Tarkov Headset Tier List – Best Headsets / Headphones Comparison

Last Updated on January 7, 2024 by Samuel Franklin

This Tarkov headset tier list provides a comparison of critical headphone information for players to find their best headset option. With the improved sound to determine enemy positions, reduced ambient game noise and dampened self movement (from your ears only) the earpiece equipment slot will improve your extraction chances but is a complex decision for EFT players.

To guide players through this complexity this tier list is based on vast community testing and my personal experience across thousands of Tarkov raids with detailed summaries of each headset. With information on sound data, price, availability and any notable drawbacks you’ll be able to confidentially select the best option for your raid experience. Throughout this guide I have also included an abundance of video and audio resources produced by the Tarkov community for players that want to dive deep into Tarkov audio. Please remember to support their content with likes, comments or subscribes if you find it useful.

My recommendation for the best headset currently is the OPSMEN Earmor M32 Headset (M32) due to its overall value while the Peltor ComTac 4 Hybrid Headset (ComTac 4) is the best audio option although comes at significant cost due to low availability. For players on tight budgets I recommend that you still enter raids with a headset because of the advantages it provides by using a GSSh-01 Active Headset (GSSh-01) which is the cheapest headset and still effective.

Table of Contents:
Headsets & Tarkov Audio Overview
Best Headset Tier List
Best Headset Detailed

Headsets & Tarkov Audio Overview

Like other Tarkov mechanics the audio system has undergone dramatic changes between wipe cycles and is expected to continue to change up until final release which only adds to the complexity of this important system. Similar to other hardcore extraction shooters audio cues are critical to your raid survival as it provides additional information to enemy location.

Headsets in Tarkov achieve this by increasing the distance that you can hear other players or AI actions (footsteps, opening doors, looting and healing), reducing the nose of your own movement actions in your own ears and reducing the ambient noises (wind, rain and birds). The headsets apply their own compression to increase quiet sounds and decrease loud sounds while equalising different frequencies to create a distinct sound for each headset.

This means each headset has different effective hearing ranges and sound profile that can significantly alter your raid audio that adds an element of personal preference to your best headset decision as each sounds slightly different, affects how far you can hear and what sounds stand out. This is a topic that Veritas with his Tarkov science experiments explored in depth in 2020 and is a great starting point for understanding the mechanics of this item slot.

With the expansion of options since his original test Veritas revisited this topic in 2023 and I recommend you watch this video as well which allows you to take a blind sound test for all the core earpieces in the game and demonstrates the headset differences. Players can perform a similar test in the offline mode by bringing all available headphones into a raid with them and a friend.

Best Headset Tier List

Selecting the best headset in Tarkov involves considering factors such as hearing range, cost, trader availability, and subjective preferences for sound profiles based on your playstyle or preferred raid maps. Accordingly the below tier list headset chart provides a starting point based on data for players to then determine their best headset through trial and error from top to bottom. I’ve ranked each of the headsets in order based on the community data developed by GodKingGamingTTV, other headset spreadsheet community information and over 1,000 hours of Tarkov gameplay experience from S to A and B tier.

Headset Availability Approximate Price Hearing Range Metres (Walk/Sprint) Tier Rating
tarkov-headsets-m32-smallM32 (OPSMEN Earmor M32 headset) Skier Level 1 (purchase) 28,750₽ 36 / 59 S
tarkov-headsets-comtac4-smallComTac 4 (Peltor ComTac 4 Hybrid headset) Flea Market 100,000₽ 41 / 60 S
tarkov-headsets-ggsh-smallGGSH (GSSh-01 active headset) Prapor Level 1 (purchase)
Ragman Level 1 (barter)
17,502₽ 36 / 52 A
tarkov-headsets-sordin-smallSordin (MSA Sordin Supreme PRO-X/L headset) Ragman Level 2 (barter)
Ragman Level 3 (purchase)
49,980₽ 38 / 55 A
tarkov-headsets-rac-smallRAC (Ops-Core FAST RAC Headset) Peacekeeper Level 3 (purchase) $389 (55,198₽) 41 / 55 A
tarkov-headsets-razor-smallRazor (Walker’s Razor Digital headset) Flea Market 40,000₽ 38 / 55 B
tarkov-headsets-comtac2-smallComTac 2 (Peltor ComTac 2 headset) Ragman Level 2 (purchase & barter) 42,236₽ 37 / 56 B
tarkov-headsets-xcel-smallXCEL (Walker’s XCEL 500BT Digital headset) Flea Market 55,000₽ 40 / 54 B
tarkov-headsets-tactical-sport-smallTactical Sport (Peltor Tactical Sport headset) Ragman Level 4 (purchase) 49,395₽ 36 / 52 B

Best Headset Detailed

This section goes deeper into the different headsets available in Tarkov and provides some additional context, information and considerations to the summary headset tier list above (listed in order from best to worst). It also includes my own interpretation of the sound profiles of these headsets although players should still test them for themselves due to hardware and preference differences.

M32 (OPSMEN Earmor M32 headset)
ComTac 4 (Peltor ComTac 4 Hybrid headset)
GGSH (GSSh-01 active headset)
Sordin (MSA Sordin Supreme PRO-X/L headset)
RAC (Ops-Core FAST RAC Headset)
Razor (Walker’s Razor Digital headset)
ComTac 2 (Peltor ComTac 2 headset)
XCEL (Walker’s XCEL 500BT Digital headset)
Tactical Sport (Peltor Tactical Sport headset)

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M32 (OPSMEN Earmor M32 headset)

One of the later headsets to be introduced to the game (patch 12.10, March 2021) the overall sound profile is similar to the ComTac 2 that in my opinion gives a crisp sound although there is little softening of your own noises that means you might muffle enemy movement with your own. The most notable benefit of this headset though is the middling price and early game available from Skier level 1 which also helps to level this trader. The major downside of this headset is that it conflicts with the popular SSh-68 Steel Helmet so players will need to use other similar helmets like the 6B47 Ratnik-BSh helmet or LShZ Light Helmet.

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ComTac 4 (Peltor ComTac 4 Hybrid headset)

The most expensive set of headphones currently available in Tarkov the Peltor ComTac 4 Hybrid as they are only found in raid and traded on the flea market that keeps their price nearly double the other headset options. Designed as a premium headset there is no doubt that the game sounds incredible with a pair of these on your head and lands somewhere between the ComTac 2 and the MSA Sordin for its profile. Most notably for me is a complete reduction in ambient noise that allows players to focus on actual sounds caused by other players for critical information.

The cost though means that while it might be the best headset in terms of sound quality it is unlikely to be worth it as a regular headset for all but the most experienced players who can benefit from the extra sound information. These experienced players are also less likely to die in raid given it is rare you’ll ever see one returning through insurance as they will be looted by players.

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GGSH (GSSh-01 active headset)

The cheapest headset available from level 1 traders (Prapor purchase or Ragman barter) the GSSh-01 is likely to be a common sight on players during your early raids. This also means it will likely be the first experience that many have with headsets and unfortunately even turns some players off headsets all together as the sound profile is one of increasing all sounds (including your own) with little sound reduction.

Despite this the benefit of improved hearing in raid still applies and some players in the community even end up enjoying the louder sound profile offered. At the price it is still worth bringing as increased information is better than none just set your volume at an appropriate level and be careful of blowing your ears out by running through too many bushes on a map like Woods. In time you may even be a player who learns to love the sound of this headset and make it your staple headset that does result in significant loadout savings over many raids.

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Sordin (MSA Sordin Supreme PRO-X/L headset)

My favourite headset many wipes ago when the Sordin vs ComTac 2 debate was a regular discussion in the Tarkov community. With this headset availability being moved back to later trader levels and increased cost since then I still consider it a decent headset but not in the top ranked options. In terms of sound the Sordin boosts the bass levels across frequencies that results in deeper sounds that are pleasant but do somewhat alter common sounds slightly which requires an adjustment. With the reduction in ambient sounds, limiting your own sounds to your ears and boosting the subtle noises of the game with added bass the Sordin like many of the other headset options here will let you identify more sounds of your enemies.

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RAC (Ops-Core FAST RAC Headset)

Limited to a small subset of helmets players will only be able to use the RAC on the Fast MT variants and the LShZ light helmet which prevents it from being something players can run all the time. Given this limitation it also guarantees that any player taking your helmet will be taking this headset as well that impacts your insurance returns as the Fast MT in particular is a popular meta helmet.

The cost is on the higher side of headsets although I find it offers a clean crisp sound profile which is satisfying and as it is on Peacekeeper it provides the opportunity to level this trader or use any accumulated USD if you don’t regularly purchase attachments from this vendor.

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Razor (Walker’s Razor Digital headset)

The Walker’s Razor fall a little short in terms of sound quality of the upper headset tiers for me but that is a personal preference for players to discover for themselves. What community testing has shown is the sounds are a little softer that may make it difficult to pick up the smaller sound bits of information although volume adjustment can counter that if you like the sound profile of the Razor headset.

One important downside of the Razor though is the lack of trader availability with it found in weapon boxes and equipped on raiders that means you’ll have to acquire stock from the flea market. This leads to volatile prices at times that are generally slightly higher than other headset options so using this will come down to your own sound preferences and how much extra you are willing spend for that.

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ComTac 2 (Peltor ComTac 2 headset)

Another fan favourite of past wipes the ComTac 2 is one of the original Tarkov headsets that were available and are solidly placed as a mid tier headset in terms of trader availability (Ragman level 2) and price. With the ComTac 2 you will get a high amount of ambient sound reduction to help you hear other PMCs or Scavs while muffling most of the noises that you make for a clean sound profile. Many in the community also describe this as the treble headset given it favours treble that may result in pinging or scratchy noises depending on your own ear. Generally based on price alone I’ll opt for the M32 instead as I find the sound profiles close enough and not worth splurging extra Rouble costs in the loadout for the ComTac 2.tarkov-headsets-xcel

XCEL (Walker’s XCEL 500BT Digital headset)

Like several other headsets on this tier list the XCEL has limited availability which means players will have to acquire it from the flea market and results in often paying a premium compared to other options. The sound profile is nice though with a balance of all the other headsets in terms of output although on the softer side that may mean you occasionally miss a subtle noise from another player. My hesitation to recommend this option as one of the best headsets is that you are relying on the flea market as your source where prices can fluctuate wildly that makes it difficult to consistently use this and tune your ears compared to something that is always available.

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Tactical Sport (Peltor Tactical Sport headset)

The Tactical Sport becomes available in the late game with Ragman level 4 the first opportunity to acquire this headset regularly outside of the flea market. Accessibility aside this pair of headsets have a sound somewhere between the ComTac 2 and Sordin although slightly more on the bass heavy side.

The Tactical Sports in particular offers a balanced increase across all sound ranges that keeps the sounds similar to their native no headset versions which provides a pleasing sound experience and makes it one of the easier headsets to use without significant adjustment. Community testing though has shown you’ll be missing some opportunity to acquire sounds compared to other headsets so it is difficult to recommend this as your regular earpiece for Tarkov raids.

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Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms.

Sam (Seelyon) is a seasoned Escape From Tarkov player with over 1,000 raids across multiple Tarkov patches while accumulating thousands of player kills and maintaining a 50% survival rate who favours a calculated playstyle. During these wipes he has earned the coveted Kappa secure container, proving his determination in the unforgiving world of Tarkov. His passion for the punishing game goes beyond personal accomplishment and he is driven by a desire to guide new players on their own Escape From Tarkov journey one raid at a time.

Through countless firefights, strategic flanks and exhilarating boss encounters, he has accumulated a deep understanding of the game’s mechanics and nuances that allows him to offer valuable insights and strategies to those seeking to navigate the complexities of Tarkov.

4 Comments

  1. Hey, this was a great and informative read. Really appreciate this post. I decided to comment on it because as of the last wipe (current date September 16th 2022) they added a new headset called Comtac 4 and I was wondering if you could somehow include that in this same thread or make a new one with the same relevant information. I understand this is a big ask; its just that this is the most informative post about the game’s headsets that I’ve seen, and I’ve been playing for the last 3 years straight. Thanks for your time and effort. -cheers

    Reply
    • Hi Joey

      Glad you found it a useful resource! I didn’t play too much last wipe so didn’t get the chance to use the Comtac 4 when they released but I do have max traders in the current wipe so I’ve been using these non stop for the past 2 days so they can be added to the list. I’m glad I gave them a chance as they are a fantastic headset although very expensive so something best reserved when you have a solid base of funds and confident in your ability to generate Roubles each raid.

      Regards
      Games Finder Team

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  2. Thanks

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  3. What about the ops core fast headset for the fast helmet. The storm trooper helmet with a face shield and headset.

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