My friends, guild members, and even complete strangers, ask me all the time what headset they should buy. Nothing is more important than a comfortable headset — nothing! I’ve decided to write a quick blog post so that I will always have something to link back to with pictures, descriptions, my personal thoughts, and where to buy the headsets I recommend.
I have tried the $20 cheap ones that fall apart when you sneeze, and I’ve tried the $39 flavors from places like Best Buy. They’re uncomfortable, have poor sound quality, and people think you’re talking into a wind tunnel or tin can.
I finally found Sennheiser headsets after browsing the internet, and I’ve been a loyal customer for the past seven years. I bought my first pair when World of Warcraft launched. This was a time when I wasn’t in school and wasn’t working, so I needed a headset that I could wear for an unfathomable amount of time.
- Comfort! It feels like I’m wearing clouds on my ears. I can wear them for 15+ hours (Don’t ask) and forget they are even on my head.
- Audio Quality – For the price, it doesn’t get better. I’m not an audiophile, but I really do not even notice the difference between using these and using a soundcard.
- Microphone Quality – I come through clear, people can hear me, and the noise cancellation is more than sufficient (albeit some sounds will get through on all the headsets I have tried.)
- Production Quality – They’re sturdy, resilient, and made to last. Mine have taken a beating… I used to not take wiping in raids very well, okay?
- Price – The two choices I recommend below are very affordable and are practically a steal for what you get.
Which Sennheiser Headsets do I recommend? Read on to find out.
I can recommend, from using them personally, two different Sennheiser Headsets. It would have been just the one pair (PC 151), but an unfortunate accident occurred (chair, cord, yanking… bad) forced me into buying a new pair.
Sennheiser PC 151 (Best Price Linked)
Sennheiser PC 161 (Best Price Linked)
The best price is clearly at Amazon, but you can find very close deals when they go on sale at places like Best Buy. At the time of writing, Best Buy’s website says they’re having a sale and the 151’s are $40.99. Look for sales and you could score.
What’s the difference between the PC 151 and PC 161? The only major difference that I noticed is the earcups. The PC 161’s have “XXL” size cushions and, according to the tech specs, “Open Aire speaker system.” I’d say the difference is very, very minimal on the sound quality, but I do prefer the 161’s larger ear “cushions.” Both headbands have more of a U shape instead of the circular shape. This helps prevent squeezing of the temples for a sturdy but more relaxed fit.
Both of these headsets use the 3.5mm stereo jack plugs. This is a turn-off for some people. I personally use a USB adapter for mine that has a built-in soundcard. I feel the sound quality is excellent. If you’re looking, here’s a good USB soundcard adapter that comes highly recommended.
A very important note: Some places offer the 151’s with a different texture on the earcups. I recommend you try to get the fabric feel instead of the foamy feel. Both are comfortable, but my personal preference leans towards the fabric cushions. I’ve heard some people prefer the foam since it breathes more. To each his own.
As I said earlier, I’ve used Sennheiser for seven years and I plan to buy another pair of 161’s when this pair I’ve had for 5 years finally wears out (if it does).
If you have any questions, I’m happy to try and answer them.