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Old 05-05-2012, 04:33 PM
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Default Headphones + Mic Hunting

A good friend of mine is turning 18 years old in a few days and I managed to pull two wishes out him: A trip to Hawaii and a a new "headset". So since Hawaii is not going to happen on my budget I decided to ask him out on those headphones.

(Me): But what was wrong with your old headset?
(Him): "They smell too much of discount, I need something better."
(Me): @_@

So there you go, not much to work with I suppose. My guess would be that he is looking for something sturdy that feels good in the hands and sounds nice. His previous headset was some random Logitech with a built-in microphone. Now I am looking for a replacement to get him on his birthday the 11th May. Perhaps you guys can help me out?

I have searched this sub-forum and found two general solutions I think could work for him: Either buying a pair of headphones with build-in microphone or buying a pair of headphones and then buy a microphone for example one of those you can clip on your shirt. Now I'm onto finding a specific headphone that matches his needs.

Budget: Let's go with around $130 exclusive shipping. I expect that this includes a microphone and a pair of listening devices.
Location: Denmark / Europe. Willing to import if necessary.
Headphone type: Full sized or portable headphones. He would prefer closed headphones. Isolation doesn't have too high priority. The sound should not leak too much though.
Shape: His previous headphones was circumaural but as long as the headphones are comfortable I am sure he doesn't care about this matter.
Primary location of use: Home/indoor use, primarily for gaming and for voicechatting.
Preferable SQ or Sound Signature: To be honest I have absolutely no idea. He likes bass but is no basshead. Perhaps a neutral sound would do him best? *Help*.
Media: He listens to a lot of Pendulum, a bit of Dub-step and some trance. The headphones will mostly be used for gaming and less music I assume, though.
Source: His desktop computer.

My own searching has returned a few results already (random order), but I would love to hear your opinion.

Pair 1: AIAIAI TMA-1 (Mic included)
I own these, and they are appearently sold with a mic. It's way over my planned budget though.

Pair 2: Audio-Technica ATH-50 + External Microphone
This pair of headphones might do for him, but I have never heard it. It was suggested by jupitreas in this thread.

Pair 3: Plantronics DSP-500 (Mic included)
Suggested by sideways in this thread. They seem to have been discontinued but are still available at amazon, though they are slightly expensive.

As to external microphones..
I like this idea, but where should I look for such? He is not looking for studio quality, just something decent. I read mixed responses to this mic, but I like the idea of a clip-on microphone. Can you recommend anything along these lines?

What other equipment would you suggest? Or perhaps you can provide any feedback on what I already have in my list up there?

Thanks in advance! ^^

Last edited by Urne; 05-05-2012 at 04:38 PM.
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