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Xbox Stereo Headset Review

True Score

77
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4

Experts

84
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Consumers

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The Xbox Stereo Headset delivers immersive gaming audio and a good mic but lacks build quality and customization options. It’s an affordable choice for gamers but not ideal for audiophiles seeking premium features.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Xbox Stereo Headset is a 2019-model entry-level gaming wired headset that offers a bendable boom microphone. Designed for Xbox, this unit is also compatible with Xbox One and X|S and works with PS4, Windows, and mobile devices.

This unit has 40mm drivers, ranking highly alongside the best gaming headsets. It connects via a 3.5mm analog cable and lacks any sort of wired connectivity options

With controls for volume and muting, this unit lets users adjust settings. It also supports Windows Sonic Spatial Audio, Dolby Atmos, and DTS: X. With a plush headband and ear cushions, this unit is built for performance and comfort. However, it has no mobile app for customizing sound settings.

Continue reading our Xbox Stereo Headset review, and also check out our Turtle Beach Recon 500 review if you need something with a more neutral sound profile.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Xbox Stereo headset offers an overall comfortable design with immersive audio quality and clear, consistent mic quality during in-game testing.. You also won’t have to worry about battery life here, as the headset draws power directly from your controller or console.

The included 3.5mm audio cable also helps with compatibility across a broad range of devices. However, this wired model falls short in terms of build quality and premium audio features. Nonetheless, the Xbox Stereo Headset remains a reliable option for gamers seeking an affordable entry point into the world of gaming headsets. Those seeking a premium audio experience may want to explore other options.

Reason to Buy

  • Decent sound quality
  • Comfortable, lightweight design
  • Excellent microphone quality
  • Affordable price point for gaming headsets
  • Includes 3.5mm cable for broad compatibility

Reason to Avoid

  • Build quality feels a little cheap
  • Not great for dedicated music listening
  • Not a good fit for larger heads
  • Non-foldable design
  • Mic and audio cables cannot be detached

Xbox Stereo Headset Specs

Battery LifeBattery LifeWired
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Noise CancelingNoise CancelingNo
Transparency Moden/a
WeightWeight9 oz
WirelessWirelessNo
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityWired

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Product Comparison

Xbox Stereo Headset Review

True Score

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Market Context

The Xbox Stereo Headset is a 2019-model entry-level gaming wired headset that offers a bendable boom microphone. Designed for Xbox, this unit is also compatible…

The Xbox Stereo Headset is a 2019-model entry-level gaming wired headset that offers a bendable boom microphone. Designed for Xbox, this unit is also compatible with Xbox One and X|S and works with PS4, Windows, and mobile devices.

This unit has 40mm drivers, ranking highly alongside the best gaming headsets. It connects via a 3.5mm analog cable and lacks any sort of wired connectivity options

With controls for volume and muting, this unit lets users adjust settings. It also supports Windows Sonic Spatial Audio, Dolby Atmos, and DTS: X. With a plush headband and ear cushions, this unit is built for performance and comfort. However, it has no mobile app for customizing sound settings.

Continue reading our Xbox Stereo Headset review, and also check out our Turtle Beach Recon 500 review if you need something with a more neutral sound profile.

The Wyze Noise Cancelling Headphones offers a more neutral sound profile, so it might appeal to a broader range of people than the Xbox Stereo…

The Wyze Noise Cancelling Headphones offers a more neutral sound profile, so it might appeal to a broader range of people than the Xbox Stereo Headset with its bass-heavy sound profile. It also offers active noise cancelation and supports wireless connectivity, unlike the Xbox device. Our Wyze Noise Cancelling Headphones review discusses details.

Featuring a software-accessed graphic EQ and presets as well as physical channel mixing controls, the Xbox Wireless Headset is easier to customize than the Xbox…

Featuring a software-accessed graphic EQ and presets as well as physical channel mixing controls, the Xbox Wireless Headset is easier to customize than the Xbox Stereo Headset, which lacks those features. The Xbox Wireless Headset also offers Bluetooth and Xbox Wireless tech, unlike the Stereo, which relies solely on a 3.5mm connector. See our Xbox Wireless Headset review to learn more.

While the Xbox Stereo Headset is designed for Xbox devices, the Razer Kaira X for PlayStation is made especially for PlayStation 5. The Razer model…

While the Xbox Stereo Headset is designed for Xbox devices, the Razer Kaira X for PlayStation is made especially for PlayStation 5. The Razer model has a more neutral sound profile, which some people may prefer to the boomy profile of the Xbox Stereo Headset. Learn more about the PS5 device in our Razer Kaira X for PlayStation review.

Battery Life

Wired

22.2 hrs

15 hrs

20 hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Noise Canceling

No

Yes

Yes

Transparency Mode

n/a

Weight

9 oz

Wireless

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wireless Connectivity

Wired

Bluetooth

Bluetooth, RF

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Score Card

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Expert Score

76

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Customer Score

84

*.25

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True Score

77

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Score

    67
    The Xbox Stereo Headset is mediocre for neutral sound. This headset has a very boomy… read more

    By:

    Jake Thauvette
  • Sound Guys
    67.47

    Category Trust Score

    69
    The Xbox Wireless Headset is one of the best official platform gaming headsets, but compared… read more

    By:

    Sam Moore
  • The Verge
    63.09

    Category Trust Score

    70
    Microsoft’s Xbox Stereo Headset is the no-frills affordable counterpart to its excellent Wireless Headset, with… read more

    By:

    Antonio G. Di Benedetto
  • Finder
    0

    Category Trust Score

    70
    Imagine the most reliable person you know who always gets the job done. This is… read more

    By:

    Alice Clarke

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