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(Pocket-lint) - Setting out on a mission to determine the very best gaming headsets on the market was a daunting task. There are a plethora of options out there - wired, wireless, closed and open cup designs, stereo and surround sound headsets, oval and round earcups, leather and material finishes, the list goes on and on.

A lot of what makes a great gaming headset will be down to personal preference, but what we were looking for was a product that struck a perfect balance between quality of design, value for money and the features that gamers would love. To create this list, we worked through a mass of PC gaming headsets (many of which are also compatible with consoles) to whittle down to a list of finalists that we're sure you'll love. 

If you're looking for the best gaming headset for your money, then stick with us as we break down the very best we've seen - include the reasons why you should consider adding them to your shortlist.

• Overall best surround sound gaming headset
• Best and most versatile wireless gaming headset
• The most comfortable wireless gaming headset
• Best closed cup wireless gaming headset 
• Best headset for pro gamers
• Best affordable wireless surround sound headset
• Most stylish gaming headset
• Best high-fidelity gaming headset
• Best affordable 3.5mm headset
• Most personalisable
• Others to consider

Overall best surround sound gaming headset

Audeze Mobius


  • 100 mm Audeze planar magnetic drivers
  • Waves Nx fully immersive 3D audio
  • Closed-back earcup design
  • 10Hz–50,000Hz frequency response
  • 24 bit, 96KHz sample rate and bit depth
  • USB-C, 3.5mm and Bluetooth connection options
  • Uni-directional Electret condenser microphone

This is one of the most interesting gaming headsets on our list thanks to Waves Nx head tracking technology that delivers "immersive 3D audio" by changing the sound to account for the tilt or turn of your head as you play. Combine this with 7.1 virtual surround sound and hi-res audio options and you have some seriously impressive positional audio. 

The Mobius boasts awesome 100mm planar magnetic drivers which are capable of delivering a max of 50,000Hz frequency response, with 96Khz sample rate and 24-bit depth resulting in a rich, impressive and convincing sound. 

Deep earcups, comfortable padding and a solid build quality round off a superb package. 


The Audeze Mobius is an incredibly interesting (and incredibly expensive) gaming headset that seemingly offers it all. A premium high-quality design, fantastic audio, brilliant comfort and more. All in one package. 

Most versatile wireless gaming headset

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless 


  • 10–40,000 Hz frequency response via 40mm Neodymium drivers
  • 102 dB SPL sensitivity/32Ohm impedance
  • Ski Goggle headband and AirWeave material earcups
  • 20-hour battery life via swappable batteries
  • 2.4Ghz wireless and Bluetooth 4.1 support
  • DTS Headphone: X v2.0 surround sound/Dolby audio via optical input
  • Compatible with PC and PS4 (all variants)
  • ChatMix on-the-fly adjustment
  • 40-foot wireless range
  • Bi-directional noise-cancelling retractable microphone

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless continues to be one of the very best gaming headsets available, thanks to great sound and incredible versatility.

It has a variety of inputs including optical and USB for PC that allow you to take advantage of the Dolby audio and DTS virtual surround sound processing power inside the transmitter box. Built-in Bluetooth and