If you’re anything like me, you spend a significant amount of time playing videogames. While you can just use your regular headphones, your normal set may not be up to the task if you need an integrated microphone. That’s where the venerable gaming headset comes in: instead of buying a dedicated mic, sometimes it’s better to just pick up an off-the-shelf option that can shoulder the load without any other complicated hookups. While you could always just supplement your cans with a ModMic, extra cables are a pain.
Here’s a short list of the best gaming headsets on the market today.
ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless
If you like to jump from console to console, this is the gold-standard headset on the market today. While it’s probably not the best for PC gamers, the wireless Astro A50 has a lot to offer console gamers. For example, 7.1 channel surround sound, an integrated mixamp, and tilt-to-mute controls on the mic make for a frustration-free experience while you’re fragging. The headset is heavy though, so you may want to keep looking if you’re sensitive to clamping pressure.
Beyerdynamic Custom Game
If you need isolation and you’re a fan of customizing your sound, there’s no better option out there than the Beyerdynamic Custom Game headset. Essentially a Custom One Pro with a boom mic, you can change your bass response on the fly by using the sliders on the ear cups. No thinking necessary, just a rock-solid headset. If you’re not a fan of the all-black aesthetic, Beyerdynamic also has a bunch of customization options, as well as velour pads for people who wear glasses on their raids.
If you game in a quiet environment but you need great audio quality, you should definitely give Audio-Technica’s ATH-ADG1X a shot. With open backs, these offer great sound quality for a gaming headset, along with a really good boom mic. Just be sure to keep outside noise away, as it can affect what you hear. This definitely takes many of its design cues from the old ATH-AD700 + ModMic gamer favorite of the early 2010s, but without the hassle of extra cables or adhesives.
Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum
Logitech makes a whole host of gaming headsets, but probably none better than the Artemis Spectrum. This model has all the bells and whistles, including a customizable LED schema, macro buttons, and an on-board volume wheel. The best part? If comes in at a reasonable price, despite high-end features like wireless surround sound. Because of its size and closed backs, you might find it gets a little toasty now and again, but otherwise this is a fairly comfortable set of cans.
Sennheiser GAME ONE
Sennheiser is an audio titan, and for good reason: they don’t make bad headphones. Their gaming headset, the GAME ONE, is stuffed to the gills with Senn’s top-notch hardware. The casing may feel a little plasticky and cheap, but you’ll forget all that once you start using the GAME ONE. It’s a treat to use, but keep in mind that this is open-backed, meaning noise will get in. If you want a closed back variant, you can always pick up the GAME ZERO—but the ONE will do a much better job of placing sounds where they “should” be in 3D-space, if you’re a fan of MMO deathmatch sorts of games.
That’s all for now, but keep in mind you may not need to buy a dedicated gaming headset: it’s just a good luxury to have if you’re an ardent gamer like me. You can always use an external microphone with normal headphones, but this list is a short taste of what’s out there for the MLG pro in your life.
Did we miss your favorite headset? Let us know in the comments, and who knows? Maybe it shows up in next month’s update.