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 most used headsets in the professional Rainbow Six: Siege scene. We’ll give you a brief rundown of what every headset offers so that you can make an informed decision when the time comes to buy your next headset.
The most used headsets by Rainbow Six Siege players
HyperX Cloud IICheck price22.00% of players (22)
Logitech G Pro X HeadsetCheck price9.00% of players (9)
Xtrfy H1Check price5.00% of players (5)
ASTRO A40Check price4.00% of players (4)
SteelSeries Arctis Pro WirelessCheck price3.00% of players (3)
The most popular headsets are calculated based on 100 professional players.
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 mics 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.
Top headset brands in Rainbow Six Siege
HyperX Cloud II
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 isn’t the flashiest headset on the market, but it doesn’t need to be. It has a sturdy 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 offers very decent sound quality and great positional audio for gaming. 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 at least decent to good 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.
HyperX Cloud IIUsed by 22 Rainbow Six Siege players (Jun, 2023)
The HyperX Cloud II has been the ‘industry standard’ headset for many, many years now. It has earned that reputation thanks to its reliable build quality, comfortable design, and friendly price.
- Sturdy design
- Two choices of earcup material
- Rather barebones when it comes to functionality
- Not the best mic
- Sound quality isn’t the best these days
Logitech G Pro X Headset
The Pro line from Logitech was made for and in collaboration with professional esports players, and they really are doing good with this line. We see Logitech G products in pretty much every list that we make for this game, so they’re definitely doing a lot of things right.
The Pro X headset is a subtle headset that’s focused on sound quality and comfort, and it really does deliver. The memory foam cushioning gives you a snug and comfy fit, the aluminum frame makes for a durable piece of kit, and the sound quality matches the very decent and reliable exterior. The Pro X comes with BLUE VO!CE tech, making this one of the better mics in the business, and the tunable sound that it delivers is perfect for gaming and relaxing. It’s also packing DTS HEADPHONE:X 2.0 surround sound if you’re into those kinds of things, though we wouldn’t recommend using surround sound for competitive gaming.
All in all this is a very interesting product if you’re interested in a no-nonsense kind of headset that focuses on competitive gamers and doesn’t have too many bells and whistles.
Logitech G Pro X HeadsetUsed by 9 Rainbow Six Siege players (Jun, 2023)
❝The wired G Pro X is a great piece of equipment, delivering great audio, supreme comfort, and one of the best mics in the business, all packed into a stylish and attractive design.❞
- Great microphone
- Good audio quality
- Comfortable fit
- Blue VO!CE technology improves mic quality even further
- Good build quality
- Relies on software for most of its functionality and is therefore not as suited for console use
Xtrfy is a brand that has been making waves in the mouse market with their unique mouse shapes and designs, and this H1 headset is an attempt to gain a foothold in the headset market.
The H1 is basically their take on a plug-and-play headset like the well-known HyperX Cloud II, but Xtrfy have gone for a slightly more premium approach. What you’re getting here is a sturdy headset with great wearing comfort with a sound that’s specifically tuned for competitive gaming. This means that it’ll serve you fantastically when breaching fortified strongholds like you do in Rainbow Six Siege, but it’ll be a bit less suited for content consumption due to the fact that the sound isn’t adjustable.
If you want a high tier, no-nonsense headset that’s focused on competitive games, the Xtrfy H1 is definitely one to consider.
Xtrfy H1Used by 5 Rainbow Six Siege players (Jun, 2023)
The Xtrfy H1 is the Swedish brand’s take on a premium ‘no fuss’ type of headset. With its neutral sound that’s tuned for gaming, this is a great option for gamers who want a plug-and-play headset.
- Good sound quality
- Great build quality
- Neutral sound that’s great for gaming
- Good microphone
- Rather expensive
- No customization options
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, and you can also 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 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 can certainly consider the A40.
ASTRO A40Used by 4 Rainbow Six Siege players (Jun, 2023)
The ASTRO A40 is definitely a gaming headset, as it immediately makes that clear with its looks. It also backs it up with its performance, though. The audio quality is more than decent, and the same can be said for the microphone. It’s also very customizable so you can really make it yours.
- Tons of customization options
- Good audio quality
- Design won’t suit everyone
- Rather expensive
- Additional customization options are on the more expensive side
SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless
SteelSeries definitely know how to make a gaming peripheral and the Arctis Pro Wireless is a wonderful example of that knowledge.
You get a great microphone, fantastic sound quality that can be customized, an included audio base station, and a comfortable, durable headset. The lightweight aluminum and steel construction 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.
The Arctis Pro Wireless is an older product at this point in time, so if you’re interested in a top tier SteelSeries wireless headset we’d nudge you towards the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless instead, but if you can snag this one up at a reduced price then it’s still a fantastic buy today.
SteelSeries Arctis Pro WirelessUsed by 3 Rainbow Six Siege players (Jun, 2023)
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is a top wireless gaming headset with a lossless connection, great sound quality, and a great microphone. Thanks to the battery swap system you also get a battery life that’s pretty much endless, making this endgame material for people who are looking for a wireless gaming headset.
- Swappable batteries are great, making the battery life virtually endless
- Great sound quality
- Great microphone
- Very comfy
- Very expensive
- On-board button controls are placed awkwardly
Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset
The Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset was the first headset to release in the renewed line of gaming peripherals aimed at pro gamers. It is a no-nonsense gaming headset that focuses on performance over anything else, and it had decent success back when it first came out. It has since been succeeded by the G Pro X Gaming Headset, which we consider to be better in every way, so if you’re interested in a Logitech G gaming headset for competing, we would recommend looking towards the newer versions.
Logitech G Pro HeadsetUsed by 3 Rainbow Six Siege players (Jun, 2023)
The Logitech G Pro Gaming headset is a no-nonsense gaming headset aimed at competitive and professional gamers. It has been discontinued and succeeded by the G Pro X gaming headset.
- Lightweight design
- Decent microphone
- Can feel a little cheaply built
- Sound quality isn’t the greatest
Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT
The Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is one of Corsair’s flagship headsets, and it comes packed with a number of interesting features that might make it your next headset. The sound quality is very good, it boasts a number of connection options (including the option to connect it to multiple audio sources at the same time) and the microphone sounds amazing.
Giving the price range that this headset is fighting in, it has some really tough competition, but if you’re looking for a wireless RGB headset from one of the big brands then this could be your next purchase.
Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XTUsed by 3 Rainbow Six Siege players (Jun, 2023)
The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT headset is a top-quality addition to any gaming setup. It boasts excellent sound quality, one of the best headset mics out there, and incredibly robust and comfortable construction.
- Excellent sound quality
- Great mic
- Good build quality
- Battery life is on the shorter side
- Price is high
- Headband has a tendency to slip
Best Headset for Rainbow Six Siege – Conclusion
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, wireless 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.