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Top 5 PS4 Headsets Under $50

HyperX Cloud Stinger
Best Choice

HyperX Cloud Stinger

4.9

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TBI Pro GHS1
Premium Pick

TBI Pro GHS1

4.7

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RUNMUS K2 Red
Best Value

RUNMUS K2 Red

4.5

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When the PS4 launched back in 2013, it cost $399. This was over 100 dollars cheaper than the Xbox-One. It was well known that the PS4 was being sold at a loss at launch. As a matter of fact, to this day (if you believe the rumors), it’s still being sold at a production loss.

Sony covers its losses and makes a profit from game sales, peripherals, and PSN subscriptions. So you’re not just being sold a console, you’re being sold an economy. It’s one of the reasons that some of Sony’s peripherals cost so much.

For instance, the DualShock 4 is the best controller you can buy for any (compatible) platform but it’s expensive. It’s the same story with their proprietary headsets. While they’re truly great PS4 headsets, they’re a little expensive, especially if you’re working on a student’s budget.

So what are your options if you’re looking for a decent headset but you only have 50 dollars to spare? 🎧 💸


Top 5 PS4 Headsets Under $50

A headset is an amalgamation of a pair of headphones (or a singular headphone) and a microphone. While you can get and use a pair of mic-less earphones and even go as far as using your smartphone as a PlayStation microphone, this takes a bit of work to set up comfortably.

With just $50, you can get yourself a pair of great headsets. In this guide, we found five of those headsets. Since headsets are a combination of speakers and a mic, picking a decent one requires you to ensure that not only do they sound great but they have a great microphone attached to them.

You may also not be convinced by our selection, so near the end of this article, we’ve included a buying guide to help you pick headsets of your own on your next shopping trip. The buying guide will also help you understand how we made our picks. So without further ado…

Best Choice: HyperX Cloud Stinger

Pros & Cons

  • Affordable
  • Comfortable
  • Compatible with multiple platforms
  • Lightweight
  • Great sound quality
  • Microphone record quality a little lackluster

Key Features:

  • 90-degree rotating ear cups
  • Swivel to mute microphone
  • Memory foam ear pads
  • On-earcup volume controls
  • Closed-back design

Specifications:

  • Headset Driver: Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
  • Headset Frequency Response: 18-23,000Hz
  • Headset Impedance: 30 Ω
  • Headphone THD: < 2%
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 50-18,000Hz
  • Microphone Sensitivity: -40 dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
  • Weight: 275g | 0.6 lbs

HyperX Cloud Stinger Review

Over the last decade and a half, Kingston HyperX has been making affordable gaming peripherals and hardware. Seeing one of their products on this list should come as no shock or surprise. Their headsets have been endorsed by sponsors celebrities, athletes, and musicians such as Post Malone, Joel Embiid, Michael Grzesiek (Shroud) and Gordon Hayward.

So HyperX has a great reputation and inclusion on any list that has to do with gaming peripherals is near mandatory. But you may be asking yourself why we chose to include the HyperX Cloud Stingers instead of the Sony licensed HyperX Clouds.

The short answer is - the Cloud Stingers are just better. Sure, they may not have the PlayStation emblem or the leatherette covered headband but in my opinion, they are better looking – by far. You also won’t look like an air traffic controller while wearing them.

In addition to this, the Stingers come with a swivel mic that can be muted by pushing it back. While the HyperX Clouds have inline controls (which can get annoying sometimes), the Stingers’ audio controls are located on the outer ear cups.

They’re not made out of aluminum but the build quality feels far superior and durable, especially considering the fact that the ear-cups aren’t held in place by two forks. The Stingers are also very lightweight and they don’t have a major clamping force so they won’t start to feel hot and uncomfortable after long hours of wear.

The earpads are also made with HyperX’s signature memory foam, further adding to their wearability and comfort. These are circumaural headphones and the 50 mm drivers sitting directly next to your ears ensure that there is as little audio leakage as possible.

If you find that the cable is too short, fret not, the headphones come with an extension cable and additional mic plugs. With a noise-canceling mic, rotating ear cups to make them more portable and stereo sound, the HyperX Cloud Stingers are a steal at this price. Read more in our in-depth HyperX Cloud Stinger review.

The HyperX Cloud Stingers are also featured in our best gaming headset guide. If your pockets are a bit deeper and you’re looking for a more general-purpose pair of headsets, give that guide a visit.

Premium Pick: TBI Pro GHS1

Pros & Cons

  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Strong, durable cable
  • Decent sound
  • In-line volume control is a little big
  • Subpar mic quality

Key Features:

  • USB and 3.5 Jack Interfacing
  • LED Lights
  • Inline volume controls and mic mute buttons
  • Leatherette headband
  • Breathable leatherette ear pads

Specifications:

  • Headset Driver: 50mm directional drivers
  • Headset Frequency Response: Unspecified (Measured at 20-20,000Hz)
  • Headset Impedance: Unspecified (Est. 25 - 30 Ω)
  • Headphone THD: < 3%
  • Microphone Frequency Response: Unspecified (Est. 50-20,000Hz)
  • Microphone Sensitivity: Unspecified (Est. -40 dB)
  • Weight: 512g | 1.13 lbs.

TBI Pro GHS1 Review

It’s hard to find premium headphones in this price range but TBI Pro comes pretty close with their first foray into making gaming headsets. It’s a little strange considering the fact that TBI Pro doesn’t specialize in this part of the market.

From dog training collars to specialized garden hoses, they seem to have their fingers in all types of pies. Don’t let this fact scare you off. While the GHS1’s look a little gaudy and plastic from the outside, they’re actually very comfortable and sound pretty great.

I just wouldn’t recommend that you wear them outside. While they may complement your PS4’s style and/or color scheme, there’s no way to make them look fashionable.

The headsets come with LED lights located on the ear cups and mic tip. A nice touch that more and more modern headsets seem to be adopting. However, in order for the LED indicators to function, the headphones need to be plugged into a USB port. This is a bit of a waste.

These things are huge. They are giant closed-back circumaural headphones that will comfortably fit over any head and ear size. In addition to the steel slider, they come with a secondary leatherette headband, making the headphones a little more adjustable and comfortable.

The ear pads are made out of a breathable velour material which feels soft on your ears. However, they can feel a bit hot after a few hours. The 50 mm large speakers use multi-layer film diaphragms. The sound is above average but nothing to write home about.

The microphone isn’t overly sensitive but it may pick up some static. It’s flexible and can be positioned nearly any way you want. It will work well for chatting and phone calls but if you plan on trying to record any hit songs, I suggest you pick another pair of headsets.

The GHS1s use a braided cable with an almost cartoonishly large inline volume control. There’s also a mute toggle for your microphone. The headphone’s great quality more than justifies the asking price. Couple that with a decent microphone and speakers with a nice kick to them, you have a bargain.

Best Value: RUNMUS K2 Red

Pros & Cons

  • Extremely affordable
  • Features full stereo sound on PS4
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • A bit bulky
  • Lackluster mic recording and chat quality

Key Features:

  • Soft breathable protein ear pads
  • Retractable headband
  • 7.1 Surround Sound Stereo
  • Multiple Platform Compatibility
  • Noise-canceling Mic
  • LED Lights on outer ear cups

Specifications:

  • Headset Driver: 50mm
  • Headset Frequency Response: 20-20,000Hz
  • Headset Impedance: 32 Ω
  • Headphone THD: Unspecified (Est. < 3%)
  • Microphone Frequency Response: Unspecified (Est. 50-18,000Hz)
  • Microphone Sensitivity: -38 dB
  • Weight: 340 grams | 12 Ounces

RUN MUS K2 Red Review

When you’re shopping around for headphones at this price range, you’re going to run across some very questionable brands. You’ll rarely find Bose, Sennheiser or even Sony. You might look at the name RUN MUS with some high-key skepticism but I can assure you that any distrust or incredulity is misplaced.

One of the reasons why RUN MUS can sell their headsets so cheaply is because they are based in the United States. Which is great news for any American who’s feeling patriotic.

Currently, RUN MUS’s inventory consists of nothing but gaming headsets. According to their website, they hope to expand and venture out into building a wider variety of gaming peripherals in the near future. Another reason why RUN MUS’s headsets are worth checking out is they have a 1-year warranty on all their stock.

But let’s talk about the K2 Reds and why you should consider buying them. For a pair of headsets priced this low, they’re built exceptionally well. While they’re not licensed by Sony, you can tell that they were built for the PS4 in mind.

They deliver surround sound stereo on the PS4. This feature can only be used on a PC or PS4. In terms of comfort and wearability, the headsets come with a memory foam cushioned retractable headband and the ear cups are surrounded by a cushioned bionic protein material with a breathable center.

Behind the cushion, the headsets use 50 mm neodymium magnet drivers that are protected by a metal shockproof layer. The speakers produce slightly above average sound, even better when you’re using them on your PS4 with the surround sound stereo on.

You’ll be doing a lot of looking over your shoulders while playing because it gets hard to tell if the sound is coming from your headphones (in-game) or outside of them. These headsets, despite their LED lights and sharp and bulky exterior, are actually quite light. They also don’t have a large clamping force so they won’t feel like a vice on your head.

Speaking of the LED lights, there are lights on each of the ear cups as well as the microphone tip. Since they require a power source, they’ll only work when you connect the headsets into a USB drive.

As with most headsets at this price range, the mic isn’t super-amazing but it is serviceable. It is bidirectional which means it’s noise-canceling. If you want to mute the mic, all you have to do is push it up.

Depending on where and when you buy them, you can get them at just under $30. Which is nearly half the budget you probably came here with. So you’ll have enough left to invest in a headset.

Most Comfortable: Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 60P

Pros & Cons

  • Affordable
  • Great mic recording quality
  • Decent Sound Quality
  • Versatile headphone adjustability
  • Subpar noise isolation
  • The mic may be too sensitive for some users

Key Features:

  • Adjustable high-sensitivity mic
  • Lightweight build
  • Inline controls
  • Versatile Compatibility
  • Removable Omni-Directional
  • 1 Year Warranty

Specifications:

  • Headset Driver: 40 mm neodymium
  • Headset Frequency Response: 20-20,000Hz
  • Headset Impedance: 32 Ω
  • Headphone THD: Unspecified (Est. < 2%)
  • Microphone Frequency Response:  20-10,000Hz
  • Microphone Sensitivity: Unspecified (Est. -40 dBV to -30 dBV)
  • Weight: 408g | 0.9 lbs.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 60P Review

A lot of consumers shop by brand. The specifications or features don’t matter, just as long as there is an established trust and the product meets the consumer’s budget and needs.

If you’re a neophyte and you’re looking for a good pair of headsets, Turtle Beach is a good company to blindly buy your headsets from. They’ve been specializing in this market since the early noughties and they have a large inventory of headsets to cater to you, whether you’re a pro-gamer or a (“filthy”) casual. Whether you’re a PC gamer or a console gamer.

You can tell by their color scheme that the Ear Force Recon 60Ps (I know that’s a long name) were made to complement your PS4. They don’t just do this aesthetically. They come with an amplifier which you can connect to your PS4’s USB port. Of course, you have the option of using them without the amplifier and connecting them directly to your controller's jack.

The headsets are beautifully designed. The microphone is completely detachable and the headset design doesn’t scream “GAMING HEADSET!”, so you can wear these headsets as ordinary headphones while you commute or go shopping.

Speaking of the mic, it’s omnidirectional, which means it’s super sensitive. It will pick up background noise and your voice will come out distorted if you put it too close to your mouth. You might have to fiddle with it a bit to find the right chat and voice balance. This is made harder by the fact that the headsets don’t come with built-in microphone monitoring.

While the headsets are comfortable and great looking, they’re not made for particularly big heads. The max suspension is pretty low. The headsets also don’t create a good seal over your ears. Which means the sound is not isolated effectively.

The headphones use in-line controls for mic muting and volume adjustment. They’re optimized for use with your PlayStation 4 but don’t have exclusive compatibility to it. These headphones will work with your PC, Xbox-One and mobile phone.

Best Cheap Pick: ONIKUMA K5-camouflage

Pros & Cons

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Long durable cable(s)
  • Decent Sound quality
  • No on-ear cup controls
  • Uses a rotary volume control that may get stuck

Key Features:

  • 7.1 Surround Sound Stereo
  • Cushioned headband
  • Led light on each ear cup
  • Noise isolating microphone
  • In-line remote control with volume dial and microphone mute switch
  • 2.2 m braided cable

Specifications:

  • Headset Driver: Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
  • Headset Frequency Response: 20-20,000Hz
  • Headset Impedance: 16 Ω
  • Headphone THD: Unspecified (Est. < 4%)
  • Microphone Frequency Response: Unspecified 50-18,000Hz
  • Microphone Sensitivity: -36dB+/-1dB
  • Weight: 316g | 0.6 lbs

ONIKUMA K5-camouflage Review

If you have a lot less than 50 dollars in your wallet, then ONIKUMA’s K5s have you covered. ONIKUMA has been around since 2006. Their launch product was a pair of gaming headsets.

Since then they’ve ventured out into building and shipping other gaming peripherals. But they never stopped refining and improving their original product. Which brings us to their K5-Camouflages.

The headsets are deceptively lightweight. With a headband whose cushion is made from the same material that the ear pads are, it’s deceptively comfortable too. The breathable ear pad material mixed in with the headsets low clamp pressure makes wearing them for long hours a breeze.

In terms of sound quality, they handle bass admirably and distortion is pretty low. You’ll be able to hear enemy footsteps clearly. It’s unfortunate that it doesn’t have stereo or surround sound.

The mic is omnidirectional and isolates noise at up to 90%. So while it’s sensitive, it won’t pick up all the background noise in your immediate vicinity. It’s a non-removable swivel microphone. The microphone’s tip houses an LED light that only works when the headsets are plugged into a USB port.

The headsets also come with inline volume control. It’s a large rotary control that I can see malfunctioning in the future, especially if it gets any dust or crumbs in it. As with most headsets with swivel microphones, the mic can be muted by pushing it up.

While ONIKUMA isn’t a recognizable name in the annals of gaming, these headsets are worth checking out especially if you’re looking for a temporary solution. They’re comfortable, they sound great and the mic recording quality isn’t too shabby.


PS4 Headsets Under $50: Buying Guide

When headset manufacturers and brands try to sell you their products, the first thing that they tell you is how great they sound. But how great do they really sound? Is there a way to quantify it without having to test them yourself or read user reviews online?

If you’re a sound engineer or an audio hobbyist, you might be familiar with the terms in the spec lists of some of these headphones. But if you’re not then they might go over your head. In this buying guide, we’ll cover what some of these technical specs mean and what you should look out for.

Headphone Driver: The Part That Makes the Noise

The headphone drive unit is a disc-like element whose purpose is to convert the electrical signals it receives into sound. It’s basically a compressed speaker.

PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset

It’s made up of a magnet, a diaphragm and voice coils. Driver units are usually measured according to their diameter. This value is usually in millimeters (mm). The size of the driver determines how well it can produce sound as well as handle bass.

You’ll notice how most of the drivers at this price range are either sized at 40 mm or 50 mm. The ideal size of a driver for a pair of headphones that cost under $50 is 50 mm. If your chosen headsets have smaller drivers, it means that they will probably use less padding or cushioning because the drivers will need to be closer to your ears to be effective.

Headphone Frequency Response: Bass, Mids, and Treble

Frequency response refers to the range of the bass, mids, and treble. The accepted frequency range for most headphones is 20 to 20,000 Hz. The first number (20) in that range represents the bass end of the spectrum while the second (20,000) represents the treble expect.

Sennheiser Game ONE Gaming Headset-min

Some headphones (especially bassier ones) have a wider range…18 – 25000 Hz. Treble over 20,000 Hz isn’t always audible. So if you’re looking for headphones with a lot of bass, pay attention to the first number in the frequency response specification.

Microphone Sensitivity: How Loud Do You Need To Be?

In layman terms, microphone sensitivity refers to the size of the volume of sound that a microphone can pick up or record. The more sensitive a microphone is, the more noise and sound it will pick up.

We won’t go into as much detail as to why, but the sensitivity is usually marked as a negative value. The closer the sensitivity is to 0, the higher it is. For instance, a microphone with a -36 dB rating is more sensitive than a microphone with a -40 dB.

black headset microphone detached

For headsets, microphone sensitivity should be at around -40 dB and below. If it’s more sensitive than that, ensure that the microphone has noise cancellation or isolation. If you want to learn more about microphones, why not check out our guide on the best microphone for gaming. It might even inspire you to get a gaming microphone of your own.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are Wired Headsets Better Than Wireless Headsets?

Basic wired headsets are still better than basic wireless headsets. Wired headsets tend to have better drivers and no latency issues. You can really tell the difference when you listen to high definition audio.

Are Wired Headsets Safer Than Wireless Headsets?

There are no studies that suggest that wired headsets are safer than wireless headsets. Both wired and wireless headphones emit radiation. Since wireless headsets use radio signals and Bluetooth, they may emit more radiation than wired headsets.

onikuma black headset

But Bluetooth has a low range frequency which in turn means that the radiation it emits is still minuscule. So we could say that wired headsets are safer but wireless headsets aren’t really dangerous. Or rather wireless headsets are as dangerous for your hearing as wired headsets are – if not used appropriately.

Do Headphones Reduce Radiation?

While headphones do release radiation of their own, they release significantly lower radiation than cell phones. You can use headsets to reduce radiation by using them for phone conversations, instead of holding your smartphone directly to your ear or head.


Conclusion

In this guide, we covered what we felt were the best headsets for under $50. What I hope you learned from reading this guide is how your options are not as limited as you may have expected. There are good headsets out there from reputable and established brands. One or two of them may even be licensed by Sony.

If you own an Xbone in addition to your PS4, you might be interested in checking out our guide for the best Xbox One headsets. Either way, I hope you’ve found this guide to be helpful. Thank you for reading.

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Mduduzi Sibisi
Written by Mduduzi Sibisi

A lover of code, freelance writer, a misanthropic humanist and a comical absurdist. Mdu first fell in love with gaming after his parents bought him a Super Nintendo gaming console at the age of six. It would later become an obsession after playing Doom and Duke Nukem on PC. Now, not only is he playing them but he’s writing about them and creating them. He has an eclectic taste in games. His favorite games of all time include Legend of The Dragoon, Dark Cloud, GTA Vice City, Dark Souls, and Devil May Cry.

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