We've counted your nominations, and now the time to vote has come. With only one vote separating the 5th and 6th most nominated headsets, and a wide gulf between these top 6 picks and the rest of the pack, we decided to head to the voting round with 6 options.
No surprise here. The Astro brand is synonymous with gaming headsets. The Astro A30/A40 took fourth place in Lifehacker's 2012 poll, but Kotaku's Kirk Hamilton gave it the win:
"I think I can safely say now that Astro really does make the best gaming headphones on the market."
Logitech is a regular in our polls and has made it back again with not one but two nominees. The G35 (wired) and the G930 (wireless) both offer 7.1 surround sound. The G930 is also the #1 bestseller in gaming headsets on Amazon. From Lifehacker:
"...many of you specifically called out... for their superior comfort, on-ear audio controls, rich sound, and crisp voice quality."
Sennheiser is known for pristine audio, and not just within the gaming sphere. From Lifehacker:
"... the PC 360 swept the gaming community with its fantastic sound, huge, full circumaural earcups that are comfortable to wear for long periods, and its integrated retractable microphone..."
The Sony Headset has quite a bit of functionality specific to Sony's consoles and services, from special audio modes in certain games to integration with the Playstation Mobile app. It's also a great headset in its own right, inheriting Sony's legacy of high-quality audio and stylish design, and will play nice with your PC and Mac.