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If you are looking for great sound, the best gaming headsets will deliver unparalleled audio. Here are our favorites.

In a time when the cost of living is so prohibitive that we all have to live with roommates, headphones are a must. Otherwise, the loud sounds of your TV may be annoying.

Mostly because many of us play online with our friends, such as Fortnite, Apex Legends and (not you) Anthem, a matching microphone on board is essential to take home the gold – be it in the form of chicken food, Victory Royales or another attitude to fake internet points. And nobody wants a crystal clear sound quality without the audio drivers fit. For example, our top selection, the Razer Nari Ultimate, is booming so much that you can feel it.

With Razer’s experimental, proprietary technology called Razer HyperSense, it’s the most intense headset we’ve ever used. In atmospheric first-person shooters like Metro Exodus, that makes a big difference. A game that seems seemingly banal at first sight is amplified exponentially by the noticeable throb of the shotgun recoil and the massive trembling triggered by giant shrimp literally shaking your canoe on your travels.

But if you are looking for the “normal” best gaming headset, you are of course in the right place. Some are wired, others are wireless. All, however, were approved by a first-class, dedicated team of experienced hardware testers and examiners.

Razer Nari Ultimate

The best gaming headset on the market

Wireless: Yes

Drivers: 50mm neodymium

Connectivity: USB wireless, 3.5mm analog

Frequency response: 20Hz-20,000Hz

Features: Retractable unidirectional mic, Lofelt L5 haptic drivers, THX Spatial Audio, cooling gel-infused cushions, RGB

Haptic feedback works in its favor

Balanced sound quality

Limited wireless compatibility

No support for noise-cancelling

No matter where you are in the polarizing debate of haptic feedback in games, we need to be pleased with the Razer Nari Ultimate’s first orderly execution in a gaming headset. This headset, which introduces the company’s new HyperSense technology, feels like you’ve got two subwoofers on your head. It’s best to find out for yourself. Sure, there’s an expensive entry point, but it’s really worth the money.

Not only does the Nari Ultimate feature a static vibration mode, but a wide range of haptic frequencies, it shows one of the most realistic rumbling sensations we’ve ever experienced. And because support for it is not software-level programmed, every game is compatible. But it’s more than just a touch. In fact, the sound quality of the Nari Ultimate is a significant improvement over previous Razer efforts. In contrast to the bass-heavy doses of the Kraken series, this can adds a healthy balance of highs and mids to the mix. The wireless connection is absolutely stable and the overall comfort of the headset is excellent.

Read the full review: Razer Nari Ultimate

Steelseries Arctis Pro + GameDAC

The high-end gaming headset that does it all

Wireless: No

Drivers: 40mm neodymium

Connectivity: USB, optical, 3.5mm analog

Frequency response: 10Hz-40,000Hz

Features: Retractable noise-cancelling mic, DTS Headphone:X 2.0, RGB

Tasteful RGB lighting

Handy GAmeDAC controls

Cables feel fragile

Slightly overpriced

Thanks to the lossless streaming of Tidal et al. And of games like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which provide full support, the high-resolution audio goes up. The Arctis Pro GameDAC uses this crystalline, high-resolution sound with a frequency range of 5 Hz to 40 kHz – a specification that makes the drivers sound excellent even for the daily use of compressed audio. So if you plan to use a gaming headset to watch videos and watch TV on your PC or music, this is a good choice.

The GameDAC itself is a combination of a digital-to-analog converter that relieves your CPU, a preamp, and a control center. By pressing the button and a dial, DTS Headphone-X Surround can be enabled or disabled, the chat / game mix adjusted, and the EQ settings optimized. The subtle ring around each earpiece of these cans adapts to the RGB box without compromising the overall aesthetics.

Read the full review: SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC

HyperX Cloud Alpha

A well rounded, well-balanced vessel for game audio

Wireless: No

Drivers: 50mm dual chamber neodymium

Connectivity: 3.5mm analog

Frequency response: 13Hz-27,000Hz

Features: Detachable noise-cancelling mic, in-line cable controls

Powerful but clear sound

Bombproof build quality

No detachable cable

Flimsy inline controls

The latest achievement of HyperX Cloud is the result of HyperX Cloud’s years of experience. It offers superb sound and build quality with the essential features that have been done well and without the price being increased by a feature flab. The stereo soundscape of this closed design is more punchy at the bottom than usual, but the added bass does not interfere with overall clarity – and frankly, it sounds great in games and music environments. The dual-chamber design of each 50mm driver is designed to accommodate low, mid, and high frequencies without disturbing you, and you get the feeling as you listen to them.

Otherwise, it’s the usual impressive build quality, generous padding, clear microphone and high levels of comfort for longer gaming sessions, which the cloud design always offers. The inline controls are the only exception to this rule – they feel weak compared to the rest of the package. We recommend the Alpha over the Cloud II (even only) because of the better frequency range, although the two models separate very little from each other.

Read the full review: HyperX Cloud Alpha

Steelseries Arctis 7

The best wireless gaming headset for most users

Wireless: Yes

Drivers: 40mm neodymium drivers

Connectivity: Wireless via USB, 3.5mm wired

 Frequency response: 20Hz-20,000Hz

Features: Retractable noise cancelling mic, DTS Headphone:X, 7.1 surround

Great battery life

Comfortable ‘ski goggle’ headband

Headband can slacken over time

Average mic

The party for wireless headsets is historically ruined – it sounds as good as the best wired models we tested in the same price range. The exceptional battery life is more than 20 hours after unpacking, and after almost a year of intensive use, this number has hardly diminished. You can continue to play while charging by simply connecting the headset to your PC with a USB cable.

The unmistakable Arctis ski goggle headband effectively keeps the weight of the headset away from your head, and even after hours of play, we’ve never felt it burrow in for a looser and slightly less comfortable fit, A functional but slightly soft and muted microphone is the only cleft in his otherwise impressive armor.

Read the full review: SteelSeries Arctis 7

Logitech G Pro

A great budget gaming headset for esports

Wireless: No

Drivers: “Hybrid mesh Pro-G” neodymium

Connectivity: 3.5mm analog

 Frequency response: 20Hz-20,000Hz

Features: Detachable mic

Clean, no-fuss design

Breathable, comfy earcups

A bit bass-heavy

Basic build materials

Logitech has developed these cans with the help of Esports athletes to remove the grease normally found in gaming headsets and leave a slim pack of essentials. In general, the G Pro achieves the following: There is no flame decal or RBG lighting strip in sight, and this functional aesthetic is complemented by a barebones feature set. You would like to complete your RGB landscape image? You do not understand that here.

The design is so barebones that there are a few surprises: there is no virtual surround and just a microphone mute and a volume knob. We like the overall sound of the drivers, even though it’s a bit more pronounced at the bottom than we would normally choose. It’s also a comfortable, rugged headset, so you know it lasts for years.

Read the full review: Logitech G Pro

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas

A modular headset for streamers and competitive players

Wireless: No

Drivers: 50mm “Nanoclear” neodymium magnets

Connectivity: 3.5mm analog

Frequency response: 20Hz–20kHz

Features: Detachable noise-cancelling boom mic and ear cushions, swappable speaker plates, included red/green PC splitter cable, ProSpecs glasses relief system

Outstanding voice chat quality

Detachable mic, cushions and speaker plates

Weak mid-range sound

3.5mm cable unreliable at times

Turtle Beach returns to PC gaming with its rich history of reputable console gaming headsets, to say the least. Esports are nearly a billion dollars in industry, and if the elite Atlas is an indication, Turtle Beach wants to get some of that revenue. Although the price suggests otherwise, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas headset is nothing revolutionary, but has some interesting features.

For example, in our tests, the TruSpeak Noise-Canceling boom microphone – which is also removable – could record the twitch stream commentary with virtually no background noise. That’s an amazing feat, considering how hellish noisy roommates can be. It is also impressive that the ear cups of the Elite Atlas are magnetically attached to the speakers, making them child’s play in the daunting event they have ever lost or damaged. Although the audio quality itself is not ideal, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas radiates otherwise promising, and if you’re an Esports player or a gameplay broadcaster, this is a worthy set of doses.

Read the full review: Turtle Beach Elite Atlas

How we test headsets

We use every headset we’ve tested for at least a week every day. We’ll take an example of our voice in Audacity and compare it to earlier shots of other models. Then we go to Discord to get feedback from our friends as we sound.

This week, we want to test each headset in a variety of different genres. Protect, Battle Royals and racing games are particularly good test scenarios, as the headset rather tests the low-end, revealing cloudiness and distortion PUBG et al are ideal for positioning audio tracking. After all, good racing simulations provide a very special mix that helps you to hear the brakes blocking and lose the traction of the tires. In Project CARS 2, great headsets are often separated from good ones.

But it’s not just about games: we wear the headsets while we work, listen to music, watch distracting YouTube videos that people send to us, and everything else that awaits us at the desk. Finally, we compare some lossless music tracks by listening to our BeyerDynamic DT770s and then the test example. The 770s have a really flat EQ, perfect for music production and critical listening applications. If you hear another headset immediately after listening, EQ highs and lows are brought into focus.