The gaming experience is never complete with the right audio to go with it. After all, most RPG, tactical and survival games, and co-op modes will require communication, and every clear sound or command can be the difference between life and death.
Here's a quick roundup of the five best gaming headsets available to get you started on audio-tripping gaming.
Astro Gaming A40
A list topper in most gamers' headset must-haves despite its already available successor, the Astro Gaming A40 has now received an upgrade with its 2013 edition, reports T3.
The new edition now features better surround sound accuracy. It also has the MixAmp Pro, with a game-to-voice audio balancing for better communication for multiplayer games. The MixAmp Pro also features a port for voice, as well as equalizers linked to multiple MixAmp Pros to create your own private voice network.
If there was a downside to be found in the Astro A40, it would have to be its microphone, which is very sensitive to a fault, especially for those with equally sensitive co-players.
Tritton Warhead 7.1
Willing to shell out $300 for a headset? Apparently, that is the case for some Xbox 360 owners, if you're talking about the Tritton Warhead 7.1. According to Digital Trends, this wireless headset is considered the top-of-the-line, with its solid build, comfortable usage, and noise-canceling earpads-all of which give an intensely comfortable gaming experience for hours on end.
Plus, gamers can easily control their sound options with equalizers both for gaming and voice options. the Tritton Warhead 7.1 also features two lithium-ion batteries, which, when charged, can set a gamer to 16 hours of power-so you never have to press pause to charge for a long while.
You can easily sync the headset to your consol with its Microsoft wireless chip, so it's just a press, play, and be ready for war!
Corsair Vengeance 2000
Going wireless with headphones is really a nice freedom in gaming, and the Corsair Vengeance 2000 is one of those reasonably priced at $150.
Comfort factor is also the main advantage of this headset. According to Kotaku, the cushioned headset makes it easier for long-haul gaming without affecting the quality of the sound. In fact, sound is actually one of its better points to boot.
The downside here is the Dolby certification, so you would have to use Corsair's propriety software. For those who are very particular about spatial sounds and get distracted with fuzzy sounds, this little detail may be a downer.
Tritton AX 180
If you're looking for a budget gaming headset that's compatible with PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, the Tritton AX 180 Stereo Gaming Headset may be a reasonable choice at $69.99.
According to Games Radar, it isolates the sounds from your games with a closed back headset. Even with just two speakers, 40mm drivers, you won't have any problems with directional cues so your gaming abilities won't be affected.
The Tritton AX 180 also features separate volume controls for game and voice. This means that, if the background sounds hinder you from hearing commands from your teammates, you can easily lower the volume of the game, giving you better communication handle in the game.
Razer Megalodon Headset
Sound customization is a good feature in the Razer Megalodon. Using its control box, you can tweak the audio volume and experiment with the microphone settings until you find the level that you're comfortable with.
It has a sleek all-black design with large earpads and adjustable wire-framed sliders, so you can mould and adjust it to comfortably fit your head.
The downside? It connects to the PC with a USB port, and requires a Windows XP and later OS to get you started.