Once you’ve built your gaming PC, you’ll probably spend a lot of time thinking about ways you’ll be able to improve visuals, get higher resolutions and higher framerates. Another incredibly important thing to think about is your audio quality. One thing a lot of computer builders will overlook is the sound quality, even though gaming is immersive and more enjoyable when you’ve got a good quality headset. With all the options on the market that give you complete surround sound, it’s easy to get lost in any game you play.
Luckily over the course of my gaming career, I’ve had the opportunity to use all sorts of gaming peripherals. Don’t make the usual mistake of just buying the most expensive headset just because you think it must be the best. The headsets on this list all have a perfect balance between quality, design and price.
Sound should not be sacrificed for any other details. If a headset is designed just to look really cool, and glow in the dark or have RGB lighting, it’s not really worth it, because it’s not doing the one thing it’s designed for. To make things easier, we’ll be looking through the best headsets on the market, sorted by brand. I’ll give you a brief description of each headset, and the pros and cons.
Corsair was founded in 1994 that has grown into a large technology and innovation company for new gaming products. They are normally featured in very popular "dream systems" for professional players gaming systems. Corsair sells high-performance computer parts such as PC and CPU cooling solutions, PC cases, solid-state storage devices, and ultra-efficient power supplies. In 2014 their company expanded into gaming products such as headsets, mice, and keyboards. Their products can be found through retailers and distributors in over 60 countries.
Corsair makes two very noteworthy headsets. They have their top tier Corsair Void Pro, and their lower priced Corsair HS50.
Corsair Void Pro RGB
- Great Audio
- RGB Lighting
- Somewhat Short Battery Life When the RGB Lighting is Being Used
- The Surround Sound isn't the Greatest Quality
- The Microphone Could be Much Better
This headset comes with an option to be either USB, or Wireless. It was built to provide comfort even when worn all day.
- Good Audio
- Not the Greatest for Larger Heads
- Sub-par Microphone Quality
- Simple Design
For its lower price point, it’s actually an all-around great headset. It’s got good audio and despite its low price, it’s extremely durable. The only drawback to this headset is the microphone quality isn’t as great as the higher end headsets.
Razer, founded in 2005, and is known to be the number one brand for gamers. They are known for their vibrant triple-headed snake logo all over their products, as well as eSports and other gaming communities. Razer products are created with award-winning hardware from their high-performance gaming peripherals to gaming laptops.
Razer isn’t lacking at all in the number of headsets they have on the market, so we’re just going to look at the best ones at each price point. Coming in at the highest price, we have the Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2, with a price tag of $200.
Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2
- Incredible Bass Quality and Power
- High Quality Surround Sound
- Bulky Design
- High Price
The Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 is a very nice gaming headset. It may be pricey, but it’s one of the best headsets on the market.
Razer ManO’War 7.1
- Excellent Sound Quality
- Works with Computers and PS4
- Great Quality Microphone
- Wireless Option
- Pretty Cheap Materials
- Large Bulky Headband
- Not Comfortable for Extended Wear
The ManO’War is definitely a great option if you’re looking for a headset that delivers great sound and microphone quality. It may be pricey, although not as pricey as the Tiamat V2. This would be the middle tier option that Razer offers.
Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma V2
- Durable Design
- Comes with an Inline Remote and Extension Cable
- Comfortable for Extended Wear
- Low Microphone Volume
- Ear Cups Take Some Time to Get Used to
- Relatively Weak Head Grip
For its moderately low price, it’s definitely a bargain. All for one low price you get high quality sound as well as a decent microphone, and it all comfortably fits on your head.
More Honorable Mentions
HyperX Cloud Stinger
- Adjustable Microphone
- Low Price
- Good Sound Quality
- Short Headset Cord Without Extension
- Can Get Warm During Extended Play
For the price it has great quality in terms of sound and the microphone. If you’re on a budget, you should definitely consider this headset.
ASUS ROG Centurion True 7.1
- Beautiful Design
- Sturdy Build
- Incredible Sound Quality
- Comes with In-Depth Software for Customization
- Very High Price
- Can’t Connect to Game Consoles
- Only Works on ASUS Motherboards
Plug-and-play USB lets it work right out of the box. It comes with a very expensive price tag, which makes it hard to really say it’s worth choosing over some of the above options.
Whatever headset you choose, just remember not to sacrifice comfort for design. For PC gaming, you’ll most likely be wearing your headset for an extended period. Design won’t matter as much after a long gaming session when your head and ears are hurting because your headset isn’t as comfortable as it should be. Also remember that you don’t have to overspend just to get a headset with good quality sound, and a good quality microphone. There are plenty of options at a lower price point that have amazing bang for their buck. So, remember to choose wisely, and enjoy your gaming experience the way it was meant to be enjoyed. You should be comfortable and immersed in your gaming world.