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05-29-2006 12:21 PM
Rob Williams No worries guys, we all love helping people around here

The soundcard basically plugs into your USB port, and then your headset plugs into it. It's basically an external soundcard.. perfect if you don't have a spare PCI slot, or want a good soundcard for a laptop.

It actually looks like a quality product, although I have yet to try one personally. The ability to have 7.1 sound from a USB card sounds wicked to me. I think I like the fact that you can plug your microphone into it even, instead of running it to the back of your PC.

Generally speaking though.. if you have a 7.1 soundcard in your PC, and it's not an on-board one, you probably won't need this soundcard. The headphones should sound just as good on a decent 7.1 soundcard as with the external one they sell.

Personally, I'd only buy that USB soundcard if you don't have a soundcard in your PC, or your only sound card is already being taken up by speakers.
05-28-2006 11:23 PM
Unregistered
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Originally Posted by Unregistered
the USB soundcard....would it be just an attachment to the headphones? (i once owned a logitech USB headset and i think it had it's own soundcard?)

i'm really sorry to keep bothering you, but i'm really not knowledgeable about this kind of stuff and want to spend my money wisely.

thanks a billion
im a bit uva noob in this too.

what is the diff?
05-28-2006 03:02 PM
Unregistered the USB soundcard....would it be just an attachment to the headphones? (i once owned a logitech USB headset and i think it had it's own soundcard?)

i'm really sorry to keep bothering you, but i'm really not knowledgeable about this kind of stuff and want to spend my money wisely.

thanks a billion
05-28-2006 02:50 PM
Rob Williams I guess so, I really have no idea since I've never used them. If that was the case, I would go for the USB. I can't vouch for the quality of the surround sound though.

In the pictures for the USB, especially in the 'in the box' section, it doesn't once show the USB connector. Not really sure what that 'soundcard' is.
05-28-2006 02:39 PM
Unregistered earlier you mentioned that they do not have surround sound (or the altecs do)

seems like the USB headphones give you 7.1 surround sound?
05-28-2006 09:12 AM
Rob Williams I would get the non-USB version. Generally, USB ones sound good, but can sometimes run into problems. I have heard from fellow CS: Source players that theirs have 'kicked' out from time to time during gameplay.

I have never had that happen, and I have used USB before. There is really no sound difference really been either. You may as well get whichever you prefer. If you are planning to plug these into your speakers, then it may be just as easy to get the USB version. That way you won't have a long ass cord all over your desk.
05-28-2006 12:26 AM
Unregistered http://www.icemat.com/products/icematsiberia

There is a USB and non USB one.

Which is better for use with the computer?

I'm not really computer savvy, so I don't really understand the extra info with the USB.

It seems there's extra surround sound and stuff so the USB is better?

Someone please help me clarify this. Thanks in advance!
05-27-2006 10:45 PM
madmat I've got a pair of Koss UR-40 headphones and they do not press your ears into your glasses at all. They're extremely light, have a webbed headband, are foldable, cover your ears rather than set on them and sound simply awesome. The sad part is they have no mic. If you want a great sounding pair of stereo headphones and don't mind spending a bit for them ($49.99 at Radio Shack, less online via Froogle) you can't go wrong. If you need a full on headset with a mic, well, I dunno.
05-27-2006 09:44 PM
Rob Williams I think it would be hard to get a headset that is 'perfect' for this reason. Though, I have used four different headsets in the past year, and the Siberia was by far the most comfortable when it comes to glasses.

Out of any headset I have used, this would be your best bet. I don't know of any others on the market that could possibly be more comfortable than these, unless you are willing to pay out the behind
05-27-2006 09:27 PM
Unregistered sorry to be a pest
but i only keep asking because my ears are ultra sensitive.

do you remember if it ever pressed your ears into your glasses?
05-27-2006 09:12 PM
Rob Williams I switched just because I prefer the way the mic is on the 601i Altec Lansings. They also have surround sound, so some things sound a little better.

I don't have the headphones anymore, I just gave them to my sister before she moved. I used them for months though, and played games for hours. I never had any problems with them.
05-27-2006 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Rob Williams
Hmm, I haven't used the IceMat for a while, but I wear glasses. I had no problems wearing them for hours at a time. They've actually been some of the best headphones I've used for that reason.
why'd you switch? What do you use now?

If you still have them, can you check to see how tightly they fit for me?

thanks a lot for your review
05-27-2006 07:52 PM
Rob Williams Hmm, I haven't used the IceMat for a while, but I wear glasses. I had no problems wearing them for hours at a time. They've actually been some of the best headphones I've used for that reason.
05-27-2006 06:27 PM
Unregistered hi.

i have a quick question about these headphones

if you wore glasses while using them, are they still comfortable after long periods of use?

i currently own the mdr-v300s and have a problem with how tightly they fit. they press my ear against my glasses, making it so after 20 minutes of use, they become uncomfortable.

does the icemat have this problem?
10-17-2005 12:12 PM
Rob Williams Awesome, you will *love* them. I can't part with mine, hehe.
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