Conversely, a high-quality headset doesn't just upgrade the audio, it unlocks a brand new experience. We're not being melodramatic here. For the same reasons you won't find $20 bookshelf speakers powering a home theater setup, a pair of headphones picked up from the clearance rack at K-Mart shouldn't be your go-to cans for listening to music or playing games.
What separates a premium headset from a blue light special? It's a combination of things, from well designed drivers to comfy ear cups that kiss the sides of your head with a gentle yet firm caress (now we're being melodramatic...a little). And then there's the overall feature-set, the premium extras like a noise-canceling microphone and 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound.
Unfortunately, there's only so much you can discern from a headset's spec sheet, and with so many to choose from, you'd have to invest an obscene amount of time and money auditioning each one. We don't want you to have to do that, so we went and rounded up five high-end headsets from four different manufacturers, including:
- Corsair Vengeance 1500 7.1 Gaming Headset
- Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset
- Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3D Omega Wireless 7.1
- Roccat Kave 5.1 Surround Sound Headset
- Rosewill RHTS-8206 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset with Vibration