The Best Headsets Compatible for Xbox One?

Just in case it’s escaped you, Microsoft have been a little bit more understanding regarding the non-OEM headset users community. This is good news because it means that you’ll be able to use a lot of different headsets with the Xbox One. Having said that, it’ll still be best to check out which are the most compatible.

It’s probably best for users to buy a new set so you don’t have to go through the process of connecting up to the unit only to experience a poor audio performance. If you agree this is the best plan, then you may wish to look at the following headsets which are compatible.

Turtle Beach Ear Force XO Seven

Turtle Beach has over 35 years of solid experience behind them when it comes to audio accessories for different types of gaming consoles and other devices. They’ve really taken their standard to the next level with the Ear Force XO Seven. The quality of sound from these headphones is very high, particularly for gaming and they provide you with the option of customizing them to your own appearance and design. It’s also possible to swap the speaker plates.

If you’re the type of person who is never away from your mobile device, the Ear Force XO Seven will be a really good companion too. This is because the headset is fully compatible with mobile devices. The microphone is detachable so you can remove it if you wish. These are noise cancelling headphones which limit outside noises so they perform better when using services such as Skype and are better for concentrating on games. They deliver a really crisp, clear audio sound.

Turtle Beach Ear Force XO Four

These are another excellent model from Turtle Beach. The Ear Force XO Four is really a stripped down basic version of the XO Seven. What you get is a headset that is just as good as high-end models available on the market, but at a very affordable price. If cost is important to you then the XO Four may be a good choice.

On the downside, because this headset is cheaper, it doesn’t have all the customizing features you find on high-end devices such as the XO Seven. There are, however, some really good features such as compatibility with mobile devices and a detachable microphone. They’re also noise cancelling headphones and the surround sound is excellent which makes the Turtle Beach Ear Force XO Four a good choice.

Polk Audio 4Shot Headphones

Polk Audio’s 4Shot Headphone are really one step ahead of the rest in some ways. Namely because they have an adapter included in the package which will let you directly connect to the Xbox One’s controller. It’s probably also worth mentioning that Polk Audio spent an enormous amount of time to find the gaming industry’s top rated and best audio specialists to design this headset.

Spending time seeking out the best specialists resulted in a perfect collaboration between two groups which resulted in the superb design and quality of the 4Shot Headphone. The really good thing about this is that Polk Audio didn’t only concentrate on sound quality but the design and comfort is also important. These are very comfortable headphones which can be worn for extended periods during marathon gaming sessions.

There’s a look at just three headsets which are compatible with the Xbox One. Any of them would be a good choice as we believe they are some of the best when it comes to sound quality, design and comfort.

Gaming Headset

If you’re a serious gamer you’ll know how important gaming headsets are in achieving a complete and satisfying experience to the whole gaming thing. They’re almost as important as the game itself, although it could be argued that gaming is a total experience and you can’t separate bits of it out to see which is better than the other.

Headsets though, could make a big difference between total enjoyment and not enjoying it at all.
The quality of headsets has come a long way in the past few years with the popularity of gaming growing very quickly and of course, the technology explosion.

 

How do you determine the best gaming headsets?

There are now a number of manufacturers who specialise in gaming headsets but each gamer has their own favorite.  One of the newer models which is popular is the Ear Force XP SEVEN from Turtle Beach.

Comfort

Although price is an important factor, there are other things that are extremely important. Comfort is high up the list because it’s quite likely the headset will be worn for very long periods which can lead to discomfort. Those with comfortable, soft foam ear cups are usually very good.

The headband is also an important factor when looking at comfort. Some have memory foam fitted which makes a big difference as it can adapt to the shape of your head to the point that it almost feels as if you’re not even wearing a headset.

Sound Quality

Noise cancelling headsets are a good option as they minimise outside noise so you get the full experience from the sounds of the game. This makes it easier to concentrate as well.

Quality of sound is also a really important factor as it’s the sound that brings the game to life. 5.1 Dolby Digital sound can really add to the experience in a mind boggling way. The sound detail is just amazing.

Compatibility

This can be a problem with some headsets that are designed to work with a single platform. Whilst this may not be a problem if you’re only interested in a single platform such as Xbox One or PS4, but if you’d like flexibility then bear this in mind.

Which gaming headset ticks the boxes?

The Turtle Beach Ear Force XP SEVEN does tick the boxes as it is excellent when it comes to comfort and sound quality. As far as compatibility, it does a pretty good job too after the company promised improvements. Turtle beach for Xbox One? Yes, and other platforms too.

Remember, headsets make up a vital part of the total gaming experience. This Turtle Beach headset does a very good job, but it is down to researching then deciding what’s best for you.

Click here to buy the Turtle Beach Ear Force XP SEVEN MLG Pro Circuit Programmable Surround Sound Console Headset

You can also read our Turtle Beach EarForce XP Seven Headset Review

Headphones Safety

There’s no doubt that wearing headphones can cause lasting damage to hearing, but that is, of course, if they’re set too loud and worn for extended periods. Headphones safety is relative to the volume level set by the user and how long they wear them.

Are headphones safe?

A set of headphones can cause more damage than large monitor speakers as they can usually produce louder sounds closer to the eardrum.

Having said that, it could be argued, because headphones are closer to the ear drum than speakers, the volume doesn’t need to be set so loud.

Many radio broadcasters have impaired hearing due to having worn headphones too loud for long periods during their career. In fact many radio stations have headphone volume limiters built in to their equipment in order to limit damage and more importantly, to prevent a lawsuit against them!

As stated in a previous article on the best headphones for kids, it’s the volume rather than the headphones that’s the cause of damage. Volume limiting headphones for kids are available but for adults are harder to find. Perhaps the best would be those fitted with a volume control such as the Koss KTXPRO1 Titanium Portable Headphones with Volume Control

You can also read our Koss KTXPRO1 review.

Are headphones safer than ear buds?

Again the volume argument applies to this question, but there’s no doubt the danger is greater from ear bud headphones because they deliver the sound closer to the eardrum.

Ear bud headphones are much more common these days with the explosion in smartphones and mp3 players so it seems inevitable the problem will increase.

We’ve previously recommended the Klipsch IMAGE S4 In-Ear Enhanced Bass Noise-Isolating Headphones as they fit tightly into ear and therefore don’t need to be turned up so loud. You can read our article here and our Klipsch IMAGE S4 Headphones review.

Headphone safety tips

The most obvious is to turn the volume down! The higher the volume, the shorter time you should listen. It’s thought that having the volume between 10 – 50% of the maximum should be reasonably safe, but if you go over 80% there is a danger of some damage. At this level earbuds shouldn’t be worn longer than 1 ½ hours and sound isolating headphones around 50 minutes. This does vary with what you’re listening on and from person to person.

Give your ears a rest, take a break from wearing headphones as this will give your ears time to recover. Many believe in the 60/60 rule – listen at 60% of the maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes a day.

If you like your music loud (not a good idea), it’s best to avoid earbuds if you can as they deliver closest to the eardrum.

Noise isolating headphones may be a good option as they block outside noise which means you don’t have to have the volume quite so high. See our previous article on best noise isolating headphones.

Around 85 decibels is thought to be fairly safe. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has a good guide to decibel levels and a noise meter (Flash required) which demonstrates them.

It’s already been said, but let’s say it again – it’s not so much the headphones, but more the volume the user decides to set that causes the problem.

Finally for headphones safety, beware of “volume creep”. Once you get used to a certain volume, it’s easy to turn it a little more, then a little more, then……

Best Headphones for Kids

The purpose of this article is to not recommend any particular set of headphones for kids, but to highlight a couple of models which have been designed for them, whilst setting out potential dangers to developing ears.

Probably the first question to ask is, should kids wear headphones at all? Because their ears are still developing, is the risk of damage much greater? It’s probably convenient for parents to let their kids wear headphones for listening to music or for gaming so they don’t have to listen to the “noise” themselves, but there is a real danger of damage occurring.

There’s been a lot of research into child hearing loss and it’s thought around 12.5% of kids from six to nineteen have suffered some loss due to wearing headphones. The reality is, of course, it’s not so much the headphones causing the problem, but more the excessive volume that leads to damage.

One report suggested that wearing headphones at 60% of their volume for an hour a day causes little damage, but that is relative to the power the headphones are able to pump out.

Which are the best headphones for kids?

Because mp3 players are more popular than ever, so are headphones for listening while on the move. Headphones generally isolate the sound from background noise meaning the volume doesn’t have to be too loud, but there is a difference between open and closed backed models.

Over ear are mostly better as they put the sound further away from the ear as opposed to ear bud types which deliver closer to the ear drum. The JLab JBuddies Kids Volume Limiting Headphones have been designed especially for kids as have the Kidz Gear Wired Headphones For Kids.

Why are these the best headphones for kids?

Damage to hearing occurs with exposure to high volume over an extended amount of time. It’s thought around 85 decibels over a period of eight hours can be damaging. The average teen listens at about that level. The JBuddies limit the volume to less than 90db so at least there is some control. The Kidz Gear Wired Hea come with a KidzControl Volume Limit Cable which will keep the level around 20% lower than the original level.

It’s important to remember that hearing damage usually occurs over a period of time rather than straight away and everyone is different, so some may be affected more than others. Noise induced hearing loss in children is more of a problem than it used to be, but as previously stated, it’s the volume rather than the headphones that’s the cause. Noise limiting models are a good idea if you’re looking for the best headphones for kids, but do your best to keep the volume down and limit the length of time they can be worn.

Click here to buy the JLab JBuddies Kids Volume Limiting Headphones

Click here to buy the Kidz Gear Wired Headphones For Kids

You can also read our JLab JBuddies Kids Headphones review

You can also read our Kidz Gear Wired Headphones review

Best Headphones for Working Out

Exercise and working out can be tedious or to go a little further, boring, so listening to music can be motivating and make a big difference. The best headphones for working out will need to fit securely and won’t fall off during rapid movement. It’s also best that they’re durable and sweat proof.

There are many different types of headphones that are good for working out. Wireless or Bluetooth models are popular because of the convenience of having no lead connecting to the device restricting movement. Headsets are also popular as they have a microphone, so if you’re listening via a smartphone you can also answer calls.

Another thing to consider is where you’re exercising, for example if you’re running outdoors, open backed are better because they let in some outside sounds such as traffic which is safer. If you’re in the gym then closed backed are fine. In-ear headphones are also better for in the gym rather than outside for the same reason.

Which are the best headphones for working out?

The Monster iSport Victory In-Ear Headphones are especially designed for those who work out. They have an in-ear “SportClip” which is comfortable and prevents them falling out. They’re also sweat proof and easily cleaned.

Why are they the best headphones for working out?

As the priority is to find headphones that will stay put during exercise, it’s easy to overlook the quality of the sound they produce. Not so with the Monster iSport’s, they have advanced in-ear speakers with MicroStrand conductors reproducing excellent quality and making sure everything’s clear.

Because concentration is high during work outs, it’s good to have a powerful sound from headphones to give you that extra push. These have noise isolating ear tips which form a tight seal meaning they deliver a deep thumping sound.

Click here to buy the Monster iSport Victory In-Ear Headphones

You can also read our Monster iSport In-Ear Headphones review

 

If you prefer more freedom then it’s best to go for a wireless or Bluetooth headphones. If you want freedom from a lead you probably also want extra lightweight headphones, so we’ve picked the Avantree Jogger Pro Sweat Proof Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Headphones which are purposely designed for use when exercising.

 

Click here to buy the Avantree Jogger Pro Sweat Proof Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Headphones / Headsets with microphone for running

You can also read our Avantree Jogger Pro Bluetooth Headphones review