For the well-kept chatting with friends or in sensitive roommates headsets are the most comfortable audio device. The picture shows: The Sennheiser Game One, one of the most comfortable and best sounding PC headsets at all.
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More and more online games contribute to many years growing proliferation of headsets. Finally makes playing much more with friends via TeamSpeak, Ventrilo or Skype more fun than alone. But even those who have sound-sensitive family members, roommates or neighbors, can avoid using a headset some trouble.
These great-sounding headset or headphones are cheaper than sound evenly matched speakers. In any case, the combination of headphones and microphone is now more popular than ever - according to our surveys, more than half of our readers usually plays with headset.
But the range of different models is increasing at the same rate as the demand, and now there are many models on the market. This ranges from cheap versions for less than ten euros to 300 euros expensive top models.
Technically, the headsets share this into two groups: the classical stereo design (ie one speaker per ear) and the surround headsets, trying with several speakers per earpiece to create surround sound. But even with a stereo headset, you do not have to give up surround sound, as long as you have a sound card with surround sound simulation, such as the Creative Sound Blaster Z or Sennheiser USB headset amplifier GSX 1000th
Many of the high-quality sound cards use to an extra headphone amplifier that tickles the best sound quality even from expensive headphones with high impedance. Also have some of the more expensive sound cards such as the Sound Blaster ZXR a separate table microphone, making the combination with a normal headset even easier.
Headsets are becoming increasingly popular. Sennheiser has brought to the GSX 1000 recently even an extra headset amplifier for players on the market, which sounds very good and is very practical.
Some headsets are not connected via analog 3.5-millimeter jack to the sound card, but have a USB sound card that handles the sound calculation after plugging into a USB port. In many of these headsets USB sound chip but optional (pluggable) and owner is an internal sound card can use this to continue.
Finally, there are headsets with open and closed construction - which refers to the ears. In an open design, this sound can be carried, so you acoustically noticed yet some of your environment, as well as the ventilation of the ears is better than closed models, dampen ambient noise greatly.
An alternative to headsets is the combination of a lavalier or desktop microphone and headphones. , The advantage is that Headphones at the same price usually the (sometimes significantly) better sound than gaming headsets to have. On the last page of this article are some suggestions for combinations of stereo headphones and separate microphone.
Usually gaming headsets cost appreciably more than an acoustically equivalent combination of headphones and lapel.