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Headset Reviews

Updated: Oct 1, 2014 09:20
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#1
alaScore 100

Sennheiser G4ME ZERO

Audiophiles and gamers are two wildly different audiences. You can certainly be both, but it's hard to be both at the same time. Audiophiles want excellent sound quality that reproduces the audio source purely, without any sorts of tricks or tweaks to...

20 expert reviews | 111 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

SteelSeries H

At the £270 level, a gaming headset needs to not only be devoid of significant issues, but also be a really refined and awesome addition to your game-playing experience.

14 expert reviews | 100 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Jabra ROX

You can find the Jabra Rox Wireless retailing a little lower than its MRP of Rs 6,999. It’s a bit expensive when compared to the competition but we feel they are worth it if you have the budget. The Jabra Rox Wireless offers very good audio quality as...

11 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Bose AE2W

Despite a few question marks and a high price, the AE2w headphones are a very good-sounding Bluetooth pair that's lightweight and very comfortable to wear.

16 expert reviews | 1268 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Plantronics RIG

Since this is a Plantronics product, you may expect some kind of Bluetooth support, so I should point out that Bluetooth is not supported in this version. It’s not hard to imagine that other versions could be built with fancier options at some point,...

15 expert reviews | 75 user reviews

#6
alaScore 97

Plantronics BackBeat

Plantronics BackBeat FIT offers a good feature set in a lovely looking package. For outdoor runners, cyclists and gym freaks, the BackBeat FIT could be a great companion due to the wireless component. Thanks to its light weight, you will not feel any...

10 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma

The Sigma is not as a headphone for music enthusiasts. In fact, they sound way different than the other Creative earphones. For gamers however, it makes better sense. The audio module doesn’t do a lot for the headphone. Quality is decent, maybe a tiny...

89 expert reviews | 2771 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Turtle Beach EAR Force XLC

If you’re a serious gamer with a mix of media passions - and a bit of a control fetish - it’s hard to go wrong with the XP Seven.

30 expert reviews | 960 user reviews

#9
alaScore 96

Kingston HyperX Cloud

Kingston have been known for some time now as a manufacturer of high performance memory and with their HyperX brand have added some stylish modules to their range. In more recent times we have seen them branch out into SSDs and now they are taking...

6 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#10
alaScore 96

Sol Republic RELAYS

The marketing behind the SOL Republic Relays claims that they're "crossover" earphones, combining the superb fit of exercise-focused pairs with the excellent sound that exercise earphones supposedly lack. This is a pretty bizarre notion—the Sennheiser...

4 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#11
alaScore 96

Focal Spirit Professional

The fairly tight grip and large size means the Focal Spirit Classic aren’t for everyone, but great, nuanced sound and pretty good versatility makes them a solid buy for those with picky ears.

6 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 96

Jabra REVO

Often, the headphone brands that try to reproduce deep bass frequencies faithfully (say, Grado or Sennheiser) are overshadowed by those that tend to boost them a bit too much (say, Beats). And then you have the Jabra Revo ($199 list). I'm not sure I've...

26 expert reviews | 622 user reviews

#13
alaScore 96

Soul Transform

The box says ‘Sporty, lightweight and comfortable on-ear design’ yes I think that is another good way of describing them.

2 expert reviews

#14
alaScore 95

Steel Series Siberia V2 FULL SIZE IPOD/Iphone/IPAD

Conclusion If you’re looking for a gaming headset for your PC that boasts a good microphone, decent sound, and won’t break the bank, you’d be hard-pressed to do better for the price than a set of Steelseries Siberia V2s. They’re not perfect, but they...

154 expert reviews | 4001 user reviews

#15
alaScore 95

Parrot SA PF560000

The Parrot ZIK touch-activated Bluetooth headphones we’re having a look at here will cost you a cool $399.99 USD from several different sources – Brookstone and the Apple Store carry these beasts and they’ll be popping up elsewhere as well (sooner than...

28 expert reviews | 838 user reviews

#16
alaScore 95

Razer Kraken Pro

Sometimes simplicity works. Gaming headsets with bells and whistles like surround sound, USB audio processors, and wireless functionality are great, but when you get down to it, the most important thing is to be able to plug in a headset and be able to...

7 expert reviews | 1090 user reviews

#17
alaScore 95

Creative Aurvana Platinum

These headphones aren't awful but there's not much to like about them either

4 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#18
alaScore 95

Plantronics 89200-01

Buying an audio product requires balancing your priorities for sound quality and price. If you can spend a lot on a pair of headphones, they're probably going to sound great (with certain distinctions between the models). If you can't spend a lot,...

15 expert reviews | 3537 user reviews

#19
alaScore 95

Musical-Fidelity MF-100

A neutral sound with surprisingly powerful bass, but it's a little expensive

6 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 94

Urbanears Kransen

The era of cheap earphones sounding like garbage has swiftly become history. It's now possible to recommend pairs around $50 or less now, when a few years ago I cringed at the thought. The Urbanears Kransen, at $39 (direct), is an in-ear pair with a...

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#21
alaScore 94

Marshall Monitor

Rawk-themed headphones have been popping up more and more lately—we recently had the Motörheadphones Motörizer storm into our labs, and now we have the Marshall Monitor. At $200, the Monitor is a classy homage to the legendary guitar amps. But it's...

5 expert reviews | 79 user reviews

#22
alaScore 94

Klipsch STATUS

Klipsch’s Status offer superb style, roughneck durability, and a smooth, well-balanced sound signature that we’d be happy to take with us on our next journey abroad, or just down the street.

3 expert reviews

#23
alaScore 94

Sol Republic 1211-OKS

Money can't buy you love, but 100 bucks will buy you a better set of headphones than we would have thought possible before we strapped Sol Republic's Tracks to our noggin.

13 expert reviews | 1306 user reviews

#24
alaScore 93

Yamaha PRO 500

While they're a bit overpriced, the Yamaha Pro 500 headphones deliver excellent sound tuned to satisfy audiophile tastes.

8 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

#25
alaScore 93

Mionix Nash 20 Headset

It’s been a while since we have seen a Mionix product here at pcG and the Nash 20 proves that this is a shame, as the Mionix Nash 20 is a without question a damn good Gaming headset. Ok so the packaging was a little on the dull side, but the headset...

2 expert reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Headsets

    Whether it is for a standard telephone, cordless phone, cellphone, or computer, a headset is becoming the most popular way to listen in to an electronic device. Headsets offer optimum mobility, outstanding reception and sound quality, and eliminate the fatigue that can come from holding a handset to your ear for an extended period of time. Many people do not know what they have been missing until they experience firsthand the comfort and convenience of using a headset.



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    Types of Headsets

    First you will need to select a headset that is appropriate for the device you will be using it with. There is some overlap of types, but check for compatibility before buying:

    Standard Telephone Headsets – These are extremely useful, indeed required, for professionals who have heavy phone duties. Hands-free use of the phone allows you to simultaneously use a computer and perform other duties while maintaining contact with a customer or co-worker.

    Cellphone Headsets – Hands-free cellphone use is an increasingly popular option, and may be required in some circumstances. Many jurisdictions now require the use of a headset or hands-free device if you want to make or receive a cellphone call while driving.

    Computer Headsets – These are primarily used by dedicated gamers, and add to the immersive experience of gaming. Headsets may deliver improved sound quality performance over standard computer speakers. They are also useful for people who use their computers for telephone applications.

    What to Look for in a Headset

    Over-the-Head vs. Over-the-Ear: Over-the-Head models are more secure and require less fuss. Over-the-Ear models are less visibly intrusive: they won't mess up your hair or interfere with glasses or a hat. Recent developments include several models that can convert between either style.

    Binaural Receivers: This simply means that the headset has two receivers, one for each ear. This provides improved sound quality and some noise reduction.

    Noise Canceling Technology: This is a requirement for busy office environments, and provides for clear reception and hearing despite abundant background commotion.

    Microphone Configuration: For many consumers , this is as important as the sound quality of the earpiece. A microphone mounted on a longer boom will make your voice sound clearer and stronger, and reduce background noise, the perfect solution to a busy environment.

    Connectivity: Most corded and cordless phones will require a small adapter to accommodate a headset. Most cellphones offer plug-in compatibility. Wireless connectivity is quickly becoming the most preferred method, with Bluetooth technology leading the way in ease and convenience.

    Popular Headset Brands

    Nokia, Sony, and Motorola are all known for quality products across a wide range of performance specifications and price points. Plantronics is a lesser-known name, but has enthusiastic fans based upon its well-reviewed headsets. BlueAnt specializes in headsets that utilize the latest in Bluetooth technology. Sennheiser offers a number of high-end models for consumers who value quality over affordability. Creative has carved out a niche for itself as a provider of high-quality headsets best suited for computers and gaming purposes.

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