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u/SilentHopes · 45 pointsr/buildapc

I've never been an advocate of gaming headsets. You pay for something that's way more expensive than what you're actually getting. You buy a $150 headset, you're probably getting $70-80 headphones with a bad microphone.

You're almost always better off to buy a pair of headphones that suits your needs well and then buy a microphone afterwards. You'll get the better use of your money this way. I've got a pair of Sennheiser HD 558s with a Zalman ZM-Mic1. It clips onto my headphone's cord so I don't have to worry about it being all over the place. Sound quality is good and I've gotten no complaints about static or fuzziness from friends. Otherwise, the Modmic is always a good choice.

If you're looking for something that isn't sound isolating, I would recommend buying a pair of open headphones with an external microphone. The 558s are open, by the way. You get a bit of sound leakage, so other people can hear what's going on if it's loud enough, but you can also hear everything around you. Because of this, you get a more realistic sound.

u/shanulu · 45 pointsr/DMAcademy

VOIP is so good now there is little-to-no reason to have a low quality microphone. Y'all should pitch in and get her one:

u/hidetheclown · 28 pointsr/buildapc

Sennheiser HD650s with an O2 amp, and E-DAC. I have a Zalman ZM-MIC1 as a mic, which is great although I'd recommend a free standing one to most people.

I love them, great for what I listen to. Very good for gaming too. You pretty much forget you are wearing them.

u/thePhysicist8 · 24 pointsr/pcgaming

Fear not, for you can still enjoy the wonders of surround sound with Hi-Fi headphones. Most "gaming" headsets use a built-in DAC (and BS marketing magic) to emulate surround sound over stereo. You can do the same thing using Razer Surround or similar software for free.

You'll have to decide between a closed or open earcup design. If you're not already familiar: a closed-back design will give you better noise isolation and more bass response, while an open-back design will give you a wider soundstage and better positional accuracy. 95% of headphones are closed-back, but there are some nice open-back options in your price range.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x ($100) are a decent option. They're durable, portable, closed-back headphones with a lot of bass response.

The Sennheiser HD 558 ($115) are a steal at that price. They're incredibly comfortable, open-back headphones with a very wide soundstage and warm signature. They'll do much better with surround software.

Both of those options have a relatively low impedance, so you shouldn't have to worry about amping (although they'll still benefit from it). If you're looking for a mic, the ModMic 4.0 is on MassDrop right now. It's a bit pricy, but I've heard great things about the sound quality. If you want something a bit cheaper, the Zalman Clip-On is always an easy option.

This might be slightly skewed, because a brick sitting on my head would be more comfortable than the headband on my Q701s.

u/ikeepadreamjournal · 22 pointsr/techsupportmacgyver

If you really want a boom, use an Antlion Modmic or something similar. If you don't mind a boomless mic and only care about audio quality, get this one.

u/LynkDead · 20 pointsr/gamingpc

For that price you could buy some ridiculously good audiophile headphones that would likely blow these away. Pair that with an awesome $10 mic and you'd be good to go.

u/ReusableHero · 20 pointsr/DotA2

I use separate headphones and mic.

This mic you can clip to the headphones cord or I have it sitting on the desk in front of me and have had no problems.

u/DaFox · 20 pointsr/pcgaming

I would recommend avoiding headsets personally. Grab a nice pair of quality headphones like the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700's for example, and basically any microphone. This is a very popular microphone, people usually clip it onto their headphone cord.

u/[deleted] · 19 pointsr/codbo

There are ways to do it. I don't know if your using an xbox or a ps3, but either way if you are using the red/white/yellow analog connectors, just slap one of these onto the console's output and then plug in your headphones. that should work for anything using the three red/white/yellow hookups.

However, if your Xbox360 is plugged in via HDMI, you will instead need one of these which plugs in to the component port on the back, and one of these to make it work with the headphones. Note that the xbox adapter comes with an optical port which you will use should you upgrade to high-quality headphones ;)
With this setup you will get audio out to headphones. To get chat in the headphones, go to the preferences, select chat, and output to speakers.

Note that this system doesn't allow for a microphone. You can go ahead and leave the microsoft headset around your neck, or you could get the ever-popular zalman clip-on and this adapter to plug it in to your controller.
They really make this harder than it ought to be :/

Also consider audio extension cables of varying lengths because you'll notice that the adapter cables are not very long.

The easiest way to hook up your favorite headphones is to use an Astro Mixamp. It will include all the needed cables and included a swanky volume knob and a balance knob to adjust game sound and voice levels. Much more expensive, though! At the price for the mixamp, you may as well just buy the whole system which includes a headset as well.

I would link stuff for PS3 using an hdmi cable as well to make an all-inclusive guide, but I simply don't own a PS3 so I can't be certain.

u/JammySTB · 17 pointsr/gamingpc

>but all of the responses are "get a good pair of headphones and a clip on mic"

Because this is the best option.

I personally use the clip on Zalman but I've heard great things about the ModMic. If you got a great pair of headphones(many use the AD700, HD558/HD598, etc) and attached this it would essentially be the same as a gaming headset but with significantly better sound quality and better build quality.

If you're going to be stubborn and not accept this, I reccommend going for the Sennheiser PC360. It's typically around the same price as the HD598 but not quite as good...

EDIT: Added links to some products, note that I only looked them up on Amazon, you can probably find everything cheaper if you shop around...


EDIT 2: DarkWingPig mentioned virtual surround sound, which is what draws many people towards gaming headsets. You can add this functionality to any pair of headphones using a sound card such as the Asus Xonar DG, Asus Xonar DS, or the Asus Xonar DX.

I have an Asus Xonar DX and, in my opinion, it can work well in certain games such as Counterstike, where knowing the position of a sound is essential, but I don't use it for the majority of games...

A user over at Head Fi called Mad Lust Envy has created a thread reviewing many different pairs of headphones in relation to how well they work with Dolby Headphone(virtual surround sound).

u/Vortax_Wyvern · 16 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Wall of text ahead. Please, read only if you are really interested...

What I usually recommend when someone ask for advice about gaming headsets is: Gaming headset are crap 99% of the time. They provide very poor sound quality, and any good headphone (literally, even 40$ ones) will sound far better than expensive 300$ headsets. The question is not if headphones are better than headset (the answer is “Hell, YEAH”). The question is, are they better for you?

What are you planning to use your headphones for? Just for gaming, or for gaming and music listening?

If the answer is “just for gaming”, then ask yourself if a Hifi headphone is what you need. Usually games don’t really need high quality headphones, since they provide low quality sound, and you will be more concentrated gaming than listening. In that scenario, everything will serve you, and gaming headsets have the advantage of the integrated microphone.

So, if you want something good for gaming, and just for gaming, with integrated microphone, then the only two headsets with good enough quality sound (aka don’t suck) are:

HyperX Cloud (70$)

Sennheiser G4me One (170$)

Both are good choices. Or go with any fancy RGB headset you find (Logitech, Razer, Corsair, Steelseries, etc), you will most probably don’t notice the difference while gaming.

BUT, if you plan to use them for music listening besides gaming, then keep reading.

Hifi headphones for gaming have the disadvantage of having to deal with the micro thing. None of them have microphone incorporated, and you must either use a desk microphone like this, use a modmic like this one. or if your budget is tight, something like this. The first one requires desk space. The second and third one are detachable micro, with an extra cable you’ll have to deal with. Any of them are a nuisance. Any solution is annoying. All of them are an extra expense that must be accounted. If micro is a must and you are not willing to bother with this solutions, please, go back to HyperX Cloud or G4me One.

Ok, so, you really want some damn good headphones, that also can be used for gaming! Keep reading, please (are you bored yet?).

You can choose Closed back headphones (the classic ones you have already used. Closed back models offer good isolation and do not leak sound. This is your choice when there are people around you, or you want isolation from noisy a environment.) or Open Back headphones (Open back models offer next to no isolation and will leak sound -and allow you to hear what happens around you-, but they are the best sounding models). Open headphones achieve the best sound, soundstage (feeling that sound is coming from around you) and imaging (ability to locate the origin of one sound).

If you are here because you want to get a replacement for a gaming headset, I would recommend you Open back, but since they don’t isolate, you must choose. If isolation is required, get closed back, if that’s not a concern, go open.

Some closed back cans:

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x. 100$. Balanced headphones, very good feedback from lots of people. Typical entry level headphones to the rabbit hole.

Sennheiser HD 598Cs. 125$. Balanced, very very detailed, great instrumental separation. Comfortable as hell, Very recommended.

Beyerdynamic DT770. 160$. V-shaped signature (lots of bass and lots of treble). Great for explosions, movies, and rock. Treble can be harsh if you are sensible. Get the 32 ohm version, as the 80 (may) and 250 (do) need an amplifier to work properly.

Those are some examples of entry-mid level of closed cans. There are lots more, depending of your budget!

As for open cans:

Superlux HD668b. 40$. Those are THE CANS. The best quality for low budget you can get. Hands down. Great soundstage, Bass light. They are not too comfortable, but pads can be changed for a deluxe comfort (extra expense). You are not getting anything better at this price. For gaming in a budget, this are the headphones you were looking for,

Philips SHP9500. 80$. Mid-forward signature. Good soundstage, great comfort. Very detailed. Another amazing quality for the budget headphone.

Sennheiser HD 598 SR. 170$. Very similar to the HD 598Cs, but with open back. Wider soundstage, a little less bass. Very balanced headphones. Super-duper comfortable. Great for long gaming sessions.

Philips Fidelio X2. 250$. V-shaped signature. Those are in another league. Build quality is just.. OMG. Extreme soundstage and imaging. More comfortable than the HD 598. Bass is BOOOOOM!!!. A little pricey, and can be somewhat fatiguing to listen if you are treble sensible, due to high treble.

Well, that’s all. I have selected only headphones that don’t need an amplifier. Now is your turn to research, watch some Youtube videos, read some reviews, and give them a try.

All this headphones are GOOD. No trash here, and all them will make you open your eyes when listening your music if you are coming from standard headsets. You will notice sounds, instruments, that you never realized they were there, even if you had listened this song a thousand times before. Try them, and be amazed.

Welcome to the rabbit hole.

u/SilentSigns · 16 pointsr/patientgamers

I would recommend This clip mic paired with your choice of headphones.

u/cHariZmaRrr · 15 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

if you use this correctly, that mic is the shit while only having a price tag of ~$10

u/melty_dino · 13 pointsr/deadbydaylight

Most likely they are sound whoring with headphones and attentiveness. When I play killer, sound is my greatest asset against the survivors. Things like running and breathing can be picked up by paying attention and having the sound system to do so.

I followed the advice on this post and got these headphones and this mic. Pretty cheap set up for quality audio and voice communication.

u/test822 · 13 pointsr/rpg

the EQing on your voice is way too bassy/muffled/boomy

also recording people off of VOIP is usually pretty bad. you'd have much better sound quality if you made everyone buy mics and record their own audio locally on either their computer or some kind of device and then send you their audio for you to splice in. the downside of this is it increases the chance of screwing up recording significantly if your friends aren't tech-savvy

u/danielkza · 12 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

Just a note regarding sound quality: if you really care about it, even high-end gaming headsets are bad options compared to headphones by companies that specialize in audio, like Sennheiser (only brand I'd buy 'gaming' sets from), Audio Technica, AKG, Koss, Shure, Westone, Beyerdynamics, etc. For the same price, you can likely get way better quality by getting a mic-less headphone and attaching a ModMic or using a standalone mic.

u/super1701 · 11 pointsr/joinsquad

I have a mic, it works, but for some reason squad refuses to pick it up. Anyone have a fix for this? Squad is the only game that it doesn't work in.
EDIT: Turns out my mic was set to USB in steam, just had to change it. Thanks for all the reply's and willingness to help. The mic i use is this good quality mic, but the cord is insanely long.

u/bobbypellit · 11 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Do not buy a headset.

Buy a microphone like [this here] ( and get some decent headphones from Sennheiser (dependant on budget).

You get a lot more quality for your money this way.

u/paupaupaupau · 11 pointsr/gadgets

Another contender...

I have one and am pleased with it for a cheap solution. I clip it onto my shirt using a binder clip.

u/Blueshadeofred · 10 pointsr/oculus

Well I see how it's convenient with an integrated mic, but a very standard desktop/clip on mic will do the job a heck of a load cheaper, and you can spend the excess money on better headphones or an audio card. Also. Less parts that can be broken on the rift.

Edit: actually I take that back. If it's an integrated mic with no sensitive parts (the bar that carries the mic) and if it would be more like a cellphone mic I would be OK with it. Although the voice quality might not be the best this way.

u/ShadowX22 · 9 pointsr/DotA2

While people are recommending headsets that come with the mic. I'm going to recommend something else. Get a high quality set of over the ear headphones. I'm talking something like the Audio Technica ATH-M50S, Audio Technica ATH-AD700, Sennheiser HD555/595 (The 595's are very similar to the 555's but sound better, there are links around that you can mod your 555's to become 595's), or Sennheiser HD380 Pro. And then attach a Zalman Mic to it.

I have a pair of HD595's and absolutely love them, I can wear them all day and not feel it. They are built like tanks and have amazing sound quality. With my Zalman mic, I not only have a headset that has much higher sound quality than any gaming headset, but I can also use it for VOIP.

I used to have a pair of Creative Fatal1ty MKii, but after picking up my Sennheiser's I can't go back to them. The comfort and sound quality is literally night and day.

Although slightly out of your price range, the two companies make extremely high quality audio equipment. If you look through their offerings you'll definitely find a pair of headphones that will fit your budget. If you watch Amazon you can find that they cut prices dramatically from time to time, I picked up my 595's for around $150, and now they're almost $250.

u/ztherion · 9 pointsr/buildapc

Honestly, any headphone marketed as "gaming" will be a rip-off, and pretty much every Xbox 360 headset is crap compared to headphones designed for music listening and production.

You'll get a better deal if you get one of the generic adapter plugs that let you use any headphone and microphone combo with the Xbox. Then get this microphone and a good pair of headphones or IEMs. Here are some threads on head-fi to help you select a pair:

u/headphonehalo · 8 pointsr/Games

None, 5.1 and 7.1 headphones are a scam.. or at the very least redundant.

If you have to go for a traditional headset, Sennheiser's usually a good bet.

Otherwise you can just buy a pair of high quality headphones and a clip-on mic like this one:

As long as you avoid koss, bose, logitech, turtlebeach, beats, skullcandy, steelseries, razor and creative, you should be fine. USB headphones are usually pretty bad, as well.

(As for which of these you can use on consoles, I guess that depends on the console.)

u/thisisnotgood · 8 pointsr/truetf2

> I'm in the market for a headset

I highly recommend buying a nice pair of headphones (ATH AD700 are a favorite for gaming) and then a mic like this clip on zalman or the antlion modmic. You almost always get better sound quality (playback and recording) for the money and a wider choice of headphones.

u/thegodofpies · 8 pointsr/truegaming

Instead of getting a headset I would recommend a Clip-on mic and a pair of headphones as headsets generally have pretty shitty quality compared to getting headphones and a microphone separately. Head-Fi is an excellent resource for finding good ones.

u/GlumChampion · 8 pointsr/gamingpc

Samson SR850s + Zalman Mic. The samsons are amazing and blow every other headset I've heard out of the water. They are the same headphones as the Superlux 668Bs, so perhaps you can find them on ebay more cheaply than amazon.
Here's a head-fi review of the SR850s.

If you want something more expensive, see this Head-fi thread.

u/-c0de- · 8 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

>Get a working microphone, or if you already have one, use it

Here is a great inexpensive mic that you can add to a regular stereo headset: Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone

u/funktion · 8 pointsr/buildapc

this is all you need.

u/GokuDude · 8 pointsr/gamingpc

Definitely look into a Headphone + Attachable Mic Combo

I recommend the JVC HARX900's With a Zalman mic that you can clip on the headphones

If you do end up pushing your budget, I don't really recommend the G35's like the other guy (No offense, really) I do on the other hand recommend the Audio Technica AD-700's, if you get these for gaming they will last you a lifetime, they are built very well too, I love Audio-Technica for that

u/Quinnelton · 7 pointsr/AskGames

You're going to be doing your ears and the ears of the people you're talking a disservice to by getting a "Gaming Headset." I've owned a Steelseries Siberia v2 for a couple years now and I regret it every time I use them.

Average is the greatest compliment I can give them. Average soundstage, average bass, average highs and average mic quality. And if you're going to be spending ~$90 on a head set you want something that will be more than average.

This is what I wish I went with years ago and what I still wish I could justify buying while my Siberia is functioning:

  • $95 Audio Technica ATH-AD700 - "Good for Gaming, Movies (very open soundstage). Good bass response but not bass presence (not thumpy). Comfortable and very very very large." -HeadFi

  • $190 Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, 80 ohms - "BASS!!! Great soundstage for a closed can. Very good movie and gaming can.+ -HeadFi

  • $10 Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone - Clip on mic that attaches to your headphone cable. Everything I've heard about this mic have been glowing reviews, amazing sound and fantastic sensitivity.

    By going with a pair of headphones that are high quality and feature an exceptional soundstage, which basically means how far around you you can hear (good for picking up footsteps and locating bullet shots), and top of the line sound reproduction you're setting yourself up to have the best of both worlds, gaming and music.

    This is all coming from someone who wishes they had more money to spend on audiophile gear. Make sure to check out /r/audiophile as well, they have a lot of good information there as well.

u/Robert_Skywalker · 7 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/ProPencilPusher · 7 pointsr/gaming

I'm gonna be that guy, and say something like Sennheiser HD558 or Audio Technica ATH-M50s with a Zalmann clip on mic or standard desktop mic.

Not as elegant but will sound MUCH better than most, if not all, of the mic + headphone combos.

u/yuv9 · 7 pointsr/buildapcsales

I personally chose the 558s, but I'm using them exclusively on my desktop so I don't have to worry about noise leaking out at home or carrying an amp around with me.

Also for gaming I use this.

Much cheaper and excellent audio quality.

u/guamaniantreerunner · 7 pointsr/truetf2

I got this one and it's great considering I already had awesome headphones.

u/faster3200 · 7 pointsr/gaming

First, let me say this: all headphones are surround sound. You only have two places that you can hear from and headphones literally surround them. Surround sound (5.1, 7.1, etc.) in speakers is nice since in order to hear from all directions without getting too technical you need speakers around you. If you see 5.1 or 7.1 headphones, that means they just stuffed a ton of low quality drivers into their phones and is a good sign they are nothing but marketing and that you should avoid them.

Also, if you see a headset that is usb that means it uses it's own sound card essentially, which may be good or bad for you depending on your setup.

For gaming specifically you want headphones with a good sound-stage. There is no gaming headset on the market that compares to getting some good phones plus mic. Sony MDR-V6 and Creative Aurvana Live (rebadged Denon AH-D1001) are a decent choices for your price range. You can always get a desktop mic, a clip-on mic, or better yet find a Labtec LVA-7330 on ebay and do some simple modding and you have yourself a headset with removable mic.

u/alexistukov · 7 pointsr/hardware

Standard recommendation for high quality headphone/microphone combo is a Sennheiser HD555 with a Zalman Clip-on Mic.

I have them both and I find they work well and that they work well together.

u/SigmaEleven · 7 pointsr/buildapc

Audio Technica ATH-M30x seem to be a good entry-level enthusiast headset but coming in at £60 at amazon I figure you could find better prices elsewhere for that headset. Personally I think it sounds pretty similar to the ATH-M50 while being loads cheaper in my area.

Or the Sennheiser HD 202, it's quite decent for cheap. Also comfortable.

Edit: Here's some cheap clip-on mic in case you game:

  • Neewer - Cheap as dirt and has fairly good reviews.
  • Zalman - Heavily recommended by some but I've heard complaints that it picks too much background noise or such.
u/novel__ · 7 pointsr/truetf2

There's no way you can be on a team without a mic.

Price an issue?

  • This Clip On Mic is only 8 dollars and is pretty high quality too.

  • If you can afford to go higher I can recommend a Blue Snowball for $60.

  • Also, maybe a CAD U1 for $30.

    Even a headset will do. Make sure you enable push to talk and are using headphones.

    Are you afraid? Get over it. Sorry for the bluntness, but consider your team to be friends. People you'd play any game with and still have a good time. If they aren't people you can relate to, don't join their team. It's that simple. Find people you can relate to easily. Find people that won't yell at you. Find people that will crack the occasional joke and laugh at stupid/amazing plays. You will create incredible bonds with these people, and have lifelong friends. These people must be more important to you than a random lobby player, so talk to them!

    And to be honest... most teams don't take people who can't/won't talk. Even if you were Clockwork or Ruwin.

    So, get a mic.
u/logicbound · 6 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

Not a headset... but I went with headphones and mic.

u/NeverQuiteEnough · 6 pointsr/changemyview

Only the uber gamer has a mic and headphones?

My mic cost 8 dollars, it is the size of a quarter and provides perfectly serviceable audio quality, despite the fact that it is currently hidden somewhere under the mess that is my desk.

My headphones are cheap earbuds. My bet is the average household has three of these things, they cost less than a burger and I've had this pair long enough to have forgotten when I acquired it.

One doesn't need an overpriced neon gaming headset to talk to people online, whether it is playing games with friends who've moved out of state or geographically distant family. And it certainly doesn't have to be integrated with the device. If I buy a VR headset today, I would need to make zero changes to my $15 audio input and output to play with friends immediately.

I think you must not have seen this type of mic, otherwise I don't understand how you can hold the view you do.

u/Kinaestheticsz · 6 pointsr/buildapc

He has some good advice. But for the love of all that is holy. Please do not buy a "gaming" headset.

Invest in a good pair of headphones and attach something like a Antlion Mod-Mic to it. You'll end up with far better sound, a similar if not better mic, for around the same or cheaper price as those "high end gaming" headsets.

Something like this: Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 $99 + Antlion ModMic $32 or Zalman Zm-Mic1 Clip-On Mic $6.99

Gives you a set of incredibly good sounding headphones for both music and gaming, and a mic comparable to the one you are going to find on any headset out there (no matter how expensive, unless you want to go super high end).

If you don't like the look of the ATH-AD700s, then browse through this wonderful thread/font of knowledge on headphones at Link.

As for mechanical keyboards, the Steelseries 6Gv2 Cherry MX Black is a good choice.

In terms of mice, I suggest you go to your local computer shop and try out mice there with your hand. You need to find one that fits the way you like to grip your mouse and one that is fit for you. I'd even recommend the same with the mechanical keyboards. A place like Frys is a great place to test them out as the regularly have the mechanical keyboards out on display to test.

u/nubbinator · 6 pointsr/buildapc

Monoprice headphones and the Zalman clip on mic. It's the best setup you can do in your budget. It's the only pair of super cheap headphones that I've actually seen the people at rave about. No headsets are going to be all that great on your budget...or in general for that matter, so go for a separate mic and headphone.

u/Kairu927 · 6 pointsr/Games

Skip coffee for a couple days and bam, you've got a solid microphone equivalent to those that are installed in many combination headsets.

u/schwat · 6 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

The same headphones I would recommend for anything. ATH-M50s. If you shop around you can find them for ~$100.

I spent a lot of time shopping around and comparing before settling on those & I have to say there really isn't anything that compares for a comparable price.

Then just get a cheap clip-on mic (like this) and you're good to go.

Whatever you do don't waste money on a "gaming headset". You'll be happier in the long run if you buy a decent set of cans & a separate mic. And DEFINITELY don't be suckered into a pair of "5.1 headphones" that have multiple drivers per ear. A good set of stereo headphones + virtual surround will kick the shit out of them every time.

u/mmmm_goldfish · 6 pointsr/pcgaming

Sorry, it's over budget but here is my setup:

Headphones (Really quite amazing for the price):

Clip on Mic:

If you shop around, you may be able to find them cheaper. I wouldn't have bothered mentioning my setup knowing it's over budget but I researched and scrutinized for a solid month when I made these purchases and these seemed to be as good as it gets under $50

Looks like there are cheaper mics with good ratings here:

u/mr_roo · 6 pointsr/Games

I wouldn't recommend any traditional gaming headsets, you would do better to get a good pair of headphones and a separate mic. Gaming headsets have good mics, but the speakers are almost always lacking compared to similarly priced headphones.

I've used many headsets from Logitech, Steelseries, Razer, Turtle Beach, and a few other companies, and anything from Sennheiser, Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic, Denon, AKG, or the multitude of quality audiophile manufacturers, will give you far better audio.

Sennheiser makes the only really good headsets in my opinion, the PC350 and PC360, but they are expensive at around $200, and don't sound as good as the HD598's for about the same price.

Steelseries makes okay headsets, but are over priced for the audio quality. The 5Hv2 and 7H are incredibly comfortable, and the Siberia v2 are quite comfy as well (not if you have a large head though, I have 7 7/8 hat size and was fatigued in an hour). Also their build quality is very good. They produce very accurate locational noise, but be warned as Steelseries headsets have no bass at all at the cost of having very clear footstep identification.

I wouldn't even consider Razer products as their build quality is sub-optimal.

Check out: and for all the info you want on good headphones.

Also is a good place to start.

For gaming I use Audio Technica ATH-AD700 and Zalman Zm-Mic1. The AD700's don't have a large bass presence, so bass thumps don't interfere with footsteps and important locational noise (which they produce very accurately). These are by far the most comfortable headphones I have ever had on. The ModMic is also a very good mic option for any headphone.

Do a little research on the audio sub-reddits and you will find the perfect solution for your needs.

u/ronaldgoddamnreagan · 6 pointsr/buildapc

Really good headphones for an excellent price. 7.1 is just a fancy marketing technique and a good pair of headphones is more than you'll need.

Mic is excellent as well, it clips on the cable of the headphone.

There is a white version of the headphones if you want,

u/thecrispybacon · 6 pointsr/buildapc

I bought one of these that clips on to my headphones cable fine. You can also just fold the collar of your shirt over as well. Might want to get a sleeve to keep it together with your headphone cable. I don't really use a mic often though so I don't mind 2 cables when using it too much.

u/geegeegeegeebaby · 6 pointsr/singapore


I'm tempted to get a pair of Axent Wears, but I'm nowhere stylish ^^nor ^^cute enough to pull off the look.

Honestly, "gaming" headphones aren't renowned for sound quality. IMHO, it's better to get an affordable pair of audiophile high quality earphones like the MylarOne Bijous/Westone UMPro10s/Shure SE215s and then get an attached microphone (Zalman and Modmic are good choices for those). This is purely my opinion though :)

Regardless, Black Friday is coming up, so keep a lookout on Amazon for good deals!

u/twich35 · 6 pointsr/pcgaming

Razer makes good mice, not headsets. Get a Sennheiser
Lower priced
Higher Priced

And just use this mic. It works great, and is very clear. I have never heard of pulsewave as a competitive brand, and that headset doesn't look as sturdy as most Sennheiser's.

u/pumpkinbundtcake · 6 pointsr/pcgaming

Most people would recommend a Blue Snowball but I really like the concept of the Modmic. Honestly though, I used a three dollar desktop microphone I got from Microcenter and, while I wore the headphones to get rid of background noise, I was getting compliments on the microphone quality.

Edit: I forgot about the Zalman clip-on but that seems like such a pain.

u/_Skylake_ · 6 pointsr/halo


Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone

u/canyousaysanity · 6 pointsr/gaming

i'm using a pair of audio technica ath-m50's (which are used primarily for listening to music but works as a headset just fine) along with a clip on zalman mic.

i understand that this might be a little more expensive than you are looking to spend, but buying a headset for gaming only seems kind of inefficient to me. in reality you can just pick up that clip on mic (which is super high quality) and pair it with some ear-buds you have lying around.

u/G_Sully · 6 pointsr/headphones

Audio Technica AD700 are pretty much the standard audiophile reccomendation when it comes to sub-$150 gaming headphones. Pair it with a Zalman Zm-Mic1 and I can pretty much guarantee you that you will never touch a gaming headset again. The AKGs are a good option but I would opt for the AD700 if you can spare the extra $15. They offer a better soundstage which is critical for gaming as it gives you a better sense of your surroundings.

u/ebol4anthr4x · 6 pointsr/AskGames

No, do not buy surround sound headsets, even if you play CSS. I spent around $100 for my pair of 5.1 surround sound headphones (Tritton was the brand -- the audio division of Mad Catz), and while they were a very blatant step up from the shitty generic Logitech headsets I'd used in the past, they are not even close to the quality you get when you just purchase a normal pair of high-quality headphones, especially considering how much more expensive they were.

Immediately after going through two different pairs of surround sound headsets, I decided to just buy normal headphones and a separate microphone for voice chat. I currently use a JVC HARX900 and a Zalman mic, which will cost you about $70 altogether, but it's well worth it in my opinion. The sound quality is fantastic, and most FPS games are made well enough that you can get distinguish sound coming from different directions, even with stereo headphones.

Surround sound headphones are entirely unnecessary, and I wish someone had been there to tell me that before I bought mine.

As a side note, listening to music on stereo headphones vs. a surround sound headset will make no difference, as pretty much 99% of music is 2 channel anyway, so having 5 speakers makes no difference. Yes, it can be upmixed to 5.1, but if you just buy a good pair of stereo headphones, it will sound equal to, if not better, than the surround sound headphones.

u/sci_comes_1st · 6 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

For question number one, PLEASE get a headset and a microphone BEFORE you start playing. Here is a link to a good mic for a cheap price

u/jcbevns · 6 pointsr/makemychoice

Beater headphones and get this Mic. Zalman ZM

I have a nice set of Audio-Technicas that I use for music but needed a mic. This satisfied ALL my needs.

u/Tacanacy · 6 pointsr/PS4

I've used many headphones/headsets for online/competitive shooters: AKG K52, AKG Q701, Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x, Beyerdynamic DT990 (600Ω), HiFiMan HE-400i (the revision), HiFiMan HE-500, HyperX Cloud, Koss Porta Pro, Monoprice Monlith M1060, Philips Fidelio X2, Philips SHP9500, Sennheiser HD598, Sennheiser HD700, Sennheiser HD800, Superlux HD662 EVO, Superlux HD668B, Superlux HD669, Superlux HD681 EVO, Tritton Pro+ and Turtle Beach Ear Force XP Seven, and AD700x is the one I recommend regardless of budget unless people have other preferences. Games top out very early, and around the $100 mark, diminishing returns set in hard.

There are three sonic properties that determine the performance of headphones/headsets for online/competitive shooters: soundstage, imaging and (instrument) separation.

Soundstage is produced by the headphone, not the game. It's perceived space and environment of sound. A small soundstage makes the environment around you sound confined or boxed in. With a large soundstage, the environment sounds much more open, spatial and natural. You probably have to experience it yourself to understand it.

Imaging is inherent to the audio content. It's how accurately the locations of sounds/objects are reproduced.

Soundstage and imaging are generally best achieved with open-back or semi-open-back headphones, which means the headphones have cups with grills/perforations/openings that allow sound to freely pass through, unlike closed-back headphones that have cups with solid shells which isolate sound from passing through to some extent. Soundstage and imaging constitute positional audio. You could say they are the stereo equivalent of virtual surround sound. I don't think stereo, no matter how large it is, sounds fully three-dimensional as virtual surround sound at all times. Dialogues and very loud sounds like tanks, jets, trains, etc. near you tend to sound very intimate and dominate in either ear when you don't face them. Virtual surround sound has its drawbacks too: it compresses and degrades the sound quality. I find it most noticeable with rain, waterfalls and splashing water; they sound akin to white and pink noise. Subtle details become faint or not audible. When headphones already have decent soundstage, imaging and separation, I find that virtual surround sound diffuses the positional audio and the ability to pick up and locate/track audio cues.

Virtual Surround sound varies a lot from processor to processor (CMSS-3D, Dolby Headphone, SBX, etc.) How you perceive it compared to stereo also depends on the soundstage, imaging and separation of the headphone, and how games are mixed. I recommend using a headphone with a large soundstage and great imaging and separation, like AD700x, before deciding on virtual surround sound. If you absolutely want virtual surround sound, then I strongly recommend SBX from Creative, especially over Dolby Headphone.

Separation is how you discern individual sounds from a range of overlapping sounds. This is only important in games that are competitive.

Attach an Antlion ModMic 4 and you have a headset. Alternative mics: Massdrop Minimic, Neewer, Sony ECMCS3, Zalman ZM-Mic1, Blue Snowball, Samson Go

If AD700x costs too much, then I recommend HD668B. Other open-back options that are well-regarded in the audio enthusiast community are Audio-Technica ATH-AD500x, Sennheiser HD558/HD579 and Status Audio OB-1. I strongly advise against HyperX Cloud if you don't need sound isolation. For closed-back, I recommend AKG K52, Superlux HD662 EVO and especially Superlux HD669 over the Cloud. Status Audio CB-1 is another well-regarded option, which is compatible with the V-MODA BoomPro mic.

u/Ezerus · 6 pointsr/buildapc

how about just a microphone?

Zahlman Zm-Mic1

much cheaper, good sound. Should serve you just fine for VOIP

u/Kaizen336 · 5 pointsr/buildapcforme

Here is my recommendation:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU | Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor | $169.99 @ Microcenter
CPU Cooler | Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler | $29.98 @ Outlet PC
Motherboard | Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard | $104.99 @ Microcenter
Memory | Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk | $164.99 @ NCIX US
Storage | Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $69.99 @ Amazon
Video Card | PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card | $219.99 @ NCIX US
Wireless Network Adapter | Rosewill RNX-N600UBE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter | $25.22 @ Amazon
Case | Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case | $49.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply | XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply | $54.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive | Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer | $14.99 @ Newegg
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) | $89.98 @ Outlet PC
Keyboard | Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard | $39.99 @ Newegg
Other| Audio Technica ATH-AD700 Headphones | $99.95 @ Amazon
Other| Zalman Zm-Mic1 Microphone| $8.48 @ Amazon
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1203.51
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-21 23:53 EDT-0400 |

I think this build falls right in the sweet spot for performance vs. price. The CPU/Mobo is a combo at Microcenter, you'll have to add around $20 for tax. A note on the headphones, these are the best headphones for gaming for the price. I strongly recommend against buying any name-brand headset, you will overpay and get a product that doesn't sound as good. Let me know if you have any questions.

u/lachlanlikesathing · 5 pointsr/headphones

I don't know how to attach that mic, but if all you need is a microphone you can try this doohickie:

My friend has one and uses it with his AD700 for gaming. He is very happy with it!

u/_fortune · 5 pointsr/hardware

Depending on your intended use, I'd suggest the CAL!, Sony MDR-V6, or Audio Technica ATH AD700 with a Zalman clip-on mic.

With any of these headphones plus the mic, you will get much higher sound quality than any headset in the price range.

u/loktoris · 5 pointsr/audio
u/AnderperCooson · 5 pointsr/Metal

If you're looking for something that will primarily be used for listening to music, I'd get a nice pair of headphones and something like this attachable mic. If you're looking for a headset that will also be used for music occasionally, probably just get something in your price range by a reputable brand (Audio Technica, Sennheiser, etc). We'll need a budget before making any actual recommendations though.

u/georgeguy101 · 5 pointsr/pcgaming

i really like those for purely gaming. theyre comfy so you can wear them forever. they have decent positional sound and good sound quality and the microphone is good too.

u/ItsADanThing · 5 pointsr/buildapc

Unfortunately most gaming headsets are quite overpriced, a popular option without spending a lot is this mic that clips onto normal headphone wires ($8) maybe get that and save up for a better headset or some good headphones and a modmic.

For the internet if you have to use wireless get the internal card, if you can run an ethernet cable do that and consider a cheap usb adapter for interim.

u/HorrorBrot · 5 pointsr/Rainbow6

Get a ModMic or a Zm-Mic1 (build a micarms from lego or something else), put it on your hi-fi headphones and you've beaten 95% of headsets on the market in quality for same price or less

u/EphemeralRain · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

This is a horrible head set. The sound quality is awful, and there's a constant hiss from the USB amplifier. On max bass boost, the bass is muddy and intrudes on the other sound ranges; on minimum bass boost, the sound feels empty and tinny. There's no good middle ground that I found. The soundstage is also horrible, which makes it far from ideal for gaming as you can't really perceive positional audio well.

You will honestly get much better sound quality out of the Koss KSC75 with a Zalman Mic attached, for even a few bucks cheaper.

u/FamousOnLine · 5 pointsr/gamingpc

It is under $10. So far no one has complained about it when I am on vent so I guess its not bad?

u/porksmash · 5 pointsr/hardware
u/hobojoe272 · 5 pointsr/DotA2

I currently use this combo:

I have had plenty of headsets over the years, and this one has been my best purchase. My friends on skype tell me the voice quality is fine.

You are also going to get way better sound quality through headphones rather than a headset.

u/TriggerOrcutt · 5 pointsr/gaming

I've heard nothing but good reviews on the Zalman zm-mic1 even though it looks and costs nothing like quality. I've also heard several sound samples of it and it does backup the reviews. Then it's just up to finding a good pair of headphones. I'm currently in the market for headphones and a mic aswell but I have a bit of a bigger budget. A lot of people suggest the Audio Technica AD700's but I've seen mixed reviews especially when it comes to the headphones fitting properly. If you decide to go for a regular pc headset where the mic and headphones are attached I suggest you steer clear from the Razer Carcharias, it's what I currently have and the audio leaks into the microphone so people on the other end can hear what I'm listening to at low volume. A friend of mine recently go the Corsair HS1 and it sounds really good according to him, but he hasn't been able to use it's mic yet.(his soundcard is a bit fucky) I don't think you can get a really definite answer to what headphone/mic combo is the best because everyone has their own taste in sound. Just try to avoid any phones that have "gamer" plastered all over the box because they generally won't be good for anything OTHER than games.

As a side note, in the end of my hunt for a good pair I'll be going with the aforementioned Zalman zm-mic1 and a pair of AKG K240 MKII' major attracting point for these headphones for me is that the cable is modular so when I inevitably break it (I have bad luck with headphone cables) I can just swap to the 2nd that's in the box.

u/redisnotdead · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

clip theses to your V-Modas.

EDIT: Oh wait you want a USB headset.

Get the cheapest you're willing to afford 'cuz they all sound like shite.

u/crimsonskunk · 5 pointsr/thereifixedit

If you know anyone who has a soldering iron and can get to the wires without breaking the plastic, it's not too hard to solder stuff like this.

Easier solution, get a clip on mic

u/Mushnag · 5 pointsr/buildapc

Normal headphones and a separate mic:

u/megazver · 4 pointsr/rpg

You can skip the webcam, if you want. Most games don't use them and the few times I played with the DM that had one, it was just a couple of other players who had one as well and the rest just played without one.

As for the mic, me, I bought something a little fancier, a Samson C01U for 77$ which is roughly equivalent in quality to the twice as expensive Blue Yeti and a pair of Superlux headphones, which is this Taiwanese company which makes really good, inexpensive entry-levels cans, but I also wanted to maybe record myself for Youtube and shit. You'll do just fine with whatever you buy after searching "best cheap headset" or maybe some Superlux headphones (so that people can't hear themselves on your speakers) and a Samson Go or perhaps even a Zalman Zm-Mic1

u/schnokobaer · 4 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

This. Buy the ZM-Mic 1 and if you only have a shitty onboard sound card also buy a USB sound card like this one, otherwise it'll be low volume with lots of noise. Yes, even a $5 USB sound card is better than onboard sound, they are that bad.

So less than $12 in total for very good mic quality, there's really no excuse for having a shitty mic, let alone none.

u/N_Scorpion · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Probably the best bang for your buck. However, if those ModMics are in stock you might want to check them out.

u/funwok · 4 pointsr/gaming

Depends on some things.
Do you want virtual 7.1 simulation/EAX support? If yes, a standard Xonar DS soundcard for around 30-40USD will suffice. That will help with some of the more expensive headphones too, which will need a bit of extra power to drive.

Pretty much every gaming headset uses rather cheap mics and so can we. All voip comm will get heavily compressed, be it with TS, skype or ingame voice, so you really don't need a high quality mic for gaming. Many gamers are using a Zalman mic for around 10USD, but any cheap, sturdy clip on mic will do.

This left us with around ~150USD for a good headphone. There are plenty of alternatives in the <150USD range, I can give you a couple of often recommended options.

The favorite right now in hi-fi circles is the ATH-m50 at around 130USD.

A very comfortable pair are the AKG K271MKII at the same price level.

To complete the our maxing out the budget trio we have the Ultrasone HFI-780.

All three have superior drivers with very good sound characteristics, very decent isolation and are fun enough to listen to for gaming, music and movies.

But we don't really have to max out the budget to get superior sound quality. There are some very decent headphones under 100USD too, which can more than compete with any high budget gaming headset.

Some examples: Sony MDRZX700
Creative Aurvana Live, especially for Europeans where the price is better
similar famous like the ATH-M50 are the ATH-AD700. It's a open headphone though, so gone is any decent isolation in exchange for a better soundstage.

I could go on for a bit, but those mentioned above are pretty well known and tested with the hi-fi community. You should find plenty of reviews and user experience for them. While some of them are a bit more analytical than most users are used to, they are all pretty fun and warm and not so boring like traditional studio monitors.

Even if we look at the lower budget gaming headsets <100USD, many without any 7.1 simulation, we can find plenty of better sound headphones, especially if we don't need a soundcard.

u/Buhdahl · 4 pointsr/hardware

Audio Technica ATH-AD700

Zalman Microphone

Simply superb combination. Throw in a Xonar DG is you want a nice (and cheap) sound card to bring it all together.

u/xdoo675 · 4 pointsr/buildapc

Zalman clip on mic. Best thing ever.

Cheap too.

Edit: Actually, looking at the cx500 I don't think the zalman will be able to clip onto them, so you should look into something like one of the logitech desk mics.

u/R3allybored · 4 pointsr/Tribes

Don't buy into the whole "gaming headset" craze. Find a good pair of legitimate headphones and then buy a mic like this one to go with it.

My friends and I use that mic and the sound quality is crystal clear through both ends. Don't be fooled by a gaming headset being good just because it has a built in microphone. Majority (if not all of them) have terrible quality and are ridiculously overpriced. I know you don't want to order things online, but I'd recommend looking into it. If you're putting $50-$100 into something, it's much more worth it to wait a week for it to come in than settle for a half-assed pair because you can buy it directly from the store.

u/Fusionnex · 4 pointsr/audiophile

Separate Mic! No need to limit your options by only looking at headsets. Get a decent set of cans and get a separate microphone. This is what i did but you can swap out any solid set of cans in your price range. Drop 250 for akg701's Here and get a 15$ 8$ mic, amazing solution if you have the power to drive the headphones. If you are super picky about microphone quality go for a blue microphone.

u/dvtnlx · 4 pointsr/starcraft

If you want to save money and only care about performance/price ratio try this combination in the sub 75 dollar range, which should be sufficient for most gamers. This will net you better quality than anything that is marketed for gaming:

Sennheiser HD 202

Zalman ZM-MIC1

u/Terricz · 4 pointsr/counterstrike

Don't buy into the whole "gaming headset" craze. A lot of it is overpriced garbage. Find a pair of good quality headphones and then buy this mic to go with it.

u/medahman · 4 pointsr/hardware

Well, with audio, quality of sound and product often go hand in hand. My point about the headphone/mic combo stands. The quality on headsets, from my experience, pail in comparison.

For your budget, /r/headphones recommends the [Panasonic RP-HTF600-S] ( with the [Zalman clip-on mic.] (
You can see down in the review section that someone published a video using the mic, and it sounds pretty good.

u/following_eyes · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales

I use this one. Gets the job done, haven't heard a single complaint from anyone. I just clip it to my headphone cable.

u/killwish · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales

amp isn't required for these. this zalman mic works great for me

u/Eulers_ID · 4 pointsr/OverwatchUniversity

Zalman mic for 8 bucks on Amazon - Sounds good and uses a standard 3.5mm audio jack, so no drivers or BS. If it's not long enough you can get it with an extension cable or pick up a cheap one from Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, whatever. It clips onto your headphone cord or shirt or whatever, and if it doesn't hold tight enough you can just put a binder clip on it. It's a great way to not spend 100 bucks on a headset that sounds as good as $30 headphones. Now you can spend that money on something that sounds really great, or beer.

u/DildoFingers · 4 pointsr/CodAW

Don't buy into "gaming headsets". A nice pair of headphones with an external mic will give you way more sound quality. If I were you I would get:

Sennheiser HD 598's-

Ear Force DSS2 - (not sure what is up with that first picture)

Zalman clip on mic -

Then you'd need an adapter to hook up a 3.5mm audio to whatever controller you're using. You can simply get a male 2.5mm to female 3.5mm adapter (won't give you chat volume control) or you can use something like this if you're using a Xbox 360.

This setup is almost exactly what I use and it's amazing. I use Sennheiser HD 380 Pro's and Ear Force DSS1.

u/The_Russian · 4 pointsr/buildapc

Could have sworn i only payed like 4 bucks for mine, but here is the default one. That is actually the recommended mic to go with when picking out a headphones + mic vs Headset. Its generally either that, or the high end solution which is to use a ModMic (40 or so bucks). That said, i and several friends use the zalman and have no complaints. Meanwhile, another friend has a razer headset and its the worst fucking thing when being on coms with him.

u/iTomate · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile


I don't know A LOT about audio quality and what to consider when buying topnotch headphones, however:

A few months ago I was looking for a gaming headset (headphones+mic) myself and found the following combination on a German web page (their discussion board is very appreciated in Germany):

Superlux HD 681 - £27 on Amazon

Zalman Zm-Mic1 - £10 on Amazon

I never had expensive headphones before but the guys on the board stated that the Superlux HD681 go head to head with some €150 AKG headphones. I, for my part, have no comparison but I really like them and have yet to find their downside. The mic is good too, but it falls of the cord quit frequently cause I move quite a lot.

I also bought the headphones along with velvet ear cushions like those (£10 on Amazon), which make long gaming sessions very comfortable.

You now spent only about £47 so you still have half of your budget for a nice audio card, enhancing your audio-experience even more.

I hope I could support you a little bit for your buying decision and please excuse me for my bad English. =)

Edit: formatting

u/EbagI · 4 pointsr/Destiny

don't buy a headset.

Buy a pair of headphones and this

this advice is pretty much universal for anyone who knows anything.

u/Hopehellsucks · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Lurk r/buildapcsales, There's always posts every few days that pop up for a great pair of headphones. Sennheiser, beyerdynamics, and akg just to name a few. Any of those paired with a standalone mic or modmic or clipon mic will always deliver sound leagues above

u/Hokkupi · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace


AKG K-540

Sennheiser HD-439


Zalman ZM-MIC 1

Either of those headphones will do just fine for it's price range plus you don't have to deal with the price premium for headsets. I own the Zalman mic myself and it's pretty decent for the price. If you really need a headset, my only recommendation would be the Skullcandy Slyr.

u/imuya · 4 pointsr/GirlGamers

I responded to a similar thread on girlgamers here;

>My advice is to not buy a headset, and instead get a nice pair of headphones and a clipon mic. The majority of "gaming headsets" provide vastly inferior audio quality, are USB, and are really overpriced for what you get. see: Astro's.

>My suggestion is watch this video;

>To get a decent understanding of how headphones work, and what a lot of the general terminology means (Amp/DAC/Ohms/SNR/Digital and Analog signals/etc).

>Then proceed to;


>And they'll probably tell you the exact same thing. A good pair of headphones combined with a clip-on-mic will not only provide the best audio experience for your money, but also the best audio experience period.


>This is a good price-range guide for headphones as well.

>in general;

>5.1 and 7.1 are a gimmick, virtual 5.1 and 7.1 dont do anything but allow 5.1 and 7.1 audio channel audio to be played as 5.1 and 7.1 audio channels.

>Generally in gaming, virtual 5.1 and 7.1 can actually muddy up directional sound and make your audio experience significantly worse if the game isnt optimized for that exact audio spartialization.

>You dont want USB if you're going to be using an Amp/DAC or a Soundcard, because it wont actually use your amp/dac or soundcard.

>Popular recommendations are like;

>Audio Technica ATH-M50

>Audio Technica ATH-AD700

>Audio Technica ATH-AD700x

>Sennheiser HD-280 Pro

>Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro

and then a clip-on microphone like this one;

>Zalman ZM Mic1

But the tl;dr is, buy a good pair of headphones and a clip on mic. They will sound better, last longer, and potentially be significantly cheaper.

Also, check out Massdrop for good deals on Headphones and Amp/DAC's.

u/binary_is_better · 4 pointsr/buildapc

Sennheiser HD201 Lightweight Over-Ear Binaural Headphones $20

Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone $10

Those are the only budget headphones and mic I'd consider. It will sound much better than any gaming headset at even twice that price.

u/Literati · 4 pointsr/tf2

> Get this mic.


u/lapin0u · 4 pointsr/headphones

mandatory link for "gaming" headset :

mandatory references for the "mic" issue :

  • best is a modmic, but more expensive & sometimes unavailable
  • second is a zalman
u/formerly_ex9gagger · 4 pointsr/buildapc

I wouldn't buy gaming headsets. Just buy a nice pair of headphones (eg. Sennheiser HD 201) + a nice external mic.

As for keyboards, I'd look into buying a mechanical keyboard.

Mice are personal preference


Here are some link

Sennheiser HD 201

MonoPrice Mech. Keyboard

As for mice as I said it's preference. it also depends on wheter you are a claw-gripper, palm-gripper or whatever. Maybe if you have a store like BestBuy or something around go there and test some mice.

Nice Zalman Mic.

u/bexbeatz · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Get the hd681 from superlux and the zm-mic1 from zalman. Should be around your price and will beat headsets up to 100. Headphones + Mic = Awsome. I use the mic together with my custom one pros from beyerdynamic and it's awsome! EDIT: added the links.

u/huppie · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

What part is dying on his headphones? E.g. The headphones themselves, the cable, something else every time?

I would recommend getting something with replaceable parts. In my experience it's usually just the cable that breaks after a few years of intense use. Also, the earpads may go bad after a couple more years.
I have very good experience with Sennheiser products so I did have a quick search for headphones with replacable cables / earpads and a mic if possible. It looks like the Sennheiser HD461 or HD 471 might be just what you're looking for.

However, personally I would recommend against using a headset with a built-in mic and using a separate headset and mic instead. The reason for this is pretty simple: Almost every part on a quality headphone can be replaced and you can get a decent clip-on microphone dirt cheap.

Example: A bit over 15 years ago I bought a Sennheiser HD500 and this microphone. While the microphone died last year, the headphones are still in use by my sister. The cable has been replaced once or twice, the earpads once I think.
I've upgraded to a Sennheiser HD600 eight years ago and in that time have replaced the cable twice (I drag it around a lot, am not careful enough, I know...), it's still the best headphone I've ever had. When my mic died after 14 years of use I've 'upgraded' to this one, it's pretty ridiculous how cheap it is for such a quality mic.

u/phixional_ninja · 3 pointsr/xboxone

You definitely can use regular headphones. If you have a pair without a built in mic, you can add one. I just added a mic to my AKG K550s with these:


u/Bulit0 · 3 pointsr/hardware

I've never had one of those, so I can't vouch for the quality of it, but it appears to be a decent mic.

u/curious42 · 3 pointsr/AskBattlestations

On the subject of headsets, DON'T GET ONE. A pair of headphones labeled as a "gaming headset" is going to be horrendously overpriced for the quality. My suggestion would be to take a gander at this list, taken from the sidebar or r/headphones, and choose something you like in your price range. Then add a cheap desk or clip-on microphone, and bam! better quality for your money. :)

Personally, I have the Superlux HD668b and the zalman mic I linked above. They're hooked in to a Creative X-Fi sound card, but TBH that's only because my cousin gave it to me for free when he upgraded. The onboard sound of any motherboard should be sufficient, and you have what looks like a high-end mobo, so you should be doubly ok.

u/jimmick · 3 pointsr/letsplay
u/NormalDefault · 3 pointsr/gamingpc

I'd personally get a set of Sennheisers/AKG/Panasonic headphones for about $100 - $150 and then buy a Zalman Clip on Mic. You'll get much better audio performance from a good set of cans than any "gaming" headset.

u/dstaller · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace


Will sound better than any "gaming headset" even remotely close to the price.

Get the non EVO version if you can't handle a few dollars over $50.

u/Mathman27 · 3 pointsr/pcgaming

If you really want the AD700, this mic is highly recommended by others (I've no personal experience with it) and significantly cheaper than the modmic.

That would solve your problem with the AD700, but I haven't used others, so I can't comment. One word of note, I believe (and I'm not 100% sure about this, so do your own searching) the AD700s may need a real sound card (not integrated) to support the virtual surround sound feature, which is what everyone says makes them so good. Since that Siberian is USB, it is my understanding it doesn't need a sound card to produce the same virtual surround function. If what I've written is correct (and I'd appreciate it if someone could say one way or another definitively), then the Siberian would likely be the best gaming choice among those three if you're set against getting a dedicated sound card.

Just some thoughts from what I know. Good luck!

u/morto00x · 3 pointsr/pcgaming

Get a Zalman ZM-MIC1 clip-on mic and the Audio-technica ATH-AD700 headphones.

Audio-Technica is a brand dedicated exclusively to audio equipment, rather than gaming. I hope you see my point here.

The Zalman mic is just cheap and works well for gaming purposes.

u/kabutos · 3 pointsr/buildapc

this is the clip-on i use and i have no complaints with it.

headphones are a whole other box of guides/recommendations/features. for that price sony mdr v6's and grado sr60i's come widely recommended though.

u/JoeyBE98 · 3 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

Heard good things on this sub-reddit about this mic for cheap: I don't own it myself though. Look up stuff about it and quality tests I guess. If you have the money to spend I'd get a Blue Yeti/Snowball as they're top quality. I myself have the GameCon 780s and just use the mic on them. I split the audio from the mic and use Audacity to get rid of any white noise, but you can get the same effect by dropping volume of the mic.
EDIT: Sorry about the mobile Amazon link, I was posting via my iPhone. I fixed it now.

u/gravyenema · 3 pointsr/pcgaming

Go with your headphone plan and consider the Zalman ZM-MIC1 for the cheap. Or you can try the Blue Snowflake

u/LiquidDetergent · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Buy this or this for a mic.

Headsets do not deliver good audio quality for their price. At a sub $100 price range you might not be able to tell the difference but a decent pair of headphones with an attachable mic is going to deliver superior quality.

At your price range I recommend the JVC HARX900s and the ATH M30s. I would also look at the Sony MDR-V6s but they're out of your budget.

u/__REV__ · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I highly recommend against "gaming" headsets. They are usually overpriced for the components they use. I went with the route of using a set of semi-open back headphones and clip on mic for a bit. I've since upgraded to a NEWER condenser microphone. Either way:

Cheap but very good quality heaphones

super cheap but decent mic

Also I recommend these earpads. They lessen the low end a bit and make the headphones x100 more comfortable.

edit: just realized that's the "recommended combo" on amazon lmao. Either way its ~52 USD and a great deal. Compare the quality of this setup and its right up there with 100 dollar "gaming" headphones. Also semi-open and open headphones are great for FPS games because of the open soundscape.

u/Greetings_Stranger · 3 pointsr/smashbros

In all seriousness This $7 mic from Amazon is actually really solid. super long cable though! If that bothers you.

u/Merrena · 3 pointsr/Games

How much are you willing to spend?

Currently, I'm using these with this.

u/TheSpazzacus · 3 pointsr/computers

Just a tip, specifically looking for headsets limits your selection and steers you away from otherwise good headphones. You might want to consider buying a clip-on mic like this, and then using the rest to buy some good headphones of your choice.

u/Mephiska · 3 pointsr/headphones

I had an earlier version of that headset for a while. Mine sounded great and I've never been disappointed with Sennheiser sound.

That said, unless you absolutely need a headset, just get some regular headphones and a separate mic. The mic on my Senn's died after about a year and a half, making them almost entirely useless.

For a mic that is easy to deal with I suggest this Zalman mic. Works great, sounds great, and clips right on to the cable.

That frees you up to a TON more choices in headphones.

u/BLACKGlNGER · 3 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

I use a Modmic - would highly recommend it. However, it may not be cheap. Have heard good things about the Zalman Clip On

u/XhanzomanX · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I will suggest that if you can, (enough budget) get a 598 or 558 if you want open backed. If you want closed then ATH M50x. Check out /r/headphones.

BTW: If you don't need mic quality than get a cheap ~$7 clip on zalman mic off amazon.

u/Rechirax · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace
  1. Don't buy a Kraken 7.1. Gaming headsets have shitty audio/mic quality and are prone to break fairly quick(My brother had his share of Krakens)
  2. Buy this instead.

    This will make the best headset you will have for about the same price range of a Kraken.
u/Unsubscribing · 3 pointsr/headphones

From experience, the AD700 is a pretty safe choice, and they're good for the price range in general. Some people may consider the lows/bass pretty weak (and I can see why), but it seems to make the lows play a much more background role. Overall, I'd call them pretty mid-centric.

I haven't heard the AKG K240, but I've been very curious about their sound overall. From what I can gather, they have more bass than the AD700, but some nice extras to consideer on the K240 are the velour AND pleather pads they come with and that their cable is detachable. Usually replacement pads are around $20 or even more, but to have velour pads as well? Using different material earpads actually makes the headphones sound different (not too drastically though).

So to be different, to satisfy curiosity, and for the nice little extras, I'd get the AKG K240. If you like a lot of bass, I'd stay away from the AD700, but if it doesn't matter that much, the AD700 is pretty safe.

Regarding mics, the Zalman mic linked below is sufficient in most cases at $9, but at times it can pick up background noise. One of my friends uses a very, very old Plantronics mono-speaker headset, and even though it's quite literally from either the 1990s or very early 2000s, it hardly picks up background noise (an attempt at mic spamming through an electric piano completely failed and was reduced to a whisper until he set it on the piano speakers) and is the clearest mic I've EVER heard by quite a bit (infinitely better than the Zalman mic). If you'd consider using it, perhaps you can modify it by twistie tying it to the headphone wire or even using Velcro to attach it to your headphone or your wire. To reduce weight, cut out the Plantronic mono headset's headband and/or sound parts and you'll do great. I have no idea what model it is however.


Regarding the Plantronics headset, I tried my best searching for what it could be, but no actual luck. He said it looks much cheaper than the following link though. He found the mic just randomly in his garage. I can't guarantee that this mic is as good as the random garage Plantronics mic though, but it might be a safer risk.

u/iamlouie · 3 pointsr/tf2

I use a Senheisser HD555 and a Zalman Microphone Zm-Mic1.

I've used Steelseries/Icemat Siberias before and they were really good. I actually went through 3 pairs due to the cat eating the cord twice and the wires being pulled out once but Steelseries was gracious enough to replace two of them. When my last one broke, I decided to try the Senheisser HD555 and like it a lot more.

I've also used Logitech, Sony, Plantronics headsets/headphones in the past. They're okay. If I were on a budget, I'd just go with Steelseries Siberias.

u/siscorskiy · 3 pointsr/audiophile

haha, yeah anything but true audiophile headphones will lead you to be dissapointed from your sennheisers. I think your best bet for the mic is to buy a zalman clip on mic, then attach them to whatever headphones you want to use.

the zalman, from what i've heard provides pretty dang good quality for the price. and if you don't like it, thats only 9$.

u/platypushark · 3 pointsr/gamingpc

why USB connected?
this type of post gets repeated OVER and OVER again, here's what i've learned.
Generally, the best "gaming" headset would be to get a regular set of reliable headphones from sennheiser, anywhere but bose really.
then add either a zalman external mic or get a modmic.
unfortunately modmic is going through some updates at the time apparently, so you can't really buy them until July 10th, they say.
In addition, it's a good point to add that like gokudude said below, headphones are only as good as the sound output. your best bet would be to invest in a sound card.

u/Ekmod · 3 pointsr/gamingpc

Headset come with microphone already and also some advertise 5.1 or 7.1 surround. Most of the time, I'm pretty sure the 5.1 and 7.1 isn't true 5.1 or 7.1(where there are multiple speakers) but artificial surround sound.

I have the ATH-M50s as well. I bought a Zalman Clip and use them for TF2. They work fine.

u/E-Man1864 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

No, get a pair of HD 558s + a Zalman Zm-Mic 1

u/CptHacks · 3 pointsr/gamingpc

Something like this would be great

u/shocksim · 3 pointsr/pcgaming

Just as I said in the last headset thread.

Get a zalman clip on mid

And a pair of decent/good headphones. For FPS open back headpones are nice and will give a wide soundstage. Closed back will give better bass reproduction and a narrower soundstage but lots of people play with closed back headphones all the time.

I prefer Sennheiser but there's lots of good brands. Beyerdynamic, AudioTechnica makes some good cheap phones.

I've used 'gaming headphones' when I was first getting into gaming and they sound better than most run of the mill headphones, logitech around the back ones etc, but can't compare to my HD515, HD555's or HD598s. I will say that the clipon mic from the icemats is nice and I'm still using it today _- but the siberia has a retractable mic now so meh.

Icemat's (same design as the Siberia V2) hurt my ears if I wore them for a long time but gave me decent sounds but I would never buy them again considering for $90 I can get 515's or ATH-AD700's for $90 on amazon I would prefer those for sound and comfort.

TL;DR Gaming headsets are overpriced and not nearly as good in my opinion.

u/my_spelling_is_pour · 3 pointsr/buildapc

I have this one and no complaints. Chosen because cheap. Would recommend this over a desk mic.

u/QuipA · 3 pointsr/headphones

Every headphone is bound to break if you let it drop. There are very thin membranes and soldering connections inside the earcup.
The Logitech UE6000 in white is currently available for 65€, that'S an absolutely amazing deal.

The ANC on this headphone is crap though! Just ignore the feature and don't put any batteries into it. If the featured inline microphone isn't good enough, you can cheaply upgrade the mic with a Zalman Clip-Mic

u/doidos · 3 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

I can recommend the Zalman Mic1. It's cheap and good.

u/We0921 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I use this inexpensive mic and if you're not a stickler for audio quality you could easily use a cheap set of earbuds too.

u/weeaboocookie · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

no offence for 16 bucks you can get
and any eight dollar earbuds and be better off. The mic sounds better than most of headsets with mic and you can upgrade the earbuds to headphones later on
Edit: grammar

u/rootbeerfetish · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Hi! I'm by no means an expert on the subject but I did learn a few things while pursuing a quality audio experience and its kind of turned into a new hobby.

Simulating surround sound was something I wanted to achieve as well when shopping for headphones a while back. Something I learned is that the headphones themselves can't really do this. The right kind of headphones (and sometimes software) can help this effect but you can't magically turn 2 channels (I.E. right and left) into 4 or more to get multi-directional sound. In gamery types of headphones, the marketing makes all kinds of claims that its the total fault of the headphones but it's simply not true.

The only real way to get a simulated surround effect in your headphones is if the source had this in mind from the get go. And after that good quality headphones can help a bit further. This can be easily demonstrated with this video. Plug in ANY pair of headphones in your house and for added effect? Close your eyes. Seriously even 3 dollar earbuds from the dollar store will work. And what you'll notice is a full high-quality multi-directional, surround sound experience from just youtube and whatever headphones you happened to try. Neat! But how?

Games and movies ect need to have an audio engineer design the sound with this concept in mind known as binaural. In games, this is usually the "headphone" mode in options settings. Or it'll just be on by default. There are times where a game simply won't have it and no amount of software can change that going into your headphones. Software can't magically know that the bullet was supposed to be behind you instead of in front of you.

What does this mean? That you can get virtual/simulated surround sound from pretty much any pair of headphones? Yes! Learning this concept to me was the beginning of something new. I started looking at simple high-quality headphones that could help make the effect even more dramatic.

I learned about open vs closed back headphones. Closed back headphones make you feel like the sound is sort of coming from inside your own head. This is fine especially if you want to block out other sounds from your room or house ect. Open back headphones let sound in your headphones from the outside, allowing for a more natural 3D effect in most cases. I did a lot of research on open back headphones. I ended up getting the AD900x's. I know this might be expensive-ish but there's a good option for optimal sound on a budget.

I got this combo deal for my fiance. You'll get an open back experience to help further the 3d effect you're after and ontop of that these headphones sound fucking GREAT for the money. Seriously makes me mad that I was buying gaming headphones for all these years leading up to what I learned. Check it out.

  • Headphones
  • Replacement earpads. (optional) The stock ones made me and my fiance's ear sweat like crazy. Not comfortable.
  • Microphone.

    Now, this is just a suggestion. Just use whatever you thought sounded better when it came to your logitech's or Beats after making sure headphone mode was on in the game you're playing. Hopefully, I've given you enough to do your own research on the subject. But. For the money? I found this combo to be amazing for gaming and surround sound. Just make sure you always turn on "headphone mode" in games and you'll get the 3D experience you're after. Learn more at


    TLDR; Some audio nerd info. I'd personally just use whatever you thought sounded better when it came to your logitech's or Beats after making sure headphone mode was on in the game you're playing. Seeing as the surround sound effect is mostly due to the source. If you ever want to try and make the 3D effect more dramatic I linked a suggestion on a budget.

u/The_Dirty_Carl · 3 pointsr/Games

Hell naw. "Gaming" peripherals are notorious for being worse at their pricepoint. If you need a mic, get a modmic or a zm-mic. I have the latter and it works great.

If you're looking for new headphones, head to /r/headphones and /r/HeadphoneAdvice. If you're not a self-identified audiophile, stick to their low-end suggestions. I.E. if you're like me and can't hear the difference between a .mp3 and a lossless format, you don't need to shell out hundreds for a set.

u/enderflame · 3 pointsr/tf2

My friend has had this 8 dollar Zalman mic for a while and it is clear enough to understand words and whatnot. If you're feeling cheap, this will do the job.

u/Mr_SOLVER · 3 pointsr/de

Ich habe die Kopfhörer mit dem Zalman-Zm-Mic1 mehrere Jahre benutzt und war sehr zufrieden. Wenn du das Micro nur für discord, TS, Mumble usw. braucht, hast du hier das Beste für wenig Geld. Das was der Clip bringt ist komplett ausreichend.

Ich hab das Micro immer noch, nur die Kopfhörer hab ich dann nach mehreren Jahren geupgraded (funktionieren aber immer noch einwandfrei).


u/DemonicSnow · 3 pointsr/F13thegame


I've been using this same microphone for around 7 years now. Huge wire, so you can run it from your mic jack and just bundle it on your desk with a rubber band.

u/justcasual · 3 pointsr/podcasts

You don't need to get super fancy (especially starting off). If you're audio sounds like a phone call, that's going to be an issue that will deter listeners. But mediocre audio quality will not hinder your growth, bad content will.

A few recommendations:

Cheap mics:

This works great as a portable mic:

I also used this to clip onto my headphones before:

Actual mics:

I've heard good things about the Snowball but I've never used it:

If you want an actual mic, this is the cheap mic I buy all my cohosts. It sounds perfectly fine. I've been using it for over 2 years now:

You don't need a mixer. Instead, I would use zencastr to record the audio. It has a free version but I pay for the unlimited one ($12).
Otherwise, you can just record your own individual audio with Audacity which is free and GREAT!

u/Wilhelm_Brandenburg · 3 pointsr/tf2

If you don't feel like spending that much, try what I'm using currently:

Half the price but definetely good enough for these purposes. Just make sure that if you do buy it, to keep it as close as you can to your mouth for best quality.

u/RaZz0r65 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

yea i love the O2 + ODAC combo unit i have the one with rear power and a fancy aluminum knob i love that thing.

I have it paired up with a pair of DT770's pro 250ohm.

Was it expensive as hell?


Was it worth it?

Hells yes i have had a line of gaming headsets from low to high budget and none of them can even hold a candle to the current set up.

How ever my brain was like well you now have a pair of fancy headphones and a amp + dac better get a nice mic to go with it.

So now i have a AT2020 with a mic stand shock mount and pop filter for no good reason.

Sense i hardly ever use it but they few times i do i get compliments that i sound great so yay i guess.

But really tho OP get a amp and a nice pair of headphones and a clip on mic.

For around 200usd i would recommend something along the lines of this

Desktop amp

Sony MDR-7506


Zalman Zm-Mic

this set up will blow the socks of pretty much any gaming headset out there the only ones that might be on par.

Is prob something like the Sennheiser high end gaming head phones and something like the Audio Technica line of gaming headphones.

But those headsets alone will set you back 250-300+ usd and you will most likely need a amp + dac to unlock the full potential of them anyway so.

u/Hyejii · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Headphones and a mic are gonna give you a better experience than most "gaming headsets". Pick your favorite pair of headphones and add one of these. They're cheap, no annoying feedback to other players, and you will sound nice and clear. It's an extra cable to manage and the wire is pretty thin so repeated yanks or curious pets can easily kill it, but it's only nine bucks for a decent sounding mic.

u/trazz32 · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

I had a Zalman Clip-On Mic attached to the cable, but it had a fair amount of static. Some say having a better soundcard reduces the static, but I can't comment on that. I just replaced it with a Blue Snowball desktop mic (used from eBay for $30). It sounds really great and is perfect for teamspeak.

u/RandomChileanGuy · 3 pointsr/chile

Has considerado microfonos de clip como este o este otro?

En general es cierto que los audifonos "gamer" son pesimos en su calidad de sonido y te conviene mucho mas comprar un audifono dedicado y un microfono aparte (sea el de una webcam, uno de clip, etc).

Hace tiempo que no reviso como esta el mercado de audifonos en Chile y no se que haya bueno en este momento, pero te recomiendo que revises por Mediaplayer o ve si hay algo decente en el [cyber monday de audiomusica] ( Por ejemplo, aun estando en oferta en Amazon, los sennheiser HD600 te salen como 280 lucas (impuesto + envio) y ahora en audiomusica tan a 245. Algo es algo. Yo tengo los HD600 y los recomiendo por completo, pero se que es un lujo gastar sobre 100 lucas en audifonos (y mas 200)

En general te sugiero que intentes buscar audifonos abiertos circumaurales. El posicionamiento de los sonidos mejora harto y eso ayuda en muchos juegos que aprovechen bien los canales de audio y el rango dinamico. No obstante, creo que casi cualquier audifono de marca reconocida tipo beyerdynamic, sennheiser, grado, etc le ganan si o si a cualquier audifono "gamer".

Lo ultimo que puedo decir es que averigues bien sobre que tipo de sonido buscas, y aparte de los juegos consideres que generos de musica escuchas. Hay gente que le gustan mas detalles en los graves, otros que sean neutros, algunos los prefieren con boost en graves y agudos, y asi. Puede que yo considere cierto tipo de sonido como "el mejor" pero tu los encuentres horribles. Recomiendo que te informes en lugares de reviews e idealmente pruebes algunos modelos (como en mediaplayer que te dejan probar casi todo) para tener una "referencia" a futuro.

u/areyougame · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/dramahitler · 3 pointsr/buildapc

I wouldn't bother with cheap headset, as you said they all break. Go with a pair of headphones and a clip on mic. A Superlux 681 with Zalman ZM-mic1 will cost you just over $30 but will net you much better quality and endurance:

u/rtkierke · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

AD700x and just grab a
Zalman mic until you can save for a better one.

u/CrackCrackPop · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Ew, my headphones cost 30$. Enough for a gamer tbh.

I'm still wearing my first pair which is about 3 years old.

Just to mention but the 20$ version of this headphone ( mine is adjusted to play more bass and it's white, otherwise it's the same ) is second best selling of the site.

To be fair for this kind of headphone an onboard audio soundcard probably won't do you any good if you want to spend some quality time listening to music. That's another 15-20$ for a xonar audio card.

In case you're the type that really needs a mic. I have greater audio quality with my 5$ mic than most of my pure headset steelseries fanatic friends. You won't get the recording quality of a propper microphone but hell most of us don't stream.

Getting the quality of this mic any better would involve echo dampening my room before I could even consider a better recording device, that's out of my need.

There you go. Budget audio that will last about 3-5years per investment. Reoccurring investment is about 20-35$ in case the headphone and the mic crap out.

In case your pc casing doesn't heat up above 70°C ( around the soundcard not the cpu) internally that soundcard should last.

If it's about in ears. Panasonic has a pair for 7-5$ which have decent sound and crap out after a year. Most of those just die by earwax overflow so I see no point in dropping 80$ in something that will die just as fast unless you want music while you're swimming. I've been using the Panasonic during workouts and I sweat a lot. I drink about 1,5 liters during one and still feel dehydrated.

Also mind that if you keep your in ears too long you basically have a bacteria hot spot evolving.

u/jojotmagnifficent · 3 pointsr/gaming

I recommend getting a good pair of closed stereo Sennhiesers or something similar. Those 5.1 and 7.1 headsets are a gimmick (you hear perfectly fine 3d with only two ear holes don't you?). Couple with them one of those Zalman clip on mics on amazon and you have a sweet gaming setup that's good for music too.

I recommend closed because it gives better isolation (which works both ways, sometimes people don't want to hear what your listening to as well. I remember these and these getting excellent review, although they are both open headphones, so you may want to consider their use environment first. This clip on mic seems to be pretty highly recommended.

u/S7evyn · 3 pointsr/gaming

Get a set of Sennheiser HD 555's and do this to them. If you want a mic, get a Zalman ZM-1. This is almost always the most upvoted advice.

For headphones, you only need stereo. You only hear in stereo; your brain extrapolates the origin of the sound from the delay between each ear. Surround is useful for speakers, since the origin is actually relevant, but headphone speakers are close enough to your ears that the origin is irrelevant.

u/SensenmanN · 3 pointsr/evedreddit

10$ clip on mic, you can use the headphones you already have.

u/happyevil · 3 pointsr/buildapc

I just did all this work to show someone my computer which I named "Maelstrom". It wasn't exactly "unlimited" money but it's pretty damn close. I actually built it though.

Honestly, I spent so much time gathering the links to share with someone I need to post it more than once :P


The PC:

u/harpuajim25 · 3 pointsr/pcgaming

Head over to /r/headphones and click on the Headphone Recommendations by Price Range (Head-Fi) link on the sidebar. Choose the type of headphones that fit your budget. Pair them up with and inexpensive clip-on mic and you will have a headphone/microphone combo that costs less than X12's and provides much better sound.

u/saxyphone241 · 3 pointsr/Overwatch

This it the mic I'm using right now. Good quality for how cheap it is.

u/Twak83 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Headsets are marketed towards clueless gamers, they usually consist of a pretty meh set of headphones with a pretty meh microphone attatched, for way too much.

Headphones are just plain headphones, made for listening to music, etc, slap one of these - on and you have some great headphones and a great mic, for much less.

Think about it like you'd think of pc's, headsets = prebuilts, headphones = custom pc's.

u/Ror_ · 3 pointsr/headphones

Just get one of these. Easiest solution.

u/Butthatsmyusername · 3 pointsr/DestinyTheGame

Here is a headphone buying guide from /r/headphones.

There are plenty of options there for less than $50.

Getting a cheap pair of headphones and a clip-on mic is often cheaper than getting a headset, and it will sound better too. I linked you to the ones in your price range, just click to expand. Scroll up to find explanations to the colored letters before the headphone name, and for headphone type descriptions.

Here is a quality clip on mic if you need it.

u/KptKrondog · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

If you have a pair of headphones already (or find a decent cheap pair), the Zalman clip-on mic is really good.

I've been using mine for 2 years now. I bought a good pair of headphones (some Sennheiser model that was on sale for like $30) and I made my own boom. I just took a piece of heavy duty wire that I had already and electrical taped it to the headphones and then the mic just clips onto the wire. It doesn't look ghetto or anything either since the headphones are black. Have to deal with one extra cable (I just wrapped the mic cable around the headphone cable), but it can be managed.

u/ccampo · 3 pointsr/gamingpc

Zalman Clip-On Mic. This little thing is amazing.

u/OJNeg · 3 pointsr/hardware

A clip on mic would have been much easier. They're cheap too.

u/ejackso1 · 3 pointsr/starcraft

It pains me to think that people waste their money on gaming headsets. Oh well, I'll just be here enjoying my Audio Technica AD700s. I try to convince people where I can, but the majority of them just won't listen to me. This used to make me mad, but now I just say "Okay, it's your money bud..."

Anyway, that's a funny mic mod :P
If you happen to have a few extra bucks around, you could grab a Zalman clip-on mic to attach to the cord, or a plain old Desktop mic. You know, just to avoid having a bunch of tape on those HD555s. :P

u/Efflux · 3 pointsr/gaming

If you want a nice USB surround sound one, get this one Logitech G35. I personally vouch for it, others do as well.

If you want one with a 3.5 mm headphone jack, these are nice Steel Series Siberia.

A lot of people will tell you to go with a non-gamer headphone and a clip mic. As you get a bit more bang for your buck.

This is all according to preference though. My preference is in the order I listed, the surround sound is quite impressive. Hope this helps.

u/bobyhey123 · 3 pointsr/NewToTF2

Most people here will tell you to get some nice headphones and pop on this bad boy

u/Hellcloud · 3 pointsr/hardware

I use this with my AudioTechnica AD700, works perfect...

u/Mailstorm · 3 pointsr/dueprocess

Or you can could have a slightly more expensive bundle that comes with a mic that is cheap AND good. I imagine most people have a headset, just don't have a mic. Or you can just throw that with the game. I'm sure you guys can work out the money and make deals.

Another thing to consider is everyone has mics, but don't use them. I can't find the post, but the devs of SQUAD did a hardware survey and found around 90% of the players have microphones.

u/DublinBen · 3 pointsr/hardware

Most consumer headsets are crap. I would recommend attaching this good microphone to a good pair of headphones.

u/SaidTheShotgun · 3 pointsr/headphones

This is what he is talking about.

u/hobofats · 3 pointsr/hardware

at that price range you would get more bang for your buck getting an actual studio quality headset and a clip on mic, like the JVC HARX900 with a zalman mic. I personally use the HA-RX700, which is almost half the price.

"gaming" headsets are a marketing gimmick.

u/SuccessInCircuit · 3 pointsr/hardware

If you're willing to spend $100+, the Sennheiser HD555 and a Zalman clip-on mic are a popular choice for gaming. The HD555 has a giant soundstage and excellent sound quality.

The ATH-AD700 is a good choice as well.

u/ThoughtA · 3 pointsr/buildapc

I have this it is cheap and it is awesome /run-on sentences.

I know it's not a desktop mic, but you would never know that it's the cheap thing it is, and its very convenient.

u/itoldyouiwouldeatyou · 3 pointsr/buildapc

The common consensus seems to be that a good pair of stereo headphones is superior to any amount of drivers in each ear. You simply can't tell direction from that many drivers crammed together like you might be able to with a room full of speakers for a full 7.1 setup.

Personally I have some Aiaiai TMA-1 cans with a very inexpensive Asus Xonar DG sound card and a Zalman MIC-1 mic. I use Dolby Headphone for the surround processing and it does an amazing job.

Most people seem to suggest the ATH AD700 or Sennheiser 555 or similar and they are great cans. Don't buy Bose.

u/Kuusou · 3 pointsr/gamingpc

Buying yourself some stand alone headphones and a mic like the Zalman Mic1 would be a good idea. It's the path I have taken.

I am getting myself some HD558s and I have heard some good things about the ATH-M50s if you like the closed back style. A good friend of mine went with the Audio-Technicas and the Zalman Mic, he says he is really happy with the choice

u/lernaeanviper · 3 pointsr/pcgaming

I have the same headphones and this mic which I think is the same.

The headphones sound quality is fantastic and the positional audio is incredible. Their open nature isn't as good in public areas as it leaks more sound than most headphones and doesn't block out much but it's very comfortable and overall great.

My friend also has the same mic as I do and I've never noticed any quality issues speaking with him - including at higher volume levels. With the low price I'd recommend them for more casual use (i.e. they probably aren't as good for making videos).

u/Vortex60 · 3 pointsr/battlefield3

Sometimes the cheapest mics sound the best. This is the one I use.

u/pawier · 3 pointsr/selfharm

You can get a pretty good clip on mic for $8 on amazon, if that is an option/desire for you.

u/p337 · 3 pointsr/AskGames

Get headphones and buy this mic. For a budget, the smartest thing you can do is decouple your mic and headset. If one breaks, you have to buy a new one. Also, the mics on gaming headsets blow, whereas that 8 dollar mic is pretty good. Then, when you are rich and famous, you can buy a nice pair of headphones and keep your mic.

u/paulmike3 · 3 pointsr/purebattlefield

Zalman ZM-MIC1

Less than $8 with Prime shipping on Amazon (also around the same price on eBay). Clips onto your headphones cord (or broken mic arm on your headset like in my case).

u/ozzyofpi · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Superlux HD668B - These are amazing for the price.

Zalman Mic - pretty decent for basic voice chat. Although if you're streaming or making videos, you'd want something better. It clips onto your headphone cable and uses your computers mic jack.

u/Squarish · 3 pointsr/pcgaming

This one has worked well for me in the past, and are cheap enough to pick up an extra as a backup. Dead simple to use, but may take a little fiddling to find the right placement

Edit: added link

u/Autoxidation · 3 pointsr/Planetside

This one is pretty cheap and works well.

u/Majinferno · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Simlar to what u/Twak83 and u/Markyy88 said.

Budget line up 1

  • Superlux HD681

    Open back, so you'll be able to hear your self somewhat.

  • for the mic, Zalman Mic

    Maybe the Samson Meteorite Mic instead? Sony clip-on condenser mic?

    I personally got my pair of used HyperX Cloud for $50. They're based off the Takstar pro80, a great pair of budget, entry level hifi headphones.

    Subs to check. r/hardwareswap r/avexchange r/headphones

    Definitely look at this vid:
u/Not_enough_yuri · 3 pointsr/headphones

Ohmygod they even look so much nicer! I hope you're enjoying your upgrade, and I hope you enjoy it for a long time after.

Also, check out the Zalman ZM-mic1 or the Antlion Modmic if you're looking to turn those into a headset. Then you can finally dispose of those g930s with a creative ritual sacrifice.

u/JimJamJamie · 3 pointsr/hardware

Couldn't you just get a nice pair of Sennheiser 558s and a Zalman mic? I'd recommend that over 'gaming' headsets any day of the week.

u/tr4656 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU | Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor | $189.99 @ Microcenter
CPU Cooler | Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler | $84.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard | ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard | $114.99 @ Newegg
Memory | Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | $49.00 @ B&H
Hard Drive | Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $104.99 @ NCIX US
Hard Drive | OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk | $209.99 @ Newegg
Video Card | Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card | $499.99 @ Amazon
Case | Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case | $164.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply | XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply | $74.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive | Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer | $17.99 @ Newegg
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) | $90.65 @ Amazon
Keyboard | Rosewill RK-9000 Wired Slim Keyboard | $107.86 @ Newegg
Mouse | Razer RZ01-00280500-R3M1 Wired Laser Mouse | $75.97 @ Newegg
| | Total
| Prices include shipping and discounts when available. | $1786.39
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-25 21:06 EDT-0400 |

Mostly according to that "mandatory" list but I'll disagree mainly on the Blackwidow and the Astro.

That Rosewill is a better quality mechanical (build quality and stabilizer) for roughly the same amount. This monitor and for headphones/headset, headset sound dreadful compared to headphones for the same price. Go for this Ultrasone Pro 550, Zalman mic, and Xonar DG

u/Bahiilein · 2 pointsr/headphones

Correct, the fact that the cable isn't removable is the only letdown. For the microphone you could also use something like the Zalman or the ModMic. The only problem with those would be that you'll have a second cable hanging from your headphones. I'm using the ModMic with my DT770's and after some adjustments to the cable management I'm super happy!

Regarding the Fidelios I unfortunately can't comment, since I have never worn or heard them. Comfort-wise I still think the DT990 are in a league of their own. I have never worn another pair of headphones this comfortable. The velour earpads feel like clouds, never had any problem or comfort issue wearing them, even after hours.

u/ninjawho · 2 pointsr/PS4

In addition to the adapter, I also bought this mic:

It works fine with my ATH-M50x headphone

u/47h315m · 2 pointsr/gamingpc

Haha. I got this one

And it works surprisingly well. Just as good if not better than those on the previous headsets I've owned

u/the_lone_mean · 2 pointsr/audio

Check out modmic

Edit- woops did not finish reading, a desktop mic has worked well for me, like a usb mic.

Edit 2 amazon ships to holland right?

u/irrelevant_query · 2 pointsr/buildapc

If I were you id probably get your choice of quality headphones and just get a separate mic.

I use this:

With my grado sr80i's and prefer it to other headers I've used in the past.

Edit, if I had your budget I'd probably pick up these:

And a mic like the one I linked or another standalone mic. Also before you drop money on expensive headphones check out audiophile headphone round ups and or go to your local audiophile store and test out which headphones you like.

u/Whit3y · 2 pointsr/somethingimade

actually this is what I use. Been using it for a few months now and absolutely love it.

u/sl8_slick · 2 pointsr/ProjectAwesome


There's a better one but I forgot the name of it.

u/machinehead933 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

You have to tack it onto your shirt collar, or headset cord, but this one is good:

Apparently some pros use this mic because the built in ones on some of the headsets are terrible. I've been using this for the last 2 months, no problems, friends tell me I'm very clear to hear.

u/motchmaster · 2 pointsr/pcgaming
u/Raiyuk · 2 pointsr/buildapc
u/GooeyGravy · 2 pointsr/gaming
u/xStigga007x · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

This is the mic I bought along with my HD 598.

Decent for the price. Just failed on me last week, been having them since March 2016.

u/manirelli · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Excellent choice in headphones (just got mine recently as well) Just pick up the 10 dollar zalman clip on mic from amazon or newegg. Works perfect and clips along the entire length of the cable if you so choose. The clipping works much better if you got the ATH-M50S as opposed to the standard coiled cable M50

Consider grabbing the Xonar DG sound card for a little extra boost

u/TheInsaneVoice · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Here is a good cheap mic I've been using it a bit now no problems, friends say its sounds, fine although it can pick up noise sometimes from my headphones (they leak a lot of sound). Just figured I'd link you one since some people are linking without a mic.

u/koruwa · 2 pointsr/xboxone

Monoprice 8323 + a microphone like THIS + an audio splitter

u/Reum · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I bought this which is a $7.60 mic (with prime shipping) that attaches to your headphones/headset etc. if you have one. Other than that I'm not too good with headsets/mics so good luck.

u/RudeAndReckless · 2 pointsr/EliteDangerous

I use a cheap Zalman mic. Currently only $8USD on amazon. It works great and clips on to your headphones cable or almost anything else. It's not USB, however I have an old USB external adapter that I use with it from my old SteelSeries Siberia. It's not the best mic but for the price it's awesome and works very well for voice recognition and VOIP. The only con is that it is quite sensitive and picks up room noise quite well so if you share a space with others, they will also be quite audible.

Sorry for the bad formatting (iphone).

u/yumyumcabanossi · 2 pointsr/headphones

Or you could get a zalman clip-on mic.

u/KeenanW · 2 pointsr/Games
u/christian8807 · 2 pointsr/buildapcforme

I'd suggest the ATHM50 with the Zalman Mic.

u/porkchop101 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I have a pair of these Sennheiser HD598 and I couldn't be more satisfied. Very crisp sound and very comfortable you can wear them for 15 hours straight easily. If you want a gaming mic, just buy something like this, it works well and it's cheap.

u/ihark · 2 pointsr/headphones

Oh my bad, haha, maybe I can redeem myself by suggesting The Zalman Zm-Mic 1, despite its ridiculously low price, I've heard great things about it, consider checking out some tests, it performs much better than I would have thought.

u/disintegore · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

> as I'm in the "buy nice or buy twice" camp now.

I think the HyperX Cloud headset is the only one I've heard of that wasn't a total piece of shit. Headsets are pretty much always garbage and should be avoided.

Instead you want a nice pair of audiophile quality headphones. Which model depends entirely on where you'll be using them and what you'll be listening to. 100-150$ is a nice price range for decent headphones.

For the microphone you should either get a desk or regular mic (here's a nice cheap one), a Modmic (which is a tad bit overpriced) or a Zalman clip-on mic. A setup like this will give you better playback and recording quality for the same price or less.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales


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u/jphoenix · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Reading about your grandfather made me think about my own. Yours sounds very much like the man that married my grandmother almost 30 years ago. He's actually not my blood grandfather but he's absolutely wonderful. Incredibly smart and witty, honest and interesting. One of the most fun people to talk to you could hope to meet. As your grandfather was, he's a lover of words. Just being around him everyone's vocabulary gets better! He's a know-it-all but in the way that you WANT him to tell you about things. History is a passion of his and he could tell you the most amazing stories about the past. I love him dearly.

Here's the link you asked for. One of those would be great. Thank you very much for holding the contest! You've actually inspired me to make sure I call my grandparents today and talk to them for a bit. I miss them a lot and I think they're back home from their vacation.

u/SoShibe · 2 pointsr/GlobalOffensive



Zalman Mic1

Are what you want.

At this point in time anything else is either too expensive or not as good.

u/how_does_i_reddit · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Might not get the right response from BaPC. I would recommend buying headphones and a clip on mic such as this. I own that mic and it works great. Very sensitive and picks up very little backround noise. For the headphones if you are interested head over to /r/headphones.

u/GenericAccount123 · 2 pointsr/gaming
  1. Buy whatever headphones you want (I recommend a nice open-air pair from Sennheiser).

  2. Buy yourself a Zalman clip-on mic.
u/bh3244 · 2 pointsr/gaming

headsets are always a waste of money, you are always better off getting a pair of head phones and the clipping on a mic like this one.

u/WaLLy3K · 2 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

If you had headphones without a mic, I would suggest getting a ModMic. I use it on my ATH-AD700's and it's fantastic!

If you're looking for a clip-on mic, this one by Zalman might be what you're after.

u/cooldead · 2 pointsr/GrandTheftAutoV

well im using I am using an older version of this

Its pretty great because you can hook it up to any console or pc and just any headphones you like. If you want to get a nicer pair i suggest these.

with this mic

u/SupahNoob · 2 pointsr/HeroesofNewerth

>and just get an external mic.

I use this and it works fucking wonders. Best tech purchase I think I've made in a few years!


If you're looking for something cheap though: Zalman makes a decent detachable mic, though it picks up all dat background noiz. It's extremely sensitive though, so I'd advice PTT communication! Amazon is saying it's $30, but it should go down soon considering the season. When I bought mine, they were on sale for just under $5 + shipping.

u/InfernoZeus · 2 pointsr/hardware

Most people recommend the Zalman Zm-Mic1 - a steal for $9.99.

u/joan_hickson · 2 pointsr/truetf2

Zalman mics have been recommended forever because they are super cheap and sound great.

right now this is $6 (US) :

u/tootiefruitie · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Have you contacted Logitech yet? They are excellent at replacing broken equipment.

With that being said, does it have to be a headset? Would you be open to a pair of headphones and a cheap clip microphone?

u/huffalump1 · 2 pointsr/techsupportmacgyver

I've definitely set up a SM58 on a mic stand running through my interface to use while gaming. Because this Zalman mic which reddit loves has never struck my fancy...

Now I want to see someone using a Neumann for Counter-Strike.

u/commonplatypus · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Audiotechnica ATH-AD700s

Combined with either This Mic or an Ant Lion from ModMic.

Don't waste your money on headsets with built-in mics or anything targeted at "gamers" from companies like Razer/Steel Series/etc. You'll end up paying audiophile prices for cheap gimmicks and colors. Those companies do not excel at audio equipment and make mediocre peripherals that have been hyped up with marketing and sold at a premium price.

You're not getting your money's worth there.

If it's from a "gaming" peripherals company. Take a pass. They make decent mice and keyboards, but they should stay out of audio equipment.

The items I linked are just examples, but look for a setup of that nature.

Here's a great guide with a ton more information and reviews.

u/SithisTheDreadFather · 2 pointsr/arma

I know this gets brought up in literally every thread about headsets, but seriously: buy a nice pair of headphones and a clip on mic.

I had the Logitech G35s and while I loved them, they had horrible sound reproduction. Fake 7.1 is not worth it. When they broke I bought the Sony MDR-V6 for $60 and a Zalman Zm-1 Mic. It's kind of a crappy mic, honestly, but it's cheap and it works. There are other mics out there that are more expensive and I can point you in the right direction if you'd like.

But those headphones are excellent for the price. Much much better than the G35s and they were cheaper too. If you listen to music at all, the Sonys are infinitely better.

u/troglodyte · 2 pointsr/DotA2

The Zalman mic you're referencing.

I cannot recommend this gadget enough. I have used multiple headsets and been disappointed by every last one of them. Without fail, the headsets had shoddy build quality, uncomfortable earpieces, miserable sound, or some combination thereof.

In grabbing that link, Amazon reminded me that I purchased my Zalman mic three and a half years ago. In that time, I've used it in two apartments on three computers, on headphone cables or just taped to my desk. It's been used and abused and it's still fantastic; my friends regularly praise the audio quality. The ONLY downside is that in a taped-to-the-desk configuration, it will not sufficiently cancel echo from the speakers, but for an $8 mic being used outside of the intended configuration... that's barely a concern.

Whenever anyone asks what to get for a headset, this is always what I answer. Getting a pair of headphones you LOVE and adding a modular microphone is so much more cost efficient, comfortable, and versatile than buying a branded gaming headset, and the Zalman mic fights way above it's weight class.

u/chester_lurks · 2 pointsr/buildapc

/r/headphones usually recommends this.

Its been on my wishlist for awhile haven't made the jump yet.

u/ulzimate · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

Something like this is commonly referred to for clip on mics. You can clip it onto a headset wire (although your headset will be wireless, ideally?). I don't know if you can clip that onto your shirt, but yeah, I do mean the kind they have in interview shows.

Built in mics on headsets usually come with the gaming-type headsets. A great-sounding Sennheiser or Audio-Technica headset typically won't have a microphone.

u/somethingmetal · 2 pointsr/gaming

Investing in a good pair of cans and adding a clip-on mic is what I'm doing. Doesn't hurt to have quality headphones for other listening applications as well.

u/TacticalPopsicle · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Modmic. This brand is probably the most popular, although I use this and it works just fine. The only down side is that there is no mute option so you have to use discord's (or whatever you use) mute function

u/jamvanderloeff · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Zalman ZM-MIC1 is cheap and good enough for voice chat.

u/crabcrabcam · 2 pointsr/linuxhardware

Modmic is good and works well, I'd expect any 3.5mm jack mic to work but some USB ones might have issues.

This is an amazing mic and it's crazy cheap. Not quite as good as the modmic but it holds up by fair in price-performance.

u/crowcain · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

If you are looking for a cheap mic this is the best you can get for the price Don't let the price fool there are many demo's on youtube about this mic.

u/Snyperwulf · 2 pointsr/battlestations

Zalman Zm-Mic1 it's the best mic I've used at that price.

u/kaylejoy · 2 pointsr/PS4

There are also cheap mics like the Zalman Mic. You'll need an adapter like this that combines heaphones and mics if you end up choosing one that has a separate cord (Like modmic).

u/Ergheis · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Solid mic. If you want to step the quality up, get a $20-50 USB mic, but this mic will match anything in that $20-30 range of small microphones.

Also, any higher than $50 and you should start researching.

u/fruitykilla123 · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

I think the cheapest I've always seen recommended are the Zalman Clip-On Mics, If you want more quality for a higher price then go for Antlion ModMic 4.0s.

u/Umlautica · 2 pointsr/audiophile

You'll probably get better answers on /r/headphones but in your price range, I would look at a good set of headphones and a separate mic which would still requires you to use a slitter.

  • ATH-M40x closed headphones $79.99
  • Zalman ZM-Mic1 attachable mic $7.27

    Given a bit more budget, you might look at Blue (desktop) or ModMic (attachable) mics in the $40 price range.
u/tom6561 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I have this one and have had it for a couple of years. I had to turn up the boost on my PC for it to be audible and turn on noise cancelling (on my PC only, not my laptop when I used it there), but after that it's actually really good. I think I just got a dodgy one so I'm still wary to recommend, but it is cheap.

u/3ricG · 2 pointsr/techsupport

Personally, I would recommend Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones with a clip on mic. I don't have any gaming headsets, but the benefit to buying this is that you wouldn't have to always use it for gaming. These are some of the best headphones I've used (for the price), and are very comfortable.

Other subreddits that might be able to give you advice:






u/Jo3M3tal · 2 pointsr/headphones

My friend has the headset that is a step up from that. The headphones are ok, but the mic is fucked (he had to buy a desktop mic). You would be better off getting a nice part of headphones and getting one of these or these.

Will sound better for the same price, and when/if you want to upgrade later you will be able to.

u/MyNameIsAdam · 2 pointsr/Guildwars2

The Sennheiser HD-555's are awesome. Way better sound and build quality over the gaming headsets I've used in the past. I use a Zalman Clip-on Mic and guildies have had no issue with the sound quality.

u/ruinevil · 2 pointsr/headphones

Well all the really good headsets are like $300+. Its usually easier to pair decent headphones with a decent detachable mic.

is /r/headphone favorite.

u/WilliamAgain · 2 pointsr/hardware

You can purchase a microphone separately...I recommend a Zalmna ZM-1

u/adanfoolq · 2 pointsr/leagueoflegends

Just get a good pair of headphones and a clip on mic. Like this one.

u/slash178 · 2 pointsr/explainlikeimfive
u/Rudi-Brudi · 2 pointsr/Rainbow6

If you want the BEST SOUND for the price, DON'T buy Gaming-Headsets! They are overpriced garbage.
Buy a pair of Hi-Fi-Headphones instead and put a clip-mic on.
Look for Beyerdynamic
or AKG
and clip this mic on:

If you give a shit on many useless settings in your soundcard, buy a headphone amp instead. (e.g. Fiio E10) It gives you a much much better sound for your headphones at a lower price then gaming soundcards.

Oh and you don't need surround headsets with 7.1 or soundcard settings with surround simulation. Just set it to stereo and the game will simulate the surround sound by itself. You will hear the difference!

u/nyda · 2 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

Gaming headphones are a gimmick. You can have better quality headphones for the same price and buy a $10 mic to clip on it.

Probably the best value you can have regarding headphones are the Sennheiser HD598 or the HD558 depending on your budget.

u/hcranomythgim · 2 pointsr/MECoOp

Just get decent headphones and a cheap mic. Can cost less then $50. This mic and these headphones are good. I play TF2 competitively, and headphones+mic are pretty much always recommended over a headset. Plus, you can use the headphones as headphones to listen to music, whereas most headsets are USB only, locking the headset use into just being a headset.

u/arien12 · 2 pointsr/Guildwars2

Not the most expensive rig in the world, but I love every part of it and recommend it all:

i7 2600k w/ Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

4x Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 4GB 1600 RAM dual channel

2x GTX460 1GB DDR5 in SLI

Corsair HX 750W power supply

Asus Xonar DG (Dolby Headphone virtual surround) sound card [link]

Logitech G13 gamepad [link]

CM Storm Xornet mouse [link]

Logitech K120 keyboard

Superlux HD681 headphones [link]

Zalman ZM-MIC1 clip-on microphone [link]

u/LezzyFaire · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Most headphones and music sites (including /r headphones) use the head-fi guide as a good intro to well priced headphones:

I would really recommend not getting a headset, as I find them to be overpriced as well as often times flimsy. You get much more sound for your buck by going for a nice pair of headphones and getting a mic like this:

Personally I have a pair of ATH-AD700s and I love them to death (although I did have to do the rubber band trick to get them to sit more firmly on my head, not an issue if you have a nice large head though) and with the zalman (which is an AMAZING mic for less than 10 bucks) I couldn't be happier with my set-up.

u/backlumchaam · 2 pointsr/headphones

Zalman Clip-on or AntLion ModMic(out of stock as of now).

u/bebopulation · 2 pointsr/gamingpc

I was going through one headset every 6-8 months. The mic would either crap out or snap off or the headband would break, etc.

I'm about 3-4 years into my AD700 + dedicated mic combo and don't see any signs of failure/wear on either. Most people opt for a clip-on mic like these Zalmans instead of the bulkier type I got, but that's just user preference speaking.

EDIT: The AD700 actually sounds like a good fit for you. They're both light on the head and have HUGE enclosures for your ears. The large headphone cups are amazing for positional audio in games.

u/Kuiper · 2 pointsr/badcompany2

You don't need a mic (just listening to people talk is helpful on its own), but you might want to consider getting one. You can get a crappy one for $3 and an excellent one for $15.

u/soulicro · 2 pointsr/gaming

I personally use Sennheiser HD555. They get more usage out of my surround-sound set, so I guess that counts for something! If you need a mic, get this

u/TheGrapist__ · 2 pointsr/hardwareswap

I like the zalman mics they are good enough for what i do.

u/ItZzSora · 2 pointsr/buildapc
u/dood98998 · 2 pointsr/OverwatchUniversity

This one is good price/performance. If you are absolutely cash-strapped, go with this. Don't go any cheaper, at that point you might as well just ferret around a thrift shop (and it would likely be a waste anyway). I use this, but only recommend if you really care how you sound.

u/engram · 2 pointsr/WvWKarma

The reddit HiFi guys recommend a good pair of headphones and this It is what I use if you have heard me on comms and when I switched people kept saying how much clearer I was.

Amazon has some good prices on headsets, can't vouch for either of these but a quick search turned up an inexpensive Plantronics and an el cheapo 5 dollar mic.

It doesn't have to be expensive for everyone to hear you :)

u/DankZXRwoolies · 2 pointsr/SiegeAcademy


The amp is fantastic for gaming but it really shines listening to music with the DT770s. For Siege I rarely put the volume over 36/100 and that's with the gain on low. Basically that means those headphones and amp will blow out your ear drums if you crank it haha. I use the optical link connection on the amp for the most clarity as sometimes transmitting sound through USB can cause interference.

And mic

It's very cheap but don't let that fool you on quality. I was speculative at first but that mic has been traveling around with me for 6 years now and still sounds great. You can clip it to your shirt or do what I did and wrap it around the headphone cord, then clip it on the headphone cord at mouth height to make your own headset.

u/drDroww · 2 pointsr/diyaudio

Well yes and no. (I understand that does not answer any of your questions)

The two leads (wires) coming off the mic are (+) and (-). If you want to make the mic work on its own you will need to get a jack that has T/S (Tip and Sleeve) and solder the (+) to the tip and the (-) to the sleeve. Then you will have to attach the mic to the Sennheisers, which may or may not last. This is a lot of work and the cost of the jack alone is probably more than a new mic that already has means to clip on to the cable of your headphones.

I personally would recommend the Zalman ZM-1 as a replacement. It will look and probably sound better.


If you want an upgrade to the mic I'd recommend the V-MODA BoomPro Gaming.


And if you really want to drop some cash on Microphones and interfaces check out /r/audioengineering and depending on your needs /r/livesound. ~$200 can get you pro-sumer levels of audio (SM58/AT2020 + Interface)

u/TheTraegs · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

If you get a clip on mic like this one, you can free up a lot of your budget towards getting a set of headphones of better quality. Sennheiser has some pretty good budget headphones.

u/undead003 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/-WB-Spitfire · 2 pointsr/techsupport

Well if you've tried that and still have the same issue, then the issue must be with the microphones you have. Could try this one.

u/swiftlysauce · 2 pointsr/buildapc

avoid gaming headset, buy a good pair of headphones and a seperate microphone, you'll get much better sound quality for the price, especially in the headphones department.

For $70, I would recommend the Samson SR850 headphones with these Velvet earpads because the stock earpads are pretty bad, but the headphones sound GREAT for the price. Build quality is average.

For a mic, the Zalman ZM Mic1 is a common mic. It sounds great and it easily attaches to your headphones cable (those Samson) have a pretty thick cable so it won't fall off).


Superlux HD 668b Identical sounding to the Samsons, but are designed differently, sometimes are cheaper, those earpads are still recommended)

Superlux HD 681 or 681 EVO They basically sound like the 668b/SR850, but just a little worse overall, but you won't beat them for $30. The earpads are still recommended.

u/lwhitit · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I use a modi / magni stack and have a zalmans mic connected to my mobo for mumble. No issues.

u/iknide · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

Check out this mic for less than $10. I use it and it works great.

With that you could either use existing headphones/ear buds that you have or use the exta $45 to pick up a pair of new headphones, perhaps maybe the [Audio Technica ATH-M20] ( I use the more expensive ATH-M50 version of the same headset and it works great. I haven't used the M20 personally but I'm sure there of good quality, or you could look into other options in your price range.

Also doing this give you the flexability of choosing the type of head phones you want. Like open, closed, or maybe even noise canceling ear buds.

u/Ajoeee · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

My fiance actually added something to my wishlist the other day, otherwise I would have no idea what he wants me to get him.

He's one of those guys that's just like "I don't want anything for my birthday." or "I don't know, just something cheap."

This and this are what he is currently salivating over.

I'm in love with this goofball.

u/AV3Nguyen · 2 pointsr/headphones

The Cloud's are a fine headset.

Another option would be this mic and the Superlux HD 681 Evo. This will be a better package since the mic is separate (if it breaks, you don't have to replace the headphone) and overall I think it gives a better gaming experience due to its better soundstage.

u/Ludacon · 2 pointsr/lanparty

I use a throat mic for car stuff and while its great because you cant hear wind/music/exhaust/other people in the car. It is utterly terrible for voice quality. I have a hand full of these in my lan bag. If someone forgets a mic, or breaks theirs, or has an utterly shitty mic that either transmits ALL the sound or sounds terrible we loan our one of the zalmans to them. Adjust the sensitivity so its only picking up there voice when talking at a comfortable level and you should be good to go.

u/CakeMagic · 2 pointsr/gaming

100 USD budget for a headset with build in mic, then definitely Kingston HyperX Cloud II.

Absolutely no challenge, there are hardly any other (if any) headset out there that can beat it in its quality (and comfort) for that price.

Alternatively, it's also possible to buy a good headphones without mic and just buy Zalman ZM-MIC 1 to clip the mic on the headphone wire. The mic quality of a separate mic is better than the HyperX Cloud II build in one, but you'd be sacrificing comfort for quality.

If you opt for the HyperX Cloud II, make sure you get the right version. There is a 'Core', 'I' and 'II' version. II being the more expensive one (and 'better' one).

u/Lacho7994 · 2 pointsr/PS4

Yea makes sense. The other Microphone I was looking at was [this] ( one. I know it's like 30 bucks but it has amazing reviews and would work really well with just clipping it on my headphones.

u/JohnDoeMonopoly · 2 pointsr/NLTP

And if anyone has headphones and would be fine using a clip-on mic, here's one that's currently $9.75 but often goes cheaper.

Used it before I got my headset and it's perfect for tagpro.

u/MooseChamp · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

This Zalman clip mic I've been using it for a few months now. Great value for less than $10, it will pick up things behind you including people in other rooms if loud enough, but not noise from my mx blue keyboard which is only like a foot away. The video review is a bit misleading on it's quality, the person is clearly speaking directly into the mic and not in the manner it would naturally be attached to headphones. So the quality can be that good, it just won't when used normally.

u/CapCharlisimo · 2 pointsr/hardwareswap

If you're looking for good headphones for $40, go for these. They're around $50 now, but I got them at $30 so they're bound to go down again. Plus, if you need a mic, just get a cheap clip-on. Sound quality will be much better with headphones + clip-on mic.

u/Romanion · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Try asking in /r/headphones.

Perhaps a Zalman Clip-on mic?

u/SaberToothedRock · 2 pointsr/gadgets

Small, $10 clip-on mic, assuming you have headphones. I use it, and can verify that it works as well as you'd expect for a dirt-cheap mic. You might have to tweak your settings a bit to get it working at a comfortable volume.

u/c0ugh_sirup · 2 pointsr/insurgency
u/CareCupisEmpty · 2 pointsr/makemychoice

Well, I know it's a bit out of the price range, but I love my pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50X. I went from a set of Razer headphones to these and it's crazy how much more you hear, I even started doing better in CS:GO because I could actually hear what was happening around me. The M50X is the new model, you can get the M50 for a bit less. Have you looked at /r/headphones yet? They have this guide to look at to get a better idea of stuff. I do know that Sennheiser also make some nice headphones that people use for gaming. You'll have to pick up a mic though, I just use a cheap one that works as well as the one on my Razer headset did.

u/wikitiki33 · 2 pointsr/xboxone

For now this may be the best method to avoid needing a new pair of headphones since your cable doesn't detach. only costs a few bucks but you need [this] (, and [this] ( Ill let you know if I stumble across anything else

u/teh_al3x · 2 pointsr/classicrage

I've only heard good things about the Zalman Zm-Mic1. And you could fix both cables together with tape or something.

u/trocarr · 2 pointsr/Overwatch

i use a combination of these headphones and a clip on mic for a headset. the only thing i don't like is that that particular mic is very sensitive and picks up pretty much everything. it's also excessively long, but you can just tie it up.

also, if your PC is like mine and only has one audio jack, you can use a usb sound card to plug in both

u/ruiwui · 2 pointsr/buildapc

The common consensus is that you're usually better off getting a pair of headphones that are just headphones and a mic. Gaming headsets tend to experience "gaming" markup.

At $70, I'd go for a Zalman mic and Sony MDRMA300. You can check out /r/headphones for more suggestions.

u/Schwermzilla · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Not Sure why the splitter doesn't work properly, I use one of these with my headphones works great but the cord tangling can be a mess if you switch computers a lot.

u/Dog1259 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I recommend not buying a headset at all. Most headsets are just terrible in either the sound or microphone department. Its easier to just use a decent pair of headphones, like such, then attach a modmic, or something similar.

u/Pi-Roh · 2 pointsr/wow

If you don't mind the extra cables, I would recommend normal headphones that you would use for listening to music. Along with a separate microphone.

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro

Audio-Technica ATH-M50

Those are two great under 200$ headphones. I've owned both and I prefer the Beyerdynamics since it has a removable cable.

As a separate mic:

Zalman Zm-Mic1


Personally I use the Zalman. I simply prefer that style of mic over the boom type that a ModMic has. My friend swears by the ModMic though. On Mumble he sounds fine with it so the quality seems to be good.

If you simply prefer a headset that has a mic in it I would recommend these. I used them before I went over to a headphone/mic setup. The mic is a little muted admittedly, but everything is is A-ok. They're especially comfy.

Siberia v2

u/cyberjip · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I don't have these headphones, but I use this mic, and its very good for how cheap it is

u/SwimmingAshes · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I'd avoid headsets, you can get better value with a mic and headphone for $30.

Superlux HD-681 headphones

Zalman lapel microphone

Optional: The headphones are really great and have a comfortable headband, but some people don't like the earpads, here are some cheap fake velour ones link

u/ZeroPaladn · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I mean, a mic is a mic for most people. You'll be shelling out a lot of money for a high quality one and most games won't keep the quality over in-game voice chat anyways.

$7 for a mic isn't bad.

u/usr192 · 2 pointsr/de_EDV

Same here :( ... ich benutze aktuell das vierte Bluetooth Headset in 10 Jahren. Am Handy funzt jedes Headset problemlos, am PC für Discord & Teamspeak ist's einfach nur zum Vergessen. Ich kenne niemanden, der mit Bluetooth Headsets am PC wirklich erfolgreich ist, alle haben regelmäßig bis unregelmäßig Probleme mit dem Zeug.

Wenn das Headset nicht gefunden wird, hilft nur 100 Mal neu pairen, PC durchstarten und am Ende Treiber neu installieren und beten O_o Da ich gestern zum 1000. Mal mit dem Headset Verbindungsprobleme hatte, zeig ich Bluetooth am PC ab heute den Mittelfinger, USB Dongles sind bereits in den Müll gewandert.

>Gibt es eine einfache Möglichkeit das Problem zu lösen?
>Einen neuen dongle vielleicht?

Anderer Dongle löst es nicht, ich hatte über die Jahre einen Acer, einen Noname und aktuell einen HAMA USB-Bluetooth Dongle im Einsatz, die Probleme sind immer die gleichen.
Meine Lösung: Gestern ein Zalman Ansteckmikro mit gutem alten Klinkenstecker bestellt, das verwende ich dann mit einem meiner Kopfhörer und verwende Bluetooth nur noch am Smartphone, Ende der Geschichte!

u/AndroidMercury · 2 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

I'm in NA as well. I suggest picking up a cheap mic off amazon for $10. this one isn't the highest quality but it works. Giving callouts to your team will help them and result in your team winning more rounds

u/nathris · 2 pointsr/buildapc

No such thing exists at any price. Anyone claiming they have "directional" sound by placing a bunch of drivers millimetres apart is lying to your face. All you're getting for your $60 is a bunch of cheap $10 drivers.

You'd be better off getting a better pair of normal headphones and adding a clip on mic. For <$60 gaming I'd recommend the Superlux HD-681 EVO Black and the Zalman ZM-Mic1

u/Kinkurono · 2 pointsr/brasil

Cara, pra jogo eu tô usando esse aqui para jogo, é razoável

u/Asexual_sarcasm · 2 pointsr/Gaming_Gear

I love my 668B's they don't have a mic so that might be important to you. You could get one of these and it clips onto the cable

u/Limewirelord · 2 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

I'd mute you too. Get a cheap Zalman mic.

u/Sheltoro · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I came here to say this. You can find them on Amazon for $169 and then get a Zalman mic for about $8 to go with it.

Edit: Added links

u/redautumnleaves · 2 pointsr/SiegeAcademy

I recommend giving low-end audiophile-quality headphones a try, with a low-cost separate mic.

Madlustenvy's guide ( is a great resource for folks getting more interested in gaining a competitive edge in gaming via sound.

u/undead_drop_bear · 2 pointsr/headphones

i just use the cheap zalman mic on amazon with a headset breakout/splitter cable.

Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone

Besmelody 3.5mm Male to 2 Female Headphone Mic Audio Y Splitter Cable with Separate Headset / Microphone Plugs

u/ScriptLoL · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

> Also, would this bleed a lot of sound into a mic?

Not really, unless you have an obscenely sensitive mic. People around you (3-5ft) will be able to hear your music/whatever you're doing, if you like high volume. I found that I like lower volume with these, not because of others hearing my stuff, but because of how crisp and great they are.

As far as mics go, the Modmic is great. This is what I used for a while, but I hated it because it was a 2nd cord I had to deal with. I say go for a desktop mic when they get cheaper TBH.

u/motionglitch · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/River_Tahm · 2 pointsr/AskBattlestations

Well you can hypothetically get better sound out of a desktop mic but they also usually have a much bigger sound floor and are often omnidirectional, so they tend to pick up way more background noise and tend to be difficult to make work well for VOIP

Big draws for desktop mics though is that you can reap the benefits if you do a lot of media creation (ex if you sit forward to record your voice for a youtube video or something, desktop mic quality will smash a headset), and that a desktop mic allows you to get whatever you want for headphones.

Headsets are usually much easier to manage the sound floor on and direct so they only pick up your voice and not the rest of your room. But the headphone part is usually not very good quality.

This is why the mod mic is so popular, as it allows you to keep the advantages of a headset mic while still buying whatever high-quality headphones you want

Some people don't like desktop mics because of the space it takes on their desk, some people feel like headset mics get in their face all the time.

Truth be told though I think if you spend money on quality parts either are a reasonable solution.

I would strongly advise against cheap gaming headsets though, they are terrible.

However, I've had no issues buying a cheap clip-on mic and sticking it on the cable of a high quality set of heaphones. That last option is kinda the best of both worlds IMO (much like the mod mic except the mic costs like 1/10th the price)

u/dermixxer · 2 pointsr/arma

Back when I was looking for a Headphone+mic combo, people recommended the Zalman and the Koenig.
I eventually went with the Zalman.

I would rcommend also buying the cheapest notebook light You can find, cut off the USB connector and tape the cable around it. This way you can put it around your neck and due to the flexibilty of the lamp adjust the mic better to your mouth.

^This is of course not mandatory, you could simply clip it at the headphone cable ;)

u/TheShiniestHobo · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

This would be my recommendation.
Amazon Link

u/SecretSpiral72 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

>I need a headset that will fully cover my ears or Circumaural that does not have leather pads and is not that abrasive or rough on the skin

Personally, I use the entry-level Sennheiser HD 518s with a Zalman clip mic. I prefer music headphones to 'gamer' stuff, the only catch being that the microphone is omni-directional so it is prone to picking up surrounding noise, though it's perfectly clear.

The Sapphire 390 Nitro is a popular one, the only really not-so-good one is the dual-fan Gigabyte(quality is fine, fans just aren't enough). Since you're water cooling, it might not make all that much of a difference anyway, but the Nitro does come with a nice backplate which might help with the voltage heat dissipation(if it's actually more than cosmetic) since you're sticking an AIO on there.

Oh, the Sapphire card is LONG. I'm not sure if the PCB itself is any larger than usual, but that's worth checking out before you put it in a mITX case.

u/AdamJohansen · 2 pointsr/buildapc
u/CrisKrossed · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I have this and this, Great sound quality, and really comfortable, and the mic sounds amazing. I've had people tell me they thought I had a professional mic, or something like a blu mic. The headphones you can get on sale for less than $50 normally, especially with the buying season coming up.

u/veggiedealer · 2 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

this shit is 9.50 and works fine fuck people without mics

u/USB_Hero · 2 pointsr/buildapc

If you were to get these headphones and this clip on mic are going to have better performance then any "gaming" headset on the market that is a comparable price. You aren't going to be recording professional audio you are just talking in a game so he doesn't need a top of the line mic for just gaming.

u/OverExclamated · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

For clip-on mics, the Sony ECMCS3 is an excellent unit.

The Zalman MIc1 is often recommended as well.

u/BotJohn0 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

i5s tend to perform a bit better than equivalent Ryzen CPUs for gaming, and the motherboards are a bit cheaper. So I'd go with an i5 7500 and a B250 motherboard. If you have your own Skylake CPU to use to update the BIOS in the motherboards, go with a H110 or B150 motherboard to save ~$15-20 per computer, but otherwise, the B250 is the best choice. (You don't want to risk getting an older motherboard that isn't updated to boot with the newer CPUs)

I'd swap out the 2 x 4 GB of RAM for 1 8 GB stick so that you can add more in the future when games start needing more than 8 GB of RAM.

A SSD isn't really necessary at this budget, as they're low on storage and all they do over a cheaper HDD is reduce boot times by 30 seconds and load times by 15-60 seconds in some games. A 1 TB WD Caviar Blue is $50, so you save some money over the SSD and get over 4x the storage space.

I switched the RX 480 model to a very similar one because the one you picked doesn't have a price showing. Just get the cheapest 8 GB RX 480 from a reputable brand and site.

The EVGA PSU went up in price, so I changed it to a very similar model that's $20. You could switch the PSUs with 420W Seasonics if you want better durability and build quality.

For a Wi-Fi adapter, I added a $20 USB TP-Link ac adapter. You're probably better off with an ethernet network switch/splitter if your cousins have a wired connection in their house/apartment, though.

> Personalized cases (doesn't need to be extravagant, something like personalized LEDs for each computer?)

Maybe get these RGB LEDs? They're fairly cheap

This build, which uses my suggestions above, ends up saving you about $100 per PC excluding the RGB LEDs and Wi-Fi adapters which add $40 per PC. So you're at $4200 total for the 5 PCs with RGB and Wi-Fi.

> Mice (4)

This is up to personal preference. I use the Logitech G502 but it's a bit expensive at ~$70-80 USD each if you're buying 5 of them. I'd recommend looking at Logitech's gaming mice in the $40-50 range. The G602 is on sale for $40, and the G502 is on sale for $60, so I'd get one of those two. The G602 is wireless, and the difference doesn't seem to be too big, so I'd go with the G602.

> Mousepad (4)

I'd heard good things about the Steelseries Qck and Qck+, and the Glorious PC Gaming brand of mousepads, which are more affordable. I personally use a Logitech G240 mousepad, which I've had for a few years, though the rubber coating on the bottom had started to fall off, so I'm planning on replacing it with a Glorious PC Gaming Extended mousepad. The advantage of the Steelseries mousepads seems to be that they are from a more reputable brand, but the Glorious mousepads are stitched at the edges to prevent the rubber part from falling off (Which seems to be common with cloth mousepads after a lot of wear), and are a bit cheaper.

> Keyboard (4)

I personally use a Corsair STRAFE. If you want to get a mechanical keyboard, the Corsair Vengeance K65 keyboards seem to be a great budget choice at $60 each.

> Monitor (5)

I'd get 23/24" 1080p monitors with low response times (Preferably 5 ms or lower). At $85 each, this 23.6" Acer seems good.

> Microphone and Headphones/ Or Headset (4)

Headsets tend to be overpriced with poor sound quality. Something from the r/headphones wiki in the below $50 range for headphones should be excellent for the price.

Mic-wise, a cheap clip-on mic such as this one for just under $10 should be fine.

If you want to cut down costs more, you could use to get cheaper Windows keys if your cousins' schools are on there. It's a site partnered with Microsoft to give discounts to students and teachers. I personally used it for Windows 10 and I haven't had any problems with my OS (I've been using the key for about 6 months now.)

After peripherals, if you spend $40 per each pair of headphones, and $87.89 on Windows, you're at $1085 per PC or $5425 total. You save $270-320 or so total if you can get the Windows keys from onthehub for $10-20 each. Here's the parts list excluding the mics, headphones, keyboards, monitors, mice, and mousepads.

I'd go with /u/RatchetRussian's suggestion of using I'm Canadian, so I've never used the site, but it seems to be pretty reputable.

> Should I build the computers myself or ask a professional?

You can build it yourself easily with a good YouTube tutorial. I'd recommend this Newegg tutorial or this PCPer tutorial from the sub's sidebar.

> Should I gift them individually or all at once? Christmas or random summer day?

I'd just give them all at once when you finish all of the PCs so that everyone can start playing at the same time, but do whatever you think is best.

I'd also go with /u/Clintosity's suggestion of making sure that there's enough room for 5 PCs. If there's issues with space, you can switch the cases to mATX cases and build smaller PCs.

Hopefully this helps, and good luck with the PC building!

u/Chello02 · 2 pointsr/OverwatchUniversity

This is what I have been using for years while gaming. Good set of earbuds and then drape this over my shoulders. Everyone says i'm crystal clear, and it's about as cheap as you can get.

u/xenetic · 2 pointsr/gaming

Forget "Gaming" headphones and get some legit headphones like the Audio-Technia AD700 /w Zalman Clip On Mic

u/Shabbypenguin · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

Nice writeup OP! For those looking to save a bit more.

with a zalman gives amazing sound/audio for under $100 for everything. i cant go back to "gaming" headsets.

u/AZOOOPPY · 2 pointsr/headphones

Philips SHP9500's are great quality headphones for around $50, and are as low as $45.

If you want a mic, you can cheap out with a $9 Zalman clip-on; Or you can buy a V-Moda Boom Pro that runs through the same 3.5mm jack - or the off-brand versions that do the same thing.

u/BootsandPants · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

What kind of games do you play? For competitive FPS where positional queues and imaging are important, I'd go with a used HD700 or even HD800. Will be hard to find on a $400 budget, but maybe you'll find the 700.

For more single player or immersive games, you have a lot of different options. This will come down to more of what sort of sound signature you like (bass, mid, treble forward?). I would put the HD600 series here moreso than in the competitive gaming realm.

Honestly, once you get above where you're at now, the diminishing returns become pretty apparent. I don't notice enough difference when gaming between my ATH-AD700x and my HD800 that would make me want to spend the difference for gaming alone. Sure the soundstage on the 800s is wider and the imaging slightly better, but it doesn't translate to that much of an edge in game. The 700x (or 598 in your case) is already leaps and bounds ahead of whatever other fart cannons most other people are using. I'd honestly just stick with what you've got.

As stated in other replies, get a desktop mic, a boom mic, a modmic, or any sort of wired clipon. Most/all gaming headsets are not great, or just OK, and you will be sacrificing sound quality and soundstage going to one of those from your 598s. This mic is $10 and actually sounds pretty darn good. I clip it on to whatever pair of headphones I pick up (depending on the game).

What are you driving your 598s with? You may see some improvement investing in your source.

Save your money and don't buy super fancy cables expecting much difference. Good solid cables shouldn't cost more than $50. It might be an unpopular opinion, but I don't think they drastically change the sound signature, at least to my ears.

u/MakesNotSense · 2 pointsr/TMJ

I've been using these with my Android phone:


Very comfortable. Other earbuds would lead to discomfort, but these have been nice.


Unsure how well it works with a PC, it use's one three-pole TRSS connection (2.5mm jack with 3 rings on it; rings for left channel, right channel, mic, so if PC port isn't 3-pole mic input might not be applied.)


Alternatively, one can look for clip-on microphones that plug into the microphone port and attach them to some comfortable headphones or earbuds.


Not the best noise isolation though - the price to pay for comfort I guess.


On my desktop this is what I found works for me:



for clip-on mics you might want to search for one that does a better job with noise cancellations. I'm recalling the zalman will pickup stuff like keyboard typing. I had to alter gain and other stuff to get it calibrated.


There is a less expensive AD500 model as well. I like the Audiotechnica's because they're quite comfortable. However, I know this isn't exactly the typical 'headset+mic' combo that get's used in sales. I got this equipment for video gaming, back when I still could do that years ago.

u/zypo88 · 2 pointsr/apexlegends

$10 Microphone

$6 adaptor

Plus your preferred pair of headphones.

Edit: a word

u/xCentrino · 2 pointsr/buildapc

This is recommended for a cheap decent option along with better sounding headphones.

I'd suggest you check out r/headphones and ask for advice. They'll get you set up nice and good.

u/feedblender · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I've seen this

recommended for a cheap option around here a lot. I'm also interested in finding one!

u/Millillion · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Many people just go with a cheap lapel mic like This One which I believe is the one that at least used to be recommended all the time as a basic model.

u/djnap · 2 pointsr/Overwatch

I've had this mic for a year now. I talk almost nightly on it to friends. They don't complain about how I sound. I clip it on to my headphones.

In general, I recommend this mic and a set of headphones in place of a gaming headset. In general, you'll pay more for a gaming headset than you would for an equivalent mic+headphone.

Edit: I seem to remember having some trouble with this mic getting along with my realtech audio driver. I solved that issue, possibly by using the default windows driver.

u/totallywontstabyou · 2 pointsr/headphones

This is a common cheap option.

This is a more expensive but better quality option.

u/Orwell83 · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

I know you want something for your desk but check this out.

It's only $8 and I've never had a problem with it.

u/m1r3k · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I use this (Zalman Zm-Mic1) one. You can clip it to your headset cable or tape it to your monitor or any other stand. Audio quality is really good (at least when the microphone is close to your head).

u/Smile_for_the_Camera · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I recommend getting this microphone to go with it, if you have some problems. I bought this one and that webcam together, and it's great. It's cheap and great quality. :)

u/Sen7ryGun · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Gaming headsets are shit, over priced, sound bad and fall to bits on the inside of a couple of years.

You can get a kickass Hi-Fi headphone+DAC/amp solution and a clip in mic for less than the price of most gaming headsets that will last year's if not decades.

Gamers are the easiest market in the world to milk easy cash out of with shit products. All you need is RGB lighting and "vidyagaemz" written on the box.

You want a totally fuckin rad pair of bargain basement headphones and a dedicated external sound solution that gets your audio processing outside the EMI/RFI hell that is the inside of your PC case, sits on par with Beyer DT 990s, ATH-M50x and Sennheiser HD598s for sound quality, will live forever and comes in costing less than $120USD for the whole package, including a clip on mic? Take a look at the Superlux HD668b stereo headphones, the Fiio E10K USB DAC/amp and grab a Zalman ZM-mic1 to stick on the side.

Congratulations, you're now the owner of the best bang for your buck Hi-Fi headgear solution getting around and have just entered the world of high quality audio for gaming, music and movies. Time to leave gaming headsets behind.

u/CodePsion · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I got the zalman zm-mic1, and I'm really happy with it. Not a studio-quality mic or anything, but terrific imo if all you need is a teamspeak mic, especially for $8.

u/Chorrbs · 2 pointsr/Twitch

The Zalman Zm-Mic1 clips onto the wire of your headphones and is pretty good quality for under $10.

The Blue Snowball is a great desktop mic to start out with. It's great quality for the price as well. Many people use this when they are starting out and I think it is personally worth the investment. I have loved my since I bought it.

u/Trazac · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

> So PCMR, what should I look for? Higher or lower sensibility, frequency response, impedance or that doesn't mater, also P2 connector or USB?

This stuff is meaningless since is it more or less just manipulated until it fits what the marketing wants it to say, the numbers can say anything. As /u/MrBubles01 said, it tells you jackshit.

I will make a recommendation, one that sort of comes out of /r/zeos as has been suggested. These Surelux HD688B headphones paired with this Zalman Clip-on microphone. Together they will sound better than any gaming headset. The microphone clips onto the cable for the headphones, and not onto your clothes (someone got a tad bit upset when I made this suggestion a few days ago because the thought they would need to clip the mic onto their shirt.)

This is a value buy, for sure, do don't expect them to be the best but if you've never had a nice pair of headphones before then these will 'wow' you.

u/dan1son · 2 pointsr/headphones

Most people just add a lapel or boom mic that plugs in separately from the headphones. type of things. There's also some more "will work with phone" options like

I'm not sure on your specific use, but really those headphones just aren't made to be a headset and you might have a sub optimal experience attempting to turn them into such a thing. I have some audiophile level headphones that have optional microphone cables and they work ok, but dedicated headsets are better for long voice conversations. I have a very nice bluetooth plantronics headset from work and if I'm on a call those are used.

I'll reserve the bose bashing for someone else. They're very comfy and pretty good at noise reduction. I personally prefer custom tip IEMs for the same use/price, but you be you.

u/jpmoney · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I think you're looking for something like this. I've seen this Zalman one recommended before.

u/InternationalCow · 2 pointsr/buildapc

audio technica ath-ad700

seinheiser 280

[zalman clip on mic] (

[mod mic] (

The two headphones I linked will have infinitely better accuracy and sound quality than the "gaming headsets" blaze17145 linked.

Get one of the two mics I linked and attach it.

u/xsoccer92x · 2 pointsr/headphones

Yea you should be fine. Damn no credit card? Amazon really is an amazing place to buy stuff from. And if you need a mic, I highly highly recommend Zalman Attachable Mic, sorry amazon again. I am currently using it and it works perfectly and the recording quality is very good for its price.

edit: If you do get a credit card (or even a debt card) use the canadian version of amazon!

u/rocks-off · 2 pointsr/gaming

If you aren't able to find what you're looking for, this might be a good suggestion.

You can clip these onto any headset cords you like, and it records in high quality.

u/Xenderwind · 2 pointsr/gaming

While I agree with you, he does only have a $50 budget. So with that in mind your best bet would be a HARX700 with a zalman clip on.

u/Enignite · 2 pointsr/hardware

I've found that I can't really hear much when I have my sound playing with my open-air ATH-AD700. Unfortunately they have the side affect of being mini speakers; so everyone else can hear you.

OP: Whatever is in your price range from here (closed is better for isolation) plus this

u/ProteanHero · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Well shit you aren't kidding about high end. In that case, I'm not the guy to talk to. I've got a set of Audio-Technica ATH-M50s out of a Fiio E10, pretty budget setup compared to what you have in mind.

What I can do is parrot conventional wisdom I've read a lot:

For a headset, the simplest way to do it is simply to attach this to your headphone of choice:

Most people desire a large "soundstage" for gaming so that you can use the sound to identify where things are and such, adds to immersion. Conventional headphones to point to Sennheiser open headphones like the HD600.

As far a DAC and amps, I've presonally been lusting after some Schiit products. They're bifrost DAC and Valhalla tube amp together fall nicely in your price range, leaving a nice $300 for headphones.

u/twelveoclock · 2 pointsr/gaming

Do not buy "gaming" headsets. They generally have low quality sound for their price. Instead, buy a real headphone (like the ATH-700s), and buy a clip on mic. This way you'll have an entry-level audiophile headphone that you'll enjoy much more. The only downside to this is that the clip on mic has to wrap around the headphone's wires, which makes it bit clunky. However, it's well worth it.

Edit: I actually use Sennheiser HD 555s but those are more pricy than what you were looking at. However, if you can afford them, the 555s are well worth it. They are the most comfortable headphones I've ever used.

u/Dusk777 · 2 pointsr/gaming

Sounds like his mic is the main problem. I too was looking for a new headset recently. A friend asked if I had any decent headphones, which I did (sennheiser hd 25's) so he suggested just getting this mic:
and tbh it's the best mic i have ever used, i was even sitting on it the other day after it came unclipped and everyone could still hear me.
So for about ten bucks you can get him that mic, and then he can go get a decent set of headphones, maybe:
This will be the cheapest way to get a REALLY good headset setup. Gaming specific headsets cost a lot for a decent one.

u/iTrolling · 2 pointsr/shutupandtakemymoney

I recommend either Sennheiser HD 380 Pro or Sennheiser HD 280 Pro.

I like the 380's over the 280's and I have worn both extensively. On the 280's the main drawback is the tightness of band on the ears; after extended use is can hurt taking them off. The tightness does come with some benefit though; it almost creates a vacuum environment that block outsides sound from leaking in... almost noise cancelling. The 380's have a lighter grip and a lighter construction overall. They do not weigh down on my head as much nor grip as strong as the 280's. Of course, that means sound from the outside does leak in a bit, especially at low volumes, but little can be heard once the volume is turned up. I can wear the 380s for hours, and feel so comfortable I have barely feel them on.

You're probably going to need a microphone as well; I like to stick with the Zalman clip on. I attach it directly to the headphone cord and works great!

As a side note, both of these headphones will need to be burned in to really notice the quality. I work with the 380's for music production and music listening as well. They are really versatile headphones.

u/Deranged40 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

HD 558, and a zalman mic.

When the headphones go on sale, this is under $100

u/onliandone · 2 pointsr/buildapcforme

The 1070 is not in your budget. 900€ for a complete PC including its peripherals means ~700€ for the PC itself. Assuming the GTX 1070 costs 400€ here, 300€ is just not enough for the remaining stuff.

pc-kombo shared list

CPU | Intel Core i5-6400 | EUR 172,00 @ Mindfactory
Motherboard | GIGABYTE B150M-DS3H | EUR 77,88 @
Memory | Crucial CT8G4DFD8213 (8 GB) | EUR 26,02 @
Storage | WD 1TB Blue (1 TB) | EUR 48,95 @
SSD | SanDisk SSD PLUS (128 GB) | EUR 41,70 @
Video Card | Radeon R9 380 | EUR 188,34 @
Case | Cooler Master N300 | EUR 45,70 @
Power Supply | Super Flower Golden Green HX (450 W) | EUR 69,21 @
Operating System | Windows 7 | EUR 29,95 @ mysoftware
| Total | €707.74
| Generated by pc-kombo 30.05.2016 |

I' suggest you add to that:

u/StuffyDoll · 2 pointsr/buildapc
u/Mr_Pickle · 2 pointsr/buildapc

two options

  • mod them. This is more extreme and only if you like that kind of stuff. They look sexy as hell though.

  • Zalman clip. This is a really popular mic and tons of people use it.

    Even if you bought the Astro $300 gaming headphones, you will not reach the level of audio quality of these $50 cans. People who buy those are idiots.
u/ultimanium · 2 pointsr/gaming

I would advise a normal headphones with clip on mic, much better quality, and typically more comfortable.
For example, this

or this

I would be wary of surround sound headsets, as I've found that the drivers all far too close to great an effect for me, and simulated surround sound, via soundcard, receiver ,or ingame, works better.

And this is the Mic I use.

I have used a tritton 5.1 headset, g330, etc, and in sound quality, comfort, and reliability, my sennheiser 555 destroys them. (My trittons practically broke bimonthly while in warrenty)

u/bennylol · 2 pointsr/buildapc

You sure that's 7200RPM? Green drives are usually 5400/5900RPM. They spin slower, and use up less power. A 7200RPM HDD should have no issues running games. Also, sadly the prices are astronomical right now so it's hard to say what HDD to get right now. Bad timing :\

The microphone is USB, which is kind of odd. Since you have a decent sound card, maybe just find a non-usb microphone? They're usually cheaper anyway. A lot of people on OCN recommend this Zalman clip on mic. I have one and people don't complain about my mic.

u/blanketninja · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Do yourself a favour and buy proper headphones, and a little clip on mic like this one to go along with them.

As for the actual headphones it will depend on your budget and what you are looking for (over ear, sound isolation, is it ok if it leaks sound, etc).

u/Shnuggles · 2 pointsr/tf2

Wow, so apparently us UK folk are very fussy with microphones

u/LightSpeedIII · 2 pointsr/leagueoflegends

I know it isn't usb but I highly recommend getting this it is much better than that desktop mic and much cheaper, if you have a desktop, be sure to plug it into the mic port on the rear, not in the front as the port in the front will get all sorts of emi.

u/Hehyeahno · 2 pointsr/gaming

Don't buy headphones.

Get the mic and cans seperately.



Cans: Sennheiser 555's or Audio Technica ATH AD-700's . You can get 555's slightly used for $50, a steal at that price.

If do you get 555's, you can do an easy, risk-free upgrade to make them into $200 headphones! Yay capitalism!

Now go buy them because no one will offer better advice.

u/SatansF4TE · 2 pointsr/techsupport

Out of the three you've picked, the Gamecom 780 is hands-down the best.

However, you'd get far better sound quality from a pair of Panasonic HTF-600^1 or JVC HAR-X700^2 headphones and a clip-on microphone such as the Zalman ZM1^3.

Of course, using a clip-on mic is slightly less simple than an all in one headset so you'll have to decide if you'd rather the utility or sound quality.

u/infernux · 2 pointsr/headphones

You'll probably get a variety of different opinions on this board but if I were you I would go with some cheaper Sennheisers such as these. A good clip on mic would be the Zalman ZM.

u/drebin8 · 2 pointsr/headphones

It's usually better to get an external mic anyway, like this one. It's cheap and can be clipped onto the headphones, and the Monoprice headphones will have better audio quality. You can take off the microphone when you don't need it. Alternatively, you can get one that sits on your desk.

It seems like the headset you linked is pretty small and is made of cheap plastic. It may end up breaking, and unless you have a small head, it'll probably hurt to wear it for extended sessions.

With the Monoprices, you may need to bend the top part (blanking on what it's called) to reduce pressure, but the earpads should be big enough to completely encompass your ears.

Unless your budget is extremely tight, I'd recommend getting the Monoprices with an external headset. If you absolutely can't afford $30, then the one you linked may last for a bit. You'll want to replace it probably within a year though.

u/squeakywhite · 2 pointsr/oculus

The Zalman ZM-Mic1 is a popular clip on microphone for those without an inbuilt one. A good alternative if you would prefer to use headphones over a gaming headset.

u/ArmorMog · 2 pointsr/hardware

Don't buy gaming headsets. You get a crappy pair of headphones with a barely audible mic glued to the frame. This is my gaming setup that also works well with movies and music. These headphones have a god like sound stage, and you won't regret them. The mic is good, but there are better available for more money and if you don't like it you can replace it, unlike the crappy mics on gaming headsets. Also if you think the headphones are loose you can put a rubber band between the inner head rests and they fit like a dream.


u/aquasharp · 2 pointsr/GoodValue

I attach this to a normal pair of earbuds with a little bit of tape. Pretty good mic for under $10. I use it when I play MMO computer games.

u/K0rin · 2 pointsr/gaming

Don't buy a headset, you can buy a very nice pair of headphones and a microphone for about the same price. I'm impartial to Audio-Technia's ATH-M50s closed dynamic phones, but if you prefer open, ATH-AD700s are also excellent, then just buy a cheap mic like this one.

u/SpookyMelon · 2 pointsr/Games

Not USB, but I use a Zalman microphone that just clips onto the headphone cord. It's cheap, and you can use whatever headphones you'd like with it. The sound quality isn't fantastic, but if you aren't doing anything more than talking to people on Skype or something like that, then you're definitely good with this. If you are going to record audio for Youtube/podcast/other, than you'll probably have to invest in a higher quality microphone though.

u/cogitoergosam · 2 pointsr/headphones

If you have headphones already you can use a clip on mic like this Zalman one. I use it and the quality is fantastic. The cord is really long, so you can either loop the slack or wind it around your headset cord.

If you don't have headphones already, you can pick a set based on your price range and preferred sound without worrying about an integrated mic.

u/Capolan · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Ok - so for a great temp mic get this:

this is actually the MIC that everyone uses for this combination. it's great.

the antlion MIC is great, but the 7 dollar one will tie you over nicely.

u/Teasylife · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Anyone recommend some good headphones/headset? I was thinking of getting this headset, or getting these headphones and a Zalman clip on mic. My budget isn't huge, but still want good quality mic and audio. Thanks.

u/Suicidal360Flip · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

Logan reviewed 2 headphones that are less than $50 each. Here is the video.

For the mic you can always just pick up the very popular Zalman clip-on mic or spend more money for a modmic.

Edit: This setup is more about audio quality than comfort now that I took a second to think about it. Sorry. I'll leave it up for people who likes options.

Edit 2: I have owned this headset and I can say they were very comfortable, and at the perfect price point for you OP.

u/imsinking · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

If you want extremely low budget with good sound quality earbuds + mic, considering using Monoprice 108320 and a Zalman ZM-Mic1

pretty much the best sound quality with good mic you will get for under $18 - you can see the head-fi reviews here for the earbuds

although IMO earbuds are not a great choice for gaming and most people find over ear headphones much more comfortable

u/xPurplexAnarchyx · 2 pointsr/headphones

This is a decent mic for its price. ($7.60)

u/ANALCUNTHOLOCAUST · 2 pointsr/truetf2
  1. This is pretty solid and it's only 8 bucks, plus you can use it with whatever headphones you use.

  2. Not sure about everything, but Mumble has that as an option.
u/NightNinjaRaG · 2 pointsr/headphones

I'm holding out for the new version of the ModMic and have been making due with a gaming headset (Beyerdynamic MMX 300) that has a built-in mic. If you're looking for an immediate option you can get one of the older version ModMics or the Zalman.

I'll also refer you to Mad Lust Envy's guide, where some other mics are mentioned.

u/kapitanpogi · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Here's a video about modmic. Any mic like zalman $8 can be added to your headphone with just doublesided tape, velcro, or magnet.

u/piderman1 · 2 pointsr/GameDeals

I completely agree. By basics I meant understanding how weapons fire with regard to accuracy (can't move and shoot), how the economy works, and basic map structure of the common maps. These things wouldn't take very long to do (a day at most) and after that anyone can be ready for competitive at the silver/nova level. One thing to note is that casual servers do not represent how the game is meant to be played properly at all. Casual servers are 10 v 10 while competitive is 5 v 5.

Speaking of microphones, anyone new to this game that doesn't have one should get this Zalman clip on mic. It's cheap (less than $8 currently) and as /u/BluShine said the majority of people use microphones. Due to the nature of the game they are necessary to get the most out of the game.

u/charok · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

/r/headphones and /r/audiophile would help the most in choosing the best cans for your personal taste with your budget.

However, modmics is currently one of the popular choices as an "add on mic" to any headphone. They're pretty good and they're on the cusp of releasing their newest iteration. Another option is the Zalman clip on mic on [amazon] ( This option is much cheaper, but I had this for awhile and the wire is very fragile and broke on me :(

Either way, headphones + add on mic is usually the best way to go for best audio quality in terms of input and output.

u/Streloks · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I'd recommend getting normal headphones with a separate clip on or desk mic. A combo like this might work.



u/TheMuffinsPie · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Although headphones and a microphone are normally better, the Func Headset and stuff from Steelseries is normally quite good.

u/Sees_everything · 2 pointsr/buildapc

So this is just my opinion; take what you want from it.

Main build parts look great. They will easily crush OW, RL, and RS:S. CS:GO is the only one that looks a bit concerning. From my personal experience and benchmarks I have looked at, there is a direct correlation between the cpu clock speed and the peformence (csgo is largely cpu based). If you're not planning to play a lot of AAA games (don't worry, you'll still be able too), I would wait a bit and get the RX 470 instead of the 480. This will let you run the CPU intensive games you seem to want at a higher framerate (think CS:GO at 300fps, which is what people aim around for very competitive play). More info on why you would want 300 and not 144 can be found here. Keep in mind that youtube video does have some extra stuff in it that is specific to CS:GO.

Ram seems to be good. I have the same ssd and hard drive as you put on that list, and I love them. Friend got the case you put down (talked to him and he said he loves it). He also said the same about that psu (he has the 650w version).

Now lets move on to the peripherals. Monitor is good. I have a slightly different monitor with the same panel inside that works flawlessly. The one gripe you may have with that monitor is you can't swivel and turn it with the included stand. Nothing hard to fix up with a stand from monoprice (costs $20 though :/). Zowie fk2 is great. I got a different zowie, but they are all absolutely wonderful. Qck+ (used to have but moved on) is good for a couple months (6 or so) and then gets a little worn out and worse for tracking. Damn they are a good price though. I do not know much about headphones, nor know someone who does, so I don't have much to comment on them. I feel like you could get better, but I have no clue.

The mic and the keyboard. Welp! the mic seems incredibly overpriced TBH. Unless your gonna be using it to stream on twitch regularly, I don't really feel it's worth the price. I got THIS one, and have been using it for a year with no issues at all. Absolutely wonderful for skype and in game chat. TEST AUDIO FROM MIC

Now the keyboard isn't that great. With a cheaper mic and gpu you can get a better one for a reasonable price. Also check out /r/mechanicalkeyboards (an absolute amazing sub).

even though it's more expensive you can feel free to take bits and pieces of my recommendations and not others :)
now I'm going to bed

anybody feel free to critique me cause I'm not perfect

u/ItsCrykee · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Note that I have not owned the following, but based on budget and reviews they seem to be solid options, pending your setup.

USB Go Mic Plugs directly into USB slot, so if tower is next to you this may be a solid option. $40


You could consider using a clip on mic like a Sony or Zalman and clipping it to a surface near your desk or your shirt.


Unfortunately, at the price range you gave me that's about the best I can do. Consider shopping around for deals at Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, etc. Good luck!

Quick Edit: If you can spring for the extra money, I still recommend Blue and the ICE microphone is pretty quality. It is directional and looks to be about $50 right now.

u/ERROR134 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Best answer: Do not get a gaming Headset! Buy Headphones, a soundcard and a microphon.
Personally I think this is the best setup, many people think that too:
Superlux Headphones
ASUS Soundcard If you want take the DGX if you want to put it in an PCI-e slot.
Zalman Mic-1
This guarantees amazing soundquality. EVERY so called Gaming Headset is a fail, I promise! This headphones are incredibly good, it is better than most ones that cost up to 150-200€. You also get 5.1 and the costs are really really low.

u/_86_ · 2 pointsr/NLTP

u wot

check this mic son

that's an A-team quality mic buddo

u/__PETTYOFFICER117__ · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I'm currently using the AKG K7XXs and love them, but those are pretty pricy.

The Sennheiser HD518s are great. I've owned a couple of the HD5xx models, can't remember which exactly, but they were excellent headphones and EXTREMELY comfortable for hours on end. Very good sound. Absolutely a great line.

You could then throw on something like this and you're still close to your original budget...

u/Riven-Bot · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I highly discourage you not to get the Plantronics GameCom 780. I had them for about 6 months before the wiring inside just fell apart, microphone stopped working and sound in only worked in one ear. My girlfriend bought this headset at the same time I did and hers stopped working a month or two later. As a general tip, don't ever buy a gaming headset unless you find it for very cheap. It is much cheaper and you will always get better quality sound by purchasing headphones and a microphone separately. For the price you're spending on that headset I recommend these:

After installing the Razer Surround program, any headphones will be 7.1 if you like the virtual surround. Please do not fall victim to gaming headsets, especially the Plantronics 780!

u/Goatcruiser · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Headsets are generally regarded as inferior to standalone headphones with a desktop/clip-on microphone. And the headsets in the price range you specified are pretty awful in both build and sound quality. So the only reason you would get a headset at that price range is to have the convenience of having an all in one solution, and a crappy one at that.

If going for a bang for your buck solution I would recommend The Superlux hd681 Evo along with a Zalman ZM-MIC 1 clip-on mic. The Headphones themselves are kind of bulky and the plastic construction is a bit so so, but for desktop construction quality is totally fine. And the sound quality of these cans are really something for the price(£30). The phones are open for a better soundstage that helps when playing fps games and also has clear mids and highs. It also has a couple of desirable features like a detachable cable and swappable velour earpads.

The mic that I recommended is average but really cheap coming in at around £5. The Zalman ZM-MIC 1 can clip on to your headphone's cable to make it like a headset...Thats about it really.

These are the options I use and it worked much better than my previous Steelseries Headset and it was cheaper! Would thoroughly recommend to those on a tight budget.

Superlux hd681 Evo

Zalman ZM-MIC 1

u/ChRoNicBuRrItOs · 2 pointsr/buildapcforme

Yeah, two things, but they could potentially put you over budget, depending on how you go about this.

One: If you're doing video editing, then you're going to want a monitor with an IPS panel. This basically means that the monitor has very high color accuracy (and that's really useful for video making, so that the video won't look funny to any viewers with IPS panels, of which many people have). This is a really nice one that's very popular. Obviously, if you went with both monitors, it'd put you over budget, so that's up to you. All IPS monitors are 60Hz or less, unfortunately, though some do overclock a little.

Two: I would strongly suggest getting a pair of headphones and a separate mic. Headphones have pretty shit quality for what you pay. I'd suggest this pair and this microphone. Unfortunately, that's really expensive for you because Canada, so you may want to go to /r/headphones to learn about something more affordable if that's an issue. Just don't get the ATH-M50's; they have a terrible soundstage (other than that, they're awesome headphones, but good soundstage is important for gaming).

Other than that, you should be just fine. Might want to switch to this RAM though, just because it's cheaper and there's no sense in overpaying for RAM (unless it's for looks!).

Oh, if you can, I would STRONGLY suggest using ethernet. It's about twice as fast and much more reliable than wifi.

u/camicazi · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

The headphones+ mic is much better if you are willing to spend ~150 dollars or more, my personal recommendation would be beyerdynamic dt990(open)/dt770(closed) if you mainly play singleplayer games and and dont care so much about positional sound, and akg k701/q701(both open) if you play multiplayergames and want perfect positional sound.

Pretty much any mic is as good or better than the ones in headsets, I personally have this one, and the sound quality is just as good as the mic in my 120 dollar headset, if you want a perfect mic this one is pretty popular, but I personally think that the zalman is more than enough.

But if you are more interested in headsets you should look at the other users recommendations

edit: forgot about the modmic, its really good (but not as good as the snowball), and is preferable if you want a little more expensive mic that is on the headphones rather than on the table

u/Ravioli227 · 2 pointsr/ShouldIbuythisgame

I agree with some of the other people. I like buying headphones and adding a mic.
I use this mic and then i have audio technica headphones They might be a tad expensive but I got them for about $100. I would recommend a cheaper headset but i don't have one :/ sorry. I play cs go with my friends all the time and they haven't complained about my mic at all so hopefully that helps you out :)

u/orbital1337 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Well since your headset broke you should probably get a new headset first. Your best option there is to buy a pair of cheap headphones such as the well-regarded Superlux HD 668B and a clip-on mic like the Zalman Zm-Mic1. This combo is very cheap and will sound better than most (far more expensive) gaming headsets.

u/ChipsAhoyMccoy14 · 2 pointsr/youtubers

You can find a good very cheap mic here. If you look at my channel I made the channel icon myself and the banner was made by David Ar when he made a free offer on this very subreddit. If you really needed to you could wait around here and take up some of the free offers that come around.

u/yazawone · 2 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

Quoted from "Infinidecimal" @ /r/headphones

"You take This.You stick This on it. You're done."

u/cokecaine · 2 pointsr/EliteDangerous

> I ever get a mic

This serves me well for years now. Clips to your headphones.

u/Arronwy · 2 pointsr/DotA2

I use this super cheap and works great. I have the line attached to my headphones. If you use speakers will need something else.

u/Rule33 · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

I would recommend one of these if you don't find anything here you like. I think a modmic would be nicer but this works fine for me:

Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone

u/IT_WAS_ME_JAMES · 1 pointr/buildapc

You might want to think about a mic, especially if you're streaming. Since you have a pair of headphones already, clip on mics like this popular one are a great idea. There's also $1 version on aliexpress/banggood type sites if you look.

People like getting controllers, maybe keep an eye out for those?

u/Kid_Xbox · 1 pointr/xboxone

This comes with the splitter.

Awesome. Good stuff, gentlemen.

u/st0neh · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you can manage it then then Sennheiser Game Ones are definitely the best headset option, but they do hover around the $150 option so they may be over budget once currency is taken into account.

The Sennheiser HD 558s are probably your best option as far as headphones go, and you can definitely pick up a much cheaper mic than a Modmic.

Isn't the best quality in the known universe but it'll get the job done and it's VERY popular.

Lack of soundcard probably won't be a big deal depending on your motherboard, and if it is then you can pick up an Asus Xonar DGX pretty cheap later on.

u/VWSpeedRacer · 1 pointr/gaming
u/UNDEADxTOFUx117 · 1 pointr/headphones

Looking for a pc gaming headset/headphone+mic combo.

  • Budget: around $50 USD.
  • Source: PC. No dedicated sound card, so running off of the sound processor on my Asrock H97 Performance motherboard.
  • Isolation: my roommate and I have separate rooms. I'd like to be able to block him out if needed, but annoying him with them won't be an issue.
  • Preferred type: circumaural. I have glasses so many headphones hurt me.
  • Balance: balanced
  • Past headphones: Ones I liked include old
    Razer Carcharias, Turtle Beach X3, Polk 4Shot, Bose IE2. Carcharias was really comfortable and sounded good, Polk has good style and sound, but gets uncomfortable. Ones I didn't like include Razer Kraken, Top tier Tritton for Xbox 360 around Halo Reach release. Kraken destroyed my head, extremely uncomfortable, and the tritton was just crap.
  • Preferred music: EDM (The Glitch Mob, Knife Party), Pop-Punk (Sum 41, Fallout Boy).
  • Since I'll be gaming, probably worth mentioning games: WoW, Borderlands 2, The Witcher 3, Battlefield.

    So far I'm liking the idea of combining Superlux HD-681 EVO with a Zalman headphone microphone.
u/NatesYourMate · 1 pointr/headphones

No no, the Ultrasones are pretty expensive, they're at like 300-ish. Another person on the sub here showed me this and said that it worked pretty well. I think I'd like to have a mic like that though, one that clips onto the headphones themselves, and as long as the cord was long enough to get to my computer with some extra room (like 3 feet long ish) then that'd be great (3.5 mm input would be my preference there as well).

And as for my budget, I'd like to find some solution for $100 or less, if possible. I'm not particularly against open headphones, which usually are known for better sound stage either, but since you clearly have used a decent amount of some of the best headphones, your input is definitely something I'd acknowledge for the purchase.


u/C_W_S · 1 pointr/headphones

If you have a separate mic jack on your computer, this will get the job done quite nicely.

u/DarkRaven17 · 1 pointr/headphones

I honestly can't recommend any "gaming headsets."

Check out The Antlion, the mic is outstanding and only takes 2 minutes to set up, minus the hour or so wait for the adhesive.

The antlion, or Zalman + ATH-M50 is commonly recommended for this price point and use.

u/MindForsaken · 1 pointr/consoles

Any "gaming headsets" are usually overpriced for what they offer, but if you want wireless, the most recommend are the Gold headset by Playstation.

However, if you don't mind a Y splitter, then you can also connect a Modmic and a headset, here is a good list of reviewed headsets specifically to see how good they are for gaming.

Edit: also, if you want a more expensive headset but don't want to pass your $100 budget, you can always get a cheaper mic. I used a zalman mic for a good year before getting a modmic, sound quality was amazing for the price, but no noice cancelation.

u/moosejr · 1 pointr/buildapc

You really don't need to, unless you are recording, as it will reduce latency times.

There are some great links in the sidebar of /r/headphones and /r/audiophile as far as the type of cans you want, and a lot of people in various subreddits seem to love this [Zalman Mic] (

u/runningwithguns · 1 pointr/gaming
u/Eduguy1 · 1 pointr/microphones

I want to upgrade my current mic, which is a Zalman Zm-Mic 1 because it records audio far too quietly and the sound quality overall isn't that good. I've seen lots of recommendations for the Blue Snowball, but it's $105 in Canada. Is there any mic that would give me better audio while being around $30 Canadian?

u/Kendama_Llama · 1 pointr/xboxone

> He would not have multiple sources set up (in my opinion) if he did not want to hear multiple sources at the same time. Hey may want to listen to music, watch a live stream on his pc, or talk on his phone while playing.


Ordered this: I'll report back how it works.

u/SheWhoIsJade · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Great cheap mic. Sounds perfectly clear and doesnt pick up anything more than a few feet from it. Only downside... No mute. But you can program a hotkey in TS or whatever program you use.

u/stephnstephnstuff · 1 pointr/GirlGamers

This one clips to an exciting earbuds/headphones wire but you could prob clip it to anything with a little tape or whatever and it’s pretty good quality.

Edit: I also have a Blue standing desk mic that I honestly never use if you want it.

u/EmpyreanSage · 1 pointr/xboxone

If you want the best audio quality for the price, the best solution is a pair of good regular headphones and a clip on mic. I recommend the $40 Superlux HD668B, the $10 HIFIMAN Earpads and finally a cheap but decent $8 Zalman Zm-mic 1

This will give you much better sound, on par mic and supreme comfortability compared to any headset.

u/Quantieme · 1 pointr/Smite

This kind of mic may be for you:

I haven't used it myself but it seems to be rated pretty well, and is quite cheap. I used to have mic you put on your desk but it sucked.

u/DEATH0WL · 1 pointr/newzealand

Wanting to buy a Zalman Zm-Mic1 but Amazon won't send it to me.

Thinking of using for their "Airmail Economy" option at only $1.30. But I am a bit wary as to whether this is a good option. Anybody have any experience with this?

Package is tiny but the DHL option is $26 for a 0.04 kg, $9, 8x2x1.5 inch package :(

u/explosivo563 · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'd just get a clip on mic for your headphones in that price range. Especially if you will be pounding away on the keyboard. It can be hard to not pick up the keyboard without buying a proper mount.

u/Blackmagician · 1 pointr/buildapc
u/jhaun · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

ive used the ath-ad700 and loved it. its a little lacking on the low end and perhaps a little too bright at times but they are incredibly comfortable. if you get a pair get something like this to go with it.

u/FuckMyLife2016 · 1 pointr/buildapc

Supelux HD 668B – $40 + Zalman Zm-Mic1 – $7.3

p.s. or if you're on a tight budget, get Superlux HD 681. $30 iirc. I can assure you, will be better than "gaming" headsets. Although I have to say only perk "gaming" headsets have is surround sound via software. You can use Razer Surround (free/$20) or a cheap sound card for that. Creative's Sound Blaster E1 or Sound BlasterX G1.

u/Caprimelon · 1 pointr/PS4

Where do u go to check if it's muted? I have the splitter when I plug in the headphones they work but I put in my mic and nobody can hear me

u/Ryuzaki-L · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

You could go for a pair of AD500X's with a mic, but if you can afford, then the AD700x's are a bit of a jump in sound quality. These are both open headphones, you'll be getting much a better sound stage than any headset on the market.

u/JuggerDad · 1 pointr/yugioh


u/JewJewJubes · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

You wont get anything decent in that price range. I think you should start with the Zalman Zm-1 mic and potentially check around monoprice for a cheap pair of headphones

u/EndlessPitofPureHate · 1 pointr/hardware

At $80, I would still stick to the PC151. The next worthwhile upgrade (in my opinion atleast) is going to Sennheiser HD280s and this zalman clip-on. The 280 pros are extremely solid headphones that are pretty comfortable in the long run. I picked the zalman because the sound quality is pretty good as long as you make sure to set the volume right. I haven't compared it side-by-side to other microphones, but the sound quality is satisfactory for me. I had to turn my microphone volume up just a tad, but otherwise the zalman has worked well.

u/Drybones5 · 1 pointr/hardware

Sennheiser HD 558's :


Zalman Clip on mic :

This combo has superior audio quality and mic quality while also allowing you to have independent headphones and mics that can combine.

This will be much better than almost any headset you can get, especially for $190.

u/Conceded · 1 pointr/headphones they are $50. Or another option would be the zalman clip on mic for $8.
I have a zalman and it really isn't that bad just for gaming/chat. Also that would leave you $42 for an amp. If you did that you could buy a cheap amp but I would really tell you to save up and buy a better amp later on. Cheap amps only really help increase volume imho.

u/TheHomey · 1 pointr/buildapc

These are pretty cheap there is a sound test down in the reviews

u/Facecious · 1 pointr/gadgets

I agree with the ATH-M50s, I have the ATH-M50xs personally, but the changes were mainly structural, no changes in quality. you wont find better audio quality at that price-point, period. (just google it, you will find a ton of people agreeing with that statement)
I did a TON of research looking for a good set of headphones for both music and gaming, I arrived at the best option for quality in my price range was the M50s with [this] ( attachable mic. No, its not the best mic, but its cheap, and does the job for me. Have not had any complaints with my friends to its quality.
Absolutely incredible headphones + a mic, the dreamerino.

u/nohpex · 1 pointr/Gaming4Gamers

This is what I have. Turns out it's less than $15. I've had zero issues.

u/RADAR-MAN · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

The headphones I use are these Sony MDR7506's

The microphone I use is this Zalman one (however the mic is very sensitive and can pickup fans in the room)

Hope this helps

u/SuperGiraffe · 1 pointr/bapcsalescanada

Personally, if you can spring for $50, I'd get a pair of Sennheiser 201s and get a clip on mic like this one.

u/Siegfried262 · 1 pointr/EdenDirect

Thanks for the reply. I already have a nice pair of headphones though (Sennheiser HD598s) so if possible a product that could work with that would be ideal.

Maybe something like this?

u/Sir_Soft_Serve · 1 pointr/buildapc
u/Protracturtle · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

If you want something cheap, you can use this mic.

Its what I use on my 598s, though its not the most aesthetically pleasing.

u/MNProtest · 1 pointr/gaming

Well this is my setup for under $50. Head phones and mic I've ever had for gaming.

Headphones. Big and ugly, but very comfy and sound wonderful.

Clip on mic.

u/zerocrates · 1 pointr/PS4

I think that one's worth the price (though I got it on sale), but I've seen this way cheaper one around a lot as well.

u/DrPubertybeard · 1 pointr/buildapcforme

Do you need the OS & optical drive too?

Anyway I went on the assumption you did. Here's what I did.

I think an i5 in this build would have to be at the expense of the GPU so instead I went for an Ivy Bridge i3.

The mouse, headphones and microphone would bring this upto ~£725. If you want a generic keyboard then his would go down to £700. I've gone for a separate headphones and the clip on mic as these are what I've seen recommended for budget options rather than cheap "gaming" headsets with both.

Here are the benchmarks for the 7770

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU | Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor | £96.29 @ Novatech
Motherboard | ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard | £52.82 @ Amazon UK
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | £37.08 @ Amazon UK
Storage | Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | £49.57 @ CCL Computers
Video Card | Asus Radeon HD 7770 2GB Video Card | £131.56 @ Amazon UK
Case | NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case | £33.47 @
Power Supply | OCZ 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply | £49.98 @ Ebuyer
Optical Drive | Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer | £12.58 @ CCL Computers
Monitor | AOC E2243FW 21.5" Monitor | £105.88 @ Ebuyer
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) | £72.96 @ CCL Computers
Keyboard | Microsoft Sidewinder X4 (UK Layout) Wired Standard Keyboard | £32.48 @ Amazon UK
| | Total
| Prices include shipping and discounts when available. | £674.67
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-10 19:06 BST+0100 |

u/JavaGiant865 · 1 pointr/freehugsbf3

Right now I use this thing that has served me well.

As of next week I will be combining these headphones with this and this so I can finally hear people behind me.

Also, this question has been asked numerous times on this subreddit.

u/MIDItheKID · 1 pointr/howto
u/noahjk · 1 pointr/purebattlefield

The general consensus on places like /r/gamingpc are to get a really nice headset (like this one) and then get a clip-on mic (like this one). I bought the wired version of the Logitech posted here (I have the G35) and I wish I went this route instead. That said, I'd get a wired headset, not a wireless; the g35 is good quality, but you'll find it is close to the same price as what I posted above.

u/M4ttd43m0n · 1 pointr/Borderlands

There are plenty of PC players looking for friends --->/r/Playdate

and buy a cheap mic!! Zalman clip-on from Amazon

u/mglab · 1 pointr/buildapc

I highly recommend investing in good headphones instead if sound quality is at all important to you. They would be an investment and can be used for much more than gaming.

Is noise isolation important to you? If not, I'd recommend open cans which are, in my opinion, often more comfortable and provide great soundstages for gaming. I have the Sennheiser HD598 (~$250), but the Audio-technica AD-700 (~$100) is quite popular among gamers.

You then have a choice of different microphone options: a nice desktop mic, the modmic, or something like the zalman clip on mic.

Sorry, I don't have experience with the V-modas - they do look cool though haha. These are closed headphones, however.

For your $150, you will have vastly superior sound, a better microphone, and headphones which are more versatile than a headset.

u/StringBoi · 1 pointr/headphones

I've been using this with my HD600's and it works really well.

u/BobSJ · 1 pointr/xboxone

With the adapter, you can turn virtually any pair of headphones into a headset. I personally use my Audio Technica ATH-M50x's with a Zalman mic hooked up. Works very well. If you have a comfy pair of headphones that you already own, go with those.

u/CogentNabob · 1 pointr/AskBattlestations

I used this for several months, the sound qualities great when it's positioned correctly.

u/lilbigmouth · 1 pointr/buildapc

I just managed to order a Zalman ZM-1 mic, if that's any use?

Zalman ZMMIC1 Lapel Microphone

u/gunshlinger · 1 pointr/tf2
u/AlexWJD · 1 pointr/buildapc

Screw any other brands. Get yourself a $75-80 pair of AKG's or Sennheiser. Then buy a little clip on microphone, like this Zalman. This will be better than any Razer, HyperX, SS, or Logitech headset.

u/OurEyesArentReal · 1 pointr/HotlineMiami

I bought one of these Zalman ZM-Mic1

I'm not really happy with it because it seems to pick up audio in the whole room but at the same time I always have to crank up my voice settings in game and in the windows sound settings because it doesn't pick up my voice unless the mic is right by my mouth. And it isn't by my mouth because it clips to the headphone cord. It's workable, but I regret buying it.

When this one breaks I'll probably go for something like this boom style mic. Maybe not that one in particular, but that style.

u/Serohs · 1 pointr/starcitizen

For now one 27" monitor. For headphones I went through my stash... All sounded good, Grado, Senn's, AKG's, best was my Audio Technica ath a700's with a Zalman clip on mic ( Voice Attack, and Either hotas X, or x52 depending on day and which my son is not using. Probably will pick up a pro, or grab an x55. Waiting to see what Hotas setup SC makes a deal on. When wife is away I have kilpsch system hooked up as well. pretty much Playing Elite for now though till they get the hotas controls more ironed out in SC. Also for Headtracking built my own with a teensy board and IMU breakout. Cost roughly $40.00 to make. No drift, no camera needed. Just a small tic tac box attached via Velcro to top of headphones.

u/EnglishTimelord · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Do you realise that 5.1 and 7.1 are pure marketing gimmicks?

Stereo is better at positional audio for headphones/headsets, Here and Here are examples of what can be done with stereo.

Here are some good headphones that will easily beat any headset, well under budget too. For a mic try Modmic or the Zalman.

Edit: The best for positional audio below like $500 is this. For durability the Audio Technica M50x and Beyerdynamic dt-770 are good.

u/Mad_Economist · 1 pointr/CabaloftheBuildsmiths

Alright, I can work with that.

To preface this, I recommend pairing one of the following headphones with a clip-on microphone - either a cheaper model like a [Zalman ZM-Mic1] ( or a more expensive model like [Antlion's Modmic] ( - rather than getting a headset with an integrated mic. From a price/performance standpoint, headsets almost never stack up. The headsets made by the real headphone brands are exceedingly expensive, and with a very small body of exceptions the cheaper headsets sound terrible.

Now, onward to the headphones. When I hear "isolation", "comfort", and "neutral/warm sound signature", the first thing that comes to my mind is [NVX's] ( [XPT100] ( ([$99 via Amazon] ( I actually own a pair of these myself for use as moderate isolation movie/podcast headphones for when my house is too loud for me to use my open headphones, and they're among the most comfortable headphones I've had. While they don't take the top spot - no headphones without an AKG-style suspension strap will ever do that - they're definitely in the top five or so. Their sound isn't the most detailed out there, but they're fairly neutral, solidly built, and very comfortable, particularly given their price.

A more expensive step up would be [Shure's] ( SRH[840] ( ([$199 via Amazon] ( While I sadly haven't had a chance to try these out myself, I've heard little but good things about them. Formerly on Innerfidelity's wall of fame, and with consistently good reviews for their sound, comfort, and overall quality, they're definitely a solid choice if you're looking for a neutralish sound with some bass.

A third option would be the [Focal Spirit One] ( ([$175] ( or [$179] ( via Amazon for the black and white models, respectively). Focal has a quite a solid reputation in audio, but the Spirit One had some serious issues on its release due to manufacturing defects, and it suffered a rather bad reception as a result. These issues are said to have been since resolved, however, and the Spirit One is a very solid headphone at that price. The sound is a bit on the bassy side, but not extremely so, and is quite good for this price. Comfort may be an issue, however, as the One was quite clearly designed more for portability than comfort. While no review characterizes it as uncomfortable, it's a safe bet that it doesn't measure up to the other two in this regard.

Another rather unique option, albeit one with some inherent drawbacks, would be [Fostex's] ( [T50RP] ( ([$127 via Amazon] ( Now, the T50RP is, at stock, not the best-liked headphone. Though it is one of the (if not the) cheapest orthodynamic headphones in the world, its very poor comfort and [rolled-off sound] ( have attracted a lot of criticism. Having a pair myself, I wholeheartedly agree with criticism of its comfort, but think its stock sound is better than people give it credit for. What the T50RP has going for it, however, is an [exceptionally dedicated modding community] (, and some very high-profile modified variants. Modded T50RPs under the branding of MrSpeakers and ZMF can sell for $300, $600, or even $1,000, and experienced reviewers and audiophiles alike have claimed that they measure up to headphones in those price ranges. If you happen to feel a DIYish inclination, a T50RP can be quite a solid project to work on, and, in theory, it can get you $300-600 sound quality for a little sound of $200 accounting for the various materials it takes to mod them.

Now, there are, as said, quite a few drawbacks to the T50RP: the stock sound isn't for everyone, it requires more power to drive than the other mentioned headphones (not enough to cause issues at stock, in my opinion, but when modded it can be quite intensive to drive, almost assuredly moreso than your integrated audio can support), and it's absolutely terrible in comfort (if you do go for them, [a headband cover like this] ( and a pair of [Shure] ( or [Brainwavz] ( pads were what I used to take them from "terrible" to "pretty darn solid" comfort), and modding isn't for the faint of heart. After quite a while of tinkering, I've yet to get my own T50RP mod working properly. It's amazing value if you can make it work for you, but it's quite a significant amount of effort to achieve that.

u/mochaThunder · 1 pointr/xboxone

+1 for this guy. It's everything you need, no more, no less.

Although if you need a splitter and mic I'd recommend this combo, it's better quality and costs a little less.

u/TheSneakyRussain · 1 pointr/headphones

Budget around £90

I've been looking into getting a headset and I was either going to get the SteelSeries Serbia V2 or the Hyperx Cloud but i got recommended [this] ( ) and this but are these truly going to be better than just getting a headset?

u/Prizeless · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

This mic is similar to the Siberia one you're looking at.

If you don't mind a tabletop one the Blue Yeti is excellent.

It's kind of expensive, but if you wait long enough I've seen it drop to around 69.99.

u/SolidCake · 1 pointr/headphones

Get a zalman mic. Good quality and ultra-cheap.

u/DeathtoPants · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

this and this is $105.

These headphones are also great, for a total of $110.

Basshead's Choice

u/bluesteel117 · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

$10 clip on mic. You attach it to your headphone cord, nearest to your mouth. It has small rubber clips to clip to the rest of the headset. I have found the microphone to be very high quality for the price. You just need to mess with it a bit to get it in the right position.
Headphone guide from /r/headphones

u/FlowersEater · 1 pointr/PS4

Well.. I just buy the zalman mic and a startech splitter to connect my ATH headphones to the DS4. I couldn't do it like you say so... I spent 15€ and my headphones have a really good mic now :D

Could you confirm that I bought the correct items?

Thanks again :D

u/Gornagik · 1 pointr/audiophile

If you're just looking for a mic, just get a mic
[These are good, cheap, cord is ridiculously long]

u/SurakiDK · 1 pointr/buildapc

I've not used this one but its recommended over at audiophile a ton. I use a blue yeti. I suggest just incAse checking out a video by tek syndicate on gaming headphones under 125ish can't remember but it has a under 50 list that had some decent information as well.

Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone

u/Rivensteel · 1 pointr/buildapc

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50 plus Zalman mic can be gotten on sale for about $100 or a bit more, and they should be excellent for sound and mic quality.

u/maefju · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

i use a zalman clip mic

its working, but the mic quality isnt comparable with the mic of the pc350, because its omnidirectional, which means that it listen to everything in the room. if you have the right budget you can maybe get the :)

u/airbender11 · 1 pointr/gamingpc

Antlion Modmic, $30, or a Zalman Clip-on $10. Slap one of em on your nice headphones and you've got a gaming headset with much higher quality than anything for a similar price.

u/AmiroKitsune · 1 pointr/recordthis
u/Laamakala · 1 pointr/battlestations

My diy headset, ziptie and Zalman mic

u/reptawr · 1 pointr/audio

This is the mic I have.

u/Timidestemu · 1 pointr/headphones

Any headset of your choosing + This

u/Canarka · 1 pointr/hardware

Zalman clip on mic gets great reviews.

I've used one for a long time and so have many others. This seems to be the 'go to' mic for people who want a proper set of cans + a mic instead of crappy can + mic combo 'gaming' heatsets people waste money on.

u/Kratzyyy · 1 pointr/gamingpc

In my experience the Corsair Vengeance series are not a good buy. They don't sound any good at all compared with other headsets of that range at stock and even after you play around with the EQ settings for hours they're still lacking behind quite a way.

I had a pair of SteelSeries Serbia V2's as my last headset and they sounded very nice, and the mic was crystal clear. Unfortunately they broke after about 5 months (probably be just being heavy handed, though). But they're way below your price range.

I know you said you don't want a clip-on mic and if you really don't then don't read on, but there is simply no possible way to get the same ratio of quality/price with headsets. A very good and very common combination is the Audio Technica ATH AD700's with the Zalman mic. If you're still massively against clip-ons, the ModMic may interest you. Probably the best mic you've ever used in terms of quality and you can simply ziptie or sheath the cables together.

Hope it helps.

u/das7002 · 1 pointr/buildapc

JVC HARX700 sound absolutely outstanding and for their price you can't beat them. Hell, even $100+ ones have a hard time.

For a mic, there is also the Zalman ZM-1. Sounds superb, quality is very nice for voice recording/chat/what have you.

u/CGC002 · 1 pointr/reddittf2league

>I am investing in a pair of those really nice headphones with the mic though (any recommendations?)

It's generally recommended to purchase a decent set of headphones such as the Sennheiser HD555s paired with a clip-on mic. Although, if you insist on going the headset route, the Logitech G35 is what I use, and it's pretty great, albeit a bit heavyset. Another oft-recommended headset is the Steelseries Sibera.

u/sheaden · 1 pointr/hardware

I have a Zalman clip on and it works great. Haven't actually listened to the quality but all my squadmates say I sound good. The only con with the thing is the clip, it pinches my headphone cord quite hard but that would be a case by case basis. For the money its a great investment.

u/auron_py · 1 pointr/hardware

IMO, i don't like headphones that are branded as "Gaming" ones, i feel the standard models are better, well that's my experience.

you could get a Sennheiser 202 II that is superb for the price range

oh yeah, i forgot, someone already mentioned this mic, it will be perfect for what you need


u/pepejovi · 1 pointr/gamingsuggestions

Not too sure about the quality on those headset mics, but from what I've heard, this is a good one as well as dirt cheap.

u/MagnificentBear · 1 pointr/wow

I tried going with a separate mic and headset, and I ended up hating it. The headset was okay, but I couldn't really tell much of a difference between it and my old gaming headset that broke, and it got uncomfortable after wearing it for a while. I don't have room for an on desk mic, so I went with this. My friends were constantly complaining that I sounded like shit, because I sounded like shit, and it was difficult to get the mic to pic up what I was saying. I couldn't fix any of this no matter how I configured it.

Switched to a Steelseries Siberia v2 and never looked back. It's comfortable, inexpensive, and I can't really observer any quality difference. The mic is also much, much more convenient. That being said, I use the headset for gaming with music in the background; f you were producing music on your computer, a more audio centered headset would probably be better.

u/valkyr · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

He is correct. The soundcard they put inside the G750 is pretty decent, and it has a headphone amp port that improves the sound quality even further. You'd be negating this by using the inline USB sound card that comes with the ROG.

I'd personally say get some good quality headphones, like these Sennheiser HD515 or Audiotechnica ATH-AD700, and add an inline clip mic. Mic quality might not be quite as good, but the headphone sound quality will be miles better than what's inside your average $100 "gaming" headset.

u/Coper210 · 1 pointr/headphones

I was in the same position as you a while ago. I ended up getting the Corsair Vengeance 2000's and they were good headphones for gaming but broke within the first month and I had to get a replacement. After a month of having those headphones they broke again on the exact same spot. I ended up getting a full refund (amazon is awesome) and getting the Audio-Technica ATH-M50's and getting a little clip on Zalman Mic that attaches perfectly to the headphone cord. This combo is awesome, it mixes great and balanced sound with a nice mic for gaming. If you want great sound quality but also need a mic for gaming, I would recommend this combo. Here are the links for both items.
I hope this helps.

The price for the headphones seem to have gone up $30 for some reason, you might want to check out some other sites.

u/chineseman26 · 1 pointr/buildapc

This is a very good mic. It's small and unobtrusive and the voice quality is definitely good enough for VOIP/gaming.

u/TheJOJ1 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

u/Loosemind · 1 pointr/battlestations

Could be this one which I have, looks very similar.

If it is, it's actually a pretty good mic for the money. No one ever complains about the quality of my voice while using it.

u/troutb · 1 pointr/buildapc

I've got the Zalman Clip on Mic and just clip it to the cord on my 558s and it works great. Everyone can hear me in game and I haven't had any complaints about it. It's also cheap.

u/TheTechSingularity · 1 pointr/headphones

Budget: $60-$70 max.

Source: iPad 3 and laptop (for gaming)

Requirements for Isolation: I will be using this at home and in public transportation. The headphones do not need to be portable.

Preferred Type of Headphone: full-sized over ear

Preferred Tonal Balance: neutral or not genre-specific

Past Headphones: Apple Earpods

Preferred Music: Varied. (Ex. Doctor Who, Macklemore, B.o.B., C418)

Other Uses: I will be using this for playing multiplayer video games (Minecraft) on my laptop often. I will probably use this as a microphone.

I have looked around on Amazon and found some headphones I am leaning towards.:

u/Immiscible · 1 pointr/headphones

Gaming headsets are almost always, at low price points, a poor pair of headphones paired with a mediocre microphone. If you're up for it, I'd recommend a clip on mic such as this one. Then, I'd probably pair the mic with headphones such as this.

The mic is out of stock, but they can be had together for just around $100 usually. The headphones I recommended are lightweight and have very good sound quality for their price, but aren't the most durable. If you have more specific requests I can try to answer additional questions.

The headset would be much, much worse than the combo I listed above, but if it suffices for you then power to you. I've had Turtle Beach and Plantronics headsets, both were quite mediocre and broke really quickly. I'm very cautious of gaming headsets.

u/AndrewBot88 · 1 pointr/ShouldIbuythisgame

My current setup is a pair of Sony MDR-V6's (a bit out of your price range) plus this. It clips right onto your mic's cord, and I've found it to be pretty good on sensitivity.

u/xsai · 1 pointr/Guildwars2

Yeah. The Superluxx Solution with an external Mic is absolutely awesome and beats any Complete HS far 150 USD.
You can go the "New" Variant what costs a bit more:
HS: HD 681 Evo
Mic: Reloop

With this Combination youve got a real Headset Style, cause the Microfone will sit Right were other Mics are on the regular Headsets.

Now to the "Classic" Combination, cheaper but no loss in Quality:
HS: HD 681
Mic: Zalman Mic1

With both Solutions youre ready to go.
Only thing to Mention. You WILL need Soundcard with Headset Amplifier such as:
for PCI Slot: Xonar DG
for PCI-Ex Slot: Xonar DgX

Both are Equal in Sound Quality, take the one who fits in your computer, and then:

Enjoy awesome Sound :)

u/Mistbourne · 1 pointr/ZReviews

30 bucks is cheap? If you're going to go cheap, get the Zalman as the starter. It's not the best, but it works pretty damn good for $5. Especially if all you use it for is voice chat with your buddies.

u/KungFuPuff · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

If you want a mic upgrade go with this.

It is the cats meow. Promise.

u/The-guy-behind-u · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

A good alternative to "garbage" gaming headsets would be a pair of headphones and a mic to go with it. Can't really tell what price point you mean by not to expensive is but because I have them I recommend Phillips SHP9500's. Now there are other great headpones out there made by Sennheiser, Audio-Terchnica, etc... but I have only used the SHP 9500's so I don't have an opinion on there quality. For a mic you can get something like a mod mic, v-moda boom pro(recomended for shp 9500) or a zalman clip on mic. Now I would advise looking up some headphones and find a headpone/mic combo in your budget and not just go shp9500/v-moda right away because I recommend them. Now for a soundcard the one in your mobo is good enough. Here is a post about this topic from a while back to shed some more light on it.

u/OldLamborghiniThere · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you're just using a mic for voice chat, this is good enough.

u/T0XlCZ · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

Temporarily replaced with a cheap Zalman Mic until I find a better perm replacement.

u/chouetteonair · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Here's a video of the V-Moda Boom Pro ($30) from Podcastage. Pretty much all you need for voice chat.

There's also the budget ZM-Mic1 which sacrifices convenience for price.

u/TremendousTiger · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

Look at getting a normal pair of headphones and then the clip on zalman mic off of Amazon for under $10. I have it and it works good enough for communication. Gaming headsets often aren't worth it and you can also use a normal pair of headphones outside of just gaming so they are much more useful.

Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone

u/Linkzie · 1 pointr/buildapc

Allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllrighty. "Gaming headphones" are a dangerous field to mess around with. So called gaming headphones are usually low quality and don't sound all that great. It is easier to pick up a set of gaming headphones if ease is more important than audio fidelity. For this see:

However, Razer stuff is hit or miss, and can be, you know, a piece of crap.

I would recommend regular headphones and a microphone. I recommend these:

And a little cheaper here:

The massdrop link might go out of stock soon.

The Audio Technica headphones I linked are LOVED by headphone enthusiasts, I've heard nothing but good marks. I know it's a little overbudget, but it will save you money when they DON'T break within the next years.

As for a microphone, I personally use this:

This mic is okay, but needs to be close to your mouth for passable audio to come through, right on your mouth. A mic for gaming is not too important, shop around, make sure the reviews say the mic is good for gaming. Don't get these:

Good Luck!

u/jwiz · 1 pointr/tf2

I have these (or ones like them, anyway). The mic is good, but the headphone quality is a little weak.

Plus after a while, they seem to loosen up and come off my ears (they are normally "gripping" your head, but after a while the grip slips).

I think if I were to upgrade, I would get a good set of headphones and a separate mic like this:

u/Templated · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

With no experience with these but with a lot of recommendations and looked up performance tests in mind I'd recommend the Antlion ModMic. The sound quality is outstanding. Together with those I'd buy a good pair of stand-alone headsets without a mic. Personally I recommend Sennheiser. Unfortunately I do not process any high-tier closed pair. I have on me the open Sennheiser PX-200 II. Tho they are not the greatest for long sessions but I find the quality really good for the mobility and cost. I also play games with them and they (of course) outclasses my old Creative Fatal1ty. But of course, Sennheiser also have some gaming headsets for sale. Like the PC 360 which are recommended by a lot of owners. If you'd like to mix around and buy a superior headset you can do that and instead buy the Zalman-MIC1 which, by the extremely low price, are also recommended by others. Bought one today actually. Just waiting for the delivery c:

u/Immafishyo · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Ok well you definitely have a good pair of headphones maybe not the kind I would use for gaming maybe but still quality stuff, as for a suggestion for a quality pair of headphones around 70 anything with a mic attached usually has worse quality, so if you wanna try something new think of this: I know it's not 70 but like I said to find a headset that is of good quality and only for 70 is a bit of a stretch so if you could splurge on 20 or so these are great, and as for a mic, this will set you straight,

u/infinity526 · 1 pointr/buildapc

Another vote for the people saying headphones+mic. You can get the Audiotechnica AD700 and the Zalman mic for only a few bucks over your budget, and they together will serve you for a long time to come. If you want a nicer mic, and are willing to spend a bit more (30 instead of 10) you can get the ModMic that was linked in another comment, instead.

u/roosevelvet · 1 pointr/speedrun

For a budget mic that works pretty well I can definitely recommend this Zalman Clip-On Mic.

u/DontSayNoToPanda · 1 pointr/Games

I've been using this one for a year now:

The sound quality seems pretty decent to me, and it's still holding up pretty well after a year

u/weauxbreaux · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I use this Zalman Mic with my AKGs, and it works great.

Sennheiser, AKG, and Audio-Technica are all great brands, you should be able to get a great set in the $100-$150 range.

u/residentmale · 1 pointr/buildapcforme

Somewhat upgrade-able:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU | Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor | $199.99 @ Microcenter
Motherboard | Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard | $154.99 @ NCIX US
Memory | Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | $71.99 @ Amazon
Storage | Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk | $122.99 @ NCIX US
Storage | Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $59.98 @ Outlet PC
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card | $409.99 @ NCIX US
Case | Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case | $159.99 @ Microcenter
Power Supply | Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply | $79.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive | LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer | $15.99 @ Microcenter
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) | $89.73 @ Outlet PC
Monitor | Dell S2340M 60Hz 23.0" Monitor | $159.99 @ Adorama
Keyboard | SteelSeries 6Gv2 Wired Standard Keyboard | $98.98 @ Outlet PC
Mouse | SteelSeries Sensei RAW Wired Laser Mouse | $44.99 @ NCIX US
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1669.59
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-03 01:55 EDT-0400 |

More upgrade-able:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU | Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor | $229.99 @ Microcenter
Motherboard | Asus P9X79 LE ATX LGA2011 Motherboard | $224.99 @ Amazon
Memory | Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | $71.99 @ Amazon
Storage | Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk | $122.99 @ NCIX US
Storage | Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $59.98 @ Outlet PC
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card | $409.99 @ NCIX US
Case | Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case | $159.99 @ Microcenter
Power Supply | Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply | $79.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive | LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer | $15.99 @ Microcenter
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) | $89.73 @ Outlet PC
Monitor | Dell S2340M 60Hz 23.0" Monitor | $159.99 @ Adorama
Keyboard | SteelSeries 6Gv2 Wired Standard Keyboard | $98.98 @ Outlet PC
Mouse | SteelSeries Sensei RAW Wired Laser Mouse | $44.99 @ NCIX US
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1769.59
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-03 01:58 EDT-0400 |

This is all based on speculation, but I don't think that the LGA 1150 socket (the socket that the i5-4670k uses) is going to be around for a long time in comparison to the socket used in the more upgradeable build (LGA 2011).

The i7 used in the LGA 2011 build is going to help improve performance, but it isn't going to make a big difference in gaming. However, I would say that the LGA 2011 socket is going to have better longevity, if that's what your after.

Other than the CPU and motherboard, the primary components of both builds are pretty much the same. You have your motherboard. In the i5 build, the motherboard is good enough to support overclocking quite well, as long as you aren't too extreme with it. In the more upgradeable build, the motherboard is also good enough to support overclocking, but the CPU will not be overclockable due to it not being an Intel "K" variant.

The SSD I have included is pretty much the best SSD on the market right now, and you have 128GB of it. That's pretty nice for storing your OS and programs that you're going to frequently access. The Hard Drive is for big data and files like Music and Videos.

The GTX 770 is the second best single GPU card out today. It has the best price:performance ratio of any card and will ravage any game.

The Corsair 650D is one of the nicest mid-tower cases out there. It isn't massive, but it isn't small either. It has a nice window so you can see inside. If you want, get some Logisys cathodes to light up your case for a quick mod that makes things look cool.

The monitor is a decent budget IPS display. If you want to focus more on the monitor, I can shift some of the budget to it. It has a pretty nice bezel.

It's finished off with a nice set of steelseries gear. The 6gv2 is the nicest mechanical keyboard I've used, with the exception of possibly the das keyboard. It doesn't light up, have extra buttons, or have any other frills. It's just a really nice mechanical keyboard. The mouse is the sensei [raw], which is a slightly lesser version of the sensei, but it's all you need. It has an ambidextrous design, which some of the right-handed people don't like. Just thought you should know that.

The last part is the gaming headset, and this is the reason why there's a sizable chunk of money at the end of the i5 build. There wasn't enough money to put in a GTX 780, overclocking, AND headphones. I should let you know that I don't believe in gaming headsets. A high-end gaming headset approaching $100 is essentially a $20-30 headphone with a microphone attached to it, sold at a large markup. It's all hype, and most people buy into it. The best solution is a nice pair of cans with a clip-on mic. I'm partial to the V-moda Crossfade M80 with this zalman clip-on mic, but on-ear headphones may not be your thing. The M80 has nice bass that is perfect for video games. Let me know.

That said, if you're dead set on a pair of gaming headphones you can't go THAT far wrong with a Logitech G35 or Steelseries Siberia V2. You just aren't getting what you pay for with the sound quality.

u/Gravityblasts · 1 pointr/buildapc

I've never used it so I am not sure, but this is the mic. There is a video of it I bleieve you can hear a demo. Keep in mind that this is an Omni-directional mic so it will pick up everything in your room including your voice. So if you constantly have barking docs and what not, this may not be ideal. But this should be loud enough for your friends to hear you over Skype.

Your next best option would bit This mic. THis should be a uni-directional mic, so it should mostly only pick up your voice. It still sounds tinny but it should sound better than the Clip on mic, and almost every webcam mic. It is basically a "Budget-Mod Mic".

But the best "attachable boom mic" on the market right now is the Mod Mic, which is what I was using for quite awhile until I just switched with an AT2020 XLR mic.

u/Ilongboardandplaycs · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you have 45$ to spend, you can take a look at these (again the links are to Amazon but Newegg probably has them as well)

Audio-Technica ATH-T200 Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones with 40mm Driver - Black

And use something like this as a microphone

Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone


u/Kyzriel · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you just want something cheap that just simply works and isn't too fancy, it'd be hard to go wrong with a Zalman ZM-MIC1 at £8. You just clip it to the collar of your shirt or the wire of your headphones, whichever is more convenient to you.

u/pipanebo · 1 pointr/bapcsalesgermany

You could get a lapel mic. Like the Zalman ZMMIC1.

It is cheap and has good quality. But I don't know if it's going to be far enough away from your keyboard, it looks like you have a blue switch keyboard to sound so loud.

u/Makaizen · 1 pointr/buildapc

If you just need a mic for team chat in games, I have used this Zalman mic for about 3 years now. It was much better than the built in mic in the laptop I was using at the time.

u/Senor_Platano · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Gaming headsets are a scam, man just get a good "normal" pair of headphones like these

and a clip on microphone

If you look at the reviews you can hear the sound quality, if you use noise cancelling / raise your minimum volume on Teamspeak no one will be able to hear your mechanical keyboard even.

u/lememeinator · 1 pointr/headphones


I got headphones for Christmas, it doesn't have a built in mic so I have a few options.

I could return the headphones and exchange them for a cheaper headset and some store credit or pay a tiny bit more and get a more expensive headset [option 1, option 2] (really looking for 7.1 here).

Or I could buy a separate microphone to use with the headphones I already have (mod mic is way out of price range ). I was thinking maybe pick up a clip-on mic [another example] or try and find a microphone that plugs into my existing headphones (they have a detachable cable) [example, but a bit more expensive than I'd like]

Does anyone have any experience with any of the products I've posted or any knowledge on microphones/headphones? Specifically, I would like to know whether clip in mics pick up a lot of background noise.

Thanks in advance for any help :)

edit: Sorry if this is the wrong subreddit for the question, I realise it is more aimed towards a microphone than headphones.

u/Metal_Mike · 1 pointr/gaming
u/postslongcomments · 1 pointr/GameDeals

>Someone looking at a Cloud II for $75 is not someone in the market to spend $600 on an audiophile setup that they wouldn't even do anything with to appreciate, or even in the market for $150.

As I stated, you don't need to spend anywhere close to $600. What I'm saying is if you get a pair of $100-$150 HD598s the next logical "step up" would be an almost $600 setup. As for appreciating it? Same argument can be made for someone with a 1080p monitor jumping to 4K. You enter a completely new realm of audio clarity. As for not appreciating it? I'm a complete non-audiophile who purchased an insanely expensive setup on a whim. I bought them on a Black Friday knowing the resale value or return policy would bail me out if they sucked. No way in hell anyones prying these off of my dead body :)

Hence I didn't suggest something like the HD600/HD650/ATH K7XX/HiFiMan He 400 etc., I suggested two pairs of headphones (HD 598 & ATH M50X) that came on sale for virtually the same price as this ($100) with much better audio quality. This is a $93 deal. I think it's very fair to note that for $20-50 more you can get a vastly better sounding headphone/microphone that is endgame until you hit $500+.

Don't get me wrong. The Cloud II will certainly sound great. In fact, it's one of the better headsets you can buy.

>The mic on the Cloud II is going to do better than any $7 mic I know about, and it has the not insignificant benefit of being integrated into the headset (but still detachable).

If you're skeptical on a Zalman you can always upgrade to an Antlion. That runs about $40, but will blow away any gaming headset. Zalmans should be completely fine, though. That'd put my recommendation at $140 vs. $92. Hence I didn't want to suggest a better-quality clip-on.

>If you want to spend $150+ and what you do is gaming, honestly I think you should get a Sennheiser Game One which gets you an open air headset and a fantastic integrated mic.

Poor advice. I'll cite this post in addition to specs. Note that: The GAME ONES use what are essentially HD558 drivers which are priced $80-100. The HD598s are a step about HD558. Here's a direct comparison between the GAME ONE and HD598.

Now we're talking a $190 headset. So compare that to my $100 HD598 suggestion and a $40 Antlion is a better microphone than the Game One's. Hell, throw that copy of Siege in and it's still cheaper ;)

>Gaming headsets are definitely not "all garbage" and they're definitely not "marked up", let alone "marked up to $100".

You effectively just supplied a perfect example of a marked up headphone. The Game Ones have the same drivers as 558s and certainly don't have a $100 microphone.

Once again, I'll quote:

>Please do your own research and don't take my word for it.

u/xtriickster8 · 1 pointr/gamingpc

If you get headphones you can get a cheap mic like this that will provide audio quality that is good for skype/vent/ts3/game chat

edit: modmic is awesome

u/Decency · 1 pointr/DotA2

Full input volume, I use this mic. It's in an audio jack, I'll test with other games and get back to you at some point.

u/TacticalBacon00 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

fair enough. what clip-on mic would you recommend? i found this one, but i'd like to know what you use.

u/Zarphos · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

This seems like a decent, cheap mic you could get if you wanted to try it.

u/Thermington · 1 pointr/Rainbow6

I've used this before which clips onto your headphone cable, works great and sounds clear.

u/Brainectomist · 1 pointr/gaming

Don't do it. Get these Sennheisers instead. Better build quality and sound and better mic. Probably not worth $300, but I'd get em for $140. Or look at the Hyper X Cloud for $80 or Hyper X Cloud II's for a little more.. Linus Tech Tips gave really good reviews on them.

Edit: If you ask anyone serious about audio they'll tell you to get nice headphones and a separate mic. I got some Sennheiser 558's for about $100 and a Zalman clip-on mic for ~$8. It's a little more of a hassle dealing with 2 cords, but the sound quality and comfort is awesome. Couldn't be happier.

Edit 2: or just get the A40's. I don't know a whole lot about them, but have read that Sennheisers are superior for sound quality.

u/0biwan-Shinobi · 1 pointr/gaming

I got a Zalman Zm mic 1, it clips to the headphone cable. It sounds good and it's cheap.

*I've also heard Modmic works well.

u/cartermatic · 1 pointr/joinsquad

If you're coming from CS/COD/BF the biggest thing to learn is to not treat Squad like those games. In COD and BF you can lone wolf it, run and gun and come out on top. Or, if you get shot, you can just take cover for a few seconds and be back to full health. With Squad, teamwork and playing tactically is paramount to success and having a good time. This is probably the hardest thing for new players to learn. The controls and base game mechanics won't take more than a couple days to understand. Aspects like bullet drop, recoil, and damage might take a week or two to get down.

For your first couple of weeks, just take the base rifleman slot and listen to your SL (Squad Leader) and learn the base mechanics of the game. If you don't have a microphone, go out and get one ASAP. A good cheap one is this Zalman clip on, but I recommend spending a bit more and going for an Antlion Modmic.

u/Inizio183 · 1 pointr/xboxone

The mic I've been using for the past few months on PC is a Zalman Mic1. Just clip it onto the cord of my headphones and it works just fine.

u/gaspemcbee · 1 pointr/Gaming_Gear

Buy a pair of decend headphones with a clip microphone
these and these are better than any other kit I've had (Corsair , Sennheiser, Razer etc.). And everything is replacable in this kit, earpad, headphone cable, and the mic. Which makes it's life expectancy pretty much endless.

u/tcooling · 1 pointr/buildapc

What is the computer being used for? I don't think it is worth paying much extra for 2133Mhz RAM, stick with 1600 or 1333 as you will not notice the difference. For the headset, it is best to stay away from the big 'gaming' brands such as Razer, Turtle Beach etc. You will get much better sound if you choose some headphones from this guide and attach a small mic like this.

u/exitfire401 · 1 pointr/gaming

I would never suggest a wireless headset for one simple reason; audio quality. You will almost always have some degree of static or quality loss when it comes to wireless audio. what I would suggest is a high quality headphone such as the Sennheiser hd595 (what I've been using for almost 3 years) and a cheap Zalman mic. This will be in the same price range, but will give you plenty more bang for your buck. You'll get a pair of ehadphones that will be amazing for music and gaming, and if your mic decides to go out on you, it's a cheap replacement

Links to products I suggest:

Sennheiser HD595:

Zalman Mic

u/AtomsAndVoid · 1 pointr/Games

The best recommendation is to go to a store where you can listen to some headphones first-hand.

However, to provide at least a little guidance, you might want to check out the well reviewed Sennheiser 518 headphones. (I'd probably get these myself if I was looking for a good set of headphones under $150).

Also, the Grado SR80i headphones get a lot of recommendations and are in your price range, though some people complain that they're "too bright" (which is an unclear, metaphorical description, but it usually means that there is an emphasis in the high frequencies that can induce auditory fatigue, but others think it's a mark of precision).

Neither of these have microphones. So, you might want to pair them with a Zalman Zm-Mic1, which is cheap and gets pretty good reviews. As an added benefit, using a separate mic will also increase the options you have when considering headphones.

u/phobos2deimos · 1 pointr/buildapc

$100 budget - AudioTechnica ATH-AD700, hands down. Head over to /r/headphones and that's the recommendation you'll get. Throw on this Zalman mic or the Ant ModMic and you'll be golden.

u/Freezerburn · 1 pointr/audiophile

oh yeah forgot the mic.

I've heard this was ok, but I've yet to hear it myself. I can't speak directory for the Zalman mic but I haven't heard any complaints yet.

u/Wofiel · 1 pointr/Tf2Scripts

Zalman Zm-Mic1 is reasonably popular and great value.

u/insertareference · 1 pointr/italy

Questo è molto buono. 7€ con prime

u/AnimusNoctis · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I'd like to suggest this. Amazing quality for the price and you can attach it to any pair of headphones. Don't buy headsets, people.

u/TheLastShade · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

these are on sale, seem to have decent reviews. Save up and pair em with this to get the full package. Alternatively, I have these but they cost a big extra; maybe save up some money and get those instead.

u/Nine_Cats · 1 pointr/buildastudio

It's worse than this mic, which is cheaper.

> If you don't like the mic, remember the price...

This isn't a good mantra, it's better to buy something more expensive that's better value than something that barely works.

u/malachitewins · 1 pointr/headphones

Oh, I'm an idiot. I just clipped on this

u/Lakevren · 1 pointr/gaming

Turtle beaches are generally considered junk headsets. They may not sound bleh to most users, but compare them to real headphones, and they really DO sound like low-end crap.
Durability is also a factor. Lots of people ask advice in this format: "So my turtle beaches broke and I'm looking for a new headset, any recommendations?" In fact, too many.

My recommendation is Panasonic HTF600 (Good god those are expensive in Germany, it's only $30 in US)
and a Zalman Microphone

As for the monoprice selection, that might not be a bad idea.

Also, here's a guide for other audio needs or for curiosity.

EDIT: Forgot about the JVC RX700. That'll be a good one as well.

u/shimaken · 1 pointr/headphones

For my cheapo setup, I use Koss PortaPros with a zalman twisty tied to it. Works suprisingly well, and you won't hear anyone badmouthing the PortaPros for sound/value. I mostly play SC2/LoL while Skyping with friends and everything sounds great.

edit: Note, although it should be obvious, that the PortaPros do not isolate at all. I actually prefer this because I need to be able to hear things going on in my home.

u/athrix · 1 pointr/gamingpc

I've previously owned a wide variety of headsets and in the end have given up on them.

  • Cheaper logitech sets: broke in various ways

  • Razer carcharias: mic started cutting out, then left earcup, then the thin cord split

  • Tritton set (can't remember which, $50): Cracked bridge with light use

  • The G930s burned batteries so fast, then after a few months the right earcup started cutting out.

    Overall the headsets build quality was low, across all the brands. Finally decided on a pair of JVC HARX-900 cans and this Zalman clip-on mic. The wires can be annoying but the difference in sound/build quality was pretty staggering. I started hearing details in games that I never heard before, on any headset, for me it added a new level of detail to games. I've been using this pair for about a year and had no issues at all. Total cost is about $65 + shipping, wish I would have just done that from the start =(

    As far as your cord fetish, the JVC cans have a pretty thick cord that would be very difficult to pinch. The mic is thin but it's only $9 so if you have to buy one a year I still think you're coming out on the winning side.
u/Roority · 1 pointr/buildapc

Just a regular 3.5mm jack. It didn't come with any drivers. There's a mic input in the front and back but it does nothing when I plug it into either. Typically the computer will tell me when I've plugged something new into the computer. Here's the mic I bought.

u/Razor512 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

A USB mic will not have power issues, though since it is seen as a separate audio device, things like echo cancellation and other sound card features will not work on a USB mic, this means that unless the application you are using offers echo cancellation, if you do something like talk to someone over skype while using the speakers on your PC instead of headphones, then the person you are talking to, will hear them self over your mic.

If you need features like echo cancellation, then you will be stuck using an analog mic that can plug into the mic port.

In those cases, you can try different analog , especially ones that are used in close proximity, such as the zalman ZM1

Though trying different analog mics, are a bit of trial and error, especially if the mic input is naturally noisy with the card. A higher quality analog mic can improve audio quality, but the sound card has a large influence on audio quality.

u/intotheocean · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

Would this work well with audio technica ath m50s to replace a zalman clip on mic? I'm curious how I'd attach it.

u/Joe_Shroe · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm looking for a mic for gaming that has good quality but also doesn't pick up background noise very well. My first mic was a $10 Zalman mic from Amazon and the quality's actually pretty good. The thing is though if it's quiet where I am then you can hear some background fuzz, or pink noise, or krrrrsssssshhhhhh, whatever it's called, whenever I talk, although not that loud.

Then I found a rather expensive mic that my brother has lying around which is a $100 Yeti mic, and this one would be a straight upgrade to the Zalman except it captures background noise too well. For example if the tv is playing or someone is talking behind me, like from 15-20 ft away, then it can be heard pretty well on the mic, but I don't want that noise to be heard while I'm talking. Especially if, say, someone is vacuuming in the same room, the Yeti mic would add a lot of noise in the background but the Zalman wouldn't pick it up as much.

So is there a mic that has both good voice quality and can also filter out background noises so it doesn't bleed into whenever I talk on the mic?

u/loopy212 · 1 pointr/wow

For headsets, just get a great set of normal headphones and a standalone mic.

I use these Superlux with this clip on mic. Extremely lightweight, comfortable, semi-open format (a dealbreaker for me personally) and near studio sound quality.

u/EcLiPzZz · 1 pointr/buildapc

I have this Superlux and I love it, really good sound quality for the price. If you need the mic, you can buy a relatively cheap one with good quality, I have this one, and it's working just fine.

EDIT: Or you could go for a similar model, this one has a fully closed design, and a detachable cable, so contact error is cheap to fix. The sound quality might be slightly worse, but I don't think it's that noticeable.

u/Torian1 · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

I use this for chatting in CSGO and stuff. I recommend it.

u/ranterbach · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Zalman ZM-Mic1

Used one for almost a year before I got a condenser mic. Not that it matters for Skype, but the audio quality is actually pretty good.

u/pcBuildingFakeBot · 1 pointr/buildapcforme

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel Core i3-4170 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor | $99.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard | MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard | $45.98 @ OutletPC
Memory | G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory | $29.99 @ Newegg
Video Card | PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card | $89.99 @ Newegg
Case | NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case | $36.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply | EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply | $24.99 @ NCIX US
Wireless Network Adapter | Belkin F9L1001 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter | $5.99 @ Micro Center
Monitor | Acer S220HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor | $79.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard | Rosewill STRIKER RK-6000 Wired Standard Keyboard | $49.89 @ OutletPC
Mouse | Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Wired Optical Mouse | $49.99 @ Amazon
Headphones | Audio-Technica ATH-T200 Headphones | $19.99 @ Micro Center
Mousepad| Steelseries Qck | $10.00 @ Steelseries
Other| Zalman ZM-Mic1| $7.27 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $601.05
| Mail-in rebates | -$50.00
| Total | $551.05
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-27 13:11 EST-0500 |

That wasn't easy at all.

I added a keyboard with some shitty ALPS mechanical switches.

Mouse is great though, and I love my Steelseries Qck. I use both the G303 and the QCK, and it's a pretty good combination.

u/Natemiester · 1 pointr/GiftofGames

Gaming headsets are overpriced. Buy a good set of headphones and either a clip-on mic, something like this, or an antlion modmic.

I, personally, use the Audio Technica M20x's with a removable cable mod, and this mic. Works like a charm.

You seem to have a pretty solid budget, so I would recommend buying the best headphones you can and pairing them with the modmic.

u/blacksuit · 1 pointr/OverwatchUniversity

Overall people overthink these products. If you look at what pro gamers use, the answer is almost always whatever their sponsor provides. Ultimately peripherals aren't that different and you will get used to whatever have.

Mice are subjective. Some prefer a larger, palm-filling mouse like a deathadder or a g403, but plenty of people with large hands use smaller mice as well, like the logitech g-pro. Personally, I use a g303 with claw grip. As long as you have appropriate side buttons and an optical sensor you're fine. I suggest going to a store that has mice on display and seeing what feels right in your hand. You should be able to find something suitable for $30-40, perhaps less.

For mouse pad get a very large generic pad from Amazon for ~$10. I like the ~3 ft wide mouse mat style that goes all the way under the keyboard. I got the Corsair one at Best Buy on sale for $15.

On headset you should consider getting a decent set of headphones and using a separate mic. They make mics that clip on, like this. The mic just needs to be functional, unless you really care about other people's sound quality. Headphones are one area where you might want to get something a little nicer, since comfort and sound quality are noticeable. I have the Philips SHP9500s, at ~$50 street price, which sound great and are very comfortable.

u/S1lentHurr1cane · 1 pointr/microphones

If you want to use it for in-game chat, I would Google "how to use [insert your device] as a desktop mic" and look into whatever comes up. Otherwise, I would just purchase a separate mic (you can get an $8 lavelier mic on Amazon that sounds great and will work well for almost any use case).

EDIT: Here is the mic for those wondering.

u/PCbuildScooby · 1 pointr/gaming

Personally, I would recommend avoiding gaming headsets as they tend to have worse sound than normal headphones.

My setup combines a decent studio headphone (has flatter EQ tuning so you can hear everything super clearly, THIS ONE is a really good option) with a Zalman mic that clips to the headphone cord.

This would leave you room to upgrade the mic later if you needed better sound.

If you're talking about using this for console gaming disregard this as I doubt you have a separate headphone and mic port.

u/Abdul-Rahollotasuga · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Idk if you'd be willing too, but many people say it is better to get a good pair of headphones, and then a good microphone. A lot of the companies that of the gaming headsets are nowhere near the quality you would have gotten if you would have bought each independently.

For your budget, I would suggest the CAD U37 for the microphone. It's a USB microphone, so you won't need a Phantom Power connection, and it comes with a stand. For headphones, Sennheiser HD series are noted for the comfortability, as well as their isolation, so I believe that the HD 558 would be a good recommendation.

And if you're not a fan of having a separate placement of a microphone on your desk, you can always get one of those clip-on microphones. Good luck!

u/BananasApeUnicorn · 1 pointr/headphones

What kind of gaming are you going to be doing? For competitive use the AD-700 has a big sound-stage, which will let you pinpoint footsteps and sounds of players easily.

This is a good, cheap mic to go along with it.

u/Infinidecimal · 1 pointr/headphones

I'd recommend these [superluxes] ( with a clip on mic. Not the most elegant solution, but you'll get better sound than the v2's, although not hugely, for less money.

u/louderthanthis · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I bought these and paired it with one of these and it's pretty good quality for the price. The headset is a touch flimsy but you can't expect a ton from something that inexpensive.

u/Bored_White_Kid · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

The dac has a bass booster. And I use a cruddy little 5 dollar clip on mic, but it works like a charm, let me see if I can find the amazon link really quick.


u/JonzieK · 1 pointr/buildapc

I use one of these because it's dirt cheap you'll probably get static that's noticeable when you don't speak but you will under $20, plus you could just use push to talk to eliminate that.

u/ninjapirate9901 · 1 pointr/headphones

If you could stretch your budget by another $30 or so, you could get the Sennheiser HD 558 (which imo is better than the AD 700) and a Zalman clip on mic.

You could also take a look at the Creative Aurvana Live for a cheaper solution (with the same Zalman mic or something different).

u/B_Boss · 1 pointr/PS4
u/21stPilot · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

You'll have better luck at /r/headphones.

I'd advise against getting a headset. Buy something like the HD 558, or the HD 518, then clip a cheap mic onto the cable.

Whatever you do, don't buy a gaming headset. You'll end up overpaying for a crappy set of headphones with a build in mic.

If you're super cheap, a set of headphones plugged into your mic input will work, in a pinch. They'll sound terrible, adn you'll have to boost your mic output under recording devices, but it'll work.

If you wanna buy a set of good headphones, I can help you with that. I just finished a bunch of reseach that ended up with me getting a pair of HD 558s for ~$80 refurbished.

u/Imjustkidding · 1 pointr/buildapc

Do you already have a pair of headphones? If so I'd recommend this I already spent a bunch of money on a good pair of headphones but wanted to have the ability to chat online still, I almost settled for worse sound quality to have the ability to talk but instead I came across this mic. It's currently less than 10 bucks, the build and sound quality is amazing.

Super simple, it just plugs into the mic input with a super longer cable and has a little clip to attach to the cord on my headphones.

My friend has the same set up as me and the Skype quality is superb.

u/TheSadGolem · 1 pointr/headphones

These ship to NZ. how're these? How do they compare to the 598's and the M50X's?

Also these were on the page. great combo. The mic seems alright

Edit: Also the OHM's seems really high. Would I need an amp?(I'm a noob)

u/Fourtytwoish · 1 pointr/disabledgamers

Those are all gaming headsets which are rarely ever worth the price, especially from those brands.

You'll get far superior audio quality (especially at high volume), comfort and value out of a decent normal pair of headphones + clip-on mic.

For headphones, check the Head-Fi list of recommended cans by price range over here, pick the best you can afford or just ask over at /r/headphones.

As a cheap and pretty good clip-on mic, pretty much everyone recommends this one.

If you want to use it on a PS4, which has - I think - only the 4 pole mic+audio combined port, just use something like this.

Also, take care that your audio output has enough power. I think the Dualshock 4 can drive headphones up to 32Ω? You might to read up on that.


This doesn't only apply to gaming and consoles, ofc. Never buy gaming headsets or soundbars or prebuilt PCs etc. There's always a better DIY solution unless you're really lazy.

u/glr123 · 1 pointr/pcgaming

Personal Favorite:

I have been using the same gigaware microphone since 2011. Best part? Easily accessible mute button.

High quality:

Low quality, but easily replaceable if need be:

u/hoboninja · 1 pointr/Steam

If you already have a decent headset I would suggest just getting a cheap Zalman clip-on mic, they are actually really good quality and cheap.

u/Apk07 · 1 pointr/gamingpc

I used sticky tac to mount this to the top of my monitor and the sound quality was awesome. Convinced a couple friends to get one and they all sound crystal clear when we chat on teamspeak

Unfortunately mine seems to be giving everyone some strange buzzing noise. I want to blame my sound card or something but I can't figure it out. I was looking for a good USB replacement...possibly with noise-cancelling. My ears have never really been able to deal with a headset

u/StevieCondog · 1 pointr/xboxone

Just last week I bought a Zalman lapel mic ( to use along with my Audio Technica ATH-m50x's. I bought this and a y-splitter to test before paying for a mixamp. I read that depending on the headphones/mic you use you may experience sound quality degradation but that hasn't been the case for me. Everything works great, sounds fantastic and when asking my friends they say the quality from the new mic is superb.
So I would definitely just try the cheaper option with your setup first to see if it works as expected. It may save you some money.

u/rock_hard_member · 1 pointr/ElectricalEngineering

That's what I did for my playstation and I bought this clip on mic: Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone

Seems to work fine, idk what it sounds like exactly but I have no complaints from the people I play with

u/Gallifrasian · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

I think the term modmic came from "modified microphone" where it's just a microphone you stick onto a pair of headphones. Anyways, here's an example of a fairly popular and very cheap modmic.

May I ask what DAC/amp combo you use? The FiiO E6 amp has very noticeable static when the volume on it is set to 50%+.

u/g4r4e0g · 1 pointr/buildapc

I bought a few headsets and after the last one broke I said hell with them. I don't think I ever got more than one to two years out of them. As other people are posting, a quality set of headphones with a mic is the way to go. Below is what I'm using. I'm very happy with the setup.

Zalman Zm-Mic1


u/intensive_porpoises · 1 pointr/buildapc

I've always wanted a ModMic to go along with my headphones, but it's always been a bit pricey for me.. I've settled on this one and it's worked pretty well for me.

u/pauseflash · 1 pointr/headphones

Does it make a difference? ABSOLUTELY It's actually disgusting in a fps how a pair of decent imaging headphones changes things.

You don't need "surround sound" headphones. Binaural recording enables this. You can put $5.00 earbuds in and youtube binaural recordings to see. Razor has free software called "surround" that can decode games and feed them to your headphones.

The gaming "king" is the AKG Q701. It has very very good imaging and separation.

Need a mic? Just use this one. There are a few other options such as a modimic. Blue microphones are pretty popular too.

u/impending_dave · 1 pointr/headphones

for a mic a lot of people have different preferences; I think the two main options are an inline mic or a standalone mic (like the Yeti). I haven't personally tried one, but I've heard good things about modmics.

I've had to use the Zalman inline mic before with my Sennheisers, and can't say anything bad about them - they work. the sound quality wasn't too great, though, and it did pick up quite a bit of ambient noise. but YMMV, it's really cheap and worth a try IMO. (also getting it to clip to your headphone cable might be tricky, I've had to tape it to mine so it wouldn't slip)

as far as amps are concerned, that's something I'm curious about as well, and something I guess I'll find out soon enough. from all the reviews I've read, the m50x is more balanced in terms of sound stage, and the bass isn't as boomy compared to other cans. I can imagine an amp would help with that.

I'm most likely going to need an amp to use the m50x with my Nexus 5 anyway.

u/TheDunadan · 1 pointr/DotA2

ITT: Too many people recommending headsets.

OP, the ModMic is on the pricier side at $40, but is a great mic and can attach to your headphones, turning it into a headset of sorts.

The Zalman clip-on mic isn't quite as good, but still more than adequate, and is only $9.

u/rgrass · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

OK, so all you need is a microphone.

TheEternalNightmare's suggestion of the Zalman Zm-Mic1 will get the job done but this is a case of "You get what you pay for" at less than $10 it's not much. But it is a mic; you talk, they hear you (mostly).

If you're willing to spend more (around $50) the Blue Snowball iCE is a pretty good choice. Connects with USB.

If you need something like a standard headset boom mic the Antlion ModMic is probably your best bet. It sorta just sticks to the side of the headphone cups and connects to the
3.5mm microphone port. It's around $55

It just depends on what you want and what you're willing to pay for.

u/existeddoughnut · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Everyone else is saying to go with Superlux, but I would go with Samson SR850s because they aren't that much more money, and look A LOT more comfortable which is more important than some realize. For the mic, a Zalman Clip-on mic will work just fine.

u/WishIHadAComputer · 1 pointr/buildapc

For that price, the Clip on Zalman is probably the best. If you can go up to $50, the Antlion ModMic is much better.

u/mercsal · 1 pointr/buildapc

I'm confused by
> but I currently don't have the option of headphones + external mic

Could you clarify what the issue is? Lack of mic jack? Gaming headsets are only frowned upon because they are poor value, when you could just buy a really good set of stereo cans and add a zalman mic or antlion.

What's the budget, and what are you playing?

u/Orthodox_Waffle · 1 pointr/GirlGamers

Zalman Zm-Mic1

Edit: Now that i think about it if you're not using headphones than a zalman won't work because it needs a cable to clip to. Snowball or yeti.

u/foamed · 1 pointr/hardware

Really sad to see them go. I've been a longtime user and fan of Zalman's Zm-Mic1 and cooling hardware. The mic is really good compared to how much it cost so it was always a mic I could recommend to gamers or people that just wanted to skype.

u/timothyTammer22 · 1 pointr/joinsquad

That's not true

I use [this] ( and its much better than the built in mic that came with either of my $150+ gaming headsets. People have no trouble hearing me

u/brianf408 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Headphones you really can't go wrong with these Sennheisers

or these Audio Technicas

I'd pair those with a microphone, I recommend:

Mod mic


Samson Go Mic

u/The_Betrayer1 · 1 pointr/thedivision

Depends on the headphones he goes with as well as the mic. The mixamp is fairly expensive, but you can pick them up used on ebay pretty regularly. My personal cans that I use on my pc and xbox are Audio Technica ATH-AD700x(115$) and an Antlion Modmic 4.0 (55$).

I can use them on both of my setups, they sound amazing, and they are built much much better than any "gaming" headset out there.

However if he wanted to go cheap he could pick up a set of superlux hd668b for 40$ on amazon, and a zalmen clip on mic for 8$. He would still wind up with better audio quality on both the mic and headphones with better build quality to boot.

The Mixamp can be picked up used for 40$ or new for around $70.

So for a used mixamp and the superlux zalman combo you are looking at $90 or less. For my setup you are looking at 225$ish.

u/BadPenguin810 · 1 pointr/buildapc

Mouse Pad - Reflex Lab Pro

I've used this everyday for over 6 months now and it's holding up well. One of my favorite purchases, having so much space for my mouse hand is great for competitive FPS games.

Mouse - Zowie EC1-A

This mouse is the real deal. Great responsiveness, feels great in my hand, a button with 4 DPI settings that I can't accidentally press in the middle of play, and no annoying software to install. Very simple with just 5 buttons.

Keyboard - Corsair Vengeance K65 Mechanical

Wasn't my first choice of keyboard, but I have no regrets. Keys feel great with red switches, although it's very loud without any dampeners. Recommend o-rings if you have an open mic.

Wrist Rest - Glorious Gaming

Despite the cringey name, they seem to have a decent reputation for their products, and though I've had mine for a short time, it's lasted well and has been very comfortable. I was unsure of the thickness at first, but I find I prefer a thicker wrist rest.

Headphones - Superlux HD681 EVO

I'm not anything close to an audiophile, so I can't comment too much on the sound. They're plenty loud enough, and sound decent enough to me. More importantly, for me anyway, is their durability and comfortability. They've lasted me nearly 2 years now and the foam pieces are only just starting to crack and wear down with heavy use. They even included a spare pair, which I haven't felt the need to use yet. They're great to use for extended periods of time as well. They don't start to bother me unless they're not sitting right, or I've just spent too long at the computer.

Microphone - Zalman Zm-Mic1

Has a 10ft wire and is under $10. It's kind of hard to beat, as far as mics go. Very durable, mine is 5 years old. I even spilled rum and coke in it once, still works fine. The sound quality is rather lacking, but that's to be expected from a mic this cheap.

Gamepad - Xbox One controller for emulators, Steam Controller for everything else

u/ALLiSAYisL0L · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive
u/spyderp-man · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

I would just grab one of these I got one and it records at very solid quality for mumble/streaming. I also have a rode NT-1 for recording, but I prefer the Zalmann just due to simplicity and lack of enough of difference of fidelity.

Edit: Read askadude's post just below mine, apparently these aren't always that good :/

u/Amadox · 1 pointr/BridgeCrew

and you don't even need a full headset either, often it's cheaper AND better quality to get regular headphones and one of these:

u/TheKingElessar · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Everyone keeps saying that (I'm looking for a budget headphone + mic setup) but they don't provide examples. Do you that this will work well?

Tascam TH-02

Zalman Zm-Mic1

Maybe if they're uncomfortable some replacement pads

u/damnsignins · 1 pointr/PS4

Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone

u/Delsorbo · 1 pointr/bapcsalescanada

if you aren't streaming go cheap.. if you can spare the free wire hanging around get those clip mics that are like $5

you can probably find this cheaper elsewhere. only problem is no mute switch.

u/TR00Z3D · 1 pointr/headphones

To answer your question: The Astro headsets come with a MixAmp, which is short for mixer/amplifier. It's an external soundcard. I'm guessing that's the box you're referring to?

As for what the MixAmp does, it is an external volume knob, which has all the required input/outputs that the consoles have. Which allows you to use any headphones with any console.

But in practice?
Most TVs, modern consoles, and computers have a 3.5mm output which replaces the need for the MixAmp.
The headphones themselves? Not worth the price. You're going to be much better off getting any of the recommended headphones in the purchasing assistant.

Now you can always build your own headset. It might sound cray, but it's a matter of combining headphones with a microphone. There's desktop mics, lavalier mics, and boom-mics. Desktops sit on your desk, lavaliers clip on to your clothing, and boom mics have the handle that brings the mic to your face.

A few budget examples:

Desktop: Samson Meteorite, Samson GO Mic

Lavalier: Zalman Clip-On

Boom's: V-Moda Boompro, Antlion Modmic 4, Antlion Modmic 5

Even moreso, buy second-hand. Well-built, well-kept cans will last years.

In short: The MixAmp is a marketing tool, the headphones are jank. Make a smarter purchase, get actual headphones with a good mic.

P.S. If you're so very intrigued by the MixAmp, and live in the EU, I'll send you mine if you pay the postage.

u/ereturn · 1 pointr/headphones

If you plan to get a modmic later you may be able to re-purpose an old headset for now if the mic part is working. Just wear the old headset around your neck with the mic pointed up and only plug in the mic. It looks ridiculous but works pretty well.

Otherwise something like this [Zalman ZMMIC1] ( would work as a cheap temporary option.

u/xelested · 1 pointr/PUBATTLEGROUNDS

It's not amazing by any means but it will get the job done and leaves you more cash to spend on headphones. After getting some headphones, you could save up and upgrade the mic to something like the Antlion Modmic.

u/Reoisasa · 1 pointr/DotA2

JVC Harx700 + Zalman mic. Runs about $45, and much better quality than any "gaming headset".
There is a more expensive ($60) JVC Harx900 headset if you want to get something a little more pricey.

If you want to get fancy you can get some snakeskin cabling, some heatshrink, and a lighter and semi-permanently combine the mic cable to the headphone cable.

While you are at it a decent soundcard will do wonders if you are using an onboard card. You can get a decent entry level card for about $40. Just like a standalone mic is better than a headset mic. A standalone sound card is miles ahead of an onboard card in the vast majority of cases.

u/Damieok · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

I don't believe that's compatible with the HD 558's , and i'm not aware of any adapters.

If you need a gaming mic I would suggest a ModMic for around $50, or this cheaper ($8) clip-on mic from Zalman I use the Zalman mic and honestly it works pretty great for gaming, couldn't be happier.

u/cannibalpig · 1 pointr/microphones

i know this one but i have no idea if it's good or not

EDIT: nevermind, i think that one is just to clip on the cable, not in the clothes. there's this one also

u/SummerMango · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I would say stay away from any headphone recommendations that are:

u/robboelrobbo · 1 pointr/buildapc

That keyboard is trash. Buy a Ducky or a DAS and you'll be a lot happier. If you aren't doing school work or typing documents on this computer you should get red switches. They're a lot better for games.

Also I would go with one good monitor over two shitty ones. Look into a qnix or xstar SINGLE INPUT (important) korean monitor. So good for the money.

Don't buy that headset either. Get a nice pair of $100 headphones and a seperate mic (like this) instead. Way better quality for the price. Headsets are a complete rip off. I've been using audio technica m50's with this mic for the past few years and wouldn't trade them for any headset.

u/The_ugly_taco · 1 pointr/buildapc

Drop down to a 1000W power supply. You don't need all the excess power.

Buy a pair of headphones, not headsets. Headphones come without a mic though but usually sound better, I recommend sennheiser HD558. Then buy a separate mic. For the mic I recommend Blue yeti (Great sound quality but pick up EVERYTHING and is 100$) Antlion modmic 4.0 (Not as good as blue yeti but better than headset mics and is 60$) or a Zalman Zm-Mic1 (Better than MOST headset mics and costs around 20$)

I wouldn't buy anything Raze because a lot of people (including me) have had problems with them, my biggest issue is the driver. It always freezes up. Anything that's razer that I bought has lasted for about half a year. Logitech is probably the longest lasting brand of anything that I've bought. I have a Logitech mouse from around 3-4 years ago that still works but I switched to an mmo mouse (Logitech g600) For FPS I recommend the G402 Hyperion Fury, for MMO I recommend the G60, and for a little bit of both I recommend the G602











u/N2O1138 · 1 pointr/computers

This may not be exactly what you're looking for, but what I use is Sennheiser HD555 headphones and a cheap clip-on mic. I also have glasses and can wear those headphones for hours and hours and often forget they're even on.

  • HD558, the newer model of the HD555 headphones.

  • Zalman microphone.

    It's at the top of your budget and not exactly a "headset" but they're great headphones and definitely deliver on the comfort factor.

    EDIT: Keep in mind they're "open" headphones which means they don't block out much outside noise, and can be heard pretty well by others at normal volumes. This hasn't caused any echo problems for me though.
u/YellowCBR · 1 pointr/buildapc

Zalman Zm-mic1

Works just as well as any headset's mic.

I believe with an amp you keep Window's volume all the way up and adjust volume through the amp.

u/spiffy956 · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

A lot of people say that this is a pretty good clip on mic for starting and its only $8ish.

u/minimalist123 · 1 pointr/UofT

OneNote on my laptop; drawing using the stylus doesn't work well because the mic is on the screen, but it's pretty clear while typing (even sitting at the back) so that's what I do for economics and a humanities course. I like it because you can click on what you've typed and listen to that part of the lecture to get some context.

If that's still not good enough then maybe a cheap portable mic may work.

u/lovelyspecimen · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

The kids seems to like the HyperX Cloud II for that price range.

Alternatively, you could pick up some ATH-M30X headphones and something like this for a mic.

u/Silver_Foxxx · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

My gaming headset.

Head Phones


This combo is cheaper and much better sounding than the Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset from personal experience.

u/icantfind_a_username · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

It's better to just start with the microphone that you have, but if you insist on a microphone this one is good to start with because it as cheap as can get and sounds nice.

u/Kilo353511 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

You can snag SuperLux 668B for around $40 USD, if you are patient you can get them as low as $30. Then grab a lapel mic or a cheap desk mic for $10-20. it should out perform most of your standard "gaming headsets" in that price range with the Hyper X Clouds being the exception.

668B are incredible headsets for the price. They are a little weak in the bass area, but not enough to write them off as junk.

Amazon 668B Link

Clip on Lapel Mic

Price at the time of posting for both those items: $47 USD

Edit: It's also worth upgrading the 668B pads to the velvet pads for $7 this would being the total to $54.

u/SomeTechNoob · 1 pointr/headphones

If we're staying around the $50 price range, I would consider the Philips SHP9500 + Zalman Clip on Mic.

If you can, maybe spring for the VMODA BoomPro, which makes the whole setup a lot cleaner and more like a headset:

u/KillAllTheThings · 1 pointr/arma

It all depends on how you consume Arma as to how necessary a mic is. Most of the public game modes will be quite playable without your chatter although voice comms do make it a lot easier to gain friends. You can still join TeamSpeak channels without a mic, you just can't talk back (obviously).

If you join almost any group, milsim or otherwise, you will need a mic to get anything done.

Any microphone your PC will recognize will be suitable. Here is just one example.

u/STICK_OF_DOOM · 1 pointr/PS4

Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone try this

u/monori23 · 1 pointr/headphones Is a cheap solution to a microphone if you decide to go for the dt 770.

u/Jamaracas · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Budget - My budget is a meager but flexible 30 USD

Source - The headphones will be used for competitive PC gaming (CS:GO or Overwatch) and chatting on Discord and Teamspeak 3

Requirements for Isolation - There doesn't have to be a ton of isolation, but I would appreciate some. The only place the headphones will be used is in my room.

Will you be using these Headphones in Public? - Never.

Preferred Type of Headphone - I'm fine with either over or on the ear.

Preferred tonal balance - I'm assuming balanced is preferred for gaming, so I'll go with neutral.

Past headphones - I've been rocking Apple earbuds, so I figured its time for an upgrade.

Preferred Music - I don't want my Spotify playlist to determine the headphones I get because music isn't the reason I'm purchasing them, its for gaming.

What would you like to improve on from your set-up - I just want an overall improvement in quality. I'm sure you can imagine using Apple earbuds in my situation.

Along with this, if anybody could suggest a particularly loud microphone to go along with the headphones that would be great. My previous microphone just broke today, it worked great besides for the fact that it had to be touching my mouth to be loud enough. It was a Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity: That being said, my next microphone would have to be even louder than the Zalman in order for me to be able to place it somewhere other than on my mouth. I've tried turning up the microphone boost, but I keep it at +10 dB instead of the max 30 because of the increased background noise when I do so. If none come to mind, I'll just buy the same one again. Microphone budget would sadly be a hard limited 20 USD.

I think the reason that its so quiet is because I'm using onboard audio from my Asus - Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard instead of a separate sound card. If anybody is interested:

u/Workinoncalibrations · 1 pointr/PS4Pro

Weird the link worked for me. I just copy and pasted the post below, hope it's useful!

This is a guide that recommends headphones with an added mic and does not recommend gaming headsets (I'll explain what that means). I'm posting this because I found lots of info on headphones for gaming but not a proper setup for a console like the PS4.

If you're looking for a great quality headset for gaming, you might run into some trouble like I did. I define quality as being made with solid materials and having awesome audio while having a decent mic to chat with other players.

Options within the quality gaming headset category are both limited and expensive. Take a stroll over to r/headphones to get their two cents on how and why gaming headsets are often overpriced and actually underperform their ticket price. This post in particular was very thorough and linked out to other really useful resources like Z Reviews

When my old headphones broke I started exploring options for a new pair of cans. I wanted to get something great and didn't mind spending a buck on it. As I researched I began to learn more about different types of headphones and what they offered in gaming. The problem I ran into is that the best pair of speakers you can put on your head are almost all headphones, not headsets (meaning headphones do not have a mic equipped). But I'm playing on a PS4 so that changes the game some, PC might have some different avenues. The PS4 dualshock controller (as of 2016, possibly earlier) has proprietary restrictions as to what headsets can plug-in and work with it so creating a DIY headset (independent headphones and mic) was tricky. I tried a workaround with getting an aux plug-in adapter that had "4 poles " to use with the DS4 controller but it didn't trick the controller nor did unplugging and re-plugging in headphones with a mic. Others have had success with it but not me.

I ended up getting a USB to headphone and mic input adapter. This way you can buy whatever headphones you want and whatever mic you want and pair them together by plugging them into your PS4 USB port. You are tethered by a wire but I have read that there is lag with basically any wireless setup so I wouldn't recommended them, especially if you're into online FPS.

My setup is:

---Open air headphones: Audio Technical 900x ($130)

There are other versions of these headphones like the 500x for around $75 as well as the 2000x for $600+
-I would also explore the Superlux HD668B Semi-Open Headphones ($40) as they are relatively inexpensive have replaceable ear pads and have glowing reviews.

---Attachable mic I haven't gotten comments on how I sound which can only be a good thing. I have asked how it sounds and "fine to me" is usually the answer I get.

---USB adapter w/ headphones + mic auxiliary inputs

-Also you might want to get a USB cable extender if the phones and/or mic you go with don't have long cables.

I would venture a guess that most any version of the above 3 components would work together. I am really enjoying my setup and have been using it for about 2 months now. The “soundstage" on open headphones is a really different experience, instead of being closed off by noise cancelling headphones it now feels like everything is happening around me. I had a pair of beats Studios (gen 2) that were pretty good but I would definitely recommend giving “open” style headphones a try. The beats seem puny in comparison, not just in physical size but also in output quality.

I hope this is of benefit to you. I spent a lot of time researching, reading and watching reviews, figuring out what would work on a PS4 and deliberating on what pieces to buy. I am by no means an audiophile so this is just the research of a lay person that wanted great sound and is enjoying what they found.

TL;DR Don't buy a gaming headset if you want awesome sound. You can get a great, probably better, setup on your own and likely save a bit of money in the process by DIY.

u/DrBoomkin · 1 pointr/news

Like I said, you can buy them for $50 on sales.

And again, like I said, you have multiple options for the mic, going from about $8.

u/Chizzoink · 1 pointr/buildapc

I'd recommend this Zalman mic. I've got one and a friend got one off my recommendation and they sound great from both ends. Nice long cable, cheap, Prime eligible. Also does a good job of not picking up too much outside noise.

u/Lazarus- · 1 pointr/headphones

I use these

You aren't going to find better headphones for under 100$ unless you buy used, the the Takstar are really well built and sound amazing, if you wanna spend a bit more you could buy a used pair of HD558s and then buy a mic, but buying a gaming headset isn't worth the money. You are better off buying a pair of headphones and a cheap mic.

u/PharisaicalJesus · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

snowball is definately a better mic tho. not as good as the blue yeti. (i've tried it and loved it.)

For my desk set up a snowflake would be more practical thing for me to use. Had i not been so stubborn I would have been satisfied with this zalman clip mic and just tape it onto my monitor lol I would've saved so much money for steam sales :'(

u/Hellking45 · 1 pointr/buildapcsales
u/sk9592 · 1 pointr/buildapc

If you really like earbud, you can go ahead and use earbuds, and just buy something like a Blu Snowball Mic if you don't like the built-in mic.

Another option is to go the full high end route, and buy a proper pair of headphones and a Mod Mic.

I've been pleasantly surprised by the results I got with this Sony lav mic:

A lot of people on this sub recommend this cheap Zalman clip mic. It's not great, but it's good for the price.

u/Golmin3 · 1 pointr/headphones

Alright, so after looking through the wikis and purchase assistants on the subreddit, I've concluded that I want a Sony MDR-V6 with the Zalman Clip On microphone. However, I just have two questions.

  1. How comfortable is MDR-V6? I ususally wear my headphones for long periods of time, so I don't want them to hurt after a while.
  2. My computer only has one headphone port, so I need a splitter. Does it matter what splitter I get?
u/Bash7 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

all links to
Superlux HD681 or HD668B
Zalman ZM-MIC1
External Sound card

u/itztaytay · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

These are on sale atm, been using them for about a year now and absolutely love them, No built in mic so you'll likely have to pick up a cheap clip on, I'm not entirely sure how they stack up directional sound wise also so may want to look into that more (If you do want to wait and miss the deal these models go on sale fairly often)

Also the 598 version is on a comparable price on amazon, slightly better sound quality but closed back

If you do need a mic you can look at This model for instance

u/Thulack · 1 pointr/MLBTheShow

You can find Logitech c920's for under 50$ that will be more then enough. Mic wise i used a for the first 2 months and my viewers thought it was great. I just got a Blue Yeti Microphone but havent had a chance to use it yet.

u/CMDR-J-S-W · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you're not creating video/audio content but just using your mic for discord chat, etc... I recommend this.
It's a cheap solution that I personally use and my friends assure me that they can hear me loud and clear.

u/iPokGai · 1 pointr/buildapc

most people from headfi will probably tell you to get a separate headphones w/ either a cheap Logitech mic or a Zalman clip on mic. As for headphones there are plenty of choices and you'll have to do your own research.

logitech usb mic
zalman clip on mic

as of right now i have logitech usb mic and a pair of audiotechnica ath a700's which have a really large sound stage which is good for fps gaming

u/demodesigns · 1 pointr/buildapc

sennheiser hd 555 are awesome, comfy, and i even wear them out around campus lol. headphones

If your worried about having to mic, just buy this. mic

u/Onite44 · 1 pointr/headphones

What style are you interested in? IEM, over ear, or on ear? I'm going to guess over ear, and recommend you check out AKG k240, since they are generally pretty comfortable and sound good during games, since they have a pretty good soundstage. If you're willing to spend a little more, ATH M-50 is a very popular headphone, and has the bass you're interested in, as well as good performance in games.

For a mic, I use this Zalman mic, and it's pretty good. Wow, it was a lot less expensive when I bought it.

u/Bigevilmegacorp · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you're on a budget, the JVC RX700's are great headphones for only $30 on amazon. Pair that with this clip-on mic and you now have a great headset for under $40.

I've been using this setup for about half a year now, and it works great for me. I had to crank the mic sensitivity all the way up, and the headphones are a solid-but-cheap feeling plastic. Other than that though, they really do sound amazing for only $30 (and the cord on both these products are easily long enough to reach around to the back of your PC).

u/Scapee · 1 pointr/headphones

Just bought the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro myself off ebay for 179.99 and you can get the stand alone Zalman Mic making it a lot cheaper as well.

u/spbach5 · 1 pointr/headphones

They sacrifice sound quality for the added material cost and R&D cost of making them. It's a much better option to buy a pair of headphones for about the same price and a separate mic like the Zalman ZM-Mic1

u/Purpleandbrown · 1 pointr/buildapc

How good is the Zalman Mod Mic? I just ordered some from Amazon along with a Sennheiser HD-360. I feel like there is a mixed review that it's really good and at the same time it's super bad. Did I at least make a better choice than a gaming headset?

u/davesecretary · 1 pointr/headphones

Yep, I also have the which is recommended everywhere. Thanks for asnwering!

u/zxo0oxz · 1 pointr/xboxone

With this adapter, and this microphone, you can use whatever headphones you want.

u/LInOAH · 1 pointr/buildapc

I don't know what price range you'd like to spend. But for me, I got the cheapest option, and it came with 3, making it even cheaper (well, sunk cost, so might as well consider them cheaper). And they turned out to have some nice sound quality.

Personally, the decision was based fully on price, the ModMic and Sony might have a better sound quality than the Neewer and Zalman, but that doesn't mean the Neewer and Zalman has poor sound quality, they're actually really nice sound as compared to most gaming headsets. Since the sound quality of the cheap ones are in my liking I went with the cheapest I found (you can search the models up on YouTube or something and find audio recordings from them).

Here's a long summary breakdown:

  1. If you want the cheapest mic on the block, get the Neewer Mini Lapel Mic, I would recommend these as they sound nice and is really cheap, came with 3 as well, although I'm not sure why you'd need 3.
  2. If you want to try the popular pick, that'd be the Zalman Zm-Mic1. I believe this is what most people uses, but I haven't personally tried them out, so I don't know about the build and sound quality of it. But it's what most people would recommend, so there has to be a certain credibility to them.
  3. If you want a better build quality one, really small and slick, go with Sony. Sony products will be a bit pricier but they are good products for sure.
  4. If you want to go full on premium mode, you can check out the Antlion ModMic. They're hella expensive though....
u/Catalclyst · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Gaming headsets are pretty much all horrible buys. Please read through this. Also, if you don't like microphone setups, you can consider a clip-on mic or a modmic

u/ZambonieDrivor · 1 pointr/PS4

Depends on how your Sennheisers are connected. If it's just a 3.5mm, then you will need to get an adapter. You can use an adapter like this one.

u/TheMagicPancake · 1 pointr/truetf2

You can actually pick one up for $7 on amazon.

u/Airleagan · 1 pointr/headphones

I'm looking at gaming headsets at the moment. I need a mic in some form, is there any advantage of getting an inline mic over a small attachable mic to the cord like this

u/Hamilton5M · 1 pointr/patientgamers

Super low money option:

Monoprice cheap and amazing earbuds and zalman clip mic.

Medium Money:

Koss portapro and zalman clip mic

More money option:

Sennheiser 558 and Zalman clip mic

u/MaldorLevr · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

There's this really weird notion that microphones are not worth it to get around a lot of people. I always get so confused by it because even if you don't talk to your friends on Skype/Teamspeak/Whatever it's still useful to have even just for games. If you don't have a microphone here is a really cheap good quality one.

u/artiikz · 1 pointr/razer

Well if you're going to spend $100 on a headphone mic combo get AKG k240's and a Zalman clip-on mic. You're wasting your money buying "gaming" headphones. "Gaming" and "surround" are marketing gimics. Larger drivers emulating surround sound will always sound better than smaller drivers producing surround sound, there is 0 reason to have that many speakers that close to your ears. Razer sells these headphones like Beats do, it's all just a name attached to them. If you want to waste your money then buy the Razer headphones and have them break in the next 6 months, or you could buy Akg K240s or Sennheiser Hd518s and a [Zalman Mic] ( for cheaper and they will perform better. This is the frequency response chart of both of those headphones, the k240s will sound a bit brighter but the difference is really negligible because the Senns produce sound very well also.

u/rightinthedome · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

Scammers will always exist, it's your job not to fall for their tricks. Also, you can get a mic for about 10 dollars. You can try walmart or best buy for a shitty one, or get someone in your family to order you this. That one is good quality and should only cost you about an hour's work.

u/Chynkinese · 1 pointr/xboxone

What's your budget?

I'd get a good set of headphones. Do a bit of research to find the best pair that fits your budget. I own the Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250Ohms. I'm happy with it. It's an open back headset so sound will leak in and out. If you prefer more isolation, look into closed back or semi-open.

Get the headset adapter for the Xbox One for $25.49.

Add a clip on mic like this Zalman Zm-Mic1 for $7.56.

Finally, you'll need a 3.5 mm splitter to join the headphones and mic. The thing you want to make sure is that there are three stripes on the plug. If you look at the plug on your typical set of headphones, you'll notice the plug only has two stripes. For the adapter, you have to make sure there are three stripes cause that's what allows you to combine the microphone and headset. Here are a couple of options: 1 and 2.

For my exact set up, you're looking at exactly $183 before taxes. You'll have a much better pair of headphones than what you'd get if you went with a Turtle Beach headset that's in the same price range.

u/GlowdUp · 1 pointr/linuxmasterrace

If OP is still looking: I've had these for a while, they're alright. If you're going for a camera mic I'm guessing you don't want the highest quality audio.

u/Toke4thePeople · 1 pointr/Overwatch

Yup yup. Open mic is the way to go without a doubt. I have a $8 Zalman mic. After playing with the thresholds it only triggers when I talk, flick a lighter, or drop something on my desk.

u/Zapablast05 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones

Cosmos ® 1 Pair Black Color Velvet Replacement Earpad Ear Pad Cushion for AKG K 240 Studio Headphones

Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone

u/TimeTravellerSmith · 1 pointr/buildapc

For that price range you're much better off with a discrete combo. Get some cans like the AT M50 and a clip on mic and you'll get much better sound quality.

What gaming headsets will give you though are features. You can get things like surround (or virtual surround), Dolby things, voice augmentation (some sets) and an all in one integrated package vs two separate components.

From my experience if sound quality is what you're after then get the discrete cans and mic, but if you want features then you might look into gaming headsets.

Also try /r/headphones for more suggestions and buying guides.

u/MrDrumline · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I'd look into getting plain over-ear headphones -- something like these are nice for the price -- and putting this on it as a microphone. Works wonderfully and saves quite a bit of money over the horrifically overpriced gaming headsets. Total cost is about $30, but you can certainly find some better headphones for cheaper if you spend more than 5 minutes on Amazon like I did. I picked the Sennheisers because the reviews were good and by many people, and it's a good brand.

Edit: If your boyfriend is ever in the market for a really nice pair of headphones, I can't reccomend the Sony MDR-7506 enough. It's pretty much industry standard for musicians, mixers, sound engineers, recording artists, etc. They've been around and improving since the early 90's They're the best $85 one can spend on audio.

u/FreezingNipple · 1 pointr/WarThunderRDDTWing

Sounds like I'll see you around then!

Also, you don't need a fancy headset, for a microphone you could use a Zalman, they are cheap and usually way better than a microphone on a headset with the "gamer" label on them!

u/robocop88 · 1 pointr/headphones

Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone

I just clip this to the headphone line, after securing the extra line from the mic I use Velcro cable ties to secure the two together

u/Kilazur · 1 pointr/gameofbands

It looks fun. If you can take a tenor vocalist with kind of a crappy mic, I'm on.

u/Perfect_Booty · 1 pointr/buildapc
u/ShauNYCxxx · 1 pointr/xboxone

incase you were wondering I have this one and the quality is great like I said

u/DAT_GERMAN_GUY · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I use a Zalman Mic1. The quality is very good for a microphone in this price class and I never had any complaints about it.

u/PJoey · 1 pointr/bapcsalescanada

V-MODA Boom pro:

Zalman Zm-Mic1:

Couple alternatives for you if you aren't happy with your current one, not sure if these are the lowest they've been so I'd check camelcamelcamel before purchasing!

u/helloterence · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Just buy a cheap set of headphones and pair it with the Zalman clip-on mic.

u/Pinecone · 1 pointr/buildapc

The HAF 922 or 690 II Advanced are both highly recommended by everyone. Either those or the NZXT Beta Evo, which I think has the best interior of any case I've seen. Those are all as good as mid towers get for the price unless you go for the Corsair 600T.

The only problem I can think of about buying a recert monitor is the fact that you'll be getting them with no warranty, but the Newegg return policies still apply so if it's really too bad you can still send it back to newegg.

The seperate mic is always this one.

u/ilikepork · 1 pointr/audiophile

I would get a pair of koss ksc75, possibly the best value in portable audio. It meets your requirements with it being cheap, comfortable to wear in different positions, and comes with volume control. It even has a lifetime warranty if you ever do break it.

For the mic, just get a separate clip-on like this zalman.

u/Namaztak · 1 pointr/gaming

I've been using this headset (Logitech G35) for a while now.

Sturdy, clear sounding as far as I know, and surround sounds great in-game. The mute button, the volume control and the media controls are all nice and on your head, so you don't have to fumble around with your wire any time you want to mute yourself or change a song.

The only issue with the media control buttons is that they can't be rebound to more useful things.

If you're looking for something a bit cheaper, and don't mind going analog, as opposed to USB, I use these headphones (Razer Orca) for listening to music, and I've seen this clip-on mic recommended in other threads.

Used in conjunction, those two are supposedly crazy good for the money.

u/KeyboardSlides · 1 pointr/buildapc

I have used for about ay ear now and I have had no problems with sensitivity/buzzing or anyone complaining about lack of quality.

Edit: also a buddy of mine has the exact same one for about the same amount of time and his is still going as good as it was out of the box.

u/SadArmordillo · 1 pointr/hardware

Something like this?

u/WHYAREWEALLCAPS · 1 pointr/mturk

I use the Zalman zm-mic1. It is super sensitive, so you'll need a quiet place to do recordings. Costs about $8 and clips to your headphone cable.

Edit: I should clarify, I use mine for gaming, not doing recording hits. I haven't done those.

u/mraheem · 1 pointr/Overwatch

For a recommendation that is less than $10

Seriously though this is an underpriced mic... 4 years in use.

u/cfl1 · 1 pointr/Overwatch

Just for sound you honestly don't need more than

and or any similarly cheap desktop mic.

Of course if you want something that looks cool or is super sturdy or whatever the sky's the limit.

u/BaconKnight · 1 pointr/swtor

Just use a decent pair of headphones (which will sound better than nearly all headsets, especially for the price) and attach this to it:

u/Praskovya · 1 pointr/gamingpc

Thanks for the quick answer. I'm definitely going to look into those ATH-AD700, the review sounds very promising. Which microphone do you use? ?

I've already got the Xonar DG and it is amazing, thank you!

u/aerfen · 1 pointr/headphones

I had come accross this, but on the amazon UK site it has 1.5 stars on the reviews (only 2 reviews tho), which put me off. Are these just idiots who don't know what they are talking about?

u/fraseyboy · 1 pointr/gaming

Beyerdynamic DT880's are great for gaming if you want to go all out, very detailed with extremely accurate imaging, certainly better than any gaming oriented rubbish. Then you could get something like this which clips onto the headphone cable. If the DT880's are out of your league, I heartily recommend the AD700 which have a hugely expansive soundstage which really immerses you in the game. Both of these headphones have the added benefit of being incredible for music too.

u/qwertacious · 1 pointr/buildapc

Get this with any pair of headphones you want.

u/Kaminoshi · 1 pointr/gaming

These are the headphones I use. They look a little silly, but great sound and extremely comfortable.

I use this microphone for talking. It takes a bit to get it in the right place, but works fine, and is cheap.

So, not incredibly expensive, works well, and is comfortable. Others might have better options, though.

u/Andsc2 · 1 pointr/headphones

It's probably not worth it just for the 7.1. Tho i have heard the 780 is more comfortable. A pair of headphones and a clipon mic would give 3x sound quality tho. Go for it if you want, just seems stupid imo.

You could also look after used headphones. I found a pair of [Sennheiser 518] ( for about 50$~

Finding a used pair of 555 or 558and doing the [foam mod] ( is by FAAAR the best value ~~

u/MareDoVVell · 1 pointr/MLPLounge

Zalman ZM1, just awesome for the price, clips to any headphones with a decently thick cord, I have mine clipped to a pair of Beyerdynamic DT990s. I may have spent $250 on my headphones but never felt the need to spend more than $8.50 on my mic lol.

u/krazyk412 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/Truber190 · 1 pointr/GameDeals

Gonna agree with /u/brasilgirl, which gaming headset would have better value then those koss headphones or other non-"gaming" headphones with this clip-on mic

u/StyloV2 · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

Good luck with the xonar trade, but for a mic, [this Zalman] ( is a great option.

Often recommended around here, my roommate and my brother both use one (I use my old PC350 headset) over skype and they always sound great. Brother has it clipped to his headphone cord, and roommate just sits in on his desk and uses speakers. Sound is excellent, and we play LoL for hours almost daily, never having a problem.

u/DrJimmyRustler · 1 pointr/pcgaming

Get Sennheiser HD 419 ($39) or HD 201 ($22.70) and this Zalman Mic (link) for $8

(Prices on Amazon)

u/daft357 · 1 pointr/buildapc

This is my current headphone setup which I mainly use to play games (league of legends mostly).

After browsing /r/headphones for quite a while I decided to invest in a Schiit amp/dac for drive my headphones further. Man they sound great!

I'm using the Beyerdynamic DT990 pro along with a Schitt Vali and Modi amp/dac.

Short review I suppose

  1. Quite expensive setup but completely worth the money.

  2. Really comfortable to use after long periods of time.

  3. They just sound fucking awesome.

    For a microphone I use a cheap Zalman mic that clips on my headphones cord.
u/Nepetis · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Headphones and mic.

I personally don't talk too much, sometimes I will play a few games with friends and we will but if I am solo or just don't want to, headphones give me best audio quality for the price.

I got these headphones and this microphone.

The microphone is good quality but picks up a lot of background noise: something to consider if you will be in a noisy environment.

From testing though, that mic gives better quality than my old Siberia V2 headset, and the headphones give much better audio. The headphones are uncomfortable for periods longer than 3 hours at first but they are fine for much longer after a week of use.

Just recommendations on what I use; but whatever your choice, get headphone and mic. (/r/headphones will help)

u/StarFoxA · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

On the other hand, I use this.

u/Intergalactic_hooker · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace
u/Kourageous · 1 pointr/pcgaming

Yep, I have Sennheiser 555's, and use this attached to a model airplane on my desk.

u/Ificouldslaynoise · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

In software synergy razer is not alone roccat does this too.
And what if i were to tell you my sennheiser 558: is way better then any razer headphones
Oh no mic? well i use these : (im not saying razer their products are bad quality i simply hate the arrogance of them being ''the best'' my pal has a lower budget and uses trust wich is really decent and cheap and they just hate on them and brag ''being better'' thats why i hate razer and thats what this post is about :P)

u/Link1017 · 1 pointr/pcgaming

> Get a good headset (I use the Logitech G930s, but just find something comfortable and decent quality)

I strongly recommend getting a nice pair of headphones and a separate mic instead of a headset. Gaming headsets tend to have poor sound and mic quality when compared to a dedicated pair of headphones and a mic.

For headphones, try /r/headphones. For the mic, you could just get a clip-on like this zalman or an antlion modmic, or you can get a full blown mic like a blue yeti or blue snowball.

u/xport · 1 pointr/pcgaming

Use those Bose headphones and simply clip a mic on it. I am doing so with my Headphones and I am very happy with the result (Comfort&Quality)

u/dallen120 · 1 pointr/buildapc

Get whatever headphones you want and just buy a separate microphone. I have this:

u/jgweiss · 1 pointr/headphones

To add:

I am somewhat interested in these Samsons with this mic. Has anyone had any experience with these phones, or this mic? I am very intruiged by the detachable cable, and if this soltuion works it's probably my best bet for durability..

u/treav0r · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

Mouse: Zowie FK2014 , EC1 eVo, Razer Deathadder 2013, Logitech G400s, G502 Proteus Core, StellSEries Rival...

Keyboard: Brand doesnt matter, but make sure its mechanical:

edit: mousepad: SS Qck+, Qck HEavy, Razer Goliathus Speed Alpha, Puretak Talent.

Headset: i recommend a good studio-grade headphone + external microphone

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