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Tom’s Hardware Verdict

The HyperX Cloud Orbit S makes games and music sound like they’re filling the room. The headset can be an asset in gaming, but the head tracking feature is more noticeable in some games than others.

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Pros
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    Immersive and loud 3D audio

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    Soft, squishy headband and ear cups

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    Clear mic

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    Good battery life

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    Accurate head tracking

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The HyperX Cloud Orbit S is expensive for a wired gaming headset ($329.99), but you’re paying for premium hardware that delivers immersive audio that’ll fool you into thinking it’s playing out loud. With 3D audio modes amplified by head tracking, games and music feel like they’re filling the room with audiophile-quality sound with you as the focal point.

However, for much less money, you can get a true surround sound headset (rather than virtual) or a wireless one that’s more lightweight for on-the-go use.

HyperX Cloud Orbit S Specs

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Driver Type 100mm planar transducer
Impedance Not disclosed
Frequency Response 10–50,000Hz
Design Style Circumaural, closed back
Microphone Type Unidirectional electret condenser
Connectivity 3. 5mm, USB Type-A, USB Type-C
Weight 0.8 pounds (368g)
Cord Length 3.5mm: 3.9 feet (1.2m)USB Type-A: 9.8 feet (3m)USB Type-C: 4.9 feet (1.5m)
Software HyperX Orbit
Warranty 1 year

The Cloud Orbit S is virtually identical to the Audeze Mobius in design and features ($400) but without Bluetooth, a longer USB Type-A to Type-C cable (3m versus 1.5m) and a pop filter. It uses Audeze-brand planar magnetic drivers, so instead of using a magnet and a coil, like dynamic drivers do, they use a bendable piece of film/diaphragm with thin wires passing through it and magnets on either side. Current goes through those wires, making the diaphragm magnetic and allowing the magnets to move the film to make sound. Planar magnetic drivers are supposed to have less distortion than dynamic drivers.

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On top of that, these drivers are large, with a diameter of 100mm. Generally speaking, the larger the driver size, the louder the sound. Most quality gaming headsets’ drivers are in the 40-50mm range, so obviously HyperX is going big and loud here. Frequency is wide as well (10–50,000Hz, compared to the $130 Logitech G Pro X’s 20-20,000Hz), suggesting strong output of the lowest lows and the highest of highs.

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The Cloud Orbit S is compatible with PC and smartphones via USB (Type-C or Type-A). With the 3.5mm cable it also works with Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and other devices with headphone jacks; however, it will be limited to 2-channel and hi-res audio modes (no 7.1 surround).

The Cloud Orbit S has a sophisticated design that fits its price tag. It’s a gaming headset but, at least in terms of appearance, has the makings of professional gear. Its black-and-gray design yields a muted yet classic look that’s great for every day, whether you’re out in public or locked in your gaming dungeon. With its wider shape, it gave my head a Rosie from The Jetsons sort of shape, so it won’t be mistaken for a trendy pair of Beats or Bose cans, but it was passable on my New York City commute.

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The contoured memory foam headband and ear cups are both made of artificial leather. They’re plump, squishy and soft and didn’t make me overheat, even after hours of use.  Adjustments are also easy, with the headband’s clicking and the ear cups’ ability to tilt inward and swivel outward.

The outside of the ear cups and headband are velvety, matte pieces with a quality feel. All three carry some form of HyperX branding and may be subject to some minor fingerprints. There’s a scratch-resistant coating on the inside, so the Audeze and Waves NX logos can stay intact long-term.

At 0.8 pounds (368g), the Cloud Orbit S is slightly lighter than the Sennheiser GSP 670 (0. 9 pounds) but heavier than the HyperX Cloud Alpha (0.7 pounds) and equal to the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition wireless headset. Still, the headset felt a bit weighted and wide in my time with it. While the cozy feel of the memory foam headband against my skull prevented the headset from hurting me, it still felt weighed down, sliding lower than I’d prefer. If only I could make things a bit tighter somehow.

All of the headset’s controls and ports live on the left ear cup. There’s a 3D button for activating and recalibrating the headset’s 3D mode (more on that in the next section) and a port for the removable microphone. Next to that is a USB-C port for charging with one of the two included cables, a 3.5mm port for attaching the 4-pole 3.5mm cable (for when you want to use it with a smartphone, PS4, Xbox One or Switch). The headset and mic volume wheels don’t have a stopping point, but you’ll hear a beep when trying to go past mid/max volume. The microphone volume wheel next to it also lets you change your audio mode (7. 1 channel, 2 channel or hi-res) by pressing down for three seconds or the EQ preset if you press down and scroll. You can prevent the headset from charging when connected via USB (and save the connected device’s battery) by holding down the headphone volume wheel for three seconds.

If that sounds like a lot for one cup, HyperX labels most of the controls. The only ones you have to remember on your own is that the volume wheel is how you stop charging and the mic wheel is how you change the audio mode. That’s unfortunate considering there’s no way to do either of these things via software currently, but HyperX told me that will be changed in a future update.

On the other hand, the headset offers handy clues to let you know what’s going on, with a female voice robotically saying things like “on,” “aux,” when you plug attach the 3.5mm cable or “USB” when you unplug it. And you can tell if the Cloud Orbit S is on by the left cup’s LED light, which flashes blue when the headset’s on, red when it’s charging and off when fully charged.

Audio Performance: Gaming

The Cloud Orbit S looks expensive on the outside, but you’re primarily paying for what’s on the inside and the remarkable audio quality that comes out.

The headset has hi-res, 2 channel and — if you’re connected via USB — 7.1 surround modes. If you’re in 7.1 or 2 channel mode, you can enable 3D audio, which enhances the surround sound effect, especially with head tracking enabled.

When gaming, 3D audio has quite an impact. It works using a Waves NX-brand sound processing card to improve the accuracy of the position of sounds by emulating “three dimensions” of audio localization, according to HyperX. The Cloud Orbit S (unlike the $299 HyperX Cloud Orbit) can amplify this effect with head tracking, supposedly at 1,000 times a second. So it can make an environment that moves with you, enhancing your gaming skills by letting you tell, for example, where exactly a shooter is lurking.

You get your choice of three different 3D Modes, which you change by holding the 3D button down for three seconds:

  • 3D On: 3D audio without head tracking
  • 3D Automatic: 3D audio and head tracking, but the center point is automatically set as your head moves
  • 3D Manual: 3D audio and head tracking, and you set a center point by pressing the 3D button once.

I played Doom on a PC with 7.1 audio and 3D mode with head tracking. Immediately I could tell the difference. The noises of creatures gargling and the bursting pipes of a space station felt like they were all around me. I could tell they were ahead and to the left, based on the audio. At another part of the level, I knew to wait before entering a hallway because I could hear an out-of-sight demon prepping a fireball over on the right. During questionable usage of a rocket launcher, I heard a powerful boom followed by echoes that sounded like they were moving further away and outward.

Similarly, when I played Fallout 4, I could tell that a machine gun turret was behind me, letting me spot it and destroy it before it hurt me.

When I deactivated 3D mode in either game, the audio instantly sounded less clear and immersive.

However, when I toggled the 3D audio’s head tracking on and off in Doom, I couldn’t tell an immediate difference. In Fallout 4, the head tracking made had more noticeable effect, making my auricular environment move with me. As I continuously fired my shotgun and turned my head from left to right, I heard the shots more prominently in the forward-facing ear but not in an unnatural or disturbing way. The effect was smooth and made the game feel more realistic. This wasn’t the case when 3D mode was on without head tracking.

The helpfulness of this is debatable. No, you’re not necessarily moving your head around aggressively when gaming. But there are subtle movements you may make subconsciously and the Cloud Orbit S adds a level of reality to those scenarios that you didn’t know you missed but will quickly know you did. While the head tracking wasn’t so apparent to me when playing Doom, it was in Fallout 4, where it was definitely an enhancement to the overall sound quality and made the game more realistic.

However, the head tracking feature can also be used to program key functions via head gestures. It worked well when I made a left head tilt equal to pressing “D” or a right head turn to “Q.” In a fast-paced game where every split second decision counts, being able to tilt your head may be easier than pressing buttons. Or you can just use it as another form of input in addition to your hands. For example, in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, I made a left head tilt equivalent to pressing “W” for walking forward and used my fingers for focusing on running attacks.

The feature could also be useful for people with limited mobility, allowing them to control things by moving their head. You can program head gestures — left or right head turn or tilt or looking up or down — in the HyperX Orbit software (more on this in Software and Features). However, the software has to be open to use head gestures, Note, though, that feature was in beta when I reviewed this headset.

For console players, the Cloud Orbit S is still an asset, even though it can only operate in stereo mode. With 3D audio and head tracking activated, game audio still seemed like it was playing out loud and felt more enveloping (especially when moving my head) than before.

Audio Performance: Music

Headsets can make you feel isolated, but the Cloud Orbit S can trick you into thinking sound is all around you, which is a delight when listening to music. Both on the subway and in my office I had moments of fear, thinking my music was accidentally playing out loud, and resisting the urge to dance in public was harder than usual.

With 7.1 surround sound and 3D audio off, mediums were clear and crisp as was treble, even at low volumes. Meanwhile, bass was consistently strong without being over the top or creating a popping noise, like you might notice in low-quality headphones. And they get seriously loud, more than ample to cover up any background noise, including that of a noisy subway station. Just note your neighbors because at around 65% volume, those near me could hear my music.

Adding 3D noticeably enhanced the surround sound feeling by making the audio more full and powerful. Bass in Daft Punk’s “One More Time” was strong and commanding, and I even noticed a high-pitched treble beat in the background that I hadn’t before.

When I added 3D mode’s head tracking, I didn’t notice a difference until I started moving my head and the music moved with me, similarly to how it would sound if I turned my head toward a speaker. As I turned my head from left to right, there was a second where I could feel the audio shifting, which was something I didn’t notice strongly when gaming.

The Cloud Orbit S looks good enough to take on the go, but is limited to stereo channel when using the 3.5mm cable with smartphones. This isn’t a problem if you have a phone with a USB-C port, but with an iPhone SE I wished I could make things louder, especially when I walked past a jackhammer that I could hear over my jams. But since 3D modes and head tracking still worked, the surround sound effect was still present.

Voice Chat

For shouting at your virtual enemies, strategizing with your teammates, dialing into a work meeting or just chatting with Mom (have you called yours lately?), the Cloud Orbit S has a detachable microphone. Many gaming headsets have this, but the Cloud Orbit S’ mic is also unidirectional, so it only picks up noise from one side and has noise cancellation and a pop filter, for fighting the popping sound made by sounds like b or p. I did a video call with someone wearing the headset, and his voice was clear as day. With music playing in their background, I could still hear his voice on top, and when he was silent, I could hear the music quietly as well. Phrases filled with potential for pop — like “The bees baked the peas”  — came out smoothly and without any loud popping noises or distortion.

Voices also came in clear and warm during a video conference with my Tom’s Hardware colleagues. At max volume, there was no distortion or popping from my colleagues’ excitedly discussing their day’s itinerary. Even at low volume, one fellow editor sounded like he was in the room with me, despite being halfway across the country. I was also able to remove the echoing coming from another editor speaking from his living room, by tweaking the inter-aural arc in the headset’s software.

Battery Life

To use the HyperX with a PC, you have to connect to a Type-A or Type-C port, which will also charge the headset (unless you disable this). This means in typical usage, the headset was usually charging without me noticing, and I never had to go out of my way to charge it.

For other situations, like when plugged into a PS4 or Xbox One controller or smartphone’s headphone jack or if you just don’t want your device to charge the headset, HyperX claims the Cloud Orbit S lasts for 10 hours at 50% volume. During my time with the headset, which included using it with a PC (with charging disabled), controller and smartphone at varying volumes, the headset lasted about 15.5 hours.

Features and Software

The headset’s free software, HyperX Orbit, is virtually identical to that of the Audeze Mobius.

It has a panel for HRTF (head related transfer function) adjustments, which lets you adjust 3D sound to fit you. The inter-aural arc is meant to match the distance from one ear canal to the other, going from around the back of the head. The room ambiance slider adjusts reverb in 3D modes. As mentioned, playing around with the inter-aural arc and room ambiance sliders made noticeable differences, so it’s worth getting these right; they’re not just for show.

The right side lets you quickly toggle between 3D modes and re-calibrate for head tracking. Underneath, you’ll see info about your headset if it’s plugged in. Unfortunately, there’s no way to see or switch your audio mode (7.1, hi-res or 2 channel) through the software. At the time of writing, this can only be done by holding down the microphone volume wheel. However, HyperX told me the company will add a toggle to the software in a future update.

That creepy head in the middle moves with yours to demonstrate the head tracking and works accurately in real-time. The software lets you easily program head gestures, by using pitch, yaw and roll sensor values. You can attach gestures, based on the amount of movement in degrees, to alphanumeric characters, Shift, Alt, Ctrl, F1-F12 and top row numbers. Twitch mode lets you make a gesture for nodding up/down, shaking left/right or nodding left/right.

The software also gives you access to seven sound profiles (Default, Flat, Footsteps, Ballistics, Music, Racing, RPG and Warm), but you can’t tweak them. Meanwhile, the Device Info section gives you an overview of the headsets layout, and there’s also a section for downloading the latest firmware.

Accessories and Configurations

Each Cloud Orbit S headset comes with a detachable mic, plus three cables (braided USB-C to USB Type-A, USB-C to USB-C and 3.5mm) and a simple, black, drawstring HyperX pouch. The headset only comes in one color.

HyperX also has the Cloud Orbit headset, which is $30 cheaper but doesn’t have head tracking.

The HyperX Cloud Orbit S delivers beautiful, premium audio, thanks to its 3D modes with head tracking that make you feel like the room filled with sound. Gamers will enjoy long gaming sessions, thanks to the crisp, clear audio at all volumes and modes. 3D audio enhances immersion to the degree that you can tell the direction of an incoming enemy. Head tracking amplifies this and can even be used for gaming input, freeing up your hands for other mischief.

To save $30, you can opt for the HyperX Cloud Orbit, but it lacks head tracking. If you don’t move your head a lot or aren’t the most competitive gamer seeking every level of advantage, including the most detailed audio, you can probably live without head tracking. Meanwhile, you can get a true 7.1 surround sound headset in the Asus Strix 7.1 for less than the Cloud Orbit S ($170) or even a premium wireless gaming headset, the Sennheiser GSP 670, for a little more ($350).

But for a new level of top-of-the-line virtual surround sound and 3D audio with a boost in gaming, you’ll need the Cloud Orbit S and its impactful head tracking.

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Asus TUF Gaming h4 Review: Budget Headset King

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Tom’s Hardware Verdict

The Asus TUF Gaming h4 shines with a cozy fit and audio that sounds great for gaming without the need to tweak. It even rivals more expensive headsets, like the Asus TUF Gaming H7.

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If you want to see where the innovation and rapid iterations are happening in the headset market currently, sort your search results from low to high. While I’ve yet to find a sub-$50 model that entices me to throw the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless I typically use in the trash, the overall trajectory of quality’s on the up. A couple of years ago, you had to make substantial compromises in construction, sound, features or all of the above for a headset that’s $50 or less, but today the drawbacks are far subtler.  

Enter the Asus TUF Gaming h4 with support for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. It’s an unassuming headset and a lower-priced alternative to the Asus TUF Gaming H7. There’s nothing on the spec sheet to really grab you by the collar and demand attention over the best gaming headsets. 20Hz-20KHz response? Yawn. 50mm drivers? Far from a reliable barometer of sound quality. But with how this headset feels and how good games sound without having to fuss with the thing, you’ll think twice before spending more. 

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Asus TUF Gaming h4 Specifications

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Driver Type 50mm neodymium
Impedance 32 Ohms
Frequency Response 20Hz-20KHz
Microphone Type Unidirectional electret condenser
Connectivity 3. 5mm
Weight 0.6 pounds / 294g
Cord Length 6 feet / 1.8m
Lighting None
Software None

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This h4 is absolutely nothing like the pricier H7 in its appearance. While the H7 opts for oversized, round earcups and stitched accent colors around the headband, this is an all-black, elongated, mixed-material affair. The gloss “TUF” logo inlays on each ear cup and “TUF GAMING” text along the headband are the only visual similarities.

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It’s also a tale of opposites when it comes to material feel and construction quality.  The h4’s build quality is the sole weak point in the overall package. While we were reassured by the H7’s sturdy material choices and smart finish, these h4 cans do look and feel tangibly cheaper. The leatherette headband doesn’t fill me with confidence, considering how much it bends and squeaks under pressure and the sensation of it being slightly under-stuffed. The aluminum headband underneath keeps the whole thing together, while brushed aluminum hinges connects the headband to the earcups and feature generous inward adjustment, although, not much resistance. They feel slightly loose, but this isn’t a problem once you have them over your ears. 

The elongated circular ear cup shape’s finished in a leatherette contact pad which, like the headband, feels like it could use a more foam in there, and a simple volume scroll and mic mute button occupy the rear-left earcup. The scroll wheel’s easy to locate when your mind’s occupied with headshots, control points, hardpoints or safe zones, and there’s a good degree of precision in it too. The mic mute switch doesn’t feel like it’s going to last many years, though, and on our test model it proved quite tricky to fully depress. Finishing it all off, a non-braided cable connects to the PC via a 3. 5mm connection.

Once you accept the h4’s lacking build quality, things start getting better, starting with the moment you put it over your ears. This might just be the most comfortable budget headset on the market at the moment. The weight’s not insubstantial at 0.6 pounds (294g), but it’s displaced nicely by the wide headband. Plus, the level of force keeping the earcups in place over the ears is just about perfect. That elongated circle design is also much more comfortable around the ears than the H7’s perfectly round earcups. Coupled with that leather finish it makes for an incredibly snug fit. If you’re a fan of the feel of the HyperX Cloud and its siblings, like the HyperX Cloud Mix, you’ll be right at home with the h4. It also does a brilliant job at passive noise cancellation, so if you tend to play next to a noisy fan-filled PC, a screaming, neglected offspring, or a train line, these are your cans.

Due to the fact the earcups don’t fold inwards and there’s no carrying case, these aren’t easily transportable cans. But who cares with this level of comfort and sound quality, which we’ll get into now.  

Audio Performance

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More pleasant news: the h4 sounds wonderful. It’s certainly not a flat response akin to studio monitors, but the ‘dipped’ EQ here exaggerates the bass and high frequencies without compromising clarity or pushing the EQ shape so far that it sounds artificial.  You get a sturdy low-end response in games, movies and music and a perfectly usable mix for competitive games like Counter-Strike:Global Offensive (CS:GO) and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) without having to switch between profiles, turn surround sound on or off, or any other messing about. The all-important footsteps and weapon-switch sound cues cut through, and there’s no need for a special ‘gaming’ mode, as other headsets employ.

I think a lot of the sound quality’s success comes from its comfortable fit. Because the sound isn’t leaking out anywhere around your ears, low-end resonant frequencies are voiced in the snug chamber around the ear without losing power. And the leatherette contact point material only helps that cause, creating a seal, rather than a breathable mesh.

A word on the headset’s virtual 7.1 surround sound. Note that this feature that doesn’t mean it’s permanently running Dolby DTS Headphone:X or any other surround algorithm. In fact, since this connects via 3.5mm rather than USB and, thus, can’t be tweaked using Asus software, that’d be a problem if it were the case. You’d be stuck listening to everything — songs, TV shows, 2D indie games about having a lovely cup of tea — in that artificial-sounding surround. What virtual surround sound actually refers to here is the ability to use Windows’ own spatial audio, Windows Sonic, to emulate surround sound. But you can do this with any 3.5mm headset, and we find DTS Headphone:X to be much more preferable to Windows Sonic.

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Onto microphone performance. There’s an unusually long microphone on the h4, and it isn’t detachable, so I found I had to position it lower than normal to keep it out of my sight line. Despite being a bit further away from my mouth during VoIP chat as a result, the h4’s mic did the job well, cutting through the mix, cancelling out a good deal of background noise and compressing the vocal signal for clarity. 

For a headset of this price, you’re not likely to get a game/ChatMix control, but that is a feature I miss whenever testing a headset without one.

If you’re scanning the market for an affordable headset, the Asus TUF Gaming h4 should be your new first port of call. Sound and comfort are paramount anywhere along the pricing hierarchy. The headset excels at both to such a degree that, frankly, I’m surprised to see them placed lower in the pecking order than the more expensive Asus TUF Gaming H7.

You won’t win any beauty contests with them on, and my suspicion is that a few drops or knocks might start to reveal the lower quality construction materials. 

But if you can make peace with that,  you’ve got a real bargain on your hands.

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Gaming headphones don’t have to be expensive.

But they should sound good and help the player quickly recognize where the enemy is sneaking up from. And with a good headset, it’s convenient to communicate with teammates and you don’t have to sit close to the computer because of the short wire.

I studied reviews of popular gaming headphones and reviews about them – and formulated several criteria by which it is worth making a choice. And then I checked what is sold in Russian stores to choose the best models.

Selection criteria

The first criterion by which I weeded out a lot of manufacturers is the presence on the Russian market. For example, Sony, Logitech and Razer have stopped shipping their products to Russia. But gaming headphones of these brands can be found on sale, as they are imported in parallel.

With the SteelSeries and Asus brands, the situation is worse – it is much more difficult to find headphones, so I will not recommend them. Although these brands have very good options for gaming headphones: SteelSeries Arctis 7P and 7+, Asus ROG Theta 7.1. I have not yet considered no-names and budget brands, which have a lot of defects and questionable quality.

When choosing headphones, I recommend paying attention to several criteria.

Sound. Gaming headphones don’t need “deep, detailed bass” as much, what matters here is the purity of the sound and how accurately the headset reproduces sound in space. If a grenade explodes to the right, two meters from the player, it should sound like this so that the user understands where the sound is coming from. That’s why surround sound is so popular now. But here lies the catch.

There are two options for realizing surround sound.

  1. Virtual, which is achieved by software settings. These headphones have only two emitters, but you can turn on the surround sound function. This technology deceives our hearing: we perceive stereo sound as surround sound. Engineers have learned to reproduce sounds in such a way as to imitate the position of the source in space. For example, we will feel steps to the left by feeding sound into the headphones at a certain frequency and time delay.
  2. True multi-channel sound. There are several emitters in such headphones at once, but this makes them very heavy. Therefore, such models are not suitable for gamers, after an hour of playing the head starts to hurt.

Gaming headphones use virtual surround sound, which may vary depending on manufacturer. Most companies use proprietary algorithms to turn stereo sound into surround sound. As a rule, they do not work very well: the sound quality and detail deteriorate.

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To get surround sound, you can use technologies from specialized developers: Dolby and DTS. To do this, you need to download the appropriate program and buy a license in the Microsoft Store, but some manufacturers like Logitech and JBL include perpetual licenses with their headsets. Then it is enough to simply activate the function in the headphone settings.

Sound quality is affected by the size of drivers, frequency range, codecs. Therefore, drivers for gaming headphones should be from 40 mm, and the minimum frequency range should be 20-20,000 Hz.

Microphone. In order to hear the player well, you need a microphone with a cardioid directivity and sufficient sensitivity. Condenser microphones are more sensitive than dynamic microphones. The optimal indicator for gaming headsets is from -45 to -35 dB. If the microphone is too sensitive, other players, in addition to the user’s voice, will hear any extraneous noise.

It’s great if the microphone can be turned off with a button on the bowl, and also removed when not needed. Noise reduction and presets help to remove extraneous noise so that the interlocutors hear only the user’s voice, without the sound of the cooler and the sound of keys.

Comfort. For playing for 5-8 hours in a row, the headphones should not put pressure on the ears. This is affected by the weight of the headset, the size and location of the bowls, and the presence of adjustment. A common problem is that the ears sweat in headphones. This happens with leatherette ear pads, so sometimes manufacturers add interchangeable fabric ear pads to the kit. Ears don’t sweat in them even in summer.

Wire length. It is better to choose a wire with a length of 1.2-1.5 m, so that you do not have to sit right next to a computer or set-top box. Another option is wireless headphones that will free you from wires. But these usually weigh a little more due to the battery inside the bowls.

When choosing wireless headphones, I recommend paying attention to three more criteria: type of wireless connection, autonomy, signal transmission speed.

Wireless connection type: RF or Bluetooth. Headphones with a radio module transmit the signal faster, there is a minimum of delays, but a free USB port is needed to connect. Bluetooth headphones are suitable if the sound delay is not critical and the user will connect them to several devices.

Autonomy. It is desirable that the headphones work from 20 hours, then they will not have to be charged too often.

Baud rate. Wireless headphones have audio delay anyway. Due to the high lag, Bluetooth headsets are not suitable for dynamic shooters: the sound will lag and interfere during the game. A wireless headset with a radio usually has lower audio latency. In our rating, almost all wireless headsets are with a radio module.

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In the case of Bluetooth headphones, what codec they support is also important. For example, aptX has minimal delays. But both headphones and a computer must support such a standard.

When choosing wireless gaming headphones for Xbox, you need to look to ensure that they can be connected to the console. Microsoft has developed a wireless connection with a higher bandwidth of 5 GHz, so only specially adapted headphones from Microsoft and their partners, such as Razer and Steelseries, can be connected to the console.

I compared the sound of headphones in stores, asked gamer friends and studied reviews on Yandex Market and DNS in order to collect the most complete information about each model.

Shortlisted 12 models that meet the above criteria:

  1. HyperX Cloud Alpha S.
  2. Asus ROG Theta Electret.
  3. Razer Blackshark V2 X.
  4. Microsoft Xbox TLL-00010.
  5. HyperX Cloud Flight.
  6. Logitech G Pro X.
  7. Asus TUF Gaming h4 Wireless.
  8. HyperX Cloud Stinger.
  9. Asus ROG Delta S.
  10. Logitech G733.
  11. Razer Kaira Pro
  12. Sony Pulse 3D

Of these, I chose six that fit the nominations

  • Budget among the best
  • Optimal
  • Best wireless
  • best wired
  • best for Xbox
  • best for PS5

For set-top boxes, I also remembered models from manufacturers. I will talk further about the pros and cons of branded models and how they can be replaced.

Budget among the best Optimal
Razer Blackshark V2 X HyperX Cloud Alpha S
Good sound, comfortable fit, non-removable but detachable microphone. Good for games, not good for music Good sound, two types of ear pads included. There is a USB adapter, it is more convenient to connect to a computer with it
In “M-video” – from 6000 R;
on Yandex Market – from 4000 R
On Yandex Market – from 9500 R;
in MTS – from 7490 R
Top Wireless Best Wired
Logitech G733 Wireless Logitech G Pro X
Wireless gaming headset with backlight and up to 29 hours of battery lifehours Headphones with great sound and customizable microphone. Sound card included
In DNS — 16,000 R;
on Yandex Market — from 11,000 R
In DNS — 17,000 R;
at Sbermegamarket — from 16,990 R
Best for Xbox Best for PS5
Razer Kaira Pro Sony Pulse 3D
Dual microphone wireless headset that easily connects to Xbox Series X|S Very detailed sound in games, but poor battery life – 12 hours
In DNS — 15,000 R;
on Yandex Market — from 13,000 R
On “Ozone” – from 8500 R;
on Yandex Market – from 8300 R

Budget among the best

Razer Blackshark V2 X

Good sound, comfortable fit, non-removable but detachable microphone. Good for games, rather weak for music

V “M-video” – from 6000 R;
on Yandex Market – from 4000 R

Optimal

HyperX Cloud Alpha S

Good sound, two types of ear pads included. There is a USB adapter, it is more convenient to connect to a computer with it

On Yandex Market – from 9500 R;
in MTS – from 7490 R

Best wireless

Logitech G733 Wireless

Wireless gaming headset with backlight and autonomy up to 29 hours

V DNS – 16,000 R;
on Yandex Market – from 11,000 R

The best wired

Logitech G Pro X

Headphones with excellent sound and a microphone that can be customized. Sound card included

V DNS — 17,000 Р;
at Sbermegamarket – from 16 990 R

Best for Xbox

Razer Kaira Pro

Wireless headset with two microphones that easily connects to Xbox Series X|S

V DNS – 15,000 R;
on Yandex Market – from 13,000 R

Best for PS5

Sony Pulse 3D

Very detailed sound in games, but poor battery life – 12 hours

On Ozone – from 85 00 R;
on Yandex Market – from 8300 R

But we do not distort or embellish the reviews. The choice of specific things does not depend on whether we receive a commission.

Product reviews in Tinkoff Magazine are independent. We make a verdict based on reviews of things and devices that we carefully studied, or how these things performed during editorial tests.

For reviews, we either request products from the manufacturer for a test, or we buy them ourselves, or we study reviews in other publications and user opinions. Our reviews are subjective, but honest and expert: opinions are written by authors who have more than one review behind them. The editorial team of Tinkoff Magazine double-checks the texts, proofreads them and conducts fact-checking.

All prices are at the time of publication of the material, but we update them periodically to keep the reviews up to date.

Budget among the best-Razer BlackShark V2 X

RTINGS.com rating: 7.0

In Razer BlackShark V2 X two 50 mm Razer Trifforce radiator and slightly more standard-12-28 000 Hz. Headphones have good sound, but only for games. You can listen to music, but low and high frequencies are rather weak here.

But in games you can hear the smallest details: from which side the enemy is sneaking up, from where they are shooting. Due to the fact that the ear pads fit snugly to the ears, the user is not disturbed by extraneous noise. Headphones will not protect against the sound of a neighbor’s drill, but they will muffle the conversation of the family.

The microphone cannot be removed, but can be turned off with the button on the left earcup. It bends, but the microphone leg is thin – it’s better not to pull it back and forth so that the headset lives longer. The microphone has a pop filter, so the sound of breathing and conversations of other people in the room will not be heard by the interlocutors. Such a microphone is enough to chat with teammates, but don’t expect cool sound from it.

Headphones fit tightly on the head and ears, the position of the cups can be adjusted up and down – they slide out, but do not turn. True, there is no latch so that the bowls always remain in the selected position. The headband is soft, the ear cushions are made of leatherette, the inside is memory foam. The plug is 3.5 mm, the cable length is 1.5 m, but the kit includes the same extension cable. The headphones weigh 240 g, so you can play them for a long time: your ears do not sweat, there is no pressure anywhere, your head does not hurt.

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How much:

  • in M-video – from 6000 R;
  • on Yandex Market – from 4000 R.

Optimal – HyperX Cloud Alpha S

Rtings.com score: 7.6

HyperX Cloud Alpha S has two emitters of 5 0 mm and a sound card that is built in to the control panel on a USB extension cable. It is unlikely to provide significantly better sound quality compared to good computer sound cards, but if the PC has very poor built-in sound, then headphones will sound better. The adapter also has a remote control for sound and microphone.

Shots, footsteps, explosions sound much more alive with these headphones. With a good sound card, it is pleasant to listen to music in them: there is no porridge, all instruments and vocals are clearly distinguishable.

The microphone of the Cloud Alpha S is slightly better than that of the Blackshark V2 X. The sound is not so flat, noise is minimally removed by the foam rubber pop filter. The owner of the headphones can be heard well in the chat, but the level is still not for streamers. The microphone is removable and flexible.

The headset sits comfortably on your head. She has not the smallest weight – 321 g, but at the same time a comfortable soft headband, large bowls with height adjustment, deep ear cushions, she does not squeeze her head too much. Thanks to this, neither the ears nor the head get tired after prolonged use. If you replace the artificial leather ear pads with the included fabric ear pads, your ears will not sweat even in the heat of summer after eight hours of play.

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Included 3.5 mm cable 1 m long, sound card with USB cord adds another 2 m Short wire is one of the main drawbacks of this model if you use headphones for a computer without extension. For a set-top box, a laptop and a smartphone, such a wire, on the contrary, is convenient.

How much:

  • on Yandex Market – from 9500 R;
  • in MTS – from 7490 R.

Best wireless – Logitech G733 Wireless

Rtings.com score: 7.2

The Logitech G733 Wireless has two 40mm Pro-G drivers and a standard frequency range of 20-20,000Hz. Although these characteristics are more modest than those of the previous two models, this is not noticeable in sound. Unless the music may not have enough bass. In games, there is enough of everything – headphones help you navigate in battle, completely immerse yourself in the game and communicate with teammates. There is no sound delay in games, and the Logitech G733 also does not fall off within a radius of up to 20 m – you can, for example, go to the kitchen for tea without leaving the chat and listening to what is happening in the game.

The headset supports DTS Headphone:X 2.0 surround sound technology, which makes the sound in games more realistic. The microphone here is removable, it can be bent closer to the mouth, but not much, since the leg is rigid. It’s definitely not possible to fold it up, you have to shoot it. The microphone works better if you turn on the Blue Voice setting in the G Hub app.

Logitech G733 Wireless are the most comfortable fit headphones. They do not put pressure on the head and do not fly off, there are no wires here – you can get up from the table at any time. The ear cups are slightly smaller than average, but any ears fit in them. The ear pads are fabric, soft, oval. The headset is lightweight – 278 g, almost imperceptible, you can play all day long.

The manufacturer promises 29 hours of battery life. In fact, it is: 3-4 days of play for 6-8 hours. You don’t need to charge your headphones every day. In addition, there is a 2 m long charging cable in the kit, you can plug it into a computer or power bank and play while the headphones are charging. To find out the percentage of charge, you need to quickly press the power button.

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If you turn on the backlight, the headphones run out of power much faster. One drawback of the model is associated with it: sometimes users have a squeak in their headphones. Turning off the backlight helps someone, someone does not set it below 20%.

How much:

  • in DNS — 16,000 R;
  • on Yandex Market — from 11,000 rubles – one of the best in terms of sound, despite the fact that that they have standard 50mm drivers and a frequency range of 20-20,000 Hz. The headphones have good sound isolation, they cut off extraneous sounds, so the user hears only what is happening in the game.

    The headset connects to both the computer and PS5 using the transmitter in a couple of seconds. Headphones also work via wire, but it is not included in the kit. With a wired connection, the frequency range is slightly expanded, which is useful for listening to music.

    Detachable microphone with optimal sensitivity. Even if you speak quietly, the voice is clearly audible in the chat, while there is noise reduction – there will be no extraneous sounds.

    Wireless connection delays are minimal – not only according to the feelings of the owners, this is also confirmed by tests. Claimed autonomy is 30 hours. One charge is enough for 2-3 days if you play 6-7 hours without backlight. While the headphones are charging, you can also play.

    Headphones weigh 300g without microphone – not the lightest, but the weight is well distributed so they don’t put pressure on your head. The earcups are adjustable and the ear cushions are made of leatherette and memory foam. They sit tightly on the ears, but do not press.

    How much:

    • in Citylink — from 13,500 R;
    • on Yandex Market – from 9900 R.

    Best wired – Logitech G Pro X y. They have 50mm Hybrid Mesh Pro-G drivers and a bundled USB sound card – in combination with the proprietary G Hub program, it helps to balance the sound, the headphones can be configured for different games and musical genres. There are also ready-made presets so as not to do manual settings.

    For example, you can put the Sound 3.0 preset – with it the sound is much better than out of the box. The steps of the character and opponents are clearly audible, it is easy to determine the direction.

    Headphones support DTS Headphone:X 2.0 surround sound technology. For some users, it becomes another enhancement, others do not like the sound with this feature. Here you need settings, it’s worth playing with the equalizer, as in games and movies, surround sound adds color.

    The headset microphone is removable, easy to bend and well fixed. There is a foam pop filter to keep noise to a minimum and Blue Voice to improve the sound of the voice. In games and Discord, the user is heard clearly, while other sounds from the room are muted.

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    The Logitech G Pro X is less comfortable than the Logitech G733 Wireless. They are heavier – 320 g versus 278 – and sit tighter. But the Pro X has a clearer and more bass sound. This is more noticeable in music, in games the difference is barely noticeable.

    There are no questions about the quality of materials: leatherette ear pads, aluminum and steel frame, soft-touch plastic cups. Fabric ear pads are included. In general, the headset is comfortable, but it can put pressure in combination with glasses.

    One of the advantages of the headphones is that they come with a lot of wires:

    • sound card with USB plug;
    • 2m cable with integrated volume control and mute button;
    • Smartphone cable with button;
    • Y-splitter for separate microphone and headphone connection.

    How much they cost:

    • in DNS — 17,000 R;
    • at Sbermegamarket – from 16 990 RUR0021

      Rtings.com score: 7.3

      The Razer Kaira Pro is an alternative to the original Xbox headphones, the Microsoft Xbox TLL-00010. A headset from Microsoft is now much harder to find than a Razer.

      The Razer Kaira Pro headphones feature 50mm Raze TriForce Titanium drivers with a standard frequency range of 20-20,000Hz. The sound is good and clear. Kaira Pro supports Windows Sonic surround sound technology. In games where it is used, it is easier to determine what is happening around: where the shots are coming from, which side is the enemy from.

      Headset connects easily with Xbox. After the first connection, when you turn on the headphones, the set-top box starts automatically. The Razer Kaira Pro can be connected to a computer via Bluetooth, but a wireless adapter is required, which will have to be purchased separately.

      There are two microphones – built-in and detachable. The built-in one sounds a little worse, the removable one cuts off more noise and makes the voice less flat. There are many buttons on the earcups for setting the headphones: mute the microphone and headset, bluetooth, pair with a set-top box, adjust the volume in chat and the game.

      The headphones have a significant drawback: they are heavy, weighing 365 g. But thanks to the soft headband and adjustable ear cups, they are comfortable to play in. The ear pads are fabric.

      Claimed battery life of 20 hours with backlight. The owners of the headphones say that they are enough for 4-5 evenings. If you play for 5-6 hours, one charge will last for 2-3 days.

      How much:

      • in DNS – 15,000 R;
      • on Yandex Market – from 13,000 rubles.

      Alternative: Microsoft Xbox TLL-00010

      Rtings.com score: 6. 5

      The Microsoft Xbox TLL-00010 headphones have a more comfortable fit than the Razer Kaira Pro. First of all, due to the lighter weight – 312 g. The headset has good sound, which becomes even better if you adjust the equalizer in the proprietary application or buy Dolby Atmos in addition.

      Battery life slightly less than Razer: 15 hours. Here, the outdated version of bluetooth is 4.2. In order not to lose sound quality when connected to a computer, you need to buy a wireless adapter, but now it’s hard to find one. And the main drawback of this model is that it is not sold everywhere. You can order only on marketplaces.

      How much:

      • on Yandex Market – from 16,500 R;
      • on Aliexpress – from Rs 12000 rich detailed sound, no porridge. The headset can be used with or without a wire. On the wire, the sound is brighter, but not so much as to constantly use it. A 3.5 mm wire for connecting to other devices is included.

        There are two built-in noise canceling microphones. The voice is heard well, but the sound needs to be adjusted: the sound is mediocre. The headphones are very light – 273 g, but not comfortable for everyone: round cups are not suitable for large ears. The build quality is also questionable here: the plastic seems flimsy.

        The declared autonomy is the weakest in the rating, 12 hours, but the headphones will not work that much either. In practice, they last for eight hours. If they are discharged, you can connect to the gamepad via a wire and continue playing. But that’s not how microphones work.

        How much they cost:

        • at Ozone – from 8500 R;
        • on Yandex Market – from 8300 R.

        Alternative. Other models of headphones from the rating are also suitable for PS5: HyperX Cloud Flight, Logitech G733 Wireless. They can be connected to the set-top box using a USB transmitter.

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        Best gaming headphones of 2023 : GameZ=

        With so many top gaming headset options available, you won’t have to struggle with bad sound. Whether you’re trying to locate an enemy’s footsteps as they run past, or want to listen to some tunes while you work, your headset’s drivers should deliver superior sound. Some of them are just not up to the mark, which is why we thoroughly test as many gaming headsets as our ears can fit in. The headsets on this list are selected from dozens tested by the team and myself.

        These headsets offer the best sound for gamers on any budget. Quality drivers ensure that you get the best possible sound, and we’re against gaming headphones that go overboard with low frequencies as they deliver terrible bass most of the time. The best gaming headsets offer more balance drivers that require minimal tweaking on your part and you won’t need to spend hundreds of dollars. Some of the best gaming headsets are under $100, like the Razer Blackshark V2 and HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless. Of course, if you’re looking to spend more, the premium options sound pretty incredible.

        Check out our guide to the best wireless gaming headsets if you’re looking for wider, untethered options. In the meantime, take a look below at the best gaming headsets you can buy in 2022.

        Best Gaming Headset

        Best Wired Gaming Headset

        FEATURES

        Wireless : No
        Drivers : 50mm, Ra zer TriForce, titanium
        Connectivity : 3.5 mm, USB sound card
        Frequency response : 12 Hz – 28,000 Hz
        Features : Detachable noise canceling microphone, built-in cable management

        REASONS TO BUY

        • Understated style 9 0036
        • Comfortable
        • Great sound
        • Often less than $100

        REASONS TO AVOID

        • Cable is hardwired to headset
        • Mic won’t retract

        Dethrowing Alpha HyperX Cloud from the top spot was no easy feat. The Razer BlackShark V2 gaming headset does just that, with amazing sound quality, great value, and easy-to-use software. From the moment Razer first talked about the BlackShark V2, it’s been clear that this is the main purpose of the headset, and the design of the drivers themselves effectively does what the impressive Cloud Alpha does.

        50mm TriForce Titanium drivers have separate ports to separate low, mid and tremble tones so they don’t interfere with each other. The result is richer sound than the standard kit, and it’s on par with HyperX’s 50mm neodymium dual-chamber HyperX headset. They’re a tribute to HyperX’s own design, and no worse than that.

        For me, the sound is one of the standout features of the BlackShark V2, and far superior to what you’ll get with most other kits in this price range. I’m also a big fan of the headset’s understated design, and I found them comfortable enough to wear for marathon gaming sessions.

        There’s only one reason I no longer use them as daily drivers, and that’s the advent of a wireless version, the more expensive BlackShark V2 Pro. They use the same drivers, but use a wireless connection with no latency, great battery life… but they’re expensive. Though it must be said that we’ve seen deals as low as $130, so it’s worth looking into.

        But the overall price is another highlight of the BlackShark V2 wired headset; you will often find them for less than $100 and that makes them an absolute bargain.

        Read our full review of the Razer Blackshark V2.

        Best Wireless Gaming Headset

        FEATURES

        Wireless : Yes
        Drivers : Dynamic 50mm Neodymium
        900 29 Connectivity : 2.4 GHz wireless adapter
        Frequency response : 15-21 000 Hz
        Features : Bidirectional Detachable Microphone

        REASONS TO BUY

        • Battery life that can only be described as witchcraft
        • Great for listening to music
        • Accurate, powerful sound great for gaming
        • Very comfortable

        REASONS TO AVOID

        • Mic not up to par the rest of the headset.
        • These are not the loudest headphones

        HyperX Cloud Alpha is perhaps the most laudatory thing on this site. We all love it on the team and now HyperX has cut the cord on their best pair of cans. The biggest selling point of this headset is the huge new battery. You get up to 300 hours of wireless battery life while still being relatively light and comfortable. This is quite a feat, and I feel like HyperX has pulled it off.

        Out of the box this unit reported about 80% charge so I decided to leave it there to see how well it holds up. I spent a working day listening to music and checked the battery again: I swear it was still talking about 80%. I’ve been using this thing quite a lot for gaming and listening to music over the past week and we’re not even at 50% battery yet.

        That’s impressive battery life, of course, at its best. A lot of this has to do with the volume you use the headset at, and the volume is probably my only real complaint. It’s quite loud, but I can listen to it at full volume and feel pretty comfortable.

        Definitely one of the best gaming headsets I’ve used for listening to music.

        But the sound quality is really incredible. The music sounds amazing. It’s always fun to listen to some of my favorite heavy sounding songs on a good pair of cans and try to pick out different instruments or passages to use. They do a great job and are definitely one of the best gaming headsets I’ve used for listening to music.

        In games, the directional sound is also very pleasant. I was able to easily find hidden batteries from the direction cues in Deep Rock Galactic and had a great time bouncing around to the tense beats of Shadow Warrior 3. I loaded up Doom Eternal and scared myself right away. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like when a cacodemon suddenly appears and whispers sweet blah things into your left ear, then they can absolutely please you.

        The Cloud line has always been touted for comfort, and despite the hefty battery, it still fits the bill. I am someone who struggles with too much weight or tightness on my head and I am very sensitive to uncomfortable headphones. The top band is thick and the bottom band has soft padding. This, combined with the same soft ear cushions, creates a very snug feel and excellent noise blocking.

        Unfortunately, the microphone is your pretty standard stuff, and while it’s great for chatting in games, it’s very basic and boring when it comes to sound quality.

        Against all odds, I can’t imagine a customer who wouldn’t be happy with this wireless gaming headset. They are pricey but within reason for their specs, and they certainly provide everything you need to play games and listen to music on your PC.

        Read our full HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless review.

        Best Cheap Gaming Headset

        FEATURES

        Wireless : No
        Drivers : 40mm neodymium magnets
        Connection 9 0030 : 3.5 mm
        Frequency response : 12 Hz – 8000 Hz
        Features : 7. 1 surround sound, ultra-lightweight

        REASONS TO BUY

        • Can be found for less than $40
        • Great virtual 7.1 surround sound
        • Comfortable leatherette head pillow
        • Lightweight

        REASONS TO AVOID

        • Non-removable microphone
        • Basic sound is a bit clunky

        As a cheap alternative to the fancy Razer Kraken, the Kraken X is an inexpensive option that works best for PCs for one simple reason – virtual surround sound 7.1. Available through the app, it enhances the headset’s already good sound with superior depth, clarity, and clarity. It also makes it difficult to return to the default X sound mode.0005

        It’s clear in our testing that the Kraken X won’t be able to compete with the best of the HyperX Cloud lineup, or even its peers in the Razer stable, but for the money, the Kraken X delivers.

        When you add enviable comfort and a lightweight, stylish and discreet design, this version of the Kraken offers amazing value for money. Sure, there are little things to dampen the party (chief among them being the non-removable microphone), but you can’t complain when you get good 7.1 sound for such a low price.

        When you have less than $50 to spend on a gaming headset, we don’t think you’ll do better than these Razer cans.

        Read our full Razer Kraken X review.

        Best headset for long gaming sessions

        FEATURES

        Wireless : No
        Drivers 0 : 40 mm beryllium dynamic
        Frequency response : 5 Hz – 30,000 Hz
        Features : detachable microphone

        REASONS TO BUY

        • Great sound quality
        • Comfortable for all day use
        • Beautiful design and build quality
        • Very good microphone

        REASONS TO AVOID

        • Uncomfortable volume control

        This not the first gaming headset from Beyerdynamic, but the MMX 100 is by far the most versatile offering to date. Offering great sound and a good mic in a comfortable and well-designed headset, you’ll easily land on our best headsets list, especially if you can pick up those impressive cans for less than $100.

        Despite using a closed design, we found that the MMX 100 produced a surprisingly wide soundstage, without any of the muddy or over-the-top bass that often plagues gaming headsets. The bass is so precisely tuned, without any distortion or boominess, which is usually found in most gaming headsets. The mids and highs are crystal clear, bringing out every little detail and audio cues like steps or reboots.

        For $99 this is an incredible deal.

        Add to that the fact that Beyerdynamics has chosen lightweight materials with plush memory foam on the earcups and headband, making them extremely comfortable for long sessions as well.

        The overall build is absolutely exceptional, except for one really annoying problem – the volume control. It had quite a lot of play on my device, where it could rock forward or backward without changing the volume, causing static in the right ear cup when adjusting the volume, and often completely muting the sound on the right side. Basically it is the maximum volume position. Minor volume adjustments would have corrected the sound, but it’s more of a concern for such a well-built headset that I’m sincerely inclined to believe it was just my particular sample and not the system one.

        It’s simply impossible to deny that Beyerdynamic completely knocked it out of the park with the MMX 100. At $99, it’s an incredible deal, and I’d be hard-pressed to point to a more comfortable and better-sounding model than this one. The Steelseries Arctis Prime comes close in comfort, but not in sound. Leaving aside the volume control issue on my particular device, this is one of the best gaming headsets money can buy right now.

        Read our full review of the Beyerdynamics MMX 100.

        Sporty design in both open and closed back

        FEATURES

        Wireless : No
        Drivers : 42mm dynamic
        Frequent Specification : 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
        Features : detachable microphone, open/closed options

        REASONS TO BUY

        • Excellent sound quality
        • Detachable and reversible microphone
        • Enclosed and open designs
        • Comfortable

        REASONS TO AVOID

        • Braided cable can be a little loud
        • Headphone coverage can be a bit thin for some
        • Flagship-level prices

        90 The 002 Epos is slowly moving away from its Sennheiser past and starting to build its own line of great gaming headsets. The H6PRO is a big part of that, as it’s the first time the company is making a true flagship product without the Sennheiser stamp.

        H6PRO offers a truly high quality headset. There are trendy new 42mm drivers that deliver great sound, which have been tuned to deliver a more balanced and lighter bass profile than your average gaming headset. It also offers a great-sounding microphone that provides the benefits of both a flip and detachable design.

        Epos has put together something really competitive and impressive in the H6PRO.

        H6PRO is available in both open and closed back. The difference will affect noise isolation, audio response, and how the headset feels on the head. So we can say that this is quite an important decision in terms of the capabilities of a gaming headset.

        I’ve had experience with both open and closed designs, and basically if you want noise isolation (keeping outside noise from reaching your ears), you’ll need the H6PRO closed headset. If that doesn’t matter, then the open-back H6PRO headset is the best choice for a superior gaming soundstage.

        As for the new flagship, Epos has put together something really competitive and impressive in the H6PRO. The downside is that they also have a $179 (£149, €179) flagship price, and you really need to debate whether you’re happy with wired or you might want to consider going wireless instead – if there’s one peripheral that’s worth cut out. cord with, this is your headset.

        However, if you’re willing to spend that amount of money, you can be safe in the knowledge that the Epos H6PRO is built to a standard worthy of this price.

        Read our full Epos H6PRO review.

        Best Surround Sound Gaming Headset

        FEATURES

        Wireless : Yes
        Drivers : 50mm neodymium drivers
        Possible Connection options : Slipstream wireless dongle, USB cable
        Frequency response : 20 Hz – 30,000 Hz
        Features:

        Broadcast Grade Omnidirectional Microphone REASONS TO BUY

        • Floating headband design
        • Superb Hi-Res Audio
        • Dolby Atmos
        • Great microphone

        REASONS TO AVOID

        • Feels bulky
        • Microphone not removable
        • No Bluetooth or 3. 5mm

        New wireless The Corsair HS80 RGB gaming headset is one of the best headsets the company has ever made, and one of the best wireless headsets in the world. It takes advantage of some of the best headset features available and performs them very well. At $150, it boasts the latest and greatest lag-free Slipstream Wireless technology, high-quality audio, and Dolby Atmos. The microphone is outstanding and the new design allows you to wear them for ages without fatigue.

        Imitation is said to be the highest form of flattery, and the new HS80 mimics some of Steelseries’ finest headsets. Corsair has finally adopted the same floating headband design that uses an adjustable headband to distribute weight evenly across the head. Also, I find the HS80 bulkier than any Steelseries headset, but at 370g it’s not much heavier.

        Dolby Atmos Halo Infinite sounds amazing on these cans.

        The HS80s sound fantastic, with rich, full-bodied sound and well-balanced bass. The sub-bass can sometimes be lacking, and I noticed some distortion even at low volumes. This keeps the HS80 from being truly great, but iCUE has an EQ that you can play with to fine-tune the sound to your liking.

        However, the HS80 surprises with spacious sound, impressive 3D sound and precise positioning. As you can imagine, this is great for games like first person shooters or large open world environments. It’s made even better with Dolby Atmos support, and Corsair provides an automatic license with the headset. I played Halo Infinite a lot, which supports Dolby Atmos, and it sounded amazing on those banks.

        The battery life of the HS80 was in line with the market-leading 20 hours. For me, that meant charging the headset every two days for 10 hours of work and play each day. I haven’t tested whether turning off the RGB lighting makes a significant difference, but given how small the lights are, I doubt it. Charging the HS80 is easy thanks to the Type-C connector, which also allows you to listen to them while charging.

        Corsair HS80 is a great headset. It sounds great both in games and in other media thanks to the excellent implementation of Dolby Atmos. If you communicate a lot, the microphone is one of the best we’ve tested.

        Read our full Corsair HS80 RGB review.

        Frequently asked questions about the best gaming headset

        What do you need for a gaming headset?

        There are a few things to consider when choosing a gaming headset. Good price and sound quality above all, but comfort is also on top. Also, noise-canceling microphones are critical for communication, which is why most of the headsets we’ve listed here include this feature. You want decent voice quality and a microphone that doesn’t pick up every keystroke on a mechanical keyboard.

        How do we test gaming headsets?

        Every headset we test we use daily for at least a week. We record a sample of our voice in Audacity and compare it with previous recordings of other models, and then go to Discord to get feedback from our friends on how we sound.