headphones in the sound department, is there anyone here that has actually used a 5.1 headphone or headset and can give first hand experiences on it?

I had a pair of Zalmans, and the wire broke pretty quickly. They were decent while they worked, but as soon as that wire snapped, they were a $60 waste of space.

I'm a little leery of getting another pair, unless Turtle Beach or another company can come up with a wireless version, since I only use them when I'm gaming, which means sitting in front of a computer, which means my chair could roll over the top of the wire, if one exists.

Thin_J wrote:

Tried the medusas at a lan party. Bass response is crap. Positional audio comes through well but not any better than a set of stereo phones with CMSS3D enabled.

I'm starting to think there's a lot of variation in both construction on perception in these things. I know I'm not super sensitive to differences in audio quality (way too many rock concerts have left me with some tinitus. I was young and stupid.)

I do still use the Trittons, and I still love them. Do they sound as good as my speakers cranked? Nope. But that's OK.

kilroy0097 wrote:

So besides Thin_J who clearly states that he believes that 5.1 headphones aren't much different than normal headphones in the sound department, is there anyone here that has actually used a 5.1 headphone or headset and can give first hand experiences on it?

Actually I believe they're vastly different. Just not in a good way.

Rubb Ed wrote:

I had a pair of Zalmans, and the wire broke pretty quickly. They were decent while they worked, but as soon as that wire snapped, they were a $60 waste of space.

No they weren't

The Zalmans have even less bass response than the earbuds that came with my mp3 player. The medusas were better, but not by a lot. The Zalmans sound like a surround sound with those little satellite speakers sounds if you turn off the sub. Bright, tinny, all treble, and extremely unbalanced and irritating.

Well, I got the medusa headphone, and I actually like it a lot. Bear in mind, I am by no means any sound junkie. But I love the directional sound on the things, and I like the overall sound of the headphone. The microphone is great too. In all it was a huge step up from my Logitech Headset I got with my UT2004 special edition. I also like them more then my 5.1 speaker set, but that's probably because the speaker set was cheaper then the whole headset.