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Swap the PS4 stock headset for one of these top-tier alternatives

To put it mildly, the stock mono headset that comes bundled with Sony’s PlayStation 4 rarely gets love. Take even a cursory glance at customer reviews and you’ll see a laundry list of creative expletives, typically addressing the headset’s shoddy audio quality and uncomfortable build. A wave of better headsets have appeared on the market to address its ills, many of which showcase premium build quality and immersive audio designed to bring games like Bloodborne and Destiny to life.

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Most feature passive noise canceling and crystal-clear audio, too — the latter often capitalizing on 7.1-channel virtual surround sound that adds another dimension to blockbuster and indie titles alike. Here are a few of our current favorites.

Sennheiser Game Zero ($189)

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Sennheiser is a well-known brand for audiophiles, and PlayStation gamers should get to know it, too. The Game Zero boasts a comfortable design that boosts the headset’s audio clarity. The extra-large ear cups are padded with memory foam for a comfortable fit, seal around the ear to block outside noise, and prevent your gaming noise from disturbing others. The high quality of the design extends to the noise cancelling mic, which automatically mutes itself when raised. When not in use, the entire headset can be collapsed down for easy storage.

Of course, the most important aspect of a headset is audio quality, and Sennheiser’s model-specific transducer technology ensures that you’ll have an excellent listening experience. The Game Zero is available in white and black, and it ships with two different cables for compatibility with multiple platforms and devices. Read more here.

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Mad Catz Tritton Katana HD 7.1 ($200)

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The Tritton Katana headset from Mad Catz is the first of its kind. This HDMI-powered bad boy pumps eight channels of clear, uncompressed audio straight from the PS4’s HDMI output and directly into your ears, wirelessly. Beyond the stellar audio quality, the Tritton Katana has several other interesting features, including a removable omnidirectional boom mic for your multiplayer gaming sessions and an external base station that handles both the HDMI pass-through and charging via Micro USB cable. The Katana also boasts a wireless range of up to 33 feet to complement its 20 hours of battery life. The package includes an extra HDMI cable to complete the pass-through setup. Wrap all that up in a sleek design, and you’ve got one fine headset.

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Turtle Beach Elite 800X ($284)

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Turtle Beach headsets are a lauded staple among gamers, and for good reason. The brand has been widely recognized for delivering some of the best headsets for PCs and consoles ever since the early days of the previous console generation, and the Ear Force Elite 800X continues the trend of Turtle Beach’s high-quality products. The big draw of this headset is its active noise cancelling feature, creating a more immersive audio experience. Despite its larger size, the Fear Force Elite 800X look slick, thanks in part to the “invisible mic,” which is built into the ear cup, and for its entirely wireless design. Even recharging the 10-hour long battery life is done via wireless charging station. The Ear Force Elite 800X headset makes a great choice for both unfettered play at home and quality listening while on the go. Read more here.

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Astro Gaming A50 ($300)

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The latest iterations of Astro’s A50 sport all the same hallmarks as their last-gen brethren, and to be honest, we couldn’t be happier with that. The phenomenal device remains the premiere headset on our list — if you can justify the exuberant price tag — granting you 5.8GHz wireless technology and virtual 7.1 surround sound within a solid, over-the-ear design. The unidirectional mic helps isolate your voice from surrounding background noise, too, while a built-in feature allows you to engage the mute function by simply flipping the boom upward. The three distinct EQ modes, terrific sound reproduction, and cross-platform support grant it even more appeal (as if the utmost comfort and pristine sound simply aren’t enough). Read our full review here.

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SteelSeries Siberia 800 ($265)

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One of the biggest setbacks with wireless headsets — or, really, wireless anything — is that they’re only truly wireless most of the time. For a good chunk of use, they must be plugged in and charging, defeating the purpose of owning and using a wireless headset in the first place. Thankfully, the Siberia 800 circumvents this problem with a simple innovation: multiple batteries. The Siberia 800 comes standard with two separate, chargeable lithium-ion batteries that can be hot-swapped during use. If you find yourself low on juice in the middle of your Destiny raid, just swap the waning battery for a freshly charged one and keep shooting away. The SteelSeries Siberia 800 also features a retractable directional mic, top of the line sound drivers, and 7.1 surround sound for quality listening.

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Kingston Technology HyperX Cloud II ($88)

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Don’t let the understated design and the meager surround sound capabilities of the HyperX Cloud II deter you. This next-gen headset, primarily built of memory foam and leatherette, works for most modern gaming systems, with cross-platform functionality. The 53mm neodynium drivers allow for hearty, full-bodied sound that places greater emphasis on lows and highs, with excellent passive noise cancellation intended to prevent audio leakage. The headset comes in three different color schemes: the red one shown, a white model with pink accents, and a gun metal gray. It boasts individual volume controls for independently adjusting both the sound and mic volume to your liking. The headset’s unassuming nature and detachable boom makes it more practical on the go.

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Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum ($170)

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With its angular, glowing earcups, the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum is quite a sight. A headset needs to impress the ears, however, and the G933 does not disappoint, providing 7.1 Dolby surround sound in a comfortable package. The headphones provide muscular bass that doesn’t overwhelm the highs, so individual sounds should come through clearly whether you’re playing Bloodborne or listening to music. Headsets aren’t just for hearing sound, of course, but for communicating with teammates. The G933 also has a commendable noise-cancelling mic that allows users to broadcast their voice without background noise, and it conveniently folds into the earcups when not in use. The headset is wireless, too, so you can cut down on the number of cables in your living room.

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Razer ManO’War ($170)

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Razer is one of the bigger names in gaming gear, having made some of the best gaming mice and keyboards around. So it’s no surprise that the company’s Man O’ War is a solid choice. As is typical for Razer products, the ManO’War (why must they spell it like that?) has a sleek black finish, with adjustable Chroma lighting. The headphones provide 7.1 surround sound with a good soundstage, and the headset will function lag-free whether you’re 14 feet close or 45 feet away from your TV. The headset also has a retractable mic, so users can adjust it as they like. The build quality is sturdy, yet the headset is light enough to be comfortable even during long gaming sessions.

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