The 5 Best Xbox One Headsets To Buy in 2018 ~ (Updated) Buyers Guide
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Best Xbox One Headset in 2018

Best Xbox One Headset
Game to your pique ability with the best Xbox One headset.

The best Xbox One headsets have come a long way in the past year, making enormous jumps in sound quality and wireless functionality. This is one of the best crops of Xbox headsets that we’ve seen, and that’s good news for console gamers!

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#1 Pick - Astro A50 with Xbox Adapter
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#1 Pick - Astro A50 with Xbox Adapter
Excellent audio quality, charging dock and it's fully wireless!

After testing comfort, sound, audio optimization, mic quality, and many other factors, we ultimately picked the updated Astro A50 for Xbox One as our top choice.

v The Astro A50 offers incredible surround sound
v It’s one of the most comfortable headsets we’ve ever tried on
v It also has a very reliable wireless connection quality
v Plenty of audio (and material) optimization options.

TLDR: Top Xbox One Headsets

  1. Astro A50 with Xbox Adapter
  2. LucidSound LS40
  3. Turtle Beach Elite Pro
  4. Turtle Beach Stealth 420X+
  5. Microsoft Xbox Stereo Headset
  6. Mad Catz Tritton Ark 100

#1  Astro A50 with Xbox Adapter (2017) – Editor’s Choice/Best Wireless Headset

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Our #1 Pick is the Astro A50 with Xbox Adapter
493 Reviews
Our #1 Pick is the Astro A50 with Xbox Adapter
Astro's headset has fully wireless capabilities, an extremely useful charging dock, and some of the most incredible audio quality we've heard. What's not to love?
ProsCons
v Wireless surround sound? On the pricey side
v High quality sound transfer? The charging dock is cool, but hard to use
v Lightweight and very comfortable? Solid but not exactly durable
v Comes with alternate earcup material? Wireless connection occasionally spotty
v Reliable battery life? Mic performance is good but not great
Bottom Line: If you can afford it, the newest A50 model is easily one of the best headsets for gaming, especially on the console. The A50 has incredible sound compared to its competitors and is nearly effortless to wear with large but lightweight ear cups. Some of the controls are a little tiny and take time to learn, and the dock may take some careful positioning for charging up, but this headset is worth moving to the top of your list.

#2  LucidSound LS40 – Best Surround Sound

Our #2 Pick is the LucidSound LS40
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Our #2 Pick is the LucidSound LS40
LucidSound makes a splash with a mostly-wireless headset that offers extra high quality sound at a surprisingly affordable price.
ProsCons
v Excellent wireless surround sound + bass? External noise is too noticeable
v Comfortable headband and pleather pads? Headphone adjustment is a little annoying
v Flexible plugin mic? Somewhat heavy
v Very simple wireless setup
v Mic monitoring for clarity
Bottom Line: Lucidsound’s L40 is an excellent headset, and its mid-range pricing may make this model very attractive to buyers that want to save a little money. Fortunately, the wireless surround sound is excellent, with very little lag and a lot of clarity. The plugin flexible mix, while soft in volume, was very easy to use and includes mic monitoring as a bonus. This is also one of the most comfortable headsets that we tried in terms of pleathery softness.

#3  Turtle Beach Elite Pro – Best Headset for Competitive Gaming

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Our #3 Pick is the Turtle Beach Elite Pro
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Our #3 Pick is the Turtle Beach Elite Pro
The audio controller really bumps this headset from a good choice to one of the best around for those who spend a lot of time on a single competitive game.
ProsCons
v Durable and high-quality, extra-large ear cups? Surround sound only with audio controller
v Extensive audio controller for quick adjustments? Particularly heavy earcups
v Great flexible mic setup? Audio controller may take time to master
v Good passive noise cancellation? Mic can sometimes get tugged out of socket
v Great for more professional playing
Bottom Line: The Elite Pro lives up to its name: This headset is designed for professional players, and the audio controller is basically required for both surround sound and for careful adjustment of sound cues based on the game that you’re playing. This headset is designed to appeal to a very specific set of gamers, and does that quite well.

#4  Turtle Beach Stealth 420X+ – Most Durable Xbox Headset

Our #4 Pick is the Turtle Beach Stealth 420X+
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Our #4 Pick is the Turtle Beach Stealth 420X+
This compact headset offers plenty of durability and a welcome wireless experience on Xbox, with a price that's easier to handle than most.
ProsCons
v Extra-durable design for rough conditions? No surround sound
v Lightweight earcups? Takes up two USB ports on consoles
v Flexible boom mic? Small buttons may take time to learn
v Wireless sound
v Sireless sound

Bottom Line: Turtle Beach is excellent at making durable console-focused headsets, and this is a prime example. This headset will not break easily, if things get a little wild. It also offers pretty good wireless sound for a better gaming experience, and the Superhuman sound mode is a fair compensation prize for not getting any surround sound features on this headset.[/ft_alert]

#5  Microsoft Xbox Stereo Headset – Most Affordable Headset Upgrade

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Our #5 Pick is the Microsoft Xbox Stereo Headset
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Our #5 Pick is the Microsoft Xbox Stereo Headset
Simple and minimalistic, Microsoft's headset is ideal for those on a budget and is especially lightweight for those who hate heavy headphones.
ProsCons
v Surprisingly large 40mm drivers? Flip-up mix is a little awkward
v Good starter headset with very affordable price? Can’t compare to third party headset sound
v Extra light-weight
v Good space-saver
Bottom Line: If you are mostly interested in an upgrade to the tiny Xbox chat headset and want to stick with the Microsoft brand, this headset is a great choice. It doesn’t have a lot of extra features, like surround sound or a wireless design, but it does offer quite palatable sound at a very low price. That makes this model a great started headset if you aren’t quite convinced by the idea yet.

#6  Mad Catz Tritton Ark 100 – Best Sound for the Money

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Our #6 Pick is the Mad Catz Tritton Ark 100
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Our #6 Pick is the Mad Catz Tritton Ark 100
The Ark 100 takes a step back with solid sound, but some confusing design choices.
ProsCons
v Good sound for the price? Design is a pretty flimsy
v Great battery life? Poor control choices
v Nice flip-up mic? Some wireless connection issues
v Lightweight headset
v Interesting earcup adjustment options

Bottom Line: This headset is just a little too flimsy and poorly designed for an easy recommendation. However, if possible we suggest that you try it on in stores. If the unique separate earcup adjustment and mic really call to you, this could be an acceptable choice. Plus, it’s pretty easy to find them for cheap now, and there’s a good chance the recently reborn Mad Catz will continue to (hopefully) offer support for these headphones.[/ft_alert]

Top Xbox One Headsets Compared

 Why Buy ItWireless7.1 Surround Sound 
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Astro A50
Amazing surround sound.green-check-markgreen-check-markCheck Price
LucidsoundLS40
LucidSound LS40
Amazing sound at a lower price.green-check-markgreen-check-markCheck Price
Turtle Beach Elite Pro
Turtle Beach Elite Pro
Great for the pro gamer.green-check-markgreen-check-markCheck Price
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Turtle Beach Stealth 420X+
This headset will stand up to abuse.red-x-iconred-x-iconCheck Price
Xbox headset - Stereo Headset
Microsoft Xbox Stereo Headset
Cheap and works well.red-x-iconred-x-iconCheck Price
Xbox Headset - Ark 100
Mad Catz Tritton Ark 100
Good sound and battery life.green-check-markgreen-check-markCheck Price

Why You Should Buy a New Xbox One Headset

If you are serious about gaming, especially online or competitive gaming, then you deserve a headset that can keep up. It’s really that simple. The surround sound offered by the best headsets around (and even the amplified EQ settings that the others offer) can help improve your game by allowing you to pinpoint where footsteps, gunfire, environmental noises and entrance animations are coming from, giving you a new advantage when playing. The advanced mic settings will clear up any distortion while allowing you to communicate with your teammates more easily than ever. Even the earcups often help block outside noise and allow you to focus more closely on the game.

If you aren’t interested in online gaming, you may want to consider investing in one of these headsets for RPGs or other in-depth games with lots of environmental sound effects that can be vastly improved by one of these headphone models.

Finally, let’s not forget about wireless capabilities, which many of our top picks include. If you hate having wires tethered to your controller or, even worse, to the Xbox One itself, then you’ll love the latest wireless Xbox-compatible headsets, which route sound through base stations the entirely remove the need for wires.

Note on adjustments: Many Xbox One headsets are designed to work on multiple platforms at the same time: compatibility is an important issue! However, this also has its downside – a number of headsets aren’t specifically designed to work with the Xbox One.

We know that it’s very tempting to pull a new headset out of the box, plug it in, and plop down expecting it to work. However, we encourage you to think of this as only the first part of the job. You should also take time to look at your mic, volume and audio source settings and make sure they are aligned with the headset you are currently using. Otherwise, some audio or features may not work. We have a guide that can help you set up on Xbox One and explore how these settings work. Bottom line: If the headset doesn’t function properly the first time you try it, don’t panic! This is normal, and you probably just need to adjust a few settings and check all your connections. When in doubt, always try the full reboot.

How We Choose the Best Xbox One Headsets

First, we take a look at the general design of the headset. This includes weight, how it sits on the head, how the headband works, and what notable features it has, such as swiveling earcups or the increasingly popular dualband design for more comfortable head-rest.

We also look at the materials involved in creation (more on this in Features to Look For), what type of materials the earcups are made of, and how durable the construction is. More specifically, we look at how well the mic is designed and functions: flip-up vs. flexible is a common debate, but we generally like mics that have a little of both.

We also test out the buttons located on the headset, and how easy they are to learn and use.

The second big factor we pay close attention to is the sound itself. Surround sound is obviously an important feature for the best headsets, but we also like to see a few different modes or EQ settings.

We judge sound itself based on how easy it is to locate audio cues in the environment, how rich/lifelike the sound it, how the audio deals with treble and bass, the clarity of specific sounds, and related concerns.

Part of this also involves mic sound. Many mics on top-line headsets have dual-mic and mic noise-reduction hardware at work, so we look at how well that works, how easily the mic picks up sound, and how reliable it is during a live chat on a competitive game.

Finally, there are the extraneous issues – how easy the headset is to find, how much it costs, what accessories are available, and other things that may not directly impact quality but certainly matter when it comes to your direct experience.

Features to Look For

A Headset For Your Head

  • Swiveling earcups, adjustable headbands, height adjustments…it all comes back to what works for you. How do you wear your hair? Do you game with a cap on? Do you wear glasses? All that matters when it comes to comfort.
  • Look for a headset that has comfortable earcups if you have glasses or a hat.
  • Look for adjustment options that won’t pull at your hair if necessary. If you have a big head or big ears, then it’s just common sense to find large earcups and a headset that doesn’t squeeze.

Detachable Mics and Cables

  • Do you have younger brothers or sisters that also like to play? Do you game in the same room as friends and sometimes get rowdy? Do you have a habit of leaving your headset around where your SO can accidentally sit on it? Then think about detachable mics and cables.
  • When mics and cables can be plucked out of the headset, that prevents any permanent damage that may be caused by yanking, sitting, aggressive pulling, or any other “accidents” that can happen around other people. Think if it as useful insurance.

Compatible Surround Sound

  • We didn’t talk much about surround sound modes, because the Xbox One allows you to easily switch between DTS and Dolby modes. However, it may be worthwhile to check on your favorite games and forums to see if any games seem to respond better (or exclusively) to one particular sound mode. Then get a headset that supports that mode, too!
  • If you’re having trouble deciding on surround sound, then you may appreciate some guides explaining how virtual surround sound works and what you’re really getting. A little research is always a good idea before buying!

Cushioning Based on Gaming Habits

  • As we mentioned, both weave and pleather are common earcup cushioning materials (along with variations like rougher weaves, real leather, and so on). Unless you have something like the A50 mod kit where you can choose which material you prefer, it’s best to buy based on your gaming habits.
  • Weave works best if your room gets hot and your head gets sweaty – it allows a lot more air to pass through and will keep the headset cooler. However, there’s a cost: weave may not be as comfortable as other options, and you’ll need to wash it regularly, so look for detachable earcup materials.
  • Pleathers and leathers work best if you are primarily concerned with comfort, or if you really don’t like shedding hair and getting it stuck in your earcups later (nearby pet or S.O. hair will do this as well). However pleather may be easier to scratch, crack or damage, so you’ll need to be careful with it.

Mistakes to Avoid

? Buying a headset that’s not meant for Xbox One:

With the Xbox 360, a couple versions of the Xbox One, the upcoming Scorpio, and a plethora of PC/PS headsets, you will want to make very sure that your headset is particularly compatible with your Xbox One. Many brands have started coming out with Xbox specific versions of their models just to make this a little easier.

? Buying a headset just because it’s wireless

Wireless features are very cool! It’s especially cool that Xbox is finally seeing truly wireless headsets. But they aren’t necessary. Wireless sound can create new difficulties with interference, lagging sound, and battery charging issues – not to mention, then cost more.

By all means, go with a wireless headset, but don’t buy wireless just for that feature. A wired headset can have all the same capabilities, plus more reliability, so you aren’t always giving something up.

Additionally, we don’t really have space to dig into all the differences in wireless standards and how this is affecting wireless headsets, but if you’d like to read up on it, there are resources online explaining how it works. The bottom line is that it rarely matters with today’s compatibility efforts, but if you have trouble with interference it’s nice to know some details.

? Forgetting what happens to the headset when you aren’t using it

Where do you put it? Who uses it next? Does it need to charge? Think about these questions: they will help you decide what sort of headset to get, if you need a charging dock, how many USB ports you will have free, and other important considerations.

Which Xbox One Headset is Right for You?

It’s easy to recommend both the Astro A50 (for those willing to pay a bit more) or the LucidSound LS40 (for those who want to save money) for top-notch surround sound. If durability is high on your list of concerns or you want extra audio customization, both the A50 and the Turtle Beach Elite Pro are very solid choices.

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9 Comments to Best Xbox One Headset in 2018

  1. BSide

    My Astro A50 was a bitter-sweet experience that ended with the A50’s in the trash, and high expectations. The A50’s have fantastic sound and comfort. It’s up there with my other high-end headphones. But they had two flaws that made them useless. 1. Wi-Fi. They rely on 802.11 5Ghz WiFi. Great range and bandwidth, but if your XBox (and the A50 “base-station” that gets the Audio feed via optical from Xbox) is close to your WiFi Router – it kills the WiFi with interference. My audio cuts out and Netflix stops streaming on another device if we try to do both at once. Guess what my wife is generally doing when I play Xbox? Switched routers and houses. Same issue. 2. The microphone pickup is awful. I was told I sounded very far away from the mic despite it being almost inside my mouth. The A50’s still need to be tethered to your xbox controller if you want the microphone to “work”. I just got the Hyper-X Cloud X which works well so far, but the audio quality comes nowhere near the A50. What to do?? How hard can it be?? I just want reliable (preferably wireless, but at this point I don’t really care) high quality amplified audio and clear microphone pickup, so I can play games and chat when necessary for game play.

  2. Paul

    Turtle beach seven pro aren’t surround sound. FYI

    • Tyler Lacoma

      You’re right, that was just a mistaken check on our table. I think these Pro headphones do work to bring surround sound benefits at a lower price with “superhuman hearing mode,” but it does remain a long shot from actual surround sound.

    • fffoolish

      I have a set that claims superhuman hearing (press the button and you hear “super human hearing on/off”)in an Android like voice i still can’t hear any difference ,saying that there for my ps4 pro and when there’s shots fired i know exactly what direction it’s coming from,I have been told i can’t get 7.1 on my xbox.

  3. Danny

    For this list to have been updated 5 days ago on 26 Dec., you sure don’t know much about the Astro A50’s. They are completely wireless now.

    • Tyler Lacoma

      Thank you for your attention to detail! Since this is an important point for Xbox players, I will address this in greater detail in the article so that gamers can know what to expect from the A50 gen 3 mod kits, which do indeed allow for wireless sound.

  4. Josh

    The astro a50 are horrible I’ve owned them for about a year, they sound great but have problems at least once a month where I have to re install software, or frequently let the battery drain all the way to get them to work not worth the amount I paid for them

    • Adam Rubin

      so true…and the cloth earcups make your ears sweat after a moderate amount of playing time.

      • Adam Rubin

        although this was for the gen 2…the gen 3 set looks to have fixed some things including full wireless capability

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