Good non-gaming for CS:GO under $100

HammyNam

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All the threads I've seen are about gaming headset with built in mics. I'm looking for any good headphones I can use to clearly hear footsteps and bomb plants, etc. My budget is $100
 

RazerZ

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I would agree with the 558 recommendation.

In general you want to avoid any headsets marketed for gaming, ironic as that might sound. They are just cheap headphones with a mic built in and are overpriced. Buying a pair of good headphones is definitely a smarter way to go.

I would also consider the ATH-AD700x by Audio Technica. They would be a better choice if you're goal is for picking up positional queues like footsteps since they have less sub bass compared to the 558 and focus more on the mids and highs. They are more open by design and have a wider soundstage. However they are not as warm and mellow sounding and you might not prefer their colder sound.

Quick explanation of cold/warm sound from headphonia:

What is Cold/Warm?
Cold and Warm are used to describe the character of sound. A good example would be comparing a Compact Disc to a Tape/Vinyl, where the same song played through a Compact Disc would sound a lot colder than through Tape or Vinyl.
 

Hayden Hutsell

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Logitech g430's. They are 55 USD right now. For the price, they are amazing. I have them and can hear noises clearly. I have abused these things by dropping them, raging and slamming it on my desk, and still going strong.
 

shotgunz

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Sennheiser's HD558 has great directional audio, large soundstage and clarity for the price. It's large velour pads and deep earcups should have enough room to not touch your ears for hours of comfort.

This is an open headphone though, it generally beats the usual closed back headphones in all around sound quality and comfort since it can breathe and keep your eats cool but it has no sound isolation so it's not suitable if it's noisy in for room.
 

RazerZ

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I would agree with the 558 recommendation.

In general you want to avoid any headsets marketed for gaming, ironic as that might sound. They are just cheap headphones with a mic built in and are overpriced. Buying a pair of good headphones is definitely a smarter way to go.

I would also consider the ATH-AD700x by Audio Technica. They would be a better choice if you're goal is for picking up positional queues like footsteps since they have less sub bass compared to the 558 and focus more on the mids and highs. They are more open by design and have a wider soundstage. However they are not as warm and mellow sounding and you might not prefer their colder sound.

Quick explanation of cold/warm sound from headphonia:

What is Cold/Warm?
Cold and Warm are used to describe the character of sound. A good example would be comparing a Compact Disc to a Tape/Vinyl, where the same song played through a Compact Disc would sound a lot colder than through Tape or Vinyl.
 
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