My name is SoundForeigner, and I hope you are all doing well! :)
As you can see by my name, the art of sound is foreign to me for the most part. I know a few things about audio, but nothing too technical and in-depth. Some examples are: I know what the numbers represent on a specification sheet, like 7.1. The number before the period represents the number of speakers you have in your setup, and the number after the period represents the number of subwoofers you have. Stereo means audio placement between two speakers, and surround means 360 degrees of audio placement. Now, I will admit I could be wrong about things, but I just wanted to establish the extent of my knowledge on this subject. As far as Ohms and all that go, I have no clue. I would never be able to make a custom audio setup haha (something might get fried or whatever happens if you mess up).
Now, I really don't know if any of this applies to headsets, but again, I just wanted to establish a background.
Alright, I will explain the type of headset I would like to have. I apologize if I explained a little too much:
The type of headset that I am looking for is for gaming. While it is hard to explain your sound quality standards, I would like to have a headset with good bass (for me, the bass is key. It ties everything together and provides a richer sound experience). 360 degree sound is a must. As you can see from my profile picture, I play a game called Quake. While the audio is older in that game compared to newer games, positional audio is absolutely vital in Quake. I would like to have this type of headset for newer games as well though, so a nice quality surround sound headset would be ideal. As for treble and all that (I really don't know if this even applies to headsets, but please bear with me), I just want a realistic sound. I apologize if this isn't a good enough explanation, but I just want rich, not scratchy or tinny sound. I would expect explosions to be louder and glass to have a nice sharp and crisp sound when breaking: basically a whole spectrum of highs and lows for different sounds. Being able to hear footsteps would be nice and little subtle things like that. These are just a few examples.
Brief story time! ;) Once I tried on a headset (sorry, didn't think to look at the brand) and was struck by something. Without the headset, the stereo surround sound made it so it was hard to hear people talking in a game when there was explosions and other game sounds in the background...not to forget the soundtrack playing as well. Once I put the headset on, I did not lose any of that experience, but I was able to hear the people talking, and clearly too! Amazing!
I would like to have a design where the headset covers your ears entirely. Having a corded headset is preferred, but if there is one out there where only a cordless model is available and it is a great headset, I would consider it. Also, the mic isn't necessary, but I would like to have one. The audio is what I would get them for and the mic is just extra (I could just buy a mic separate if this even makes a difference). Comfort would be nice for extended play sessions. I enjoy console gaming too, so having a universal headset would be ideal, but if it depends on the console, this isn't a deal-breaker.
As for the price, I guess I have a question: What is the best gaming headset where the audio quality is really good for the price? I am willing to pay around $200 if it is worth it. If there is a cheaper model that is basically the same as one for $200 (only people that are really picky would feel there is a major difference), please do share. The same goes for a more expensive model.
Please share any recommendations you may have or any questions you may have for me if this post is not detailed enough.
Thank you very much! All of your posts are greatly appreciated! :)
This seems like a great forum, and I look forward to getting to know it better and the great people who contribute here as well.
Take care, and have a nice rest of your day. :)