Sex with no love is like music with no bass – and audio with no headphones is a disgrace!
If you like watching movies, playing video games, or just listening to music, you NEED to invest in a pair of headphones. The quality difference in audio, especially in video games and movies, is astounding. The explosions will make you think a missile just hit your living room and the surround sound will genuinely make you feel like you are in the scene of movies and games. The experience is unequaled. Something to note: When wearing a pair of headphones you probably won’t hear much else going on around you. If you have a nagging girlfriend, that can be a safe haven escape – or the equivalent of fueling a fire.
If you aren’t convinced you that you need headphones go to the nearest Bestbuy or Gamestop and try on some headphones at the demo booth. Once you have realized the the drastic difference, the next step is budgeting. There are a range of different options. The prices range from $20 to $300. Keep in mind that almost any comfortable headset is better than no headset. Features include wireless or wired, battery or chargeable, as well as options for mic mute and volume controls.
My personal favorite is the Astro A50 Wireless Headset. These are at the top of the totem pole for $300 but work on both consoles and on PC. However, after a recent update to the hardware the microphone on the Xbox transmitter base station won’t work on the PS4 and vice versa. This issue only affects the microphone, so if you want to use the same headset on both consoles and maintain use of your microphone you will need to purchase an additional base station for $100. (PS4 Base Station / XBOX One Base Station) Either station works perfectly with your PC.
Arguably the best thing feature of these headphones is that they are wireless and have a charging station which charges with any equipment you plug the station into. Even a regular USB outlet will work. The battery life is something like 7-8 hours. It has Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound and are extremely comfortable to wear and pretty lightweight. Additionally, it comes with a sound mixer on the right side which lets you adjust the sound on the fly. As if that wasn’t enough, this pair of headphones comes with a high quality microphone which can be muted by simply moving it up and away from your face.
If you think it $200-$300 is too pricey for good headphones, think about how much you spend a new phone for features you rarely use. Believe me, you will get much more enjoyment out of a good pair of headphones than any other gaming accessory. Not only will movies and game come alive while blocking out background noise – but most importantly surround sound headphones will allow you to pinpoint enemy footsteps in games like Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and many other games. The sound difference is truly on another level once you upgrade.
If you are looking for a cheaper option and don’t mind a wire coming from your headphones, then the Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma V2 is a pretty good deal. It is a very comfortable fit, the microphone has built in muting capability, and most importantly it offers 7.1 surround sound for very good sound quality. According to the reviews you may have some compatibility issues with the new Xbox One X but you should be able to check compatibility settings on their website.