Gaming headsets give you an extra edge over your opposition, and if you are serious about gaming, they are a must have accessory. They come in all different shapes, sizes and prices and depending on your use for them, there are a lot of factors to consider. Gaming headsets usually offer more comfort, as they are designed to be worn over longer periods of time, and they also come pre-equipped with a microphone, so that you can convey with your team and friends. They are a handy peripheral, and if you pick the right one they can completely transform your gaming experience. Some of them offer surround sound, others offer wireless capabilities, and some of them offer the whole package.
The list below represents the best products in each category in my opinion. We have the best wireless gaming headset, best wired gaming headset, best standalone microphone and the top headphones as well.
|Best Wireless Gaming Headset||Logitech G930|
|Best Wired Gaming Headset||HyperX Cloud Revolver|
|Best Standalone Microphone||Audio-Technica AT2020|
|Best Headphones||Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7|
Not everyone likes to use a gaming headset, especially those who are using a gaming computer, and instead, they may opt to go for a microphone and headphone combination. The reason they do this is because a gaming headset brings a mediocre pair of headphones, and an OK microphone together, whereas the combination allows the most serious enthusiasts to get a professional grade microphone and a pair of headphones that any audiophile would be happy about.
Conventional headphones are manufactured with audio quality in mind, and they can provide much more accurate bass and treble levels. They can also be worth much, much more as the scale is never ending, unlike gaming headsets that cap-off at a few hundred dollars. They can also be used with an upgraded audio card in a computer to provide even more amazing audio, which can’t be done on conventional gaming headsets as the quality is limited by their small drivers and bad compatibility.
There are many people out there who produce content online, like YouTubers etc. And many of them will do some form of audio commentary over the top. For this reason, separate microphones are very popular in the gaming community, and they really do add an extra layer of quality to online media. It is true that the microphones on gaming headsets are more than adequate for talking online with your friends, but they simply don’t cut it when it comes to professional audio. This can be understood however when you discover that many microphones are more expensive than gaming headsets themselves, and they can get very expensive. Just like headphones can be improved with audio cards, the vast majority of mics need an audio interface, to process the audio at the correct quality. Some manufacturers do sell ‘Plug and Play’ microphones that run off USB, however, these are usually cheaper and in most cases no different than gaming headsets.
Best Wireless Gaming Headset
Here at EarbudsAddict we tried and tested many wireless gaming headsets, with the aim of discovering the very best headset. Over the course of our testing, we trialed 40 of the most acclaimed gaming headsets and eventually came across our favorite: The Logitech G930 wireless gaming headset.
Like I mentioned in the sections above, some headphones offer surround-sound and wireless technology and the G930 is one of those. It boasts beautiful 7.1 surround-sound, which is ideal for gaming as you can pinpoint the location of your enemy with easy, using a method most commonly referred to as ‘Sound Whoring’. Some games like Call of Duty even help you with this, and they offer perks to make sounds louder.
The build in mic is perfect for communicating with people, as it is clear and crisp, and it even features noise cancelling technology that works to cut out background noise, so whoever you are communicating with is not distracted. On the side of the earcup there is: a volume wheel, which is very nice to use as it is very tactile; a mute button next to that, although you can also mute the microphone by pushing it up to a vertical position; and above them are three buttons that act as macros and are fully customizable from Logitech’s included software.
You can set the macro buttons to do any action you would like, for example, you could make the first button launch skype, the second one launch a game, and the third button could play some music. You can be really creative with these keys, and this was one of the main features in our eyes.
Overall the gaming headset is enough to rival most headphone and mic combinations, and unlike them it works with games consoles as well, meaning it is ideal for talking in game. It also looks very stylish, and like we mentioned it is perfectly comfortable during long gaming sessions. We fell in love with the Dalby 7.1 sound as well as the macro buttons, and it certainly is a unique product.
Best Wired Gaming Headset
Wired gaming headsets are geared more towards the cheaper market, however the fact that they are wired does prove a brilliant advantage when talking about sound and microphone quality. We wholeheartedly believe that the HyperX Cloud Revolver Pro gaming headset is by far the best wired gaming headset on offer. It is fully compatible with the Play Station 4, Xbox One and PC, just like the G930. You may think that the short wire may be an issue when using it with consoles, which can sometimes be across the room, however, it connects to the Play station’s controller via a 3.5mm auxiliary cable. Most computers have a separate audio out and in port, and that is why the Cloud Revolver comes with an adapter, to get you up and running in no time.
The ear-pads are designed for maximum comfort, and they are made out of memory foam, which will mold to the shape of your head, meaning you will hardly notice they are there. Just like the wireless Logitech, the HyperX’s also has a noise cancelling microphone, however, it is actually detachable, meaning you can use these as a normal pair of headphones.
Another benefit of them being wired is that, unlike wireless gaming headsets that require a USB port to function, they can be used with Phones, Tablets and much, much more. All of this forms together to create a premium wired gaming headset, which is also made of steel, and we find it hard to choose over this and the wireless one.
Best standalone microphone
It is hard to decide on the best microphone, as it is really all down to your use for it, however, we fell in love with the Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone. It is a great microphone, under 200 dollars, and it is more than capable of being used in various situations.
Some of its best features are:
- It has a dynamic range of 124 decibels
- It only weighs 12 Oz, so boom arms will cope with it just fine
- Its frequency response is 20 to 20,000 HZ
Overall this is our favorite microphone, but depending on the price you would like to spend, it may not be for you.
Best pair of Headphones
Just like with microphones, it is all down to personal preference, however at EarbudsAddict we are all using the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7, which we all think are a truly fantastic pair of headphones. They are priced quite a lot higher than the gaming headsets, and they feature 45 mm drivers, which is less than the gaming headsets.
Although it is beaten on paper by both the wired and wireless gaming headsets, it is a much better performer. Whilst it may be true that audio driver size does have some effect on quality, it is also dependent on the manufacturer’s technology being good. This is the advantage that the ATH-MSR7s have over gaming headsets, and Audio-Technica has done a great job at optimizing them for audio consumption.
Which Gaming Headset and Gaming Headphones With Microphone Is Best For Me?
Overall we think that if you have a substantial budget, and you are primarily gaming on a computer, that a headphone and microphone combination may be best for you as they are simply much more versatile. You can use your microphone to talk to your friends over skype as well as professional recording. The headphones can also be used in more situations, and they look more normal because they are less bulky.
If you game on a console or have no need to record professional audio, then a headset is by far the best for you. They offer fairly decent audio, which to a normal person would be hard to distinguish when compared to the headphones, and they can also be used on consoles. The microphone is also placed right next to your mouth, and there is no need to purchase a pop filter, boom arm, or shock mount.
The best advice we can give you is that once you understand how you will use the device, then it makes choosing between headsets and combinations far easier.
As always we hope you found this article informative, and if you have any suggestions be sure to let us know.