Headphones Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The Best Gaming Headsets of the Year

Gaming headphones come in all shapes, sizes and price points. Not every headset is suited to every gamer, with some including unnecessary features or options. Here are some holiday tips if you're looking to buy a new headset for that special gamer in your life.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - Gaming Headphones Edition

Under $100

HyperX Cloud earbuds

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The HyperX Cloud Earbuds offer great quality for your on-the-go gamer HyperX

HyperX is known for quality audio accessories and the transition from big headphones to tiny earbuds works surprisingly well. These earbuds are designed for mobile and Switch gamers, but they can also work on PS4, PC and Xbox One if you aren't a fan of the bigger, bulkier gaming headphones. Get it here.

Astro A10 Zelda Edition

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Zelda fans will love this redesigned Astro A10 headset Astro

Another sub-$100 headset option, the Astro A10 headset has received a Zelda- inspired makeover. The original A10s are some of the best headsets around for the price, so Zelda fans should definitely start here when looking for a new pair of headphones. Get it here.

Between $100 and $200

Astro A40 X-Edition

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The classic Astro A40 is back, and looks better than ever in this 10-year anniversary update Astro

The Astro A40s are some of the more recognizable headsets in the gaming world. This 10-year anniversary set includes an updated look with the same great Astro audio quality. Because this is a wired headset, it is compatible with all game consoles and any other device that accepts a 3.5mm jack. Get it here.

HyperX Cloud MIX

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The HyperX Cloud MIX is a great option if you want a little more from a gaming headset HyperX

If you're looking for a bit more from a headset than chatting with friends in-game, the HyperX Cloud MIX includes a detachable microphone and built-in Bluetooth wireless technology. This means you can seamlessly go from using the Cloud MIX with a console to jamming to tunes on your phone. This is a great all-around headset. Get it here.

Over $200

Once you enter the world of $200+ headphones, you start getting into crazy features for only the most dedicated gamers. These headphones are more specific with their designs than the previous headsets, but offer higher quality as well.

Victrix Pro AF

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The Victrix Pro AF is built for esports gamers, so it might be a little much for everyone else Victrix

The Victrix Pro AF is designed for professional esports gamers. The headset includes aviation-grade noise cancellation and microphone technology to help pro gamers cut through the clatter in a noisy arena. Cooling vents can also be popped open for quick relief between rounds. The headset features stunning audio quality, but the features may be a little much for your average gamer. Get it here.

Audeze Mobius

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The Audeze Mobius wins our best headset of the year award Audeze

The best gaming headset I've used in 2018 is the Audeze Mobius. This headset includes built-in 3D audio technology powered by impressive Waves Nx technology. The headset also has built-in head tracking, allowing games to sound more real and immersive than ever before. The Mobius includes Bluetooth technology so you can listen to music, movies and everything else with the high-quality 3D audio. Get it here.

Ultimate Luxury

Ultimate Ears Customs

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The Ultimate Ears customs sound amazing, but may put a major dent in your bank account Ultimate Ears

While not technically a gaming headset, the Ultimate Ears Customs line offers absolutely insane audio quality. The buds are molded with 3D printing technology to ensure they precisely fit your ears, which makes them sound even better. The Ultimate Ears Customs include both wired and wireless playback options, so you can hook these up to your game console if you want. Watch out though: these earbuds are EXPENSIVE, with models starting at $500. Get it here.

Skip these

We've also run into some duds when reviewing this year's options for gaming headphones. We recommend you skip these, as any of the options above are preferable to these headsets.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700

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The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 headset doesn't live up to the competition this year Turtle Beach

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 has some good ideas and features, but doesn't execute them well. The active noise cancellation doesn't work great and the audio quality is just so-so. Get it here.

1MORE Spearhead VRX

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The Spearhead's design makes wearing them on the go almost impossible 1MORE

These headphones sound fine, and even have some impressive spacial audio, but the overall design is horrible. Instead of the traditional adjustable headband found on other headsets, the Spearhead uses an elastic style band meant to fit any head without adjustments. Unfortunately, this means any step you take makes the headset bounce around, creating loud sounds right by your ears. Get it here.

So what do you think? Are you planning on picking up any of these headsets for your gaming friends and family this holiday season? What other headsets have you tried that you like? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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