Kotaku Gift Guide: Gaming Headsets [Update]

Gaming headsets are funny. You could almost literally spend all the money you have on a pair, just for slightly better audio. You could totally do that. You could also spend less for a slightly inferior sound experience and your eardrums would still be caressed, and made love to, by delightful soundwaves. So yeah, it’s a tricky business headphones.

At one point in my life I was pretty obsessed by sound and getting levels correct, etc, but now I care a little bit less. So I was quite intimidated by the task of selecting some suggestions for a gaming headset buyers guide.

These are just some of my suggestions. If you think I’m deaf/dumb/stupid feel free to suggest better alternatives in the comments below!

UPDATE: Looks like I made a boo boo. I meant the Turtle Beach Ear Force X-11s, not the PX5s. I’ve updated the story. My mistake, sorry to everyone affected!

Going A Little Bit Cheaper

Turtle Beach do some pretty good headsets, particularly when it comes to the more niche console headset market. Some aren’t fans of the brand, but for a cheapish, high quality experience I think the Turtle Beach Ear Force X11 is a worth while purchase. You should be able to pick up a pair online for around $100.

Cranking It Up A Notch

Logitech are a good mid-range brand. Of course Logitech do super expensive headsets, and cheap alternatives, but the Logitech G930 is a great mid-range headset for those looking at a headset under $200. There are also a bunch of Sennheisers that do the job in this department also such as the PC350 or the HD558 if you’re willing to go up to $250.

Money To Burn

You have an indiscriminate pile of disposable cash in your trousers pockets. What headset do you go for? Well, as mentioned in the intro, you can spend as much money as you want on a headset, but if you’re going to outlay all that cash, you want to be buying a reliable product — you want to play it safe. This is the reason why, for our premium selection, I’m going to suggest the Astro A40s. Typically they’ll set you back $360, but they are a trusted model from a trusted brand. If you feel like spending a lot of money on headset, the Astro A40s are a safe bet.

What say you? Have I got it completely wrong? Any other headset suggestions?

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