Best Over-Ear Headphones: V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless
Looking for the absolute best in sound, comfort and style from your headphones, the award-winning sort that the best DJs use? V-MODA's insanely slick Crossfade 2 Wireless is the answer, though it offers identical sound quality whether using analog wired or bluetooth wireless playback.
- Simultaneous Device Pairing - Multitasking users can pair the headphones with two sources at a time, such as a smartphone and laptop for work or a smartphone and smartwatch for working out
- BLISS Large Enhanced Memory Foam Cushions - Unparalleled supple comfort
- VAMP - Legendary V-MODA VAMP AMP/DAC technology condensed
- Qualcomm aptX (On Rose Gold version) - State of the art audio codec enables CD-like quality sound over Bluetooth which allows for the best lossless wireless listening experience
- Passive Noise Isolation - Naturally cut the distractions of jet engines and unwanted noise without the hiss and pressure of Active Noise Canceling (ANC)
- Crystal Clear Communication - Hidden mic and included 1-Button SpeakEasy™ cable allows calls on-the-go, at the office or gaming
- CliqFold Hinge - Luxury lighter-like hinge mechanism precisely folds the headphones into impossibly small exoskeleton case perfect for on the go and traveling
- V-PORT Vents - New ventilation system for air circulation after use on stage or working out
- 15% Longer Battery - Bigger battery provides up to 14+ hours of music, unlimited hours in wired analog
- Custom Shield Kits - 3D print or laser engrave your logo, change your shield material and color
- Available in Black Matte, White Matte and Rose Gold (with aptX)
For taking calls or to use these premium headphones for gaming, pair it with V-MODA's BoomPro microphone.
The Crossfade II Wireless retails for $330.00 (Matte Black and Matte White) or $350 (Rose Gold with aptX).
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Best Budget Gaming Headset: SteelSeries Arctis 3
In November, SteelSeries - who make the most comfortable headsets on the market - unveiled the latest version of their Arctis 3 line which for the first time introduced a bluetooth wireless variant in 2017 that also doubles as a wired gaming headset (can be used on PC, PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and for VR) like the standard 3s. The new Arctis 3 from the makers of the incredible Arctis 7 can even take in audio from both sources at the same time and is built for audio, meaning SteelSeries is bridging the gap for console players who want to use Discord as their gaming chat solution.
The Arctis 3 is one of the best sounding headsets in its price range, though the bluetooth variant does bump up the price over the standard Arctis 3 quite a bit. Unlike the 5 and 7 series though, the Arctis 3 does not feature USB so the 3.5mm jack keeps it simple and multi-platform-friendly, but does complicate things when it comes to using SteelSeries software for customization (and it doesn't have that nifty light to know when you're muted).
The sound on the Arctis 3 is just as good as the best headsets from SteelSeries, it's super comfortable and lightweight and it's got a great mic in SteelSeries' ClearCast microphone, making it an easy recommendation as a reliable, multi-purpose audio or gaming headset solution.
The standard Arctis 3 (which comes in red, blue, grey, white, and black) retails for $79.99. The Arctis Bluetooth retails for $129.99 and is only available in grey/black.