Which is the very best headset?
Questions such as the above headline are more often read in FAQs or on rating portals, as well as in technical and gaming forums. But there are as many answers to this question as a hedgehog has spines. Just as not all people can be sheared over the same comb, every headset has at least one advantage and one disadvantage. Surely there are Gaming Headsets that are technically better than others or made of a higher quality material, but that doesn’t automatically make a corresponding model the holder of the pole position.
There are many best lists on the Internet, but they seem to answer this question. But don’t be mistaken: Such listings usually only take the technical aspects into consideration and judge them with regard to their general quality – which is also completely okay for a first impression. But in this guide we want to go a little deeper into the subject and see where the individual strengths lie and what needs to be emphasized in the individual aspects if you want to get a new gaming headset.
Gaming Headset versus Normal Headsets
Not every headset is also suitable for gaming in front of the computer screen or console. We have already discussed earlier that it must have certain attributes in order to meet the needs during gaming for gamers. At first it’s just a general differentiation, later we’ll deal with the individual parts in more detail. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two most important aspects of the two variants:
The microphone: There are relatively similar requirements for the microphone on both sides: The voice should be transmitted realistically, without cracking or other noises. As clear and understandable as possible, without having to put the microphone completely in your mouth.
The headphones: If headsets are used for pure telephoning or in the job, it is usually sufficient if the quality is right and no rustle or noise can be heard. The counterpart must be clearly understood. In most cases, no great demands are made.
The situation is completely different with gaming headsets. Here the sound quality is one of the most important points. A clear sound reproduction is by no means sufficient here. Good speech intelligibility, spatial localization of sounds, differentiation and different settings are crucial here.
There is also this variant: microphone and headphones separately. This is often used by streamers because both parts can be selected individually. In addition, the sound quality for recordings is often a little better and can be adjusted directly on the PC with the appropriate program. But more and more often this combination is exchanged for a high-quality headset, because it is more comfortable and can deliver almost identical quality. A popular solution is for example the AntLion ModMic 5.