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Best Xbox Series X/S headsets for 2021: Upgrade your audio with these picks

Windows Central logo Windows Central 7/13/2021 Jez Corden

The Xbox Series X is Microsoft's big console, stealing the power crown from Sony's PlayStation 5. It comes complete with ray-tracing realistic reflections and lighting, SSD speeds for world streaming and loading, and a far more powerful CPU. 4K resolution with 60 frames per second should become the norm. Microsoft also launched a more affordable version, dubbed the Xbox Series S. Additionally, your best Xbox One headset will work on the Xbox Series X and S consoles. Beyond that, almost any accessory will work on the Xbox Series X and S, actually. To that end, we've collated the best Xbox headsets we've tested and ones that we have confirmed to be compatible with the Xbox Series X and S, as approved by their manufacturers. These are the best Xbox Series X, Series S headsets.

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Best Xbox Series X/S headset overall: LucidSound LS35X

The LucidSound LS35X is a stunning example of what is achievable at the upper echelons of accessory design. From the materials and construction to the comfort, audio, and features, the LS35X is a winner on every front.

The LS35X was the first headset to use Microsoft's Xbox Wireless signal for connectivity, replacing all wires and dongles. It sports an impressive all-day battery life, rechargeable via USB, and comes with on-ear controls for muting, audio mixing, and volume. All of the controls and dials are subtly placed. A detachable microphone with an LED mute light completes the package, with above-average audio quality for headsets in this category.

My favorite aspect of the LS35X is the coolant gel in the earcups, which is simply sublime on the ears, especially in warmer environments. The soundscape is no slouch either, with stunning, punchy sound balanced well between immersion and tactical accentuation. This is simply a tremendous all-around wireless Xbox headset, it well worth your attention. And backward compatibility makes it arguably the best Xbox Series X, Series S headset you can buy. The LS35X has a premium sibling in the LS50X, which combines Bluetooth, which you can see further down below.


  • Direct-to-Xbox Wireless
  • Supreme comfort
  • Great soundscape
  • Excellent mic


  • Requires PC to update firmware
  • Wirelessness on PC requires a separate Xbox Wireless dongle

Best overall

LucidSound LS35X (Wireless)

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The LucidSound LS35X is the headset I repeatedly come back to. The coolant gel earcups are dreamy on the ears and complimented with an epic soundscape, stellar microphone, and rock-solid wireless convenience.

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Best Xbox Series X/S headset for versatility: Astro A50

The Astro A50 headset is the priciest option on this list, and for a good reason. This wireless headset comes with a unique magnetic charging dock to ensure you're always topped off and ready to rock no matter how long you've been gaming. This is the headset I use personally, primarily for its versatility above all else. Astro is also updating it for the Xbox Series X and S with a firmware option to enable USB compatibility, making it easily one of the best Xbox Series X, Series S headsets you can buy.

The dock for the Astro A50 comes with compatibility for SPDIF optical audio, meaning you can plug it straight into the TV and use that as your sound source. This means you can use it with basically any console you want since the sound is coming out of the TV rather than the box. You will also be able to connect it via USB to your Xbox Series X or Series S if you don't fancy using SPDIF optical. Additionally, you can connect the USB to a PC instead, mixing sound from your TV while using voice chat programs like Discord and the like on your computer. It's this versatility that comes in incredibly handy if you're a content creator or play across multiple devices.

The A50 is no slouch in the sound department either. Although I'm not a big fan of their onboard Dolby solution, Astro's own sound profile is rich, emphasizing tactical audio cues. The microphone isn't particularly impressive, but a flip-to-mute function is a useful tool for quickly tapping out of the conversation. The headset is comfortable and attractive, too, although the leatherette accessories, which are far more comfortable, are sadly sold separately.

This is a headset for people who don't mind breaking the bank for premium convenience and a tidy, wireless playspace.


  • SPDIF optical-in for TVs
  • Solid sound and comfort
  • Great battery life
  • Convenient dock charging
  • Will work with USB on the Xbox Series X/S


  • Most expensive Xbox headset out there

Most versatile

Astro A50 (Wireless)

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Versatility comes at cost

The SPDIF-compatible wireless dock makes this an excellent headset for mixing sound from your game and another device like a laptop PC, ideal for streamers and content creators or just regular Xbox gamers who want the convenience of a magnetic dock.

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Best wired Xbox Series X/S headset: Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2

The Elite Pro 2 from Turtle Beach is an excellent all-around wireless headset, with quality construction reinforced with metal, an attractive design profile, a comfortable floating headband, and thick, well-cushioned airy earcups.

The Elite Pro 2 doesn't have many features, although it does come with a high-quality in-line volume control module and a mute button on its 3.5mm cable. If you want more features like mic monitoring, you'll have to add them via software like the Xbox dashboard sound settings, or an additional accessory, like the Elite Pro Tactical Audio controller. This is a headset that's all about nailing the basics, and in that, it does it exceptionally well.

The voluminous soundscape provides a really acute sense of positional awareness when combined with Dolby Atmos or Windows Sonic. However, you can elevate this further by using one of Turtle Beach's amps for more accurate 7.1-style positional awareness, which also bakes in some mic monitoring as well.

I personally used this headset for many months and genuinely adored it, ditching it only because I found wirelessness more convenient in my current desk setup. Turtle Beach doesn't have a competing option in that area. As a wired headset, though, this does not disappoint.


  • Great soundscape
  • Feels great to wear
  • Sturdy build with a metal frame


  • Basic headset that lacks onboard features

Best wired

Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 (Wired)

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Rock solid

The Elite Pro 2 lacks the bells and whistles of a wireless headset with onboard features, but it does the job as a 3.5mm wired solution, complete with a robust design that should see it last longer than most of its counterparts.

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Best Xbox Series X/S headset with Bluetooth: Turtle Beach Stealth 700 (Gen 2)

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 grabbed its second-gen version in 2020, building on the refreshed design principles of the original Stealth 700 with improved robustness and overall quality.

The Stealth 700 sports incredible audio, complemented by Turtle Beach's "SuperHuman Hearing" preset, accentuates enemy movements, enhancing tactical play. The broad soundscape and impressive bass make them a great option for music and movies while also elevating single-player games with immersive software surround sound.

The Stealth 700 combines the Xbox Wireless signal with Bluetooth, allowing you to mix audio from an Xbox console or a PC via the Xbox Wireless USB dongle with a connected Bluetooth PC or mobile phone. This is great for content creators who want to hear co-op partners through chat programs like Discord without sacrificing Xbox audio in the process. The on-ear volume dials make it easy to adjust the mix to your liking, and a paired mobile app gives you further control over your experience.


  • Lets you mix an Xbox signal and a Bluetooth signal
  • Great sound with impressive bass
  • 20-hour battery life
  • Great price


  • On/off states are bound to your paired console

Best with Bluetooth

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 (Wireless)

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If you want a headset you can use both with your Xbox and your smartphone or PC simultaneously, this wireless Xbox headset with Bluetooth combo is a great option that won't disappoint.

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Best premium Xbox Series X/S headset: B&O Beoplay Portal

So imagine that money is no object to you. What headset would you buy for Xbox Series X? What is the best of the best, bar none? Look no further.

The Beoplay Portal headset from Bang & Olufsen is without a doubt the best of the best when it comes to Xbox headset design. This headset is without a doubt the best the industry has to offer, with absurd attention to detail, manufacturing, materials, complete with incredible audio and a premium app experience. The kicker? It costs as much to buy as an Xbox Series X console at an absurd $500. Calfskin leather cushions come at a price, you know?

This headset is for enthusiasts who really want a headset that can do everything, everywhere, all of the time. Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity for the office and outdoors, Xbox Wireless for gameplay use, internal mics that keep the headset's subtle, professional look, premium-tier controls and functionality, and utterly mind-blowingly detailed, crisp audio will make you wish you never had to use another headset again. And at that price, you'd better hope it will last.

The main downside of this headset is that you can't do Bluetooth and Xbox Wireless simultaneous mixing, as B&O opted to preserve signal integrity. The microphone is also incredibly unimpressive, as all internal microphones tend to be. Still, this is a headset for those with enough money to make a statement, and in that, B&O delivers.


  • Highest-grade construction and materials
  • Impressive audioscape and next-level app experience
  • Solid battery life with great connectivity
  • Sleek, subtle design ideal for home and outdoor use


  • Incredibly expensive if you don't plan to use all of its features constantly
  • No Bluetooth and Xbox Wireless sound mixing
  • Poor mic experience

Best premium

B&O Beoplay Portal

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The best money can buy

If money is no object to you, enthusiasts may want to consider the B&O Beoplay Portal. Premium materials and construction, next-level sound, and stunning design make this headset hard to ignore, as much as I might have wanted to.

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Best Xbox Series X/S headset for wireless value: Xbox Wireless Headset

The Xbox Wireless Headset is a newcomer to the scene, bringing with it some truly tremendous value given its entry-level price point. There are no headsets on the market that offer as much as this headset does at this price point, making it essential for consideration for anyone with a hard budget cap.

The Xbox Wireless Headset combines both Xbox Wireless radio and Bluetooth, allowing you to mix sound sources and voice comms from two different places. You can feed gaming sound in from your Xbox console, and take Discord communications from a connected laptop, PC, or tablet simultaneously.

This is ideal for content creators, or anyone who wants to keep playing Xbox while "working" during those boring work-from-home Microsoft Teams meetings like the ones we have here on Windows Central every Wednesday, for example. Not that I would ever play games during meetings, not at all. Never. Not me.

In any case, the audio on this headset won't blow your mind, but it is a decent entry-level option that comes with a Dolby Atmos license as part of the product, meaning you don't have to pay for separate access. It also gives you a huge amount of control over EQ presets and frequency tuning, with more options and tweaks accessible via the Xbox Accessories app on your Xbox or PC.


  • Great 15-hour battery life
  • Decent audio quality
  • High-value with lots of features


  • Mic isn't great

Best value wireless

Xbox Wireless Headset (Wireless)

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Entry-level wirelessness

The Xbox Wireless Headset is a newcomer on the scene and has already solidified itself as a high-value proposition for practically all types of gamers.

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Best Xbox Series X/S headset for value: Turtle Beach Recon 500

Turtle Beach is a mainstay of the headset market, producing solid products year in, year out, for decades. Their recent Recon refresh is not a headset I expected to be impressed with, but it's making the grade as one of the best-value headsets you can grab right now.

The Recon 500 comes in two color options, black and arctic camo, and it looks sleek and modern in both configurations. Where it really shines is the audio quality. It's very crisp and detailed, with accentuation on the highs, giving you a greater degree of tactical awareness.

The build quality and construction are impressive too, with a metal-reinforced headband, comfortable, airy earcups, and a surprisingly capable microphone experience. You could do far worse for $79, and for those looking for the cheapest "good" headset, right now, this is it.


  • Impressive sound quality
  • Metal-reinforced construction
  • Airy and comfortable
  • Great microphone


  • Lack of surround sound out of the box would give it a big edge

Best value

Turtle Beach Recon 500 (Wired)

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Don't break the bank

If you want a great entry-level headset that works on any platform that supports 3.5mm, the Recon 500 from Turtle Beach is a great option.

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Best Xbox Series X/S headset for pure audio: Corsair HS75 XB

Corsair HS75 XB is a newcomer to the Xbox Series X headset space, and it's already quite easily one of the best Xbox Series X, Series S headsets out there. What makes the Corsair HS75 XB so damned good is its audio quality, which is truly distinct with its volume and power. Some reviews have criticized it for being bass-heavy, and indeed, if you're not a fan of that, you can tweak it using the Dolby Atmos app on your Xbox. If you're like me and love to hear the full force of an explosion, it already sounds great out of the box. This headset is an experience and worth every penny.

Beyond pure audio quality, the Corsair HS75 XB just gets so much right. It's balanced well with high-grade comfort and works out of the box thanks to Xbox Wireless. It has a subtle but sexy design, with a detachable mic that also punches above its weight in sound quality. Despite the visual style, it isn't an open-back headset, as some outlets have reported, giving you an immersive experience elevated by a bundled code for Dolby Atmos.

I found the sidetone to be a bit quiet, making the lack of configuration software is a bit of a sore point. Arguably, it doesn't need it, though, since it's just so good out of the box: no frills, pure audio, great product.


  • Stunning raw soundscape
  • Well constructed with comfortable design
  • Great microphone


  • Sidetone is too quiet

Best pure audio

Corsair HS75 XB (Wireless)

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Stunning sound

If you want a headset with stunning audio reproduction and don't care too much about extra frivolities like config software and the like, the HS75 XB from Corsair has exploded up the rankings of our best Xbox Series X, Series S headset list.

Bottom line

The headset I keep coming back to, time and time again, is the Astro A50, owing primarily to its versatility. For my setup, being able to feed SPDIF optical audio and combine that with sound from my PC from chat apps like Discord is invaluable as a content creator, making videos on our YouTube channel or game streaming, and so on. It allows me to have a headset permanently hooked up to my Xbox and PC with a single device. The flexibility is something that I find to be ideal for my setup, although the price is incredibly prohibitive for those who won't end up using all of its features. If you can stomach the price, however, you'll find this headset to be nothing short of remarkable, with excellent sound, comfort, construction, and wireless convenience.

For the vast majority of people, though, I would recommend the LucidSound LS35X. I personally find the LucidSound audio profile to reach higher than both Turtle Beach and Astro, and other competing brands, with a good balance between immersive audio and tactical sound cues. I also can't get enough of the coolant gel LucidSound adds into the mix, making them absurdly comfortable. The microphone is also a cut above the LS35X, beating out many of its competitors. The main downside is a mandatory firmware update for this headset, which requires a PC connection.

If you don't want to break the bank but still gun for decent quality, I always recommend the Turtle Beach Pro Tournament 2 wired headset. It might lose some of that wireless convenience, and obtaining elevated positional awareness might need an additional accessory. Still, the soundscape is expansive, with a robust metal-reinforced design, generously cushioned earcups that are easy on the ears, and highly flexible cabling that will stand the test of time. The excellent RIG 500 Pro HX is also a good alternative wireless option.

Another good option is the $99 Xbox Wireless Headset from Microsoft. Considering how affordable it is, it boasts great build quality, decent audio, and an impressive set of features, complete with Bluetooth mixing. The main downside is that it's near-impossible to find stock of it right now. You can get better audio at a cheaper price with the Turtle Beach Recon 500, though, if you're willing to sacrifice wirelessness.

Don't forget, all your best Xbox One headsets and best Xbox One wireless headsets will work on the Xbox Series S and X unless stated otherwise. So far, it looks like pretty much everything will work, though. Headsets with SPDIF docks like the Astro A50 will need to be connected to your TV instead of your Series S or X, though.

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Jez Corden is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing on Xbox, Surface, and Windows PC. He spends the vast majority of his time gaming or writing about gaming, with a mission to provide gamers in the Microsoft ecosystem the best and most up-to-date info possible.

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