A great gaming headset can highlight accurate peripheral noises, let you customize your soundscape for different applications, and support communication with your teammates with a high-quality mic.
This means that high-end gaming headphones offer great value if you are a passionate gamer – and we’ve found our favourite options on the market.
For those willing to pay any price for an all-in-one premium experience, then the SteelSeries Arctis 7P is our recommended pick.
The Arctis 7P offers seamless connectivity for whatever platform you choose to play on – from PlayStation and Xbox to PC and Android.
Additionally, this model features a comfortable elastic headband and 24-hour battery life which will outlast even your longest gaming sessions.
For those on a budget, the Razer Blackshark V2 is a perfect choice, as it offers high-quality spatial sound, customisable software, and an audio enhancer DAC connection via a USB connector.
Depending on your needs, the right headset can turn any video game from a fun distraction into a fully immersive experience.
Our picks for the five best high-end gaming headphones you can buy in South Africa are listed below.
SteelSeries Arctis 7P — R4,599
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P is the complete package as it offers high-quality sound, comfort, and versatility.
This headset uses the same speaker drivers as the original Arctis 7, which emphasizes subtle sounds to give you an audio advantage when playing your favourite titles.
The Arctis 7P 2.4 GHz wireless audio is designed for ultra-low latency to avoid interference when gaming.
It also features a noise-cancelling and retractable Discord-certified ClearCast bidirectional microphone, while the compact USB-C dongle allows you to transition between PS5, PS4, PC, Android, and Nintendo Switch.
Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT — R4,799
The Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is incredibly comfortable thanks to its premium memory foam earpads.
This headset features 50mm high-density neodymium speaker drivers that deliver impeccable sound with a frequency range of 20Hz-40,000Hz — double that of typical gaming headsets.
It works wirelessly with PCs, via USB with PlayStation consoles, and uses Bluetooth to connect to mobile devices and smart TVs.
Additionally, you can connect it to a Nintendo Switch, an Xbox controller, or an older system via a 3.5mm audio cable, so there’s very little that the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT can’t do.
However, the headset’s battery life doesn’t match its price, and many of Corsair’s competitors can run for twice as long — the Arctis 7P is a good example.
Despite this, a great headset should offer top-quality comfort and great sound, and the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT provides both.
Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero — R2,999
The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero is the perfect PC-centric headset as it offers a pair of super comfortable gel-infused ear cushions that are designed for gamers that wear glasses.
The wireless headset also comes with a rechargeable 30-hour battery, 50mm speakers, and a premium noise-cancelling microphone for crisp sound and crystal-clear chat.
However, what makes the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero stand out from its competitors is the level of customisation it offers.
Gamers can remap this headset’s on-ear controls, activate immersive 3D audio, and tweak a ton of EQ settings to find the perfect balance for your favourite game.
Logitech G Pro X — R1,899
The Logitech G Pro X is another great option for gamers looking for versatility, as it has no trouble with gaming on PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox X/S, and Xbox One.
These headphones have a well-balanced sound profile and a microphone that delivers good recording quality while doing an amazing job of isolating speech from background noise.
However, the mic settings are where the real fun is. These are compatible with the Logitech G HUB software which has multiple customization options, including the Blue Voice technology for a boom microphone.
This allows you to cycle between several mic balance presets, or make your own using options like noise reduction as well as an expander, limiter, compressor, de-esser, and high pass filter.
These options, in addition to the surround sound function, will give you the ultimate experience when playing competitive multiplayer games on PC.
Razer Blackshark V2 — R1,299
While being extremely comfortable, the Razer Blackshark V2 offers great sound and voice customisation options — especially when you consider its price tag.
This mid-range wired headset provides fantastic sound for both games and music due to its innovative THX profiles.
The Razer Triforce Titanium 50mm drivers deliver richer trebles, brighter sound, and powerful bass, and a handful of games like Apex Legends and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice even have their own optimized profiles.
This headset is supported by a USB sound card and allows you to tweak and enhance your voice output further via Razer Synapse.
Synapse gives you access to features such as Mic Boost, Voice Gate, Volume Normalization, Mic Equalizer, and Ambient Noise Reduction — perfect for any eSports enthusiast.