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Someone else on here mentioned the Sennheiser HD598. I had those about 2 years ago before upgrading to the HD700s. I play first person shooters, and sound stage is EVERYTHING. Sound stage gives you directional hearing. It means knowing where other players are, and anticipating if they're about to come around the corner, are behind you, below you, or above you. For me, when I switched from Turtle Beach headphones to the HD598s, my performance improved GREATLY. If I could do it all over back then, I would have skipped "gaming headphones", and jumped straight to the Sennheiser HD598s ($100 approximately). They're open-back headphones, which means they can be heard by others in the same room as you, and you'll be able to hear background noise more than if you have closed-back headphones. For me, there is no comparison (open-back is WAY better), and for your budget, the HD598s are fantastic! If you want/need a mic, look for Ant Lion mic's on Amazon. You can get one for about $50-60. Combined, you're coming in under your budget, and will have a better headset than any "gaming headset" on the market. I don't know if you play on a PC, xBox, or Playstation. If you play on the xBox or Playstation, you might be interested in picking up an Astro mixamp (Amazon again). An Astro mixamp is great for giving you great surround sound, AND, more power for your headphones if they have an ohm rating above say, 50 ohms. The higher the ohms of a pair of headphones, the more power it takes to generated sound. While not required, those 598s would benefit from the Astro mixamp. I use the HD700s (150 ohms) for playing Call of Duty on xBox One, and they're AWESOME for first person shooters! It's like having echo location/radar. They've saved my butt many a time! The 598s will do the same for you! One of my first games with the 598s, I started out 30-0 in a match. The 598s made it easy. I could hear their footsteps before I could see them. I wasn't "camping", but I was always ready, because they gave me advanced warning. Good luck!