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thoughts on gaming vs. normal headphones
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Gaming Headphone vs 'Normal' Heaphone comparison is difficult to do since they're made for almost entirely difference purposes. This comparison is furthermore troubled by posting it in an audiophile forum where 'Normal' consumer headphones are mostly never part of the conversation. That said, I'm going to continue this with the assumption that by 'Normal' you mean high-end.
If all you're doing is gaming, then gaming headphones are quite good. They serve the purpose of outputting sound with an emphasis on three dimensional imaging with assistance from some form of software or hardware digital signal processing (DSP). DSP is what gives you your perceivable, but ultimately fake 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. As far as the ability to accurately image and resolve sound, gaming headphones leave a lot to be desired for the most part but it seems some gaming manufacturers are starting to take this into consideration.
Once your concern moves towards having a more universal set of headphones that are good for gaming and also good for critical music listening, the clear choice is what you would call 'Normal' headphones. There's a problem though. There are a ton of normal headphones that are not worth the money and are mostly gimmicky. That lot of gimmicky, crappy headphones is narrowed down to mostly good ones, once you move closer to audiophile class headphones. (This isn't to say that there are no gimmicks and lies in the audiophile world, but for the most part, the price is justified by the technology and the construction of higher-end headphones)
So yes. I would agree normal headphones are better, but which normal ones would you buy?
At the very bottom of the threshold, I would recommend the Koss Porta Pro. They don't look like much, they don't const much either, but they perform well and come with a built-in microphone. I would akin their sound to Beats headphones with a lot of improvements in the clarity of the highs, the presentation of its sound stage, and its bass response. They're super light which is great for gaming, and the microphone is clear as day. (The sound can get stuffy sometimes. It's the only negative and the main factor to comparing them to Beats headphones since those are muffled, muddy, and stuffy ALWAYS)
For a little bit more money, you can grab a pair of
. These are great for gaming and sound awesome too. No mic, but that's easily fixed with a set of SONY ECM-CS3 or V-Moda Boom mic.
My favorite gaming headphones are the Philips Fidelio X2. To be honest, I have pairs of headphones that are sub $3k, but I always go back to my X2 headphones since they sound so great for all listening situations including gaming. I consider these my universal headphones and use them a lot for gaming and movies. I pair it with V-Moda Boom Mic. <-- This would be my ultimate recommendation.
Save a little bit more money and get these. Trust, fam.