Video games are often powerful audiovisual artistic experiences. In order to enjoy them in all their splendor, it is no longer enough to have very powerful computers or consoles. Nowadays, it is necessary to have a series of peripherals that allow us to get the most out of them. In this context, gamer headphones have become an important accessory, not only for enjoying high quality sound, but also for communicating with other players.  This is particularly true for games in cooperative mode, in which high level coordination with other players is key.

Key facts

  • Gamer headphones are devices with specific designs and features that allow you to get the most out of video games.
  • Gamer headphones are essential, both for immersing yourself in the setting as well as to communicate with other players in the game.
  • Don’t be fooled by attractive sophisticated designs, “bells and whistles.” After all, what is really important is the sound quality.

Ranking: The best gamer headphones on the market

In this section, we present a ranking of the five best gamer headsets currently available on the market. We have prepared this ranking following a careful product analysis which included trying out a variety of products. Our final list of recommendations is based on the products with the best price-quality ratio.

No. 1: Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum

The Logitech G633 gaming headset is our top pick both for the high quality features it offers and the affordable price point. It offers wireless headphones with professional Dolby 7.1 sound and a high-performance microphone. Its shghly convenient features enable the headset to work both with and without cables. The headset as has a 3.5 mm jack input and wireless connection (2.4 GHz).

In wireless mode, it reaches up to 12 hours of autonomy. With a typical gaming headset design, it integrates an attractive LED lighting system. It stands out for its value for money. Highly compatible with personal computers, consoles and multimedia devices.

No. 2:  Micolindun V3 Gaming headset

The Miconlindun V3 Gaming headset is also a top pick due to the high quality features and affordability. It has over ear gaming headphones with mic, stereo bass surround, noise reduction and LED lights. It has a high level of compatibility – the Y splitter perfectly matches with your PS4, New version Xbox One, PSP, Smartphone, tablet or laptop.

The Miconlindun V3 effectively combines lightweight comfort, high sound quality and convenience. It is a solid choice for professional and amateur gamers alike. Its 50mm directional drivers position sound directly into the ear for audio precision and gaming-grade sound quality.

No. 3: Logitech G430

Mid-range headphones with 7.1 Dolby Headphone sound, 7 discrete audio channels and a low frequency effects channel. For maximum comfort, the headset pivots to fit the ear. In addition, the headphones integrate an audio control in the cable, to facilitate the task of modifying the volume.

The headphones are compatible, both with personal computers and with the Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One consoles. They can be connected through a Jack input and a USB port.  The headphones incorporate a microphone so you can communicate with other players. Its design is really light, barely exceeds 300 grams of weight.

No. 4: HyperX Cloud II

Kingson HyperX Cloud II headphones are an excellent choice, given their great value for money. They offer an all encompassing 7.1 surround sound that can be activated and deactivated at the touch of a button. Further, its DSP sound card amplifies audio and voice for a better sound experience.

The headphones come with 100% viscoelastic foam ear cushions for maximum comfort. In addition, they include interchangeable headphones for different sound profiles. Additionally, the microphone is completely removable. Its main and perhaps only negative point is the minimum extension of its connection cable.

No. 5: KLIM Puma Gaming Headset

KLIM Puma offers an immersive 7.1 surround sound including vibrations on bass frequencies.  The sound is exceedingly clear. The microphone also features top of the range audio quality to ensure high level coordination with teammates.

The headphones are very comfortable. They are comparatively light (420g) and even after hours of use do not warm. The headband is cushioned and flexible.

Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about gamer headphones

When it comes to buying a gamer headset it is essential that you take into account a number of issues.  It is important to keep in mind that there are different models of gamer headphones and that each one is designed for different types of use. For this reason, in this section, we discuss the most common questions buyers grapple with when buying gamer headphones.

Gamer headphones enable you to have a more immersive experience. (Source: Drobot: 108963667/ 123rf.com)

What exactly are gamer headphones?

Gamer headphones are electronic devices that convert electrical signals into acoustic signals, which can then be heard with speakers situated near the ears. In the specific case of gamer headphones, these usually have design and features to enhance the gaming experience.

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Did you know that gamer headphones offer us a more comfortable and ergonomic experience? In this way, they enable us to play longer sessions more comfortably and effectively.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of gamer headphones?

Having a gamer headset offers a number of important advantages. With them you can enjoy a more immersive feeling and a better gaming experience. In addition, you will not have to worry about the music or the sound of video game disturbing your family or roommates.

Advantages Disadvantages
They enable you to have a better experience and a more immersive sensation. Extended use of gamer headphones can cause auditory fatigue.
They offer a better ergonomic experience and enable users to isolate themselves to a greater extent than regular headphones. They require a greater financial investment, especially for high range headphones.
Generally integrate a microphone into their system, enabling gamers to communicate with others. This feature is particularly important for on-line games.
You won’t need to worry about music or sound bothering your family or roommates.
You will enjoy sound from 7.1 to 5.1, which can provide a competitive gaming advantage.  

Who should purchase gamer headphones?

There can be a variety of reasons for using gamer headphones. For starters, you may want to buy a gamer headset with an integrated microphone to play increasingly popular online games. You may need a solution that enables you to communicate with the other players and coordinate with them to develop team tactics.

Another important reason to use gamer headphones is that you need to isolate yourself from the environment. Or, alternately, isolate the environment from the sound of your equipment while you play. At the end of the day, external noise can be as annoying to you as the music or sound effects of your favorite video game can be for the people who live with you.

The sound quality is key for enjoying the gaming experience. (Source: Drobot: 107576481/ 123rf.com)

What types of gamer headphones are available on the market?

In the case of gamer headphones, you can distinguish between open and closed headphones. The first type are those that do not completely isolate the external noise and allow a large part of the emitted sound to come out. The second, on the other hand, are designed to isolate from sound both inward and outward directions.

Between these two options, there are semi-open headphones, which for many are perhaps the best option to use for gaming. The following table highlights the main characteristics associated with the different types of gamer headphones.

Open headphones Closed headphones
Capsule The exterior part of the capsule is open. The exterior part of the capsule is closed.
Frequencies The sound is much more precise in medium and high frequency. Offers lower deeper depth in lower frequency.
Sound quality Offer a much more real sound. Ones heres much more naturally and deeply. In certain modes they change the original sounds.
Noise cancelation Do not completely isolate exterior noise and thus enable sound to escape the headphones. Isolate external noise at a higher level and in doing say enable a greater immersive sensation.
Possible auditory fatigue Enable the reduction of auditory fatigue and sweating from hours of prolonged use. Can cause auditory fatigue following prolonged gaming sessions.
Weight Generally are lighter than close design solutions. The closed design makes these headphones heavier.

What difference is there between gamer headphones with stereo sound, 7.1 sound and 5.1 sound?

When choosing a headset, undoubtedly the most important criteria is the quality of sound. For this reason, it is essential to know the difference between the different industry standards.

In this regard, it should be noted that the 5.1 sound system headphones are those that offer a much more powerful and much more real sound.

They have five speakers in each side, providing a feeling of total immersion. The 7.1 headphones, meanwhile, emulate 5.1 sound via the software. Through the USB connection to the PC, it is the software that generates the sensation of immersion. Stereo sound, on the other hand, is played through two or more channels.

Thanks to gamer headphones you can enjoy your favourite games without bothering your neighbors. (Source: Shebeko: 73886927/ 123rf.com)

Is it worth buying gamer headphones with surrounding sound?

The answer to this question depends on the type of video game you are playing. If the games you usually play incorporate some technology that integrates multichannel sound in real time, then access to surrounding sound can be a big advantage. This happens, for example, with Dolby Atmos technology.

With some gaming genres the gaming experience is clearly influenced by the quality of the audio. This is particularly felt in shooting games shooters interacting in first and third person. On the other hand, if your mainly play games in 2D environments, there is no point to use headphones that take advantage of the surrounding sound.

Paul O’KeefeHead of the Department of Psychology, Stanford University

“Educative games can help avoid the main challenges that classroom regular study poses by placing students in a mood conducive to learning, instead of worrying about how smart they look.”

Purchase criteria

When it comes to acquiring gamer headphones, it is important that you take into account certain criteria. To help you in the election process, we have selected the points that we think are most important. We hope you will be guided in your purchase decision to identify the optimal price-quality ratio.

  • Connectivity
  • Impedance
  • DAC
  • Design
  • Weight and size
  • Autonomy
  • Microphone

Connectivity

At present, the connection options for headphones in general and for headphones for players in particular are varied. Options range from the traditional connection by the Jack 3.5 mm input to the connection via Bluetooth through the connections by USB port.

In the past, the connections by Bluetooth implied, both a loss of audio quality and a higher latency. However, current models have solved both issues fairly well. In this way, Bluetooth solutions have become great options. They are more comfortable, do not require cables and offer greater freedom of movement.

Eimear NooneOrchestra director and video game composer

“I believe that the music in video games is becoming its own musical genre, additionally, it is beginning to gain world wide recognition.”

Impedance

The impedance, measured in ohms, is the resistance offered by the headphones to the passage of electrical current.  Impedance gives us an idea of the capacity a device has to support more or less power. Thus, headphones with a low impedance can become overloaded and generate noise. To play video games, the recommended impedance range is between 16 and 60 ohms. Such a range within the headphones, can be used on any device, be it a console, a computer or even a mobile phone, without experiencing any power problems or uncomfortable noises that can affect ones attention.

DAC

In the case of USB or wireless headphones, it is necessary to convert a digital signal to an analog one. Thus, the integrated circuit responsible for the transformation will have a fundamental influence on the sound quality. Specifically, the component responsible for this conversion is the DAC (Digital to Analog Converter).

The parameters that can help you to recognize the quality of a DAC are the signal-to-noise ratio and the total harmonic distortion. In relation to the first parameter, you should know that in the best headphones exceed 130 dB in stereo. As far as the harmonic distortion is concerned, you want it to be as low as possible.

Gamer headphones are made especially for video gamers.
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Design

The design of gaming headphones is a fundamental issue and not only because one wants to look good in them. The most suitable design for playing video games is the circumaural – meaning that it covers the external part of the ear. However, ultimately the choice of one type of design or another will depend, to a large extent, on the individuals personal tastes.

We recommend you to not overly value spectacular designs and colored lights.  With headphones, above all, the most important thing is the quality of the sound and the comfort! Therefore, the best manufacturers offer these features along with ergonomic designs.

Weight and size

Our advice is to opt for headphones that are as light as possible, thus avoiding the possibility of suffering unpleasant headaches. Also lighter weights can help reduce neck tension which are one of the most common annoyances after long play sessions. In addition, the lighter and smaller they are, the easier it will be to transport them.

Autonomy

If you opt for a Bluetooth headset, you will need a system that has enough autonomy to support long game sessions. In this respect, it is ideal that you choose gamer headphones with autonomy of at least eight to ten hours. Keep in mind that the more autonomy the system has, the greater the weight of the headphones. In addition, it would be useful for the system to have an option to turn off the lights to increase the battery life. You should also make sure that the load times are fast enough, in order to reduce waiting times.

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Remember that if the battery dies, you can always connect via cable.

Microphone

A fundamental element of the headphones for players is the microphone. First, it is important to make sure you have a noise cancellation system, as well as audio control. With these, you can avoid interference or annoying noises in the middle of the game and the communication will also be much cleaner.

In addition, it is worthwhile to incorporate antipop foam to avoid air shocks like those produced with the syllables p and b.  Some systems come with a removable microphone. This is a great option, since it gives you more flexibility in using the headphones in different situations and contexts.

Summary

The accessories for video games are becoming increasingly fashionable. They often include a series of specific characteristics that make them ideal for playing. In addition, they present some really attractive designs. However, acquiring a peripheral gamer is not only about choosing one with nice designs and lights.

In a headset, the most important thing to focus on is that they offer good sound quality and that they are as comfortable as possible to support long game sessions. If you opt for a system without cable, it is important that they have sufficient autonomy and that there is a good price quality relationship.

Finally, if you think that this guide has been useful in your shopping process, please feel free to write us a comment as well as to share it on facebook and instagram.

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