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The Best Gaming Headsets for Every System

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The Best Gaming Headsets for Every System

Sound quality: It seems obvious, but we’ll say it anyway: a spec sheet can’t always tell you what a headset will sound like. A well-made stereo headset can sound better than a poorly made 7.1 Dolby Atmos surround sound set. Check out the reviews to get an idea of ​​how a headset performs in real life.

Surround sound options: Modern headsets have become very good at reproducing or simulating surround sound in headsets with systems like Dolby Atmos for Headphones or DTS:X. These systems especially have an impact in games where you want to be able to hear exactly where an enemy is shooting at you from. Make sure you can turn the surround sound on or off.

Comfort: This is another subjective category, but if you’re going to wear a headset for hours while gaming, it’s important that it doesn’t hurt. If heavy headphones press against your temples, you may get a headache after a while. Look for headsets that have an adjustable, ergonomic design, adequate cushioning, and are generally lightweight.

An adjustable boom microphone: If you plan to use your headset for online gaming, a good microphone is important. Many headsets come with boom microphones that can be placed in front of your mouth. Some are removable, while others can simply be rotated or bent away from your mouth when not in use. Make sure you get the type that is suitable for your needs.

Visible microphone mute and indicator LEDs: It’s important to know when you’re broadcasting audio so you don’t accidentally share your private conversations with your teammates. Some microphones automatically mute when you flip them up, while others use a special mute button. We especially like headsets with red LEDs that indicate when the sound is muted, which can be useful.

Microphone monitoring so you can hear your voice: If you want to keep an eye on how you sound to your teammates, and not sound like you’re yelling while playing, microphone monitoring is a feature that lets you hear your own audio through your headphones. Optimally you can adjust the volume. When you listen to a podcast or radio talk show, chances are those people are using some form of microphone monitoring so they can hear themselves and others.

Equalizer (EQ) and adjustment tools: Games, movies, and TV shows are mixed differently, and when you listen, you may want to emphasize different aspects of the audio signal. Custom EQ presets allow you to set different balances for watching a movie or playing a game, or even different balances per game.

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