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Kingston HyperX Cloud II (Gun Metal) $129.00 + Free Shipping @ Shopping Express

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I just bought this and thought I would share. It's not an amazing deal but its cheaper than elsewhere. They are the best headset for gaming IMO

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    cheaper on amazon

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      where ?

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        amazon

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          link ?

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      link?

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          144.88 for me

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            @xxz: ah must be prime.. should've mentioned that cheaper on amazon with prime*

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          Only with prime

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            @joebiden: Which is still cheaper to have for a month with the difference, but that says nothing about the quality at this price point. This would be discontinued if not for the perpetual blogosphere that is gaming headset recommendation lists.

            At this price, you can buy the AKG K361 if you don't need a mic, and massively upgrade your audio quality.

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    These or SteelSeries Arctis 7 - Lossless Wireless Gaming Headset? I think the SteelSeries can be had as low as around $150 during a sale

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      If you ever leave your computer to get food or something then get wireless

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      HyperX Cloud Flight at $130-$150 when on sale, and then change the pads to clean up the audio a tad.

      The Cloud II are comparatively ancient now, and at this price you'd be better served with proper headphones.

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      How? I can see $144.88 from AU or $139.73 inc ship from UK?

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      With Prime.

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        Join prime trial or for $6 something per month. Comes out still cheaper

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          Oh no I have Prime, just pointing it out; you know how some people get when there is some sort of membership involved :)

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    For what it's worth, I've been using these headphones daily since April (paid $150) and am very happy with them.

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      Yep these are great, paid $92 December last year.

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    I would like to congratulate the OP on winning the election

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      I'm surprised no one took that name until today (when OP made their account)

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    wireless version out soon, I wonder what price that'll be at

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    Cloud ll is the older model, right?

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      yes 5 year old already

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        and it still hold the price….

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    Cloud Alpha available for $124.20 delivered with prime https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B076GT6XJ9/ref=ppx_yo_d...

    Got it for my nephew's birthday, better than the arctis 5 it replaced in every way. Based on the reviews I watched at the time, these are a little better than the cloud 2.

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      honestly with black Friday just around the corner, I expect most these headsets to be at the cheapest possible within a few weeks for me I'm just trying to decide which headset to go with

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      Cloud Alpha is awesome, and more importantly for those buying for kids, both the mic and cable are detachable/replaceable.

      I don't know about others, but my 10 year old seems to destroy cables on his headsets very quickly (not really his fault, he has sensory issues and doesn't realise when his chewing on or fiddling with the cable).

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    Terrible value in 2020, wouldn't touch this for more than $80, but lots of major sites don't update their lists, so this perpetually gets recommended even as good headphones and headsets become cheaper.

    The driver inside is that of the Takstar Pro 80, and Takstar have largely moved onto the more capable driver in the Takstar Pro 82, and a modified version is seen in the Coolermaster MH751/MH752, though I'm not sure on AU stock levels and I wouldn't recommend its tuning of the driver.

    If you want to stretch your dollar far, far further, you can get the bassy version of the Pro 82, the Takstar GM200 right now on AliExpress for about $70 after cashback, and then get your own USB sound card if you need one. But you shouldn't need that, just stop using the front audio jacks on your computer as they're almost always badly wired, and update your sound drivers and ensure that their sample rate and bit depth is set properly (at least 24-bit and 48,000 Hz, probably 24-bit and 96,000 Hz for a good balance between performance and quality).

    Here are the links for the two trusted stores for these products:

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000113909485.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33012705103.html

    Both pack the product well and standard shipping methods should be fine.

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      I see the cable and mic is detachable on the Takstar, but it's a weird setup with the mic plugging into the cable. I had a look on those stores and couldn't find the cable for sale separately. Have you come across this as a separate item? If so I think this might be the next headset I purchase

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        It comes with a regular cable to use as a headphone:

        https://www.head-fi.org/attachments/2724765/

        Here's a full review: https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/takstar-gm200.23913/reviews

        Yesterday was probably the best time to buy in the current sale given the 12% cashback, but the difference we're talking about it is less than $5.

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          This would be used as a gaming headset, so really need to be able to replace with a cord that the mic can plug into

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            @kapone: I'm not following what your saying: there is clearly one cable that has a mic wired into it, and one that does not. You can swap out which one runs into the headphone and the splitter.

            You can probably get another in-line mic option, but you would be subject to the same constraints as the original Takstar Pro 82 when doing so due to the 2.5mm jack into the headphone.

            Ultimately, if you're looking to upgrade mic quality, you generally want to be moving away from a boom mic 99% of the time, though there might be broadcast level boom mics from Sennheiser, Shure and Rode, but otherwise you'd be looking at much more expensive headsets to get those (Audeze Penrose comes to mind).

            Not even modmics come close to that quality level.

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      I have the GM200 and have just bought the 82 Pro's from Aliexpress. I like cans with elevated bass, it can be excessive and muddy for some genres and effects on some games are a bit much. I am interested to see how different the 82 Pro's are for bass quantity and quality, expecting the mids and highs to be quite similar.

      There are some pre-release / not proper version of the 82's going around, its worth paying for the correct version sold by the official Takstar Store seller. Lots of discussion on Head-Fi about these models if you are interested

      With paypal discount, was ~$84 after GST added from Aliexpress.

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      Mwave has the MH571 and MH572

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        Would still opt for the GM200 over the MH751 at the very least (unless it was going for $60), but I suspect most people don't need the USB audio in this day and age, just updated settings and drivers.

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          Is the only difference bass or what other differences are there?

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            @HaveANiceDay: They are the same driver, the same rough tonal (frequency response) targets, but the MH751 was originally tuned by Cooler Master for an older version of the driver, then never re-tuned.

            The GM200 is more tightly tuned, and it comes across in its clarity.

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              @jasswolf: Ahh, I see. Thank you.

              Got the MH 571 already before as I wanted it sooner.

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      barely read what you said and just bought it anyway. dont even know how you got $70 but i just paid $85 incl gst

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        USD $7 off USD $50 coupon which is listed on cashback pages from both Shopback and CashRewards, and 5% cashback (was 12% last night). Failing that, there would have been USD $6 coupons around. Even as a first time user you'd be getting USD $4.

        Should have worked out at around $78, with a $3.50 cashback in a few months. I didn't link the cashback pages, as I figured anyone reading the comments would have seen them mentioned on here.

        Oh well, now you know for next time.

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      Any wireless version you'd recommend?

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        For low latency performance that's also chi-fi? Negative.

        For AU purchasing, the HyperX Cloud Flight for under $150 before cashbacks and gift cards, otherwise step up to the Audeze Penrose X for $400 from Addicted to Audio. Look up the recommended pad changes for the Flight, but if you can afford it, the Penrose is just miles better than every other headset, and will receive updates over its life to further that.

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          Isn't the SteelSeries Arctis 7 for around 150-160 better?

          I'm looking to spend around $150

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            @Adelv: It's got a flatter response curve out of the box, but apparently is in more dire need of an EQ, which is not a good position to be in without a tuned DSP correction (professional grade calibration).

            Something that responds well to a pad change like the Flight is generally more welcome.

            Until these lineups are refreshed quite substantially, or Bluetooth 5.2 and its low latency codecs hit the scene, you're always going to be compromising substantially compared to wired audio on the basis of raw detail.

            The Penrose is an exception to that, and reflects where the mainstream will be in a generation or two. In your price range, I would rather spend the money on the AKG K371 if you can live with the cable.

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              @jasswolf: I'm on console, just seems a little annoying as I sit back 3 m from my TV

              They don't have a microphone either, I actually have studio monitors with $900 from my DJing days.

              I think I will stick with $150 pair, I don't actually game that much.

              Appreciate all the information

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                @Adelv: To be clear, I'm speaking from the perspective of audio clarity for music, movies and general applications, not gaming. 'Gaming' tunings tend to built around FPS games and emphasise bass, gun fire and footsteps, while trying to clean up likely crappy voice comms and wind up a bit v-shaped with a presence boost and sometimes scrubbier detail in the mids.

                The Cloud Flight is a little bass boosted out of the box, hence the pad change recommendation to let a little out of that out with an airier pad. Being a casual gamer only leaves me emphasising these recommendations to you further! XD

                You're not paying more the Audeze for gaming features, you're paying more for the Audeze for the sheer audio quality. It's arguably the best closed back headphone under $1000, and even has a broadcast grade boom mic (though that won't shine through in its current wireless configuation).

                The AKG K371 is one of the best closed backs under $500 too, probably second only to the Penrose (and by extension, the Mobius).

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                  @jasswolf: I'm only looking for gaming, generally I don't use headphones because I live by myself.

                  Definitely keep an eye on those that you mention though!

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                    @Adelv: Open back might be a better option if you want to remain aware of your surroundings without being too loud to your neighbours. In that case, I'd be looking at the Sennheiser HD6XX (stock won't arrive until 2021) @ $250ish, or if you want to splurge, the HIFIMAN Sundara ($500).

                    But that's starting to get into territory where you need a decent amp to get the most out of them. The AKGs don't need as much power to drive.

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          Hey jasswolf, appreciate your response man. Looks like HyperX Cloud Flight would be suitable for me.

          The hard part is finding a deal at $150….

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            @sky blu: 10 days to Black Friday, 5-6 weeks to Boxing Day, and there should be a few sales in between.

            The Flight was $150 on Amazon for Prime Day in October, so it'll be there again. Record low is $130 via JB Hi-Fi.

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              @jasswolf: Completely noob question, is the HyperX Cloud Flight better/worth buying than the Steel Series Artic 1?
              https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/572599

              I just found it while browsing through Ozbargain. I don't know anything. My usage is work for now, I just want a set headphones that is comfy on the ears and clear sound (mic too), and preferably wireless.

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                @sky blu: Vastly better, as is the Arctis 7. Clear sound being the separator.

                Wireless headset mics are generally not ideal, but passable for basic communications.

                I direct you to RTings.com if you want samples for each.

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              @jasswolf: I'm waiting for Black Friday :D