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Offline JOMA  
#1 Posted : Saturday, May 9, 2015 10:13:51 AM(UTC)
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I had always used speakers up until about a year ago when I got a set of headphones and now that's all I use. I find I hear lots of things I missed with speakers.
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#2 Posted : Saturday, May 9, 2015 11:19:03 AM(UTC)
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They both have their benefits.

My speakers are surround sound and its great for watching movies.

My headphones are surround sound also and its pretty neat to get the same function. Plus its quiet for the old lady.

My choice is speakers cause I don't like long game/movie sessions with headphones as it can get uncomfortable even with the padding.

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#3 Posted : Saturday, May 9, 2015 9:35:29 PM(UTC)
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I had always used speakers up until about a year ago when I got a set of headphones and now that's all I use. I find I hear lots of things I missed with speakers.

Well, as the person above me said, they both have their benefits. Speakers are nice for a relaxing movie or a game with surround sound. Headphones can do the same things, but there aren't that many downsides to them. If you get higher end ones with more padding, and muffs that go AROUND the ear, they are nice. Headphones add a better feel to a game when playing, and are amazing when paired with 3D sound (3D sound is surround sound but if a sound is behind you in game, it will be quiet for you). It boils down to preference and whether or not your experiences were bad. If you don't want to go off preference, here is a list of benefits and downsides I could think of:
Headphones-
Benefits-
~Offer 3D and More Realism To Sound In Games
~Surround Sound
~Can Have A Mic Attached w/ Easy To Reach Volume Controls (Generally, Not Always)
Downfalls-
~Can be uncomfortable if pads aren't big enough or are TOO big.
~I chew on my headphone cable, bad habit, and can mess up a headphone set. (Don't do it, if there is exposed wires, I wrapped mine up with some black electrical tape on black wires.

Speakers:
~Offer Surround Sound
~Great For Movies
~Sufficient for Several People Around You At PC
Downfalls-
~Loud when it isn't wanted/needed
~No Possible Mic Attachment
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#4 Posted : Saturday, May 9, 2015 9:43:23 PM(UTC)
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Headphones are better for listening to music and gaming but I don't know if I can find a difference between the two as both have their downsides and benefits; you can hear closer at the downside of loud noises with headphones and with speakers you don't get those loud noises but you can't hear closer. I think it ultimately relies on skill; your ability to react. The sounds help you find where the people are and while I may have trouble finding out where they are; I can react quickly if I see them.

So yeah, it doesn't matter whether you have headphones or speakers, all that matters is skill.
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#5 Posted : Saturday, May 9, 2015 9:46:32 PM(UTC)
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Preference, not skill xD
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#6 Posted : Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:09:13 PM(UTC)
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I'm always a big fan of headsets for competitive gaming. Surround sound speakers are great for movie, but headsets enhance your ability to acquire the location of an enemy better. For example, I used a Turtle Beach headset for my Xbox 360 and it allows me to pin point exactly where my enemies are when they are on the move. It also lets me know where gunfire is coming from at great distances. In addition, they have a mic generally and most everyone I know just generally dislike table top mics because of all of the extra noises thet pick up.

I used my phone as a communication device via Ventrilo during my raiding days and had speakers on for in-game sound while I had earphones in. Raiding didn't really require the need to hear footsteps all around you so there are definitely situations where it's not necessary. All in all, utilize both to adhere to your playstyle.

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#7 Posted : Thursday, May 14, 2015 4:17:15 PM(UTC)
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If you like Headphones and speakers, get Earbuds and desktop speakers.
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#8 Posted : Thursday, May 14, 2015 8:46:50 PM(UTC)
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That makes almost no sense Blackhawk :P. More like if you like headphones and desktop speakers, get headphones and desktop speakers lol. If you use your phone for apps like Teamspeak and Ventrilo then you can opt to use earbuds, more than likely your phone cane with some for free too...
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#9 Posted : Thursday, May 14, 2015 10:44:17 PM(UTC)
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USB Speakers
Earbuds
Blue Yeti Mic
Done
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#10 Posted : Tuesday, May 26, 2015 3:08:52 PM(UTC)
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Headphones bother me after awhile. Besides, I love my awesome surround sound setup in a small room. The only real drawback is when loud combat manages to set off the house alarm glass break sensors. blushing

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#11 Posted : Tuesday, May 26, 2015 4:39:15 PM(UTC)
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#12 Posted : Tuesday, June 30, 2015 5:15:10 AM(UTC)
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I used a Turtle Beach headset for my Xbox 360 and it allows me to pin point exactly where my enemies are when they are on the move. It also lets me know where gunfire is coming from at great distances.
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#13 Posted : Tuesday, June 30, 2015 8:35:58 AM(UTC)
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#14 Posted : Friday, October 23, 2015 12:07:30 PM(UTC)
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Depends John, there is high quality speakers, just like there are high quality headsets, and low end headsets and speakers. It depends on what you decide to invest in and what kind of sound setup you have. If you have built in sound, and use crappy gear, it'll be crappy. If you have Dolby Digital Surround Sound 7.1 channel, and a killed audio system, it will be fantastic. It is all based on how much you want to, and do, spend on your gear :P
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#15 Posted : Tuesday, July 12, 2016 12:48:32 AM(UTC)
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I switch between the two.

For certain games where position is not necessary and training material I use stereo speakers.

I plug in my Logitech G930 headphones when I need positional surround sound and so everyone doesn't hear zombies. I also need them for the Microphone. If you do happen to buy the Logitech headphones also buy a hot glue gun at some point they will break even with delicate use so I put them on and hot glued the earcups into the on my head natural position. Not actually to my head but I also managed to glue some hair in the process so not exactly my shining moment but a good laugh and they still work today.
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