The best gaming headsets of the year

These headsets strike the right balance between performance and value, no matter your budget.

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Rob Schultz

The next great peripherals war is being waged over your ears. After every company on the planet put out a gaming mouse and then a mechanical keyboard, now it's time for headsets. So many headsets.

We know you don’t want to scroll through every single headset review when all you want is a simple answer: “What's the best gaming headset I can buy with my hard-earned dollars?” This page holds the answer you seek, no matter what your budget is.

We'll keep updating our recommendations as we look at new products and find stronger contenders. For this latest update, we’ve reviewed seven more headsets that include the G.Skill Ripjaws SR910, Razer Man O’ War, and HyperX Cloud Revolver.

Best all-around headset: HyperX Cloud/Cloud II

Our 2016 headset recommendation remains pretty much the same as our 2015 headset recommendation (and our 2014, for that matter): The Kingston HyperX Cloud. Or, if you're feeling a bit fancier, the Cloud II. It's comfortable, it sounds great, and (best of all) it's relatively inexpensive. What else could you want in a headset?

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