The Difference Between USB Headsets and 3.5mm Analog Headsets

Learn the difference between USB and analog gaming headsets to choose which one better fits you.

Choosing the right headset is incredibly important if you’re looking to take your gaming to the next level. However, there are many headsets to choose from and purchasing one that suits your exact needs can be a little tricky. Fortunately, HyperX offers a wide selection of headsets that deliver comfort, quality, and fantastic sound at an affordable price, so you can truly immerse yourself in the onscreen action. The type of headset you go for will ultimately depend on your own preferences, but knowing the differences between USB headsets and 3.5mm analog headsets will make your decision making a lot easier.

USB headset differences

Most USB headsets include their own DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) and amp as part of the headset, which bypasses the onboard soundcard on your PC. This is great if your PC or laptop doesn’t have a soundcard or happens to have a particularly poor sound output as you can avoid using it altogether. USB headsets can be a cheaper alternative to purchasing a new soundcard, while also saving you the time and hassle of installing a new one. The Cloud Flight’s USB functionality makes it incredibly easy to set up – simply plug in the USB dongle and enjoy wireless sound without the hassle of updating your drivers or tripping over any long cables. HyperX Flight allows you to take your music and gaming on the go, so you’ll never need to be tethered to your desk again.

What is a 3.5mm headset?

3.5mm analog headsets are great if your PC has a decent onboard soundcard, allowing you to take full advantage of all its sound features. When using a 3.5mm analog connection to your computer, the conversion to analog is done within your computer, either by your soundcard or by a chip integrated within the motherboard. If you plug in a pair of headphones and you hear hissing, chances are you’ll be best off using a USB headset, but if you hear little to no background static, then a 3.5mm analog connection will suffice. Between port availability and location, price, and preference, there are a lot of factors that can influence your decision, so make sure you do a little research before taking the plunge.

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