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The best headsets and headphones for 2022

Cooler Master CH321 Gaming Headset

If you’re working within a tight budget for your gaming peripherals, then this headset could be the way to go. You’ll get good performance in an affordable package as it definitely gives you more for less. The headset features suspension headband and soft ear cups, durable PVC cable to prevent wear-and-tear, and an omnidirectional mic for crystal clear communication with reduced background noise.

CORSAIR HS60 HAPTIC Stereo Headset

Moving up a gear – in terms of features and not just price – this Corsair headset offers deep haptic bass powered by groundbreaking Taction Technology. In terms of physical fit, there are memory foam ear pads and a detachable noise-cancelling unidirectional microphone. Connecting to PC via USB, the HS60 HAPTIC is compatible with powerful CORSAIR iCUE software and Windows Sonic surround sound. Superb for the price!

Razer Blackshark V2 Pro Wireless Gaming Headset – White Edition

You want style? With the Razer Blackshark you get it! But you get performance, too. Equipped with Razer Hyperspeed Wireless Technology your audio is transmitted with blazing-fast precision and ultra-low latency. The 2.4GHz connection ensures you always stay synced, connected and immersed in your game.

ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 500 Gaming Headset

This headset turns your gaming up a notch, with exclusive headset-to-headset RGB light synchronisation technology – so your MOBA or esports team can crush the competition in perfect sync! It sounds great, too. The ASUS Essence driver provides optimised sound so you’ll hear all the details while enjoying an immersive experience.

Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset

With lag-free 2.4G wireless lossless audio and Bluetooth mobile audio, combined with 40,000 Hz capable hi-res capable speaker drivers and a ClearCast mic this headset is pretty much the ultimate gaming audio system. With luxury build materials like polished steel and aluminum alloy, and the exclusive Arctis ski goggle headband and AirWeave performance fabric ear cushions, it’s something special.

Do I need a headset?

In terms of commitment to your gaming, you’d make sure you had the best monitor, wouldn’t you? So, you’ll also want to make sure you have the best headset your budget will allow. There’s no disputing the fact that immersion in the audio has a direct bearing on the success of your efforts. All of that carefully engineered soundscape has been designed to ensure that you to sink right into the heart of the action. Game developers don’t just work hard on making their titles visually impressive – they put a large amount of effort into getting things ‘just right’ in terms of the audio, too.

So to get the best out of this audio, you should definitely invest in a headset or headphones which are going to give you the best. If you’re thinking about investing in a new headset you’ll want to think carefully about the different features which will maximise the audio experience.

Sound quality

It should go without saying – but we’ll say it anyway, just to be on the safe side! The sound quality of any new gaming headset you’re thinking of buying ought to be the most important factor that you consider. After all, it’s what you hear through the headset that’s going to define your opinion, your enjoyment and, ultimately, your success!

You definitely want a headset which has clear bass and treble – and definition between the two. Anything ‘muddy’ is just not going to cut it and will diminish the intricacies of the soundscape.

Some headsets offer standard Stereo, and some offer Surround Sound, which is a brilliant way of putting you directly ‘into’ the action of the game you’re playing. Ultimately, blocking out as much exterior sound as possible and immersing yourself in your game is the aim. Let’s dig in a little deeper…

Surround Sound

Surround sound is, basically, when the sound comes at you from the front, the sides, behind, below and above. True immersion! Obviously, in the case of headsets, this is a carefully engineered aural illusion – but it can be highly effective.

True surround sound headsets feature multiple small speakers, and these give the headset greater ‘positional audio’. Surround sound tends to be either 5.1 or 7.1 – and this refers to the number of speakers. Simulated surround sound uses clever processing in an attempt to recreate true surround. Headsets featuring simulated surround sound are, obviously, cheaper than true surround sound. ‘Buying in’ to this feature depends on your budget.

Comfort

If you’re going to indulging in lengthy gaming sessions, it’s going to be important to pick a headset which is comfortable to wear. You really don’t want to spend hours with something on your head which is irritating or which can become painful. You’ll benefit if you choose a headset with a relatively lightweight design. Headsets with soft ear cups are preferable, too.

Another factor in the comfort of headsets is the weight of the unit, so consider that. Adjustability is something which is sometimes overlooked, but is very important. Are you able to make adjustments to the headset to better the fit of it?

Wired or Wireless?

Wired is often the more convenient and reliable type of connection to go for – but having said that, wireless technology these days is improving all the time, and wireless is definitely more convenient for gamers. You can move about your gaming area without the hazard and inconvenience of trailing wires, or wires which are not long enough. It’s worth looking at the set-up of your Wi-Fi and whether it’s fast enough.

So that’s it. The main points to consider when thinking about buying a new headset are: comfort, sound quality and connectivity (wired or wireless). As ever at Ebuyer, we stock tech to suit all needs and all budgets, so you’ll definitely find ‘the right fit’ for you when it comes to headsets. Check them out here

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