Audio is an integral part of how we experience VR, and headphones are a big part of that. VR is meant to be an immersive experience, and without headphones, it doesn't quite hit the same peaks. Trying to figure out which headphones are right for you can be difficult though, with so many choices on the market so we've narrowed down the best headphones out there.
Lightweight Bluetooth Headphones
If you're a fan of as few wires as possible, then you probably want to go the route of Bluetooth. While you will need to make sure you charge these models before using them, it does mean that you won't get tangled up when you are enjoying yourself in VR. These headphones are lightweight and easy to forget that you're wearing them. Some Bluetooth headsets can have lag but the ones on this list will work great with your Gear VR.
Samsung Gear Circle
The design of Samsung's gear circle is meant to stay out of your way. Attaching by Bluetooth, you'll just have a small plastic piece that sits on the back of your neck. It's lightweight enough you might even forget that it's there when you're shooting at space pirates. They won't break the bank while delivering quality audio for your adventures in VR.
Samsung Gear Icon X
These bluetooth earbuds from Samsung were built for exercise, but they can deliver an excellent experience while you are in your Gear VR. They stay put no matter how much you end up bobbing or weaving, and have absolutely no cords of any kind. While they are fairly pricy, these earbuds will make sure that you can hear everything that is going on.
Over the ear headphones
Over the ear headphones can often give you a much larger sound, or give you access to noise cancelling technology so that you can leave the real world behind you. While wearing over the ear headphones may not seem like the better option for immersion, they often have features that let you sink deeper into the VR experience you've chosen to explore. With all of that in mind, these are the headphones to check out.
Edifier H840 headphones
Edifier's H840's are an affordable and comfortable pair of headphones. They give you noise reducing, which helps when you're trying to ignore the real world while in VR. They're well-designed for helping you through longer VR sessions without becoming uncomfortable.
Bose QC35 headphones
The Bose QC35 are considered one of the best sets of wireless headphones on the market. They've also earned a spot on our best accessories for the Gear VR list. They fit over your ears and provide top-class noise cancellation. They also have impressive battery life, giving you up to 20 hours of listening time before needing to charge again.
The drawback of the QC35 is the price which usually comes in at around $350. But for that price, you get some of the best headphones on the market that will greatly boost your VR experience. And they'll also make music sound phenomenal when you're away from your Gear VR.
Fiil Diva Pro
If you've been waiting for a pair of headphones full of awesome features, then you should certainly check out the Fiil Diva Pro headphones. That's because they are wired and wireless headphones that offer a leg up on everything the competition has to offer. It boasts Sound muffling, 3D sound, 4G of space to store music, and plenty more. You can bet they'll be a hot commodity as soon as they hit the market. You can even check out a full review of them by Mr.Mobile if you want to see them in action.
Sennheiser HD 598 C
The Sennheiser HD 598 C are some of the best headphones that you can get for under $150. They have good sound quality and have a cable that's short enough to stay out of your way while you're using your Gear VR.
They aren't noise canceling headphones but provide good sound quality for an impressive value. They're also wired and comfortable so you can use them for extended play sessions.
If you're looking for earphones that fit snuggly in your ear, earbuds are the way to go. They often have multiple pads to make sure they seal around the inside of your ear and are also great for activities that get you moving up and around because they're lightweight and stay in your ears.
Panasonic ErgoFit earbud headphones
The Panasonic ErgoFit earbud headphones are very affordable at only $15. They're in-ear headphones that have good audio quality and also include a microphone and in-line remote that you can use when you aren't using Gear VR.
They also provide listeners with a number of options including multiple colors as well as three different pads to make sure the earbuds fit comfortably.
Do you have a favorite?
There are tons of options that are available to use with Gear VR, but not every pair is going to give you an awesome experience. That's why we put together a list of awesome headphones, no matter what you're looking for. Were your faves on our list? Let us know in the comments below!
Update: This post was updated on December 28, 2017 with our favorite options for Gear VR audio!
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