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It has the same leading comfort and quality of most SteelSeries Arctis headsets—with a retractable mic and comfortable cushioning—and the included GameDAC makes it the best-sounding headset I've used, adding a lot of depth and drama to your play. Helpful. —Jeffrey Van Camp, The Logitech G Pro X (8/10, WIRED Recommends) eschews the design language many gaming headsets share. Luckily, there are quite a few headsets out there that fit the bill—no matter what console, computer, or device you game on. Most importantly, they produce rich, resonant sound, whether you're listening to music or exploring a haunted skyscraper in Control. To revisit this article, select My Account, then View saved stories. © 2020 Condé Nast.
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Darkoasis. It's simple and elegant—more like high-quality headphones than a gaming headset.
The Opus is Razer's first pair of high-end luxury headphones. If you turn away from your computer, the volume goes way down. Read more. It has little kitty ears with Razer's Chroma RGB lighting and a millennial pink finish with a pink braided USB cable to match (though they also come in black and white).
These headphones feature spatial audio, so when you set them up with the JBL software, they track the position of your head. It was designed with streamers and cosplayers in mind and even has a built-in cosplay mode—if it's plugged into a power bank, the headphone lighting will stay on. First and foremost, the sound is just incredible. Updated August 2020: We've added the JBL Quantum One, and adjusted prices throughout this guide. But even if you're not an internet personality, it's a fun headset with great sound and a microphone with active noise canceling. You don't need to own a Switch to appreciate it, though.
The only thing I don't like? The included mic and software were engineered with help from Blue (of Blue Yeti fame), and together they produce crystal-clear, broadcast-quality comms. The mic gets the job done and features reliable noise isolation, but it’s a little quiet since it doesn’t have a boom that sticks out in front of your face. They're sleek, luxurious, and you won't get any second glances wearing them in public.
I was truly shocked at the difference these made for me. I finally feel like my movements actually reflect my natural instincts while playing. —Jess Grey. You need to be able to hear your environment and your allies with clarity, without one being drowned out by the other. We picked the best gaming headsets for every budget and gaming system—PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC, Mac, and mobile.
Super Smash Bros. This is a fantastic headset that lets you pipe in Bluetooth audio to give games your own soundtrack. Please also consider subscribing to WIRED, No headset, wired or wireless, has impressed me as thoroughly as the Arctis Pro + GameDAC (9/10, WIRED Recommends).
They also feature active noise cancellation and a super-clear boom mic. This headset is very expensive, but it's for people who have full-on gaming desktop setups and want the best, most immersive sound while gaming (or listening to music while you work, like me). Because it has kitty ears. I complain about "gamer" aesthetics pretty often, but in the case of the JBL Quantum One, the ostentatious design and lighting are well worth it. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories.
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