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.
- FIIL Diva Pro
- Sennheiser GAME ZERO
- 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 HD 598 Cs
Sennheiser HD 598 Cs
When it comes to lightweight, durable, noise dampening headphones for a price that won't eat your wallet, look no further than the Sennheiser HD 598 Cs.
These headphones are over the ear, and comfortable enough that you can get lost in VR for a few hours without any discomfort. The noise dampening capabilities mean that you won't need to worry about the real world distracting you, while you are enjoying your games. With amazing sound at a great price, these are an excellent options for your adventures with any VR headset
It also comes with a short removable wire that hooks right into the headset, so you won't be getting tangled up in yet another cable. With all of this together, you get an excellent package that delivers everything you need to really get going.
FIIL Diva Pro
FIIL Diva Pro is yet another abstract choice for virtual reality headphones, not for their design, but rather the features they offer. With a sharp modern design and plethora of high-tech features, these headphones stand out as a standalone product.
The Diva Pro headphones offer a wide range of somewhat unusual and new traits, ranging from touch sensitive controls, onboard storage and active noise cancellation. These are wrapped up in a sleek modern style, which complements the features on offer. However, as a Bluetooth headset, you'll have to ensure your PC supports these headphones.
While not officially available for purchase as of right now, the Kickstarter page for the product offers various ways to secure the product at a discount. Coming in at a standard price of around $300 dollars, they're a premium but promising option for VR users.
Sennheiser GAME ZERO
Sennheiser's GAME ZERO headset might not the most traditional choice for virtual reality gaming, but offers various features which pair up well with the HTC Vive. Although targeted towards PC and console gamers, its lightweight and noise blocking design helps to provide a truly immersive virtual reality experience.
Overall the GAME ZERO's design is its most outstanding trait, with tight but comfortable leatherette memory foam and a robust but flexible plastic shell. The headset's collapsible design also comes in handy on the go, fitting comfortably into the included compact carrying case.
The GAME ZERO is full of surprising but intuitive design choices, including an in-built volume knob on one ear of the headset. With a bonus of great audio and exchangeable cables, the headset serves as a truly customizable and adaptable option for all gamers. The headset is also compatible with leading consoles too, standing out as an all-around premium gaming headset.
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 canceling, 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 another cable.
One thing to be aware of is that the active noise canceling 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.
What do you think?
Have you been enjoying VR with the headphones you already have, or are you considering a new pair to take advantage of everything your HTC Vive is throwing at you? Are your favorite headphones on our list? Is there an excellent pair that we should add here? Let us know about it in the comments below!
December 26, 2017: We've updated this post to ensure finding the best headphones for HTC Vive is easy!
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