So here is my dilemma, my Mom has previously bought me a Cyber Acoustics $30-$40 headset that has lasted about 2 years. She also bought one for herself that has now broken, and lasted about the same amount of time. The idea would be if we could get two $60-$80 headsets, and have them last 4 years, then it would justify the cost of buying a more expensive headset, right? However finding a good price for a good headset is extremely difficult, especially because the Canadian dollar is so high right now.
This is what I'm mainly going to use them for:
- Recording video tutorials
- Skype calls
- The odd game, I suck at FPS and most high-action games.
- The odd video and song
Here are my requirements:
- Must have a mic with noise cancelling
- Should have at least about a 4-year lifespan.
Some nice features would be:
- On headset or cord volume/mic (+, -, mute) controls
- To have at least half-decent noise cancelling sound
- It should be comfortable
- It should look pretty awesome
- Wired, I really don't need wireless and don't want to pay extra for it.
You see, my mission in life is to get the best bang-buck ratio possible, but I can be swayed by fancy features. I was currently steering towards the 7.1 surround sound headsets, but I was looking around and saw
that Razer Synapse software can turn any stereo headset into a virtual 7.1 surround sound headset. Has anyone had any experience with that, or can test the quality? I also have a dedicated sound card, the Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe Card
so just two 3.5 mm jacks should do, right? Also, being that my sound card is made by Sound Blaster, would I benefit from getting a Sound Blaster headset? I was also reading HERE
that the 7.1 headsets actually "sound worse then others, because of much smaller drivers". I would also like to note that I am not an audiophile and probably won't notice/care about a difference in quality. The only other problem I have is that my Mom has a laptop and doesn't work (well, if at all) with two 3.5mm jacks and would need to have a USB connector or cost less enough to be able to purchase an additional 3.5mm to usb adapter.
Here is currently what I'm looking at:
- Corsair Raptor HS30
- Corsair Raptor HS40 7.1
- Razer Kraken Pro
- Razer Kraken USB
- Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma
- Logitech G230
- Logitech G430 7.1
- Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury
- Creative Sound Blaster Inferno
- Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage USB V2.0
Also if you can recommend a specific Turtle Beach Headset, go for it.
If you do recommend a product, please show me a place I can buy it (I prefer newegg.ca or ncix.com) that supports shipping to Canada.
(I spent a lot of time on this so a reply would be great!)