Best Wireless Gaming Headset 2018 - Expert's Picks

We’ve come a long way from the Midi blips and bloops of old school games. Modern games have tremendous audio quality that rivals big-budget Hollywood blockbusters. Unfortunately, many gamers never experience the incredible depth of sound that developers originally intended because they simply don’t have the audio hardware to appreciate it.

Games like Mad Max rumble your insides with booming bass and thunderous effects. Competitive FPS like CS:GO become much easier as you can locate the quiet pitter patter of enemy feet through environmental sound control. That’s where modern gaming headsets come in, and if you’re anything like us, you want it to be wireless too. Cords are archaic and no longer necessary for gaming in 2018.

Experiencing the incredible sounds of your favorite games requires selecting the right headset for you which is why we’ve created this guide. First, we’ll show you our favorite picks from the past year, a selection curated by us and organized into relevant categories such as price range and compatibility. After looking at our list, read on to get an in-depth breakdown of modern headset technology and how you can make the best sounding purchase of your lifetime.

If you don’t know where to start, jump down to our buying guide that will help you understand what to look for and how to choose your headset. Or, if you have a specific type in mind, select it from the list below and jump right to it:

Our Top Wireless Headsets of 2018

  • Features
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Compatibility with all major consoles and setups
  • Lag Free 2.4ghz Wireless signal with an OLED Transmitter
  • 20 Hours of Battery Life
  • 40ft/12m Range
  • Red LED when Muted (Good for LAN Parties)

Pros:

  • Massive range
  • Long-lasting battery life for extended play sessions
  • Extremely Comfortable
  • Best environmental sound quality on the market
  • Quality. SteelSeries has set the standard here

Cons:

  • A little pricier than most gaming headsets


SteelSeries is known for producing THE best audio products on the market. Buying an SS 800 may seem pricey, but hands down it is the best investment you can currently make in regards to premier gaming audio. Unfortunately, bargain wireless headsets are often terrible in quality. You FEEL the difference when you go cheap. With the SS 800, you get long-lasting battery life, incredible clarity, and our favorite feature, a fantastic environmental soundstage.

If we had to judge one audio factor in gaming performance as the most important, we’d have to say it would be environmental sound. Hearing clear, beautiful, bassy tones is thrilling but it won’t give an edge in competitive gaming. Good environmental sound will easily allow you to pinpoint where your opponent is.

Environmental sound is often the deciding factor behind a victory in CS:GO or PUBG. Some headsets simulate directional sound but do so in a way that feels more akin to stereo sound than true 7.1. Once you start using the SS 800, it’s hard to go back to other sound setups. It’s natural to turn on a dime hearing your opponents footsteps and be very accurate in your location prediction and finish a match out with some great bassy riffs on Spotify.

We haven’t even broached the other aspects of the SS 800. Comfort is a premium as the earmuffs completely cover your ears and make a seal. Using memory-foam like material, it feels natural and comfortable as well as locks in the audio content. This seal also helps add to the very strong bass effect, an aspect often missing from modern gaming headsets. The design is flawless and the execution easy.

Everything has some flaws though, right? The SS 800 has one glaring flaw. 7.1 Surround Sound is reserved for PC. To be fair, this flaw is near universal with Gaming Headsets (Compatibility takes a huge hit when you offer 7.1 on consoles). To compensate, on consoles or non-PC devices, the SS 800 simply becomes a Stereo headset. That might be disconcerting to some but we can guarantee this will be the BEST Stereo you have ever heard and also outperform many full-size 7.1 Surround Sound setups.

We recommend the SS 800 for those gamers that simply want the best, no matter the price. There are nearly no flaws with the SS 800, it sounds out of this world.


  • Features
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • 2.4GHz wireless technology
  • 40ft Range
  • 50mm Neodymium magnet drivers
  • Concealed Mic Boom
  • Multiple controls on the headset
  • RGB lighting with custom profiles
  • 14 Hour battery life

Pros:

  • Fantastic audio quality and environmental sound
  • Good battery life
  • Medium range price
  • USB receiver is great for unique set-ups and plugging in near necessary locations
  • Retractable Mic is well-designed
  • Earcup controls are versatile and hidden well
  • Plush leatherette ear cups

Cons:

  • Some features only work with specific hardware, so it’s important to check compatibility
  • Older versions are prone to breakage on the headband


Razer has made a name for itself the last few years with an excellent line of gaming peripherals and the Man O’ War’ continues this tradition by putting epic 7.1 Surround Sound into a tight-knit frame. First off, these sound fantastic. The quality of the audio goes head to head with some of the biggest and baddest models on the market. 

Unlike most Gaming headsets, music still sounds lively and bold and the bass is good enough to enjoy EDM music with. Unless you drop a few more stacks of cash for the SS 800, this is the best sound you’ll get for the price. With 14 hours of battery life and plush earcups, the Man O’ War’ remains comfortable long into an extended gaming session as well. The current design is solid but as we cover below that wasn’t always the case. Modern, jet black with colorful accents, and lightweight. Man O’ War’ lives up to the name.

One overlooked feature is that this headset has an RGB option which doesn’t seem very impressive at first but after getting the hang out the lighting settings, you have access to 16.8 MILLION colors, so any look you want is doable. With a bit of programming, they’ll look sweet paired with a Gaming desktop, keyboard or mouse. As far as compatibility goes, the ROW works with most consoles and setups but does require a bit of work (For instance, the base PS4 setup is known to disable a button or two.) This isn’t a huge issue though as it’s a quick fix. Make sure to study up on whether your console will affect the 7.1 Surround Sound.

So what’s the bad news? It’s not hard to find a large number of reviews online mentioning the plastic breaking on this headset. Be forewarned that this has been rectified but an older model may still be prone to breakage. Buy this new and from a trusted retailer. The model we tested held up great under normal usage but there is a precedent for poor quality. The risk is worth it for the quality though and if you are buying a newer shipment, there’s nothing to worry about.

We recommend the Man O’ War’ for those who want the BEST audio quality but don’t need all the amazing features of SS 800 and have a mid-range budget.


Best Budget Wireless Headsets

  • Features
  • Large build-size for maximum comfort
  • 10 Hour battery life
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • 2.4GHz wireless signal for up to 40ft of freedom
  • 50mm neodymium drivers
  • Advanced noise-canceling microphone
  • PC/Mac compatible (Requires installed software)

Pros:

  • Often under $100 so it’s excellent for those on a budget
  • Bright colorful industrial design
  • Incredible audio quality for the price

Cons:

  • Short battery life when compared to other headsets (10 hours)
  • Lower clarity in some frequency ranges
  • The age puts compatibility at risk


Our favorite budget headset was not always a budget headset, but time can even make the top of the line tech drop a dollar sign or two. The H2100 is starting to show its age, but at almost 5 years old, this once classic headset can still go head to head with pricier modern models. There is an updated Corsair version on this list as well but we kept the H2100 because of a few reasons that the new one doesn’t take into account.

First, it looks awesome. With danger-zone yellow highlights, blue lighting, and some serious futuristic cuts, this headset looks like a sci-fi military headset. Five years on it looks sleek and modern. This is actually one of our favorite aspects of the H2100. The design is freaking awesome.

So how does it sound? One of the things you’ll notice is that some mid-range sound comes out a little less clear than that coming from some of our higher quality sets. This mostly affects vocals and the occasional song but for this price, the quality is relatively high. You’ll notice the difference between this and our top items, but for a budget headset, the audio quality is legendary.

Similar to the G930, battery life is a bit low but again, since the H2100 tends to be cheaper, it’s not as much of a drawback. It’s to be expected that a budget headset would have a bit less battery life.

The biggest concern with the H2100 is compatibility, PS4 and Xbox One are reported to work with the H2100. This primarily depends on the user and what version of the system they are on. In our experience, you could link up the headset and get immediate results from all consoles, but it was clear some features (Such as bass) don’t do as well without the proprietary drivers. So this Gaming headset turns more into standard headphones when synced up to an item like the switch. On the PC and Mac though, the H2100 was clear and vibrant with good sound.

We recommend the H2100 for PC/Mac gamers who want a cheaper solution to wireless gaming, quality sound, but don’t need all the bells and whistles.


  • Features
  • Moveable Mic
  • Multitude of high-functionality buttons
  • Up to 40ft range
  • 10 hours of battery life

Pros:

  • Access to the incredible Logitech software suite
  • Excellent Environmental Sound
  • On/Off Switch and volume control on the headset
  • 3 Programmable buttons
  • Very comfortable, especially if you are in the right size-range

Cons:

  • No presets
  • Can feel a bit cloying on the ears
  • Battery life is a little low


Logitech has brought a fantastic wireless headset to the market with the well-designed and affordable G930. One of the first things you’ll notice is the large assortment of buttons on the outside of the headset. This is extremely useful for playing in a competitive environment and being able to change settings on the fly such as volume or muting. We love all the buttons but be warned, it takes a bit of muscle memory to not accidentally mute yourself while reaching for the Surround Sound button.

Logitech always produces top-notch gaming software and they’ve done it again with the G930. It’s quick, easy, and allows you to create sound profiles for your specific games (Nothing is worse than having to reconfigure a game every time you switch). This is especially useful if you change from Single-Player to Multi-Player regularly. A word of warning though, despite a robust equalizer suite, there are no presets. That means you may have to find one online or learn a bit about.

Getting into the actual audio performance, when it comes to gaming, the G930 is stunning. The surround sound makes locating opponents a breeze and the Mic is rather clear. That being said, unfortunately, music can sound a bit dampened. This is likely due to a lack of presets for specific genres though, so with a little bit of play you can probably get bassy tones and fun riffs.

Now let’s talk about the elephant in the room. 10 hours of battery life. That may be a lot at first but if you forget to charge the headset one day or play a marathon gaming session after listening to music, movies, or podcasts. It might just not be enough. This generally depends on the user, but if you regularly keep your items charged and don’t think it inconvenient to charge every 10 hours, this headset is killer. If you think you’ll forget or hate being construed by that timeframe, we recommend one of the models with a bit more battery life.

We recommend this headset for those who don’t want to break the bank, play competitively, and want quality environmental sound over music quality.


Best Bluetooth Gaming Headsets

  • Features
  • 2.4GHz Lag Free signal
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • The BEST Sound quality on the market
  • 10 Hour Battery life per battery (They can be switched out!)

Pros:

  • The best headset money can buy
  • Beats wired sound quality despite being wireless
  • PS4 support
  • Extremely comfortable (Elastic headband is very light and comfy)
  • Improves upon the 800 and 840 in several ways
  • Charges 10-hour battery in an hour

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Doesn’t work with Xbox One
  • Poor Mic Gain


The best headset on the market easily goes to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro. Well, at least in terms of quality. The price is hands down the only thing keeping this headset from being the king of the roost! The Arctis Pro solves all of the complaints about the 800 and 840, while improving upon the whole experience.

One of the glaring issues with the SteelSeries 800 was the giant transmitter that was needed for set-up. The 840 rectified this by using Bluetooth and a slick receiver but dropped some features. The Arctis Pro is the union of both the 800 and 840 with incredible sound, insane customization options, and a modern professional look.

We actually really appreciate the professional style because most gaming headsets scream “I’m a gamer!” through bright colors and strange design. The Arctis Pro could fit snugly on an office desk without raising an inkling of suspicion. This also makes it easier to be in public without being outed as a diehard gamer at Starbucks. We don’t like the look of the retractable Mic (Looks a bit cheap) but the sound quality is excellent, meaning clear in-game communication and convenient sound.

So what about this transmitter box? The Artic Pro uses a simple little square that’s less than 1/3 of a foot long on all sides. This box allows you to set-up your wireless features on the move and is specifically designed for PC and PS4 gaming sessions. There are several ports, some OLED settings for volume and battery, and a nice little nob for changing settings. Most of the needed controls are actually placed conveniently on the headset itself though.

Where the Arctis Pro really shines is the dynamic and elegant soundscapes you experience. The Surround Sound is glorious and music sounds fantastic on through these. The Bluetooth is phenomenal with quick, easy connections to anything you need and strong software. One pet peeve of Bluetooth is when it loses signal or jumps between hosts, not at all an issue with the Arctis Pro. The price is STEEP though, so be prepared to break the bank for this level of quality!

We recommend this headset for the power user who wants the BEST quality but also something a bit professional looking as well. The excellent Bluetooth helps this stand out as well!

  • Features
  • Battery Life is 15 Hours
  • Detachable Mic
  • Inline Volume Control
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Detachable microphone
  • Can be used for connecting to incoming calls
  • Multiple buttons for control on the outside of the ear-piece

Pros:

  • Great Sound Quality
  • The price is right
  • Turtle Beach prioritizes console gamers
  • Onboard DRC technology!

Cons:

  • Looks cheap
  • Bizarre socket size


Turtle Beach may have a strange company name but they are responsible for some of the best headsets on the market for both desktop and console gamers. The Z300 is specifically designed for PC and tablets, so compatibility will be easiest with those systems (Especially since they are usually already Bluetooth optimized.) Coming with 7.1 Virtual surround sound support and 50mm drivers, the Z300 has powerful, clear, gorgeous sound. It isn’t the best audio quality on this list but the Z300 comes pretty close.

The earcup boasts a whole selection of on the fly audio controls that can switch between preset gaming profiles and other features. The neatest feature is the onboard DRC (Dynamic Range Compression) that reduces loud noises like gunshots and then amplifies light noises such as player movement. In our experience this worked great with some games and not so well with others.

When it does work great though, you get an audio advantage over your opponent that makes a meaningful difference on the field. The battery life is phenomenal at 15 hours but the battery can’t be removed unlike the SteelSeries models so unfortunately you can’t just pop in an extra battery. It can be charged while in use though which makes this a forgettable inconvenience at most.

Albeit the Z300 isn’t the most fantastic looking headset, it’s solid design. We don’t really enjoy the thin mic cord, puffy pop-filter, and plastic finish, but that being said, if you can get past the look of the Z300, you have yourself an amazing headset. One design feature we dislike is the detachable mic clip. The mic detaches easily but still leaves behind a jarring large piece of plastic. We’re also not fans of the strange 2.5mm jack (An uncommon socket size in the industry) and would prefer if they had gone with 3.5mm which is far more common.  

We recommend the Z300 for the desktop gamer who wants a quick plug-and-play option with long battery life, great sound, and diverse options on the headset itself.

  • Features
  • RGB lighting with custom controls
  • Detachable Mic
  • Inline Volume Control
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Detachable microphone
  • Can be used for connecting to incoming calls
  • Multiple buttons for control on the outside of the ear-piece
  • 40ft Range and 16-hour battery life

Pros:

  • Very comfortable
  • Extremely good battery life for the price
  • Excellent environmental audio
  • Unidirectional Mic with and LED mute indicator

Cons:

  • The RGB lighting is isolated to the logo and not worth using


Corsair is well known for excellent headsets like the H2100 we showed off earlier. Corsair recently made a huge upgrade to their wireless headset line with the Corsair Void Pro and Void Pro RGB. Lightweight, comfortable, and sleek. The Void offers excellent 50mm driver sound at a bargain price. Despite being on the lower end of the price spectrum, the Void excels with a 16-hour battery life that even some of the pricier headset models can’t compete with.

Let's admit up front that Corsair has solved a common pet peeve among gamers right off the bat. The LED mute indicator sits at the edge of the Mic and can alert you and your teammates to the status of your headset. This is great if you ride the mute button like many streamers or busy personalities. Nothing is more annoying than forgetting you’re muted but being unable to check during a match. No more fiddling around trying to see if you’re muted, the answer is right in front of you!

One of our favorite aspects of the Void is the incredibly comfortable memory foam earcups. Despite wearing them for hours, it never feels burdensome like some headsets. They’re light enough that you just don’t get a tired neck from lifting a heavy headset all day but heavy enough that you don’t misplace them. If anything we’d say that for some users the earcups on this headset tend to be too big rather than too small.

So what don’t we like? I’ll be honest. The RGB is gimmicky. It just isn’t very good. The logo lights up but the headset itself doesn’t exude this cool aura from the moderately lite headset. Also the RGB reportedly is a huge battery drain with some users reporting that the batteries lasted a mere 6 hours with RGB enabled. We don’t recommend letting that have much of a say in why you pick these particular headsets. Overall a solid option, Bluetooth enabled, and good for a budget!

We recommend the Void Pro for those who need to stay on a budget but want an amazing sounding headset with a long battery life.


Wireless Gaming Headset Buying Guide

It can be a bit confusing to consider all the different aspects of modern Audio equipment. Many of the terms don’t make sense from a layman’s perspective and often features that you want aren’t stated in plain English. If you are having trouble deciding on which headset to invest in, we understand.

That’s why we created this handy guide. Headsets have a pretty wide range of quality and some killer features if you are willing to pay for them. Most gaming headsets have decent quality sound but like all things in life, you often get what you pay for. The more you are willing to invest in your headset, the more possibilities for an incredible gaming experience. At a bare minimum, for a decent wireless experience, expect to be spending more than $80.

How to Pick a Wireless Gaming Headset

Different companies prioritize different features. In fact, it’s common for a company to claim that they have a “proprietary” technology when multiple brands package and sell the same tech with different names. This is common in the tech industry (Monitors and TV sets being the worst offenders) and can lead to a convoluted market with strange sounding terms that make hardly any sense to the average person.

The truth is, most of the time these features aren’t nearly as important as a few basic things which we list below.

Sound Quality

By and large, the number one reason to select one wireless headset over another is the audio fidelity. It’s challenging to quantify the quality though in an easy to digest metric. Add to this that some headsets prioritize deep bassy tones and other headsets prefer to prioritize solid environmental sound and you have quite the challenge sifting through headsets!

As a rule of thumb, understand that a gaming headset will usually attempt to produce the best environmental sound. That means Stereo sound (Which is usually best for music or podcasts) is often taking a backseat to soundscapes that put you in the action. All of the headsets we selected have great, above average sound, and strive to create a good environmentally aware gaming soundscape. If you want a more dual purpose headset designed around incorporating music, we recommend the Razer Man O’ War’ or HyperX Revolver S (That one is wired though!) as turning off the 7.1 Surround Sound takes just a button press and sounds great when listening to music or other audio needs.

Compatibility

Wireless headsets need to connect without cords. That may sound simple but it means that every headset needs to have compatible software (Usually Bluetooth is somewhat good enough). Selecting a compatible headset is important because an incompatible headset may lose functionality or at worst may not connect to your devices.

All wireless headsets work on PC but make sure to double-check before picking up a pair and get a universal headset if you use multiple consoles. The most common issue with compatibility is the loss of onboard 7.1 simulation or buttons simply not functioning. Some headsets also require a complicated set-up involving software or driver installation that doesn’t always pair well with consoles, so make sure to double-check that.

Virtual Surround Sound

We’ve mentioned this a lot but Virtual Surround Sound is THE reason for getting a gaming headset. You can expect that any 7.1 Simulated Surround Sound will have an amazing soundstage. That being said, make sure to double-check your headset as well. Some top-notch sets like the HyperX Revolver (Not the S edition) have incredible audio quality but unfortunately only produce Stereo sound. This can be rectified with a Sound Card but isn’t ideal when so many GREAT virtual surround sound options are out there.

Battery Life

By virtue of being wireless, headsets need to be regularly charged. Some have onboard batteries that charge or come with a charging dock. Others use rechargeable battery packs meaning you can get extra and swap them out when necessary (Good for Road Warriors). Most headsets last at least 10 hours but some last as many as 20 on a single charge. One of the factors to be aware of too is that RGB headsets may drain the battery ridiculously fast despite looking stellar.

Comfort

Gaming headsets are meant to be worn for extended periods of time. It’s important to get a headset that has comfortable padding, breathes (Things can get quite sweaty with non-breathing headsets!), and apply the correct amount of pressure to your head. This varies tremendously by the user as some will wear glasses while playing or have a different ear size. As a rule of thumb, try out any headset at a Best Buy or somewhere else if you have doubts. Uncomfortable headsets can destroy the benefit of having amazing audio fidelity. Our list has some extremely comfortable options but this is one area where opinion is king.

Microphone Quality

Having a decent Mic is a big deal when gaming online. After all, no one likes it when a teammate is constantly piping in with static-filled voice messages. Wireless Gaming Headsets tend to have decent Mics but they’re not all the same. Part of the difference is utility, Mic set-ups come in many different styles from detachable, arrangeable to equipped with pop-filters (Help soften strong consonant sounds when speaking) and allow you to change your setup for various needs.

In general, any Mic on this list will sound clear but one of the industry pet peeves is that most headset Mics tend to sound “Flat.” When playing online, this isn’t a huge problem, but if you stream or want people to review your games, consider selecting a headset that has a Mic with more depth to the Audio. This video here does a great job showing the difference (Also just to clarify, Kingston has fixed this issue and the Mic sounds better now).

Buttons

An often unconsidered feature is the number of buttons that your headset will have. Most headsets will come with simple volume control and mute options, but other important features can be used on the fly as well. Some great button options to look for are equalizer settings and the ability to toggle Surround Sound (Good for listening to music or switching between games that are better optimized for Stereo sound.) These both come in handy when playing a game and ensure that you don’t have to constantly be switching back and forth between your Windows OS and the game. They also help with consoles because those traditionally have SPARSE customization options.

Connector or Dongle

Some headsets simply use USB receivers that plug into a device while others use Bluetooth. It’s important to consider so that you know where and when to plug in!

Unique Software

Most name brand headset providers have proprietary software for tweaking settings that you can install on your OS. Sometimes this software allows you to change presets and create user profiles as well as access your headset remotely to change things. The most important feature is being able to customize settings such as bass, treble, and background noise (Which as we stated above, is often done through unique buttons).

This allows you to customize your audio experience and get the most out of tones during gameplay. In fact, audiophiles may want to mess with the equalizer during games like CS:GO to dim loud popping noises and make footsteps louder! If you don’t want to mess around for hours with custom settings, companies like Soundblaster and Logitech already offer unique FPS tailored software that activates the click of a button.

What do all these Technical Terms mean and do they actually matter?

So now you have a rough estimate of some factors to consider when selecting a headset. Hopefully that makes the selection process a little less intimidating! Read on to dive into the technical side of Wireless headsets and some factors that’ll help you make sense of the technology.

What’s with all the numbers?

Traditional audio systems have a specific number of speakers that are arranged to give the best environmental sound. Over time this has grown from 2 speakers to as many as 9 speakers and one subwoofer. These terms can be a bit confusing though if you are new to Audio technology!

Mono, Stereo, and 2.1

Mono refers to when your sound comes from a singular source or direction. Unfortunately sound doesn’t behave in a way that Mono speaker setups accurately produce. That’s why Left and Right directional speakers help to orient you with sound and make music and gameplay sound more natural. Mono isn’t used very often today but it can be seen when you want to filter out a sound direction and distill it to one source or in a really bad audio mix.

Stereo refers to two speakers and is the most common setup. Technically most Wireless Headsets use complex algorithms to simulate surround sound while still being a true “Stereo” system. So why do sound setups often have a .1 following them? A 2.1 system is a stereo system with a Subwoofer. The Sub specifically reproduces lower bass tones. A powerful sub can shake a building and a subless sound setup can feel very flat. The current standard today is 7.1 with several great 5.1 models available and some upcoming 9.1 speaker setups as well.

5.1 vs. 7.1

The difference between these two standards is really more about software than hardware when it comes to headsets. There were some unique headsets that actually crammed 7.1 speakers together during the initial creation of Gaming Headsets but in actuality they sounded terrible. Just too much going on.

Sound engineers have made huge strides toward making 7.1 Surround Sound accurate and beautiful through Audio drivers though. Most people can’t tell the difference between 5.1 and 7.1 Surround Sound, but for those who really desire the BEST experience. Just imagine you are surrounded by five speakers and you add two more at unique angles to fill in audio gaps. You can read more about the technology behind it here if you are interested.

Technical Audio Terms You May Encounter

Closed-Back, Noise Cancelling, or Open Back - There are several different styles of headphones on the market available and the terms can get a bit confusing. Most headsets only allow sound to travel from the audio drivers to the listener’s ears. In reality, sound is expelled both from the inside of the earpiece and outside. Basically closed-back headphones are similar to traditional headsets with an enclosed earmuff that blocks sound from traveling outside the headset into the surrounding air.

This gives the headset a directed “In your head” sound that is clear, strong, and blocks out the outside world. An Open Back headset allows sound waves to travel both inward toward the listener and outward from the headset. Normally these outside sounds are a bit less voluminous as well but it still makes Open Back headsets less suited for some environments.

Driver and Magnet - Measured in MM, Driver size shouldn’t be confused with software drivers. Basically, a driver in this context is the bulk of the hardware inside the earcups. Normally headsets have drivers that range from 30mm-50mm and as a rule of thumb, the bigger, the better that your headset will sound. 50 should be expected for a gaming headset.

Voice Coil – Not necessarily important to a gamer but this is the material that converts the electrical signal to sound. Better material means better sound.

Frequency Response – This is the range that a headset can project sound, from the lowest to the highest frequency. Most headsets can exceed what the human ear hears so this number isn’t nearly as impressive as it might sound.

Impedance – Impedance isn’t generally important unless you are taking low voltage mobile sound systems out. Basically it’s a good way to measure whether or not your headset is good on the go. Where this comes into play though is using wireless controllers to power your device (I.E. you forgot to charge your headset!), lower is better for console gamers but without being wired, it’s a relatively unimportant point. Measured in Ohms!

Connection Type - Often wireless mics need to have a receiver plugged in or be Bluetooth capable. The format is usually USB. The receiver is important to consider as it also affects peripheral quality and options.

Gain - Gain refers to the amount a Mic is able to “Pick up” from the environment. Usually this is changed on the OS of a PC but some headsets and receivers have this option.

F.A.Q.

Are all Wireless Headsets Compatible with my set-up?

Nearly all headsets will work with a PC or Mac, but some won’t work with specifically a console. At least as intended. When a modern headset is plugged in, the onboard hardware activates drivers (Specific software that instructs the headphones on how to work). These drivers dictate the quality of sound, whether or not multiple speakers are “Simulated,” and whether they can connect with other software. This is particularly important for Wireless headsets though as they MUST be compatible to sync with a console or system.

I game on Xbox One but there don’t seem to be any really good wireless headsets for Xbox One!

Microsoft has cornered its own market by making the Xbox One audio standards a bit complex for hardware manufacturers. This has lead to most headset developers producing PS4 oriented headsets and ignoring Xbox completely. You may struggle with finding an Xbox headset but there is one.

The Astro A50 which we didn’t include on this list because as a Wireless headset it has excellent audio but beyond looking hideous, is rife with various problems. As an Xbox Gamer, this is your best option, but it has enough technical difficulties that we weren’t so impressed. The best option for Xbox is to upgrade your living room with true surround sound and plop on a headset when you have company or neighbors.

Does brand matter?

Yes and no. Brands vary immensely when it comes to audio equipment but even an excellent brand like Logitech will have a very low-quality throwaway model available as there is still a market for the bottom barrel in quality. Having a good brand doesn’t guarantee that you’ll have an incredible headset but you’ll know that user support and quality is far superior to that of off-brand tech providers.

That being said, Logitech, Razor, Kingston, and SteelSeries all offer stellar customer support and fantastic products. If you’re spending over $100, you want to go name brand as they can help fix issues. For instance, we once had a headset that was DOA from Kingston (Bad shipment). They replaced it for free within two days and best of all, they made the process simple. You don’t get that level of customer service from off-brand companies.

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