There are several ways to talk about the sound of gaming headphones. But to say that something sounds good or not is a bit too general. Decisive for gamblers is above all the surround sound, i.e. the feeling of being right in the middle of the action. If you sit in front of your PC or console and gamble in multiplayer against other players, you sometimes have to rely on your hearing. This way, the steps of the opponent hiding behind the left corner can be heard and assigned more precisely.
It’s probably not necessary to say that external speakers and hi-fi systems can never do this as accurately as a headset that sits directly on the user’s ears.
Many gaming headsets have stereo speakers that create a surround sound thanks to the virtual surround sound. Often the packaging is advertised with 3D, 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. Sound waves hit the auditory canal differently and help the brain to perceive the situation differently.
Another variant in some gaming headsets is to use surround sound instead of the virtual room sound to build different speakers into the auricle. The arrangement and angle of the individual loudspeakers play a role here, and together they should also create a kind of surround sound. The quality of the loudspeakers often suffers a lot with this type of construction, as many small individual parts are used instead of one large loudspeaker on each side.
The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Gaming-Headset stands for a really good sound in premium quality.
5.1 vs 7.1.
Gaming headsets with 7.1 Surround Sound technology have the ability to reproduce sound events many times more accurately. In contrast to a system with Surround Sound 5.1, there are no sound holes and the overall sound level is significantly higher. As you can imagine, 7.1 is a further development of 5.1, but both versions are still sold and are not as far apart in price as you might think. If you have planned to pay meticulous attention to the money, a gaming headset with 5.1 is not a bad thing.
SteelSeries is one of the brands that always offers good value for money and is one of the big players on the market. The prices are reasonable and affordable for most. As already mentioned in a section earlier: Just try it out.