We got your ears covered with the best headphones for the HTC Vive
To really feel like you're in the middle of the action with your HTC Vive, you need superior audio to accompany the amazing visuals; without the booming bass and crisp mid-range sounds, you won't feel that explosion happening in front of your eyes.
We've rounded up a list of awesome headphones for maximum virtual reality thrills.
- Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 headphones
- Audio Technica ATH-M40x
- Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones II
- Bang & Olufsen H6 2nd generation headphones
- Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones
- NAD Viso HP50
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 headphones
Known for their superb audio quality, Sennheiser's Momentum 2.0 headphones deliver throbbing bass and clear, fluid midrange to high frequency sounds that put you in the action.
The headband is made of stainless steel and the over-the-head portion is covered with genuine leather, ensuring your continued comfort whether you're having a short romp or an extended gaming session.
These headphones are lightweight, meaning they won't bog you down while you're VR-gaming.
The most important consideration — aside from quality, of course — is the inclusion of a removable audio cable. This is a must, because the audio jack for the HTC Vive is in the back of the headset. Longer cords will get in your way, so the ability to replace the included cable with a much shorter one is key to having the best VR experience.
Audio Technica ATH-M40x
Audio Technica's ATH-M40x headphones are another solid choice to use with the HTC Vive.
These headphones are designed with your comfort in mind: they have cushioned ear cups and are so light you'll forget you're wearing them.
Another point for comfort and for improved audio, too, is the fact that the ear cups swivel 90 degrees, which gives you the ability to position them for the best sound and feel.
Just like all of the headphones we've included here, they feature a removable audio cable, which lets you replace it with a shorter one, so that it doesn't get in your way while you're fighting baddies or gawking at the amazing scenery in your virtual world.
Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones II
Bose is a top dog when it comes to making audio equipment that delivers high quality sound. Its SoundTrue Headphones II are yet another example of its commitment to quality.
Not only do they deliver tight bass and crisp treble notes, they are also comfortable to wear; you don't want your ears to chafe during an epic VR-gaming session. They sport a padded headband and ear cups made of memory foam for the best fit.
Most importantly, like all of the other headphones on this list, the audio cable is detachable, so that you can replace the included one with a shorter cable.
Note: Although the listing below mentions compatibility with Android/Apple devices, that's to do with the microphone setup and will not interfere at all with how well these headphones work with the HTC Vive. However, if you want to also use them with your phone, be sure to pick the appropriate flavor for your device.
Bang & Olufsen H6 2nd generation headphones
Bang & Olufsen (B&O) brings a headphone set that produces high quality sound and is pleasing to the eye as well.
Featuring memory foam ear cups covered with the softest lambskin leather and capped with aluminum, they are quite pretty to look at and comfortable, too.
With clear midrange frequencies and a good balance between the highs and lows, you'll feel every rumble and blast as you battle your way through your enemies.
Not only is the audio cable removable, each ear cup has a separate audio jack, so that you can decide which side you want the cable to be on. You don't even have to get a shorter cable for them because the one that's included is only 3.9 feet long, short enough not to encumber you while you're VR-gaming with the HTC Vive.
Of course, if you want an even shorter cable, you can always get something like this one.
Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones
The nice thing about the Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones is that they feature active noise-cancelling as well as premium quality sound.
With their deep sound, lightweight build, and noise cancelling, they seem like the perfect setup for VR-gaming. If you want to forget where you are and totally lose yourself in the game, you can't go wrong with these headphones.
Of course, like the other headphones in this article, the audio cable they come with is detachable so that you can switch it out with something like this.
One thing to be aware of is that the active noise cancelling feature requires one AAA battery.
Note: Although the listing below mentions compatibility with Android/Apple devices, that has to do with the microphone setup and will not interfere at all with how well these headphones work with the HTC Vive. If you want them to function as intended with your phone, then make sure that your choice is appropriate for your device.
NAD Viso HP50
NAD's HP50 headphones are another recommendation for the HTC Vive, due to their lightweight design and overall flexibility.
While the NAD HP50 headphones aren't the cheapest solution on the market, their value for money exceeds other entries to this list. With a durable design, lightweight materials and high-quality audio, these headphones are among the best for virtual reality.
One of this headset's unique features is its variable audio input, which allows for a detachable 3.5mm audio cable to be plugged into either ear. This can provide that extra hint of flexibility that goes a long way when using the HTC Vive.
For those reluctant to pay out for premium headphones, the NAD HP50s can provide premium audio and great value. While there are both cheaper and more expensive alternatives, they hugely complement the HTC Vive.
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