USB or 3.5mm Headset? Which?

NChanto

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So, I'm in the process of acquiring a new Headset to make my PC Gaming experience more comfortable.
I currently have a very generic USB VOiP headset, which, I won't lie, is pretty good.
My voice is transmitted perfectly with no hissing (which I believe is the EMI Interference)
The Audio is good enough, footsteps in CSGO can be heard, music is enjoyable for me, but for an audiophile would probably be cancer.

Now, that should probably be just about enough evidence for me to go for a USB Headset, right?
Well, no, I like to have more options to look at, but at the same time, the more options I have, the more I am unable to decide for which to choose.

If I'm not wrong, USB Headsets tend to have less hissing (which again, I believe is the EMI Interference) when transmitting your voice, while 3.5mm Headsets, combined with a bad audio card will give that hissing that everyone hates (My Audio card is On-board, so the hissing will most likely be present. No dedicated card.)

I should also point out that I'm a pretty calm gamer, so I'm not looking for $100+ Headsets.
I have my interest on the G430's, Reviews say they're great, when plugged in using the included USB Adapter, the voice sounds great and there's no hissing. But the material they're made with makes them dismantle in relative "Short" time, so that gives me doubts.

After all that, I'd like these questions answered as sincerely as a person can be to clarify my doubts and finally get a new Headset:
-Should I still go for a 3.5mm or a USB Headset?
---Which Headset should I go for? (Not above $100 please)

Thanks in advance for your sincere and quick reply.

 

ssddx

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usb headsets tend to have less hissing.... not necessarily. sometimes the usb bus can introduce hissing on usb mics that is not apparent on analog mics. it can swing both ways there as usb can sometimes be better than 3.5mm while sometimes 3.5mm can be better than usb.

its a misconception that onboard audio is bad. many onboard audio chipsets are fair and good enough for most people to use. normally when users ask about soundcards i suggest trying the onboard before spending any money on a soundcard unless it lacks features they want. if you do need a soundcard you can get one for $27 which is a bit better than good onboard and should eliminate noise if you had any.

usb or 3.5mm? depends on preferences. usb includes its own dac and amp inside the headset (a soundcard inside the headset) and bypasses onboard. good if you have a laptop or no soundcard and do not want to upgrade the onboard though if your system is known to have any issues with its usb it might not be as nice as 3.5mm. 3.5mm is better if you have a nice soundcard as you can take advantage of its features or if you have known issues with your usb causing static or hissing sounds.

best headset for cheap is likely the hyper x cloud or hyper x cloud 2. best option under $100 is likely the hd518 headphones paired up with a clip on or boom mic. you could even add the xonar dg soundcard and push just a bit over budget but it would be a good setup.

if you do not want to deal with soundcards at all, i'd go usb although some of the nicer headphone/headset options are 3.5mm. your choice.
 

ssddx

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usb headsets tend to have less hissing.... not necessarily. sometimes the usb bus can introduce hissing on usb mics that is not apparent on analog mics. it can swing both ways there as usb can sometimes be better than 3.5mm while sometimes 3.5mm can be better than usb.

its a misconception that onboard audio is bad. many onboard audio chipsets are fair and good enough for most people to use. normally when users ask about soundcards i suggest trying the onboard before spending any money on a soundcard unless it lacks features they want. if you do need a soundcard you can get one for $27 which is a bit better than good onboard and should eliminate noise if you had any.

usb or 3.5mm? depends on preferences. usb includes its own dac and amp inside the headset (a soundcard inside the headset) and bypasses onboard. good if you have a laptop or no soundcard and do not want to upgrade the onboard though if your system is known to have any issues with its usb it might not be as nice as 3.5mm. 3.5mm is better if you have a nice soundcard as you can take advantage of its features or if you have known issues with your usb causing static or hissing sounds.

best headset for cheap is likely the hyper x cloud or hyper x cloud 2. best option under $100 is likely the hd518 headphones paired up with a clip on or boom mic. you could even add the xonar dg soundcard and push just a bit over budget but it would be a good setup.

if you do not want to deal with soundcards at all, i'd go usb although some of the nicer headphone/headset options are 3.5mm. your choice.
 

NChanto

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With what you just told me, I'd much rather go for USB until I can get more money and upgrade my PC.

I honestly don't want to go through having issues with my 3.5mm if the card is bad, having to return the headset etc etc
If my USB ports are having no issue with a generic VOiP headset, I'm sure a greater headset will be a-ok.

Realizing that the G430s are "cheap" plastic and will break relatively soon, I now had my eyes on either the Razer Kraken USB Headset, which has 32mm Drivers & an analog mic, and the Kraken 7.1 Chroma, 40mm driver, digital mic.

I'd go for the 7.1 since I have JUST enough for those (I'm considering the tax and all) but I also want to figure out what makes an Analog and a Digital Mic different, the 8mm difference between the Kraken Drivers and the 7.1 Drivers. Since it's Razer I know both will last a good time so I don't worry about that. Do you have any knowledge to share with me about those 2 topics? C:
Thanks for your reply! Really helped me clear my mind!

 
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