Best Noise Cancelling Headsets for Gaming (2020)

We reviewed multiple noise-cancelling headsets for gaming and discovered 5 of the best. As such, we decided that the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is simply the best among the 5 selected gaming headsets. Read more below to see our reviews of the top 5 noise-cancelling headphones in stall for you.

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Top Pick
Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, Noise-Cancelling, with Alexa voice control, enabled with Bose AR – Black
COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone Deep Bass Wireless Headphones Over Ear, Comfortable Protein Earpads, 30 Hours Playtime for Travel/Work, Black
Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless – NoiseGard Adaptive Noise Cancelling, Bluetooth Headphone with Touch Sensitive Control and 30-Hour Battery Life
Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headphones with Mic and Alexa voice control - Industry Leading Active Noise Cancellation - Black
Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones - White
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Bose QuietComfort 35 II
COWIN E7
Sennheiser PXC 550
Sony WH1000XM3
Beats Studio3
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Item Dimensions
3.2 x 6.7 x 7.1 in
6.54 x 3.62 x 7.13 in
5.91 x 3.15 x 7.87 in
7.31 x 2.94 x 10.44 in
7.48 x 3.54 x 7.87 inches
Top Pick
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Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, Noise-Cancelling, with Alexa voice control, enabled with Bose AR – Black
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Bose QuietComfort 35 II
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Item Dimensions
3.2 x 6.7 x 7.1 in
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COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone Deep Bass Wireless Headphones Over Ear, Comfortable Protein Earpads, 30 Hours Playtime for Travel/Work, Black
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COWIN E7
Prime
Item Dimensions
6.54 x 3.62 x 7.13 in
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Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless – NoiseGard Adaptive Noise Cancelling, Bluetooth Headphone with Touch Sensitive Control and 30-Hour Battery Life
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Sennheiser PXC 550
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Item Dimensions
5.91 x 3.15 x 7.87 in
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Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headphones with Mic and Alexa voice control - Industry Leading Active Noise Cancellation - Black
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Sony WH1000XM3
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Item Dimensions
7.31 x 2.94 x 10.44 in
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Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones - White
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Beats Studio3
Prime
Item Dimensions
7.48 x 3.54 x 7.87 inches
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Best Overall

With over 3 different levels of noise-cancelling and world-class audio with built-in smart features such as Alexa and a noise-rejecting dual mic system that works with in-game chat, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is more than just an audiophile headphone – it is glorious esports-level gaming headset.

Pros:
  • Usable microphone for voice chats
  • Studio-level audio
  • Fits comfortably
Cons:
  • Very expensive
  • auto audio shifts that changes at awkard times
  • No software set-ups

Right off the bat, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II oozes with style and substance all throughout. If you aren’t treating this noise-cancelling headphone as an audiophile accessory, it is a hidden S-tier gaming headset in disguise. It features one of the most dynamic sound qualities you will ever hear, especially with games that include big-budget music and sound effects. It also automatically balances the volume and equilibrium of sound effects in order to prevent ear tearing and pollution – however it does have some instances where it automatically shifts even without any major or sudden sound shifting. Unexpectedly, its studio-quality microphone works well on in-game chats too according to the users who treated the Bose QuietComfort 35 II as a gaming headphone.

In short, just get it – no hesitations.

Best Value

The COWIN E7 is your best option when it comes to an affordable audiophile-tier noise-cancelling headphones. Even at its price, it still includes features that can one-up headphones that cost $100 more. As an entry-level studio-quality headset, the COWIN E7 is a great start.

Pros:
  • Dynamic sounds
  • Affordable compared to other noise-cancelling headphones
  • Comfortable
Cons:
  • Mic is unusable for in-game chats
  • Charging takes a long time to finish

The COWIN E7 works very well with games – especially with the story-rich ones which include linear progressions and a vast open world filled with explorations and amazing sound details. Thanks to its low latency and high-quality build, the COWIN E7 surpasses the usual non-gaming type headphones. It also has a huge battery life of up to 30 hours. Couple that  with amazing comfort and you can get to use the E7 in one long seating without hurting your ears. In overview, it performs just like any good wireless gaming headset. But, while the COWIN E7 also includes a noise-cancelling microphone but there is a catch; you cannot use it for in-game chats – because the E7 was never made completely for gaming. You can only use it for Discord or phone calls and that’s just about it. But if you want a valuable audiophile-level headphones for gaming without the cost of – let’s say Sennheiser, the COWIN E7 is the best choice.

Most Convenient

When you want a very minimalist pair of headphones, we highly recommend the Sennheiser PXC 550. It is one of the brand’s flagship noise-cancelling headphones and ergonomic designs that can rock any other noise-cancelling headphones. Its prodigious traits of clear audio and ear comfort make this second to none.

Pros:
  • Minimalist controls and design
  • CapTune features works on games
  • Comfortable
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Mic does not work in games

Convenience is what Sennheiser PXC 550 is best at. Unlike the other headphones, the PXC has 0 buttons. Yup, no buttons at all. Instead, the control is based on a blank space on the headphones’ side – like a touchscreen but for ears. So, how do you know if you are controlling the right options? You just need to tap the left ear for previous track or lower the volume and the right ear for vice-versa. It also includes a mic too but it only works with other forms of media besides in-game chatting. Its exclusive CapTune feature is intended for music players and watching movies, however, it also works on video games too – and we are very glad it does. For the most part, the Sennheiser PXC 550 can be treated as a great accessory for gaming, unless you plan on focusing on competitive multiplayer games above all else.

Most Ergonomic

The Sony WH1000XM3 is either used to listen in on recording studios or as a solitary experience for audiophiles in secluded rooms with great acoustics. But, can you use the same headphones for just gaming? Yes, you can – especially when it comes to games with triple-A music and sound scoring.

Pros:
  • Studio-level quality
  • Godly audio
  • Great volume control
Cons:
  • Unusuable mic for gaming
  • Music features do not apply for games
  • Heavy

While it was never intended for video games, the Sony WH1000XM3 is what we would like to consider as a good headphone for gaming. It boasts a lot of hot features that enhance the gaming experience – especially when it comes to high-impact singleplayer games. Also, the Sony WH1000XM3 ‘s audio settings are configurable too with the help of its intuitive control panel. However, we do have one major criticism – the mic. No, we don’t mean the mic as a low-quality muffled-up microphone, we mean it as a feature-heavy mic that you could easily capitalize on a video game but you couldn’t. Why? Because the mic doesn’t work on video games.

Longest Lasting Battery Life

Just when you thought Beats by Dr. Dre was outdated, you would be surprised to know that it has one of the best-selling noise-cancelling headphones in its brand – the Beats Studio3. If you need a gaming headset that has almost unlimited battery life of up to 40 hours, you should definitely buy this.

Pros:
  • High-standard Bose quality
  • 40 hours battery life
  • Very fast charging
Cons:
  • A bit overpriced
  • Mic can't be used for game chats

The Beats Studio3 is one of many reasons why wireless headsets are viable for gaming. Primarily, the headphones carry a maximum of 40 hours of battery life – that’s enough to get you grinding through Bronze to Gold in League or finish Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice in one seating. The headphones sport the same Beats technology; in other words, it is still the same high-quality Bose that you know and love but with a huge Dr. Dre flex. It is not particularly any better than gaming headsets but it is quite decent enough to use for gaming – whether it’s singleplayer or a highly-populated multiplayer.

What We Would Buy

If you just want to clear your mind and your ears from outside noises and focus purely on the games, noise-cancelling headphones are your best solution. And if you want the best of the best, you should get yourself a Bose QuietComfort 35 II. But if you want to retain the same audiophile quality minus the big payments, you will want to buy the COWIN E7. However, if you prefer something that is more simplistic and minimalist, the Sennheiser PXC 550 is the most favorable choice. Are you into pro-level audiophile headphones? The Sony WH1000XM3 should definitely do it. And if you like to go for something that has the most battery life, it is the Beats Studio3 that you should look out for.

Editor & reviewer of gear from iOS control pad’s to high-end PC gaming hardware. He’s been gaming since the 1980s and mostly plays CS GO & Overwatch.