When it comes to choosing headphones, it’s always a tough pick. You’ve got Bluetooth headphones, noise cancelling headphones, on-ear, in-ear and just thousands of options to choose from. To make it a bit easier for you to choose, we’ve put together the top five headphones for streaming in 2021 to help your options go from the thousands to just the very best.

The Top 5 Headphones For Streaming In 2022

SteelSeries Artics 1 – Best Budget Friendly Headphones For Streaming

SteelSeries are notorious for their great quality headphones, and the SteelSeries Arctis 1 is no exception. It comes at an incredibly low price point of $50 and has almost no compromises. It offers amazing sound quality; a detachable microphone and an amazing premium build quality. The only downside is that it has an excess amount of bass, although this won’t be an issue for most users, it won’t give the best sound accuracy if you’re planning to do any sound design.

For streaming this is one of the best options at just a fraction of the cost of most other premium headphones on the market. So if you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank, but will still get you everything you need to get on stream, this is it.

Pros

  • Compatible with all platforms
  • Inexpensive
  • Increased Comfort with ear cushions
  • Lightweight and Portable
  • Premium Build Quality

Cons

  • Excess amounts of bass
  • Subpar mic quality

Astro Gaming A40 TR – Best Wired Headphones For Streaming

SteelSeries are notorious for their great quality headphones, and the SteelSeries Arctis 1 is no exception. It comes at an incredibly low price point of $50 and has almost no compromises. It offers amazing sound quality; a detachable microphone and an amazing premium build quality. The only downside is that it has an excess amount of bass, although this won’t be an issue for most users, it won’t give the best sound accuracy if you’re planning to do any sound design.

For streaming this is one of the best options at just a fraction of the cost of most other premium headphones on the market. So if you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank, but will still get you everything you need to get on stream, this is it.

Pros

  • Top Tier Sound Quality
  • Compatible with Amps and Mixers
  • Padded Headband

Cons

  • Slightly Expensive
  • Surround sound could be better
  • Low quality mic

Steelseries Artcis 9X – Best Wireless Headphones For Streaming

Wireless headphones do catch a lot of slack from the streaming community, but with the newer models it’s almost impossible to differentiate between a wired and wireless pair of headphones, and the SteelSeries Arctis 9X is one of the best.

Among the countless amounts of wireless headphones on the market right now, the Arctis 9x is definitely at the top of the list. With its undeniable comfort, great sound quality with noise cancelling and surround sound, it gives you everything you need and more for both gaming and streaming. Unlike other headphone microphones, the mic on the 9x is solid; it offers noise reduction and premium sound quality.

Pros

  • Solid sound for gaming
  • Increased comfort with ski goggle band
  • Great Mic Quality
  • 30 hours of Battery Life

Cons

  • Less Customization
  • Plastic Build 
  • Expensive

Logitech G733 Lightspeed – Best Comfort Headphones For Streaming

When it comes to comfort, the Logitech G733 has it down. With its over-ear plastic design and suspension headband, it provides optimal comfort for extensive long term use and lets you do it in style. It has one of the most extensive categories for customization, with RGB’s, custom headbands and headphone color collection.

Using the Logitech G733 Lightspeed is almost as easy as plug and play. It is a meant primarily for PC connectivity, but is also compatible with consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch (when docked). It connects using a USB RF dongle. 

Pros

  • Lightweight and Comfy
  • Perfect fit for any ear size
  • Extensive Customization
  • Active Noise Cancelling

Cons

  • Bulky Design
  • Plastic Build

SteelSeries Arctis Pro – Best Overall Headphones For Streaming

It’s kind of impossible to have a ‘Best Gaming Headphones’ list and not include the SteelSeries Arctis Pro. Whatever category you can think of, the Arctis Pro has it in the bag.

It is one of the most commonly used headphones among gamers and streamers, and that’s not surprising. Its main strength is having ‘audiophile sound in a gamer’s headset’ as stated by Tech Radar. When it comes to sound, it has well exquisite, well balanced sound that almost deserves applause, it’s just that good. With an impressive EQ frequency curve, no weird bumps in the highs, mids and lows, it’s one of the few headphones where you won’t feel like there’s something missing.

Undeniably, the Arctis Pro is a headset you should definitely buy, if it’s in your budget of course. It’s one of the few things that make it hard to buy, the price tag. When you purchase it with the compatible GameDAC it can cost you up to $249, but you can rest easy knowing you’re getting what you pay for.

What Should I Look For When Buying Headphones For Streaming?

  1. Wired or Wireless?

The first thing to consider is whether you want your headphones connected without a wire or with wired. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, like wireless headphones offer a more clean and ergonomic setup but may have higher latency, whereas wired headphones often have lower latency and better sound quality but will give you more wires to handle. Wired headphones offer stream deck connectivity which really helps boost the quality of your streams, although there are wireless options, they tend to not be the best. 

In the end it depends on personal preference and what you intend to do with them.

  1.  Noise Cancelling

No matter what environment you stream in, it’s always good to have the feature of noise cancellation. It allows you to get into the zone when playing games and not have to worry about getting distracted.

There are 2 types of noise cancelling: Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) or Passive Noise Cancelling. The major difference between the two is how the audio is cancelled. Active Noise Canceling headphones take in the audio and use software to cancel the audio and Passive Noise Cancelling headphones use the fit of the headphones for noise isolation, so they are generally bigger in size.

  1. Comfort

Comfort is more of a personalized feature, no matter what you do with your headphones, they need to fit you perfectly or else it’s going to be a nightmare trying to stream with them. Different types of headphones offer different fits and comfort levels, so it’s important to find one that is best suited for your ears. 

  1. Different Types of Headphones

There are three main types of headphones. For a more in-depth review for each type, click here.

  • Over-Ear Headphones: They fit completely over the ear for better noise isolation with cups that engulf your ears with some padding that surrounds them, this helps create an intimate environment between you and the sound you’re listening to
  • On-Ear Headphones: On-Ear Headphones are nearly the size of your actual ear and rest well on top of them. They are more lightweight and portable for a streaming setup on the go.
  • In-Ear Headphones: In-Ear Headphones are the most popular among the three since their smaller and more versatile. They go into your ears and provide louder sound since their closer to your ear drums.
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James is a marketer by day and gamer by night. He loves sharing his Marketing background in the world of streaming. When he's not working on campaigns he's likely to be spotted in Verdansk.

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