Reading this article will take you through 3 alternatives if you are looking for gaming headsets with 7.1 surround sound. What advantage or disadvantage do you get with these versus common stero headsets? Are there any other requirements besides the headsets themselves? Are they all wired, or are there some wireless options for cordless freedom?
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Three alternatives with 7.1 surround
- Blue Vo!ce microphone technology ensures that your voice sounds richer, cleaner and more professional
- Memory foam wrapped in premium leatherette or breathable velour for better comfort
- Durable steel and aluminium build
- Next generation surround sound – DTS Headphone:X 2.0 takes 7.1 channel surround sound further than ever before with enhanced bass rendering, audio clarity and proximity cues. And for you gamers – enemies location is pinpointed more accurately than before through a new level of distance awareness that differentiates between near field and far field audio
- 50mm drivers
- Pro-tuned equalizer settings
- USB sound card (DAC), programmable through software. Required for 7.1 surround.
- PC cable with inline mic enables you to use the headset with the boom mic detached
This Logitech gaming headset will set you back about 130 us dollars.
Reviews for the G Pro X is mostly great, so a lot of people have great words to say about this particular headset.
If you are looking for a bluetooth stereo headset with microphone, this will deliver more than that. Not only stereo, but also like the others headsets mentioned here – 7.1 surround sound.
- Bluetooth connection
- Active noise cancelling
- 2 hidden microhpones, no microphone boom
- 10 hours battery time
- Leather and memory foam for wearing comfort
- USB transmitter for your computer / console. Required for 7.1 surround.
- Different versions for PlayStation and XBox
These wireless headphones are higher up on the price range, they will demand about 330 us dollars from your wallet. But you do get cordless freedom with it.
Reviews for this headset varies from mediocre to great, many like it.
- USB dongle (optional)
- Wireless with about 10 meters range.
- Bluetooth connection, also lets you pair it with other devices. Answer phone calls, and then return to your in-game audio seamlessly.
- Works with PC (Windows 10) and PlayStation 4.
- Great sound with warm deep bass without compromising the mid-range or high frequencies.
- 20 hours battery life over bluetooh, and 16 hours over the low-latency Sennheiser connection.
- Quick charge, 7 minutes for two hours of playing.
- Charge while playing
- Advanced noise-cancelling microphone with flexible boomarm. Mute it by simply lifting it up.
Sennheiser is amazing at making headphones sounding great, and so do these. Reviews vary from low to mid-range, and say these deliver high quality audio, but the range is limited (below 10 meters) and the price is way too high, compared to other headsets out there. This headset retails for about 350 us dollars, making the Logitech set look like a real bargain, although it is wired.
All of these brands make a lot of great hardware and have been around for years.
Wireless versus wired
I don’t know about you guys, but personally I tend to sit in front of my PC when I’m gaming. Wether the headset is wired or not isn’t very important for me, but if you don’t like getting tangled up at your desk, or want to go grab a snack without missing out on your team conversations, wireless might be the way to go. What you can experience with the wireless ones, is somewhat more background noise / white noise. Wireless gives you some more options, like connecting them to other audio sources via bluetooth. Answering phone calls, like the Sennheiser 670 is also a bonus, but it comes at a cost.
If I should choose among these three options, I’d go for the Logitech G Pro X. Good for the wallet, and covers my needs regarding gaming audio. Definitively want a new one, using an ancient Logitech one today, stereo with jack plugs and no usb. But it works, though just on a mediocre level.
7.1 surround versus stereo
Why does it matter if it is a plain stereo headset or a fancy one with surround sound? Not all of your games will benefit from it, and they must support it as well, otherwise it’s just nonsense. Love playing first person shooters? Like Battlefield, Call of Duty and more? If you by using surround sound are able to better pinpoint where your enemy is, it should give you that little extra advantage over them.
Your movie watching experience will also be enhanced using surround sound, putting you right in the middle of the action, instead of standing next to it, so to speak. Hearing the chopper coming up behind you, and then passing overhead is pretty awesome. Well worth trying, if you have never watched movies with surround before.
Just a little application tip for you : This great free application lets you easily talk to your teammates while gaming, so you don’t have to rely on the in-game communication solutions. These are not always the best in games, Discord does it very well. It can also be used for messaging and chatting in groups.Grap the application from here : https://discordapp.com/ It’s time to drop Skype and TeamSpeak.
Buy or not?
If your wallet says yes, you want to gain that little extra edge while playing games, and want to immerse yourself deeper into the movies, then you should strongly consider getting yourself a headset supporting 7.1 surround, along with a good microphone to have great comms with your team. Good communications aids your team in winning the battle, as opposed to other teams not talking to each other. Cordless freedom is nice to have, but not a must. If your wallet disagrees, the a good stereo headset will let you enjoy the game, but without the comms. Good sound for little money is a Koss Porta Pro. Check it out.
Do you have any experience using surround headsets versus stereo headsets? Leave a comment below.