The right components can give you blazing speed, a perfect frame rate, and an incredible picture but if you are using integrated speakers or even cheap ones, then your gaming experience just isn’t as good as it could be. The right headset can allow you to work better with your team and give you a much more immersive gaming feel.
What poor sound fails to recognize is surround sound. If you play a first person shooter this becomes especially important so that you know where bullets and explosions are coming from as well as the trickling footsteps of someone that’s going to shoot you (or heaven forbid knife you) in the back.
To put you on the same playing field as other gamers out there we’ve created a list of the top 10 best rated gaming headphones for 2012.
Top 10 Best Rated Headsets 2012
|Product||Price/ Reviews||Features/Manufacturer's Details|
|Ear Force X12 Gaming Headset and Amplified Stereo Sound||Gamers who loved the X11 were anticipating the release of the all new X12 and have placed it on this quarter's bestseller list. Details include enhanced audio for better in-game sound, an in-line amplifier with quick access to audio controls, and increased bass boosts for better in-game sound. The X12 has a great microphone in it as well for picking up your voice clearly and accurately. It's also very comfortable so you can wear it hours on end.|
|Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound||If you are mainly a PC gamer, then you won't find a better gaming headset in this price range.
You get incredible 7.1 surround sound with programmable keys that include the ability to morph your voice.
|Yapster TM-YP100A||Not the most expensive headset in the world, but the Yapster TM-YP100A will take you a long way in functionality for your money. It has a comfortable padded ear design, a drop down boom microphone which can be moved up and down, and decent base.|
|Logitech Gaming Headset G330 (Black)||The G330 is what it is, an inexpensive alternative headset to keep you in the game and talking to your friends.
Perfect for gamers on a budget.
|Universal PC/Stereo Gaming Headset - Yapster TM-YB100A – Black||One of the cool features of the Yapster is you can easily swing up and down the microphone so you can choose when you want to be heard, and when you'd rather stay in the background.|
|Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset (Black)||You might have used their gaming mouse before but Razer also makes a stellar headset.
The Carcharias big feature is the Noise cancelling microphone which focuses on your voice rather than whats around you.
|Tritton AX Pro Dolby Digital Precision Gaming Headset||The Trito AX Pro gives you amazing 5.1 surround sound by combining 8 speakers that it has between the 2 ear cups.|
|Logitech G35 7.1-Channel Surround Sound Headset||Another 7.1 surround sound headset which like the g930 and other high-end headsets has a microphone that tunes out bad noise.|
|Tritton TRIAX-720 AX 720 Dolby Digital Surround Sound||With the Dritton you get a Dolby Digital Surround sound connection with replaceable earpads and other parts to ensure that you can use it for the long-term.
Use it with PS3 and other consoles as well as your PC.
|PS3 Ear Force P11 Amplified Stereo Gaming Headset||At around 50 bucks the PS3 Ear Force is a great choice. It's not going to give you the big surround sound options of headsets twice it's price but you do get large ear pads, and over-sized speakers. Like the high-end headsets it also has microphone monitoring for your voice.|
|Razer Megalodon 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset (Black)||The Megalodon from Razer gives you 7.1 surround sound with digital sound processing to give you sweet and smooth clarity while you are gaming.|
|Ear Force X11 Amplified Stereo Headset with Chat||We think you'll like the X11 as it features rather large ear cups with great bass for any environment you come across.
If you have gamer buddies that also like to talk loud into their microphone, then you'll love the X11 as it prevents unnecessary spikes in volume.
The X12 has been released at this point in time but the X11 is still a great value option.
Overall we like the Logitech G930 as our pick for top rated headset of 2012. We’ve tried it out so be sure to check out our blog entry. It offers you incredible 7.1 sounds that will knock your socks off. If you have to multi-task while you game it’s easy to take the G930 headset into your living room, kitchen, or even upstairs while still plotting with your friends online. It’s also fun to modify your voice to one of several options that Logitech has given you.