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Zero1 Awards 2018 – Peripherals – Gaming Headsets

December 6, 2018 — by Digit0

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A good quality gaming headset can make or break your game. Although you will be able to hear all the necessary sounds on most of the gaming headsets, you might not be able to pinpoint the direction they are coming from. Another aspect is the soundstage, if it’s too narrow, you will feel claustrophobic. A wider soundstage is always preferable to offer you an immersive experience. The sound signature varies a lot since manufacturers may choose to boost the low or mids according to the effect they are going for.

However, the best performing gaming headset will manage all these audio aspects without sacrificing too much on one of them. We also evaluate and compare the microphone quality on these headsets to select the winner who provides a wholesome gaming sound experience.

2018 Zero1 Award Winner: Audeze Mobius

Usually, every gaming headset boasts dynamic drivers. Even though some manufacturers have experimented by adding more than one dynamic drivers, there weren’t any changes in using a different driver to deliver audio. Enter Audeze, an audiophile-centric company that develops high-end planar-magnetic driver headphones and IEMs/earphones. This year, the company brought over the driver technology they use on premium headphones to a lower segment, in the form of the gaming headset.

The advantage of having a planar-magnetic driver is a better soundstage and bass that doesn’t distort the audio at higher volumes. Overall, the headset offered a wonderful and immersive gaming experience. Coming to the microphone quality, noise cancellation was the best out of all the headsets we tested this year. The Mobius offers the best experience not just in games but movies as well. Whether it’s gaming, music or movies, it delivers brilliant performance on all aspects.

Runner-up: Corsair HS70 Wireless

Wireless gaming headsets are extremely convenient. However, this shouldn’t make you want to sacrifice audio quality. The Corsair HS70 Wireless is a brilliant gaming headset with a wonderful soundstage and bass, however, it doesn’t match the Mobius. Immersion in 7.1 virtual surround mode was, at certain times, was better than the Mobius. Sometimes loud explosions and playing too long affected other sounds including vocals.

Music playback was decent as well. The connectivity and features were great but the microphone quality was a setback. Overall, it fell short on the audio quality front and more on the microphone quality. Nonetheless, the Corsair HS70 Wireless is a pretty great wireless gaming headset that will do its job.

Best Buy: Zebronics Orion

The Zebronics Orion performs surprisingly well for its price. The soundstage was wide but the bass wasn’t powerful enough. Music listening experience was a little above average. All these things are to be expected at this price. However, we were shocked by the amazing quality on the microphone.

The sound signature of the mic retained the reverb and clarity of the voice. In a blind test, you might not even know that this great recording quality is coming from the Orion. With a decent sound signature and acceptable clarity, along with the surprisingly good microphone quality, the Zebronics Orion deserves to be the Best Buy this year.

Gaming Headset

Zero1 Awards 2017 – Peripherals – Gaming Headset

December 13, 2017 — by Digit0

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You can definitely play single player and multiplayer games with any pair of headphones. But if you want the extra edge, it’s always best to go for the ones that boost certain aspects of the game audio. Of course, it’s all based on your preference. Some love a bass-heavy signature for explosions while other prefer more emphasis on the mids and highs to discern footsteps. We used several gaming headsets to try and find the one that offered the best balanced signature and performance favourable for all kinds of games. Our candidates supported an exhaustive list of features and we considered both wireless and wired headsets. Headsets with bundled DSPs and even external amps were covered this year. Comfort and RGB lighting aside, here are the best performing gaming headsets we tested at our labs.

2017 Zero1 award Winner: HyperX Revolver S

Hyperx Revolver S

The HyperX Revolver S managed to maintain a brilliant balance in sound, and produce an almost flat signature with minor boosts to certain frequencies. The bass was right about enough to the point where it doesn’t become overpowering. The wide soundstage delivered on this headset was the best, and games felt more immersive. Footsteps and gunshots from far away were audible easily and we didn’t miss any sound from the environment. Not just games, the Revolver S is great for music because of its close-to-flat signature, ensuring that percussion instruments, vocals and strings, all of them sound great. Apart from all the good things in this headset, we expected a better microphone which was high-pitched and felt unnatural. In conclusion, the Zero1 award for the best gaming headset goes to the HyperX Revolver S.

Runner-up: Logitech G433

The headsets that made it to the top four are so close that the differences in scores is in the decimal points. With a slightly lower audio performance score, the Logitech G433 comes in second to the Revolver S. Both of them offer impressive sound quality but the Revolver S performs slightly better in certain aspects. If you’re a casual gamer and don’t have much experience listening to many gaming headsets, you wouldn’t even notice these subtle differences. In-game sounds like footsteps are distinguishable, although gunshots and explosions don’t deliver the satisfying punch. The microphone is considerably better than the Revolver S. Only if the other sound reproduction aspects were better on this one, the G433 could have taken away the Zero1 award this year.

Best Buy: ASUS Cerberus V2

The Cerberus V2 will be loved by bass lovers since it was one of the few headsets where the bass level didn’t make us feel uncomfortable after a while and still deliver punchy sound. For instance, continuous gunshots and vehicle sounds generally overpower voice communication but not on the Cerberus V2. Moreover, it’s surprisingly good for listening to EDM and house music as well. The quality of the microphone wasn’t the best, and during in-game sounds, the volume levels became too low. There weren’t enough details picked up by the mic and it sounded below average. However, the Cerberus V2 has an attractive price of `5,700 while placing right below the Logitech G433 in performance. This makes it the Best Buy.