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Best Gaming Headsets for Audiophiles on a Budget

You don't have to sacrifice sound for affordability, as these headsets prove.


For many, the perfect headset is about more than just sounding "decent." It's about sounding absolutely fantastic. Sure, any old headset can work when you're looking to chat with your squad or listen to the in-game music or dialogue. But for some, self-proclaimed audiophiles, only the highest-quality will do. We get it. We know you want crystal clear sound, crisp voice quality, and reliability. But we also know that it's possible to achieve all of these things without spending an arm and a leg. If you're looking for top-quality headsets that you can comfortably fit in your budget, we've got you covered.

Here are some of the best budget gaming headsets for audiophiles.


Arctis Pro

The Arctis Pro headset in all its glory. Dominate the competition with one of our most reliable headsets yet. The Arctis Pro features a lightweight aluminum alloy and steel frame with some of the best, industry-leading hi-rest capable speaker drivers. It also includes DTs Headphone:X with 2,0 surround sound and a ClearCast microphone, the best in the industry, to ensure everyone can hear that voice of yours ring out with instructions for your team or that sly trash talk, however it is that you operate. It includes Airweave fabric ear cushions to keep you cool and comfortable, and also prism RGB lighting so you can choose from 16.8 million colors to light up your headset the way you want. This headset comes with everything you need to excel, and look cool while doing it.

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Arctis 7

The best-selling Arctis 7 Want to transcend battery life and improve your experience with lossless audio? The Arctis 7 has your back. This sleek headset features lossless 2,4 GHz wireless audio to ensure you get low-latency when gaming, and next-generation surround sound thanks to DTS Headphone:X. It's the same Arctis sound you know and love, in a wireless format, with the best mic in gaming: the Discord-certified ClearCast bidirectional microphone. Plus, you get a 24-hour battery life to take you from laning in the morning to fragging at night, getting things done with your team or just unwinding with your favorite game. Choose from Black or White, whichever best fits your personal style. And then take on the competition with confidence.

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Arctis 9X

The great-looking and versatile Arctis 9X headset. The Arctis signature soundscape extends to several of the models in our repertoire. The Arctis 9X is another shining example of this, as it offers a distinct audio advantage for any game you might have in your rotation. Enjoy music, video, whatever you have in mind, all with high-quality sound to match. Plus, in addition to the great sound, your conversations are covered too, thanks to the Discord-certified ClearCast noise canceling microphone, which makes for clear, crisp chat on any platform you decide to use the headset on. It even features Windows Sonic surround sound compatibility for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. Plus, you can play all day with the headset's included athletics-inspired performance fabric AirWeave ear cushions for cool, dry comfort.

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Arctis Prime

The pro-grade Arctis Prime headset If you're looking for the perfect headset companion to your professional gaming activities, the Arctis Prime is exactly what you need. It features advanced high fidelity audio drivers with the same premium hardware and tuning from the Arctis Pro, all housed in a body built from the ground up for durability out of aluminum alloy and steel. It features noise-isolating leather-like ear cushions for comfort so you can keep gaming all night long. Take it on the go or keep it connected with a detachable 3,5 mm cable that makes it compatible with all gaming platforms, including Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC. It's an integral addition to any gaming arsenal, and it's ready to take on any challenge alongside you.

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