The days of couch co-op and LAN parties are long gone. Unless you plan on bringing your television set, console, or computer and monitor to your buddy’s house every night after work then you must embrace the future of video game communication: gaming headsets. It’s important to pick a good gaming headset since gaming is all online in today’s gaming world. Whether your goal is to stream video games to share to the world, have a chill gaming night with a friend, or have a shouting match with a bunch of 12-year olds, then a gaming headset from this list of top ten would be the best investment for you.
10ASTRO Gaming A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro TR
|COMPATIBILITY||PS4, PC, and Mac|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20 – 20,000 Hz|
The ASTRO Gaming A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro TR doesn’t just bring you everything that you would expect for a headset costing almost a quarter of a grand but also brings features you probably didn’t even know existed. The ASTRO Gaming A40 TR Headset, the official equipment for professional Call of Duty teams like Optic Gaming, features the ability to switch from open-back to a more noise-canceling closed-back headset with mod kit ready components.
This headset is ready to use and adaptable for any environment from a professional tournament to an intimate online co-op session with friends. Imagine being able to customize your EQ settings. The ASTRO Command Center software is free software that works on both PC and Mac which allows the not only the input and output customizations but the ability to play with the EQ settings as well. Imagine being able to tune the equalizer to hear footsteps easier in FPS shooters or to enjoy the more atmospheric settings of role-playing games. The equalizer settings coupled with a Dolby surround 7.1 sound allows for a truly immersive gaming experience.
9HyperX Cloud Stinger Core
|COMPATIBILITY||Xbox One, PS4, |
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20 – 20,000 Hz|
If you’re looking for comfort and convenience at a reasonable price, then look no further than the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core headset. Unlike the hefty price tag of the ASTRO Gaming A40 TR, the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core should only run you about forty dollars. The Cloud Stinger Core was built with console gamers in mind. It’s soft eat cushions coupled with its adjustable steel slider make for a comfortable over-the-head multi-console gaming experience. However, with the Cloud Stinger Core, don’t expect too much quality with such a tag. The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core is a great starter gaming headset that fulfills its basic purpose of video game communication.
It’s sturdiness and reliability, backed by a 2-year warranty and free tech support, make for a great entry-level headset for you or your children as the audio control on the cable make for easy access to the volume and mute options. For the small price tag, this serves the basic function of a gaming headset, don’t expect exceptional streaming quality if you plan on using this for live stream purposes. So, if your ultimate goal is to find a headset geared for live streaming video games, the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core headset is probably not the headset for you.
8Audio Technica ATH-ADG1X
|COMPATIBILITY||Xbox One, PS4, PC|
The Audio Technica ATH-ADG1X Open Air High-Fidelity Gaming Headset has one of the heftier price tags at almost $300. The price tag reflects a gaming headset that comes with more features than you can count on your fingers. Your voice will be received clearly by your teammates through the headset’s premium gooseneck microphone that keeps out pesky unwanted ambient noises. The open-air design of the headset provides exceptional sound quality and provides the perfect pitch and directional sounds to help you pinpoint an enemy during online play.
The 3D wing support on the ATH-ADG1X Open Air High-Fidelity Gaming Headset adapts to the user’s head for maximum comfort during long gaming sessions. One problem with headphones is the after long gaming marathons your earlobes begin to hurt to the point where you have to take off the headset for a couple of minutes just to relieve pressure on the ears. The self-adjustable frame homes soft and comfortable earpieces that are sure to keep your ears from needing pressure relief for hours. Don’t let the lightweight and comfort fool you. Despite it feeling as if it’s just floating on your head, this piece of equipment is extremely resilient, and it better be for the price tag of almost $300.
|COMPATIBILITY||PC, PS4, Xbox One (Adapter), Nintendo Switch|
Much like the ASTRO Gaming A40 TR Headset, the Runmus K2 offers an immersive Dolby 7.1 surround sound experience. The Runmus K2’s directional sound cues help you keep an edge over your enemies during competitive online play. This headset, much like the Audio Technica ATH-ADG1X sports a noise-cancelling microphone that can be easily muted easily with a quick switch. For the affordable price of almost $30, this is a no-brainer for children who easily damage their headphones. They might not be old enough yet to play with your $300 over-the-ear investments yet, so the Runmus K2 is definitely a great entry-level headset. The 3.5mm audio jacks make this headset compatible with everything from PC to handheld gaming systems.
Imagine, finally having a headset for your handheld Nintendo devices that have LED lights. Don’t be fooled by the lower ticket-price this headset. If you’re prone to breaking headsets out of fits of gaming rage, then the Runmus K2 can survive a couple of tosses off the head. The premium materials used to make the cable durable will save you from having to front some more cash if you happen to be physically angry after losing a match or two. If you don’t have the disposable income for a more expensive quality headset, then consider the Runmus K2 as the little engine that could for you.
6Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum
|COMPATIBILITY||PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Mobile |
Just like the Runmus K2, the Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum offers the Dolby 7.1 surround for a totally immersive experience. But what helps the Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum stand out from the rest we’ve seen so far is its versatility. The G633 features an advanced PRO-G Driver that delivers such a clean, accurate sound that you’d swear the goddess herself blessed you while you hunt down your enemies. If you’re looking for a headset that offers multi-platform compatibility, seamless custom controls, crystal-clear communication, and customization in both style and audio mixing.
Then the Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum might be the one for you. Another really cool feature for this headset is that offers a LIGHTSYNC RBG. This feature allows you to individualize each zone for. Let me do the math, 16.8 million different color, animations, and effect combinations. The G633 offers a performance-driven design to make your long gaming sessions zoom by like your childhood. The Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum uses sports mesh material in the ear cups and headband to keep you comfortable and cool. One thing this headset has it going for itself is that it’s designed to fit completely around your ears with no direct pressure on the soft tissue. And the ear cups are removable for easy cleaning. Now, this headset does retail for about $150 but depending on where you buy it you may be able to snatch it up for a great deal of $69.99. But if you want the goddess of the hunt on your side in your next player-versus-player match you may want to consider buying this one on sale or at full retail.
Who says you need to spend $300 to be able to hear the enemy behind you? The Logitech G430 is one of the more reliable gaming headphones on the market today. This lightweight headset sports a Dolby surround sound 7.1 and 360-degree sound experience that can help immerse you into your online match. If you’re not in the mood to talk or don’t want to hear your teammates hear your displeasure, the on-cable mute and sound options that are easily within reach can help you avoid awkward situations. The Logitech G430 is unique in the fact that it has rotating ear cups which makes it easy to carry around or rest around the neck after an online gaming session.
Being able to rotate and lay flat makes the Logitech G430 easy to store away when traveling so that you can bring your gaming with you. While this, unfortunately, doesn’t come in a wireless model, it’s still as aesthetically pleasing as it is comfortable. The cushioned earpieces don’t press against the ear and cause uncomfortable pressure which can be detrimental to extended gaming marathons. One of the only major complaints about this headset, however, is it may not be suitable for larger heads. It may cause issues with the plastic construction of the headpiece. Besides that, the quality of sound that this headset provides is almost rivaling more expensive headsets while still keeping a low asking price. It is definitely worth picking up a pair of these if the more expensive headsets are out of your budget.
4Wireless CORSAIR Void PRO RGB
It may seem like the headsets are going down in price, but not in quality. The Wireless CORSAIR Void PRO RGB headset proves that you don’t need a million dollars to get a luxury headset these days. Retailing on Amazon for about $80, the Void PRO RGB offers Dolby 7.1 surround for a total 360 experience. I swear with its comfortable design and noise-cancelation you could close your eyes and be transported into the game. The optimized unidirectional microphone with LED mute indicator helps reduce that annoying ambient noise from ruining your videos and enhances your voice so that all your friends can hear you.
In addition, with its Discord certified programming and easy mute design you can just push your mic up when you need to rage quit because a 13-year killed you for the millionth time. Another bonus to this headset is that it provides crystal clear, low latency, wireless audio up to 40 feet away just in case you need to pee or change the laundry and are too lazy to take your headset off. Depending on what platforms you use, the Void PRO RBG may not be for you. This headset is only compatible with Windows PCs, so if you were looking for a good headset to play on your Xbox or PlayStation you should move on down the line. But if you’re one of the PC master-race and are looking for a comfortable, cost-effective headset to use for a long time the Void Pro RGB is for you. Personally, I think the best thing this headset has going for it is its legendary CORSAIR durability.
3Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset
On the surface, the Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset doesn’t look like your average flashy run-of-the-mill headset. Upon first sight, you would even question if it’s a gaming headset at all as it looks to not even have a microphone for talking to friends. However, looks can be deceiving because the Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset actually does sport a hidden noise-canceling microphone. The headset itself is also years ahead of its time, but that’s no surprise being an official Sony PlayStation product. The Headset Companion App can be used to tune and enhance your favorite games, so you never have the same sound across different games. The headset itself takes a minimalist approach its aesthetic design by instead choosing sound quality over flashy LED lights.
The Sony PlayStation Gold is also one of the few, more affordable, wireless options on the headset market. This makes it easy to get up and walk around while still being able to talk to your friends on the PlayStation. One of the only downfalls of the Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset lies in the name itself, as it only works for the Sony PlayStation. Unfortunately, it isn’t a Bluetooth and only connects to the Sony PlayStation through a point-to-point wireless connection. Another complaint commonly found with this headset is the durability. While this may have an exceptional sound quality, it’s not the most comfortable around the ears and it is not adjustable. However, if these are not issues for you and you’re just looking for a convenient, state-of-the-art, wireless, crystal-clear method of communicating with your buddies on the PlayStation network, then this is the headset for you.
2Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum
|COMPATIBILITY||PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mobile |
The Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum is a headset that is in a league of its own. The Artemis Spectrum, a wireless headset designed to be compatible with multiple platforms, comes equipped with a lag-free 2.4Ghz wireless connection that can also be attached to mobile devices via an analog cable for easy audio mixing. Imagine also having a fully customizable wireless headset that not only has RGB lightning that you can customize but also having up to 3 programmable G-Keys for quick-click game commands.
It’s fun to think of how your actions in the video game can affect the RGB lighting of the Artemis Spectrum that can also sync with your other gaming devices to have a truly lit experience, pun intended. Even with the light show, the headset can be used wirelessly up to 8 hours. On top of the aesthetic pleasure of the headset comes an immersive and professional sound experience that only the more hardcore gaming fans can enjoy. It’s almost too good to be true that a wireless headset with these many features remains has a price tag just short of $100.
1HyperX Cloud II
|COMPATIBILITY||PC, PS4, PS4 PRO, Xbox One, Xbox One S|
Prepare for the HyperX Cloud II headset to open a world of detailed sounds that you may not have experience yet with any headset you’ve owned before. This next-generation headset has Dolby surround sound 7.1 that is so crisp you’ll be able to hear the rustling of a zombie in the new game, Days Gone, easier than you would with a normal run-of-the-mill headset. The immersive sound will make it sound like you’re really there being chased down by brain-eating zombies. The added convenience of having an advanced audio control box gives users of the HyperX Cloud II the ability to toggle the surround sound 7.1 with the easy touch of a button.
The headset comes with the convenience of also being a plug and play headset that offers such depth to the sound you’ll feel immersed in every game that you play. Not only will you be able to hear your teammates clearly, but they’ll be able to hear you as if you’re sitting right there next to them with an improved voice experience that reduces background noise and makes your voice crystal clear. If you’re not in the mood to talk or wish to use the headset just for listening, the digitally enhanced microphone itself can be detached so the headset can be used as normal headphones. With professional sound, design, and comfort at an affordable price, it’s no wonder the HyperX Cloud II landed at the top of our list.
This list of top 10 gaming headsets was created for customers by customers. Make sure that when you’re shopping for a headset that you take into consideration, not just the console that you’re playing on, but whether or not it’s compatible with a PC as well. Depending on what system the headset was made for and what attachments they do or do not come with, you may need to look into additional attachments for either console or PC play. This top 10 list was curated from almost 50 difference gaming headsets across 8 major online retailers. Whether you’re looking for an expensive investment for your streaming career, or just wanting something cheap but reliable to play with friends, this top 10 list should have everything you need to make an informed purchase.