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Robert_Downey_Jr. said:

I'm gonna need a picture of your ear first

Lol, don't have a picture for you, but they are ever so slightly above average size for an adult male according to these figures I just found for average ear height and width online. However, the hard cartilage at the back of my ear sticks out a good bit, so I need a headset with pretty deep earcuffs so that my hard cartilage isn't touching the hard plastic that covers the speaker drivers, because that causes me quite alot of pain on longer gaming sessions. 

So, basically my requirements are:

  • $60 budget, maybe slightly higher if there is a really good headset for $70 or maybe $80
  • Good sound quality for gaming, music and movie sound quality isn't as important
  • Oval earcuffs instead of round, and they need to be pretty deep, deeper than the half inch cups on my current headset
  • Preferably support for Dolby Atmos or DTS Headphone:X, since those 2 both seem to be better than Windows Sonic (which works on all headsets)
  • Preferably open acoustics rather than closed (passive noise cancelling), because I need to be able to hear my phone ringing and people yelling for me while gaming
Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 27 March 2021

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foodfather said:

If you are an audiophile you will want to stay well clear of gaming headsets. They sound awful.

If its ONLY for gaming then just go for whichever fits your head the best. All the typical brands produce a very similar sound for gaming.

This.  Gaming headsets are terrible if you're looking for anything hi-fi.  Personally I swap between an ATH-900x and Master & Dynamic MH40 with a modmic.  Beautiful soundstages for various applications, gaming or music.  All these folks spending $300+ for gaming grade headsets are nuts.  

If you must get a gaming headset, I know the hyperx clouds are reskinned Takstar pro 80s.. might look in there.  

One last thing.. don't fall for that atmos, soundscape, virtual surround marketing crap.  Look for soundstage (open backs will always be better).

Man.. I hate it when your girl has to leave my place to come back to you..

HyperX Alpha are pretty great and I have other headphones that are $150-350 price range (Phillips X2's and Blon B20's). For the price they stack up pretty well and go well with music, games and movies alike. Built like tanks and have a built in and removable mic and all works on a single 3.5mm jack with integrated volume rocker/mute switch. Its also closed back with good sound isolation.. which works wonders if you have noisy neighborhood/household.

Plugs directly into the controller (XSX or PS5). No fuss and sounds great. 3D audio works with PS5 through controller, not sure about XSX one. Another alternative is the Coolermaster mh752.

Dolby Atmos license is a one off fee. No sub. I bought mine for PC from the MS store, and it should work on a fix amount of devices.

Last edited by hinch - on 27 March 2021

shikamaru317 said:

So, my current headset is pretty jank. It's several years old now and it was a cheap piece of Thai garbage to start with, called the Nubwo N2; the sound quality was never all that good, the earcuffs weren't deep enough and cause pain on the hard cartilage of my ears on long gaming sessions, and now the leatherette on the ear cuffs is peeling off. It's time for me to buy a new headset, and since we're now in console gen 9 and spatial audio is going to be a big thing this generation, I want to get a good spatial audio headset that is affordable for me. So, I have some questions:

  1. Which spatial audio tech do you think is best; Dolby Atmos, Windows Sonic, or DTS Headphone:X? What are the differences between each of them, if any?
  2. I heard that Dolby Atmos requires a subscription, is that a one time thing, yearly, monthly? Do you think it is worth the cost of the subscription?
  3. What headset would you recommend for my price range (less than $60)? Some options I've been looking at include the Astro A10, HyperX CloudX Stinger, Razer BlackShark V2, Razer Kraken, Corsair HS35, and the SteelSeries Arctis 1.

Out of your selection and price range of up to $60 I would suggest the Razer Kraken. The HyperX should be better, but also much more pricey, at least here. For a gaming headset, the sound and microphone of the Kraken are not half bad, especially not in it's price range. But like others said, if you want something with really good sound, gaming headsets are not the way to go.

$60 dollars is a very low budget for headphones (let alone "audiophile"). The last set of decent quality headphones I bought were about $200 (and that was a cheap option).

Chances anything at that price will be badly made and fall apart very quickly. As a friend once told me: "I'm not rich enough to be able to afford cheap stuff".