The battle for speakers vs gaming headsets is always a good one that sparks intelligent debate from both sides with great arguments. This post is a summary of all the points I can think of for both. Read through or skip through to the conclusion to find out what I think is the best solution.
This should be the number one factor in deciding if you want a headset or speakers in my opinion. If you are a gamer living in your moms basement then you may not want her to hear your gamer friends calling you something I cannot write here. This other scenario is probably far less likely but if you are a gamer with a girlfriend then you might not want grenade sounds blasting out your big ass sub at 3am and if you are a gamer who has neighbors they may or may not appreciate that. Joking aside this is something you should think about when choosing a headset vs speakers. If you are lucky enough to buy both then that is really great option because you can switch between the two depending the time of day and whether or not your mom is out buying you some mountain dew.
For the select few and myself included some gaming headset with my glasses can get quite uncomfortable over time. Fortunately things have changed over time and there are some gaming headsets optimized for the 4 eyed gamers out there.
If you are a hearing aid user then most gaming headset won’t be great for you so speakers might be a better option for you or a headphone like the Sony MDRXB950BT/B Extra Bass which is an over ear headphone and has some good feedback from hearing aid users.
With a sub woofer speaker it is true that a tank driving by will sound epic and the bass vibrating through your desk will make things feel almost real. At the same time more often than not it is just going to sound distant and not as real for things like gun shots if you haven’t got the volume up to max. Gaming headsets with good surround sound can really let you immerse yourself inside a game and let you hear the directions of gun shots and other little minute sounds.
Single Player vs Multiplayer
If you are gaming with friends and chatting then please for the love of god use a headset with a good mic. Nobody wants to hear the echo from your best buy speakers reverberating back into your microphone. With that being said depending on the game, playing on your own with a good pair of speakers can be a very relaxing experience provided you really are alone.
What the majority think
In a user created survey on the Linustechtips forum we can see that the majority of people said that they preferred using a headset over speakers for gaming.
Based on everything written here and my 5 minutes of extensive research I would say that the optimal solution would be to have a both speakers and gaming headset. If that’s something you cannot do then I would say that you should get a good quality surround sound gaming headset provided you don’t have a big ass hearing aid . It really will make your gaming experience a lot better in my opinion, especially for first person shooter type games. For me though gaming headsets have a special place in my heart and I think that they are better than speakers.