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Top 10 Gaming Headsets for 2012

If you’re a gamer playing on an HD TV and still using the built in speakers, you’re just not getting the best of both worlds. While the average gamer is surprisingly 37 years old, there are still a big chunk of us that can’t afford, or don’t have the space to own an additional surround set. There is a solution to this problem though, and it all begins with the same principles. What kind of sound do you prefer? You may not know the differences between any of the sound configurations, but Yeousch is going to get a top 10 headset list with reasoning behind the ranking, and a general price you can find them at.

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-Mezzo-1548d ago

Excellent list, i use 'Wireless Stereo Headset (PlayStation 3)', it's amazing.

ItsMeAgain1548d ago

Same, fantastic sound + you can hook it up to the PC.

Boody-Bandit1547d ago (Edited 1547d ago )

The PS3 wireless headphones are decent pair of phones for their price point but I cant help but be some what disappointed by this very limited list of gaming headphones. There are more manufacturers on the market then Tritton, Turtle Beach n Astro.

Where are Byerdynamics, Razer, Logitech, Steel Series and Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3D? All of those phones could, and most should, be placed on a list of top 10 gaming phones.

I also disagree with the top spot going to the Tritton AX Pros. Even if you don't include the other manufacturers I listed above, I would give the top spot of the phones listed to the Astro's and 2nd place to the Turtle Beach PX5's and then the Tritton AX Pro.

Both the Astros and TB PX5's have better overall sound quality and clarity over the Tritton AX Pro. I have owned or tried them all.

My personal preference is a good mixamp with stand alone cans. I use both my Astro mixamp and Recon 3D with my Denon 5000 and Sennheiser 650's with a clip on mic.

If you guys haven't tried them out give the Creative Blaster Recon 3D a try. They are exceptional cans with really good sounding mic. The best part is now there are so many options for gamers today. You cant go wrong with nearly any of them regardless of your budget.

stevenhiggster1547d ago (Edited 1547d ago )

@Brutallyhonest

Not to mention the fact that the picture for the article is the Corsair Vengeance headset, yet no mention of them on the list.

And tbh I have the Turtle Beach PX3's and they should never be so high. They are very comfortable but the sound quality is pretty weak, no mid whatsoever and the build quality is terrible.
I honestly don't rate many gaming headsets, you are far better off with just a really good set of headphones and a separate mic, if it's sound quality your after. 90% of gaming headsets are overpriced junk.

Maybe I've just been spoiled by years of DJ'ing so I know what a really good set of headphones sound like. I use a set of Sony MDR V700 monitor cans and they are a million miles better than any gaming headset, and not as expensive as some (obviously they have no mic though).

Boody-Bandit1547d ago (Edited 1547d ago )

Agreed StevenH.

I guess those disagreeing with me just don't know there are a hell of a lot more options than what is listed in this article.

Can't believe I left Corsair off my list. But in my defense I didn't even notice the picture. When ever I see anything having to do with electronics I just go right to the source to see what they consider top picks. I am always disappointed with these list. Don't these sites have any real world experience? Dumb question on my part since the obvious answer is no.

I had a pair of Sony MDR V700's. They are excellent. Man if I could justify it to the wifey I would own dozens of pairs of cans but for what I need them for my 650's and D5000 are overkill since I use them strictly for gaming.

I guess we need an actual audiophile site to compile a list of cans that can be used for gaming. My next upgrade is going to be the Beyerdynamic Headzone Game 5.1 mixamp. It has received so many great reviews from sources I trust. Pricey but you get what you pay for.

STONEY41547d ago

I agrew about the stand-alone cans. The Sennheiser HD 598 with a mic and Astro mixamp blows any "gaming" headset away. They have HUGE soundstages, and are pretty nice for music. I use those for gaming, and Ultrasone HFI-580s for music.

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FredEffinChopin1547d ago

What did they list "batteries not replaceable" as a downside? I thought people preferred things that you could charge... I know I do.

But yeah, I'm very happy with mine. The surround works great for PS3 games, and the quality of it in stereo is really good too. Good enough that I often use it to listen to music from my laptop.

CarlitoBrigante1547d ago

The best gaming headset is the Sony Wireless Headset. It has 7.1 surround sound and excellent clear microphone for under 100 bucks.

TopDudeMan1547d ago

Yeah, I also have that headset. I had the turtle beach PX3s before that and ended up returning them because they were severely interfering with my wireless internet. But the sony wireless stereo headset is much better in that aspect.

Anon19741547d ago (Edited 1547d ago )

I received the Sony headset from my wife for Christmas this year and couldn't be happier with it. I find it very comfortable as well, and it holds a surprisingly good charge for me. I don't know exactly, but I think I get over 8 hours of use between charges. Sounds great as well and I hardly notice I'm wearing it when I get into the game. I'm also quite happy with the surround. There's no trouble figuring out where a sound is coming from in 3d space with the surround.

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BattleTorn1548d ago (Edited 1548d ago )

Good to hear!

I literally place my order for a pair of A40s yesterday. (I was worried opening the article)

Up till now I've gone through a few headsets within the last year actually.

The Tritton 7.1 Gears of War 3 special edition headset sucked, the earphones hang when the illuminating logo went on. (I went through two warranty replacement - same thing. I still have a credit with Tritton)

And the PX3, which were an absolute delight!

Elite-uk1548d ago (Edited 1548d ago )

I own a pair of PX5's, and the last statement he makes is complete & utter BS!......

"Downsides A lot of wires needed which can cause a hectic mess (The headset is 100% wireless from the stand, there is 2 wires usb & toslink connected to the stand.)

& Microphone not removable (wrong you can take it off, and even buy a replacement)

-2.4GHz wireless transmitting frequency can interfere with other wireless devices (OK this maybe true, but I've had none, so i guess it depends on ya setup.)

-Requires batteries, though 2xAA are included. (not rechargeable) (U Can however buy chargies for like £5.)

-Works only on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (Again Wrong, They work on PC, either in 5.1/7.1 via the supplied toslink or in stereo via any Bluetooth adapter!.

mattryanharris1548d ago

Always use Astro A40s, expensive but so worth it.

Elite-uk1548d ago (Edited 1548d ago )

I own a pair of PX5's, and the last statement he makes is complete & utter BS!......

"Downsides A lot of wires needed which can cause a hectic mess (The headset is 100% wireless from the stand, there is 2 wires usb & toslink connected to the stand.)

& Microphone not removable (wrong you can take it off, and even buy a replacement)

-2.4GHz wireless transmitting frequency can interfere with other wireless devices (OK this maybe true, but I've had none, so i guess it depends on ya setup.)

-Requires batteries, though 2xAA are included. (not rechargeable) (U Can however buy chargies for like £5.)

-Works only on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (Again Wrong, They work on PC, either in 5.1/7.1 via the supplied toslink or in stereo via any Bluetooth adapter!.

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