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The 7 Best Headphones for Oculus Rift S: Ultimate Guide

Oculus Rift S is a great VR headset that ships with less-than-great audio.  Use the included tool to remove the factory headphones, then replace them with one of these user-approved sets!

The Top-Rated Headphones for Oculus Rift S

Editor's PickHeadphonesScore
Top PickSkullcandy Crusher89%
Runner UpSennheiser HD 2586%
Budget PickKoss Porta Pro80%
Luxury PickSennheiser Momentum 2.092%
Best for In-EarShure SE215-K88%
Best for Quiet Environmentsbeyerdynamic DT 990 PRO89%
Best for ComfortBionik Mantis Premium86%

Top Pick: Skullcandy Crusher

Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Over-Ear Headphones 

Skullcandy’s signature cans provide unrivaled immersion for VR

The Skullcandy Crusher are the perfect compliment to your VR experience as they offer a feature that no other headphone can match – bass you can literally feel.  Using vibration motors similar to mobile devices or gaming controllers, these over-ear phones thump and rumble along with gunshots, punches and everything else your games will throw at you. 

Note that there are a few varieties of Crushers, but the model linked here is the best for Oculus Rift S as they have a wired option (the cable is included) and the band is thin enough to comfortably wrap around the VR headset’s bands.

Runner Up: Sennheiser HD 25

The Sennheiser HD 25 do everything right.  This particular pair of phones is made of premium materials and is adjustable in so many ways that you’re virtually guaranteed to get a comfortable fit.  Not to mention, Sennheiser’s legendary sound is on full display here.  You won’t want to take these off when you finish gaming!

Much more could be said about this set but the simple fact is – they’re highly versatile and are ideal for almost all uses!  

Budget Pick: Koss Porta Pro

The Koss Porta Pro have been loved by literally generations of cheapskate audiophiles for good reason:  you can’t get comparable sound quality from anything else in this price range.

These on-ear phones are durable and highly adjustable, but keep in mind that they do not block out much outside noise and won’t provide a great VR experience in a noisy environment.

Luxury Pick: Sennheiser Momentum 2.0

The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 will block out all but the loudest of nearby sounds so you can truly get lost in your games.  These headphones are revered for their world-class comfort and amazing sound, and they just so happen to be highly adjustable and include a cable for going wired.

Newer models exist but they’re less suitable for use with the Oculus Rift S and they’re much more expensive.  Seriously, this set is a steal at current prices!

Best for In-Ear: Shure SE215-K

Shure SE215-K Sound Isolating Earphones

Ditch the cups without ditching the immersion

The Shure SE215-K pipe amazing sound directly into your ears.  They also come with 6 pairs of tips (2 materials, 3 sizes each) so you can find a perfect fit that is comfortable and creates a seal that blocks most outside noises.  

Shure makes a massive range of in-ear monitors, but these are the best for most users in most situations.

Best for Quiet Environments: beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO Over-Ear Studio Monitor Headphones

The beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO are the audiophiles’ choice for gaming, and chances are high that you’ve seen streamers wearing this very set.  These phones provide open, massive sound at the expense of letting-in sound from your own environment.  If you play in a studio or an otherwise silent space, you can’t do much better than these.

Note that this set comes in a few different varieties, but the linked set is most ideal for gaming with Oculus Rift S

Best for Comfort: Bionik Mantis Premium

Bionik Mantis Premium Clip-on On-Ear Headphones 

For those who just can’t deal with anything touching their ears

The Bionik Mantis Premium are more-or-less on-ear phones that don’t actually sit on your ears.  Users report that the sound is pretty decent and that they work very well with Oculus Rift S despite being designed for use with a different VR headset. 

You’ll be letting-in all outside noise and this design won’t allow for much bass to be felt but will provide a great alternative for those who don’t like the feel of other headphones.

What to Look for in Headphones

Many headphones can be made to work with the Oculus Rift S via modifications, but most users will be better served by getting a set that works out-of-the-box.  These are the most important considerations:

Wired via 3.5mm cable

Other cable sizes will require costly and cumbersome adapters.  Headphones that are strictly wireless will require workaround solutions and will introduce annoying latency.  3.5mm is the way to go here!

Adjustable headband (or none)

The Rift S occupies a big chunk of the on-head real estate that many headphones would require in order to sit in your head.  With that in mind, you’ll need a set that can sit on-top of the Rift S’s bands, or that doesn’t have bands of it’s own i.e. in-ear monitors.


Some users love the weightlessness and sound-isolating properties of earbuds, while others can’t seem to find a pair that will stay in their ears.  Some users enjoy the sense of envelopment that can only come with a set of over-ear cans, but others get sweaty ears in minutes!  Consider what works best for you and stick with it.

Last Updated on January 23, 2021 by Thomas Bush