Best overall

SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC

The Steelseries Arctis Pro + GameDAC ($249.99) isn't cheap but offers some incredible functionality. The excellent amp module allows for easy management of the device, as well as exceptional sound quality. The drivers are more than good enough for gaming, and the microphone handles communication with teammates. It's a quality Hi-Res certified headset for gamers.

Bottom line: Amazing sound is the highlight feature here.

One more thing: There's a wireless version available for $329.99.

Why the SteelSeries Arctis Pro is the best PC gaming headset

When looking for a good deal or bargain headset, this isn't going to be on your shortlist, but if you happen to have the budget and seek the best sounding headset for gaming and more, look no further than the Arctis Pro by SteelSeries. The Arctis Pro isn't wireless so you will need to deal with cabling but because everything goes through the bundled amp unit, it sounds awesome. As highlighted in my review, you really do get what you pay for.

Not only do you have excellent sound quality (with 7.1 surround sound and Hi-Res certification) but also enhanced durability, supreme comfort, and a noise-canceling microphone. There's essentially everything a gamer requires from a headset for the latest tiles, movies, and music.

Specifications of the version with the GameDAC:

  • Driver — 50mm neodymium.
  • Frequency response — 10Hz to 40KHz.
  • Sound — DTS Headphone:X v2.0.

Whether you want to game on PC or console, you'll be able to take the Arctis Pro along for the ride, which makes it even more attractive to gamers who enjoy titles on more than one platform. You'll struggle to find a gaming headset that sounds better for the price.

Best Wireless

Razer Thresher Ultimate

Sporting a frequency range of 12 Hz to 28,000 Hz, the Thresher Ultimate ($249.99) by Razer is a superb headset. You'll be able to enjoy more explosive action, detailed playback, and excellent positional sound. All these features come at a price, especially when you consider this is a wireless headset.

Bottom line: For comfort, frequency response, and convenience, the Razer Thresher Ultimate may be the definitive wireless solution.

One more thing: If you happen to game with glasses, you'll find the Thresher Ultimate to be a comfortable fit.

Best for VR

Turtle Beach 350 StealthVR

Turtle Beach's 350 StealthVR (around $60) is your go-to choice for virtual reality headsets. Playing in VR, you need to have a pair of headphones on. What makes the 350 StealthVR so good is the fact it's wireless, offers great audio, and its light weight. With VR, you'll be moving more than usual and thus need a decent pair of cups that won't wear you down.

Bottom line: Good bass, great lightweight design, and solid audio make the 350 StealthVR ideal for virtual reality setups.

One more thing: Comes with easily interchangeable cables to swap between the PlayStation VR, PS4 Pro and PS4, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Best Value

SteelSeries Arctis 5

The Steelseries Arctis 5 ($79.99) isn't one of the more expensive headsets the company produces, but it sports solid sound, has 7.1 surround support, and is arguably one of the most comfortable headsets ever made. Interestingly, it uses a ski-goggle-style headband, so the weight of the headset is suspended, leaving you able to wear it for long periods without any fatigue. The bands are also swappable, so you can add your own flair.

The 40mm drivers provide great sound, and while it's sold as a wireless headset you get a cable included in the box should you wish to go wired while out and about.

Bottom line: If you need a comfy headset that's both affordable and offers good audio, SteelSeries has you covered.

One more thing: The ski-goggle-style headbands can be swapped out for unique designs.

Best for Comfort

Sennheiser GAME One

The GAME ONE headset by Sennheiser (around $160) is a comfortable addition to anyone's arsenal. Designed for ease of use for prolonged sessions, the headset even has interchangeable cables for use on a variety of platforms. Unfortunately, like many other headsets, the microphone doesn't detach, but you get noise cancellation.

To save you from accidentally cursing at your teammates, there's a handy mute button on the headset alongside volume controls. Better yet, the refreshed model now sports the interchangeable cables and an improved shell design in your choice of black or white.

Bottom line: Noise-cancelling microphone joins stellar drivers and absolute comfort. The GAME ONE by Sennheiser is a joy to use.

One more thing: There's a soundcard bundle available where you can pick up a dongle that offers 7.1 Dolby surround sound.

Conclusion

There are plenty of options available for gaming headsets, but the HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro takes the number one spot thanks to its affordability and amazing value. The quality is top notch, coupled with excellent sound quality. That said, should you require a headset for VR or one without cables, we've got some solid alternative choices.

Best overall

SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC

The Steelseries Arctis Pro + GameDAC ($249.99) isn't cheap but offers some incredible functionality. The excellent amp module allows for easy management of the device, as well as exceptional sound quality to be enjoyed. The drivers are more than good enough for gaming and the microphone handles communication with teammates. A quality Hi-Res certified headset for gamers.

Bottom line: Amazing sound quality can finally be enjoyed by gamers.

One more thing: There's a wireless version available for $329.99.

Updated April 26, 2018: We updated this guide, offering only the best headsets available for PC gaming.

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