Best Wireless & Bluetooth Gaming Headsets for Xbox and PS4

Best Gaming Headsets

As much as I’d like to get to the review at once, it would be best to set the ground first. After all, while I expect that some of you are just as much avid gamers as myself, it is also very likely that some others are not. Yet. However, with my help, not only will you be able to choose the best gaming headset, you will also become an avid gamer and audiophile yourself. Or, so I hope.

So, what is a headset? Or, to be more precise, a gaming headset?

One could lay it down as a combination of a headphone and a mic. However, there’s more to them.

Unlike mobile headsets, the purpose of a gaming headset is not to free your hands but to enhance your gaming experience by granting you peerless immersion into the world of the game and the ability to provide your own verbal input.

Do remember that while your headset can be a bottleneck, the other components of your gaming platform may, too, render it ineffective.

Always ensure that the system you build is balanced.

Why getting a gaming headset would be the best thing

First of all, let’s find out why you actually need a good headset for gaming. Perhaps, you were looking for headphones and stumbled on this article by accident? Well, good to be you then! =) You did good.

Seriously, though, a headset can be a great thing for gaming. And, what’s more important, not just for gaming.

If you’re just a casual player who doesn’t like the idea of spending all their time on gaming and thus buying dedicated gaming equipment, you should know that a headset can save you a lot of money in the future and will very likely prove convenient when you expect that least.

Let me explain the advantages of having a gaming headset more thoroughly and in an orderly fashion.

Gaming

Starting with gaming proper sounds like a sound idea. To begin with, let me state an obvious fact: some gamers consider a headset to be an inherent part of their experience. Not a headphone, a headset.

You’re may be interested in how exactly a headset can improve your experience. To answer that, all that boils down to two things: design and communication, of which the latter is probably more important. That said, design still plays its part and should not be dismissed.

Design

Design is important. It’s not just about the appearance. Gaming headsets may come with removable or retractable microphones, game controls, equalizer controls, additional comfort features, and their acoustic qualities will be optimized for gaming.

In fact, some of the best headsets and headphones for gaming come with their own sound cards!

Of course, appearance is still something to consider. It’s an open secret many gamers spend days modding their computers and consoles. When someone dedicates that much of their time on how cool their hardware looks, is it really that much of a stretch to assume they care about how their peripherals match? They have to be just as cool!

Communication

If design is the reason you should buy a gaming headset, communication is exactly the reason why you should buy a headset rather than a headphone. Remember how I said that many gamers consider the headset to be a part of gaming? Well, that also means they will expect you to have one. What happens if you don’t? That depends on how mature they are. But you should know they will be very surprised at least, and probably frustrated if you’re a teammate of theirs.

Speaking of which, how badly you need a headset depends on the kind of game you’re playing. In some of them, to refuse using a headset is to handicap yourself. In others, you could still get by but that would limit your experience.

MMORPG is an obvious example. Any MMORPG game is a multi-player game by definition, and communication is a requirement rather than an option. Although some methods of gameplay might render it unnecessary, that is beside the point as the same thing can be said of just about anything.

Depending on the RPG, you might not need headphones with flawless sound reproduction, which means you may very well buy a relatively cheap headset. As for the mic, all you need from it is to transduce the sound of your voice and then relay it. It may be imperfect, however, it is always better to pay attention to the headphones first and to the mic second.

Mind you, a good mic cannot be underestimated. Can you imagine what would happen if the player of the infamous Leeroy Jenkins had a different mic? Or no microphone at all? The horror! Thankfully, that wasn’t the case.
Non-RPG games with the possibility of interaction between gamers are often action-packed. Depending on the nature of most encounters, they can be quite heated. And while verbal communication is far less critical than in the case of RPGs, it’s still nice to have the ability to communicate and, who knows, maybe let off some steam.

When playing coop, the ability to communicate fast becomes an important factor once again, and to have a good mic in a situation like that is just as important as for an RPG. Otherwise, any headset would suffice for comfortable gaming. Such as Minecraft, you don’t really need top of the notch audio equipment to play it.

Recording a playthrough does not require that you have any kind of audio device. You can actually make a video of your game without connecting either headphones or speakers, just capture the audio feed directly into the video, and even though you can’t hear anything, the sound will be in your playthrough.

However, simply capturing every single frame of your game is not the way to make a good video. You will need to provide your own input.

Which is where the headset comes in.

That, of course, is rather obvious. The catch?

You need a very good microphone to create such videos. Not only that, it will be up to you to make your computer (or console) as silent as possible, otherwise even the best headset will still capture not just your commentary but also ambient noise. That’s not what we want, is it now?

Other

As useful as dedicated gaming hardware is for, well, gaming, it is not only good for annihilating virtual opponents. It is more useful for other tasks than you’d expect. And while it’s self-explanatory when it comes to the CPUs and GPUs, as well as SSDs and other hardware, let’s see how gaming audio equipment can enhance your experience in the other spheres, even though it can be less optimal than some of dedicated solutions.

Recording

Recording sound is the first thing for which some people might use the mic of their headset. I know I did that with my HyperX Cloud. If you’ve never used a mic on your computer before (sounds unlikely but who knows), this may very well become your introduction into the world of sound-recording, voice changers and sound effects. Feel free to play around, though it will take a while. You will probably discover that your microphone picks up the humming of your computer. Is there a way around that?

You can try using filtering programs to get rid of the noise, or you can get rid of the noise first by building a silent system. Also, make sure than the recording app doesn’t adjust the recording volume automatically, otherwise it may end up turning the volume up and up to pick up at least something, which is probably going to be noise.

If there is one thing many people agree on, it is this simple fact:

most webcams are not good when it comes to capturing sound.

Besides, that’s not what they are designed for, sound-capture is just a useless bonus, a feature people should only use when there’s no other option.

However, get a headset with a good mic, and you can use the camera to capture home videos. If your webcam is hi-res, the result will be comparable to what you’d get with a dedicated video and audio recording equipment.

Does it ring any bells? No? Well, recording a tutorial is almost the same thing as recording a walkthrough. The only major difference is how it’s done, and the importance of commentary is increased.

Essentially, tutorials are made to explain how to do something, and doing it with a voiceover is a better option than relying on subtitles.

The quality of the sound is of no concern for this task, however, please keep in mind that you are not going to use the headset exclusively for recording videos. If that’s the case, I advise that you just buy a good microphone, because it will probably be even better. But if there’s no reason to spend money on that, then a headset will do.

Much like with walkthroughs, it would be a good choice to buy a headset with a quality mic. However, don’t forget about the phones themselves!

Communication

Communication outside gaming may require even better equipment compared to what games demand. At least, when it comes to audio equipment. Why? Because when you’re gaming, you’re gaming. Talking to people is just a part of that process.

However, when communication is the goal, its quality becomes more important.

Which means you need to pay better attention to what you’re going to buy, although that depends on your situation. Typically, you can communicate either person to person, or broadcast for an audience.

A voice call is a good example of person-to-person communication. Truth to be told, if making voice calls is all you’re going to do, perhaps, you don’t need high-fidelity headphones and a flawless mic. As long as they are not junk, they should be a perfect match for your needs.

Granted, they will hardly be able to perform adequately when you require something beyond their capabilities. But just talking? When talking is all you do? They can handle that.

Any gamer’s headphones and headsets should be a good option for making voice calls.

Streaming is less demanding than creating videos but definitely more so than a voice call. Although everything is subjective. If you’re not counting on a very big audience, a poor mic will be the audience’s problem, not yours. Or not even a problem to begin with. If you’re doing it for fun, you should do it however you want and with whatever tools you want. That said, a headset with a sensitive quality mic would be a good boost.

There’s also another thing to consider. When hearing a headset, you will appear more professional, depending on its design and the nature of your broadcast. If you stream as you play, even the most flashy headsets are even better than a pair of high-fidelity headphones that may look solid but not cool or professional.

Why you might not need a headset

While a headset is a wonderful thing, it is only natural that some people might have no need for one. Even the most avid gamers. I should know, I met some. To each their own, and if you don’t need a headset, there’s not much I can do.

There’s one thing you should know. We’re not trying to sell you headsets or anything else. While we would really appreciate if you bought something through our links as that would help to keep us going, that’s not our primary concern. What we want is to make reviews. Not just any reviews, but the best ones, better than anything else you can find. We want you to get the best out of your experience. That’s why we want to consider all the possibilities and all consequences of a choice, no matter how superficial it would seem. And that’s why I’m trying to explore all the reason for someone to not buy a headset.

A headset is great for gaming. That much is true. But it isn’t always like that. Besides, to every rule, there is an exception.

If you find out that a headset is not exactly what you need, you may be better off with a pair of headphones. That way you will save you some money and still get to enjoy gaming.

Single Player Gaming

If you play single-player games, there is actually no reason for you to use a headset. Well, unless game developers come up with AIs capable of processing natural speech, that is. But we have a long way to go until that happens.

For the time being, if you play alone, you don’t need a mic. Ergo, you don’t need a headset.

It’s really that simple. The best way to save money and get everything you can is to not but things you don’t actually need.

Multiplayer

What about multiplayer games, then? MMORPGs and other games? Surely, one would need a headset to enjoy them to the fullest?

Well, yes, but not exactly.

While it’s true for many gamers, for most of them, even, there are still circumstances where it will not be true for some of them. And that may include you.

Multiplayer games encourage communication. However, they do not enforce it. That’s the beauty of it. Some people just don’t appreciate all the opportunities a game can offer, and that’s perfectly fine. After all, a game is not a job to do, and you should play the way you want.

But if you don’t know yet if you need a headset or not, let me lay out some of the reasons other people have to content themselves with a pair of headphones.

There are quite a few lone wolves when it comes to MMORPGs. I used to be one when playing SWTOR. I didn’t do any PvP or Co-op, and so I didn’t even need my keyboard, only my gamepad, – because I just wasn’t planning to talk to people. And, of course, I wasn’t planning to actually speak.

There are many people for whom it is the only way to play. As such, they have zero reason to use a headset rather than a pair of nice headphones. Why would they? There will be no opportunity to actually use that mic. Spending extra money to get one would be wasteful.

Let’s be honest, a language barrier doesn’t look like a big problem. Surely, even though there are some online games that do not extend to English-speaking communities, there are very few of them. Most of the games do have a lot of people who speak English, and it wouldn’t be wise to make choices based on the exceptions.

But what if your first language is not English?

That’s a valid question, actually. Yes, you’re reading these words right now. But, well, that’s exactly what you’re doing, you’re reading them. How confident are you that you can speak it? Can you speak it? From what I know, for most of those who learn English as a foreign language the process of learning the language is text-based. No problem reading or writing, but once they get to the actual language, problems might emerge. You might find out you can’t actually understand your teammates and they have trouble understanding you.

If you believe something like that can easily happen to you, a headset doesn’t have to be your first choice.

That said, a headset may be invaluable for practicing your speaking skills.

“Why would I want to talk to people I don’t know?”

That’s all some people have to say about voice chats in online games. And they actually have a point. It all depends on who populates the chat. More often than not, it some kids, and if you’re an adult, well, talking back to them doesn’t sound all that exciting. Besides, kids or no kids, voice chats often have little point, and sometimes, things people say are just stupid. If you, too, think like that, why would you need a headset to talk to them? Instead, you can just use the headphones, and be done with it.

Practical reasons

If you’re not a gamer in the first place but just want to get some high-grade gaming equipment (because it’s better), perhaps, you should think things through more carefully. Do you really need a headset? Why not headphones? Those are hardly worse and, depending on your needs, will probably be even better.

Sure, it’s good to have both. But do you need to? That is the question.

If there is one thing that ultimately distinguishes headsets from headphones, it’s their price. Headsets will always be more expensive. After all, they come with a mic.

Now, it’s not hard to find a headset cheaper than a pair of headphones. But that doesn’t mean anything. Even if you find a headset for the exact same price as headphones, it probably has subpar quality.

Of course, the difference isn’t that great but if you don’t feel like spending extra ten dollars or something, it would be better to get headphones.
Sometimes, headphones are just better. No matter the quality of a gaming headset, it’s made for gaming first and foremost. They are not made for the clearest sound and do not come with sound enhancing systems.

You can easily find high fidelity in headphones for music but not so easily in a gaming headset. Although many of them get close enough. There are also other features to consider, such as noise isolation.

The manufacturers of gaming headsets have to conform to certain guidelines dictated by the needs of the average gamer. Those needs and the needs of non-gamers do not necessarily overlap.

What if you will need a mic in the future after all

If you don’t have a need for capturing sound now, it would serve little purpose to get a headset just because such a need might arise in the future. A headset is used to capture and transduce sound, true, but it’s far from the optimum choice.

A headset is not the only way to capture sound. In fact, there are better ways to do that.

An actual mic might prove better than a build-in mic of a headset. Its only purpose is to transduce sound waves. For a headset, such a function is supplementary.

Why not get a professional microphone if a need for a mic does arise in the future? Then there is the fact a headset mic just doesn’t cut it when it comes to sound recording. You may find out that you need a pro microphone, a windshield and a pop shield. If the sole reason you got a gaming headset rather than headphones is that you expected that it would help you with sound recording in the future, you will be disappointed.

A headphone microphone can be used for sound recording. But that shouldn’t be the reason for you to buy it. Get a professional microphone if that’s what you want.

Associated Equipment

Let’s assume you’re an average gamer. You don’t really have any unreasonable demands, and you know you want a headset, not a sub in the form of headphones. Does that mean that it’s all you need? Maybe.

Or, maybe, you need more than that, if only to unlock the headset’s full potential.

There’s one thing we need to remember. A gaming headset is to be connected to a PC or a gaming console. The headset can be a bottleneck, of course, but it’s just as likely for your gaming system (or even something else) to be one.

Cables

First of all, not everyone needs and extension cable for their gaming headset.

Reason One: sometimes, it’s just not needed.

Reason Two: the headset came with a cable included. It doesn’t mean the cable will be perfect, but it should be more than decent at the very least.

Sounds simple, but it can be quite tricky. You see, a headset is usually connected to the gaming system via an analog port. Which means, the length of the cable, the material it is made from and its connectors’ field of contact can be crucial for the quality of sound. Gold-plated contacts are believed to be best, and for a good reason. It’s not because gold is very conductive. It’s because it does not corrode.

Contrary to what you may be thinking, an extension cable is not a trivial thing.

If you’re using a digital port, however, there’s no need to worry about that.

Sound Cards

Although it’s not a concern for most console players, those who use PC should consider this problem.

A headset is but the last link in the chain. It does not generate sound by itself, all it does is transduce the signal. The sound card is what handles the actual digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversion.

The soundcard is what is ultimately responsible for the quality of sound when it comes to computers. There are several types of them.

PCI soundcards are some of the most popular ones out there. It is the only way to enhance your onboard sound. The standard sound you can get is often 2.1, but with a PCI soundcard, you can easily use a surround system, such as 5.1 or 7.1. Although that shouldn’t be a problem if you’re concerned about a headset.

As a rule, the onboard audio suffices for gaming. However, if the sound your system produces leaves much to be desired, you should consider purchasing a mid-range PCI soundcard.

A USB soundcard is exactly what the name suggests. But it’s not something I would recommend for a gaming system. At least, it shouldn’t be your number one choice if your PC has the basic specs.

Some people believe USB soundcards are intended for systems without onboard audio or with a low-quality one. That is not true, strictly speaking. There are plenty of USB sound cards made specifically for optimal performance. That being said, some of USB cards are indeed intended to provide at least some sound.

But it’s not the reason I believe a USB card is less optimal than a dedicated PCI card. In fact, a dedicated PCI card occupies a PCI slot you could use for your graphics card. The real reason is simple.

A USB card is too easy to remove. If you’re a gamer, you know how enthusiastic you can be when playing. A USB card can be removed by accident. And that’s not good.

Asus Z170M PLUS It’s nice to have good audio. It’s even nicer to have zero slots occupied for that, so that you could install all your extension cards and hook up all the devices without worrying about running one slot short. What’s the best way to ensure that? Get a motherboard with high quality audio!

Now, we can’t be here all day reviewing things that aren’t headsets. But I’m willing to make a single exception.

There are many MBs that come with high-quality sound. I personally use an Asus Z170M PLUS. And have no need for a sound card any longer. My onboard audio is better than I hoped it would be. The motherboard comes with audio shielding, Japanese-made audio capacitors, and dedicated audio printed circuit board layers. That’s what the specs say. I’m going to say just one thing: the sound is terrific!

Build your system wisely, and there will be no need for crutches!

Wired vs. Wireless Connect

I would love to say it’s an old debate, if only to sound more pompous and important, but it’s really not. Many gamers never even think about it. Why would they? How can something like that important?

Truth to be told, it’s mostly because people are railroaded into buying wired headsets. But it doesn’t mean there’s a reason for that.

There are many wired headsets for gaming and quite a few wireless ones. There are practical reasons for buying a headset with a cord, but they aren’t always applicable.

If there is a difference between a wired and wireless connect, it’s their quality. It is safe to assume that a wired connect will always be better than a wireless connect, all things considered. On the other hand, it doesn’t mean a wireless headset is inherently worse. It can still provide adequate quality and, in fact, be a better than a wired headset.

It is wrong to assume a wireless connect can only provide poor sound quality. But it’s true that their sound quality is inconsistent even when it’s very high.

The problem with wireless headsets and headphones is that the sound can be intermittent. That means the level of sound simply cannot be consistent, unlike with wired headphones.

However, the quality of sound may not be the most important thing when it comes to gaming headsets.

The safety of wireless transmissions is not what we’re going to talk about. This is a controversial subject, and there’s still no evidence cell phones and Bluetooth transceivers may cause tumors or even impact health in any way, including a negative way. There are also many skeptical people, and the question of electromagnetic radiation is yet to be cleared.

No, the safety we’re talking about is about two things: security problems and danger a cord may pose.

Let’s be frank, even if the connection is encrypted, the nature of transmitted data makes on-the-fly transcoding very inefficient. Furthermore, such transcoding is bound to make the sound quality worse.

Everything you hear can be intercepted by a malevolent individual. What even more important, the same exact thing applies to everything you say, and that’s a very real concern if we’re talking about headsets. If you’re sharing sensitive information with someone, you may unknowingly let someone into your conversation. The consequences may be disastrous.

Then there are the dangers of wired headsets. Admittedly, it’s actually very low-risk. But still, we can’t just dismiss that.

The main risk a wire presents is that you can easily knock over something you by no means should. Like a lamp or a something else. While not particularly hazardous, it may be dangerous depending on your situation.

It is also possible to strangle oneself with the headset wire, but you must be very enthusiastic, unlucky or foolish to end up like that.

Now, it’s time to talk about utility. There’s nothing particularly functional about either wired or wireless headsets. Both serve the same purpose, and have same uses and shortcomings. With one exception: wired headsets are restricting. Wireless ones never are, or at least, not to the same extent. And even when they do limit your ability to move around, it’s because the signal degrades, so you simply have to keep the distance in mind.

But a wired headset literally chains you to your gaming system.

It easy to say “wired” or “wireless.” But it’s not as simple as that.

There are many standards and many connectors. Every one was implemented for a specific task. Since you need a gaming headset, most of these standards are really no relevant, especially the obsolete ones. However, if you’re not just a gamer but, perhaps, an audiophile or a musician, then you need find out as much as you can about not just the mainstream sockets but also less popular ones.

Wired Connectors

There are a few standard sockets when it comes to modern audio. Even less if we’re talking about gaming. That said, while some of them are more popular than others, it doesn’t mean the less popular ones are not used at all.

Some of the connectors are compatible with each other, specifically, tip-ring-sleeve connectors (i.e. TS, TRS, TRRS and TRRRS). Do note that some combinations might cause problems with your audio equipment, and it’s best to avoid them.

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The tip-sleeve connector comprises of only two conductors. It is incapable of carrying stereophonic signal because of that. However, it serves its purpose. You are unlikely to find a headset with this connector, as it cannot offer stereophonic sound or be used both at microphone level and speaker level. However, if you settle for monophonic headphones, you may find some a decent product that comes with a TS connector, as unlikely as it is.

Most audio equipment is stereophonic and uses the TRS socket at minimum.

2.5 mm jack

The 2.5 mm TS connector is not common. However, it is used with communication equipment sometimes. That includes phones and CB radio. No headsets, sorry. Not nearly popular enough for that. But if you’re building your own system, you should keep it in mind, so that you don’t use something really obscure, like this jack. I’m just joking, of course, but still…

3.5 mm jack

The 3.5 mm TS jack is slightly more popular than its 2.5 mm counterpart, however, “slightly” is the key word here. But since it utilizes the 3.5 socket, it’s still compatible with the 3.5 mm TRS jack. However, you may find out that the length of your male TS connector is not the same as that of the male TRS connector. If that is the case, there might be some compatibility problems.

The TRS connection is the most popular type of audio interface. It can provide stereo sound, and it can transduce sound from a stereo mic. Technically, a single TRS connector also allows you to use a monophonic headset, however, it is not as simple as it sounds. On the other hand it is not very complicated, either. Headsets often come with two TRS connectors, one for the earpieces and one for the mic. That way, you get to enjoy perfect stereo sound while still using a mic.

3.5 mm jack

The 3.5 mm TRS plug is the most popular audio connector when it comes to PCs and gaming systems. Many mobile phones have it. You know what I’m talking about. There is no way you don’t know that. And that’s a good thing. Since it’s the most popular connector, you will definitely recognize it at the first glance. Gaming headsets come with two TRS connectors, with color-coded insulator rings. The green color is for headphones, and pinks stands for “mic.”

6.35 mm jack

The 6.35 jack connector still exists to this day. However, while they’re still around and quite popular at that, it’s not gaming headsets where you are going to find them.

The 6.35 mm jack is mostly used in music instruments, such as electric guitars, electric cellos, keyboards and other things like that. Although there is not guarantee that they do not come the 3.5 mm jack instead.

The TRRS jack is very popular when it comes to mobile headsets. The same cannot be said about gaming. But still, they exist. It is not unusual for a gaming headset to come with a set of splitters, cables and combiners. The latter usually have two 3.5 mm TRS mother jacks and one male 3.5 mm TRRS jack. A must if you want to use your gaming headset with your phone.

Be advised, however, there is more than one standard for TRRS connectors! The may differ in length.

The TRRRS jack is rather rare, but it is still used. Since it comes with five conductors, it allows for bidirectional stereo, which means, you can use a stereo mic as well as a pair of stereo headphones. But it’s pointless, unless you have a stereo mic, which you won’t if you buy a headset. And most sound cards will not support this connector anyway.

As of 2017, there are not many appliances that utilize the five conductor jack.

Some people might argue that the RCA jack is not designed for carrying audio signal. In reality, that is simply not true. You know this if you have a PlayStation console.

The RCA jack was originally designed in the early 1940s by the Radio Corporation of America, which is where the name comes from. These days, RCA connectors are indeed used for audio-visual signal, but they are also utilized in component audio systems. High-fidelity speakers sometimes comes with RCA stereo plugs, and it is not unusual to encounter sound cards with RCA sockets, particularly the ones that support the S/PIDF interface.

But when it comes to headsets, the standard RCA jack is not nearly as popular.

Now we are getting close to home! The Universal Serial Bus. Something we’re all familiar with. That’s how we connect our keyboards, our webcams, our everything. And that’s includes some headsets.

Indeed, doesn’t it make perfect sense, to use an already digital interface as an audio connection? As a matter of fact, it does. USB headsets often have some “smart” features, such as noise removal. It is possible because a USB headset is not just an audio transducing device. It is a digital appliance capable of processing audial data.

Unfortunately, most gaming headset utilize analog interfaces. The USB interface is perfect for “smart” audio transcoding, which is why it is often found in professional headsets, but it is often suboptimal as far as gaming is concerned.

The only exception is when the USB connection is used to connect a wireless headset. Now that’s something that is not rare at all

Unlike every type of connectors already described above, the TOSLINK is an optical fiber connector. But it doesn’t mean it’s something completely new. No. The TOSLINK connector utilizes the S/PIDF interface, the same system that interfaces with the RCA connector.

It is unnecessary to use the TOSLINK connector if you’re using a headset. In fact, I doubt it’s actually easy to find a headset that has a TOSLINK plug as its integral part, to begin with.

But the adaptors and controllers that come with headsets are very likely to use it. The PlayStation Platform utilizes the optical RCA connector, which is why any headset designed for use with PS must be equipped with either an adapter or a controller compatible with this connector.

There are more obsolete and obscure connectors, but it is safe to assume you will never encounter them, unless you’re an audiophile or happened to stumble upon a sellout of particularly obscure audio equipment. It is not impossible to find them, but it’s definitely hard to do so on accident, when looking for a gaming headset.

Wireless standards

Now that we’ve dealt with wired connection interfaces, it’s finally time to turn to the wireless standards. It’s a good thing there aren’t too many of them. At least, as long as those that are actually in use are considered.

Since there are not very many of them, it won’t take us long to cover them all. Do note that not all of these interfaces can actually be an optimum choice for a headset. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a headset equipped with some of them.

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The IR interface is one of the most cumbersome interfaces I can think of. Nevertheless, underwater optical communication actually utilize IR light as well as visible light for short-range voice communication. Visible LEDs are actually more popular. But gamers?

While there are IR headphones, and IR headsets are not very hard to come by, the nature and effective distance of optical interfaces such as this one makes them unreliable. You should expect the signal to be intermittent, very much so.

The Bluetooth interface is yet another interface we’re all familiar with. A for a good reason, too. The Bluetooth interface is compatible with such devices as mobile phones, PCs and gaming consoles.

Doesn’t that ring any bells?

Indeed, you need a headset for gaming, and you want a wireless one, it’s going to be a Bluetooth headset. With how popular it is, there’s literally zero risk of compatibility problems.

To enable communication with Bluetooth devices, the gaming console or the PC must either come with a BT module, or be equipped with a BT dongle. It usually has the same dimensions as a flash drive and uses the USB interface as well.

The WiFi technology has enough bandwidth to allow for perfect audio transcoding. Unfortunately, it is mostly a networking interface, and such a connection may have compatibility problems. While WiFi headsets are not an impossibility, they are still quite suboptimal when it comes to gaming.

It is best to limit the usage of WiFi to what it is designed for, namely, networking.

The other wireless standards have little impact on headsets in general and especially gaming headsets. But that doesn’t mean all of them are obsolete or obscure. For instance, the DECT standard is considered the most secure interface for wireless phones. It’s fast, allows for high-quality sound, and, what’s even more important, it is very secure. No need to worry about someone listening in. But it’s not standard for gaming headsets, and there’s nothing we can do about that. That being said, some of headsets suitable for gaming do utilize the DECT standard.

Best Headsets 2017

Universal wireless headsets for gaming

Sennheiser MB 660 UC – Phone, PC and old PS and XboxThe MB 660 UC is a very reliable and sophisticated headset. To say it’s decent is to say nothing. But everything comes at a price, and this Sennheiser headset is no exception. It is good, more than good, but it’s also a lot more expensive than an average high-quality headset. And that’s its biggest downside. I know I wouldn’t want to pay several hundred dollars for a headset, I doubt many people would either.

Of course, its price isn’t something pulled out of thin air, there is a reason it is as expensive as it is.

First of all, the headset battery can last up to 30 hours.

Compared to the average maximum of only 10 hours, this is more than impressive. A day comprises of only 24 hours. We need at least 6 hours of sleep a night (I’m told that’s not healthy and we need more sleep, but let’s go with 6 hours here).

That means, you have almost two full days of uninterrupted wireless connection.

Of course, it is not impossible to exhaust the battery. But even if you do that, the audio cable that comes with the headset can be easily connected to it. Even though you no longer will be able to stay wireless, you will at least be connected. And let’s not forget we’re talking about 30 hours of uptime here, that’s how long you have to stay online before you need to switch to the cable—and stay online after that anyway.

So what else is special?

The MB 660 UC comes with an active noise cancelation system. That’s far more efficient than any passive noise reduction measures.

How does it work? The headset monitors the environment and cancels detected noise, including wind noise. Sounds simple, but the technology behind that is anything but.

Such technology can often be found in tactical and pilot’s headsets. It is rarely included in headsets for leisure activities, such as gaming, as it makes the product more expensive.

Sennheiser MB 660 UC – Phone, PC and old PS and XboxAlthough the MB 660 UC is not a dedicated gaming headset, it can be freely used as such. Being a general-purpose headset, it was designed for cell phone users, and the on-ear media controls reflect that. You can answer or end a call, hold it or reject it. Not something you would need during a gaming session. Just like the WindSafe technology isn’t.

The TalkThrough Technology, on the other hand, has its merits, although it’s not worth spending money on if you don’t need it really badly. It allows you to keep track of what’s happening around you without removing the headset itself. A good thing if you want to hear someone calling you when you’re immersed in your game.

The sound quality is more than good, as expected of a Sennheiser headset. But it’s not just about the crystal clear sound. The Room Experience feature is capable of creating the impression of speaking to a person face to face.

The SpeakFocus technology utilizes three microphones. That allows for filtering ambient noise out while focusing on your voice. But while awesome, this feature is redundant for most gamers.

All in all, the MB 660 UC is a business-grade product. Designed for use with cellphones, it utilizes the Bluetooth technology, which should make it compatible with Xbox 360 and PS3. And it does come with a USB dongle, however, it will be not compatible with gaming consoles as it is designed for use with a PC.

This headset was not yet tested on either Xbox or PlayStation consoles. While it should work with them in theory, it is not a gamer’s product by design. You should only expect it to work on PC or with your Bluetooth-equipped mobile device.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

227 g / 8 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear In-Line

Voice Prompts

EN, DE, FR, ES, ZH, JA, RU, KO

Package weight

618 g / 21.8 oz

Ear Cups

Pillow-soft, leather-padded ear-shaped

Connection

wireless / wired

Product Class

Business Grade


Frequency Response

17 – 23,000 Hz

Rich Bass

No

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

High

EQ Settings

Yes

THD

<0.5% (1kH, 100dB)

On-Ear Controls

📞/📞■, 📞×, 📞❚❚, 🔇/🔈, 📞🔁, ▶/❚❚, ⏭, 🔊/🔉


Frequency Response

150 – 6,800 Hz

Mic Type

An array of 3 digital MEMS mics

Noise-canceling

ANC Hybrid Adaptive System: 4 dedicated mics

Sound Quality

Moderate, enhanced to ultra-high for voice capture

Voice Enhancement

SpeakFocus™

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Built-In


Battery Time

up to 30 hours

Standby Time

up to 15 days

Charging Time

up to 3 hours

Standard

Bluetooth 4.2

AVRCP

v1.6

Range

up to 25 meters / 82 feet

Transmitter

BTD 800 USB ML PC dongle

Xbox 360 Compatible

Theoretically, not tested

Xbox One Compatible

Not supported

PlayStation 3 Compatible

Theoretically, not tested

PlayStation 4 Compatible

Not supported

PC Compatible

Yes, via supplied PC dongle

Mobile Compatible

Yes


Analog Cable

4 pole Cable with 2.5 mm and 3.5 mm jack

Digital Cable

USB cable with a microUSB connector

Sound Card

Not available

Audio Connector

Singular TRRS connector

In-Line Controls

📞/📞■

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

In-flight Dual TS Adaptor

Xbox 360 Ready

Direct access to audio not supported; adaptor or splitter required

Xbox One Ready

Partially; Gamepad with a 3.5 mm port required

PlayStation 3 Ready

Partially; adaptor or splitter required

PlayStation 4 Ready

Yes, via PS4-supplied Dualshock 4 gamepad

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


The SteelSeries H Wireless is a dedicated gaming headset. What does it mean for us, gamers? To start with, the problem of compatibility is a problem no longer.

Steelseries have thought of the typical compatibility issues with such gaming consoles as Xbox and PlayStation. Full cross-platform compatibility is one of their selling points.

The included transmitter can be easily connected to directly to the console. If you use PlayStation, you will get to enjoy the best quality of sound there is, because the headset comes with an optical RCA cable. And the box has five more cables: USB, power, analog, mobile, and chat. The last three ones are standard 3.5 mm jack plugs.

Most of these cables are connected to the transmitter, which also doubles as an audio controlling device.

The chat cable, however, can be used to connect the headset directly to a wireless controller.

It may seem like a huge inconvenience, especially for new gamers, however, this audio Xbox configuration allows using the headset for specifically for chatting.

The headset comes with two hot-swappable Li-Ion batteries. While the wording on the websites of some online stores websites may imply that this allows uninterrupted gaming, that is not the case.

The headset does require only one battery to run, but it can only accommodate a single battery. The “hot-swappable” system means you can replace the battery quickly, in some ten seconds. But those ten seconds (or more) will be a very real interruption.

SteelSeries H Wireless Gaming Headset - Uni

Not that this is a big concern, as the headset is supposed to last up to 20 hours. That, of course, is the most optimistic evaluation, however, you can safely count on at least 12-14 hours. It is unlikely that your gaming session will last any longer, at least, not without other interruptions.

What happens to the exhausted battery? You can recharge it in the USB controller as you play! That means, you can play 24/7, but that’s definitely not something I would recommend. It’s simply dangerous for your health.

This product is not without its shortcomings. While a wireless headsets, it does not utilize the Bluetooth technology to establish connection. That does nothing to undermine your gameplay, the connection will be secure and the sound will be perfect. However, you will not be able to connect your headset to Bluetooth devices wirelessly. Your only two options include either using the mobile cable to connect the headset, or connect the transmitter. Seeing that the last option requires access to the power grid, it’s even less convenient than using the wires.

The product is still usable with phones and tablets, but its usability will be severely limited.

SteelSeries H Wireless Gaming Headset - UniThat said, it’s a gaming headset, and its limited compatibility should not be a concern. If you buy this product for gaming, there will be nothing to worry about. The only notable exception is the price. It’s fairly high for a headset like this. On the other hand, if we take into consideration the sound clarity, the microphone clarity and frequency response, the sheer comfort the ear pads can provide, and the rich bass system, the price doesn’t really look all that terrible. The real question is if you really need this particular headset. Cross-compatibility is great, but the optical connector, for instance, is redundant if you do not appreciate the quality it can give—or simply don’t have a port to connect the transmitter to.

Admittedly, a part of the price comprises of the price of the transmitter. It, too, has some extra functions, such as equalizer and controls. Considering the fact it can also double as a sound card when connected via the USB interface, it is only expected that this headset becomes something only the most avid (or rich) gamers are ready to purchase.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

318 g / 11 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear & Transmitter Controls

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

1.27 kg / 2.8 lb

Ear Cups

Circumaural pillow-soft cups, padded with faux-leather

Connection

wireless / wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Headset


Frequency Response

20-20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Surround Sound/Stereo

Sound Quality

High

EQ Settings

No

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

🔇/🔈, 🔊/🔉,🎧/🎧×


Frequency Response

100-10,000 Hz

Mic Type

Mono, unidirectional

Noise-canceling

No

Sound Quality

No

Voice Enhancement

Unidirectional Pickup Pattern

Mic Sensitivity

-44 dB

Mic Placement

Retractable


Battery Time

20 hours

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

N/A

Standard

Wireless 2.4 GHz

AVRCP

N/A

Range

up to 12 meters / 40 feet

Transmitter

SteelSeries Siberia 800 Transmitter

Xbox 360 Compatible

Yes

Xbox One Compatible

Yes

PlayStation 3 Compatible

Yes

PlayStation 4 Compatible

Yes

PC Compatible

Yes

Mobile Compatible

No


Analog Cable

2 4-pole cables with 3.5 mm jack

Digital Cable

USB cable with a microUSB connector, optical RCA cable

Sound Card

SteelSeries Siberia 800 Transmitter

Audio Connector

Three 3.5. mm cables, optical RCA cable

In-Line Controls

Transmitter controls w/visual feedback

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

SteelSeries Siberia 800 Transmitter

Xbox 360 Ready

Yes

Xbox One Ready

Yes

PlayStation 3 Ready

Yes

PlayStation 4 Ready

Yes

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


You can purchase one of two versions of this product. If you prefer the wired version or have no need for the wireless mode, you can follow this link and getter a cheaper headset with the same basic qualities. However, the wired version is inferior to the wireless one in the opinion of this reviewer. If you want a good wired headset, it would be better to scroll down and pick one.

Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless 7.1 Surround

Now that this interruption is behind us, let’s proceed with the review. The G933 Artemis Spectrum is a gamer’s product through and through. Every little detail has been taken care of. Everything that matters for a gamer has been accounted for. And that means not just the quality of sound, but also the very design and appearance.

Although according to the manufacturer’s website the headset is best compatible with PC, it can be used with Xbox and PlayStation as well, although an adaptor sold separately may be required. As a matter of fact, this headset can be used with just about any device with analog input and output. And, yes, that includes your phone.

But even though this headset can be used with your phone, it doesn’t mean you should use it that way. That’s not what it’s designed for, and that is not how you exploit its potential.

The first thing that draws attention when you activate the headset is its RGB LED lighting. The word “RGB” doesn’t just mean the ear cups have several colors. By “RGB,” we mean the entirety of the RGB spectrum, and that is more than 16 million colors. You can pick any color you want, and it will be there. By combining this huge variety of colors with a set of custom tag, you will have an almost infinite potential of expressing yourself.

The sound quality is astounding. It wouldn’t be inaccurate to call them audiophile-grade. The headset is also capable of providing 7.1 sound, however, the best you can expect with gaming consoles is stereo. I am sorry to tell you this, but in order to make the surround sound work, you will need a PC running Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 or Windows 7. This headset is not fully supported on Windows XP. You need to install Logitech Gaming Software in order to have surround sound, and it can only run on so many operating systems.

Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless 7.1 SurroundThe frequency range of the microphone is amazing as well. Although its lower cut-off frequency is 100 Hz, it’s perfectly usable for frequencies up to 20,000 Hz. That allows not just capturing your voice, but also a lot of other sounds, including music. The imposed limit of 100 Hz does mean some things will be lost, however, it also ensures no ambient noise typical for a working computer will be picked up, thus eliminating a need to remove it.

The headset utilizes a wireless adapter for connection, and it operates at the standard frequency of 2.4 GHz. Do note that using the wireless connection is the only way to enjoy 7.1 sound. Using the audio cable means you are limited to stereo. Which means, this headset has more than one bottleneck, but it’s one that is more common than many might realize. Surround sound is not very easy to implement.

The USB adaptor is capable of mixing different signals. That means, you will be able to use several devices at once. Never miss your phone calls!

The on-ear controls are more versatile than one might think. Aside from the controls for powering the headset on and off, muting and unmuting and volume controls, it also has three programmable buttons. What to do with them, is entirely up to you.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

820 g / 1.8 lb

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear Controls

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

950 g / 2.1 lb

Ear Cups

Circumaural sports mesh breathable earcups

Connection

wireless / wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Headset


Frequency Response

20-20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Surround Sound/Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

Preset and custom audio profiles

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

🔇/🔈, 🔊/🔉,🎧/🎧×, 3 programmabel G-buttons


Frequency Response

100-20,000 Hz

Mic Type

Mono, unidirectional

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Excellent

Voice Enhancement

Unidirectional Pickup Pattern

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Foldaway


Battery Time

up to 12 hours

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

3.5 hours

Standard

Wireless 2.4 GHz

AVRCP

N/A

Range

up to 20 meters / 65 feet

Transmitter

Logitech G933 Transmitter

Xbox 360 Compatible

Yes

Xbox One Compatible

Yes

PlayStation 3 Compatible

Yes

PlayStation 4 Compatible

Yes

PC Compatible

Yes

Mobile Compatible

No


Analog Cable

3.5mm analog cable

Digital Cable

USB cable with a microUSB connector

Sound Card

Logitech G933 Transmitter

Audio Connector

3.5 TRRS cable

In-Line Controls

N/A

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

Logitech G933 Transmitter

Xbox 360 Ready

Yes

Xbox One Ready

Yes

PlayStation 3 Ready

Partially; adaptor or splitter required

PlayStation 4 Ready

Yes, via PS4-supplied Dualshock 4 gamepad

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


Wireless Headsets for PC

Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3D and Omega Wireless Headset

While it’s one of the best PC gaming headset, it would definitely not be my first choice. But, who knows, perhaps, for you it will be more suitable. I still believe the other headsets presented here are even better.

A cross platform device, the Omega headset bundle is best suited for PC. It doesn’t mean it can’t work with gaming consoles, in fact, it is compatible with Xbox 360 and Xbox One, as well as PS3 and PS4. However, there are better options when it comes to both Xbox and PS, and this headset performs best as a dedicated PC device, not that it is one.

You can only achieve best performance on Intel-based machines. At least, when it comes to surround sound. Otherwise, the headset performs well enough with other platforms, especially in wireless mode, via the transmitter.

The design of this headset (and the USB adapter) is quite interesting, but it’s also somewhat lacking and uninspiring. It doesn’t look classical enough due to the glossy SoundBlaster tags on the ear cups, but it fails to deliver a more modern touch. I would consider the overall design as a failure if it weren’t for several things.

First, it is not exactly a complete failure. The headset does look quite nice. It’s just that it isn’t classy enough or sporty enough, it is a mix of both, and it’s not exactly its selling point.

Second, the style of the receiver is quite balanced to call it elegant. It is simply perfect. Too bad the receiver, while critical, is not what attracts the eye first. But still, it’s both stylish, and the style resonates well enough with that of the headset itself, so there’s that.

Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3D and Omega Wireless HeadsetApart from a nice appearance, the transmitter is compact and easy to use. It is equipped with a number of controls, including a mode switch, which makes configuring Xbox and PS audio setups easier. Of course, it would be better if he USB adapter could detect the type of gaming console and auto-switch accordingly, but you can’t have everything, and especially not a for a relatively modest price.

The best thing about this headset, in my humble opinion, is the Scout Mode. Too bad it will only realably work on PC, but that’s the reason it should be a PC headset rather than a general purpose one.

You may be wondering what the Scout Mode is.

It’s not complicated.

When you’re playing any action-packed game, relying on visual data is not sufficient. You can’t exactly feel or smell things, at least, not unless you’re using a very sophisticated gaming rig. That means, your second useful sense is hearing. Even stereo proves useful since you can detect from where the sound comes. Surround sound is even better, as it makes sneakning up on you nearly impossible, you will be ablt to locate where the sound comes from easily. The Scout Mode is a nice supplement for surround sound. It enhances your digital hearing. You hear sound that come from a greater distance. Your hearing becomes more acute without overwhelming you.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

N/A

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear & Transmitter Controls

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

1.130 kg / 2.5 lb

Ear Cups

Pillow-soft, leather-padded circumaural cushions

Connection

wireless / wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Headset


Frequency Response

N/A

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Surround Sound

Sound Quality

Good

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

🔇/🔈, 🔊/🔉,🎧/🎧×


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Mono

Noise-canceling

CrystalVoice Active Noise Reduction

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

CrystalVoice Voice Enhancement And Clarity Technology

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Detachable


Battery Time

N/A

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

N/A

Standard

Wireless 2.4 GHz

AVRCP

N/A

Range

N/A

Transmitter

3D Surround Sound Processor

Xbox 360 Compatible

Yes

Xbox One Compatible

Yes

PlayStation 3 Compatible

Yes

PlayStation 4 Compatible

Yes

PC Compatible

Yes

Mobile Compatible

No


Analog Cable

No

Digital Cable

2 USB cables with a microUSB connector; optical RCA cable

Sound Card

3D Surround Sound Processor

Audio Connector

Optical cable

In-Line Controls

🔇/🔈, 🔊/🔉,Scout Mode

Cable length

1.5 m / 4.92 ft (USB); 1.6 m / 5.25 ft (USB); 1m / 3.28 ft (optical)

Adaptors

3D Surround Sound Processor

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

No

Mobile Ready

No


Logitech Wireless Headset H760 – GP, works with PC

As far as gaming headsets go, this one is far from the most immersive. Due to the behind-the-ears design, they may feel very different from what you are used to.

It makes perfect sense, the headset H760 is not a dedicated product. It is a general purpose headset, which can be used for gaming. However, your ability to do so depends on what kind of gaming platform you use. If it’s an Xbox or a PlayStation, you really should look for something else. It’s always better to get dedicated gaming headsets if you use a dedicated gaming console, anyway. But if you only use a PC or a Mac? Well, then this product begins to look more attractive.

And since we’re looking for the best PC headset, the fact it is hardly compatible with Xbox and PS doesn’t really matter. It’s not good, but it’s also irrelevant.

People do use this headset for gaming. Why not? After all, even ear buds can be someone’s choice, so why not a general purpose headset that has a very low latency?

Logitech Wireless Headset H760 – GP, works with PCUnfortunately, Logitech, as usual, is not very prone to divulge specifications of their products. For the time being, very little is known about the precise sound qualities of the product. But, speaking subjectively, it’s very good. The maximum quality of audio is 48 kHz. Admittedly, it tells us nothing of harmonic distortions or the available frequency range, but even this is enough to conclude the sound is indeed objectively good and our testers were not deluded into thinking it’s good when it’s not.

The behind-the-ears design is the main selling point of its headset, but also its biggest weakness. Not too many people are interested in such a design to begin with, and those that are would rather purchase a gaming headset of the same design. But then there is the fact this headset is very minimalistic. The high quality of sound, combined with noise-reducing high-quality mic makes this headset attractive to casual gamers, mostly. It’s one of the best options for people who prefer to spend more time working, rather than gaming. What’s the point of purchasing a dedicated gaming headset when you can purchase a headset suitable both for office work, listening to music and gaming as well?

Logitech Wireless Headset H760 – GP, works with PCHowever, for those gamers who spend hours playing this would be rather bad a choice. The dignified design is of very little value for gaming. On the contrary, it might actually prove a disadvantage, simply because it doesn’t look cool enough. In fact, the headset can be rather hard to notice. It was designed as discreet, after all.

The on-ear controls reflect its nature as a media headset. You will not find there any phone call-related buttons, but some of them are meant for Windows Media Player. That would hardly be useful in a game, but the mute and volume control is a good start.

Incidentally, the way mic mute control is implemented is nothing short of ingenious. All you have to do is to tilt it away, and there you go, your mic is muted.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

300 g / 10.7 oz

Wearing Style

Behind the ears

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear Controls

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

430 g / 15.2 oz

Ear Cups

Sculpted ear pads

Connection

wireless

Product Class

General Purpose


Frequency Response

N/A

Rich Bass

No

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

Built-In

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

🔇/🔈, ▶/❚❚, ⏭, 🔊/🔉


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Mono

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

No

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Tilt-away


Battery Time

up to 6 hours

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

approx. 2.5 hours

Standard

Wireless 2.4 GHz

AVRCP

N/A

Range

12 m / 40 ft

Transmitter

USB Transmitter

Xbox 360 Compatible

No

Xbox One Compatible

No

PlayStation 3 Compatible

No

PlayStation 4 Compatible

No

PC Compatible

Yes

Mobile Compatible

No


Analog Cable

No

Digital Cable

USB cable with a microUSB connector; USB transmitter extension

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

USB transmitter extension

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

USB Transmitter

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

No; USB cable only used for charging

Mobile Ready

No


If you think that your current headset is too quiet, look no further. The Corsair Vengeance 2100 is capable of providing very loud sound. Perhaps, you should consider not maxing the volume out when you first try this headset. Just a friendly advice.

The Vengeance headset is loud enough for some people to consider it an inherent defect. If you know you don’t really need loud sound, you may consider getting another headset.

Corsair Vengeance 2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming HeadsetThe level of volume, combined with the surround sound technology, will give you a tactical advantage over your opponents unless they, too, are using some sort of enhanced audial interface. But in that case, you won’t be at a disadvantage, which is just as important, if not more so.

The appearance of this headset somehow combines mutually exclusive features organically. This writer has no idea about how such a design could be conceived but it’s true. Apparently, this design is what a gamer’s headset should look like. But it’s also very dignified. Somehow, this combination works, and the headset looks both terrific and very presentable.

But if you want to make this headset for your PlayStation or Xbox, I must disappoint you. It doesn’t work with them. Not that it is impossible to hook them up, however, to do so, you will have to spend too much time and apply too much effort. It’s not worth it. There is no receipt to work with. Surely, if you fell in love with this headset and want it for your console, then, by all means, go ahead. After all, this headset is indeed gorgeous. But if you’re not into tinkering, I would only advise this headset if you’ve got a PC.

Corsair Vengeance 2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming HeadsetAnd if you do, I really, really advise that you buy this particular set. It is probably the best wireless headset for PC as of 2017. Of course, I can think of even better ones, but those are wired. As far as cordless headsets go, the Vengeance 2100 is literally the best thing you can get for the money.

The headset comes with a USB dongle, which lacks extra control features but is quite reliable. The on-ear controls are not much, but the headset has the most crucial ones.

The drive diameter is 50 mm. Unless you are an audiophile, you may not know the importance of this little fact. That means, an explanation is in order.

The drives of most gaming headsets have a diameter of 40 mm. A 50 mm drive is larger by more than 50%. According to laws of acoustics, this parameter alone makes speakers equipped with such drives Hi-Fi capable.

The battery can last up to 10 hours. Keep in mind that this number varies depending on the level of volume and the distance to the transmitter. Speaking of which, the headset should work reliable if the distance does not exceed 40 feet. This number can be less indoors, but unless you were planning on using the headset from a different room, and a very remote room at that, you should be more than fine.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

860 g / 1.9 lb

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear Controls

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

860 g / 1.9 lb

Ear Cups

Circumaural pillow-soft cups, padded with faux-leather

Connection

wireless / wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Headset


Frequency Response

40 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Surround Sound/Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

🔇/🔈, 🔊/🔉,🎧/🎧×


Frequency Response

100 Hz – 10,000 Hz

Mic Type

Unidirectional, mono

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

Hardware

Mic Sensitivity

-37dB (+/-3dB)

Mic Placement

Tilt-away


Battery Time

up to 10 hours

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

N/A

Standard

Wireless 2.4 GHz

AVRCP

N/A

Range

12 m / 40 ft

Transmitter

USB Dongle

Xbox 360 Compatible

No

Xbox One Compatible

No

PlayStation 3 Compatible

No

PlayStation 4 Compatible

No

PC Compatible

Yes

Mobile Compatible

No


Analog Cable

No

Digital Cable

USB extension cable; USB charging cable

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

USB extension cable

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

1.5 m / 4.92 ft (both)

Adaptors

USB Transmitter

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

No; USB cable only used for connecting the dongle

Mobile Ready

No


Wireless headsets for Consoles

Many gaming headsets are compatible with all standard gaming systems. That includes PC (as well as Mac), Xbox and PS, even mobile devices in some cases!

That means, a gaming headset tailored for consoles, is likely to work with both most popular brands, specifically, Xbox and PS. Of course, it doesn’t mean they work equally good with all types of consoles, but the products in this section do.

It’s time to review the best possible choices for those who want a headset that would work flawlessly with any console.

Turtle Beach Call of Duty: Ghosts Ear Force PhantomListed as an Xbox headset the Phantom headset it equally good for PlayStation. This product is adapted to the last generation consoles, however, it does offer some backward compatibility, and it works with outdated platforms well enough to not make a problem.

A limited edition headset, its strongest feature is the design. Made after the game Call of Duty: Ghosts, this headset will undoubtedly be a great present for a fan of Call of Duty. Of course, a fan of this game can just as easily buy this headset for themselves. It may not feel as nice as getting the headset a present, but it would still be a great purchase.

Besides, its aesthetic qualities are not the only ones that deserve this writer’s attention. It has many others, ones that are worth thorough consideration just as much.

Compatibility is something that has already been mentioned. It wouldn’t be unwise to consider this aspect in detail.Turtle Beach Call of Duty: Ghosts Ear Force Phantom

The headset operates on two wireless technologies: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi connection is further split in two bands: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Considering the number of wireless devices that work in the 2.4 GHz RF band, the use of the other RF band reserved for unregulated use allows to reduce interference from the other devices. That is a crucial advantage for such a device as a headset due the intensity of data exchange.

The use of the Bluetooth technology, on the other hand, means you can easily connect the headset to your phone. Although it’s a gaming headset, the compatibility of the Phantom extends to mobile devices not just in the sense you can use them for sound reproduction and communication. You can also receive, reject and make calls using on-ear controls. This is on a different level entirely. That said, these features only work in the wireless mode. In the wired mode, all you can do is to use the headset as a pair of headphones. You might as well remove the mic, it will not be used anyway as long as you don’t use wireless connection.

The headset is built to last. And it’s not just about its durability. The Phantom can work up to 15 hours without recharging.

Turtle Beach Call of Duty: Ghosts Ear Force PhantomIt’s not without its drawbacks. As a LE product, it is quite overpriced. Even though it’s a quality headset, it’s not the quality you pay for, and not even the brand, it’s the Call of Duty design. Nothing more nothing less. Another problem is that this headset is now discontinued, and if you want it, you may fail to get it. There are progressively less of them on sale.

As you might have guessed, this headset comes with surround sound technology. But it’s just another basic feature in the end. However, the Phantom can also offer several extra sound effect features.

The most important one is simultaneous Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection. This allows to answer calls while playing. You can also stream your own music while playing rather than the soundtrack.

Finally, the Dynamic Chat Boost™ automatically increases the volume of chat when the sounds in-game become too loud. The voices of your teammates will always be louder.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

N/A

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear & Transmitter Controls

Voice Prompts

Yes: Phone Calls

Package weight

1.36 kg / 3 lb

Ear Cups

Memory foam cushions

Connection

wireless / limited wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Product


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

N/A

Sound Channel Type

Surround Sound / Stereo

Sound Quality

High

EQ Settings

Audio Presets

THD

< 0.1%

On-Ear Controls

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Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

N/A

Noise-canceling

N/A

Sound Quality

N/A

Voice Enhancement

N/A

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Tilt-away


Battery Time

up to 15 hours

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

N/A

Standard

Dual Band Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.0

AVRCP

Yes

Range

N/A

Transmitter

Turtle Beach Digital RF Wireless Transmitter

Xbox 360 Compatible

Yes

Xbox One Compatible

Yes

PlayStation 3 Compatible

Yes

PlayStation 4 Compatible

Yes

PC Compatible

Yes, via included Bluetooth adapter

Mobile Compatible

Yes


Analog Cable

Mobile Device Cable

Digital Cable

USB Data Cable; Digital Optical Cable

Sound Card

Digital RF Wireless Transmitter

Audio Connector

USB Data Cable; Digital Optical Cable

In-Line Controls

Yes

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

Digital RF Wireless Transmitter; Bluetooth Adapter

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Partially, no mic

Mobile Ready

Partially, no mic


Ear Force PX5 Programmable Wireless 7.1 Dolby DigitalAnother Ear Force headset that can boast a lot of features, of which simultaneous Bluetooth connection is not the most impressive. This version of Ear Force headset is very much like an extended version of the Phantom headset. All the basic qualities of the headset are roughly the same, albeit some are even better. The headset also includes even more extra qualities. As such, it is understandable why its price is even higher.

But is the headset worth the money?

The short answer would be no. However, many gamers may disagree with this opinion. In the end, you will have to decide for yourself.

That said, this headset is quite decent. If we don’t consider its price, it might as well be the best headset for gaming. Considering its extent of compatibility and the sound quality, this is not an exaggeration.

Its main distinctive feature is the fact this headset is programmable. That is not just fancy word to describe a few buttons that don’t have a preset feature. On the contrary, the word “programmable” is very appropriate. The PX5 is equipped with a digital process, and this allows for customization of any signal.

Since the in-game sound, microphone signal and chat all three separate streams, each of them can be tailored independently. What does that mean in practice? A lot of things, actually.

Ear Force PX5 Programmable Wireless 7.1 Dolby DigitalLet’s not forget for a second it’s a gaming headset. As such, it is designed a programmed in a way that would give the gamer a few advantage. The surround sound technology is the most obvious advantage since it makes possible pinpointing the source of any sound, but it’s not exclusive to the PX5 or Ear Force headsets in general. But the other advantages that stem from the possibility to customize three sound streams are not any less impressive, even though some of them are very subtle. For instance, you can make the sounds of footsteps louder. That will make sneaking up on you even more difficult. The sound will not be easily muffled by the other sounds on the battlefield. And if the pre-configured game-specific customizations are not enough for you, you may easily set up to 18 of your own sound enhancements.

On top of that, you will be able to enhance the voices of your teammates. Let yourself hear them better when it matters most!

Ear Force PX5 Programmable Wireless 7.1 Dolby DigitalThe microphone audio stream can also be easily altered. You can disguise your voice however you want. While not a very crucial feature, it can be quite fun. Besides, if you’re a CEO, for instance, and you don’t really like the idea of anyone recognizing your voice and realizing you’re not the same Serious Man or Woman in your free time, it can actually be a very practical feature.

The sound quality of the microphone is no less impressive than that of the speakers. Its frequency response of 50 to 15,000 Hz is well beyond the standard range of headset mics. This ensures that the sound quality of your voice will be impeccable.

The headset can work up to 15 hours before a recharge will be needed. That’s a rather long term for a headset, and it should suffice for even the most picky gamers.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

230 g / 8.2 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear & Transmitter Controls

Voice Prompts

Yes: Phone Calls

Package weight

240 g / 8.4 oz

Ear Cups

Memory foam cushions

Connection

wireless / limited wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Product


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

N/A

Sound Channel Type

Surround Sound / Stereo

Sound Quality

High

EQ Settings

Audio Presets

THD

< 1%

On-Ear Controls

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Frequency Response

50 Hz – 15,000 Hz

Mic Type

Condenser

Noise-canceling

N/A

Sound Quality

Excellent

Voice Enhancement

Voice Disguise

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Tilt-away


Battery Time

up to 15 hours

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

N/A

Standard

Wireless 2.4 GHZ RF / Bluetooth 4.0

AVRCP

Yes

Range

9 m / 30 ft

Transmitter

Digital RF Wireless Transmitter

Xbox 360 Compatible

Yes

Xbox One Compatible

Yes

PlayStation 3 Compatible

Yes

PlayStation 4 Compatible

Yes

PC Compatible

No

Mobile Compatible

Yes


Analog Cable

Mobile Device Cable

Digital Cable

USB Data Cable; Digital Optical Cable

Sound Card

Digital RF Wireless Transmitter

Audio Connector

USB Data Cable; Digital Optical Cable

In-Line Controls

Yes

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

Digital RF Wireless Transmitter

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

No

Mobile Ready

No


Logitech Wireless Headset F540 with Stereo Game Audio

Some might call this headset a bit outdated because it was designed for Xbox 360 and PS4, however, it is a time-tested product. I wouldn’t go as far as to compare its reliability to something like a sledgehammer or anything like that, but it’s definitely pretty sturdy.

The design is rather minimalistic for a gaming headset but, on the other hand, there can be no doubt it’s a headset for gaming even at the very first glance. It’s nothing like an office headset or even a general purpose headset. But it also lacks acid colors and the overall appearance is far from aggressive.

This product only has the bare minimum of on-ear controls. To compensate, both of the wheels and the button are quite large and easy to feel with a finger.

The headset is designed for consoles. It is possible to make it work with a PC or any device with analog output via the AUX port, however, it may be rather difficult to hook them up unless you have required cables and adapters. Even then, the mic will not be supported because the AUX port can only be used for output audio.

Logitech Wireless Headset F540 with Stereo Game AudioThe only exception is the PC, as it will be possible to make use of the USB connection. However, this headset is not a PC USB device, and it may be possible to make it work, especially for more tech-savvy gamers, it is very likely that some of the functions will not work correctly.

The F540 can function up to ten hours before it’ll run out of energy. Charging them takes from 3 to 4 hours initially. Perhaps, it is not the most impressive performance, but it’s more than enough for an average gaming session. The Li-ion batteries will degrade with time, however, they can be replaced easily.

Logitech Wireless Headset F540 with Stereo Game AudioThe headset can work distances up to 30 feet. It’s not as much as some other headsets, but it’s more than enough for gaming. After all, what’s the point of paying more for something you will likely never push to its limits? An impressive effective range makes sense for routers or printers, but not for controls or audio devices.

I would definitely not recommend this headset for PC owners. Or rather, people who don’t have a gaming console. Don’t get me wrong, this headset is perfect for any gaming console, be it Xbox or PlayStation, but it’s simply not compatible enough when it comes to other devices. It would be better to consider purchasing a PC headset or a universal headset at the very least.

While it is not impossible to hook this thing up to your PC and make it work correctly, that would not be worth your time or money. The sound quality of this headset is quite decent, and the mic is good, too. However, as good as it is, it is simply not worth the trouble. Believe me, while this is probably the best headset for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4, there are even better choices when it comes to other platforms.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

N/A

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

1.63 kg / 3.6 lb

Ear Cups

Pillow-soft

Connection

wireless / limited wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Product


Frequency Response

N/A

Rich Bass

No

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Good

EQ Settings

No

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

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Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Unjidirecional boom mic

Noise-canceling

N/A

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

N/A

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Tilt-away


Battery Time

up to 10 hours

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

up to 4 hours

Standard

Wireless 2.4 GHz

AVRCP

Not tested

Range

10 m / 30 ft

Transmitter

Logitech Receiver

Xbox 360 Compatible

Yes

Xbox One Compatible

Not tested

PlayStation 3 Compatible

Yes

PlayStation 4 Compatible

Not tested

PC Compatible

Limited compatibility

Mobile Compatible

Limited compatibility


Analog Cable

2.5mm Xbox360 voice cable

Digital Cable

RCA cable, USB PS3 voice cable, Micro USB charging cable

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

Xbox360 voice cable, RCA cable, USB PS3 voice cable

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

Logitech Receiver

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

No

Mobile Ready

No


For Xbox

Turtle Beach - Ear Force Stealth 420X Fully Wireless Gaming HeadsetLet me present you the one of the best headsets for Xbox One. Actually, this platform is well compatible with many interfaces and protocols, so you don’t have to buy a headset tailored specifically for Xbox. Any universal headset will do. Even analog one is not a problem.

That said, the 420X headset is definitely worth your time. First of all, it’s fully wireless.

You may be surprised to hear this. Aren’t the other wireless headsets in this review, well, wireless? They are, but most of them do need some wires to hook the receiver up to your favorite console. Not so with the 420X.

Its Lithium Polymer batteries are able to keep the headset running up to 15 hours in a row. On paper. In practice, it is possible to achieve an even better result. Of course, the number depends on many parameters, including the distance to the receiver and the volume. Be it as it may, that’s almost an entire day either way.

Turtle Beach - Ear Force Stealth 420X Fully Wireless Gaming HeadsetThe diameter of the speakers is 50 mm. Exactly what needed for high fidelity sound reproduction. Although it is unlikely you will be using this headset to listen to music.

The first thing that should be mentioned is the high quality microphone. It is omni-directional, which means you will not have to position it very precisely. On the other hand, it does mean your voice can easily drown in the ambient noise, provided the noise is loud enough. This shouldn’t be a concern if we’re talking about the typical humming of a computer.

It is neither a downside or a benefit. It is simply a peculiarity of construction.

The mic comes with a windshield. A doubtful advantage, however, an advantage still.

Turtle Beach - Ear Force Stealth 420X Fully Wireless Gaming HeadsetThe headset is extremely stylish, and the location of on-ear controls is better designed. However, while the sound quality is great, the headset simply lacks surround sound technology. Granted, it’s not expensive, but it will not let you pinpoint the source of sound. If you’re one of those people who mostly plays FPS games, you should not purchase this item. You will be severely disappointed.

If, however, 3D sound is not something you badly need, and you love wireless connection on top of that, the 420X is the best headset for you. After all, its wireless possibilities exceed those of many other products.

Another feature worth mention is the durability of the headset. Although it’s made of plastic, it can survive the consequences of dropping it from the desk to the floor. It’s not very rage-quit proof, though, so please don’t count on that. In fact, it’s better never to rage-quit if you can help it. If you can’t, at least don’t wreak your anger on your equipment. You will save yourself a ton of money that way! Believe me, I know what I’m talking about from my own experience.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

N/A

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear Controls

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

730 g / 1.6 lbs

Ear Cups

Faux-leather earpads

Connection

wireless / limited wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Product


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

No

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

4 presets

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

🔇/🔈, 🔊/🔉


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Omnidirectional

Noise-canceling

N/A

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

No

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Detachable


Battery Time

up to 15 hours

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

N/A

Standard

Wireless 2.4 GHz RF

AVRCP

No

Range

N/A

Transmitter

USB Wireless Transmitter

Xbox 360 Compatible

Not Tested

Xbox One Compatible

Yes

PlayStation 3 Compatible

No

PlayStation 4 Compatible

No

PC Compatible

No

Mobile Compatible

Yes


Analog Cable

No

Digital Cable

No

Sound Card

USB Wireless Transmitter

Audio Connector

No

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

USB Wireless Transmitter

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

No

Mobile Ready

No


For PlayStation

PlayStation Platinum Wireless HeadsetThe following question is not meant for experienced gamers who know all ins and outs. What is the name of the company that stand behind PlayStation?

It’s Sony. The same company that made this headset, one specifically designed for PlayStation.

There can’t possibly be a compatibility problem. This is a headset made for a Sony gaming platform by Sony. It is the best wireless headset you can possibly find for your PS4. Don’t even doubt for a second. The only two things that might make such a choice suboptimal are the hefty price and if a gamer specifically doesn’t like or trust wireless headsets. Anything else? Not viable.

It’s not just about compatibility. There are thousands of compatible audio devices, and many of them are perfect. However, only with a Sony headset can you have a guarantee that a PlayStation game will sound exactly as intended by its creators.

PlayStation Platinum Wireless HeadsetThe headset can offer rich 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound. If the game supports 3D sound at all, you will experience it.

Regrettably, the battery can only last up to 9 hours. Although it is possible to squeeze out even more, however, that’s only possible if you set the volume very low and move as close to the transmitter as possible.

But even then, 9 hours is a respectable number.

It’s hard to surprise anyone with a long-lasting battery (especially when it’s far from the most long lasting ones). But dual mics are a different story.

So far, only one of the headsets had more than one mic, and it wasn’t a gamer’s product by design. The extra mic is what makes this headset more expensive than it could be. But it does mean a lot for good teamwork.

Use of two mics instead of just one allows for effective ambient noise elimination. It means, that your voice will be very easy to cross-reference. Everything that isn’t your voice will be simply cut off. You want your teammates hear you crystal clear? With the Platinum headset, your wish will become a reality.

The Platinum is also compatible with PlayStation®VR headsets, however, you will have to rely on wired connectivity for that. A 3.5 jack connection is required for that.

PlayStation Platinum Wireless HeadsetAs you can guess, the last fact means this headset from Sony can be also connected to mobile devices and any other devices with the analog 3.5 jack.

If you have both Xbox and PlayStation, however, perhaps, this product is not the best thing you can buy. It is only designed for PlayStation 4. Even PS3 may have compatibility problems, as unlikely as it is. The Platinum is a very dedicated headset made for a very specific PlayStation model. It can only offer limited compatibility with analog jacks in the wired mode. No surround sound, but stereo and the mic will work.

That is something you should keep in mind if you want to buy it. But if you do have a PS4, this will be the best wireless headset you could hope for.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

318.2 g / 11 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear Controls / Transmitter Controls

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

1.27 kg / lbs

Ear Cups

Memory foam

Connection

wireless / limited wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Product


Frequency Response

N/A

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

3D Sound / Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

🔊/🔉


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

An array of 2 mics

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Excellent, enhanced for voice capture

Voice Enhancement

Dual mic processing

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Built-In


Battery Time

up to 9 hours

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

N/A

Standard

N/A

AVRCP

No

Range

13 m / 43 ft

Transmitter

Wireless adaptor

Xbox 360 Compatible

No

Xbox One Compatible

No

PlayStation 3 Compatible

Not tested

PlayStation 4 Compatible

Yes

PC Compatible

No

Mobile Compatible

No


Analog Cable

Audio cable 3.5 mm

Digital Cable

Micro-B USB cable

Sound Card

Wireless adaptor

Audio Connector

Audio cable 3.5 mm

In-Line Controls

Reset

Cable length

61 cm / 24 in (USB cable)

Adaptors

Wireless adaptor

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


Universal wireless headsets for gaming

MadCatz Freq7 Dolby 7.1 HeadsetListed as “Saitek MCB434020013/02/1,” this headset is actually made by Mad Catz. If you know what I’m talking about, then you know just how good it is. Or, well, how good it could be. After all, you yet to learn about the awesomeness of this headset.

But a word of warning first. This thing is expensive. More expensive than some of wireless headsets. Is the price worth it? It’s up to you. I personally don’t believe so. But the headset is good, there’s no denying it.

But first things first. Let’s talk about how the headset looks.

The Freq7 has a very unusual design. It is impossible not to compare them to a tactical or pilot’s headset. Of course, this is intentional. What’s better than something that looks like a genuine item? Only an actual genuine item. But we’ll get to that later.

The extremely unusual design is not the only advantage of this headset. Hi-Fi capable and equipped with a noise-canceling mic, the headset can be easily folded flat and is made from metal. Now that’s something you don’t see often. It’s more than simply audiophile-grade, it is also extremely durable, and that is very important for gamers.

This headset comes with virtual surround sound. That is undoubtedly an important advantage over many analog headsets.

The Freq7 can be connected to PC, Mac, or any device with a 3.5 mm jack. Connecting it to gaming consoles is possible, but it is not the most optimal choice for them.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

400 g / 14.1 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear Controls

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

907 g / 2 lbs

Ear Cups

Foam-padded

Connection

wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Product


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Surround Sound / Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

🔇/🔈, 🔊/🔉


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Noise-canceling

Noise-canceling

Only output

Sound Quality

N/A

Voice Enhancement

N/A

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Detachable


Analog Cable

3.5 mm cable

Digital Cable

USB cable

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

3.5 mm cable

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

2 m / 6.6 ft (USB); 1 m / 3.3 ft (3.5 mm jack)

Adaptors

No

Xbox 360 Ready

via adaptors

Xbox One Ready

via adaptors

PlayStation 3 Ready

via adaptors

PlayStation 4 Ready

via adaptors

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


The HS-620 is far from the most expensive headset. In fact, this is what a gaming headset should cost. If a headset costs more than a hundred bucks, this is when you know it is overpriced. And this is what this product is not.

Perhaps, it is not the cheapest, but it’s definitely not expensive.

Creative Chatmax HS-620 Gaming HeadsetIf I were to compare this headset to something, I’d say it resembles a pair of UFOs.

The ear cups are relatively large, however, the diameter of the speakers is only 40 mm. But it shouldn’t deter you from buying this item, as it is the standard size in the industry. Only the very best Hi-Fi headphones have a diameter of 50 mm or even more, and the HS-620 is designed for gaming first and foremost.

The ear cups protect the ears from the noise, which will make any game incredibly immersive. But if there is one thing it is especially good at, it’s conversation. The HS-620 is a headset made for crystal clear conversations. The frequency response of the mic is very impressive. This allows for high-quality sound transducing.

It is the best headset for those who are team players. If you spend all the time talking to your teammates while playing, this will be just the headset for you.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

180 g / 6.4 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear & In-Line

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

360 g / 12.8 oz

Ear Cups

Velvet earpads

Connection

wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Product


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Good

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

🔇/🔈, 🔊/🔉


Frequency Response

80 Hz – 18,000 Hz

Mic Type

Unidirectional

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

No

Mic Sensitivity

-41dBV/Pa

Mic Placement

Detachable


Analog Cable

2 x 3.5 mm jack audio cables

Digital Cable

No

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

3.5 mm jach audio cord

In-Line Controls

🔇/🔈, 🔊/🔉

Cable length

2.5 m / 8.2 ft

Adaptors

No

Xbox 360 Ready

via adaptors

Xbox One Ready

via adaptors

PlayStation 3 Ready

via adaptors

PlayStation 4 Ready

via adaptors

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


Koss SB-45 Communication StereophonesThe SB-45 headset doesn’t even look like a gaming headset, but that’s what it is. The design very dignified but it’s definitely suitable for gaming even at a first glance. It’s just that it looks like a more general item, not that it makes it any worse or less suitable.

But the main thing about the headset is that it comes in two version: analog and digital. There’s very little difference between them: the analog version can be hooked up to almost any device, especially if you use an adaptor. The USB version can be connected to a PC or any other device with a USB port that supports this device.

In both versions of the headsets, the cord doesn’t tangle, which is actually very important. If you only used wireless headsets before, you will not be disappointed, well, at least not with the cord.

And probably not with the headphones or the mic. Their sensitivity is excellent. At the same time, the headset is not ideal. In both of the versions the mic mount is not stable enough. While there is no risk it’ll detach on its own suddenly, it does wobble when you move your head. That can be quite irritating.

Another disadvantage is that the SB-45 is relatively fragile. But if you never rage quit, it doesn’t really matter. As long as all you need is a good headset without too many feature, you will not find a better one. It is the best headset for communication.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired ConnectivityWired USB Version
Weight

430 g / 15.2 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

No

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

440 g / 15.5 oz

Ear Cups

Leatherette ear cushions

Connection

wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Product / General Purpose


Frequency Response

18 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

No


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Electret condenser microphone

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Moderate

Voice Enhancement

Clear Voice Technology

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Tilt-away


Analog Cable

No

Digital Cable

No

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

Dual 3.5 mm jack cord

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

No

Xbox 360 Ready

via adaptors

Xbox One Ready

via adaptors

PlayStation 3 Ready

via adaptors

PlayStation 4 Ready

via adaptors

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


Analog Cable

No

Digital Cable

No

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

USB cord

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

No

Xbox 360 Ready

Limited

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Yes, enhanced

Mobile Ready

No


Ovleng Q2 3.5 Mm Volume Control USB HeadsetPerhaps, this headset doesn’t look as cool as the other headsets in this review, but it’s definitely classy and professional-looking. It even looks high-grade. And it costs far less than it looks.

However, the presentable appearance alone would not be enough to put this headset on the list.

Although the headset only comes with 40 mm drives, it is still capable of high fidelity sound reproduction. This product has a surprisingly deep bass. Additionally, it is more than simply suitable for communication. Its microphone is ultra sensitive. That may be not necessary for a gamer, however, it may come in handy after all.

The headset is connected via a 3.5 mm plug. It has an anti-oxidant conductive coating, which improves the quality of the signal. Since it is an analog connection, even a slight distortion can have unpleasant consequences. The wear-proof coating prevents that.

All in all, this is a good set for gamers, and not just for them. Although not a business grade product, it can still be used as one, thanks to its presentable design.

The headset is compatible with all devices that support the 3.5 mm connector. That includes mobiles, tablets, PCs and Macs. Connecting this to Xbox and PS is not impossible but it’s also far from simple.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

N/A

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

N/A

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

415 g / 14.6 oz

Ear Cups

Leatherette pads

Connection

wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Product


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Good

EQ Settings

No

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

N/A


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Omnidirectional

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

No

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Tiltaway


Analog Cable

3.5 mm jack

Digital Cable

No

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

3.5 mm jack

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

1.8 m / 5.9 ft

Adaptors

No

Xbox 360 Ready

via adaptors

Xbox One Ready

via adaptors

PlayStation 3 Ready

via adaptors

PlayStation 4 Ready

via adaptors

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


HyperX KHX-H3CL/WR Cloud Gaming HeadsetAnd now, ladies and gentlemen, let’s make ourselves familiar with this masterpiece.

It is probably the best wired gaming headset in the whole wide world. It is the headset this writer uses and, in fact, is using listen to music while writing these lines.

There isn’t a better headset not just for gaming, it’s probably best for any activity… well, not exactly an activity, but you get the idea.

The headset comes with a control box with a Dual TRS cords, a couple of TRS cables, a pair of spare velour ear cushions, a Dual TS to TRS flight adapter, and a TRRS to Dual TRS splitter for mobile phones.

The only inconvenience this writer has ever experienced with the HyperX Cloud is the fact that the headset is problematic for a phone to detect if you plug the 4-pin splitter in when the mic is detached from the headset. The phone simply will not recognize it as either a headphone or a headset.

On the other hand, that is quite easy to bypass. Just plug the mic in if you want the phone to detect it as a headset or don’t actually plug it and make a brief contact instead to make the phone detect the device as a headphone. And there you go. Alternatively, you can just connect the green plug, but the microphone connector will be dangling then.

HyperX KHX-H3CL/WR Cloud Gaming HeadsetThe frequency range is 15 Hz to 25 KHz. That’s barely different from the standard 20 Hz to 20 KHz, but there is a difference. The human ear cannot perceive sounds with a frequency less than 12 Hz and more than 28 KHz under ideal conditions, and the other HyperX headsets can give you even that. This one is slightly better than average, and this is why I recommend it for younger audiences. Unfortunately, I myself can’t hear anything above 18 KHz, but if you’re young and healthy, you will get a headset that is capable of giving you a sound that is close to the your hearing threshold. Of course, you will get that regardless of anything, but only people with acute hearing will be able to appreciate the sheer range.

High frequency response or not, this headset is definitely Hi-Fi capable. The 53 mm drivers allow for crystal clear sound in for any tones, and the passive noise reduction system will cut off annoying ambient noise. Even if you’re going down the road, the sound of car engines will not drown the sound in your headset. It will still be audible, mind you, but much less so compared to any ear buds. And that means you won’t have to max the volume just to make the sound louder than all the other sounds.

When it comes to gaming, even if your computer is loud, you won’t hear a thing unless it’s literally screeching, but that would mean you have bigger problems at hand. The microphone is noise-cancelling as well.

The design of the headset is rather classy but thanks to the HyperX logo, it is without a doubt a gamer’s product. Not very expensive, it is the best headset you can get for the money. It is compatible with just about any platform, including PC, Xbox One and PS4.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

360 g / 12.3 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

Audio Control Box

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

1.13 kg / 2.5 lbs

Ear Cups

Memory foam leatherette pads / Velour pads

Connection

wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Product


Frequency Response

15 Hz – 25,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

No

THD

< 2%

On-Ear Controls

No


Frequency Response

100 Hz – 12,000 Hz

Mic Type

Omnidirectional

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Excellent

Voice Enhancement

No

Mic Sensitivity

-39±3dB

Mic Placement

Deatachable gooseneck mic


Analog Cable

2 x 3.5 mm TRS cable; control box

Digital Cable

No

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

Dual TRS 3.5 mm jack

In-Line Controls

Audio control box

Cable length

2 m / 6 ft 6.75 in (cable); 1 m / 3 ft 3.37 in (cord)

Adaptors

TRRS to Dual TRS Y-splitter; Dual TS to TRS Flight Adaptor

Xbox 360 Ready

via adaptors

Xbox One Ready

Yes

PlayStation 3 Ready

via adaptors

PlayStation 4 Ready

Yes

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


Wired Headsets for PC

Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 HeadsetMany people don’t like Microsoft… or simply say that they don’t. It’s their right to say those things, but it doesn’t cancel the fact most computers in the world run operating systems made by Microsoft.

Most manufacturers and programmers have to make their products compatible with Windows, unless they target a different platform entirely, and even they still can offer other things for PC. The only exceptions are indie projects that have no real care for their profits, and even then their creators probably have an unhealthy aversion to Microsoft and Bill Gates himself.

However, when it comes to the LifeChat LX-3000, you can be sure that it’s the best match for your PC. Compatible with both Windows and Mac OS, this headset is best suited for many activities, including listening to music and talking, and that includes game chats.

In terms of frequency range and sensitivity, this headset is nothing special, but it’s decent. And that’s something.

Since the headset utilizes the USB connection, it requires installing drivers for proper functioning. But don’t worry, the LX-3000 only requires 60 MB of free space both on PC and Mac.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

360 g / 12.8 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

No

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

360 g / 12.8 oz

Ear Cups

Leatherette

Connection

wired

Product Class

General Purpose


Frequency Response

N/A

Rich Bass

No

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Good

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

No


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Omnidirectional

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

Basic

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Tilt-away


Analog Cable

No

Digital Cable

USB cable

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

USB cable

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

No

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

No


Logitech G35 7.1-Channel Surround Sound Gaming HeadsetIf you have a console, then you shouldn’t buy this headset. Just a friendly advice. Even if you have a Mac, it would be better to look elsewhere. This product is designed for PC, and it is supported by Windows, including XP and Windows 10. Of course, it is possible to circumvent software and hardware incompatibility, however, if you can do that easily, you probably don’t need my advice, as you must be just much an expert as this writer.

The G35 is a surround sound capable headset. Combined with high sound fidelity, it is undoubtedly a prize. And it’s not a particularly expensive prize on top of that. Of course, it will cost you more than a stereo headset but also less than a wireless one.

If you are afraid of getting tangled in the cord, this is the best thing you can buy for your PC.

The G35 comes with a lot of extra features, including programmable on-ear controls, noise-canceling mic and three sets of replaceable headband pads. The latter is perfect for people who are rarely satisfied with their headphones and headsets.

Immerse yourself in the game and never worry about the ambient noise again. You won’t hear it when playing.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

725 g / 1.6 lbs

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear Controls

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

820 g / 1.9. lbs

Ear Cups

Circumaural earcups

Connection

wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Headset


Frequency Response

N/A

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Surround Sound/Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

Preset and custom audio profiles

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

🔇/🔈, 🔊/🔉,🎧/🎧×, 3 programmabel G-buttons


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Mono, unidirectional

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Excellent

Voice Enhancement

Unidirectional Pickup Pattern

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Foldaway


Analog Cable

No

Digital Cable

USB Cable

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

USB Cable

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

No

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

No


Winkeyes USB Wired Professional Gaming HeadsetThis one of the best headsets for PC, cheap and one of the most effective. Unfortunately, while there are people who find its design interesting, it does leave much to be desired. Too flashy, but, then again, it’s what some people like. Besides, although LED lighting is not something that appeals to most users, it can be easily turned off.

The dubious appearance aside, it is quite decent a headset. Thanks to the suspension design, it is very comfortable to wear. And it’s cheap, too! The price is definitely a factor when it comes to choice making, especially since the device supports 7.1 sound. The headphones also have vibration chips, which adds a whole new dimension to sound perception.

The headset is connected to PC via the USB interface. Thanks to the digital nature of the interface, the inline controls have more functions than simple mute/unmute and volume controls. You can also control the LED lighting, vibration chips and more.

A high-fidelity and surround sound capable, this is a top headset for Windows users. Of course, if you don’t like this headset, you can always get a different one.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

520 g / 18.3 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear & In-Line Controls

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

520 g / 18.3 oz

Ear Cups

Leatherette

Connection

wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Headset


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Surround Sound/Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

🔇/🔈, 🔊/🔉,🎧/🎧×


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Mono, unidirectional

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

No

Mic Sensitivity

-38±3dB

Mic Placement

Tilt-away


Analog Cable

No

Digital Cable

USB Cable

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

USB Cable

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

No

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

No


Wired Headsets for Consoles

PX11 Wired Gaming Headset for PC/PS3/XboThe PX11 is yet another Ear Force headset. This time, it is a wired version.

This particular headset is compatible with both mainstream gaming consoles: Xbox and PlayStation. It is also compatible with PC, although you will have to use both analog and digital ports for full compatibility. But at least, it’s achievable. And that’s the most important thing. Well, for a gamer.

That said, the headphones from this headset are actually HiFi grade. The 50 mm drives allow for deeper bass. With these speakers, you will be able to enjoy rich bass.

The mic is very sensitive, however, thanks to the utilized noise-canceling technologies, it will not cause an increase of the level of noise. It is omnidirectional, which means that precise positioning is not required.

The ear pads are breathable. It may be important if you play your game in summer, although it’s not really important for most gamers.

The best thing about this headsets, aside from its acoustical qualities, is its compatibility with Xbox 360 and PS3. But what about Xbox One and PS4? Well, technically, they are compatible, however, I wouldn’t recommend to test that yourself. If you have the newest platform, t would be beter to get a newer headset, as good as this one is.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

680 g / 1.5 lbs

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

In-Line Controls

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

N/A

Ear Cups

Leatherette

Connection

wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Headset


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Good

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

No


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Unidirectional

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

No

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Tilt-away


Analog Cable

RCA Audio; 2.5mm Xbox 360 Chat; stereo 3.5mm PC/Mac

Digital Cable

USB PC/PS3 Chat; USB PC/Mac Audio

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

RCA; Xbox Chat; USB PC/PS; USB PC/Mac

In-Line Controls

🔇/🔈, 🔊/🔉

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

Inline Amplifier

Xbox 360 Ready

Yes

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

Yes

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

No


Wired Headsets for PlayStation

BlueFire Gaming Headset for PlayStationThis BlueFire headset, while designed for PlayStation, is compatible with 3.5 mm analog audio. However, it is not a headset for Xbox. It would be better to avoid purchasing this product if you don’t use PlayStation. But if you do, this thing is exactly what you need. It works with the latest PS4 platform. What’s not to like?

Granted, it’s not enough to have a headset that’s compatible with your PS. The next thing you need is good sound. Well, this headset can give you that. Although the drivers are only 40 mm in diameter, it’s still standard for gaming headsets. 50 mm is an exception.

Since it is designed according to the standards of the gaming industry, it’s only natural you have the right to expect good performance. And that’s what you’ll get, just as promised!

The in-line controller is a good bonus, but, what’s even better, you can also easily hook this headset up to any standard media device. Its sharp sound and crystal clarity are emphasized by effective noise isolation. Leatherette ear cups are very soft and allow for long-term gaming.

It is one of the best and most comfortable dedicated headsets for PlayStation.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

330 g / 11.6 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

In-Line Controls

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

538 g / 1.17 lbs

Ear Cups

Leatherette

Connection

wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Headset


Frequency Response

15 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

No

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Good

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

No


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Unidirectional

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

No

Mic Sensitivity

-38dB +/- 3dB

Mic Placement

Tilt-away


Analog Cable

3.5 mm

Digital Cable

USB

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

3.5 mm + USB

In-Line Controls

N/A

Cable length

2.2 m / 7.22 ft

Adaptors

No

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

Not tested

PlayStation 4 Ready

Yes

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


Wired Headsets for Xbox

2017 NEW LETTON G10A good Xbox headset will be compatible with a lot of appliances other than its primary platform. Letton went a little bit further than usual with this headset of theirs. The G10 comes with two cords, one of which is dual 3.5 mm jack and the other is a standard Xbox connector. As such, it is natively compatible with almost anything, with the exception of PlayStation and less popular platforms.

The size of the speakers is standard for the gaming industry, however, the headphones are Hi-Fi capable. As it is able to deliver audiophile-grade bass and tremble, this headset is a nice and elegant solution for those who enjoy listening to music just as much as they do games.

Thanks to the relatively small diameter, the headset is much cheaper than it could be otherwise. At the same time, the sound quality is comparable to the best Hi-Fi headphone.

The style of this headset could be called “aggressive” if it had a different color. As it is, the blue pads help to make a different impression. You won’t look like you’re showing off and, at the same time, anyone will see just how cool the headset is.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

262 g / 9.24 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

No

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

430 g / 15.2 oz

Ear Cups

Leatherette

Connection

wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Headset


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Good

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

No


Frequency Response

50 Hz – 10,000 Hz

Mic Type

Unidirectional

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

No

Mic Sensitivity

-38dB+/-3 dB

Mic Placement

N/A


Analog Cable

Dual 3.5 mm audio cable

Digital Cable

Xbox audio cable

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

Dual 3.5 mm audio cable; Xbox audio cable

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

1.5 m / 4 ft 11 in

Adaptors

Dual 3.5 mm audio cable; Xbox audio cable

Xbox 360 Ready

Yes

Xbox One Ready

Yes

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


Turtle Beach - Ear Force XL1 Amplified Stereo Gaming HeadsetIs there a way to make the game even more immersive?

Absolutely! The XL1 is one such solution. It is equipped with 50-mm drives, and that alone make them sufficiently effective for high fidelity audio. That means you can listen to your favorite music collection without purchasing dedicated audiophile headphones.

The XL1 comes with rich bass. That means a deeper music experience and your game even more realistic. Speaking of which, if you don’t like the game soundtrack, you can just plug something else in and enjoy your favorite song while still in contact with you teammates. Granted, it is not something particularly unusual, however, a standard media headset can’t give you that, even the best one. The XL1, however, is designed for Xbox specifically, and as such, it can give you all the advantages of the standard Xbox setup.

The headset is capable of amplifying the in-game sounds. That can come in quite handy as it will enhance your awareness. And, of course, let’s not forget about the microphone monitor. If you don’t know what that is, well, it’s a little nifty feature that allows you top hear your own voice. Very useful if you don’t want to end up yelling. Just the thing for teamwork.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

N/A

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

Yes

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

907 g / 2 lbs

Ear Cups

Fabric Earpads with Foam Cushioning

Connection

wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Headset


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Good

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

N/A


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Unidirectional

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

Microphone Monitor

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Gooseneck fixed


Analog Cable

RCA (analog)

Digital Cable

USB

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

RCA/USB

In-Line Controls

Yes

Cable length

16ft

Adaptors

Amplifier

Xbox 360 Ready

Yes

Xbox One Ready

Not tested

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

No

Mobile Ready

No


Ear Force X1 Stereo Headset with ChatIt’s only natural to confuse this product with the XL1. However, they only have three things in common: they are both Ear Force headsets, they are both dedicated Xbox headsets, and they both have the letter “X” and the digit “1” in their names. That’s not enough to consider them even superficially similar.

If you compare their photos, you will see just how different they are in appearance. And that’s not just because of the designer’s wish to make one of them distinct. They are different on other levels as well.

The X1 comes with an omnidirectional mic. This is not the best option for voice capture, however, it is better in every other regard. An omnidirectional microphone is better at recording the sound as is, without introducing distortions.

The headset is designed for Xbox 360 but it is also compatible with PC games, which, of course, is good news for those who play both on Xbox and their computer. But if you only use your PC, this is not a headset you should buy. Purchasing a dedicated PC headset or a media headset will give you’re a lot more for a lesser price.

But if you do have an Xbox, go ahead. This is one of the best accessories you can get.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

120 g / 4.2 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

Yes

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

N/A

Ear Cups

Fabric Earpads with Foam Cushioning

Connection

wired

Product Class

Gamer’s Headset


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Good

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

N/A


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Omnidirectional

Noise-canceling

No

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

No

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Tilt-away


Analog Cable

mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm; RCA splitter cable

Digital Cable

4 pin USB Type A

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

RCA; USB; 3.5 mm jack

In-Line Controls

Yes

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

Amplifier

Xbox 360 Ready

Yes

Xbox One Ready

Not tested

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


The Widest Wired and Wireless Headset Choice

Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless RGB Gaming HeadsetThe VOID RGB headset is one of the few headsets that come in many varieties, including wireless and wired.

Of course, the have somewhat different features but the best of them have a lot to offer. Let’s start with their design. These headsets come with on-board controls, on-mic statuus indicators and RGB earpads. The cups are ear shaped, which makes them look cool without appearing too aggressive.

Their wireless capabilities shouldn’t be omitted as well. The effective distance is quite impressive. These Corsair headsets can function at distances up to 40 feet. Add to that 16 hours of autonomous work, and you’ve already got a decent wireless headset.

But that’s not all. Some of these head come with 7.1 surround sound technology. Not all of them, but if you want 7.1, you will get it. And those that don’t are still equipped with 50 mm drivers capable of delivering crystal clear sound.

However, these headsets are made for gaming, not for listening to music. The designers have accounted for that. Memory foam ear pads allow for limitless gameplay, it will be easy to forget you’re even wearing them.

The high-quality unidirectional mic is perfect for noise-canceling and in-game communication. Let yourself be heard!

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

N/A

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

Yes

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

N/A

Ear Cups

Memory foam microfibre earpads

Connection

wired / wireless

Product Class

Gamer’s Headset


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Stereo / Surround Sound

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

Yes


Frequency Response

100 Hz – 10,000 Hz

Mic Type

Boom unideriecional

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Excellent

Voice Enhancement

Yes

Mic Sensitivity

-37 dB

Mic Placement

Tilt-away


Battery Time

up to 16 hours

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

N/A

Standard

Wireless 2.4 GHz

AVRCP

No

Range

12 m / 40 ft

Transmitter

Varies

Xbox 360 Compatible

Yes

Xbox One Compatible

Yes

PlayStation 3 Compatible

Yes

PlayStation 4 Compatible

Yes

PC Compatible

Yes

Mobile Compatible

No


Analog Cable

Varies

Digital Cable

Varies

Sound Card

Transmitter

Audio Connector

Varies

In-Line Controls

Varies

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

Transmitter

Xbox 360 Ready

Yes

Xbox One Ready

Yes

PlayStation 3 Ready

Yes

PlayStation 4 Ready

Yes

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


Other Non-Gamer Headsets

Office

Audio 995

Can you tell the difference between these two headsets? I couldn’t either. Oh yes, there are some superficial distinctions, however, they are hard to notice.

A Plantronics headset should not be your first choice if you want to get it for playing your favorite shooter or something like that. But it is ideal if you want a headset for work and still be able to play games. Both Plantronics headset offer long-term comfort, impeccable sound and noise reduction for the mic.

Of course, you should not expect the headset to be capable of surround sound. However, it is still able to give you stereo sound, and that’s something. Of course, you should not expect it to be compatible with your Xbox or PS4, but if you use a PC you shouldn’t experience any problems.

The on-ear controls are not limited to sound settings, and it this makes these headset an ideal solution for phone calls. Designed for long-term wearing, these headsets are more than suitable for office work.

You don’t need to install any software to enjoy any of these headphones. Just plug the transmitter in, and there you go!

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

N/A

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

Yes

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

450 g / 1 lb

Ear Cups

Spare ear cushions

Connection

wireless

Product Class

General Purpose Headset


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

Yes


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Unidirectional

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Excellent

Voice Enhancement

Yes

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

N/A


Battery Time

N/A

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

N/A

Standard

Wireless 2.4 GHz

AVRCP

N/A

Range

12 m / 40 ft

Transmitter

USB transmitter

Xbox 360 Compatible

No

Xbox One Compatible

No

PlayStation 3 Compatible

No

PlayStation 4 Compatible

No

PC Compatible

Yes

Mobile Compatible

No


Analog Cable

No

Digital Cable

No

Sound Card

Transmitter

Audio Connector

No

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

Non-applicable

Adaptors

Transmitter

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

No

Mobile Ready

No


Logitech USB Headset Stereo H650eThis headset is less suitable for games than the other ones on this list. It is designed for communication first and foremost, and that fits the purpose gaming headsets are built for but it also lacks everything that would make it a gaming headset.

It comes in two types: a single-ear headset and a double-ear stereo headset. Obviously, the mono headset is even less suitable for gaming than the basic stereo one. Oh, it’s great for call centers and other things like that but it’s less than adequate for anything else. The only setup you could use this headset for is where you have speakers in your room and the headset is only for chat. But it lacks easy connection to gaming consoles, so it’s not a useful feature.

The stereo headset, on the other hand, is actually usable and that’s what I advise that you get. If you do need for something other than gaming, that is.

The headset has on-ear control but it does come with an inline control box. Thanks to the noise-canceling mic, it can be an ideal solution for business.

It’s sound quality, however, is not optimized for games or music. While you can use it for that, the H650e is optimized for voice transcoding and reproduction better.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

118 g / 4.16 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

Yes

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

408 g / 14.4 oz

Ear Cups

Leatherette

Connection

wireless

Product Class

General Purpose Headset


Frequency Response

N/A

Rich Bass

No

Sound Channel Type

Stereo / Mono

Sound Quality

Good

EQ Settings

No

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

No


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

N/A

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

Yes

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

N/A


Analog Cable

No

Digital Cable

USB

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

USB

In-Line Controls

Yes

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

No

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

No


Sennheiser OfficeRunner Convertible Wireless Office HeadsetTo buy this headset for gaming would be a major overkill. A really big one. This headset is built for businesses, and that makes most of its qualities redundant for gaming. For instance, the range. It’s four hundred feet. Just think about it. It’s ten times the standard wireless gaming headset range. You don’t even have to be in the same building for the headset to work. Only, it’s not exactly useful for people who spend most their free time playing games.

How is that even possible? This is where another part of the overkill comes in. This headset utilizes the DECT 6.0 wireless standard. It is one of the safest wireless protocols, which makes it ideal for phone conversations, even the most confidential ones.

The headset is extremely lightweight. Wearing it all day long will not be a problem. You will have 12 hours of talk time before you need to recharge the headset.

Of course, the OfficeRunner comes with a noise-cancelling mic.

Of course, if you need a headset for phone calls, then, by all means, feel free to get this one. It’s the best you can get for the money. But if you’re a gamer and you don’t really need DECT-grade cryptographic protection, you will spend a large sum of money for nothing.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

22 g / 0.78 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear & In-Line

Voice Prompts

N/A

Package weight

618 g / 21.8 oz

Ear Cups

Pillow-soft, leather-padded & ear-shaped

Connection

wireless / wired

Product Class

Business Grade


Frequency Response

N/A

Rich Bass

No

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

N/A


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

N/A

Noise-canceling

ActiveGard

Sound Quality

Moderate, enhanced to ultra-high for voice capture

Voice Enhancement

Yes

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Flip-up


Battery Time

up to 30 hours

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

N/A

Standard

N/A

AVRCP

N/A

Range

up to 180 meters / 590 feet

Transmitter

N/A

Xbox 360 Compatible

Theoretically, not tested

Xbox One Compatible

Not supported

PlayStation 3 Compatible

Theoretically, not tested

PlayStation 4 Compatible

Not supported

PC Compatible

Yes

Mobile Compatible

Yes


Analog Cable

Audio phone cable

Digital Cable

USB cable with a microUSB connector

Sound Card

Not available

Audio Connector

Audio phone cable

In-Line Controls

📞/📞■

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

No

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

No

Mobile Ready

No


Radio

Lightspeed ZULU.2:CPOkay, you have to be either insane or insanely rich to get this particular headset. Why? Well, the fact you can get a cheap car for that money speaks for itself, and the fact this headset is not adapted for gaming in any way should be yet another clue.

I don’t really recommend this headset. I can’t recommend it. All of its advantages are not meant for an Xbox, PS or even PC. It’s a radio headset. It is a pilot’s product.

Of course, its noise-reduction technology is not comparable to anything a gamer’s headset will offer. But that’s to be expect. A gaming headset is meant to filter out the humming of the computer, this thing will block the revving of a jet. Of cost it will cost accordingly.

Surprisingly, this headset comes with the Bluetooth interface. That means it’s still compatible with some gaming platforms directly, and is natively supported by most cell phones.

A wireless headset, the Lightspeed ZULU still comes with an audio cable for listening to music. That’s quite handy if you don’t want your device to run out of battery.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

430 g / 15.2 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

In-Line

Voice Prompts

N/A

Package weight

N/A

Ear Cups

Noise-isolating

Connection

wireless / wired

Product Class

Pilot’s Product


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

No

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

No

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

No


Frequency Response

200 Hz – 6,000 Hz

Mic Type

Omnidirectional

Noise-canceling

Active: Maximum SPL greater than 125 dB at 100 Hz

Sound Quality

High, enhanced to ultra-high for voice capture

Voice Enhancement

Yes

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

N/A


Battery Time

N/A

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

N/A

Standard

N/A

AVRCP

N/A

Range

N/A

Transmitter

Yes

Xbox 360 Compatible

Theoretically, not tested

Xbox One Compatible

Not supported

PlayStation 3 Compatible

Theoretically, not tested

PlayStation 4 Compatible

Not supported

PC Compatible

Yes

Mobile Compatible

Yes


Analog Cable

Audio cable

Digital Cable

N/A

Sound Card

Not available

Audio Connector

Audio cable; Transmitter

In-Line Controls

Yes

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

Transmitter

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


David Clark Passive: DC PROThis is a wired headset. Despite this fact, hooking it up to your gaming system will not be an easy task, well, unless you have adaptors. The DC PRO utilizes the analog interface, however, it is connected via the 6.35 mm dual TRS jack (also known as dual GA plugs). That means connecting it to a 3.5 mm is not that hard, you can even make an adaptor yourself.

As a pilot’s headset, it is equipped with an extremely effective active noise reduction system. The headset is very lightweight, although there are even lighter products on the market. On the other hand, such products are more expensive as well.

The frequency response of this headset is rather limited compared to most modern headsets and headphones, only 12Hz – 15KHz. Of course, the lower threshold is lower than most, however, not many people can hear sounds below 20 Hz.

This is a headset for loud conditions. It would not be the wisest move to purchase it for gamin. Granted, you would look rather cool if you did, but the genuine appearance isn’t worth the money.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

238 g / 8.4 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

No

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

1.815 kg / 4 lbs

Ear Cups

Noise-isolating

Connection

wireless / wired

Product Class

Pilot’s Product


Frequency Response

12 Hz – 15,000 Hz

Rich Bass

No

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Good

EQ Settings

No

THD

< 1%

On-Ear Controls

No


Frequency Response

200 Hz – 6,000 Hz

Mic Type

Omnidirectional

Noise-canceling

Active: Maximum SPL greater than 114 dB at 1kHz

Sound Quality

High, enhanced to ultra-high for voice capture

Voice Enhancement

Yes

Mic Sensitivity

400mV+/-6dB

Mic Placement

N/A


Analog Cable

Audio cable

Digital Cable

N/A

Sound Card

Not available

Audio Connector

Audio cable

In-Line Controls

Yes

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

No

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

via adapters

Mobile Ready

via adapters


3M Peltor ComTac III Electronic HeadsetThe 3M Peltor ComTac is a tactical headset, and not an imitation or replica, it’s a genuine item. That makes it more awesome for the most dedicated gamers who want exactly that but also less functional; and usable for any gamer, regardless of their devotion to games and interest to merchandise and the like.

When it comes to noise canceling, the 3M Peltor ComTac has no equals. Designed for work in the harshest conditions, it will survive anything you can throw at it. As for the sound quality and the mic sensitivity, you will have no problems talking to your teammates even if a jet is taking off a hundred feet from you. That’s how good the headset is. It’s not just the quality of noise isolation, the 3M come with the throat mic option. That means that you will be have the ability to capture your voice and your voice only. That’s a real game changer.

On the other hand, it would be hard to find or create conditions where you would need these qualities and still play your favorite game. The headset is awesome, there could be no denying that, however, it is also extremely redundant.

As a matter of fact, I don’t recommend to get any of the headsets in this subsection for gaming, but if you really like to, then the 3M is what you want to get. But this thins is expensive! So it would be better a dedicated gaming headset for a price five to ten times lower and don’t sweat it.

GeneralSpeakersMicWired Connectivity
Weight

544 g / 1.2 lbs

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

No

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

N/A

Ear Cups

Noise-isolating

Connection

wireless / wired

Product Class

Tactical


Frequency Response

N/A

Rich Bass

No

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Good

EQ Settings

No

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

No


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

Throat mic

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Good

Voice Enhancement

Yes; throat mic available

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

Throat mic


Analog Cable

N/A

Digital Cable

No

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

N/A

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

No

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

No


Mobile

BlueDio Brand R 8 Track Hi-fi Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 HeadsetMostly a mobile headset, the BlueDio R 8 is one of the best headsets no matter the purpose. OF course, it is capable of helping you with your calls, but it’s just suitable for watching TV, listening to music and, as you can guess, gaming.

Since it utilizes Bluetooth 3.0, it is compatible with PlayStation and Xbox. That said, it has not been tested on either of those platforms, and that means there is no guarantee it will work. It would be better to consider buying something else unless you need it for your phone first and foremost. If that is the case don’t forget to get back to us and tell us how it worked with your console, if it did at all.

How many drivers do you think a pair of headphones has? Two? Guess again. The R8 headset comes with eight drivers, including a pair of deep bass 50 mm drivers. This is one of the best audio setups you can have for the money. As for gaming… It’s well, adequate. Thanks to the wired 3.5 connector, it’s guaranteed to work with anything that has a jack, which includes any PC, however, it’s wireless capabilities are more limited.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

280 g / 9.88 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear Controls

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

820 g / 28.92 oz

Ear Cups

Leatherette

Connection

wireless / wired

Product Class

Mobile


Frequency Response

10 Hz – 22,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

Yes


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

N/A

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Excellent

Voice Enhancement

Yes

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

In-Built


Battery Time

up to 28 hours

Standby Time

up to 1,300 hours

Charging Time

3 – 5 hours

Standard

Bluetooth 4.0

AVRCP

A2DP,AVRCP,HFP,HSP

Range

20 m / 65.6 ft

Transmitter

N/A

Xbox 360 Compatible

Not tested

Xbox One Compatible

Not tested

PlayStation 3 Compatible

Not tested

PlayStation 4 Compatible

Not tested

PC Compatible

Not tested

Mobile Compatible

Yes


Analog Cable

3.5 mm

Digital Cable

Micro USB

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

3.5 mm

In-Line Controls

N/A

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

N/A

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


Velodyne vBold Over-Ear Bluetooth Headphone with Built-in MicOne look at this headset is enough to realize this is not your average headset, no sir. It is something unique and sophisticated. It is something that will make you stand out.

The headset is compatible with any Bluetooth capable device, which Xbox and PlayStation are. It has not been tested with either of them but again, it is not intended for gamers, although they can use this headset for gaming on mobile platforms, particularly those from the Apple ecosystem.

The headset uses the aptX® coding, and that allows for impeccable sound transducing.

The Velodyne vBold comes with intuitive on-ear controls and a rechargeable battery able to work for up to 10 hours straight. It is not ideal for anything but listening to music and making phone calls, but it’s still pretty good, and that’s what matters. Besides, it’s perfect for those who need headset for their phones, as it supports EDR, A2DP v1.2, AVRCP v1.0, HSP v1.2, and HFP v1.6 Bluetooth communication protocols.

The wireless range is quite standard, about 30 feet. It’s actually a little less than what most other headsets offer, but it’s still usable.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

N/A

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

No

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

860 g / 1.9 lbs

Ear Cups

Unique design

Connection

wireless / wired

Product Class

Mobile


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

Yes


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

N/A

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Excellent

Voice Enhancement

Yes

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

In-Built


Battery Time

up to 10 hours

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

N/A

Standard

Bluetooth 2.1

AVRCP

EDR, A2DP v1.2, AVRCP v1.0, HSP v1.2, HFP v1.6

Range

10 m / 30 ft

Transmitter

N/A

Xbox 360 Compatible

Not tested

Xbox One Compatible

Not tested

PlayStation 3 Compatible

Not tested

PlayStation 4 Compatible

Not tested

PC Compatible

Not tested

Mobile Compatible

Yes


Analog Cable

3.5 mm audio bypass cable

Digital Cable

Micro USB

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

3.5 mm audio bypass cable

In-Line Controls

N/A

Cable length

1.2 m / 4 ft

Adaptors

N/A

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


Mpow Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear, Hi-Fi Stereo Wireless HeadsetThe Mpow Bluetooth headset has a lot of features many gaming headsets lack. It is durable, it s comfortable, it’s noiseless and it’s Hi-Fi capable, despite being designed for mobiles phones. The drivers are 40 mm in diameter, though, but it’s standard for gaming headphones, so you could still enjoy nice sound.

Many headsets and headphones come with active noise canceling system. They have their advatages but they can only do so much. In the end, all of them rely on sophisticated algorithms, and no matter how smart they are, mistakes happen and noise gets through, to say nothing of distortions. On top of that, active noise cancelation is bad for battery.

Most headsets, especially mobile headsets are made from plastic. They are extremely fragile, although cheap. Some of the better headsets are made from aluminum. This metal is lightweight and durable. But not as durable as stainless steel, and that’s the metal the Mpow headset is made from.

Combined with memory protein cushions, this makes is some of the most convenient headsets both for mobile and gaming.

GeneralSpeakersMicWireless ConnectivityWired Connectivity
Weight

310 g / 11 oz

Wearing Style

Over-ear double-sided headband

Built-In Sound Controls

On-Ear Controls

Voice Prompts

No

Package weight

408 g / 14.4

Ear Cups

Protein leather

Connection

wireless / wired

Product Class

Mobile


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20,000 Hz

Rich Bass

Yes

Sound Channel Type

Stereo

Sound Quality

Excellent

EQ Settings

N/A

THD

N/A

On-Ear Controls

Yes


Frequency Response

N/A

Mic Type

N/A

Noise-canceling

Yes

Sound Quality

Excellent

Voice Enhancement

Yes

Mic Sensitivity

N/A

Mic Placement

In-Built


Battery Time

up to 15 hours

Standby Time

N/A

Charging Time

4 hours

Standard

Bluetooth 4

AVRCP

Yes

Range

10 m / 33 ft

Transmitter

N/A

Xbox 360 Compatible

Not tested

Xbox One Compatible

Not tested

PlayStation 3 Compatible

Not tested

PlayStation 4 Compatible

Not tested

PC Compatible

Not tested

Mobile Compatible

Yes


Analog Cable

3.5 mm audio

Digital Cable

Micro USB

Sound Card

No

Audio Connector

3.5 mm audio

In-Line Controls

No

Cable length

N/A

Adaptors

No

Xbox 360 Ready

No

Xbox One Ready

No

PlayStation 3 Ready

No

PlayStation 4 Ready

No

PC Ready

Yes

Mobile Ready

Yes


FAQ

Wireless Equipment Conflict
Owners of wired headset may be restricted in many ways but there is one thing they don’t have to suffer.

It’s the conflict of their wireless equipment.

Wireless devices have the ability to work at any frequency. However, there is one thing that stops them from doing so. That one thing is known as law.

Radio equipment is heavy restricted for civilian use. There are not many bands available for consumer devices. The most used one is 2.4 GHz. That means, most of your devices are using this band. When you put them close to each other, they will start, figuratively speaking, fight. The signal will mix and data will be lost. It’s not quite that simple, and there are ways to ensure that happens as little as possible, but it does happen, and wireless headsets are some of the most vulnerable devices when it comes to signal latency. They are meant for real-time voice communication, after all.

How to solve this problem?
A permanent solution would be to get a headset that does not rely on the 2.4 GHz band. Is it possible? Yes! There are headsets that utilize the 5 GHz band. However, this is often their only advantage. That doesn’t mean they are inherently deficient, however, most of the best headsets only utilize the 2.4 GHz band.

Another permanent solution would be not to use a wireless headset at all. The disadvantages are self-evident, you can get tangled in the cord. On the upside, nothing will interfere with the sound.

The most efficient way to remove interference is to arrange all of your wireless equipment in such a way that would prevent interference. It’s quite easy to do.

Make sure your Wi-Fi router is far enough both from your headset and the transmitter unless the headset is connected via the router.

Do not plug the transmitter near another wireless dongle.

Use a wired keyboard and mouse when playing as that will not just eliminate interference but will also make your game smoother and prevent dangerous control lags.

Do not place your phone next to you unless it’s necessary, especially if it is using a wireless connection at the moment. The phone can easily disrupt the signal.

What is an RGB headset?
An RGB headset is a headset that can be customized with the help of RGB led lighting. It’s a pretty impressive feature, but it’s also quite useless. You cannot see your own ear when you’re playing, nor can you see the ear pads. The only people who can see you are you teammates, and even then it’s not always like that. But even if they can see you, the novelty of a RGB headset will wear off quickly.

RGB lighting is a neat bonus, if only because you get to choose from more than 16 million colors, but it’s a bonus. You should not purchase such a headset because of how it looks.

How to connect my headset to my console?
The first thing you should is to check up the manual. It should be there somewhere. But not every headset comes with proper instructions, and some are not designed for consoles to begin with, even if they can be connected to them.

Both Xbox and PlayStation utilize non-standard setups, although they do use standard connectors. Sony in particular is one of the companies behind the S/PIDF sound standard, and it’s only natural their console would make use of it as well.

There are generally three ways to connect you headset: wireless, via a standard electric cord and via a fiber optic cable that utilizes the RCA connector. However, what connects to what is exactly what most people are confused about.

Xbox is usually connected via a dual RCA, white and red, and HDMI. There is no single possible setup. Usually, a headset is connected to the Xbox via an RCA splitter, an HDMI port, or to the TV which is in turn connect to the console. Several configurations are possible.

Do note that Xbox controllers have a 3.5 jack for chat. This lets you talk and hear your teammates but the game sound will not go through. Alternatively, you can configure your audio in such a way that chat will not be available. Please, be careful.

PS is very similar to Xbox in what ports it uses, however, its configurations are slightly different. For instance, when using the HDMI cable for video and not the A/V cable, you sound route the sound through the TV.

The types of cable you will need to hook slightly differ as well.

Surround Sound

It is already explained in some of the reviews, however, if you’re not feeling particularly patient, here is a TL;DR version.

As a rule, surround sound is achieved by utilizing at least four speakers. A sub-woofer may also be used, but a single one is sufficient because the human ear is not good at determining the source of really low frequencies. Of course, the number of speakers and sub-woofers doesn’t have to be limited. You can easily build a system with 7 speakers and 1 sub-woofer, and that is the origin of the term “7.1”.

The more speakers there are, the easier it is to create the illusion of 3D sound. But what about headphones? They only have two, right?

Well, yes. But that doesn’t mean a lot. For starters, there are headsets with more than 2 speakers, although they are not really practical. No, the real trick is to convince you that the sound arrives from different direction. It doesn’t have to actually be surround sound.

Simple stereo is good enough most of the time. However, virtual surround sound headsets account for all the tiny differences between sounds that come from different directions. The human ear is a terrific tool, and it can hear the difference between cold and hot water being poured into a glass. Virtual surround sound headsets make use of that sensitivity. They slightly change the sounds that are supposed to come from behind, and your brain does the rest.

Author: Max Walles

Max Walles is an expert Java and Python programmer. However, he prefers not to mix his work and his free time unlike many other programmers. He loves video games, especially indie games, and he's quite an audiophile.

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