Headsets for Pro-Gaming and Streaming
- 1 Types of headsets
- 2 The right headset for your game
- 3 Top manufacturer for headsets
- 4 The top 5 headsets of the pro gamers in comparison
- 5 General information
- 6 Cable spaghetti yes or no?
- 7 Surround or Stereo sound
- 8 Frequencies - A science in itself
- 9 durability and processing
- 10 community favourites
Ever since more and more players want to play their favorite games professionally and place the highest demands on their equipment in order to be successful, the manufacturers have developed extra headsets to meet the player’s wishes. In the past, it used to be enough to play with a normal headset, but nowadays a very good headset belongs to the absolute standard.
Many manufacturers work in cooperation with professional gamers on headsets that are supposed to meet the needs of all players and offer the best possible starting position. After all, who doesn’t want to be able to use the same equipment as their role models?
In the article we will inform you about the different headsets and what you should pay attention to.
Types of headsets
First of all, the headsets can be divided into three large groups, which differ in their design. On the one hand, there are the “Over-ear-headsets“, which completely shield you from the outside world and allow you to completely concentrate on your game. These headsets enclose the entire auricle. The larger contact surface of the padding distributes the weight more evenly, making it more comfortable to the ears, especially when you want to play longer. These are produced almost exclusively for gamers. They are also more suitable for spectacle wearers than the rest, as there is no pressure on the ears.
On the other hand, there are also the “On-ear headsets“, which are the complete opposite. With these, you can still hear outside noise and talk to other people in the room. However, that is precisely where the problem lies. You can’t hear the sound of the game very well, because you can still perceive sounds from the surroundings.
The last group are the “In-ear headsets“, but they are not used at all, because on the one hand they will be uncomfortable in the ear if you wear them permanently and on the other hand you will usually have a much worse sound quality.
With a mouse click on one of the thumbnails you will get directly to the best mice of the respective manufacturer.
The right headset for your game
Each game has different requirements for the gamers. The same applies to the headsets to a certain extent. In the following slider, we will show you which headsets are best for which games. With a mouse click on one of the thumbnails you will get directly to the best mice of the respective manufacturer.
Top manufacturer for headsets
Almost every hardware manufacturer nowadays also produces gaming headsets. Unfortunately, this has the disadvantage that you lose sight of the big picture, which headset is one of the best and which is not. Here we introduce you to the best manufacturers of headsets. With a click on one of the thumbnails you will get directly to the best mice from each manufacturer.
The top 5 headsets of the pro gamers in comparison
Finally, we looked at the equipment of five famous gamers and found out which headsets they use. Of course, you can’t talk about the best headset on the market, because as mentioned above, everyone has a different sound sensation. However, they can serve as good starting points for you to make your decision making easier.
|FalleN||Counter Strike||Razer Kraken Pro V2|
|Neo||Counter Strike||Steelseries Siberia Elite Prism|
|Fatal1ty||Quake 2||Creative Fatal1ty ProSeries HS-800|
We will now discuss all the features of the headsets and the different styles available on the market to give you a better overview.
Cable spaghetti yes or no?
Again, there are three different possibilities. If you prefer the cable tangle, you can choose either the USB connection or the jack plug connection. If you prefer to have fewer cables, choose a wireless headset.
The two cable variants depend on the sound chip on your mainboard. If you have a normal onboard sound chip, you should choose the headset with a USB connection, because there you have an integrated sound chip (DSP – Digital Sound Processing) that digitally enhances the sounds. But if you have a high quality motherboard with a premium sound solution, sound card or USB audio interface, you should choose a headset with a jack plug connection. For both versions you should make sure that the headsets have cable that is long enough.
You should avoid wireless headsets, as the sound quality is usually lower than with wired headsets. They are also usually heavier, which can cause pain during longer gaming sessions and are heavily dependent on their battery life.
Surround or Stereo sound
The question of all questions with headsets. Would I prefer a stereo headset with an optional sound card or would I prefer a surround sound headset. We have briefly introduced the two species to you.
Many manufacturers advertise with 3D, 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound to give gamers a “feel right in the middle of it”. This makes them feel more strongly integrated into the game and also allows them to locate their opponents spatially. However, this is not a true surround sound, since the small speakers are only a few millimeters away from each other and play the brain with specially distorted or delayed sounds. A side effect of this technique is a strong reverberation or a further false accentuation of the different sounds. To counteract this, many manufacturers now offer software to customize the sound or choose from preset sound profiles.
If you don’t want to use surround sound, you should use a jack plug headset with stereo sound. With Jack plug headsets unnecessary frills are dispensed, so that no negative impairments can occur. If you still want the surround sound, you can use the options of the sound card or the onboard audio.
Frequencies - A science in itself
There are three relevant frequencies that the human ear can perceive: low, medium and high frequencies.
Ideally, the frequencies cover a bandwidth from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. These numbers are usually given in the product description, but are not very useful when it comes to the sound of the headset. Because much more important than the width of the frequency is its amplitude, which determines the volume at a certain point in the frequency band.
Most measurements are made in the range of 1 KHz and most manufacturers are satisfied if they have exactly 0 dB at this point, the so-called “honey pot”.
If the amplitude or even a whole range is increased, certain tones from the sound can be emphasized, for example human voices or the “kick bass” by 100 Hz. This makes us more sensitive to loud noises, but we can also overhear incidental sounds.
Effects of such an increase
The bass boost is ideal for many people. The result is a warm tone and crisp bass, the gentle accentuation of the treble helps with detail and distance estimation. However, the bass boost can lead to a midrange weakness and also to holes in the sound. The midtones are particularly important in order to give the tones naturalness, volume and power. Strong mids are also important to separate the individual sounds, because they convey spatiality and in that way help with orientation. It is up to you to decide what you need or which sound image sounds best, and you should definitely test different instruments to find your ideal sound.
durability and processing
Who needs the best headset if it breaks quickly or individual parts are badly processed? When it comes to gambling, it can get emotional, so it is more important that the headsets are made of durable materials and are well processed.
So you should look at the headsets in the shop and touch them before buying. The plastic used should be of a high quality. Tap the headset with your fingernail to find out. If there is a deeper/marginal sound, the plastic is good, but if there is a higher or hollow sound, it is better to keep your fingers off.
However, the sliding mechanisms and joints should be made of steel or aluminum, so that they can quickly show signs of wear or even break under heavy use. Similarly, the device should not show any crackling or make any other noise from loose or rubbing parts when used.
Finally, if you choose a headset with a cable, you should consider that it is a braided (sleeved) cable. These cables are more resistant than plastic cables and from our own experience we can say that the cables are the great weakness of the headsets.
Finally, we would like to introduce you to your favorite headsets. These have received good reviews from the community and are also relatively inexpensive.