Good audio can make all the difference, whether you’re a skilled head-popper looking to line the perfect shot with the SSG8 or a P90 spray-and-pray type of guy on point and scoping out those corners. Even a casual league observer will benefit from a good set of gaming headphones. With all this in mind, we present to you a list of our best headsets for CS GO this 2020.
Comparison Chart of Top 10 Best Headset for CS GO
Sennheiser is revered in the audio industry, and their GAME ZERO line of headsets does not disappoint. The set of closed-back, on-ear headphones is on the higher end of the scale, but it more than makes up for it in sound quality. The microphone transmits crystal-clear speech while doing a good job of canceling background noise. The headphones themselves work in the 15Hz to 28,000hz frequency response ranges, which allows for a wide range of distinct sounds to work with at once. Works well enough on its own, but an amp really brings out a more dynamic range of sounds. This is especially true for the bass, which results in thunderous audio when coupled with an amp. The mids and highs do suffer slightly as a result, which sharp-eared audiophiles can pick up.
If you are limited on budget, you can check these candidates of the best gaming headsets under $50 updated in 2020.
The Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum is a low budget wireless headphone. Its wireless range extends up to 15 meters indoors and 20 meters outdoors. The battery clocks in at a respectable 12-hours. If you forget to charge the batteries in time for a session, you can also switch over to analog cables. The real draw of the G933 Artemis Spectrum, however, is the ability to switch between 7.1 Dolby surround and 7.1 DTS X surround. Dolby is excellent for playing CS GO matches thanks to its superior directional audio. It makes it easier to echolocate footsteps and gunshots. DTS X, on the other hand, is ideal for watching streams and going for spectators mode. Its wider soundstage helps add to that feeling of being in the crowd or stands. You can easily switch between the two, depending on what you need at the moment.
Logitech’s G430 is a wired, over-ear set of headphones that clock in at the price of under $50. It offers both 7.1 Dolby surround and 7.1 DTS X surround. Like its beefier cousin, the G933, the G430 lets you choose Dolby to surround for better directional audio to identify threats. You can then switch to 7.1 DTS X surround for a more immersive audio experience with the better soundstage. For its price range, the G430 manages to ‘punch above its weight’ when it comes to audio quality. The G430 focuses on crisper, neutral tones—making sounds clearer even if they aren’t as sharp or impactful as other headphones. Just be careful though. The G430 is a relatively fragile set of cans, sacrificing build quality to compensate for its low price. Read the full review for Logitech G430 gaming headset here.
Another entry in our budget line-up, the Sades SA902 is an over-ear set of headphones clocking in under 30 dollars. The Sades SA902 won’t be winning any audio awards, but it produces clear tones and provides adequate noise-isolation. The boom mic also transmits voice chat clearly enough, though it can still pick up some background noise. The addition of its 7.1 surround sound chip gives it soundstage you would normally find only in more expensive models. All this boils down to the strongest selling point of the SA902—value for the function. You get a snazzy-looking set of cans that are step-up from cheap headsets while still keeping costs down.
The Turtle Beach Elite Pro is an over-ear headset that comes in at the price of under 200 dollars. This gaming headset screams premium, from the classy design to the solid metal joints. It also comes with an external 7.1 DTS surround Tactical Audio Controller (TAC), which lets you fine tune audio to your personal preferences. The Elite Pro headset for gamers has pre-configured settings that increase the volume of slight sounds like footsteps while subduing louder sounds like shots or explosions. Its signature ComforTec Fit System includes headband sliders, earpads infused with cooling gel, and even grooves for eyeglasses. All this comes together to create an amazingly comfortable gaming headset for CS GO players.
The over-ear HyperX Cloud Revolver is the predecessor of the Cloud Revolver X headset. We included the original Cloud Revolver in this list for one simple reason: it is still one of the most comfortable headsets in its price range. The hanging headband, memory foam earcups, premium leatherette wrappings—all make it easy to forget you’re wearing headphones. The comfort features are all supported by a solid steel frame. This significantly improves the durability and longevity of the Cloud Revolver. Its soundstage is also solid, allowing you to easily mark where sounds are coming from. All this leads to affordable mid-range cans that are a joy to use in long marathon sessions.
Another entry from HyperX, the over-ear Cloud II focus on—you guessed it—comfort. The Cloud II trades the steel frame and hanging headband of the Cloud Revolver for a simpler build. However, it still uses the memory foam earpads as well as 7.1 Surround Sound. The tones are clear all around, with good soundstage to help you pinpoint where threats are coming from. Its noise-isolation is also worth noting and is particularly useful when distractions abound. All this leads to a comfy, serviceable set of mid-range headphones right at the hundred-dollar mark.
The over-ear Cloud Stinger comes in at right under 50 dollars price, putting it firmly in the budget scale of HyperX headsets. It doesn’t offer 7.1 Surround Sound, though the 50mm directional drivers get the job done. The entire body is made of plastic as well. That means the headset is fragile and lacks any premium feel whatsoever. What the Cloud Stinger does maintain, however, is HyperX’s signature memory foam. The foam is very easy on the ear and is bulky enough to prevent most ears from touching the drivers themselves. This emphasis on comfort makes the Cloud Stinger an easy recommend when compared to headphones in its price range.
The Logitech H800 is one of the rare on-ear entries in this list. It sits on your ear instead of surrounding it, which is great for improved airflow. The rechargeable batteries last up to six hours, and the headset itself is foldable. The only problem there is the lack of noise-isolation since you don’t get the noise-isolation of other over-ear models. Sound quality is middling, with stereo instead of surround sound. So why are we including the H800 in this list? Simple: portability. The compact, wireless build of the H800 makes it easy to stuff in a bag. It makes for great backup headphones when you need to run a few rounds of CSGO on the go. No pun intended.
Razer Kraken Pro V2 Analog Gaming Headset with Retractable Microphone for PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4, White
Razer’s Kraken Pro V2 is an over-ear gaming headset that won’t cost players much. It is aimed squarely at competitive gamers, thanks to its emphasis on the soundstage. This Pro gaming headset also boasts larger sound drivers that make it easier to identify the location of sounds. It does not, however, offer 7.1 surround sound by default. You’ll have to install the Razer Surround Pro add-on and calibrate the settings yourself. The retractable microphone is also pretty good for voice chat. It transmits clear audio, without the muffling present in other headsets. The earcups are large and generous, making for comfortable gaming sessions. They do tend to get hot after a while, though. This can be an issue when gaming in warmer settings.
How To Choose Best Headset For CS GO
Now that you have a list of the best headsets for CS GO, which one will actually work best for you?
First, set your budget. How much are you willing to spend on your headset? No sense drooling over the Turtle Beach Elite Pro when your budget is capped at $100. Once you have a number to work with, narrow down the list by eliminating headphones beyond your budget.
Second, ask yourself how you play CS GO. Take for example the H800, which has inferior specs compared to other headphones in this list. But what if you travel a lot? What if you often play on a laptop in a quiet hotel room? What if you live with roommates who like to ‘borrow’ your stuff often. You might not want to tempt them with Logitech’s snazzy G933 cans.
And lastly, compare the pros and cons of your remaining choices. For example, the HyperX Cloud Revolver, Cloud II, and Cloud Stinger are similar in function. If you prioritize soundstage though, the Revolver and Cloud II are your choices. The Revolver is also a premium product that feels good to the touch. If you are more pragmatic, then Cloud II gets the job done.
Go through this process, and you’ll be able to pick out the perfect gaming headset for your CS GO sessions!