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Peripherals Which gaming headset?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ModSquid, 16 Oct 2020.

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Preference (based on experience if possible)?

  1. HyperX Cloud II 7.1

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  2. HyperX Cloud Alpha S 7.1

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  3. Logitech G Pro X (2nd Gen) 7.1

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  4. Logitech G935 7.1

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  1. ModSquid

    ModSquid Active Member

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    Morning all!

    And it might finally have stopped raining. I was wondering whether we were all going to have to start growing flippers soon as the next stage in our evolution...

    Before my forelimbs do have the digits merge though, I'm going to try and get some more use out of my machine. Spent some time a while back with my buddies struggling to hear me whilst online over Discord, so after spending far too much time troubleshooting the Turtle Beach Ear Force X12s I was using, I reluctantly thought I'd just get a new headset and see if that makes a difference. The X12s are fine on the Xbox 360, so they're not kaput and there's a chance it's a Windows setting, but my ceebs is kicking in since the Amazon sale.

    My criteria (as much as I can think) are:
    • Not going to walk around outside with them on for music
    • Not going to use them for calls
    • Surround would be good, since the current ones don't have it so may as well upgrade
    • Wireless a bonus but could live without
    • Voice clarity and balance with game volume (the X12s have independent adjustment)
    • Good sound reproduction, both in-game and musically if possible
    • Compatible with Xbox 360/One/Series X if possible
    • Not wallet-busting (~£70??)
    And the choices I've narrowed down to are:
    • HyperX Cloud II ~£51
    • HyperX Cloud Alpha S ~£73
    • Logitech G Pro X ~£63
    • Logitech G935 ~£73
    Have read a bunch of reviews on the above and they all seem contradictory, both between sites and in some cases, to their own website, which is frustrating. I also have a pair of Sennheiser Momentum that are fantastic for listening to music on the go and have an in-line mic - is it worth just co-opting these into gaming duties as well and forgetting about surround, but saving unnecessary expenditure (as is probably prudent in the current environment)? And I could of course revisit troubleshooting Windows.

    Input appreciated!
     
  2. VictorianBloke

    VictorianBloke Man in a box

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    I've had a pair of HyperX CloudX's for years, which I think are basically the same as the cloud 2, just not 7.1. Bought originally for the exact reason as you, no one could hear me in Discord. They can now.

    Sound quality is great, and crucially they're comfortable for long periods. The removable mic and second set of ear pads are a nice touch, though I've only ever used the leatherette ones.

    Only let down on the CloudX is the in-line analogue volume control. It crackles when used, and sometimes knocks the L/R balance off until you nudge the adjuster wheel. I only use it now in conference calls at work if I need to quickly adjust levels. It's too finicky to use mid game.
     
  3. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    I've got some HyperX something or other from a few years ago.

    Great sound but i am looking for something else, really hurt the top of my head after a period of time.

    May be user error, may be just a big fat head.
     
  4. Guest-44432

    Guest-44432 Guest

    I've always found with headsets, the mic sucks on them.

    What I have done is make the best of both worlds with a set of Philips Fidelio X2HR and a VModa boom pro mic.
    The sound stage and clarity of these headphones will blow any gaming headset out the water. The mic, is in another league too.

    I've just looked at prices, and the price has almost doubled what I paid late last year. Wow!

    That being said, to keep you in budget, and give you a better headset over all these gaming headsets, you are better off looking at the Philips SHP9500, though just checking amazon, these headphones you could of got for about £50 late last year, so they have tripled in price...

    Anyway, the point of my post is I've owned many gaming headsets including the Hyper X cloud II, and they sounded OK, but the mic was shocking.
     
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  5. ModSquid

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    I don't think there is a difference, just the same product as far as I can tell.

    X2HR are the newer updated version from the X2. From what I have researched.
     
  7. hamza_tm

    hamza_tm Well-Known Member

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    I have the X2, they’re nice. I can’t tell any difference in sound from my Sennheiser HD598 though, which the new version (HD599 I think?) was going very cheap on Amazon recently, around £80. That’s probably long gone though

    But in any case I’d second getting an actual pair of headphones and pairing them with a mic, rather than a gaming headset.
     
  8. ModSquid

    ModSquid Active Member

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    Cheers all. I went looking for the Sennheisers as well, but they're also up at around £130, with a ModMic being another £50 minimum on top, so I'm starting to blow the budget...

    I've ended up ordering a few of the above to test - the G935s sound a bit too tinny/hissy and won't play through my USB DAC (although the wireless is useful, I suppose). I'll check the others and see how they fare.

    EDIT: unfortunately the G Pro Xs also have that tinny quality, despite having their own USB DAC. This now looks like it might be because both Logitech sets require G Hub to be installed, which for some reason won't work on the Win 7 x86 fallback machine I'm currently using, reducing both headsets to just pretty ear muffs.
     
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