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Best Headset for Warzone (2024 Guide)

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In Battle Royale games like Warzone, threats can come from any angle. Professional Warzone players know that a good gaming headset is vital to maintain spatial awareness and enhance hearing for important audio cues like footsteps.

To find the best headset for Warzone, we scoured reviews and specs of gaming headsets to narrow down a list for in-house testing. We then hand-test each headset’s audio quality, ergonomics, features, microphone, and more, to help you find the best headset for Warzone.

Warzone Headsets In-House Testing
From left to right: G Pro X, Kraken V3 Pro, Cloud Stinger 2, Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, A40 TR, DT 900 Pro X, G435. Credit: Jory Hollander

Best headset for Warzone

Quick take

We reviewed 2,156 data points across 77 categories for 28 gaming headsets to find a shortlist of the best headsets for Warzone. We then tested 11 of the top models in-house to determine their audio quality, ergonomics, features, microphone quality, and more.

Top overall

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 the final boss of gaming headsets. SteelSeries loaded the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless with features, furnished it with premium materials, and made it versatile for all platforms. No matter your experience level or what headset you owned before, the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless was created to level up your game.

Comfort in the Arctis Nova Pro starts at the contact points crafted with SteelSeries’ signature ergonomic design. The Nova Pro’s suspension headband distributes weight evenly across the head, making the headset feel much lighter than the advertised 337 grams. The thick memory foam ear cups wrapped in soft vegan leather seal comfortably around the ear, providing passive isolation from background noise.

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Mic Closeup
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless’ microphone retracts into the headset. Credit: Jory Hollander

The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless has just about every feature you’d want in a premium gaming headset. Tap the power button once to enable active noise canceling and shield yourself from distractions. Conversely, you can double-tap the power button to activate transparency mode, which amplifies outside sounds, so you don’t have to remove the headset when holding a conversation.

The features of the Nova Pro Wireless continue into the included base station, which acts as a 2.4 GHz transmitter and allows quick-swapping between two devices like a console and PC. The base station also controls handy features like chat mixing and EQ tuning, and its Infinity Power System charges the Nova Pro Wireless’ extra battery, so you always have a full charge on standby.

Thanks to its phenomenal versatility, the Nova Pro Wireless’ premium design and features can be enjoyed with any device. The headset connects via Bluetooth v 5.0, low-latency 2.4 GHz, or 3.5mm audio cable. The model we tested has an Xbox-specific USB port on the base station, making it one of the few wireless gaming headsets compatible with Microsoft consoles.

During our Warzone testing, the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless displayed precise spatial audio and a balanced, neutral sound profile. Warzone doesn’t have the most friendly audio design; explosions and vehicle sounds can be harsh and grating on the ears. However, the Nova Pro did well enhancing quiet audio cues like footsteps and reducing loud noises like vehicle sounds.

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless checks many boxes, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find another headset with the same features, ergonomics, and audio. For those willing to spend a little more money, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless could be your end-game headset.

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 (tournament ready) is a legendary headset within the Call of Duty community. With so many similar headsets on the market, why do Warzone pros and content creators swear by A40 TR? The secret is the A40’s sound, which is perfectly balanced for Call of Duty, and makes it feel like you’re wearing a cheat code on your head.

Two core components of the Astro A40 make it incredible for playing Call of Duty; the headset’s design and audio tuning. The A40 TR uses an open-back design, which simulates a larger soundstage than closed-back headsets. A large soundstage makes game audio feel like it’s happening around you instead of inside your head. The open-back design’s enhanced sound stage makes it easy to pinpoint the direction and distance of audio cues like footsteps.

The A40 TR also has ideally tuned audio for Call of Duty. The loud game sounds like gunshots and explosions are dampened, while footsteps feel isolated and enhanced. This is in stark contrast to some other headsets we tested, where the volume of gunshots and explosions overwhelmed our ears and often drowned out more critical audio cues.

Astro A40 TR Mic Closeup
The Astro A40 TR features a removable boom microphone. Credit: Jory Hollander

The A40 TR was built to take a beating. The headset features easily replaceable components like the audio cable, microphone, ear cushions, and headset cushion. The A40 also has a pliable mostly-plastic construction, which can be twisted and manipulated without fear of breaking.

I hardly noticed the A40 TR on my head, thanks to its spacious cloth ear cups that leave ample room around the ears. Some headsets can feel suffocating after prolonged use, but I never felt like my ears were gasping for air while wearing the Astro A40s.

If you’re looking for a headset to earn more Warzone wins, look no further than the Astro A40 TR. The A40’s audio quality, durability, and comfort make it ideal for sending other players back to the lobby.

Wireless pick

Razer Kraken V3 Pro

  • Built with high-quality materials
  • Plush ear cushions & headband
  • Long-lasting battery
  • No Bluetooth connectivity
  • Annoying low-battery alert
Razer Kraken V3 Pro
  • Connectivity: Wired, wireless
  • Design: Closed-back
  • Compatibility: PC, Mac, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, Mobile
  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Weight: 372 grams
  • Freq. response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Mic: Detachable Boom

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro is a wireless headset with haptic feedback technology promising deeper immersion for gaming. While we aren’t convinced about the haptic feedback, Razer nailed many aspects of the Kraken V3 Pro that make it an outstanding Warzone headset.

Razer went all-out with cushioning on the Kraken. The headband, wrapped in leatherette, uses memory foam thicker than any other headset we tested. Since the Kraken V3 Pro is heavy, the lavish memory foam is necessary to soften the headset’s impact during extended use.

The Kraken’s ear cushions catch the eye with ultra-thick memory foam upholstered in leatherette and hybrid fabric on the face. Coming from someone who considers himself picky about ear cups, the Kraken’s felt like pillowy clouds, and the hybrid fabric material helped reduce the heat buildup that commonly occurs with wireless headsets.

Playing Warzone with the Kraken V3 Pro puts you right in the middle of the action– the headset’s titanium-coated 50mm drivers create an ample soundstage for detecting directional audio. The Kraken’s default sound leans towards being bass-heavy, which will appeal to players looking for a more punchy and immersive audio experience.

A button on the right ear cup enables HyperSense haptic feedback, a unique feature synchronizing vibrations with the headset audio. Hypersense has three modes of intensity to adjust vibration strength and frequency. The haptic feedback does perform as advertised and can increase immersion, but we found that it detracts from spatial audio while playing Warzone. Since HyperSense hindered our ability to determine the distance and directions of audio cues, we recommend disabling it to play competitively online.

The Kraken V3 Pro can be used wirelessly with most devices except for mobile and Xbox, where the included 3.5mm cable is required. The headset lasts an impressive 44 hours on a full charge, but that number goes down to 11 with haptics and the RGB lights enabled. Unlike most wireless headsets, it can be used while charging with HyperSense disabled.

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro is a good all-around gaming headset that will appeal to Call of Duty players looking for a comfortable wireless option. The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is a compelling alternative to the Kraken V3 Pro, with fewer features, no Xbox compatibility, and a much longer-lasting battery life.

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 premium-quality studio headset designed for critical listening applications. Although the DT 900 Pro X wasn’t made specifically for gaming, its transparent open-back design and wide-ranging frequency response make it a top choice for Call of Duty players who want to hear footsteps better in Warzone.

The build quality of the DT 900 Pro X goes above and beyond what you’ll find on most gaming headsets. Sturdy metal arms attached to the earcups span the length of the headband, and gentle velour fabric covers thick memory foam ear cushions. Beyerdynamic did not cut any corners when they built this headset.

Even the detachable audio cables feel more premium than what you’d find in similarly priced gaming headsets. The 1.8 and 3m XLR to 3.5mm audio cables included with the DT 900 Pro X are thick enough to not bend out of shape and always neatly coil back up for storage.

Playing Warzone with the DT 900 Pro X, I was struck by the quality and clarity of the headset’s audio. The open-back design creates a transparent soundstage that immerses you in the action, making me feel like I had a heightened awareness while playing the game. The DT 900 Pro X doesn’t include companion software or EQ tuning, but the audio mix was still incredible for Warzone.

The DT 900 Pro X becomes an even better value if you’re someone who splits their time between gaming and listening to music. There aren’t many gaming headsets that can replicate the DT 900 Pro X’s audio fidelity and depth of sound when jamming to tunes.

The Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X was made for audiophiles who crave uncompromising build quality and sound. While it isn’t the cheapest headset on this list, we think the DT 900 Pro X is an insane value if you consider it can be your go-to listening device for gaming AND music.

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 is a professional-grade wired headset with a neutral sound profile that’s excellent for esports and gaming. Even though the G Pro X is a medium-priced wired headset, it has the build quality and sound to compete with more expensive options.

The quality of the G Pro X is immediately noticeable when you remove the headset from the box. The G Pro X is heavier than many wired headsets due to the premium metal and leatherette construction. Even the plastic components of the G Pro X are first-rate and soft to the touch.

Esports professionals value the durability of gaming peripherals. Streamers with thousands of viewers, and pros with the tournament on the line, can’t risk equipment failure. Durability is one of the reasons the G Pro X is so popular among pros. The G Pro’s metal headband frame can safely twist in any direction, and the boom mic and audio cable are detachable for quick replacement.

The G Pro X’s audio is geared towards esports, with an emphasis on sound clarity over heavy bass. Reducing the volume of bass-heavy sounds is especially useful for Warzone because it helps other more important audio cues, like footsteps, shine through in the audio mix. The free Logitech G HUB software includes EQ tuning, among other features, which makes it easy to find the perfect audio mix for Warzone.

Logitech G Pro X Extra Ear Cushions
The Logitech G Pro X includes leatherette and velour ear cushions. Credit: Jory Hollander

Unfortunately, the G Pro X has a couple design elements that make it less comfortable than some competitors. The G Pro X’s ear cups clamp down tight, which could be uncomfortable for those with larger heads. I reduced the pressure by swapping the leatherette ear pads for the extra cloth set in the box. The leatherette headband also fell short in the ergonomics department and could have used more padding to compensate for the headset’s weight.

The G Pro X includes two detachable 3.5mm audio cables, one for console/PC and one for mobile. The console/PC cable is intended to be used with the boom microphone and features an in-line volume wheel and mute function. The mobile cable features a play/pause button and an in-line microphone, so you can ditch the boom mic to take phone calls on the go.

The Logitech G Pro X is a reliable, well-built esports headset with satisfactory audio for Warzone. Check out the HyperX Cloud II for a similarly-designed wired headset with a more comfortable fit.

Budget wired pick

HyperX Cloud Stinger 2

  • Large 50mm drivers
  • Good spacial audio
  • Lightweight
  • Durability
  • 3.5mm cable is non-detachable
HyperX Cloud Stinger 2
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Design: Closed-back
  • Compatibility: PC, Mac, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, Mobile
  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Weight: 10-28,000 Hz
  • Freq. response: 10-28,000 Hz
  • Mic: Flip-up

The Cloud Stinger 2 is a budget beast from HyperX that refines the fundamentals of the ultra-popular Cloud Stinger headset. After playing Warzone with the Cloud Stinger 2, we were pleasantly surprised by its capability compared to more expensive gaming headsets.

Let’s start with the good. The Cloud Stinger 2 features exceptional gaming audio for the price, with a neutral sound profile and clear directional audio. The large 50mm drivers and wide 10-28,000 Hz frequency range are better than what you’ll find on most budget gaming headsets.

The Cloud Stinger 2 also boasts sufficient ergonomics for long gaming sessions grinding wins in Warzone. The headset is lightweight at only 272 grams, and the earcups create a secure seal around my ears with ample room to spare.

I liked the ergonomics of the flip-to-mute boom microphone on the Stinger 2. HyperX made the mic bendable in any direction, which makes it easy to find the perfect distance from your mouth. When not in use, the mic flips up out of sight, and there’s an audible click when the mic is raised into the mute position.

Voice clarity with the Cloud Stinger 2’s mic is satisfactory, but we did notice a good amount of background noise during our testing. This shouldn’t be a problem for everyday gaming applications. Still, you may consider upgrading to a more expensive model, like the HyperX Cloud II, if microphone quality is a high priority.

The budget nature of the Cloud Stinger 2 becomes more apparent after a close inspection of the headset’s construction. The frame of the Stinger 2 is mainly made of plastic, and it isn’t as flexible or durable as the plastic on the Astro A40 TR. The attached 3.5mm audio cable is also a concern since the Cloud Stinger 2 becomes worthless if the cable breaks.

The HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 should be considered by anyone looking for a no-frills budget headset with a strong focus on quality audio. If you’re looking for a wireless budget gaming headset for a similar price, check out the Logitech G435 Lightspeed Wireless below.

Budget wireless pick

Logitech G435

  • Lightweight
  • Lightspeed wireless and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Comfortable fit
  • Economical build quality
  • Not compatible with Logitech G-Hub
Logitech G435
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Design: Closed-back
  • Compatibility: PC, Mac, PS4, PS5, Switch, Mobile
  • Drivers: 40mm
  • Weight: 165 grams
  • Freq. response: 10-20,000 Hz
  • Mic: Integrated

Wireless gaming usually comes at a premium, so when we found the Logitech G435 Lightspeed Wireless sold for an ultra-budget price on Amazon.com, we were intrigued to see how it compared to other budget headsets.

The first thing you’ll notice about the G435 is that it’s exceptionally lightweight compared to other gaming headsets. At only 165 grams, it’s half the weight of other headsets on this list. The G435’s lightweight construction greatly enhances its comfort for prolonged use, and I never felt head fatigue while using this headset.

Logitech saved weight by only including the essentials when they designed the G435. The headband is made of two thin pieces of plastic covered by stretchy fabric. It’s a far cry from the thick memory foam headbands that most headsets include, but the G435 is so light that the headband doesn’t require thick cushioning to be comfortable.

Logitech nailed the G435’s ear cups. The ear pads are covered in a breathable synthetic weave that I prefer over most leatherettes. Weave/fabric ear pads are less noise-isolating than leatherette and allow for extended gaming without heat and pressure buildup.

The G435 performed admirably for a wireless headset in its price range when testing for Warzone audio quality. I could hear the distance and direction of footsteps without a problem, even if the audio quality was less sharp than some of the more expensive options on this list.

Logitech G435 Mic Closeup
The Logitech G435 features a low-profile integrated microphone. Credit: Jory Hollander

The G435 foregoes the boom microphone found on most gaming headsets in favor of a low-profile integrated mic. The mic had no problem picking up my voice, even in a loud environment, and the integrated design creates a more compact look and enhances portability.

The Logitech G435 Lightspeed Wireless is a great entry-level option for the novice gamer or someone looking for an inexpensive backup wireless headset. The G435 won’t blow you away with its audio or build quality, but it still meets or exceeds expectations for the price.

Warzone headset test results

Below is data compiled for the best Warzone headsets to help compare the most important specs and features. Subjective categories are rated on a scale of excellent, great, good, poor, and bad.

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
A40 TR4020-20,000n/a48PoorExcellent
Kraken V3 Pro5020-20,00020-20,00032GreatGreat
DT 900 Pro X455-40,000n/a48ExcellentExcellent
G Pro X5020-20,000n/a35GoodGreat
Cloud Stinger 25010-28,000n/a32GoodGreat
G43540n/a20-20,00045GoodGood

We tested headset audio quality in-house by playing Warzone and listening to music.

The Astro A40 TR and Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X displayed excellent directional audio for Warzone. Both headsets use an open-back design, which helps create a large, natural soundstage that enhances spatial awareness.

Pro tip

Make sure you use the best audio settings for Warzone to hear footsteps better and win more games in Al Mazrah.

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless was the best-sounding wireless headset we tested, with slightly better directional audio than the Razer Kraken V3 Pro. In the budget category, the HyperX Cloud II sounded terrific for the price, and we were impressed to see 50mm drivers and a more comprehensive frequency range than some of the more expensive headsets.

The Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X was the clear winner for listening to music– we were blown away by the quality and clarity of audio it produced. If you want a headset that nails gaming AND music, we highly recommend looking at the DT 900 Pro X.

Connectivity

Model3.5mm (wired)USB (wired)Bluetooth (wireless)2.4 GHz (wireless)Dual ConnectivityBattery Life (hrs)
Arctis Nova Pro WirelessYesNoYesYesYes44
A40 TRYesNoNoNoNon/a
Kraken V3 ProYesNoNoYesNo44
DT 900 Pro XYesNoNoNoNon/a
G Pro XYesYesNoNoNon/a
Cloud Stinger 2YesNoNoNoNon/a
G435NoNoYesYesNo18

The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is the most compatible headset since it can connect via 3.5mm wired, Bluetooth, and 2.4 GHz wireless. The Arctis Nova Pro’s base station connects up to two devices simultaneously to quickly switch between a console and a PC.

The Kraken V3 Pro’s battery lasts 44 hours on a single charge with HyperSense and the RGB lights disabled. Theoretically, the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless has unlimited battery life. The Nova Pro’s base station charges the headset’s extra battery, and you can quickly swap batteries within 8-seconds without losing power to the headset.

The Logitech G Pro X is compatible with most devices via a 3.5mm or USB connection. However, certain features like surround sound and EQ tuning are only available with the USB sound card plugged in.

Hands-On

ModelEase of UseAdjustabilityStabilityBuild QualityComfort
Arctis Nova Pro WirelessPoorExcellentPoorExcellentGreat
A40 TRExcellentGreatGoodGreatGreat
Kraken V3 ProGoodGoodGoodExcellentExcellent
DT 900 Pro XExcellentGoodGoodExcellentGood
G Pro XExcellentGoodGreatGreatPoor
Cloud Stinger 2ExcellentGreatPoorPoorPoor
G435GoodGoodGreatPoorGood

The Astro A40 TR, DT 900 Pro X, G Pro X, and Cloud Stinger 2 scored excellent for ease of use since they are all plug-and-play wired headsets. The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless scored poorly in ease of use, but only because it requires a careful read-through of the instruction manual to grasp the laundry list of features included with the headset.

All headsets we tested have adjustable-length arms and some up/down ear cup swivel. The A40 TR and Cloud Stinger 2 scored great in adjustability due to their flat-folding earcups, and the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless scored the highest mark in adjustability since it folds flat and features an adjustable-length suspension headband.

The build quality rating considers the materials used and the overall durability of each headset. The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, Kraken V3 Pro, and DT 900 Pro X scored the best in build quality because all three headsets feature a durable mix of premium metals and quality plastics.

The comfort of each headset will vary by user, but the Kraken V3 Pro is the most comfortable for daily use, thanks to its ultra-thick memory foam headband and ear cups. The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless could have scored an excellent comfort rating, but a protruding plastic part of the ANC system in the ear cup can cause discomfort and irritation depending on your ear size.

Features

ModelActive Noise CancelingTalk-throughChannel MixingRGB LightingHaptic FeedbackIncluded SoftwareCarrying Case/Pouch
Arctis Nova Pro WirelessYesYesYesNoNoYesYes
A40 TRNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Kraken V3 ProNoNoNoYesYesYesNo
DT 900 Pro XNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
G Pro XNoNoNoNoNoYesYes
Cloud Stinger 2NoNoNoNoNoNoNo
G435NoNoNoNoNoNoNo

During testing, the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless’ talk-through feature, called Transparency Mode, stood out as underrated, and it’s a feature I wish more headsets included. Transparency Mode amplifies outside sounds so you can clearly hear what’s happening around you, which reduces the need to remove the headset to converse with others around you.

Razer Kraken V3 Pro RGB Mic Closeup
Customizable RGB lights on the Razer Kraken V3 Pro. Credit: Jory Hollander

The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, Kraken V3 Pro, and G Pro X all include free companion software to customize features like RGB lights, surround sound, and EQ tuning. Although the programs had similar functionality, Logitech G HUB impressed us the most with its features and customization.

None of the headsets we tested included hard-shell carrying cases, and it’s because most gaming headsets are not intended to be used for travel. The DT 900 Pro X and G Pro X included the most substantial drawstring pouches, made from a thick neoprene material that could help protect from moisture.

Microphone

ModelDetachable BoomIntegratedIn-lineFlip-upRetractableUnidirectional/th>OmnidirectionalClarityBackground Noise IsolationFrequency Response (Hz)
Arctis Nova Pro WirelessNoNoNoNoYesNoYesGreatGood100-6,500
A40 TRYesNoNoYesNoYesNoGreatExcellentUnknown
Kraken V3 ProYesNoNoNoNoYesNoGoodGood100-10,000
DT 900 Pro XNoNoNoNoNoNoNon/an/an/a
G Pro XYesNoYesNoNoYesNoExcellentGood100-10,000
Cloud Stinger 2NoNoNoYesNoNoYesPoorBad100-15,600
G435NoYesNoNoNoYesNoGoodGood100-8,000

We tested each headset microphone for clarity and background noise suppression. The clarity test was performed by recording speech in a quiet room, and the background noise test was performed by recording speech with a loud fan approximately 2 feet from the microphone.

The Logitech G Pro X tested the best for microphone clarity. The G Pro X uses a detachable boom microphone that relays audio loudly and clearly. The G Pro X boom microphone also has a smaller profile than many of the other mics we tested, which helps contribute to a streamlined design.

The detachable boom microphone on the Astro A40 TR did the best job of reducing background noise from the fan. This makes the A40 TR an excellent candidate for those who game in a noisy environment.

The Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X does not include a microphone, so if you want to use proximity chat in Warzone, you’ll need to buy something like the Shure SM7B, the most popular microphone used by gamers we track.

Warzone headset buying tips

Buying a new gaming headset can be daunting with so many models available. Below, we break down the types of headsets and features to look for when buying a gaming headset for Warzone.

Pro tip

Make sure you use the best audio settings for Warzone to hear footsteps better and win more games in Al Mazrah.

Wired vs. Wireless

Connectivity is one of the first things to consider when shopping for a gaming headset. Headsets can be wired, wireless, or both, with each type having advantages and disadvantages.

Wired headsets connect via a 3.5mm or USB audio cable and deliver the lowest latency audio. Wired headsets are usually less expensive than wireless headsets, lighter, and don’t require batteries.

Wireless headsets connect via Bluetooth or 2.4 GHz wireless. 2.4 GHz achieves lower latency than Bluetooth, making it the best option for wireless gaming. Xbox consoles need a special wireless connection. If you’re an Xbox owner, make sure the wireless headset you purchase is made specifically for Xbox.

Closed-back vs. Open Back

Over-ear headset design can be classified into two categories: closed-back and open-back.

Closed-back headsets have coverings over the back of the drivers and offer better sound isolation. Open-back headsets allow air to pass through the back of the headset to the drivers, have a more open sound stage, and usually feature better neutral sound.

Consider your environment when choosing a headset design. Open-back headsets are great if you have a quiet room to listen in, while closed-back perform better in loud surroundings.

Dual connection & channel mixing

Dual-connection headsets allow multiple devices to connect at the same time. Headsets like the Logitech G735 and Arctis Nova Pro Wireless can connect via Bluetooth and 2.4 GHz, simultaneously enabling audio from two sources.

Channel mixing headsets, like the HyperX Cloud II and Logitech G735, feature controls to quickly balance the volume between two audio sources. This is especially useful to balance the game and chat audio levels without adjusting each source individually.

Surround Sound

Most gaming headsets use stereo audio, where sound is split between the left and right speaker channels. Some gaming headsets offer virtual surround sound, which virtually splits the audio into multiple channels to simulate the experience of listening to a 7.1 or more speaker setup.

Microphone

The microphone is a key component separating a gaming headset from a regular pair of over-ears. Look for microphones with a wide-ranging frequency response that can adequately suppress background noise to ensure clear communication with teammates.

What headset do Warzone pros use?

Over 28% of Warzone players tracked by Setup.gg use the Astro A40 TR. The Astro A40 TR is an open-back headset with a spacious 3D soundstage, making it a fantastic choice for deciphering audio cues in battle royale games like Warzone.

Honorable mentions

The HyperX Cloud II is a comfortable wired headset with excellent audio quality that’s ultra-popular among Call of Duty players. During our Warzone playtest, the Astro A40 TR displayed superior directional audio and a more expansive sound stage.

The Logitech G735 is an excellent all-around wireless headset with dual connectivity, RGB lights, and sophisticated G HUB companion software. The Razer Kraken V3 Pro has a similar sound profile for Warzone, a slightly more comfortable fit, and a more universal all-black design.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is a low-latency wireless gaming headset with an outstanding 300-hour battery life and crystal-clear microphone. The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro edges out the Cloud Alpha Wireless because of features like ANC, transparency mode, and dual connectivity.

The Razer Blackshark V2 is a lightweight wired gaming headset that’s easy to use and comfortable for prolonged gaming thanks to thick memory foam padding on the headband and ear pads. The Logitech G Pro X has a less comfortable fit than the Blackshark V2 but features more-clear directional audio for Warzone and a detachable 3.5mm audio cable.

FAQ

  • What headset do pros use in Warzone?

    The most popular headset among professional Warzone players is the Astro A40 TR.

  • Is Warzone better with a headset?

    Yes, playing Warzone with a gaming headset will significantly enhance your immersion, spatial awareness, and ability to hear critical audio cues like footsteps.

  • What headset is the best for footsteps in Warzone?

    Open-back gaming headsets, like the Astro A40 TR and Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X, have a naturally large soundstage that can make it easier to determine the distance and direction of audio cues like footsteps.

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 pro Warzone players and streamers tracked on Setup.gg. This way, you get the picks we think are best and the selections that the best Warzone players 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

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