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The best headsets for Nintendo Switch

Grab a pair of these to take on the go.

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Published Mar 31, 2017   Updated May 24, 2021, 7:00 pm CDT

The Nintendo Switch is still in high demand, with many retailers and outlets having troubles keeping a supply on the shelves. The at-home-or-on-the-go device is keeping players entertained with its unique gaming configurations.

One of the main features touted by Nintendo is the ability to play any game anywhere. You can start The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on your home television, pause the game and pick up the Switch from its home cradle, then take the action with you out into the world. No more stopping your game during commuter rides, flights, or just getting out of the house.

In crowded locations, hearing the rustling of an enemy can be difficult, and surrounding people may not appreciate the explosions involved during puzzles in the shrines. Headphones are the best solution. Fortunately, there are some very good headphone solutions that will provide the aural quality players crave and the style they wish to present in public without breaking the bank.

The best Nintendo Switch headsets

1) Turtle Beach Ear Force PX24 ($129.90)

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The Turtle Beach Ear Force PX24 is a great choice that offers an amplified sound and quality speakers in a lightweight package. The SuperAmp battery-powered amplifier kicks up the highs and lows while remaining compact.

The amplifier also provides enhancements like a variable bass boost and tuning for specific gaming platforms. While voice chat isn’t available yet for the Switch, the PX24 comes with a fixed, high-sensitivity microphone and the ability to hear your own voice so no shouting.

The headset is wrapped in leather and has fabric mesh ear cushions for comfort. In addition to working for the Switch, it is compatible with the Xbox One, PlayStation4, PC, Mac, and tablet devices.

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2) SteelSeries Arctis 3 ($89.95)

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The Arctis 3 is one of the best headsets for mobile gaming, including when taking the Switch on the go. Using 7.1 Surround Sound and S1 drivers engineered for quality without distortion, the headset is a great companion for the Switch when heading out into the world.

An elastic band contours across the head, eliminating pressure points for continued comfort. The company said their ear cushions are inspired by fabrics used in athletic clothing, keep players cool and dry for comfortable hours of gaming.

The headset will work on all gaming platforms, and the microphone, which is retractable to keep it safe, uses a bidirectional design for voice clarity and background noise cancellation. Volume and mute controls are at the player’s fingertips for quick adjustments during a nasty boss fight.

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3) Turtle Beach Stealth 350VR ($49.97)

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While it was designed with virtual reality gaming in mind, the Turtle Beach Stealth 350VR is a great addition to the Switch for comfortable and clear gaming. Battery-powered amplification boosts the bass while keeping the high end clear with 50mm speakers.

Memory foam and over the ear cushions provide satisfaction and reduce fatigue through many hours of gaming. The noise-canceling microphone is detachable, so it won’t get in your way during Switch play.

The batteries are rechargeable and can last more than 30 hours, longer than a Joy-Con controller can hold a charge. While they were designed for VR, the 350VR is a great headset with for its features and low price point.

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4) ASTRO Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild headset ($59.99)

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Spare me with your $300 Bose headphones. There isn’t a sexier headset than this one. The ASTRO Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild headset looks like it’s been plucked fresh from a treasure chest after fighting a tough mini-boss. The durable rubberized cover withstands wins, losses, and everything in between. It syncs up to the Nintendo Switch Online app to voice chat whether you’re playing against friends in Splatoon 2 or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. And while it’s built from the ground up to be used on the Nintendo Switch, it works equally well on Mac and PC. But don’t kid yourself: the big selling point here is the ubiquitous gold band and iconic “Z” that screams “Legend.” 

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5) HomeSpot Bluetooth 5.0 Audio Transmitter ($39.99)

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If you’ve already got a Bluetooth enabled pair of headphones, don’t go buying one just for your Switch. Instead, get this transmitter which works with most Bluetooth enabled headsets, mic and all. Simply plug it into your Switch and sync up your favorite pair of headphones. It works equally well whether you’re playing portable or in docked mode. It even allows you to connect up to two headphones at once, for the best local/online multiplayer experience. 

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*First Published: Mar 31, 2017, 9:14 am CDT