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It is hard to please us, gamers. We are a picky bunch. Nothing is ever good enough. But in truth, we are simple-to-please. Gamers want maximum performance, for the optimal price. That does not mean low price, on the contrary- players spend hard on their systems, but we take our time, picking carefully.
Headsets are no different, you can’t play CS: GO with some random, Skype headset, you would only embarrass yourself. That is why you need guides like these, to give you all the information you need, so you can make the right choice a little more comfortable.
1 ASUS ROG Centurion
Bring out the big guns first! If you have the money, ASUS ROG Centurion will deliver the pure, crystal-clear, 7.1 sound we all want to hear. As much as 10 (ten!) discrete drivers make this possible. Additionally, this monster headset will allow you an unmatched level of control through its onboard amp. It requires patience to master all the features ASUS ROG Centurion has, but it will be well worth it. Also, this headset has an excellent unidirectional microphone that is guaranteed to transmit perfect voice quality without any noise. ASUS ROG Centurion is robust and durable, a bit heavy. But if you are a fan of size, power and total control, this headset is definitely for you.
2 SteelSeries Arctis 7
If a wireless headset is your thing, you will love SteelSeries Arctis 7. This gaming headset will deliver ultimate quality sound, through a lag-free 2.4 GHz frequency. The S1 audio driver is responsible for producing clear, balanced sound with low distortion, meeting the standards of even the most demanding players. The microphone is flawless, entirely cancelling the noise- it has a useful LED that lets you know if it’s muted. This headset has superb range- up to 40ft/ 12m- important for console gamers. Speaking about consoles- Arctis 7 is compatible with all platforms- PS, XBOX, Nintendo, VR and of course PC. Battery life is excellent, more than 24 hours. SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a small but comfortable to wear, and you can just feel the quality when holding it in your hands.
3 Sennheiser GAME ONE
You can’t go wrong by choosing German quality, and Sennheiser GAME ONE only proves it. This is a superbly built headset- beautiful looking, functional and made to last. High-quality plastic combined with velvet-like earpads and open-back design (prevents sweating) make this headset both durable and comfortable to wear. Sennheiser GAME ONE weighs 300g meaning it will stay comfortable even after multiple hours of non-stop gaming. Sennheiser original transducer technology ensures GAME ONE produces amazingly accurate sound with superb quality. Noise cancelling microphone will make sure your teammates will understand you without yelling or repeating. GAME ONE has interchangeable cables, making it a solid choice for all devices that support industry’s standard 3.5 mm jack.
4 Razer Kraken PRO V2
Having all eggs in one basket is sometimes useful- Razer is a company that only makes premium game gear. They are forced to make the best quality devices- that is their bread and butter, and Razer Kraken PRO V2 is no exception. It has superb sound- 50 mm audio drivers will output rich tonality and deep bass.This headset is designed explicitly for esports. It is tested to provide the optimum balance between the game sounds, and the team communication channels. The unidirectional retractable microphone will give smooth voice transmission without background noise. Aluminium frame makes this headset extremely heavy-duty- it will survive occasional drops. Ear cushions have excellent isolation and are interchangeable, choose between oval or circular shapes.
5 HyperX Cloud Stinger
HyperX Cloud Stinger is an affordably priced headset with premium sound. This headset is built for comfort. Lightweight design means it is unnoticeable even after many straight hours of gaming. 90-degree rotational cups with volume control slider make them super adjustable. Cloud Stinger will fit any head shape and size. The headset looks excellent, but the plastic is not of the best quality. That is understandable, considering the price. Just don’t drop it too often. Audio quality is a different story- it is simply supreme. 50 mm drivers with neodymium magnets Cloud Stinger can be found in headsets that cost 5x as much. The audio performance of this headset is well above its price range. The only real flaw is a mediocre microphone.
6 ASTRO A40 TR
TR in the Astro A40‘s name stands for “Tournament Ready”, so you can guess the primary purpose of this headset. This is a pure-blooded gaming headset, made with esports in mind. A40 is bundled together with a MixAmp Pro external soundcard, aiming to put full control into the gamer’s hands. And it does. That is the reason why Astro A40 is the choice of many esports pro athletes and is official equipment of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Dolby 7.1 sound will deliver supreme audio quality, no matter if you play your favourite FPS, listen to music or watch movies. The Omni-directional microphone is decent and has surprisingly low static. Further yet, A40 is fully customizable- swap mic, cable, or even speaker tags.
7 Logitech G5333
If powerful, deep bass and wireless headsets are your cups of tea, G5333 is for you. First, this headset looks terrific; you can see the clear top quality just by looking at pictures. Second, the audio is exquisite. And it is not just about the bass (it does help, never enough bass for us gamers), Pro-G drivers and DTS Headphone will replicate all 7.1 sound effects game designers had in mind when making those AAA titles. The range is long, 15 meters. Combine that with extended battery life (15 hours), and you get an excellent, independent headset. Microphone noise-cancellation is done right; your teammates will hear you sharply even if you share a busy room.
8 HyperX Cloud Revolver S
Hyperx shows on our list twice because it makes headsets the way gamers want them. Cloud Revolver S is their premium model. It delivers studio level audio, mounted on a sturdy steel frame combined with their trademark memory foam for maximum comfort. 50 mm neodymium drivers provide outstanding Dolby Virtual 7.1 sound, making this headset the perfect choice for any game type. The in-line controller lets you adjust the volume but also allows quick access to some cool features such as bass boost, flat and vocal equaliser mods. Detachable microphone has noise cancellation and emits clean, natural sound. Thos is probably the most comfortable headset we tried- fits any head size/type, and won’t bother you even after hours of continuous gaming.
9 Logitech G433
G433 is the more affordable, wired cousin of the G5333 we previously reviewed. It has similar, top audio quality, provided by DTS headphones and Pro-G drivers for a premium, 7.1 sound will deliver an immersive, 360-degree experience. A durable, lightweight headset, made out of quality hydrophobic and stain-resistant fabric, ensuring maximum comfort even after long hours of wearing. Logitech Gaming software will allow total control and customisation. This headset is flexible and versatile- you can choose between a USB and 3.5mm connection. It is compatible with all modern game systems- PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo switch, as well as mobile devices. The boom microphone is detachable, and transmits natural voice, without any background noise.
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