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Best Gaming Headsets (2024 Guide)

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A good gaming headset is an essential part of any gamer’s setup. Gaming headsets can increase spatial awareness, make audio cues like footsteps easier to hear, and provide a more immersive experience.

To create our list of the best gaming headsets for 2024, we scoured reviews and specs to narrow down a list of the top candidates for in-house testing. Then, we hand-tested each headset’s audio quality, ergonomics, features, microphone, and more, to help you choose the perfect gaming headset for your setup.

Quick take

We reviewed 2,156 data points across 77 categories for 28 gaming headsets to find a shortlist of the best gaming headsets for 2024. Our research included in-house testing of 11 of the most popular headsets to determine factors like audio quality, ergonomics, features, microphone quality, and more.

Best gaming headsets

Overall pick

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless

  • Loaded with features
  • Includes base station w/ extra battery
  • Premium-quality design and materials
  • ANC housing could cause ear discomfort
SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless
  • Connectivity: Wired, wireless
  • Design: Closed-back
  • Compatibility: PC, Mac, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, Mobile
  • Drivers: 40mm
  • Weight: 337 grams
  • Freq. response: 10-40,000 Hz (wired), 10-22,000 Hz (wireless)
  • Mic: Retractable

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is a top-of-the-line headset for the gamer who isn’t willing to make compromises. The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless feature list, sound quality, comfort, and versatility create a total package that’s difficult for other manufacturers to replicate.

The first thing you’ll notice when holding the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is the exceptional build quality that’s updated from the previous generation Arctis Pro series of headsets. The headband arms glide smoothly when adjusted and there’s no creaking or rattling while swiveling the earcups like you might find in a cheaper headset.

Put the Nova Pro Wireless on and you’ll immediately notice the attention to detail SteelSeries paid to the headset’s ergonomics. SteelSeries’ signature suspension headband design helps distribute all 337 grams across the wearer’s head evenly so you can game for hours on end without feeling head fatigue. The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless also comes with leatherette-wrapped memory foam over-ear cushions that are silky-soft to the touch and help reduce background noise.

The laundry list of features that SteelSeries crammed into the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless separates it from other premium wireless gaming headphones. The headset features innovative tech like active noise cancellation, transparency mode, dual connectivity, chat mixing, surround sound, hot-swappable batteries, and an OLED base station.

Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro Base and Battery
The OLED base station charges the Arctis Nova Pro’s extra battery. Credit: Jory Hollander

The killer features of the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless can be enjoyed on any platform thanks to the headset’s unmatched versatility. The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless can connect via low-latency 2.4 GHz wireless using the OLED base station, Bluetooth v 5.0, and analog 3.5mm wired. The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is also one of the best wireless gaming headsets for Xbox since most wireless headsets don’t function with Xbox consoles.

The Arctis Nova Pro is one of the best wireless gaming headsets for playing competitive games like Call of Duty: Warzone and Fortnite. The headset’s audio profile is neutral and balanced, with precise spatial audio that can greatly enhance your ability to decipher the distance and direction of audio cues. Also, the OLED base station allows you to fine-tune EQ settings and swap between presets on the fly, so you can zero-in your audio experience for each game.

If you’re looking for a top-notch audio experience, cutting-edge features, comfortable ergonomics, and are willing to spend a little extra, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is an excellent choice for gamers.

Wireless pick

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless

  • 300-hour battery life
  • Comfortable fit
  • Excellent spacial audio
  • Not compatible with all platforms
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Design: Closed-back
  • Compatibility: PC, Mac, PS4, PS5, Switch (docked)
  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Weight: 327 grams
  • Freq. response: 15-21,000 Hz
  • Mic: Detachable Boom

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is one of the best wireless gaming headsets thanks to a winning combination of quality, comfort, and ease of use. We strongly recommend the Cloud Alpha Wireless to anyone looking for the convenience of a wireless headset but doesn’t want the bells and whistles that come with the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless (detailed above).

The Cloud Alpha Wireless sets itself apart from other wireless options by offering an industry-leading 300-hour battery life on a single charge. We gamed for months with the Cloud Alpha Wireless while barely making a dent in the battery life, in contrast to most wireless headsets that need to be recharged after just a few gaming sessions.

HyperX nailed the features of the Cloud Alpha Wireless. Unlike most headsets that just beep when powered on, the Cloud Alpha Wireless responds with a clear voice that conveys the headset’s connection status and battery percentage, so you always know how much battery is left. Small touches like a red LED mute indicator on the detachable boom microphone are a godsend for gamers who find themselves muting/unmuting the mic often during Discord calls.

Cloud Alpha Wireless microphone
Cloud Alpha Wireless with LED mute indicator on. Credit: Jory Hollander

Excellent comfort and fit have become a trademark of HyperX headsets and the Cloud Alpha Wireless does not disappoint. A soft leatherette headband distributes the weight of the headset evenly across the head. The arms of the headband adjust with intention and stay put once fixed. The leatherette ear cups fit comfortably over ears, leaving room to spare while also providing a tight seal from background noise.

The simple function of the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless allows the user more time to revel in the headset’s superb sound quality. Dual chamber 50mm drivers provide an immersive audio experience on par with the very best closed-back gaming headphones. The Cloud Alpha Wireless is one of the best gaming headsets for Escape From Tarkov, where hearing the distance and direction of enemy footsteps can be the difference between life and death.

The Cloud Alpha Wireless lacks versatility since it doesn’t feature Bluetooth, wired connectivity, or Xbox compatibility, but it’s still one of the best gaming headsets for PS5 and PC. If you’re looking for a low-latency 2.4 GHz option that succeeds at what a wireless headset should be good at, we can’t recommend the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless enough.

Wired pick

Astro A40 TR

  • Wide, open soundstage
  • Pinpoint directional audio
  • Replaceable parts
  • No onboard controls
Astro A40 TR
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Design: Open-back
  • Compatibility: PC, Mac, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, Mobile
  • Drivers: 40mm
  • Weight: 369 grams
  • Freq. response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Mic: Detachable boom

The Astro A40 TR is one of the most popular gaming headsets among professional Call of Duty players because of its all-day comfort and top-tier audio quality. The A40 Tournament Ready’s open-back design creates a large, open soundstage that enhances players’ ability to visualize their environment.

Astro designed the A40 TR with a unique mostly-plastic frame, which is not the drawback you might expect. The A40’s flexible plastic frame allows the headset to be twisted and manipulated without breaking, and it feels like it can withstand quite a few drops. Also, the major components of the headset, like the headband cushion, ear cushions, microphone, and audio cable, are easily detachable and replaceable, further enhancing the durability of the A40 TR.

Astro A40 TR In The Box
Detachable components included with the A40 TR. Credit: Jory Hollander

The A40 TR provides an adequate amount of comfort thanks to oversized fabric ear cushions that leave enough room for even the largest of ears. The fabric ear cushions are more breathable than leatherette and help to further facilitate the headset’s open soundstage. If you prefer separation from the outside world, Astro sells a conversion kit with leatherette ear cups and special speaker tags that turn the A40 into a closed-back headset.

The real secret to the Astro A40’s popularity among professional gamers is its sound quality and pro-tuned audio mix. The A40 utilizes an open-back design that exposes the neodymium drivers to the outside air. The open-back design creates a spacious soundstage that makes you feel like you’re in the center of the action. It ranked as one of our best gaming headsets for Call of Duty: Warzone and was almost like having an unfair advantage in-game.

The Astro A40 TR is one of the best wired gaming headsets with audio quality ready to compete on the biggest stages. If you’re looking to rank up in 2024, the A40 TR can help you get there.

Studio headset pick

Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X

  • Balanced, high-quality audio
  • Large, immersive sound stage
  • Premium construction
  • No microphone
  • Earcups clamp tighter than most headsets
Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Design: Open-back
  • Compatibility: PC, Mac, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, Mobile
  • Drivers: 45mm
  • Weight: 345 grams
  • Freq. response: 5-40,000 Hz
  • Mic: No

The Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X is a studio headset that’s become popular with gamers seeking an uncompromising audio experience. Beyerdynamic designed the DT 900 Pro X for critical listening applications, which helps the headset excel at detecting minute audio cues in-game.

The DT 900 Pro X uses premium materials and a build quality that exceeds most gaming headsets. The headset’s thick velour ear cushions, soft leatherette headband, and durable plastic exterior are made with the same quality that Beyerdynamic features on much more expensive models. Beyerdynamic even built the two included XLR to 3.5mm detachable audio cables to a higher standard, made with thick rubber that never warps or becomes tangled.

Build quality aside, the DT 900 Pro X makes our list of the best gaming headsets for 2024 because of the incredible audio it produces. The headset uses an open-back design similar to the Astro A40 TR, but the DT 900 Pro X goes a step above with larger 45mm drivers that produce sound across a broad 5-40,000 Hz frequency range. Playing games like Fortnite, the audio mix is crisp and balanced, without the white environmental noise that’s prevalent with many closed-back headsets.

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The DT 900 Pro X utlizes open-back driver coverings. Credit: Jory Hollander

The DT 900 Pro X is one of the best PC gaming headsets, but it’s not as functional for consoles, like Xbox, Playstation, and Switch since it lacks a microphone. Also, there’s no companion software for the DT 900 Pro X, so you will need a mixer or third-party application for EQ tuning.

While the Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X is not as versatile as some of the other options on this list, its incredible sound and build quality still make it a strong contender for the best PC gaming headset of 2024.

Wired alternate

Logitech G Pro X Headset

  • Premium materials/build quality
  • Detachable audio cable
  • Quality detachable boom microphone
  • Earcups clamp tighter than most headsets
Logitech G Pro X Headset
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Design: Closed-back
  • Compatibility: PC, Mac, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, Mobile
  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Weight: 320 grams
  • Freq. response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Mic: Detachable boom

The Logitech G Pro X has made a name for itself as one of the best all-around mid-level headsets you can buy. The G Pro X features a wired design, large 50mm drivers, multi-platform compatibility, and components that are built to last.

Anyone who’s used a HyperX Cloud II will find it obvious where Logitech got its inspiration for the G Pro X. The two headsets utilize an extremely similar design, shape, and specifications. However, the G Pro X edges out the ultra-popular Cloud II thanks to a detachable audio cable that significantly increases the headset’s lifespan and the inclusion of companion software for greater customization options.

The G Pro X was one of the most sturdy headsets we tested, built with solid metal arms and almost no play in the frame. Logitech also includes a set of leatherette and a set of cloth ear cushions, which can be easily swapped depending on your preference. In-line audio cables control the headset’s basic functions; Logitech includes a PC cable and a mobile cable with an in-line microphone.

The Logitech G HUB software adds functionality to the G Pro X with esports audio profiles, EQ tuning, and microphone customization. Speaking of the microphone, the detachable boom mic included with the G Pro X conveys crisp, clear audio that’s great for chatting with friends or teammates.

Logitech G Pro X Headset Mic
Logitech G Pro X with boom mic attached. Credit: Jory Hollander

Overall, the G Pro X has the build and sound quality to compete with much more expensive headsets; it’s a well-rounded peripheral that will tick a lot of boxes for gamers looking to upgrade their audio in 2024.

Best gaming headset test results

Below we compare the specs and test results of the best gaming headsets. Subjective testing categories are rated on a scale of bad, poor, good, great, and excellent.

Audio

ModelDriver Size (mm)Wired Frequency Range (Hz)Wireless Frequency Range (Hz)Nominal Impedance (ohms)MusicDirectional Audio
Arctis Nova Pro Wireless4010-40,00010-22,00038GreatGreat
Cloud Alpha Wireless50N/A15-21,00062GoodGreat
A40 TR4020-20,000n/a48PoorExcellent
DT 900 Pro X455-40,000n/a48ExcellentExcellent
G Pro X5020-20,000n/a35GoodGreat

We rigorously tested the audio performance of each gaming headset by playing a variety of popular game titles and listening to a curated selection of music tracks.

The two open-back design headsets, the Astro A40 TR and Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X, displayed the best directional audio out of the headsets on this list. Both models feature a spacious soundstage and neutral sound mix that enhanced our ability to localize audio cues in-game.

Pro tip

The Astro A40 TR and Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X are two of the best gaming headsets for Fortnite. Check out our best headset for Fortnite guide to see which other models made the cut.

The Astro A40 TR and Beyerdynamic came out on the opposite ends of the spectrum for listening to music. The A40 TR lacks the bass and depth of sound for listening to music, while the DT 900 Pro X completely blew us away while listening to our favorite tracks.

Connectivity

Model3.5mm (wired)USB (wired)Bluetooth (wireless)2.4 GHz (wireless)Dual ConnectivityBattery Life (hrs)
Arctis Nova Pro WirelessYesNoYesYesYes44
Cloud Alpha WirelessNoNoNoYesNo300
A40 TRYesNoNoNoNon/a
DT 900 Pro XYesNoNoNoNon/a
G Pro XYesYesNoNoNon/a

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless was the most compatible headset we tested, with the ability to connect via 3.5mm wired, Bluetooth, and low-latency 2.4 GHz wireless. The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless also offers dual connectivity, so you can connect to multiple devices at once via two out of three of the headset’s connectivity options.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless has by far the best battery life of the group with around 300 hours on a full charge. However, the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless essentially has unlimited battery life, since you can keep one battery charging in the base station while the other is in use.

Hands-On

ModelEase of UseAdjustabilityStabilityBuild QualityComfort
Arctis Nova Pro WirelessPoorExcellentPoorExcellentGreat
Cloud Alpha WirelessExcellentGreatGoodGreatGreat
A40 TRExcellentGreatGoodGreatGreat
DT 900 Pro XExcellentGoodGoodExcellentGood
G Pro XExcellentGoodGreatGreatGood

We spent multiple days wearing each headset to get a sense of their usability and ergonomics.

All four headsets besides the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless scored excellent in the ease of use category since they are all essentially plug-and-play devices. The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless’ many features are controlled with a multitude of onboard button presses and button holds, which in some cases are unintuitive and can take time to master.

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Controls
SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless’ onboard controls. Credit: Jory Hollander

None of the headsets we tested scored perfect comfort marks, and the most comfortable headset for you will likely come down to personal preference. The DT 900 Pro X and G Pro X scored slightly lower in comfort than the rest because they both clamped down tightly on the head. After a couple of days of use, both headset’s metal frames started to stretch out and become more comfortable over time.

Features

ModelActive Noise CancelingTalk-throughChannel MixingRGB LightingHaptic FeedbackIncluded SoftwareCarrying Case/Pouch
Arctis Nova Pro WirelessYesYesYesNoNoYesYes
Cloud Alpha WirelessNoNoNoNoNoYesNo
A40 TRNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
DT 900 Pro XNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
G Pro XNoNoNoNoNoYesYes

Out of the headsets we tested, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless had by far the most impressive list of features. The headset’s ANC mode does a good job blocking background noise, while the talk-through feature makes it easy to have conversations with others in the room while gaming. The Nova Pro’s OLED base station also allows multiple connected devices simultaneously and controls EQ tuning on the fly.

The Logitech G Pro X features Logitech G HUB, which was our favorite software thanks to its intuitive design and multitude of features. G HUB has user-created audio profiles to download so you can have specifically tuned EQ for each game you play, and fun features like voice-changing options go a step above what’s offered by the other manufacturers.

Microphone

ModelDetachable BoomIntegratedIn-lineFlip-upRetractableUnidirectionalOmnidirectionalClarityBackground Noise IsolationFrequency Response (Hz)
Arctis Nova Pro WirelessNoNoNoNoYesNoYesGreatGood100-6,500
Cloud Alpha WirelessYesNoNoNoNoNoYesGreatExcellent50-7,200
A40 TRYesNoNoYesNoYesNoGreatExcellentUnknown
DT 900 Pro XNoNoNoNoNoNoNon/an/an/a
G Pro XYesNoYesNoNoYesNoExcellentGood100-10,000

We tested the quality of each gaming headphone’s mic by recording speech in a quiet and noisy environment. Choosing a gaming headset with a good microphone is essential for clear communication while gaming. Gaming headset microphones come in all shapes and sizes, with different pickup direction patterns and features like software-enhanced noise suppression.

The Logitech G Pro X’s detachable boom microphone sounded the most clear when listening to our speech recording under ideal conditions. However, the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless and Astro A40 TR did the best job at reducing background sounds in our noisy environment test.

Astro A40 TR Mic Closeup
The Astro A40 TR’s microphone can be swapped to either side of the headset. Credit: Jory Hollander

Which brand makes the best gaming headsets?

Here are our picks, informed by research and in-house testing, of the top three brands for gaming headsets:

SteelSeries

SteelSeries produces a wide range of headset models, including some of the best premium options available like the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless. SteelSeries headsets are built with quality materials, their signature suspension headbands are more comfortable than traditional memory foam, and the sound quality of their lineup is top-notch.

HyperX

HyperX is one of the most popular gaming peripheral brands worn by professionals and casuals around the world. HyperX headsets place a heavy emphasis on comfort and audio quality, which has helped make them a cult favorite among gamers.

Astro

Astro gaming headsets offer some of the best sound for competitive gamers. Astro headsets excel in games like Call of Duty and Valorant, where listening for subtle audio cues is key to success. Astro headsets are durable and built with replaceable parts, making them last longer than many competing brands.

Gaming headset buying tips

Let’s take a look at some of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a new gaming headset.

Design

Open-back gaming headsets like the Astro A40 TR allow air to pass freely to the drivers, while closed-back headsets like the Logitech G Pro X have coverings over the drivers. Closed-back headsets are better at isolating game sounds and reducing background noise, while open-back headsets create a more spacious soundstage but are susceptible to background noise.

Materials

Gaming headsets are furnished with a variety of materials, commonly including leather/leatherette, cloth, velour, and synthetic weave, which can greatly affect how the headset performs and feels. Leather/Leatherette is the best option for noise isolation, but can also cause the most amount of heat buildup over time. Cloth, velour, and synthetic weave are more breathable than leatherette and are often preferred by glasses wearers.

Replaceable parts

It’s important to consider long-term durability when choosing a gaming headset. Look for hfeadsets that offer detachable parts like the audio cable, microphone, ear cushions, external padding, and even speaker drivers. This way, if any of those parts fail in the future you can swap it out with a replacement instead of purchasing a new headset.

Connectivity

The most common connectivity options for gaming headsets are wired 3.5mm analog, wired USB, Bluetooth, and 2.4 GHz wireless. Headsets with 3.5mm or USB wired connections have the lowest latency and are usually compatible with most devices. Headsets that connect via 2.4 GHz wireless have low latency, which is good for gaming but also requires a transmitter. Bluetooth connections are handy for connecting to mobile devices, but the high latency of Bluetooth makes it unsuitable for gaming.

Honorable mentions

The HyperX Cloud II is a fantastic all-around gaming headset that’s very comfortable and provides good sound quality, similar to the Logitech G Pro X. The G Pro X edges out the Cloud II by offering a detachable audio cable and more comprehensive companion software.

The Razer Blackshark V2 is one of the best cheap gaming headsets, with ultra-cushy ear cushions and a headband wrapped in breathable synthetic weave fabric. We think the Astro A40 TR bests the Blackshark V2 with better-sounding audio and a more durable design.

The Logitech G435 Lightspeed Wireless is one of the best budget gaming headsets for 2024. It’s lightweight, connects via Bluetooth or 2.4 GHz, and has decent audio for gaming. The G435 Lightspeed Wireless doesn’t match up to the quality and features of a more expensive headset like the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless but is a great low-cost starter option for the entry-level gamer.

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro is a premium wireless headset that offers some unique tech like HyperSense haptic feedback and Razer Chroma RGB customization. Although the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is more expensive than the Kraken V3 Pro, we found the SteelSeries’ features more useful and the sound quality better for competitive gaming.

FAQ

  • What is the most comfortable gaming headset in 2024?

    The most comfortable gaming headset will come down to head shape and personal preference, but our testing found that HyperX consistently makes some of the most comfortable gaming headsets, like the HyperX Cloud Alpha and HyperX Cloud II.

  • Do professional gamers use wireless headsets?

    Most professional gamers compete in tournaments using wired headsets, since they are the most reliable, lowest-latency, and offer the best sound quality. However, you will find many pros using wireless headsets to stream or play games at home due to the convenience of a cord-free setup.

  • Are 2.4 GHz wireless or Bluetooth headsets better for gaming?

    2.4 GHz wireless connections are usually preferred over Bluetooth for gaming. 2.4 GHz provides a lower-latency connection, making the audio better synced with the gameplay.

Methodology

We reviewed 2,156 data points across 77 specs categories for 28 gaming headsets to compare each model and narrow down our shortlist picks. We then purchased and tested our narrowed-down picks in-house, paying particular attention to audio quality, build quality, ergonomics, connectivity, microphone, and features. We combine this analysis with examining the specific gear used by professional players and streamers tracked on Setup.gg.

This way, you get the picks we think are best and the selections that the best gamers use to secure a competitive advantage.

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Jory Hollander

I'm a Southern California native with over 25 years of experience gaming on PC and console. I love writing about gaming peripherals, esports, and a variety of FPS games. AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D | MSI Ventus 3X OC GeForce RTX 4080 Super | Teamgroup T-Force Delta RGB 32 GB DDR5-6000 CL30 | Gigabyte B650 Aorus Elite | WD Black SN850X 1TB | Thermaltake Toughpower GF A3 850 W 80+ Gold | ID-Cooling Frostflow 240X | Montech AIR 903 MAX