Headphone Battles: Gaming vs Studio

Being a headphone connoisseur, I get to test a lot of amazing headphones. The good thing is that most of the headphones are amazing, however, there are always some that stick out like a sore thumb. One of the thing that bothers me most of the times is the fact that most of the modern companies are trying to sell their headphones by marketing them as gaming headphones.

After testing out the best studio headphones, it can be an ordeal for me to test out the gaming headphones and use them. However, here at Appuals, we believe in unbiased opinions and that is why I have taken it on myself to write a detailed comparison on studio headphones and gaming headphones just to see which one comes on top.

We are going to be looking at these headphones from a different perspective such as value for money, sound, comfort, design, features, and price to see how they fare against each other.

Sound Quality

There is no denying that when it comes to good headphones, sound quality is often what makes us choose a pair of headphones, or what makes us drop the idea of buying it. This is one of the most important deciding factors that you should keep in mind when it comes to these headphones.

As far as the sound quality is concerned, the gaming headphones, as the name suggests, offer sound quality that is fine-tuned for gaming in general. They have good separation and are mostly equipped with virtual sound surround for that effect that will allow you to hear the things in the distance, as well. But outside that, they do not have much to offer. The drivers have been tuned to a point that even an expert audiophile can’t really do much to change the sound signature to cater to other needs, and the software profiles do not really work the way they should.

On the other hand, the studio headphones, even the cheaper ones offer a much better and matured sound quality. I know it might sound like an exaggeration to many, but in reality, this is how it works when it comes to comparing both studio and gaming headphones.

Winner: Studio Headphones.

Comfort

Whether you are gaming for long hours, listening to music for long hours, or simply producing music for long hours, comfort is something that you cannot really compromise on, at least I know I cannot.

When you are looking at comfort in the gaming headphones, there was a time that it was not the case. However, with companies like HyperX and Logitech stepping forward, more have followed in the footsteps. Today, most of the good quality gaming headphones provide excellent comfort with enough cushioning and breathable fabric, as well. Needless to say, your experience with these headphones is going to be great as far as comfort is concerned.

On the other hand, studio headphones have excellent comfort levels, too. They are built for long sessions, so the companies are paying special attention to the overall comfort level.

Winner: Both.

Design

Design is another important factor that makes us wonder whether we are going to like a pair of headphones or not. Sure, it might not matter to most but it is something that people do not tend to ignore that often.

The gaming headphones, as the name suggests, come with a design language that is made for the gamers, and therefore, it more pleasing to the gamer’s crowd. There is nothing wrong with this design language as it caters to an entirely different crowd. Some of the gaming headphones actually look really good, as well.

On the other hand, the studio headphones have a bit more industrial, and sometimes, subdued looks and design language. Again, a feature that caters specifically to a different crowd, as well.

Simply put, choosing a winner here in terms of design is not possible because as we have mentioned before, they are inherently different in design, which goes to show that they are not able to compete with each other on those grounds.

Winner: Both.

Features

Normally, when you are buying a pair of headphones, you do look for features because they can make the experience good. However, not many people are concerned with the features. Many just want to have a good listening experience and comfort.

This is where there is a divide between gaming and studio headphones. You see, gaming headphones have all sorts of features like a built-in microphone, RGB lighting, as well as virtual sound surround. So, for a gamer, that is pretty much enough.

However, when it comes to studio headphones, they do not offer any of the above, but they are still better in terms of value because of the sound they provide.

So, in conclusion, it would be fair to hand both of them the award because as far as the features are concerned, both are good, even when they are serving an entirely different consumer.

Winner: Both.

Price

The last factor that we are going to look at is the price. Which, obviously is one of the biggest deciding factors that is involved when it comes to buying headphones; whether you are doing studio or gaming.

Now when it comes to gaming headphones, they do cost a good amount of money but I believe that the category tops up at $250 or maybe $300 if we are looking to be at the safe spot. However, when it comes to studio headphones, there is no stopping.

You can actually spend thousands of dollars on studio headphones, and you would still find options better than the previous one.

In short, comparing prices is a no brainer. Both products are for different markets, and hence, have no real comparison between them.

Winner: Both.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the one thing that we are certain about is that this has to be one of the most difficult comparisons we have made. Mainly due to the fact that both headphones types are so different from one and the other. However, the good thing is that it did give us the ability to have an insight into the market and take a look at how things work.

Bill Wilson


Bill is a certified Microsoft Professional providing assistance to over 500 remotely connected employees and managing Windows 2008 to 2016 servers.