Competing with the other gamers boosts your competitive side, making you to play for long hours. It’s not just about the curved, ultra wide monitor with the best picture even though it will give you a top-notch immersive gaming experience, but also the sounds produced by the game. When the game involves team playing, communications must be present to all the players to be able to conduct a strategy and some techniques. It would be a hassle and sometimes, will result to an annoyance if you would stop in the middle of the game to type the things you want to say to your fellow players. Your headset should give you the maximum comfort you deserve. Even if you play for just a couple of hours or an all-night long gaming session, your headset must not be able to build uneasiness and annoyance in the middle of the game. Your ears and head must be given into consideration since you don’t want that to happen.

Great sound quality can be achieved if you a good set of the headset. A good set of the headset will lead you to an immersive experience. Choosing a headset might lead to dizziness since there are a number of headsets already in the market today. Thus, we are here to an already narrowed-down list that has already proven its worth.

 

THE TOP 5

Nowadays, the number of headsets in the market is increasing whether it is from the same manufacturer or not. They differ in size, shape, style and specifically, some of the features. Below are the top 5 best headsets in the market today.

HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset

HyperX KHX-H3CL/WR Cloud Gaming Headset for PC, Xbox One, Xbox One S, PS4, PS4 Pro, Mac, Mobile and VR - Black
  • Extremely comfortable light weight headset with leatherette memory foam ear cups and extra set of velour ear cups
  • Over-the Ear headphone with noise isolating ear cups and detachable microphone
  • 53mm hifi capable drivers with 15-25khz frequency response
  • Compatibility with PCs, notebooks, tablets, mobile phones, airplane adapters, and PS4 consoles
  • Two year warranty

The HyperX Cloud headset is designed to fit your gaming needs. It has a virtual 7.1 surround sound for your PC domination station. It offers a good and adjustable design with a high-quality sound with a price of $77.76.

The ear cups are large enough to circumscribe your entire ear. This is an interchangeable ear pad in which you can choose between leatherette and velour ear cushions depending on your sound profile and style that suits you well. The headband is padded with faux-leather for a maximum comfort when playing for long hours.

Pro-gaming optimized, the HyperX Cloud has a high-fidelity sound reproduction with 53mm drivers and delivers intense and crystal clear audio both in low, mid and high tones. It has also an enhanced bass-reproduction for you to be more immersed in your gaming marathon session. The microphone is detachable and has a slimmer windshield. It features noise cancellation and it is easy to plug in for gaming use. It is plugged into a small jack on the bottom of the left earpiece. It also features in-line audio control. You can mute your microphone or adjust the volume using this control.

Features

  1. Memory foam ear cushions with leatherette padded headband
  2. Solid, durable aluminum frame
  3. Hi-Fi capable with 53mm drivers
  4. Closed cup design for passive noise cancellation
  5. TeamSpeak and Discord certified
  6. Compatible with PC, Xbox One, Xbox One S, PS4, PS$ Pro, Mac, Mobile, and VR.

 

HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset for PC, Xbox One¹, PS4, Wii U (HX-HSCS-BK/NA)
  • Lightweight headset with 90-degree rotating ear cups.
  • 50mm directional drivers for Audio precision.
  • Hyperx signature Memory foam. Adjustable steel Slider.
  • Intuitive Volume control on headset ear cup.
  • Swivel-to-mute noise-cancellation Microphone. Multi-platform compatibility.

The HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset offers an excellent audio quality for a cheap price of $49.99. It has an attractive design with easy to use adjustment giving you maximum comfort for long gaming sessions. Cloud Stinger is a wired stereo headset with a large red HyperX logo on each ear cup.

The Stinger is compatible with anything that has a standard 3.5mm port in which it can be connected to mobile devices and games consoles. It has an adjustable headband which can be fitted to any size of the head. The headband also has a right amount of padding underneath and comes covered in faux leather.

The ear cups can be rotated to a 90-degree angle for an adaptive fit. It is made from signature HyperX memory foam covered with a faux-leather. Even if you wore glasses, it will still give you a maximum comfort to your ears during marathon gaming sessions. It also weighs 275g in which it can’t be compressed against your head and at the same time doesn’t slip when moving.

It offers a large built-in noise-cancelling microphone directly attached to the left earcup. It is capable of reducing background noise for clearer voice quality. You can conveniently mute the microphone by flipping it vertically against your head.

The 50mm directional drivers are parallel to the ear in such a way that it is positioned directly into the ear for a more precise sound quality. The volume slider is located on the bottom of the right earcup for an easy access when you want to adjust the audio volume.

Features

  1. 90-degree rotating ear cups
  2. 50 mm directional drivers for audio precision
  3. HyperX signature memory foam
  4. Adjustable steel slider
  5. Volume control on the headset ear cup
  6. Noise cancellation
  7. Multi-platform compatibility

 

Razer Kraken Pro V2 Analog Gaming Headset

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Razer Kraken Pro V2 - Noise Isolating Analog Black Gaming Headset with Retractable Mic - Compatible with PC, Xbox One & Playstation 4
  • To provide you with greater audio immersion, the 50 mm RazerTM custom tuned drivers have been designed and tuned to deliver richer audio than ever before.
  • The unique sound signature of these impressive drivers produces crystal clear highs and rumbling lows that will put you in the middle of the action.
  • Optimum form has been an integral focus in the design of the Razer Kraken Pro V2. No matter how long your gaming sessions are, you'll feel as comfortable as a pro.
  • Made of Bauxite aluminum, the new and improved headband of the Razer Kraken Pro V2 is both lightweight and extremely flexible, so you get greater durability, without sacrificing comfort.
  • Fully-retractable microphone with in-line remote for crystal clear communication.

The Razer Kraken Pro V2 is a mid-range wired analog gaming headset designed for eSports Pros.  It only costs $79.99 which is affordable with so many features to offer.

This all-black headset features large and extra-cushy ear cups covering your ears adequately. The headband is layered with faux-leather material with”Razer”etched into it. Its underneath comes with a shallow sheet of foam coated in cloth.

The microphone is a unidirectional retractable attached to the left side of the headset giving you a crystal-clear communication. It is completely flexible and allows you to adjust it according to your preference.

This Razer Kraker Pro V2 has 50 mm audio drivers offering you a louder and richer soundstage. You can control the volume or mute the mic with its inline remote control and mic splitter adapter cable so that you’re not being disturbed in accessing the control on the desktop.

Features

  1. 50 MM audio drivers
  2. Bauxite aluminum frame
  3. Fully retractable microphone with inline remote
  4. Noise cancellation
  5. Multi-platform compatibility such as PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, and mobile.

 

Sennheiser GAME ONE PC Gaming Headset

Sennheiser GAME ONE Gaming Headset - White
  • Open-back design keeps head cool while delivering extreme sonic clarity and accuracy courtesy of Sennheiser's model specific transducer technology (50-ohm)
  • Modern, lightweight yet robust design featuring plush velour covered XXL ear pads for extreme comfort
  • Crystal-clear conversations ensured with the professional quality noise-canceling microphone that automatically mutes when boom arm is raised
  • Volume control conveniently located on right ear cup. Braided fabric cable
  • Two year warranty

This Sennheiser Game One is a German-engineered headset. It is made of high-grade white plastic with red and black trim. You can also choose the typical red and black headset. The plastic is smooth and glossy, solid and well-constructed.

The earcups and headband are black padded, coated with a fleece-like material. This Game One features large plush velvet ear pads. Ear pads clasp to your head firmly without being too tight. The fit is good in which the cushioned headband offers plenty of adjustments. This headset is an open design in which air can be led through to your eyes keeping your ears from sweating in an all-night long gaming session.

A boom mic is attached to the left earcup. The microphone is flexible and provides high-end noise cancellation. You can assure that you can communicate with a crystal clear voice. At the right ear cup is the intuitive volume controls. It also features a mute function in the microphone. You just simply lift the mic up and a click will signify that the mic is muted already. When you want to use the mic again, just fold it down in front of your face again and the mic is on again.

The Game One is compatible with PC, Mac, consoles with a 3.5 mm audio port, Mobile, and Tablets.

Features

  1. Open-design ear cups
  2. Hi-Fi Sound
  3. Large plush velvet ear pads
  4. Two Sennheiser Transducers Technology
  5. Noise-Canceling Microphone
  6. Multi-platform compatible

 

LucidSound LS30 Wireless Universal Gaming Headset

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LucidSound LS30 - Wireless Universal Gaming Headset (Black) - PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile Devices
  • Combat Ready with Surround Sound with Windows 10 and Xbox One
  • Engineered to win with Reliable Wireless Audio
  • Revolutionary new game and chat control system
  • Advanced Dual Mic System with Mic Monitoring
  • Long-lasting rechargeable battery, and Superior Comfort For Long Play Sessions

The LucidSound LS30 is a wireless gaming headset. It is not your typical red and black headset, but instead, it is in the two-tone silver/black color scheme giving you a refreshingly neutral gaming headset. It is a mid-range headset that is suitable if you are looking for a headset that can be used aside from gaming.

The ear cups are padded with large leatherette pads that can fully enclose your ears. It is connected to a metallic bank rather that plastic imitating metal.  The headband is padded as well, giving the top of your head no pressure.

Controls are simple and easy to find. Integrated control wheel and center buttons are both located in each ear cup. There is a button on the right cup wherein you can switch between normal, extra bass and extra treble modes.

It offers a dual microphone that can be used both for your gaming session and for mobile use. It is both removable and flexible. This integrated mic is located on the right side of the ear cup. You can quickly mute the game and chat audio by pressing the center button on the left ear cup.

Since it is wireless, this headset is powered by a battery, It has a battery life of up to 15 hours, which is still good enough for a long gaming session. Despite being wireless, the LS30 still needs to be plugged into a controller.

Features

  1. Rechargeable battery with Micro USB Charge Port
  2. Two Mics with mic-monitoring
  3. 50mm Speakers with EQ modes
  4. Memory foam pad
  5. Multi-platform Wireless Audio including Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER

To acquire the best headset, you must have knowledge of the factors that must be considered when buying.

Microphone
At first, players had to type the messages when communicating with the other players. These are still happening right now. However, some of the introduced headsets have made things much easier by allowing you to speak with the other players instead of typing while still in the middle of the game. To allow such verbal communication, a microphone is attached to most of the gaming headsets. There are two types of microphones: Omnidirectional microphone and unidirectional microphone.

Omnidirectional: These types of microphone pick up sound from all directions equally. These are meant to sound natural and open.
Unidirectional: These microphones are more focused on a single direction only.

Features

Sensitivity

-Low
-High

Directionality

–  Many
–  Single

Distortion

– Low
– High

Proximity Effect

– No
– Yes

Gain Before Feedback

– Low
– High

Audio feedback

– Slow
– Fast

Channel Separation

Near field: Good
Diffuse field: Less Precise
Near field: Good
Diffuse field: Good

Off-axis Colouration

– Smooth and even
– Typically less smooth

 

Features Definition

Sensitivity: It is measured by the ability of a microphone to convert acoustic pressure into an electric voltage. Sensitivity is the magnitude of the volume of sound that a microphone can pick such that sensitivity is referred to be the loudness of the sound.

Directionality: Directionality describes the microphone’s sensitivity to sound from different directions.

Distortion: A microphone is prone to be distorted when it is overdriven by the loudness of the sounds.

Proximity Effect: The proximity effect is the sudden change in the frequency response as you move the mic closer to the source. In other words, it is the increase in bass or low-frequency response when the microphone is near the sound source.

Gain Before Feedback: GBF or Gain-Before-Feedback refers to the loudness of the sound system can be turned up before audio feedback occurs.

Audio Feedback: It is simply known as feedback in which it occurs when a sound loop exists between an audio input and output. Feedback is when a sound signal to a microphone is amplified and used to drive a loudspeaker, some of the amplified sound returns back to the microphone and is amplified again. It is known to be the factor which limits the maximum amplification of a sound system or a microphone.

Channel Separation: It is the ratio between direct and indirect sound. It tells you the measurement of the separation between signal channels. The amounts of channel separation is inversely proportional to the crosstalk per item.

Off-axis Colouration: It is referring to the colored effect to an audio source that is not directly in front of a transducer. Thus, it is the deterioration of the tone quality of sounds arriving off-center to the microphone.

As you can see, having a unidirectional microphone is better than omnidirectional microphones. This will give you a crystal clear voice chat. Nevertheless, you must also see to it that it has the ability to cancel noise. Noise Cancellation is responsible for preventing you from hearing static or background sound from your room. It allows the microphone to transmit and receive your voice alone.

 

Wired or Wireless

Headsets can either be wired or wireless. Wired gaming headset connects to the gaming console via wires. It doesn’t have a limited battery life. You don’t have to charge it since the computer is considered to be its power source. This will be convenient if you are planning to play for longer hours. On the other hand, wireless gaming headset uses a USB plug rather than an audio plug. This USB plug offers more power to the headset and it eliminates the hassle of dealing with the wires. It can either be used with disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries.

 

Wired

Wireless

Does not need to be charged

Less price

Must be charged

Limited battery life

Costly

Offers additional features/technology

 

Sound Quality
The quality of the sound produced is determined according to your preferences. You may enjoy more bass while others don’t. Other gamers prefer a wider range of frequencies while you are not. But, choosing a gaming headset should have the ability to surround and secure sounds clearly and accurately.

Bass: It describes tones of low frequency, pitch, and range. The bass provides weight and power to the music. When your headset has deep bass, the sounds will not just stay in your head, but with your whole body. You will be able to feel vibrations, however, if the bass is too much, it will overpower the whole system.

Lower Limit (Hz)

Upper Limit (Hz)

Description

16

40

Deep Bass

40

100

Midbass

100

250

Upper bass

Surround Sound: It is the technique for enriching the quality of the sounds in which you will be able to experience the sound coming from different directions. With this, you will be enveloped to more powerful sounds and you can easily identify the direction from which the sound is coming.

Soundstage: The soundstage works as an illusion in such a way that it makes the sound comes from many directions and not just from one place. It should be wide enough to allow you to pick out voices, vocal, and instruments.

Noise Isolation: It passively blocks out ambient sound without the use of batteries. Extra ear cup padding and/or ear tips on a headset seals the chamber within your ear canal. It serves as your barriers from you being able to hear the noise from the environment. These barriers also help prevent people around you from hearing your music.

Comfort

You are going to wear headsets for hours when you are playing games. For this reason, you must choose a headset that will give you a maximum comfort otherwise your ears will be in a great pain. You must look carefully to the Padding, Ear Cups, Headband and lastly, the Weight.

 

Padding: The best material for padding is the Memory foam, a material used for making a mattress. Padding should not be too much that it affects the sound quality

Earcups: Earcups should be at the right size and offers enough cushioning. Ear cups affect the functionality of your headset. It should cover your ears adequately so that you will not be able to hear other noises in the environment.

Headband: Heads differ in sizes. Even identical twins don’t have the same size of the head. With that, the headset must be adjusted in order to loosen it to avoid crushing your skull or tighten the headset to make it fit perfectly without sliding off from your head. It also must be wide enough to avoid it digging into your head and exert pressure.

Weight: Weight matters. You play for hours and you move quite a lot. Even if you have a good sound quality headset with an enough cushioning, it will still not give you the maximum comfort because of the weight you are carrying. The weight depends on your reference so that it will give you a maximum comfort without sliding off your head.

Price

Some headsets are expensive and others are cheap. But, when you are on a tight budget, you must still stay within your budget. Having a headset with a low price doesn’t mean that quality is compromised. There are still headsets that will give you the best features at a low price.

 

CONCLUSION

If you are a hardcore gamer then you would know that a headset is an important apparatus in every gaming session. It brings the sound right to your ear and enables you to communicate with other players. A headset with a good sound quality that is capable of isolating you from the outside will make the game very interesting and entertaining.

As mentioned, there are many brands and models introduced these days. This could get you into confusion as to which one is best and fits for you. Every feature must be looked out such as sound quality, comfort, noise cancellation and isolation and price. The durability of a headset must be checked as well to avoid spending money for a headset in just a couple days.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

The following are some of the recommended gaming headsets, according to the situation or features you might want the most.

Best Budget Gaming Headset

HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

This lightweight headset offers 90-degree rotating ear cups. Intuitive volume control is located on the headset ear cup.  Each ear cup is padded with the HyperX signature memory foam. It also offers 50mm directional drivers for audio precision and also features swivel to mute noise cancellation microphone. You can use it with PC, Xbox One, PS4 and mobile devices. It has a single 3.5mm stereo plug and PC extension cable with dual 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs. With all the highlights stated, this gaming headset will only cost you $49.99. Cheap but offers lots of features.

 

Best Surround Sound Gaming Headset

Razer Kraken Pro V2 Analog Gaming Headset

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Razer Kraken Pro V2 - Noise Isolating Analog Black Gaming Headset with Retractable Mic - Compatible with PC, Xbox One & Playstation 4
  • To provide you with greater audio immersion, the 50 mm RazerTM custom tuned drivers have been designed and tuned to deliver richer audio than ever before.
  • The unique sound signature of these impressive drivers produces crystal clear highs and rumbling lows that will put you in the middle of the action.
  • Optimum form has been an integral focus in the design of the Razer Kraken Pro V2. No matter how long your gaming sessions are, you'll feel as comfortable as a pro.
  • Made of Bauxite aluminum, the new and improved headband of the Razer Kraken Pro V2 is both lightweight and extremely flexible, so you get greater durability, without sacrificing comfort.
  • Fully-retractable microphone with in-line remote for crystal clear communication.
 

The Razer Kraken offers you a virtual 7.1 surround sound providing you a superb stereo headset. It delivers bass-heavy music that can be both heard and felt. The bass delivered has no muddying or washing out the mids and highs as well. It offers larger drives offering you a louder and richer soundstage. Full ear coverage is padded for a softer and better sound-isolating headset. The headband is designed also to reduce the clamping force giving you a maximum comfort. It will only cost you $69.99 will let you be immersed fully in your gaming session.

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LucidSound LS30 Wireless Universal Gaming Headset

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LucidSound LS30 - Wireless Universal Gaming Headset (Black) - PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile Devices
  • Combat Ready with Surround Sound with Windows 10 and Xbox One
  • Engineered to win with Reliable Wireless Audio
  • Revolutionary new game and chat control system
  • Advanced Dual Mic System with Mic Monitoring
  • Long-lasting rechargeable battery, and Superior Comfort For Long Play Sessions

If you are into a much higher budget, then you can consider LucidSound LS30. It also offers an excellent sound quality in which you can choose different levels of bass, whether it is normal bass or extra bass and also extra treble modes. This is a wireless mid-range headset that can also be used beyond your gaming session.

 

Best Wireless Gaming Headset

LucidSound LS30 Wireless Universal Gaming Headset

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LucidSound LS30 - Wireless Universal Gaming Headset (Black) - PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile Devices
  • Combat Ready with Surround Sound with Windows 10 and Xbox One
  • Engineered to win with Reliable Wireless Audio
  • Revolutionary new game and chat control system
  • Advanced Dual Mic System with Mic Monitoring
  • Long-lasting rechargeable battery, and Superior Comfort For Long Play Sessions

The only drawback for a wireless gaming headset is that it has a limited power source, unlike the wired one. But, this LucidSound LS30 offers you a long session of playing since it has a rechargeable battery with a battery life of up to 15 hours. Other than that, it has the same features with the other mentioned wired gaming headset especially the sound quality. 

The Best Gaming Headset

HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset for PC, Xbox One¹, PS4, Wii U (HX-HSCS-BK/NA)
  • Lightweight headset with 90-degree rotating ear cups.
  • 50mm directional drivers for Audio precision.
  • Hyperx signature Memory foam. Adjustable steel Slider.
  • Intuitive Volume control on headset ear cup.
  • Swivel-to-mute noise-cancellation Microphone. Multi-platform compatibility.

This HyperX Cloud is designed to fit your gaming needs. It is a Hi-Fi capable gaming headset with 53mm drivers that delivers intense audio with crystal-clear low, mid and high tones. It also has an enhanced bass reproduction so that you can be fully immersed in your gaming experience. It comes with memory foam ear pads and an interchangeable ear cup which offers you passive noise cancellation. The headband is also padded with faux-leather. Aside for the well-cushioned earcups and headbands for maximum comfort, weight is also an important matter to those in which it only weighs 349.3 grams.