Best gaming headset

Best gaming headset

Some of the biggest and best gaming titles around are purely multiplayer action. To really make the most of these social gameplay experiences, you'll need a mic and headset - so why settle for anything less than the best around?

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The best gaming headset can mean different things to different people. 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? And can you cope with being wired for sound or do you absolutely, positively have to go for a wireless gaming headset?

Do you even need a dedicated gaming headset at all? If audio quality is the be-all-and-end-all for you it might be interesting to note there’s a growing trend of using audiophile headphones coupled with discrete desk-based microphones so you can still yell abuse at your gaming buddies while enjoying the best aural experiences money can buy.

We’ve distilled our technical expertise down into the best gaming headsets for a variety of categories. Clicking on the quick links below will take you to them.

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Best gaming headset

HyperX Cloud Alpha

HyperX Cloud Alpha

Drivers: 50mm | Frequency range: 13Hz - 27,000Hz | Weight: 298g

Approx. $100 / £66

The HyperX Cloud II was our pick as the best gaming headset since it launched, and it's only fitting that the direct successor to this headset, the HyperX Cloud Alpha, should knock it off its pedestal.

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 rivaling the $250 Razer Threshers.

The noise-cancelling on the 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.

HyperX managed to improve all the features customers were looking for with the Cloud II, adding removable cables (with two cable options included), improved ear cups, and a more robust design. The improvements have led to a slight weight increase, but in return they feel exceptionally sturdy and durable.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha offers excellency in design, durability and quality, 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.

Read the full HyperX Cloud Alpha review.

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Best gaming headset runner-up

Best gaming headset runner-up - Sennheiser GAME ONE

Sennheiser GAME ONE

Drivers: 35mm | Frequency range: 15Hz - 28,000Hz | Weight: 300g

Approx: $160 / £165

Designed for audiophiles as much as gamers, the Game One brings Sennheiser’s decades of experience in professional audio and enthusiast markets to a pair of stereo cans that reproduce sound with incredible accuracy. You’ll blow out your eardrums before finding a volume at which these start to distort. Don’t do that, though. It’s also worth noting that these cans are open-backed, which means more sound leakage both into and out of the earcups. 

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Best gaming headset runner-up

Sennheiser GSP303

Sennheiser GSP 303

Frequency range: 15Hz - 26,000Hz | Weight: 290g

Approx: $100 / £90

Sennheiser are no stranger to top-end audio headsets. They’ve already had success in the gaming world with their Sennheiser GAME One headset, but for those who want to spend a little less and prefer a closed-back design, their GSP 303 headset might be for you (or the less drift-friendly GSP 300s).

This lightweight and comfy design keeps your ears snug for long gaming sessions, and the large volume wheel on the earcup keeps the cable controller-free and as light as possible. The only downside to the headset is the immobile microphone, which could have benefitted from a removeable design, and ideally the rubberised mid-section swapped for some more malleable material as it currently adds very little in the way of adjustability.

The sound is well-balanced, without too much bass blowing out the mids and highs. Sennheiser seem to have prioritised the right components for rock-solid audio at this price range, and the broad frequency response gives this headset an edge over the competition.

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Best high-end gaming headset

Best high-end gaming headset - Audio-Technica AG1x

Audio Technica ATH-AG1x

Drivers: 53mm | Frequency range: 15Hz - 35,000Hz | Weight: 320g

Approx. $229 / £269

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.

Granted, it’s a lot of money to spend on a pair of dedicated gaming headphones, but this time Audio-Technica have brought their audiophile origins to bear in its design, making the sound reproduction of the AG1x fantastic. Like the HyperX Cloud, we’re talking about 53mm drivers, but the AG1x offers a slightly wider frequency response, ranging between 15Hz and 35KHz, adding extra clarity to the high tones.

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. 

Sometimes I even found myself quickly pulling the headset off during a late-night gaming session because of some in-game sound I thought was coming from the next room. That’s an indication not just of a nervous disposition but of a headset that’s able to deliver a realistic, broad, and natural audio experience.

There is one caveat to the audio, though, and that’s to do with what you’re plugging the ATH-AG1x headset into. The Audio-Technica cans only use a 3.5mm connection and they really come into their own when plugged into a dedicated discrete sound card (remember them?!) or an external DAC/ headphone amp like Creative’s Sound BlasterX G5. If you’re spending this much money on a quality headset you’ll really benefit from making sure the rest of your audio setup is capable of matching it.

But as much as I’ve been rather blown away by the audio quality I’m not such a fan of the overall design. The wing support concept is a little too wacky for my tastes and means the headset doesn’t feel like it’s sat too securely on your head. There’s no real headband, just two tensed paddles which rest on top of your bonce. It’s definitely comfortable, and I’m not saying I want my headphones to have a vice-like grip on my skull, but a robust brain-cuddle is certainly more reassuring.

Those strange design notes aside, the Audio-Technica ATH-AG1x is one of the most impressive-sounding gaming headsets I’ve used. There is an open back version - the ATH-ADG1x - which I was expecting to sound even better, but I have to say this closed back version is my still personal recommendation. They’re easy to find Stateside, but can be a little tricky to track down online in the UK, so it’s worth checking out the actual Audio-Technica site first.

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Best high-end gaming headset runner-up

Turtle Beach Elite Pro headset

Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament

Drivers: 50mm | Frequency range: 12Hz - 22,000Hz | Weight: 390g

Approx. $150 / £170

The Elite Pro headset is a comfortable, good-sounding set of cans using Turtle Beach’s gaming heritage to great effect, and is now available in a PC specific design too. As a speccy nerd it also gets my vote because of its innovative ProSpecs Glasses Relief System - a simple system which creates temporary dimples in the ear-cups to stop them pressing your spectacles into your head. Comfort aside, the audio is also impressive, with the 50mm drivers delivering a relatively broad frequency range of 12Hz - 22KHz. It’s not perfect, though; the PC version has a longer cable than the console design, but the in-line controls are at the perfect height to knock against the desktop, echoing through the left earcup.

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Best budget gaming headset

Corsair HS50

Corsair HS50

Drivers: 50mm | Frequency range: 20Hz - 20,000Hz | Weight: 319g

Approx. $50 / £55

Corsair have been world leaders in high-quality gamer peripherals, and their HS50 headset is no exception to the rule. This low-cost headset skips the usual metric ton of RGB lighting in favour of a far more subtle and understated look.

The 50mm drivers offer shockingly crisp and detailed sound, despite the limited 20 - 20,000Hz frequency range, and the bass isn’t too overpowering as is the case with many gaming audio peripherals.

The build quality is exceptional at this price, with a design not dissimilar to our favourite HyperX headset. It’s comfy, lightweight and it doesn’t clamp down on your head like an alligator snapping turtle, unlike some headsets we’ve tested. The built-in controls on the left earcup are a welcome touch - preferable to in-line controls - and keeps the cable nice and light. The mic is removeable, sounds decent enough for party chat, and features great manoeuvrability. All in all, Corsair really knocked it out of the park with this headset - simple, good quality, comes with a rubber grommet to cover the mic input when it isn’t in use (it’s all in the details), and an absolute steal at that $50 / £55 price tag.

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Best budget gaming headset runner-up

Best budget gaming headset - Roccat Renga

Roccat Renga

Drivers: 50mm | Frequency range: 20Hz - 20,000Hz | Weight: 210g

Approx. $60 / £35

The well-priced Roccat Renga headset may be a budget option, but there’s still a lot to recommend it. Though, sometimes, the mighty HyperX Cloud cans do drop down to this price range, so it's worth watching out for the last-gen cans. But the Renga is one of the lightest headsets around at just 210g, and Roccat have taken the surprising step of making it an open backed design, like the Sennheiser Game One. 

Most gaming headsets have been designed around a closed back ideal, meaning the ear cups create as tight a seal as possible, with a solid surround to stop audio leaking out or background noise leaking in. What that can do, however, is create a claustrophobic, closed-in feel to the audio as it reverberates around the ear cups with no escape. With an open backed headset the sound can travel more naturally, creating a better balanced audio experience, often with a wider, more expansive soundscape.

Obviously, if you’re after a pair of headphones to use so as not to drive your flatmates/significant others mad with the sounds of second-hand game violence then maybe an open back headset isn’t for you. If that’s not a concern then the audio quality of the Renga might well suit your ears.

Having an open back design also makes them less fatiguing to wear for long periods of time as they don’t get so hot. Nor do they feel as oppressive as when the audio is restricted to bouncing around the tiny space around your eardrums. You can couple those advantages with the lightweight feel that should make them an outstandingly comfortable headset. Unfortunately, because they are so lightweight, they need to grip your head a little harder, and that can be tiring after a while.

Still, they deliver a great, natural sound via their 50mm drivers and, for the money, will be a very worthy budget addition to your gaming setup.

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Best budget gaming headset runner-up

best budget gaming headset runner-up - HyperX Cloud Stinger

HyperX Cloud Stinger

Drivers: 50mm | Frequency range: 18Hz - 23,000Hz | Weight: 275g

Approx. $50 / £30

The new HyperX Cloud Stinger is trying to build on the audio heritage that the outstanding Cloud Pro began all those years ago, but this time from a more budget-oriented standpoint. And that much is obvious from the thin cushion on the headband and the lightweight, rather plasticky frame. Pulling them from the packaging I was a little concerned about how they might sound. My prejudices were quickly dismissed as soon as I started using them. The 50mm directional drivers deliver an impressive, balanced sound, with a decent amount of separation in the audio. The Stinger, then, is a well-priced headset with a surprisingly detailed sound.

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Best wireless gaming headset

Razer Thresher Ultimate

Razer Thresher Ultimate

Drivers: 50mm | Frequency range: 12Hz - 28,000Hz | Weight: 408g

Approx: $246 / £221

We're suckers for great audio, so Razer's excellent Thresher Ultimate, with its broad frequency range and clarity of sound, was always going to knock the more pedestrian-sounding SteelSeries set off the top spot.

The Thresher Ultimate cans are available in either Playstation or Xbox trim, but as both work happily with the PC via the base station, it just becomes a choice of whether you want the classic Razer green trim or the blue. I like the blue... I wasn't massively taken by the headband at first, but having used the set for a while now they're mighty comfortable, only pressing in a little around the bottom of the earcups. They are a touch heavier than the SteelSeries Siberia 800s, but the floating band does take most of the strain.

But in sheer aural terms there isn't another wireless headset capable of matching the quality of the Thresher Ultimate. They don't have the tonal separation of the stunning HyperX Cloud Alpha, or the same super broad soundscape, but they still deliver incredible 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 they do 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 one of my real bug bears is 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.

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Best wireless gaming headset runner-up

Best wireless gaming headset - SteelSeries Siberia 800

SteelSeries Siberia 840

Drivers: 40mm | Frequency range: 20Hz - 20,000Hz | Weight: 318g

Approx. $300 / £250

The Siberia 840 is another oldie-but-goodie gaming headset like the HyperX Cloud. It's a mild update to the old Siberia 800, which starting out life as the H Wireless, and still makes for an incredibly versatile, user-friendly and good-sounding set. The 40mm drivers are able to generate an impressive virtual 7.1 surround gaming soundscape, despite not having the low-end power of the HyperX or their wider frequency response range. 

But where they can’t quite match up the Razer Thresher Ultimate in terms of sheer audio quality they make up for it in other areas. One of the most awkward things with wireless headsets is battery life. Forgetting to charge your headphones will still mean having to jam a USB cable into them mid-session just to keep them going. With the SteelSeries solution, however, you get two lithium-ion batteries as standard - one lives in the base station and the other powers your headset. When one runs dry you quickly swap them over and carry on gaming.

And that base station is another area of excellence. The simple controller gives you a chunky volume control as well as easy access to all the settings you need for your headset, including equaliser adjustments and chat/audio mixing. It’s all displayed on a simple black-and-white OLED screen, where you can also check out your battery life.

Unfortunately they can't deliver the same impressive aural experience as the Razer set, so we have to side with audio quality every time.

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Best wireless gaming headset runner-up

SteelSeries Arctis 7

SteelSeries Arctis 7

Drivers: 40mm | Frequency range: 20Hz - 20,000Hz | Weight: 281g

Approx: $150 / £100

The Siberia 800’s plucky younger brother comes fitted with the same 40mm drivers and 20Hz - 20,000Hz frequency range, as well as a solid and stylish lightweight alloy frame. And for a lot less.

Where the Arctis 7s lose out to the pricier option are in their design. While the 800s rock a solid, comfortable headband, the Arctis 7s have a ‘ski goggle’ elasticated strap that gives you a sore head in long play sessions. And don’t get us started on the easily nudged wheels on the back of the cups ruining your volume settings every time you put them on...

Despite the less involved sound editing options (you’re stuck with basic software rather than the 800s’ desktop transmitter) and the aforementioned design issues, the Arctis 7s still manage to be a dependable and complete gaming headset. The mic is brilliant at cutting out sound, the effective range is outstanding, and considering their much lower price than the 800s they make a wise mid-budget pick.

Read the full SteelSeries Arctis 7 review.

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Best wireless gaming headset runner-up

Best wireless gaming headset runner-up - Asus ROG STRIX wireless

Asus ROG STRIX wireless

Drivers: 60mm | Frequency range: 20Hz - 20,000Hz | Weight: 350g

Approx. $109 / £105

I’m so glad I don’t have to look at myself while wearing the STRIX wireless. I’m definitely not a fan of the aesthetics - all angular plastic and owl eyes - but I am a fan of pretty much everything else about this headset. The massive 60mm drivers deliver an incredibly rich sound with the bass power to give you enough aural rumble to really feel the ‘splodes, but it also remains tightly controlled, not being left to muddy the rest of the audio. And with the Asus Sonic Studio software you have full reign over the settings, from EQ to bass boost to reverb to virtual 7.1 surround. The STRIX Wireless is comfortable to wear and easy on the ears whether you're gaming or listening to your favourite music. I still just prefer the SteelSeries’ overall setup, but the impressive STRIX Wireless is very, very close, and considerably cheaper too.

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Best audiophile headphones for gaming

Best audiophile gaming headphones - Oppo PM-3

Oppo PM-3

Drivers: 55mm | Frequency range: 10Hz - 50,000Hz | Weight: 320g

Approx. $409 / £349

The headsets we’ve picked so far are all gaming-focused models. Sometimes that can mean an uneven approach to audio which puts too much emphasis on the bass response to the detriment of everything else. From hereon, however, we have deliberately picked headsets that don’t do that and are able to give a high level of audio quality.

However good they may be they’re never going to match up to the incredible levels of aural loveliness Oppo’s immaculate PM-3s can offer. These are genuine audiophile-level headphones but without the four figure price tag the very best demand. The 55mm planar magnetic drivers need a little running in - the difference between a fresh set and one that’s been nicely warmed up over time is surprisingly great - but they bring an audio experience that’s crisp, clear, and incredibly precise, without ever sounding too harsh.

The impressive detail to the Oppo’s audio is not surprising given that the PM-3s are rocking a frequency response of between 10Hz and 50KHz. That’s a huge range and means you’ll hear layers of sound that you never would have done with weaker headphones.

That’s all well and good when you’re kicking back listening to high-res audio music files, but how does that work in-game? In short, brilliantly. As they’re not a dedicated gaming headset you’ll need to find a discrete microphone if you want to keep lines of communication open, but they’re still great for anti-social solo gaming.

The spatial separation the planar magnetic drivers are able to produce is incredible, able to deliver a soundscape that stretches way beyond the limits of the plush padded earcups. And that feeling of space stops them from feeling fatiguing for long gaming sessions. You don’t get the sort of a positional cues you’ll get from a surround sound gaming headset, so for the competitive gamers you might want something else, but for sheer aural quality they’re tough to beat. Again, though, it might be worth investing in a dedicated headphone amp or discrete sound card to get the most out of your lovely new audiophile gear.

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Best audiophile headphones for gaming runner-up

Best audiophile gaming headphones runner-up - Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pro

Drivers: 45mm | Frequency range: 5Hz - 40,000Hz | Weight: 388g

Approx. $599 / £399 

Beyerdynamic’s studio grade DT 1770 Pros are another beautiful-sounding set of headphones. Again, they sport a broad frequency range of 5Hz - 40KHz, and complement that with some of the crispest bass tones you’ll hear. That robust bass is so well controlled that it doesn’t touch the mid-range one jot. So if you prefer your game audio to be weighted they might suit you better than the Oppo pair. They are rather heavy, though, and that can get a bit fatiguing over time.

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How to buy a gaming headset

Gaming headset drivers

It’s relatively easy to tell what the best graphics card is. You can easily benchmark a GPU to get a set of performance figures to give you an objective idea of how it performs. But when it comes to audio it’s far more subjective. What sounds good to you might not necessarily be what someone else wants their audio experience to be like. 

The same goes for comfort. We all have different shaped heads and ears. I have very small ears - which look ridiculous on my fat head - but it means some smaller ear cups can sit comfortably around my lobes where they may crush someone else’s. And this is where it would be handy to have brick-and-mortar stores where you could strap a range of gaming headsets onto your head to hear what they sound like in person.

Frequency response range

There are some metrics which will give you a better idea of the quality of one particular gaming headset against another. The most obvious for me is the frequency range individual headphones are capable of reproducing. It’s generally held that the 20Hz to 20KHz range is the average limit for human hearing, which is why you’ll see many a headset strictly bookend their headsets’ frequency response.

But just because you cannot actually hear a specific frequency does not mean it doesn’t affect the audio you can hear in some way. It’s all about subharmonic frequencies and the way sound waves interact with each other and the physical design of a headset. That’s why, with higher-end headsets, you’ll find they’ll generate both lower and higher frequencies than we are meant to be able to hear.

A broader frequency response range allows for a more detailed and natural sound and therefore a better aural experience no matter if you’re listening to music or immersing yourself in a gameworld.

Closed or open back operating principle?

There are two basic headset designs in terms of the operating principle: open or closed back. The closed back design is the more common and is designed such that the audio is kept, as much as possible, within the ear cups to avoid audio leakage. Eww. Leakage. It also means ambient noises don't get in either.

That makes them great if the reason you're rocking a headset is to avoid hassling your significant other with the sounds of 'splodes if they're in the same room. But with the soundwaves unable to escape from your ear cups that will affect the audio. Closed back headsets often have a more oppressive, overly-bassy tone and they can also be more fatiguing during prolonged use.

Open back headsets are the ones favoured by audiophiles for their more natural soundscapes, in part because the sound is allowed to travel away from the ear. That doesn't automatically mean open back headsets are always superior but that's often the way it goes.

The negative side is that there is a great deal more audio leakage, both in and out. So anyone around you will hear exactly what's being piped into your lugholes and, vice versa, you will hear everything that's going on around you.

USB or analogue connections?

How to buy a gaming headset

There are two main connections to get the audio from your PC into your headset and down your ear-holes: USB and 3.5mm analogue. Which one is going to be best for you is down to the audio source hardware in your gaming rig. 

Modern gaming motherboards have started housing impressive audio components onboard, using physical separation to avoid the telltale hiss of electrical interference from everything else that’s going on inside your rig. That means there are fewer discrete sound cards being dropped into gaming rigs than before, but whether you’ve got quality onboard audio or a great sound card they’ll both have analogue 3.5mm outputs. Plugging your headset directly into the analogue connection will mean your PC’s audio hardware will do all the processing grunt work of translating the digital signals to something the li’l speakers in your headset can understand.

If you don’t have good onboard audio or a dedicated sound card, however, then it might be worth considering a USB-connected headset. With a USB connection you’re essentially taking the digital audio information from the PC and doing all the digital to analogue conversion either in the headset or the USB dongle it’s connecting via. This can often be the best option for laptop gaming and if you want to get virtual with software-based surround sound.

There is a third way, however, and that’s to get a separate headphone amp with a high-end digital to analogue converter (DAC) built in. If you’re going to be spending serious money on an audiophile-level set of cans then you owe it to your wallet to deliver the best source audio to them as your rig can manage. Creative have already created (not just a clever name...) a few different options for the gaming crowd, from the expensive Sound Blaster X7 to the more affordable G5.

Wired or wireless?

Wireless gaming headset connection

This goes very much down to personal choice as the current crop of wireless headsets don’t suffer from the connection or lag issues sometimes associated with older wireless technology. There is still the issue of battery life, which is why I’ve recommended the SteelSeries pair with the twin batteries. That means you never have to wire up your cans even if they run dry of juice. If you only have a single battery in the headset then at some point you’re going to have to jam that USB cable in to power them.

If you’re into your high-resolution audio though you are going to be better off going for a wired pair to get the highest bit rate signal from your rig to your ears as possible. But in the gaming sphere that’s not really something you have to worry about just yet; the wireless connections are easily capable of delivering game audio across the ether.

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Fattox Avatar
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2 Years ago

I must have tried about 8 headsets in under a year until i got the Senny PC 363D's. Had those for nearly 2 years now. Pricey, but so worth it.

Most 'gaming' headsets sound absolutely cack, and i find most of these discussions on the interwebs are full of people just parroting something they read somewhere, without even trying what they're recommending.

A lot of people say to get proper headphones with an external mic. I tried a ModMic with my Senny 598's, but it was too much hassle to have 2 wires dangling around, plus it's flimsy and pricey for what it is, honestly. The Zalman clip-on, which a lot of people recommend, didn't pick up sound very well for me either.

Plus, wtf am i meant to clip it to when i'm topless. My nips?

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Belimawr Avatar
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2 Years ago

chest hair or a beard/mustache

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2 Years ago

After using Logitech headsets for years I switched to the 363D's a few weeks ago, have to admit I would not have anything else. Fantastic!

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Recluse Avatar
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2 Years ago

What was your last Logitech set?

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2 Years ago

G930's Went to Windows 10 and had nothing but problems, latest drivers etc, but the battery life was very strange. Did have them a long time.

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1 Year ago

surprised that Astro is not mentioned at all . My Astro that I lost in fire along with all my other gear was an awsome headset piece. Now have the praised Hyperx Cloud II and it is so shit in comparison that I regret every penny I spent for it. Mic is MUCH worse on cloud , picks up all the annoying background sounds, the sound quality also WAY lower than Astro. Also if you happen to have a dog chewing on your mic from Astro , it is pretty cheap to get new one ( been there done that ). The price is obv lower for Cloud , but its worth the investment to get Astro for sure.

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Salvador Avatar
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2 Years ago

I recently had to return my Cloud 1s because they wouldn't fit my head (blame the luxuriously sized forehead). Are the Cloud 2s noticeably bigger? If not, any suggestions as to <£50 headphones that might do?

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2 Years ago

Unfortunately for you, the Cloud IIs are exactly the same size so if the older model wasn't comfortable, you'll have exactly the same problem with these. I have the opposite problem - small head - so can't advise from first-hand experience what would be more comfortable to you. Sounds like it'll be worth trying on a few headsets in person, if you're able to.

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Salvador Avatar
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2 Years ago

Thanks! Trying some on would probably be a good idea.

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imagine Avatar
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2 Years ago

Eeeerrrmmmm.... ok, and none of the Logitech?

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2 Years ago

Are there any 3D headsets that actually mimic 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound to any degree of quality? I have a Creative Wrath or Wraith, which supposedly has positional surround sound, but it just sounds like a big pair of stereo headphones to me. Switch my by 5.1 speakers and yep, there is the sound coming from behind me.

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2 Years ago

all surround sound headsets are inferior to a true surround system, the virtual ones are just a stereo headset and the surround sound ones have motors that small and squashed together that a lot of the channels blend together and don't give a real surround sound experience.

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Phil Iwaniuk Avatar
69
2 Years ago

The best virtual surround I've heard in gaming has been from Creative's Tactic 3D Recon sound card. 'True' surround headsets don't really work for my ears, as the individual drivers are positioned too closely around the ear to give any impression of space.

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amirabd2130 Avatar
10
2 Years ago

Don't forget to test Razer Kraken 7.1

It's an awesome headset :)

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Xerkics Avatar
402
2 Years ago

I really like Turtle Beach Earforce X11 headset.

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Lolssi Avatar
350
2 Years ago

All headsets that I have used in gaming have eventually given me headache after 30-60min play. I'll just stick to my 5.1 setup and the better sound is nice bonus.

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Thojorkill Avatar
19
2 Years ago

In my experience, gaming headsets are all junk, unless you JUST want voice comms with very little audio fidelity in regards to all other audio. Considering you can get a decent bluetooth mic and nice hifi headphones for the price of some of the more expensive headsets, I see no reason to buy the overpriced "gaming headset" garbage on the market. How about a set of Audio-Technica ATH-M30x's or M50x's and a Blue Snowball iCE mic? Less than $125 or $225 USD and far superior in every single way.

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Quazal Avatar
1
2 Years ago

One of my biggest bug bears is when people and game sites do "bet gaming headsets" they dont even begin in the right place, firstly can you call it "the best ALL IN ONE gaming headsets" because first and foremost if you want quality then you shouldn't even be looking at ANY of the above.

Ask any sound-a-phobe and they will tell you the quality you get from most gaming headsets (not matter the cost or make) will get you a 7/10 if your lucky, what you should do if sounds matter that much is look at DJ / Recording headphones, simply because they can handle the various tones/bass / sound effects, think about this.

A Gaming headset has many components that you really dont need, or shoudl i say, you shouldn't pay for, the headset shoudl merely be about the sound, how much money did they put into the sounds for games like CS:GO / CoD series or even GTA 5 and your destroying it with your cheap quality headphones,

What i would recommend is simple, buy a solid (and yes price per your own budget) DJ/Audio recording headset then simply add a £/$5 external mic

I used this one http://www.scan.co.uk/products/akg-k271-mkii-headphones

and hands down nothing comes close in terms of gaming headsets, i have taken these with my set up to lan parties / game conventions etc, and i can say that 70% of people who have their "look at me and my turtles*insert AN OTHER BRAND" headsets try mine and admit hands down they made a mistake.

I wont admit to taking this as my own advice, but this was what i was offered at Scan whilst shopping their , and given the 'gaming' ones i was going to buy where almost double in price, they didn't pursuade me to buy these because they cost more, but mainly because the quality winds hands down.

I run them headsets with a mid range soundcard and razors synapse for surround sound. (got it free with a razer nostromo)

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Skiptrace Starbound Avatar
1
2 Years ago

I feel like that not even looking at the Logitech G35 is kinda lame. Cause it's a really great headset, and even has pretty good 7.1 Surround Sound.

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Shriven Avatar
3458
1 Year ago

Kingston HyperX Cloud II Purchased based off this. Let us see how it fairs. Took a lot to pull me away from Corsair.

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Rock1m1 Avatar
386
1 Year ago

What about the microphone? I feel they are the weakest feature of these gaming headsets

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Rock1m1 Avatar
386
1 Year ago

In my opinion, getting a studio great headset and couple it with modmic is still the best way to go. No compromise in speakers and mic.

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hfm Avatar
252
1 Year ago

I had a Modmic on my Beyerdynamic DT770's .. I switched them out for a pair of Beyerdynamic MMX 300's. Mic is better on the MMX 300's.

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Han Solo Avatar
2
1 Year ago

These are some pretty good models. You should also check out Sennheiser PC363D, best PC headset in my opinion. Here's a nice comparison list of the top models. http://headphonesaddict.com/best-gaming-headset-gaming-headphones/

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hfm Avatar
252
1 Year ago

I have some Beyerdynamic MMX 300's. Love 'em!

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Darksx Avatar
116
1 Year ago

I have the Wireless Heads set from Logitech, 7.1 Artemis, very happy with it. no issues at all, easy to setup and it sounds incredible. No signal loss either. Git it on sale from Bestbuy for $129

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psiulove Avatar
1
11 Months ago

Razer ManO'War (Wireless)

Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum RGB (Wired)

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Droniac Avatar
103
11 Months ago

I think it's important to make note of the open-back vs closed-back choice when it comes to selecting a headset or headphones. Closed-back sets have the advantage that they isolate you from the outside world. No audio coming in or going out the back. They also have the disadvantage of generally quite significantly lower audio quality when compared to otherwise similar open-back designs.

There seems to be a clear preference for closed-back designs in this selection, yet that's never stated as a requirement of "the best gaming headsets". It would be good to clearly state what your requirements and preferences are beforehand in this regard, because your readers won't necessarily share those requirements or preference. Particularly when it comes to closed vs open back.

Also, having looked up some actual comparisons, experiences and statistics for the headsets mentioned. None of them rival even dated and less expensive low to mid-end headphones. Not even the ATH-ADG1x, which apparently use the AD-700x drivers. Those are $100 headphones that they stuck a (not very good) microphone on and started selling for $299 as a "gaming headset"!

The Sennheiser GAME ONE is a HD558 with a not very good microphone being sold at a HD598 price. It's not even a contest in terms of audio quality and frequency range. Heck, that 6-year-old HD598 trounces every single non-headphone in this selection, including the much more expensive ATH-ADG1x. And the HD598 has long been surpassed at its price point by other headphones...

In short: if you actually want decent audio and are willing to spend that kind of money on gaming headsets, then get a less expensive headphone with a separate low-end USB studio mic. You'll have better audio quality across the board and it'll be no more expensive.

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Dave James Avatar
461
11 Months ago

Closed vs. Open Back principles are not as cut and dried as one automatically sounds better than the other. The QH-90s (the original Cloud) imo sounds better than the open back QH-80s,and i had the same experience with the ATH-AG1x and ATH-ADG1x headsets.

Often you get a more natural soundscape with open back sets but it's not necessarily the case that the audio quality is inherently worse in closed back cans.

And audio is also one of those things that is incredibly subjective. Obviously my personal preferences will not be identical to everyone else's.

You are 100% right that if you value pure aural performance above all else then separate headphones are your best bet. I regularly use my PM3s for both gaming and music and they're fantastic. Especially with the new Tidal Master option!

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xNuke Avatar
470
11 Months ago

You know what will "make a massive difference to your experience". Decent audiophile grade headphones at a lower cost than "gaming" headset.

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nikrel Avatar
13
10 Months ago

I find Sennheiser headsets are wonderful. I'm using the Sennheiser HD558 with ASUS XONAR DG Headphone Amp & PCI 5.1 Audio Card. The sound card really pushes the need to drive the headset. I'm also using a modmic 4.0. The other nice thing is I can just get a splitter for mic and headset and plug them into my ps4/xbox one controllers.

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VC_C4PT4IN Avatar
1
10 Months ago

Not even a mention of the Corsair Void 7.1, wired? Yeah I know its software is a little hard to navigate and buggy. However, once installed, the software can be uninstalled and the headphones can be used without the software. Original mark up price $249, bought for $79.

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hfm Avatar
252
9 Months ago

If you're a huge fan of Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pro, get the Beyerdynmaic MMX 300's. Has that Beyerdynamic sound quality mixed with a great cardioid pattern mic.

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Its Shack Avatar
1
3 Months ago

I'm a gamer of the mostly FPS variety. Lots of Halo and Destiny and I often end up in the PvP side of things. I've owned several higher end headsets, with mixed feelings over the years. Brands like Astro a40 , Turtle Beach (multiple models) and other brand names as well. But, what I keep looking for is a great sound set but with great directional/locational sound replication. I want a pair of headsets that really create that sensory feedback that cues me into location. -is it coming at me from above or beneath, left or right, is it coming at me fast or slow? -That type of sound stage. Any thought or models you would recommend based off my description?

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조슈아 카린뇨 Avatar
1
1 Month ago

If the HyperX Cloud Alpha tops this list. Then I guess I'm going with the Revolver S which has a tag bit more frequency responses, wider soundstage, 7.1 virt. surround which is just a tad bit more expensive than the alpha. I'm after midrange ,not so expensive audiophile like gaming headset that could do well on gaming, music and movies anyway, hehe. Most of all, headsets at its price range doesn't match the frequency responce of the revolver so it seems a good buy to me alright. I'd really like to get that Oppo PM-3. But heck its much more expensive than my Samsung 960 Pro SSD. Prolly next time then, haha.

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Prime Avatar
249
2 Years ago

Honestly I've found all "gaming" headphones either suck in mic quality, suck in audio quality or even both. I'd recommend picking up a good pair of headphones (Beyerdynamic, Audio-Technica, Sennheiser) and something like a blue snowball.

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Recluse Avatar
172
2 Years ago

You missed the best, Logitech G35 and the new G633

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Darksx Avatar
116
1 Year ago

I just bought the G633 really kickass headset. love it. Got mine on sale for $129. Love price matching :)

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