Finding the best gaming headset is a bit controversial. When asking a “professional” gamer what kind of headset he thinks is best, and at the same time asking an audiophile the same question – the answer will be completely different. Truth is, barely any percentage of gamers actually know much about audio. SteelSeries, Razer and everglide are all gaming brands, they sponsor gamers. Many gamers will automatically assume those are best for gaming, and in most cases they aren’t. With that being said, we found the top three best gaming headsets in the current market.
1. Beyerdynamic MMX 300 – The MMX 300 is currently the best headset on the market, that are semi-affordable to the average gammer. While there is better headphones on the market, the MMX 300 blows away all other headsets based on sound soundstage and overall quality. It’s really a night and day difference if you’re switching from a cheaper sub-par headset. Many gamers game for long periods of time, with these you’ll always feel comfortable, and wont feel the need to take a break. Gamers have reported crystal clear sounds that they’ve never been able to hear while playing their favorite FPS games. Another great thing about these headphones are that they can be used as normal headphones too. They are audiophile quality, but can be a little forgiving in terms of music.
2. Sennheiser PC 360 – The 360 is a cheaper alternative to the MMX 300 with some decent advantages. The soundstage is clearly lagging behind the MMX 300, but is indeed no slouch. The PC 360 is in no doubt very well balanced, everything is neutral, making it great for gaming. When testing the 360 we found the directional cues to be one of the best we’ve experienced, on level of the MMX 300 or even a bit better. Comfort-wise they are nothing to complain about, but not the greatest. You can’t go wrong with these headphones, you won’t be disappointed. $206
3. Plantronics GameCom 780 – If you’re gaming for fun for the Plantronics GamCom 780 is your headset. It’s an inexpensive highly rated gaming set, with overall great quality. It has clear highs, smooth mids, and a decent amount of bass for a gaming headset. The microphone has a clear output, it does pick up a bit of background noise – but nothing too bad. Comfort is decent, you’ll forget you’re wearing them. Overall for the price its a great bang for your buck, much better than the other poor quality “gaming headset brands”. $50
Beyerdynamic MMX 300 is a professional gaming headset, although a bit expensive it’s currently the best “affordable” headset on the market. Sennheiser PC 360 is a cheaper alternative to the MMX 300, but holds up to it’s value. When tested we found directional cues to be phenomenal. Plantronics GameCom 780 is a very affordable headset for the average gamer. Everything about it is very average when compared to the top two, but for it’s price it’s a great purchase.