Although wireless headphones give you more freedom than wired ones, they’re not as easy to operate as you might think. Let’s talk about the key differences between the two and discuss which one is better for gaming.
Sound quality and clarity
Wired headphones generally have better sound quality than their wireless counterparts, as there is never any signal interference. This interference can cause data loss, which can lead to sound distortion. Being unable to identify what you’re hearing in a game, even for just a second, can be a handicap.
Wireless headphones go through the process of encoding audio data, and then transmit it wirelessly for you to listen to. There may be signal interference that results in sound distortion, along with some latency. Latency is another topic that we will talk about soon.
Depending on the game you play, audio clarity may be even more important than sound quality. For example, first-person shooters require you to listen for footsteps to know what’s going on around you. You need to clearly hear if an enemy is running behind you or if he is right in front of you so you can react accordingly.
In this case, if there is sound distortion that causes your audio clarity to suffer, you will be at a tremendous disadvantage. Wired headphones are more reliable in this regard. Since there’s no signal interference to worry about, you won’t be confused about what you’re hearing and where it’s coming from.
Latency is the amount of time it takes for audio to travel from the source to the headphones. If there is too much latency, you will hear a delay between when something happens and when you hear it. This can be problematic, especially in fast-paced games like first-person shooters that require you to react quickly.
Wired headphones have almost no latency, as the audio data is transferred directly from the source to the headphones through the cable. When something happens in your game, you should immediately hear it through your headset.
Since wireless headphones have to encode audio data and then transmit it, there may be some latency, but this depends on the quality of the headphones. Even if the delay is barely noticeable between wired and wireless earphones, it still has a small disadvantage.
Competitive gamers can tell the difference, while casual gamers can’t. In other words, you might want to go for wired headphones if you’re playing at a more competitive level where latency can affect your gameplay.
Many opt for wireless headphones because they are easier to manage than wired ones. You never have to worry about a cable hanging off your body or your chair running over it, which could break the cable. It’s also more aesthetically pleasing, as there are fewer cables visible in the play area. However, with a little clever cable management, you can achieve a similar experience with wired headphones.
Remember that your headphone cord shouldn’t be prone to being wrapped around your chair in the first place. Regardless of what setup you have, you should take some time to figure out how to store all your cables to prevent potential damage without restricting movement. Gaming headsets can be expensive, so it’s important to take good care of them.
Wireless headphones aren’t the easiest to manage, either. Unlike gaming mice, they require much more power to run. Therefore, you will need to recharge them more often than expected. Some gaming headsets only have a battery life of 6-12 hours. Depending on how long you’re gaming or using your console or computer, you may need to charge your headset twice a day!
Frequently having to recharge your wireless earbuds can be a hassle since you wanted an easy-to-manage solution in the first place. Unfortunately, if you forget to recharge them, you may end up with no audio in the middle of your gaming session. You should be able to use them if you plug them in, but now it’s no different than a wired headset.
If your headphones don’t offer Bluetooth connectivity, you’ll need to make sure you never lose the wireless receiver. Without it, your wireless headphones won’t work until you pair them with another compatible receiver. If you’re constantly moving your headphones around with you, it’s easy to get lost, so be careful!
Which one is better to play?
We believe gamers will benefit more from wired gaming headsets as they are more reliable. Audio quality and latency are two of the biggest factors for gaming headsets, and wired models excel at both, at least in terms of consistency.
If we talk about management, it is debatable to say which one is easier to manage. Although wireless headphones are cable-free and provide more mobility, you can keep your wired headphones organized with good cable management.
If budget is a factor, you’ll want to look into wired headphones, as they’re typically less expensive than wireless. The need for Bluetooth connectivity or a wireless receiver adds to the total cost and can get quite expensive.