Published on October 6th, 2011 | by Gaming Mike0
Top picks on 7.1 gaming headphones
So you’ve finished setting up your GamingRig and you wish to start fragging some dudes in a nice game of CS or maybe I’m too old school, so how about Quake 3? Still too old I know, but alas, I’m an old guy who gets very grumpy when his music or his game isn’t on tune. Let’s take a brief look at a couple of headphones and see which one of them is the best 7.1 gaming headset.
Gaming demands a lot not only from the player, the gaming platform of choice but from all of your senses. Whoever said that profession gaming shouldn’t be called a sport obviously never played for hours upon end for some money on the line. So that’s why a good 7.1 gaming headset is essential or at least a 5.1 gaming headset, for your owning pleasure.
If there’s money on the line and if there is honor (we all know how fragile gamer honor is) in play, we must try and find the best headset for gaming. Without any further ado, let’s get started!
Plantronics GameCom 777 – it’s obvious I’m 7.1!
Although not exactly that obvious, the Plantronics GameCom 777 are 7.1 gaming headsets. I’m saying the “not so obvious” part seeing as there is a 5.1 model as well. Whatever the case, the 5.1 version delivered, so let’s see how the 7.1 version lives up.
The Plantronics GameCom 777 come with a pretty wide variety of features, as such the headset has a frequency response between 20Hz-20KHz with the drivers used measuring in at 40mm. The 7.1 sound effect is achieved via the Dolby USB sound card, which is similarly present on the 5.1 model as well, this time around offering more “bang” for your buck.
The noise canceling mic employed in the Plantronics GameCom 777 does its job excellently and sound is transmitted clear and crisp. Pricing for the Plantronics GameCom 777 sits at a pretty steep $100 price mark, but that’s OK since you can find some rather good deals for it and you can get them for as low as $50.
Logitech G35 – Logitech, you again?!
Well how could we have forgotten our favorite peripheral manufacturer Logitech, which comes in to try and snatch the title of best 7.1 gaming headset with the Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset!
Logitech’s G35 7.1 gaming headset comes with 40mm drivers made out of neodymium magnet, a frequency response in the same 20 Hz- 20KHz area most headsets are, with a 32O impedance and a sensitivity reaching 90dB. The G-keys we’ve found on other Logitech products are here as well, but you also get on-ear audio controls, 3 swappable headband pads and as for connectivity, you’ll get it done via USB.
Although the G930 already is out, you can still grab the Logitech G35 for a rather steep price tag of around $100, yet that comes also as a sign that quality products hold their price tag over time rather well.
Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset – they can’t get enough of our tops!
Yes I know, Logitech sneaked into our little round up yet again with the Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset, one of the best headset for gaming out there! But are the Logitech G930 the absolute best gaming headphones?
When it comes to specifications, the Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headsets come with 40mm drivers, a frequency response situated at 20 Hz – 20 KHz, wireless connectivity with up to 40 feet range and a unidirectional microphone. You get three programmable G-Keys, memory foam lined headband, obviously 7.1 surround sound, noise-isolating ear pads and on-ear audio controls.
The battery life on the Logitech G930 really sets it apart from the competition, giving it a very solid chance at the title of best 7.1 gaming headsets out there as the device can go on for up to 10 hours.
The brand new Logitech G930 7.1 wireless gaming headset is rather pricey, with prices starting at around $100 and going up all the way to $160, so depending on your source, you might be paying out of your nose to get this baby going, so make sure to check out as many retailers as possible before purchasing.
Razer Megalodon – “elite” 7.1 gaming headset? Let’s see!
Razer has been doing pretty well in the “audio” department for a while now and now we get the chance to check out another headset from the manufacturer, the Razer Megalodon 7.1 gaming headset!
Razer’s Megalodon comes with 40mm drivers, a frequency response situated at 20 Hz – 20 KHz, 32O impedance, 102dB sensitivity and a unidirectional microphone. The Razer Megalodon comes with the Razer Maelstrom Audio Engine, to bring you proper 7.1 channel virtual surround sound and the processing won’t be killing anything as it the effect will be processed on the on-board sound card.
After seeing the price tag the Logitech G35 or Logitech G930 boast, the Razer Megalodon 7.1 gaming headset doesn’t have to struggle as hard to sell itself since it will set you back roughly $140, which is excellent price/performance ratio considering the components themselves aren’t exactly cheap.
Turtle Beach Ear Force X41 – are your ears powerful enough?
One of the most stylish headsets in our little lineup for best 7.1 gaming headsets, the Turtle Beach Ear Force X41 comes in with some pretty cool specs and features, but in this price range, most device do come with those, so let’s see if the Ear Force X41 is up to the task!
The Turtle Beach Ear Force X41 comes with 50mm drivers, a frequency response set at 20 Hz – 20 KHz and a sensitivity of 129dB. You also get a headphone amplifier, bass boost (+9dB at 20 Hz – 150 Hz) while in terms of mobility, the Ear Force X41 operates with the aid of 2 AAA batteries. Up to pretty recently, the Turtle Beach Ear Force X41 was available only for the XBOX 360 yet PS3 has joined in as well, so you might want to throw a look their way!
Turtle Beach’s Ear Force X41 isn’t the newest of best equipped 7.1 gaming headset out on the market, but quality products (as I said earlier) keep their price pretty well, so you will still have to come up with anywhere between $130 and $160 to buy one of these 7.1 gaming headsets.
SteelSeries 5Hv2 – just game and listen!
You have to admit that SteelSeries have that certain je ne sais quoi which just makes them so appealing as a gaming peripheral manufacturer and the SteelSeries 5Hv2 gaming headsets are fighting for the top as well.
That certain “I don’t know what” is represented by the clean design of the headset, which tells you a simple story – game and listen! The specs are up there with the best, with a frequency response set between 16 Hz – 28 KHz, an impedance of 40O, sensitivity at 110 dB and a 9,8 feet cable which should keep you moving about because the sounds this thing generates make sure that you will be watching over your shoulders frequently!
The SteelSeries 5Hv2 come with a retractable microphone, volume control and they can be taken apart into 3 pieces so that you have an easier time carrying them.
If you were thinking that the SteelSeries 5Hv2 is going to come in at the same over $100 price point as most of the 7.1 gaming headphones in our test, you are wrong, as the price tag for the 5Hv2 sits calmly at the $80 making these babies one of the best 7.1 gaming headsets out on the market both in terms of performance as well as pricing!
Raptor-Gaming H3 – 7.1 gaming heatsets with a bite!
Raptor-Gaming isn’t exactly up there with SteelSeries, Logitech, Plantronics or Razer, but don’t let that fool you and besides, everyone has to start somewhere and the Raptor-Gaming H3 gaming headset seems to be the right place!
The Raptor-Gaming H3 7.1 gaming headset comes with 40mm drivers, a frequency response set at 50 Hz – 20 KHz, a sensitivity of 121 dB and will offer you a microphone into the mix as well which has a frequency response set between 100 Hz and 800 Hz. All looks good and well for the Raptor-Gaming H3 as the gaming headset is clean in its design yet sturdy in its construction, with sound quality being up there with most gaming headsets.
The Raptor-Gaming H3 costs around $70 depending on the retailer, so as always I recommend and even encourage you to look around for better deals. My only beef is that the price difference between this and the SteelSeries 5Hv2 is very small and the SteelSeries alternative seems a little better equipped to handle gaming, so try them if you have the chance and make your choice, personally I would direct you towards the 5Hv2.
The market is filled with manufacturers fighting to get “The Absolute Best Gaming Headphones” title, yet there are far too many implications in this regard. Some purists might frown at these pseudo 7.1 gaming headphones, yet us gamers are interested in other features and in that regard, all of the above mentioned 7.1 gaming headphones will deliver excellent “BANG!” for your buck.
Trying to tell which of the above can take the title and become the best headset for gaming, is very difficult as I am using different headphones for music and different ones for gaming (most of the time I try to keep my two mistresses separated), yet these gaming headsets can still impress even the most pretentious or “elite” of listeners (yes, I am talking about myself again).
My best tip would be to browse around our small lineup above and if you can get your hands on any of them, make sure to give them a couple of minutes of testing. If you have the possibility listen to a track and maybe play a couple of minutes and decide for yourself, because in their respective price ranges these are the absolute best gaming headphones!