The problem in general

So I'm on the search for a new gaming headset. I go through headsets like crazy due to the fact that I constantly drop things. Dropped item with wire plugged in = damaged wire. So I finally got off my high horse and decided to buy a wireless headset. The real question? How to I get one that works across my countless devices?


  • Works with the following OS:
    • Lunbuntu 18.04
    • windows 10 home
    • android nougat
    • ios 12.1.4
    • mac osx 10.14
  • Comfortable for long play sessions
  • Fairly low latency

Preferred but not required:

  • surround sound that works on linux, macosx, and windows.

Things I don't really care about:

  • Fancy control stuff like razer synapse as long as the sound quality and microphone are fairly good without it.
  • The ever ensuing terminal headache as long as there are instructions to show me how to do it without breaking something.
  • Connecting to multiple devices at once


  • 200 usd
  • If the core issue is that the wire gets ruined often, have you considered headsets with replaceable wires? Even some gaming headsets with a mic have a replaceable cable. The headset end is usually a standard 2.5mm or 3.5mm jack.
    – Romen
    Jul 5 '19 at 18:56
  • Also a couple tips to point you in the right direction: 1. A 'plug & play' USB Audio headset should be supported by every platform without needing any drivers. 2. Anything with surround sound must either use a special driver (not plug & play) or have a built-in processor to upmix stereo into surround. Avoid this feature if you want hassle-free cross-platform support. 3. You can get 3.5mm -> Bluetooth transmitters that would pair with any bluetooth headset. Although these usually don't support a mic, your headphones would still work with any 3.5mm output.
    – Romen
    Jul 5 '19 at 19:02
  • Seconding the "headsets usually require surround sound drivers." Besides that though, you've got a massive, massive range of headphones; AFAIK most Bluetooth headphones/headsets will be perfectly happy cross-platform. I'm assuming you'd prefer close-backed, over-ear? Any interest in noise-cancelling?
    – JMY1000
    Jul 8 '19 at 7:29
  • @JMY1000 don’t most Bluetooth headsets have extremely high latency? Also to answer your question closed back over ear noise canceling. I cap at 200ms total. Jul 8 '19 at 12:38
  • @MageintheBarrel It depends on several factors, including hardware (both of the headphones and the device), codec, OS, and drivers. However, I really don't see what your other options are given the wide range of OSs you want. Sure, you could get something with a proprietary low-latency dongle and carry around whatever adapters you need to use it with a phone, but do you really want to go through all the pain and hassle of that, especially on a locked-down platform like iOS? (cont.)
    – JMY1000
    Jul 9 '19 at 4:16

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