Choosing a Gaming Headset

We explore some top picks for gaming headsets.

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For those of you looking to lose yourself in your games, there are many people starting to turn to gaming headsets to enhance their gameplay. However, if you don't know what to buy ahead of time, you run the risk of getting stuck with a headset with a bad performance for what you want out of it. To help guide your search, we've selected a couple headsets to assist you in finding the perfect pair for you.

FPS/SHOOTING GAMES

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If you like FPSers, you'll probably want a headset that deadens the sound of gunfire an order of magnitude or two to protect your hearing. Something like the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma ($89 MSRP) would protect you from annoyingly loud explosions. If you don't, you can sometimes miss the sounds of your enemies behind you, leading to your in-game demise, and real-life frustration. While this headset isn't ideal for RPGs or some platformers, shooting games pose very unique issues for gamers and their headsets. If you'd like to learn more about noise-induced hearing loss, head over to HeadphoneInfo.com and check out the relevant article explaining the condition.

CONSOLE GAMES

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If you move from console to console, you may want a set of cans that works with pretty much anything. If this sounds like what you want out of a headset, the Astro A40s ($199 MSRP) fit the description, and are popular among pro-gamers. After all, the Astro A40s not only perform fairly well, but can work with any console you could want (excepting consoles like the Atari Jaguar, which has no online play). The only potential drawback is the $50 extra for an adapter necessary for console play, bringing the total cost up to $250 if you pay sticker price.

PC GAMES

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If you like to slaughter newbies on your Windows PC or Mac (no, but seriously), you have quite a few options to choose from, but two less expensive models stand out from the crowd. The SteelSeries Siberia V2 ($89 MSRP) and the Razer Carcharias ($79 MSRP) provide some of the best performance for the price with any type of game as tested in our labs at HeadphoneInfo.com.

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