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Updated: Sep 3, 2015 11:42
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#1
alaScore 100

Plantronics BackBeat PRO

Despite some small drawbacks, the feature-packed Plantronics BackBeat Pro is an intriguing option for those looking for a wireless headphone with active noise-cancelling.

27 expert reviews | 233 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Kingston HyperX Cloud II

Gaming headsets don't have to be just for gaming. Any good set can also work well as regular stereo headphones, as long as they have a 3.5mm connection and sound good, and the boom mic doesn't get in the way. However, most gaming headsets embrace...

14 expert reviews | 67 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless

We wish the Sport Pulse Wireless fit and sounded better. We’re not applying audiophile principles here, it’s just that when music sounds empty and distant, it tends to suck the wind right out of your sails … and your workout. Still, it could be argued...

18 expert reviews | 149 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Philips Fidelio NC1

While the Philips Fidelio NC1's sound may be a little too forward for some listeners, it does have an excellent design and decent noise-canceling.

8 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

RHA T10I

RHA is known for its affordable earphones, but with the T10i, the company enters new pricing territory. At $199.95, this pair is more expensive than some of the leading in-canal options, like the $180 Editors' Choice Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2....

11 expert reviews | 68 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Plantronics BackBeat Fit

Many Bluetooth headphones tout themselves as being workout-friendly, but they usually try to find balance between good performance at the gym and good performance everywhere else. The Plantronics BackBeat Fit, on the other hand, is a purely...

19 expert reviews | 1453 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

AKG Y50

If you're looking for deep bass in your headphones, you have no shortage of options in the current market, so it's worth doing a little research before you immediately settle on a pair from Beats. There are pairs, like the AKG Y50, that deliver some...

11 expert reviews | 177 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma

Razer has cemented itself as an industry leader in the gaming peripherals business, and here with their "Chroma" line, these accessories get colorful. To be clear - these are the same devices that've been on the market for some time - they're just...

12 expert reviews | 487 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Marshall Major II

Marshall headphones, from their inception, have defied the gimmicky concept of invoking the look of the iconic Marshall guitar amps. Fashioning headphones and speakers this way could have been a great chance to skimp on actual audio performance in the...

8 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Jabra Sport Coach Wireless

The Jabra Sport Coach wireless headphones aren't just a solid pair of sporty Bluetooth buds, but they're also a handy training partner to have when your gym buddy doesn't show up. They look great, sound fantastic and fit well, and that extra motivation...

2 expert reviews

#11
alaScore 96

Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Analog

This headset does one thing, and it does it well

4 expert reviews

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#12
alaScore 96

Sennheiser G4ME ZERO

Today DaveChaos reviews the Sennheiser G4ME Zero Headset.

18 expert reviews | 299 user reviews

#13
alaScore 96

Turtle Beach Ear Force Z60

PC 7.1 Surround Sound headsets have had varying quality over the years, but does Turtle Beach's first foray in to DTS Headphone:X bring great 3D 360-degree audio and a very low price point?

6 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

#14
alaScore 96

SteelSeries H

If you don't mind a high price for a device best-suited to a single task, the SteelSeries H Wireless Headset is one of the better wireless gaming headsets you can buy.

21 expert reviews | 139 user reviews

#15
alaScore 95

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...

47 expert reviews | 2184 user reviews

#16
alaScore 95

SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism

The new SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism gaming headset is the result of over a year of feedback and in field testing. And when SteelSeries promised me that I would like the Siberia Elite Prism, and I did, I was pleasantly surprised. I don't enjoy...

7 expert reviews

#17
alaScore 95

SteelSeries Siberia V3

SteelSeries continues its new round of headsets with the new Siberia v3 headset, a new gaming headset compatible with the PC, Mac, PS4, iOS and Android.

9 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

#18
alaScore 94

V-Moda XS

The V-Moda XS on-ear headphones deliver a potent combination of portability, comfort and superior sound that make you want to wear them all day.

8 expert reviews | 47 user reviews

#19
alaScore 94

Sennheiser G4ME ONE

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...

15 expert reviews | 274 user reviews

#20
alaScore 94

Motorola MOTO HINT

Very good sound quality and nice charger case/storage unit

2 expert reviews | 70 user reviews

#21
alaScore 94

Plantronics Voyager Edge

It’s generally difficult to find a Bluetooth headset that delivers solid audio quality without leaving you looking like you’ve just come off-shift from a call center. Jawbone’s Era has since its launch been our pick of the handsfree kits, with its...

13 expert reviews | 904 user reviews

#22
alaScore 94

Klipsch Audio 1013732

Klipsch likely had noble intentions when it decided to adopt “Reference” as the moniker for its top-tier product line, and indeed, the line represents some of Klipsch’s finest work yet. But if you’re looking for transparency and even-keeled balance in...

4 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#23
alaScore 93

Kingston HyperX Cloud

With the Cloud II now just released in the market, we've been given a Cloud I to test, review and compare - is the newer model worth the extra $30?

19 expert reviews | 272 user reviews

#24
alaScore 93

Sennheiser RS 175

The home theater-focused wireless headphones category is, compared with the larger realm of Bluetooth headphones, a niche market. Sennheiser continues to fill it with quality offerings, however. Introduced at CES, the $279.95 Sennheiser RS 175 is a...

2 expert reviews | 54 user reviews

#25
alaScore 93

Sony MDR-ZX660AP

Brilliant sound quality! Even after a couple hours it's still comfortable on the ears as well. And they look amazing.

1 expert reviews | 43 user 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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