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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2014: Editor's Choice - Part 1

Best Gaming Headphones

Best Gaming Headphones

Not every headphone with flashy aesthetics can be labelled with the "gaming" tag. To qualify as a legitimate gaming headphone, the product has to provide superior surround sound and greater levels of detail when compared to standard audio products. The year 2013 saw a slew of gaming headphones released and many of them came with USB based sound processing to help them emulate 7.1-channel surround sound. It is these contenders that we tried and tested to discover the best gaming headphone in this year's Editor's Choice award category.

Nominees:

 

  • Plantronics GameCom Commander
  • Razer Kraken 7.1
  • Roccat Kulo 7.1
  • Sennheiser PC 363D
  • SteelSeries Siberia Elite
     


And the Winner Is...

Sennheiser PC 363D

The Sennheiser PC 363D is a rather drab looking gaming headset. But don’t let its appearance fool you. The headset is able to deliver unbelievably accurate, 7.1-channel surround sound with the help of Dolby technologies and an excellent USB based sound processor that is included as part of the package. With large, properly scalloped XXL ear-cups the Sennheiser PC 363D is a headset that users can keep on using for an extended duration. Over the course of our testing we found the Sennheiser contender to not only be the most comfortable but also had no complaints with regards to our ears overheating after prolonged usage. Brands like Razer and SteelSeries may be more recognizable to gamers. Both the Razer Kraken 7.1 and the Siberia Elite are gorgeous looking products, but if you’re serious about upping your game, the Sennheiser PC 363D’s performance levels should win you over.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Plantronics GameCom Commander Razer Kraken 7.1
Roccat Kulo 7.1
Sennheiser PC 363D
SteelSeries Siberia Elite
Design 8.0 9.0 7.5 8.0 9.0
Features 8.0 9.0 8.0 9.0 9.0
User-Friendliness 7.5 9.0 8.0 9.0 8.5
Performance  7.0 8.5 7.5 9.0 8.0
Value 6.5 9.0 7.5 8.5 8.0
Overall 7.5 9.0 7.5 9.0 8.5

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.

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