Best Headset for Rainbow Six Siege – The Ultimate Guide
Your gear is of crucial importance if you want to reach the top in any game or sport. Even something that can ‘only’ add 1% to your performance is worth adding to your setup. At the highest levels these small advantages really make the difference, and even if you’re not playing at the highest ranks having good gear can really improve your consistency and thus overall value as a player.
A good audio setup can no doubt add more than 1% to your game, however. Knowing where your enemy is coming from by sound cues alone is something that’s incredibly powerful and you’re doing yourself a disservice if you’re a serious competitive gamer who’s playing with regular speakers or a subpar headset. Getting the auditory advantage doesn’t have to cost a fortune, either. In this list we’ve gathered the five most used headsets in the professional Rainbow Six: Siege scene. We’ll give you a brief rundown of what every set offers as well as give you some interesting statistics so that you can make an informed decision when the time comes to buy your next headset.
What makes a headset good for Rainbow Six Siege?
To clarify: you don’t absolutely need a headset to game. A pair of headphones and a separate mic works just as well, so if you’ve got a decent pair of headphones lying around you can definitely go for a modmic or something like a Blue Yeti.
What is clear is that you will want a mic. Communication is a critical aspect of team-based competitive games so you’d be letting your team down if you can’t speak up to make those all-important calls. Most competitive/professional players thus opt for a headset; the combination of headphones + mic is a lot more convenient, and if you’re going to LANs often you don’t want to drag an external mic around. Furthermore, most headset mices are designed to limit the amount of background noise that gets picked up, something that not all external mics are made for.
In any case: you need to make sure that you go for a high quality audio experience that isn’t too ‘cinematic’ (or at least allows you to choose between different equalizer settings) where the bass has been boosted so much that the mid range (footsteps, reload sounds, …) gets drowned out. The quality of the mic isn’t as important. It doesn’t really matter if you sound a bit tinny when making callouts, though you obviously don’t want to use a staticky low quality mic from the early 90’s either.
And then, perhaps most importantly, you will want comfort. You’re going to be having this thing on your dome for hours on end, so it’s important to get a headset that feels good to you.
Head in the clouds
As is the case with most of the games that we analyze HyperX seem to have a pretty dominant lead in the headset part of the market. Their Cloud II is the most used headset by a big margin, and we’ve even left out the previous version (the Cloud I) because that’s no longer being sold officially.
There’s a good reason that this headset family is so ubiquitous; the Cloud line offers great build quality, very decent sound, and a very decent mic at a very decent price. In other words: you get a good bang for your buck, leading HyperX to be the most dominant (29%) headset brand in the scene.
After HyperX we see audio company Sennheiser in second place; around 17% of pro Rainbow Six players have a set from the German company on their noggin. After that it gets awfully close, though. The next company has to be satisfied with less than 10% market share, as SteelSeries, Logitech, and Razer all sit around the 8% mark at any given time.
Most used headsets
HyperX Cloud II
Sennheiser GAME ZERO
SteelSeries Arctis Pro
1. HyperX Cloud II
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The golden standard
If you follow the gaming scene even a little bit you’ll have seen this headset somewhere. It’s as close to an industry standard piece of kit that you can get, and for good reason.
The HyperX Cloud II (fun fact: the Cloud I is still being used by 5% of analyzed gamers, but we’ve chosen not to include it in this list as it’s not on sale any longer) isn’t the flashiest headset on the market, but it doesn’t need to be. It has a reliable and durable aluminum frame which gives it that durability that you want out of a gaming headset. It’s got two sets of ear cups (you can choose between velours and faux leather) and a padded headband for that comfy feeling. It has 7.1 virtual surround sound (on PC) and boasts a pretty impressive sound quality for that pinpoint auditory accuracy. To round if all off it’s compatible with pretty much every platform and it has a very decent detachable mic.
Bundle all of these aspects into a package that’s relatively friendly on your wallet and you’ve got the HyperX Cloud II. It’s not the greatest looking headset in the world, nor is it the greatest sounding headset in the world but it does perform good to excellent at all areas and it does all of that without slapping a premium price tag on the box. This is definitely one to consider regardless of your budget and its legendary status is more than deserved.
2. Sennheiser GAME ZERO
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High quality audio experience
Sennheiser have a bit of experience with this whole ‘audio’ thing, to say the least. They’ve been a company dedicated to sound and music for well over half a century so it’s no surprise that their headsets sound absolutely phenomenal.
The Sennheiser GAME ZERO might be from an older line but it’s still a fantastic set of cans with a great mic attached. This lightweight gaming headset gives you some of the best audio quality in the business, with a balance that’s been tweaked for gaming. That means that you don’t get any teeth-shattering bass rumblings that drown out the stuff that you actually want to hear; Sennheiser have done their homework here.
The mic on the GAME ZERO is among the best in the business, too. It’s not quite the best (check out Sennheisers newer offerings for that) but it’s definitely more than good enough for multiplayer gaming and it might even do for streaming in a pinch.
If you’re after lots of features and you like tweaking with your settings this won’t be the one for you, though. It’s a plug and play headset and that’s about it. No chat balance, no EQ settings, and no virtual surround. If you want a great and comfy headset that does the job without frills then this is one of your best bets however.
3. ASTRO A40
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Contrary to some other headsets in this article the ASTRO A40 doesn’t want to hide the fact that it’s a gaming headset. The base model already looks pretty ‘out there’ but if you don’t like the way it looks you can customize it to your own liking. You can swap out the ear cushions, head band, and mic, as well as order special custom speaker tags to really make the headset ‘yours’.
Of course none of that does anything for the performance, but luckily the A40 isn’t lacking in that department. It’s a comfortable piece of kit that delivers decent sound on its own, but if you really want it to shine you’ll need to shell out some extra cash for the MixAmp. That raises the overall price of the product by quite a bit but it does allow you to tweak the chat/voice balance, use virtual surround, change the EQ, and so on. The A40 also has a great sounding mic.
If you just want a no-nonsense gaming headset we’d recommend you to look at some other options as there are perhaps better purchases to be found for the price of a MixAmp-less A40, but if you want lots of customization options both on the hardware front as well as the software front you’ve got to consider the A40.
4. SteelSeries Arctis Pro
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The top of the line SteelSeries model
SteelSeries definitely know how to make a gaming peripheral (even though some would argue that they don’t always apply that knowledge in practice) and the Arctis Pro is a wonderful example of that knowledge.
It’s no doubt aimed at people who want a premium product and want everyone to know that they’ve got a premium product, but there’s nothing wrong with that at all. Yes, there’s fully programmable RGB lighting on the exterior of the headset, but you also get DTS Headphone:X v2.0 Surround Sound to enhance the already great sound that the headset produces and one of the best mics in the business. The lightweight aluminum and steel construction also add to the overall reliability of this product so that you can be sure that your investment doesn’t break on you after one too many rage moments.
If you want the full Arctis Pro experience you’ll have to spend some extra cash, though. SteelSeries sells their GameDAC (that’s a Digital to Analog Converter to give you better sound) separately, so if you’re someone who likes to mess with EQ settings or tweak the chat balance you’ll want to take note of that. That said; you don’t have to get the GameDAC to get the best out of this headset, as the Arctis Pro is perfectly capable of delivering a complete experience all on its own.
5. Logitech G933
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Cut the wire
Wireless tech has come so far that pro gamers are already using wireless mice by the dozens, so why wouldn’t the same count for a wireless headset? Granted, the advantages of a wireless headset aren’t as big for pro gamers (you can’t just get up to grab a soda in the midst of a tournament, for example) as they are with a wireless mouse (the no cable experience really is liberating) but if you’re someone who likes to feel as free as possible this is certainly an option.
The G933 packs DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound, LIGHTSYNC technology (to sync your RGB effects for maximum style points, if you care about that stuff), built in EQ presets for different genres, a very decent sounding mic and the overall sound quality is pretty great too. The actual headset itself is packed with buttons and knobs for on-the-fly customization as well, so you can change your settings while you’re on the toilet if you so desire.
Of course all of this comes at a price, but if you’re looking for a top of the line wireless gaming headset this one needs to be on your list.
Conclusion: the best headset for Rainbow Six Siege
Sometimes these pro lists can get pretty ‘samey’ which can make your purchasing decision easier, but it’s always interesting to see a lot of different options in these lists. This is certainly an interesting list.
We’ve got pretty much everything in here, ranging from a no-nonsense performance headset to full-featured, RGB packed flagship sets, so pretty much everyone should be able to find what they’re looking for in this article. As always, if you have any doubts or questions feel free to reach out to us on Twitter, Discord, or in the comments of one of our articles.
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