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Submitted by BrashGames 957d ago | opinion piece

Headphones – The Best Gaming Accessory Ever?

Liam Pritchard of Brash Games writes "And for the umpteenth time, Bethan, my long suffering girlfriend, once again vetoed my request for a surround sound system. Please understand, Bethan has nothing in particular against superior sound quality, but she did stress, and I believe this is verbatim, “I won’t have that racket booming through the flat while I’m trying to sleep” – Fair play I suppose, her reasoning was both sound and logical……that’s exactly what would happen". (BioShock, Child of Eden, Dead Space 2, PS3, Xbox 360)

topekomsi  +   958d ago
I agree with this, my turtle beach px5 headset has paid for itself through sound whoring, now i feel like im completely disconnected from my environment without them. I can still play, just not nearly as well.

Plus my wife also no longer bit*hes and moans about hearing bullets all around her.
beerkeg  +   957d ago
Yeah, headphones are a must if you value a sex life.
topekomsi  +   957d ago
LMAO no kidding. She hates the sounds of war.
beerkeg  +   957d ago
All joking aside (Well not joking really as it's the truth lol), headphones add so much to gaming. You hear all those little details that you may miss through listening to the speakers.

It does add a huge layer to everything, you really can get immersed. A good set of headphones is, as far as I'm concerned, not just an option but a necessity.
Neckbear  +   956d ago
You can't really say you're "sound whoring" when you're using a headset. A Turtle Beach headset, no less. A wireless Turtle Beach headset. A wireless surround Turtle Beach headset...oh god, what the hell is wrong with you?
topekomsi  +   956d ago
Don't Care what you think, i have owned all the major headsets (tritton, astro, tb, sieria v2) IMO turtle beach sounds the best to my ears. You may be different and i respect that troll.

When all i play is shooters mainly, and i am a defensive player, i mainly play search and destroy. All i do is sound whore. Im not sure you know what you are talking about.
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jb1276  +   957d ago
The top must haves for console/pc gaming are:

1. HDTV
2. Headphones
3. something to sit on (doesn't matter if its a bucket)

- you gotta HDTV and Headphones you're ready to roll son!
chasegarcia  +   957d ago
agree, a headset cost less & sounds better than most sound systems.
Perjoss  +   957d ago
Is it because they are much cheaper than a good amp with home cinema speaker setup?

I don't get it.
chasegarcia  +   956d ago
yes
When it comes to home cinemas, the best setup for quality sound is a 2.1 setup properly positioned. Usually with a cost of $300-$500 new.

A headset is usually 2.0. It is also right next to your ear which usually means you do not need good speakers to make it sound good, or bass speaker. They also do not get affected by walls or other objects.A good one is around $40-$100.

basically
many people = 2.1
1 person = headset
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BaconBits  +   956d ago
I bought the x41 a couple of years ago for just these reasons. My wife would constantly complain about the gun noises in games. I have a decent surround system too but when I moved to a new game room there was just no good place to put the speakers. I am now looking into getting the new turtle beach ones with blue tooth once my home renovation are done. I just wish someone would come up with a way to play split screen MP with two headsets and separate audio because with the x41 you can plug in a wired headset to go with the wireless ones but you get both audios from both players so you always hear footsteps and such from the other playing with you.
tokugawa  +   956d ago
I have these http://www.amazon.com/Sennh... which I use with one of these http://www.astrogaming.com/...
Great set-up... beats pretty much every other headset on consoles.. obviously the beyerdynamic mmx300s are better though

if you are looking for a new gaming headset, then i highly recommend paying the extra for that combo
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BaconBits  +   955d ago
Those do look good and I have looked at that mixamp and might pick it up for my second setup. I almost need the wireless for my game room though since I have kids that run around and I like to get up and get a beer while still chatting between games.
Sketchy_Galore  +   956d ago
My ear covering headphones are a must for gaming. The only trouble is I do not live alone and tend to do most of my gaming at night with the lights out. Dead space + somebody getting up for a glass of water and walking in the room behind you = Not fun.
Perjoss  +   956d ago
as if Dead Space wasn't jumpy enough without friends & family unintentionally scaring the cr@p out of you.

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