The best gaming headsets are the Kingston HyperX Cloud Alpha and the Arctis Pro GameDAC from Steelseries. It’s a crowded market, but these two gaming headsets shine through among the rest—for very different reasons.

There’s a significant price difference between the two, and that’s reflected in their breadths of features. The Arctis Pro GameDAC offers high-res sound and RGB lighting; the Cloud Alpha does not. But ultimately it’s the sheer sound quality, dependable construction and comfort levels of the Cloud Alpha that win out overall. It does the fundamentals perfectly, and that’s what really matters.