The 5 Best Headsets For Xbox Series X/S - Winter 2021 Reviews

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If you've gotten your hands on an Xbox Series X or Series S console and are looking for a headset to match, there are a couple of options on the market. There's no single best headset for Xbox Series X consoles, as which one you buy is heavily dependent on your own preferences. Do you despise tripping on a rat's nest of wires or want to give your gaming setup a sleek, streamlined look? Consider a pair of wireless gaming headphones that use Xbox Wireless Technology, which allows you to pair your headset to your console without the need for a dongle, similar to how an Xbox controller functions. On the other hand, if you hate the idea of running out of battery at a crucial moment or experiencing a delay in audio due to latency, you may prefer wired headphones.

We’ve tested over 560 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best Xbox Series X headset to buy. If you’re looking for our picks for other consoles and PCs, take a look at our recommendations of the best gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets for Xbox One, and the best headsets for PS4.


  1. Best Wireless Headset For Xbox Series X: SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless

    7.1
    Mixed Usage
    7.3
    Neutral Sound
    6.7
    Commute/Travel
    7.1
    Sports/Fitness
    6.9
    Office
    7.5
    Wireless Gaming
    8.0
    Wired Gaming
    7.6
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Xbox Series X headset with a wireless design that we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis 9X. These Bluetooth-enabled wireless gaming headphones allow you to listen to in-game audio while chatting with friends or streaming music from your phone. They're comfortable enough to wear throughout extended gaming sessions and feel very well made. They use Xbox Wireless Technology to pair to your console just like an Xbox controller, so you don't have to worry about losing a separate adapter.

    Out-of-the-box, they have a fairly well-balanced sound profile that should give equal weight to sound effects as well as dialogue, though some users may want a little more low-end thump and rumble. Their retractable boom microphone offers great overall performance, as it makes your voice sound detailed and clear, even in noisy environments. Their roughly 28-hour battery life also ensures that you don't have to worry about charging them too often. You can also use their SteelSeries Engine companion software on PC to update their firmware or edit and save selectable EQ presets.

    Unfortunately, they have somewhat high wireless latency compared to other headsets. Their ski-band headband also may not be big enough for users with large heads, and their audio delivery can vary drastically depending on their fit, seal, and positioning. Unlike the Xbox variant of the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless, which we haven't tested yet, they can only receive audio when connected via an analog connection to your Xbox. Otherwise, if you're looking for a headset to use with your Xbox Series X console that supports Bluetooth, this is a good option.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With Lower Latency: Razer Kaira Pro Wireless

    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you're looking for a gaming headset with Xbox Wireless Technology that offers lower latency, you may want to take a look at the Razer Kaira Pro. These wireless over-ears have a shorter battery life than the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless and have a less stable fit, but they have slightly lower latency via Xbox Wireless and an auto-off timer to conserve their charge when not in use. Like the SteelSeries, they support Bluetooth, so you can chat with friends through your phone as you game. Their boom mic can be detached to make transporting them a little easier and it offers excellent recording quality and noise handling capability, so teammates can understand you clearly even in noisy environments. Unfortunately, while they do a better job of filtering out ambient noise, their performance in this regard is still poor, and they leak quite a bit of audio.

    Get the SteelSeries if you want longer continuous battery life and want the option of passive audio playback, but consider the Razer if you prioritize lower audio latency as you game, as it's still one of the best gaming headsets for Xbox Series X..

    See our review

  3. Best Wired Gaming Headset For Xbox Series X: Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019

    5.7
    Mixed Usage
    7.7
    Neutral Sound
    4.4
    Commute/Travel
    5.5
    Sports/Fitness
    5.2
    Office
    6.3
    Wireless Gaming
    8.0
    Wired Gaming
    7.1
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Open-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 is the best headset for Xbox Series X consoles with a wired design that we've tested. These open-back, over-ear headphones should offer an immersive listening experience while you're gaming thanks to their remarkably spacious soundstage and great stereo imaging performance. Their MixAmp USB-A controller allows you to manage a myriad of functions on-the-fly, including volume adjustment, chat mixing, EQ preset cycling, and enabling Dolby Surround Sound. If you don't mind foregoing the functionality offered by the MixAmp controller, you can also just plug their 1/8" TRRS cable into your Xbox Series X controller.

    They have a premium-looking construction that feels well-built and comfortable enough to wear throughout long gaming sessions, with a headband that effectively distributes their weight and plushly padded ear cups. Their sound profile is also very well-balanced, so you should hear sound effects as well as in-game dialogue with equal emphasis. Their detachable boom mic also does a great job of making your voice sound full-bodied, present, and clear. Thanks to its amazing noise handling capability, teammates should understand you clearly even if you're in a crowded environment.

    Unfortunately, due to their open-back enclosure, they let in a lot of ambient noise, which isn't ideal if you like to game in a noisy setting. They leak a lot of audio, which may annoy people nearby. Still, their spacious soundstage, well-balanced sound profile, and comfortable, sturdy design also help make them some of the best open-back headphones that we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: HyperX Cloud Alpha S

    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you're looking for a more affordable wired headset to use with your Xbox Series X console, consider the HyperX Cloud Alpha S. These wired gaming headphones have a much less expansive soundstage than the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 due to their closed-back enclosure and are fitted with a mic that delivers slightly inferior recording quality, but they feel amazingly well-built and are substantially cheaper. Their unique onboard bass slider lets you dial in a little more thump and rumble to sound effects as you game, and they feel comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time. Their boom mic makes your voice sound clear, although a little thin, and does an amazing job of isolating it from background noise. It can also be detached to give the headphones a more casual look or to make them easier to transport in their carrying pouch. Unfortunately, these over-ears are prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, which can vary drastically depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. Also, while they do a better job of isolating you from background noise compared to the Astro, their performance in this respect is still poor.

    If you're looking for a more immersive listening experience, consider the Astro, but if you're looking to save some money without sacrificing build quality, try the HyperX.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Gaming Headset For Xbox Series X: HyperX Cloud Stinger

    5.6
    Mixed Usage
    7.1
    Neutral Sound
    5.0
    Commute/Travel
    5.4
    Sports/Fitness
    5.5
    Office
    5.3
    Wireless Gaming
    7.4
    Wired Gaming
    7.4
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best gaming headset for Xbox Series X consoles on a budget that we've tested is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. These wired gaming headphones have a 1/8" TRRS cable that provides full audio and mic compatibility when you plug them into your controller, which is good if you don't want to deal with the hassle that comes with audio latency or running out of battery at an inopportune time. They're also decently well-built and have a very comfortable fit courtesy of their spacious ear cups, lightweight construction, and relatively low clamping force.

    They have an excited V-shaped sound profile that should emphasize the thump and rumble sound effects in action-heavy games but doesn't completely overwhelm in-game dialogue or music. Their boom mic also offers impressive overall performance given the relatively affordable price, as it makes your voice sound full-bodied, natural, and mostly free of background noise, even if you're gaming in a fairly noisy environment. Despite their closed-back enclosure, they still provide a passably natural soundstage that creates an out-of-head listening experience.

    Unfortunately, their audio cable isn't detachable, so if it gets damaged, the entire unit needs to be replaced. Their control scheme is also quite limited, even by the standards of dedicated gaming headphones, with only an unintuitive volume slider and a flip-to-mute boom mic. Their audio delivery can also vary drastically depending on their fit, seal, and positioning. However, thanks to their affordable price, comfortable fit, and impressive overall mic performance, they're also among the best gaming headsets under $50 that we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are Bluetooth-enabled gaming headphones that can only connect wirelessly to PCs and PlayStation consoles with their USB-A adapter, but they come with a 1/8" TRRS cable that allows for full audio and microphone usage on a wired connection when plugged into your Xbox controller. While they're well-built and comfortable, they have a less expansive soundstage than the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 and can struggle to deliver audio consistently. See our review
  • Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless: The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless are gaming headphones that use Xbox Wireless Technology to pair with your console, but are also Bluetooth-compatible, allowing you to stream music or chat with friends through your phone as you game. However, they're less comfortable than the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless and have shorter battery life while taking longer to recharge. See our review
  • Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset: The Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset uses Xbox Wireless Technology to pair with your console seamlessly, but unfortunately, unlike the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless, isn't Bluetooth-compatible. That said, they're sturdily built, comfy to wear, and offer great microphone recording quality and noise handling capability. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Xbox Series X headsets to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you'd like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for headphones that are good for gaming. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection, especially if you do not care about having a microphone or wireless features.

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