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5 Best Wireless Gaming Headsets for Streaming (Review & Ratings)

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If you’ve decided to start streaming, you’re probably a dedicated gamer, and if you’re a dedicated gamer, you probably already have a headset available. Inevitably, however, you will want to (or need to) upgrade. At some point in every gamer’s life, they find themselves retiring the ear buds and spending a few hundred dollars on a really nice headset.

While these headsets are nice, the fact of the matter is that they’re often unnecessarily expensive. As with most equipment, the difference between twenty dollars and two hundred is indescribable, but the difference between two hundred dollars and two thousand dollars is negligible.

In this article, we’re going to go over the five best wireless headsets in, around and under that two hundred dollar budget. If your budget is significantly over this, you will definitely want to do your own research so as to avoid buyer’s remorse. This advice goes for those following the guide as well. Please keep in mind that, while we can give you a good idea of what’s best for you, this is general advice that may not meet your specific needs.

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Top 5 Wireless Gaming Headsets For Streamers

Scroll down to read our review of each product.


Headeset & Microphones

​Two more notes before we begin. First, we advise wireless headsets over wired headsets because anything that can make streaming more convenient (and less cluttered) is a huge advantage, and the price gap between the two is quickly declining. Second, while many of these headsets come with microphones, it is always better for the audio quality of your stream to use a dedicated microphone. You can refer to our guide on choosing a microphone, as well as our list of the best microphones for streaming for help in this area.

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1

SteelSeries Siberia 800

Resting at just over a two hundred dollar budget, the SteelSeries Siberia 800’s are some of the best wireless gaming headsets on the market. These powerhouse headphones sound like a movie theater, in a sleek and comfortable shell. The cutting edge SteelSeries frequency hopping technology lets the headphones freely connect through the most convenient channel, creating a lag-free, surround sound gaming experience.

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Sound: 7.1 Dolby Surround on PC, stereo on console

Latency: Extremely low

Pros: Sleek design, intuitive controls, smooth listening experience, swappable battery

Cons: Can be too tight of a fit for people with larger heads.

Best suited for: Streamers that want the best quality. Streamers playing cinematic games for long periods of time.​


2

SteelSeries Arctis 7

Considered by many audiophile gamers to be the best bang for your buck when it comes to wireless gaming headsets, the SteelSeries Arctis 7’s are a great purchase for a fledgling streamer. While not quite as comfortable as their more expensive counterpart, the Arctis 7’s are still plenty comfortable for a long stream as they are built with with athletic AirWeave ear fabric

This headset does not have the frequency hopping that the Siberia 800’s do, so they may have more lag. They trade this feature instead for a ClearCast microphone, which is one of the highest quality microphones attached to any headset. Other than that, almost all of the other features of the Siberia series are shared with the Arctis 7. This lauded wireless gaming headset also won the Red Dot Product Design award, Tom’s Guide “Best Overall Gaming Headset” and PC Magazine Editors’ Choice.​

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Sound: 7.1 Dolby Surround on PC, stereo on console

Latency: Extremely low

Pros: Sleek design, intuitive controls, smooth listening experience, great microphone

Cons: Short lifespan, uncomfortable for people with larger ears

Best suited for: Streamers with flexible budgets, new streamers.


3

Logitech G930

Logitech boasts that their G930 gaming headset offers, “surround sound so detailed, you can hear your opponents before they see you,” which is true, by most accounts. Unsurprising from the stalwart computer tech company, the G930’s are a fantastic and hardy headset. It’s cheap price point makes these headphones accessible, although it (of course) comes with downsides.

These headphones only operate on newer versions of Windows, which shouldn’t impede most PC gamers, but is a severe limit if you play on console. The G930’s are also designed with comfort in mind, but Logitech cuts some of the more advanced design elements seen in the SteelSeries headphones. On the plus side, a 10 hour battery life will keep these alive longer than they are needed. The attached microphone is unidirectional, and can be easily muted with a quick rotation. The G930’s also have three programmable “G keys” on the cup of the headphone, which can be used for any desired purpose with a little bit of work.

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Sound: 7.1 surround

Latency: Low

Pros: Good sound, programmable keys, great for voice chat.

Cons: Incompatible with consoles.

Best suited for: Streamers with a small budget, streamers who play party/group games.


4

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 450

An affordable and trustworthy option, the Turtle Beach brand once took over the world of game audio. They’ve continued to use this power to produce cheap but high quality product. The Ear Force Stealth 450’s also boast surround sound, and a slew of built in audio options. Equipped with 4 equalizers, the Stealth 450’s also offer a “Superhuman Hearing” mode that is great for competitive shooters.

These are all met with some pretty big drawbacks, however. First, the surround sound that Turtle Beach promotes is not plug and play, but instead requires some searching around. You may have to actually read the manual for these. They also fail to include a stand for the headset, though that may not be a problem for you. Finally, an omnidirectional mic is great in theory, but the removability makes this feature much more appealing. Omnidirectional mics are great for studio recordings, but during most games they’re likely just to pick up the sound of your keyboard or air conditioner.

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Sound: DTS 7.1 Surround (after driver install)

Latency: Very low

Pros: Good sound for competitive games, easily customizable, removable mic, very cheap

Cons: Requires some work, omnidirectional microphone, uncomfortable

Best suited for: Streamers that already use an external mic.


5

AppMax Wireless Headset

Whether you’re broke or frugal, the Appmax Wireless Gaming Headset is well under a two hundred dollar budget, at a very affordable fifty dollar price point. To be frank, this is the cheapest wireless gaming headset you can get without losing too much quality. This headset borrows the on cup controls from the SteelSeries, as well as the removable microphone from the Turtle Beaches.

Again, there are drawbacks with the price point. A major loss is the lack of surround sound, but directional sound drivers take a good step towards covering this. The battery life is a hardy twelve hours, but requires a five hour charge. By far, the biggest drawback is that AppMax designs their headsets for consoles, making them a little worse for PC gamers.

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Sound: Stereo

Latency: Average

Pros: Very cheap, removable mic, on cup controls.

Cons: Designed solely for console use.

Best suited for: Console streamers on a tight budget.




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