Amazing gameplay and visuals alone do not constitute a full gaming experience. You also need some good audio to immerse yourself into the atmosphere. These specialized headphones are normally lighter than normal ones, since gamers normally spend long hours playing on the computer. Another major difference is they prefer sound tweaking, for simultaneous gaming and voice chat. Some high end models also add richness to the audio, thanks to 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound. Are you a budget conscious user? Cast your worries aside as budget-level gaming headphones are also available to suit your purchasing power.
Without further ado, we present the best gaming headphones you can get on the market right now. We sorted them based on how we perceive their ability in providing a better gaming experience.
14. Logitech G230
Sometimes, a budget of less than $100 is all you need to find a good headphone. Logitech G230 is based on its older brother (Logitech G430), but with a cheaper price tag and some lean specifications. Design-wise, G230 is a doppelganger of G430, which can be good, or bad depending on your take. Before giving it a minus, consider that this means the ultra-comfortable feel in wearing these earphones are also carried over by this model. Another interesting fact in its design is the swiveling ear cups that still feel sturdy. The former has no USB adapter and mixing software. In terms of sound, G230 delivers good gaming audio, but does not have noise cancelling features nor surround sound. It does, however, a decent job in preventing noise leakage, so disturbing others is not a concern when you use it. Logitech G230 is a good alternative if you are an everyday gamer, and relies on good audio for enjoyment. This is available for only $60.
13. Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50P
Multi-platform compatibility is not normally seen on the under $50 gaming headphones, but Turtle Beach just hit it off with Force Recon 50P. The design is pretty much okay, but what comes off as a pleasant surprise in this case is the detachable microphone. The earphones have 40mm Neodymium audio drivers and a 3.5 mm cable that is compatible with PC, MAC, XBOX One, PS4 and your smartphone. The amount of foam is just right and it provides precisely enough pressure to clamp the gizmo on your head. The audio also gives a decent performance, as the Recon 50 P is able to mix good gaming sound and voice chats simultaneously. But do not expect a first-rate audio, because this is just an entry level headphone.
12. Razer Kraken Pro 2015
Most definitely its greenish design is the very first thing you’ll notice with Razer Kraken Pro 2015. The body alone looks premium, thanks to its leather cover on its whole body, and metal mesh covering each ear cup. This gaming headset is also easy to set up, thanks to its modular parts. It has a fully retractable microphone, noise cancelling capabilities and 40mm audio drivers. The audio quality is something you’d expect from entry level gaming devices. The absence of surround sound might be a bit disappointing, yet it offers good stereo quality. The ear cups were also designed for maximum comfort. The headset is a bit heavy and you might feel some pressure on your head when wearing it for extended periods of time. Moreover, the design of the retractable microphone needs to be improved, as it distracts the overall experience. Razer Kraken Pro is currently available at $80.
11. SteelSeries Siberia 150
Despite its $60 price tag, this gaming headphone’s audio is fine-tuned via software. Siberia 150‘s design looks fairly nondescript, until you plug it into your PC and see its amusing RGB lighting. What’s even better is you can choose the color you want from its software. The ear cups have 40mm Neodymium audio drivers, which are pretty typical for this price range. The audio quality is good, but it’s nothing excellent, as the gizmo lacks noise cancelling capabilities and surround sound. Siberia 150 is compatible with Mac, PC and PS4, so you can use it with multiple platforms. You can always expect to have a very comfortable experience wearing it, since SteelSeries are pretty much experts in designing their headphones.
10. Corsair Raptor HS40
This gaming headset has some features which are supposed to be seen in midrange and high-end gizmos. While the design is not as spectacular as that of its peers, its ear cups fit around your head to block noise and prevent sound leakages, the latter due to its microphone. The padding of earcups also made this headset comfortable to wear for long hours. Raptor HS40 has 7.1 channel surround sound and noise cancelling capabilities. Its 40mm audio drivers contain high-sensitivity magnets, to deliver better sound with minimum distortion. You can also expect an accurate reproduction of gaming audio for a more atmospheric experience. However, do not expect something grand in terms of performance, as it only provides the basics of gaming headphones. Raptor HS40 is available for $60.
9. SteelSeries Siberia 350
This mid range gaming headphone packs a perfect mix of cost, sound quality and comfort. Siberia 350 is also an aesthetically pleasing gadget, thanks to its sleek and simple design. Also adding to its beauty is a reconfigurable RGB lighting on the ear cups. You can expect a very comfortable experience, since the suspension band sits nicely on one’s head, and the padding on the cups is very soft. The sound quality is said to be excellent, but not without minor quips. This cannot properly cancel noise, and the audio tends to leak when you put it on full volume. Nonetheless, it has 7.1 DSS, which does a really good job in helping you dive into the game. Siberia 350 also comes with a microphone that gives the basics as far as gaming microphones are concerned. Available in black or white, this is available for $120.
8. Turtle Beach Elite Pro
Turtle Beach is one of the most respected names in the gaming headphones industry and it will be easy to see why, once you experience this unit. First, Turtle Beach Elite Pro is made from strong materials, so it has a strong build, and its light weight makes it suitable for extended gaming sessions. Adding to user’s convenience is also maximized comfort, thanks to its tension adjustment system. The Aerofit Ear Cushions are made of spandex, leather and gel-infused memory foam. The firm also created a mechanism called “ProSpecs”, which allows people who wear glasses to make a small space in the ear cups to fit their frames. Elite Pro also has 50mm Nanoclear Speakers and a microphone with noise cancelling features. The audio quality is nothing short of excellent, thanks to its TAC controller. The price might be a bit hefty at $200, but Elite Pro is a headset created to fulfill any gamer’s dreams.
7. SteelSeries Siberia 800 (H Wireless)
Siberia 800, previously called H Wireless, is the most expensive high-end gaming headphone in the list, at $300. The hefty price tag is justified by the richness of audio while gaming and chat functionality. Design-wise, Siberia 800 has a stylish body made from black plastic and orange inner accents. It also features circular ear cups that fit your ears and are comfortable enough to wear over long gaming sessions. Other specs worthy of checking are its removable battery, retractable microphone and a digital display which shows information about the gaming headphone. The sound performance varies though. When used as a gaming headset, the surround sound is simply amazing. Audio tweaks are excellent too, as Chatmix and LiveMix give the right balance of gaming sounds with good voice clarity. However, Siberia 800’s quality falters when used outside gaming, as its lack of bass is really noticeable. If you use headsets solely for gaming purposes, then SteelSeries Siberia 800 is one of the best products on the market.
6. Sennheiser G4ME ONE
With a price tag of $250, Sennheiser G4ME ONE is another item that sits among the best gaming headphones. Its design surely looks minimalistic and premium, despite it being made of plastic. The earphones, on the other hand, feel plush, which makes it really comfortable to wear. As a general headset, this is surely a hit among audiophiles, thanks to its excellent sound reproduction. The unit also produces open acoustic design and stellar frequency design, but sacrifices some of the gamers’ needs. You cannot tweak the sound for a maximum immersion into a game. The lack of switch between gaming audio and sound is also disadvantageous for gamers who are keen for tactical planning. Nonetheless, the sound quality is simply the best, as Sennheiser is known for producing quality headphones. Audio reproduction is simply amazing, but this is not really for multi-player games.
5. ASUS STRIX 7.1
ASUS just does not stop delivering quality products regardless of their kind. STRIX 7.1 is their entry in gaming headsets and it also presents good reasons as to why you should buy it. The design itself is striking – a black plastic body and ear cups with orange owl-like eyes. Truthfully, this gaming headset looks quite menacing and really good at the same time. However, it compromises a bit on comfort, which noticeable especially when you wear it for a long time. The cable is also not removable, so this gaming headset is pretty much ruined if that snapped. The microphone is detachable and it has USB PC audio and HDMI console audio inputs. What’s even more amazing is it has five drivers per ear cup. Excellent surround sound performance is expected, thanks to Dolby 7.1. The same cannot be said about the stereo quality though, as it’s only at par with headphones having lower prices. STRIX 7.1 is currently available for about $190-$200 and it comes together with a driver-free USB audio station that holds sound effects and allows you to control the audio.
4. ASTRO Gaming A40 TR
The string of excellent mid-priced headphones continues with ASTRO Gaming A40’s excellent fit and exchangeable microphones. This gaming headset is most suitable for those who are engaged in competitive gaming, because it is wired. While the design is unchanged since the first A40 edition, it still remains solid, along with its build. The vented design also permits your headphone to breathe, for your convenience in using it. The audio quality is great, regardless of whether you are a gamer or an audiophile. For gamers, the audio mix aspect of Gaming A40 is simply excellent in balancing the background music and your teammates’ voices. The surround sound is also good, but might be a bit underwhelming to your ears. ASTRO Gaming A40 TR is currently available from $150.
3. Blue Lola
Here we are jumping to another high-end gaming headset. Blue Lola headphones are probably remembered first for having a striking design. They also have removable cables, which make them partially modular. These are your inline remote and the noise cancelling microphone wires. However, the headset has a bulky feel, despite it being visually appealing. This proves inconvenient in case you want to play for long hours, as it tends to be heavy on the ears. Blue Lola seemed to compensate this with an extremely comfortable wear, although the weight will still be felt at times. In terms of sound quality, Blue Lola is one of the best you can have right now, because of its finely tuned audio drivers. Excellent listening experience is expected all around, thanks to its bass and solid articulation in any range. You can get this over-the-ear headphone for $250. If you’re a declared audiophile, you can get the amped up Blue Lola for $350.
2. V-MODA Crossfade LP2
Crossfade LP2 is one of the most popular gaming headphones from V-MODA. The company itself is generous enough to include many accessories when you make a purchase. The design is a stunner too – granted that V-MODA sticks up to its militaristic theme. While it’s not all metal, even the plastic components feel more solid than normal. Despite it being heavy, comfort is not an issue when you use Crossfade LP2, due to its cushy ear cups and headbands. The cords are removable to avoid excessive bulk with this device. In terms of audio performance, this item does not fail V-MODA’s reputation of producing quality headphones, thanks to its 50mm audio drivers. Lows are rich in bass and high ends produce sounds with clarity. Priced at $170, this unit will sure deliver an excellent gaming experience.
1. Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless
This mid range gaming headset is Logitech’s flagship and a bang for the buck, despite its $200 price tag. G933 Artemis Spectrum works in wireless mode and has 7.1 surround sound, due to its bundled software. The futuristic inspired design looks like something out of a science fiction film. The gadget is also foldable to save some space. The build is quite sturdy too, with the ear cups and the headbands being made from plastic. Its batteries are removable, meaning you can simply replace them when the need arises. G933 hosts a multitude of cables, which makes it a multi-platform headset, and with much ease. Sound quality is excellent, as its audio mixing feature produces some of the most compelling sounds for a gaming headset. Audiophiles will fall in love with this gadget also because it can be used as a standalone headphone. A minor quip with G933 is the absence of a storage case, but you can always buy a separate one for a very cheap price.
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