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breadstick
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Mar 7, 2017
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Just had mine delivered in NYC, USA.
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Mar 7, 2017
bsastor
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Mar 7, 2017
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hope you are burning them in right now...how does it sound? #HYPETRAIN
Mar 7, 2017
breadstick
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Mar 7, 2017
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Sounds good, but unfortunately in the office at work, so I can't really push them. When I get home, I'll fire up some Overwatch to test the phones and the mic. Will post impressions!
Mar 7, 2017
bsastor
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push it! baby push it! okok will camp here for your review. haha
Mar 7, 2017
harrisjt
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Mar 7, 2017
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What kind of soundcard are you using? Onboard or external?
Mar 7, 2017
breadstick
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Mar 7, 2017
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Nothing fancy: just the onboard sound from an Asus P8P67.
Mar 7, 2017
breadstick
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Mar 8, 2017
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OK, so here are my impressions.
My previous headset was a Hyper X Cloud, so that is the basis of my comparison.
Sound: Overall, sound of the headsets is pretty similar to my ear. I actually think the Hyper-X has a bigger bass response than the Sennheisers, but that the Sennheisers have an overall clearer/more accurate sound. The HUGE difference though, is that these Sennheisers have an open can design, as opposed to a closed back. This is, in my opinion a good thing. I can hear my own voice when I'm talking, which is nice. Also, the sounds just seem more "natural," if that makes sense. The closed back design of most other sets DOES do a better job blocking out ambient sound, so in that way, the Sennheiser isn't as good if you're in a noisy place. Also, there's more sound-leak to your environment when using an open back design. Still, I feel like
Mic: This mic is far better than the old boom mic on my Hyper X set. First off, the noise canceling is much better; it picks up less of my typing noise and breathing and ambient stuff. Secondly, the muting by raising the boom is fantastically convenient. Lastly (perhaps most importantly) the voice quality it creates is more natural and less nasally/cell phone sounding than other mics I've used in the past.
Comfort: The velour texture of the ear cups and the headband is very soft, cushiony and pleasant. Haven't done any marathon gaming in them, but seem very up to the task. They are pretty light-weight, for what that is worth.
Look: I love the all-black look. They don't scream "1337 haxor gamer," but rather a more subdued, cool look. Obviously, this is subjective.
Nice touches: I love the raise to mute boom, super convenient and intuitive. Also great: the on headphone volume wheel on the right can. Cable is fabric wrapped, and generously long, not needing an extension.
Overall: I'm very happy with this set, and feel like it is a meaningful upgrade to my previous set. I hope you all get yours and enjoy them as much as I am.
Mar 8, 2017
fx35s
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Mar 8, 2017
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Nice, but how are you hooking up the headset? I plugged it into the front panel of my Corsair Carbide case and the sound just suck. I don't know where I messed up. My Logitech G430 that plugs into USB adapter sounds way better. What am I doing wrong?
Mar 8, 2017
acey
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Mar 8, 2017
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Oh that's your problem!! Front audio is really bad because the wiring gets tons of interference from going past your mobo and just being inside your case. Use rear audio ports or front USB with DAC/external sound card only!
Mar 8, 2017
fx35s
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ohhh lol no wonder why. thanks Acey, i'm totally noob when it comes to audio stuff. What do you mean by USB with DAC/external sound card only?
Do you have anything you could recommend me? Never knew there's such thing called external sound card...
Mar 8, 2017
bsastor
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good and balanced review on all the aspects i'd like. thank you. makes me more eager to get mine.
Mar 8, 2017
acey
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Without having to buy something new, you should be able to use the rear ports that connect directly to your motherboard.
Another option is an external sound card, something like a Sound BlasterX G5 another user recommended on here. It plugs into USB and has mic, different audio ports, and other features depending on what type you get. They usually also have some special software to control different things like surround sound or voice recording effects.
A third option is a DAC (digital to analog converter), which sometimes also provides amplification. I bought a Dragonfly Red (Dragonfly Black is a cheaper but still nice alternative). It plugs into USB and has a normal audio jack, that's it. You will still probably have to plug it into the back of your case because it doesn't have anything for the microphone jack.
Both external sound cards and DAC/amp devices have the ability to sound a lot better than your onboard sound, depending on what one you get of course hah.
Mar 8, 2017
fx35s
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Wow, thank you so much for the detailed reply. I've looked through your options and am leaning towards Dragonfly Red as it has received so many positive reviews. However, I do not have a dedicated sound card, so I will most likely buy Dragonfly Red if anything and plug it in the back of the desktop directly to the motherboard and also hook up the mic jack to use.
Maybe in the future I'll get the real dedicated sound card to play with.
Thanks! :)
Mar 8, 2017
acey
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Yeah for a lot of people, the audio built in to your motherboard is good enough, just don't use the front audio ports hah. Doing that should sound at least as good as your old headset.
Mar 8, 2017
breadstick
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Agreed, imho onboard audio these days is pretty good for most users. Having a dedicated sound card is still worth it you you are using VERY high end audio, or doing music production.
Mar 8, 2017
breadstick
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Actually, I hooked mine up to my front panel too, but had no issues. Like others suggested, maybe try the rear of the tower?
Mar 8, 2017
fx35s
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The problem is, however, I have my speaker hooked up in the back panel so if I wanted to use my headset then I have to unplug the speaker so it's a bit of PITA.. I looked up on Amazon and I saw Sound Blaster Z PCIe Gaming Sound Card with High Performance AMP. Is it a good dedicated card? What if I use that and the DAC recommended up there "Dragonfly Red"? Would the sound be good?
Mar 8, 2017
acey
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A sound card is basically a DAC and amp combined, with some extras (of varying value). I would not get both as using a DAC would bypass the sound card entirely. That card you mentioned is an internal sound card (forgot to also mention that option). It would give you some extra audio ports and have a little better sound than what's on your motherboard, most likely.
Mar 8, 2017
fx35s
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I see. Thanks for clearing that up. Would you recommend anot internal sound card and call it a day or would my current motherboard integrated sound chip + Dragonfly Red sound better?
Reading your comment makes me think using Dragonfly Red is way better than the internal card option.
Mar 8, 2017
acey
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With the current state of gaming sound technology, it's kind of a question of what games you play. Many games now incorporate in-engine 3D sound which highly, highly recommends you disable all surround sound effects. For those titles, you would be somewhat wasting part of the extras in a sound card. Many games are adding this, especially competitive e-sport FPS titles like Overwatch, CS: GO. One such popular technology is called Dolby Atmos for Headphones, and I believe major game engines are adding this or similar tech so increased adoption should come soon. But many games still do not have it and if you want an expansive soundscape, simulated 7.1 surround sound in some of these sound cards can be a nice enhancement. It's hard to say what would be best for you. I would look online for some Sound Card Vs DAC videos or explanations, particularly around with what you plan on using your headphones.
Mar 8, 2017
Chris_Vector
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Mar 20, 2017
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So these are a better option than the Hyper Cloud X2? ...as I was considering those for gaming and music.
Mar 20, 2017
breadstick
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Mar 20, 2017
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The large drivers (53mm) on the HyperX are going to give you a better bass response. Plus (personally) I prefer CLOSED back headphones for music, so that the music doesn't bleed into the environment. I think the HyperX is great headset (and the Cloud 2 probably better than that.) If I were listening to a lot of music, I'd prefer the HyperX over the Sennheiser.
Mar 20, 2017
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