Gaming headphones have become the most important component of the best gaming experiences.For the selection of the best gaming headset, there are three most important things that should be kept in mind and those things are
- The sound quality of the headsets
- The mic clarity of the headsets
- Most important how much comfortable is your headset?
Steelseries Siberia 350
Sennheiser PC 363D
Sennheiser Game One
Sennheiser Game Zero
Kingston HyperX cloud II
Polk Striker Pro ZX
Razer Tiamat 7.1
Measuring sound quality of any headphones is always a big challenge for the testers because it becomes hard to distinguish between the best and the excellent one headphones.There are several aspects that are used to test the sound quality of headphones.We make sure that whatever headsets we are presenting to our readers they should be distortion free and their frequency response should be according to the desire of the user.
Best gaming headsets are not only gaming peripherals they also provide high and satisfying bass that worthy headphones fail to provide while watching movies or listening to music.
You might be thinking that why gaming headsets for games?Well, I can't give the answer right now but once you will have the real taste of games with gaming headsets
After testing several months we have selected some the best gaming headsets keeping average price range in mind so let's have a look of these Headsets.
1.Steelseries Siberia 350
- 50 mm Neodymium Drivers,onboard USB Sound card
- Headphones sensitivity 80dB
- Headphones Frequency Responce 10-28000Hz
- Microphone frequency responce 50-16000Hz
- Microphone Sensitivty -42dB
- Impedance of microphone is 2200 Ohm
When it comes to quality , sound and perfection of gaming headsets then Steelseries automatically takes the place.Steelseries Siberia 350 is the latest version of old SteelSeries v3 headsets.
The design of the Siberia's 350 is moderate and is much more attractive than many current headsets in the market.There are two simple rods in the arched shape that are used to make the shape of this headsets and a flexible belt to help the headsets fits according to your head shaped.There are of course two genuine leather earcups which have the highest point of comfortable.The head belt is also comfortable and there is no need to adjust it because it will automatically adjust itself on your head.
The earcups have colored lighting which gives a pleasing touch. There is only single USB cable, a wheel to control the volume, and a button behind the left earcup that is used to mute the mic.
Overall the design of this gaming headset is pretty cool but you can't make excessive movements of your head while playing games because the length of its wire is the only 5feet.
Steelseries Siberia 350 runs on Engine 3 software.That is the latest version for the gaming engine.There are many options in this software for example if you are using DTS (Dedicated to sound) 7.1 ,you can set your own profiles for music ,gaming or performance etc.You can also control the lightening of the earcups.If you want to link your any profile or presets with your games you can do it by using its software.It means if you are playing a game like a battlefield latest version and have a heavy sound of Guns or bombs you can control the lighting accordingly.
The only thing which really disappointed me about this headset is they can't automatically update to latest version of gaming engine.For that, you have to manually download the latest version and compare with your existing one.
These headsets are specially made for gaming purposes but it can be equally joyful for music listeners.We have tested many games with these headsets like Star wars battlefront ,Heros of the storm for multiplayer and battlefield 4.We learned that these headphones sound great in all of the games but using DTS 7.1 feature is not ideal in every case.
Steelseries claimed that DTS 7.1 sound provides the 3D enviornment with its awesom sound quality.It is good in some cases but in many situations like when there are lot of voices in game it is not useful.
For example when I was playing Starwars battelfront game its DTS 7.1 performs extraordinary and I was able to know the every pinpoint of the attakers.While playing Heros of the storm game DTS 7.1 produce a annoying sound of voices.But don't worry there is a option to turn on or off this feature.Without DTS 7.1 it sound very well in all of the games.
I tested the mic by recording my sound using windows sound recorder it was awesome even if it can record the hiss sound too.Its mic is very good for talking with your friends while playing online games.
For music lovers, this headset is not fully compatible for heavy bass.But if you want to listen to muisc tune or want to see a TV show you can use these headsets.It will perform well from Keith Richards rhythmic guitar to stirring string of Gustav Mahler youth orchestra.But don't ever try to use these headsets on a subway because these headsets are for music and its only USB cable can attach to PC.According to experts
There's something to be said for doing one thing and doing it well, which is what the SteelSeries Siberia 350 ($120) aims to pull off.
Steelseries Siberia 350 is not as much expensive like many other gaming headsets.It is not rich in its feature but in this range of price it is the best gaming headset.Although it is not a portable pair of headphones but still it is much better than others headsets.
2.Sennheiser PC 363D
This is the second best gaming headset in our list.Sennheiser PC 363D is actually made of plastic having gun-gray aluminum on each side of the earcup.Although 363D is not the latest headset for gaming but still it is much better than many latest headsets in the market.Although it is made of plastic but still it is very strong like a brick commode.The length of the cable is long enough and tough weaved fabric is used to prevent tangles.
It is not so attractive headset but as we are talking about best gaming headsets, not about best-looking headsets so in gaming these headphones are very comfortable.As most of the headsets gets warm while playing games for a long time but in this case, the earcups of these headsets are designed in such a way so that they can breathe easily and remains cool for a long time.These headsets are very flexible so you can easily use this headset, size of the head or shape of the head doesn't matter.As the earpads are made of soft fabric so you can play games for a long time without even noticing a little bit pressure on your ears because these earcups are designed by keeping the safety and comfortable level of ears in mind.The weight of these headsets is 249 g it is light enough to play games for a long time without any discomfort.
There is a volume control button on a right cup of these headsets.You can easily adjust volume even during an intense game.
There are two jacks that can be used to connect these headsets with your PC one is green and another one is red.A USB 3D sound card is available with these headsets so you can plug your headsets into it and connect the other side of this USB card with your PC.All you have to do is just install the software and starts enjoying the fun.This headset offers many sound channels they are 2,4,5.1 and 7.1 so you can select any of the channels according to your desire.You can see the difference between these channels only if your game or movie playback supports your selected channel.
You might be thinking that what is USB 3D sound card?.So, the answer is this sound card is nothing but to increase the sound level and enable the noise canceling feature of this headset.It blocks the noise efficiently.
We have tried these headsets with many games and movies after that we came to the point that these headsets are hunky-dory.The sound performance and clarity of voices just choked us because we were not expecting too much quality of sound from these headsets.Especially USB 3D sound card plays an important role to put you in the real time environment of the game and blocks any kind of noise from the outside.
While playing battlefield 4 I was able to hear the explosions and was feeling that these explosions are real.I was able to listen even the sound of creeping mouse.The mic of these headsets is also awesome there were not any kind of complaints about the clarity of sound from both receiver and sender end.There is not any kind of sound distortion even at high volume.But one thing keeps in mind at high volume the sound start bleeding so if your father or mother is sleeping near you then you better know what can happen to you :-).
The sound performance is excellent of these headsets and its Dolby feature makes these headsets our selection.Although its design is not so stylish but as it is made for gaming in which these are the best.
3.Sennheiser GAME One
Sennheiser is making gaming headset for several years and now they are the best manufacturers of gaming headsets.Game one is also one of the best product of Sennheiser.Sennheiser has changed its tradition of usually making black or gray headset by making white Game one gaming headsets.White color has made these headsets more stylish and attractive.There is also red and black contrast with white color.
The earpads are made of velvet which
There is a mic down from the left earcups and a volume control on the right earcup.There are not mic controls in these headsets.There are only two 3.5 mm jacks.This gaming headset can be used with any system by using third party adapter.Sennheiser also provides a two to one connector which can also be used.
The sound of game one is excellent and it is at the top of sound quality headphones.As usually audio headphones can't perform well in gaming and gaming headset can't do well in audio but sennhesier has tried its best to make Game one equally excellent in both situations.
These headsets were amazing while listening high bass and full of drums sound music.As most of the gaming headsets have different channels of sound to control the high and lows of a pitch for explosive games etc.But in the case of Sennheiser Game One instead of focusing on the control of highs and lows these headphones assure clarity and quality of sound.So for the music lovers, these headsets are also fantastic having all the features.
Similarly, for games these headsets are excellent.We tested these headsets for different games i.e Titnalfall and battlefield 4.We were able to clearly listen to all sort of actions like crashes, heavy blow, and bangs etc.Apart from actions we were also able to listen to even the footsteps of enemies.
As you know battlefield 4 is full of bullets sound, explosions and soldiers voices.Game one headset was making us feel that we are actually on the battlefield.The explosions sound, enemies voices and gunfire can be clearly listened by using these wonderfull cans.
Just one thing keep in mind due open ear cup design the ambient noise can gets in and similarly it leaks the sound too so to overcome this close earcup should be used.
The mic of these headsets has noise cancelling ability and can clearly receive and send your voice.So while playing online games this feature will not let your friends know that what is going on in your house.We were really impressed by the mic quality of these headsets beacasue they almost block all the background noise.
These headsets would never disappoint you even in any case whether you are listening to music or watching a movie or playing games.But if you want to use these headsets with you PS4 all you have to do is just spend some more money and buy an adapter.These headsets are best for gamers but if you still want to buy better in the same range of price then I will say Sennheiser 363D is much better.According to experts
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4. Sennheiser Game Zero
In this corporate world of gaming headsets, Sennhieser introduced Game Zero. Most of the audiophiles are eager to get an ambient noise cancelling headset and Game Zero is a perfect match. Specs wise this would be a prominent choice for any music enthusiast. Make sure this is available in two different colours; white and black with red trimmed.
As we all do believe that nothing in this world is perfect, same is with Sennheiser Game Zero. Before highlighting Pros, i will enlighten you with a con and that is, this contains 2.1mm stereo. Although this is considered a flaw but this won't effect performance of elegant headsets. This audio device is of lighter weight which is Pros because due to low weight ears do not feel pain.
As far as design is concerned, Game Zero is ostentatiously attractive. The whole material used is leather and comfy ears although stands with even for prolong period of time. Ear-Cushions are movable and can be adjusted according to need. These Ear-cups cover whole ear inside it and restrain noise to enter into ears. On right Ear-cups, there is a volume control wheel through which we can adjust volume. On the left there is a microphone utility which can be flipped over and in. When we push this up, the voice is muted and when flip down again voice can be listened. The microphone is made up of hard rubber material due to which this stands where we wish to make this stand. When we flip this up sounds a distinct click of a button and same is when we flip this down which means there is a button which put this in on/off mode.
Sennhieser Game Zero has fair base quality. This contains a sturdy high quality cable. This very cable is made of woven material and has two connector; one works as a microphone and the second one works as audio. Both of these connectors are of 3.5 millimetre. The cable's length is near about 10 to 12 feet.
For getting extreme clarity and accuracy Sennheiser Transducer Technology is introduced. This creates a Crystal clear environment for the gaming and music enthusiast. Overall Game Zero is an awesome gaming headset with extreme fidelity and low pricey.
5.Kingston HyperX Cloud II
Kingston hyperX II is the name of the quality.This headset has almost everything that an average gamers wants from his headsets.The important thing is in such low range of price you can use these cans with almost all the major platforms of gaming i.e Mac/PC, PS4 ,Xbox One(With an adaptor) and mobile.I was shocked when I noticed that you can spend long gamig sessions with these headsets,having best sound quality of 53mm drivers and full of comfort level with leatherette ear cushions.These headsets have not noise cancelling feature but still it has enough bass and sound quality that can easily cancel the noise.
The design of these headsets is not so pretty that most of the headsets tends to be.These headsets are available in two different colors gun metal and red.We are talking about gun metal cans.The exterior is made of brushed metal having slight black color in gunmetal and logos are very subtle.These headsets are not so attractive but these headsets are also not so weird that can makes you ashamed in public.
The interior side of these headsets is very shinning having ear cushions made of memory foam with a default letherette material.You will also get a set of velvet ear cushions with these headsets.The most attractive feature is that the microphone are detachable.
There is not any inline mouse control instead of this a USB sound card is available with these headsets.You can use virtual sourrond sound feature of these headsets from USB sound card which is compatible with only PC and Mac.These cans has limited contol of speakers volume and microphone on it.It is not a good choice to put all the controls on USB sound card.But in some extent it is a good idea beacaus having many buttons on headsets usally becomes harder to adjust volume or enabling disabling differnet features.So its a good step to make these headsets user friendly.
You can connect these headsets with some gaming devices by ditching the USB controller and then plugging the 3.5mm jack in that device.But you can connect the device itself with mobile and tablet but in Ps4 you can connect this device by plugging into DualShock 4.You can get all the system settings guidelines from the user manual given with these cans which is a very easy process.As I said already its surround sound feature is compatible with PC and Mac only so for other devices only stereo sound is available.Following things are available with these headsets.
- A carry case.
- An airline adaptor
- Replaceable velvet ear cushions
In such low price, it will be very difficult to find the better headsets than HyperX II.Its 53mm drivers provide a plenty of bass and powerful sound at both low and high end.These cans are specially made for games but you can also enjoy movies with its awesome quality of sound.
As 7.1 channel virtual surround sound is the important feature of these headsets which can be used through USB sound card.The function of the USB sound card is it takes all the multi-channel sound source and remixes it for the stereo speakers of the cans.Overall these headsets are very powerful in gaming area I was able to notice that gun fires and bullets or bombs are coming from which side of the enemies.But still, there is a lack of bass-heavy boom of launching missiles for some games.
As many headsets have different presets of sound for different platforms and games or movies but there is not any option for customizing the audio of these headsets.But this is not a big issue because its default sound quality is pretty enough to settle the sound of games or movies accordingly.But if you still want some changes in its sound quality you can do that from system settings of your operating systems.
The Microphone quality of these headsets is very best.There is a sound card which provides external noise cancelling and echo cancelling feature.This sound card has the ability to automatically increase the incoming chat volume if the volume of the games gets louder.Overall for online games, the microphone quality of these headsets is much better than many expensive headsets but it is not good for recording.According to experts
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These headsets offer so many features in such low range of price that you can not leave these headsets so easily.It has all the incentives for its users and is compatible with all the major gaming platforms.The audio quality is fabulous.The ear cushions are comfortable enough that you can spend many hours of the games without any pain on ears.These headsets have so many extras that make these headsets one of the best headsets under $100.
6. Logitech G930
Logitech is a wireless gaming headset.This is true that a wireless gaming headset is much better than a cabled headset the convenience , comfort level, and easiness can't be beaten of a wireless headset.So keeping in mind the excellent audio quality ,superb range of connectivity and attractive design of Logitech G930 we can say that there is not any best or better gaming headset in this range of price on this planet.
The design of the Logitech G930 is a rebranded shape of G series.There is a PlayStation upon which there is a USB hub where you can put the transmitter give with the headsets which will provide signals to your gaming headset.After putting the transmitter in USB hub of the station uncoil the wires of the station and connect the station with your computer or laptop or Tablet and enjoy the fun.There are two wires of the station one is for charging purpose which is MicroUSB cable and another one is standard USB cable.You can use these headsets even while charging.To charge these headsets connect the MicroUSB cable of the headsets with the bottom of the left earcup of the headset.
The left earcup is a controller of the whole headset.You can turn ON/OFF these headsets and there is a volume controller roller on the headset and three programmable buttons labeled as G1,G2,G3 respectively which can be used to skip tracks etc.There is also Dolby 7.1 surround sound button with the power button.After turning the power button ON a green light will start blinking which would be a signal that the headset is ON.There is also a button to Mute while using Microphone.You can adjust the position of the microphone according to your choice because it can move up down left right freely.
The headband has a memory foam which is very comfortable and you can adjust the headband according to the size of your head.There are 1 to11 numbers which can be used to adjust the headband.The foam of the earcups is also very soft and awesome that you can spend long hours of gaming without any pain on your ears.
The range of G930 is mind blowing. We tested these headsets from different ranges and came to the final conclusion that these headsets can be used at a maximum of 40 feet distance.
The sound quality of G930's is impressive.We tested these headsets with several games like Battlefield 4 and Max Payne 3.The sound of explosions and screams was full of clarity and distortion free.Usually, many headsets start distortion at high volume but G930 sound was same and louder enough at full volume.
These headsets are not for games only you can also enjoy movies and music with these headsets.But one thing that should be cleared for the bass lovers the bass quality of these headsets is not satisfactory.Apart from bass quality everything else is just perfect its speakers grabs the sound perfectly even at high or low volume.We have tested these headsets by watching many movies "The cojuring 2" and many more horror movies the sound of these headsets is awesome.On the musical side "Immigraniada" was satisfying with drums beats and thrumming bass.
Logitech G930's impressive sound quality, an attractive design has made these headsets our choice.The range of these wireless headsets is also awesome.So, in this range of price these headsets are the ideal choice for users.
7.Polk Striker Pro ZX
The design of the Striker Pro is almost same.A little bit metal is used on the headband which makes these headsets little bit heavier than the normal headsets.A light green wire is used for styling purpose which runs through the inner of the headband and earcups.
The rectangular earcups can move freely at 90 degree you can adjust these earcups in any position where you feel comfortable.The microphone is freaking bad ass.This microphone is detachable and flexible enough that you can adjust any where around your mouth.There are two jack pluging socket at the bottom of the left ear cup where you can plug your wire.There is also a mute button at the bottom of the microphone.
The headband is covered with a Pro faux leather foam which is not so much comfortable because due to little bit heavier of the headsets.The earcushions have a very soft foam that you can play games for long hours.
Out Of the box
When you will unpack your Polk Striker pro-ZX you will get your headsets, some user manual, 3 different wires for PC, PS4 and Xbox one , a Xbox one connector and a PS4 connector.This headset is specially made for XBox one so all the controls are on the Xbox-One connector.
After pluging the Xbox one connector with the adapter of Xbox just plug the wire into your wireless headset and other side of the wire into connector.There are two volume increase or decrease buttons on the connector, a mute button and two button to adjust the game audio and microphone audio.There are not any controls with the PC only plug the PC wire and start enjoying games.
The performance of the Polk striker pro ZX headsets is not mind blowing but still its Ok.There are some headsets which are much better than Polk Striker Pro ZX in the same range of price but most of the headsets are Xbox supported only some of them are PC compatible and some of them are PS4 compatible only few headsets are compatible of all these gaming platforms.Pro striker ZX is one of them.
While playing games we were little bit dissapointed from these headsets.Beacause in Rainbow Six: Seige is a shooter game.For this game you must listen the voices of enemies with clarity otherwise you will lose game.So we tested these headsets with this game and the sound or voices of the enemies were not so crystal clear some times.But the voice of gunfires and Bombs were satisfying.
For music and movies these headsets are not so awesome but if you are a bass lover then these headsets will be a good choice.Over all these headsets are average headsets and have a normal audio quality.But one thing is important that these headset are distortion free even at high volume.
The microphone quality is awesome this is the reason that these headsets are our editors choice.Most of the gaming headsets have usually problems with there microphones at both reciever and sender end.But Strike pro is exceptional case.I had a online chat with my friend and he said that my voice was crystal clear.You can increase the voice by turning on the optional inline mic boost which makes your voice louder so for the games where explosions and bombs have higher sound these headsets are better choice to chat with your friends.
So Polk striker pro-ZX is not extraordinary but for those who can not afford expensive headsets they can use these headsets.Its impressive design and 3 different wires , a detachable microphone which is flexible too, and awesome mic quality have made these headphones our choice.I will not misguide you because these headsets are not so pretty for some of the games like Rainbow six: siege etc so this is not a good thing in these headsets.Except this overall these headsets are not so bad you can enjoy your games with these headsets but not for a long time.
8. Razer Tiamat 7.1
The next gaming headset in our list is Razor Tiamat 7.1.Most of the gaming headsets bass quality is not so awesome but razor Tiamat 7.1 has superb bass quality.One thing keeps in mind due to surround sound feature these headsets have many plugs to connect with computer for that you need a sound card that should support 7.1channel.But if you don't have a sound card you can simply use its standard stereo sound which is also very good and futuristic.
If we really talk about comfortable level than this headset is much better then all of the above headsets we have discussed so far.Its earcups are leatheretthe padded largely that can easily cover your ears and headband also has soft padding to comfort your head.Although these headsets are very old but there is not any replacment in the market of these headsets untill now.These headsets are made of plastic which is very flexible that it can not be broken easily.There is a hidden microphone on the left earcup.You can pull down its microphone and can easily adjust according to your mouth position and after using it fold again and push back to hide it.Both earcups has glass cover arround it so you can easily see the speakers of the headsets these glass covers looks stylish but if you want to prtect these from scratches you can use plastic cover arround these glasses.
You will also get an audio control unit with these headsets which has a large circular button on it for volume and a small knob for channel control and three buttons one to mute the sound, another one for the toggling stereo sound of the speakers or surround sound, and the third one for surround sound.The smaller knob lets you select each surround channel.
You can listen audio or watch a movie with surround sound by enabling it and only front channels will work.After disabling surround sound feature all the others drivers of the headsets will be enabled and headsets will give you a real taste of full stereo sound.Its stereo sound works much better than the surround sound features.You can toggle its stereo or surround sound with external speakers by connecting the speakers to it.A jack on the control unit is given for the connecting purposes.
These headsets are best for bass lovers because bass control in these headsets is pretty impressive.We tested these headsets with many songs like The knife's "Silent shout" at full volume with the stereo sound these headsets were outstanding with the bass.Similarly while playing games we tested these headsets with counterstrike and we were again impressed because the sound of the gunfires and bomb was powerful and distortion free.
With the surround sound 7.1 feature, these headsets are not so good.Its speakers do not support all the channels.But still, you can use these headsets with surround sound by using front channels.
Overall these headsets are comfortable and louder enough with full of clarity sound but a little bit expensive.You can get much better headsets with the low prices like I mentioned above Logitech G930.But for the bass lovers, these headsets are the best choice.
Gaming magicians always like to do something magically whenever they play games. The fact of the matter is they are keen to get a device that provides them internal comfort. Logitech proudly presents gaming headset of the named G430 7.1 Surround Sound.
Each and every thing has some Pros and Cons. When somebody knows about advantages only then disadvantages can be brightened. So let me flush up the lighter parts of the technology.
As far as comfort zone is required this is highly comfortable headset. It is made up of sleek black leather along with a vibrant blue “sports performance cloth”. The cloth used is soft. After wearing it for long period of time it feels nothing but smooth. Another important thing is it is not so heavy weighted but light weighted.
What if the sound quality meets the requirement of someone? Sound is clear. Bass is prominent. Surround sound 7.1 and music both are comprehensively with splashing quality. G430 block out the noise with a noise cancellation technology.
There are two 3.5 millimeter connectors for headphones and microphone. This also includes a USB modern port which features the same working of two aforementioned connectors.
Microphone is at a comprehensive distance from the mouth. It is flexible and can be easily put out and in the way of your mouth. Microphone can be moved up and down. But be aware of something that this is not so flexible. Logitech G430 includes inline volume controller and microphone muting.
You can connect other Logitech devices to the headphones for example Logitech’s keyboard, mouse and so on. This functionality adds into its worth.
- Weight is 10.6 ounces
- Size is 9.8*9.0*4.3
- Wired audio jacks and USB adapter can both be connected.
- 20Hz to 20Hz is Frequency Response.
- Volume is 118.2 dB-A.
As G430 provide support to the gamers, this device is not extraordinary but can be compromised. While using the Logitech Gaming Software the overall volume was lower than I expected but the all-encompassing sound was extraordinary. But by the time I realized that it is better for gaming.
With all the Pros and cons finally I would say that Gamers would definitely enjoy Logitech G430 Comfort and performance. As aforementioned that G430 is not too bulky so wear it as long as it could be but still ears are in sufficient comfort.