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Earphones for PC gaming + Introduction

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Hey Guys, 

 

Just joined today and have only recently started reading and learning about Headphones and Earphones properly so I could do with some help. 

 

I started PC gaming back in January and my friend very kindly donated a Gaming Headset for me to use but it becomes very uncomfortable after a short while so I'm looking to either use in ears or buy a set of headphones to go with a standalone microphone. 

 

I plugged my CX150s in to my PC to test them and they were so much better than the Headset I have at the moment which led me to do some research on both units. They both have the same frequency (20 - 20,000 Hz), the differences were the impedance (16 on the in ears and 32 on the headset) and the DB range (up to 110 on the in ears and 95 on the headset). The in ears were a lot louder, I had to turn a few settings down, is this because of the DB range or something else? 

 

I would prefer to use in ears but I have a couple of questions. 

 

In regards to the impedance I know that the lower the number is better for mobile devices like phones/ ipods etc but I was wondering is it safe to use to in ears on a PC? I read that putting lower impedance speakers in to more powerful devices can blow them out but the example used was 16 ohm in ears vs 250 ohm DJ Headphones in a big DJ rig. 

 

Is frequency important? I'm thinking if I go with in ears then I might buy myself another set to have plugged in to my PC permanently for convenience more than anything.

 

If it is then would the CX175 be a good choice? The frequency on those is 17 - 23,000 Hz as opposed to the normal 20 - 20,000 Hz and they have a DB range up to 121 DB which is way higher than the "Gaming" Headset I currently have. To be honest the whole gaming headset thing seems very gimmicky so I'd rather not go down that road again. 

 

Any advice would be great 

 

 

post #2 of 3
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Originally Posted by Skelhon87 View Post

I was wondering is it safe to use to in ears on a PC? 

Yes it's 100% safe as long as you start the volume at 0% and work your way up to comfortable listening level.

Is frequency important?  

Not really. Almost all modern headphones claim FR responses of at least 20-20,000Hz, and even some headphones that claim superior FR range don't sound great. It's often most used for marketing - "bigger numbers means better!" 

If it is then would the CX175 be a good choice? The frequency on those is 17 - 23,000 Hz as opposed to the normal 20 - 20,000 Hz and they have a DB range up to 121 DB which is way higher than the "Gaming" Headset I currently have. To be honest the whole gaming headset thing seems very gimmicky so I'd rather not go down that road again. 

The "DB" only tells you about the headphone sensitivity - earphones or IEMs are almost always more sensitive than full size headphones because the diaphragms are lighter and have smaller voice coils, so they require much less energy to produce good listening levels (but this is a massive over-simplification of the science behind it). You really don't need to pay much attention to that right now - it's not a sign of 'better' or 'worse' - it just tells you if you may need to amp the headphones or not.

 

Gaming headphones are mostly gimicky - awful junk many of them, especially the cheaper ones.

Only the most expensive ones found enjoyable, but easily beaten by some half-priced headphones for sheer value.

 

I would pass on the CX175 and go for an RHA MA350.

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Thanks for the quick response. I'll look at the RHA suggestion. There seems to be loads of really good options that aren't the main brands everyone knows. 

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