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. Now, users can cut the cord and can 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
- Best for PlayStation Owners: PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset
- Best Value: Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 600
- Best Premium: RIG 800HS Wireless
- Best for Audiophiles: Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum
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 the use of the Nintendo Switch voice chat app.
Comfortable design, excellent audio, 20-hour battery life, and a solid price tag makes 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
It does it all
This headset does all you want a pair of headphones to do. Great audio, great design, and a great price.
Best for PlayStation Owners: PlayStation Gold 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 7.1 virtual surround sound, which allows you to hear everything in your gaming environment, and a noise-canceling microphone, this headset has got it all. What it doesn't have is a dongle, so you'll have to grab a GuliKit Route Air Bluetooth Adapter or the TaoTronics Transmitter to use this headset.
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 as well and features removable faceplates so you can customize to your liking. The battery life, however, is where this headset is lacking. At only 8-10 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 4. There's a headset companion app that you can use to download custom sound modes for certain PlayStation games. If you own a PlayStation 4, then it's not a big loss, but if your Switch is your only means of gaming, you'll be left out.
- 7.1 virtual surround sound
- The pre-made levels are great
- Customizable with included faceplates
- Switch players will miss out on the exclusive PlayStation features
- Battery life is subpar
- Requires a dongle
Best for PlayStation Owners
A PlayStation headset on a Nintendo console
If you own a PlayStation already, why not use the system's premier headset on your Nintendo Switch?
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 on 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 working the levels on the headset directly.
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
One of the best brands in gaming
Turtle Beach packed a lot of features into a value package. It's an easy recommendation..
Best Premium: RIG 800HS Wireless
Another excellent wireless headset for the Nintendo Switch, the Rig 800HS offers 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
The most bang for your buck
If money is not an issue, we recommend this lightweight headset with a ton of customizable audio settings.
Best for Audiophiles: Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum
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 as well as 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
Best for Audiophiles
For those who are all about their audio
A quality pair of headphones for audiophiles looking to make the most of their gaming, music, and movie-watching experience.
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 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 GuliKit Route Air Bluetooth Adapter 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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