Best Headset for CS:GO - The Ultimate Guide
It's a known fact that the positional audio in CS:GO isn't always the best out there, but that does not mean that you should settle for a subpar audio solution. Having a good audio solution is of vital importance in any competitive game, and that goes double for a game where getting hit in the head means that you'll be sitting out the remainder of the round more often than not.
In this list we have compiled the five most popular headsets among our analyzed CS:GO professionals, and we'll give you the rundown on why these particular models are so popular. So whether you're shopping for a new set of cans or you're just curious: let's dive in.
What makes a headset good for CS:GO?
A headset, by definition, has a mic attached to it but that doesn't mean that you have to get a headset in order to play CS:GO. Lots of players (both professionals and casuals) opt to go for a regular set of headphones in combination with an external mic, for example.
Whatever you decide on: you will want something that's going to offer at least decent audio quality (you don't need super expensive high tier audiophile headphones for CS:GO) so that you can clearly distinguish the important stuff in the game. You'll want to be able to hear what you need to hear: what kind of weapons the enemy team is using, how many people are running through tunnels, where that grenade bounced first, and so on. So even though the positional audio in the game can sometimes be confusing (Vertigo can be a real mess, for instance) it does pay off to get a decent quality set for your ears.
Aside from that you'll definitely need a mic. Whether that's an external one or not depends on your preferences, but if you want to be even moderately serious at CS:GO you will need a microphone to communicate with your teammates.
And last, but certainly not least, you'll want something that's comfortable for you. Different people have different preferences and if you're going to be gaming for hours on end you want to make sure that your headsets remains comfortable and doesn't pressure your noggin too much.
Ask any gaming forum about great gaming headsets and you'll no doubt be getting tons of responses saying that you should check out HyperX's products. Their headsets are undoubtedly among the most popular ones out there, and stuff like that doesn't happen for no reason. HyperX's main headsets offer a simple yet effective and robust design with great audio quality and a surprisingly decent mic, and the kicker is that they come in at a more than reasonable price point.
All of that has lead the company to an extraordinarily convincing first place when it comes to CS:GO headsets. Following HyperX we have Logitech and, perhaps surprisingly to some, Sennheiser.
Most used manufacturer
1. HyperX Cloud II
With the Cloud II the people over at HyperX seem to have found the perfect gaming headset recipe. What's in that recipe, you ask? A sturdy no BS design, comfortable fit, more than decent audio quality, and a solid and detachable mic.
At first glance the Cloud II might not seem like anything super special and in many ways it isn't, but its main draw doesn't come from any special features or crazy cutting edge technology. The Cloud II thanks its popularity to the fact that it does everything it sets out to do in a reliable and more than decent manner.
The build quality is great, first off. It's got an aluminum frame and a detachable mic which make it a very durable piece of kit. You won't have to worry about anything breaking if you're on the road to some sort of LAN party, for example.
The rather subdued and subtle design (if you go for the plain black/grey version, that is) also won't turn any heads in case you decide to take off the mic and use the headset for your daily commute, and couple that with the comfortable headband and interchangeable ear cups and you've got a headset that's going to be very comfortable for a wide variety of people. The cherry on top is that it can be used on all platforms thanks to the included connectors.
The Cloud II also boasts virtual 7.1 surround sound (only on PC though) but the headset sounds great with or without 7.1. It's not the absolute best out there when it comes to sound quality (though the sound is fantastic for the price) and people who like to fiddle around with various EQ settings (or even have their headset change settings depending on which program they're in) will find this plug-and-play headset lacking a bit but as far as gaming headsets go the sound quality that the Cloud II offers is definitely up there.
To round it off, the mic is more than decent as well. It's clear and not overly quiet and while it's obviously not broadcast quality material it'll do the job (making sure your teammates clearly understand you) without any issues whatsoever.
Summarizing: the Cloud II is an excellent 'jack of all trades' (don't take this negatively) headset that'll you'll be able to rely on for years and years.
Most used headset
HyperX Cloud II
Logitech G Pro X / G Pro X Wireless
HyperX Cloud Alpha
Razer BlackShark V2 / V2 Pro
Sennheiser GSP 600
2. Logitech G Pro X / Pro X Wireless
Designed with eSports pros
Logitech's G Pro line is aimed at the most competitive gamers among us. It's for those who don't need fancy lights or eye catching designs and who only want to focus on competitive performance.
One of the standout features of this headset is the fact that it comes with Blue VO!CE microphone technology. You might know Blue from their Yeti and Snowball microphones. Those are widely lauded as great sounding desk mics and are used by a variety of streamers and other professionals who need their voice to come through as clear as possible and thus can't settle for a regular headset mic. There's a whole lot of options to tune the mic so you won't have to worry about sounding too quiet or having a lot of background noise bleeding through.
Aside from that it's a durable and comfortable headset made from steel and aluminum, complete with memory foam cushioning. It's also packing DTS HEADPHONE:X 2.0 surround sound and its got a pretty great sound quality that can further be tuned through their software, so if you're looking for a premium headset that focuses on all the right things for competitive gamers this could very well be your dream solution.
3. HyperX Cloud Alpha
Everything that you've read about the Cloud II goes for the Cloud Alpha, except for the 7.1 virtual surround sound.
The Cloud Alpha does improve on the Cloud II by offering a slightly better microphone (and ditto sound, thanks to some changes in the chambering) but it does so by leaving out the 7.1 surround and additional velours ear pads that you get with the Cloud II, so depending on what you're expecting from your headset this'll either be an upgrade or a downgrade.
If you like to play games on your console as well then this could be a good all-round option, as the 7.1 surround that the Cloud II offers won't work on consoles anyway.
4. Razer BlackShark V2 / V2 Pro
Razer's pro headset
Razer has been absent from these 'most used' lists for a bit when it comes to headsets, and that was, in part, due to the fact that they had so many headset lines running at the same time. This has changed when the BlackShark V2 released.
The BlackShark V2 is aimed at competitive/professional gamers who want a premium audio experience, and it seems to hit the mark. The BlackShark V2 offers great sound quality, a fantastic mic (both on the wired and wireless versions), decent (passive) noise cancellation, and a comfortable, yet sturdy build.
The BlackShark V2 isn't the most advanced gaming headset on the market, but it doesn't want to be. What you get is a reliable package that offers great audio for (competitive) gaming in a comfortable and attractive package that's available as both a wired and a wireless product. This is for people who want a competition-focused headset that offers a more high tier experience than some of the more basic products in this list.
5. Sennheiser GSP 600
The top end
The GSP 600 is an older headset at this point in time, but it's still one of Sennheiser's top end gaming headsets, featuring an adjustable headband for more comfort while gaming as well as a new and improved set of speakers which deliver a wider frequency response. The mic has been improved when compared to the GAME ZERO (and the closely related GAME ONE) as well, making this one of the best gaming headsets money can buy at the moment.
It's still not the most feature-rich headset on the market (look towards the GSP 550 if you prefer to have virtual surround sound, that one has 7.1 Dolby surround) but the comfortable design along with the excellent sound quality and mic make this one of the best options on the market if you really want to make the most of your sound.
Conclusion: the best headset for CS:GO
CS:GO is a very 'basic' game by itself. It runs on a toaster, as they say, and the core gameplay has been around since what might as well be described as 'forever' so you'd expect the most used headsets to be pretty basic as well, but they're anything but.
Most headsets on this list don't feature endless tuning options and extra dials and knobs, but they all have one thing in common and that is that they all have great positional audio. It should come as no surprise that professional gamers go for headsets with a great sound, but all of the models on this list are at least somewhat known for their great and accurate portrayal of sounds as opposed to going for a more 'cinematic' bass-heavy sound that some gaming headsets tend to do.
As we mentioned in the intro: having clear and precise sound is of vital importance in a game such as CS:GO, and this list seems to indicate that the pros agree with that. It makes sense as well; CS:GO isn't a game that thrives on cinematic experiences or anything of the sort. It's a basic (at least on the surface it is) and to the point shooter game, so you'll want your sound to be as straight and to the point as possible.
We hope this list has been informative for you.
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