I currently have a HyperX Cloud headset, which I love, to give you an idea of my audio-expectation level. I generally use speakers for preference, but I host a few LAN weekends a year which is when I get out the headphones. They are great, but block out too much sound - I can't hear others taking unless they have their headphones on and it's picked up by TeamSpeak, and there have been times when someone has turned up at the door and I don't hear the doorbell or my phone ringing to let them in! Consequently, I spend a lot of the time with one earpiece off my ear, which kind of defeats the purpose. I'm thinking about getting an open backed headset to mitigate this, so I can still hear the world during the LAN weekends. There's a few cheap, no-name ones on Amazon, but I'd hate to spend £20-£30 to get something bad when I could spend a little more and get something decent. I then started thinking about getting branded open backed headphones and adding a modmic. But then we're almost at the cost of a new Sennheiser G4ME One, but if I'm looking at those, I may as well get the newer version, the GSP 500.... Yup, I justified my way up from £20 to £180 in a matter of less than 30 minutes! Can anyone suggest a cheap, open backed headset that isn't terrible for occasional use, before I spend £180+ on something awesome, shiny and massively overkill for my needs?