Where do we start with Steelseries‘ magnum opus, the Arctis Pro? The highly flexible, crystal-clear mic that rivals even some professional-grade audio equipment? How about the sleek, professional design that mimics stylish audiophile headphones? Or maybe it’s the headset’s plug-and-play peripherals that push hi-res sound and enable users to fine-tune EQ settings and surround sound at a much more granular scale than the competition — all without the need for extra software or downloads.

If you are on a tight budget and don't like the look or style of the HyperX Cloud Stinger, you should definitely check out the HS50 from Corsair. They are the same price as the HyperX Cloud Stinger, and extremely close in performance and comfort (for our reviewer it was as close as it gets in these type of comparisons). It's a stereo headset so there's no fancy surround sound, but that's typical at this price.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the audio performance of the Game One was just how staggering and hard-hitting its low frequencies were when necessary. Dying Light, for instance, is a particularly tactile game that mostly consists of the player thwacking zombies in the head with large metal pipes and other blunt instruments. Few headsets in our roundup came close to matching the visceral thuds the Game One rendered. In our Star Wars: Battlefront sessions, the thermal imploder bombs that occasionally wreak havoc on the battlefield felt and sounded as if they were cranked out by a good subwoofer.

Only long-term testing over the next few months will reveal whether or not the Kraken Pro V2 is as durable as its lightweight aluminum frame makes it feel, but so far we have no real concerns there. One thing we all definitely loved, though, is the retractable nature of the headset’s mic. In terms of sound quality and volume, it’s pretty much identical to that of the HyperX Cloud—in other words, it’s good enough—and our online testers never reported hearing any sound bleed between the headset and mic.


Headsets are not easy. You must sort through numerous manufacturers, hundreds of choices, and completely understand compatibility before you get down to your personal preferences of corded or wireless, over ear or headband, and what your budget will allow. When businesses or government agencies need corded or wireless headsets for improved productivity, unique applications, or specific delivery dates, they immediately turn to Headsets Direct. Founded in 1996, Headsets Direct became an industry leader providing business-grade headset solutions with discounted prices and excellent customer service. We offer wireless, corded, Bluetooth, and VoIP/PC headsets, with most models in stock and same-day shipping..
The Victrix Pro AF ANC lives up to its ridiculous name and then some, offering a truly premium experience that’s tailor-made for competitive gamers. The headset’s supremely comfortable leatherette earcups sport active noise cancelling technology for blotting out a rowdy crowd, and can even be opened up to keep your ears cool in between matches. Factor in a slick black-and-purple design and superb sound quality, and you’ve got a pair of cans perfect for folks aiming to play their Street Fighter or Call of Duty with maximum focus and precision.
But I’m still replacing it. Why? Well, aesthetics are a huge reason. If you want an indication how Logitech’s design language has shifted in the past year or so, look no further than the G933 and G533. The G933 was all sharp angles and science fiction. The G533 on the other hand is sleek, professional, restrained. With a piano-black finish and soft curves, it looks like a headset made by Audio-Technica or Sennheiser or a more mainstream audio company—not necessarily a “gaming” headset. I like it.
{ 'name': 'G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset - Black/Blue', 'id': '427922', 'price': '39.99', 'brand': 'Logitech', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 1 },{ 'name': 'VOID PRO RGB Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset- Carbon', 'id': '482459', 'price': '99.99', 'brand': 'Corsair', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 2 },{ 'name': 'Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset for PC & PS4 - Black', 'id': '470332', 'price': '', 'brand': 'HyperX', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 3 },{ 'name': 'Cloud II Gaming Headset - Gun Metal Gray', 'id': '454363', 'price': '89.99', 'brand': 'HyperX', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 4 },{ 'name': 'Arctis 7 Wireless Gaming Headset - Black (2019 Edition)', 'id': '511441', 'price': '149.99', 'brand': 'SteelSeries', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 5 },{ 'name': 'Cloud II Gaming Headset - Red', 'id': '454801', 'price': '', 'brand': 'HyperX', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 6 },{ 'name': 'VOID PRO USB Surround Sound Gaming Headset - Carbon', 'id': '482461', 'price': '79.99', 'brand': 'Corsair', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 7 },{ 'name': 'G533 Wireless Gaming Headset', 'id': '472776', 'price': '', 'brand': 'Logitech', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 8 },{ 'name': 'VOID PRO RGB Wireless Premium Gaming Headset - White', 'id': '482460', 'price': '99.99', 'brand': 'Corsair', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 9 },{ 'name': 'VOID PRO RGB Surround Sound Gaming Headset - White', 'id': '482462', 'price': '79.99', 'brand': 'Corsair', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 10 },{ 'name': 'Cloud Revolver S Gaming Headset - Black', 'id': '475409', 'price': '', 'brand': 'HyperX', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 11 },{ 'name': 'Arctis 7 Wireless Gaming Headset - White (2019 Edition)', 'id': '511440', 'price': '149.99', 'brand': 'SteelSeries', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 12 },{ 'name': 'VOID PRO Surround Sound Gaming Headset - Carbon', 'id': '482463', 'price': '79.99', 'brand': 'Corsair', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 13 },{ 'name': 'Arctis 5 7.1 Surround Sound RGB Gaming Headset - Black (2019 Edition)', 'id': '511439', 'price': '99.99', 'brand': 'SteelSeries', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 14 },{ 'name': 'KG-100 Gaming Headset - Black', 'id': '511677', 'price': '29.99', 'brand': 'Klipsch Audio Technologies', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 15 },{ 'name': 'ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand', 'id': '488647', 'price': '59.99', 'brand': 'Corsair', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 16 },{ 'name': 'GAME ONE Analog Universal Gaming Headset - Black/Red', 'id': '435105', 'price': '', 'brand': 'Sennheiser', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 17 },{ 'name': 'Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset - Black', 'id': '507500', 'price': '159.99', 'brand': 'HyperX', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 18 },{ 'name': 'Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset - Black', 'id': '488198', 'price': '79.99', 'brand': 'Razer', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 19 },{ 'name': 'Cloud Pro Gaming Headset - Silver', 'id': '484524', 'price': '79.99', 'brand': 'HyperX', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 20 },{ 'name': 'Cloud Core Gaming Headset - Black', 'id': '478955', 'price': '', 'brand': 'HyperX', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 21 },{ 'name': 'Stereo Gaming Headset - Black', 'id': '485058', 'price': '7.99', 'brand': 'Inland', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 22 },{ 'name': 'GSP 600 Gaming Headset - Black', 'id': '503146', 'price': '249.95', 'brand': 'Sennheiser', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 23 },{ 'name': 'G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless RGB Surround Sound Gaming Headset - Black', 'id': '456434', 'price': '129.99', 'brand': 'Logitech', 'category': 'Gaming Headsets|770', 'list': 'Search Results', 'position': 24 }
The $99 HyperX Cloud II headset is the best midrange headset because it's the whole package. Not only does it do the job quite well by delivering punchy, ear-tingling audio, but it has awesome features other headsets lack and goes above and beyond what you expect from a headset for the price. For example, though it's a USB headset you can simply disconnect its cable from the included 7.1 surround sound dongle and connect it to any device with a 3.5mm jack, including an Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, or phone.
My son has tried these on Xbox and PlayStation and the Mic doesn't work on either system. Update: so apparently my son didn't realize he needed to take the 2 way plug off that came attached to the end of the jack. He took it off and the headset works great. The seller was very good responding to my concerns and was going to send out a replacement until I figured out what he did wrong. So I have changed this to 5 stars.
And SteelSeries leaps ahead in comfort. The Sibera 800 was a pretty bare-bones headset design. The Arctis Pro Wireless finally adopts the floating headband style SteelSeries is known for, with a comfy ski-goggle strap and generous ear padding that make it a great fit for all-day wear. The A50 is comfortable too in its own way, but the Arctis design might be one of the all-time best headset designs. (Read the full review.)
For older models of telephones, the headset microphone impedance is different from that of the original handset, requiring a telephone amplifier to impedance-match the telephone headset. A telephone amplifier provides basic pin-alignment similar to a telephone headset adapter, but it also offers sound amplification for the microphone as well as the loudspeakers. Most models of telephone amplifiers offer volume control for loudspeaker as well as microphone, mute function and switching between handset and headset. Telephone amplifiers are powered through batteries or AC adapters.
If you’re primarily looking for a practical headphone for everyday casual use that also has a good enough mic for voice chat when gaming, then get the Logitech G433. They deliver a well-balanced sound, on par with much pricier headsets and they’re sufficiently versatile to use outdoors while commuting without attracting too much attention, unlike most gaming headsets.

Performance on games is more important than on movies or music: We looked first and foremost for usable representation of game audio more than realistic reproduction of music; we considered music performance only as a bonus. Only 18 percent of respondents to our initial survey said they cared how their gaming headset performed with music and movies at all.
Thanks for reading the fine print. About the Wiki: We don't accept sponsorships, free goods, samples, promotional products, or other benefits from any of the product brands featured on this page, except in cases where those brands are manufactured by the retailer to which we are linking. For our full ranking methodology, please read about us, linked below. The Wiki is a participant in associate programs from Amazon, Walmart, Ebay, Target, and others, and may earn advertising fees when you use our links to these websites. These fees will not increase your purchase price, which will be the same as any direct visitor to the merchant’s website. If you believe that your product should be included in this review, you may contact us, but we cannot guarantee a response, even if you send us flowers.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro is compatible with the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, which means it's open to a range of other tweaks, customisation and personalisation according to your needs. The addition of the GameDAC though means that you don't need that software to enjoy the headset in its full glory. On a desk the DAC offers the ability to change settings on-the-fly and it as a separate unit it means PlayStation gamers can enjoy all those settings too without needing to plug into a PC.
When it comes to gaming gear, the better the equipment, the bigger of an edge you have against your opponents. When we first started gaming it was with some stock headphones we bought from our local electronics store. Once we had our little stick USB microphone next to us, we thought we had it all down. Although it worked, upgrading to a high-end gaming headset (or at least a decent quality model that wasn’t $10 at our local store) blew us away. It merely made the gaming experience completely change as a whole. Due to this, we wanted ot help share the knowledge. Today we compiled the top 10 best gaming headsets in the market today.
I just got these in. Yeah there is no on/off switch for the mic. Meh. But... they do have great sound quality! I'm only giving it a 4 because I think if they added the option to mute the mic as it is plugged into my controller it would be 5 star. It does have an extension to use only the headsets or mic. I guess if you go that route you can. I for one don't care to shuffle around the wires to simply turn a mic off/On. These are really good and at a decent price too. I would recommend it to my friends and infact that's exactly what I did do this morning. I sent them the link to buy these on Amazon. Music sounds great in these speakers! 👌👍
Thanks to its closed-back design, the new Custom Game delivers the sort of sound isolation that’s missing from the open-backed Sennheiser Game One, so if you’re concerned about disturbing anyone else in the room with you while you play games, it may be a better pick. Unsurprisingly, it also does a much better job of blocking external noise from reaching your ears, making it a great pick for noisier environments.
A year old now, and surpassed by the far superior Arctis Pro - but still well worth picking up. With amazing audio out the box and complete EQ customization available through the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, you can tell from the first utterance of noise that you’re on to a good thing. The surround sound packs an immersive, directional punch, and while music sounds impressive, setting up some EQ profiles really unlocks the unit’s potential. Stick to stereo though, as the DTS surround made directional noise harder to pinpoint. No competition for the Astro A50’s Dolby 7.1 solution. 
If you’re looking for the best value for your money when getting a gaming headset, then you can’t do much better than the Steelseries Arctis 7. They are comfortable and well-built gaming headphones with a lot of connection options, making them suitable for most devices in your home. Their USB transmitter has a regular AUX input that will work with your TV, audio system and consoles.

If you want to use your headset with last-gen systems like the PS3 and the Xbox 360, you'll need to see if the headset supports their own unique connections, or if adapters are available. PCs are the most flexible with gaming headsets, since they can work with USB headsets (which are generally only compatible with PCs), 3.5mm analog connections (though you might need a splitter adapter if your headset ends in just one plug), and often optical audio.
Perhaps the most significant feature that sets the Game One apart from most of its competition is that it sports an open-back design. The earcups of the headset are vented, leaving the back side of its drivers open to the air instead of encasing them in a solid shell of plastic or metal. You’ll often see this design in high-end headphones such as the Sennheiser HD 5XX series, from which the Game One derives its drivers and “Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement” sound-channeling technology. But you rarely see the design in headsets in general, primarily because it comes with one disadvantage: Open-back headphones and headsets don’t offer a lot in the way of noise isolation, either incoming or outgoing. Anyone sitting in the room with you can hear what you’re hearing to some extent, and you can hear, to a lesser degree, the sounds of people and things in the room with you.

Initial setup requires installation of the SteelSeries Engine software which allows you to switch between profiles (with different equaliser settings) depending on what program/game you've launched – therefore you can set it to music for Spotify or to gaming when you launch your favourite games without the need to manually change in the settings each time.
They obviously work best for those who are going to be sitting right next to their PC or console, though many devices, including the Nintendo Switch system — as well as the controllers for Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U — all feature 3.5mm jacks, making distance less of an issue since these devices will be in your hands. Keep in mind the length of the connection cable if you’re connecting via 3.5mm to a PC, TV/monitor, or a sound system. In some cases, extensions or swapping for a new cable might be necessary to get the distance your setup requires.
×