Of course, you can buy headsets for over 1000 but around 200 or 300 is enough for 99% of all headset users. Most of the selected headsets also come with a microphone. If you are a gamer, then this is also an interesting feature. Nonetheless, you can also buy a separate standalone microphone for superb recording quality.
1. Audio-Technica BPHS1
The Audio-Technica BPHS1 is a very popular choice for podcasting. It does not look fancy but offers a good performance for the price.
- Great crisp sound
- Top notch mic
- Very comfortable
- Requires a fancy audio setup
2. beyerdynamic MMX 300
The beyerdynamic MMX 300 is a very minimalistic designed headset. No LEDs, no fancy stuff, just pure quality.
- Sound is great!
- Sound is not flat but isn’t v-shaped either. There is a slight bass boost but the mids and highs are still present and clear
- Comfy headset
- No user guide to get you started
- They dropped the USB adapter from the original MMX 300
- This is a stereo headset, no gimmicks like surround sound
3. AKG K 701
The AKG K 701 is an extremely good sounding headset with an awesome price-to-performance ratio. It has no integrated microphone. There exist several clip-on microphones that you can buy for a low price. This combination delivers better results than many headsets with an integrated microphone.
- Awesome price-to-performance ratio
- Very broad stage
- Extremely neutral, high-resolution reproduction
- Nicely ligthweighted
- Needs no headphone amplifier, low complex impedance
- Ideal for films due to its spatiality
- Headgear can press uncomfortably after some time because of the knobs
- Too little bass for bass freaks
- No integrated microphone (just buy an additional microphone that you clip onto your cable)
4. The Bose flagship headset: QuietComfort 35 (Series II)
The Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) has over 2600 customer reviews that are overall very very positive. That pledges for the Bose headset.
- Great noise cancellation especially with no music
- Light weight and definitely more comfortable for long periods
- Best for phone calls (those on other end don’t hear much background noise)
- The headset is extremely light and comfortable. You will forget you are wearing it.
- Battery life is outstanding. I’ve used these for 4-6 hours a day about five days in a row without having to recharge.
- Sound is missing crispness at high and low ends
- Overall sounds are a bit muffled
5. Sennheiser flagship headset: GSP 550
The Sennheiser GSP 550 is not so well-known in the gamer scene. But it’s definitely worth a look. For some people, they can get quite painful to wear after a while, though. Sound quality is, of course, extremely good.
- The materials look and feel durable, cleanly finished and well assembled. There were no burrs in the plastic or weird seam alignment to be found
- Superior sound quality. If you play FPS games, you know that sound location for events and other characters can be a critical aspect of play, and this set makes it very easy and intuitive to hear “where” things are going on ingame.
- It also works well for listening to music
- After a while they can get quite painful to wear
6. Blue Blackout Yeti + Lola Black Ninjas in Pyjamas Pro Gamer BundlePyjamas Pro Gamer Bundle
The Blue Blackout Yeti + Lola Black Ninjas in Pyjamas Pro Gamer Bundle is a very decent bundle of a headset and an extra microphone. The price tag is quite high but you cannot go wrong with this one.
- Microphone works great
- The ear pads fit most ears well enough to cover most background sound
- The sound from the headphones is VERY nice
- The knobs are very tight and need a good amount of pressure to turn, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing
7. Bang & Olufsen flagship headset: Beoplay H9i
Very aesthetic design and also high price offers the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i. If I have to buy a new headset and could choose between all the presented solutions, I would buy this one.
- Sound quality is CRISP
- Noise canceling is awesome
- Great call quality, has some low volume positive feedback, so you can hear yourself and any possible background noise
- Battery life is great, not as good as the h8s, but who needs 30 hours of battery life when you can easily plug them into your mac charger to charge them up
- Bluetooth is very strong, and you can connect to multiple devices. For techies this is great
- Customizable sound settings let you choose the sound you like best
- The design is classy, they look good
- They’re large and loose.
- The proximity sensor seems like a nice feature, but it doesn’t work very well, resulting in my music pausing when the headphones are still on my head
- Maximum volume isn’t very high, but they are loud enough that it shouldn’t be a major issue unless you’re hard of hearing or really wanna jam out
- The touch sensor on the ear cuff isn’t very sensitive, doesn’t work with cold hands, and the volume up/down is hard to stimulate; however, transparency mode works very well, and the touch feature is much improved over the manual functions on the h8’s
- The headphones didn’t come with enough instruction and details on the product
8. Bowers&Wilkins P7 Wireless
After almost 10 headphones in the last 3 years, the P7 Wireless version managed to replace the P7 without adding a weakness to the already very good P7. On the contrary, as already mentioned in various tests, the P7 Wireless via Bluetooth sounds almost even better than directly on the iPad or (worse) iPhone.
- Excellent spatial sound
- Firm fit, good noise shielding
- Very low noise
- Solid workmanship
- Somewhat old-fashioned design
- Long wearing can be exhausting
9. SteelSeries flagship headset: Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset
A top headset is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. In my opinion, it is the best looking headset of all gaming brands. But, of course, this is subjective.
- The sound quality its amazing! If you have speakers with optical exit, you can put that on your adapter and have sound on your headphone and your speakers
- The distance on which they work are amazing as well. You can go all around the house without loosing connection and even the mic is great.
- Noise cancelling is very good. Others have to scream until you hear them, though.
- Chatmix ability lowers game and discord sound from transmitter without leaving game.
- Take calls when playing by connecting to your phone over Bluethooth
- The headset may not very comfy for people with big ears or big heads
- The joints between the cans and head piece seems weak due to it being made of plastic. Better don’t drop it
- Very expensive
10. ASTRO flagship headset: Gaming A50 Wireless Dolby Gaming Headset
The next headset of the 5 is the ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Dolby Gaming Headset. It’s quite a contrary headset to the SteelSeries Arctic. With the SteelSeries Arctic the sound quality is amazing, the comfort might not for people with big ears or big heads. In contrast to that, the ASTRO A50 offers amazing comfort but the sound quality is not for audiophiles. So both headsets are quite contrary.
- Amazing comfort
- A jack of all trades headset
- Base stand has came a long ways and the new style is very nice
- Two ways to charge (magnetic base or by USB)
- Not for audiophiles. If you are an audiophile you will be unhappy with the sound, go back and buy your “stereo” headset.
- Regarding the software, the average user might not be able utilize it to its fullest
- Loud volume does indeed bleed out. However, they sell a kit to silence it.
Conclusion on the best headsets under 1000
In this article, we showed you ten best headsets under 1000. Some of them are more suitable for gamers, others are more suitable for podcasters. All of them offer great sound quality and many also very good recording quality.