Best Headphones for Nintendo Switch iMore 2020

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.

$86 at Amazon

Cheap gaming headset: Masacegon 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.

$22 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.

$13 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

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.

$13 at Amazon

Super sleek: Turtle Beach Recon 70

This particular headset doesn't cost much, but it fits comfortably and has a really cool-looking design. They feature a built-in microphone that can flip up and out of the way when not in use.

$30 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 want 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 Masacegon Gaming Headset since it provides noise-canceling, 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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