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The best gaming headphones money can buy

Two of the three headsets listed below are made by Turtle Beach, and there's a reason for that, as the company is one of only a few that specialize in gaming headsets and their product range includes some of the best on the market for all budgets.

The Turtle Beach Ear Force X11 Headset is a great pair of gaming headphones available for a reasonable price. It's compatible with Xbox 360, PC and Mac, and features the ability to hear Xbox Live chat plus stereo game sound and independent controls for game audio and chat volumes. It also boasts a built in amplifier, a bass boost to add depth and realism to the sound, and it eliminates microphone feedback from game sounds.

The Turtle Beach Ear Force PX5 meanwhile is a premium headset, allowing you to customize up to 18 presets to optimize game, chat and microphone audio for different situations. It also features Dolby 5.1/7.1 surround sound, an uncompressed wireless digital audio signal to achieve CD quality sound, and allows you to disguise your voice during in game chats. On top of all this it also has most of the same functionality as the X11. It comes well reviewed and has unparalleled customization options, you'll pay a premium price for it but for any serious gamer it's worth it.

The only none Turtle Beach headset to make this list is the Tritton AX Pro. It features eight independent speakers for true 5.1 surround sound, a detachable microphone. It also allows you to adjust sound fields independently of each other and is compatible with PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PS3. Although not quite as feature packed as the Turtle Beach PX5 it features just as good sound quality.

All of these headphones are available from amazon.com or directly from the manufacturer (turtlebeach.com or trittonusa.com). The PX5 are almost certainly the best gaming headphones available, but they're also among the most expensive. The Tritton AX Pro has just as good sound quality and is cheaper, while the X11 is a great budget choice.

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