Top 5: Best PC Gaming Headsets Under $100

In Audio, Hardware, Reviews by Branton20 Comments

Stuck trying to figure out which headset is the best for PC gaming, and under $100? Picking the right one is definitely going to give you an advantage, so it’s a good thing you’ve found your way here.

There are so many options available, that it’s easy to make the wrong decision, and the wrong decision could leave you getting owned, not to mention wasting your money on crappy products. Using a guide like this one is definitely a step in the right direction.

#5

Turtle Beach Stealth 400

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$59.98 USD
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Ok, so maybe the Turtle Beach Stealth 400 gaming headset isn’t necessarily built for PC gaming, but it works, and works well.

When it comes to wireless headsets, you usually want to avoid them – unless they’re built by Turtle Beach. TB has built top-level wireless headsets since top-level wireless headsets were a thing, and they know what they’re doing. The Stealth 400 deliver a good balance of mic and sound quality, while mixing in a very functional wireless setup.

The design is of 100% plastic, and they’re a whole 10 ounces (almost a pound) lighter than the Corsair H1500. But don’t start thinking that they’re cheaply built, because these things can withstand multiple rage-sessions before you’ll bust them against the wall.

If you’re the kind of person who absolutely needs a well-balanced wireless gaming headset for PC, the Turtle Beach Stealth 400 is your solution. 

Pros

  • Large, Comfortable Earcups
  • Good Sound Quality
  • Decent Bass Output if Tuned
  • Compatible with Almost Everything

Cons

  • Somewhat “Cheap” Feeling
  • Mic is “iffy”

Specs

  • 50mm Speaker Drivers
  • Wireless (BT 4.0)
  • 16 ounces
  • 1-year Limited Warranty

#4

Steel Series Siberia V2

The SteelSeries Siberia v2 takes spot number 3 by offering up booming bass, a high-quality retractable microphone, and a lot of comfort.

They come in an array of colors from solid black to a really cool “Heat Orange“. With that said, colors don’t make a good headset, and the Siberia v2 also offers up crisp low to high tones and really puts out the bass.

One of it’s best features would have to be the retractable mic, which puts your voice out there nice and clear. Doubt me? Just check out this mic test.

The newest version (Siberia v3) has been released, but for the time being, the v2 is a more proven model with a lot more positive reviews. The v3 offers all of the same features the v2 does, but they cut the weight down from 17.6 ounces to 9.9 ounces, and offers up an improved 4-Pole 3.5mm jack and I would definitely recommend checking them out.

Pros

  • Good Sound Quality
  • Pounds the Bass
  • Noticeable Noise Isolation
  • High-Quality Retractable Mic
  • Very Comfortable
  • Durable

Cons

  • Bass Tends to Drown Some Out Mids and Highs

Specs

  • 50mm Speaker Drivers
  • Retractable Microphone
  • Wired
  • In-Line controller
  • 17.6 ounces

#3

Razer Kraken Chroma

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$76.99 USD
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The Razer Kraken has been tested and proven to be one of the top gaming headsets time, and time again. The only difference with the 7.1 Chroma edition is that it adopts the Kraken Pro form, while offering virtual 7.1 surround sound & an upgraded mic.

The Kraken Chroma delivers high-quality sound, a great mic, and enough in-line controls to get the job done. Being a “Chroma” product, the LED backlight color is completely customizable, and you can choose from a total of 16.8-million colors – don’t get overwhelmed.

It’s also relatively comfortable, but a little tight at times. This isn’t a huge deal, but after long periods of use it would tend to become somewhat uncomfortable.

All-in-all, if you’re looking for a good headset with RGB lighting, the Kraken Chroma is one to consider.

Pros

  • Great Sound Quality
  • Amazing Mic
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Super Comfortable++

Cons

  • No “Base” Warranty

Specs

  • 40mm Neodymium Speaker Drivers
  • 7.1 Virtual Surround
  • Wired (6.5ft)
  • 12 ounces
  • 4-year Warranty (+$20)

#2

Kingston HyperX Cloud 2

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$77.55 USD
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The Kingston HyperX Cloud 2 used to be my #1 pick for the best gaming headset under $100, and it’s only recently been dethroned. It’s going to give you everything you could need, regardless of the type of game you play, and the sound quality is great for both basic communication and streaming.

Being the lightest headset on the list at only 9.6 ounces, the HyperX Cloud is also the most comfortable headset over long use. It’s so comfortable that you could honestly forget you’re wearing a headset altogether.

Sound quality? Amazing. The 53mm drivers really pump the highs and lows, and they really immerse you into whatever you’re playing. Want the audiophile equivalent? Then check out the Takstar 2050.

Good mic? Oh definitely. The HyperX Cloud’s mic is very similar to the Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma’s, and it’s really hard to compare it to anything else remotely close to this price-range.

So what’s the one thing I mentioned that sets this headset above the Kraken 7.1 Chroma? The simple fact that the mic is detachable. Not to mention the HyperX Cloud comes with way more extras, like a second set of earcups made from a different material, and enough nylon-braided cable to strangle multiple elephants.

Overall, the HyperX Cloud II is a great choice, but the #1 is just that much better.

Pros

  • Great sound quality
  • Detachable mic & cable
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • In-line controller
  • 2 styles of earcups (leatherette & velour)

Cons

  • N/A

Specs

  • 53mm Speaker Drivers
  • 9.6 ounces
  • Wired (6ft+)
  • 2-year Full Warranty

#1

Creative Sound BlasterX H5

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$94.00 USD
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Creative’s Sound BlasterX H5 is an absolutely phenomenal gaming headset for less than $100.

Not only does it look great, but the Sound BlasterX H5 is also extremely comfortable and is well suited for long periods of use.

They share a similar design with the HyperX Cloud II, but with Creative’s own creative flair spun into the mix. It resulted in a great looking headset that you can use for more than just gaming. They’re reinforced with metal throughout, and offer lots of flex without feeling flimsy or loose on your head.

The sound quality blew my mind right from the start, and I was really impressed by how balanced (with the bass boosted a little) this headset was. When running it through Creative’s Sound BlasterX G5 amp it only gets better. They’re a closed back headset that block out a lot of background noise, so you can really immerse yourself in whatever game you happen to be playing.

At the end of the day, the Sound BlasterX H5 is my #1 pick for the best gaming headset under $100 based on it’s amazing level of comfort, awesome sound quality, and great mic.

BlasterX H5 Tournament Edition
Right now the BlasterX H5 TE is on sale for less than the standard H5 costs, you can read more about it here.

Pros

  • Incredible sound quality
  • Alright bass
  • Detachable mic & cables
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Memory foam earcups & headband

Cons

  • Earcups don’t swivel

Specs

  • 50mm Speaker Drivers
  • 10.6 ounces
  • Wired (8ft braided cable)
  • 1-year Warranty

Conclusion

When it comes to picking the absolute best gaming headset, you really have to consider what you’ll be using it for. Do you need a better mic, or better sound-quality? Some headsets offer a good mixture of both, but be prepared to pay a top dollar.

A headset like the HyperX Cloud II or the Sound BlasterX H5 will give you all around amazing quality that’s ultimately very comparable (if not better than) spending $50 on a pair of audiophile headphones and then another $50 on a ModMic 4.0.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free me below!  

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The first game that I ever played on a PC was Ultima Online in 1999, and since then I have been hooked on PC gaming, and putting together awesome builds. Thanks for stopping by!

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20 Comments on “Top 5: Best PC Gaming Headsets Under $100”

  1. Holy crap, this is honestly the best review I’ve read about gaming headsets. Although #2 and #3 are basically the same (except the detachable mic and lights), I think they should be turned around due to the fact that #3 is 25$ cheaper than #2.

    Still, thank you so much for doing this review. This has helped me out alot!

    1. Hey Daniel,

      Thanks, I’m glad you like it! There is method to my madness by ranking the HyperX Cloud II above the Razer Kraken Chroma. For one, the HyperX Cloud II has a detachable mic (and cable) like you’ve mentioned – this is a huge thing because if the mic/cable on the Cloud II breaks, there is a very good chance that Kingston will ship you out a new one free-of-charge (lots of people have mentioned this). Second, the Cloud II offers a higher-quality listening experience over the Kraken Chroma due mostly to it’s bigger drivers, plus a fair bit more comfort during extended use. All-in-all, that ~$25 difference is worth it if you’re basing your decision on performance alone.

  2. I’d like to point something out regarding the Kingston HyperX Cloud 2.

    I ordered it and enjoyed it for a while before I realized a serious design issue when it comes to using screen capture to record games. The volume controller built into the headset cable forcibly controls your PC system volume. That means that in order to record audible gameplay (using OBS, for example), you have to set the headphones to a deafening volume. Otherwise, it simply isn’t loud enough when OBS captures sound from the input. You can’t hear the game sounds at all unless the headphones were busting your eardrums during recording.

    While this is still a beautiful headset for listening, this is just another point in favour of rating the Creative Sound BlasterX H5 above the Kingston HyperX Cloud 2… Especially in certain screencap situations.

    1. No problem, Jessie! I know that you’re going to really enjoy the BlasterX H5, it’s an amazing headset!

    1. Hey Brianna,

      I’m not too sure, but I would imagine that you would be able to find them in some stores. They probably won’t be the same price, but I can’t say that for sure. What happens is, Turtle Beach sets a suggested retail price (MSRP) that their stuff should be sold at, but stores can always sell that stuff (The Stealth 400 in this case) above or below the MSRP if they want to.

  3. that’s great, one other thing when it says detachable mic and cables is the purpose of that for travel and not getting them tangled or is there some specific reason?

    1. I thought so! There are a couple of reasons for the detachable parts, primarily convenience though – if you don’t need all 6ft of cable you can break it down to about 4′ instead (while shedding the 3.5mm mic jack at the same time, good for when you’re just listening to music through your phone or w.e); or, if you don’t need the mic for a bit, you can easily pop it off so it’s not in your way. Another big reason for having a detachable mic is that it’s one of the most common parts to accidentally break, and it will almost always die out way before your actual cans will – so, instead of your headset being rendered useless in the off chance that either of those instances crop up, you can simply have the mic replaced (potentially under warranty).

      I hope that helps!

  4. There’s definately a lot to find out about this
    topic. I really like all of the points you have made.

  5. Hi! Very nice review. Asan audiophile, I really appreciate that you made an up-to-date list since now I will be able to squeeze all the value out of my $100. I will be bying the Sound blasterx h5. Thanks!

    1. Glad to hear that you like the list, Jesse! I just double-checked the prices, and for some reason the BlasterX H7 is the same price as the H5 right now, not too sure why, but the H7 would definitely be the one to go for while the price is the same.

  6. I got my BlasterX H5 in the mail today, and I’m not getting any bass out of it. Everything sounds tinny and mid/high heavy, even with low-end EQ settings increased and the volume at near-deafining levels. I was replacing a pair of JVC gummy+ headphones, which honestly sounded like they had more bass and fullness than the H5, despite only being cheap in-ear headphones.

    Is there any trick to getting the H5’s “awesome sound quality” (preferably without buying an external sound card)?

    PS: Yes, the cable’s plugged in correctly

    1. Hey Tarrin,

      Sorry about the delay, I didn’t see your comment until just now. Are you using the “BlasterX Acoustic Engine“? The eq presets it includes are pretty basic, but they really change how the H5 perform in different scenarios.

      1. Right now I’m using the BlasterX Acoustic Engine Lite, and after testing all of the presets it seems that none of them have bass boost on for me, and don’t really give me the punch I need. Do I need to get a “pro” version to unlock it?

        It could very well be my onboard amd sound card, which isn’t exactly the highest quality and might not have support for bass boost.

        After a while having it, I’m kind of impressed with the H5. While it doesn’t exactly pound the bass for me (possibly because of software/hardware issues) everything sounds clear and surprisingly open for closed-back headphones. Also from what people say the mic quality is pretty good too.

        1. Unfortunately the H5 only work with the Lite version, but the Pro version (used with the H7 and such) does allow for a way greater degree of customization. It’s not your card that doesn’t support the bass boost, it’s that the Lite version simply doesn’t include a preset using it, for whatever reason. Something else you can do to get better quality out of almost any headset is turning off all “enhancements” within the headset properties. You can disable them by:

            -right click the speaker icon
            -click “playback devices”
            -right-click the source you want to change
            -select “properties”
            -navigate to “enhancements” tab
            -check “disable all sound effects” box

          I found the soundstage very wide and believable, especially for a closed-back headset like you mentioned. You should test them in the Virtual Barbershop or another 3D sound test, very cool to try if you haven’t!

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