Best PS5 headsets 2022: top picks for best PlayStation 5 audio

These are the best PS5 headsets you can buy right now to boost your PlayStation audio experience

SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless
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You're after one of the best PS5 headsets money can buy, so we're here to provide you with an expertly curated shortlist of the best products to pick from. All of these gadgets promise to give your PlayStation 5 gaming a significant boost in terms of the audio experience.

As with our best gaming headset guide, we've hand-picked these devices from the masses of options out there, based on our time spent reviewing and assessing their audio quality, features, and value for money – so you know that these are going to be savvy PS5 headsets that you can rely on for your gaming sessions.

Once you've settled on the best PS5 gaming headset for you with the help of our guide – and there's more detail about jargon and how we test at the bottom of this guide – we've got plenty more gear for you to check out: be sure to browse through our lists of the best gaming chairs and the best gaming monitors that you can pick up in 2022.

Oh, and one more thing. Many PS5 gaming headsets will almost certainly be reduced come the Black Friday sale this year. Every year gaming accessories are among the most numerous products to see big price drops during the super sale, so if you can afford to wait until November this year to shop, it could be a very smart move. Even top brands like SteelSeries have Black Friday discount-a-thons, so by waiting a bit you could bag a top-shelf bargain.

Best PS5 headsets: The top 3

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The best PS5 headset for most people is the Sony Pulse 3D Wireless Headset. Made specifically for PS5, this super comfortable headset delivers three-dimensional audio that's out of this world. And it's very sensibly priced too.

The best premium PS5 headset is the Audeze Penrose. It'll cost you much more, but the build quality and comfort is next-level from this particular headset.

The best cheap PS5 headset is the Trust GXT 391 Thian. If you're on a tighter budget then Thian's affordable offering doesn't mean too many compromises. 

Sony Pulse 3D Wireless Headset reviewT3 Best Buy badge

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The best PS5 headset for most people

Specifications

Drivers: 40mm
Frequency: No official data (4Hz-40kHz)
Connectivity: Wireless USB Dongle / Wired 3.5mm
Battery life: 12 hours
Weight: 294 grams

Reasons to buy

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Floaty-light comfort
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Affordable price point
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Convincing three-dimensional sound

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life could be better still
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It's kinda plasticky (but oh well)

It's kind of a given, really, isn't it? That Sony makes the best PS5 headset option for most people in the Pulse 3D Wireless. But it's just the de-facto choice by name alone, it really earns its stripes. 

How? Well, it's not only sensibly priced as to make it affordable for many, it delivers truly all-encompassing three-dimensional audio that's out of this world, it feels super-lightweight and comfortable to wear, and it's a cinch to use with PS5 but of course.

Sure, it's a bit plasticky and sound isolation isn't great overall, and there's no boom-style mic here (it has mics, they're just hidden), but for the asking price that's all a given really. 

Audeze PenroseT3 Approved badge

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The best premium PS5 headset

Specifications

Drivers: 100 mm
Frequency: 10Hz-50kHz
Connectivity: Wireless USB-C / Wireless Bluetooth / Wired 3.5 mm
Battery life: 15 hours
Weight: 320 grams

Reasons to buy

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Stellar audio quality
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Super-simple setup

Reasons to avoid

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No surround sound

You have to pay a fair bit to get the Audeze Penrose headset wrapped around your ears, but we think it's worth the investment: the audio quality you get out of this device is on a higher level to most of the models on the market at the moment, with 100mm planar magnetic drivers fitted inside each ear and a frequency response all the way up to 50kHz.

The options for connectivity are 2.4GHz wireless (via a USB-A dongle), Bluetooth, or a good old 3.5 mm audio cable, so you can easily use these headphones for other devices when you're done with your PlayStation. This headset is also really well designed, which of course helps its cause.

If you can handle the asking price then we think you'll be very happy indeed with the Audeze Penrose headset, even with so-so battery life and no surround sound support. The device focuses on what's most important – audio quality – and adds top-tier comfort and an impressive level of build quality, making it an easy pick for our best premium PS5 headset.

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The best budget PS5 headset

Specifications

Drivers: 40 mm
Frequency: 20Hz-20kHz
Connectivity: Wireless USB-C / Wired 3.5 mm
Battery life: 13 hours
Weight: 213 grams

Reasons to buy

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Affordable price point
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Comfortable in use

Reasons to avoid

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No bonus software

The Trust GXT 391 Thian is nice and light on your head, nice and light on your bank balance, and a great choice if you want one of the best PS5 gaming headsets around but don't want to spend over the odds. Despite its low price, it's well put together and comfortable to wear, even if your gaming sessions tend to go on for several hours.

However, you do have to make some compromises at this price point. The battery life isn't the best we've ever seen, there are no fancy features like surround sound or an accompanying app, no extras such as waterproofing for those sweaty sessionsm and the mic isn't detachable. We reckon that most people are going to be happy with the trade-offs that the Trust GXT 391 Thian brings with it though.

During our time testing the headset we found it very capable in terms of its audio performance, whether listening to music, watching movies, or playing games – and that's what counts most for the best budget PS5 headset.

Best PS5 headsets 2022: The best of the rest

Steelseries Arctis 7P Wireless reviewT3 Approved badge


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A great PS5 headset for most people

Specifications

Drivers: 40 mm
Frequency: 20Hz-20kHz
Connectivity: Wireless USB-C / Wired USB-C
Battery life: 24 hours
Weight: 352 grams

Reasons to buy

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High-quality audio performance
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Long-lasting battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No Bluetooth connectivity

Our former number one 'best for most people' headset, there's a huge amount to like about the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless. It's a particularly great choice for the PlayStation 5: it's compatible with the Tempest 3D AudioTech that Sony's console offers, for example, which aims to give a more immersive experience in a pair of headphones, comparable to a full surround sound speaker set.

It produces audio of a fantastic quality of course, thanks to its top-notch 40mm speaker drivers, while the 2.4GHz wireless audio connection ensures low latency at all times. Add in 24 hours of battery life that you can expect between charges, and it's clear why we've reviewed this as one of the best PS5 headsets right now.

In fact, if it wasn't for Sony's own Pulse 3D Wirless then we'd say it's probably the best PlayStation 5 gaming headset for most people right now – and with so many excellent alternatives around, that's high praise indeed. The well-cushioned earcups, made from breathable fabric, mean that it's comfortable to wear for long periods of time, while the asking price isn't too daunting for everything you get back in return.

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The best-looking PS5 headset

Specifications

Drivers: 40 mm
Frequency: 5Hz-30kHz
Connectivity: Wired USB-A / Wired 3.5 mm
Battery life: Wired only
Weight: 304 grams

Reasons to buy

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Great sound quality
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Durable, unique build

Reasons to avoid

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Sensitive wired cable

We were very much taken by the appearance of the Beyerdynamic MMX150 headset even before we played any audio through it, and we're pleased to report that the sound quality matches up to the aesthetics. This is a PS5 gaming headset that looks great and sounds great, and it'll also work with anything else that has a 3.5mm or USB port attached to it.

A combination of memory foam and aluminium ensures a fit that's tight but comfortable, while the two colour options of white and black give you the flexibility to pick the style that suits you. Setup is simple and straightforward with any device, though there's no accompanying app here to give you any kind of bonus features or customisations.

On the audio front, precise localisation and distinct sound separation mean that games are incredibly immersive as far as your ears are concerned, and these cans do a very decent job with movies and music too. Finally, the price of the Beyerdynamic MMX150 headset is very reasonable, considering everything that you get in return.

Logitech G733 gaming headsetT3 Approved badge

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The best PS5 headset for customisation

Specifications

Drivers: 40 mm
Frequency: 20Hz-20KHz
Connectivity: Wireless USB-A
Battery life: 29 hours
Weight: 278 grams

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and comfortable
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Superb battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Software is PC only

The Logitech G733 Lightspeed Wireless RGB might not be to everyone's taste in terms of its appearance – white, black, blue and lilac models are available – but we think that certain people are going to love this headset. What's more, there's a wealth of customisation options, including the RGB lighting effects you can set and various audio tweaks that are possible.

Admittedly, a lot of those customisations require the Windows PC software and aren't available on the PlayStation 5, but the point stands – and you might not always have the headset attached to your Sony console. Whatever device you're using this headset with, it's going to stand out and add a bit of flamboyance to your gaming hardware setup.

Most importantly, the audio coming through the Logitech G733 Lightspeed Wireless RGB sounds fantastic: precise and full thanks to the engineering expertise that Logitech offers. With dual-layer memory foam on the earcups this headset is comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, too. 

Before you buy, make sure you check our Logitech discount codes to get the best price. 

SteelSeries Arctis 3

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Gaming headset jargon explained

If you're new to the gaming headset market then there's a fair bit of jargon that needs to be processed and understood.

Type – There are multiple types of gaming headphone styles, but the two most common are over-ear and on-ear.  The former sit on your ears, the latter fully cover your ears. 

Drivers – The most important part of each gaming headset, drivers turn electrical signals into hearable sound pressure. The better and bigger the driver the better the sound quality will be. Drivers come in magnet, coil and diaphragm types, which determine how they work. Here at T3 we think a good gaming headset should feature a 40mm or larger drivers.

Frequency response – This is important as it determines the range of audible sounds a gaming headset can produce, from low-end to high frequency. You'll want something that can hit around 60Hz for bass and 20kHz for top-end. 

Noise cancellation – Noise cancelling tech has developed rapidly over the years and is now offered on a fair few gaming headsets. There is both active and passive noise cancelling tech, with active (ANC) type the more desirable - the latter using microphones to cancel out external sounds. 

Sound pressure level – Finally, sound pressure level (SPL) is a way of determining just how quiet or loud a headset can go. SPL is often linked to decibels, so simply look for 'dB SPL' in gaming headphone spec sheets. Most will offer between 90 and 105 max dB SPL.

Dave has over 20 years' experience in the tech journalism industry, covering hardware and software across mobile, computing, smart home, home entertainment, wearables, gaming and the web – you can find his writing online, in print, and even in the occasional scientific paper, across major tech titles like T3, TechRadar, Gizmodo and Wired. Outside of work, he enjoys long walks in the countryside, skiing down mountains, watching football matches (as long as his team is winning) and keeping up with the latest movies.