gaming-headset2You might be wondering whether you should invest in a gaming headset or not, or even it it’s worth the money. If you’re like me, before I make any purchases I like to do a lot of research on the item(s) I am considering buying. That’s why I am here to help! As an avid gamer, I done a ton of research and I am here to give you 5 reasons why you need a gaming headset.

Whether you’re chatting with your friends online or listening intently for the footsteps of your enemies, you’re going to need a good gaming headset. A great headset will produce clear, balanced sound, and provide comfort for long periods of wear. Let’s take a look at 5 reasons why you need a gaming headset.

5. Blocking of external noises

Let’s face it, there is nothing more annoying when you are playing a game then hearing music from the radio in another room, noise from a nearby TV or people talking around. As best as you try and tune these outside noises out, you are going to get distracted.

Many gaming headsets offer a noise cancelling feature, which use tiny microphones that listen to the outside noise around you. These noises are then analyzed by microchips in the gaming headset, and a counter-signal that cancels out the noise is produced. Alternatively, gaming headsets such as the Razer Kraken Pro V2 gaming headset for the PC, or the PDP Afterglow LVL 5 Plus over-ear headset for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can block out external noise. By using sound isolating ear cups that form a strong seal around your ears, the majority of outside noise will be blocked.

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4. Limits disturbance

In addition to blocking out external noises, gaming headsets let you game when you might not normally be able to. Several years ago, my wife and I were blessed with the birth of our son. As you may know, when a baby is sleeping you don’t want to make a single noise to wake him or her up.

With a gaming headset, I was able to game when it wasn’t my turn to look after our son. Gaming headsets are also great for those late night gaming sessions when I don’t want to keep the rest of my family up. I can crank the sound up, without having to worrying about bothering anyone else. The Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 520 wireless gaming headset for the PlayStation 4 is the perfect headset to give you a truly immersive game audio experience without disturbing your family and friends.

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3. Superior sound quality

A gaming headset offers superior, crisp, and clear sound over traditional speakers, which is essential to be at the top of your game. Gaming headsets for the PC such as the Logitech G633 gaming headset delivers accurate highs and deep, rich bass.  I’m not saying the sound that comes from a set of speakers is bad, but when the sound is delivered directly to your ears from a gaming headset it just sounds better.

Today’s games require precise and accurate movements, many of which rely on audio queues throughout the game. A gaming headset gives you a better chance to react to your enemies. With lightning fast reactions to sound queues such as footsteps and gunfire, your enemies will never know what hit them. In addition to stereo sound, some gaming headsets offer surround sound. This creates a hyper realistic auditory experience that allows you to hear sounds from many different angles.

If you mainly play first-person shooter games or action games, you’ll want to get a gaming headset with surround sound functionality. The Logitech G933 wireless gaming headset is an excellent choice for any PC gamer, as it offers premium audiophile-quality sound without the worry of wires.

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2. Team communication

Gaming headsets come with a built in mic that allow you to communicate with your gaming buddies or teammates while playing online. This is important in team-based games such as Overwatch, which is a team-based first-person shooter. In team-based games it is crucial to be in constant communication with your fellow teammates.

With a gaming headset, you’ll always be in communication with your team—allowing you to make crucial decisions and coordinate strategies, which can be the difference between winning and loosing. Turtle Beach offers a headset, the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX24, which is compatible with the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC that comes equipped with an adjustable mic that makes it easy to chat in-game.

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1. Price/cost performance

Compared to a decent sound system, a gaming headset is relativity cheap. In order to get a similar experience that you can get with a gaming headset you most likely would have to spend several hundred dollars on a sound system. For example, take a look at the Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma USB gaming headset for the PC. It offers 7.1 surround sound and crisp, clear sounds for an amazing price.

Top of the line premium gaming headsets such as the ASTRO A40 TR headset and Mix Amp M80 for Xbox One allow for a fully customizable experience. You can swap components such as ear cushions, Speaker Tags, and even your microphone. Even if you were to purchase a sound system, you still would be missing out on all the benefits mentioned above that a gaming headset offers.

If you are looking for the crème de la crème of gaming headsets, then you need look no further than the fully wireless version of the ASTRO A50 gaming headset for PlayStation 4 and PC. The ASTRO A50 gaming headset operates wireless at 5GHz allowing for use up to 30 ft. away. Additionally, it delivers music, dialogue, and in-game sounds through Dolby Headphone 7.1 Surround Sound. This gaming headset will have you saying oh là là!

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Final thoughts

As you can see, a gaming headset is a good investment and offers many different benefits, which I have touched upon above. Best Buy Canada has a wide selection of gaming headsets from a variety of different manufactures to suit your needs.

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Jon is a 30+ year veteran of the video game industry who has been gaming since before the NES era. Combined, he has over 30,000 followers on social media, averaging over 425,000 impressions per month across his blog, Vine, Twitter, Twitch, and Instagram accounts. Visit Jon at his website www.4scarrsgaming.com .

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