As you know gaming headsets come in all shapes and sizes…and so do gaming systems. Whether you want to game on your XBox 360, Playstation 3 or your PC or Mac, each system operates a little differently, and that means that a headset that works on one system may not work very well on another. This list is part of a series on gaming headphones, where I will sort out the best gaming headsets for each particular gaming system. I will also be sorting the PC Gaming Headsets into price range, so that you can find the best headset for your particular price range.

3 Things to Consider when Buying a PC Gaming Headset:

  1. Sound Quality

    – Stereo vs. Surround Sound, true surround vs. Dolby 7.1 Virtual Surround sound. There are tons of options on gaming headsets and it depends on the particular headset itself. A gaming headset that supports Dolby’s 7.1 virtual surround sound is usually more expensive and the results can either be amazing or it can sound like artificially manipulated noise.

  2. Comfort

    – weight, clamping pressure, on-ear vs. over-ear, and fabric of the ear cups all factor into how comfortable your headset is. And since many gamers tend to play for hours on end, making sure you don’t have sweaty/tender ears after every session is a big consideration.

  3. Ease of Use

    – Are you going to be able to plug it in and play? Is the set up more trouble than it’s worth? If a headset has lots of pieces and is incredibly tedious to set up, then the headset may be more trouble than it’s worth. Why? The more pieces, the more things that can go wrong.

Best PC Gaming Headsets: $200 Price Range

These are the gaming headsets that you will get you the most immersive and pleasant gaming experience possible. Of course all the features required means that these headsets are on the steeper end of the price range, topping out at around $300. Here you can expect full Dolby Surround sound, every sound feature you can imagine and a load of accessories.
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1. Tritton AX Pro

  • Best Feature: Works on all devices (XBox 360, PS3, PC/Mac), has 8 independent speakers to reproduce true 5.1 channel audio (most headsets have virtual surround sound).
  • Worst Feature: Lots and lots of wires included to work with all your devices. If you’re only going to use it for one gaming system, then the extra wires aren’t worth it.
  • Why First? Tritton is great at creating truly immersive audio. The 8 speaker set up in this headset truly stands out as a feature that will get you accused of cheating during online gaming sessions.

Tritton’s AX Pro Gaming Headset is designed to be your one and only gaming headset. It comes with wires and accessories so that you can use it on every device, from the usual suspects (XBox 360, PC, PS3, Mac) even the Nintendo Wii. The detachable noise-cancelling microphone comes through crystal clear in online gaming. The inline remote also has independent volume control for game volume as well as chat volume. The headset also supports Dolby Prologic II decoding, which basically means that you can watch movies on your headset with true surround sound. It supports any home theatre system with optical output, which is almost all of them nowadays. The downside of Tritton’s headsets, unfortunately, is the weight. These headsets are heavier and that can cause discomfort for some. I was able to watch a two hour movie with them on no problem.
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2. Sennheiser PC360 G4ME Headset

  • Best Feature: It’s a tie between the amazingly wide soundstage that makes you feel like you’re there in the game, and the light weight design that you can wear all night in pure comfort.
  • Worst Feature: The trade off of an open backed design means that others can hear the sound. Not ideal for gaming all night if others are trying to sleep.
  • Why Second?
  • The open-backed design creates an audiophile-quality sound experience that has to be heard to be really appreciated. There’s no surround sound technology here, so you’ll need a really good soundcard to get the most of the experience. Also there’s the inconvenience of everyone in the room being able to hear game noise.

Sennheiser does what they do best with the PC360 G4ME headset. The open-backed headset creates an amazing sense of being there in the action, something that even surround sound has difficulty doing in a closed back headset. Sennheiser is also a world leader in microphone technology, so as expected their noise-cancelling mic makes your voice come through with crystal clarity. You can turn off the mic by flipping it up, which I found more convenient than the usual in-line remote. The PC360 does what it does really well, but that’s it. If you want to use it for console gaming, you’ll need an adapter.
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Razer Megalodon Gaming Headset

3. Razer Megalodon Gaming Headset

  • Best Feature:The soft velvet ear pads with memory foam cushions makes this headset one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve ever worn.
  • Worst Feature: The light clamping pressure is great for comfort but also creates sound bleed.
  • Why Third? The Maelstrom Audio Engine acts as your own dedicated sound-card that you take anywhere, plug into any PC and have great sound right off the bat. While that’s very convenient (especially if you go to gaming events), the overall sound quality isn’t at the high level of Sennheiser’s PC360 or Tritton’s AX Pro.

The Megalodon connects to your PC wirelessly via USB. The Maelstrom Audio Engine is a digital signal processor that enables you to have 7.1 surround sound no matter where you are. The control pod that houses the audio engine also gives you control over the volume of the game, bass, and microphone. It’s also probably the most comfortable gaming headset that you have ever put on your head.

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Best PC Gaming Headsets under $150

Sharkoon X-Tatic Gaming Headset Canada

1. Sharkoon X-Tatic SP Gaming Headset

  • Best Feature: The 3-d Sound Expander manages to enhance positional audio without sounding like artificially constructed noise.
  • Worst Feature: Very little noise-isolation, which means you can hear people try to talk to you through your headset. This can be a benefit for some people (parent, babysitters) who still want to be able to hear what’s going on around them.
  • Why First? The headset is fully compatible with all systems, and supports Dolby Prologic and 7.1 surround sound no problem. It’s also a bit lighter than the Logitech G930, which after a few hours of gaming will become important.

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Logitech G930 Gaming Headset

2. Logitech G930 Gaming Headset

  • Best Feature: Dolby’s 7.1 virtual surround sound gets its best representation here.
  • Worst Feature: No support for Dolby on Mac. I know this this is the ‘best PC gaming headsets’ list, but if you use both, or are planning on switching in the future, just be aware that there’s no surround sound for the Mac.
  • Why Second? The headset has surround sound quality that you usually only see in $200+ headsets. It’s also very comfortable to wear, has great battery life (over 10 hours) and is easy to set up. It places second only because Sharkoon has compatibility with more systems, whereas Logitech is meant solely for the PC.

If you’re a control freak when it comes to sound, the Logitech G930 is a dream come true. On the left ear cup are a series of controls that enable you to independently control game volume, voice volume, voice morphing, as well as an equalizer on your PC to toggle the sound just the way you like. Even if you listen to something that doesn’t have Dolby surround sound, The stereo sounds pretty damn awesome as well.
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Corsair Vengeance 2000 Gaming Headset

3. Corsair Vengeance 2000 Gaming Headset

  • Best Feature: Extremely soft microfiber ear cups with memory foam for noise-isolation. Gaming for hours is a breeze.
  • Worst Feature:The 7.1 Virtual surround sound is heavy on the ‘virtual’, it doesn’t give you a sense of where sound is coming from.
  • Why Third? The convenience, comfort, and long battery life are what gets Corsair on this list. The 7.1 surround sound is decent, but there are better ones out there.

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Best PC Gaming Headsets under $100

Razer Best PC Gaming Headsets

1. Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset

  • Best Feature: Same gaming headset as the more expensive Razer Megalodon without some bells and whistles that you can probably live without.
  • Worst Feature: Sound bleed. It’s not particularly bad, but a deal breaker for some.
  • Why First? If you have a dedicated sound card that has is capable of 7.1 surround sound, then you can have the same high quality surround sound as the Razer Megalodon but without the expensive extra hardware. It’s a very comfortable headset to wear for long hours, has terrific sound quality and lots of gaming specific features that make it a steal at this price point.

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Sennheiser PC 151 Gaming Headphones

2. Sennheiser PC151 Gaming Headset

  • Best Feature: Light as a feather on the head. After a while you won’t even notice that the headset is there. The velour ear pads are as comfortable as can be.
  • Worst Feature: Not a lot of gaming specific features, like dampening of overly loud sounds and microphone monitor so you can hear your own voice.
  • Why Second? Sennheiser makes great sounding headsets and crystal clear microphones. But this headset is more focused on Skype and teleconferencing. If you don’t care about the extra features and just want a great sounding headset that’s extremely comfortable, then this one’s for you.

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Turtle Beach Ear Force Z6A Gaming Headset

Turtle Beach Ear Force Z6A Gaming Headset

  • Best Feature: Booming bass and great positional audio. Like all Turtle Beach headsets, they’re also light as a feather.
  • Worst Feature: Unless you already have 5.1 surround sound set up on your computer, the headset won’t work. As in, it won’t play sound at all.
  • Why Third? If you have 5.1 set up then these headsets sound great. The four speakers in each ear, dual subwoofers and angled speakers to enhance the 3-d environment, you’ll have a great gaming headset on your hands.

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In Conclusion:

This list is by no means exhaustive. If you feel a gaming headset has been unfairly left off this list, feel free to sound off in the comments. There’s plenty more gaming headsets in the Headphones Shop, and there will also be a “Best Budget Gaming Headsets” for those with a budget less than $75 (coming soon).

The Glaring Omission:

astro a40 gaming headset

One of the best gaming headset was left off this list.

There is one major gaming headset that has been left off this list for reasons that have nothing to do with quality. In fact, fans of this particular gaming headset consider it to be one of the best, if not the best gaming headset out there. It’s the Astro Gaming A40. The reason I leave it off is because there are no major Canadian online retailers that carry it. Not even Amazon. If you want this headset, you can order it off of Astro’s Website ( will not ship it to a Canadian address). It’s a bit of a pain to pay the import fees, but if you want a great gaming headset that is as good as any on this list, it may be worth it (plus no one else you know will have it!).