BEST HEADSET FOR CS:GO

DISCOVER OUR TOP 5 HEADSETS

INTRODUCTION

If you have been playing competitive first-person shooters for more than a few months, you will understand just how important it is to have quality audio. Most new players will simply assume a good mouse is all that you need to excel at games like Counter-Strike; however, that really couldn’t be further from the truth. In a game where a single bullet can end your round, having the edge on your opponents is absolutely key. A premium set of headphones are capable of indicating precisely where your enemies are and so your audio setup really is a fundamental optimisation. So, make sure you are not the amateur who has built an expensive gaming computer, while simultaneously using tin cans as a headset. Instead, grab yourself a quality pair of headphones which not only enhance your ability in game, but also add real depth and immersion to your overall experience.

In the past it was an incredibly tedious task to source a headset which offered a great experience both in and out of the game. Fortunately that is no longer the case and there is a plethora of modern gaming headsets which are perfect for CS:GO and listening to your music too. The sheer abundance of different models available today has made it a challenge to find the perfect ones; however, we have done the dirty work for you and pulled together the list of our top five headsets for CS:GO. Continue reading on below to get the inside scoop on each of them and find out why they really do stand out above all of the others.

TOP 5

1. HYPERX CLOUD REVOLVER S

Hyperx Cloud Revolver S

2. HYPERX CLOUD II

 

HyperX Cloud II

3. BEYERDYNAMIC DT 1990 PRO

Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro

4. SENNHEISER GAME ZERO


SENNHEISER GAME ZERO

5. LOGITECH G PRO X


Logitech G Pro X

1. HYPERX CLOUD REVOLVER S

Kingston’s HyperX brand has genuinely excelled in the production of gaming peripherals in recent years, and this is highlighted by their dominance in the headset space. The aesthetically pleasing HyperX Cloud Revolver range of products are marketed as being for serious gamers who want to get every possible edge over their competition. Priced alongside some of the more expensive models from other brands, the Revolver S has a lot to answer for – but fortunately it does more than enough to justify its price tag.

The Revolver S is more aggressively styled than the other models in the Cloud series, but none of them look like they were specifically designed for gamers. We are a big fan of any products which steer clear from the overwhelming gimmicks traditionally associated with gaming products and so Kingston have done a great job here. There is only a single set of LEDs found within the USB sound card, but aside from that these could easily be normal headphones that you would see out on the street.

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The Revolver S has a very strong steel casing which ensures their durability, they also have a much more premium feel than the Cloud II. The leather headband is extremely soft and comfortable to wear for hours on end. Likewise, the hardened plastic ear cups are designed to withstand daily use and they are completed by the replaceable leather pads too. For first-person shooters like CS:GO we always recommend players to opt for the over-ear design headphones like the Revolver S offers.

Their adjustable straps offer a seamless fit for all and they always remained snugly in place too. The Revolver S comes with a USB sound card which boasts outstanding 7.1 surround sound, a staple for competitive gaming today. We were very impressed by the audio quality when playing some CS:GO, but also when we unplugged the dongle to use around the office too. The customisable equalizer was a real game changer and was perfect for transitioning between playing games to listening to some music. Click the link below to check out our detailed review of these juicy cans.

2. HYPERX CLOUD II

Kingston’s HyperX Cloud II gaming headset is the successor of the hugely popular HyperX Cloud, which received critical acclaim when they were first released several years ago. A truly versatile headset which has been crafted with professionals in mind. The headset market is flooded with brands who are producing quality products today, so what is it exactly that sets the Cloud II above and beyond them? Well firstly, they are a stunning piece of engineering. If you ever owned a pair of the original HyperX Cloud headphones, then you will notice that Kingston didn’t feel the need to change their appearance significantly.

We are a huge fan of their sleek and understated design, the padded headband is very comfortable, the memory foam earcups are like cushions on the ears, and the solid aluminium frame provides a sturdy but lightweight base. The microphone is also removable and so you can rest assured that you wouldn’t look out of place using the headset out of the house too. They also look like a premium priced pair of headphones and we believe they would sell just as well at twice the price.

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These gorgeous headphones are well suited to competitive shooters like CS:GO, they come complete with best-in-class virtual 7.1 surround sound that is powered by their USB sound card. This has become an essential feature for any headset used by top level players due to the considerable advantage it offers over traditional 2.1 setups. In our hours of testing we were effortlessly able to pinpoint enemy locations across the map; the volume of footsteps was clear and there was also no distortion if we maxed out the volume levels. Their closed cup, complete with HyperX’s legendary 53mm drivers, ensures that you truly feel part of the game.

It is very rare that you find a pair of headphones which don’t become a problem to wear after a few hours; however, we were pleasantly surprised to find the Cloud II did just this. Their passive noise cancellation did a great job of removing any potential distractions which are crucial for top level play. This latest iteration has had some impressive tweaks over its predecessor, with a particular focus on improving the microphone function so that it now effectively isolates all other sounds. Read our full review of the headset at the link below to find out more about this exceptional product.

3. BEYERDYNAMIC DT 1990 PRO

Beyerdynamic are a brand which are typically synonymous with producing audiophile level studio monitor headphones. The DT 1990 Pro are a pair of circumaural headphones specifically designed for audio engineers mastering and mixing industry level music. They are not designed for video games. So, you may find yourself wondering why on earth they are on this list? Well, for a number of quite significant reasons actually.

Firstly, these headphones are absolutely beautiful. They exude class and are perhaps the best-looking pair of cans on this list. Yes, they’re not wireless and come with a thick high-fidelity cable, but just about everything else about them is premium. The headphones come with large velour earpads, a super-soft leather headband, and a very solid frame. They have been meticulously crafted so that they can be worn over long mixing sessions, and so despite their bulky design, are absolutely perfect for long gaming sessions too.

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The DT 1990 Pro are an open-cup set of headphones that have a wonderfully wide soundstage. This is what makes them exceptionally good for CS:GO and other first-person shooters. When we were testing them out, we found that it was easy to determine where individual sounds were coming from. In fact, we believe that the DT 1990’s had the best sound isolation performance of all the headsets on this list. These cans are driven by a 45mm Tesla driver which has a beautifully flat response curve; this is however where the headset falls behind some of the others on this list. The bass is less pronounced than the other headphones on this list, which can be rectified by adjusting the equaliser settings, but by default they don’t sound as boomy as the bass-boosted gaming models.

When it comes to music listening qualities, there isn’t a pair of gaming cans in the world that come remotely close to the DT 1990 Pro. They truly are a work of art and while they are certainly premium priced, they are well deserving of their space on this list. The only major downside is that they don’t come with a built-in microphone and so you will have to look for a standalone one if you purchase a pair, but this is not a huge drawback as the quality of inbuilt microphones is often relatively poor. Learn more about these Beyerdynamic cans in our full review through the link below.

4. SENNHEISER GAME ZERO

Sennheiser have been producing industry-leading audio equipment since their inception in the 1940’s. While they are certainly not the biggest brand from a gaming perspective, they have been regarded as being amongst the best in audiophile circles for decades. As with most German technology, Sennheiser’s headphones are built to the highest technical standards. They consistently produce quality sound and have been designed to stand the test of time too. They are certainly not the cheapest headphones around and the premium price leads you to expect equivalent performance.

Fortunately, that is the case with the Game Zero cans. They provide an all-round exceptionally immersive gaming experience, and let’s be honest, they look the part too. We haven’t been a fan of the aesthetics of Sennheiser’s earlier headphones; however, these are much sleeker and less bulky too. We found them to be amongst the most comfortable of gaming headphones, the faux leather earpads ensured that they didn’t ever cause our ears any issues. The adjustable headband was very sturdy and made sure they didn’t slip around, despite hours of use.

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From a performance perspective, we got exactly what we expected from a Sennheiser product. The sound quality was pristine, the bass was strong but not overwhelming and the highs were pronounced too. Whether you are a competitive CS:GO player searching for intricate audio details, a casual player wanting to enjoy a game’s soundscape, or someone who enjoys a bit of both, the Sennheiser Game Zero is a fantastic product that has all angles covered.

The well-balanced audio properties were matched with a microphone with excellent noise cancelling properties too, enabling teammates to effortlessly hear everything you say. This is a real bonus for competitive team-based games, and particularly shooters like CS:GO where one missed bit of communication can cost the team a round. Find out more about the product with our full product review from the link below.

5. LOGITECH G PRO X

Logitech have been producing gaming accessories for almost two decades now, they are amongst the original pioneers of the industry and have designed a plethora of legendary products over the years. Their aims for the G Pro range has been to amalgamate all of the latest technological advancements into a product which is affordable for the masses. The G Pro X wired headset does just that, providing gamers with a huge amount of bang for their buck. Mid-priced, but stacked to the rafters with premium features, what else could a gamer want?

Like most of the latest products within Logitech’s G Pro range, these headphones are styled in a minimalist fashion. This is quite the contrast to the majority of gaming peripherals available today, and a very much welcomed one in our eyes. The headphones wouldn’t look out of place in any gaming setup, their all black guise oozes style and really does show off that they are a serious piece of technology. They fit very snug to your head, with the velour earpads doing a fantastic job of preventing any sort of discomfort. If they are too tight then it is very easy to make the relevant adjustments to them, so there’s nothing to worry about on that front.

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The headphones come with a great piece of software for customising them at a very granular level. The G Hub app lets gamers control everything from typical equaliser settings to more technical settings such as frequency filters and limiters. We experimented a bit with all of the settings and then jumped right into the game. All in all the G Pro X did a great job at helping us distinguish audio cues in CS:GO, the surround sound offered by these cans was great and we didn’t notice any deficiencies with it. The bass frequencies are a little bit on the weak side, which isn’t too much of an issue when it comes to competitive play. However, you will likely have to do a bit of tweaking if you are intending on using them for other types of media.

The closed-cup nature enabled the headphones to effortlessly isolate environmental sounds from outside the game, this is crucial for gamers who usually play in noisy environments. Likewise the microphone didn’t seem to pick up anything but our voices either, which is another key requirement for competitive games like CS:GO. Overall, it wasn’t the best set on our list, but for the price it is certainly a very good option. Click the link below to read our full product review.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

Headsets are without a doubt one of the most crucial peripherals when it comes to playing first-person shooters like CS:GO. Being able to pick up sound cues and instantly know where they came from is absolutely critical. Professional players use premium quality headsets for this reason entirely, positional awareness is a matter of life and death. The first thing to consider when it comes to purchasing a headset is whether you actually want to buy a headset, or instead a pair of headphones. Headsets come complete with a microphone and headphones do not, typically gaming brands will almost always sell headsets, whereas more generic audio brands will sell headphones.

Secondly, you must then decide whether you want an in, on, or over ear headset. The vast majority of professional players will choose over ear headsets because they typically offer the best sound isolation, leading to a more immersive in-game experience. They are also often the most comfortable of the three options. It is, as you would expect, also crucial to find a pair of headphones that won’t cause you any discomfort when playing for long periods.

The overall sound quality is the most important consideration to make when buying a new pair of cans. The difference in audio quality can vary substantially and so it really is important to invest wisely here. Fortunately, most of the biggest brands of today all sell headphones of adequate quality for competitive play. The differences between them are definitely worth picking over and so make sure to do your due diligence here. Finally, after all this, you will need to ensure you have a quality microphone for CS:GO as team play is a central component of the game that cannot be neglected.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

As we mentioned above, sound quality is what should be prioritised above all other features. It is absolutely essential to be able to determine where your enemies are in CS:GO and a poor quality headset will put you at a sizeable disadvantage. Be careful to avoid brands which aim for the heavy bass-boosted sounds, as opposed to overall audio clarity of the more professional models. These low frequency noises can muddy the soundscape and make it difficult to make out the more intricate details which are imperative in a first-person shooter like Counter-Strike.

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