The best 10 PC and gaming headsets in comparison

Which are the best PC and gaming headsets of 2019?

Best PC and gaming headsets of 2019 (1 - 5)
PC and gaming headset comparison
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PC and gaming headset comparison
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Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver S
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Logitech G430
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Asus ROG Strix Wireless
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Creative SB Inferno
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Corsair Void Wireless Dolby 7.1 RGB
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Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Esports Edition
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ASTRO Gaming A40 Astro 2013 Ed.
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Razer Thresher Ultimate
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Asus ROG Delta Core
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Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger
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Pros
Pros
  • Lower impedance
  • Higher high-frequency
  • Lower low-frequency
  • Higher microphone high-frequency
  • Longer cable
  • Removable microphone
  • Higher microphone high-frequency
  • Higher microphone sensitivity
  • More years under manufacturer's warranty
  • Longer cable
  • Removable microphone
  • Wireless
  • Ear pads included
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Compatible with Xbox Live
  • Higher sound pressure level
  • Higher microphone sensitivity
  • Removable microphone
  • Higher microphone sensitivity
  • Wireless
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Battery level indicator
  • Lower microphone low-frequency
  • Ear pads included
  • Compatible with Xbox Live
  • Higher high-frequency
  • Lower low-frequency
  • Higher microphone high-frequency
  • Removable microphone
  • Compatible with Xbox Live
  • Higher high-frequency
  • Lower low-frequency
  • Wireless
  • Ear pads included
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Battery level indicator
  • Higher high-frequency
  • Higher sound pressure level
  • Removable microphone
  • Compatible with Xbox Live
  • Lower impedance
  • Lower low-frequency
  • Higher microphone high-frequency
  • Longer cable
  • Ear pads included
Cons
Cons
  • Lowest frequency mic
  • Sound pressure level
  • Control panel on device
  • Highest frequency
  • Lowest frequency mic
  • Sound pressure level
  • Detachable cable
  • Control panel on device
  • Stereo speakers
  • Warranty period
  • Cable length
  • Lowest frequency mic
  • Highest frequency
  • Sound pressure level
  • Cable length
  • Highest frequency
  • Highest frequency mic
  • Warranty period
  • Lowest frequency mic
  • Mute function
  • Sound pressure level
  • Highest frequency mic
  • Lowest frequency mic
  • Highest frequency
  • 3.5mm male connector
  • PlayStation compatibility
  • Noise canceling microphone
  • Highest frequency mic
  • Mic sensitivity
  • Highest frequency
  • Straight plug
  • Cable length
  • Impedance
  • Sound pressure level
  • Control panel on device
  • Passive noise reduction
  • Straight plug
  • Warranty period
  • Lowest frequency mic
  • Highest frequency mic
  • Mic sensitivity
  • Noise canceling microphone
  • 3.5mm male connector
  • Noise canceling microphone
  • Cable length
  • Highest frequency mic
  • Lowest frequency mic
  • Lowest frequency mic
  • Sound pressure level
Design
Over-the-ear formComfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This model is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. It offers potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.
Over-the-ear formComfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This model is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. It offers potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.
Stereo speakersDevices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
Stereo speakersDevices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
Detachable cableWith a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.
Detachable cableWith a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.
Cable lengthA long cable ensures more freedom of movement.
Cable lengthA long cable ensures more freedom of movement.3m2.3m1.5m1.8mN.A.1.3m2mN.A.1.5m3m
Straight plugA straight plug is better when the jack is on the top or bottom of your player.
Straight plugA straight plug is better when the jack is on the top or bottom of your player.
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Total score for "Design"
Sound quality
Lowest frequencyThe lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.
Lowest frequencyThe lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.12Hz20Hz20Hz20Hz20Hz20Hz15Hz12Hz20Hz18Hz
Highest frequencyThe highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.
Highest frequencyThe highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.28000Hz20000Hz20000Hz20000Hz20000Hz20000Hz28000Hz28000Hz40000Hz23000Hz
Sound pressure levelDevices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
Sound pressure levelDevices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.104.5dB/mW90dB/mW98dB/mW115dB/mW107dB/mW111dB/mW104dB/mWN.A.127dB/mW102dB/mW
Passive noise reductionThe device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.
Passive noise reductionThe device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.
ImpedanceImpedance is the device’s electrical resistance to the current being pushed through it. The lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.
ImpedanceImpedance is the device’s electrical resistance to the current being pushed through it. The lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.30 Ohms32 Ohms32 Ohms32 Ohms32 Ohms32 Ohms50 Ohms32 Ohms32 Ohms30 Ohms
Total score for "Sound quality"
Total score for "Sound quality"
Microphone
Mic sensitivityIt's the 'loudness' of the sound that the microphone can pick up.
Mic sensitivityIt's the 'loudness' of the sound that the microphone can pick up.-40dBV/Pa40dBV/Pa-40dBV/Pa40dBV/Pa-37dBV/Pa-45dBV/PaN.A.-42dBV/Pa-40dBV/Pa-40dBV/Pa
Lowest frequency micThe lowest frequencies that the mic can pick up well. Better for recording bass. If a microphone is going to be used for speech, a voice microphone, it must have great gain for bass, since human voice is in the low frequencies.
Lowest frequency micThe lowest frequencies that the mic can pick up well. Better for recording bass. If a microphone is going to be used for speech, a voice microphone, it must have great gain for bass, since human voice is in the low frequencies.50Hz50Hz50Hz100Hz100Hz10Hz35Hz100Hz100Hz50Hz
Highest frequency micThe highest frequencies that the mic can pick up well. Better for recording treble.
Highest frequency micThe highest frequencies that the mic can pick up well. Better for recording treble.18000Hz20000Hz16000Hz15000Hz10000Hz10000Hz20000Hz10000Hz10000Hz18000Hz
Noise canceling microphoneThese microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.
Noise canceling microphoneThese microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.
Removable microphoneThe microphone can be attached or detached if necessary.
Removable microphoneThe microphone can be attached or detached if necessary.
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Total score for "Microphone"
Power
Rechargeable batteryThe battery can be recharged and used over again.
Rechargeable batteryThe battery can be recharged and used over again.
Removable batteryThe battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.
Removable batteryThe battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.
Battery level indicatorAn indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
Battery level indicatorAn indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
Charge timeThe time it takes to fully charge the battery.
Charge timeThe time it takes to fully charge the battery.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.4hN.A.N.A.
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Total score for "Power"
Connectivity
3.5mm male connectorA standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.
3.5mm male connectorA standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.
Maximum Bluetooth rangeThe device can connect at a greater distance via Bluetooth or infrared to another device.
Maximum Bluetooth rangeThe device can connect at a greater distance via Bluetooth or infrared to another device.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.12mN.A.N.A.
PlayStation compatibilityThe headset can be used for playing games on PlayStation video game consoles.
PlayStation compatibilityThe headset can be used for playing games on PlayStation video game consoles.
WirelessWireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.
WirelessWireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.
Compatible with Xbox LiveYou can use your headset for in-game voice chat, private chat, audio for video chat, and in-game voice recognition using Xbox services.
Compatible with Xbox LiveYou can use your headset for in-game voice chat, private chat, audio for video chat, and in-game voice recognition using Xbox services.
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Total score for "Connectivity"
Features
Control panel on deviceThere is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.
Control panel on deviceThere is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.
Headset capabilityA headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for apps that require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones, etc.
Headset capabilityA headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for apps that require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones, etc.
Mute functionThe device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
Mute functionThe device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
Ear pads includedAllows you to change ear pads without buying new ones.
Ear pads includedAllows you to change ear pads without buying new ones.
Warranty periodWhen covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.
Warranty periodWhen covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.231122N.A.1N.A.2
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Total score for "Features"

How to choose the best PC and gaming headset

Gaming headsets are a must have if you want to enjoy immersive gaming experiences. With so many brands and headsets out on the market, it is sometimes hard to find the perfect headset for your budget. This guide will help you narrow down your choices and figure out what are the key specs and features you should take into account when choosing a gaming headset.

Comfort

If you love to go on long gaming sessions, comfort should be at the top of the list when it comes to headsets for gaming. You will be wearing the headset for long periods of time and it would be unwise to wear uncomfortable cans for hours on end. Not only because it might distract you and make you lose focus while playing, but it could also pose some health risks.

While gaming headsets are built similarly to most standard headsets, they come in various styles, each having advantages and disadvantages. Some headsets, especially cheap ones, can be quite unbearable to wear for just a few minutes, while some tend to become uncomfortable after an hour. But there are some out there that are just so comfortable to wear for long sessions without breaking your bank. Depending on your budget, you may see a combination of these materials on your headphones:

  • Plastic: Since it is the cheapest material readily available to manufacturers, a lot of headphones are made almost entirely of plastic. It is also much easier to mold during manufacturing than metal.
  • Rubber: Most headphones are usually covered with rubber. This acts as a protection, since rubber coating is more scratch-resistant than plastic and it can also serve as a form of a thin padding for comfort.
  • Foam: Most full-size headphones have foams on the earcups and headbands to provide a cushion between the headphones and the head of the user. Ear-fitting headphones may also have the ear tips made out of foam, so that the earphones can adjust to the specific shape of the ear.
  • Metal: Metals, such as aluminum, are also used on some headphones, especially in high-end ones. Metals are much denser and stronger than plastic. This results in headphones which have much better build and are much more resistant to everyday wear, especially if you take your headphones with you while travelling. This also usually results in better sound production if designed correctly, with a crisper and tighter sound signature, with less of the music sounding like it’s coming from an enclosed dome.

Types of gaming headsets

On-Ears

On-ear headsets also known as supra-aural headsets. These sit directly on top of your ears and come with a headband that will securely fit the two large ear cups that deliver the sound. On-ear headsets have large drivers, usually around 30-40mm, delivering a powerful sound. However, they can get quite uncomfortable if worn for long periods of time. These headsets also have the tendency to leak noise.

Over-Ears

Over-ears or circumaural headsets are the largest of headsets. While similar to on-ears, over-ears are larger and the cups are large enough, so that they go over your ears rather than sit on top of them. These provide great comfort but are usually quite large. This also means that they can hold large drivers, which is a plus when it comes to sound quality. Due to their design, over-ear headsets offer good noise isolation. Being covered, over-ears are able to deliver great sound quality. However, these headsets have the tendency to trap heat and can be quite uncomfortable during long sessions. This depends highly on the type of cups that come with your headset.

Open vs closed gaming headsets

Some headsets are fully closed, creating a passive noise isolation, while some headsets have an open construction that allows ambient sounds to pass through the earcups. Closed headsets help users focus during gaming sessions, as they have good sound isolation and block external noises. If you are the type of person who doesn't like to be distracted while gaming, go for closed-back headsets. On the other hand, open-back headsets allow ambient sounds to pass through, as the earcups are not fully enclosed. Some audiophiles prefer open-back headsets because they offer a more natural sound experience. However, the disadvantage is that sound leaks out, especially if you are listening at a high volume, so people around you will hear what you're listening to.

Sound quality

Another important consideration when purchasing a gaming headset is surround sound. Many games today already feature surround sound, which allows you to hear directional sounds in the game itself. This is a great advantage, especially in first person shooters, as you will be able to hear where your opponents are. Surround sound has been around for quite some time and the technology has evolved in the past years. Depending on the number audio channels, there are two types of surround sound currently available: 5.1 and 7.1. Some of the headsets offering 5.1 surround sound actually have separate drivers, while others use virtual audio channels, employing advanced audio software. 

When it comes to gaming and competitive teamplay, microphones are a necessity in order to coordinate between team members. Gaming headsets have between 1 and 4 microphones. Some of the most advanced gaming headsets, like the Astro Gaming A38, have both nosie cancelling voice microphones and noise cancelling ambient microphones. With both types of microphones, the headset can deliver great voice chat quality and can filter the background noise.

Noise cancellation is a technology used to reduce ambient noise. Noice cancelling headsets can use passive noise cancellation, like in the case of closed-back headsets which have the earcups completely covered, or active noise cancellation (also known as active noise reduction), which works by adding a second sound with inverted phase that cancels the first one. Headsets capable of active noise reduction are more complex, as they have a noise-cancelling circuitry which generates the secondary sound waves meant to cancel out ambient sounds without dimisnishing the volume. Noise cancelling microphones help isolate your voice from the background sounds by using additional microphones that detect external noises. As a result, you can play with your friends online and chat despite of whatever is happening around you.

Wired or Wireless?

This is a dilemma for some gamers: is a wireless headset better than a wired one? Most manufacturers provide both wired and wireless versions of their popular models. Some users prefer wireless because they allow them more freedom of movement without getting tangled in cables. However, wireless headsets use batteris and have to be charged from time. For some, the thought of having to worry about re-charging the headphones is a nuissance. Wired headsets are usually plug and play and don't require charging, unless the they need a battery for the active noise-cancellation circuitry.

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