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Our top 10 Active Listening Headsets

With so many active listening headsets out there it can be easy to get lost amongst the different makes and models. We’ve compiled a list of our top ten active listening headsets to help find the best one for you. 

We used a number of qualifying criteria to score our headsets, a full table can be found at the bottom of this article detailing all of the different features for each headset.

Number 10: Sordin Supreme Basic

Kicking off the list we have the Sordin Supreme basic. With some real notable positives including excellent build quality, a solid 25dB SNR rating and above average levels of comfort, the supreme basic is a solid entry level headset. Falling down slightly on sound reproduction quality this is a dependable but unspectacular set.

Score 23/40

Price £116.60 ex VAT

Number 9: Sordin Supreme Basic with Aux Input

At number 9 is the Sordin Supreme Basic with Auxiliary Input. This is essentially the same as the set above but with an Aux input so you can listen to music or connect the set to your phone / radio and use it as a listen only solution.

Score 23/40

Price £136.40 ex VAT

Number 8: The SWATCOM Silenta Milcom Natural

Up next is the SWATCOM Silenta Milcom, this is the dark horse on the chart boasting some outstanding features. The set has a rechargeable battery which can last as long as 200 hours per charge. As well as that the set has an excellent SNR value of 28dB ensuring that you are well protected. The set also scores well for adjustability as you can fold the set down and easily keep it in your pocket. For a mid range headset you can’t go far wrong with the Milcom.

Score 27/40

Price £165 ex VAT

Number = 6: Sordin Supreme Pro Neckband

Coming in at equal number 6 is the Sordin Supreme Pro Neckband. This headset is a significant upgrade on the Basic, offering a noticeable upgrade in sound reproduction quality using DSP technology. The set also has an impressive 300 hours of battery life and comes with an AUX input as standard.

Score 29/30

Price £191.58-211.58 ex VAT

Number = 6: Sordin Supreme Pro Headband

Tied at 6 with its neckband compatriot the Sordin Supreme Pro Headband boasts all of the features that the neckband does but with a marginally better SNR of 25dB as opposed to the neckbands 24dB SNR.

Score 29/30

Price £171.60-£195.80 ex VAT

Number 5: SWATCOM Slim Electronic Headset

Formerly manufactured by Deben the SWATCOM slim is an active listening headset made in the UK by SWATCOM. Easily folded to fit into the users pocket, the SWATCOM Slims lightweight and slimline design makes it very convenient for storage. The set has great sound reproduction and a solid 300 hour battery life. Great value for money and perfect for first time shooters.

Score 30/40

Price £99.99 ex VAT

Number  4: Sordin Supreme Pro-X Neckband

The Sordin Supreme Pro-X is the top of the Supreme range. The Pro-X gives the user the best sound reproduction of all of the Supremes. The set also has a waterproof battery compartment and microphones ensuring that you headset will keep working regardless of the weather.

Score 30/40

Price £215.27-£286.77 ex VAT

Number 3: Sordin Supreme Pro-X Headband

The Sordin Supreme Pro-X headband sits above the neckband due to the additional variety of cup styles available including camo, blaze, black and green.

Score 31/40

Price £192.61 / £277.07 ex VAT

Number 2: SWATCOM Active8 Neckband

At number 2 we have the SWATCOM Active8 Neckband. The Active8 uses an ASIC digital circuit board making it unparalleled for sound reproduction quality. The set is fully waterproof to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes and comes with gel seals as standard.

Score 38/40

Price £259-£269 ex VAT

Number 1: SWATCOM Active8 Headband

Finally at number 1 is the SWATCOM Active8 Headband. Offering the same brilliant features as the Neckband the Headband is also available in a wider range of colours including: Black, Green, Sand, Camo, Carbon Fibre and coming soon Blaze. The active8 really is the premier headset in our collection offering superior performance in every category.

Score 38/40

Price £249-£265 ex VAT

 

Headset

SNR

Waterproof

Circuitry

Aux

Battery Saver

Volume Control

Audio limiting

Rechargable

Splash Proof

Extended Warranty

Battery Life

Supreme Basic

25

No

Analogue

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

300

Supreme Basic with Aux

25

No

Analogue

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

300

Supreme Pro Neck

24

No

DSP

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

300

Supreme Pro Headband

25

No

DSP

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

300

Supreme Pro X Neckband

24

No

DSP

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

300

Supreme Pro X Headband

25

No

DSP

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

300

Active 8 Neckband

25

Yes

ASIC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

N/a

Yes

600

Active 8 Headband

26

Yes

ASIC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

N/a

Yes

600

Silenta Milcom

30

No

Digital

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

200

SC Slim Electronic

23

No

Analogue

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

150

Headset scores between 1 and 5 for each category, total score is out of 40.

Headset

Adjustability

Sound Rep

Value

Comfort

Build Quality

Style

Variations

Packaging

Score (40)

Supreme Basic

4

2

3

3

4

4

2

1

23

Supreme Basic with Aux

4

2

3

3

4

4

2

1

23

Supreme Pro Neck

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

1

29

Supreme Pro Head

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

1

29

Supreme Pro X Neck

4

4

4

5

4

4

4

1

30

Supreme Pro X Head

4

4

4

5

4

4

5

1

31

Active 8 Neck

4

5

5

5

5

4

5

5

38

Active 8 Head

4

5

5

5

5

4

5

5

38

Silenta Milcom

5

3

3

4

3

3

2

3

26

SC Slim Electronic

5

4

3

5

5

5

2

1

30