It’s time to start thinking about the best gaming headset. Why? Well, for one, with LA Noire being re-released for VR, you don’t want to undermine Rockstar’s cult classic detective game with the use of a dinky pair of earbuds. Instead, it’s essential to use only the best gaming headset in order to be fully captivated by the investigative work of Cole Phelps.
1. Asus ROG Centurion 7.1
10 drivers, 7.1 channels, one impeccable headset
Interface: Wired (USB) | Features: 10-driver 7.1 surround sound, dual-USB amplifier, Sonic Software compatibility, HDMI passthrough, amplifier with audio profile and channel volume controls, unidirectional microphone
Excellent spatial soundSpeaker passthroughCan only be used with its ampHeavy and bulky
Neglecting all the unwritten rules of fashion, the ROG Centurion 7.1 is a spectacle to behold. Though it’s a living hellscape to set up, this gaming headset delivers both extreme looks and an unruly knack for emitting crystal clear sound waves. The Asus ROG Centurion 7.1 not only bolsters full-fledged surround sound passthrough for an external set of speakers, but its set of onboard amp controls give you complete power, even if there’s a steep learning curve.
2. Razer ManO'War
7.1 audio channels, zero fuss
Interface: Wireless | Features: Software-based 7.1 surround sound, earcup-mounted controls, Chroma RGB multi-color lighting, 14-meter range (using an extender, 12 meters without)
Great surround soundEasy to set upMulti-color lightingSlightly bulkyNo wired option
Quick and easy to set up using a wireless USB receiver that stores inside the headset for transportation, the Razer ManO'War is a user-friendly unit primed for surround-sound gaming. Sure, it's a little chunkier than most other headsets, but two soft leatherette ear cups make it comfortable to wear over extended periods. And, with Chroma RGB lighting customizable through Razer Synapse, it even looks snazzy to observers.
3. HyperX Cloud Alpha
Solid stereo sound tuned specifically for PC gaming
Interface: Wired (3.5mm) | Features: Dual chamber audio, removable cable and microphone
Improved looks and comfortDefined mid-tones and booming bassMuddled lows
The HyperX Cloud Alpha
is the best-sounding gaming headset in its mid-range price bracket. Though it only offers stereo sound, audio is crisp and bass is unmistakably present in action scenes. That said its garish looks and gaming-specific sound profile prevent it from being as versatile as some of its competitors.