The market for gaming headphones has been expanding rapidly in the past few years. In modern gaming, your headset plays a massive role in determining the quality of gameplay and even your performance in some cases.
Therefore, choosing the right pair of gaming headphones is an important decision, especially with the vast selection of different brands and models. In many cases, investing hundreds of dollars on a pair of high-end gaming headphones is a little overkill, especially when plenty of cheaper options have great performance nowadays.
So if you are on a tight budget, or you’d rather allocate your resources to other gaming elements, well not to worry! We’ve come up with a list of some great but cheap headsets for gaming so that you can stay on top of your competition.
1. HyperX Cloud Stinger
Features: Stereo Headset, 50mm directional drivers, Cross-platform compatibility, lightweight, rotating earcups, HyperX Memory foam and leatherette earcups.
- A lot of value for your buck
- One of the best performing budget headsets
- Excellent comfort
- Doesn’t work with some old PC’s
HyperX not only makes some of the best high-end competitive headsets but also has an excellent budget candidate, the Stinger. This headset is extremely light and has cross-platform compatibility to give you a flexible user experience.
The rotating ear cups and the memory foam make for a comfortable gaming experience, and you don’t have to worry about fatigue unless you are planning a gaming marathon. While it might not look as professional as it’s big brother, HyperX Cloud 2, it does have its own charm with its very slick and simple look. The noise cancellation in these headphones is top-notch which is not something you see everything in a sub 50 dollar headset.
The Stinger does not have surround sound, but that is probably for the best, as surround sound in headsets of this price range tend to be horrible. Nonetheless, the sound quality was excellent all things considered, and features like the intuitive volume control were handy. The Stinger is a solid choice for the everyday gamer and one of the best affordable headphones for gaming today.
Related: If you are looking for more cheap but great gaming gear. Here is our list of the best gaming mice on a budget.
2. Logitech G430
Features: 7.1 Dolby Surround sound, On-cable sound controls, cloth ear cups, lightweight, 7-channel audio, 3m cable.
- Only budget headset with real, proper surround sound
- Very comfortable and good quality build
- Not the best quality microphone
You might think that just because you are on a budget, an immersive 7.1, 360-degree sound field experience is out of your reach? Well the Logitech G430 is here to make you rethink that. The G430 is the only headsets in its price range to offer true 7.1 Dolby surround sound.
This gaming headset is economically priced while still offering fantastic sound quality and soft, comfortable user experience. The noise-canceling microphone is not terrible either, but there are some issues with the durability of the microphone of this headset.
Performance wise this headset is probably our favorite on this list and the market in its entirety. An amazing headset for FPS games particularly. You can hear everything from footsteps in different directions to the activity going on overhead. A must-have for any hard-core FPS gamer looking for an affordable upgrade.
Related: Best Wireless Gaming Headsets – Complete Buying Guide
3. Corsair HS50
Features: Stereo headset, multi-platform compatibility, detachable microphone, 50mm drivers, on-ear volume control.
- Very high quality for your money
- Great audio and microphone quality
- Detachable, uni-directional microphone
- No surround sound
Corsair has been a popular and well-recognized gaming peripheral company for a while now. In addition to their large collection of keyboards and mice, they also sell great headphones, such as the HS50.
Compared to some of the other headphones on this list, this product is one of the best options, but also the more expensive. While still staying on the affordable side of things. The Corsair HS50 solid device, and has most of what you would expect and then some.
The HS50s have adjustable memory foam ear cups that fit snugly on your ear, helping isolate sound. Additionally, the headband is durable, comfortable and flexible, making the HS50 one of the most comfortable options on this list. With a 50mm neodymium speaker driver, the sound quality has both high-quality bass and treble. This provides crisp, clear and reliable sound creating an immersive gaming experience. The on-ear controls are also a nice touch. This enables users to mute sound, control volume and microphone settings straight from the product itself.
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The detachable mic is noise canceling, slim and flexible. Not only that, the microphone creates a crystal clear transmission, and the detachability feature makes the HS50 fairly portable.
Finally, we have the build quality. The HS50s are durable, as you might expect if you are familiar with Corsair’s product line. They are made of both high-quality plastic and a metal alloy. The foam and headband are built for longevity, and the headphones themselves look sharp. They are compatible with most modern consoles, PCs, and smartphones.
The Corsair HS50 gaming headphones are more expensive, and for a good reason. The product is very well built, with high-end audio quality and the most comfortable fit of the list. Due to their ergonomic build and high sound quality, the HS50s also make a great gadget for listening to music, not only gaming.
Best of all, the headset weighs less than a pound, allowing users to game for hours upon hours without feeling any discomfort. If you are willing to invest more in a pair of mid-range gaming headphones, the Corsair HS50 should definitely make it near the top of your list.
4. Bengoo G9000
Features: Stereo sound, Multi-platform compatibility, noise isolating microphone, LED lights.
- Incredible value for money
- precise audio positioning
- Not the best audio quality
The Bengoo G9000 are some of the most popular affordable gaming headphones on the market and we can certainly see why. With a frequency range of 15Hz – 20KHz, and a 40mm magnetic neodymium driver, the G9000 has good audio positioning, which is more than can be said about most budget headsets. That being said, the actual sound quality on the G9000 is not exactly perfect but matches what you’d expect from its price.
They do have advanced and precise audio positioning, making it a great option for tactical FPS games. Even with the overall sound quality suffering compared to the Stinger or G430, these headphones still have strong bass. However, I would not suggest using these for anything more than gaming.
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The isolating microphone can be adjusted to your liking and can pick up your voice, not white noise, with ease. The appearance is nothing fancy but still looks alright.
At first glance, the Bengoo G9000 looks a bit like a cheap, made in China product. Although, don’t let this fool you. The G9000 has high quality, permeable, over-ear pads and a cushioned headbands.
The product is incredibly light as well, so it allows gamers to play for hours without any discomfort. Another notable feature is the breathable leather material. This decreases sweat build up around the ear cups. Besides that, the Begoo G9000 don’t have much more to them. They are decent, budget gaming headphones that have most of what you would expect. If you are looking for comfort and maybe aren’t exactly an audiophile, this product may be down your alley.
5. Defender Warhead G-500
Features: Stereo headset, Sound isolation, Plug-and-play, Lightweight, self-adjusting headband.
- High quality build
- Incredible sound quality for its price range
- Good comfort & ergonomics
The Defender G500s are a budget pair of over-ear headphones specifically tailored for gaming. Its audio quality is leagues above most affordable options which is one of the things that put it among our favorites.
The built-in vibration and the crisp stereo sound creates an immersive experience which is fantastic if you are fond of games like The Witcher 3 or Assassins Creed Origins. Additionally, the headsets have noise canceling and isolating technology. With the help of the rigid external frame and headband, the earpieces snuggly fit around your ears, creating a comfortable scenario that allows you to focus on your game, instead of the distracting noises around you.
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Built into the G500s is a high quality, rugged and flexible microphone. Since it is compact, slim and adjustable, it does not block your field of vision or get in the way when sipping Mountain Dew. It still provides crystal clear sound that allows you to communicate with your team comfortably. The most notable feature of the G500s is the ergonomic and futuristic design. From first glance, the headphones are stylish, rugged and modern, and have round earpieces with a geometric metal shield. They certainly don’t look the part of a cheap headset.
The G500 is compatible with PlayStation consoles (PS3+), Xbox consoles, PCs and most smartphones. Additionally, the headphones also have a built-in volume button, allowing you to change sound levels in-game, without needing to tab out of the window.
Overall, the Defender G500s are a pair of well-structured gaming headphones. Especially for the price, they have nearly everything you would want.
As far as gaming goes, the audio quality is more than sufficient for most players. Additionally, the general build and structure of the headphones are solid.
The headphones are visually attractive, have a futuristic frame and basic LED backlighting. However, the headphones can feel slightly heavy, especially with the bulky composure. The G500s sit nicely on your head, and both the padding on the headband and earpiece provide good comfort. The G500s are a solid pair of budget headphones and a great addition to your gaming setup. The only downside is the lack of extra features, including software, advance backlighting, extra controls and a more compact build. However, this might be a positive thing for you, if you prefer simple plug-and-play gear over complicated software and customization.
6. SADES Spirit Wolf
Features: Magnetic NdfeB driver, 7.1 Surround sound, breathing LED lighting, memory foam earcups, noise cancellation.
- Very good bass and decent surround sound
- Beautiful LED lighting and design
- Precise audio positioning
- Rather heavy
- Microphone not the best
It has always amazed just how much Sades are able to stuff into their extremely affordable gaming gear. The new Spirit Wolf headphones are just the latest example of this but not the only one on this list.
The SADES Spirit Wolf 7.1 is more affordable than most headsets we have on here, making it a great option for people on a really tight budget.
The new magnetic NdFeB driver provides clear, bass boosted sound and accurate acoustic positioning. The sensitivity is 115dB, and the frequency range is 20-20000 Hz. Everything from footsteps, gunshots, and explosions can be heard and located pretty precisely in game.
The headset is visually appealing and follows a futuristic design much like other gaming peripherals. Although, the SADES Spirit Wolf 7.1 is more unique, and has a sleek, geometric design.
Additionally, the headsets also have a more advanced LED backlighting feature. The colors can be changed, and the breathing LED lighting effect creates a more interesting vibe.
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The SADES Spirit Wolf 7.1 is also pretty comfortable, being built out of durable materials and soft foam. A favored featured is the more complex volume and microphone control buttons located on the non-threaded USB connection cable. The headsets are compatible with nearly every PC, and most new-gen consoles.
The SADES Spirit Wolf 7.1 is merely phenomenal for its price. However, it still lacks the sound quality of headsets like Corsair HS50 or Logitech G430. Despite its advanced sound positioning technology, the treble in this product is lacking a bit.
The microphone on the Spirit Wolf is mediocre. It’s definitely not a major selling point for them, but it’s more than sufficient for most gamers. If you are looking for a product to record videos or music, you should look elsewhere. The frame of the headphones are mostly made of high-quality plastic but still weighs a lot. This means that the SADES Spirit Wolf 7.1 can be uncomfortable when worn for long periods of time.
Overall, the headphones are a suitable choice, especially for the unbelievable price. If you are looking for a pair of headphone specifically for your gaming needs, the SADES Spirit Wolf 7.1 should definitely be considered.
7. VersionTech G2000
Features: 50mm magnetic neodymium driver, universal compatibility, on-ear controls, stereo sound, synthetic leather-wrapped cushioning, Blue LED lighting.
- Incredible comfort
- Good sound and bass quality
- Very high value for money
- Headband a little frail
VersionTech is a popular budget gaming peripheral company that has been dominating the market for a while now. Among many of their successful products, the G2000 stands out as the most popular.
These headphones are affordable, simplistic and fill most gamers needs sufficiently. For starters, these headsets have a high precision, 50mm magnetic neodymium driver that has a 20HZ – 20KHz frequency range. In comparison to the other headphones of its price range, the sound quality in the G2000 excels.
Additionally, the headphones have an adjustable microphone that picks up your voice with moderate clarity. If the intended use of the microphone is casual gaming with friends, there’s nothing to worry about. However, I would not recommend leading a 20-man raid in World of Warcraft with this microphone.
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The G2000s comfortably sit on your head and around your ears thanks to the synthetic leather-wrapped cushioning and breathable headband. The threaded cables enable for universal compatibility. These headphones support newer Playstations, Xbox, and Nintendo consoles. Additionally, this product works with most smartphones and PCs.
The VersionTech G2000 has an attractive appearance. The bright and adjustable LED backlighting is one of the most notable features of the build. Besides that, the G2000s resemble a modern, sleek, simplistic headset.
However, the actual durability of these headphones is not phenomenal. The frame is made out of a frail plastic. This also means that these headphones are incredibly light, making them comfortable to wear in the long run, just make sure not to treat them too harshly.
Overall, the VersionTech G2000 is a solid pair of gaming headphones. They have high-quality sound, a sleek design, and simple build. Most importantly, the G2000s are comfortable and can be worn for long periods of time.
8. SADES CX-778
Features: Stereo headset with 50mm drivers, Omnidirectional Microphone, noise-cancellation, universal compatibility, Cushioned earpads.
- Looks absolutely stunning
- Precise and clear sound
- Feels very sturdy
- Not too comfortable to wear for many hours
The SADES CX-778 Gaming Headphones are some of the most beautiful sub 40 dollar headphones on the market, thanks to their HyperX Cloud inspired quality headband and black on red design. However, it’s not just a pretty product. It actually has some decent performance to back it up.
The large, 50mm driver creates high precision audio and delivers loud, clear sound. Which is somewhat rare to see in a headset that is this affordable.
The headset has a frequency range of 20 – 20000 Hz and an impedance of 32 Ohm. The headphones themselves are reasonably comfortable and has with a soft headband, cushioned ear pads, and premium PU leather enclosures.
The overall build feels quite sturdy and relatively qualitative. It follows are very standard, slim, yet simplistic design, making it appealing to both the eyes and ears. It may not have RGB LED Backlighting, but it still looks miles better than most headsets in its price range.
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The durability of the CX-778 is superior to its price class as well. The frame is composed of a mixture of high-quality plastic and metal. The headband itself isn’t that bulky, but it still provides a tight, comfortable fit.
The mic itself is mediocre and not as well done as the rest of the headset. It doesn’t have the best sound quality, but this could be due to its tiny size, which can be a pro to some people who dislike bulky mics. It may not have awful quality, but it still has a reasonably low sensitivity and minimum frequency range.
The SADES CX-778 is without a doubt, a good pair of gaming headphones. However, they are not the most comfortable to wear for hours on end, due to its pretty concerning. However, a few hours at a time and you won’t notice any issues, and the advanced cushioning of the headband even makes it comfortable to use for short gaming sessions at a time.
All and all, SADES CX-778 is a perfect option if you want something that feels pretty high-end without having to pay accordingly.
Features: Stereo sound, 50mm drivers, on-ear sound controls, detachable microphone, memory foam earpads, multi-platform compatibility.
- Great stereo sound quality and bass
- Feels and look very qualitative
- Excellent, detachable microphone
- Slightly uncomfortable to wear for many hours due to weight
Next up we have the Fusion Gaming Headset. This product is definitely for people looking to stay on budget, but still feel like they got a quality product for their buck.
The most notable feature of the Fusion Headsets are the large, 50mm drivers that deliver deep, booming bass, and high-quality stereo sound. The on-ear controls are also a nice feature. In addition to the sound quality, and noise-isolation, the ear-cups comfortably sit on your ear, drowning out distracting noises around you.
The built-in control panel allows you to conveniently control things like audio volume and microphone settings through the device itself.
The Fusion headset has a phenomenal detachable microphone. Not only is it visually stunning, but the receiver also transmits clear, crisp and loud audio, especially for its slim composition.
Despite having excellent sound quality and a stellar microphone, the Fusion headset’s biggest strength might be its exterior. It looks incredible and could easily pass as a high-end headset. It has a sleek, futuristic and clean build. It has circular ear cups, and the frame looks clean, almost to a point where you can’t even tell it’s mostly made of hard plastic.
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With the 42-inch, braided, 3.5 audio wire, the Fusion gaming headsets are compatible with the Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac and most mobile devices.
The memory foam earpieces on the Fusion gaming headset are very comfortable. However, the headband can be an issue for some people. The headphones are not super heavy, but also not all that light. This means that without the padding on the headband, wearing this product for long periods of time can be uncomfortable.
Besides that, the Fusion gaming headsets have very few cons, and should definitely be considered, especially for the mind-boggling affordable price.
10. Nubwo N2
Features: Dual 50mm drivers, Stereo sound, Lightweight, on ear volume controls, multi-platform combatibility, braided wire.
- Incredible value for money
- Comfortable du to its cushioning and lightweight build
- Drivers deliver a good sound quality
- Almost no bass
Don’t let this stellar looking gaming headset fool you, it is as affordable as the VersionTech G2000, it just doesn’t look the part. However, it is more than a pretty face, it is also very comfortable and sports some great 50mm drivers under the hood.
While it is noticeable that it is mostly made off hard plastic when you have it in your hands, that doesn’t detract from the fact that it looks like a 100 dollar headset at one-fifth of the cost. On top of that, the plastic build makes it incredibly lightweight and is one of the factors that make it so comfortable to wear.
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Now let us not get carried away. Obviously, its actual performance is not on par with high-end headsets but it still has a very respectable audio and sound quality. So unless you are an audiophile they do have make for a very admirable pair of headphones.
The microphone is another part that performed way above what you might expect from a 20 dollar headset. If your main use of a microphone is a bit of in-game voice chatting with your friends or guild members then the Nubwo N2 will be sufficient. However, I would not recommend using it if you plan on streaming or Twitch or maybe making your own videos. As the receiver quality does show signs of struggle once you actually add it to a video editing program.
The biggest con with the Nubwo N2 is the bass and general lows of the sound system. As stated earlier, it’s alright but bass is almost nonexistent and the sound quality is almost too clear to produce proper lows.
All and all this is probably the best 20 dollar headset on the market and its comfort alone make it worth every penny. When you back that up with good sound quality and a decent microphone then you have a very successful budget option on your hands.
Other Budget Headsets we Tested
Whenever we do a rundown of the best products of a particular category like this, some decent products will get lost on the way. Here are the headsets that didn’t quite make it to the top 10 but we still liked.
The ONIKUMA Stereo Gaming Headset has a 50mm driver providing an immersive stereo sound. The bass boosted audio is relatively clear, and the adjustable volume keeps the volume pretty crisp, even at louder volumes.
The headphones follow a pretty standard design with the adjustable soft headband. The ear cups are also nicely padded, providing optimal comfort. Also, since the headphones are nearly entirely composed of plastic, they are lightweight, allowing users to wear them for prolonged periods of time without fatigue.
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The headsets also have a built-in noise reduced microphone which you can adjust to your preference. The sensitivity of the microphone and the noise reduction technology assures clear transmission.
The headsets use a braided cable, with a 3.5mm connector. The appearance of this gaming headset is futuristic, but not at all unique. The LED backlighting is basic, but a nice expected touch. You can also adjust the volume of the microphone from the device.
They are compatible with most Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo, PC and smartphone devices.
The ONIKUMA Stereo Gaming Headset is one of the most affordable products on this list. Despite its price, the headphone is still fairly reliable. The build is nice and sturdy, but the plastic frame causes the durability to suffer.
Overall, the headphones have good sound quality, and are comfortable, especially for long periods of use. The microphone doesn’t have the best sound quality in the world, but is still decent, even for its size.
Overall, among the better options if you want a reliable but affordable headset option for your gaming sessions.
The SADES SA-807 has some features that we found were quite appealing. The ear cushion padding was something we liked very much. You can play on for many hours, and this headphone still won’t cause any discomfort. The comfort though will come at a cost.
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While this sits on your ear comfortably gaps arise which allows some sound to escape, once you hold the piece tight against your ears the sound quality goes up a couple of notches.
If you are on a budget, it can be safe to assume that you might not be using two headphones a lot during the day. The SADES SA807 can be used with your phone, tablet, PS4, Xbox One and more devices, lending that much-desired flexibility.
Xbox 360 users might need to buy an adapter separately to use this though. A solid choice nonetheless, for the casual gamer who is looking for a new super cool pair of headphones. The black and blue design indeed looks stunning!
Moving onto the APIE gaming headset. First up, we can’t help notice how massive this gaming headset is. This can be a positive or a negative based your own preference. While we initially loved this headset and even put in on our list last year it showed real signs of durability issues the second test around.
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When it comes to performance for the price, not many headsets come close to the Apie. The sound quality is good and overall decent for a stereo headset. The deep extreme bass is nice too.
From a comfort standpoint, the pads and adjustable headbands make for a great gaming experience only in spurts. Due to its size, it’s probably best if you take this off one every few hours to give yourself a rest. Again the LED lights make for a cool exterior and are another plus that is still overall a great budget option.
When one refers to the value for money, the Bengoo G1000 must definitely spring to mind. They are still a reliable choice for gamers looking for affordable headsets but compared to the G9000 it falls slightly short, and as they are so similar, it didn’t make much sense putting both in the top 10.
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First up, the external design looks great with the tech patterns that are lit up with a LED. You can choose from 7 breathing LED colors. For a lot of gamers, what the headset looks like is not much of a concern considering when they are wearing it they cannot see it. Nonetheless, an excellent choice for folks looking for something flashy.
Now turning to the actual performance. The bass quality for the price range is where this headset shines through. The padded earmuffs really do isolate the sound and cut out any external noise.
The chord is quite long which gives you freedom of movement. If you are the type to switch between a PC and a PlayStation, well, you can’t. This headphone only works with the PC which seems alright considering the price.
Prolonged use of the microphone has brought some issues with respect to durability but still, doesn’t detract from the fact that this makes for a good entry-level investment.