Over the previous few years, we’ve examined over 100 gaming headsets from all kinds of firms. We’ve targeted on over-ear headsets that cowl your entire ear and passively block out background sounds by making a seal across the ear, although we’ve additionally examined a few open-back headsets which have the identical over-ear design however don’t block out background sounds. On-ear headphones relaxation on the ear, however the fashion isn’t widespread amongst gaming headsets as a result of the sound leaks out an excessive amount of in consequence. And a handful of in-ear gaming headsets exist, however we discovered them horrible sounding and uncomfortable.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha S is much like the Cloud Alpha however has (pointless) extras like bass sliders and USB encompass sound. In our exams, the Cloud Alpha S produced worse sound—vocals and treble sounded harsh and ugly—and weaker bass. On high of that, the Cloud Alpha S is PC appropriate solely. The included 3.5 mm cable is brief, and the amount and mute capabilities are on the USB DSP, so you should use them solely when the headset is plugged in through USB.
The HyperX Cloud II comes near the Cloud Alpha in efficiency and construct high quality. Though the Cloud II’s USB DAC provides encompass sound, the management field is cumbersome. The HyperX Cloud Core is cheaper than the Cloud Alpha however doesn’t sound nearly as good. None of our panel discovered the HyperX Cloud Revolver comfy.
We found throughout testing that the HyperX Cloud Orbit and Audeze Mobius are almost equivalent—they’ve the identical drivers and sound profile, and really comparable tuning. (The Mobius has Bluetooth and head monitoring and the Orbit S has head monitoring however no Bluetooth, whereas the Orbit has neither.) The Cloud Orbit was comfy, and it sounded higher than another headset we examined due to its planar magnetic drivers. But it surely value $300 on the time of our overview, its battery lasts solely 10 hours at 50 p.c quantity, and it’s important to cost it to make use of it even over a 3.5 mm connection.
The Sennheiser Recreation One was our earlier favourite open-back headset, however our latest panel testers discovered the clamping pressure uncomfortable; it additionally leaked extra sound than the Audio-Technica ATH-PDG1, and its microphone had worse noise isolation. Our panel discovered the Sennheiser GSP 300’s clamping pressure uncomfortable and didn’t just like the cut up headband design.
Our earlier testers preferred the Sennheiser GSP 550, however the encompass sound doesn’t justify the excessive worth. The GSP 500 is bulkier however sounds much like the Recreation One. The Sennheiser Recreation Zero’s bass was disappointing; we missed the Recreation One’s spacious, immersive high quality. The Sennheiser GSP 350 was fairly noisy, and its Dolby Headphone processing is among the many worst we’ve heard. Though the Sennheiser GSP 600 sounded wonderful, nevertheless it didn’t match nicely on massive heads.
The Astro A40 TR sounded good in our exams, nevertheless it’s sometimes costlier than our picks. It’s additionally heavy at 13.1 ounces with the mic connected, and the headscarf design concentrated that weight in a small band digging into the highest of my head.
The Fnatic React was uncomfortable; our panel testers all famous clamping in entrance of their ears and weren’t in a position to get a seal behind their ears. It added a lispy high quality to vocals, and we anticipate to see a detachable cable on a headset this costly.
We couldn’t get nearly as good of a seal on the Audio-Technica ATH-PG1 in contrast with our high picks, so the headset leaked extra sound, was much less correct, and had a smaller soundstage.
The Asus ROG Delta Core was unfastened and uncomfortable, and its cable isn’t removable. The Cooler Grasp MH650 was additionally unfastened, and the headscarf dug into the highest of my head; its bass reached up into decrease vocals, and mids and highs sounded harsh and ugly. Corsair’s Void Professional was comically unfastened on smaller heads.
The Asus ROG Strix Fusion 300 was one of many worst-sounding headsets we examined. Vocals sounded tin-canny, and bass sounded messy, reaching into decrease vocals.
Weighing 1 pound 2 ounces with the microphone, the Asus ROG Theta Electret was the heaviest headset we examined. It felt extraordinarily heavy and uncomfortable, and it lacks fundamental options akin to audio controls and a removable cable.
The Audio-Technica ATH-G1 did not deal with sonically dense materials nicely; two of our panelists described it as sounding “fuzzy” when numerous completely different sounds had been occurring directly. The earpads are creaky, and it lacks a detachable cable.
The Logitech G Professional (981-000811) and Logitech G Professional X Gaming Headset with Blue Voice each clamped uncomfortably on the cheekbones, and their stiff headbands lacked padding.
Our testers discovered the Logitech G Professional (981-000719) comfy, nevertheless it felt low-cost as a result of its lighter plastic supplies. It wasn’t as comfy because the Cloud Alpha, and it had worse sound. None of our testers preferred the Logitech G433’s material shell. The Logitech G533 has shallow earcups, and the load distribution makes the set really feel prefer it’ll fall off your head. The G633 Artemis Spectrum felt low-cost, and we apprehensive about its sturdiness.
The Razer Kraken V2 (2017) was too bass-heavy in our exams, and the headset is cumbersome. The Kraken V2 TE sometimes prices extra, has a dongle that provides encompass sound our testers didn’t like, and nonetheless sounds too bass-heavy. The Razer Thresher feels low-cost for the value.
The Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1X and ATH-AG1X are costly and tuned to enchantment to audiophiles, with numerous emphasis on excessive frequencies, which doesn’t play nicely in video games.
The Turtle Seaside Elite Atlas Professional wasn’t as comfy because the Cloud Alpha, and we discovered that the metal band on high had an inclination to vibrate unpleasantly.
The Razer Nari Final options haptic suggestions, basically a rumble pack on your cranium. The headset shakes based mostly on bass response, which feels extra distracting than useful. In Overwatch, footsteps steadily triggered the haptics. In a rhythm sport like Thumper, the place it ought to have excelled, it simply gave us a nasty headache, particularly once we had been sporting glasses.
The Rocatt Khan Professional, Khan AIMO, and Cross all felt low-cost. The few critiques on Amazon for every mannequin recommend reliability issues.
In our exams, the HP Omen Mindframe produced muddy, chaotic sound that made it tough for us to differentiate between ranges, particularly vocals. The Mindframe contains “energetic cooling know-how” for the earcups, which works but in addition makes the headset cumbersome and heavy. It’s notably uncomfortable in case you put on earrings, which act as a conductor.
Price range headsets
Our earlier funds decide, the Corsair HS50, has since been changed by the HS50 Professional. We had points with sound slicing out on the Corsair HS60, and that pair was not comfy for lengthy intervals.
The Razer Kraken X clamped tightly on our testers’ heads, and its microphone picked up a whole lot of breath.
The Logitech G332 clamped uncomfortably behind our testers’ ears whereas the headscarf dug into the highest of every wearer’s head. The stiffer earpad materials was notably uncomfortable for testers with glasses.
The Anker Soundcore Strike 1 and Anker Soundcore Strike 3 had been too tall for 2 of our testers. The headsets stayed in place with sheer, uncomfortable clamping pressure.
The Razer Kraken 2019 was massive and uncomfortably heavy, and it produced overwhelming and messy bass.
Whereas the PuroGamer Quantity Restricted Gaming Headset clamped excessively on the high of our panel testers’ ears, it didn’t cowl their ears on the backside.
The Corsair HS35 Stereo had itchy, creaky earpads, and the headscarf dug into the highest of my head.
The Turtle Seaside Recon Spark and Recon 70 had been each virtually too small for my 21.5-inch head, and so they had small earpads that smushed my ears.
The Astro A10 is uncomfortable and heavy, and the entire headset’s weight sits on a single level on the highest of the cranium.
In our exams, the Plantronics Rig 600’s mic was tinny and hole. Our testers discovered the Rig Flex and Rig 500E uncomfortable.
The Turtle Seaside Atlas One sounded good for a $50 headset, nevertheless it had worse construct high quality than the Corsair HS50 Professional.
The SteelSeries Arctis 1 and Arctis 1 Wi-fi had been unfastened sufficient for me to shake off; additionally they had shallow, itchy, creaky earcups that sounded flat and lacked bass.
The PDP LVL50 and LVL50 Wi-fi felt low-cost, and the sliding headband was tough to maintain in place.
Testers with bigger heads discovered the Razer Electra V2 uncomfortable.
We just like the Cooler Grasp MH670’s compatibility, and it really works as a wired headset through a 3.5 mm plug if the battery dies. However our testers discovered that the versatile headband concentrated the headset’s weight uncomfortably at a single level, and our largest-headed tester couldn’t get the headset to take a seat symmetrically.
The Sennheiser GSP 370 sounded nice, and the corporate claims 100 hours of battery life (which we weren’t in a position to take a look at), however two of our testers discovered the clamping pressure and cut up headband to be uncomfortable.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Wi-fi is much like the Cloud Flight however has about half the battery life.
The Corsair HS70 Professional Wi-fi provides wi-fi to our funds decide, nevertheless it was too tall and unfastened for 2 of our panelists.
The Asus ROG Strix Go 2.4, the one USB-C headset we’ve examined to this point, lacked bass and readability in highs and made vocals sound sibilant and harsh.
The heavy Asus ROG Strix Fusion Wi-fi dug into the highest of our panelists’ heads and had an excessive amount of clamping pressure. It produced an excessive amount of bass and made vocals sound hole, and the earcup gesture controls had been unreliable.
The Turtle Seaside Stealth 600 headset had itchy, creaky-sounding earpads and wasn’t comfy for glasses wearers.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 (2019 version) and the costlier wired Arctis Professional sounded nearly as good because the Cloud Flight, however as with the Arctis 3 (2019 version) and its wi-fi counterpart, our testers discovered the suspension headband uncomfortable.
The HyperX Cloud Combine is principally the identical because the Cloud II, with the addition of Bluetooth. Except you’re in search of a multipurpose headset, we don’t assume it’s price the additional cash.
The LucidSound LS31 sounds good, however as with the wired LS25, the earcup controls felt low-cost, and the headset was uncomfortable to make use of.
The Razer Nari lacks the Nari Final’s ridiculous haptics however sounds muddy.
What about ModMics?
Antlion Audio’s ModMics are separate microphones you possibly can connect to a pair of headphones you already personal. The ModMic USB was the very best of the choices we examined, however with that mannequin you’re working two wires out of your headphones to your PC. It often prices $70 to $80; for that worth, you may virtually purchase our high decide.
The ModMic Uni prices round $50 however gives poor high quality; our budget-pick headset is often the identical worth and has a greater microphone. The ModMic Wi-fi prices round $120, supplies solely round 12 hours of battery life, and in our exams did not cancel background noise in addition to our picks did.
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