Surround sound headphones that came out when the technology was introduced were somewhat a trick to get the buyers attention. The headsets didn’t perform well and ruined the gaming experiences for many users. However, in recent years, the surround sound technology has enhanced the sound quality because of which many companies have made their designs for the gaming headsets. If you’re looking for a headset that optimizes your experience while gaming or while watching a movie, you have come to the right place. This list goes over some of the best surround sound headphones in the market highlighting their differences, positives and negatives so that you can make an informed decision about what you are about to buy.
We will also take the design and ergonomics used to make the headsets to evaluate the headsets overall score in terms of performance, quality and looks.
The following is a list of the best surround sound headphones.
Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930
One of the best from our list of best surround sound headphones, the Logitech G930 scores well on our test for the best headphones. The headset has a good attractive design, wireless and reproduces a great sound. The surround technology used to make this headset enables you to experience games like no other headset. The headphones have a decent amount of padding which makes them very comfortable especially for longer duration of gaming. The headband on the top is adjustable so you can move it around any way you like.
The left ear cup is equipped with quite a lot of buttons to control volume, power, surround sound which makes it very convenient for the user
The sound quality of the headset optimizes the experience of gaming. The surround sound helps you get sound from every direction making the sound extremely life-like. This is one great feature in the headset as not many headphones can pull of a surround sound because of the small drivers. The microphone is also very clear and produced highly audible sounds. It has the added feature of letting you change the pitch and sound. You can even use an avatar’s voice instead of yours for in game conversations.
- Perfect wireless functionality
- Great audio quality
- The software lets you customize the headphones
- The music performance for the headset was not as good as the gaming performance
- Tight ear cups
HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
The HyperX cloud II is an extension of their earlier model Cloud I. The older model had gotten gamers crazy for their product because of the stylish looks and extremely comfy design. However, the company released another headset which improves some of the drawbacks of the old design. It is safe to say that this one is one of the best in our list of best surround sound headphones.
The headset has a comfy headband and padded ear cups which are connected by metal forks on each side. The design is not only stylish but also durable.
The design of the speakers is beautiful with the logo of the company on either side. The mic from the speaker lowers down and extends to almost 6 inches. The microphone is also detachable if you feel like it doesn’t suit you. The USB dongle which comes in the package allows you to use the headphones wirelessly. If you wish to use the headset with other devices, you can plug in the audio jack and enjoy.
The sound quality of the headset is not as impressive as one would think it would be. Although the surround system did make the sound very realistic and easy to distinguish, the quality of the sound is below expectations.
- Very comfortable
- The design is very sleek and attractive
- Padded ear cups
- Bass for the headset does not work very well
- No software to customize a sound
Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum – Wireless
Another pair of headsets by the Logitech Company, the G933 Artemis spectrum has taken the market by storm. The headsets work like a charm with gaming as well as music. It’s extremely good functionality earned it a spot in our list of Best Surround Sound Headphones.
The headset comes with an audio wire which lets you connect it to other gaming devices as well as mobile phones. The box also contains a charging cable for the headset.
The design of the headset is somewhat similar to the older designs. The one thing that is different is that the ear cups are large and padded. The cups can swivel around which make them extra comfortable while you use them for those long gaming nights. The headset is wireless so it comes with a wireless USB adapter. The adapter can be safely kept in one of the ear cups so that you do not misplace it. This is smart which is convenient for the user.
The headset performs wonderfully in gaming tests. With the help of its surround system, the headset gives you an experience which truly immerses you in the game. The headset gives you a complete cinematic experience with sounds from every direction and distinguished qualities of sound.
- Good sound quality
- Comfortable headband and padded ear cups
- The wireless mode works very well
- A bit expensive
- The size makes it less portable
Logitech G35 7.1 – Channel Surround Sound Gaming Headset
The Logitech makes an impressive effort to create a surround sound headphones with the G35 Headset. The design for the headset is extremely simple. The headset is matte black and equips a small area on the left cup containing buttons to physically change the volume and other similar settings. The feature makes it easier to use. The buttons also include 3 customizable buttons which can be assigned any controls according to your needs. The left ear cup even has a microphone which can be flicked upside or downside based on its usage. A light on the left cup shows whether the mic is muted or not.
While the company claims they offer to surround sound, it is scientifically impossible to deliver that sound with just two 40mm drivers. Even though the sound produced is great, it is not surround sound.
The G35 is capable of reproducing music at a very good quality. However, to get a pair of headphones which do not deliver surround sound is a waste of money especially at such an expensive price. The two drivers equipped in the headset help to make an environment off the sound by outputting sound in combined channels of left and right. This makes the user feel as if the headphones are outputting a surround sound. The sound quality produced by the headphones is still pretty good. It achieves great levels of treble and highs with quite a clear sound.
- Thoughtfully laid out buttons make the headphones easier to use
- Sound quality is not bad
- The headphones are unreasonably expensive
- Does not have a surround sound effect
CORSAIR VOID PRO
The Corsair Void Pro is an upgrade on their older design, Corsair Void. The new headset equips a 7.1 surround sound technology which significantly improves the audio quality. This wireless gives you the freedom to enjoy the experience without having to worry about organizing the wiring. The headset also comes with RGB lighting making your gaming experience undeniably better.
The headset is definitely a bit expensive but if we compare it to other headsets offering similar features, the price seems justified.
The design for the headset is beautiful. It attracts gamer with its sleek look, wireless option and immaculate RGB lightning. The design is however made on a plastic frame which takes away the feel of an expensive headset. The sturdiness of the headset is compromised because of the plastic but the headset weighs less because of the plastic which makes this a very comfortable product for gamers. The logo on the ear cups can be programmed to glow which adds to the great experience of the headphones.
The mic is positioned on the left ear cup. You can lower it down when there is a requirement otherwise you have the option of keeping the mic in its still position. The mic is automatically muted when placed in the up position while you can use a button on the right ear cup to mute the mic.
- Reasonable price
- Sound quality is great
- Design is attractive
- Mic may not turn on automatically sometimes
- The RGB lighting is only for the Logo.
CORSAIR HS70 Wireless
The Corsair HS70 is one of the most basic and simple headsets in the market. The design is a straightforward one without many innovative features. However, the durability and the sound quality for this product has made us give it a spot in the list of best surround sound headphones available in the market right now.
The ear cups are equipped with buttons to control the headset. The left ear cup contains the mic which can be lowered according to your needs and buttons to control the volume while the right ear cup has the power button. The headset isn’t very heavy and feels very light on the head because of good weight distribution. This is one feature which is essential for a good gaming headset as gamers tend to wear these for very long time periods. The headband of the set is a bit rigid but can be adjusted to cater to different sizes. The ear cups are also a bit loose which add to the comfort of the design.
The surround sound technology used in making the Corsair HS70 is absolutely brilliant. The sound from the headset made the gaming experience more enriching with very low sounds being distinguished from their surroundings. All in all, the headset may not have a very good design, but it does offer you exceptional sound quality.
- Adjustable headband lets you get a comfortable fit
- Sound quality is great
- Reasonable price
- Design is bit bulky
- Not very customizable
SteelSeries Arctis 5 (2019 Edition) Review
It is observed that many of the gaming headsets in the market always have some feature that is missing. None of the headsets can be called complete because there is always something that the headset fails to deliver. The Arctis 5, however, is one of those headphones which show significant upgrade from the older designs. Sold at a very reasonable price, this headphone has what it takes to be in the list of Best surround sound headphones.
The design for the headset if neither bulky nor a very extravagantly designed headset. This is a sleek, cool look which fits perfectly right after you put them on. There is no need for an adjustable headband because of the careful architecture of the company.
These headphones have surround sound technology which can be switched on or off. The thing which makes this headset great is the fact that you will find the surround system a blessing in some games while a nuisance in others. Because of this, you have the option to customize leaving it all up to you to choose the experience you want.
The cable management with this headset can be a mess. You have to either plug in the audio jack or the USB adapter which makes this a little difficult to use.
- Very comfortable
- Attractive design
- Customizable software
- Surround system is not great
- Cable management is difficult
Sennheiser GSP 350 PC Gaming Headset
Sennheiser’s GSP 350 is another great product in our list of best surround sound headphones. The design of this headset is immaculate. Although it has a plastic body which may not be liked by many, it still has the snug feel with its leather covered ear cups. The headset also has an adjustable headband for different sizes which helps you tighten and loosen the headband.
The ear cups have a one-click button for the surround sound activation. Games which support this sound can be quite an experience as this headset has a great surround technology. The smaller sounds can be easily distinguished like gunfire or the chirping of birds. The crisp sounds are what make this surround technology admirable. The microphone attached to the headset has a very clear audio and can be lowered down when you need it. The mic can be automatically muted or unmuted when left in its initial position or lowered.
The headset can get you feeling a little uncomfortable because it is tight around the years. The adjustable headband lets you adjust the headset however you like, but it is still a hassle to keep changing its position.
- Good surround system for gaming sounds
- Comfy ear cups
- Listening to music with these headphones is not a great experience
Razer Kraken Pro V2
Razer is a huge company and tends to excel at whatever they produce. The pioneers in gaming accessories, Razer did not hold back in creating their gaming headset, the Kraken Pro V2. The design for this headset may be a very simple one with lack of focus on the aesthetics. However, the headset performs its job better than most products in the market, making this our last headset in the list of best surround sound headphones.
The headset may seem a little bulky to carry around in public, but that is not what this headset offers. A complete gaming headset specifically designed for professional gamers, this headset has all the sound technology one would need to get distinguished sounds like leaves rustling or enemy gunfire and footsteps for a great gaming experience. The comfort of the headset comes at a higher level as well as gamers use the product for the very long duration so it is necessary that the gaming headset is comfortable.
The headset requires a significant number of wires to be plugged into your gaming consoles or personal computers.
- Simple elegant design
- Sound quality is great
- Ear cups require some movement to get the right position
- Microphone volume is low
While all of the headsets reviewed above have their strengths and weaknesses, there is one headset that we feel is the best in our list of best surround sound headphones. The Arctis 5 is that one headset which significantly improves from the shortcomings in the previous model. As a result, the company has made a headset which trumps all other product and puts the feature from other headsets to shame. Being sold at a reasonable price, we suggest that you get the Steelseries Arctis 5 for your future gaming endeavors.