2014 Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Gaming Headsets You Must Own

Angelina Montez November 12, 2014 0
Best Gaming Headsets

The holiday season is creeping up on us and that means only one thing: shopping for Christmas gifts. With so many products flooding the market, it becomes hard to purchase something for someone, let alone yourself. If shopping for a gamer, the one item sure to be on their wish list is a headset. But with so many companies pushing what look to be the same or similar products, it’s hard to settle on one elite option. So we decided to help out and narrow down the selection. Home console or mobile device, there’s something for everyone. Testing the best of the best, our recommendations are bond. Take a look at 5 Gaming Headsets You Must Own heading into shopping season.

Astro A50 Xbox One

Astro A50 Wireless Headset

Price: $300
Now that Astro has given mobile gamers a top-notch headset, it’s only fitting that next-gen gamers receive one as well. The A50’s are wireless perfection for those that hate getting tangled up in cords while you playing on their Xbox One. The headset features Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound with clarity and performance powered by KleerNet’s strongest 5.8Ghz, delivering professional audio, along with three different EQ modes to accommodate the following areas: hardcore gaming, watching movies, and playing shooters. The MIXAmp and Transmitter will surely give you the heads up on enemies as you’ll hear their steps much clearer. The A50’s are lightweight and adjustable to give gamers great comfort.

Razer Kraken 7 Chroma

Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma

Price: $100
Razer has done it again, and this time with their headset yet in the Kraken 7.1. The company integrated a 7.1 virtual surround sound engine that allows for an ultra-low latency audio, giving the device a 360 surround sound experience that allows you to hear those trying to creep up on you. Players can also adjust the surround sound channel, while boosting bass levels and balancing incoming voice audio to their liking. Sound is not the only feature you can customize. The Chroma gives you different lighting options for your ear cups. Pick the color that suits you best and easily program them through the Razer Synapse software. With crystal clear voice reproduction and amazing surround sound, the Kraken 7.1 is a stellar gaming choice.

Polk Audio Striker ZX

Polk Audio Striker ZX

Price: $90
The Striker ZX features Polk Audio’s patent “ProFit” comfort system, which results in lightweight and comfy feel thanks to a thick cushion and two-way pivoting ear cups with protein leather padding. This allows for longer gaming sessions without feeling uncomfortableness. The headset also features 40mm drivers using the company’s Dynamic Balance drivers that produce high quality sound gamers will love. You also have a retractable, omni-directional boom microphone, which comes with a 7cm extension. It’s also flexible so one can position it the way they want it. The Striker Zx allows you to answer phones calls, if you have the headset hooked up to your phone.

Astro A38 Headphones

Astro Gaming A38 Active Noise Canceling

Price: $230
The A38’s may look small, but this headset packs a powerful audio punch. With mobile games on the rise, gamers are looking to purchase a dynamic headset that bears the same sound quality of its console counterpart. Astro’s portable headset offers a variety of facets such as APTX low latency Bluetooth, AAC high-fidelity Bluetooth playback, and active noise canceling technologies. Being able to mute all the background noise and just being able to hear the game is a plus. With a built-in microphone, feel free to answer calls from your smartphone with just a push of a button. For those traveling long distances, the A38’s provide over 20 hours of use without charging. The headset is not just built for mobile phones, but is also compatible with tablets and notebooks. Who can forget the custom tags the company is known for, you can either pick a design from the site, or deigns your very own.

ROCCAT Kave XTD 5 Digital

ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Digital

Price: $170
ROCCAT has released their next generation of Kave headsets, and this time the company made sure to make a gaming headset with the highest performance. The Kave XTD 5.1 Digital flaunts an upgraded design, where as the lightweight headband and ear cup padding makes for a comfortable feel. Comfy and durable, the headband and ear cups are cushioned with leatherette for solid mobility. It features two 40mm drivers, a 30mm vibration unit on each ear cup, that emits a perfect surround sound feel. Another cool attribute is the in-built multi-channel sound card remote that gives you total control right in the palm of your hands. This will allow you to pair your smartphone to the headset via Bluetooth, offering up the option to call your friends without having to leave the game.