The best gaming headsets in Australia

We’ve chosen the six best gaming headsets in Australia to help you get an edge over the competition.

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The best gaming headsets in Australia

How did we pick this list?

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.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

ASTRO A40 TR + MixAmp Pro TR

Best overall gaming headset

ASTRO A40 TR + MixAmp Pro TR
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • Does everything well
  • High degree of control over sound mix

Cons

  • Expensive
  • MixAmp is more convenient at desks than in living rooms

Why we chose it

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.


HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Gaming Headset

Best cheap headset

HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Gaming Headset
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Sleek, inconspicuous design.
  • So comfortable it barely feels like you're wearing a headset.
  • Clean and powerful audio.
  • Volume wheel is a handy addition.

Cons

  • Only compatible with PS4 and PC.
  • No option to wire in as a backup.
  • No mic controls built in.

Why we chose it

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.


HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

Best mid-range headset

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • Comfy
  • Pretty good audio quality, and optional 7.1 surround sound

Cons

  • Lacks low end
  • Not customisable

Why we chose it

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.


SteelSeries Arctis Pro+ GameDAC

Best headset for audiophiles

SteelSeries Arctis Pro+ GameDAC
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • Hi-Res Audio certification
  • Highly customisable via the GameDAC

Cons

  • No wireless connectivity
  • More expensive than a 500GB PS4

Why we chose it

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.


Logitech G Pro X Wireless

Best headset for streamers

Logitech G Pro X Wireless
Image: Matt Sayer/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Excellent 7.1 surround sound implementation
  • Crisp and clear audio with seriously powerful bass
  • Durable and comfortable design

Cons

  • Steep price tag
  • Maximum surround sound volume output is curiously low

Why we chose it

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.


Sennheiser GSP 670 Wireless Gaming Headset

Best wireless headset

Sennheiser GSP 670 Wireless Gaming Headset
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • Lightweight frame sits comfortably and is easy to travel with
  • Quick to set up and use
  • Premium Sennheiser audio quality
  • Strong wireless range

Cons

  • No surround sound support on PS4
  • Expensive

Why we chose it

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.


Xbox Wireless Headset

Best Xbox headset

Xbox Wireless Headset
Image: Chris Stead/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Clear, well-balanced sound
  • Comfortable and smart design
  • Easy to set up and use

Cons

  • Max volume and resulting bass a bit underwhelming
  • Dolby Atmos behind paywall
  • Charging cable is a joke

Why we chose it

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.


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Methodology

  • Our editorial team compared gaming headsets found at major retailers and online stores across Australia.
  • We examined hundreds of customer reviews and ratings and cross-referenced our selections with expert reviews.
  • Where consumer sentiment was similar, our personal experience with the relevant headsets was used as a deciding factor.
  • The products on this list were chosen by our editorial team and were not selected based on commercial relationships.

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Why buy a gaming headset?

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.

Wired vs wireless

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.

How to compare gaming headsets

Audio quality

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 vs 7.1 surround sound

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.

Comfort

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.

Microphone quality

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.

Five things to consider

  1. Don't forget to charge. Wireless headsets need charging regularly, usually through a dock or charging station. Consider where you'll put it and how well it blends in with the rest of the room.
  2. Save money, avoid licensing fees. Manufacturers release branded versions of headsets around big games like Call of Duty and Halo. These are best avoided because they're identical to headsets in the normal product line, they just have a flash coat of paint and a more expensive price tag.
  3. Look for replaceable parts. Ear cups inevitably wear down, drivers burn out and plastic components can become brittle and snap. It's a good idea to ensure spare parts are available for any headset so you don't need to replace the whole unit if something goes wrong. It's better for both the environment and your wallet.
  4. Make sure it's compatible. Some headsets will work on PC, Xbox One and PS4, while others will only work on a specific platform. Triple check that your platform is supported.
  5. Check the connection. Across both wired and wireless varieties, ensure you buy a headset with the right type of connection for your device. For example, if your PC or console doesn't have a 3.5mm port don't buy a headset that relies on one.
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