|1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Earphones|
|Razer Hammerhead Pro V2|
|Cooler Master Masterpulse Mh710 Gaming Earbuds|
|Turtle Beach Battle Buds|
|Bluefire 3.5mm Wired Gaming Earphone|
Now that you’ve seen what these next-gen consoles are capable of, you might want to make last-minute purchases to further your experience with these new consoles.
In less than three months from the time of this writing, we’re going to experience gaming on another level on the new console platforms. Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles are going to hit the market in November 2020. This is also the month when new AAA title games are coming out. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077, to name a few.
Apart from getting new monitors or displays that can output at least 120 Hz on a 4K resolution, headsets are among the critical things that can significantly make your gaming experience better.
In this article, we cover the ten best earbuds for new Xbox Series X that will take your gaming experience a notch higher!
Does Choosing the Right Earbuds Make a Difference?
It does. But why do people choose earbuds over headphones? What gives?
If you’re going to compare earbuds from earphones, they mostly offer a better and more convenient gaming experience.
You see, earbuds don’t mess with your hair like the bands of headphones would. Another thing that makes earbuds better is that they don’t add pressure as much as a headphone or headset would.
Since the earcups fit perfectly in your ear canal, you get better audio experience since ambient noise won’t interfere or get inside your ear. But that’s not to say that headphones don’t have this feature because they do. It’s just that earbuds are generally cheaper due to their size.
Lastly, they don’t go over your ear, which ensures that you won’t sweat your ears at all. If you’re the sweaty type, this might be a problem for you, and earbuds might just be the right option for you.
But like headphones, earbuds come with different features that can still make or break your investment. This is why it’s best you should do your due research before making a purchase.
Best Earbuds for the Xbox Series X
|Driver Size & Type||Frequency Response||Sensitivity||Weight|
|1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Earphones||Dynamic, Balanced Armature / 10mm||20 Hz – 40,000 Hz||99 dB||0.04 lbs (18 g)|
|Razer Hammerhead Pro V2||Closed / 10 mm (with Neodymium magnets)||20 Hz – 20,000 Hz||102 ± 3 dB @ 1 kHz||0.04 lbs (19.6 g)|
|Cooler Master Masterpulse MH710 Gaming Earbuds||Dynamic (with neodymium magnets) / 10 mm||20 Hz – 20,000 Hz||98 dB ± 3 dB (@1kHz) FFX 2.0 on, 112 dB ± 3 dB (@1kHz) FFX 2.0 off||0.037 lbs (16.7g)|
|Turtle Beach Battle Buds||N/A (with Neodymium Magnets) / 10mm||20 Hz – 20,000 Hz||N/A||0.24 lbs (109 g)|
|Sony MDRXB50AP||Dome Type (Neodymium magnet) / 12 mm||4 Hz – 24,000 Hz||110 dB / mW||0.02 lbs (8 g)|
|Shure SE215-CL||Single Dynamic / N/A||22 Hz – 17,000 Hz||107 dB SPL / mW||0.06 lbs (30 g)|
|BlueFire Wired Gaming Earphone||Single Dynamic / N/A||22 Hz – 17,000 Hz||107 dB SPL / mW||0.06 lbs (30 g)|
1. 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Earphones
Best Overall Earbuds for Xbox Series X
Frequency response: 20 – 40,000 Hz | Acoustic design: Hybrid | Driver size: 10 mm | Driver Type: Dynamic, Balanced Armature | Sensitivity: 99 dB | Impedance: 32 Ohms | Cable length: 3.94 foot / 1.2 m | Weight: 0.04 lbs (18 g)
1More has got to be one of the names you’ve probably heard a couple of times now. And that’s because they are among the most renowned audio companies producing great build and excellent frequency response without being expensive.
To be able to produce excellent acoustic performance, they had to cut corners in other areas. But that’s not something that compromises the audio at all. In this case, half of the cable is made of plastic, and that’s totally fine, especially if you’re going to account the overall price to performance ratio.
So that you’ll have a better understanding of this, let’s cover everything that made the 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Earphones worthy of being mentioned in this roundup.
Let’s start with the packaging as well as accessories. For the record, 1More never skimps on this area– and you can tell right away from the case. The color of the box, the material, and the texture is something you can only get from buying expensive perfumes. I know, it’s not something you might be interested in, but it’s worth mentioning how they value their products.
Inside you’ll find the instruction manual printed elegantly on the left hand side of the hard faux-leather case. You’ll also find an aeroplane adapter, a metal shirt clip, and a total of ten ear tips pairs (from 10 mm t o14.5 mm) to ensure you’ll find the right fit. Three pairs of these are made of foam, and the rest is made of silicone. Needless to say, 1More really values your comfort.
In terms of how they feel, the silicon tips feel soft and don’t give off any pressure at all. The same goes for their foam tips as they genuinely feel comfortable. But which works better depends entirely on which you think is perfect for you. So it would be ideal for testing them out to find which one stands out as long as comfort is concerned.
Some of you may have noticed that these earbuds are fairly similar to some of Xiaomi products. And that’s mainly because 1More designs all the headphones by Xiaomi. But specifically, this is very comparable to Xiaomi’s Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro.
The shell of each earbud has an aluminum material that has a round conical shape. This, paired with an angled nozzle, and you have an earbud that’s very comfortable when worn. The cables of the 1More triple driver in-ear earphones are also covered with braided fabric to ensure they won’t easily tangle.
Even though the materials are made of aluminum, 1More has made it possible to come up with various color selections so consumers can choose from different shades. The buds have a very similar shape, but the L/R markings etched on the sides are visible enough to tell which side is which. It’s also worth mentioning that these markings should last forever because they’re not printed.
For how much it’s worth, the build is notably top-notch. Each bud doesn’t feel cheap at all, and you can tell they are sturdy. If you’re thinking of using them to play for hours on end when Xbox Series X is out, you can assure comfort will be at hand. You can also ensure you’ll feel no pressure at all, and that is all thanks to the slight angle of the nozzle and the rounded shape of the shell.
Note that since the buds don’t have the ordinary conical shape because they are wider than they are taller. This means that even though a good chunk of ambient noise is blocked, you can still hear loud sounds around you. But when you’re in crowded places such as public transport, they do wonders of keeping you immersed in your music.
The in-line controls’ microphone is a great back up in case the built-in microphone of the Xbox Series X controller dies or malfunctions for some reason.
Overall, it’s an earbud you should always have on your list as it performs outstandingly for how much it costs. But if you’re looking for a more premium option, then read on.
2. Razer Hammerhead Pro V2
Best Premium Earbuds for Xbox Series X
Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz | Acoustic design: Closed | Driver size: 10 mm (with Neodymium magnets) | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 102 ± 3 dB @ 1 kHz | Impedance: 32 ± 15% ohms | Cable length: 1.3 m / 4.27 ft. | Weight: 0.04 lbs (19.6 g)
Razer is one of the most trusted brands when it comes to gaming peripherals, and they’ve been excellent at it. The case of the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 is no different, and that’s why gamers love this as it outputs stellar audio quality in gaming.
However, the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 also produces outstanding audio quality for music listeners. You see, the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 offers a “kick” in the bass department, making music listening great. This means you can enjoy playing your games as you listen to music or the game’s background music.
You can also tell that the earphone’s durability is excellent as it’s made of high-quality material. On top of that, it has unique aesthetics that surely appeals to its target consumers. When worn out in public, this truly stands out in the crowd. If you’re going to invest in these, it will definitely be well worth the purchase.
Now let’s take a more in-depth look at what the earbuds are made of and what makes them worth considering for your Xbox Series X gaming.
For the record, the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 is the second generation Hammerhead Pro earbuds. The success of the first one led to the development of the second generation Pro series earbuds, and they did deliver. Compared with the previous generation, it comes with an even more profound change, better design, better sound and bass quality, and accessories, all of which will be covered in this section.
Most of the first generation’s external features can also be found in the second generation earbuds. The flat cable did great in terms of aesthetics and functionality. If you put these in your pocket, you won’t have to deal with tangled cables when you take them out. This feature makes them great for traveling as it detangles easily with little to no effort.
At the tip of the cable, you’ll find the earbuds featuring 10 mm-sized drivers built to take a beating. These pairs of drivers are capable of pushing out powerful bass and handles it reasonably well. They do so with flying colors without compromising the quality when you turn the volume all the way up.
If you’re the type of gamer who listens to music at high volumes or wishes to play games at high levels to immerse yourself in the game, these should handle the task exceptionally well.
The housing is also durable and is made of metal instead of plastic. This ensures that the earbuds, as well as its internal components, are protected. If you’re the type of gamer who rages when you get sniped by a 9-year-old camper, rest assured that these earbuds can take a beating.
It’s just unfortunate that the earbuds lack in the sweatproof department. If you’re the sweaty type gamer or wish to bring them during workout sessions, you might want to look at other options we have on the list. On the other hand, this should give you excellent performance and stellar audio output quality without shelling too much.
In terms of accessories, it comes with three more sets of silicone ear tips with their respective earbuds. The diversity in size options ensures you will find the perfect fit for your ears. After all, Razer knows and values the importance of picking the right size to maximize comfort.
With the perfect fit, you get the best noise isolation experience possible. The great thing about this is it comes with a carrying case to keep the earbuds secured when not in use.
Aesthetically pleasing, durable, outstanding audio quality, these are the features that made the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 worthy of being mentioned on our list. To learn more about this, check our dedicated review in this link.
3. Cooler Master Masterpulse MH710 Gaming Earbuds
Best Alternative Premium Earbuds
Frequency response: 20 – 20,000 Hz | Acoustic design: In-Ear | Driver size: 10 mm (with neodymium magnets) | Driver Type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 98 dB ± 3 dB (@1kHz) FFX 2.0 on, 112 dB ± 3 dB (@1kHz) FFX 2.0 off | Impedance: 16 ohms | Cable length: 1.3m / 4.27 ft. | Weight: 0.037 lbs (16.7g)
Cooler Master is more popularly known for their PC cases. But when it comes to other gaming peripherals, not so. This is why I was initially having second thoughts on having this on our final list. But as it turns out, it’s actually worth mentioning after all.
Taking on some of the biggest names in the audio category is an entirely new feat for Cooler Master, but producing “gaming” quality products is something they’ve been dealing with for years. In the case of the Cooler Master MH710 gaming earbuds, we were shocked to know that this is actually one of the best “gaming” earbuds in the market.
It comes with a handful of adapters, which makes them perfect for gaming on various platforms such as PC and consoles, specifically, the Xbox Series X controller. What really caught our attention is their patented new technology called FX 2.0. How does it work as compared to the rest?
It doesn’t have any fancy materials or faux-leather material as the box is pretty much as straightforward as it gets. So, what’s in the box? Let’s first dissect each thing that comes with it:
- Carry case
- Cooler Master MH710 Earbuds
- 3.5 mm splitter cable
- Type-C cable
- Extra ear tips
- Airplane adapter plug
- Quickstart guide
Now, how is the design? Cooler Master isn’t messing around, as the earbud is connected to a long aluminum enclosure protecting the insides of each bud. They also have a brush finish touch that makes them aesthetically pleasing.
This area is also where you’ll find the Focus FX 2.0 button (we’ll talk more about this later), which is basically the purple Cooler Master logo. The purple color may only appear so subtle but is actually enough to tell you they’re there. It’s just funny how the earbuds strongly resemble metal milk bottles if you take the rubber tips off.
Now, if you’ll move your attention to the cable, it’s braided and has a total of 1.33 m that appears very slim and lightweight. Unfortunately, this doesn’t have the anti-table feature like the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 earbuds mentioned above, but it isn’t as problematic as your average earbuds. You see, even though it doesn’t feature the flat cable design, they’re braided, that’s why it almost unravels itself with only little effort if needed.
Note that the earbuds are made of an aluminum casing that feels durable enough to endure a beating. This means they should be perfectly fine inside your bag or bag. In terms of accidental fall, they should work just fine like nothing happened. That’s why we can recommend these if you regularly get angry from playing Dark Souls 3 as it should handle “accidental” drops or occasional throws.
The in-line controls are functional enough for what they’re intended for. It holds the operational buttons and the microphone. You should note though, that they aren’t as robust as the Razer’s Hammerhead Pro V2 but they’re durable enough as long as you won’t stand on it (which is an unlikely scenario to happen unless intended).
Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a clip that secures the cable in place. However, for gaming purposes, you won’t be moving that often anyway, so it shouldn’t be a problem. You’ll also notice that the 3.5 mm jack is angled and rubberized. This design ensures that the cable doesn’t mess around with your movement or get hit accidentally, which is helpful when playing on an Xbox Series X controller.
Okay, those features are excellent… but how does it sound? The performance is reasonably similar to the HyperX Cloud Earbuds (we also have this on our list here). It’s nothing comparable to premium earbuds, but it does over above-average audio quality for how much it’s worth.
The highs and mids are crystal, but this doesn’t offer any bass at all. So, if you’re into bass and trap music, this might not appeal as much to you. However, those aren’t as important for gaming purposes since you’ll want to value clarity, quality, and flexibility. Stereo imaging is suitable for FPS games on this one as well.
They featured the Focus FX 2.0, which can be accessed by pressing the button on the earbuds. For the trained ears, the difference should be noticeable enough. However, casual users and gamers would not be able to tell the difference– at all. But it’s nice that this comes with a microphone, which is an excellent backup in case the built-in mic in the Xbox Series X controller dies out.
And aside from sound quality, it also offers more versatility and can be used with more than just PC and console as it comes with an adapter, ensuring it will fit perfectly. Remember that the in-line controls don’t have any mute or volume controls, but we can understand and forgive this for its price.
4. Turtle Beach Battle Buds
Best Popular Earbuds for Xbox Series X
Frequency response: 20Hz – 20,000 Hz | Acoustic design: In-Ear | Driver size: 10mm (with Neodymium Magnets) | Driver Type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Cable length: 1.3 m / 4.27 ft. | Weight: 0.24 lbs (109 g)
Now that we covered the premium category, let’s dive and look at some of the famous names when gaming on Xbox Series X consoles. Turtle Beach is no stranger in the audio part of town. In fact, they’re one of the trusted brands by popular streamers such as Dr Disrespect.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are designed for people looking for something very portable that doesn’t cost much. But that’s not just it, as these are also ideal for extended use. If you travel frequently or go to a friend’s house, you can also conveniently bring these earbuds.
How is this possible?
The design isn’t your ordinary in-ear earphones– it comes with a “hook” design that comfortably goes into your outer ear. It also has an in-ear design that fits conveniently into your ear canal for maximum immersion since music is technically blocked inside. The ambient noise is also blocked from entering your ear canal. This function is called noise isolation. Honestly, for something this affordable, I can’t ask for more.
Remember that you don’t need any adapter for this to work with your Xbox Series X console since it comes with a 3.5 mm jack. Good thing the new Xbox Series X controllers now have a 3.5 mm input jack.
In terms of volume control and mic mute, it’s pretty straightforward. However, it does have a Google Assistant button on the back, which is nice if you wish to check something on-the-fly as you play games on your Xbox.
The earbuds also have 10 mm drivers, which are located inside the rather large, triangular plastic cases that stick out far from your head. If the default rubber fitting doesn’t fit perfectly, you still have other rubber fittings that should suit your ears.
Now, some of you may be wondering: “How would it fit snugly in my ear when the triangular case sticks out of your head?” It’s actually simple. The “hook” design will fit in your outer ear for increased security. So, even if you attach the microphone, the earbud should fit snugly in your ear.
But because the new Xbox Series X controllers now have a built-in microphone, this shouldn’t be too much of a concern. Keep in mind that the mic doesn’t sound as stellar as other premium-grade or a dedicated cheap microphone. For gaming purposes, it should deliver.
In case you’re planning to use this as you travel, the design should give you the privacy you need. You see, the earbud is angled so it would fit deep into your ear canal. If you wish to immerse yourself into the music, this should be able to disconnect you from the world, well, at least until you take them off.
Having the physical aspects covered, let’s take a look at the Turtle Beach Battlebud’s performance. If you’re going to play Fortnite, which is a game you can also play on your Xbox Series X, then the earbuds should give you clear pings and distinct gunfire direction, which is vital for a game like this. However, these don’t provide you premium-quality spatial audio but gets the job done.
When playing games, you should experience a fair balance in the audio department. That means the sound effects should mix just fine with the dialogue as well as the game of the music. Specifically, it should be clear enough without distorting any parts of the highs and lows.
Games like Mario Kart 8 should give you stellar experience as it is capable of picking up all the chaotic audio queues of the race, giving you the immersive experience you need to feel like you’re physically in the game.
On the other hand, AAA title games where audio queues are very detailed, like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, fail to pick up minute ambient noise in Ancient Greece. Fortunately, dialogues, sounds of war, stabbing, as well as soundtracks, are clear.
Overall, it’s a decent earbud for gaming on your sofa. So, if you don’t like the audio quality from your TV speakers, these are known to rival and even beat TV speakers with flying colors.
5. Sony MDRXB50AP
Best Bass Quality Earphone
Frequency response: 4 – 24,000 Hz | Acoustic design: In-Ear | Driver size: 12 mm (Neodymium magnet) | Driver Type: Dome type | Sensitivity: 110 dB/mW | Impedance: 16 Ohm | Cable length: 1.2 m / 3.9 ft. | Weight: 0.02 lbs (8 g)
If you’re a bass head, you’ll definitely love this. And to think that this doesn’t cost that much make this option viable. Or should I say a steal. Because on top of having stellar bass quality, it’s comfortable and durable.
Sony MDR-XB50AP is among the most popular bass earbuds in the market– and for a good reason. It offers a well-built, reliable, and stellar audio quality without being too expensive.
So, let’s talk about the physical aspects of the earbud and then cover the details of how it sounds so you can evaluate it.
Starting off with its look, it’s easy to mistake this as a heavy earbud but the moment you carry– or wear them, they’re actually the contrary. These are super lightweight, which makes it easy to move around without any problems at all.
But there’s something that doesn’t lie to you in terms of physical looks, which are its buds. They’re noticeably larger and will definitely stick out, which makes them borderline annoying and uncomfortable. If you sleep with these things, you’ll definitely notice some pressure on one side.
However, these drawbacks are actually made to give way to one feature they’re popularly known for. The bigger casing is where the drivers are placed. To provide you with an idea, most of the earbuds on our list are 10 mm in diameter while this one is 12 mm big.
This is why this earbud can produce outstanding bass quality compared to the rest of its competition in the market. But don’t worry as the package comes with a variety of ear tip sizes to ensure you’ll be able to find the perfect fit for your ears.
Note that the ear tips may be soft, but they are built with ergonomics in mind and don’t move as much when you move your head or even wiggle them. All of this is made possible by its lightweight, which helps keep the earbuds firmly in place. If you’re thinking about using them for working out, you might want to look at other options we have on our list as they aren’t sweatproof.
If you’re also the type of person who sweats profusely when playing games, this might not be the right option. But if that isn’t the case, this might be the perfect earbuds for you– if the sound quality is ideal for your needs.
You see, these are intentionally made to output stellar bass quality. The mids and highs aren’t as exceptional as the bass, but they sound great for listening to music. If you’re going to buy them to maximize your Xbox Series X gaming, this should make your gameplay experience similar to that of the theatres.
Explosions, gunfires, and rumbling noises should be amplified. Paired with the redefined Xbox Series X controller, and it should feel like you’re actually in the game as yourself. Moreover, the noise isolation feature of the earbuds is above average. If you wish to maximize the noise isolation experience, just make sure that the earbuds fit your ear canal tightly.
In terms of build quality, they aren’t made of metal entirely, and instead, they’re built with a mix of plastic and metal. They purposely used metal in parts that will take a handful of beating through its lifetime, which basically makes them durable enough to last you a long time.
This metal casing is an excellent way to ensure that an earbud this affordable will make it look great for its price– and it’s true. You’ll also notice that the earbuds use gold plated 3.5 mm plug with an “L” shape. Compared to some earbuds that don’t have this 3.5 mm jack design, this will last longer as it’s protected against straining.
The cable is also flat, unlike the traditional round cable shape. This also ensures that it won’t tangle easily when you place them inside your bag or your pocket. If they do tangle for whatever reason, fixing it should be a breeze.
6. Shure SE215-CL
Best Noise Isolation for Immersive Gaming
Frequency response: 22 Hz – 17,000 Hz | Acoustic design: In-Ear | Driver size: N/A | Driver Type: Single Dynamic | Sensitivity: 107 dB SPL/mW | Impedance: 17 ohms | Cable length: 1.62 m / 5.3 ft | Weight: 0.06 lbs (30 g)
Are you looking for an earbud that offers an excellent noise isolation feature? This will definitely be your stop. You see, among the list of earbuds we have on the list, this outperforms all of its contenders with flying colors, and we’ll talk about why.
At an entry-level price, this surely is one of the best deals out there. If you’re usually on the move, the looks and accommodating design of the Shure SE215-CL will surely give you the comfort you need. It has an in-ear design with a discrete form factor that is unrivaled when it comes to portability. On top of that, it has the outstanding audio quality and impressive sound performance.
If you wish to up your gaming experience with the Xbox Series X and find it uncomfortable to wear headphones for some reason, earbuds will be viable options. But if you only have the average earbuds (those that usually come with your iPhone), do yourself a favor and get a better one.
Sure, they offer average sound quality, but investing in something like the Shure SE215-CL will definitely make your experience better, primarily since this earbud is known for its noise isolation feature.
First, let’s talk more about the design and its contribution to making such an investment worth. What’s the difference between these and the average Joe’s earbuds? This is a product from Shure– a known brand for its excellence in the audio category.
The design also has a rather unique design to fit extra hardware needed to output stellar audio output. The wedge shape of the earbud is designed to go into the ear canal’s outer part, just far enough to ensure you get optimal noise isolation performance. It is also placed not deep enough to compromise the rich sound performance of the drivers.
One of the reasons why the Shure SE215-CL is among the best noise isolation earbuds in the market is the fact that they slip deeper in your ear than most of its competitors would. You can also tell from its outside appearance that it strongly resembles that of a hearing-assistance device.
The transparent plastic is ergonomically designed to stick comfortably inside your ear and is connected to a cord with a few more unique adjustments to the average earbud formula. Looking closely, you’ll notice that the cables are detachable. At a glance, it looks useless, but this feature actually makes repairs down the road easier.
Unlike the typical earbud, when it breaks, you’ll be left with no option but to get a new one. In the case of the Shure SE215-CL, you can still have it repaired. But what’s a shocker about this earbud is its design. The cables aren’t intended to face down like the rest of the earbuds. They are oriented upward so it would cradle around the ear. Let gravity take its course and experience comfort that will definitely take some time to get used to.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t have any in-line controls that let you mute or adjust the volume on-the-fly. So, if you’re listening to music, you’ll have to do everything yourself manually. But if you’re playing games, the lack thereof is a great way to ensure you’re immersed in the game.
Don’t worry, though, because, like most of the products on the list, this has a couple of earpieces that you can use to ensure you’ll use one that fits perfectly in your ear canal. It also comes with a slick zip-up case to ensure they’re safe when you travel with them.
Now, how does the audio quality perform? Shure didn’t disclose any information about the size of the driver but they sure did some justice into that extra space. If you’re used to the usual design, the shift may be a challenging task but it shouldn’t take much time to adjust to the new design.
Now, the earbud’s overall sound quality is neutral and versatile enough to ensure it delivers the right warmth to the songs you’ll listen to. The mids and highs are delivered reasonably well, but they don’t deliver bass as good as the Sony MDRXB50AP above. However, you can surely distinguish the bass in these earbuds, just not as notable as the MDRXB50AP.
Overall, it’s an attractive earbud that offers outstanding noise-isolating features that don’t cost as much. If it’s a noise isolating feature you’re after, you won’t find anything better than this. But if you’re after a noise-canceling earphone, our next contender will definitely be something you’ll like.
7. BlueFire Wired Gaming Earphone
Best Noise Canceling for Immersive Gaming
Frequency response: 20Hz-20,000 Hz | Acoustic design: In-Ear | Driver size: N/A | Driver Type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Cable length: 2.2 m / 7.2 ft | Weight: 0.2 lbs (90.8 g)
These earbuds come in three different color options: black, black-red, and black-green. The design is also similar to the Turtle Beach. This that comes with a “hook” that goes into your outer ear to secure the earbuds in place.
The earbuds also excel in the noise reduction department. The bass are notably great as compared to most of its competitors in the market as well. But that’s not the only thing that it excels in as well since it also comes with an adjustable 120-degree rotating omnidirectional microphone to make communication easy.
However, since the new Xbox Series X comes with a built-in microphone, this might not be the most attractive feature at the end of the day. But as a back up microphone, this should perform just as great. Know that the microphone picks up background noises so if you live with kids or you live in a noisy neighborhood, expect that your teammates will definitely hear these ambient noises.
The directional drivers are among the earbuds’ most notable features because as long as it is equipped accordingly, the immersion should be something worth noticing. It’s also worth mentioning that the sound is clean and crisp.
You’ll also find that the volume controls may be separated but they are still in reach. If you’re going to invest in one of these for extended use, it should give you all the benefits you need to experience outstanding experience.
The outside of the earbud has a noise-canceling feature that ensures nothing but evident clarity in your gaming experience. With this type of feature, it should be noted that you’ll surely experience a quality gaming experience.
If you don’t know yet, noise cancelling feature has two microphones inside and outside the earbud. Whenever external or ambient noise is heard from outside, the microphone automatically adjusts the incoming noise and completely eliminates it– this means you’ll definitely hear nothing from the outside and should let you experience utmost immersive experience when playing games.
If you’re the type who plays for extended periods, this shouldn’t let you feel any pressure at all since the ear tips are soft enough to ensure comfort is achieved when playing games. Material-wise, they are durable, but on top of that, they also have top-notch elements to ensure the utmost satisfaction and stellar gaming experience.
Things to Consider when Buying Earbuds for PS5
It pays to be an educated buyer, especially since Xbox Series X is expected to be released during the first week of November 2020– that’s just less than three months from now! At the time of this writing, there hasn’t been any exact date officially announced.
With the new audio technology that Microsoft incorporated into their next-gen consoles, it’s fair to make adequate preparations and research ahead to get the best next-gen console gaming experience.
Unfortunately, picking the right one is not going to be easy, especially with the overwhelming options you can choose from. But with our detailed buying guide, you should be able to land on the right one fairly easily.
Aim for Lifelike Soundstage Quality
A gaming earbud that offers surreal soundstage quality should be the first thing you should check before checking other features. Note that a high-quality sound experience is just as good as having a decent graphics quality.
With this kind of feature, you should be able to hear lifelike and realistic sound quality. For FPS games like Fortnite and Call of Duty, hearing your surroundings could make or break your experience.
Players in these kinds of games tend to creep up behind other players to get an easy kill. If you have an earbud that offers lifelike soundstage quality, it will be easier for you just to reposition to get a better shooting angle.
How Comfortable is it?
As compared to headphones, earbuds have ear tips that define whether your experience will be comfortable or not. These ear tips are soft jelly-like things that go in your ear.
In most cases, these are designed to be comfortable in your ears. However, not everyone feels the same way with all earbuds. Some people feel some pressure in certain parts inside their ear or outside after extended use while others don’t.
You must check the structure and design of the earcups before purchasing since these are the only things that touch the inside of your ears.
Does it Come with a Removable Microphone?
Other earbuds have built-in microphones in their in-line volume controls while others have their dedicated slots for their mics. While this feature has its pros and cons, it isn’t going to offer any substantial effect or benefit with the new consoles.
You see, the upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers now have their built-in microphones inside the controllers. While it’s true that this is something worth noting, it still raised some eyebrows, especially when it comes to how well these pick up sounds around.
If you want the best experience, you will most definitely be better off investing in an earbud with a dedicated microphone to ensure you won’t sound crappy when playing with friends. But if having a dedicated microphone means an additional expense that goes over your budget, it might be wise to focus on other features instead.
Ultimately, the built-in microphone in the next-gen controllers should sound fine for casual use or just a means to communicate with teammates.
Does Portability Matter?
Earbuds are primarily designed to maximize portability potential. But as technology grew, more and more designs were being developed, making them even more portable than they already are.
An excellent example of this is Apple’s Airpods, which doesn’t have any wires at all. This eliminates the most critical problem of having earbuds, where wires get tangled easily, uniquely when placed inside your pocket.
Furthermore, earbuds are less intrusive to the people around you and a great companion if you’re into physical activities like jogging or going to the gym because they weigh lighter.
Check the Drivers
Now let’s go to the more technical stuff about earbuds. Drivers are essentially the speaker inside each bud. These are what’s responsible for giving off sound into your ear.
Because of this, it’s just logically right to say that the larger the drivers are, the better they should sound. However, if we’re going to look deeper, there’s a lot more than just size. You see, even though “size matters” when it comes to drivers in your earbuds, larger than the average size don’t really make any difference, especially since they’re usually only 1-inch away from your eardrum.
Do note that size shouldn’t be an issue if you’re investing in an earbud that falls under the mid- to premium-grade quality earbuds as it should be large enough to output a decent audio quality. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the lower-end products as it’s usually an indicator of quality.
Ultimately, this should only concern people who’re looking to buy from the lower-end category. If you’re planning to buy from a mid- to a high-grade category, this shouldn’t concern you at all. Instead, focus more on other features that will benefit you more.
Frequency response (also called frequency range) tells you how low and how high the driver can give off, and is measured in Hertz (Hz). The average range the human ear can hear ranges from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz, although bassy sounds that lower than 20 are more likely to be felt than heard.
If you’re going to purchase an earbud for gaming, aim for an earbud that can often produce lower frequencies than the rest of its competitors, as this should give you a more immersive experience as a whole, especially when it comes to low-frequency rumbling sounds caused by earthquakes in the game.
Noise Cancelling or Noise Isolation
To get the most immersive experience, users tend to opt for headphones with either noise cancellation or noise isolation feature.
Wait, what’s the difference between noise-isolating and noise-canceling?
Noise isolating feature blocks both internal and external sounds from ever mixing. It’s usually how the earbud or headphones are designed. In the case of headphones, the earcups are usually made of memory foam padding that fits perfectly around your ear, ensuring that ambient noise doesn’t get inside, and vice-versa.
Noise-canceling is a more technical approach to keeping noise interfering with each other. You see, headphones, headsets, and earbuds with this feature are usually equipped with 2 microphones, one inside and one outside.
The magic happens when ambient noise is picked up from the outside because this is when the soundwaves are being canceled electronically to keep them from ever entering your eardrums.
However, the case is different with earbuds because of the way they’re constructed and designed. That’s because earbuds, unlike headphones, usually fit perfectly in your ear canal, and this alone acts perfectly as a noise-isolating and noise-canceling product.
What About Extra Features?
You don’t have to tell us, but we know you want to use your earbuds other than gaming, especially since these are portable things you can carry around without having to worry too much.
This is why it’s essential to look at other notable features that would come in handy. An excellent example of other features you should look into include cable length, color options, warranty, durability, and material.
More often than not, these extra features can make a difference in your day other than gaming.
There you have it! Our list of the best earbuds for the upcoming Xbox Series X consoles.
If you’re looking to ensure you’ll have the best audio experience as you play on 4K resolution with over 100 frames per second when the new consoles come out, you won’t go wrong with any of the products we featured. To sum everything up:
- Choose the 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Earphones if you want an all-rounder earbud that the output lifelike surrounds audio experience—paired with the new hardware that can push up to 120 Hz on 4K resolution and you’ll never want to get off your chair.
- The Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 is a notable top pick for people looking for a quality experience.
- If you think the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 is too expensive, the Cooler Master Masterpulse MH710 Gaming Earbuds should give you most of the features without spending too much.
- Do you travel frequently? Then a portable earbud like the Turtle Beach Battle Buds should make travel easier for you.
- If you’re looking for an earbud that you can also use to enjoy the bass music genre, the Sony MDRXB50AP should give you justice.
- If you prefer sound quality over mobility, the Shure SE215-CL should give you a stellar audio experience. Just note that its wired design can be a problem sometimes. But it does offer outstanding noise isolation features.
- You should consider getting the BlueFire Wired Gaming Earphone if you’re specifically looking for an earbud that offers outstanding noise-cancellation capabilities.
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