Headset/Headphones for gaming

30 replies [Last post]
theCaNNoNFoDDeR
Offline
Joined: 06/02/2010
Posts: 1

Can any one help me with picking out a headset for gaming. Some thing with incredible performance and nice sound. At the moment I am looking at the Razer Megalodon, Logitech G35, Psyko audio 5.1, Steelseries and Fatal1ty gaming headphones. However i cant decide what to buy because of the mixed reviews and no comparison of the prodocts what so ever and most of the reviews are outdated and don't even mention the newer products.

Thanks for the help and happy fraging!

Razear
Razear's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/30/2008
Posts: 1105

I'd probably go with the Logitech G35.

k37chup
k37chup's picture
Offline
Joined: 04/17/2010
Posts: 18

Had fatal1ty gaming headphones didn't find them comfortable because they just too small.

Abbztract
Offline
Joined: 01/15/2012
Posts: 3

Dude, get the Psyko. The BEST surround sound headphones with the BEST positioning..And they look good :D

The last thing I want to do is hurt you... But it's still on the list..

We live in a society where pizza gets to your house before the police..

Warrior
Warrior's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/29/2010
Posts: 33

Psyko audio.

Zanith
Zanith's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/28/2009
Posts: 27

I would go with either like Warrior said Psyko audio 5.1 PC gaming headset or a cheeper way is any Decent 5.1 or 7.1 Speaker system if you got the layout for it.


CPU:Intel Core i7 920 @3.32GHz
RAM:6 GB 3x2GB Mushkin Enhanced DDR3 1866MHz @1600MHz
Motherboard:Biostar T-Power x58
GFX: 2x MSI GTX 560Ti 1GB Dual SLI

xangelis
Offline
Joined: 12/25/2010
Posts: 3

If you have a decent sound card I'd say go for the Psyko. If you don't have a proper sound card you won't get the full potential of the Psyko headphones. For more a budget side of things go with SteelSeries Siberia V2 great for gaming and casual music listening & discreet mic. Logitech are also great if you don't have a sound card and very reliable - still have my Logitech headphone for a few years.

forcefedflesh
Offline
Joined: 08/17/2011
Posts: 42

Go with something from Creative, their headsets have been pretty darn nice lately people are saying.

Such as the Soundblaster Tatics

Kagnos
Offline
Joined: 03/29/2012
Posts: 12

For years I have always had Logitech stuff. I love their products, and have lasted years on end even through pretty heavy use with gaming and casual use. I would pick the G35s :P

kstewart1g
Offline
Joined: 03/29/2012
Posts: 10

Steelseries Siberia V2, they sound amazing, great microphone quality too.

forcefedflesh
Offline
Joined: 08/17/2011
Posts: 42

Steelseries headsets loss quality as well as logitech from what Ive heard, id still say try looking into Creative Headsets pretty darn good quality PERIOD.

Thowe
Thowe's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/30/2012
Posts: 8

If you are looking for high end Sennheiser is always an option. On a budget look at the siberia v2, though they are cheaper than most headsets the sound quality is excellent for all the games I've used them in.

matacks
matacks's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/16/2011
Posts: 49

Yea I have the steel series Siberia V2. They are very good and comfortable. I prefer the type of headsets that surround the ear because I dont like the pressure from smaller headphones pushing on my ears. That starts to become uncomfortable after a while. One downside of the type that completely covers the ears is they can get hot if your wearing them in a room thats not very cool.

The only issue I have with the Siberia headset is the USB sound card adapter thingy. Sometimes theres a slight crackling noise when playing certain games. I first noticed this while playing Arma 2 but it doesn't happen with all games. I think the USB adapter part is sorta cheap but if choose the headset can be plugged in with the normal audio jacks for stereo sound.

On other games the USB adapter sounds really cool with simulated 8Ch surround. The Bass is also really good. I think if you have headphones like this you ahve to be careful so your not making yourself go deaf.

unknown94
Offline
Joined: 07/24/2012
Posts: 12

Definitely get headphones, you don't 5.1 gimmicky headphones. Just need a stereo headphone, I have a Superlux HD688B (Modded) and its pretty good.

trucido
trucido's picture
Offline
Joined: 07/30/2012
Posts: 5

I use sennheiser 350's, they were kind of expensive but unlike Turtle beach headsets they actually last more than 3 months. Had them for about a year and absolutely no problems as of yet. Everyone I speak to with the mic reports it sounds like im in their room.

Edit: They're stereo (atleast my 350's are, im sure 360 or new ones probably 7.1)

teerwik
Offline
Joined: 08/13/2012
Posts: 10

I use a razer banshee and these headsets are so sexy and the sound quality is top notch

Djinn04
Djinn04's picture
Offline
Joined: 07/17/2010
Posts: 16

my cousin went with the Turtle beach The XP300 he said they make pretty good quality headsets ,i personally don't know since i don't ever use one myself .

Cerrenity
Cerrenity's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/01/2012
Posts: 3

"Steel series 7H" - can only say positive things about that headset, because that is what i use myself.

Manic Mouse
Manic Mouse's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/01/2007
Posts: 118

I have two headsets:

Cooler Master CM Storm Sirus (USB connection)
Tritton AX Pro (optical connection)

Both have 4 drivers in each ear for full (not simulated) 7.1 surround support.

Of the two I prefer the CM Storm Sirus mostly because it is so much less fiddly to set up and use.

Both of them sound amazing though I found the Trittons to emphasize the high frequencies a bit more. Set up of the trittons is a pain -

1. Optical cable into the sound card (or motherboard) TOSLink optical
2. Power brick into both the decoder box and the headphones (early AXPros came with 2 powerbricks that were BOTH needed - but tritton later created one with 2 output wires).
3. USB for the mic goes into the USB port

Sirus has a single cable with 2 USB plugs (one for sound+power, one for mic).

The CM Storm's mic can swing up out of the way, but is permanently attached. The tritton's mic comes off if you twist it toward the back and pull itr off, but when attached it is pretty inflexible.

Mark Baker

Asus P9X79 Deluxe, Intel i7 3930K @4.5Ghz, 64gb G.Skill RipjawsZ 10-10-10-30 PC3-12800, Sapphire HD 7950 3GB, OCZ Vertex 4, Vertex 3 & Intel 510 SSDs, wrapped in a CoolerMaster HAF XM case

Prophet4NO1
Offline
Joined: 09/13/2010
Posts: 196

Manic Mouse wrote:I have two headsets:

Cooler Master CM Storm Sirus (USB connection)
Tritton AX Pro (optical connection)

Both have 4 drivers in each ear for full (not simulated) 7.1 surround support.

Of the two I prefer the CM Storm Sirus mostly because it is so much less fiddly to set up and use.

Both of them sound amazing though I found the Trittons to emphasize the high frequencies a bit more. Set up of the trittons is a pain -

1. Optical cable into the sound card (or motherboard) TOSLink optical
2. Power brick into both the decoder box and the headphones (early AXPros came with 2 powerbricks that were BOTH needed - but tritton later created one with 2 output wires).
3. USB for the mic goes into the USB port

Sirus has a single cable with 2 USB plugs (one for sound+power, one for mic).

The CM Storm's mic can swing up out of the way, but is permanently attached. The tritton's mic comes off if you twist it toward the back and pull itr off, but when attached it is pretty inflexible.
---------------

I have the same headset. I LOVE THEM!!! I have sold a few at work to my regulars after I got them. I use them in USB mode. I sounded better than the on board on my Maximus IV Extreme.

Petertherock18
Offline
Joined: 10/04/2012
Posts: 22

You have to personally try out the headphones yourself. It's best to visit your local electornic store to try them out. That's what I would do. Some of the headphone ear muffs might be too big or small so you should try them on. Some of them are durable and meant to last for long while others are made less sturdy. I prefer full headphones that come with the best noise cancellation, an adjustable volume switch, and a movable mic.

Manic Mouse
Manic Mouse's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/01/2007
Posts: 118

Some computer stores don't let people try out headphones before buying them for sanitary reasons.

Others won't even take them back once you bought them and the seal on the box broken unless they check out as DOA for those same reasons.

spawnkiller
spawnkiller's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/06/2012
Posts: 310

My local retailler have some "demo" unit that you can try and for me the Siberia v2 was the best quality/cost as i try the g35 and the megalodon that are over 100$ and i paid the siberia 65$ to have the same sound/comfort the sound to noise ratio is the best of the 3 112db vs 102 for the megalodon and 90 for the g35 and they're all 32 ohms impedance. (The siberia however is not USB) The siberia have 50mm driver that produce really good sound and the g35 and megalodon are 40mm drivers, not bad but i was upgrading from 40mm drivers and at my ears the siberia sound is better than these two for music, in game experience is the same at my ears (tested with BF3 at the retailler) Don't bother about the 7.1, it's only emulated by software so even stereo headset will do that...

The logitech mic sounds better, the megalodon and the siberia mics are crispy and pick everyting (mouse click, keyboard typing, etc...) so the sound is really clear but if you live in border of a road, you have to adjust the sensitivity really low to not transmit constantly to your teammates (or use a push button)

For the comfort, i found the g35 not so comfortable as the earcups have rough padding, the megalodon comes with tissues earcups that let the ears breath a little so it doesn't become hot and are really comfortable... The siberia comes with leather and really soft padding, really comfortable but in long time usage become very hot as the leather doesn't breath and you basically sweat from the ears !!!

(i usually take them off within 2-3 hours of play and just for 5 min, that is enough to not sweat but if i'm really in a good games for hours, like WOW sometimes, i simply forget as i'm immerse in the games and when i stop playing, then it becomes hot instantly !!!)

Tested with an headphone amp on a Xonar DG, the siberia was my choice as it have much powerfull and clearer lows and highs in music (i basically listen to rock, metal music so that's the point of this) if you listen to other types of music, maybe a different headset will sound better for you and if you don't have a headphones amp or even a sound card, i don't think you will reach the max potential of the siberia so they'll probaly have lower sound quality as the 2 others that have usb sound cards ;)

If you want USB, i'd go for the megalodon, with these completly customisabled setup for all sound (you can adjust bass, stereo, 5.1/7.1, etc) and you can't do that with the G35... also i found that 90DB StN ratio for the G35 is not really good as my old fatal1ty headset (paid 40$ and now they sells it for 15$ for the rest of stock) have 110db stn and 40mm drivers too but aren't usb)

If you want standard 3.5mm, i really suggest the Siberia V2 but paired with a decent sound card cause otherwise they can't deliver all the precision and quality they're constructed for... (get away from fatal1ty unless you have only 20$ as it compete with 60$ headphones but the siberia that sells anywhere from 60 to 90$ (depending on the version cause you can have a USB soundcard included with) are competing with 150$ headphones like the Seihneiser PC350 so... (I never tried them with their packaged USB sound card so i can't compare...)

Gaming PC: MSI Z77A-G45 ::: Intel Core I7 3770k @ 4.83Ghz ::: EVGA GTX680SC Signature ~1300mhz Boost/7122mhz ram ::: 16GB 4*4gb G.Skill 2240mhz CL10 ::: ASUS Xonar DX ::: Crucial M4 128gb (windows) + Intel 330 180gb (Steam games) + 1TB Caviar Black (storage) ::: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold M1000 ::: Antec P280 ::: Noctua NHU12P SE2 ::: ASUS VE247H ::: Logitech G510 ::: Cooler Master Storm Sentinel II ::: Logitech X530 ::: Steelseries Siberia V-2 Black & gold edition

98% Of people under 25 surround their minds with rap music, if you're part of the 2% that stayed with rock, put this in your signature, ROCK IS BETTER!

Malevolence2012
Offline
Joined: 09/28/2012
Posts: 10

Razer headsets are pretty good.

sureshracer
sureshracer's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/07/2010
Posts: 13

i'm thinking of getting.corsair vengence 1500,what u all say

spawnkiller
spawnkiller's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/06/2012
Posts: 310

Don't know about the Corsair headset but on paper that seems really good, they're USB, seems powerfull, as i read about them, the 7.1 emulation can pin-point the sound so really nice in FPS...

studguy5
Offline
Joined: 09/11/2010
Posts: 9

Corsair vengeance 1500 is great but the steelseries siberia v2 is good as well

Noired
Noired's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/03/2012
Posts: 11

Razer Electra.

arnaud
Offline
Joined: 06/30/2011
Posts: 11

psycho is neat , but be aware that its a bit on the heavy side + its fragile, being all empty plastic tubing

SkullAbyss
Offline
Joined: 10/09/2011
Posts: 18

The headset I use have some really good sound to them, which are the Rosewill RHTS-8206 Gaming Headphones. I have had them for over 9 months, very durable, outstanding microphone and booming bass. The software also has an EQ and also allows you to enable Virtual 7.1 Surround sound. They are also true 5.1 Surround sound.

Here is my video review of them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1fUu9Ah4g0

TeeBlack
TeeBlack's picture
Offline
Joined: 08/15/2012
Posts: 104

i like the Cooler Master Aluminum headset

You dont know me but that's the way i like it!