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Best Gaming Headsets 2016

From going through a top 5 list of best gaming laptops to a top 5 list of best gaming headsets, 2016 brings a new line up of gaming headsets to the table for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC that gives everyone the key to listen in on team chat and talk during online private chats and sending voice messages on the console.

As always, it is important to make sure that your own voice can be heard when live streaming or recording gameplay if you are making a goal of starting a gaming channel on YouTube or Twitch. Some individuals may like more commentary in a walk-through of a game than some that like more game-play without interruption during cut scenes. Much less no commentary for a gaming walk-through, it’s up to you on that.

For recommending a top 5 list of gaming headsets, these recommended choices feature benefits of getting great amplification, zero static, zero interference, sound and volume quality.

HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset

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Our number one most recommended gaming headset that makes the best gaming headsets of 2016 list is the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset. This gaming headset is compatible with both the PS4 and Xbox One that features a detachable microphone. It is certified for TeamSpeak which gives the user the opportunity to speak in private “online parties” and  with squad team-mates in action and shooter games.

It is known to be a great headset for comfort during long-term usage of gameplay that will not put as much pressure on your head and ears. The HyperX Cloud Gaming headset has leather pads on the head arch and ear cups for comfort to keep away any irritation.

For sound, the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset features a 53mm sound drivers with about 20 kHz of frequency that gives the ultimate surround sound quality for enhancing game-play anywhere. It’s basically a great way to enhance bass quality in sound and is a great way to concentrate on gaming without interruptions from the yelling girlfriend or parent as they describe their day and what needs to be paid in expenses.

The only thing the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset does not have is that it does not feature adjustable ear cups, it only comes in one fixed size; but, this headset should be good enough to fit all head sizes.

This gaming headset is also available for the PC, MAC, and your iPhone for listening to music and playing on the go whenever and where ever you want as long as you have a way to connect the 3.5mm connection jack.

Turtle-Beach Ear Force Stealth 400 Premium Gaming Headset

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The number two gaming headset on our top 5 list of gaming headsets, comes to the Turtle-Beach Ear Force Stealth 400 Premium Gaming Headset, which is to say is one of the logical choice of headset types for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

The Ear Force Stealth 400 headset is a wireless headset that is compatible to transmit through a USB transmitter to make it the same as a wired gaming headset for plug-and-play with exception of not having to deal with wires and tangling them up.

For understanding the audio of this headset more, it has 50mm sound drivers that has great sound quality and also allows adjustment to EQ presets. The Ear Force Stealth 400 runs at about a 18 gHZ of frequency power. It is also another headset that prevents any noise interference.

There are different preset modes that the Stealth 400 Headset has including a voice and treble/bass boost to enhance sound closer to a setting that you are looking for whether you can’t hear other players talking or understanding environment sounds in the game your playing.

The on-board battery really does allow for more long-term game-play with up to more than 15 hours of usage. It’s a better choice for finding balanced power setting. Out of the box, it only takes about 45 minutes to an hour of charging time to get the Ear Force Stealth 400 headset primed and ready to use.

Also, the Ear Force Stealth 400 gaming headset can be set up to run on auxiliary with a mobile device like an iPhone or a tablet to connect in playing mobile games.  The same functions work the same on mobile games as playing on the console.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 500X Gaming Headset

From one Turtle Beach gaming headset to another, the third recommended choice of a gaming headset comes to the Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 500X Gaming Headset that is for the Xbox One.

The Turtle Beach Ear Force 500X headset is very similar to the 400 version being another wireless gaming headset and the same 50mm dual sound drivers; but the only differences is that this gaming headset comes with a DTS Headphone 7.1 Channel Surround Sound in both head-phones instead of standard SFX Stereo speakers.

While the Ear Force 500X works also with mobile gaming on the iPhone and tablets like the 400 version, it works well for communicating over the phone as an alternative to a blu-tooth device.

Besides listening in on  game-play and music, the surround sound can be a big benefit for listening in on movies that are playing or streaming on the mobile devices that use NetFlix and Amazon Prime Instant Video subscriptions for watching instantly.

The Ear Force Stealth 500X features microphone monitoring as a visual aid to understand the quality of the sound and volume to understand if the microphone is working.

It’s very similar to the other gaming headsets that Turtle Beach offers; but, is ultimately the best gaming headset for the Xbox One since surround sound can’t be beat in dual speakers of both ear cups. It’s easy to understand others who are in the same multiplayer room with you instead of some mics that force you to yell into the mic or crank up the volume to maximum to get good quality.

Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset with 7.1 Surround Sound

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From console gaming headsets to gaming headsets for the PC, the first recommended comes to the Logitech G930 Gaming Headset.

The Logitech G930 Wireless Headset features dual 40mm sound drivers that gets up to 20gHz frequency processing power that does not have as much power as a console gaming headset; but, is literally another promising gaming headset because of power from the rotating boom in the speakers.

Much to a big belief, the Logitech G930 Wireless Headset is a great headset to have where it will last a long time without have to replace the re-chargeable battery and charger that is included in the headset. However, the on-board battery only lasts 10 hours of usage. The charger for the headset itself is fragile, so don’t drop it or spill anything on it.

The headset comes with an adapter to plug into a USB 2.0 port of any laptop or into a desktop workstation server. With working under a wireless antenna signal, the Logitech G930 wireless headset can reach up to 15 to 18 feet so if you want to keep the headset on to go a short distance to grab a drink in the kitchen; then, you can still communicate without it shutting off for going out of range.

There are some G buttons on the side of the headset to program and work with music programs and other settings to chat with other online players.

Out of the box, the Logitech G930 Wireless Headset would possibly need some adjusting through it’s frequency settings and through the EQ presets to understand where adjustments need to be for getting crystal clear voice response and less cut out of the headset.

The PC requirements to use this headset includes Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Vista. There is also a limited way to use the wireless headset for the PS4 in stereo mode.

Also, there is a way to download a software program on the computer by going to Logitech’s website for downloading a user manual and programming the G buttons and adjustment settings such as voice morphing to become available.

It’s a satisfactory wireless headset for PC gaming from a top PC accessory brand like Logitech as it provides another way of hosting Skype and VOIP calls.

 Razer Kraken PRO Over-Ear Gaming Headset

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The final gaming headset that is mentioned in our best gaming headsets of 2016 list comes to a well-known brand name that works in boosting game-play for the PC. I am talking about Razer and the introduction to the Razer Kraken PRO Over-Ear Gaming Headset.

The Razer Kraken PRO Gaming Headset features dual 40mm sound drivers that makes this headset an ultimate headset a bass master with too much sound to blow your ear drums. The signal-to-noise ratio gets up to about 50 dB that is reason for the bass boost in the speakers of the headset. The mic itself is so powerful and sensitive that any outside noise can be picked up, so it is best to play in a quite environment with this gaming headset

Unlike other gaming headsets, the mic retracts out to about 2.5 feet to bend in many directions to give anyone the advantage of speaking without having to worry about the mic become too short. The Razer Kraken PRO Gaming Headset uses a 3.5mm connection jack to connect into the microphone port; but, it uses an extended splitter cable for separating audio output and mic input.

The biggest benefit out of the Razer Kraken PRO Gaming Headset is that it does give everyone an option to work with Razer’s 2.0 software program to adjust any audio settings to reduce any excessive bass setting to a more treble and soft setting.

In addition, the Razer Kraken PRO Gaming Headset can be used to connect to any MP3 players that uses 3.5mm connection jacks to listen to music, podcasts, and radio stations. However, this headset works well with a few genres like hard rock and heavy metal than country and the blues; but, with some adjustments the headset can possibly work to play those other genres.

The only thing with this headset is that it is not as durable as the other four gaming headsets since the wires are more fragile and get be easily broken if stretched too much. Just be careful with this headset no matter what.

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