Gaming Headset Reviews

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Gaming Headset Reviews

Xah Lee, 2010-04-01

I play in Second Life several hours a day. I had a 10 years old microphone. So, recently am shopping for a headset.

There are lots of headsets out there, from $10 to over a hundred. If you use headset casually, such as 30 min a day for online voice chat, then any $10 will do fine. I would recommend Microsoft, Logitech, or Sennheiser brands.

If you use headset for more than 1 hour a day, then, you need something comfortable, high quality, and with good microphone.

For gaming, usually you want the headphone part to be high quality, because otherwise music would sound bad, or you don't get the thundering “boom” effect when bombs go off.

Microphone is also important, because it'd be a headache when you trying to voice with someone and the message is repeated “can you hear me? can you hear me ok? ... wait i hear lots of white noise”.

There are 2 connector types for the headset. The cheap ones use analog plug, the same type of headphones. One plug for the microphone hole and another for the headphone hole. Better ones, usually over $20, uses USB. USB is better because it is digital, and it's just a single plug.

Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset

Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset

Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000

After few hours of research, i end up buying “Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset”. amazon ($25)

If you typically use headset for just 1 hour a day, i recommend this. The only problem with this is that if you wear it for more than 1 hour, it hurts your ears a bit, because of the prolonged light pressure on your ear by the earpad. Actually, this is the case for vast majority of headphones under $50.

Sennheiser PC151

Sennheiser PC151 headset

Sennheiser PC151

If you want to spend more, i highly recommend: “Sennheiser PC151 Over The Head Headset” (with Noise Cancelling Mic and In-line Volume Control) amazon. ($48)

Sennheiser is the best brand for high quality headphones. They are extremely light weight in comparison to similarly sized headset, and extremely comfortable for 5 or more hours of continuous wear.

I own a Sennheiser HD 570 headphone i bought for $120 in 2000. Now, it's been 10 years, and i still use it! The sound quality beats any headphone or hi-fi speakers that cost thousands of dollars.

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