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Are you looking for the best closed-back headphones for gaming? Gaming headsets come in different shapes and sizes, and they are made by different manufacturers who all endeavour to have their signature stamp on their products. It’s easy to get swept up in the marketing and forget what counts in a good set.

In this article, we take a look at the best closed-back headphones for gaming, what you need to be on the lookout for. We will also look at what we don’t particularly like about the different models. Let’s dive in, shall we?

In a hurry

If you’re looking for a good set of gaming headphones, you will need to ensure that there are a few features on the headset. One of those is to check on how clear the communication is. you want to be able to hear those you are playing with. Also, check on the noise cancellation capabilities. Noise cancellation allows you to be immersed in the game, at the volume that you prefer without disturbing anyone else in your space.

Also check on the sound quality, so that you ensure that you are getting comfortable sound, this will include bass and treble levels. When you’re satisfied with the sound quality, also check on how easy it is to control the headset and also how comfortable it will be to wear for more than a couple of minutes.

OUR TOP PICK

SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC Gaming Headset

We have done our research and found our favourite and top pick, to be the Steel Series Arctis Pro + Game DAC Gaming Headset. This is a good looking headset, with clear sound and a clear microphone for effective communication. 

SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC Gaming Headset

SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC Gaming Headset

This wired headset is a common favourite for professional gamers. It has a good sound and it comes with drivers for speakers. These come with high-density neodymium magnets which can reproduce sound at 40 000Hz. The microphone on this headset has good clarity for effective communication. This is not just good for gaming, but you can also clear calls even during games.

As a cherry on top, the headphones have over 16.8million RGB lights to choose from, just to add some extra sauce to the look.

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ASTRO Gaming A40 TR Wired Headset

ASTRO Gaming A40 TR Wired Headset

The Astro Gaming A40 is a wired headset, with great features for gaming. They have good sound and are often used by professional gamers. They have 3dimensional audio, which makes it a great set for gaming. They have a comfortable fit and they also look good. The microphone on the headset can be swapped, making it more flexible. 

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Sennheiser GSP 302

Sennheiser GSP 302
This headset is wired and well designed. It is also a closed acoustic headset that helps deliver good sound. It also gives you the cues that you need in perfect time, so that your response during the game is timely and accurate, thereby enhancing your gaming ability and experience. The microphone can also be muted by simply lifting it, which is a handy feature.

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Sony WH1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Sony WH1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones

The first thing that you will probably appreciate about this headset is that it is wireless and it can actively cancel out surrounding noise and hence help immerse you fully into the game, they help. They are made by Sony and they are well designed. This headset is also easy to control. You can lower to gaming volume by covering the right ear cup

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HyperX Cloud II - Gaming Headset, 7.1 Surround Sound

HyperX Cloud II - Gaming Headset, 7.1 Surround Sound

The hyper X cloud II is a gaming headset with good quality audio drivers as well as a closed back. They have 7.1 surround sound, helping to immerse you fully in the game. For effective communication, the headset comes with a noise-cancelling microphone which you can detach when you need to. The closed-back helps to keep out unnecessary and unwanted noise as you game. 

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Final thoughts

At the end of your headset shopping voyage, you will need to make sure that you have gotten a headset that can throw you fully into the world of the game that you are playing. This is why closed-back headphones are a good buy, they isolate sound and they keep you invested in what’s going on. one of the issues with closed-back headphones is that they tend to get hot and this can be an issue especially when you live in hotter climates.

Having looked at all the pros and cons of closed-back headphones for gaming, we still recommend the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC Gaming Headset because of its good sound.

Rob is a musician and audiophile at heart. He plays 5 instruments. Besides music, Rob enjoys a good whiskey and the outdoors.
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