So for years, YEARS, I’ve been using the Playstation headsets. They are wireless, work on PC, Mac, and Playstation, and sound really good to my ears. The reason I have recently moved away from them is because of the microphone quality. Since I started streaming it had become painfully obvious that the quality of microphone was really quite poor. It works fine for chat, but for something where your voice is being recorded it kinda sounds like poop.
I had recently picked up a pair of Philips SHP9500 headphones, which are incredible by the way. They are open ear-cups so you can still hear whats going on around you and you don’t end up screaming while trying to adjust the volume of your voice over whatever you’re listening to. The open design also creates a nice airy feeling to the sound, which I’ve found a really quite impressive compared to my experience with closed ear-cups in the past. They sound great. I also really love how light these headphones are. They weigh very little and feel comfortable on my head for hours. They are comfortable as hell. The last really notable thing about these headphones is that they have a removable cable…
Enter the Vmoda Boom Mic. What this is is essentially a replacement cable for your headphones that has an adjustable boom microphone built into the end that connects to your headphones, converting them into a headset. Its got an inline volume control and mute toggle, which is great, and sounds WORLDS better than the Playstation Pulse Elite, or Gold Wireless Headset mics. If you’re not into the Vmoda, another option would be the AntLion Modmic. I ended up opting for the Vmoda because it results in a single cable, which was more attractive to me.
When I tried plugging into the controller, my audio kept cutting out.
Now for most people this would be the end of the story. Since the PS4 has a headphone jack in the controller you can just plug it in and be done with it. When I tried plugging into the controller, my audio kept cutting out. After looking online I discovered that can happen if your area has a lot of wireless and bluetooth signals competing for the airwaves so I needed a way to convert it into a corded solution.
From here I got a splitter which converted the single headphone cable to a mic and a headphone jack, then used this adapter to convert these two separate signals into a single USB connection. Then added an extension USB cable so that I can sit in my chair I use to play games. The result is fantastic, albeit kind of ridiculous, but it works really well and I’ve really enjoyed both the sound quality and consistency that it provides. I can heartily recommend any of the products listed above if you want to have a similar setup for amateur streaming of videogames.
I also have a pair Custom One Pro headphones that I use when I’m using the mic and am playing with other people. The closed ear-cups provide a better seal, which means much much less sound leakage. If you have the volume up really loud on the open headphones like the Philips, the mic can pick it up which can give the people you’re playing with an echo. The rest of the setup stays the same. These headphones are very comfortable, but the soundstage and airiness aren’t nearly as good as the SHP9500’s.
Oh, and before anyone asks, the thing I have my headphones on up top is actually a rack that is meant to be used for attaching to a wall and holding a hose, but it works great for headphones.