The best Xbox headsets (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One) 2024

Looking for the best Xbox headsets in 2024? Look no further. 

Over the past few years, my team and I have tested dozens upon dozens of the best Xbox headsets personally. To that end, we've built an exhaustive list of the best Xbox headsets for every user scenario, across Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X. Since the Xbox One generation, all Xbox headsets basically work across every device, so you needn't worry about compatibility. Chances are any investments you make here will work on future Xbox consoles too, as Microsoft doubles (and triples) down on compatibility. 

I've exhaustively tested Xbox headsets for almost a decade now, personally publishing a vast catalog of headset reviews on Windows Central and other sites. In testing, we explore every angle of the experience ideal for your specific user needs. Whether you need something versatile for gaming but also everyday use with music and phone calls, or something as affordable as possible, or something for multi-platform use — we should have you covered. 

With this in mind, my team and I have built this best Xbox headset guide to showcase the absolute top options from a wide variety of usage types and price points, to help you get the most out of your Xbox sound experience. There are plenty of options, and hopefully, we can find something that's a great fit for you. And of course, if you have questions, drop them in the comments below. 

Jez Corden
Jez Corden

Jez Corden is a Managing Editor at Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Jez also owns dozens upon dozens of headsets. So many headsets he could probably open his own headset store. 

The quick List

Here are our picks for the best Xbox headsets you can buy in 2024, with links to detailed reasoning below.

The best headsets for Xbox in 2024

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These are our top picks for every major category and user scenario. Whether you're going for something wireless, something wired, or the best overall bang for your buck. For this section, we've focused on those three main categories, looking at the headsets that go all the way up to a premium price point (while still making sense), as well as our top headsets for practically anybody and everybody. 

Right now, I'm dropping our top accolade on the new Turtle Beach Stealth Pro, for its incredible audio, impressive feature slate, and solid price point. 

The best overall Xbox headset

Turtle Beach Stealth Pro review: High angle shot.Windows Central Best Award

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The best overall Xbox headset

Specifications

Frequency Response (Hz): 10 to 22,000
Speaker size: 50mm
Connectivity: Wireless via USB dock (PC, Xbox), Bluetooth
Features: Simultaneous 2.4Ghz & 5.1 Bluetooth, variable mic monitoring, 15m range
Battery life: 12+ hours with hot-swappable batter backup

Reasons to buy

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Incredible sound quality. 
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Premium feel with high-grade comfort and dense construction. 
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Weighty radio transmitter that incorporates a backup swappable battery.
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Intuitive on-ear controls.
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Interference-free Bluetooth and Xbox wireless audio mixing. 

Reasons to avoid

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Not the cheapest headset out there. 

It's very, very rare that I give 5-star marks to a headset, but the Turtle Beach Stealth Pro more than earned its pay grade here. It's simply that good. 

In 2024, the headset market has become a bit anaemic and dull for the most part. The boom during the pandemic years seemed to have waned a bit, with most manufacturers happy to release modest updates to existing headsets without gunning for large revisions or innovations. Turtle Beach hasn't really had a "premium" grade wireless Xbox headset for some time. The Turtle Beach Elite 800 of yesteryear was one of my favorite headsets of its time ... until you wanted to use the microphone that is. Sadly, the internal mics on that things completely scuppered the proposition. Turtle Beach is back in 2024 to the high-end market though, and thankfully, this time around they've totally nailed it. 

In my Turtle Beach Stealth Pro review, I described how this headset attempts to do a lot, which is often a recipe for disaster. Sometimes in these scenarios, we find that key features have not been given the attention they need, with products that try to do too much. Thankfully, this isn't the case here. 

The Turtle Beach Stealth Pro follows a recent tradition of higher-end headsets to include Bluetooth, so you can mix sound from a second mobile source with Xbox gameplay. This is great for content creators since sometimes you need to use multiple sound sources for streaming etc, but also just general users if their friends are on other platforms. Usually, this kind of feature is susceptible to interference owing to the proximity of the Xbox wireless radios to the Bluetooth radios. The Stealth Pro is the first headset I've used in my extremely radio-congested office that offers a solid signal across both sound sources over long periods of time. 

The construction is also impeccable. I really love the similar Arctis Nova Pro (which is another headset I use as my primary when visiting my parents' place), but the Turtle Beach Stealth Pro is more generous with its size range, which is better for people with a large head like me. The over-ear cups are also bigger, roomier, and offer what I'd consider to be a broader sound stage. The audio quality is just luscious too, and something I've always been a fan of Turtle Beach for. Their tactical tuning is just great for games like Overwatch 2 and Call of Duty, accentuating sound ranges that give away enemy positions and the like. You can also turn it off for a more cinematic, bassy sound, which makes movies, music, and single-player games really shine. 

I can't tell you enough how much I love this headset, frankly. I wish it had an Astro A50-like charge dock or a SPDIF optical audio-in port on the transmitter, but that would doubtlessly push the price up by another $50 dollars or so. This is a truly great headset, certainly one of the best Xbox headsets of all time. I unreservedly recommend the Turtle Beach Stealth Pro to anyone who wants to up their Xbox headset game. 

Best mid-range wireless Xbox headset

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LucidSound LS35X (Image credit: Jez Corden | Windows Central)
Best affordable wireless Xbox headset

Specifications

Frequency Response (Hz): 20 to 20,000
Speaker size: 50mm
Connectivity: Xbox Wireless or 3.5mm cable
Features: Mic monitoring, on-ear controls, detachable mic, included carry case
Battery life: 15 hours

Reasons to buy

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Direct-to-Xbox Wireless
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Supreme comfort
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Great soundscape
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Excellent mic

Reasons to avoid

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Wirelessness on PC requires a separate Xbox Wireless dongle
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Volume dials aren't the best quality

A few years from launch, the LucidSound LS35X is still one of my go-to recommendations for the vast majority of Xbox gamers due to its comfort, price, general quality, and ease of use. In 2024, the LucidSound LS35X has seen some truly insane deals, often dropping below $100. At that price, it blows away the competition, but at its RRP it's still one of my favorite picks for an entry-level "actually good" Xbox headset, without hitting the $300+ range from companies like Turtle Beach, Astro, and so on.

The LucidSound LS35X is a direct-to-Xbox wireless headset, meaning it connects straight to your console without any intermediary USB dongle or anything like that. It's charged via an included USB cable, and sports a generous battery life of up to 15 hours. 

The headset itself is well-constructed for the most part, with metal-reinforced connectors, and hinges, with a wide degree of adjustability. I have received reports of wear and tear over time, though, so perhaps it's ideal to be careful with this headset and avoid giving it to youngsters if you do decide to jump in. 

As for me, my only real criticism of this product is the volume dials, which aren't the most intuitively designed inputs ever made since they behave more like buttons than dials, but once you get used to them they at the very least do the job. The only other downside is that the headset requires a PC to update its firmware, but if you grab the latest version of the product from Amazon, you shouldn't need to worry about that. 

The headset boasts tremendous bass reproduction and a balanced profile that is immersive for gaming and provides good spatial and tactical awareness in competitive shooters. The frequency response is pretty standard, but at this price point, it remains impressive. Where this headset punches above its weight is the microphone, which beats out competitors quite soundly in this price bracket. I would argue that the mic on the LS35X often beats far more expensive headsets too, ensuring that your teammates can hear you clearly. The headset also sports mic-monitoring, so you can hear yourself speak while talking. You can also detach the mic if you're not into the more social aspects of gaming. 

My favorite aspect of the headset is arguably its comfort and ergonomics. The generous cushioning is lined with coolant gel which feels incredibly pleasant on warm ears, and the fine fabric veneer also feels airy and light even through long gaming sessions. 

This headset strikes the perfect balance between price and quality. It avoids the pitfalls of some of the slightly cheaper headsets in this range, and sticks to the basics to avoid higher price points some competitors are offering. For the vast majority of Xbox gamers, this remains my go-to recommendation. 

The best on a budget headset for Xbox

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HyperX CloudX (Image credit: Windows Central)
The best on a budget

Specifications

Frequency Response (Hz): 15 to 25,000
Speaker size: 53 mm
Connectivity: 3.5mm cable
Features: Detachable mic, in-line controls

Reasons to buy

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Tremendous sound on a low price
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Top-grade materials and construction
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Strong braided cable
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Airy earcups with lightweight comfort

Reasons to avoid

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No-frills when it comes to features
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Interference can occur if your Xbox controller is plugged in

The HyperX CloudX remains my go-to pick for those who don't necessarily need a headset with all the bells and whistles. This headset is the very definition of basic, but it delivers above and beyond in the most important departments, which is why it's still my preferred best budget Xbox headset for most people. 

The HyperX CloudX has a very broad frequency response and a cavernous soundscape which works great with platforms like Dolby Atmos and Windows Sonic on Xbox consoles. I really enjoy the warm cinematic sound the HyperX CloudX offers, despite the general lack of onboard EQ options and the like. It punches well above its weight in my view given its price, which during sales can often go below $40. 

The CloudX also lives up to its namesake, with a cloud-like fit and weight making it one of the most pleasant headsets to wear on the market. There's a reason this headset has only received minimal changes since its introduction over five years ago — if it ain't broke, don't fix it. 

Leatherette cups and headband, a detachable boom-style microphone, in-line audio controls, a high-quality braided cable, with audio and ergonomics that feel like they belong on a far more expensive product — this is the ideal entry-level gaming headset for Xbox users. 

The most premium high-end headset for Xbox

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SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro  (Image credit: Jez Corden | Windows Central)
This is the absolute best-of-the-best for Xbox gaming

Specifications

Frequency Response (Hz): 10 to 22,000
Speaker size: 40 mm
Connectivity: Wireless receiver, Bluetooth, 3.5mm
Features: Mic monitoring, on-ear controls, retractable mic, multi-connection receiver
Battery life: Up to 22 hours per swappable battery

Reasons to buy

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Supreme sound quality
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Top-grade materials and comfort
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Revolutionary multi-platform receiver
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Simultaneous sound from two sources
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Hot-swap batteries for essentially infinite battery life
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Active noise cancelling

Reasons to avoid

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The microphone isn't the best
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Headset software could be better
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Very expensive

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro is arguably the best-of-the-best Xbox and PC gaming headset right now, but it's not cheap. The $350 package however goes above and beyond many of its competitors, offering unique features that, if you need, no other headset is able to provide right now. 

I've been using this as my main headset for several months now, and can safely say it's still as good as the day I acquired it. The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro is unique in various ways. First and foremost is simultaneous connectivity. For those who have multiple consoles or gaming platforms in one place, this is the absolute best headset to get owing to its ability to incorporate Xbox, PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and Bluetooth sources all at once into a single receiver. The Nova Pro receiver has multiple USB ports that can integrate multiple devices into a single sound feed, which is great for multi-platform gamers and content creators. The receiver is also incredibly well designed, with an attractive pixel-style display and an intuitive dial-button design. It's easy to switch from Xbox to PC and back again, while also being able to hook up Bluetooth devices as well. Finally, the receiver even has a dock with a spare battery, meaning you can be sure to always have a battery charged up and ready to go at a moment's notice. 

The headset is incredibly light too, given how powerful it is, and even has on-board active noise canceling for good measure, making it one of the few Xbox gaming headsets to support ANC. 

Where this headset really shines is the overall sound. I had to tweak it a bit to get it into a place I liked it, but the software gives you a large degree of control over the EQ experience and even has some presets for specific games. You can tune the headset very easily between a more immersive and realistic cinematic experience to something more tactical, with a good soundscape and solid sound reproduction. You can get even finer quality sound by connecting it to the receiver using the included 3.5mm cable too if you want to get really serious about your sound experience. The software experience could be a little better, and the microphone audio is a disappointment for a headset that costs as much as this, but it more than does the job. 

The headset is also very comfortable with leatherette-style cups, with a lightweight design. It's also very attractive in my view, with metal accents and a subtle profile. You can even swap out the speaker plates for custom designs on SteelSeries' website. The microphone is fully retractable in the cup housing, meaning you can use this headset while out and about as well, making it just a great all-round headset for gaming, lifestyle use, and music. 

But yes, it isn't cheap. This is the headset for the Xbox gamer who wants a true jack-of-all-trades type all-in-one package deal. 

More of the best wireless headsets

While the above are my absolute top picks in the major categories, they might not be the best for you personally. As such, I'm rounding up some additional picks across both wired and wireless paradigms, starting here with cable-free wireless options. 

Wireless headsets generally come in multiple forms. You can either get a proprietary headset that uses its own 2.4 GHz signal, either via some sort of USB dock or USB dongle. With Xbox, you can also get "Xbox Wireless" headsets, that connect directly to your Xbox console in much the same way as your Xbox controllers do. Some of these headsets come with added benefits like Bluetooth interconnectivity, allowing you to connect your headset to your Xbox using Xbox Wireless, and a second device simultaneously like a PC or phone using Bluetooth. 

The best wireless headsets can be very pricey, though, owing to the quality of materials needed to get decent battery life, construction, onboard software, and other similar things. Cheaper wireless headsets are available, but they often make rather broad compromises as a result. Most wireless headsets tend to start at $99, although they can dip lower during sales like Amazon Prime Day or Black Friday. 

The best audiophile headset for Xbox

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The Audeze Maxwell is one of the best premium wireless headsets for Xbox and PC, mostly because of its peerless audio fidelity. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)
The best-sounding wireless gaming headset in the world

Specifications

Frequency Response (Hz): 10Hz to 50,000Hz
Speaker size: 90mm planar magnetic
Connectivity: Ultra low-latency 2.4GHz wireless via USB Type-C dongle, Bluetooth 5.3 LE, hi-fi wired via USB Type-C, wired via 3.5mm audio jack
Features: Built-in Dolby Atmos license, onboard headset controls, Audeze HQ mobile & PC app, multidevice connectivity, detachable mic, mic monitoring
Battery life: Up to 80 hours

Reasons to buy

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Phenomenal audio fidelity with impeccable clarity and a fantastically wide soundstage
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Flawless wireless performance across multiple platforms
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Surprisingly comfortable given the headset's weight
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Consistently long-lasting battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Awkward headset controls and no way to manually switch wireless modes
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Very heavy

Audeze has a pedigree for delivering audiophile-grade equipment with peerless audio fidelity, and lately has been most known for its planar magnetic headphones. These premium, high-end headphones use unique drivers that are clearer, more detailed, and more responsive than those found in most headphones — at the cost of weight and cost. The Audeze Maxwell is the company's latest attempt at bringing that audio legacy to gamers in a modern, wireless package.

I (Zachary Boddy), have reviewed quite a few gaming headsets across a wide variety of price ranges, and not a single headset has even approached the level of audio quality the Maxwell delivers. If you care about sound quality above all else, the Audeze Maxwell is almost certainly the best-sounding gaming headset in the entire world, whether you're gaming, watching movies, listening to music, or even just talking on the phone. In my Audeze Maxwell review, I couldn't stop gushing over just how amazing this headset sounds.

This is a very expensive headset, though, retailing for $329 for the Xbox-specific version (which includes a Dolby Atmos license for enhanced surround sound). For that price, you're getting a full-featured wireless headset with ultra low-latency 2.4GHz for Xbox and Windows PC connectivity, and Bluetooth 5.3 for hi-fi connectivity to all other devices. Wireless performance is genuinely flawless with no signs of interference, drop-outs, or latency, and you still have the option to fall back to high-res USB Type-C wired audio or the tried-and-true 3.5mm audio jack.

Elsewhere, build quality is exceptional, resulting in a headset that feels long-lasting and shockingly comfortable. I say shocking, because the Audeze Maxwell is heavy, one of its only major cons. Planar magnetic drivers weigh more than traditional drivers, so the Maxwell weighs more than other headsets. If you're sensitive to a heavy headset, the Maxwell may not be for you; that being said, Audeze clearly did everything it could to make the Maxwell as comfortable as possible.

Battery life is among the longest-lasting of any headset I've ever tested (up to 80 hours of solid usage), too. The mic quality almost approaches the level of the speakers, high praise that most other gaming headsets could never hope of earning. With brilliant spatial surround sound performance, a decent mobile app for customization, multi-device connectivity, and that aforementioned best-in-class audio fidelity, it seems like the Audeze Maxwell is the perfect gaming headset. Well, almost. Its onboard headset controls are admittedly awkward and strangely outdated, and there's no way to manually switch wireless modes if you just want to consume media via Bluetooth while your Xbox or PC is on. The Maxwell falls just short of perfection because of this, but it still gets awfully close.

The most convenient wireless headset for Xbox

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Astro A50 (Image credit: Windows Central)
Perhaps the most convenient wireless headset out there

Specifications

Frequency Response (Hz): 20 to 20,000
Speaker size: 50 mm
Connectivity: USB (Xbox, PC) and SPDIF optical with wireless dock
Features: Flip-to-mute mic, battery charge station, mic-monitoring, SPDIF optical audio feed option
Battery life: 15 hours

Reasons to buy

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Great sound and comfort
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Super-convenient battery recharge dock keeps your play space tidy
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SPDIF optical lets you mix your sound system with a second USB device
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Top-grade adjustment software that works on Xbox and PC

Reasons to avoid

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Fabric earcups get a bit warm, and leather-style ones are sold separately 
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The overall package is quite pricey

The Astro A50 was my go-to personal Xbox headset for years and years, and has only recently been supplanted by the Arctis Nova Pro which edges it out for me slightly purely due to SteelSeries' inclusion of Bluetooth. Even then, I still go back and forth on which headset I prefer overall, it's very close indeed. 

The Astro A50 is a pure Xbox and PC headset with a convenient wireless charging dock, which houses the headset and charges the batteries when it's not in use. The battery life is generous at 15 hours, and will generally satisfy the vast majority of marathon gamers in most scenarios. The battery however isn't swappable, which means if it ever goes completely flat, you may need a replacement. I've had my Astro A50 for a few years at this point, though, and found that it maintains a charge extremely well. 

The soundscape is also quite good on the A50, although I'm not a fan of their onboard surround solution (which can be disabled thankfully), although many other reviews have praised it, so it might just be my personal preference. The software is also arguably the best on the market, particularly for Xbox, given that it works on your Xbox console without having to connect a separate app or device to get adjustments. Here you can tweak sound profile, mic-monitoring sidetone volume, noise-gate on the mic, and much more. The app is far better than most of Astro's competitors in this space, with a simple and intuitive interface. 

The audio profile on the A50 is balanced and pleasant out of the box, although not what I would call mind-blowing. Using the apps though you can set up dedicated profiles for specific games, which elevates the experience by a large amount. 

The main reason I ended up using this headset for so long above everything else is convenience. As a content streamer, being able to connect a headset to my PC via USB for things like Discord and StreamLabs, and feed in Xbox game sound via the SPDIF cable connected to my TV was an absolute godsend. It saved me from having to put together a more complex solution with audio controllers and the like, and still allowed me to join party chats on Xbox via my PC using the Xbox Game Bar. The charge dock is also great for keeping your playspace nice and tidy, while ensuring your headset never runs out of juice. 

For those who think the multi-receiver, ANC-enabled, Bluetooth-laden Arctis Nova Pro might be overkill for their gaming needs, the Astro A50 is the next-best option. 

The best budget wireless headset for Xbox

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2Windows Central Recommended Award

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 (Image credit: Windows Central)
Best budget wireless option for Xbox audio

Specifications

Frequency Response (Hz): 20 to 20,000
Speaker size: 50 mm
Connectivity: Xbox Wireless
Features: Mic-monitoring, on-ear controls, flip-to-mute mic
Battery life: 15 hours

Reasons to buy

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Unbeatable wireless on a budget
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Good microphone
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Strong bass and treble response
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Extensive battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No 3.5mm audio jack

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 (Gen 2) is arguably the best entry-level wireless headset for Xbox users, with direct-to-Xbox connectivity and a decent array of features. It's not to be confused with the Stealth 600 Gen-2 MAX however, which is a different headset entirely (although, confusingly named). The Gen-2 MAX is a fair bit more expensive owing to its monstrous 48-hour batteries and multi-platform USB dongle. This regular Gen-2 is a pure Xbox wireless headset, and I am recommending it for those who want to ditch the cables without ditching their bank liquidity. 

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 (Gen-2) refines the previous version with improvements across the board. Better materials, slightly improved audio, and refinements to the design make this a great $99 dollar entry point, with a 15-hour battery life for good measure. The main downside I would argue when compared to something more expensive like the LS35X or LS50X is comfort. The Stealth 600 (Gen 2) earcup materials are of a low grade, and the green accents give it a gaudy toy-like appearance that lacks modern appeal. However, if you're not bothered too much about these things, it more than gets the job done. 

The Stealth 600 audio punches well above its weight, with great bass and treble. The headset also has decent software for added configurations, with decent mic-monitoring side-tone atop a flip-to-mute microphone. Turtle Beach's audio profiles tend to skew toward tactical play, emphasizing sound effects that might give you an edge in games like Call of Duty. I can safely say I have gotten kills as a result of Turtle Beach's headsets due to their sound tuning. 

This headset has the best price-to-quality ratio of any wireless Xbox headset out there, and should be the first thing you consider if you don't need Bluetooth, and don't want to break the bank. 

More of the best wired Xbox headsets

Next up, we have our roundup for best wired Xbox headsets. If you don't fancy wireless for whatever reason, whether you just prefer the versatility of 3.5mm across multiple devices like PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and so on, there are other benefits to getting a wired headset. 

In terms of budgetary overheads, a cheaper wired headset can often output superior sound quality than an equivalently priced wireless headset. Some of that budget goes towards radios and batteries in a wireless headset, whereas a wired headset can pour those savings into higher-quality speakers or overall materials and construction. It's not always the case, to be sure, but it often is. 

Naturally, the HyperX CloudX above is our absolute top pick for a wired Xbox headset, but here are some alternative picks for best Xbox wired headset, as of right now! 

The best 3.5mm wired headset for Xbox

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Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 (Image credit: Windows Central)

8. Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2

3.5mm supremacy

Specifications

Frequency Response (Hz): 12 to 20,000
Speaker size: 50 mm
Connectivity: 3.5mm wired
Features: Detachable mic, in-line controls

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous comfort with thick coolant gel earcups 
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Durable build with steel frame
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Cavernous soundscape with rich audio

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly pricy for a wired headset

Turtle Beach's Elite Pro 2 is another headset that I personally used as my primary set for a lengthy amount of time coupled with their TAC audio controller, owing to its supreme comfort, durable design, and truly impeccable soundscape. 

The Elite Pro 2 as a wired headset doesn't sport a huge amount of features that a fully wireless system often does, deferring to 3.5mm connectivity through an Xbox controller as its primary interface with your console. Where it does deliver is big, cavernous sound which works incredibly well coupled with Windows Sonic or Dolby Atmos. The sound profile is cinematic while also giving you tactical spatial awareness, and is one of the few headsets I can definitively attribute additional kills to in games like Battlefield and Call of Duty. The microphone is no slouch either, although you probably won't be creating content on it, it does the job for communication online. 

The headset is also definitively hard-wearing, with steel construction and metal accents. This is one headset that will take a significant amount of punishment, arguably offsetting its higher price point. The on-ear experience is also incredible, with thick fine fabric cups that feel pleasant and smooth against your skin, complete with cooling gel-infused pads that are genuinely heavenly. If I wasn't a big wireless junkie these days, this is most likely what I would be using. 

A great mid-range headset for Xbox

Razer Kaira for Xbox (Image credit: Windows Central)

9. Razer Kaira X

A great mid-range option

Specifications

Frequency Response (Hz): 20 to 20,000
Speaker size: 50 mm
Connectivity: 3.5mm wired
Features: Detachable mic, on-ear controls

Reasons to buy

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Decent construction and comfort
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Impressive microphone
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White and black color options
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Decent audio experience

Reasons to avoid

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Bass reproduction struggles a bit
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Foam earcups aren't the best

The Razer Kaira series is Razer's mid-range headsets designed for Xbox consoles, which come in various shapes and sizes. The Razer Kaira X we've listed here is their wired version, but there's also a Razer Kaira Pro that is wireless and comes with Bluetooth as well for good measure. 

This headset comes in at the same price as my top pick for this price point, the HyperX CloudX up above, which beats this headset for raw sound quality frankly. The Razer Kaira X simply doesn't reproduce bass as well as the HyperX CloudX, although it is quite close. I've recommended this headset primarily because the microphone is a cut above the HyperX CloudX, and if you were someone looking specifically for a white headset to go with your Xbox Series S, this might be a better option for you. 

The Razer Kaira X has on-ear controls as opposed to in-line controls often seen on wired headsets, and sports a braided cable and a detachable cardioid mic that has no business being this good at this price point. 

How to choose the best Xbox headset

The Astro A40 TR + MixAmp is a great set up for content creators, given that you can mix a PC source with a SPDIF optical source (like direct from a TV) and mix the sound devices into a single stream. It's essentially the wired version of the Astro A50, although it's a bit too expensive to recommend generally.  (Image credit: Future)

How to choose the best Xbox headset for you

These are the best Xbox headsets as of 2024, but as we move through the year, other options may become available. Microsoft is rumored to be working on new Xbox headsets as part of a big 2024 push into premium audio, replacing its decent but barely recommendable $99 option from a couple of years ago. Astro also has a new version of the A50 for 2024 we're planning to review and test soon, so keep an eye out for that. 

While writing this guide, I paid careful attention to the fact that not every headset is ideal for every person. There's certainly not a "one-size-fits-all" approach to choosing the best Xbox headset for you, especially when you consider things like features you want (or need), and what your general setup is like.

The two main differences between Xbox headsets in 2024 boil down to wired, and wireless. Although in a way, all Xbox headsets are wireless, since you even connect wired headsets directly up to your wireless controller, generally. The upside of a wired headset is that they're generally cheaper than the wireless counterparts since they don't need batteries or wireless radio transmitters to connect to your console. They use a 3.5mm cable that plugs into the underside of your Xbox controller. 

Wired headsets on Xbox also come with some basic spatial sound for free using your console's Windows Sonic algorithm, and also some basic mic monitoring through Xbox party chat — although on-board solutions tend to be better, they're usually exclusive to more expensive wireless headsets. Indeed, the main downside of a wired headset is that they often sport less features than wireless headsets. In addition, using a wired headset with an Xbox controller that is plugged in and charging also can introduce nasty distortion into your sound mix, and also for those listening to you through party chat on your microphone. Wireless headsets sidestep some of these limitations, but it comes at a price. 

To get good sound from a wireless headset, you often have to pay $100 or more when compared to a wired headset for the privilege, but you most likely will get a boatload of added features as a result. Wireless headsets sometimes come with Bluetooth, so you can mix sound from two different sources into one headset. Using something like the Arctis Nova Pro or the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen-2 MAX, for example, you can feed comms from Discord on a phone or PC, while using the Xbox signal for your game sound. 

Wireless headsets often come with onboard software too for configuring things like equalization, mic-monitoring volume, and even active noise cancellation at the higher end. The downside is of course, the price, but also the fact you often have to keep them charged up. Over very long periods of time (years), lower-quality wireless headsets batteries may completely dry up too, with no way of replacing them easily. Although we are seeing a trend of swappable batteries coming to wireless headsets too. 

My personal favorite Xbox headset right now, which I use as my primary device. The versatility of the Arctis Nova Pro is unmatched, with a hot-swap battery feature and easy multi-platform support, owing to dual USB connections.  (Image credit: Jez Corden | Windows Central)

In our top Xbox headset picks guide, we list out as many features as possible to help you compare, contrast, and choose what's best for your setup. We also list things like frequency response to give you an idea of how broad each soundscape is per headset, although it doesn't tell the full story. Sound reproduction can be a bit subjective to the listener, as things like age, general preferences, and even skull and ear shape can affect how we perceive sound. Headsets that go beyond the standard 20Hz to 20kHz range may offer a richer sound experience as frequencies that dissipate beyond the standard range sound more natural as they slip out of your perception.

That being said, each headset is unique essentially based on a wide variety of factors, so we tend to focus on a general idea of what you'll be getting out of each headset's soundscape. Some headsets prioritize a more realistic and balanced cinematic experience, while others focus on tactical play, emphasizing highs that might give away an enemy position, for example. Some headsets even let you configure this using accompanying apps or software tools, or even onboard switches and features. Turtle Beach's "Super Human Hearing," for example, gives priority to frequencies where sound effects like footsteps or enemy movements may sit. 

As always, you can hit me up on Twitter @JezCorden or in the Windows Central Discord in the website menu above, or in the comments below for any questions or further advice!