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Open or closed headphones for gaming? Plantronic 365 or 370
JayT 
6/2/08 11:20:35 AM
Overlord

Hello,

Im stuck between these two as i cant find any reviews on the 365's all the reviews of the 370 are positive.

Wondering which is a better headset for gaming?

I know open blocks out noise around me but im not in a loud room so will that be an advantage over the open design of the 370's?

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Master_Scythe 
6/2/08 12:15:47 PM
Guru

Why not grab some seinheisers? you know they'll be good.


Ive only used the plantronics closed ones, and to be hoenst, the cup was small and there was no 'highs', they truly are designed for gaming (mid and low range for bullets and bombs)


Closed is best if you concentrate on your game.

Open is best if you go lanning and need to be able to actually lell at each other.

Seinheisers are the best way to go though, I always find music headphoens better for gaming than gaming headphones.

And if you wanted a mic, just get a $2 desk-stand one from Crazy clarks. For gaming, even the cheapest chinese import mic quality is more than enough, and the desk mounted ones work fine.

just my 2c

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superfireydave 
6/2/08 3:03:46 PM
Guru

I've got some logitech open ones. They feel nice, don't get the same weird feeling as I do with wearing cupped ones for too long, and they seem to cancel other sounds out pretty well as it is.

You will of course appreciate a better sound fidelity with cupped headphones though, not sure how much of an issue to you that is, nor if you'll actually be able to tell.

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Master_Scythe 
6/2/08 3:58:03 PM
Guru

were those the oens that were on sale at EB for half price?

with a USB adaptor?

they go behind your head and the middle of th cup is kinda 'cut out' to make them open ear?

If so, i must agree these are some good headphones.

However quite the oposite to the other ones mentioned.

Those open ear ones lack what you would expect. Bass.

I listen to a lot of bassy music, so i may be a little bias, but they seem to be high and mid dominant.

Id honestly just go a pari of Seinheiser 202's or better and be done with it.

good all round.

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komuso 
6/2/08 5:43:09 PM
Master

Quote by superfireydave
I've got some logitech open ones. They feel nice, don't get the same weird feeling as I do with wearing cupped ones for too long, and they seem to cancel other sounds out pretty well as it is.

You will of course appreciate a better sound fidelity with cupped headphones though, not sure how much of an issue to you that is, nor if you'll actually be able to tell.


Open eared have better bass response and are more responsive in general because the diaphragm can move more freely. Its not hard to tell the difference.

Open eared also dont clamp on to your head as tightly because there is no need to seal the cups around your ears for isolation. So I would say that open is better for long gaming sessions.

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Master_Scythe 
6/2/08 8:20:05 PM
Guru

open have better bass response? ive only ever found the opposite.

not to mention, even if bass is louder from open (i still dont think so...) just like a ported or sealed sub enclosure the sealed sounds cleaner and is more precise.

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komuso 
6/2/08 9:25:00 PM
Master

Quote by Master_Scythe
open have better bass response? ive only ever found the opposite.

not to mention, even if bass is louder from open (i still dont think so...) just like a ported or sealed sub enclosure the sealed sounds cleaner and is more precise.



Yes better. Its tighter and faster. With closed cans, resonant frequencies become a problem, and the acoustic energy has to be managed better. Problems are more apparent in low frequencies, and it results in boominess, which can be mistaken for bigger bass.

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Edited by komuso: 6/2/2008 09:26:54 PM

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Master_Scythe 
7/2/08 10:26:10 AM
Guru

The more you know!*
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lol

I suppose thats fair. and normally id back the tighter response. Im all about quality.. though i must say, closed even if it is a more loose sound, stops the feeling of 'lacking' low. But I like my bass, and I think its hard for a small driver like a headphone to be TOO sloppy.

Clearly you know what your on about though, so really I think his decision comes down to: Does he want otuside noise and to be able to talk, or does he want full immersion?

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JayT 
7/2/08 11:01:43 AM
Overlord

Quote by Master_Scythe
The more you know!*
so really I think his decision comes down to: Does he want otuside noise and to be able to talk, or does he want full immersion?



You know i couldnt have put it better myself (and infact didnt lol) i want total immersion so that really helps my decision :D

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Scootsie 
7/2/08 6:40:46 PM
Master

Open headphones are generally the better option for listening to music (Some high end closed headphones are very good as well though - like certain Audio Technica's). Open headphones have a far better sound stage than closed ones, the sound's far less likely to sound like it's inside your head. Also, if the bass response isn't that good, perhaps you should try a different model of headphone. I have two sets of high end open headphones and neither lacks bass in the slightest. You'll find that the majority of high end headphones are open.

Closed headphones are mainly for if you need isolation, they'll stop sound leaking out, and more importantly, unwanted sound getting in.

As with any headphones, I'd recommend you try before you buy. All brands have a different sound and reading articles won't tell you if they're the ones perfect for you *Dodges Sennheiser fanboys*.

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komuso 
9/2/08 12:47:48 AM
Master

Quote by Master_Scythe
The more you know!*
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lol

I suppose thats fair. and normally id back the tighter response. Im all about quality.. though i must say, closed even if it is a more loose sound, stops the feeling of 'lacking' low. But I like my bass, and I think its hard for a small driver like a headphone to be TOO sloppy.

Clearly you know what your on about though, so really I think his decision comes down to: Does he want otuside noise and to be able to talk, or does he want full immersion?


Add to that the comfort factor.

Ultimately its splitting hairs at this level of quality... choosing between two pairs of budget headphones, being purchased by someone who is not too discerning otherwise he would probably spend more money (no offense JayT!), to be used for gaming. They're probably about the same.

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JayT 
9/2/08 1:43:34 PM
Overlord

Thanks for all the responses, I realised that at this price it would be hard to tell the difference, i got the Plantronic 365(closed ones) and god damn are they good for the price!

Its hard to find were they are lacking, everything sounds good on them, my mate has the icemat siberia headphones and said mine sound better and its easier to tell where people are in fps games etc.

Highly recommend these headphones for a budget set! couldnt be happier (unless ofcourse i had $200 to spend :P)

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perfection 
9/2/08 4:57:48 PM
Champion

I've got the Plantronics Audio 370 and loving it, they're very comfy, the audio clarity is great and its a good value for money headset.

Does the job for gaming and if you wanted surround sound, you'd go for the Audio 770 which is basically the same but offers surround sound :D

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Qball 
10/2/08 6:47:24 PM
Learner
I bought some AKG's recently and they amazing. Great sound picked them up from Carlton Audio.
Never been big on headphones prior to this purchase but i find myself putting these on even when i am not getting that look from the wife :P

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millerralf 
13/2/08 1:05:52 AM
Serf
http://www.akg-acoustics.com/site/powerslave,id,2,nodeid,2,pcategory,33,_language,EN.html I had electostattic Infinity's back in the 1980's($500US then), my second pair was always AKG.

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Modulator 
14/2/08 3:41:42 AM
Serf

komuso got that right.

If you confuse boomy bass with good bass and want no outside sounds when gaming get closed ones.

open ones are better and more comfortable but sound will leak so depends if you are on your own and if ppl around you bother.

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trev_trident 
6/9/08 12:36:18 AM
Serf
Yes, it's well built, durable and Ergonomic, but the mid range frequencies make them sound a bit flat. To those of you using cheap $30 headphone these will probably sound heavenly in comparison, but they lack the extra-high fidelity I'm used to.

MY MINI REVIEW
Plantronic 365: Gaming Headset
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Design 9 / 10
Comfort 9 / 10
Sound Quality 8 / 10 (mid range)


Edited by trev_trident: 6/9/2008 1:10:02 AM

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