ByDana Lynne Abeln, writer at
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Dana Lynne Abeln

For as long as I've been gaming or listening to music on my iPod, I've always had cheap headphones. They're awful but what do you do when good headphones can cost a 100 dollars or more? The cheap headphones at least get the job done...but only for so long before I've broken the speakers' quality down to that of a rattling potato and I have to buy a new pair. Great, another waste of money. But then! I found ROCCAT Aluma headphones, and they were only priced at fifty bucks, so I thought, "What the heck? Maybe I'll spend the Ulysses S. Grant and try 'em out instead." And, let me tell you, I was not at all disappointed!

First of all, they are perfect for gaming. I'm used to those big, bulky headsets that always seem to give you a headache after awhile because they never fit on your head properly. The ROCCAT Aluma headphones, however, are designed to be in-ear and come with a variety of different earbud sizes to perfectly fit your unique ear shape, all in a cool case that has everything your soon-to-be pampered ears are going to need. These not only sound good, they feel good, too.

Since the usual in-ear headphones come with a one-size-fits-all rubber earbud, I avoid them while gaming because they never sit just right, giving me an earache and poor sound quality all while messing up my gaming experience. I can't be pressing the keyboard to knock out another spell or be holding my controller with precise aim when I am constantly fixing my earbuds every few shakes of the head. Thankfully, I don't have to do that at all anymore with the new Aluma headphones and their perfect fit design.

So, how's the sound quality? It's amazing, of course. As I mentioned earlier, I usually avoid earbud type headsets because I didn't think the sound quality would be as decent and engaging as the ear-encompassing headsets. I was so very wrong, and I'm glad I was. The bass that the ROCCAT Aluma headphones can pump out is astounding. As I entered battle in Elder Scrolls, it was as if I was using my television's (way too) expensive sound bar, instead of these little earbuds. It was surprising and superb, to say the least. My husband definitely appreciates the fact that he's no longer listening to the booms and bangs, and - let's face it - the cheap cracklings of my spells and abilities going off from my computer.

What I found most interesting, though, is the microphone attached the the headset. Usually these don't work very well, or pick up my voice as it dangles somewhere near the region of my mouth, but to my utter and grateful surprise, my fellow guild-mates in Elder Scrolls Online could actually hear my voice without the ever-annoying white noise. That was both awesome and...annoying, as they could finally tell that I was a girl and not some prepubescent boy. Yes, guys, women like to play video games, too!

So, do I recommend picking up a pair of ROCCAT Aluma headphones? Uh, have you read this? Yes, absolutely! They are a godsend, with no longer wasting my money on overly expensive headphones, or re-buying cheap ones multiple times each time the speakers crack out; I am getting the same great quality for a much more affordable price tag. Plus, they are conveniently the NFL Panthers' colors for all of you football fans. Sounds like a win-win to me!

If you're interested in a new pair of headphones yourself, you can order them here or find them in stores today!


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