Have you seen the new Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum? It hits all those points. Logitech has even been trying to compare it to audiophile grade headphones. Price is 200$ USD.
*takes a deep breath*
If a headset costs over 200$ there is a good chance that whatever company is selling it is just marking it up by 200% to make it cost that much (not always true, but mostly). On top of that, they probably didn't make it to begin with either. There are a lot of those rebrand companies going around, so make sure to avoid them.
You will not find a good mike on a gaming headset.
You will not find good speakers on a gaming headset.
Most importantly- there is no such thing as a true surround sound headset. All headsets are 2.1 stereo, but do some kind of 7.1/5.1 to binaural surround sound in software before sending it off to the speakers. Some headsets may have smaller speakers surrounding the main driver to try to give a better sense of direction- but it's still technically a form of stereo.
Now that that's out of the way. If you really want a high quality, great sounding, "surround sound" headset with a really good mike this is what you do-
1.Buy audiophile grade headphones with relatively low impedance.
The Sony MDRV6 and the Sennheiser HD280 Pro are both considered some of the "best" headphones and are very respectable. Both are 100$ USD and are made in a monitor audio design- meaning nothing is enhanced but is exactly where it should be. Both headphones impedance is only 64 Ohms, meaning they can be used on almost anything. If anyone laughs at either as low quality they obviously have no idea what they're talking about and proably use Beats (which are terrible headphones audio wise).
2.Buy a audio card that can drive those headphones and has that 7.1/5.1 to binaural built into it.
Almost all ASUS audio cards have the feature. It's listed as "Dolby Technologies" under the feature listing. I recommend the ASUS Xonar DX from them. Amazon lists it at 81$ USD, but other places may price it up to 100$. Some games already have a version of the conversion built in(Skyrim, Battlefield 3, and some others) and that may be why you've already noticed some degree of direction on your stereo headset. However no one uses true binaural as the copyright holders for that prevent anyone from using it (in a convoluted way they make more money from doing that).
3.Buy a mic to attach to the headphones.
Yes you can buy your own mike to attach to it. It's not a fancy convoluted trick. They do make mics specifically for attaching to headphones. They're be waaayyy better then any headset mic to. I recommend the AntLion Audio ModMic 4.0 at a reasonable 50$ USD for the most amazing sound quality you've ever heard come out of a headset ever. Oh and here are some clips they make to make attaching it to any pair of headphones supper easy. Set one, set two. Combined price of both is 7$ USD.
Sub Total Minus Tax- 250$
Audio quality- Better then any gaming headset ever made.
Retail price for a all in one of this?- Does not exist! However I've heard good things about the Logitech one I mentioned at the beginning of this that makes it seem like it comes really close.
Oh, and the reason the Skype quality sucked might just be because Skype will endlessly compress your audio to terribly poor qualities unless your connection is perfect. You should however, be able to manually adjust your outgoing audio on your end so that it doesn't get compressed to much. It's in settings for Skype....somewhere. Ask the other person you're on the line with to do the same thing if you don't like their audio quality.
You didn't tell us what country you live in. All products are listed within the USA in USD because of it as a default.
Edited by SEANIA, 03 September 2015 - 08:12 PM.