Immersive Audio and Headsets for the Gamer's Man Cave
June 4, 2017
Great audio takes your gaming experience to the next level; it blocks out the real world and immerses you fully in the world of the game. Powerful sound makes you feel the power of every explosion while capturing the voices of your fellow gamers clearly. With the right gamer headset and audio equipment, you can create the perfect sound system, whether your man cave boasts a state-of-the-art computer or the latest gaming console.
Although it's possible to connect speakers directly to your TV or computer, doing so can result in poor signal processing and less-than-ideal sound quality. Instead, invest in a receiver. The receiver is the brain of the entire gaming system. It receives inputs from audio and video devices and directs them to your TV, monitor or speakers. For serious gamers, a receiver is essential, particularly if you're using a gaming console and TV. Choose an AV receiver that's specially designed for surround sound; they have high-end processing units that decode audio signals and create a balanced, powerful experience.
The layout of your man cave can impact the quality of your sound system. If sound is a high priority to you, keep in mind that tall chairs, bookshelves and other items may interrupt the path of sound waves. The same goes for your gaming furniture; choose a gaming chair with a lower back so your head sits clear of the top edge. Ensure the room has ample open space for speakers. If possible, hang art and curtains to prevent echoes.
Gaming speakers are the foundation of an excellent gaming audio system. In most cases, the built-in speakers on your television or computer are no match for high-intensity sound. To get the most out of your gaming audio, invest in THX-certified speakers, which are designed with professional-quality technology. Place a center channel speaker above, below or behind the screen; this speaker sends out the principal audio.
Set left and right speakers to the left and right of the screen, positioned slightly in front. If possible, maintain the same distance between your chair and the three front speakers. For a surround-sound set, place the left and right surround speakers to the side of the gaming chair; move them slightly back so they're not perfectly in line with your ears. Depending on size and layout of your man cave, you can get high quality sound by setting a subwoofer in the corner nearest the screen to amplify the sound. If that doesn’t work, simply set it on the floor to one side of the screen. Experiment with your setup, and adjust the position of gaming speakers over time to get the best results for your man cave.
If you're working with limited space or don't have the budget for a high-end surround sound system, a gaming headset is an affordable solution. A great gaming headset performs multiple functions; it blocks outside noises that compromise sound quality, and it delivers clear, crisp sound directly into your ears. Look for a gaming headset that balances low, middle and high tones to ensure you hear each component of the game's audio track. If you use a microphone for multi-player games, choose one with stereo sound.
Headset sound quality is important, but so is design. Look for large, padded ear cups that fit around your ears, to help block ambient noise and increase comfort. Lightweight models also provide added comfort during marathon gaming sessions. Adjustable mechanisms are key for a custom fit.
High-quality audio equipment is the difference between a so-so gaming experience and an amazing one. Great speakers emphasize each sound, from birds chirping in the background to rapid-fire shots in a battle sequence. No matter what your budget, it's possible to find gaming headsets and speakers that take your favorite RPG or first-person shooter to the next level.
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