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!
The Cougar Immersa is an extremely comfortable, well-built, and fun-sounding gaming headset. It's equipped with a retractable microphone and supports all gaming platforms. Costing a mere $50, its price-performance ratio is simply amazing.
Asus Cerberus V2 is the successor to the company's bestselling headset. Now equipped with a stainless steel headband and the new "Essence drivers", it's supposed to be sturdier and better sounding. However, with its $75 price tag, it faces some stiff competition and doesn't necessarily come out as the victor.
The Cougar Megara is a portable in-ear gaming headset with a boom microphone for those wanting all the functional benefits of larger gaming headset without the bulk. You can even take it on the road or use it with your mobile phone thanks to the in-line microphone, controller, and detachable boom microphone.
1MORE is a brand to look out for on the in-ear scene. Their designs look great and have become increasingly ambitious in terms of sound quality. 1MORE prides itself on providing good bang for the buck, and today, we take a look at their Capsule dual driver in-ear, which is priced at just $89. 1MORE's approach to a dual-driver design is the hybrid one where you combine a dynamic and balanced armature driver.
Brainwavz is known for their high quality mid-end in-ears and headphones. Today, we take a look at their most ambitious in-ear to date called the B200. The B200 is a dual balanced armature design that sells for $199 online.
The Roccat Cross is a comfortable and lovely sounding gaming headset with an interesting twist. You can remove its boom microphone and attach a secondary cable equipped with an in-line microphone, plug it into your smartphone, and use it as a mobile headset. It holds its own in both of those scenarios, which fully justifies its $70 price and then some.
iFi Audio's nano iDSD LE is a little DAC/amp with big ambitions. It packs all the knowledge from the bigger DAC/amps in iFi's huge portofolio of products into a small package. Despite being small, it still features RCA line-outs, a very respectable headphone amplification circuit, and a 1000 mAh battery.
The recently launched Rosewill EX-500 and EX-700 aim to take on the usual brands that dominate the price range by offering high-quality craftsmanship coupled with a nice accessories pack and - of course - better sound. We listen closely to see whether they can hold up on these promises.
HiFiMAN's Edition S brings an entirely new category to the world of headphones. The Edition S allows you to convert it from closed-back to open by removing a small back plate. This allows it to double up as an open headphone for at home use while still offering some ambient noise attenuation for on the go!
The HiFiMAN HE-1000 V2 is the newest über-high-end offering from the company that spawned the newest generation of high-end planar magnetic headphones. The HE-1000 V2 shares most of its DNA with the V1, but there are several significant updates to pads, cable, and headband.
Kennerton Audio's newest mid-end offering, the Laguz, is put to the test. Priced at $110, it will face fierce competition from the Brainwavz S5 and HiFiMAN RE-400. The Laguz is absolutely tiny and features a rugged aluminum design that is pretty unique.
HiFiMAN's newest high-end headphone, the Edition X, bears a striking resemblance to their flagship HE-1000. It uses the same driver design without the fancy nano materials found in the $1200 more expensive HE-1000, but is, at $1799, still the second most expensive headphone in HiFiMAN's line-up.