For a long time, wireless gaming peripherals have been considered inferior choices compared to wired gaming peripherals. The major factor that sets these two devices apart is latency. Having a delay in what you hear or in inputting your commands might cost you the game.
However, thanks to innovations and advancements in wireless technology, wireless gaming peripherals are slowly making their way into the spotlight. And just like in wired gaming headsets, major audio companies like Sennheiser and Audio Technica are entering the market.
In this article, we will be tackling the best options for the most competitive gamers. We have big audiophile brands like Audio Technica and Sennheiser as well as gaming brands such as Hyperx and Corsair.
The best sounding wireless headset on this list is the Sennheiser GSP 670. For those with a tighter budget, we also have the SteelSeries Arctis 1. And for those who are looking for a mid-range option, there is also the Hyperx Cloud Flight.
But of course, there are still plenty of other models on this list. If you those three options don’t tick the right boxes, make sure to keep on scrolling to check other models out.
Best Wireless Gaming Headsets
Sennheiser GSP 670 – Best Sounding
Sennheiser has dominated both our sub 100 USD and sub 200 USD articles. This was thanks to their superior sound tuning and microphone. Sennheiser aims to continue their dominating run by expanding the GSP lineup with the wireless GSP 670.
The Sennheiser GSP 670 takes a similar approach to the rest of the GSP lineup. It is still utilizing the same bulky frame that has been a hit or miss for some consumers in terms of comfort. The weight has gone up to 398 grams due to the added wireless components inside the headset.
The clamping force is once again adjustable on this model via the adjustments on the headband. However, Sennheiser seems to be overcomplicating things. Even some of their older designs are more lightweight and comfortable compared to the GSP series. If you want a lighter and more comfortable headset, then the Cloud Flight is the way to go. However, stick around since the GSP 670 has lots of features that top the Cloud Flight.
The GSP 670 is also now rocking an all-black color scheme that gives it a more minimalistic design compared to both the GSP 600 and GSP 500. There are also detachable parts on the side that can be customized with various Esports logos and branding.
The GSP 670 also inherits the GSP 600’s excellent sound isolation. The excellent closed-back driver design by Sennheiser allows almost complete isolation when playing audio. This is useful for intense gaming sessions where maximum concentration is required.
Sennheiser has thankfully added several buttons on the side of the GSP 670. There is a volume wheel that also acts as an on and off switch. The GSP 670 also automatically turns off when not in use so you do not have to always manually turn the unit off. There is also a chat mix functionality that you traditionally need a separate DAC/Amp for.
The GSP 670 also includes Bluetooth functionality which is great since you can use the GSP 670 on mobile devices. However, take note that the Bluetooth connection and the main dongle cannot work at the same time. And also, you should take note that the bulky design makes this headset less ideal for outdoor use.
One thing to note, however, is that Sennheiser’s wireless implementation is not the best. Unlike the Arctis 7 and Hyperx Cloud Flight, the GSP 670 easily cuts out when going through different rooms. Make sure that you have a direct line of sight with the USB dongle.
The odd inclusion in the features of the Sennheiser GSP 670 is the surround sound button. Sennheiser, traditionally, has not added surround sound to their gaming headsets because they do not need it. The only product in their catalog that supports surround sound is the GSX 1000 DAC/Amp which is a separate purchase.
However, Sennheiser seems to be riding the trend since other wireless gaming headsets are starting to make this feature a standard. And also, you cannot use the GSP 670 in wired mode making it incompatible with the GSX 1000. This may be a bit of an oversight considering other gaming headsets can still be used in wired mode.
In terms of sound quality, Sennheiser does not disappoint. Just like the closed-back GSP 600, the GSP 670 has a V-Shaped sound signature. This helps increase the soundstage to make in-game environments sound larger. Other gaming headsets such as the Arctis 7 and the Hyperx Flight don’t even compare to the rich and detailed sound of the GSP 670.
The EQ and Virtual Surround Sound are in-depth and customizable. However, just like most software Virtual Surround Sound, the natural tone and details are lost. So if you want to have the best sound experience with the GSP 670, keep the surround sound off.
Unfortunately, the GSP 670 falls short in terms of the microphone. Despite utilizing the same microphone in the GSP 600 and GSP 500, the GSP 670 does not sound as clear or as defined. The natural tone and detailed character have been lost during the wireless conversion.
In terms of battery life, Sennheiser is claiming 20 hours of continuous use. It is not as good as the rest of the competition but is more than enough for most gaming sessions.
Overall, the Sennheiser GSP 670 is one of the best sounding gaming headsets in the market. If you can deal with the below-average wireless signal and software implementation, then you have a solid pair right here.
The Sennheiser GSP 670 is by far the best-sounding gaming headset on this list. It has the best audio reproduction on this list as well as the best imaging.
The GSP 670 does not have the best wireless connectivity on this list. The microphone quality is also lacking when compared to its wired counterpart.
SteelSeries Arctis 1 – Best Budget
Due to the more complex technology, wireless headsets are generally more expensive. One of the best entry-level wireless gaming headsets is the Steelseries Arctis 1 Wireless.
The appeal of the Arctis 1 Wireless is its compatibility and its sound quality. It is marketed as a multiplatform headset that is compatible with PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. So if you own multiple devices, then you can seamlessly transition from one device to the other without much hassle.
Unfortunately, the Arctis 1 is not perfect. The one area where the lower price point is reflected is in the build quality. The headband area does not feel as well built as the rest of the headphones. They should be fine for shorter gaming periods, but users may start feeling pressure buildup in that area for extended sessions.
In terms of battery life, the Arctis 1 Wireless has a 20-hour battery life, which is more than enough. You can also use the provided 3.5mm cable to continue using the Arctis 1 if you run out of battery or if you want to use the Arctis 1 for older and incompatible devices.
Overall, if you are looking for a wireless audio solution for your Switch and do not want to spend an extra amount on 3rd party dongles, then the Arctis 1 is the best wireless gaming headset for you.
The Arctis 1 combines stable wireless functionality, sound quality, and multiplatform support into one complete package.
You are trading wireless convenience for sound quality here. This means that the Arctis 1 is not the best-sounding gaming headset on this list.
Hyperx Cloud Flight – Best Value
The Hyperx Cloud Flight Flight is the first wireless headset in the Cloud lineup and deviates away from the usual design that most Cloud headsets are based on.
The build quality is not the Cloud Flight’s strongest aspect. It does not feel as solid as the Cloud II or the Cloud Alpha and feels closer to the budget-oriented Stinger. The swiveling earcups, in particular, feels like a weak point in the headset.
They might break if not treated with care or if dropped. Users who plan on taking the Cloud Flight to LAN Parties or local tournaments should be extra careful.
The upside here is that the Hyperx Cloud Flight is comfortable. The headband has more expansion and can fit larger heads better than the Cloud II. The lighter frame also helps alleviate discomfort during longer gaming sessions.
But despite the lackluster build quality, the real star of the show here is the wireless functionality. The Cloud Flight connects to sources via USB dongle. The connection is very stable, and there are no dropouts. Sound quality is also not sacrificed and is similar to the wired mode.
And speaking of the sound quality, the Cloud Flight is on par with the rest of the Cloud lineup. The bass is tight and well-controlled. It does not get muddy and does not bleed into the midrange.
The highs are smooth without losing detail. The mids are a bit pushed back to accommodate the artificial soundstage expansion. However, they are still perfectly clear and detailed.
The soundstage is not the widest due to the closed-back design but still does a respectable job. The imaging, on the other hand, is spectacular on this pair. You can easily hear the source of footsteps on gunfire, which helps in competitive genres such as FPS.
In terms of battery life, the Cloud Flightwill last you for up to 30 hours of use when the lights are turned off. This is more than enough for most gaming sessions. You cannot use the headset while charging, but you have plenty of time to charge it while not in use.
One thing to note is that there is no battery indicator. The Cloud Flight will only start beeping once the battery is below 20%. This is pretty inconvenient since the battery indicator status could have been easily integrated somewhere else in the headset, such as in the lights.
Overall, if you are looking for a great sounding gaming headset that has reliable wireless functionality, then the Hyperx Cloud Flight is a great option. Just be careful with handling it since the build quality is not the best on this list.
The Hyperx Flight delivers in its promise of being a reliable wireless pair. It has no degradations in the sound quality and has excellent wireless range and consistency.
The Hyperx Cloud Flight is not the best-built headset. Compromises were made to make the headset as lightweight as possible.
Steelseries Arctis 7
If you enjoy the Arctis 1’s sound but want a more premium version, then the Arctis 7 is a perfect upgrade. It sports a better build quality and a more versatile USB dongle for connecting to different devices.
The Arctis 7 is using the same excellent drivers found on the Arctis 1. It has good stereo separation and imaging to clearly tell the direction of your enemies during competitive matches. It does not have the best soundstage, but it has enough separation to give in-game sounds the proper room to breathe.
One thing to note is that the Arctis 7 is not compatible with other devices such as the Nintendo Switch out of the box. The USB dongle between the two models is different. There are workarounds but if you are mainly going to use your Nintendo Switch a lot, then we highly recommend the Arctis 1 for a more seamless experience.
In terms of the microphone quality, the Arctis 7 is on par with most of the wireless gaming headsets on this list. It has that slight nasal character but is clear and manages to cancel out a fair amount of background noise. While this isn’t ideal for recording, it is good enough for in-game voice chat.
There are also other additional features on the Arctis 7 that attempt to add value to the Arctis 7. Steelseries’ Engine 3 Software adds EQ functionality and Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound to the Arctis 7. However, the Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound messes up the accuracy of the sound of the Arctis 7 so it is better to just turn it off.
In terms of its wireless performance, the Arctis 7 does an excellent job of maintaining its connection. Walls do not affect the Arctis 7’s signal so you can stand up and walk around your house without encountering any drop outs.
In terms of the battery life, the Arctis 7 is rated at around 30 hours. This is competitive with other wireless gaming headsets and should be enough for most gaming sessions.
Overall, the Steelseries Arctis 7 is a feature-packed wireless headset that truly delivers. If you wish the Arctis 1 had more features and had a better build, then we highly recommend going for the Arctis 7.
The Steelseries Arctis 7 takes the excellent sound quality of the Arctis 1 and improves the build quality. It also adds several features that make the Arctis 7 a more complete package.
Steelseries hasn’t been known for their microphones, and the Arctis 7 is no exception. Also, the Virtual Surround Sound implementation is not the best.
Corsair has managed to create a hit with the Corsair HS50. Now, they are further expanding on this line by creating a wireless version of the HS50, which is the Corsair HS70.
In terms of aesthetics, the HS70 mostly retains the design elements of the HS50. There is still minimal branding apart from the updated Corsair logo on the earcups and on the headband. Additionally, the HS70 now also comes in a white variant which should perfectly complement users with a white themed setup,
In terms of the build quality, the HS50 Pro is mostly made of plastic. It feels a lot sturdier compared to competing models such as the Hyperx Cloud Flight. The headband is made of aluminum, which makes it very unlikely for the headband to snap.
Corsair did not just slap in wireless functionality to the HS50 and called it a day. They made the appropriate adjustments such as the addition of sound cues whenever the mic is muted or whenever the headset is being powered on and off. Buttons are also well placed and are easy to reach on the ear cups.
The wireless functionality is also well optimized for the HS70. Wireless connectivity is stable and has a good range. You can stand up and move around your house without encountering any dropouts.
The highlight of the Corsair HS70 is once again the sound quality. The HS50 and HS50 Pro were well known due to their excellent sound quality. Their sound signature was best described as similar to studio headphones. This sound signature makes a return and translates well to the wireless HS70.
Highs are well controlled and allow the easy detection of sound cues such as gunfire and footsteps. Lows have a punchy and accurate sound that does not bleed into the midrange. Mids are well defined and help create a wide soundstage illusion.
Just like the HS50, the soundstage on the HS70 is noticeably wider in some pairs. It helps with making large areas sound realistic but also takes away some of the details. This is most noticeable when compared to headphones with a tighter soundstage such as the Cloud Flight.
One notable addition to the HS70 is the surround sound option. It is enabled via the software. There are no buttons in the headset to trigger the surround sound mode unlike the Sennheiser GSP 670.
Virtual surround sound implementation is surprisingly good on the HS70. There is a boost in the treble and an artificial expansion of the sound stage but the overall sound retains its clarity. Virtual Surround sound is usable on this headset if you prefer that kind of sound signature.
In terms of the microphone, the HS70 is on par with the rest of the microphones on this list in terms of quality. It is noticeably thinner sounding compared to pricier options such as the Hyperx Cloud Flight but it is passable for a wireless pair. Overall, the Corsair HS70 not only manages to turn the beloved HS50 into a wireless pair but it also adds new features and optimizations to make the overall package more appealing.
The Corsair HS70 takes the excellent sound quality of the HS50 and combines it with wireless functionality and additional features to create a complete package.
Like the wired HS50, the HS70’s microphone is not the best. It is usable but there are better microphones on this list.
Audio Technica ATH-G1WL
Audio Technica is no stranger to great-sounding wired and wireless headsets. However, the ATH-G1WL is their first foray into the world of wireless gaming headsets. It may not be the flashiest or most feature-packed option but it is still one of the best sounding options on this list.
The G1WL uses the same shape and design as the G1WL. The fit and comfort of the G1 (which resembles the ATH M50X) have been proven to be a great fit for long gaming sessions so modifications to the design are unnecessary. The volume control and detachable microphone also make their return on this model.
One new addition to the G1WL is the virtual surround sound option. It can be toggled within the headset itself and does not need software to be installed. Its addition is considered unnecessary as the drivers are already capable performers. It just seems like they are riding the trend set out by other companies.
The ATH G1WL maintains the same lightweight design featured on the wired G1. The build quality is excellent and several parts including the ear pads are replaceable.
In terms of the sound quality, the ATH G1WL is identical to the G1. It has a more balanced sound signature that aims to accurately reproduce the in-game sounds. The bass is punchy and lets sound effects like explosions come to life but does not bleed into the mids. The highs are smooth and well extended. They do a good job of picking up sound cues such as footsteps.
The mids are well placed and are natural sounding. They are not as recessed as other V-shaped gaming headsets. The only downside of the G1WL is that the soundstage is not very wide. It is the same with the wired G1 and it is a shame that Audio Technica did not try to improve on this.
The sound quality of the G1WL is one of the best on this list. Unfortunately, the addition of virtual surround sound on the headset does not further enhance the experience. It has the usual artificial sound that increases soundstage but reduces clarity. It is highly recommended to turn this setting off.
The microphone is competent with the rest of the competition. Like the other wireless gaming headsets, it is inferior to the wired version. It is usable but is not as clear and clean sounding as their wired counterpart.
Overall, Audio Technica did a great job with the ATH G1WL. There are some oversights such as the virtual surround sound implementation but the core features of the headset remain strong. If you value sound quality over additional features, then make sure to check out the ATH G1WL.
The Audio Technica ATH G1 is a great sounding headset that is capable of accurately reproducing in-game sounds.
The virtual surround sound implementation on the ATH G1 is not the best. It makes the overall sound muddy which results in a subpar experience.
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