If you’re in search of some new earbuds for the Xbox Series X then you’ve come to the right place.
Not everybody wants to wear a headset while gaming, and if you plan on using a built-in mic – a good pair of earbuds are your next best option.
Compared by their comfort, audio quality, and additional features; this list explores some popular gaming brands you might expect to see, as well as some you might not.
Depending on what aspects of the earbuds are most important to you, you should be able to find the perfect fit.
What are the best earbuds for the Xbox Series X?
10. JBL Quantum 50
Weight: 0.76 oz
Battery life: –
The JBL Quantum 50 are a budget pair of wired earphones built primarily for mobile gaming. Armed with 8.6mm drivers powered by JBL QuantumSOUND signature technology, you’ll be able to hear your enemies (and teammates) loud and clear from all directions.
When you consider the low price, the Quantum 50s’ build is not too shabby. The buds and volume controller use a durable polymer that is both tough and resistant to wear. Moreover, instead of using a corded cable, they feature a more resilient braided cable that does not twist or knot.
Thanks to the earbuds’ unique shape, the Quantum 50s provide a comfortable in-ear experience. The exterior of the bud is large and flat, making it easier to press into your ears. Moreover, the rubber tip is set at an angle so you can easily twist it into the natural curve of your ear canal.
As for the audio produced, JBL products are known for their sharp clarity, clean tones, and high-performance acoustics. Fortunately, the JBL Quantum 50 follows that trend. When playing on the Xbox series X, you’ll have no problems hearing footsteps accurately with these earbuds.
9. TOZO G1 Wireless Earbuds
Weight: 0.14 oz (per bud)
Battery life: 6 hours; 30 hours (with case)
The TOZO G1 is an affordable pair of low-latency wireless earbuds. They boast a latency time of just 45ms as well as TWS (True Wireless Stereo) for asynchronous transmission over Bluetooth. We also like that they include their very own charging case that provides up to thirty hours of battery life.
Aesthetically, these earbuds sport a futuristic design that looks ready-made for the Xbox Series X. As you can see, the color is jet-black with a green, triangular logo on the back of each bud. Furthermore, the shape is uniquely angular to help them nestle away in your ears.
The TOZO G1 has two distinct modes: Gaming and Music. Game mode is how they achieve their low 45ms latency. During testing, we found this number to be accurate. As a result, you’ll find there’s minimal lag between what you can see and what you can actually hear happening on the screen.
Sound-wise, these buds are also pretty good. The 10mm drivers produce dynamic sound that is clean, clear, and has decent detail. Unfortunately, they’re not quite as immersive as what you’d get from a more expensive option but that’s just the compromise you have to make for the price tag.
8. Turtle Beach Battle Buds
Weight: 12.8 oz
Battery life: –
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds offer everything you could want from a gaming headset but in a smaller, more compact version. They even feature a unique boom microphone. This extends from the right earbud, allowing you to speak to your friends with real clarity and volume.
Flaunting an in-ear design, the Battle Buds are comfortable to wear for extended periods. With their large detachable microphone, you might expect them to feel a little heavy at first; but this is not really the case. This is thanks to their behind-the-ear stabilizers that help to distribute the weight.
As with any Turtle Beach headset, these earbuds offer top-quality gaming audio that few brands can rival. Each bud is equipped with a 10mm driver to project even the smallest in-game movements. The drivers produce nice highs, lows, and just the right amount of bass for gaming.
Unfortunately, to include such a top microphone at a reasonable price, Turtle Beach have had to lower their choice of materials. For instance, the earphone housings are only cheap plastic, and the cord is strikingly thin. Therefore, longevity beyond a few years might be a concern with this option.
7. Sennheiser CX 300S
Weight: 0.8 oz
Battery life: –
Although Sennheiser don’t specifically develop their earbuds for gaming, the overall performance of the CX 300S cannot be ignored. What you’re getting is precise German engineering that ensures remarkably detailed audio, with each frequency accounted for.
Straight away, you will appreciate the impressive build quality of this unit. The cables are sturdy and don’t tangle. Moreover, the buds feel solid in your hand. At 0.42 ounces, they do have a little bit of weight to them. That’s a good indicator that they’re a step above the budget options.
It’s the precise German engineering that makes the CX 300S sound so great. Clear highs, mids, and a bit of extra bass in the background create a dynamic soundstage for all games. Although the bass response is not massively punchy, it’s clean, and the level of sound detail is really quite good.
As for the microphone, this is a little weak but not awful. Comms are good enough for casual gameplay but nothing competitive. To find the optimal level of comfort, you’ll appreciate that they come with four different-sized ear tips. Apart from that, a cool leather pouch is a part of the deal.
6. HyperX Cloud Earbuds
Weight: 0.67 oz
Battery life: –
The HyperX Cloud is a signature pair of wired earbuds built specifically for gaming. They feature a rubberized tangle-free cable, a 90-degree angled plug, and an In-line mic for game chat. Although the design is optimized for handheld devices, they’re still a top choice for the Xbox Series X.
In terms of materials, the HyperX Cloud primarily use silicone. The silicone ear tips have a patented design that “stick” to the inside of your ears. Besides having a fit that rarely falls out, this significantly helps insulate sound to improve the audio quality, too.
As for the audio quality, these earbuds sound a lot “bigger” than they actually are. The moment that you plug them in, immersive gameplay sound with plenty of clarity fills your ears. Considering the affordable price, they do a splendid job at unlocking the full Xbox Series X soundstage.
Weighing just 0.86 ounces, these earbuds are as light as a Cloud (as their name suggests) and happen to be very comfortable. To tailor the comfort to your ears, the package includes a selection of silicone tips. These come in three simple sizes: small, medium, and large.
Finally, thanks to the inline microphone, you’ll also be able to speak with your teammates on a whim. Unfortunately, the microphone is only so-so but it’s still good enough for game chat. Overall, the HyperX Cloud is a popular bit of kit that won’t give you much to complain about.
5. Razer Hammerhead Duo
Weight: 0.59 oz
Battery life: –
The Razer Hammerhead Duo is a solid wired option for console gamers seeking an accurate frequency response – from a low-profile pair of earbuds. As you might have guessed from the name, this is partly due to their dual-driver technology, which is present inside each of the buds.
Engineered from premium polymers, synthetics, and copper materials, these earphones offer top-tier quality. The braided cables and aluminum frame make sure that they outlast the competition. Moreover, with a mass of 0.6-ounces, the build is not only durable but also very lightweight.
Thanks to the custom-tuned, dual audio drivers, the Duo produces rich, dynamic sound. It’s a sound stage that is crisp, clear, and free of pops or interference. With these in your inventory, you’ll be able to notice nuance and subtle sounds you might have missed with other buds.
Another big plus is that the package includes three different-sized pairs of silicone ear cups so you can attain optimal comfort during those extended gaming sessions. Besides guaranteeing comfort, the silicone ear cups help to lock in and insulate the sound coming out of the earbuds themselves.
Finally, we like that the inline mic controls include a built-in microphone and a physical mute switch for in-game chat. As for the microphone, this works fine and is actually pretty decent. It does a superb job of reducing background noise (and static) from your desktop, music, or game sounds.
4. ROG Cetra II Core
Weight: 0.63 oz
Battery life: –
The Cetra II Core is a pair of in-ear gaming earphones from the Asus ROG ecosystem. They stand out for their liquid silicone rubber (LSR) 9.4mm “Essence” drivers. Moreover, to offer wide compatibility with a range of devices, they feature a wire cable with a 90° 3.5mm connector.
Designed to provide stable speaker performance, the Essence drivers are the star of the show. During testing, we found the bass to be deep, thick, and capable of bringing real excitement into our games. As for the mids, they sound well balanced and have an amazing vocal presence.
Besides the Essence drivers, the fins and ear tips use the same (LSR) rubber material. Roughly three times as flexible as the previous model, these have a comfortable, squishy texture. As a result, they produce almost no ear fatigue while still providing a tight seal for excellent noise isolation.
Both the fins and ear tips mount onto an aluminum chassis. This is not only durable but has a lovely scratch-resistant, moonlight finish. The moonlight finish follows down to the in-line controls. Here you will find two-volume buttons (up/ down) and a single play/ pause button.
Lastly, the user-friendly, inline controls also accommodate a built-in omnidirectional microphone. This has a 40 ± 3 dB sensitivity and a 50Hz – 10 kHz frequency response. Considering Its small size, we thought the microphone sounded surprisingly good with impressive noise suppression.
In short, the Cetra II Core are some of the best-wired earbuds for the Xbox Series X.
3. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live True
Weight: 0.2 oz (per bud)
Battery life: 8 hours; 29 hours (with case)
The Galaxy Buds Live True are Samsungs take on the Apple AirPods – but without the AirPods price tag. Small, compact, and truly wireless, they work just as well with the Xbox as they do with any other Bluetooth device. It’s effortless to pair them to a TV that’s connected to a gaming console.
If you are familiar with Samsung earbuds, then you will know that there are a few different Galaxy Bud versions; with the most popular two being the “Lives” and the “Pro”. Unlike the Buds Pro that offer wonderful passive isolation, the Lives have an open design that allows outside noise in.
While this does hinder their ability to perform in places with a lot of background noise, it instead helps them produce a more natural sound in quiet locations. As a result, this makes them the superior choice for communicating with other players at home, e.g. in a game or stream room.
As for the design, the Buds Live have a comfortable, bean-shape profile that won’t fall out of your ear. They’re well-built, light but not too “floaty”. On each bud is a single touch-sensitive button. This performs multiple, customizable controls (such as mute, etc.) for single/ double/ triple presses.
Besides the touch controls, each earbud comes equipped with an AKG-tuned 12mm driver. Despite having such a tiny form factor, the drivers produce full stereo quality sound that has plenty of volume. Moreover, the bass is strong yet not overpowering, and vocals are natural and clear.
In terms of performance, the Bluetooth range is acceptable with a maximum distance of about 15-20 feet. We can say the same about their low audio/ video latency with a delay of just 160ms. Overall, there’s a lot to like about these earbuds for the Xbox Series X for some casual gaming.
2. EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid
Weight: 2.15 oz
Battery life: 5 hours; 24 hours (with case)
The GTW 270 Hybrid wireless in-ear earbuds provide no-compromise audio for gaming on the go. One way they achieve this is by incorporating multiple connection options. This includes the ability to pair through Bluetooth 5.1, in addition to aptX-LL protocol via a USB-C dongle.
Compared to other wireless earbuds, the LL-aptX codec is what makes the GTW 270 so outstanding for gaming. By compressing and decompressing the audio, it significantly lowers the streaming latency. For this reason, you can expect lag-free playback with a close to nonexistent delay.
Unfortunately, connecting by aptX-LL does have one fatal flaw. Due to only supporting a single playback channel, the GTW 270’s dual-mic cannot function at the same time as its audio. Therefore, you won’t be able to communicate with your teammates when you connect the earbuds in this way.
A possible solution to this would be using an external microphone at the same time. That way you can still benefit from the aptX-LL connection while picking up audio from a different device. Of course, for gamers who don’t already own a good mic, this will probably come at too high of a cost.
Thanks to the closed-back, in-ear design, the GTW 270 Hybrid feels supremely comfortable while providing excellent sound isolation. Furthermore, the sound they produce is also fantastic. Deep powerful bass, natural mids, and sparkling highs let you enjoy the game’s true audio realism.
Finally, a nice little bonus is that the package includes a portable aluminum charging case. This extends the listening time from five hours up to twenty hours on a full charge. Overall, if you’re not too bothered about the mic, these earbuds are a fabulous choice for the Xbox Series X.
1. Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro
Weight: 0.18 oz
Battery life: 4.5 hours; 20 hours (with case)
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro is a combination of sleek looks and crisp/ responsive sound. They boast a gaming mode of just 60ms latency, plus 10mm driver technology. Other standout features include active noise cancellation (ANC) and THX Spatial Audio.
Aesthetically, the jet-black color (with no color anywhere apart from the small green Razer logo) makes them appear visually discreet. The low-profile wireless design adds to this discreetness. Essentially, you’re getting a stealthy pair of Apple Airpods that are optimized for gaming.
Much like the Apple Airpods, the True Wireless Pro comes with a built-in mic and a charging case to keep them topped up with power in between sessions. With its case, the True Pro can last up to twenty hours at a time. In contrast, it can last up to 4.5 hours (without it) on a full charge.
Like most earwear, comfort is especially important for long periods of gaming. Fortunately, the True Pro Wireless includes several sets of silicone tips (S, M, L) that have a secure, in-ear fit. As a result, you won’t ever have to worry about them falling out when it really matters the most.
In terms of audio quality, the custom-tuned drivers offer fantastic bass and clarity. The bass is abundant, but not muddy in any way, and the highs are natural, with no sharpness to speak of. By turning on THX Spatial Audio, enhancing the cinematic experience is a breeze using the native app.
Overall, if you’re searching for a solid, functional pair of wireless earbuds, you will be very satisfied with this product. Not only do they look and sound great, but they also feel extremely lightweight in your ear!