There are basically two reasons why the average PC gamers might need or want to use headphones in lieu of more traditional ambient sources.  For starters, there’s the “immersion factor”, which entails the quality of feeling like you’re submerged into the onscreen environment.

While a lot of people probably think that incredible graphics are all that’s required to really experience the depth of what a game can offer, the importance of sound is often overlooked.  This is especially true when it comes to playing first-person open world RPG’s, for instance – where you’re experiencing the action in a more direct manner.  The same is true for your more standard shooters as well though; a good headset allows you to catch those faint rustlings of grass emanating from somewhere near.

Our second reason would be consideration, implying that being able to quickly and conveniently pull on a headset which eliminates any sort of noise pollution (you know, the sort that might drive your housemates absolutely mad).  Anyway, here are some top choices if you’re looking for a new headset of your own …

Razer Kraken Pro

As one of the more affordable high-quality headset models out there, Razer’s Kraken Pro also possesses some additional selling features worth mentioning.  For starters, there’s its wild neon green color (also available in black) which is quite striking.  Then of course there’s also the “soothe factor” – the Kraken Pro is quite comfy, to say the least, even after hours of wearing it you’ll feel fine.  The unit also incorporates large 40mm neodymium magnet drivers which deliver the entire sound spectrum (clearly) amid (the speaker cup’s ability to provide) great isolation.

Razer Tiamat 7.1

Our next example is also made by Razer, but its focus isn’t placed on budgeted value so much as in unsurpassed sound quality (at any cost).  What makes the Tiamat 7.1 such a great headset is that it features no less than 10 drivers which are used to render an accurate rendition of 7.1 surround sound.  In other words, the positional effects, crisp highs, solid mids and deep basses one would experience if they had an entire surround sound system attached to their PC, has been accurately reproduced in headset form here.  Of course the Tiamat 7.1 also has other perks to offer, like supreme comfort and excellent controls, but its unique speaker array is pretty much reason you want to buy it.

Sennheiser G4ME ONE

Don’t let the fact that Sennheiser has decided to incorporate “leet speak” in its product naming throw you off. The G4ME ONE is an excellent example of what a quality headset should encapsulate.  Not only is it one of the more comfortable units around, it also provides an extremely natural-sounding aural experience which many find to be extremely gratifying.    Of course this shouldn’t really come as any surprise considering that Sennheiser, a very distinctive company known for producing high-quality audio components, designed it.  Furthermore, the sonic accurateness is only enhanced by the rather lightweight, yet strong design.