And the Best Gaming Headset Is ….
SENNHEISER PC 363D
If we look at only gaming performance, three contenders pull ahead of the pack. The Sennheiser PC 363D, Razer Kraken 7.1 and SteelSeries Siberia Elite all had excellent 7.1 virtual surround sound courtesy of either Dolby technologies, or in the case of Razer, proprietary audio enhancement. But when other factors are considered, a clear winner emerges. The Sennheiser PC 363D provided a great degree of comfort due to its “XXL” ear-cups, and the open back design not only delivered a wide, natural soundstage, but also prevented over-heating thanks to great ventilation. Finally, a neutral tone allowed the Sennheiser headset to excel when handling music as well. Taking overall performance into account, the PC 363D turned out to be worthy of our Best Performance award.
RAZER KRAKEN 7.1
When it came to the Best Value award, the Logitech G430 and the Razer Kraken 7.1 were in the frame for consideration. The Logitech gaming headset had a slight edge in terms of comfort thanks to its sporty ear-pad cushion covering. But with proprietary audio technology on its side the Razer Kraken 7.1 had much better gaming performance. In addition the customization and calibration made available by Razer’s Synapse 2.0 software meant that the Kraken 7.1 could be tweaked to significantly improve your gaming performance.