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Hristo_
03-10-2005, 02:18 AM
Hi

Just got into buying a decent headset (speakers and microphone) for TS in the game.

Do you have anything to recommend or any other tips ? User feedback is also welcome.

thank you

Capt.LoneRanger
03-10-2005, 02:27 AM
Plantronics Audio 90 - best headset I had so far. (and I 'owned' a *lot* to death - LAN-Parties are headsets graveyards. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif )

MaxBruder
03-10-2005, 02:58 AM
I've got a Logitech with mic.

himura108
03-10-2005, 03:07 AM
After using different headsets im now using separate headphones(sennheier) and microphone(speedlink), as the quality of headphones in headsets was never satisfying since i use them for listening music etc.

Tully__
03-10-2005, 03:14 AM
My good ones:

http://www.koss.com/koss/kossweb.nsf/files/graphics/$file/SB40_lg.jpg
Koss SB40


Their replacement (new model):

http://www.koss.com/koss/kossweb.nsf/files/graphics/$file/SB45_lg.jpg
Koss SB45



My cheap standby set:

http://www.labtec.com/lang/images/0/252.jpg
Labtec Stereo 332



The SB40 are a delight. The Labtec is very good value for money.

PF_Coastie
03-10-2005, 04:09 AM
For the money, I think the Altec Lansing AHS-502 are awesome. They have full, soft ear covers and the mic is very good. Mic and volume controls on the cord.

http://www.electronicsoutfitter.com/images/items/ahs-502.jpg

You can get them at Magnum PC (https://magnum-pc.securewebsiteserver.net/product_info.php?products_id=306&osCsid=bc149e6cf03b708e4026595bdd8226c7)

F16_Neo
03-10-2005, 04:39 AM
I'm very pleased with my Sennheiser PC 150.
Nice rich bass, comfortable. Quality feel.
Good enough for music. Mic-switch/volume control on cord.

Capt.LoneRanger
03-10-2005, 04:43 AM
My personal preference is always leightweight over anything else. The Plantronics is a good compromise.

If you play on LANs frequently, as I do, you learn the benefit of a leightweight. I had a much heavier headset, but each 5 hours of playing, this thing makes you 1cm smaller. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Hristo_
03-10-2005, 04:57 AM
Thanks for replies. I've just got out from work today and picked up this by chance http://www.walibe.com/reviews-47.html

It is roughly 40$ in local currency and salesman allowed me for few days of trial period, no questions asked.

Will let ya know tonight how it went.

Bearcat99
03-10-2005, 09:05 AM
I think the USB headset is the way to go whichever brand you choose. With USB you can have your comms running through the headset and the sim running through your speakers. XP will see the USB device as a seperate sound source.

SithSpeeder
03-10-2005, 09:28 AM
Hristo--

If your only requirement is for TS with IL2, then what Bearcat said is spot on. USB allows you to port the voice over to the headset speakers and allow the game sounds to come over your computer's speakers.

I have a Logitech Premium USB Headset 300
see: http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=103,CONTENTID=6337
...to which I have attached a small dowel attached at the top with a foam ball on the end that is covered in reflective tape. Since I have a good 5 speaker system on the computer, only the game sounds go through that and the voice comms goes exclusively through the headset.

YMMV.

* _54th_Speeder *

Hristo_
03-10-2005, 10:25 AM
Yes, USB seemed to me like the way to go, but that 5.1 headset proved too tempting. Who knows, maybe I'll even return it in the end.

Still, thanks for help !

Chivas
03-10-2005, 10:47 AM
I have a closet full of broken head sets. My recent set is the Speed Link MEDUSA 5.1 Surround Headset with microphone. So far its been great.


http://www.speed-link.com/prod.php?lang=en&sys_id=8&pb_id=8&prod_num=SL-8794

crazyivan1970
03-10-2005, 11:11 AM
Best headset i ever owned: http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=303156&pfp=SEARCH

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Andrewsdad
03-10-2005, 11:49 AM
I've gone thru 3 pairs of Plantronics headsets. They are much too fragile for use around my house. Just have your teenager or one of his buds drop the set or just put a little stress on the wires and it fails.
Yeah, I know that they are not meant to be manhandled, but the Plantronics seem to be made of crystal.
I now have the Altec Lansing ones shown above. They are of stouter construction.

Salute !!]
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jetsetsam
03-10-2005, 01:46 PM
I managed to step on the mike for my Plantronics DSP 500 so bought an Altec Lansing as602. Absolutely dead and flat sound on my Turtle Beach sound card. Returned them and got another Plantronics DSP 500 and use the units DSP rather than the sound card. WoW! Back to the 3d sound. Bullets are zinging by, planes wooshing over head. Great for immersion.

The Plantroics are lighter and more comfortable than the Altec Lansings as well.

Just don't plug the USB connection into a USB plug that shares an IRQ with your video card. Major stutters if you do. It's a matter of trial and error. On my Dell 8250 it's the front usb connection to avoid.

MaxMhz
03-10-2005, 08:27 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by crazyivan1970:
Best headset i ever owned: http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=303156&pfp=SEARCH

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Minimal frequency response 20Hz ??? yeah right real minimal (1dBa or something like that?)...

roflmao

Those specs are like the 100Watt PMPO specs for those tiny little bull**** speakers lol - as long as it looks good to the customer it'll sell haha

I'm gonne see if they have that one around here lol

Hunter82
03-10-2005, 08:35 PM
you ain't tried the altecs yet http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif .....you wouldn't go back to those after using them


<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by crazyivan1970:
Best headset i ever owned: http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=303156&pfp=SEARCH

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

BaldieJr
03-10-2005, 08:36 PM
I duct taped two 12-inch woofers to my head and use a Mr. Microphone for comms.

Hunter82
03-10-2005, 08:36 PM
Not the greatest for stability or sound IMO. Overall the sound engine never really supported 2 sound devices well.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bearcat99:
I think the USB headset is the way to go whichever brand you choose. With USB you can have your comms running through the headset and the sim running through your speakers. XP will see the USB device as a seperate sound source. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hunter82
03-10-2005, 08:37 PM
you need a set of 10" free airs ... better bass

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BaldieJr:
I duct taped two 12-inch woofers to my head and use a Mr. Microphone for comms. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

MaxMhz
03-10-2005, 08:45 PM
haha I just check at Logi site - its the USB 30 not 300 lol (bigger is better CompUSA must have thought)
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/NL/EN,CRID=103,CONTENTID=6337

I think I'll stay with this one

AKG HSC-200 SR (http://www.musik-service.de/ProduX/PA/InEar_Monitor/AKG_HSC200_SR_HoererMikroCombi.htm)

Bearcat99
03-11-2005, 05:23 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Hunter82:
Not the greatest for stability or sound IMO. Overall the sound engine never really supported 2 sound devices well.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bearcat99:
I think the USB headset is the way to go whichever brand you choose. With USB you can have your comms running through the headset and the sim running through your speakers. XP will see the USB device as a seperate sound source. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Not an issue for me since the only thing I use my headset for is live comms. I really dont want sim sounds coming through the headset. It makes it so much easier for me to hear what is being said when I can seperate the sounds and TS/Vent allow this in th setup menu. Actually I think it can also be done if you have more that one sound card and a non-USB headset as well... like say onboard sound and an Audigy. Just assign the onboard sound to TS/Vent in the TS/Vent setup and the default sounds in XP to the Audigy.

RichardI
03-11-2005, 04:18 PM
I've owned at least a half dozen headsets but these are BY FAR the best I've ever owned. Didn't post a European link because these are made in the UK, I assume you guys already know about them.

http://www.medusa-canada.com/
http://www.medusa-usa.com/

Speedlink Medusa Surround Sound headphones. I can vouch that they actually work.

Rich http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif