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H820 e Dual
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Logitech H820e Dual

Wireless; Over-head headphones; Sound: Stereo

Logitech's Wireless Headset Dual H820e is a good alternative to Plantronics' offerings, providing superb audio quality and efficient noise cancellation. PC Pro said that its wireless range …

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Siberia V 2 Frost Blue Edition
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SteelSeries Siberia V2 Frost Blue

Wired; Over-head headphones; Sound: Stereo

The best things about the Siberia v2 Frost Blue are its comfort and sound quality, making it worth checking out if you're in the market for a new gaming headset. Bit-tech said they compare very …

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1 review | 17 opinions

 

FREQ 7
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MadCatz F.R.E.Q. 7

USB; Over-head headphones; Sound: 7.1 Sound, Stereo

While TechRadar didn't find the 7.1 virtual surround of the F.R.E.Q. 7 to be stunning, they say it does work well and creates a very immersive and enjoyable experience, although the ear pads …

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1 review | 6 opinions

 

 
PC-350 Special Edition
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Sennheiser PC350 Special Edition

Wired; Over-head headphones; Sound: Stereo

A removable microphone would have made Sennheiser's PC 350 SE a more versatile affair, and since the cups are made of imitation leather they can get quite hot after a while, but those cons …

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2 reviews | 138 opinions

 

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Evo Zx
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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Evo Zx

Bluetooth; Over-head headphones; Sound: 7.1 Sound

The high asking price of the Sound Blaster EVO Zx is a bit hard to swallow considering that its sound quality is good rather than excellent, and that its internal sound chip bypasses any sound card …

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1 review | 10 opinions

 

QH90
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Qpad QH-90

Stereo jack; Over-head headphones; Sound: Stereo

There are very few rivals that can offer as much as the QH-90 at this price. Despite a certain lack of bass oomph, its highs are stunningly sharp and clear, mids are warm and solid, and build quality …

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1 review | 23 opinions

 

SteelSeries Flux
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SteelSeries Flux

Wired; Over-head headphones; Sound: Stereo

Gamers looking for a good headset will find lots to like in Steelseries' Flux thanks to its nice looks, foldable design, detachable cable and excellent sound quality whether it's used with …

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2 reviews | 5 opinions

 

BlackShark Battlefield 3
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Razer Blackshark

Wired; Over-head headphones; Sound: Stereo

While Bit-Tech didn't find anything to criticise regarding the quality of Razer's BlackShark, they did say that it feels overpriced and that for quite a bit less you have the Vulcan, which …

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1 review | 58 opinions

 

Ear Force PX 4
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Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4

Wireless; Over-head headphones; Sound: 5.1 Sound, Stereo

Although the Ear Force PX4 delivers where it counts thanks to its excellent audio, great wireless range and generous accessories, T3 also found some shortcomings such as its sheer number of buttons,

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1 review | 118 opinions

 

More information at: T3, 12/2013 Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4 The PS4 has barely hit the shelves and there already are manufacturers pumping out peripherals for it, among them Turtle Beach with its Ear Force PX4 headset, a mid-range wireless offering that is also compatible with portable players and smartphones. … to review

Plantronics RIG
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Plantronics RIG

USB; Over-head headphones; Sound: Stereo

The high price tag of Plantronics' RIG is easy to justify for IT Reviews when you consider its flexibility, since it allows you to use your smartphone with it on the go as well as at your desk.

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1 review | 10 opinions

 

More information at: IT Reviews, 9/2013 Plantronics RIG Plantronics' RIG wants to be more versatile than you average gaming headset by adding smartphone compatibility, but this also means it's more expensive than most. … to review

 
SteelSeries H-Wireless
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SteelSeries H-Wireless

Wireless; Over-head headphones; Sound: Stereo

The folks at IT Reviews thought the SteelSeries H Wireless felt overpriced, mostly because, while its sound quality is excellent with games, it doesn't work so well as a music headset, so it

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1 review | 8 opinions

 

More information at: IT Reviews, 12/2013 SteelSeries H Wireless Headset Headphones are a must for serious gamers, and wireless models are all the rage lately. But can SteelSeries' H Wireless justify its premium price tag? … to review

Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Rage Wireless
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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless

Wireless; Over-head headphones; Sound: 7.1 Sound

For a gaming headset, T3 thought the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Rage Wireless lacked some drama to its sound. On the other hand, it's very well built, and the fact that it includes 3D surround

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1 review | 86 opinions

 

More information at: T3, 12/2012 Creative Labs Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Rage Wireless Creative Labs is well known for its soundcards, so it's fitting that in recent years it has expanded its range of products to other audio-related products such as headsets, having started off with high-end offerings and only now releasing its first mass market effort, the Tactic 3D Rage Wireless. … to review

USB H 650e Stereo
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Logitech USB Headset Stereo H650e

Wired; Over-head headphones; Sound: Stereo

If you don't mind that Logitech's USB Headset Stereo H650e does not have wireless connectivity, it's a great choice for business users. It's comfortable to wear for long periods,

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1 review | 2 opinions

 

More information at: IT Reviews, 8/2013 Logitech USB Headset Stereo H650e (A-00057) If you have to attend online meetings frequently, a headset with good call quality is a must. IT Review see if Logitech's H650e fits the bill. … to review

MX878
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Dynamode MX-878

USB; Over-head headphones; Sound: Stereo

Considering that Dynamode's MX-878 can be found for less than £15, its sound quality is nothing short of stunning. Subtlety and attention to detail are not its strong suits, but the midrange is …

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1 review | 7 opinions

 

Razer Kraken Pro
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Razer Kraken Pro

Wired; Over-head headphones; Sound: Stereo

The Kraken Pro's build quality is a tad plasticky for the price and it's stereo only rather than providing virtual surround sound, but Expert Reviews say it's a superb gaming headset …

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2 reviews | 122 opinions

 

PLYR1
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Skullcandy PLYR 1

Wireless; Over-head headphones; Sound: 7.1 Sound

It's not exactly the most affordable headset on the market, but the PLYR 2 justifies the outlay with its flexible connectivity options including wireless, excellent simulated surround sound and

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More information at: IT Reviews, 7/2013 Skullcandy PLYR 1 Gaming Headset It's hard to pull off convincing surround sound in a headset, but Skullcandy think it's got it right with the PLYR 1, the successor to the not-too-successful PLYR 2. Is it so? … to review

RoG Orion Pro
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Asus Republic of Gamers Orion Pro

Wired; Over-head headphones; Sound: 7.1 Sound

The most eye-catching feature of the RoG Orion Pro is its bundled USB soundcard, which allows for three different audio modes, of which the 7.1 virtual surround is the most interesting for PCFormat. …

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1 review | 19 opinions

 

Game Com 780
Plantronics GameCom 780

USB; Over-head headphones; Sound: 7.1 Sound

The Plantronics GameCom 780 certainly doesn't look budget, is comfy to wear and performs well, though not quite as well with music as with movies and games. PC Advisor was disappointed that the

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2 reviews | 808 opinions

 

More information at: PC Advisor, 7/2012 Plantronics Gamecom 780 The new Gamecon 780 from Plantronics is a budget headset for games, movies and music, but can such a cheap product really be as good as it claims? … to review

SteelSeries Siberia v2 for PS3
SteelSeries Siberia v2 for PS3

Wired; Over-head headphones

The Siberia V2 caused a good impression on Expert Reviews, who said that its light weight made it very comfortable to wear and that the earpads provided very effective isolation from outside noises.

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1 review | 3 opinions

 

More information at: Expert Reviews, 10/2011 SteelSeries Siberia V2 This variant of the Siberia V2 is compatible with Mac and PC computers as well as with the Xbox and PS3 gaming consoles. … to review

Turtle Beach Ear Force X12
Turtle Beach Ear Force X12

Wired; Over-head headphones

"... The Ear Force X12 headset isn't perfect, then, but it's still a capable and affordable option for those Xbox gamers who want a pair of headphones that still let you co-ordinate …

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Nocs NS800 Monitors MacWorld 11/2012 - Nocs' earphones have a good rep thanks to their nice price and excellent sound quality, so good things are to be expected from these in-ear monitors.

Nocs NS800 TrustedReviews 11/2012 - Most people have never heard of Nocs, but its headphones have garnered excellent reviews and they can be found in prestigious outlets such as Apple Stores. The NS800s are the company's flagship in-ears.

Astro A50 Gaming Headset TechRadar UK 9/2012 - The A50, like so many other gaming headsets, offers 7.1 virtual surround for making your experience more immersive, but does it manage to pull it off realistically?

Plantronics Gamecom 780 Expert Reviews 5/2012 - Plantronics are known for their rather hefty but very comfortable gaming headsets. How effictively does the Gamecom 780 perform?

Nokia WH-920 Purity by Monster Stereo Headset The Gadget Show 2/2012 - Designed by Monster, the Nokia WH-920 Purity headset hopes to deliver improved audio for both Nokia handsets and non-Nokia media players.

Nocs NS200 TrustedReviews 2/2012 - The NS200 earphones, from Swedish brand Nocs, have a simple and clean design. Can they provide detailed sound quality or will it be as minimal as their appearance?

Creative WP-350 Bluetooth headphones Pocket-lint.co.uk 2/2012 - For many years Creative Labs earned a name for themselves for producing PC sound, but with a drop in this part of the market, they now have to focus on sound for MP3 players and the like. This is no easy task in an Apple dominated arena.

CM Storm Sirus Bit Tech 1/2012 - The CM Storm Sirus is the first headset that CM Storm have released. Do the extra features of the Sirus justify the slighty higher price, considering there are numerous headsets already available?

Phonak Audeo PFE 232 earphones Pocket-lint.co.uk 1/2012 - £400 is a lot to spend on a pair of earphones. Can the Audéo PFE 232s justify such an outlay?

Phonak Audeo PFE 232 TrustedReviews 12/2011 - Phonak is best known for its hearing aids and related products, but since 2008 it has also been pumping out excellent earphones which have garnered a stellar reputation in the audiophile world.

Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship Headset Micro Mart 1155 (28 April-4 May 2011) - For a gamer, a decent headset is almost a necessity. They're usually expensive, though, which makes the reasonably-priced Sonar 5.1 an interesting proposition, at least on paper.

Asus Vulcan ANC Bit Tech 8/2011 - It seems that no matter how basic the headset seems to be, many manufacturers are unable to get the balance right and often miss the mark for either comfort, usability or, most importantly, sound quality.

Headset One Micro Mart 1146 (24 February-2 March 2011) - With an adjustable plastic headband, cushioned ear covers and microphone, the Headset One's look pretty much like you'd expect a pair of headphones to look.

Philips O'Neill The Stretch SHO9565BK Pocket-lint.co.uk 8/2011 - Last year the 'The Stretch' headphones earned themselves a healthy four out of five, so when Philips and O'Neill came together again to release a headset version it seemed logical to put them to the test as well.

iGo City MacWorld 8/2011 - If you're a city commuter who doesn't drive, chances are you have to hear some annoyances in your daily life, but the iGo CITY headphones could help you drown it all out.

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega TechRadar UK 8/2011 - Plenty of newly released headsets claim to give incredible detail and mind-blowing sound quality, but few actually deliver. The Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega, however, is different.

SteelSeries 7H Headphones MacWorld 7/2011 - Steelseries' 7H are meant for hardcore gamers, and as such they carry a hefty price tag. Are they really worth slapping down your hard-earned for?

Feature-Rich Gaming Headset Is (Ear) Force to Be Reckoned With Wired.com 7/2011 - Of all the types of gaming peripherals on the market, wireless headsets are perhaps the most useful. They allow for a much more immersive experience and for all-night gaming sessions without disturbing spouses or neighbours.

SteelSeries Siberia V2 MacFormat 7/2011 - This update to SteelSeries' Siberia headset brings compatibility with iOS devices to the table.

Thermaltake eSports Shock One PCFormat 7/2011 - The Thermaltake eSports Shock One headset are rather heavy, weighing in at 500g. They come with loads of extras included, but the question is, are they really necessary?

Roccat Kulo PCFormat 4/2011 - A gaming headset with surprising sound quality, but comfort leaves a lot to be desired.

Qpad QH-90 PCFormat 4/2013 - First impressions of the QH-90s are excellent thanks to its gorgeous box, variety of cables, nice design and bundled carry case, but do they deliver?

Asus RoG Orion Pro PCFormat 2/2013 - Asus has a superb reputation as a graphics card and motherboard manufacturer, but it also produces excellent monitors, notebooks and lately it's also trying its hand at the gaming headset market. How does the RoG Orion Pro fare?

Dynamode MX-878 Expert Reviews 6/2013 - Dynamode's MX-878s are unbelievably cheap, but does this mean that you can't expect much from them?

Nocs NS200 T3 10/2012 - The NS200s are the most affordable model in Nocs' latest range of earphones. Can they hold their own against similarly priced rivals such as Sennheiser's superb CX-300 IIs?

Nokia Purity In Ear WH-920 TrustedReviews 4/2012 - Can Monster's popularity help Nokia's WH-920s stand out in the crowded market of mid-range earphones?

Cooler Master CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Expert Reviews 1/2012 - With a number of 5.1 headsets sold in the last few years, this model from Cooler Master is one that will deliver surround sound for those 5.1 game and film soundtracks.

Speedlink Xanthos Micro Mart 1189 (December special) - Speedlink's products have a reputation for being solid, reliable and wallet friendly. Is it the case too with its new Xanthos gaming headset?

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega Micro Mart 1188 (15-21 December 2011) - Some time ago, Creative's 'Sound Blaster' moniker referred only to sound cards, but nowadays it also includes the company's headsets.

Nokia Purity In-Ear first look TrustedReviews 10/2011 - Like the Purity On-Ears, these in-ears have been developed together with Monster for Nokia's new Windows Phone 7 handsets.

Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 TechRadar UK 8/2013 - Mad Catz' reputation as a gaming peripheral manufacturer is well deserved, so TechRadar are expecting good things from the F.R.E.Q. 7.

Roccat Kulo Micro Mart 1150 (24-31 March 2011) - Well, we've seen the Kone and Kova mice and the Arvo keyboard, so it was only a matter of time until the Kulo headset appeared to push the third point of Roccat's attack on gaming peripherals. So here it is and, reassuringly, the name Kulo doesn't, as I thought, come from the Latin for gnat, 'Culex'. Rather it's the Finnish word for forest fire, which suggests a bit more of an audible impression. ...

Tritton AX Pro Dolby 5.1 Headphones TechRadar UK 8/2011 - With a Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder module included, and a set of four dedicated channel drivers for each ear, can the Tritton AX Pro really produce 5.1 surround sound?

Sharkoon Xtatic SP TrustedReviews 6/2011 - You can't just go for any old pair of headphones if you want to use them with your console. You'll need adapters, and preferably you'll want volume control and some punchy bass. Can Sharkoon's latest gaming headset deliver?

Roccat Kulo 7.1 Expert Reviews 6/2011 - Stereo headsets are good enough for music but games and films sound better in surround, and despite having a single driver in each ear cup, the inclusion of a USB-powered sound card means that Roccat's Kulo can deliver virtual 7.1 surround sound.

Thermaltake eSports Shock One Expert Reviews 6/2011 - Almost every gaming hardware manufacturer has jumped on the surround sound headphone bandwagon. Although Thermaltake's Shock One headset doesn't bring anything new to the table, it's solidly made, fits comfortably even if you wear glasses and has a handy inline volume control.

Pioneer SE-NC31C-K The Gadget Show 5/2011 - The SE-NC31C's earbuds are larger than those found on most other earphones, but according to Pioneer, they are capable of cancelling out 90% of external noises.

SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headset Expert Reviews 5/2011 - Rather than sitting over the top of your head, the Siberia Neckband clamps onto the back of it with a spring-loaded band. The previous version of this headset was designed to work with the Xbox - this is a separate model with a single 3.5mm jack rather than the separate headphone and microphone jacks of the Xbox version. Check for the 'Made for iPhone' label to ensure you buy the right model.

Tritton AX 180 Expert Reviews 5/2011 - Tritton is best known for its multi-speaker surround-sound headsets, but the AX 180 has only a pair of normal stereo drivers built into it. Although it has standard 3.5mm mic and headphone connectors, it's powered by a USB connection and doesn't work without one. ...

Roccat Kulo Bit Tech 5/2011 - The last product we reviewed from Roccat was its Kone+ gaming mouse, which didn't quite tick all the boxes as far as design, features and value were concerned. The Kulo is Roccat's take on a compact gaming headset. Despite its small size and relatively low weight, it retails for nearly £50.

Tritton Black Ops 5.1 headset Expert Reviews 1/2011 - To coincide with the release of the latest Call of Duty game, Tritton’s Black Ops 5.1 PC headset has been given a military theme and camouflage colour scheme that wouldn’t look out of place in the jungles of Vietnam. The several prominent Black Ops logos are obviously designed to appeal to fans of the series, but beyond the branding it's a capable 5.1 surround sound headset that can add a new dimension to movies as well as games.

Microsoft LifeChat ZX-6000 Computer Shopper 9/2007 - The LifeChat ZX-6000 is a rebranded Xbox Wireless Headset. It's designed for use with Windows Messenger for voice chat and making VoIP calls. It will, however, work with any messaging software.

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Cheap entry-level models under £8 are only suitable for occasional Internet telephony and chat. For higher quality requirements, USB models with speech-optimisation features are preferred. Bluetooth headsets are convenient but are not always reliable. Headsets for the playback of 3D effects and surround sound are popular with gamers and audiophiles.


Computer headsets come in many shapes and sizes from the traditional headphones with microphone attached to a small arm to newer bluetooth earpieces. Most analogue headsets will have two connections, one for the headphones and another for the microphone and can come with about two metres of cable which can be extended with a male-female 3.5mm cable extender. USB versions have an integrated sound card built into the unit and can thus offer improved sound quality by taking the sound processing out of the noisy, interference ridden computer case. Some models of headset use noise cancelling microphones which provide higher clarity when recording by cutting out background noise. Noise cancelling can be either passive or active; in passive systems the microphone is simply shielded so it picks up less of the general noise around the wearer. An active noise cancelling microphone uses sophisticated systems to combat non voice frequencies by playing back their sonic opposite and consequently nullifying their soundwaves. Which type of headset you chose depends as much on personal preference as on its intended application and environment. A gamer who wants to take part in online games without disrupting those around him or her will generally not need complicated noise cancelling technology, whereas someone working in a loud office will. Headsets designed for office use also sometimes have the added benefit of automatically switching off the microphone when the person is no longer speaking, this leads to much clearer conference calls and can possibly save the wearer from mishearing important information which could jeopardise their job.