By Justin Joy
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When it comes to competitive gaming a great set of headsets is absolutely necessary in order to perform at the highest level. Being able to hear when enemies are close as well as what weapons or abilities, they have allows you to react accordingly and make a decision between flight or fight.
For longer sessions you will also want to be comfortable so build quality is very important. Now everyone knows gaming is an expensive hobby, especially considering the accessories needed to stay competitive. So, you will definitely want to consider budget when shopping for headsets.
Lastly you will also need to consider the microphone for communicating with teammates mid-match in order to make call outs and work as a single unit. Below are some of the best headsets for gaming and their pros and cons to consider.
- + Extremely comfortable.
- + Customizable to each user.
- + Top audio quality.
- – Requires a mobile device to experience its full potential.
- – Limits user experience due to needing a second device.
The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 headset offer some of the finest features for competitive gaming and deliver the next generation of audio performance. It was designed with the idea of hardcore gaming that remains comfortable for long sessions. It achieves this through aerofit ear cushions and a glasses relief system. Additionally, the magnetic plates on the ear cushions are swappable which allows the user to customize these headsets to their personal style. What’s more is that the microphone is removable for moments when you only need audio. However, a major downside to the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 requires a connection through a mobile device in order to maximize this headsets potential.
- + Fantastic build quality.
- + Overall great sound quality.
- + Incredibly comfortable.
- – Bass is weak.
- – The ear cups are slightly small.
- – The headphone controls are far down the wire.
Despite the name of this headset, you will not instantly become cool by wearing them. However, the Cooler Master MH-752 will give you an edge when it comes to competitive gaming due to its 40mm Neodymium drivers with virtual 7.1 surround sound to better hear fellow gamers insult your mom. But what is even more impressive and noteworthy with this headset is the omni directional boom mic that provides crystal clear communications while removing background noises so you can talk trash right back. The Cooler Master MH-752 also has lightweight and incredibly comfortable plush ear cups. It also features a price that won’t break the bank while still giving good quality. And lastly the hexagon logo for this headset is subtly on the sides of the ear cups to give you just enough style.
- + Comfortable fit.
- + Top-quality audio in game and out of game.
- + The option for Bluetooth and wired connection.
- – High price.
- – Battery life is shorter.
- – Wired USB connection required for 5.1 surround sound.
The Audeze Mobius won IGN’s “Best High-End Gaming Headset 2019” and it is easy to see why. This headset is powered by Audeze Planar Magnetic Drivers which provide a level of depth and realism that few headsets can match. The Audeze Mobius can be used in a wired connection or in Bluetooth, though the battery life when using Bluetooth could be longer. In addition, the surround sound is not available when used in Bluetooth mode. And on the opposite end, the wire for USB connection is short which can make using these headsets inconvenient.
- + Features a gorgeous design and build quality.
- + Customizable audio with surround sound, great bass, and noise cancelling.
- + Has an excellent microphone that provides top quality communication.
- – Several of the features are PC only.
- – Has a hefty price tag.
- – The battery performance leaves much to be desired.
The JBL Quantum 800 headset offer a beautiful and sleek design that is also quite comfortable. In addition to its build quality the JBL Quantum 800 offers an incredible audio experience that can be customized for your gaming needs. The microphone also features amazing quality, though you will want to tinker with its settings as it can be quite sensitive. These babies can also be used wired or wirelessly and can even be Bluetooth connected to a mobile device. Lastly, while there are a great number of features with the JBL Quantum 800 some of them are only available on PC. Ouch for console owners.
- + Features a great audio experience.
- + The microphone is detachable and has the ability to be monitored.
- + The headsets themselves have excellent build quality.
- – Earphones do not swivel and are not adjustable.
- – Unable to be used wirelessly.
- – Lacks any RGB or gaming designs.
The Logitech G Pro X is an excellent choice for competitive gaming despite not looking like a pair of gaming headsets. It lacks any RGB lighting and does not have adjustable ear cuffs but more than makes up for it with its other features. The Logitech G Pro X has an equalizer which removes background noise as well as efficiently filter noises to only pick up what you are saying and make sure you are hearing what is important. This allows you to communicate with teammates with maximum efficiency. Its audio and vocal capabilities make up for its Plain Jane appearance, and if that wasn’t enough the Logitech G Pro X is quite inexpensive compared to other headsets.
- + Fantastic audio quality.
- + Built in amp is great for equalizing audio.
- + Very comfortable design for long sessions.
- – Has a steep purchase price.
- – Does not have Bluetooth capabilities.
- – Requires a second HDMI connection for the built-in amp.
The ASTRO A40 stands out because it also comes equipped with the MixAmp Pro. What this amp does is equalize the audio to deliver premium quality for competitive gaming. While these headsets have a fantastic build quality to them, they do have some negatives. Anyone who wanted to use them wirelessly will be disappointed as the ASTRO A40 only has a wired connection. This is frustrating considering its high cost. That being said they come in a variety of colors and feature many different ways to customize their appearance as well as their functionality for any situation.
- + Excellent design and build quality.
- + Ease of use is a key feature.
- + The price tag will not break the bank.
- – The 7.1 channel surround sound is not the best,
- – These headsets do not have noise cancellation.
- – The wired only connection means no Bluetooth.
The Hyper X Cloud II features a sleek and simple design that can be used for gaming and everyday use. The microphone itself is removable and gives smooth communication mid-game even during tense moments. The build quality is well made allowing it to stand up to everyday use. As for the audio quality you won’t be disappointed as it features excellent bass, though the surround sound does leave something to be desired. While the device works well with PC, consoles, and mobile devices you will be stuck with wired connection as it does not feature Bluetooth capabilities.
- + Extremely comfortable for long sessions.
- + The sound quality is amazing.
- + The microphone provides excellent and smooth quality.
- – Quite an expensive pair of headsets.
- – Open backed design allows noise bleed.
Don’t let the simplistic look of the Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1X fool you because these babies are incredibly comfortable and lightweight. Not only is it comfortable, but it also features amazing audio quality with surround sound and equalization options. Unfortunately, these headsets are expensive especially when considering their minimalistic design. But in addition to the amazing audio, the microphone provides crisp and clear vocals when communicating with teammates. Finally, the Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1X are open backed headsets which means noise will bleed through and can be heard by anyone around you. However, this serves to widen the sound stage, which provides a more realistic audio experience.
- + Features beautiful and top-notch build quality.
- + The audio quality is fantastic and customizable.
- + You don’t have to sacrifice comfort to look good when wearing these headsets.
- – The short wiring requires some additional accessories for couch gaming.
- – Has a high price tag.
- – No Bluetooth capabilities.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro with GameDac is one of the finest looking headsets you can find and you won’t want it just for looks. It features an LED screen on the GameDac equalizer which allows the information to be easily readable and customizable. In addition, the headsets RGB lighting is also customizable so you can make it fit your style. Moving on to the sound will show that the SteelSeries Arctis Pro has incredible quality. It has excellent bass, treble, and the depth of its range allows the important sounds to come through when it really matters. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and SteelSeries Arctis Pro’s fatal flaw is its short wiring and lack of Bluetooth features.
- + Has excellent audio quality.
- + The microphone is quite good and has the ability to be muted.
- + Features a great level of comfort.
- – Unable to fully mute headsets.
- – Has no equalizer settings.
- – Quite expensive when compared to other headsets.
For gamers desiring studio quality sound the Sennheiser Game Ones are the perfect choice. Right out of the box the sound quality is amazing but can be further enhanced with an amp and other software. However, the Sennheiser Game Ones do not have surround sound and the open back design means there isn’t any noise isolation. The Sennheiser Game Ones comes with a high price tag that may not justify the issues it has. That being said it does possess Amazon’s Choice badge and is one of the top selling headsets for gamers due to its comfort, sound quality, and microphone quality.
Audio is one of the most important aspects of gaming and therefore you will absolutely need the right headset to get the most of your game. Whether you are interested in hearing the story or simply listening for your enemy’s footsteps a great pair of headsets make all the difference in gaming. Most headsets come with an attached microphone as well for communication with your team or calling those players that are better than you hackers. Regardless of your needs there is a pair of headsets out there just waiting to be unboxed and to cup your ears with tender care.
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