The best headphones for gaming offer superior sound quality you won’t find in most gaming headsets, especially if you love bringing your headphones with you everywhere you go. These higher-end headphones usually offer more style and comfort than your typical gaming headset. The move over to gaming should be easy enough since most of these headsets can connect to your gaming PC via Bluetooth or 3.5mm cable.

However, their built-in microphones (when they do have them) don’t quite hack it in multiplayer games because of audio latency, so maybe not the best choice to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer. But then again, if you just want a great headset for listening to anything and everything, a good mic may not be on your list of priorities.

Leading the charge are the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones which offer some of the best noise-canceling on the market. Next is the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0, a slick looking pair of cans that provide superior sound, while the Jabra Elite Active 65t is one of best in-ear experiences out there.

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1. Sony WH-1000XM3

The best headphones for gaming overall

Wireless: Yes | Speaker size: 40mm | Connectivity: Bluetooth, 3.5mm wired | Frequency response: 10Hz-40,000Hz | Features: Digital noise cancelling, Alexa compatibility, built-on touch controls, ambient sound function, USB-C fast charging, 30-hour battery life

Best-in-class noise cancelling

Extensive battery life

Bluetooth is dodgy

Admittedly, it’s rare seeing a pair of headphones that truly shine in almost every regard. But with the WH-1000XM3’s, Sony has created an indisputable winner, a categorically top-notch set of cans whose only shortcoming is the absence of 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connectivity, something we hardly ever see outside of the gaming market. They do have Bluetooth, though, so as long as you have a smart TV, an Nvidia Shield, a gaming laptop or a Bluetooth-capable motherboard, you should be set for the reclusive world of active noise cancelling. 

Unlike other noise cancelling headphones, the XM3’s use a particularly silent QN1 HD noise cancelling processor. In our own testing, we found it was able to keep out most sounds, even on the crowded New York City subway. While the battery does take a hit as a result, you can take solace in the fact that the WH-1000XM3’s last 30 hours fully charged. After 10 minutes of being plugged in via USB-C, Sony claims they can deliver pristine high fidelity sound over a five hour period. And, to top it all off, volume and playback commands are touch-based. Goodbye forever, inline controls.

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2. AKG Y50BT

The best headphones for gaming on a budget

Wireless: Yes | Speaker size: 40mm | Connectivity: Bluetooth, 3.5mm wired | Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz | Features: Detachable 4-foot audio cable, 20-hour battery life, adjustable headband



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