Best Gaming Headsets

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jimmthang

I think a very promising sound technology to keep an ear our for (no pun intended) is AMD's TrueAudio tech. You can read more about it here: http://www.maximumpc.com/everything_you_wanted_know_about_amd%E2%80%99s_new_trueaudio_technology_2013 

I've had a chance to use it recently and it sounds way more immersive than today's conventional audio. It renders three-dimensional audio on the GPU and provides a very impressive sense of situational awareness. Though there are two potential downsides to this: 1) you're going to need a new AMD GPU and 2) we're not sure which games will support it as of yet.

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HouseFoxx

If you want professional, quantifiable audio comparisons between headphones, you are on the wrong website entirely.

InnerFidelity, Head-Fi, HeadRoom, and Headphonia are your best bets.

Your keyword is "soundstage" and while you're at it, look up why and how those "7.1 channel" headsets (even when they have 6 drivers or whatever) are worse than a good pair of open-back headphones in the quality-of-soundstage department.

Soundstage > "surround sound" gimmicks

Oh, and since you can attach a boom mic to a pair of headphones, why buy headsets for ridiculous markups?

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Renegade Knight

The two things I want out of gaming headphones. 1) Direction. Sound has a direction and I need to be able to tell what direction it's coming from. It helps a lot with gaming. 2) Clarity. That one is rather self explanatory.

How does soundstage differ or match, or improve on 7.1 surround for #1 above.

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Carlidan

I have to agree with you. I was one of those doubters. Thought gaming headsets are suppose to be better for gaming. How wrong I was. My online buddy told me to get sennishers 558 headhpones and I noticed the diffrence.

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Lalo67

So if we get one of the headsets that have a 3.5mm connection, we would have to invest in our own sound card if we wanted fancy audio?
*whispers* Best Gaming Sound Cards next? Weeeeeeeeee!

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reutnes

You can use the front headers on your PC no problem, but what you really want is Dolby Headphone processing at a hardware level. An ASUS Xonar can be had for around $30 and is well recommended on any audiophile website.

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HouseFoxx

*whispers*
Google USB mixamp and take your pick.

Outboard USB/ Firewire > on-board discreet or integrated audio