The Top 5 Best Headsets For CSGO

Best Headset For CSGO

There is one area that is often overlooked for those wanting to easily increase their skill level - sound. Many of you are here because you understand the potential of a decent gaming headset. Are there headphones that are well-suited to playing CS:GO? Well, the answer is yes.

I've found 5 headsets in each price bracket. Not everyone is willing to shell out $150 for a gaming headset. Luckily, there are still a few options under $50. While they won't be the best on the market, they will definitely be a step up from your regular headphones. 

I've summarized the headsets below. 

Logitech 981-000536 G430 7.1 Gaming Headset with Mic
Best Value
HyperX Cloud II - Gaming Headset, 7.1 Surround Sound, Memory Foam Ear Pads, Durable Aluminum Frame, Detachable Microphone, Works with PC, PS4, Xbox One - Red
CORSAIR VOID PRO RGB USB Gaming Headset - Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones for PC - Discord Certified - 50mm Drivers - Carbon
Best Overall
Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset - ComforTec Fit System and TruSpeak Technology -Xbox One, PS4, PC and Mobile Gaming - Xbox One
Razer ManO'War: Wireless 7.1 Surround Sound - 2.4 GHz Wireless Technology - Quick Action Controls - Unidirectional Retractable Mic - Gaming Headset Works with PC, PS4, & Xbox One
Title
Logitech G430
HyperX Cloud II
CORSAIR VOID
Turtle Beach - Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset
Razer ManO'War
Dolby
7.1
7.1
7.1
7.1
7.1
Driver Size
40mm
53mm
50mm
50mm
50mm
Connection
3.5mm cable
3.5mm cable
3.5mm cable
3.5mm cable
Wireless
Microphone
Built-in, Basic, Folding
Built-in, Noise-Cancellation, Detachable
Built-in, Noise cancelling, Foldable
Built-in, TruSpeak Technology, Detachable
Built-in, Optimized Sound algorithm, Retractable
Sensitivity
90 dB
102 dB
110 dB
120dB
112+/-3dB
Frequency Range
20Hz-20kHz
20Hz-20kHz
100Hz – 10kHz
12Hz-22kHz
20Hz-20kHz
Comfort Level
Sport-cloth earpad
Memory foam ear pads
Microfiber mesh fabric and memory foam
Smooth Asahi spandex fabric combined with unique, cooling gel-infused memory foam
Faux leather
Weight
1.37 pounds
1 pound
0.86 pounds
0.86 pounds
2 pounds
Sound Quality
Low Frequency Effects (LFE), Mediocre
Enhanced bass, immersive
Well balanced
Clearest team chat
Razer Surround engine, best sound quality
Final Thoughts
The best entry-level option
Best mid-range option. Purchase if you are serious, but don't want to spend over $100
A secondary mid-range option. Buy if you like trust Corsair
Best overall. Used by the most pros. All around amazing headset
A bit expensive. Great sound quality. Buy if you want wireless
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Logitech 981-000536 G430 7.1 Gaming Headset with Mic
Title
Logitech G430
Dolby
7.1
Driver Size
40mm
Connection
3.5mm cable
Microphone
Built-in, Basic, Folding
Sensitivity
90 dB
Frequency Range
20Hz-20kHz
Comfort Level
Sport-cloth earpad
Weight
1.37 pounds
Sound Quality
Low Frequency Effects (LFE), Mediocre
Final Thoughts
The best entry-level option
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Best Value
HyperX Cloud II - Gaming Headset, 7.1 Surround Sound, Memory Foam Ear Pads, Durable Aluminum Frame, Detachable Microphone, Works with PC, PS4, Xbox One - Red
Title
HyperX Cloud II
Dolby
7.1
Driver Size
53mm
Connection
3.5mm cable
Microphone
Built-in, Noise-Cancellation, Detachable
Sensitivity
102 dB
Frequency Range
20Hz-20kHz
Comfort Level
Memory foam ear pads
Weight
1 pound
Sound Quality
Enhanced bass, immersive
Final Thoughts
Best mid-range option. Purchase if you are serious, but don't want to spend over $100
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CORSAIR VOID PRO RGB USB Gaming Headset - Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones for PC - Discord Certified - 50mm Drivers - Carbon
Title
CORSAIR VOID
Dolby
7.1
Driver Size
50mm
Connection
3.5mm cable
Microphone
Built-in, Noise cancelling, Foldable
Sensitivity
110 dB
Frequency Range
100Hz – 10kHz
Comfort Level
Microfiber mesh fabric and memory foam
Weight
0.86 pounds
Sound Quality
Well balanced
Final Thoughts
A secondary mid-range option. Buy if you like trust Corsair
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Best Overall
Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset - ComforTec Fit System and TruSpeak Technology -Xbox One, PS4, PC and Mobile Gaming - Xbox One
Title
Turtle Beach - Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset
Dolby
7.1
Driver Size
50mm
Connection
3.5mm cable
Microphone
Built-in, TruSpeak Technology, Detachable
Sensitivity
120dB
Frequency Range
12Hz-22kHz
Comfort Level
Smooth Asahi spandex fabric combined with unique, cooling gel-infused memory foam
Weight
0.86 pounds
Sound Quality
Clearest team chat
Final Thoughts
Best overall. Used by the most pros. All around amazing headset
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Razer ManO'War: Wireless 7.1 Surround Sound - 2.4 GHz Wireless Technology - Quick Action Controls - Unidirectional Retractable Mic - Gaming Headset Works with PC, PS4, & Xbox One
Title
Razer ManO'War
Dolby
7.1
Driver Size
50mm
Connection
Wireless
Microphone
Built-in, Optimized Sound algorithm, Retractable
Sensitivity
112+/-3dB
Frequency Range
20Hz-20kHz
Comfort Level
Faux leather
Weight
2 pounds
Sound Quality
Razer Surround engine, best sound quality
Final Thoughts
A bit expensive. Great sound quality. Buy if you want wireless
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Why The Microphone Is Crucial 

Competitive gaming takes a lot of teamwork and communication. Over the years, companies have begun to put more of the retail price towards a quality microphone. You need something that picks up your voice clearly while preventing any outside sound interference from getting through.

This isn't that difficult when you have a large diaphragm microphone. But when you cut the size of the mic down to a size that can be placed on a headset, a number of issues arise. 

Your best bet is purchase something that has built-in noise cancellation. Most mid-range options are going to have this. Your entry-level options won't have built-in sound cancellation and will be annoying to use if you are playing in a loud environment. We need to be looking for something with intelligibility over fidelity. We are not going to be recording a podcast with these headsets. 

Being able to communicate through the sounds of gameplay is our top priority. 

If you don't ever plan on using a microphone you can really cut the cost down on your headset. I do, however, recommend you still consider the option. Just in case you decide to change your mind in the future. 

Out of the above headsets, the best value regarding the microphone ability is with the Cloud II. 

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HyperX Cloud II - Gaming Headset, 7.1 Surround Sound, Memory Foam Ear Pads, Durable Aluminum Frame, Detachable Microphone, Works with PC, PS4, Xbox One - Red
  • Designed for comfort – Exceptionally comfortable memory foam ear cushions and padded leatherette headband help keep you focused on gaming
  • Supreme audio quality – Large 53 millimeter drivers provide high-quality audio. Hear in-game details better and get the in-game advantage on your opponents

Potential Issues With Sound Quality

We're not looking for regular music headphones here. There is a difference in use cases that results in regular headphones being ill-suited for gaming. 

The most important features in a gaming headset in terms of sound quality are: 

  • Definition
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Pronounced low-end

You can ignore other characteristics such as balance and sound accuracy. We are most concerned with hearing the audio from the gameplay as clearly as possible.  This is where you are going to get the most benefit from a good quality headset. 

You need something with surround sound capabilities with high enough definition that you can hear the subtle audio of someone moving around behind you. Entry-levels are going to lack this definition and will result in delayed response time. You need something subtle enough to be directionally accurate while picking up all of the sound effects. 

Each peripheral needs to capture the game's unique atmosphere. The performance must be prioritized over how well the headset performs while consuming media. In a recent survey,  18 percent of respondents said they didn't care how their gaming headset performed with music and movies at all. 

While there was competition between the Razer and the Turtle, the reviews suggested that the Turtle edged out the razor by a few points. The Hyper X is also another great option. 

I know audiophiles say there is no such thing as a good gaming headset, but they are a notoriously difficult crowd to please. I really tried to focus on audio quality that improves performance rather than something that is pleasant to sit down and relax while listening to music. 

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Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset - ComforTec Fit System and TruSpeak Technology -Xbox One, PS4, PC and Mobile Gaming - Xbox One
  • ComforTec Fit System Revolutionary adjustment system for truly personalized comfort
  • Aerofit Ear Cushions : Delivering cooling comfort, better sound and passive noise isolation, Speaker frequency response 12 hertz to 22 kilohertz, Speaker size 50 millimeters nanoclear speakers

Compatibility Concerns 

The third issue you need to be careful of is compatibility. I expect most of you are PC gamers. This makes compatibility really easy. All you need is a simple 3.5 mm cable and you will be good to go.

A good option to look out for is 3.5 mm extension cables. These make the connection much longer, allowing you to keep the cable out of your way while playing. 

Some headsets require a lot more power than can be supplied with a 3.5 mm connection. Lots of headsets are now coming with LED lights that can be altered. These headsets usually connect with a USB connection. 

While this works with both PC and console games, you won't be able to connect it to your phone without an adaptor. 

Why You Need To Pay Attention To Comfort

Let's face it, you're going to be wearing this headset for hours. Take it from me, any level of discomfort is going to totally ruin your experience. I've spent over $200 on headphones that I could only wear for 30 minutes at a time. Unsurprisingly, these headphones were never used. 

The main driver of discomfort is headset pressure. This usually results from the company trying to increase the level of sound isolation. Too little pressure and the headphones will be falling off of your head and bleeding sound. Too much pressure and you will be in the same boat as me. 

This is why paying close attention to the reviews is crucial. Comfortable headsets use soft ear cushions and are optimized for comfort. 

Look for a headset with memory foam. This is the best way to ratchet up the comfort while keeping the price tag reasonable. You will also want to pay attention to earpad material. Lots of people have different preferences when it comes to earpad material, but something soft and breathable is the way to go. 

Other than that, pay attention to the weight of the headphone, as well as the ability to adjust. Something lightweight is obviously preferable. 

The most comfortable headsets go to the Cosair Void. The material is breathable and it uses memory foam. 

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CORSAIR VOID PRO RGB USB Gaming Headset - Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones for PC - Discord Certified - 50mm Drivers - Carbon
  • Microfiber mesh fabric and memory foam provide exceptional comfort
  • Legendary CORSAIR build quality ensures long term durability; Cable Length :1.8 m

Other Accessory Features

There are a few other features that sometimes get discussed that I don't feel are as important as the issues above. Durability is usually something people look for in headsets. But the fact is most of these headsets will be worn in a controlled environment. 

If you are something that is moving around with your headset then you are going to want to look for durability. The rest of us can focus on the quality of sound, comfort, and mic. 

Wireless headsets are beginning to become more common. With the advent of Bluetooth 4.1, it's easy to get weeks of battery life out of small devices. The only thing to worry about here is latency. You must purchase a headset with aptx low-latency codec. Anything else will leave you with a delay that is going to be extremely annoying.

Wireless also adds a lot of weight to the headphones (see table above). But it does get rid of the annoying cable you have to deal with. Just some food for thought.

Finally, some gaming headsets are offering customizable LEDs. This can be a cool feature for some but isn't something I'd be willing to pay extra for. 

If you haven't considered a gaming chair with built-in speakers you can check out my favorite here.

Conclusion

Unsurprisingly, the Turtle Beach and Hyper X came out on top. If you are at all familiar with professional gaming I'm sure you are well aware of both of these models. But, most of us can't really afford the price range. The Logitech headset is one of the best selling headsets on the market.

It packs a ton of quality for a very reasonable price. If you just need something to get you started I wouldn't recommend anything else. As you can see, it still competes with all of the other premium headphones. 

Logitech 981-000536 G430 7.1 Gaming Headset with Mic
  • DTS Headphone: X and Dolby 7; 1 surround Sound: experience an immersive 360 degree sound field that lets you hear what you can't see
  • Built for comfort: lightweight design and soft sport cloth ear cups with 90 degree swivel for maximum comfort and a personalized fit
About the author

Glen

My name is Glen. I've been in the audio world for over 15 years. I love reviewing audio equipment and solving audio related problems.