Best Headphones for Nintendo Switch iMore 2019

When you're playing your Nintendo Switch in console mode you won't need to worry about sound, but when you're out and about with your Switch in portable mode, that's a different story. Though the Switch's Bluetooth processor is not set up for headphones, it does come with a standard 3.5mm audio jack. There are plenty of options for great sound while you're lugging your Switch around. Here are some of our favorite headphones that you can use with your Switch.

Game & chat: Steelseries Arctis Bluetooth

Staff favorite

With simultaneous wired and Bluetooth audio, these headphones are perfect for Switch users as they allow you to hear game audio and use the smartphone chat app or in-game chat at the same time. The cushioned headstrap and earphones provide a comfy audio experience while the speakers feature background noise cancellation.

$90 at Amazon

Cheap gaming headset: Macacegon Gaming Headset

These over-the-ear speakers feature HD stereo surround and noise canceling. It's lightweight and the speakers are cushioned so wearing these headphones is a comfortable and pleasant experience. There are three colors to choose from: red, green and blue.

$20 at Amazon

Celebrate Zelda: Breath of the Wild Earbuds

This Zelda-themed set of earbuds comes with a matching carrying case. They include in-line chat microphones so you can talk to friends when playing multiplayer games that support in-game chat. The case makes them especially easy to pack and travel with.

$10 at Amazon

Solid sound: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B

The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B is a great budget option for noise-canceling. It's tuned for great, natural sound. It's also lightweight and features a fold-flat design so it will be easy to store and travel with.

$100 at Amazon

Outside gaming: Sennheiser OCX 686G Sports

These sports headphones are the perfect choice for on the go since they are lightweight and the ergonomic ear hooks won't allow them to fall off while you play. Talk with your buddies using the in-line microphone when playing games that include in-game chat or attach them to your phone to use the Nintendo chat app.

$75 at Amazon

Cheap fit: Panasonic ErgoFit

These simple, straightforward in-ear headphones deliver respectable sound in a comfortable package. Choose from a variety of colors with or without the microphone.

$15 at Amazon

Astronomical: Astro A10 Zelda Edition

This particular model of Astro headphones launched specially for Nintendo Switch. It features a Legend of Zelda theme and also comes with a chat and audio cable specifically designed for Switch Online chat services.

$50 at Amazon

Bottom line

Any pair of good headphones will work with your Nintendo Switch, but the ones we list here let you take full advantage of all Nintendo has to offer with its mobile chat apps, and they have the sound quality to bring any game to life. If you're wanting to use a Bluetooth headset, you'll need an adapter.

Of all the headphones on the market, we especially like the performance of the Steelseries Arctis 3 Bluetooth for its ability to deliver audio from the wire and over Bluetooth simultaneously. If you're looking for a headset that's a bit cheaper, we recommend Macacegon Gaming Headset since it provides noise cancelling, surround sound speakers, as well as a microphone at an extremely affordable price. Now if you just want something cheap yet reliable, consider getting this pair of Panasonic ErgoFit earbuds. They're the most inexpensive option on our list and you can choose from a variety of colors to get the look you like best.

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