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Best gaming headset 2018

Best gaming headset

What is the best gaming headset? The top headsets tested, including wireless headphones, USB, and 3.5mm connections. Ranging from cheap gaming headsets to hi-res audiophile headphones. 

Making sure you've got the right aural setup for your gaming rig is absolutely vital to getting the ultimate experience, and the best gaming headset has 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.

That's your ears catered for, but what about your eyes? Check out our pick of the best gaming monitors around today.

But 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 absolute best aural experiences money can buy.

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Best gaming headset - HyperX Cloud Alpha

HyperX Cloud Alpha

Winner: Best gaming headset

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

Approx. $100 / £87

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 our full HyperX Cloud Alpha review.

 

 

Best gaming headset runner-up - Roccat Khan Pro

Roccat Khan Pro

Runner-up: Best gaming headset

Drivers: 50mm | Frequency range: 10Hz - 40,000Hz | Weight: 230g

Approx: $100 / £78

Roccat have taken aim directly at the reigning champ with the Khan Pro headset. They’ve created an exceptional product with a sound and build quality that is only bested by its value

The lightweight build encases 50mm drivers capable of an impressively broad 10 - 40,000Hz frequency response - far and away beyond what any non-audiophile headset on our roundup can produce. They live up to the expectation, too. The headset offers rich and crisp sound which is plenty capable of producing solid bass without sacrificing a complete soundscape of more than acceptable mids and highs along the way.

The Khan Pro isn’t a flashy headset in design, but it’s comfortable and lightweight at only 230g. The cable is flexible enough that it won’t drag you down, and the headset is available in black, grey, and white to match your setup. So, you’re asking, what’s the catch?

Well, it’s not the price, that’s for sure. Its MSRP is $100 / £90, but you can find easily find it for considerably less on a regular basis. Roccat have aimed this straight at the HyperX Cloud Alpha’s price point, and it hits the nail right on the head for price and performance in that bracket, and easily breezes past the competition if you find it for a good deal less.

Roccat have created some incredibly well-design products as of late, and the Khan Pro headset is just another example of why this is a company you need to look out for when buying your PC peripherals. At this rate, one or two generations down the line, the Roccat headset will be the one to beat.

Since we’ve been fans of the Khan Pro, we saw it fitting to give the RGB-infused Khan Aimo headset a whirl, too. These feature a similar build and design to their understated sibling, although with two RGB LED lighting zones on each earcup.

They also feature USB connectivity, in lieu of the 3.5mm found on the Pro - this USB DAC is also capable of 7.1 surround sound. Overall, the sound quality carries over from the Khan, however, if you aren’t fussed on the RGB of it all, you are still best off opting for the cheaper Pro headset as the Aimo will cost you $120 / £106.

 

 

Best gaming headset runner-up - Sennheiser GAME ONE

Sennheiser GAME ONE

Runner-up: Best gaming headset

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

Approx: $147 / £149

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. 

 

 

Best gaming headset runner-up - Sennheiser GSP 300

Sennheiser GSP 300

Runner-up: Best gaming headset

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

Approx: $99 / £80

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 30 headset might be for you.

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 - Audio Technica ATH-AG1x

Audio Technica ATH-AG1x

Winner: Best high-end gaming headset

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

Approx. $299 / £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.

 

 

Best high-end gaming headset runner-up - Turtle Beach Elite Pro

Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament

Runner-up: Best high-end gaming headset

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

Approx. $200 / £138

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 cheap gaming headset - Corsair HS50

Corsair HS50

Winner: Best cheap gaming headset

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

Approx. $49 / £45

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.

Read our full Corsair HS50 review

 

 Best cheap gaming headset runner-up - Cougar Phontum

Cougar Phontum

Runner-up: Best cheap gaming headset

Drivers: 53mm | Frequency range: 20Hz - 20,000Hz

Approx. $49 / £64

It’s hard to argue with the value proposition of Cougar’s Phontum gaming headset. The overall quality - both sound and build - easily outweigh this headsets price tag. Cougar would’ve taken the top spot only months ago with the Phontum, but Corsair’s HS50 headset just about edges the competition.

These chunky gamer cans are suitably padded, and come with an extra slimline set to cut down the headphones profile on-the-go. The headset is marginally adjustable utilising the rubber grommet sliders on the side of each ear cup, which is likely fine for most users - just be wary of this if you often prefer a larger fit.

The sound is close to superb at this price range. You can find better, but it can be difficult at this level to find build quality to match. Sound is well-balanced, and the bass doesn’t tend to obfuscate the rest of the audio - a common symptom of gamer cans. For the most part audio remains consistent and clear from the 53mm drivers even at higher volume levels, too.

 

 

Best cheap gaming headset runner-up - HyperX Cloud Stinger

HyperX Cloud Stinger

Runner-up: Best cheap gaming headset

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

Approx. $50 / £45

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 headset - SteelSeries Arctis Pro

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

Winner: Best wireless headset

Drivers: 40mm | Frequency range: 10Hz - 40,000Hz | Weight: 371g

Approx. $330 / £300

SteelSeries haven’t revolutionised the Arctis design with the Arctis Pro Wireless, but they have torn out the insides and replaced the usual innards with flawless wireless tech, audiophile-grade drivers, and more ports than you could possibly want.

The Arctis Pro Wireless is all about premium. It features a lightweight aluminium and steel design - which only weighs 371g - and utilises the famed Arctis adjustable headband design. SteelSeries have also chucked in their Airweave ear cushions that make for some seriously comfortable cans.

The Arctis Pro is seriously versatile, too. Wireless is provided by both 2.4G to and from the base station, and Bluetooth 4.1 from the headset itself. If your device is a little older, or you simply run out of juice, you can always wire up the Arctis Pro using one of the many included cables.

The headset is powered by a single battery, but you don’t have to worry about battery life during any midnight gaming marathons as the base station also acts as a charging bay for the second battery included in the box.

That’s good an’ all, but how does it sound?

Simply put: the Arctis Pro Wireless sounds spectacular. It features a naturally flat and well-balanced sound, accurate reproduction, and offers a vivid soundscape that makes for an incredible listening experience - good enough to make even a die-hard audiophile crack a smile. The microphone isn’t your run-of-the-mill unit either, and eliminates background noise exceptionally well.

It’s capable, connected, comfy, and crystal clear. All the C’s you could ever want in a gaming headset… except for cheap, I suppose. But, while it may not be the most affordable headset on the market, as far as wireless gaming cans go, you’ll find few better that check all the boxes like the Arctis Pro Wireless.

Read our full SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless review.

 

 

Best wireless headset runner-up - Razer Thresher Ultimate

Razer Thresher Ultimate

Runner-up: Best wireless headset

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

Approx: $205 / £190

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.

Read our full Razer Thresher Ultimate review.

 

Corsair HS70 wireless gaming headset

Corsair HS70

Runner-up: Best wireless headset

Drivers: 50mm | Frequency range: 20Hz - 20,000Hz | Weight: 330g

Approx: $99 / £100

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 - which is our current favourite cheap gaming headset. The price for cutting the cord from its tethered sibling isn’t too dear, either.

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

Read our full Corsair HS70 review here.

 

Best wireless headset runner-up - SteelSeries Arctis 7

SteelSeries Arctis 7

Runner-up: Best wireless headset

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

Approx: $144 / £127

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 our full SteelSeries Arctis 7 review.

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 Best audiophile headphones - Focal Utopia

Focal Utopia

Winner: Best audiophile headphones

Drivers: 40mm | Frequency range: 5Hz - 50,000Hz | Weight: 490g

Approx. $3,999 / £3,083

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. The Focal Utopia headphones, however, are all about the most perfect, the most detailed, and most accurate representation of audio.

And for this much cash you'd hope so too. These are not stocking filler kinda headphones, the Focal Utopias are all about high-end reference sound, and are genuinely the most detailed cans I've ever had on my ears. But that comes at a cost, and I'm not just talking financial either - they're not the most comfortable to use when listening to music.

Because of their detail they can be a little harsh on the high end, but that also makes them incredible with in-game audio. The open-backed nature of the Utopias means that any open-world game's soundscape becomes hugely expansive. So often I'd have to take them off, so sure was I that someone was talking to me from the real world when it was just another NPC just out of sight.

That does mean they're most definitely not noise-cancelling, or at all sound insulated. It's a two-way audio street...

But they sound amazing, though you absolutely will need a dedicated sound card to get the best out of them. Though if you're into spending three grand on a set of headphones then chances are you can afford it.

The Focal Utopias are aspirational audiophile headphones, but there are cheaper alternatives out there from Focal and others...

 

Best audiophile headphones runner-up - Beyerdynamic DT1770 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pro

Runner-up: Best audiophile headphones

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

Approx. $499 / £391

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. And they're also considerably cheaper than the mighty Focal pair. If only Oppo's incredible PM3 headphones were still available they'd still have top spot...

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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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{ubb-1}Soggy Avatar
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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
174
2 Years ago

What was your last Logitech set?

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{ubb-1}Soggy Avatar
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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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Thojorkill Avatar
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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
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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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1 Year ago

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

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407
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
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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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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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Prime Avatar
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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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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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Phil Iwaniuk Avatar
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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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Zaarin_2003 Avatar
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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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Belimawr Avatar
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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
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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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2 Years ago

Don't forget to test Razer Kraken 7.1

It's an awesome headset :)

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Xerkics Avatar
428
2 Years ago

I really like Turtle Beach Earforce X11 headset.

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Lolssi Avatar
429
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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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
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2 Years 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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Han Solo Avatar
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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
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1 Year ago

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

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Darksx Avatar
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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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1 Year ago

Razer ManO'War (Wireless)

Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum RGB (Wired)

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1 Year 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
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1 Year 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
519
1 Year 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
1 Year 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
1 Year 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
315
1 Year 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
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10 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
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8 Months 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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t5universe Avatar
5
3 Weeks ago

Are any of these made with actual metal instead of cheap plastic.

I'm sick of expensive headphones that break apart just above the earpiece.

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t5universe Avatar
5
3 Weeks ago

Are any of these made with actual metal instead of cheap plastic.

I'm sick of expensive headphones that break apart just above the earpiece.

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SmaugTheDragon Avatar
19
16 Hours ago

Just buy a regular used high-end headset and a studio microphone. That way you get both best quality and price.

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Recluse Avatar
174
2 Years ago

You missed the best, Logitech G35 and the new G633

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Darksx Avatar
126
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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