Audio quality: It seems like it should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: You can’t always tell from a spec sheet how a headset will sound. A well-made stereo headset can be better than a poorly made 7.1 Dolby Atmos surround sound set. Check out reviews to find out how a headset performs in real life.
Surround sound options: Modern headsets have become very good at reproducing or simulating surround sound in headsets with systems such as Dolby Atmos for Headphones or DTS:X. These systems are especially effective in games where you want to hear where an enemy is shooting at you. Make sure you can turn surround sound on or off.
Comfort: This is another subjective category, but if you wear a headset for a long time while you play, it is important that it does not hurt. A heavy headset that presses against your temples can give you a headache afterwards. Look for headsets with adjustable, ergonomic designs, plenty of cushioning, and are generally lightweight.
An adjustable boom microphone: If you plan to use your headset for online gaming, a good microphone is essential. Many headsets have boom mics that can be placed in front of your mouth. Some are removable, while others can simply be rotated or bent away from your mouth when not in use. Make sure you get the type that suits your needs.
Visible mic muting and indicator LEDs: It’s important to know when you’re broadcasting audio so you don’t accidentally share your private conversations with your teammates. Some mics automatically mute when you flip them up, while others use a dedicated mute button. We especially like the headsets with red LEDs that indicate when you’re muted, which is helpful.
Monitor the microphone so you can hear your voice: If you want to monitor how you sound to your teammates, and not sound like you’re yelling while playing, mic monitoring is a feature that lets you hear your own audio through your headphones. Best of all, you can adjust its volume. If you listen to a podcast or talk show on the radio, chances are, those people are using some form of mic monitoring so they can hear themselves as well as others.
Equalizer (EQ) and customization tools: Games, movies, and TV shows are mixed differently, and when you listen, you can emphasize different aspects of the audio signal. Custom EQ presets allow you to set different balances for watching a movie versus playing a game, or even have different balances on a per-game basis.