Best gaming headsets for consoles, PCs and Mac

We break down the best gaming headsets on the market

Razer Tiamat 7.1 Gaming Headset

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Sporting some of the best bass we've heard in a gaming headset, incredible audio quality, and 7.1-channel surround, Razer's Tiamat 7.1 is a great audio addition to your PC gaming setup. Before dropping $179.99 you'll need a soundcard that supports 5.1- or 7.1-channel surround. We tested the Razer Tiamat 7.1 Gaming Headset with a liquid-cooled Cyberpower gaming PC replete with a Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3D Fatality soundcard.

Being a gaming headset the Razer Tiamat 7.1, obviously, has a boom mic. We liked that the boom mic can be tucked away discreetly inside of the left earcup for those times when you're listening and not talking to your gaming buddies. The well-designed inline control module makes it easy to control everything. If there's a downside to the Razer Tiamat 7.1, it's that they cost $179.99. Other than that, any respectable PC gamer will no doubt be happy with this headset.

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Wrath Wireless Gaming Headset

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While many so-called "wireless gaming headsets" claim to be wireless, the setup can be so daunting, and require so many wires, that once you're up and running, it feels anything like a wireless setup. Not so much with the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Wrath Wireless Gaming Headset: A truly wireless setup for a Mac or PC that literally had us up and running moments after the USB wireless transmitter was plugged into our PC or Mac.

Boasting some rather massive 50mm speakers, the wireless USB adapter is able to stream uncompressed THX-quality audio that, thanks to the free software that you'll have to download. Of course, while many headsets are great for gaming that quality doesn't always translate to music, movies or when watching television or sports on a computer. The Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Wrath Wireless Gaming Headset doesn't suffer from this all-too-often shortcoming.

Provided your head isn't too large, the Tactic 3D Wrath Wireless headphones feel great. They're truly wireless, easy to set-up, and boast impressive battery life. While updated software is a must, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend these headphones.

Tritton AX Pro

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The Tritton AX Pro surround sound headphones ship with their own Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder module and employ a quartet of dedicated channel drivers in each ear cup.

The system is compatible with any surround sound source. Simply run an optical lead from your chosen component into the AX pro DD5.1 decoder; this then feeds the speaker drivers via a 4m cable.

The Tritton AX Pro are at their best with games. In-game Dolby Digital processing dynamically steers audio effects based on what you're doing in the game.

The AX Pro headphones offer immersive multichannel sound. There's a sense of purpose to their sound steerage which replicates a multi-speaker sound system. The cans can also be used with a Blu-ray/DVD player, and Xbox 360 or PS3.

Steelseries Flux Headset

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While it's likely the best travel headset currently on the market, serious and sedentary games would be well served with a more expensive 5.1 investment. That said, if you're picking up a second set of cans for travel, or just want to save some cash, you can't go wrong with the Flux.

It's obvious that a lot of thought went into the design of the Flux. Options like dual audio jacks, a built in splitter and in-line controls make it a versatile device that's a good value for the money. While they're not terribly stylish, you wouldn't be embarrassed to wear the Flux around town as basic audio headphones.

It's durable and built for travel. The way it curls up to protect itself means you can jam it in a backpack without a second thought, and the heavy rubber cables won't tangle up in your pocket.

The Steelseries Flux headset is an excellent travel headset and a very good, Jack-of-all-trades product. It's great for hauling around to LAN parties, and if you often find yourself with a fellow traveler watching DVDs on a plane, the compact design and built-in splitter are absolutely ideal.



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