ADATA recently boldly stepped into the crowded gaming headset market. Their first and currently top-of-the-line product is actually a bundle of three different devices - an analog gaming headset (EMIX H30), a 7.1-channel USB sound card (SOLOX F30), and a headset stand. We set out to find out whether it is worth the asking price of $200.
The $250 / €270 Arctis Pro + GameDAC is SteelSeries' new flagship gaming audio system. It consists of an amazing gaming headset based on an improved iteration of the Arctis 3, 5, and 7 and the GameDAC, a high-quality external USB sound card equipped with the ESS Sabre 9018Q2C DAC chip and a host of advanced features, fully usable and configurable without any drivers.
The Roccat Khan Pro claims to be the world's first Hi-Res Audio certified gaming headset. Does that make it sound better than its competitors in the extremely crowded $100 price bracket, where we can already find more than a couple of products with excellent audio performance?
The HiFiMAN RE800 is a new high-end in-ear featuring a completely new driver from HiFiMAN. This new driver has a topology-optimized membrane that should reduce distortion. The RE800 launches at $699, which puts it straight into a highly competitive segment. We take them for a listen and see if the new housing and driver can make an impact.
Although it doesn't look the part, the Sennheiser Game One is a serious gaming headset with great sound quality and a class-leading microphone. Its price is hefty, but you do get excellent performance in return.
Noontec has combined good looks, great sound and microphone quality with excellent comfort and a reasonable price of $150. This is a pair of wireless headphones we can easily recommend to everyone who wants to break free from the cable.
The $80 Cougar Immersa Pro is the successor to the well-known and well-liked Immersa, one of the most popular $50 gaming headsets on the market. Even though it looks and feels almost the same, it comes with its own sound card, an RGB lighting system, and bigger speaker drivers that are tuned quite differently than those of the original Immersa.
If you're after a nice-sounding USB gaming headset in the $80 price bracket, you should keep a close eye on the Corsair Void Pro RGB USB. Even though the microphone quality isn't on the same level as the rest of the headset, it's still an interesting choice for anyone who's not concerned with serious streaming and voiceovers.
1MORE's MK802 is a $149 Bluetooth over-ear headset that packs a multitude of features. The company's products always offer a lot of tech at a reasonable price, and the MK802 is no exception. It is Apt-X HD compatible and comes with a decent cable and integrated battery pack.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha has the aesthetics and build quality of the Cloud Gaming II, the microphone and connectivity of the Cloud Gaming, but also a brand-new dual chamber speaker driver design. Thanks to its amazing audio performance, it's the new reference gaming headset in the $100 price bracket.
On the wings of the raging success they had with their $100 Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones, currently considered one of the best IEMs in terms of price-performance, 1MORE brings us their even more refined sibling equipped with an additional balanced armature. Do the 1MORE Quad Drivers have what it takes to justify a price bump to $200?
The most inexpensive gaming headset offered by Rosewill, the Nebula GX10, costs a mere $20. For that price, it offers surprisingly solid build quality, is comfortable, and even has a lighting system. The sound quality isn't spectacular, but for just $20 dollars, you could hardly ask for more.
The Sennheiser GSP 301 is the company's entry-level gaming headset. Even though it comes with a fairly short list of features, especially considering its $100 price, it delivers heaps in all important aspects - sound, microphone quality and wearing comfort are exceptional.
The Rosewill Nebula GX30 costs as little as $37, but that doesn't stop it from having an impressive feature set, one that includes build materials like metal and memory foam, RGB LEDs, removable ear cushions, and a detachable microphone. However, that's not all - it also performs above and beyond every expectation, which makes it a great choice for gamers on a tight budget.
The Rosewill Nebula GX50 is an affordable USB headset with an impressive list of features, considering its $45 price. It has a metal headband, rubberized ear cups, an in-line control unit, RGB LEDs, and 7.1 Surround Sound. Are we crowning the new king of budget gaming headsets?
The HyperX Cloud Revolver S is the most expensive headset this renowned manufacturer has to offer. Its feature list is strong, promising excellent build quality, class-leading sound performance, and Dolby Headset 7.1 Surround Sound, but expectations are very high as well. Does it have what it takes to justify its £140/$150/€170 price point?
The Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless succeeds a well-known and well-liked wireless gaming headset. It comes with a reworked microphone, retuned audio drivers, and several changes in design and ergonomics, refining and improving pretty much every aspect of its predecessor, which results in a terrific device well worth its $100 price tag.
Etymotic's ER4 in-ears set the benchmark when they were first launched over 25 years ago. Recently, Etymotic decided to bring out two new versions of their ER4 design - namely, the XR (Extended Response) and SR (Studio Reference). These new versions feature all-metal housings and a brand new cable design. On the acoustic side of things, you now get the choice between elevated bass and something that should be close to neutral in terms of the Studio Reference.
The Tesoro Tuned In Ear Pro headset aims to deliver gaming quality sound, which - as the name suggests - is a soundscape tuned to fit such a scenario best. With a few interesting features, like the aluminum housing or the magnets to hold them together, it will be interesting to "hear" (pun intended) whether they manage to sound better than the competition in the price segment.
By releasing the MasterPulse MH320, their least-expensive gaming headset to date, Cooler Master tries to grab the attention of gamers on a very tight budget. Even though it costs a mere $40, it offers a dual-headband design, a foldable bi-directional boom microphone, and a few other interesting features.
1MORE is one of the few companies that focuses on creating affordable quality in-ears. Even though the company is new, it has gained quite the following because they deliver in-ears with more drivers and accessories at a given price point than any of the older in-ear companies. Of course drivers are not everything. We put their Triple Driver in-ear under scrutiny to see if it can live up to the hype!
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a phenomenal-looking, customizable wireless headset equipped with high-quality 40-millimeter audio drivers capable of delivering stereo and DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound. It also offers mind-boggling wireless range and battery life as well as a couple extremely useful features you won't find elsewhere.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 450 is a wireless gaming headset with great sound quality, an impressive wireless range, and long battery life. Its microphone isn't capable of delivering the performance needed for streaming or voiceovers, but with a price of $85, the Stealth 450 provides excellent value for the money regardless.
The SteelSeries Arctis 5 is a great gaming headset, chock-full of useful features, and carefully tuned to sound as accurate as possible instead of just focusing on the bass. Thanks to that, it's great for playing games on a high level and just as good for listening to music, both at home and on the go.
The second-cheapest gaming headset Rosewill has to offer - the $35 RGH-3300 - isn't the prettiest to look at, but acoustically, it’s surprisingly well balanced and capable of delivering good performance in both games and music. Contrary to what the song says, it's not all about the bass!