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 2019, our Speaker and Headset Buyer's Guide has a huge number of new offerings, as the portable speaker and wireless headset categories have simply exploded over the past year. There are "truly wireless" earbuds for use on the go and at the gym, there are gaming headsets hitting the market at a furious pace, and there are a huge number of noise-canceling models (we list our favorite, of course!). The great news is that there are now plenty of options that aren't priced as "lifestyle" products (i.e., super-overpriced!). We stay away from the vanity brands in this guide to get you a much better deal!

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 2020

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 Z207 has a special trick up its sleeve - it has built-in Bluetooth so you can also stream music to it wirelessly, and it will even auto-switch sources when you stop the music on one source and start it on another!

    The Guru's Tip:

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

  • The Professional USB Mic:

    Blue Yeti X

    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 Blue's Yeti X. Part of the Logitech family of products, the Yeti X offers superb craftmanship, features, and of course audio quality, thanks to an array of microphones that offer four different modes.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This is the mic we use for all our new YouTube videos, and it has brought our audio up about 10 notches!


    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 Bargain Bluetooth Headset:

    Audio-Technica ATH-SR30BTBK

    We've had a lot of requests to recommend a low-cost Bluetooth wireless headset, and honestly, it took us a while to find one we really liked. Sure, there are plenty of expensive Bluetooth headsets out there, but most of them are sold at huge margins and really don't have the sound quality to back up their high prices. That's what makes Audio Technica's SR30BT headphones so disruptive to the market: they come in at a great price! This headset offers amazing audio quality, a solid Bluetooth connection, and excellent battery life (up to 70 hours on a charge!). Plus it's ultra-slim and light, making it comfortable and very portable. Simply put, you won't find a better headset anywhere near this price!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Being a proper "headset", the SR30BT has a built-in microphone for taking calls, which is fantastic while you're at the gym or the bus, although we probably wouldn't use it for mission-critical teleconferencing..

    The Audiophile's Headphones:

    Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

    Want only the very best fidelity for your high-quality audio tracks? Then look no further than the M50x from Audio-Technica. It's an absolute bargain in its price range, because Audio-Technica throws all its engineering weight into the sound. No noise cancelling technology, fancy colors, or high-gloss marketing to drive up the price. Just smart, elegant design, and awesome sound. And a new low price - these started at $170!

    The Guru's Tip:

    The M50x comes with three detachable cables for use with all your devices! Just note these are headphones, not a headset, so the M50x has no microphone.

    The Best Truly Wireless Earbuds:

    Cleer Ally Wireless Earbuds

    Sometimes Apples really does create new markets, and its AirPods started a revolution by creating the "truly wireless" category of earbuds. But while they are stylish, they aren't particularly good. If you want serious audio and great battery life, go for the new Ally from Cleer. Featuring touch controls, auto-shutoff when removed from your ear, and up to 10 hours of playback (plus another 20 when stored in their battery cradle), this is the real deal.

    The Guru's Tip:

    These also come in a super-stylish red version!

    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 set is 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.

    The Guru's Tip:

    See our full review and video demo here!


    The High-End 2.1 Speaker Set:

    Logitech Z623

    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!

  • The Bargain Gaming Headset:

    HyperX Cloud Stinger

    Simply put, you cannot get a better gaming headset for under $50, period! No, it doesn't have flashing lights, and no, it doesn't come with a fancy USB converter or control box, but with its simple analog headphone and mic jacks, along with high-end sound that comes courtesy of big 50mm drivers, the Stinger gets the job done in spectacular fashion without making things complicated!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Read our full review right here!

  • The Premium Wireless PC Headset:

    Logitech G935 Wireless 7.1 Headset

    If you demand nothing but the very best from your gaming headset, then you owe it to yourself to try the G935 from Logitech. Stepping up in a big way versus its predecessor the G933, the G935 features massive 50mm drivers, specially tuned to ensure that the abundant bass doesn't get in the way of a crisp overall presentation. And with the latest DTS surround technologies baked into the drivers, you can get unbelieveable 7.1 virtual surround simply by toggling a switch in the Logitech G Hub software, which also provides extensive audio tuning options. Other awesome features: a slick flip-to-mute microphone that also provides great voice fidelity, plus the best looking RGB effects on any headset today.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The G935 truly offers the total package - great sound, great comfort, great features, and great looks. There's simply no other wireless headset to consider anywhere near this pricepoint. Find out why in our full review!

  • 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!

  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 Blue Yeti X ($170.00)
  4. The Battery-Powered Bluetooth Speaker Tribit XSound Go Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($33.00)
  5. The Bargain Bluetooth Headset Audio-Technica ATH-SR30BTBK ($70.00)
  6. The Audiophile's Headphones Audio-Technica ATH-M50x ($130.00)
  7. The Best Truly Wireless Earbuds Cleer Ally Wireless Earbuds ($130.00)
  8. Noise-Canceling Headphones Cleer FLOW Bluetooth ($250.00)
  9. The High-End 2.1 Speaker Set Logitech Z623 ($104.00)
  10. The Bargain Gaming Headset HyperX Cloud Stinger ($35.00)
  11. The Premium Wireless PC Headset Logitech G935 Wireless 7.1 Headset ($100.00)
  12. The High-End Wireless Headset Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Gaming Headset ($160.00)