The Xbox Wireless Headset is a gaming headset specifically designed for Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X consoles. These comfortable headphones use Xbox Wireless but they can also be used via their USB-A to USB-C cable or by Bluetooth. Out-of-the-box, they have a very bass-heavy sound profile that can be tweaked using their companion software's graphic EQ and presets. They also deliver over 19 hours of continuous playback time, which is great. While their boom mic struggles to separate your voice from ambient noise around you, it delivers a great recording quality, so speech sounds clear. On the downside, their non-Bluetooth wireless latency is quite high and you may experience delays in your audio and visuals.
The Xbox Wireless Headset is disappointing for neutral sound. Out-of-the-box, these headphones have a really bass-heavy sound profile that can overwhelm your mixes. They're also very prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery, and their passive soundstage is perceived as closed-off and unnatural, which doesn't make for a very immersive audio experience. Luckily, you can customize them using the graphic EQ or presets to help achieve a more neutral sound profile.
The Xbox Wireless Headset is passable for commute and travel. These headphones aren't really designed for this purpose, as they can't fold into a more compact size, and they lack a carrying case. They also don't block out almost any of the rumble from bus or plane engines, and they struggle to reduce mid-range sound like ambient chatter. On the upside, they have a long-lasting battery performance and are comfortable to wear for a few hours at a time.
The Xbox Wireless Headset is okay for sports and fitness. These headphones aren't really designed for this purpose as they don't have a very breathable or portable design. While they shouldn't move around on your head if you're sitting down, they can fall off with moderate physical activity. They also don't have an IP rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this.
The Xbox Wireless Headset is just okay for office use. These well-built headphones have a comfortable fit and deliver over 19 hours of continuous playback time. However, they won't block out ambient chatter around you, and they aren't the most breathable, so they could make your ears warm when worn for long periods.
The Xbox Wireless Headset is alright for wireless gaming. These headphones have a bass-heavy sound profile that some may find a bit overwhelming. Luckily, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can customize their sound. They're also comfortable and have over 19 hours of continuous playback time. Their boom mic does a great job of recording your voice too, so you should have no problems being understood. However, they have high non-Bluetooth wireless latency which could cause audio lag issues during gameplay. If you want to use them on PC via non-Bluetooth wireless, you also need to purchase an adapter separately.
The Xbox Wireless Headset is fair for wired gaming. You can connect to PC or Xbox consoles using these headphones' USB-A to USB-C cable. While some users may find their bass-heavy sound profile a bit overwhelming, you can tweak their sound using their graphic EQ or presets. Their boom mic also does a great job of recording your voice, although it struggles more to separate speech from ambient sound in noisy environments. Unfortunately, their passive soundstage isn't very immersive and they're prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
The Xbox Wireless Headset is fair for phone calls. Their boom mic has a great recording quality, so your voice sounds natural and clear. However, it struggles to separate your voice from ambient noise in moderately loud environments like a subway or busy street. The headphones also have poor noise isolation performance, which can make it hard to hear the person on the other end of the line.
The Xbox Wireless Headset has a sleek and minimalist look. It's mostly made of black plastic with green accents on the ear cups to match the Xbox's style. While the mic can't retract, you can wrap it around the ear cups when not in use.
The Xbox Wireless Headset is comfortable. The ear cups have a roomy fit and their faux leather padding feels good on the skin. The headphones also clamp well on the ears, so you shouldn't feel too much fatigue when wearing them for long gaming marathons. However, the ear cups don't have any range of motion.
The Xbox Wireless Headset has an alright control scheme. It's similar to the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 Wireless, with a left dial for channel mixing and a right dial to control the volume. Both dials stop at mix and max, and the channel mixing dial has a click when you've passed over the middle setting. On the left ear cup, there's also a mic mute button with a mic light on indicator, and a green button that powers on and off the headphones as well as activates Bluetooth pairing. This button has different chimes to let you know which control you've registered.
These headphones are passably breathable. They have an over-ear design, so they trap in a bit of heat, which could make you sweat. While this could be a bigger problem if you're wearing them while running, it shouldn't be too troublesome if you're sitting down to game.
The Xbox Wireless Headset has sub-par portability. These headphones are bulky and can't fold into a more compact format, which is to be expected for gaming headphones. They also require an Xbox Wireless adapter if you want to wirelessly connect them to your PC without using Bluetooth, and it isn't included in-the-box. That said, you can still use their USB-A to USB-C cable for audio.
The Xbox Wireless Headset has a good build quality. The headband is made from faux leather and plastic with a metal band inside to help reinforce the frame, while the ear cups have faux leather padding. Overall, these headphones feel sturdy and should survive a couple of accidental drops without too much of an issue. However, they lack an IP rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. They also make a small creaking noise around both ear cups, and the dials on the cup make a faint grinding sound. While this could be limited to just our unit, if you experience this issue, please let us know in the discussions.
These headphones have decent stability. They should stay on while you're playing video games, but they can fall off your head if you're using them during moderate physical exercise.
The Xbox Wireless Headset has an extremely bass-heavy sound profile. Using the default 'Game EQ' setting, which is the flattest EQ, these headphones deliver a very thumpy, boomy sound that some users may find overwhelming. Luckily, they have a couple of EQ presets as well as a graphic EQ that you can use to tweak their sound to your liking. If you're looking for a more neutral sound profile or if you would like to see how the other EQ presets stack up against the default setting, you can see a comparison graph here. Note that for over-ear headphones, we also do a sweep with humans and match the crossfade. Anything below 600-900 Hz are human measurements. If you prefer a less thumpy sound, you can also try tweaking the bass levels using a custom EQ preset with settings like those displayed in Custom 1 or Custom 2.
The Xbox Wireless Headset has a disappointing frequency response consistency. Audio delivery can vary depending on fit, positioning, and seal, so you're likely to experience deviations in bass and treble. If you wear glasses or thick hair, you may specifically notice a drop in bass.
The Xbox Wireless Headset has bad bass accuracy. It's very overemphasized across the range, resulting in powerful thump, boom, and punch. However, some users may find it sounds overwhelming and muddy.
The Xbox Wireless Headset has satisfactory mid accuracy. There's still a bit of overemphasis coming from the bass-range and into the low-mids, which makes your mixes cluttered and muddy. The rest of the range is well-balanced and neutral though, so vocals and lead instruments are present, detailed, and accurate.
The Xbox Wireless Headset has passable treble accuracy. The low-treble is slightly underemphasized, which can veil the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments. However, there's an overemphasis in the mid-treble, which makes sibilants like cymbals piercing.
The Xbox Wireless Headset has mediocre peaks and dips performance. There's a large peak throughout the bass-range, adding thump, punch, and significant boom to your audio, which can also make it sound muddy. A dip in the low to mid-mids further thins out and nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. Another dip in the low-treble veils the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments, while a peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants harsh and piercing.
The Xbox Wireless Headset has a great imaging performance. The weighted group delay falls below the audibility threshold, which results in tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers are also well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response, so objects like voices and footsteps should be accurately placed within the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.
The passive soundstage is poor. Like many other closed-back headphones, the soundstage is perceived as unnatural, closed-off, and shallow. Audio is perceived as coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed around you.
Update 06/10/2021: The Xbox Wireless Headset is also compatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. However, this requires an additional purchase to access the 'Dolby Atmos App'. As our unit came with a trial of this app that would expire, we marked Virtual Surround as 'Windows Sonic Spatial Audio' since this headset is compatible with it out-of-the-box, and it's also free to use.
The Xbox Wireless Headset is compatible with Windows Sonic Spatial Audio on PC and Xbox consoles, though we don't currently test this feature. These headphones also support Dolby Atmos and DTS Headphone:X. You don't need to use an Xbox Wireless adapter to access virtual soundstage features, but if you want Dolby Atmos support, you have to set it up via the Dolby Access app.
The Xbox Wireless Headset's weighted harmonic distortion performance is decent. There's a small peak at normal and max listening levels in the low to mid-treble range, but this can be hard to hear with real-life content. This results in mostly clean and pure audio reproduction.
These are the settings used to test these headphones. Since they don't come with a USB dongle, we used a Microsoft Wireless Adapter for Xbox One to pair it to our test PC for sound and microphone testing. Our results are only valid in this configuration.
The noise isolation performance of the Xbox Wireless Headset is disappointing. It doesn't block out bass-range noise like bus or plane engines, and it really struggles to reduce mid-range sounds like ambient chatter. It does better blocking out high-pitched noise like the hum of an AC unit, though.
The Xbox Wireless Headset has a decent leakage performance. They leak sound across the range, but most of it falls below the noise level of an average office. If you're listening to audio at a high volume, it's unlikely that it should bother those around you.
The Xbox Wireless Headset's boom mic has a great recording quality. Your voice sounds natural and clear, although lacking in depth.
The boom mic's noise handling performance is satisfactory. It struggles to separate your voice from ambient noise around you, even in moderately loud environments. If you're looking for gaming headphones with Xbox Wireless and a better noise handling performance, check out the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless.
The Xbox Wireless Headset has a great battery performance. It's advertised to have a 15-hour battery life, but we tested just over 19 hours. Luckily, these headphones have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when not in use and you can still use them while they're charging. If you're connected to a device via Bluetooth, and then you use their USB-A to USB-C cable to connect them to your PC or Xbox, you can play audio from your device and PC or Xbox console at the same time. However, if you're using Xbox Wireless on your PC or Xbox and you plug in the headset to charge, the PC overrides the wireless audio and the USB audio takes priority.
Xbox Accessories is a good companion app. It offers a graphic EQ and presets so you can customize its sound profile to your liking. You can also adjust the auto mic mute setting as well as mic monitoring.
Update 09/09/2021: We now measure negative latency values in test bench 1.5 and have extended our scoring curve accordingly. Negative latency means that your audio comes before your visuals. Previous to this test bench, we gave a score of 0ms when the value was negative. However, with our test bench 1.5 results, iOS latency went from 0ms to -11ms and Android went from 12ms to -2ms. This headset still has a good latency value though, and the scoring hasn't changed. You also shouldn't notice a delay in audio or visuals.
The Xbox Wireless Headset has great Bluetooth connectivity. It doesn't support NFC pairing, but it can connect to a Bluetooth device such as your phone while also staying connected to an Xbox console or a PC using an Xbox Wireless adapter. It has low latency on iOS and Android, which is nice if you like to stream video. Its latency on PC is much higher, though, and it could interrupt your gaming experience. However, some apps compensate for latency, so your real-world experience may vary.
Update 09/09/2021: These headphones have been updated to test bench 1.5. In this update, we made changes to the way we test latency. We now use a click track in our software and we measure latency three times and average the results. This new method has resulted in different latency values than what we had reported in our previous test bench. As a result, we have updated our review to reflect these changes.
These headphones have alright non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Their latency isn't as low as the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless, and you may experience some audio delay while gaming.
Note: These over-ears use Xbox Wireless technology to connect to Xbox consoles. To test latency, we used a Microsoft Wireless Adapter for Xbox One to connect the headphones to our test laptop, which doesn't have Xbox Wireless technology. We can't confirm that the measured latency is similar to when connected to Xbox One, Xbox One S, or Xbox Series S|X consoles.
Update 06/11/2021: We have changed USB Audio to 'USB Type A' to reflect the source port instead of the headphones' port. When using their USB cable, the USB-A connector can be connected to any device with a USB-A port. The scoring of this box hasn't changed.
The Xbox Wireless Headset can be used wired via their USB-A to USB-C cable. This cable is also used to charge the headphones.
This headset has full audio and microphone compatibility with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S via Xbox Wireless or by using its USB-A to USB-C cable. If you're connected to a device using Bluetooth and then you use a wired connection on your Xbox, you can play audio from both devices simultaneously.
The Xbox Wireless Headset doesn't come with a base or dock, but they're compatible with an Xbox Wireless Adapter, which you can purchase separately.
The Xbox Wireless Headset comes in one color variant: 'Black'. If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.
The Xbox Wireless Headset is a wireless gaming headset designed for use with Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles. These comfortable and well-built headphones support Bluetooth for more casual use. They also have Xbox Wireless technology built-in, but they have high latency via this connection, which could be annoying if you're gaming. While some users may find their especially bass-heavy sound profile overwhelming, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets, so you can customize their sound to your liking. Their 19-hour battery life is quite similar in performance to the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless and, unlike the Kaira, they can also be used wired with full mic and audio compatibility via their USB-A to USB-C cable.
The Razer Kaira Pro Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones for Xbox consoles than the Xbox Wireless Headset. The Razer are better-built, have a better overall performing boom mic, and have lower non-Bluetooth latency via Xbox Wireless. However, the Xbox can also be used wired with their USB-A to USB-C cable for full audio and microphone compatibility.
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