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We tested 23 mainstream gaming headsets to find the best

Summary

Scoring for each category: 5/10 equates to average performance. 

Kingston HyperX Cloud

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 5.5/10
- Microphone clarity: 7/10
- Comfort: 6/10
- Detachable cable: no - Extras: extra faux-leather earpads, detachable mic
- Price: $80

Kingston HyperX Cloud 2

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog or digital
- Audio: 5.5/10
- Microphone clarity: 7/10
- Comfort: 6/10
- Detachable cable: no
- Extras: extra faux-leather earpads, detachable mic
- Price: $90

Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 8/10
- Microphone clarity: 7/10
- Comfort: 8/10
- Detachable cable: no
- Extras: None
- Price: $120

Logitech G430

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog or digital
- Audio: 5/10
- Microphone clarity: 5/10
- Comfort: 6/10
- Detachable cable: no
- Extras: Dolby 7.1 extension
- Price: $60

Logitech G930

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: digital
- Audio: 3/10
- Microphone clarity: 6/10
- Comfort: 6/10
- Detachable cable: wireless
- Extras: None
- Price: $90

Logitech G633/933 Artemis Spectrum

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: digital
- Audio: 6.5/10
- Microphone clarity: 6/10
- Comfort: 6/10
- Detachable cable: yes, wireless
- Extras: LED lighting
- Price: $130/$170

Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 3/10
- Microphone clarity: 5.5/10
- Comfort: 3.5/10
- Detachable cable: no
- Extras: LED lighting
- Price: $100

Razer Kraken Pro

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 3/10
- Microphone clarity: 5.5/10
- Comfort: 3.5/10
- Detachable cable: no
- Extras: None
- Price: $80

Razer Tiamat 2.2

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 3/10
- Microphone clarity: 5/10
- Comfort: 5/10
- Detachable cable: no
- Extras: NonePrice: $100

Razer Blackshark

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 7.5/10
- Microphone clarity: 8/10
- Comfort: 8/10
- Detachable cable: no
- Extras: None
- Price: $100

Turtle Beach Star Wars Battlefront

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 4/10
- Microphone clarity: 9/10
- Comfort: 3.5/10
- Detachable cable: no
- Extras: Star Wars design, in-line volume/mic control
- Price: $100

Turtle Beach Stealth 450

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 5/10
- Microphone clarity: 9/10
- Comfort: 3.5/10
- Detachable cable: yes
- Extras: in-line volume/mic control
- Price: $130

Turtle Beach Ear Force Z60

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 7.5/10
- Microphone clarity: 9/10
- Comfort: 7.5/10
- Detachable cable: yes
- Extras: DTS sound module, in-line volume/mic control
- Price: $85

SteelSeries Siberia 350

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog or digital
- Audio: 7.5/10
- Microphone clarity: 9/10
- Comfort: 7/10
- Detachable cable: yes
- Extras: DTS sound module, in-line volume/mic control
- Price: $120

SteelSeries Siberia 200

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 7/10
- Microphone clarity: 9/10
- Comfort: 4/10
- Detachable cable: yes
- Extras: in-line mic mute switch
- Price: $80

Corsair Void Stereo

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 3/10
- Microphone clarity: 7/10
- Comfort: 7.5/10
- Detachable cable: yes
- Extras: in-line mic mute switch
- Price: $70

Corsair Void RGB USB

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: digital
- Audio: 3/10
- Microphone clarity: 7/10
- Comfort: 7.5/10
- Detachable cable: yes
- Extras: LED lighting
- Price: $100

Corsair Void Surround

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog or digital
- Audio: 3/10
- Microphone clarity: 7/10
- Comfort: 7.5/10
- Detachable cable: yes
- Extras: Dolby 7.1 USB adaptor
- Price: $100

Corsair Void RGB Wireless

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: digital
- Audio: 3/10
- Microphone clarity: 7/10
- Comfort: 7.5/10
- Detachable cable: yes
- Extras: wireless
- Price: $130

Creative Labs Sound BlasterX H5

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 7/10
- Microphone clarity: 5/10
- Comfort: 7.5/10
- Detachable cable: yes
- Extras: in-line volume control and mic mute, detachable mic
- Price: $130

Roccat Kave XTD Stereo

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 5/10
- Microphone clarity: 5/10
- Comfort: 7/10
- Detachable cable: no
- Extras: in-line volume control and mic mute, detachable mic
- Price: $60

Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Analog

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 2/10
- Microphone clarity: 5/10
- Comfort: 7/10
- Detachable cable: no
- Extras: in-line volume control and mic mute, detachable mic
- Price: $120

Astro A40

- Design: open or semi open-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 7/10
- Microphone clarity: 7.5/10
- Comfort: 8/10
- Detachable cable: yes
- Extras: magnetically attached ear pads, removable covers, in-line mic mute, detachable mic
- Price: $150

Mionix Nash 20

- Design: closed-back
- Interface: analog
- Audio: 8/10
- Microphone clarity: 7/10
- Comfort: 7/10
- Detachable cable: no
- Extras: none
- Price: $100

Tuan Nguyen
Tuan is the Editor-in-Chief of Maximum PC, and loves all things tech. He's been building PCs and ruffling feathers in the industry for 20 years, and isn't afraid to call out bad products and services. In fact, it's very common to hear the words "this is shit" escape his lips. If you want to know if something is "Kick-Ass" or not, email or tweet him.