Sound design is the unsung hero of the gaming experience. Often times audio is a forgotten afterthought to the king of video game discussion topics: graphics. While people are willing to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on the latest graphics cards and display set-ups, all too often those same gamers end up tethering themselves to their gaming rigs with a pair of $10 earbuds. It is a shame considering how far fantastic sound design has come in recent years.
In an attempt to bring precious audio to the forefront, we have compiled a list of the top five best gaming headsets available on Amazon. Not all of these will break the bank and there is enough price and quality diversity for penny-pinchers and audiophiles alike.
Here is our list of the best gaming headsets available right now:
Creative Sound BlasterX
This top-five contender ticks just about every single box on the quality headset check-list. Amazing sound, detachable noise-canceling mic, works with all current gen consoles, it’s lightweight and comfortable… the only reason this reasonably priced item is not higher on the list is that some reviewers have claimed that the headset extensions are flimsy and easy to break.
Turtle Beach Stealth 520 Premium
Turtle Beach makes quality products and the Stealth 520 Premium wireless headset is one of those. At this price-point, we start to expect things like the 520’s removable microphone, but at the mid-range, it’s really nice to see 7.1 surround sound, as well. What we don’t always expect is good battery life, but the Stealth 520 can deliver up to 15 hours on a single charge.
SteelSeries Siberia 350
All SteelSeries headphones tend to sound good and that’s exactly why they have two products in the top five (spoiler alert). While this one doesn’t quite match up with its top-of-the-list sister product, it is about one-third of the price. Crystal clear audio, retractable mic, and excellent level balance round out another great product from SteelSeries.
HyperX Cloud Revolver
Unlike many headsets on the market, the HyperX Revolver has some serious studio-grade sound. The detachable noise-canceling microphone will ensure that only the wearer will be heard and that your Overwatch teammates won’t hear the list of chores your wife is barking at you from the other room. Just me? With a durable steel frame and memory foam pads, this is a headset that will last, with sound quality that is well worth the price.
The SteelSeries H headset is the king of the current generation. It has all of the incredible audio quality we have come to expect from SteelSeries, along with a myriad of bells and whistles that are great additions to the product and hard to find elsewhere. The SteelSeries H headset features their signature retractable, gooseneck mic, and two hot-swappable lithium-ion batteries. The extra batteries are fantastic, as USB charging in other headsets tends to create a buzz while plugged in. It is easily the most expensive headset on the list, but for superior audio quality and features, the SteelSeries H reigns supreme.