Whether you’re playing on PC or console, there’s gonna come a time when you’ll need to grab yourself a decent set of gaming headphones. Sure, you can pick up the $20 pair from the bargain bin at EB Games if you want – I’m powerless to stop you – but let me tell you, nothing beats a nice pair of high-quality headphones, particularly when gaming.

I ran a cheap pair for longer than I’d like to admit, and when I did finally up the quality, the difference was stark. I still mostly suck at everything I play but having high-quality directional audio in your ears definitely makes me suck a little less.

Here are 5 great pairs of gaming headphones to consider.

HyperX Cloud Mix

If you’re into consolidating your life, these bad boys will no doubt pique your interest. While they serve as a fantastic pair of gaming headphones, they also function as a standard set of Bluetooth headphones.

In other words, when you need to head out, you can unplug the mic and audio cable, connect them to your phone wirelessly, and blast some tunes without having to take them off your head.

Unlike a lot of gaming headsets, the Cloud Mix doesn’t look like an alien spaceship has landed on your head. Instead, it opts for a modest design which suits being out in public a little better.

In terms of gaming, you’ll get the great performance you need out of these, particularly when it comes to clear directional audio. On the music side, they seem to be weighted towards the low end, so if you’re into bassy tunes, these are perfect.

The Cloud Mix is set to drop in Australia on the 14th of February.

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Corsair HS70 Wireless Gaming Headphones

If your budget’s a little tighter, there are plenty of units out there that deliver great quality at a decent price. The HS70 is a wireless gaming headset you can use for both PC and PS4 that won’t set you back a ludicrous amount of money.

These puppies boast 2.4Ghz wireless audio with a range of up to 40ft (a smidge over 12 metres) and 16 hours of battery life. Like the Cloud Mix, you can also detach the microphone for use on the go, but there’s no option for a wired connection like the former.

If you’re looking Discord certified headphones with virtual 7.1 surround sound at a price that won’t rumble your bank account too hard, get into the HS70, which is currently on sale here for $157.

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SteelSeries Arctis Pro

If you’re after something on the extremely premium side of things, the Arctis Pro is certainly worth a look, particularly if you game on both PC and PS4, as it’s compatible with both.

Retailing for around $400, these headphones are packed with features. You’ll get top-notch high-res 3D sound, solid build quality, retractable mic, a GameDAC included, customisable LEDs, and more. There’s also a 10-band equaliser so you can dial in the sound which suits you best.

The Arctis Pro is a great choice for gamers who demand full control over their audio. You can pick up a set right here if you’re keen.

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Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition

If durability is a concern, the reinforced steel and aluminium architecture of these bad boys will be music to your ears. Literally.

Compatible with PC as well as Xbox One and PS4, the Blaster X H7 is built for competitive gaming, so you know you’ll be getting some top-tier audio into your ear holes. In fact, the headphones are configured to boost key audio queues in most popular esports titles, like CS:GO, for example, so if a competitive edge is what you’re after, The Blaster X H7 has got your back.

Prices vary, but you can order a pair here for $155.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger

So maybe you’re just looking for something cheaper still. You know, until you can afford a good set, or even just to get the job done if you’re more of a casual gamer. Either way, the Cloud Stinger is a decent choice.

These wired gaming headphones will do everything you need them to without the frills that hardcore gamers yearn for, along with the associated price tag. They’re built for comfort and functionality, folks. Great for those starting out in the world of PC gaming.

You can grab a pair here for $91.

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