Headphones

Gaming headphones are specifically designed for high quality audio all without the need for large speakers. Most of them do not look anything like the traditional headphones of the late 20th century, due to their shape, color and, occasionally, wireless nature. Game headphones compliment video games, especially online games (or offline games with online modes). In any given video game situation, gaming headphones are useful for co-operation and taunting.

It is important to know which headphones to choose in this generation, and choosing the right ones can be a difficult task. What users need to know is that there are a variety of gaming headphones, including wireless, USB and bluetooth sets. Whether it be for gaming with a PC, iMac, PS3 or Xbox 360, there are headphones all-round. Users can choose between the standard, default headphones such as the Official PlayStation 3 Bluetooth Headset or third-party headphones such as the Creative Sound Blaster Arena.

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The best gaming headphones, are mostly agreed to be the Creative Sound Blaster Arena. Creative has been the leader in audio, so it is no surprise that the Sound Blaster Arena has been rated as the best in terms of value, sound quality and build quality.

Grab the Creative Sound Blaster Arena now: Creative Labs 51EF0180AA001 Sound Blaster Arena Surround USB Gaming Headset

Another superior set of headphones are the Sennheiser CX 500 Lightweight Portable Gaming Headphone which is effectively a set of earphones. The earphones are extremely bass-driven and are very effective in silencing unwanted ambience. They also muffle out any other noise and the sound is suppressed from any people who may be nearby doing something else, who may be irritated by the whispers of headphones. Check them out here: Sennheiser CX 500-B In-Ear Stereo Headphone

In comparison, the Official PS3 Bluetooth headset or the PlayStation 3 Bluetooth Headset 2.0, which is the official brand of PS3 gaming headphones, is a one-eared device that connects to the PlayStation 3 system during gameplay, without the need for a receiver or wires. It is very easy to use, has an eight hour battery life and a quick recharge. It can however, pick up unwanted ambient conversations and can be irritable to wear after a while. Wireless gaming headphones can take the stress out of audio in gaming, but can be quite expensive and need to be charged every so often.

PC gaming headphones are generally very high quality, with the ability to improve awareness of surroundings and reaction time. PC headphones with wireless surround sound (all around the headphones) are useful in improving the gaming experience, without the need for an actual 5.1 surround sound system. Sennheiser has a reputation for delivering high-end quality and priced headphones. Sennheiser gaming headphones can also be an alternative to genuine surround sound due to the look and feel of the headphones.

Headphones for gaming are a necessity for communicative hardcore gamers, especially those who play massively online multiplayer video games and need to collaborate with or taunt other players. Players may also want to chat between games, or in a social networking environment such as PlayStation Home. Whatever the player is into, gaming headphones have them covered.

Here are our top 5 picks for PURE AWESOME gaming headphones:

Cordless headphones are useful in almost all aspects of audio, from TV watching to music playing. There is a large range of cordless headphones, and choosing the right ones could either mean buying the best cordless headphones or just the best-valued ones. However, buying the most expensive cordless stereo headphones doesn’t necessarily give you the best sound quality.

Having to watch TV, for example, with the annoyance of cords can be frustrating, so getting the right cordless TV headphones becomes essential. Cordless headphones for TV are effectively just regular cordless headphones. Almost all electronic stores sell headphones, so be sure to drop into one and browse the cordless headphone section. When browsing, have a list of features you may want from the headphones you want to buy.

Features include:
•    Noise and ambience cancellation
•    Range of effectiveness (such as 10 metres)
•    Sound quality- (such as CD or lossless)
•    Bass and treble
•    Battery life
•    Cost
•    Size, comfort and fitting
•    Volume

If you are looking for value and quality, a set of Sennheiser headphones is a good choice, as they offer a variety of good features at a reasonable price. Sennheiser cordless headphones are comparable with many other brands such as Sony, Creative or Logitech. However, those brands also offer low-end and mid-range headphone cordless products which you may also want to consider.

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With headphones, one size doesn’t fit all, so you should purchase based on preference, rather than just on review or recommendation. It may actually end up being that you buy the one that looks the most stylish, because wearing bulky headphones can be a bit ugly, depending on the brand you buy. The size and comfort is also important, because it may be that you want smaller headphones for portability and comfort, or larger ones for better sound quality.

One feature that may be particularly appealing is noise and ambience cancellation. This is because when listening to something like music, all you want to hear is the music. That’s why it is important to buy something that cancels unwanted sound that may ruin the audio experience.

Cordless headphones are useful today, and some that you come across are magic… and some are tragic. Professional reviews and customer feedback can be useful in picking the right ones. Most of them will cover the list of features and when it comes down to it, the two main things to watch out for are quality and affordability. But just remember that the most expensive pair may not be the best, or vice-versa.

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Best USB Headphones:


USB headphones are mini-loudspeakers for wearing on the head, close to the user’s ears as a means of receiving audio. They come in many flavors and are commonly used for music and headsets. They are compatible with all operating systems and modern gaming systems, due to their “plug and play” nature. The variation of ports that USB has adapted has increased demand for different kinds of USB headphones for filming, gaming or even driving.

Headphones are a commodity these days, and are essential in listening to music and any other audio. They are quickly being taken for granted due to the rise of earphones, but they are still valued for being high quality loudspeakers for the ears. USB is a technology that has quickly transformed many large port technologies such as that of printers and headphones. Although 3.5 mm audio ports are now pretty much compulsory in modern day PCs, other devices such as the PlayStation 3 or even iMacs, do not support 3.5 mm headphones.

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Wireless USB headphones are commonly used for headsets (also known as USB headphones with microphone). In electronic gaming, this is useful for communication between party members and in-game voice commands. In computing, USB wireless headphones with a microphone are commonly used for hands-free computing, which is useful for multi-tasking and ease of access.

Although 3.5 mm headphones are reasonably non-universal compared to USB headphones, micro USB headphones are even less so. They are not as their name implies (they are not miniature headphones). They are quite simply ordinary headphones with a micro-USB port to connect to certain MP3 players and electronic devices with the slowly popularising micro USB headphone technology. An even less common port is mini USB. Mini USB headphones and micro USB headphones are very uncommon, but ports for mini USB can be found on digital camcorders for the purposes of filming and revising footage.

If headphones were to not have the standard type-A USB connector (the kind that is on the sides of laptops, the backs of iMacs and the fronts of desktop PCs), there is always the USB headphone adapter. The adapters can also be standard, because they are generally for 3.5 mm headphones. However, there are some adapters for 2.5 mm headphones, for example. The adapters work just like any other adapters do, with a female port end connected to the converted male port end. The device that the adapter is connected to, will instantly recognise the device as USB (with very few exceptions).

USB headphones have consequently been used for both simple and complex everyday tasks and have different variations based on the user’s needs and the capability of the hardware available to them. If, of course, the user does not wish to buy an entirely different set of headphones, the user can always buy an adapter corresponding to the device that they want to connect the headphones to. Adapters for micro usb headphones and even 3.5mm headphones are available to make it so you can use any pair of headphones for your specific device. This makes USB headphones user friendly and adaptable to the user’s situation.

Top Rated USB Headphones:

1. Logitech USB Headset H530 with Premium Laser-Tuned Audio (981-000195)

2. Plantronics .Audio 655 USB Multimedia Headset

3. Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB Headset (Black)

4. Numark PHX USB USB + Analog Dj Headphones

5. Cyber AcousticsStereo Headset/Microphone, Ambidextrous design AC-201

Best Selling USB Headphones:

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When looking for the right headphones for your giant, 50-inch 3DTV, you needn’t look much further than regular headphones. After all, headphones are headphones. Finding the right headphones can be a bit of a tangle, but fortunately, there is a good selection available for consideration.

TVs have become necessary in our age, and so has the sound quality of the TV. Picking the right 7.1 channel surround system for the whole family is one thing, but browsing for headphones for individual use is very different. Choosing the right brand has changed, because you’re no longer necessarily going to get Logitech or Sony as the top choices. It all comes down to who makes the best and who makes the best for value.

A Picture Share!The best headphones for TV are going to be ones that are wireless, because there is nothing worse than having to deal with cords, or having to sit quite close in order to watch TV. However, if you can’t find the right wireless ones, or they’re too expensive for you, buying a headphone extension cord will solve the problem.

Sennheiser and Creative are both reputable in making high quality cordless headphones for TV. Their headphones are a good choice because of their noise cancellation, bass and sound quality. TV wireless headphones also have the ability to have sound come out of both the TV and the headphones if you want such an experience. Simply plug the headphones (or the wireless receiver) into the “Audio Line-Out” port and they will automatically work. There is no need for further setup.

The Sennheiser RS headphones are good value wireless TV headphones, which provide good quality sound and isolation. Many Creative headphones will also be good value for high quality audio. Sony also offers some surround sound-like headphones which are also good value, but less high-range. After choosing the brand, there isn’t much left to it, because it all ties down to what features you want and don’t want.

Wireless headphones for TV are essential when you’re independently playing that game or watching that 3D movie. Adding to the immersive experience is critical in getting the full value from the TV that you’ve bought. When buying a new TV, most of the time, people have to buy the big HDTVs (some with 3D capability) and it is actually worse to hear sound coming from the main TV speakers. That’s why you should probably invest in either a sound system or a set of TV headphones if you want the best theatre quality sounds from your TV.

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