With 2016 ahead of us and the holidays past us, you might be looking for a brand new gaming headset to treat yourself. A good gaming headset is something every gamer should have, but with all the options out there, it can be difficult to choose the right one for you. After all, gaming headsets are the most personal peripherals out there, which is why you need one that matches your style and preferences. Luckily, we have looked at tons of headset options out there and user reviews for them, to find the best ones and we’ve also tested a bunch of them too.
For without any further ado, we present the best gaming headsets 2016, whether it is for FPS games, RPG games, listening to music, watching movies or basically any other task that you could imagine you’d be doing. We also included budget options too in several categories for those of you who are looking for that. Your ears deserve the best sound quality you can get for the money, so pick the best gaming headset for your needs and budget and do your due diligence.
What is the best gaming headset in 2016? Which gaming headphones will give me an advantage over enemies in multiplayer games? Or simply give every game a more immersive feel to it? Below are the top gaming headsets and headphones (with mic) right now on the market. You can comfortably select a gaming headset below in the table as it will be the best of the best in that specific category and updated every month. Here are the best gaming headsets December 2016:
|Best Budget Gaming Headset||Sentey GS-4561||20Hz-20KHz|
|Fatal1ty HS-800 Gaming Headset||20Hz-20KHz|
|VersionTech Gaming Headset||20Hz-20KHz|
|Budget 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset||Sentey GS-4531||15Hz-25KHz|
|Best 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset||Logitech G35||20Hz-20KHz|
|Budget Wireless Gaming Headset||Mixcder Drip||20Hz-20KHz|
|Best Wireless Gaming Headset||Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum||20Hz-20KHz|
|Best Headset for XBOX One or PS4||Kingston HyperX Cloud II||15Hz-25KHz|
|Headset for Music and Gaming||Sennheiser GAME ONE||15Hz-28KHz|
|Top Headset for Streaming||Astro A50||20Hz-20KHz|
|Best Overall Gaming Headset||Kingston HyperX Cloud||15Hz-25KHz|
|Best Headphone and Mic Combo||Audio-Technica ATH-M50x|
As you can see in the list of the best gaming headsets above, we included the best headphone and mic combos too, which is definitely something you should consider. People get headsets because of their portability, flexibility and practicality, but if you can live with splitting your sound and microphone into two peripherals, we definitely suggest getting a quality headphone and a quality microphone instead. You will get a much better sound quality and a much better microphone, so you should definitely consider that.
Gaming headsets are not one-size, so you will have to pick one that does not get uncomfortable after wearing it for hours. Furthermore, gaming headsets all have different features and we will now describe some of them so that you can make your pick more wisely.
The term “frequency response” is the speed of vibration of physical material and is measured in Hertz (Hz). The frequency response defines the effective range in which the headset can provide clear and uniform sound to the user. Most headsets have a frequency response range of 20Hz to 20KHz and it represents the normal audible musical range of frequency that can be sensed by humans. Some headsets have a frequency range beyond this, but that does not make the sound quality better. Very low and very high frequencies are not heard but felt.
Remember that the frequency range differs from person to person and even from ear to ear and thus the best way to test the sound quality of headsets and headphones is to test them yourselves.
7.1 Surround Sound
Most headsets that are connected with a USB cable have their own sound driver and some of them have 5.1 or 7.1 virtual surround sound support, which many people like to use while gaming. Personally, we love it and we can’t get back to regular stereo audio with our headset. It makes the gameplay more immersive and feels like you are actually in the game, listening to the environment and sensing the impact and atmosphere.
In FPS games like CS:GO, a surround sound headset will give you an advantage over players with regular stereo sound as you can sense where the sound is coming from in the game and where your enemies are, while they can’t in such degree if they have stereo sound.
Best Budget Gaming Headset
We know for a fact that are lot of you are looking for hardware on a budget based on the e-mail and comments we get in our other articles and guides. On the hunt for the best budget headset? We totally got you covered as we have four extremely good choices prepared for you, that we think are the best budget PC headset. The first one is the Sentey GS-4561 gaming headset with great sound, comfort and flexibility. We highly recommend this gaming headset and think it is the best budget headset for the money. It even features an integrated subwoofer for that extra bass. The ear cups are comfortable and padded well and the headset features ambient noise reduction and a gold-plated USB 2.0 connector. Sound quality on this headset is superb and so is the microphone as your teammates can clearly hear and understand you when you’re using it. We wore this headset for hours and did not feel any discomfort, which is why it makes it to the top spot for this category and therefore the best budget gaming headset 2016.
The headset above can not be found everywhere because of the relatively unknown brand, but that should be no problem as we included some additional headset choices in this category. For instance, we have the Creative Fatal1ty gaming headset with over a thousand reviews on Amazon and can be bought for around $20 right now. It features powerful 40mm neodynium drivers and is lightweight and has an adjustable headband.
And lastly, we have the VersionTech gaming headset as a budget option. It features LED lighting via an USB cable, but is connected via 3.5mm green headphone and red microphone jacks.The VersionTech headset also features a high-precision 50mm magnetic neodynium driver for the audiophiles and a braided and durable cable.
All three options in this category have a frequency response range of 20Hz to 20KHz, which is pretty standard.
Budget 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Moving on to the best surround sound gaming headsets, we got three very good recommendations as well here. We will start off by a very good gaming headset company, Sentey, which makes quality headsets for a very affordable price. To start the list off, we have the Sentey GS-4531 gaming headset. This headset is fully compatible with PC and 2.0 stereo compatible in PS4 or Mac. The headset is connected with a USB cable that installs its own driver when you plug it in for the first time. The 7.1 channel surround sound is a very great thing to have in FPS games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) so that you can better sense where footsteps are coming from and where your enemies shoot from. The gaming headset also has comfortable foam pads and is adjustable as well as ergonomic. This particular headset and the three other variants have received over a whopping 2300 reviews on Amazon.com and cost roughly $35 as of this date. All in all, this is a great gaming headset for the money.
Moving a bit up the ladder, we have the Sentey GS-4730 gaming headset, which is an improved and better version of the Sentey GS-4531. This one has a better mic, so if want to spend an additional $5 on an improved mic and over improvements, we highly suggest you get this one instead as it is better in many ways, but the design and comfort may not suit all, so pick the one you prefer. This model arches with vibration, has intelligent 4D and extreme bass, plus it works well with PS4, XBOX and Mac as well, although for 2.0 stereo sound output only. This is truly a very good pick for the best affordable gaming headset 2016.
Our last contender for the best budget 7.1 surround sound gaming headset is none other than the SADES A6 gaming headset. They look great and stylish with white and blue colors and the earmuffs feel great as it has air holes and a multi-point pressure-relieving frame for added comfort. This gaming headset also has LED lights and has a great, although not the best gaming headset mic. It should suffice for most users. The headset itself is very lightweight and has great bass and is capable of playing very loud. This is truly a great, and maybe even the best gaming headset for the price as it can be purchased for around $30 right now.
Best 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
The budget 7.1 surround sound gaming headset picks are all great, but if you want yourself an even better one and are wiling to spend some extra money on it, we found the Logitech G35 to be the best 7.1 surround sound gaming headset. It features 7.1 surround sound powered by Dolby Surround Sound technology, which delivers an immersive and detailed soundfield so that you can hear your enemies before they see you or just the experience of being in a concert hall versus standard stereo headsets.
The three G-keys that you will find on the left side, can be fully customized so that you gain full control over music, chat-clients and so on. On the left side, you will also find quick access to volume setting and a microphone mute button. The headset itself is connected with USB cable to your PC, whether it is Windows 10, Window 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 or even Windows Vista. Please note, however, that some profile settings require the Logitech Gaming Software to be installed and enabled on the computer, which are not supported by Mac OS X, Linux and earlier Windows operating systems.
Budget Wireless Gaming Headset
The greatest budget wireless gaming headset out there right now is the Mixcder Drip gaming headphones, which are Bluetooth 4.0 gaming headphones with a noise-cancelling mic. With an exceptional audio output and a sleek and modern design, these headphones are worth every penny. They can be used by anyone and for anything, as long as it supports Bluetooth 4.0 technology, and if your PC does not, you can just get a Bluetooth 4.0 USB drive that will take care of that for you. The Mixcder Drip also features EDR technology, which enhances the wireless signal and transmit the data at higher speeds for a much smoother and hassle-free connection.
The gaming headphones were recently released and can be bought for around $40 right now, making the headphones the perfect candidate for the best wireless gaming headphones 2016. The battery holds approximately 20 hours playing music and standby time is listed as more than 250 hours. The Bluetooth connection makes it possible for you to be up to 10 meter (32 ft) away without disconnecting. Furthermore, the headphones can be folded for easy transportation everywhere and are safe for children. They will without a doubt be a great gift for Christmas, Black Friday, or in essence any holiday, to anyone whom you might think would be interested in a pair of wireless gaming headphones (with mic).
If you want to throw in some extra cash for a higher quality headset that supports virtual 7.1 surround sound (Dolby Surround Sound) then you should have a look at our top recommendation, the Logitech G930. With over five thousand reviews on Amazon.com, this headset has been tested by many users and it works fantastic. It supports 7.1 Advanced Dolby surround sound technology, which gives you a more immersive and more enjoyable gameplay. The headset also features three programmable G-keys that you can customize. The noise-cancelling boom mic will auto mute when it is rotated up and it reduces background noise.
The wireless connection is via a lag-free 2.4 GHz frequency and the headset can be used for up to 10 hours in a single charge. The recharging base is connected via an USB cable to your PC, which is compatible with Windows Vista OS and newer.
Best Wireless Gaming Headset
We got hands-on experience with the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum and a whole lot of other wireless gaming headsets, but we really liked this one. It feels very comfortable to wear, has an impressive 12-hour battery life and connects via 2.4 GHz wireless communication with your Windows PC, PS3, PS4, XBOX 360, XBOX One or basically any TV with a powered USB and RCA audio output, which most a vast majority of modern TV’s have today. It also works great with console gaming of any kind.
With this gaming headset, you don’t have to worry if your headset runs out of power while in the middle of a game or raid, as you can just plug the wired analog cable to your PC and you’ll be good to go. Even better, this wireless gaming headset supports 7.1 Dolby surround sound with advanced Pro-G drivers and an on-board equality for the audiophiles. If you have an RGB keyboard, you’ll love the next feature even more: customizable lighting. The adjustable RGB lighting gives you full control over the lighting of the headset with the option to choose up to 16.7 million colors.
The Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum also has a neat feature called multi-source audio mixing, which essentially allows you to plug up to three devices at once, so that you can answer calls and play music while you game.
This wireless gaming headset is truly a wonderful product and the three programmable G-keys only make it better. Please note that 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound, RGB light configuration and G-key customization requires you to install some necessary software. The mic itself is a noise-cancelling one and it works just great. It is foldable so that you can fold it up so that it doesn’t annoy you.
Inside the box, you will find the headset, 3.5 analog cable with audio controls, 3.5mm to 2.5mm audio adapter, RCA to 3.5mm cable, USB charging cable, USB powered wireless mix adapter and custom left/right tags. With 2016 ahead of us, this headset will be a great gift and appreciated for anyone.
Best Headset for XBOX One or PS4
The Kingston HyperX Cloud II gaming headset was made with compatibility. This headset works great on PC & Mac with 7.1 Surround Sound support for both Windows and OS X platforms. The headset is stereo compatible with PS4 and XBOX One as well, but for XBOX ONE, you will need an XBOX ONE Stereo Adapter, which is not included. The sound is outstanding and looking closer at specs, you will know exactly why. The frequency response range for this headset is 15Hz to 25KHz and it features some impressive 53mm neodymium magnets. The sound card which is included, will provide you with mic noise cancellation and echo cancellation, so that your teammates can easily understand what you are saying.
You can purchase this gaming headset for around $90 right now on Amazon and you can get it in either Gun Metal, Punk or Red with a whopping two year warranty and free technical support.
Headset for Music and Gaming
If you like listening to music in high quality, but also enjoy playing games, we found the Sennheiser GAME ONE to be the perfect match right now. You probably already know Sennheiser and their reputation as a high-quality headphone and headset maker and the GAME ONE is no exception. It delivers an amazing music experience along with great sound output for gaming. The mic is outstanding and one of the best ones we have ever tried on a headset.
The Sennheiser GAME ONE can be purchased for around $150 right now and can be found in both black or white editions. With your purchase, you get two years manufacturer’s warranty, which is an added bonus. It isn’t the best headset for listening to music only and neither for hardcore gaming, but if you blend the two together, this headset is your greatest option right now.
Top Headset for Streaming
If you’re a streamer with a following, you don’t want some cheap headset with a bad mic. You want a high-quality headset with an superb mic that gives you a clear voice without any background noise and is compatible with your console. We absolutely love this headset and if you are console streamer, then you should too. With full compatibility with PlayStation 4 or XBOX One and with three color variants (black, white and halo), this headset should definitely be worth looking at.
It feels great to wear, even after longer periods of use, and we didn’t feel any discomfort at all at any time. With a cutting edge wireless Kleernet 5.8 GHz technology, you will get an uninterrupted, high-quality signal from and to your device,. as this frequency is higher than frequencies that most wireless devices operate on. Furthermore, the ASTRO A50 has three EQ preset modes so that you can easily switch between profiles and fit the sound to your liking. Dolby DIGITAL 7.1 surround sound technology is, of course, also supported on this gaming headset, which will enhance your ability to pinpoint exactly where the sound is coming from and thus giving you the upper hand in first person shooters.
The major drawback about this gaming headset is that it is very pricey. With a price tag of $300, this headset is the most expensive one on this list and you should really consider if you need a headset in this price category.
Best Overall Gaming Headset
Now is the time to reveal the best gaming headset 2015 and with several days of testing, we reached to the conclusion that the Kingston HyperX Cloud is the best gaming headset for the money out there right now. Designed in Sweden and used by many of the world’s bet e-sports athletes, the HyperX Cloud is a gaming headset that you have probably stumbled upon already. Being the official headset of pro eSports organizations like Alliance Gaming, SK-Gaming, Team Liquid and Intel Extreme Masters, you can deduce that they are heavily promoting it and HyperX wouldn’t do that with a bad-quality headset. With approximately 2000 reviews on Amazon.com and an average of 4.5/5 stars, you can also conclude that this headset has a good quality control and you shouldn’t worry about receiving a bad unit.
Another thing that we are truly amazed about, is the fact that this headset is relatively cheap compared to the quality you get. A new unit of Kingston HyperX Cloud gaming headset currently cost around $80. Furthermore, the HyperX Cloud delivers an amazing sound quality as you can probably already guess, judging by the 15Hz-25KHz frequency response and the 53mm HiFi capable drivers. Every tone, whether it is low, mid or high, will be outputted crystal-clear and with an enhanced bass that gives you a better gaming experience. The mic is also great with noise-cancellation technology and can be easily detached if you’re listening to music and are not using it.
Best Headphone and Mic Combo
As we stated in the beginning of this article, you should also consider using a headphone and mic combo, unless you are fully determined in getting a gaming headset of course and that is also perfectly fine. A lot of headsets will outperform many headphones anyways. With that said, we have two recommendations for headphone and two recommendations for microphones in this category, although they can be mixed together. If you’re only after the microphone, then see if you can find the best microphone for gaming for you on our other page.
Our top nominee for the best headphones 2015 is the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. These headphones are used by professional studios and are pretty affordable too. A pair of these headphones will outperform any gaming headset you will find out there. These headphones have been engineered by top audio engineers and have been reviewed and tested by professional audio reviewers. It has proprietary 45mm drivers and an exceptional clarity through the extended frequency range of 15Hz-28KHz, with a deep and accurate bass response.
The build quality gets a solid 10/10 score from us and listening to music and gaming with this headset is very joyful. The ATH-M50x are collapsible so that you can easily bring them anywhere on the go and are an obvious gift choice. These headphones are simply the best headphones for the money 2015 and you can’t find any other headphone on this price range that can compete with this one.
Now pair it up with an USB mic and you got yourself audio input and output, just like you would with a headset. We recommend the very popular Blue Snowflake mic for this, which is an amazing mic that gets job done beautifully. You can attach this mic to your laptop or monitor and you have got yourself a professional grade quality portable USB mic that absolutely no gaming headset can match. You can also just put the mic on the desktop, as the little stand can be adjusted to do just that. The Blue Snowflake is fully compatible with PC and Mac without any need for additional drivers.
If you would like to spend a bit less money on headphones, we got you covered too. JVC is a brand with a good reputation in the headphones industry and the JVC HA-RX900 is certainly one of their greater achievements. With a price tag of $60 right now, these headphones are an absolute steal. These are also some high-grade headphones and are capable of delivering sound that a vast majority of headsets can not match. The head pad is also nice, so that the headset perfectly fits your head, while still being adjustable in both sides.
The headphones offer 50mm neodymium drivers and an extended 7Hz-26KHz frequency response range for a good audio output and the padding is extremely comfortable and we never got uncomfortable wearing them. The isolation it gives you is very good and will block the outside world and let you focus on whatever you are doing.
For a mic, we also have another high-quality product from Blue Microphones. I’m talking about the Blue Snowball USB mic, which comes with a desktop stand too. It may pick up some background noise, as we far as we could tell and what some users have suggested too, but that was a minor issue.
A strong competitor and alternative would be the Samson Go Mic, which we also tried and that one didn’t pick any background noise. Overall, we preferred the Blue Snowball because of the design and build quality, but we will let further testing decide which mic offers the best recording quality and let that be the deciding factor. For now, we will leave this little notice here, so that you are aware of a very good alternative.
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