Jonathan Ly - Moon Audio Ambassador
Headphones for Video Games
By Moon Audio Ambassador Jonathan Ly
Headphones, gamers and their tastes come in many shapes and styles.
First and foremost, you want something that is an excellent headphone, not just because it's marketed as a "Gamer headphone". Especially on PC, the source files are all high quality sound, and you'll want something that can deliver on that.
A benefit that is specific to Moon-Audio is the Dragon Cables, which are a necessity to remove microphonics and potential distortion due to all of the electronics used during gameplay.
Gamers love Black Dragon
Get the best sound experience with Black Dragon Full Size or IEM headphone cables.
I want something that make me feel immersed in the video game. A headphone with a neutral sound signature doesn't limit you to the idea you are playing a game. A neutral sound brings the video game's world to life.
Moon Audio's favorite Neutral Headphones
Shure SRH1540 Headphones
Sennheiser HD 630VB Headphones
Open vs Closed
I prefer a closed headphone for the immersion quality. Closed headphones reduce the amount of noise interference from outside the game.
However, closed back headphones can be problematic if you're in a busy household or playing with others. You are more cut off from others. Open headphone may be more beneficial so you are not completely shut off.
Open back cans (headphones) can be a distraction to those around you too so keep that in mind.
In-Ear-Monitors (IEMs) vs Full-sized Headphones
I suggest full-sized or on ear portable headphones such as:
Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Headphones
Beyerdynamic T50p Portable Headphones
Unless IEMs are audiophile high-end (custom IEMs from JH Audio or Shure SE486 ) won't provide anywhere near the detailed sound-stage as an On Ear portable or a Full Size headphone.
Comfort and Build
Full-sized / on-ear headphones are more comfortable. Full sized or on-ear headphones also connects to the circum-aural or supra-aural design.
For long term game playing, a circum-aural (around the ear) headphone provides a more relaxing and comfortable experience versus a supra-aural (on ear) headphone.
Additional Platform information
For PC gamers MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A DECENT SOUND CARD OR IF YOU EVEN HAVE A DEDICATED SOUND CARD!
Don't spend money on incredible headphones and complain because you're using some integrated technology from your PC's motherboard.
Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones
HiFiMan HE-400i Headphones