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Updated: Jul 7, 2015 10:43
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#1
alaScore 100

Parrot Zik 2.0

The sensor-packed Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones are a tinkerer's dream. These Bluetooth noise-cancelling cans let you sculpt sounds and control your device.

12 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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...

17 expert reviews | 705 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...

11 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

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...

10 expert reviews | 210 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

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...

9 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#6
alaScore 97

Sennheiser G4ME ZERO

Today DaveChaos reviews the Sennheiser G4ME Zero Headset.

16 expert reviews | 318 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Philips Fidelio NC1

For all the reasons above, if I had to choose between the Bose QC25s and the Philips NC1s, I'd go for the NC1s – they sound slightly better, they pack slightly thinner and they wear slightly lighter.

4 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

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....

6 expert reviews | 30 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8

The Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 on-ear headphones look great, hammer out bass, and their active noise-cancellation is brilliant.

3 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 96

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 | 230 user reviews

#11
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.

17 expert reviews | 117 user reviews

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#12
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?

4 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 96

Jabra MOVE Wireless

Its feature set pales in comparison to other headphones we’ve checked out, nor is there really anything too outstanding with its design, but despite that, the biggest attraction to the Jabra Move Wireless is its excellent audio quality and aggressive...

3 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

#14
alaScore 96

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.

8 expert reviews | 54 user reviews

#15
alaScore 95

AKG Y50

Product of the Year, Awards 2014. Excelling in sound and style, the Y50s are a promising start for AKG’s latest range

2 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

#16
alaScore 95

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 | 108 user reviews

#17
alaScore 95

Jabra ROX

If there's one complaint I often hear concerning earphones, it's that cables tangle too easily and eventually snap. The Jabra Rox Bluetooth earphones, a wireless headphone pair (and one less vulnerable to those problems to begin with) might have the...

19 expert reviews | 140 user reviews

#18
alaScore 95

Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless

The DT Accessory Pack Up your game and the get the most out of your gear with the following extras, hand-picked by our editors:

2 expert reviews

#19
alaScore 94

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?

15 expert reviews | 202 user reviews

#20
alaScore 94

Marshall MODE

Marshall Headphones scores another round, incorporating the legacy of Marshall cabinets and amps into the Mode EQ by crafting a headphone that does justice to its namesake. You’ll have to trade a few accessories for the EQ feature, but from that...

2 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#21
alaScore 94

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...

6 expert reviews

#22
alaScore 94

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,...

30 expert reviews | 80 user reviews

#23
alaScore 94

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma

An all-round headset offering PS4 audio, NFC, Bluetooth and PC and Mac soundcard.

63 expert reviews | 1753 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...

1 expert reviews | 30 user reviews

#25
alaScore 93

RHA MA750I

British maker RHA has been in the headphone game for some time, mostly focusing on the lower-end market. The MA750i is the company's first foray into a higher end model: coming it at a list price of $129.99, it enters a crowded space of $100-150 units...

9 expert reviews | 208 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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    Headsets on alaTest

    alaTest.com has collected and analyzed millions of reviews from 2941 sources to help you choose the best Headset from top brands like Plantronics, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Jabra and more.

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