What Headphones Does Markiplier Use? (2022 Version)

What headphones does Markiplier use?

**In a rush? Here are the headphones: 

Sennheiser HD 598 SR Open-Back Headphone "Discontinued by manufacturer"
  • Audiophile grade over ear, open back headphone delivering exceptionally natural and balanced sound. Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Padded leatherette headband and luxurious velour covered ear pads provide extreme comfort for long listening sessions

Note: This article has been updated for 2018.

Markiplier is one of the largest names on YouTube. His channel has over 6 billion total views and 16 million subscribers. He is best known for his Let’s Play videos where he documents a playthrough of a video game adding commentary along the way.

He is best known for his high-energy commentary style that is full of yelling and profanity. He also makes v-logs on various topics to add a more personal connection with his audience.

He first started his career publishing playthroughs of the video game Amnesia: The Dark Descent.  He has since gained a reputation for playing through other horror video games such as SCP – Containment Breach and Five Nights At Freddy’s.

He is also famous for developing a series where he plays Minecraft intoxicated (has since canceled the series due to medical issues).

With the amount of YouTube subscribers and views, he definitely has the means to purchase the best equipment. If you have been watching his videos and wondering what headphone he’s been using we have the answer for you.

As of 2018, Markiplier has been seen sporting the Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones. High-quality headphones, but not tailored for gaming.

You can see him using them in one of his recent videos below.


  • Audiophile sound quality
  • Open-backed design
  • Amazing sound quality for the price
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Tangle-free chord

The HD 598 aren’t specifically designed for gaming. However, they are exceptional in terms of sound quality and comfort. Sennheiser is one of the leading manufacturers of headphones and has a reputation for producing audiophile sound quality.

You’ll quickly notice the open back of the headphone. This produces a different sound quality versus a closed-back headphone. The sound becomes more airy and wide. This will be a totally different listening experience for those used to the more common closed-back design.

Closed-back headphones will keep the sound contained within the headphones and lead to echoing and muffled sounds. Keep in mind that you will have no sound isolation whatsoever. This won’t be a big deal if you are using the headphones for gaming as you are generally in a quiet environment. You can find more information about open backed vs closed back headphones on one of our other blog posts.

The comfort of these headphones is outstanding. The velour earpads provide soft, comfortable padding that you can use for hours.

Although some people have mentioned that the temperature will become uncomfortable if the room temperature is too high. The fit of the headphone is one of the most important considerations for gaming headphones.

If you are used to gaming for hour long sessions then having a set of headphones that you find comfortable is essential.

These headphones can be classified as having a flat frequency response. Not exactly ideal for gaming as you will want a boosted low-end. These headphones are best suited for studio mixing and mastering.

While these are exceptional headphones for the price, they are missing a few features that good gaming headphones need:

  • No surround sound 7.1
  • No microphone
  • Not wireless​

Having a surround sound headphone can potentially give you a tactical advantage as you are able to access the gameplay’s surround sound inputs and hear audio signals from behind you. The lack of microphone means you will have to purchase an external microphone if you are wanted to chat to any of your teammates during gameplay.

Most gamers will agree that having a wireless set of headphones is a huge improvement. Being wireless completely removes the possibility of pulling out your headphones, running over the cable, or having the cable become tangled.

It also provides you with the ability to move around the room without having the remove your headphones or mic.

While we do love these headphones, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend them for those looking for gaming headphones. We’d recommend checking out the Corsair Vengeance gaming headphones. These are the headphones used by the most popular gamer on YouTube: PewDiePie. 

Bottom Line: Great headphones for listening to music and mixing, not ideal for gaming.

About the author


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.

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