In terms of requirements, the best headset for Call of Duty isn't going to differ all that much compared to the best headsets in general. But since so many people asked for this, we just had to deliver.
If you've read some of our previous headset articles, you probably already know that there is no one headset that beats them all. Each pick has its own pros and cons. Noise isolation, soundstage, microphone quality, imaging, sound signature, etc.
That is why we decided to once again include some of the best headsets and you can choose whatever fits you best!
- 1: Razer Kraken- Overall- Best Headset for Call of Duty
- 2: HyperX Cloud 2- GAMING HEADSET FOR XBOX
- 3: Logitech G430 - Best Cheap Gaming Headset
- 4: Sennheiser Game One - Good wired gaming headset
- 5: Cooler Master MH630 - Good budget gaming headset
- 6: Sennheiser GSP 600 - Ps4 headset for call of duty
- 7: HyperX Cloud Alpha S - Lightweight and powerful
- 8: Logitech G Pro X- The value gaming headset
- 9: Corsair HS60 Pro- Xbox , PC headset for call of duty
- 10: Astro A40 TR - Gaming Headset
- What's the Best Headset for Call of Duty After All?
- Are all Headsets Compatible With Both Consoles and PC?
- What is Soundstage and Open-Back Headsets?
- The Best Headset for Call of Duty: Conclusion
1: Razer Kraken- Overall- Best Headset for Call of Duty
If you're looking for something that's cheap yet good-sounding while also providing a bit of passive noise isolation, the Razer Kraken may be the best headset for Call of Duty — for you.
At about $65, chances are that you'll struggle to find something that offers a better value. There's also the Cloud 2s for just about $20 more — but these offer a different sound signature which means that there's little to no comparison here.
Speaking of sound signature, the Razer Kraken is definitely a bit more on the bassy side. There is a smooth thump to it which is something that bass lovers are going to love. However, if you prefer something a bit more neutral, then maybe you should check out the Sennheiser Game One instead.
As far as comfort is concerned, the earpads are well-padded, spacious, and deep. At the same time, there's not a whole lot of clamping force. So, as long as you don't have a very small head, this is going to be a very comfortable headset.
The build quality is not bad at all. Especially for the money. While it's obviously mostly plastic—it also feels very sturdy. So, no complaints from us here.
The microphone may not be removable but it's retractable. This, in combination with the 3.5mm cable, makes this headset a decent option not just for gaming, but maybe also for outdoor usage.
Just keep in mind that just like most headsets, the Razer Kraken doesn't offer any noise-cancelling. So if you also need something for commuting, we'd recommend looking elsewhere. The Kraken is fine for maybe taking a walk or anything like that but there's no way it's going to block engine noises.
2: HyperX Cloud 2- GAMING HEADSET FOR XBOX
As most of our regular readers already know, we're kind of big fans of the Cloud 2s. It's a headset that offers a relatively balanced sound signature, great comfort, and a removable microphone as well. Overall, it's hard to go wrong with it and that easily makes it a candidate as the best headset for Call of Duty—or any other game really.
And let us not forget that many pro players and streamers love it. So, again, it's generally hard to go wrong with this one—especially if you consider how relatively cheap it is.
As we mentioned above, the sound signature is kind of balanced. There is not excessive bass or overemphasized mids. The highs are admittedly a bit too bright, which is not the best thing for music, but they are great for hearing micro details while gaming.
This is one of the most comfortable headsets around. The earpads are generally soft and there's plenty of padding on top. However, while the clamping force is generally okay for most people, it can be a bit too much for those of you who have big heads. At least over long periods of time.
A small downside is that the microphone may be removable but the audio cable is not.
Removable cables are not only good for portability but also for extending the overall lifespan of the headset. So, if you think that may be a big deal for you, maybe check out the Cloud Alpha S instead. It's a bit more expensive but also an improvement over the Cloud 2 in every single way!
There's not much to report in terms of downsides. But the tight clamping force is definitely something to keep in mind if you have a big head.
3: Logitech G430 - Best Cheap Gaming Headset
Logitech is another huge name. Not only in headsets but in gaming and gadgets in general. And the G430 is one of the popular headsets we've ever seen. Partly due to how good it is and partly due to how cheap it is. So, it's definitely worth considering as it may be the best headset for Call of Duty—depending on what you're after.
As with most gaming headsets, the Logitech G430 comes with a somewhat elevated base. That makes it a great choice for those of you who love a slightly punchy sound signature. But, anyone else will either have to turn the bass down a bit with the use of an equalizer or maybe just look into something different.
The comfort levels are all-around great. The clamping force is noticeable, but, at the same time, the spacious earcups spread the pressure around your head evenly. Not to mention that the padding on top helps as well. Overall, if you don't mind having a bit of clamp, this is a very comfortable choice.
One thing that has both its pros and cons is the earpad's material. While it's a very breathable and soft fabric, this also makes it very bad at noise isolation. So, if you're looking for something with decent noise isolation, this is definitely not it.
One of its few downsides is the build quality. Most of the joints are plastic and they don't feel particularly sturdy. But everything should be okay if you treat it with care.
Other than that, also keep in mind that both the cable and the microphone are not removable. This, in combination with the fabric-ky earpads and gaming design, make this headset a strictly stay-at-home choice.
4: Sennheiser Game One - Good wired gaming headset
If you want the best soundstage, there is no doubt that the Sennheiser Game One is the best headset for Call of Duty. One of the main reasons why is due to its open-back design!
In case you're not familiar with it, most gaming headsets come with a closed-back enclosure. This means that the part that covers the drivers is solid and no sound can come in or out of it.
Open-back headphones like the Game One, on the other hand, feature a partially open enclosure which freely allows sound to come in and out of it. This is one of the main reasons why you get a much wider soundstage with such headsets—and also due to how they interact with your ears—but that's a complicated matter that we should talk about on a dedicated article later.
That aside, we're also looking at a very balanced sound signature where no frequency is particularly overwhelming. The bass is lacking a little, but, unfortunately, that seems to be a common trait with lower-end, open-back headphones.
Speaking of downsides, one of the biggest ones that you'll find in every open-back headset, including the Sennheiser Game One, is noise isolation. Everything comes in as if you're not wearing headphones at all. So, if you're interested in having any passive noise isolation at all, scratch this one of your list.
The microphone isn't removable—but for a good reason. Just like most Sennheiser headsets, the Sennheiser Game One offers the "lift to mute" feature. This means that you can simply lift the mic when you're done and the headset will automatically mute it for you.
Last, but not least, let us not forget to mention that comfort is superb with soft earpads and plenty of breatheability.
5: Cooler Master MH630 - Good budget gaming headset
If you're looking for a very good microphone with just decent audio on the cheap, ironically enough, the Cooler Master MH630 may be the best headset for Call of Duty that you can get. And we say "ironically" due to the fact that this is the cheapest headset that you can find on this list.
At just about $60, it's no doubt one of the cheapest, decent headsets that you can find in general. Of course, at this price, you can't expect to get much out of it. The thing is that its microphone is extremely good. It may be the best mic we've ever heard on a headset—rich, clear, and loud—which makes you wonder why severely more expensive headsets don't offer something anywhere near as decent.
That said, the microphone is more or less where its advantages over more expensive headsets end. Cause, other than that, everything else is just more or less mediocre.
As expected from a headset at this price point, its sound is bassy and sharp. This is a common sound signature for cheaper headphones—probably to make up for the otherwise mediocre sound quality.
Comfort, on the other hand, is just not bad. The earpad's material feels a bit cheap which is to be expected. But, other than that, the clamping force is just about right and there's plenty of padding on top as well.
You also get an onboard volume control wheel and a microphone mute button. That's nothing impressive, but, at this price point, everything is a welcome addition.
In terms of downsides, there aren't any features such as a dedicated sound card, surround sound, or anything like that. But that's to be expected.
6: Sennheiser GSP 600 - Ps4 headset for call of duty
This is another Sennheiser headset, but, unlike our previous pick, this one is a slightly higher-end choice with a closed-back design that's strictly made for gaming. After all, it's one of the bulkiest headsets we've seen and everything about it screams "gaming".
One of the main reasons that this is so bulky is to offer more comfort and features. Comfort is pretty self-explanatory. Larger earcups give more space to your ears and a larger headband spreads around the weight more evenly.
As far as features are concerned, thanks to the larger size, you get room for adjustable clamping force sliders and a volume control knob—both features that you don't commonly see in other headsets. And just like with the Sennheiser Game One, the microphone supports flip to mute which is definitely a plus.
One of the biggest downsides of a flip-to-mute microphone is that it's not removable. So, you can't really use this is a pair of headphones or easily replace the microphone in case something goes wrong. Not that you'd be able to use anything so bulky as a normal pair of headphones anyway, but, just saying.
When it comes to audio, this is one of the most balanced audio signatures on this list. There's just enough base to feel it without it becoming muddy and the highs are bright enough to hear details without them becoming piercing.
Just keep in mind that unlike the Game One, the Sennheiser GSP 600 is a closed-back headset. This means that while you're getting quite a lot of passive noise isolation, you're also losing all the extra soundstage that open-back headsets provide.
So, do you want a wider soundstage with less bass and zero noise isolation? Or noise isolation, more bass, and a narrower soundstage? Pick your poison.
7: HyperX Cloud Alpha S - Lightweight and powerful
If you like the Cloud 2, then chances are you're going to love the HyperX Cloud Alpha S! It's an improvement in basically every single way. Comfort, sound, features, weight—you name it.
First of all, thanks to the holes that are now present in the metal chassis, the headset feels lighter. Another huge plus in terms of design is the removable and replaceable cable. If anything happens to it, you'll be able to easily replace it.
Then there's also the sound which, apart from surround sound, now also gives you the option of independently adjusting game and chat audio on the fly.
Speaking of audio, let us not forget to mention that the Cloud Alpha S also offers physical bass sliders. In case you're not familiar with the concept, a big part of the bass that you get in headphones isn't just from the drivers themselves, but also on the enclosure and earpad material of the headset.
By allowing more air/sound to escape from the headset, you're reducing the base and vice versa. And while there's always the option of doing that with software as well, hardware is a bit more impactful.
The build quality hasn't changed at all. Despite the little holes in the chassis, the headset is just as sturdy as the Cloud 2 and remains as one of the most well-built headsets we've ever seen.
The lack of swiveling earcups is a little bit annoying after trying Sennheiser's offering. But, that's one of the very few downsides of the Cloud Alpha S.
Another downside is the price. At about $120-130, this is by no means a very expensive headset. But it is noticeably pricier than the Cloud 2 which is more or less identical in sound.
8: Logitech G Pro X- The value gaming headset
The Logitech G Pro X is one of Logitech's high-end/premium offerings. Lots of pros and streamers are using it, so, it's generally hard to go wrong with it. If you prefer a wireless counterpart, there's also the bulkier G935.
The overall design is very similar to that of the Cloud series—so it's also no surprise that the clamping force is a bit tight for people with larger heads. Your average person is going to find them pretty comfortable, though.
The thick and soft leather pads along with the padding on top definitely help a lot as well. So, this is definitely one of the most comfortable headsets you can get and it's worthy as a candidate for the best headset for Call of Duty.
Its microphone is also pretty good. And while Logitech has gone into extensive lengths to promote it, we'd say it's nothing special—just good. But it's worth noting that its noise cancellation properties are impressive, to say the least.
Audio is all-around pretty balanced with great bass that's not overwhelming and the mids being just right. However, the highs are a bit underemphasized which is something that you can improve with the help of an equalizer—unless, of course, you like that kind of sound.
One of its few downsides is that despite the leatherette earpads, the overall passive noise isolation that it offers is mediocre at best. It's actually slightly better compared to the Cloud 2, so, that's definitely not going to be an issue while gaming. However, you should keep it in mind if you plan on using it outdoors.
Other than that and the someone strong clamp for people with larger heads, we really can't find anything else that's worth reporting in terms of downsides.
9: Corsair HS60 Pro- Xbox , PC headset for call of duty
Corsair is no stranger to headsets. They've plenty of good ones and that's without even mentioning some of their great peripherals and hardware like power supplies, keyboards, and mice. So, it's no surprise that one of their headsets would be a candidate as the best headset for Call of Duty—even if it's one of the cheaper models.
While the sound quality is generally decent, the bass is very overemphasized while the highs are a bit underemphasized. That makes for a very boomy experience and whether you'll like that or not is definitely a matter of personal preference. It goes without saying that audiophiles who love balanced sound are not going to appreciate that kind of audio, though.
Comfort is just okay. Not great, not bad, just okay. That's mostly due to the fact that the clamping force is a bit too much for us—but your experience may vary depending on how sensitive your temples are and the size of your head as well. Other than that, the earpads are soft and there's plenty of padding on top. So, no complaints there.
Despite the low price point, the build quality of the Corsair HS60 Pro is actually impressive. It can compete and, in some cases, even beat some of the much more expensive headsets on this list. Most of its parts are made of metal with the few plastic ones feeling very sturdy.
If we have to report one downside, then that's probably going to be the overwhelming bass. Again, we understand that lots of people enjoy that kind of sound—but we're obligated to mention it.
10: Astro A40 TR - Gaming Headset
The Astro A40 TR uses a design that's very rare among gaming headsets—an open-back enclosure which is very similar to that of the Sennheiser Game One.
But, unlike the Game One, Astro's offering also allows you to change the back enclosure with a closed-back variant if you wish to do so. You just have to get your hands dirty with the mod pack.
As we mentioned before, the open-back design gives you much more soundstage—something that helps a lot in gaming. And thus, it's no surprise that this is a solid candidate as the best headset for Call of Duty, or any other game.
However, don't forget that open-back headsets, by design, offer very little to no noise isolation. If you live with a noisy family, you can basically forget about the A40 or any other open-back choice.
Comfort levels are generally great. There's plenty of padding on top, spacious earcups, and soft earpads too. Just don't forget that its somewhat bulky build also makes it a bit heavy. The padding on top helps a lot with it, but, still, if you have a sensitive head, this may be a bit too much for you.
The sound is generally balanced with good bass that's just about right while giving a bit more emphasis on the highs—which is often a desirable trait in gaming headsets.
The microphone is also pretty good with great noise-cancellation properties. And, other than that, there's also an included amp/mixer that you can use for independently adjusting game audio and chat audio.
When it comes to disadvantages, the weight, bulkiness, and lack of noise isolation are most likely the few things that are going to bother some people.
What's the Best Headset for Call of Duty After All?
By looking at the title of this post, you were probably expecting us to suggest a single headset that's the best for Call of Duty or any other game. However, it's not as simple as that.
There are tons of pros and cons to each headset. And the thing is that you can't have one without the other.
For example, if you want the best soundstage that you can get, then sacrificing noise isolation is a must because only open-back headsets come with that advantage.
If you love bassy sound, then you must sacrifice balanced audio. And if you're after high levels out noise isolation, chances are you'll also have to sacrifice a bit of breatheability and comfort.
So, at the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference. All you can do is go through our top picks then choose whatever you think works the best for you.
When everything is said and done, only you can choose the best headset for Call of Duty—at least for yourself.
Are all Headsets Compatible With Both Consoles and PC?
No. Some headsets are only compatible with PC while others only work with either Xbox or PS4. Those that are compatible with everything will often only partly work with consoles.
For example, the HyperX Cloud series can work with both PC and consoles. But, since you can't use its USB soundcard on a console, you're sacrificing all the features that come with it.
The best thing that you can do is look up the manufacturer's official description for each headset that you're interested and see what it officially supports. Also pay attention to what it partly supports—such as our example with the Cloud series.
As a general rule of thumb, most 3.5mm headsets are going to work with both consoles and computers. Headsets that use either a USB connection or USB adapter, on the other hand, will either partly work with a console or not at all. So, pay attention to that.
What is Soundstage and Open-Back Headsets?
The soundstage of a headset is sort of how well it reproduces spatial sound. Not with software tricks like 7.1 surround—which, by the way, is a big hit or miss depending on the headset and game—but by using its actual drivers and design.
The wider the soundstage, the more distance that there is going to be in certain sounds. For example, when playing a game, you may be able to tell more accurately just how far the footsteps are
That's not to be mistaken with imaging, though. Imaging is the audio accuracy of the headset. It's how accurate you'll be able to pinpoint the direction of the footsteps—not their distance.
"Open-back", on the other hand, is a term that's used to describe a headset that comes with an open enclosure behind the drivers. This means that sound can freely come in and out of the headset which is also why you're getting zero noise isolation from an open-back piece. However, that's also one of the main reasons that most open-back headsets sound much wider.
The Best Headset for Call of Duty: Conclusion
So, again, when everything is said and done, there's no such thing as the best headset for Call of Duty. There is one that fits your personal preferences the best. But, definitely not a single choice that can satisfy everyone.
All you can do is check our picks out and see what suits you best. Just keep in mind that you can't have everything and that the priciest pick isn't necessarily the best.
That's all for now. Feel like we forgot to mention something important? Got anything wrong? Then let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!
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