I'm looking to buy a headset and mic combo and after recently being burned buying the onza tournament edition after reading online reviews I thought I'd ask for some other opinions from people who've used the ones I'm looking at. I've got me eye on the Astro, Turtle Beach and Tritons but is there some alternative I'm missing or anything I should know before I put my money down. I'm not fussed about wireless or surround sound.
In my experience, you really can't go wrong with a Turtle Beach headset. I have had my EarForce X31's for over 2 years now and they are still going strong. The plastic above the earphones has started to crack, but that is to be expected with the use they get(1000's of hours of gaming + not being very gentle with them).
I am also looking for a new headset so please update your post with the one you decide on so I can check it out also!
I cant recommend the Astro A50's enough. Yes,they are expensive but if you look at them like i do, a 3 year investment, that breaks down to $100 a year. The sound quality, comfort and wireless is unmatched but the cheap plastic on the headset and stand are huge disappointments. Also once the battery dies you have to return to Astro to replace. In the past i owned Trittons and its not even close. Best headset available that you can also use on ALL systems(PC, PS3, Xbox 360).
I've had Turtle Beach, Tritton, and they were ok. A while back I bought a pair of Astro A40's and they are hands down the best I've ever used (they're not wireless so I don't have to worry about battery life) it's also the headset that several people in the industry use - Arthur Gies at polygon, Patrick, Anthony Gallegos at IGN etc. for whatever that's worth to you.
I have the Turtle Beach X12s... they are... fine -- I only use them about 25% of the time and I'm don't use them for music or anything I really care highly about the precision of the sound... what mattered more was that they were decent and cheap...
That said, they're weird in that the cans are reversed (IOW left is right and right is left)... now I had enough connectors in my box 'o stuff to fix that, but...
The only gaming specific headsets I can recommend are Astros. I think Turtle Beach and the other headset friends all sound pretty terrible. Personally I'd say pick up a Astro Mixamp and go with whatever headphone mic combination you want to go with so you get actual better quality sound wise, but if want a full package than Astros it is. 50's being the best option now that the wireless is actually built in.
I prefer my Sennhessier PC360s which I use with the wireless mixamp Astro used to sell. However they are open, so that's an issue if you need privacy, also they are a little lacking if what you want sound wise is some UMPH.