The Best Gaming Headsets
Quality headsets are often overlooked by gamers in favor of cheaper options that will 'get the job done'. Whilst this may suit the needs of some gamers, if you take your gaming even semi-seriously you should consider investing in a good headset.
A good headset can reduce fatigue, enhance player immersion and, most importantly, give you an in game advantage in first person shooters by hearing the enemy before you see them.
Best Gaming Headsets of 2016
If you are in the market for an audiophile grade gaming headset, don't look at anything else on this website. The Beyerdynamic MMX300 PC Gaming Premium Digital Headset is a gamer's dream headset, with bold yet clean bass, and crystal clear mids and highs from audio engineers Beyerdynamic you likely won't find a better headset for your money (this headset is designed from the base of Beyerdynamic's general aviation headset).
The headband is flexible and firm, and features an easily removable cover that is easy to clean, ample levels of padding are included for extreme comfort during longer gaming sessions. The MMX 300's closed headset design has been cockpit tested and reduces ambient noise levels by approximately 18 decibels.
A sophisticated onboard sound card serves to reduce interference, this means that the slight hissing noise you may sometimes hear when plugging headphones into a computer is non-existant. The MMX 300 includes a USB Digital Analog Converter - do yourself a favor and get a proper soundcard to run these headphones at their max potential.
Featured in this headset is a high fidelity condenser microphone with a cardioid pattern which serves to offset background interferring noise and improve delivered sound quality to your listeners.
Aesthetic appeal is not sacrificied either, with a clean carbon woven design and generally simplistic charateristics.
You won't be replacing the MMX300 anytime soon.
HyperX by Kingston crashed into the market about two years ago by producing a headset that acutally focused on providing high quality sound instead of lower quality but 'good looking' easily marketable headsets. The HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset is the pinnacle of Kingston's creation and it doesn't disappoint.
This headset nails the highs and mids but lows are more controlled (less bass which is not needed for gaming), the soundstage is 5.1 surround sound equivalent
Designed in Germany, the HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset is made of a durable steel frame, and the ear cups feature HyperX signature memory foam to maintain comfort levels for longer gaming sessions. The flexible microphone is detatchable and serves to reduce background noice and interference with chat.
Conveniently, this headset is compatible with PC, PS4, Mac and Xbox One (with a separately sold adapter).
The SteelSeries Siberia 200 is the successor to the SteelSeries Siberia V2 which carries on the line of products from SteelSeries' entry level gaming headset units. The Siberia 200s are a very solid headset for this price point and come in seven color options. Structurally, the Siberia 200s are made of a lightweight plastic with a surpising amount of flexibility, the ear padding appears thin but really delivers in the comfort department. For those blessed with larger heads, this headset might feel a little tight on you.
The microphone, which extends from the left ear cup, does the job but doesn't perform to the level of its pricier counterparts. However, for the price of this unit the sound fidelity is actually quite good. If you require a better microphone for your needs, it may be better to look elsewhere, but if this isn't a great concern these might be the headphones for you.
At the top end of the SteelSeries Siberia range we find the SteelSeries Siberia X800 Wireless Gaming Headset, if you are looking for all the bells and whistles for your next gaming headset this might be the one for you. The Siberia X800 delivers immersive 7.1 Dalby surround sound audio on the industry's lowest latency levels, combined with continuous frequency hopping software that serves to avoid headphone interference all together. Two swappable lithium-ion batteries are included with the Siberia X800, the spare battery charges in the transmitter so it is right there when you need it.
Headset volume can be adjusted by a wheel on the ear cups, as can commonly used preset preferences. The X800's microphone is simplistic in its design, and can be retracted into the headset when not in use. The X800's 'LiveMix' feature allows for games sounds to be turned down automatically when commucation is detected, 'ChatMix' allows you to determine the balance of sounds between communication and game sounds. An included OLED transmitter allows you to fine tune your gaming experience and customise your voice chat and sound preferences. The Siberia X800 has plug-in functionaility for your XBox One controller to conveniently alter chat mixtures. Compatability extends to PC, Mac, home entertainment systems, phones and tablets. A SoundShare port allows for another X800 to share in the action.
Ultra soft memory foam ear cups provide an adequate level of noise cancellation and provide unrivalled levels of comfort, users have reported the X800 feeling tight initially for those with larger heads. Sound quality is exceptional as you would expect for the X800's price point, no distortion and a well balanced sound overall. The microphone clarity is top notch as well.
In a gaming headset, looks aren't everything. It is undeniable however, that the SteelSeries Siberia X800 Wireless Gaming Headset is simplistic, elegant in its design and just downright beautiful. The SteelSeries X800 should be considered an investment if you are an avid gamer.
The Logitech G230 is an entry level gaming headset for those who don't require the features of a $200+ headset. What you get for your money is pretty much what you might expect, you get 2.1 surround sound, in-line microphone controls (volume/muting capability), a padded adjustable headband, and removable foam padded ear cups with a soft breathable cloth cover which are easy to replace if needed.
The microphone extends from the left ear cup and the tip is flexible to allow the user to position as required, you might expect in this price range to get a run of the mill mic, and you'd be correct. Whilst there is not too much in the way of distortion the sound produced is a little hollow. From a performance standpoint the Logitech G230 actually sound better than other headsets in this price range, you get nice clear treble with respectable mids and decent bass.
A 7.5 foot red nylon cord extends from the left ear cup which is going to be plenty for your average user. Lastly, the ear cups are rotatable allowing the ear cups to better fit the side of your head, in turn this adds to greater stability and comfort. Overall the Logitech G230 is a respectable headset and if you pick it up you are unlikely to be disappointed.
Further along the Logitech G230 line we find the Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum RGB 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset, this headset is packed full of features. The G633 Artemis is available in both wired and non-wired versions, the wired version conveniently offers a cable for USB connectivity and another 3.5mm audio cable - you can switch between primary connection with a button on the left ear cup. The USB cable allows the user to use the Logitech software whilst on PC, whereas the audio cable features an in-line mic, play/pause button and a mute button as well.
Build wise the G633 fits slightly differently to other gaming headsets, users reported a horizontal pressure rather than a clamping from the top which caused no long term discomfort. The cups themselves are covered with a thicker breathable mesh which allows for long term gaming without ears becoming sweaty or overheated. The head band is covered in this same mesh, but covers memory foam for user comfort.
Logitech's software for this unit allows you to pre-set sound equalisation options and assign them to the buttons found on the back of the left ear cup, but you probably won't need it. Straight out of the box this headset will give you a balanced and flat audio response across the range of frequencies, with clean and tight bass in particular. The Dolby 7.1 surround sound creates a spacious sound stage. If for whatever reason the default sound equalization isn't right for you, you can assign different equalizations to the buttons on the left ear cup. Alternatively, you can program macros to each of these three G keys instead, if you are already looking at this headset from a gaming point of view this will probably be the go to option.
The mic's sound quality is clear and crisp - to mute the mic you can simple flip it to about halfway vertical, at which point an LED light will illuminate and mute the mic. This feature is simplistically clever and really convenient. At the fully retracted position it is completely out of the way.
Finally, each ear cup has full RGB lighting which can be adjusted by using Logitech's included software, it is a little gimmicky as obviously it doesn't do anything to improve performance, but if you were a streamer looking for something to separate you from the pack then the Logitech G633 Artemis may be up your alley.
Sennheiser are well known for all things audio, but this German company's name might not be something that immediately springs to mind when considering a gaming headset. Given Sennheiser's heritage, you'd expect The Sennheiser GAME ONE PC Gaming Headset to deliver based on the company's reputation. In this instance yes and no. What they have done well is make a great set of headphones with a frequency range of 15-28,000Hz with a relatively flat response across the audio spectrum at a max sound pressure level of 116dB. Headphone impedance is 50Ohms which will suit use straight out of the packet, but if you want to get the most out of these look at getting an amp. Mids and highs are crystal clear and the lows are punchy and clean and not boomy at the low end, overall a very natural and blended sound spectrum.
The headset frame is made from a durable and lightweight glossy smooth plastic which means it is light enough not to be annoying for longer gaming sessions. The headset is comfortable with ample cloth coated breathable cushioning on the circumaural earcups which are large enough to encompass most ears, the headband is cushioned as well and is extendable to suit the users head size. Slits in the ear cups make this headset an open design which means that noise will leak out (and in) and this headset is therefore less suitable in areas where background noise might be an issue.
The permantley fixed microphone features a flexible tip and folds out of the way when not in use. Folding the microphone to the upright position also serves to mute the microphone when in use, which is very convienient. Further, the auto-muting technology that this microphone utilizes serves to cancelling out background noise for those you are talking to. The sound recreation from the microphone is excellent and distortion is non-existant. A volume control wheel is located on the right ear cup to manage sound input easily, however for this price range you may expect a little more versatility than this - there is no ability for this headset to quickly change the volume balance between voice and background noise.
Finally on versatility, this headset lacks the bells and whistles that you might be accustomed to such as macro buttons, a detatchable mic, a closed back design in a gaming headset. This is very good set of headphones and if you can live without the accessories then the Sennheiser GAME ONE PC Gaming Headset has everything you need.