As a musician, DJ and an avid gamer, I can personally attest to the fact that great sound makes all the difference.
Whether you are on the decks mixing for an upbeat crowd or scouring the map for foes to conquer on Valorant, being able to hear the colorful array of sounds clearly and concisely can be not only the means for a successful match or set, but also is a key piece in enjoying the experience altogether.
As far as gaming is concerned—especially Valorant—it is of the utmost importance to hear the footsteps of your enemies, the satisfying ‘click clack’ of reloading your weapon, and the enticing background music to keep you salivating win after win.
Not to mention, to be able to check off all of these tallies while hardly realizing that the headset is on your head to begin with! There is nothing more insufferable than being in an intensive Valorant streak and having to reposition your headset due to your ears being suffocated or it jumping off your cranium every session.
So, without further adieu, let’s go over the 10 best headsets for Valorant that are bound to suit a wide variety of styles and needs as you dial in your gaming module for claiming your seat on the Valorant leaderboards.
Best Headsets For Valorant Comparison Table
More and more companies are entering the market of gaming headsets with hopes of creating the ultimate headset that puts all others to shame. While it is certainly a valiant effort, what it provides us consumers with is a wider variety of products to choose from and more styles that best fit the many different preferences that we gamers have.
Instead of giving you all of this information and hoping you ‘make do’ with it, here is a comparison table so that you can compare our top 10 headsets and see how the specs line up in accordance with what you are looking for.
1. Audeze Mobius
Coming in at a price point significantly higher than most on our list is the Audeze Mobius. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Why in the bloody hell would I spend that much on a headset?” Well, my friend, I thought you’d never ask. Let’s get into it.
For starters, this headset features Waves Nx technology that creates a 3D surround sound effect. This means that it tracks the movement of your head to give you an immersive gaming experience that sounds like you are actually on the battlefield. It also utilizes planar magnetic speakers, which provide a much richer and more satisfying sound quality than that of electrostatic speakers.
While the microphone may not be the best on the market, the pop filter that they have made available will certainly bring out the juicy low-end frequencies in your voice so that you don’t sound like you are talking out of your nose. And even though you may not sound like you are talking through the juiciest mic on the market, the superior quality of the sound coming through the Mobius will be enough for you to hear the lack of quality in other players’ mics.
The Mobius comes equipped with 3 modes: Bluetooth, 3D manual, and 3D auto. The bluetooth capability on these headphones is nearly incomparable, and provides some of the cleanest bluetooth sound available on the market. The 3D modes allow for you to specifically tailor the 3D functionality to your preference, and what’s more, this headset is fitted with an app where you can control all the bells and whistles from so you aren’t stuck fidgeting with it in the middle of a gaming session!
So, if you have a little money to play with and you won’t settle for anything less than ‘the best,’ don’t hesitate to look into this beauty for your collection.
2. HyperX Cloud Alpha
First, let’s touch on the design. The HyperX Cloud Alpha comes in swinging with a beautiful display of vibrant red on matte black, tickling gamers pink with its aesthetic prominence.
The adjustable red bands are not only easy on the eyes, but they also do a stellar job at providing Valoranters with a snug and comfortable fit so that they don’t find themselves readjusting from match to match.
Not to mention, the thick and spongy foam in the ear cups makes elongated sessions more comfortable
HyperX Cloud Alpha
Despite its clunky, yet solid build, this headset hits the gamers where it counts: in their ear holes. With a dual-chamber driver, the Cloud Alpha separates the frequencies in a way that provides clearer, less distorted sound, and delivers a robust range of mids and rounded out lows that allow for this model to stand out from many others in its price range.
With a detachable 3.5mm cable and microphone, this headset is perfect for listening to tunes or getting down on a single player RPG. So, you don’t have to be concerned about the measly microphone tickling your upper lip when you’re just trying to pick up some quests as Geralt in The Witcher 3.
In games such as Overwatch and Valorant, this headset makes it easy to hear your enemies coming up from behind you and really enhances those the audible realm of the gunplay and satisfaction of character-decimating explosions. Their little-to-no latency also makes them great in this regard.
If you are looking for a headset that is within your budget and will give you the satisfying sound experience that you desire, then the HyperX Cloud Alpha will give you all you seek and more without breaking the bank.
3. Razer Kraken Tournament Edition – Budget Pick
True to Razer’s signature style, this headset yields a bulky, circular design with large ear caps and fitted with memory foam to ensure comfort for long periods of gaming. Not only that, but the memory foam is fitted with a layer of cooling gel to keep your ears from getting too hot.
It is also available in all-black or green with black accents. So if you are wanting your headset to have a little more flare, the option is available to you.
This headset is wired with a black, braided 3.5mm cable, so you can plug into any console with a 3.5mm jack and can be certain that your sound won’t cut in and out due to any wireless connectivity issues.
A third of the way down the cable is an inline remote with a microphone switch and volume controls, so you don’t have to worry about reaching up to the sides of your headset and messing with the controls in the middle of a heated session on Valorant.
The Kraken TE comes equipped with a solid microphone that delivers clear and colorful vocals; however, using a pop filter certainly helps to do away with unwanted sibilance. The vocal quality is delivered and received extremely well with this headset, so you don’t have to worry about too much interference whilst tearing up your foes as Brimstone.
When it comes to the sound quality itself, the Kraken TE brings forth a very bass-heavy experience with simulated surround sound. As such, you will be able to hear the space as your enemy’s footsteps grow louder behind you or gunshots crackle in the distance.
In the end, this headset provides users with premium quality sound at an affordable price. So whether you are a novice to the die-hard gaming world or are simply a bargain shopper, this will be an addition to your hardware collection that will fit your budget and taste perfectly.
4. Turtle Beach Recon 200
Let’s get the sub-par qualities out of the way, shall we? While the ear cups have diagonal pivots that allow for them to mold to your head more seamlessly, the faux leather pads can get uncomfortably clammy after extensive gaming sessions.
It also doesn’t allow for any passive playback, meaning it has to be charged before/during use. However, once you accept these things and move on, there is nothing but sunshine and clear skies, my friend. Let’s get to it.
Fitted with a carbon-fiber aesthetic in its matte finish and sturdy metal frame, it comes available in both black and white, making for—though limited—a nice sense of variety. Not to mention, the flip-to-mute microphone that allows for intuitive gameplay control.
40mm speakers, while smaller than the PDP LVL 50 models, deliver a crisp and buttery range of lows and mids that offer a percussive quality Valorant’s score and sound effects. It not only delivers the raw power of an explosive firefight when you are in the thick of it, but it also captures the subtleties in-between with beautiful precision.
The controls on the side of the headset are labelled clearly, making for easy and intuitive control and navigation. Simply turn the headset on, choose PS4 or XBOX mode, and you are on your way! What’s more, is that if you switch it to XBOX mode, the headset will work perfectly with your PC module.
The microphone provides users with a mic monitoring capability, meaning that you can hear your voice in the headset when you speak. This feature is a breath of fresh air, as it helps you to prevent your teammates from your insufferable bouts of accidental yelling.
In short, this is yet another budget headset that will boost the quality of your gaming experience by a long shot without draining your pockets.
5. SteelSeries Arctis Pro + Game DAC – Best Overall Pick
Our Best Overall Pick and what we consider the best headset for Valorant is none other than the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC. SteelSeries has once again gone above and beyond for gamers with this model, as it excels in all the areas that matter the most.
SteelSeries Arctis Pro + Game DAC
It is the first headset to be certified for Hi-Res audio, and with the GameDAC, it provides a wide range of customization and equalization so that you can dial in your sound quality not only so it sounds the best it possibly can, but so that it sounds the way you want it to.
It’s all-black finish and sleek design make it a headset that can easily be worn outside of the gamer den. Fitted with an aluminum frame and magnetic ear cups allowing for more options, as well as RGB lighting on the ear cups and microphone, SteelSeries has gone ahead and provided consumers with a headset that feels like it was made for them.
Like other models by SteelSeries, the Arctis Pro + GameDAC features on-headset controls and a retractable microphone with a 3.5mm cable. Some may have mixed feelings about the wired headsets, but the fact of the matter is: if you aren’t concerned about playing games from the couch and prefer your desk or gaming chair, then you are going to love its no-latency delivery.
DAC stands for “digital-to-analog converter,” and it truly redefines gaming audio. It pumps out 96Hz/24-bit audio, features a line-out port for speakers, allows for accessory customization, and full equalization of all 10 frequency bands. Not to mention, the OLED user interface makes it a breeze to control.
However, there is one setback, and that is the shortness of the cable. This headset was most certainly made for gamers to use at their desk for intimate, close-quarters gaming, so if you are more of a couch gamer, you may find this bit unsettling.
The Hi-Res audio and overall audio quality is outstanding, and you will be enthralled as you storm the fields of Valorant and hear every footstep, every knife in the noggin, every gunshot, and every brain-rattling explosion.
This headset isn’t cheap, but it also isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg. For a superior quality headset that will last, it is worth the extra dough so that you can enjoy the best sounding gaming sessions for years to come.
6. Astro A40 + MixAmp Pro
For the casual gamer or one who prefers to play in the comforts of their living room, the Astro A40 + MixAmp Pro may not be the headset they are looking for; however, for the avid gamer or one who has a specific gaming space set up, then this headset will go above and beyond with its wide range of features and intuitive controls.
Astro A40 + MixAmp Pro
The Astro A40 sticks to their signature style with black or cobalt speaker tags, a detachable microphone, large ear cups, and adjustable chrome rods for getting the size just right. Not to mention, the MixAmp allows for users to more intuitively adjust volume, change EQ presets, and modify the balance of game-to-voice ratio with an easy-to-navigate user interface.
One of the things that people seem to have a problem with is the “mess” of cables that subsequently comes with having the headset run into a mixer. As a musician, a DJ, and audiophile myself, I can tell you that if you are passionate about your sound quality, you will get over something as petty as “messy cords.” With that being said, the sound quality goes above and beyond that of your run-of-the-mill gaming headset, all thanks to the MixAmp.
So, if you are looking for a gaming experience that will provide you with beautifully vibrant sound and are willing to sacrifice the aesthetics of your gaming space for greater control and immersion, then I highly suggest the Astro A40 + MixAmp Pro for your gaming setup.
7. Logitech G Pro X
Logitech’s G Pro X is easily their most beautifully designed yet, and it is no surprise considering it was made with professional gamers in mind. Right off the bat, one will notice that it may not be as cheap as that of the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition or other budget headsets, but it is cheaper than most competitive quality headsets on the market, and it is compatible with PC and all consoles.
It also offers a fully detachable microphone and detachable ear cups so that they can be swapped out for leatherette or foam pads. So you can assure that you feel the most comfortable while you are losing daylight to Valorant.
Speaking of Valorant! The sound quality delivers crisp, clear, booming audio that will surely tickle you pink as you are decimating your foes with Raze’s grenades. All the subtle nuances of gameplay, as well as the music and game chat audio, will ring crystal clear in your ears so that you don’t miss out on a single detail of what is going on around you.
The G Pro X also features Blue Filter technology for the microphone. Through their Logitech G Hub software, you can turn on a voice filter that gives your vocals a crystal clear quality that will stand out among the rest.
For players who are looking to get into tournament-style gaming or simply prefer to nerd out on some single player RPGs from their couch, this quality headset is an affordable addition to improve one’s gaming experiences ten-fold.
8. BeyerDynamic Custom Game – Premium Pick
As one could guess from the name, this headset is particularly made with gamers in mind. Not only that, but the microphone and audio reproduction quality is also perfect for those who work from home and who are on conference calls frequently.
While it is a fair trade considering the premium quality of the headset in nearly every department, some may consider the price tag alone to be a deal-breaker.
In order to change your perspective on the price, let’s take a look at what this headset has going for it.
For starters, almost every piece of the headset is replaceable and interchangeable, making for one hell of a customizable experience. The pads and the plates on the ear cups are replaceable, so you can choose the perfect material for your ears, as well as which designs you want to rock. While the designs they have available are quite gamer-centric and not for everyone, at least they have options!
Apart from the customizability, this headset is dressed to impress, as it looks as if it was made for audiophiles with its durability and comfortable fit.
As far as sound goes, the BeyerDynamic Custom Game isn’t fitted out with surround sound or 3D sound simulation, but it delivers extremely crisp and robustly flavorful frequencies in stereo that will be a delight no matter if you are listening to Flying Lotus’ Do the Astral Plane, boosting your rank on Valorant, or enjoying a conference call with friends and family.
The headset is also fitted out with bass sliders, which can give you the extra ‘thump’ if you want to up the ante. Not to mention, the quality of the microphone is spectacular. The external cardioid mic gives users a rich and smooth vocal quality that typically only comes after the sound guy has EQ’d your vocals before the show (unless you know how to do it yourself).
In the end, there are plenty of headsets on the market that deliver a similar experience to the Custom Game; however, if you are looking to buy a premium quality headset that you can use for more than playing games, then the BeyerDynamic Custom Game will not only deliver in all the areas you need it to, but it will last.
9. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless
The first impression of this headset is that it doesn’t seem to have a premium build due to its lightweight plastic construction. Yet, this doesn’t make it cheap, and the lightweight build certainly makes it more comfortable during long gaming sessions.
In general, the sound lacks some punch with all the frequencies. The bass doesn’t thump quite as hard as one would expect, and the mids and highs aren’t nearly as crisp as one would like for the sound definition necessary for a totally immersive surround sound experience.
The sound of the microphone is much better than the original Void model, and it provides a clear-cut vocal sound that is easy to understand.
While the ear caps are comfortable, the loose-fitting of the headset tends to create poor noise isolation, which can be less than preferable if you tend to game in heavily noisy areas such as with your roommates or at a Valorant competition.
While much of this review might be steering you away from this headset, that isn’t at all my intention. I simply want you to have all the information so that you can decide which one is for you.
As such, this is a great microphone if you are looking for a snazzy, wireless piece to add to your hardware collection, and even more so if you are a casual gamer just looking for something to suit your needs while you are gaming on the couch. If you are an avid gamer who is particular about their needs then, in the words of Qui Gon Jin, “These are not the droids you are looking for.”
10. HyperX Cloud Orbit S
This headset follows suit of the Audeze Mobius with its planar magnetic speakers and 3D surround sound, but at a more affordable price. This headset is not only great for staking your claim to the throne on Valorant, but it is also suitable for listening to your favorite Pink Floyd album or working from home with countless conference calls.
The design is sleek and modern, and is simple enough that one would feel comfortable wearing them out and about in the world. Not to mention, the microphone is detachable and flexible, so if you only want to use them for listening to tunes, you don’t have to worry about having a mic in your face.
Where this headset gets confusing is all the ports and controls on the left ear cap. With so many ports and controls so close together, navigating and controlling the darned thing can feel convoluted and like a little too much for a headset. This is certainly a turn-off for those who are just looking to plug-in and game-down.
On top of all the ports and controls, is the fact that each button has multiple modes.
Fortunately, one can set up their preferred mode via the software and leave it at that until something sounds off, but even then that takes away from the experience if you want to dip in and out of 3D.
The Cloud Orbit S delivers compatibility with nearly all devices and consoles, including Android phones, which is pretty outstanding. The sound quality and microphone both show up with their A-game intact, and deliver a beautiful and clear experience for gamers on both ends of the headset and receiving end of the microphone.
While every headset has its ups and downs, the Cloud Orbit S delivers a stellar sound experience with a multitude of options available to users. The only thing is that you will have to learn a thing or two before being able to use your headset seamlessly. So, if a little extra learning and a few extra bucks don’t hinder you from getting what you want, then the Cloud Orbit S will suit you well.
How To Select The Best Headset For Valorant
Now that you have read about all of these headsets, you are probably trying to figure out which one best suits your needs. Not only that, but if you are a novice when it comes to gaming equipment—and gaming headsets in particular—then you are probably wondering what most of the terminology means and what exactly to look for when it comes to gaming headsets.
Well, don’t fret, my friend. We are going to go over the components of gaming headsets that you should pay attention to so you know exactly what to look for before you make your purchase.
What immediately differentiates a headset from a pair of headphones is the microphone. A good quality microphone is crucial, not only for when you are strategizing how you can win the match and keep your place at the top of the leaderboards, but it is even more important if you are planning to stream your gaming prowess or do voice overs.
While most gaming headset microphones don’t offer vocals with enough richness in their vocal tone to be used for streaming or recording, it is important to look at the quality of the microphone to make sure you don’t sound like you are using an outdated walkie talkie while you are talking smack to your opponents.
Sometimes microphones have the options for a pop filter, which dramatically improves the quality of one’s voice through cutting out the super high and low frequencies, making for a much smoother vocal experience.
If you are a gamer looking to spend hours on end claiming the Valorant throne, then it is of the utmost importance that you purchase a headset that will provide you with equal parts comfort and functionality. Most headsets are fitted with padding on the headband itself, as well as the cushion of the ear cups.
Some headsets offer interchangeable ear cups with options for different composite material—usually foam or leatherette—to cover your ears. Figuring out which material suits your preferences best will be important in determining which headset is the right one for you and your big (or small) ol’ head.
Wired Or Wireless
Knowing the difference between wired and wireless headsets is another quality that one should be well-versed with before deciding which headset to get.
Wired headsets are automatically going to have lower latency and better sound quality because they are connected directly to the system; however, some wireless headsets provide a sound quality that is nearly indiscernible to that of wired headsets due to advances in modern technology.
Deciding between wired and wireless headsets is also a huge matter of preference. If you are a living room gamer, then a wireless headset might better suit your needs as it provides you with a cleaner looking setup and you don’t have to worry about sitting close to your system in order to use the headset. Whereas if you are a more serious gamer, then a wired headset may be just the addition to your gamer den that you have been in need of.
Sound Quality & Functionality
The most important quality of a gaming headset is none other than the sound quality. Spending an arm and a leg on a headset that only delivers sub par audio reproduction would not only be unnecessary, but also a huge let down. So, looking into the sound quality of each headset before you make your purchase is a must. On top of that, is noting the different modes and functions that each headset delivers.
Some headsets offer surround sound, 3D, stereo, and even Hi-Res audio. Knowing the difference between all of these options and how they apply to your gaming style is an absolute must when it comes to getting the right headset for you.
In the same breath, noise isolation is a huge component of sound quality that you will want to look into. If you tend to frequent a lot of tournaments or live in a house with roommates, then it is safe to say that you will want a headset with good noise isolation. Otherwise you will have to power through listening to all the ruckus going outside of the game, which can be a real pain when you are in a heated match or fulfilling quests for the bard at the inn.
While most gaming headsets follow the same structural format which involves a metal frame with plastic design and padded cushions, they are not all the same and their durability will vary depending on the make, model, manufacturer, and price. While the price may not be directly related to the quality and durability of the headset, typically the more the spend—the more you get.
Last, but not least, is the price. Many gamers, apart from audiophiles, aren’t looking to spend a month’s salary on a gaming headset; however, in spending a little bit more you are guaranteed to get a headset that will last you much longer and give you more options in regards to customization, equalization, and other features. Yet, there are plenty of manufacturers who are producing headsets that provide gamers with everything they desire at a reasonable price.
Once you look at all the other factors of the headset, you can look at the price and determine if what it delivers is worth the price.
Well, here we are. We have dismantled the daunting elephant in the room that is the best headsets for Valorant through in-depth scrutiny and a wee bit of research.
So, as you are moving forward with upgrading your gaming setup so that you can kick some royal booty on Valorant, you now have the knowledge and tools to better determine which headset will best suit your needs and assist you in having the most immersive gaming experience you could ask for.
In the end, it doesn’t matter how much you spend if you don’t know what you are getting. So, now you can purchase the perfect headset with confidence and the lingo to back it up. Happy hunting!
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