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What is the best gaming headset in 2020? Here’s the top ear-gear…

We've tested the top gaming headsets, from wireless headphones to cheap gaming cans

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The best gaming headsets come in many shapes and sizes, but they should all provide excellent sound quality for immersion in-game. Getting this sound quality right can be all that’s needed to push your gaming setup to the next level and help you land those extra few Modern Warfare or Valorant frags.

One thing’s for sure, whether it’s giving you the best in-game soundscape, or letting you pick out footsteps around the corner like some audio-based wall-hack, great game audio can be transformative. Making sure you’ve got the right audio setup for your gaming rig is absolutely vital to getting the ultimate experience, and the best gaming headphones can have a massive part to play in the overall immersion of PC gaming.

We’ve tested the latest and greatest from the top manufacturers in the land, from Turtle Beach headsets, Razer, HyperX, SteelSeries, Sennheiser, and more, all to help you figure out what the right set of cans is for you and the games you play. Do you want a versatile headset which will make your music and movies sound just as good as your games? Are you an isolationist who needs a pair of cans to block the outside world or a set which will deliver the most natural soundscape possible, regardless of leakage? Do you even need a dedicated gaming headset at all? At least that last one’s easy.

Here are the best gaming headsets:

HyperX Cloud Alpha

The best gaming headset is the HyperX Cloud Alpha.

Improving on everything the Cloud II got right, the Cloud Alpha offers an even more immersive experience at the same price. The drivers are beyond impressive, and for the sub-$100 price point, they offer frequency ranges rivalling the $250 Razer Threshers. We’re talking ‘almost but not quite studio reference headphone’ audio quality, here.

The noise-cancelling microphone has been improved, specifically tuned to block out the sound of HyperX’s very own Alloy keyboard and the famously piercing sound of Cherry MX blue switches. The Cloud Alpha headphones also feature very noticeably improved noise isolation, preventing any chatter around you from ruining the listening experience.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha offers excellence in design, durability, and quality, all while maintaining a fantastic price. Kingston took their time redesigning the Cloud headset, and with good reason. The HyperX Cloud II needed something utterly spectacular to justify a redesign, and they’ve delivered just that with the Cloud Alpha.

What we like
Tick Stunning audio quality
Tick Great value
Tick Robust design

Read the PCGamesN HyperX Cloud Alpha review for our full verdict and score.

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Sennheiser GSP 370

The best wireless gaming headset is the Sennheiser GSP 370.

The Sennheiser GSP 370 is the gold standard for wireless gaming headset battery life. With 100 hours of uninterrupted play, you won’t be needing to reach for the charging cable mid-game… unless you’re really forgetful.

Even beyond that battery life, you can expect top-quality audio from the maestros at Sennheiser, offering just enough bass to make sure you really feel all the ruckus in-game without washing out the mids and highs. And to top it all off it’s cosy and comfortable, too.

What we like
Tick 100-hour battery
Tick Fantastic audio
Tick Comfortable

Read the PCGamesN Sennheiser GSP 370 Wireless review for our full verdict and score.

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Asus TUF Gaming H3

The best budget gaming headset is the Asus TUF Gaming H3.

Asus is fending off serious competition with the TUF Gaming H3. While the Corsair HS50 had us smitten when it first launched, the added comfort of the Asus TUF Gaming H3 has it taking the best budget gaming headset crown just before the busy holiday buying season.

Breaking the bass-heavy gaming mould, the TUF Gaming offers a pleasant and chirpy profile suited to the most gun-heavy shooters as much as any rhythm game. The microphone similarly offers clear audio that won’t see you hampering your teammates with muffled cries in-game.

What we like
Tick Comfortable
Tick Solid audio
Tick Tough

Read the PCGamesN Asus TUF Gaming H3 review for our full verdict and score.

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Audio-Technica ATH-AG1x

The best high-end gaming headset is 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 we’ve used.

What we like
Tick Incredible audio quality
Tick Broad soundscape for a closed back set
Tick Decent value

https://amzn.to/2ZM2JSz

razer Thresher Ultimate

The best surround sound headset is the Razer Thresher Ultimate.

In sheer aural terms there is only one other wireless headset capable of matching the quality of the Thresher Ultimate and that’s the SteelSeries Arctis Pro. The Thresher maybe doesn’t have the tonal separation of the stunning HyperX Cloud Alpha, or the same super broad soundscape, but it still delivers incredibly crisp, detailed sound. And even though it’s a Razer gaming headset the bass response isn’t overblown and doesn’t crush the highs or mid-tones. Where it does stand out is in the addition of Dolby Surround, accessible via a discrete button on the base station, and the easy on-ear controls.

The battery life is decent, rated at around 16 hours, which bore up during our testing. But there seems to be no easy way to tell how much capacity is left in your battery – having a level indicator would be nice. The wireless connection, however, is strong and stable and the audio excellent, so they definitely get the win for us.

What we like
Tick Excellent sound quality
Tick Surprisingly subtle for Razer
Tick Robust audio connection

Read the PCGamesN Razer Thresher Ultimate review for our full verdict and score.

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Sennheiser GSP 500

The best headset for bass is the Sennheiser GSP 500.

Sennheiser hasn’t forgotten its roots in high-end audio, and that’s evidently clear with the GSP 500. Its open-back design creates a spacious sound profile that makes for easy listening and clear definition whether gaming or listening to music. While it’s not the cheapest gaming headset out there, the Sennheiser pedigree – evident in the GSP 500’s overall quality – just might convince you.

The build quality is great, the features decent, and the sound quality almost unmatched in the gaming space. Its price may be too big a hurdle for some, but, in return, you receive a fantastic gaming headset from one of the most reputable audio companies going.

What we like
Tick Great build quality
Tick Excellent, open soundscape
Tick Impressive bass response

Read the PCGamesN Sennheiser GSP 500 review for our full verdict and score.

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Corsair HS70

The best budget wireless headset is the Corsair HS70.

Corsair’s HS70 is a wireless gaming headset that not only competes with wired headsets in quality and sound, but also in price. This low-cost wireless set features the same comfortable design, simple styling, and clean audio reproduction as the wired HS50 headset from Corsair. The price for cutting the cord from its tethered sibling isn’t too dear, either.

This headset offers a solid microphone to complement the clear audio from those two 50mm drivers, and the battery life is a hefty 16 hours to keep you gaming without distraction.

What we like
Tick Solid wireless connection
Tick Fantastic value
Tick Decent audio

Read the PCGamesN Corsair HS70 review for our full verdict and score.

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Sennheiser GSP 670

The most sturdy gaming headset is the Sennheiser GSP 670.

Sennheiser knows exactly what it takes to produce great audio, and its GSP 670 wireless gaming headset is one of the few on the market that refuses to crank up the bass with little regard for crafting balanced, quality sound. And it does it in a frame that will take a lot of punishment.

It does, however, face stern competition on that front from the Arctis Pro Wireless, and with a high price tag and heavy frame, the GSP 670 slips down a few places. Nevertheless, it’s still a superb wireless headset, and the only one that will appeal to players seeking Sennheiser’s signature sound without cables getting in the way.

What we like
Tick Great audio
Tick Responsible bass
Tick Incredibly robust build

Read the PCGamesN Sennheiser GSP 670 review for our full verdict and score.

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Audeze LCD-1

The best headset for audio is the Audeze LCD-1.

The best audiophile headphones are operate on the open-back principle. That makes for a less fatiguing experience and delivers the best sound as it’s not bouncing around inside a closed ear-cup creating strange reverberations. It also means you get broad, expansive soundscapes perfect for open-world gaming.

The use of planar magnetic drivers means that soundscape is rendered with the most detailed, most accurate audio around. And Audeze has nailed PM drivers for gaming, with the closed-back Mobius, and the LCD-1 headphones take that stunning audio further with this classic open-back design.

What we like
Tick Planar magnetic drivers
Tick Open-back, expansive soundscapes
Tick Great for games and music

Read the PCGamesN Audeze LCD-1 review for our full verdict and score.

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Audeze Mobius

The best 3D headset is the Audeze Mobius.

The Mobius makes fantastic use of the detailed planar magnetic drivers to produce game audio that is up there with anything on the market today. Forget the dubious 3D audio and head tracking gimmicks, the actual aural experience is what makes these cans great.

Audeze’s latest headset is a worthy replacement for the excellent, though sadly departed Oppo PM3 headphones from our list. And, despite the high price, it’s actually pretty good value for planar magnetic headphones.

What we like
Tick Planar magnetic drivers
Tick Crisp, detailed, rich audio
Tick Versatile connectivity options

Read the PCGamesN Audeze Mobius review for our full verdict and score.

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HyperX Cloud Alpha

Gaming headset buying guide

HyperX has been topping the gaming headset charts for years now. Before the mighty Cloud Alpha came the original Cloud Pro, both headsets offering better quality gaming audio than the competition for often less cash. They’re worthy winners and it’s going to have to be something special for another manufacturer to knock them off the top. But if you’re looking for ‘top of the line’ with no care for your wallet, Audio-Technica’s ATH-AG1X can’t be beaten.

But it’s a different matter in the wireless headset space. The Sennheiser GSP 370 offers 100 hours of battery life and seriously amazing audio quality. The Razer Thresher Ultimate comes close, but can’t quite top the Sennheiser set.

Thanks to Asus, you don’t have to spend a huge amount to get great-sounding gaming audio. The TUF Gaming H3 headset is a fantastic option if you can’t stretch to the price of the HyperX Cloud Alpha.

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