Turtle Beach Elite Atlas headsetSource: Windows Central

Best Xbox One Headsets Windows Central 2019

At Windows Central, we have a particular focus on covering and testing gaming headsets. I have personally tested dozens upon dozens of the latest and greatest headset solutions from all sorts of manufacturers, both big and small. We've put together a list of every headset that we've tested to be the best for various user scenarios. But the best of the best right now is the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas.

And if you're in the market for a new headset, Black Friday, which is right around the corner, may be the single best time of year to find deals on Xbox One headsets. Here at Windows Central, we've got our eyes out for the best deals, and we'll be updating our articles as we get closer to Black Friday. We don't know if the brands featured in this article, such as Turtle Beach, Astro, HyperX or Snakebyte, will offer discounts, but it's a safe bet some will.

Best Overall — Turtle Beach Elite Atlas

Turtle Beach Elite AtlasSource: Windows Central

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is the best all-around Xbox headset for most gamers, with incredible sound and quality at an incredibly affordable price.

Turtle Beach's Elite Atlas defies its price tag to bring an experience you'd sooner expect of far more expensive headsets. It lacks some bells and whistles like mic monitoring and configurable sound. But the raw quality is simply hard to beat (and you can always throw in extra features via an audio controller like Turtle Beach's Tactical Audio Controller. Turtle Beach has shed the neon accents its known for to court esports enthusiasts with a more subtle, sexier, industrial design. The metallic components add strength and robustness to the overall package, complete with a braided cable which should make the product last an obscenely long time.

Turtle Beach has also stepped up its customization efforts. It allows you to detach the cushioning with magnetic clasps quickly and easily, and also is planning to launch a range of customizable speaker plates on the exterior, a first for the company. The headline feature here is the sound quality. Turtle Beach works directly with game developers to tune the audio profile to accentuate footsteps, reloads, and other audio cues that would give enemy positions away. I have gotten kills as a direct result of this headset, and that's something I can rarely claim.

Who should buy this headset: The Turtle Beat Elite Atlas wins our best Xbox One headset award for a single reason: premium sound. The headset provides such a significant edge for tactical directional awareness. It grants an obvious advantage over other headsets in this price range.

Pros

  • Looks great.
  • Premium materials and quality.
  • Sounds incredible, with 50mm neodymium drivers.
  • Turtle Beach audio tuning for gaming is still the best in the business.
  • Detachable mic.

Cons

  • Missing features like mic monitoring.
  • Audio is leaky, not great for listening in public.

Best Overall

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas

Premium sound for a bewilderingly low price.

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas brings a premium headset experience for around just one hundred dollars, granting a competitive edge in shooters.

Best Value — HyperX CloudX

HyperX CloudX headsetSource: Windows Central

If you want to save a bit of cash and still have a great headset, consider the tried-and-tested HyperX CloudX. This headset has been incredibly popular for a long time for its reliability and quality. HyperX hasn't had to revise its design much since its launch.

The HyperX CloudX uses thick memory foam cushioning on the earcups and has a lightweight design, which lends itself well to its namesake. Wearing this headset feels very "cloud-like," given how lightweight and comfortable it is. The HyperX CloudX headset also sounds excellent, with a vibrant soundscape elevated by software surround solutions like Dolby Atmos and Windows Sonic. The frequency response isn't as broad as some of the other headsets on this list, but it's tuned well for gaming and music, with minimal distortion.

Who should buy this headset: If you want a cheaper headset that is reliable and built to last, complete with high-quality gaming audio, this is the best headset to get.

Pros

  • Subtle design
  • Durable, premium-feeling built quality
  • Excellent, spacious sound
  • Detachable mic

Cons

  • Missing some features like mic recording monitoring
  • Max volume isn't the best

Best Value

HyperX CloudX

Want to save a bit? This headset is built to last.

If you want to save a bit and still have great sound and comfort, the HyperX CloudX is a cheaper alternative to the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas.

Best Wireless — LucidSound LS35X

LucidSound LS35XSource: Windows Central

LucidSound's incredible LS35X is a big step up in their repertoire, delivering crystal-clear Xbox wireless audio with some next-level comfort. The adjustable ear cups have a thick layer of coolant gel to keep your ears nice and frosty across long sessions. It makes it one of the most pleasant headsets I've ever worn.

Although it's required that you update the LS35X via a Windows PC before use, the wireless connectivity to the Xbox One is rock-solid. Using the same Xbox Wireless signal as your controller, the LS35X has eliminated the need for extra USB dongles or docks, which adds a ton of convenience to the overall package.

The sound quality is also excellent, and tuned for gaming with accentuated frequencies for sound effects like footsteps and reloads. There's no onboard surround solution, but Dolby Atmos or Windows Sonic can inject a similar experience at a software level.

Who should buy this headset: If you hate cables and want to liberate yourself of that plastic tether, the LS35X is a secure wireless solution that delivers big on both comfort and sound.

Pros

  • Awesome design
  • Premium build-quality and comfort
  • Solid sound experience
  • Surprisingly high-quality microphone

Cons

  • Needs to be updated via PC first
  • Max volume can produce audio distortion

Best Wireless

LucidSound LS35X

Cable-free awesomeness.

The LucidSound LS35X is the best value wireless Xbox headset available.

Best for Chat — LucidSound LS1X

LS1X headsetSource: Windows Central

If you don't want a full-blown headset either because they're bulky or you have an existing cinematic sound setup, consider the LucidSound LS1X.

Monopiece headsets have lost popularity over the years, but they're still a great option if you have a true surround sound rig or Dolby Atmos array. This open back solution allows full outside sound into your ears, while also providing crystal clear chat quality owing to its beefy 50mm driver.

Convenient on-ear controls also make it easy to adjust volume or mute yourself on the fly, and it's also cheap and cheerful at just $25.

Who should buy this headset: If you want to leverage an external sound setup or want a simple solution purely for chat, this is the monopiece headset for you.

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Comfortable with a sleek profile
  • Great chat experience
  • High-quality LucidSound microphone

Cons

  • Build quality isn't the best

Best for chat

LucidSound LS1X

For pure chat.

When you want something open-backed for your external sound setup, this is a great solution just for Xbox comms.

Best for Pros — Astro A40 TR with MixAmp (2019)

Astro A40 TR with MixAmp (2019)Source: Windows Central

The Astro A40 TR with MixAmp combo is the most versatile sound solution for gamers who need to mix audio from different sources. The Astro MixAmp is fully compatible to mix sound from both Xbox One and PC at the same time for game sound and communication platforms. As a game streamer, I connect my Astro A40 TR MixAmp to my PC via USB to capture Discord audio. I then connect the MixAmp to my Xbox One via SPDIF to capture game sound, mixing them in my capture software. No other MixAmp is as cheap, or as easy to use for this purpose. You can also connect it straight up to the Xbox One via USB as well, for use with Xbox party chat.

Beyond content creation, the A40 TR MixAmp also gives quick access to separate volume levels for both chat and game sound, different audio tuning profiles, and also injects 7.1 virtual surround sound to any headset you connect up to its 3.5mm jack.

The Astro A40 headset seals the deal, with optional custom speaker branding for streamers and esports aspirants, with high audio quality and a powerful microphone. The Astro A40 headset also sports excellent comfort and durability, although it might be more economical to buy the MixAmp separately, and choose one of the cheaper headsets above, unless you like the A40's sexy design.

Who should buy this headset: If you're a serious content creator who wants something that will let them combine audio from PC tools like Discord alongside game sound from Xbox One, this is a great option.

Pros

  • Versatile MixAmp for mixing sound across PC and Xbox.
  • 7.1 surround sound injection to any headset.
  • Comfortable, durable headset.
  • Great audio quality.

Cons

  • Can be complex to set up.
  • Very pricey if you're not going to utilize all features.

Best for Pros

Astro A40 TR & MixAmp (2019)

Esports or game-streamer aspirant?

The Astro A40 TR MixAmp combo is a must-have piece of kit for mixing different sound sources.

Best Budget — Snakebyte Headset:X

Snakebyte Headset:XSource: Windows Central

Snakebyte makes a range of very affordable Xbox products that often defy their price point with their quality; the Headset:X is no different.

Built from highly malleable, flexible plastics, the Snakebyte Headset:X is a genuinely excellent budget headset. Despite its svelte price point, it packs some seriously impressive sound that genuinely shocked me when I came to review them. It's all thanks to the 40mm drivers with a deep base, crispy highs, and solid maximum volume.

They come complete with a detachable microphone that boasts decent quality, and a unique folding design that makes them easy to store and transport. When folded up, they can fit into the palm of your hand. The only real downside is that the earcups are a bit small to accommodate that folding design, although this makes them ideal for a younger gamer.

Who should buy this headset: If you're extremely budget conscious and still want something with excellent audio, look no further.

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Unique folding design for easy storage
  • Very impressive sound
  • Solid microphone

Cons:

  • Ear cups are a bit small, even for my tiny ears
  • "Budget" design quality
  • Leaky audio

Best Budget

Snakebyte Head:Set X

Impressive budget sound

This small, affordable headset surprises and impresses with a massive sound.

Best Premium — Astro A50 (2019)

Astro A50 (2019) headsestSource: Windows Central

The Astro A50 is an excellent headset for those who have the cash to splash. Full Dolby Audio, a convenient battery charging dock, full wirelessness, and incredible sound and comfort, the Astro A50 does it all.

The A50 combines Astro's signature comfort and build quality into a headset that shines at every level. It has some of the best gaming sound processing around. It has powerful 7.1 that elevates your tactical positional awareness in competitive games, while fully immersing you into your favorite virtual worlds. The wireless signal is rock solid and has an impressive range, and is complemented by a wireless charging dock and long battery life.

The A50 could do with a refresh, but the fact the product hasn't changed a great deal in several years is a testament to its popularity and quality.

Who should buy this headset: You should buy this headset if you want wireless convenience, great audio, and have the money to pay for the privilege!

Pros:

  • Great sound.
  • Solid wireless audio.
  • Convenient docking station.

Cons:

  • The mic isn't the best.
  • Once the battery is flat, the headset needs to be replaced.
  • Versatility is a bit limited.

Best Premium

Astro A50

For the rich kids

This is a seriously expensive headset with seriously excellent sound and seriously impressive features. One for the richer among us.

Bottom line

There are dozens of great Xbox One headsets out there for all sorts of users, in all kinds of scenarios, across all sorts of budgets. These headsets represent the best in several major categories. My current personal set up combines the comfort and sound of the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas and the sound mixing features of the Astro A40 TR MixAmp, but it's a complex, cable-heavy set up that is geared towards content creation, alongside great audio.

For average users, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas plugged into a PC or Xbox One controller via 3.5mm will be more than satisfactory, coupled with Dolby Atmos for that surround sound boost. If you want to save a bit, the HyperX CloudX is also a very similar, very competitive option for a little less. If you want to ditch cables altogether, the LucidSound LS35X is your best choice. Whichever headset you pick from this list, one thing is for sure: you'll have a great experience.

How to find the best Black Friday deals on Xbox headsets

When picking an Xbox One headset, there are a few important things to think about when commencing your initial buying research. At an absolutely fundamental level, you essentially get what you pay for. When looking, you should seek out where you'll make the biggest savings on some of the bigger and better headsets out there, since you may be able to snag a very premium headset for an usually low deal price. There's no easy catch-all statistic to look for when it comes to audio quality, since the shape of your head and a multitude of other factors may impact your sound experience. You should seek out reviews that describe the audio profile. For gaming, headsets that provide accentuated high-ranges can give you a tactical edge, isolating footsteps and the like. However, these sorts of headsets may be less immersive than more balanced audioscapes. Some of the pricier headsets often offer configuration software so you can create your own perfect soundscape, which may be a better option for deal seekers with a bit more cash to spend.

Wireless headsets are incredibly convenient, but sometimes lack the compatibility factor with other devices. Bluetooth headsets will work on your phone or compatible PC, but a headset that uses a propietary USB dongle or Xbox Wireless may need an additional piece of kit, potentially wiping out any deal savings you've made.

Few websites out there have spent as much time as we have assessing Xbox One headsets. We hope to see deals from Turtle Beach, Astro, HyperX and Snakebyte. But either way, our deals team is on hand to hunt for the best savings so you don't have to, so keep it locked to Windows Central over the coming weeks.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Jez Corden is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing on Xbox, Surface, and Windows PC. He spends the vast majority of his time gaming, or writing about gaming, with a mission to provide gamers in the Microsoft ecosystem the best and most up-to-date info possible.

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