Closed back headsets generally have an audio profile often described as precise and powerful, often because the bass frequencies are more impactful. But generally, the main advantage is that the manufacturer has much greater control over what reaches the ear in closed headsets – helping deliver the most immersive gaming experience. When well designed and manufactured with the right materials, closed headsets can have excellent passive noise reduction capability, especially at the crucial mid and high frequencies that carry the most important audio detail needed by competitive gamers.
Why is this so significant? The secret lies deep within your brain. EPOS places the understanding of how the brain interprets audio right at the heart of all its design and engineering programs, and even has a name for this approach – EPOS BrainAdapt™ technology.
While it’s your ears that hear sound, it’s your brain that listens. Three processes take place – orientation, where the brain works out what direction each sound is coming from, focus, where it filters unwanted noise from the signal, and recognition, the process of interpretation of the audio.
In a closed-back design, EPOS engineers can make sure the audio that reaches your ear is accurate and pristine and will not interfere with orienting, focusing and interpreting what you hear. This means gamers who want the fastest reaction times and to hear and recognize their team-mates voices, they are better off with a closed headset.
If you game at home and play mostly single player immersive games in a quiet room, then the wide soundstage and “air” of an open headset like the EPOS H6PRO Open is ideal. Role playing games, cinematic narrative titles and many other genres can benefit from the natural sound of an open headset, especially when there’s no competitive play or vital audio cues that directly impact the gamer’s enjoyment or performance.
Additionally, many streamers prefer to hear their own natural voice as they speak, rather than the sound piped back into their ears from microphones, which is another benefit of an open-backed headset. While noise from outside is often distracting, for the streamer or player who likes to connect with the environment they’re playing in, it can actually be a better experience overall.
In an ideal world, maybe every gamer would have two headsets – one open, for quiet, reflective gaming moments or live-streaming, and one closed, for the deepest immersion in a game world or while playing competitively. But if you have to choose one or the other, just make a checklist of what’s most important to you. Whatever your decision, EPOS has you covered.