The Best Headphones for Samsung Gear VR

Looking for true immersion in VR? You'll need a good pair of headphones to go with that head-mounted display.

The Samsung Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) has become the leader in mobile virtual reality (VR) platforms and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Following VRFocusguide to the best gamepads for Gear VR, there’s one other accessory that is essential for true immersion on the HMD: headphones.

Gear VR poster

While sound is often considered the lesser kin of visual, in VR it’s incredibly important. The exact same experience can feel lukewarm or underdeveloped without decent sound, and as such many developers when demonstrating their software ensure that a high quality pair of headphones is provided. How can you replicate that with your Gear VR at home? That very much depends on how much you’re willing to invest.

A selection of recommended headphones for the Gear VR follows below, but be sure to share your own purchases and their effectiveness in the comments below.

Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds

Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds

The most expensive headphones in VRFocus’ guide, the Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds are designed for working out more than VR. However, the quality of those bluetooth powered earbuds are second-to-none in their category, offering an immersive experience without the weight of over-head headphones. Be prepared to pay a pretty penny for the Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds though, as given their recent launch they won’t come cheap.

Average Retail Price: $199.99 (USD)

Availability: Online & High Street Retail

Gear VR Verdict: Very high quality, but expensive.

 Mpow Jaws Wireless Neckband Bluetooth Headset V4.1

Mpow Jaws Wireless Neckband Bluetooth Headset V4.1

If you’re looking for wireless but don’t wish to pay the high price tag of the Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds, the Mpow Jaws Wireless Neckband Bluetooth Headset V4.1 is a very popular choice. A built-in magnet attracts the earplugs when you don’t need them and the rechargeable battery provides up to 13 hours of continuous usage time. Furthermore, the Mpow Jaws Wireless Neckband Bluetooth Headset V4.1 is one of the lightest neckband styled headphones currently available, weighing only 1.2 oz.

Average Retail Price: $29.99 (USD)

Availability: Online & High Street Retail

Gear VR Verdict: Decent quality, decent price.

 Sound Intone CX-05 Headphones

Sound Intone CX-05 Headphones

Versatility is the order of the day here. As an over-ear choice, the Sound Intone CX-05 Headphones provide deep immersion in VR experiences. However, featuring a built-in microphone the Sound Intone CX-05 Headphones are also fully compatible with other smartphone use cases, such as using the smartphone as an actual phone. Though not wireless, the Sound Intone CX-05 Headphones feature a detachable gold plated 3.5 mm (1/8′) jack and an inline remote for control of volume, track selection and call cancellation.

Average Retail Price: $49.99 (USD)

Availability: Online & High Street Retail

Gear VR Verdict: Decent quality, multi-function.

 

There are of course, many other headphones available which will be compatible with the Samsung Gear VR, including some specifically designed for VR immersion. VRFocus will be sure to keep you updated with all the latest details on the highest quality headphones for Gear VR and other HMDs.

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