Best Gaming Headsets 2016

Product Use case Rating
Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Best Overall 9
Razer Man O'War Best Wireless Headset 8
LucidSound LS20 Best Under $100 8
Logitech G230 Best Under $50 7
SteelSeries Arctis 5 Best Design 8
Astro A50 Best High-End 9

Whether you're looking to get lost in the latest Uncharted game or want to hear the competition coming in Gears of War 4, having a good gaming headset matters. After testing tons of models from multiple brands in different price ranges, our top pick is the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum. This headset offers rich sound and stellar wireless performance within an attractive and cozy design, and features an analog cable that allows it to be used with just about any PC, mobile device or console.

Gaming headsets aren't one-size-fits-all, and we're not just talking about comfort. There are budget-friendly options such as the Logitech G230 and Hyper X Cloud II, as well as high-end headpieces that boast thunderous surround sound and loads of customization options, such as the Astro A50

The best headsets are more than just gaming peripherals, too. In some cases, they offer enough crisp highs and satisfying bass to double as worthy headphones for music and movies. And now that the HTC Vive,Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR are here, you're going to need an immersive headset to make virtual reality feel that much more real. Learn more about all our recommended headsets below.

How We Test

Gaming headsets are among the most personal and subjective peripherals out there, and as such, much of our testing involves wearing the devices for hours on end and playing lots of games.

We typically test headsets with a mix of shooting, fighting and action/adventure games. Games such as Halo and Star Wars Battlefront give us a sense of how accurate each headset's directionality is in a multiplayer setting, while titles such as Mortal Kombat X and Batman: Arkham Knight help us evaluate how well each peripheral captures a game's sense of impact and atmosphere. 

We also listen to music and watch movies with each headset in order to size up its usefulness for consuming multimedia. For wireless headsets, we keep a log of how long the peripheral lasts before the battery completely drains. 

We generally wear each headset for at least two full days to assess comfort level. We always get a second opinion from someone else on staff, as what's comfortable to one gamer could be unbearable to the next.

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Compatibility and What to Consider

Before rushing to buy a fancy headset, it's important to make sure it works with your platform of choice. Most headsets are designed primarily for a single type of hardware (PC, Xbox One or PS4, for example), but are rarely limited to those machines.

Any headset with a 3.5mm audio jack can hook up to your PC, PS4 controller, Xbox One controller (newer models have a headphone jack, older ones require an adapter) or mobile device. Some PC-based headsets only connect to your computer via USB, while others have optional USB dongles that provide physical volume-control buttons.

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If you're an audiophile who loves to tweak, you might lean toward headset accompanied by software. Programs such as Logitech Gaming Software and Razer Synapse 2.0 allow you to adjust individual parameters such as bass and treble, and, in some cases, let you save sound profiles for specific games. 

You'll also have to consider whether you want to go wired or wireless. Wireless headsets free you from staying glued to your monitor, though the risk of interference and a draining battery might compel competitive gamers to stick to wired sets.

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  • mario8319
    I just want to commend the author of this article. After scrolling through at least 50 or so articles in the past few months on gaming headsets, none of them are as well written and intuitive as this one. Seriously thank you
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  • Jndrabe
    What about best ps3/ps4 headset? I can only trust this site for this type of information, you guys are the best! But you didn't review best ps3/ps4 :(
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  • Vlad Rose
    Man, no major headphone brands for the review. I would have loved to see how the Sennheiser or Audio Technica gaming sets compare; especially since they're in the price range of the Astro and Steel Series units reviewed.

    Other than that, a well done article with the units you had to compare with.
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  • uglyduckling81
    I've had the Astro A50 for about a year I think. The battery life has diminished substantially. I get maybe 2-3 hours out of them before I need to plug in again. They really need a replaceable battery.
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  • UNATCO-PC
    I was actually going to purchase a pair of Siberia Elite Prisms until I read about the numerous problems it has, such as the fualty audio cards and bad mics. Is this true?
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  • MikeAndronico
    Quote:
    I was actually going to purchase a pair of Siberia Elite Prisms until I read about the numerous problems it has, such as the fualty audio cards and bad mics. Is this true?


    We've had no such problems with the Prisms so far, but if they pop up we will certainly update the review to reflect that
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  • MikeAndronico
    Quote:
    Man, no major headphone brands for the review. I would have loved to see how the Sennheiser or Audio Technica gaming sets compare; especially since they're in the price range of the Astro and Steel Series units reviewed.

    Other than that, a well done article with the units you had to compare with.


    Thanks for the feedback Vlad. Working on getting review units for those brands as we speak.
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  • Wima
    What about razer tiamat 7.1 or chimaera 5.1?
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  • chanrpnq
    Working on getting review units for those brands as we speak.
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  • Ernest_2
    Serious question. What would you recommend for a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Gamer? I recently got an Xbox One Headset the XO ONE from Best Buy Black Friday. I've been using the one ear head set that came with the Halo Edition Xbox One and it was alright. But seems like it was better for listening to other people chatting vs the xo one set. I'm not looking to waste money on something that works for hearing. I need a loud set reasonby priced. The highs like whistling I can't hear those pretty much. I wear hearing aides which help, but even with them it's like someone who has a mild hearing loss. I don't want to buy and try it out then end up returning because it's not loud enough for me. I definitely do not want to become familiar with the returns dept at best buy. So any info help would be appreciated. If possible. Email me at thanks
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  • Laura_11
    What about best wireless for someone gaming with a Mac who also wants to use it to listen to iTunes music on her Mac and pair with her iPhone?
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  • Luis Felipe
    Sennheiser GAME ONE or SENNHEISER GAME ZERO They are excellent too
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  • khingkhaz
    I purchased the astro a50 over a year ago and I was impressed. I gave it away recently and am ready to buy a next pair. Wireless is the way to go for me but as I see you didn't include the a50 are you saying that it isn't good? I have been looking at reviews and was leaning towards another pair of a50's. How soon do you think you can review and compare them? PS4 gamer.
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  • StopTheNewWorldOrder
    Don't get Tiamats, the earcups wear out in about 1 year and they don't offer any replacements, I hacked mine to make them work but the PCB in the volume controller just died and have no power. They are also fairly flimsy. Thinking of going for a wired set like Sennheiser G1's.
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  • Engar
    Personal experience suggests Logitech is very hit or miss. Get a bad set and you may wish you had never heard of them. I used them for almost fifteen years, but my G930 headset is in the garbage right next to their brand name.
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