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Usb Headset Vs Analog Headset


So my beloved usb headset died on me. So i went on search for a new headset. I tried 2 very expensive, nice analog headset but their microphone just is not loud enough for everybody. I have tampered with the sound settings with all the way possible. But there are still people who cannot hear me or say i am too low. So i did a little bit of research and found out, even though gamers prefer analog headset for the sound quality usb headsets are the way to to get your voice heard. They transmit the voice digitally while analog headset convert it to digital and then transmit.

Also non-gamer people who use their computer for phone calls etc also prefer usb over analog becuase of its clarity in voice transmission. Although i heard something about usb headsets eating up cpu or something like that i have never experienced any problem from my side. So i am now declaring myself as usb headsetter for life after trying to make it work with 2 different analog jacking headsets. I will never look back again. Which one do you have? How do you cope? What settings you have if you have an analog headset? People have trouble hearing you even if you are about to swallow your mic?


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Using A Usb Headset Is The Same As Analog Headsets ?

I was wondering if using a usb headset is the same as analog headsets, simply plug and play? Because i only use my headset when i need to talk to people over ventrilo, so i'm wondering if it's as simple as just plugging it in and it'll automatically work? Also, does anybody know of any headsets that have the volume control on the headset itself?(Not the g35, that's out of my price range. )

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It's been a long time since i've looked into headsets, and owning a *great* one i have to ask the question yet again. Currently, i use a medusa 5. 1 surround headset that is plugged into my sound card for positional audio in gaming. It works pretty well. That said - i have looked at some of the newer headsets, and they are all usb, pretty much eliminating the need for me to have a sound card at all.

My question is - how good are these usb headphones (specifically for gaming) if they come from logitech or razer or something? Is the cpu usage going to go up a lot (this was why i went the way i did with the medusas), and are there any real benefits to having a sound card any more?

I don't watch movies or listen to music much on the pc, and even if i do i don't care about the sound quality. I have a nice home theater for all that. Anyway, i was thinking about buying the g35 headphones from logitech but i'm hesitant because of the past information i've had, so i wanted to vet it all with you guys first .


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Anyways i decided to go with a the steelpad 5h headset because i heard good things about it and it plugs into the sound card and is not usb, a big plus in sound quality. Problem is i can't figure out how to plug the damn things in correctly. The headset has two jacks, pink and green. Pink is usually the microphone and the green is sound output. The sound card has a jack for microphones but three for sound output (front, back, and sub. I think). My audigy2 manual says nothing about headsets and neither does the creative website. In fact, i could find nothing similar to my dilemma online. I tried all the different jacks but can only get the front, back, or sub to work never all three. This is a true 5. 1 headset so i don't know what else to do. What do you think i should try cause i'm running out of ideas?

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Set Windows To Use Usb Headset Automatically

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My problem relates to a usb headset. It appears that when i hit a heavy load on the system sound my computer freezes up. It comes back right away (most of the time) if i unplug the usb connector on the headset (logitech). If i do not unplug the headset the system will sometimes have a moving mouse cursor but it is completely unresponsive (can not click on anything on the win 7 menu bar). Please let me know if there is any additional information i can provide to help solve this problem.

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The problem is downright odd, and i'll go through a list of things i've tried to get this to work, as well as the problems i've encountered. First of all, as the post title would demonstrate, the said product that isn't working is "cyber snipa sonar 5. 1 usb headset":

http://www.Cybersnipa.com/us/products/sonar-5. 1-gaming-headset.php

Now onto the more dire points:

I've tried to voice chat with this headset in an extensive amount of programs and games:

It records perfectly in windows sound recorder. It records perfectly in paltalk. Acts weird in google talk. Doesn't work at all in xfire. Bsod in skype when i actually try to start talking. Doesn't seem to work in any fps game that i have that supports voice chat, quake wars included of course. Now, what steps have i taken? Here you go:

I have the latest drivers for all my hardware, including the headset. I have tried moving the headsets usb plug to every usb slot i have. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the headset drivers several times, even reverting to older versions. I've tried it with no drivers at all. I've checked the volume settings, made sure everything is un-muted etc. (Which as i said it works perfect in some things, loud and clear). I've removed sound card from my system altogether (usb headsets are independent of a sound card). So it is my one and only sound system. I have done an exhausting search for other people having problems with usb headsets not working right for voice chat, and have found quite a few interesting things, but still nothing quite like the problems i'm experiencing. Here's some other stuff that is weird:

When i first installed the headset/drivers, and i did the recording test thing in quake wars, it would bsod and reset my computer. I un-installed the drivers, reinstalled and that fixed it. But of course it went from bsod to just not working. Wee. I also bsod in skype as i mentioned earlier as well. When i press the button to voice chat in quake wars or battlefield 2, it acts like i don't even have a recording device at all, it won't even pop up an icon to indicate that i'm trying to voice chat. But yet, in battlefield 2 the voice testing program thing exterior to the game detects me loud and clear. And quake wars detects the device as being the controller for my microphone, but it acts like it isn't even there. It is nothing short of mind boggling to me. So in conclusion, i know the headsets microphone is fine and working as intended. But it obviously has some serious conflicts with certain software. I'm asking for any help or advice that i can get, no matter how big or small. Anything you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated. I'm just beat on this thing. I'm really sorry about the long post, but i really want to be able to voice chat in quake wars.


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Razer barracuda hp-1 (i just put these out there. The 5. 1 isn't very important to me, but a friend has these and they do sound pretty good. )


Posted On: 05-13-2009, 03:05 PM . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

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Sound is a plus, i definitely want to be able to hear things coming as best as i could. I already know 5. 1 is a gimmick so i'm not too worried about that.comfort is also key, especially for those long gaming sessions. The altecs weren't bad, however sometimes after long sessions the cartilage on my ears would begin to be sensitive to touch and be sore. If i could get full headphones that completely cover the ear, i might try them, but anything that is known comfortable is good. Decent mic: don't like crappy quality, something that i don't have to up the db to the max just so people can hear me, but then again i know that differs based on ventrilo codecs and windows (windows vista x64 atm, windows 7 soon). In-line volume control w/ mute for mic would be nice too! I haven't checked out best buy or anything yet, but what do you guys think would be great that would be preferably under $65 / $60 if i can help it!


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