Best Gaming Headphones under 4000 Rs in 2021

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(Updated on September 15, 2021)

Quick Comparison

Device

Rating

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Cons

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Corsair HS45 Surround

Corsair HS35 scaled

8.3

  • Accurate sound, 3.5mm plug

  • Noise-cancelling mic

  • 7.1 Surround sound

  • Compatible with Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

  • Matte black coating

  • Surround sound only for PC

  • Rubber-coated cable

JBL Quantum 200

JBL Quantum 200 scaled

7.8

  • Quantum Sound Signature

  • Compatible with all consoles and devices, 3.5mm plug

  • Mic mutes when flipped up

  • Mic is non-detachable

  • Tight fit for larger heads

Turtle Beach Recon 150

turtle beach recon 150 left

7.7

  • 3.5mm Jack; Cross compatibility

  • Detachable Mic with great Speech detection

  • Leather-wrapped headband

  • Lightweight and Sturdy build

  • Above average build

  • No surround sound

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core

7.5

  • Excellent sound quality

  • Lightweight design, 3.5mm plug

  • Compatible with PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS4 Pro, Nintendo Switch

  • Suitable for Kids

  • Non-detachable mic

  • No extra accessories

XPG EMIX

XPG EMIX H20 scaled

7.2

  • Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound

  • USB type connector

  • RGB lighting

  • Accurate positional sound

  • Mediocre build quality

  • Can't control RGB colour

A great pair of Gaming headphones can take your gaming experience to a whole another level. As much as we like RGB LEDs and other fancy features to be included in our headset, we must give greater importance to the performance of the device. And also to the level of comfort, it provides while long hours of gaming.

These Gaming Headsets might be mid-ranged models but they certainly don’t disappoint in the necessary field. As you get lower and lower on the price range the chances of coming across a device that’s worth getting excited about also get lower. Despite this, some headsets thrive, and these are some of them.

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Best Gaming Headset Overall: Corsair HS45 Surround – 8.3

Simple, lightweight, and comfortable. A great example of what a budget gaming headset should offer.

What we Like

Since we’re working with a budget the first thing to look at is the build quality, which in this case is surprisingly good, with its aluminium frame. When you turn the earpads there’s a slight shaking and that’s apparently because of the moving parts and not a defective part.

The HS45 also features 7.1 surround sound, so expect an immersive audio gaming experience. Sounds of explosions and enemy footsteps are much clearer and precise, making it easier for you to react accordingly.

There is a dial to control volume along with a port for the Detachable unidirectional microphone, both of which are located on the left earpiece. A Mic control button quickly mutes and unmutes. The controls are easy to find and use. It also comes with a Y-splitter cable. They offer various colour options as well.

What we Don’t Like

The cable is not braided but rubberized which in and of itself isn’t a bad thing but does compromise the durability a little. Sadly, the surround sound feature can only be used when gaming on a PC. You may need an adapter if your device doesn’t support a 3.5mm jack.

As these are game-centric headphones the sound signature reflects that and the conditions aren’t ideal to listen to plain music.

The Sound

The distinct differences between the various in-game sounds were audible and clear. Especially tracking enemies’ footsteps became more convenient. The same goes for the mic, capturing the voice of the speaker and cancelling out the background noise. My voice doesn’t sound softened, overly low, or nasally.


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Best Sound: JBL Quantum 200 – 7.8

A gaming headset that was recently released into the market and one that fares decently among the competition.

What we Like

Earcups have a comfortable depth that will fit your ear perfectly. There is padding in the right pressure points like the head so you’d stay comfortable for hours on end. The materials used in the build is mostly plastic which does make it lightweight but puts the device at a slightly greater risk of being damaged.

The headband is also flexible but makes us uneasy when twisting it. The cable looks great and feels as if made out of sturdy materials. The volume adjustment dial is also quite satisfying to play with. The mic is attached to a flexible arm, that you can adjust to your liking. Comes included with the Y-splitter.

What we Don’t Like

The mic can’t be detached. The fit might get a little tight if you have a wide head. The earcups are also made of plastic which we don’t prefer.

The Sound

The audio picked up by the mic is quite natural, without any extra lows or highs that may cause inconsistency.

While gaming the low frequencies tend to jumble together and may be hard to distinguish, other than that the audio performance is excellent.


The Ultimate Competitor: Turtle Beach Recon 150 – 7.8

What we Like

For being fairly lightweight, the device has a very rugged look to it. Despite having a plastic body, the plastic doesn’t feel cheap at all and feels quite comfortable when worn. The majority of the headband is covered in leather which is a neat touch and also feels amazing. The style is typical of Turtle Beach.

The mic is detachable and adjustable with a Pop filter. The device does come with 50mm drivers but unfortunately does not come with surround sound. Soft, synthetic mesh fabric material for the earpads. In-line controls from the volume as well as a quick Mute switch.

What we Don’t Like

Average grade plastic build. It does lack surround sound. They don’t come with any extra connectors.

The Sound

Starting with the mic; it captures speech and produces it quite clearly, it does sound a little soft. The amount of noise picked up is almost non-existent.

The 50mm drivers do perform well, with top-notch high and mids and good bass but not as punchy. However, they only come with stereo sound. Noise Isolation is better than expected, wherein much of the outdoor sound is ‘ignored’.


For the Budget-conscious: HyperX Cloud Stinger Core – 7.5

Way too similar to the HyperX Cloud Stinger, with some core features at a superb price.

What we Like

The material used as cushioning is fabric rather than foam which is unlike its predecessor. Quality-wise these are amazing for the durability that they offer at this price.

The torture that these devices can take is astounding, they survive twisting the headband in unnatural ways. The cable doesn’t get tangled as often or as much as we expected despite being attached to both earcups.

You do get an in-line volume wheel and also a switch to quickly turn the mic on and off. The mic comes attached to a stretchable arm.

What we Don’t Like

They don’t come with any additional accessories like a Y-splitter or anything for that matter. The build is also plastic. The mic is not detachable.

The Sound

The mic’s audio capture is great, capturing clear and crisp sound.

The PS4 sound was vibrant and open giving you great awareness of your environment. So it’s safe to say that it gets the job done well.


Gain the upper hand with the XPG EMIX – 7.2

What we Like

The headset’s main body is made out of plastic, which is turning out to be the theme of the headsets in this range. The adjustability of the microphone, which is made out of rubber, isn’t limited but may not pose a problem.

A material similar to leather is used for the pads on the earcups and inside the headband, which is comfortable. In-line controller with a plastic case that feels flimsy.

Putting that aside it has buttons for volume control, a microphone mute button and a button to turn to the RGB on or off. It applies the right amount of pressure when worn.

What we Don’t Like

A drawback of the mic is that it does not mute when flipped up as some other mics do. You can’t change the RGB light colour which is disappointing but you could always turn it off. It has a USB type connector instead of a 3.5mm connector.

The Sound

50mm drivers do perform brilliantly. The sound doesn’t feel dim or washed but is pleasantly clear and stimulating. No excessive buzzing at any frequency, which is greatly appreciated.

As these use USB type connectors, they have their own sound card build into them so it maintains sound consistency across all platforms.

The mic quality is nothing to boast about. It does pick up mouse clicks and other background noises but having the mic close to your mouth reduces these noises.

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What you should know about Gaming Headphones

Every gaming or normal headset is created with its set of features. Some of them offer a lot and some offer only the essentials.

When it comes to gaming headsets cross-compatibility across various platforms is very important as it allows us to experience the performance of the headset in different situations. They offer limited compatibility or are completely incompatible with some consoles.

If compatibility is your ultimate concern, just go with the Corsair HS35 or the JBL Quantum 200 gaming headset.

Another crucial thing to consider is how well the headsets are capable of recreating 3-dimensional sound. Some headphones are better at producing sounds that truly let you immerse yourself into the environment within the game and some aren’t as good at doing this. Like the XPG EMIX, which’s capable of delivering 7.1 virtual surround sound, which amplifies your experience.


Frequently Asked Questions

Well, it does defeat the main purpose of the headphones as they’re called gaming headphones. But some gaming headphones are quite capable of producing good quality music. For example, the JBL Quantum 200 is an amazing set of ‘gaming’ headsets but still performs great for pure, music listening purposes. The same goes while you watch movies.

You should get wireless headphones for gaming if you can afford them and if freedom of movement is important to you. If you aren’t going to be moving around much then wired headphones should be your go-to. Other than that, it all comes down to your personal preferences.

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