Budget full-sized wireless headphones for casual gaming & voice chat / Skype?
Aug 23, 2015 at 4:30 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 6


New Head-Fier
Aug 23, 2015
Hello Head-Fi. Complete noob here; just registered today.
Doing some pre-shopping investigation, I came across your site, and it looks like the right place for what I'm looking for. I hope you guys can help me.
I'm sure this question has been asked probably a million times already, but I did some searches in the forums, read through the buying guides you have, and I'm afraid I got a little bit overwhelmed with all the information available.
I apologize if this is not the right etiquette around here; please let me know if I should be introducing my question differently.
So, here it is. I'm looking for a headphone (or headset?), for casual, non competitive gaming, voice chat (Skype and similar), and maybe -secondary need- listen to some music on the go.
I'm nothing close to an audiophile; I do like music but I don't have a trained ear.
Also, I'm on a tight budget (ideally not more than $ 40/50; $ 70/80 tops), so I'm afraid great audio quality is not my first priority. Although I'd of course like to have as good as possible sound, within my limitations!
Needless to say, I'm not looking for anything that requires a separate amp, or any kind of of modding.
I'd mainly use the device at home. I don't want to bother others with my sounds, so I guess open cans are out of the equation.
I have little kids. I'd like some level of isolation from their cries and noises, but I still I need to be able to hear if something important happens, so no complete isolation either.
I want a wireless device, in order to be able to move around a little bit and not get tangled with the wire (also, to prevent the kids from messing up with it). As far as I can think of, it can be bluetooth, USB dongle, whatever; I have no specific preferences, unless somebody tells me there's a good reason to want one technology over the others.
I want something full-sized. It can be on-ear or over-ear; I don't care too much. I just don't want earbuds or IEMs.
I need a microphone. I'm willing to consider a separate mic (BoomPro or similar), but I think that'd defy the wireless purpose, right? I've read about the Noble BTS, which looks interesting, but unfortunately it'd take me over my current budget.

For your reference, I currently use a pair of old Sony MDRJ10B's, combined with my laptop's built-in microphone, so you can see it wouldn't really take too much to improve my experience...

Also, for further reference, I've recently borrowed my son's Philips SHL3000's for a while, and I thought I'd be OK with that level of sound quality and isolation. I didn't wear them for too long though, so I'm not sure how comfortable they can be for longer sessions...
So, that's it.
Again, I hope it's OK to present my question like this, and I'm looking forward to hearing back from the community.
Aug 27, 2015 at 8:31 PM Post #3 of 6
I highly doubt you'll be able to get wireless headphones of any quality in your budget. Do you need wireless?
Aug 27, 2015 at 8:47 PM Post #4 of 6
The Kingston HyperX Cloud is an excellent headset in your budget range: http://www.amazon.com/HyperX-Cloud-Gaming-Headset-KHX-H3CL/dp/B00JJNQG98. It's the same headphone as the Takstar Pro 80 often recommended here on Head-Fi. However, it is wired. But you will generally get a much better value out of a wired headphone because you are not paying for the built in wireless unit and headphone amp in the headphones themselves.
Aug 28, 2015 at 12:56 AM Post #5 of 6
Your price range limits what you'll find so tightly that by the time you find something, you'll have to buy that.  not much choice.
I know Plantronics makes some wireless headsets, you could check that out.
Other companies that make gaming headsets are Logitech, Razer, Steelseries, Roccat, Corsair, Mad Catz...
I think you'll be better off buying a cheap mic and spending the rest on wireless headphones.
The one thing that's good about this is that you don't seem to value high quality audio so you should be open to whatever is found.
You might find better results if you labeled the thread "Cheap Wireless Headphones"
I'll be offline for a while so I won't be able to help
Just look around the market and find what's best
Hope you find your perfect headphones.

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