Gaming headphones are a separate type of technology in the field of personal sound perception. They appeared even before the concepts of the categories of “audiophile” and “premium” technology had time to fully establish themselves. Until recently, there was little common ground between these types of devices, even though many avid fans of listening to music on headphones, including gamers. Or better to say that many gamers including avid headphone users. Gamers far outnumber audiophiles, even in the post-Beats world.
Ease of use
For some, the answer to this question may be obvious, but I want to take a closer look at the differences in the usability of gaming and headphones for listening to music. When the goal of headphones is to convey acoustic background to the listener or to focus his attention, we tend to reduce the expected level of comfort to a satisfactory one. It doesn’t really matter if you pay attention to the headphones with mic, they do not cause painful discomfort. First, they are expected to have good sound quality, and convenience comes second. Of course, this is a subjective assessment, but let’s see how things are with gaming headphones.
Between audiophiles and gaming headphones, perhaps the biggest differences are in sound. The game sounds naturally depend on the game genre, but the sounds of dialogue, midrange, and high frequencies are distinguished by a short transient response and an increased dynamic range. Therefore, gaming headphones, compared to conventional audiophile headphones, will not tire the listener much. Sounds can be very different: steps, voices, shots, piercing sounds mixed with the roar of explosions or the growl of monsters. This greater diversity in frequency response means that the clarity of the sound image is much more important than its overall warmth.
There are several factors and details to consider when choosing a gaming headset, but we’ll look at what we think are the main ones: microphone and cost.
A microphone should only be considered if you use it, and clarity is the main factor for it. On cheap headsets, everything is often deplorable with it. Those who have played Halo or Call of Duty online before can talk about this in detail.
When using a good microphone, phrases are not cut off in mid-sentence and they are heard much more clearly. In general, a good microphone should have a separate connection or detachment, a pop filter, and durable connectors. Flimsy wires dangling from the end of the earcup often break easily and are usually a sign of a poor-quality microphone. A separate microphone cable will also expand the options for non-standard interfaces. And add support for microphone gain and connection options.
It may seem that the easiest way is to buy the most expensive model available, but this approach has pitfalls. One of them is a feature set. Even for expensive models with a cool design and all sorts of features. The sound and usability can be at a very low level. When choosing gaming headsets, you should always determine which features are important to you and which are not. If you do not use a microphone, then you should select the appropriate headphones. For example, for RPG, you can choose a model without a microphone and with an emphasis on sound quality close to audiophile headphones. On the contrary, for FPS, models with a warmer frequency response are more suitable.