Thursday, June 21st 2012

More People Use Desktop Speakers than Headsets for Gaming: TechPowerUp Poll Trend

Last week, we came up with our latest front-page poll question, asking our readers which is their preferred audio output when gaming (playing their favorite PC games). Choices included desktop speakers, headsets, and external home audio solutions (such as HT amps, HiFi systems, etc.) Over the course of the week that followed, we accumulated over 1,800 votes to build our sample, which consists of our readers (both registered members of our Forums, and unregistered readers). The interim results come as a bit of a surprise to us.

According to numbers recorded at the time of writing this article, from 1,820 respondents, 808 (44.18%) prefer desktop speakers, a close 719 (39.31%) prefer headsets, with external home audio system being a distant yet significant third option, with 302 (16.51%) of the respondents preferring it.
Desktop speakers' performance in this poll is a bit of a revelation, as is the take-away that headset isn't the most preferred audio solution for gaming, which should come as a wake-up call to the countless gaming peripherals designers who are literally mushrooming in the industry. Keyboards, mice, and headsets seem to be some of their first product lines, however they aren't addressing a sizable chunk of the market without desktop speakers in their lineups. Mature players in the desktop speakers scene include Logitech, Creative, Altec-Lansing, and Edifier.
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46 Comments on More People Use Desktop Speakers than Headsets for Gaming: TechPowerUp Poll Trend

#1
xkche
i have the Logitech X-530.... and are very powerfull system for small price.
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#2
Delta6326
I used to have a 500w HiFi system then I blew out the sub(don't forget to turn the volume way down for a FPS shooter and have a boom go off...) so now I use a Logitech Z-2300 works just fine.
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#3
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
i use a headset when im playing multiplayer and my external hifi amp for when im not. pretty simple.
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#4
Hilux SSRG
I'm still rocking a older set of Logitech Z680 5.1
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#5
D007
Both, if I loose either I am not happy. Headphones for voice and speakers for game sound..
I can't see how anyone would want voices conflicting with game sounds.
I like to hear that zombie creeping up on me, not some r-tard screaming.
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#6
blibba
Technically, I don't think the word "trend", which, in statistics, implies some predictable movement over time, can be used in relation to this data.

The poll also omitted headphones, probably leaving those with headphones to either pick their second favourite from the other options or not vote at all. This will indubitably have skewed results.
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#7
araditus
still using my z-5500, I wish they never disco'd these bad boys, loud and clear, i have to keep sub down at all times, but i let it loose every now and again. I only drop on my headphones for serious counter strike play only, and I have a good planetary mic for VOIP with my frands, so my desktop speakers dont ever bleed through (aww directional mics)
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#8
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
what speaker system is the picture on the far left? Looks really nice. I know its logitech though.
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#9
s{orpion
Headset FTW!

Speakers are nice...
and IF you can set up a room properly with surround the experience is impressive!

however, a good 5.1 headset is priceless.
Positional in-game audio is unbeatable.
you WILL hear sound that your speaker friends cannot catch.
This is a constant for me in COD and BF...
a dozen times per round telling friends "seriously? you didn't hear that???" LoL

Submersion is also 2x better because headphones do a FAR superior job blocking 'non-game sounds' (ie noise from the real world lol).

"so, if headsets are sooo great what the catch?"

to truly appreciate the headset advantage requires an X-fi sound card and a high quality 5.1 headset.

DO NOT USE USB HEADSETS!
they are simulated surround and compromise a lot of audio quality.

you needs a proper 3 connector headset that plugs into the three 5.1 ports on sounds card:
front, center, and rear. (some headset have a fourth connector for 'mic')

sometimes it is tricky fine tuning the 5.1 experience but it is WELL worth the effort :cool:
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#10
Rowsol
zargana said:
Using my Z5500 for all... Headphones only late night porn...
Same here + fixed.
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#11
Scrizz
External pieced together system FTW!!!!

I like rattling the whole building. HAHA
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#12
Vancha
s{orpion said:
a high quality 5.1 headset.
I wasn't aware 5.1 headsets could be high quality, due to the size of the drivers. :laugh:

Got any examples?
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#13
Wile E
Power User
Another external user here. Onkyo TX-SR606, Polk TSi100 fronts, Polk RM6750 for center, side, rear and sub. 7.1 channels of directional audio that completely shames any 5.1 headset I ever used in positional accuracy during gaming.
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#14
babash*t
Vancha said:
I wasn't aware 5.1 headsets could be high quality, due to the size of the drivers. :laugh:

Got any examples?
Roccat kone???
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#15
agent00skid
2.1 music system(2 Fostex PM0.4n + 1 Fostex PM-SUBn) on 1 pc and internal monitor speakers for gaming pc.

And would have a Buttkicker to game with too, if I weren't sitting so damn awkward when using my gaming computer. :S
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#17
AsRock
TPU addict
Tannhäuser said:
Eeek! I don't understand why so many hardware-geeks haven't a clue about how important a good, well planned and placed, external Hifi-setup really is. To put it short: Most of the bundled desktop-solutions for computers are just crap. The results of the voting hurt so much.

@pantherx12 SRSLY?!

Give some good speakers a chance, like Dynaudio DM 2/7. Take care of vibration absorbing on your desk, the position to the walls, etc.. The differences are huge.
HiFi all the way here and i am lucky to have the space to correctly place them.. And yes there is a lot who don't know or don't experiment enough or like i said just don't have the space for it then you have those who don't careknow about sound..

I have to use a HiFi as to me nothing else does the job as well which don't help as the same speakers used for my computer are used for watching movies.
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#18
Vancha
babash*t said:
Roccat kone???
That's a mouse.

Do you mean the Kave?

No.
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#19
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
The question was "what do you use", not "what do you prefer". Rather odd conclusion because of that. How many people live with their parents not being allowed to blast through the home cinema set?
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#20
babash*t
Vancha said:
That's a mouse.

Do you mean the Kave?

No.
Sorry, yeah, the kave
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#21
Capitan Harlock
DanTheBanjoman said:
The question was "what do you use", not "what do you prefer". Rather odd conclusion because of that. How many people live with their parents not being allowed to blast through the home cinema set?
xd thats is the point,well now with the subwoofer with the hole in front and the speaker on the right side i dont have this problem anymore,first when i use the old sub from hercules with front speaker and on the back the hole,with bass at minimum my parents go crazy,now is difference xd , with the external amplifire no problem only 2 stereo speaker xd
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