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Nov 25, 2017

Guide to High End Gaming Headsets - How to NOT Get Ripped Off

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Most gaming headsets are priced to look fancy and deliver a seamless experience. If you're interested in a truly amazing audio experience you're looking in the wrong category though...check out this guide on how to make the most of your buck!

Introduction

If you're in the market for a new pair of high-end gaming headphones, you might notice that beyond something like the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset (which is a pretty decent one-stop purchase for $80) lies a realm of gaming headsets that include a range like:

They're not necessarily all "bad" per se, but certainly, charge you a pretty penny to look cool and sleek. Out of the ones above, if you're really bent on picking up a gaming headset on the high end, the Sennheiser one is the only one I'd really recommend as they're an actual audio company.

However, what if I told you that if you're planning on spending that much money, there were far better options in sound quality, build quality, and overall performance?

Even better, you don't have to throw the whole thing out if one part starts acting wonky!

Ideal Setup

Headphones
Microphone
DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter)

Descriptions of the Above

Headphones

Any good pair of headphones will do as long as they're made by an actual audio equipment producing company. Some of you may be wondering if you can use the Bose QC35 or the Sony WH1000XM2 (two of the best consumer level headphones on the planet).

I'd recommend against this though, as the active noise canceling will drown out your voice and you'll end up shouting into your microphone.

Microphone

The Antlion Audio ModMic is the one I'm using at the moment and works quite well. It has a small mount that sticks onto the headphone, and results in a magnetically detachable piece. Make sure to get the uni-directional micophone though, or else it will pick up all the sounds in the room.

The blue snowball is also very popular, but I don't like how it condenses your voice and makes it sound round.


DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter)

If you already have a dedicated sound card installed inside your machine you may not need one of these. However, if you don't, then this performs the same job but better and generally cheaper.

In a nutshell, it turns computers sounds into ear sounds and doing it outside of your computer away from all the electrical components works better.

It also provides an extra boost of power to your headphones, which helps you level out sound and fully immerse yourself in the experience.

On the other hand, if your budget is under $100 it obviously won't make sense to pick one of these up, but it does make a noticeable difference for most people. It's much smaller than the picture looks though, so return shipping isn't much of a hassle if you decide it's not worth it for you.

Conclusions

If you intend on spending under a hundred and want to just plug and play then picking up a nice HyperX is totally still a good option. But if you want to maximize your cash efficiency and get a really nice pair of gaming headphones, then just get a really nice pair of headphones that can be used for gaming instead.

You won't regret it.


Looking to pick up a new headset and have some questions? Leave a comment below!


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