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When listening to music or playing games on the computer, a good headset can make the experience even better. There are many kinds to choose from: connected, wireless, noise cancelling, high fidelity sound, and with a microphone or without a mic. You can choose one that's suitable for most uses or one that's more specialized.
What's the Difference Between Headsets and Headphones?
Most people are familiar with headphones. They deliver stereo audio only. They come with large or small earpieces.
Headsets deliver stereo sound but also have a microphone. The mic is for real-time voice communication and interaction. The microphone can be embedded in the headset or attached externally. The external mic can be positioned in front of the speaker's mouth or pushed out of the way when not in use.
What are Noise Cancelling Headsets?
Noise cancellation is a technology that uses active sound control to minimize outside noise. The feature monitors incoming ambient sounds. The circuitry inside the earpiece picks what sounds to block like airplane or construction noise. It can reduce the sounds of common distractions like nearby conversations.
Not all headsets have this feature. If you travel, the feature may make your journey more pleasant, especially in an airplane or crowded train. If you are using a headset for work, then it can be an asset allowing you to focus on your conversation, not what's going on around you.
Wired vs. Wireless Headsets
Traditional headsets are wired. They are attached by a cable to the desktop, laptop, phone, television, or other device. On one end are one or more connection points like RCA jacks, a 3.5 mm audio out plug, a 3.5 mm microphone jack, or a USB connection.
Wireless headsets connect through Bluetooth pairing. Bluetooth must be active on the computer, laptop, or mobile device. The earpiece transmits a signal that the device receives. The link is established on the device pairing both ends of the connection. Bluetooth technology is commonplace.
What Features are Important to Look for in a Gaming Headset?
Choosing the best gaming headset requires a different set of criteria than selecting one for music or business. A gaming headset needs to be compatible with a specific console or device, durable, comfortable, and have good sound quality. Here's why these are important aspects to consider:
- Platform: Some types are specific to a platform like a PC or gaming console. Some headsets can be used for multiple platforms.
- Durability: A gaming headset is an investment. Choose one that can survive activity and rough handling.
- Comfort: Choose a headset that will feel comfortable through many hours of play.
- Sound Quality: Interactive games can be an immersive experience. A gaming headset will need to pick up both loud and subtle sounds.
Certified Refurbished Computer Headsets
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