Best Wireless Headphones for Nintendo Switch iMore 2021
For too long, Nintendo Switch owners have been forced to suffer the indignity of being limited to wired headphones — no more! The Switch doesn't natively support Bluetooth, but that doesn't mean you can't use your wireless headphones; you just need an adapter, like the Genki Audio Lite. Now, users can cut the cord and get the best audio quality from the best Switch games, at home, or on the go with the best wireless headphones for the Nintendo Switch. When you do, we recommend picking up the Steelseries Arctis 1 Wireless Headset. It's a comfortable and durable headset with outstanding sound quality.
- Best Overall: Steelseries Arctis 1 Wireless for Nintendo Switch
- Best for PlayStation Owners: Sony PS Pulse 3D Wireless Headset
- Best Value: Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 600
- Best Premium: RIG 800HS Wireless
- Best for Audiophiles: Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Headset
Best Overall: Steelseries Arctis 1 Wireless
The Steelseries Actis 1 Wireless Headset is one of the best headsets you can buy for any system, but especially for your Nintendo Switch. It's an incredibly stylish headset, but most importantly, it's comfortable too. Foam cushions line the sturdy, steel headband, so you won't have to worry about being weighed down during lengthy gaming sessions. The included USB dongle connects directly to your console while you're docked and can be used when you're portable, as well.
In addition to having noise-canceling, the audio quality on this headset is really great. Audio controls are found on the left earmuff, so it's really simple to adjust the volume at a notice. All the sounds in your games will be played back in excellent quality, no matter the game. It features a detachable mic, which you might want to remove if you're playing on the Switch anyway, thanks to Nintendo's archaic voice chat system. It's perfect for games like Fortnite that allow in-game chat without using the Nintendo Switch voice chat app.
Comfortable design, excellent audio, 20-hour battery life, and a solid price tag make the Steelseries Arctis 1 an easy headset to recommend. It's a truly wireless headset that is great for any system but perfect for the Switch.
- Comfortable and durable design
- Superb audio quality
- On-board controls for easy adjustments
- Included USB dongle for connection
- 20-hour battery life
- No customization options
Best for PlayStation Owners: Sony PS Pulse 3D Wireless Headset
I know what you're thinking — "are you recommending a PlayStation headset?" We are, but the PlayStation Gold Wireless headset is also one of the best wireless headsets money can buy. Featuring excellent sound quality and a gorgeous aesthetic that matches the oh so hard to find PS5, the Sony PlayStation Pulse 3D Wireless Headset has got it all. It even includes a dongle that can be plugged into the Nintendo Switch dock.
It's stylish and comfortable, so you can play for hours without experiencing any fatigue. The slick pair of headphones look good enough for daily use; however, there aren't any customization options. The battery life is also lacking. At only 12 hours, this set will need charging sooner rather than later.
The downside to using the competition's headset is that you're ultimately locked out of a couple of cool features exclusively on the PlayStation. There's a headset companion app that you can use to download custom sound modes for certain PlayStation games. If you own a PS4 or PS5, then it's not a big loss, but if your Switch is your only means of gaming, you'll be left out.
- Includes 3.5mm jack audio cable
- Crystal clear audio
- Includes a dongle
- Subpar microphone
- Battery life is lacking
- Switch users will miss out on PS exclusive features
Best Value: Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 600
Turtle Beach headsets are known for their superior sound quality, and the Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 600 is no different. It features 7.1 surround sound audio that enables gamers to pick up the slightest sounds within their games. It promises up to 15 hours of playtime per charge, so you'll get a good amount of mileage from this headset for short and long gaming sessions.
One of the coolest features of this headset is mic monitoring, which allows players to hear the sound of their own voice inside the headset. This prevents players from screaming at other players in the game (at least not by accident). This headset also features custom sound modes and genre-specific audio presets that help you immerse yourself in your favorite game, movies, or music. If presets aren't your thing, just adjust the sound by directly working the headset levels.
For the money, you're getting a premium package here at a value price. Turtle Beach has been around since the dawn of online gaming and are a very reliable brand, no matter what system you're playing on. This is a quality pair of headphones that are great for the Nintendo Switch. Also, it doesn't matter if you pick up the Xbox or Playstation version of this mic. Both will work on your Nintendo Switch.
- Excellent sound quality
- Audio presets for music, movies, and games
- Mic monitoring for hearing your own voice
- Decent battery life
- Limited to two colors that both represent the competition
- Requires a dongle to use on Switch
Best Premium: RIG 800HS Wireless
Another excellent wireless headset for the Nintendo Switch, the Rig 800HS offer a lot of power in a lightweight package. The light and durable frame includes a self-adjusting head strap that evenly distributes weight to decrease pressure. It also features multiple adjustment points to help you game comfortably. The memory foam ear cushions increase sound isolation to achieve a truly immersive experience. Even better, the RIG 800HS Wireless promises at least 24 hours on one charge and lag-free, digital wireless audio with a 10-meter range from the included wireless base.
The controls are situated on one of the ears and allow for quick and easy control volume control. Quickly adjust the balance between game and chat audio as well as the master volume. The headset also allows you to isolate bass, vocal focus, and a bunch of other audio settings. Voice feedback lets you monitor your outgoing levels and quality, and the noise-canceling mic ensures your teammates hear you and only you. Analog dials on the headset make adjusting balance and volume a breeze. Even cooler, when you need to mute yourself, just flip your mic up. Simple as that.
This headset works with other consoles and the PC as well, so this is a great buy if you're looking for a headset that can work with multiple systems. It's a little more expensive than we'd like and will require a dongle, but this is another quality wireless headset for the Nintendo Switch.
- Incredibly lightweight
- Memory foam ear cushions increase sound isolation
- Easy controls on the ear
- Many customization options
- Great 24-hour battery life
- No included dongle
Best for Audiophiles: *Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Headset *
The Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum is a slick and futuristic-looking gaming headset that offers tons of customization options for audiophiles. Using the USB mix adapter, you can easily connect up to three devices at the same time. Answer calls, listen to music, and game seamlessly using one headset. It features 7.1 Dolby surround sound and 12 hours of battery life, or eight hours with the LED lighting on. It also includes a cable connection if you're running low on battery and don't want to stop gaming.
The customization options don't stop at the audio mixing, however. You can also customize the RBG lighting on the headset and sync the effects to games. You also customize the G-Keys along the headset to assign macros for complex game commands. While it adds to the immersion, there's no need for it on your Switch.
The Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum is the choice for gamers and audiophiles who want control over their entire experience. It has tons of customization options, 7.1 surround sound support, and a good price. And of course, it has noise-canceling, too.
- Tons of audio controls for total customization
- RBG lighting
- 7.1 surround sound support
- Compatibility with many different devices
- Battery life is on the shorter side
- No included dongle
- G-Keys a bit unnecessary for the Switch
Cut the cord
Those are some of the best wireless headphones for the Nintendo Switch. While all of these are excellent choices, if you're looking for a pair of headphones that combine quality, price, and comfort, look no further than the Steelseries Arctis 1 Wireless Headset. One note about using wireless headsets in portable mode though, to use any of the applicable headsets while the Switch is undocked, you'll have to purchase a USB-C adapter and plug the receiver into it.
While the Nintendo Switch isn't Bluetooth compatible, it's easy to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch. You'll need to plug in a transmitter of some kind to use wireless headphones with your Nintendo Switch. There are two options: an adapter that connects via the USB-C port, like the Genki Audio Lite, or the TaoTronics Transmitter that attaches using the headphone jack. Most wireless headsets are compatible with the adapters as well, so you shouldn't run into any issues. A good pair of wireless headphones is a necessary accessory for your Nintendo Switch, so it's worth the investment.
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