Top Pick for
Overall gaming headset
We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!
Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on our own experience, customer reviews and professional reviews. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the products with the highest review score within those parameters.
Not yet rated
If you're after a high-end pick that does everything exceptionally well, the ASTRO A40 TR + MixAmp Pro TR has you covered. The A40s have picked up countless critical accolades and they hold a 4.6 rating on Google from 790 reviews.
The A40 is one of gaming's most enduring gaming headsets, having undergone numerous generational upgrades since it launched more than 10 years ago. It's near-ubiquitous in the esports and streaming spaces – and for good reason.
From our own testing, we found that the 40mm drivers sound fantastic and deliver clear positional audio. It's a comfy, sturdy headset too, if slightly on the firm side. And the MixAmp Pro TR delivers a high degree of control over the audio mix, allowing you to not only set chat and game volume separately but also to utilise and create your own mix presets to suit different games or situations.
You'll struggle to find a better gaming headset for less than $100 than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. It's a regular inclusion in professional critic's headset round-ups, and it has a Google rating of 4.5 from more than 3,000 customer reviews, the highest of any headset in this price bracket that is readily available in Australia.
This is a headset that nails the fundamentals. The sturdy lightweight frame and generous ear padding make it comfortable over long sessions. On-ear controls are easily manipulated during play, and the microphone is surprisingly clear and consistent. Most importantly, the audio quality is far better than you'd expect at such a reasonable price. If you're on a tight budget, this is well worth considering.
For more information, check out our full review of the HyperX Cloud Stinger.
Not yet rated
The HyperX Cloud II holds the highest Google rating of any gaming headset priced between $150 and $250, with a score of 4.6 from nearly 5,000 reviews. It's also the top-selling PC headset on Amazon Australia (it works on consoles as well) and holds a rating of 4.4 from more than 20,000 Amazon reviews.
Both users and professional reviewers praise how comfy the memory foam ear cups are – they can be covered with included leatherette or plush coatings. Reviewers also note how sturdy and snug the lightweight aluminium frame feels.
The headline feature is the optional 7.1 surround sound that works via a sound card onboard a USB dongle attached to the headphone cord. Customer reviews repeatedly cite how well this works, highlighting its utility for locating enemies in multiplayer FPS and enhancing the cinematic experience in story-driven games. The sound profile is clear and precise, though professional reviewers have mentioned that it lacks some low-end bass.
Not yet rated
If you're a true audiophile and sound quality matters more than anything else, The SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC is your best pick. It's revered by critics and features on several lists as the best audiophile headset. It also holds a 4.5-star rating from more than 1,000 customer reviews on Google.
The secret to its audio quality is the attached USB GameDAC (digital to analogue converter), which allows it to deliver high-resolution audio at 96-kHz/24-bit with no downsampling – a first for gaming headsets. This means it's also capable of outputting lossless audio, so even when you're not gaming you'll be able to experience FLAC music files in all their high definition glory.
Gaming headsets often cut corners in the microphone department because, for most of us, they're just not that important. However, for streamers, being heard clearly is just as crucial as hearing clearly.
Gamers, critics and professional streamers praise the Logitech G Pro X for having an unusually good microphone for a gaming headset. It comes with a built-in pop filter, a rarity in this space, and its "Blue VO!CE" software has a number of real-time voice filters that let you reduce unwanted noise and add compression and de-essing. The result with the software running is crystal clear voice chat that a streaming audience will appreciate. The microphone is also detachable should you decide to upgrade to a professional-grade standalone mic.
Aside from the excellent microphone, it's also a good quality headset with powerful sounding audio and solid, relatively lightweight construction.
Not yet rated
All the other headsets on this list are of the wired variety because they tend to sound better and don't suffer from latency issues. The Sennheiser GSP 670 headset takes our pick for best wireless headset because it doesn't suffer from any of the limitations usually associated with wireless design.
It's a fantastic sounding headset, praised by professional reviewers for its warm bass and clear mid- and high-range. It has true 7.1 surround sound for positional audio. The battery lasts up to 20 hours on a single charge over Bluetooth (or 16 hours on the low-latency connection). It also maintains its wireless connection admirably well, without any annoying dropouts, making it almost as reliable as its wired competitors.
It's a little on the bulky side, but the audio quality and freedom of wireless without the usual limitations more than makes up for any aesthetic shortcomings.
For more information, check out our full review of the Sennheiser GSP 670.
Despite what it may look like, opting for the official headset in this category wasn't a lay down misère. However, Microsoft really kicked it out of the park with the Xbox Wireless Headset. It delivers a richly detailed soundscape across all ranges, is extremely comfortable to wear and offers a truly wireless set up (no dongle!) that takes just seconds to sync.
It provides no audio lag whatsoever and it's easy to use. Expect nice big volume controls, strong headband height adjustments and a short, supple mic with good voice pick-up. The 15-hour battery life is welcomed, too.
The 40mm drivers are probably its weakest point in comparison to the more expensive premium brands, and you do wish for a little more reach with the max volume and oomph in the low range. But still, at its price point, it punches well above its weight. Plus, it's compatible with Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC and mobile devices.
You can read a more detailed analysis in our Xbox Wireless Headset review.
52% off JBL Tune 600BTNC headphones
Valid for a limited time only. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.
Up to 35% off Sony over-ear headphones
Enjoy savings on Sony in-ear headphones with up to 67% off at Amazon. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.
Up to 40% off sale
Benefit from discounted prices on selected headphones, earbuds or other Sennheiser audio products. Shop now for up to 40% off. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.
Up to 25% off Anker products
Includes speakerphones, wall chargers, USB C hub, headphones, and more. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.
42% off EPOS Sennheiser gaming headset
Valid for a limited time only. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.
17% off Sennheiser 450BT headphones
Get the Sennheiser over-ear noise-cancelling wireless headphones HD 450BT with 54% off at Amazon. T&Cs apply.
Up to 39% off headset sale
Enjoy up to 39% off headsets while stocks last. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.
Headset accessories from just $99.95
Shop the accessories and replacement parts you need to upgrade or restore your headsets at Astro Gaming. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.
Headsets from just $129.95
Shop the top gaming headsets from just $129.95. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.
FREE Nura case + FREE USB-A charging cable
Get FREE Nura case and USB-A charging cable when you purchase headphone at Nuraphone. T&Cs apply.
Quality gaming headsets not only make your time playing more enjoyable, but they can also improve your in-game performance. Whether you're using a stereo headset that employs digital modelling or a true 7.1 surround sound device, you'll be better able to locate sounds like encroaching footsteps or the whizz of a bullet flying past in the game world. That's not to mention the added bonus of being able to play at full volume without irritating the neighbours or waking a sleeping baby.
The main two types of headsets are wired and wireless. The first step when choosing a gaming headset is determining exactly what you'll be using it for.
If your headset is for PC gaming, we recommend opting for a wired headset. They're more reliable, won't occasionally cut out with Bluetooth interference and won't need charging. Given you'll most likely be sitting at a desk near your PC, one more short cord isn't much of a downside.
Conversely, if you'll be console gaming on a TV from the couch, wireless is your best option. None of the benefits of a wired headset outweigh the irritation (and potential trip hazard) of having long cords dragged all over your living room floor.
If there's one area not to skimp on, it's audio quality. You want to feel the low-end rumble of explosions, understand every word of dialogue, and locate that pesky hidden sniper using the in-game audio cues designers spend years crafting. Check reviews and remember that if you're tossing up between two otherwise equal headsets, audio quality should be the clincher.
The design of the headset can also affect the audio. Closed headsets completely encircle your ears, shielding you from external noise – great if you're playing near a busy road or construction site but not so good if you need to regularly attend to the whims of children, pets and spouses. Open headsets typically have a more natural sound profile but they also allow more external sound in (and more game sound out). The extra ventilation means they're more breathable so you won't get as sweaty and uncomfortable during muggy weather.
Stereo headsets house a single driver in both earpads, whereas 7.1 surround sound headsets cram four into each. There are benefits to both approaches.
With the extra drivers in a 7.1 headset you're able to experience true surround sound, which makes locating the source of a noise in a game easier. If you're going to be playing a lot of competitive shooters like Call of Duty, this is the way to go.
Stereo headsets are able to use larger drivers because there's only one per ear; some audiophiles believe this results in better, purer sound quality. If you're playing games like League of Legends where positional audio doesn't really matter, a stereo headset is a good option. That said, some stereo headsets use digital modelling to achieve a surround sound effect; it's not as accurate as true surround sound but at its best it can be remarkably effective.
Heads come in different shapes and sizes, so it's hard to know exactly what you'll find comfortable based on other people's recommendations. If possible, go into a store and try on a few different headsets to test for fit. Keep in mind, though, that what you find comfy after a minute or two and after a few hours can be very different.
Generally, the lighter the headset the better. Heavy headsets put pressure on your neck and shoulders and after a lengthy session, you'll be feeling hunched and sore. Leather earpads are generally more comfortable than cheaper materials, but they're also more likely to make you sweat on hot days.
Microphones attached to gaming headsets are often pretty average, resulting in tinny, muffled chat audio. If you don't plan on using it much, or just want to utter the odd command to your squad, that's probably fine. But if you're planning on streaming to an audience on Twitch, Mixer or YouTube, you'll need to seriously consider this factor. Either opt for the rare headset with a reputation for having a good microphone, or get a standalone mic (and a headset without one). Your audience will thank you.
HyperX's starter streaming pack isn't extensive in its reach or expansive in its quality, but it's also not excessive in its price point.
The ATH GDL3’s super-light, stylish and comfortable design is incredibly appealing, but its sound profile might not be for everyone.
The Astro A40 and MixAmp Pro TR bring serious sound and audio control to serious gamers.
The Turtle Beach Recon 500 headphones aren't fancy looking, but for the most part, they deliver the gaming basics you'll want at a decent price.
The Nacon RIG 500 Pro HC headphones have wide console and PC compatibility, Dolby Atmos licensing and a genuinely comfortable design, even for longer gaming sessions.
The EPOS H3 is a solid general-purpose gaming headset that delivers comfort and convenience alongside decent audio.
It’s not the fanciest gaming headset around, and you’ll either love or loathe its lightweight design, but the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless certainly gets the gaming job done at moderate price point.
We review Microsoft’s new Xbox Wireless Headset, which puts immersive next-gen audio within reach of all Xbox Series X and Series S gamers.
The HyperX Cloud II Wireless marries impeccable audio with plush comfort in one of the best gaming headsets on the market.
The EPOS GTW 270s cram impressive gaming audio performance into a set of compact and comfortable wireless earbuds.
finder.com.au is one of Australia's leading comparison websites. We compare from a wide set of banks, insurers and product issuers. We value our editorial independence and follow editorial guidelines.
finder.com.au has access to track details from the product issuers listed on our sites. Although we provide information on the products offered by a wide range of issuers, we don't cover every available product or service.
Please note that the information published on our site should not be construed as personal advice and does not consider your personal needs and circumstances. While our site will provide you with factual information and general advice to help you make better decisions, it isn't a substitute for professional advice. You should consider whether the products or services featured on our site are appropriate for your needs. If you're unsure about anything, seek professional advice before you apply for any product or commit to any plan.
Products marked as 'Promoted' or 'Advertisement' are prominently displayed either as a result of a commercial advertising arrangement or to highlight a particular product, provider or feature. Finder may receive remuneration from the Provider if you click on the related link, purchase or enquire about the product. Finder's decision to show a 'promoted' product is neither a recommendation that the product is appropriate for you nor an indication that the product is the best in its category. We encourage you to use the tools and information we provide to compare your options.
Where our site links to particular products or displays 'Go to site' buttons, we may receive a commission, referral fee or payment when you click on those buttons or apply for a product. You can learn more about how we make money here.
When products are grouped in a table or list, the order in which they are initially sorted may be influenced by a range of factors including price, fees and discounts; commercial partnerships; product features; and brand popularity. We provide tools so you can sort and filter these lists to highlight features that matter to you.
We try to take an open and transparent approach and provide a broad-based comparison service. However, you should be aware that while we are an independently owned service, our comparison service does not include all providers or all products available in the market.
Some product issuers may provide products or offer services through multiple brands, associated companies or different labelling arrangements. This can make it difficult for consumers to compare alternatives or identify the companies behind the products. However, we aim to provide information to enable consumers to understand these issues.
Providing or obtaining an estimated insurance quote through us does not guarantee you can get the insurance. Acceptance by insurance companies is based on things like occupation, health and lifestyle. By providing you with the ability to apply for a credit card or loan, we are not guaranteeing that your application will be approved. Your application for credit products is subject to the Provider's terms and conditions as well as their application and lending criteria.