No matter what your favorite gaming platform is, whether it’s a PC, a Playstation or even an Xbox, sound is an important part of the gaming experience.
Now, if you were to invest in a surround sound speaker system which could replicate a game’s loud spatial sound effects it will probably cost you an arm and a leg, plus you wouldn’t even be able to use it to its full potential without risking a visit from the police.
So… the practical, more convenient solution is a gaming headset, which can offer an even more intimate audio experience at a small fraction of the cost.
Wired and wireless,from low budget to high end, you’ll find the top gaming headsets in the list below.
- 1. ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Headset
- 2. Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound
- 3. Sennheiser PC 360 Headset for Pro Gaming
- 4. Plantronics GameCom 780 Surround Sound Stereo PC Gaming Headset
- 5. Razer Kraken PRO
- 6. Plantronics RIG Stereo Gaming Headset
- 7. Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 Technology
- 8. Corsair Vengeance 1500 USB Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
- 9. ASTRO Gaming A40 Audio System
- 10. SteelSeries Siberia V2 Full-Size Gaming Headset
Best Gaming Headsets
1. ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Headset
The Astro Gaming A50 is probably the top gaming headset available right now and it’s fully compatible with all gaming platforms like Windows PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Mac OS X and the Xbox 360.
The headset features 5.8GHz wireless technology, thus operating at a much higher frequency than most wireless devices. This allows the multi-platform compatible Astro mixAmp to offer you less interference and more clarity and range on the wireless audio signal.
But all of this would not matter without the high quality sound this headset delivers to it’s user. The A50 incorporate custom 40mm drivers which can produce exceptionally clear audio. The headset also features Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound technology which gives better directional audio than many speaker setups.
ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Headset Video Review
2. Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound
The Logitech G930 is the #1 best-selling PC wireless gaming headset on Amazon and it’s easy to see why once you look at what it has to offer.
The G930 features an impressive wireless range delivering a strong, lag-free signal for a good 40 feet, which is way beyond what other top gaming headsets can give you. The headset incorporates second generation Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound technology, allowing you to benefit from clear positional audio.
Logitech has equipped this headset with a noise-cancelling rotating mic which does a great job at reducing background noise and conveniently auto mutes when you rotate it out of the way. The 3 programmable G-keys located on the left earcup can be easily assigned to functions for one-touch command over chat clients, music, voice morphing and more.
Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 Video Review
3. Sennheiser PC 360 Headset for Pro Gaming
Thanks to the Open Acoustic build and the large sound stage the Sennheiser PC 360 headset offers one of the best audio positioning available on a dedicated gaming headset.
The sound quality on the PC 360 is definitelly very impressive being able to deliver a deep, rich bass with clearly defined mid-range and sweet, crisp treble.
The mic on the PC 360 is a noise-canceling mic which conveniently auto mutes when you raise the boom stick and due to the reduction of ambient noise allows you to have crystal-clear conversations. Sennheiser also offers a very generous 2-year international warranty.
Sennheiser PC 360 Headset Video Review
4. Plantronics GameCom 780 Surround Sound Stereo PC Gaming Headset
The GameCom 780 gaming headset is equipped with 40-millimeter speakers that provide immersive stereo sound with deep bass and also feature Dolby Headphone and Pro Logic IIx technologies for a nearly lifelike 7.1 surround sound experience.
The 6.5 feet cord as a USB port at the end of it to plug into your PC or Mac. But as Plantronics says, the software that comes with this headset and is responsible for the 7.1 surround sound is only compatible with Windows PC systems.
The headset is equipped with a noise-canceling boom mic noticeably reduces background noise and thanks to the headset’s USB connection offers additional audio clarity.
Considered by many the best low budget gaming headset, the Plantronics GameCom 780 is a great headset with exceptional sound quality and outstanding comfort, whether you’re playing video games, listening to music, or making Internet calls.
Plantronics GameCom 780 Video Review
5. Razer Kraken PRO
The Razer Kraken Pro features high-grade 40mm neodymium magnet drivers professionally tweaked to offer a deep, strong bass response together with exceptionally clear mids and highs, while the closed earcups provide superior sound isolation from outside noise.
The headset comes with a 4.3 feet cable which ends in a 3.5mm audio jack, making this headset fully compatible with any smartphone or tablet, iPod, MP3 players and even Kindle devices. And the 6.6 feet extension cable which ends in two 3.5mm separate audio connectors allows you to connect the headset to your PC/Mac computer or laptop.
The Kraken Pro has a retractable boom mic that comes out of the left earcup and can be easily adjusted into any position you’d like. Weighing only 293 g, the Razer Kraken Pro headset is among the lightest gaming headsets, making it very comfortable for longer gaming sessions.
Razer Kraken PRO Video Review
6. Plantronics RIG Stereo Gaming Headset
The Plantronics RIG gaming headset together with the Plantronics Gaming Mixer allows for full compatibility with multiple gaming platforms like the Xbox 360, PS3, PCs and MACs, as well as smartphones and tablets.
Altough the 40mm drivers Plantronics headset delivers high quality stereo sound, the real star is the RIG mixer, a small, circular device that allows you to manage various settings for your RIG aswell as connecting it to different devices.
Another cool feature is the 2 swapable microphones that come with the headset, an inline mic with remote for when using the headset with your phone and a noise canceling boom mic for intense gaming sessions.
Plantronics RIG Stereo Gaming Headset Video Review
7. Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 Technology
The Logitech G430 gaming headset features 7.1 Dolby surround sound technology, which positiones the user in the center of a 360-degree sound stage allowing for crystal clear positional audio.
The G430 connects directly to the PC through two 3.5mm jacks, one for the mic and one for the headphones. The headset also comes with USB adapter to help you keep your sound card jacks available for speakers.
Logitech designed this headset to be lightweight but with a durable build. The soft breathable earcups are designed to offer maximum comfort even after long gaming sessions. If you’re in the market for a great under $100, 7.1 surround sound headset, then the G430 is exactly what you’re looking for.
The software that comes with the headset is fully compatible with all the latest versions of Windows, including Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Video Review
8. Corsair Vengeance 1500 USB Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
The Corsair Vengeance 1500 USB headset features high fidelity 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound technology, being able to offer positional audio with pinpoint accuracy. The headset is a closed-back design with extra-wide, extra-deep memory foam earcups that allow comfortable use even for long gaming periods.
The Vengeance 1500 is a PC gaming headset compatible with all the latest Windows versions. The unidirectional, noise canceling mic is tuned to capture your voice loudly and clearly, while blocking out background noise from outside your game.
The large 50mm drivers the headset is outfitted with provide exceptional sound quality with a strong bass response that blends well with the crystal-clear highs and prominent mids.
Corsair Vengeance 1500 Video Review
9. ASTRO Gaming A40 Audio System
The ASTRO Gaming A40 headset comes with the MixAmp 5.8 system which includes a base transmitter and small oval-shaped receiver, the second of which must be connected to the A40 headphones. Thanks to the Astro MixAmp you can use this headset on almost every gaming platform including PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Windows and Mac OS X.
The A40 is among the top Dolby 7.1 Surround sound headsets, providing life-like positional audio allowing you to accurately pinpoint the direction from which the sound is coming from.
When it comes to sound reproduction quality, the headset offers a deep, powerful but not overwhelming bass response coupled together with crips, clear mids and highs. The boom mic that comes with the A40 headset can be easily attached to the left or the right earcup depeding on your preference.
ASTRO Gaming A40 Audio System Video Review
10. SteelSeries Siberia V2 Full-Size Gaming Headset
The SteelSeries Siberia V2 headset is among the most comfortable gaming headsets available right now, with it’s lightweight build and the soft, padded inner band that is tethered by four thin metal cables that extend out to automatically adjust to your head while wearing it.
The headset features a retractable boom mic which can be hidden in the left earcup.
The exceptional sound quality is delivered by the large 50mm drivers which give you crystal clear highs that blend perfectly with the crisp mids and the strong bass response.
The Siberia V2 gaming headset also comes with an inline remote which allows you to easily control sound volume manually.
SteelSeries Siberia V2 Headset Video Review
More Headphones: Best Studio Headphones
Back to Best Running Headphones