Top Wired and Wireless Gaming Headsets
Some people do not understand the importance of an best gaming headset when it comes to immersing yourself in the action. They believe that a simple, 10 dollar headset is enough to get an idea of what is going on and to play the game.
They are wrong! If you want to experience the game as it was meant to be heard, if you want to be right smack in the middle of the action, to hear with crystal clarity your team mates over the sounds of the battle, you will have to use the very best gaming headset. The good news is that a relatively good set does not have to cost a lot, and we are going to talk about some very affordable options, but if you want the best, then you may have to pay a little more.
It has actually been a pleasure to test out almost everything we could find on the market, and we have come up with the following top 10 best gaming headsets of 2020. You can check out their most interesting features in the table below, and if you want to get the most important details and features for each one, scroll on down past the table, to our detailed reviews.
1. Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound
The absolute best gaming set you are going to find on the market in 2014 is the Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset. It is the only wireless gaming headset we are going to feature here because it is the only headset that has managed to deliver an impeccable sound quality for a reasonable price.
It can be charged via a USB plug that stems from the wireless dongle that comes with the G930 so even if the battery runs out, you can still continue playing while the headset’s internal battery charges.
The Logitech G930 submerges you in a 7.1 surround sound system, and uses a Dolby Surround technology that allows you to actually orient yourself during the game just by sound alone. That is the most basic reason why you need a gaming headset instead of a standard: you can actually here from which way the bullets are coming or if someone is trying to sneak up behind you.
The G930 comes equipped with a very high tech mic that turns itself off when you rotate it up and it also has a background noise cancellation function that really impressed us. You also get to morph your voice at will and can pre-program 3 G-keys on the side of the headset that allow you to quickly switch from one sound setting to another. In fact we love the Logitech G930 so much that we wrote an entire article about the Best Gaming Headset under $100 to it.
2. Plantronics GameCom 780 Surround Sound Stereo PC Gaming Headset
The first thing that needs to be said is that Plantronics create high end headphones for businesses, audiophiles and gamers, so you know they dominate the market through the quality of their products.
The Plantronics GameCom 780 is the perfect example of just how good they are with a 7.1 Dolby Surround system and their own Pro Logic II that turns a standard audio output into a 7.1 system. So even if you are in love with an older game or an online game that cannot afford the 7.1 system, as long as you are using a Windows operating system, the Plantronics are going to deliver that impeccable sound system.
They opted for a wired headset for the Plantronics GameCom 780 so the price is somewhat less than what you would pay for the Logitech, so, if you know for a fact that you will not need the wireless feature, the Plantronics would make for an excellent choice.
They have the same smart mic feature that reduces background noise so your conversions, whether in gamer or during chats, will be crisp and clear. We also love the fact that the 40 mm speakers of this headset can be swiveled so that the headphones can lie flat during travel or for storage.
3. Turtle Beach Ear Force Z22 Amplified PC Headset
From the wireless to the double wired: the Turtle Beach headsets usually have two cables, one for audio input and the other one is a simple USB plug that powers the amplifier of the headset. If completely hate the idea of wires, you will probably will not give the Z22 a second chance, but you would be wrong to do so.
First off, the Turtle Beach Ear Force Z22 can amplify the sounds from your game by adding another depth to the bass effect or getting the treble sounds even sharper. Even more important than that is the fact that you can set it up so that it will automatically compensate for the sounds of war around you when chatting with your buddies.
You can even connect a third party music player so that you can setup your own sound system that will perfectly accompany the sounds of the game. Finally, you should consider the fact that over 80 gamers gave this headset a 4 star rating on Amazon, which is pretty high considering its class.
4. Razer BlackShark Noise Isolating PC Gaming Headset
In the gaming community owning a Razer accessory is cool by definition so we could not go on with our list of the top 10 best gaming headsets of 2014 without talking about the Razer Noise Isolating Gaming Headset.
At a glance it is a simple headset, no pre-amplifaction, no 7.1 surround sound. But still, it is a Razer and that means the sound clarity of these headphones is unparalleled.
Furthermore, the fact that they worked on a noise isolating system means you can take this headset to any game night and you will not be bothered by the sounds of those around you.
You can even take the mic off and use this as a regular headset. They are particularly useful on planes as they mute a lot of the engine noise and of the people around you.
5. Turtle Beach Ear Force PX22 Amplified Universal Gaming Headset
We had to talk about the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX22 because, unlike the Z22, this headset works with anything from an PC to an Xbox or a PlayStation which is why we have decided to dedicate our Best Gaming Headset for PS4 article to it.
It still has the amplification feature that allows the system to bring up the sound of the chat over the sounds of the game around you. Of course, if your friends are just talking and not focusing on the game, you also have the option to turn down the noise from the chat and focus on the sound of the game.
even It has a feedback loop from the microphone so you can hear your own voice, if you want, and make sure that you are not just screaming at your friends.
6. Logitech G430 Headset with Dolby 7.1 Technology
If you are a fan of Logitech, and let’s face it, they are quickly becoming as big a brand in gaming as Razer, you will love the Logitech G430. It is cheaper than the G930 we started this list with, but it does not have the wireless function.
However, it does use a state of the art Dolby Digital 7.1 sound system and we have the bumps to prove that the sounds of incoming fire are so real you will feel the need to duck.
The headphones themselves swivel to 90 degrees so you can easily carry them with you on trips. The mic swivels up and down and it has the background noise cancellation feature specific to the Logitech headsets.
7. Razer Kraken PRO Over Ear Gaming Headset
The Razer Kraken PRO is the lightest and most comfortable gaming headset we have tried in its class. Not that the other headsets we have featured so far are not very comfortable themselves, but the Kraken is just that much better.
It features an excellent noise cancelation feature and, interestingly enough, the mic can be retracted completely into the headpiece. So you can wear this headset on the street all the while isolation yourself from the sound of the traffic.
The drivers are the 40 mm version with neodymium magnets so the quality of the sound is as good as you would expect it to be from a high end headset system although this comes in at a very reasonable price.
8. SteelSeries Siberia V2 Full-Size Gaming Headset
The only reason why the SteelSeries Siberia V2 is featured so low on our list is that it does not feel as much a gaming headset as it feels more an audiophile headset. The sound quality would certainly please even the most refined ear.
They have used 50 mm drivers so the sound is that much more powerful and immersive. Although they are a little too big and flashy to be warned on the street, you do have the retractable mic that will allow you to quickly turn this gaming headset into a regular one.
9. Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 Headset and Amplified Stereo Sound
We started this list of reviews by promising you that we would also feature a few very affordable gaming headset models and our favorite of the 2 we are going to discuss is the Turtle Beach Ear Force X12.
It is a Turtle Beach headset specifically designed for gaming so you get the built in amplifier with controls for bass, treble and mic. You will need to plug it in to your USB port to power it up and use the audio jack to get the sounds from the game, but the truth is you will feel the difference in quality a 2 cable headset brings.
The biggest difference from the other Turtle Beach headsets is that the controller is much more rudimentary but it basically does the same thing. The quality of the sound is exceptional so we would definitely recommend this headset if you do not want to overspend, and the fact that it has earned a 4.2 star rating on Amazon from over 2,000 customers should be all the review the X12 needs.
10. ZPS Sades Stereo 7.1 Surround Pro USB Gaming Headset
The ZPS Sades Stereo 7.1 Surround Pro is the dark horse of our top 10 best gaming headsets of 2014 list, and we would happily agree that it is not as good as any of the other sets we have featured.
However, it costs half of most of the other headsets cost and it looks so cool we would buy it just to wear it at competitions. The 7.1 surround sound is quite good, although the audiophiles among you should choose another headset, but for a regular gamer the sound quality is exceptional indeed.
It connects through an USB port to your PC, so it uses its own audio card to deliver the best surround sound feeling possible, and you get an inline remote to control both the volume for the sound and for the mic.