Originally Posted by anettis
I see a number of potential issues with these (and most USB headsets): 1) They add noticeable CPU overhead when compared to the internal sound card due to USB communications management. (If you don't believe me simply switch back and fourth between the USB headset and the internal speakers - by simply connecting/disconnecting the USB - when playing an MP3. As you do this watch the CPU utilization graph - major difference. 2) If you have an expensive sound card i.e. Audigy NX this headset would bypass it. 3) The USB sound card included does not include support for any EAX effects.
It may use cpu overhead, but it doesn't make a difference in performance or quality of the headset. I don't sit there and analyze the cpu overhead. If they work just fine and don't effect my game play or my system performance, I don't really care. Yes, I have seen the cpu utilization, but it doesn't make a difference in performance one bit.
Yes, it's going to bypass a sound card, but the quality of sound built into the headset is outstanding.
And it doesn't support EAX sound, whoopy crap. I've heard these headsets and speakers that are using a sound card that supports EAX and the sound difference is negligible.