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    It's 2020, are there any good surround sound headsets on the market yet?

    Yeah, $4K USD for just the base Smyth system (w/o HD 800/800s) is a LOT to ask for, even for most audio enthusiasts who can pay for mid/end-fi gear -- and you'll probably get less out of it compared to just a good headphone +DAC/AMP setup, as using the Smyth is only viable in a number of situations.
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    This thread's getting way off track, so I've started a more specific one here: New Thread I'll make another thread to cover the Audeze LCD-GX as well (once it's in my hands).
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    My (subjective) AKG N90Q Headphone Review

    AKG N90Q came in this past Friday -- and I'm quite liking these. Still extensively trying/testing these out, but here's some initial thoughts: The ANC noise cancellation + isolation build is incredible; slaps around just about everything I've heard in noise-cancelling headphones (including the...
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    Is 4K UHD worth it on a laptop?

    Hmm ... In terms of gaming? Not really, since there aren't too many mobile GPUs that can really take advantage of 4K with details cranked up (even the RTX 2080s I see in some gaming laptops are mostly the MAX-Q variants, meaning effective RTX 2070 or less performance [desktop-wise] -- and the...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    Audeze is backlogged with orders, so it looks like I may have to wait another 2-3 weeks for the LCD-GX to arrive -- but the AKG N90Q is scheduled to arrive this Thursday; should be fun :) As for the second note: "Happy wife, happy life" :D
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    I mean, I ordered the Audeze LCD-GX last week and placed an order for the AKG N90Q late last night -- and that's about as far as I'm willing to go as of now. Not really willing to go down the electrostat route just yet due to "fragility" of most models (Stax, Koss) -- HiFiMan Jade seems ok in...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    They probably do, from my understanding (some of Zack's offerings from ZMF -- like the Aeolus, etc.), but the cost would be prohibitive for most ($1200+) -- that's endgame/end-fi/final-fi. I do know there's some more high-end headphones due to come out over the next two years, but not much else...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    ^^ This. Sennheiser really blew it big with their recent GSP gaming headset line -- should've been a lot, lot better (especially given that their previous PC 360/Game One/PC 37x headsets were pretty decent) ... Then again, this is the company that followed the (excellent) HD 800s with the...
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    Dt 770 pro for gaming?

    Thanks -- the money saved will go into my Audeze LCD-GX purchasing fund, then ;)
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    Dt 770 pro for gaming?

    I've heard good things about the Takstar GM200, but is it good enough to warrant a purchase if I already have the MH751? I've read BenF's review on Head-Fi & the GM200 thread there as well, but am still not sure.
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    Small side update: apparently the SHP9600 is now on Philips' website (no price or vendors yet, though): SHP9600 info
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    Creative introduces the Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition in a white finish with added RGB effects

    "Pretty good", just like EVGA did with their Nu Audio sound card lineup (also reviewed by Amir on ASR -- Audio Science Review). What mystifies me is Creative or EVGA not getting into doing more good external setups (I know, Creative has the Sound Blaster X7/LE, which I have & use) -- Creative's...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    My rebuttal is, I am not fond of Z's review style, because of my reasons stated in my previous post. Apart from cable & comfort, he has no other real metrics that I can compare to (or repeat) -- that's not a review in my book. Fun side note: I used to really like Z, up until I started reading &...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    Heh, at the risk of sounding pendantic, the LCD-2 line is even more confusing than that: Original LCD-2 (wooden "furniture" and all) LCD-2 w/Fazor (commonly called LCD-2F by the community) LCD-2 Classic (very similar to the original LCD-2, but I'm told there are a few firm & noticeable...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    I wouldn't recommend that combo for several reasons: Z Reviews is basically an influencer/entertainer channel, just like Instagram influencing -- he talks some about cable/comfort (perfectly OK) but then rambles on for quite some time, never mentioning the fact that his playlist changes (so...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    My understanding is that the LCD-GX is much more like a "heavily revised" LCD-MX4 with a single-sided magnetic structure than a LCD-2 (or, for that matter, a LCD-2 Classic, which I used to own). The LCD-GX is on my short list to purchase, so I'm definitely curious as to how it will sound...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    Wasn't particularly popular (major treble issues), so was discontinued (since many folks would rather pay for a headphone that fits their needs "out of the box" rather than EQ it); with the drivers being slightly tweaked and then "reused" into the (much more successful) HD 660 (Sennheiser saw...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    Really surprised that Sennheiser hasn't tried to develop/produce a headphone to fit in between the HD 660s ($399) and HD 800/800s ($1399) -- that's a gigantic gap just begging to be filled (and which Sennheiser's competition has been filling up for quite some time). I like much of what...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    Not really so sure about some of those GSP 600 "reviews" on Amazon -- some look like they were deliberately ripped open on the seams (from their photos). I have a GSP 500 (near-exact external build design as the GSP 600) and that thing is very sturdily built from top to bottom -- pad stitching...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    Yeah, Beyerdynamic's Custom line are all built like tanks -- had the Custom Studio some years back and the build quality was rock-solid. Bass adjusters were fun to play with (if not as precise as that of the Sennheiser HD 630VB).
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    Doh! Forgot to mention a very good gaming option from Beyerdynamic: Beyerdynamic Team TYGR Gaming/Content Creating Bundle Have heard a LOT of good things about it re: gaming -- not surprising as it's the "logical" upgrade from the MMX 300: it uses the DT 990 as its base (vs the DT 770 of the MMX...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    I wouldn't say the Audeze LCD-GX's mic is "trash" (compared to other gaming headsets): it's just not worthy of being included in a headphone that sets you back 900 smackaroos (what was Audeze thinking? Convenience, I guess). Truth is, most gaming headsets have crappy mics as well: the exception...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    Only "knock" about the Audeze LCD-GX is that it's open-back (as per OP's requirements) ... apart from that, it's the Holy Grail of ultra high end, "audiophile" gaming headsets atm. The MMX 300 is a solid choice, though (based off of the DT 770) -- it will work fine with your AE-7 as that has a...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    I actually wouldn't be so quick to condemn the MH751, since the manufacturer (who isn't Cooler Master, but Takstar, btw) also makes the Kingston HyperX series (excepting the Orbit line, which is made by Audeze for Kingston) and is an OEM for both Sony and Beyerdynamic (produced Sony's...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    The Cooler Master MH751 fits all your needs to a tee, and for a lot less than $500 as well; the sound quality on the MH751 slaps the Arctis Pro silly. Another plus is that the MH751 is one of the most comfortable headsets or headphones you will ever wear -- seriously. I own a MH751, and can...
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    Suggestions needed for gaming headset.

    What kind of games do you usually play (FPS, RTS, etc)? And will you be using your headset for things other than gaming? If so, how frequently? (for example, 50% gaming/40% music/10% movies) Audio preferences (more thumping, more clarity/detail, balanced between both, etc) Closed-back or...
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    Hyper Cloud Alpha S

    If anything, you're too kind ... Comixbooks, do yourself a favor and use your HD 58x w/this decent condenser mic: CAD U3 Condenser Microphone Also, not sure how you "bent" your HD58x, but I hope you bent it as per this instruction guide (bending instructions on 2nd page): HD58x Review &...
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    Gaming headset for 8 year old?

    Apart from the mic, how are you liking the HD630VB?
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    Browser volume stuck at 50%

    Not entirely sure if this helps, but I've had issues similar to what you're experiencing on my Sound Blaster X7 LE (from time to time) -- the "fix" I found for it was to simply turn off my X7, unplug the miniUSB power cord, replug the power cord into the X7, and turn the X7 back on. Technically...
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    Gaming headset for 8 year old?

    Momentums for an 8 year old? Keep that up, and he's gonna be hitting on that Sennheiser HE1/Orpheus in another 20 years or so ... :p On a more serious note, the HD 630VB is a criminally underrated headphone (been using mine for 3+ years). Great buy!
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    EVGA NU vs Soundblaster X AE-5/9?

    Yeah, I like externals myself (my Sound Blaster X7 LE is still holding up nicely after all these years) ... not sure about the AE-9, but the EVGA NU & AE-5 got decent to good reviews from Amir @ audiosciencereview: EVGA NU Audio Review Sound BlasterX AE-5
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    Buy 2080Ti now, or wait for holidays?

    It was -- Rory Read was being too "conservative" going for under the 1Ghz speed (in order to maximize potential profits by having 3 different product stacks; the "under 1Ghz" and 1 Ghz [or so] ones, as well as the 7950). Understandable, but dumb move, when your competition is NVIDIA (AMD, via...
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    AT&T lowers price for 1 Gbps fiber to $39.99/$49.99 a month for the first year then $59.99/$69.99 after

    Well, here in NYC, I'm pretty sure it went into some pol's "re-election campaign", or some such (legal) scam (Verizon promised to spend a lot of money building up the necessary infrastructure/wiring/etc, which conveniently slowed down, way down, when the 08 financial crisis hit). When I moved...
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    MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries announced!

    Your character is "pre-made" (at lowest possible stats), and the NPC pilots you can pick up in-game are also pre-made (varying stats & stat caps, quite random, but their stats/stat caps get better as the reputation of your unit gets better). Your character/NPCs "level up" their stats via...
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    MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries announced!

    Kinda bizarre, true, but I guess they will simply be releasing really "big" patches (as needed), like the upcoming one this month. They also might release each upcoming DLC w/patches as well. The game itself doesn't seem to need a lot of fixes (spawn one is, by far, the biggest offender) --...
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    MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries announced!

    It's all here, as per the devs' last major Twitch interview: We can also expect a LOT of DLCs down the line, which makes sense as this game doesn't feature lootboxes or any other way to generate revenue besides purchasing the core game ...
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    MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries announced!

    I'd say it does: Great way to "cheese" the dreaded random mass spawns (only partially fixed in the most recent patch) is to be using 4 assault Mechs (preferably something that can "tank" a ton of dmg, as well as dish it out, like Atlases or custom variants/Heros of Banshees, Annihilators...
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    MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries announced!

    Good to see Russ & Co. poking fun at themselves :P
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    Best bang for the buck gaming headset? Less than $100

    What both of you are describing, is the need for "objective" reviews -- and that's what the reviewers I listed do (you don't have to agree with what they say, but they provide an objective point of view from which to help base your purchases from) -- for example, if Objective Reviewer A (who is...
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    Best bang for the buck gaming headset? Less than $100

    Yes, those are it, and they are better than the SHP9500 (from all objective measurements): -------- CAL review & measurements: https://www.innerfidelity.com/content/creative-aurvana-live-classic-reincarnate-page-2 (review by the legendary Tyll Hertsens) Another CAL review (from metal571)...
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