If I were listening to music only and never planned to use the microphone, I wouldn’t personally buy a gaming headset at all. I’d instead be looking first at the Creative Aurvana Live, Koss Porta Pro, or KPH30i. Or failing that, perhaps even the M20X.

All of the headsets you’ve picked have slightly different sound signatures which will be better for different genres of music, and which have been tuned for gaming purposes. The Arctis 1 and HS50 are a little brighter, and the others all have more punch in the bass.

Gaming headsets usually tune either for detail to help with positioning, or for bass response to help increase the fun immersion factor. They do tend to get more neutral and less “fun” as you get near the 99 dollar price, with the cheaper models targeting more mainstream users. If you have no need of a microphone, you’re wasting money buying a headset over headphones on a pure value level.

The best sounding cheap headset I can think of off the top of my head if you’re solely after neutral music listening is probably the RIG 400, but it doesn’t isolate as well as some of the others on your list.

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