Our pick for the best high-end gaming headset, the Audio Technica ATH-AG1X, is currently 21% off on Amazon US and 31% off in the UK. From just under the 300 mark all the way down to $235 (£178) as of today, these headphones are a mighty get for any player looking to blast their ears with quality audio worth (silently) raving about.
While the ATH-AG1X may look like a prop from a bad action movie with that strange winged design, underneath its sizeable earcups lie some cracking drivers capable of driving immensely immersive aural experiences. That’s even despite this headsets closed-back design. While normally we’d rate this approach second to open-back in audio fidelity, in this case it’s the enclosed earcup design that wins the day. Combine that with solid 53mm drivers and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an award-winner.
While getting on a bit now, great audio equipment ages like a fine wine. With a comfortable (albeit odd) design and immersive audio second to none, we heartily recommend picking up this fantastic pair of headphones while the going’s good.
Here’s what Dave had to say about his experience with the Audio Technica ATH-AG1X:
“Take a note of the ‘x’ at the end of the name of this Audio-Technica ATH-AG1x headset – that single character is important because there is also an ATH-AG1 headset. It was the forerunner to this updated version and was a set of cans which failed to build on Audio-Technica’s high-end aural heritage. Don’t mix up the two because you’ll be seriously disappointed and be missing out on one of the best gaming headsets around.
That broad soundscape really brings games to life. Whether it’s the richly detailed world of The Witcher 3 or the terrifying war-zones of the Battlefield games, the increased level of immersion will have the hairs on your arms standing tall. Its strange design notes aside, the Audio-Technica ATH-AG1x is one of the most impressive-sounding gaming headsets I’ve used.”
You can pick up the Audio Technica ATH-AG1X from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Just make sure you’re opting for the X variant, as the ATH-AG1 is the older of the two and unable to deliver the nuanced audio profile of our top pick today.