The Best Gaming Headsets

If you're looking for "sound" advice on sound, you've come to the right place! This guide features a dozen of our favorite models at every price point, divided into four categories: home office, on-the-go, gaming, and home theater. For anyone who wants the best overall listening experience and has sufficient space, we'd suggest a nice set of speakers. For those who want to work and play without disturbing or being disturbed by others, headphones make the most sense. And of course, with music available from so many devices today, a set of wireless speakers or headphones is a necessity!

For Winter 2021, our Speaker and Headset Buyer's Guide lists our top 10 favorite audio products on the market! Among these are "truly wireless" earbuds for use on the go or around the house, fantastic gaming headsets at every pricepoint, and our favorite noise-canceling model headset. We also list the USB studio microphone we personally use for all our YouTube videos and video conferencing, as well as a wide range of speakers for every user. Seriously, we cover the whole market in just 10 products, and every single one is well under $200, because if you buy for performance rather than prestige, you can actually get a tremendous value in the audio market!

By the way, we need to make something clear: in general, while a wired audio device will be superior to a wireless one at the same price, the comfort and convenience of wireless tech makes it a feature worth paying good money for, and with the massive improvements in wireless audio fidelity we've witnessed over the past few years, we have no hesitation recommending wireless gear to everyone!

In the end, no matter how you want to listen to your music, games, and videos, we're going to help you find the right setup for your needs!

Speakers/Headsets - Winter 2021

Home/Small Office

  • Bargain Speakers:

    Creative Pebble 2.0

    If you want really good sound in a compact, attractive package, there's no better choice than Creative's Pebble 2.0. We've tested these out and came away incredibly impressed, frankly wondering how Creative could sell them at such a low price. Take note - these are pretty big "pebbles", and produce sound to match. Just don't expect them to be the size of a tennis ball - they're a fairly substantial 5" in diameter!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that some folks are a bit confused by the USB aspect of these speakers, thinking that they offer a single connection for power and audio. That's not quite right - the USB is exclusively for power, while a 3.5mm audio cable is still used for sound. We think that's just fine - what it eliminates is the bulky power adapter and the need for a free outlet.

  • Bluetooth PC Speakers:

    Logitech Z207 Multi Device Speakers

    Just about everyone listens to something on their PCs, whether it's music, You Tube videos, TV, or movies. Because desktop PCs, unlike laptops, rarely have internal speakers, your best bet is to buy a great set of speakers that will sound and look great without taking up much space. The goal is to keep it basic and inexpensive here, and that's what Logitech does with its stylish and cost-effective Z207 kit. But

    The Guru's Tip:

    These are also available in a super-stylish white finish!

  • The Professional USB Mic:

    Elgato Wave:3

    We list a number of headsets in this guide with built-in mics offering a convenient solution for phone calls, teleconferencing, and online or gaming chat. But for seriously-professional audio quality, i.e. what you want if you're recording content for a living, you need more than a headset microphone. That's where a powered USB microphone comes into play, and the best pick is Elgato's Wave:3. It offers a sophisticated built-in pop filter and "clipguard" to avoid the various audio problems so many other mics suffer from. 

    The Guru's Tip:

    This is the mic we use for all our new YouTube videos, and it has never let us down!

On-the-Go

  • The Battery-Powered Bluetooth Speaker:

    Tribit XSound Go Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    If you'd like to take a dance party everywhere you go, a battery-powered Bluetooth speaker is the answer! Yes, there are a lot of overpriced big-name speakers out there, but in our experience, they just aren't worth the price. This bargain-priced model from Tribit is an excellent choice! Learn more about this awesome speaker in our full hands-on review!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Want even more boom to your tracks? Then go for Tribit's StormBox, which like its little brother comes in at an amazing price!

  • The Best Truly Wireless Earbuds:

    Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2

    Anker has been making Bluetooth accessories for a long time, and its Life Dot 2 true wireless earbuds really dominate the market. They offer 8 hours of playtime, 8mm driver for great sound, and a secure fit thanks to the "AirWings" inserts, which hold the earbuds in your ears.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The charging case included with these earbuds provide another 90 hours or so of listening time, which is 4x more than most charging cases!

  • Noise-Canceling Headphones:

    Cleer FLOW Bluetooth

    For the longest time, to get a true pair of noise-cancelling headphones, you had to go with a wired model. Now you have several options and the very best comes from a name you migth not have heard of, but you ought to get to know: Cleer. Founded in 2012, Cleer has been taking on and beating the big names for a while, and its first Bluetooth noise-canceling will blow you away in terms of the quality you get for your money. They get an easy win in a category filled with bland, yestertech products that somehow left audio fidelity on the cutting room floor. The FLOW is top-notch all around, and yes, the noise-cancelling is top notch too!

    The Guru's Tip:

    These are seriously amazing for the price. When they debuted, they cost $250 and were totally worth it. See our full review and video demo here!

Gaming

  • The Bargain Gaming Headset:

    Corsair HS35 Stereo

    Simply put, you cannot get a better gaming headset for under $50! Corsair's HS35 headset offers high-end sound courtesy of big 50mm drivers, plus a removable microphone. The HS35 gets the job done in spectacular fashion without making things complicated! Another nice feature of this headset is its ultra-light weight.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Thanks to the 3.5mm analog connectors, it will work with any PC, and most tablets and smartphones as well!

  • The Budget Wireless PC Headset:

    Corsair HS70 BT

    If you demand nothing but the very best from your gaming headset, then you owe it to yourself to try the HS70. This headset offers up great comfort (thanks in part to its ultra-light weight), great audio, and a removable microphone.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Thanks to this headset's built-in Bluetooth capability, it can be used with laptops and smartphones, making it perfect for just about anything!

  • The High-End Wireless Headset:

    Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Gaming Headset

    It was only a matter of time before gaming companies caught up to the premium headphone manufacturers in terms of fit and finish, while still beating them in terms of gaming cred. And Corsair was the one to do it! This is a quality piece of kit that looks as good as it sounds, thanks to beautiful metal construction, subtle RGB effcts and a slim design! It also has by far the best microphone you'll find on any headset on the market - no tinny sound here!

    The Guru's Tip:

    There's also an upgraded Virtuoso SE, which brings a few aesthetic benefits and a bigger microphone. We think the "vanilla" Virtuoso is the overall better buy, but you can check out our review of the Virtuoso SE right here to learn more about the lineup!

  • The High-End 2.1 Kit:

    Logitech Z625 THX 2.1 Speaker System

    If you're interested in unadulterated stereo sound with a huge helping of bass, then you want a high-quality 2.1 speaker set. There used to be a whole array of models to choose from, and one of the last holdouts happens to be one of the very best, from the PC enthusiasts at Logitech. This awesome 200-watt THX-certified set will really pump out some great audio. It even features a mini-plug jack to connect mobile devices! If you have the space for the big subwoofer, we'd highly recommend this over a standard stereo speaker set, especially for gaming and movies.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that a lot of speaker sets have subwoofers that look big, but don't deliver the bass. That's because a big box does nothing if you don't have the watts to back it up!

  1. Bargain Speakers Creative Pebble 2.0 ($20.00)
  2. Bluetooth PC Speakers Logitech Z207 Multi Device Speakers ($44.00)
  3. The Professional USB Mic Elgato Wave:3 ($138.00)
  4. The Battery-Powered Bluetooth Speaker Tribit XSound Go Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($37.00)
  5. The Best Truly Wireless Earbuds Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 ($60.00)
  6. Noise-Canceling Headphones Cleer FLOW Bluetooth ($130.00)
  7. The Bargain Gaming Headset Corsair HS35 Stereo ($35.00)
  8. The Budget Wireless PC Headset Corsair HS70 BT ($100.00)
  9. The High-End Wireless Headset Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Gaming Headset ($180.00)
  10. The High-End 2.1 Kit Logitech Z625 THX 2.1 Speaker System ($146.00)