Best Gaming Headsets

7 Best Gaming Headsets in 2019 Under $500

You might be thinking that we have done a similar article related to gaming headsets then why this post again. I must tell you – there’s a difference. 

The previous gaming headphones article was related to budget-friendly guys. But this gaming headset column covers slightly towards the pricey view. It is very necessary for people who are serious about gaming and wants to make it a professional. It is suitable for the above average.

You can say for PRO gamers. 

Popular and Renowned Pro gamers use these headsets. Professional gamers require a lot more features and improvements when they are playing the game. In contrast, casual gamers don’t need it. They play just for fun.

Professional Gamers require improvements like Optimised Performance, Sound Quality, more gaming looks and a lot more. 

You might think – is this relevant for casual gamers?

  • For casual gamers is not suggested but if you have the bucks to invest in these wonderful gaming headsets then go ahead, sir.

But, if you’re a serious gamer then I totally support your decision to go and buy it now.

So, without further ado let’s start the show…

NameModel'Noted' TraitsBuy Now
V-ModaCrossfade WirelessDual-Diaphragm Driver, Low-Power Qualcomm CSR chipsetAmazon logo
SteelSeriesSiberia 840Continuous Frequency-Hopping, OLED TransmitterAmazon logo
LogitechG933 Artemis SpectrumPRO-G™ Drivers, 3D Positional AudioAmazon logo
Steel Series Arctis PROClearCast bidirectional microphone, Discord CertifiedAmazon logo
Audio TechnicaADG1XSupercardioid Microphone, honeycomb aluminum designAmazon logo
AsusROG Centurion 7.1Hi-Fi grade ESS headphone amplifiers, 7.1 Surround SoundAmazon logo
AsusROG Strix Fusion 700RGBs, Touch ControlAmazon logo

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless

Postives
  • Rigid Build Quality
  • Protective Case Included
  • Booming Sound Quality
Negatives
  • Pricey, Not Portable
  • Design lacks gaming feel

Val Kolton, V-Moda’s CEO states that it is the first Jewel-Grade 3D printing fused with consumer electronics.

The Crossfade cost under $150. Also, as it both wired and wireless.

The Crossfade Wireless is not a game focussed headset. Still, it gives the performance that one expects from a gaming headset.


V-Moda Crossfade Specs
  • Brand – V-MODA
  • Model – Crossfade
  • Weight 10.3 oz
  • Headphones Form Factor – Circumaural
  • Color – clear, red, gunmetal, white-silver
  • Sound Output Mode – stereo
  • Frequency Response – 5 Hz
  • Sensitivity – 107 dB
  • Impedance – 30 Ohm
  • Diaphragm – 2 in
  • Mic Sensitivity – [-42 dB]
  • Audio Controls – volume
  • Controls – Volume
  • Connector Type – mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm 4-pole
  • Rechargeable Battery – Yes
  • Run-Time – [Up To] 12 hour{s}
  • Service & Support – 1-week warranty
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All About Its Sound

Before the Crossfade Wireless, the Crossfade M-100 was under the spotlight. But after the Crossfade launched the bars raised. The factors that resulted in this are –

Dual-Diaphragm Driver

These drivers are 50mm in diameter. Moreover, the bass is controlled by the inner and outer rings as they separate it from flowing into the mids and the highs. This magnifies the audio experience.

Analog Noise Isolation

Sincerely, I don’t know what is the deal with this. But my thesis is that this might be a fancy word used for Noise Isolation. Whatever it is, it does not have ANC characteristic.

Connectivity

This headset uses a Low-Power Qualcomm CSR chipset. Therefore, it has BLE. Also, the Bluetooth range is 10m.

Crossfade Wireless also supports Multi-connectivity which permits the headset to connect to two devices simultaneously.

So, you can enjoy music on your trip and just attach the cable to experience an incredible gaming action.

Key Features

Premium Build

One of its features is its excellent Build-Quality. Forg3D materials have been used for making this headset. So, you can experience a wonderful product of 3D printing.

Even more, it is featherlight and comes with 9 vibrant matte colors.

3-Button Control

Sadly, this doesn’t contribute a touch interface for giving various commands. Nevertheless, they have used the 3-button system that all are familiar with.

Therefore, these buttons can be used to control volume, music, perform voice call and also interaction with Siri/Google Assistant.

SteelSeries Siberia 840

Postives
  • Fitting is comfortable
  • Above average gaming experience
  • It supports Engine 3
Negatives
  • Poor Microphone
  • Have to separate battery to charge

The Serbia 840 by SteelSeries is a gaming headset which is lag-free. This costs around $431.


SteelSeries Siberia 840 Specs
  • Brand – SteelSeries
  • Model – Siberia 840
  • Weight – 11.22 oz
  • Color – glossy, matte black
  • Headphones Form Factor – Circumaural
  • Sound Output Mode – stereo
  • Frequency Response – 20 Hz
  • Sensitivity – 100 dB
  • Diaphragm – 1.6 in
  • Magnet Material – Neodymium
  • Mic Sensitivity – [-44 dB]
  • Mic Impedance – 2.2 KOhm
  • Response Bandwidth – 100 Hz
  • Audio Input Details – Uni-directional
  • Connectivity Technology – Wireless
  • Transmission Range – 39 ft
  • Rechargeable Battery – Yes
  • Capacity – 1000 mAh
  • Run-Time [Up To] – 20 hour{s}
  • Technology – lithium-ion
  • Included Accessories – 2 battery packs, 4 power plug adapters, chat cable, mobile cable, a transmitter unit
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In-Game Audio

The best feature of this headset is that it is an all-rounder. Mostly, gaming headphones are very much game-centric. But the Siberia 840 has an exceptionally tuned audio for enjoying gaming, movies, music, etc.

Moreover, these have 7.1 surround sound along with a whopping 3 different types of Dolby Technologies. Truly, this makes you feel that there is nothing like wired and wireless.

Providing accurate and real-time realistic audio experience demonstrates that it is truly a lag-free headset.

Connectivity

The Siberia 800 also has lag-free wireless audio but it lacks Bluetooth. Therefore, SteelSeries has considered adding Bluetooth in the Siberia 840. Earlier we learned about its Lagless performance. But what makes it possible?

So, the technology behind this is designated as the ‘Continuous Frequency-Hopping’.

Key Features

  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • 3 Types of Dolby Tech
  • OLED Transmitter
  • Hot-Swappable Battery System [Yes, it’s true]
  • SteelSeries Engine 3 Customization [Not in Siberia 800]

Logitech G933

Postives
  • Wireless Performance is Excellent
  • Good Audio reproduction
  • Awesome Microphone
  • Comfortable
Negatives
  • Design is very Bulky
  • Better Battery Life Expected
  • Surround Sound Only of PC Gamer

Logitech has launched its G933 Artemis Spectrum changing the gaming experience for gamers.

Overall, these are a bang for the buck with monstrous design and performance.


Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Specs
  • Brand – Logitech
  • Model – G933 Artemis Spectrum
  • Color – black
  • Height 3.7 in
  • Width 7.1 in
  • Depth 7.5 in
  • Headphones Form Factor – Circumaural
  • Sound Output Mode – Surround Sound
  • Frequency Response – 20 Hz
  • Sensitivity – 107 dB
  • Impedance – 39 Ohm
  • Diaphragm – 1.6 in
  • Mic Type – Boom
  • Response Bandwidth – 100 Hz
  • Audio Input Details – Cardioid (uni-directional) – 100 – 20000 Hz
  • Audio Controls – remote control
  • Controls – Remote control
  • Transmission Range – 66 ft
  • Rechargeable Battery – Yes
  • Run-Time – [Up To] 12 hour {s}
  • Type – USB, headphones, headset
  • Connector – Type 4 pin USB Type A, RCA x 2, Mini-phone 3.5 mm 4-pole
  • Included Accessories – wireless receiver
  • Service & Support – 2 years warranty
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The Gaming Audio You Need

The G933 Artemis Spectrum is a full pack performer a gamer dreams to play with. The G933 features great stuff, I have mentioned some of those below –

PRO-G™ Drivers

These are the advanced drivers that you will find in the G933s. Moreover, these are made of hybrid mesh materials which result in performance improvement.

These drivers are 40 mm in diameter and produce rich bass & premium audio.

3D Positional Audio

This is not a big deal. Now, almost all the gaming headphones either premium or not they have 3D Positional Audio integrated with it. Therefore, the G933 also supports DTS Headphone:X or for the newbies, Dolby Headphone.

So, now while playing you can see your surrounding with its incredible 7.1 surround sound.

Seamless Connectivity

You will find the G933 using 2.4GHz wireless technology. 2.4GHz technology helps you enjoy lag-free gaming for up to 12 Hrs on one charge without lightning. With default lightning, they can last up to 8 Hrs.

We know that the wireless is not always lag-free. Logitech understands this and provides 3.5 mm analog input as an alternative.

Therefore, nothing can stop you from playing.

Other highlights are –

  • Multi-Platform & Multi-Source
  • RGB with LightSync
  • Logitech so G-Keys are a must
  • Crystal- Communication

SteelSeries Arctis PRO

Postives
  • Great Controls
  • Studio sound quality
  • Excellent Design
Negatives
  • Pricey
  • Surround Sound could be better
  • Few important features are missing

Arctis PRO is newer than the Siberia 840. So, these are improvised headsets. Surprisingly, they cost less than the Siberia 840. These cost around $219 and comes in two variations.

One with a GameDAC and other without it.


SteelSeries Arctis Pro Specs
  • Brand – SteelSeries
  • Model – Arctis Pro
  • Width – 6.5 in
  • Depth – 3.5 in
  • Height – 7.4 in
  • Weight 1- 5.03 oz
  • Body Material – aluminum, steel
  • Headphones Form Factor – Circumaural
  • Sound Output Mode – stereo
  • Frequency Response – 10 Hz
  • Magnet Material – Neodymium
  • Audio – Controls microphone on/mute, volume
  • Controls – Volume, microphone on/mute
  • Type – audio line-out
  • Connector Type – mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
  • Included Accessories – USB ChatMix Dial
  • Service & Support – 2 years warranty
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Lossless In-Game Audio

The Arctis Pro + GameDAC is the first full gaming audio system to receive the Hi-Res Audio certification. Gamers can enjoy the best quality of lossless audio for various files like WAV, FLAC, and DSD.

Moreover, the GameDAC has native 96 kHz and 24-bit support for future Hi-Res in-game audio experience.

As the Centurion uses ESS amplifier the GameDAC is actually the ESS Sabre 9018 Reference DAC. Therefore, you can blindly expect proper positioning and precise sound delivery.

Connectivity

The Arctis PRO wireless [without GameDAC] has a dual wireless system which provides rock-solid, lossless 2.4G wireless audio for gaming.

According to SteelSeries, the headset connects to the wireless transmitter base station via the SteelSeries 2.4G connection.

So, you encounter a lossless and ultra-low latency wireless audio. Moreover, the interference-free range is up to 40 feet.

Key Features

  • DTS Headphone: X v2.0
  • Dual-Battery System
  • ClearCast bidirectional microphone
  • Discord Certified

Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1X

Postives
  • Appreciable Audio Reproduction
  • Great for FPS games
  • Comfortable design
Negatives
  • Pricey
  • Sound may leak due to its Open Design
  • Material Lacks a Premium Feel
  • Non-detachable Mic

Audio Technica with their experience of over 40 years has designed this headphone for premium gamers to feel every movement of the game.

Audio Technica is very much known for the studio-quality audio experience but they have displayed many headphones in the gaming region.

Moreover, they have performed very well. So, let’s see how well this does.


Audio Technica ATH-ADG1X Specs
  • Brand – Audio Technica
  • Model – ATH-ADG1X
  • Driver Type – Open-air dynamic
  • Driver Diameter – 53 mm
  • Type (Microphone) – Condenser
  • Weight – 285 g (10.1 oz), without cable
  • Frequency Response – 5 – 35,000 Hz
  • Maximum Input Power – 1,000 mW
  • Sensitivity – 99 dB/mW
  • Impedance – 48 ohms
  • Cable – 1.2 m [3.9′]
  • Connector – 3.5 mm [1/8″] gold-plated stereo mini-plug (4 pole)
  • Sensitivity (Microphone) – [-41 dB](0 dB=1 V/Pa, 1 kHz)
  • Frequency Response (Microphone) – 100 – 12,000 Hz
  • Polar Pattern (Microphone) – Supercardioid
  • Accessories Included – 2.0 m (6.6′) extension cable; windscreen
  • Service & Support – 1-week warranty
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Gaming Experience

Audio Technica gaming headphones have marked its significance in the gaming industry. Frank Klepacki, award-winning composer & audio director also believes ATH to be his go-to headphone brand.

The ADG1X produces audio as Frank Klepacki intended it to.

These cans have advanced 53 mm driver which recreates the sound with great accuracy.

Furthermore, if you play games in which FPS matters a lot then this is a great option for you. Because these cans are wonderful for FPS based games.

High Response Microphone

The headphone has a directed microphone, having a narrow pickup pattern. Such type of headphones is called Supercardioid Microphone. Moreover, these have a pickup pattern narrower than the cardioid.

This enables excellent rejection of all the unwanted ambient sounds. So, you can have a clean and clear in-game communication.

Other Highlights –

  • 3D Wing Support for a comfortable fit
  • Lightweight, honeycomb aluminum design
  • State of the art Microphone

Asus ROG Centurion 7.1

Postives
  • Great Surround Sound
  • Performs great for shooting in games
  • Robust Build Quality
  • It comes with a headset stand
Negatives
  • Pricey
  • Functions only with its Amp
  • Bass Heavy
  • The cans are bulky

The Centurion is Asus headphone starring the ROG [Republic Of Gamers] series. Further, we will unscrew what makes this headset a beast requiring a fortune.

The ROG Centurion 7.1 gaming headset has 10 drivers. Further, these drivers are discrete in nature.

Also, these have Hi-Fi built-in headphones amplifier.


Asus ROG Centurion 7.1 Specs
  • Brand – Asus
  • Model – ROG Centurion 7.1
  • Connector – USB
  • Platform – PC
  • Cable – Braided fibre cable (headset cable 1.5M + USB cable 1.5M = 3M (Max.)
  • Cable Length – 3 meter
  • Weight – 450 g
  • Driver diameter – Front :- 40 mm, Subwoofer :- 40 mm, Center :- 30 mm, Side :- 20 mm, Rear :- 20 mm
  • Driver material – Neodymium magnet
  • Pick-up Pattern – Microphone boom :- Uni-directional
  • Frequency Response – Microphone boom :- 50 ~ 12000 Hz
  • Sensitivity – Microphone boom :- Sensitivity : – 26 dB
  • Accessories – Detachable microphone, Headset stand, USB cable, Quick start guide, USB audio station, HDMI-to-3.5mm speaker splitter cable
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Full Gaming Immersion

These gaming headphone manufacturers have very well analyzed what a true gamer wants from a gaming headphone.

Therefore, one expects 7.1 surround sound from these premium headsets. Even more, this headphone produces 7.1 surround sound with great fidelity.

The headphone designers have finely tuned the driver position in order to increase its precision which gives optimal audio accuracy.

In order to make the games feel more realistic, the headphones use a Hi-Fi grade ESS headphone amplifiers.

Communication & Connectivity

The Centurion makes use of a unidirectional digital microphone. This uses a sound-processing algorithm which aids in improving the level of voice quality.

Unfortunately, we don’t find such pureness in the analog microphones.

The algorithm manages to diminish the background noise throughout the gaming experience. They are accessible in both wireless and wired forms.

Also, the connectivity is excellent and it should be at such a price. But I prefer wired for competitive gaming where time matters a lot.

Key Features

  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Hi-Fi Amplifier
  • Discord & TeamSpeak Certified
  • Filters more than 90% of Environmental Noise

Asus ROG Strix Fusion 700

Postives
  • Superb Design
  • Great Surround Sound
  • Very good Aura Sync Lighting
Negatives
  • Control Issues
  • Poor Notification feature
  • Doesn’t support 3.5 mm jack

The ROG Strix Fusion 700 by Asus is a headphone for PC, console and mobile gamers. This provides flexibility to the user to use the headphone in both wired and wireless form.

It cost $210 and also has earned an award about which we will discuss later.


Asus ROG Strix Fusion 700 Specs
  • Brand – Asus
  • Model – ROG Strix Fusion 700
  • Style – Over-the-ear
  • Cable Length – 2 meter
  • Weight – 395 g
  • Driver diameter – 50 mm
  • Driver material – Neodymium magnet
  • Microphone – Uni-directional
  • Impedance – 32 Ohm
  • Frequency Response (headphones) – 20 ~ 20000 Hz
  • Platform – PC, Mobile device, PlayStation® 4, Nintendo Switch, MAC
  • Connector – USB
  • Wireless Technology – Bluetooth aptX, SBC
  • Operation Time – Listen time (per charge) : Up to 17 Hours
  • Battery – Lithium Polymer
  • Microphone Pick-up Pattern – Microphone boom: Uni-directional
  • Frequency Response – Microphone boom: 50 ~ 10000 Hz
  • Sensitivity – Microphone boom: Sensitivity – 39 dB ± 3 dB
  • Accessories – USB cable, ROG Hybrid ear cushion, Quick start guide, Carry bag
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True Audio Experience

The Fusion 700 is an excellent sounding gaming headset. Moreover, Asus has used its ‘Asus Essence Driver’ which tweaks the bass and fines the details.

This driver is designed to give a frequency response of 20-40kHz.

Almost all the premium gaming headphones use the ESS hardware. And the Fusion 700 also has the ESS Hi-Fi 9018 DAC and the 9601 Amp.

By the grace of this, the headset delivers sound with ultralow distortion. Furthermore, the drivers are surrounded by an enlarged area along with the airtight chamber design.

This helps a lot in improving the audio experience. Similar to other premium gaming headsets, the Fusion 700 also has 7.1 surround sound.

Furthermore, the 7.1 surround sound is designed by the Bongiovi Acoustics.

But according to Asus, this surround sound highlights a custom algorithm for optimal sound quality.

Connectivity

As I told earlier, this headset can be used in both wired and wireless forms. As we know lag can affect the game results.

Therefore, Asus has provided the wired form for playing games so that you face no latency issues.

It doesn’t use type C but uses USB 2.0. Also, if you are enjoying music or traveling you can use the wireless mode. It uses the Bluetooth v4.2 so you can attend your calls by taping your headset.

Key Features

Certifications

It is no surprise that gaming headphones are certified. So, these are also Discord and Teamspeak certified. Even more, the Fusion 700 has also got the ‘Design Award 2018’.

RGB’s

Engineers have designed the headset keeping the RGB neutral and at the proper place [According to me]. Moreover, the Fusion 700 has various RGB commands like static, breathing, color cycle, and music.

Controlled By Touch

It irritates a lot when you have to adjust volume while playing any game. But swiping the headset is very much easy for us lazy people.

So, this headset has a number of gestures which are intuitive enough for making life easy. Commands are:-

  • Swipe left/right – Select Track
  • Swipe up/down – Change Volume
  • Single Tap – Pause/Play
  • Single Tap – Pick-up a call
  • Tap and hold for 3 seconds – RGB Sync
 You can mute the microphone by folding it.

Conclusion

AHHH! Such a wonderful post has now reached an end. Furthermore, this is the difficult part for me as I am not a PRO gamer so it’s quite challenging for me to recommend anyone from these.

All are well ahead of the headphones that we addressed in this column (Casual Gaming). So, go forward and buy any one of these now as they all are excellent.

Moreover, share this beautiful piece with your friends and everyone you know.

Comment down below if you have any involvement with such great gaming headsets.

Thank You for reading! I’ll see you in the following post. Stay Tuned…

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