While the Oculus Quest 2 has built-in speakers, they’re not designed for proper surround sound. You can plug in any 3.5mm headphones – or some USB-C headphones – but most headphones’ cords are too long and will dangle annoyingly from the headset. Your old Quest 1 headphones won’t work, nor will wireless earbuds. We’ve collected the best Meta Quest 2 headphones designed specifically for the headset.
Many VR fans prefer over-ear to in-ear headphones for VR for enveloping sound, but action or exercise games really benefit from letting your ears breathe. So we’ve chosen the Logitech G333s – designed specifically for the Quest 2 – for our top slot. These earphones offer solid audio performance for a lower price than most hardcore headphones and mods and are easier to take out quickly when you need to talk to someone in the room.
Make sure to buy the VR version of the Logitech G333, which uses custom-length 3.5mm cables, so the nearest bud the jack is shorter than the other. It also comes with velcro straps to attach the cables to your Quest 2 straps, plus three different bud sizes to fit inside your ears. The Logitech G333 VR has 5.8 mm and 9.2 mm drivers per bud, a 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz frequency response, and a sensitivity of 101.6 ± 3 dB @ 1 kHz SPL.
In practice, these compact buds have the internals to hit the highs, mids, and bass necessary to live up to your games’ audio potential. And they support low-latency performance, so you’ll have no lag between what you see and hear. These are the daily Quest 2 headphones for one of AC’s regular VR writers for a reason.
Another official Oculus accessory from Logitech, the G PRO Gaming Headset, comes with a custom-length 10-inch cable that travels from the left earpad to the 3.5mm jack with little wasted length. While it doesn’t have ANC, it does give you passive noise cancellation thanks to its large, comfortable earpads. And its memory foam leatherette headband makes it a comfortable fit on top of your Quest 2 straps.
The Logitech G Pro headset will better suit you if you prefer to block out the outside world entirely. It costs twice as much as the G333 VR at full price, but it can also double as your PC or console gaming headset, giving it more non-VR value. In the box, it comes with a detachable mic with a pop filter, a longer cable with inline volume and mute, a PC splitter for separate mic and headphone jacks, and a USB external sound card.
As for audio performance, you get 50mm drivers for louder sound, 20 Hz-20 kHz frequency, 35-ohm impedance, and sensitivity of 91.7 dB SPL @ 1 mW & 1 cm. So, whichever of the best Oculus Quest 2 games you own, it’ll create the sounds necessary to immerse you fully in that world.
The HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap is similar to the official Quest 2 Elite Strap, with a rigid design that shifts more headset weight on the back of your head and comes with an adjustable knob – plus thick padding to make things more comfortable and cool. The extra perk is that it has built-in headphones that rest on your ears.
Ever since the original Oculus Quest arrived in 2019, fans of the Deluxe Audio Strap have found ways to take HTC’s strap and mod it onto their new headset. Now, Quest 2 owners can buy a simple 3D-printed piece from modders that connect the Quest 2 to the Deluxe Audio Strap. The modded combination is commonly known as Frankenquest.
One of our favorite Quest 2 head strap alternatives, the Frankenquest mod will cost you a decent chunk of money but gives you a strap upgrade and an audio upgrade all in one. Just keep in mind that you must buy both the Vive Deluxe and the adapter; without the clip, the Vive strap won’t connect to your headset. You’ll find several cheap adapters available on Amazon by searching “Frankenquest,” but our current favorite is the model linked above by Darkhorse.
Built-in spare headphones you the extra step of removing or adding them every time you put on or take off your Quest 2. The audio quality is very respectable for the price, and the design lets your ears breathe as you play. The only real downside? Its color matched the Quest 1 well enough but didn’t look as natural as the Quest 2.
Most official Meta Quest 2 headphones can cost a pretty penny in exchange for great performance and a unique cord design. But these budget Quest 2 earbuds from Kiwi are the exception. Instead, they cost more than half of the Logitech G333s, with a long cord to ensure the right bud can reach across the headset while the left bud doesn’t dangle too much.
The Kiwi headphones ship in black or white and offer different-sized caps, aiding comfort. With 10mm drivers, 20 Hz-20 kHz frequency, and 108db ± 4db sensitivity, these won’t give you high-quality audio performance but shouldn’t be expected at this price. However, Quest 2 accessories get expensive, and if you need to reduce audio bleed from your headset but don’t want to spend a ton, these are a great way to save some money and improve slightly on the built-in audio.
Quest 2 headphones can get expensive, especially if you can’t use them for anything besides VR. You can get better specs by buying some standard over-ear headphones with a 3.5mm jack and cable; the only problem is that the included cable is typically several feet long and will undoubtedly bounce against you as you move around in VR. There is an alternative solution: buy a shorter 3.5mm cable.
It doesn’t need to be any particular cable, though the Seadream cable is cheap, gives you a backup, and gets good reviews. The main thing is to make sure it’s the correct length for you. First, check whether your favorite headphones have the 3.5mm port on the right or left ear. Then check how far it is from that port to the port on the left side of the Quest 2. A foot-long cable should hopefully give you enough length to work.
Which headphones should you buy to use with this cable? Check our lists of the best cheap noise-canceling headphones to submerge yourself in your VR world; the best aptX Low Latency headphones to ensure your video and audio align; or the best affordable wireless headphones overall. Again, make sure whatever you pick has a 3.5mm port, pair it with a short cable, and you’re all set!
While they weren’t officially supported at launch, USB-C earbuds now work if you plug them into the charging port, according to Oculus Support. It’s not clear if all USB-C headphones are supported, but Oculus does specify that the Pixel USB-C buds, Samsung Type-C Headphones, or OnePlus Type-C Bullets Earphones all work with the Quest 2. So you can try whichever of the best USB-C headphones you own now and see if anything works.
If you’re looking to buy some USB-C headphones that’ll work for both your phone and your VR gaming, we’d suggest the Pixel USB-C buds. We like them for their rich bass performance and all-around vibrant audio. Their unique loop design helps you get a comfortable fit in your ears. Plus, they’re pretty affordable. And if you use them with an Android phone, you can long-press the Play button to summon Google Assistant.
The downside of using any USB-C headphones with the Quest 2 is that you can’t use them and charge the device simultaneously. That’ll prevent you from using the Elite Strap with Battery or one of the best Quest 2 battery packs at the same time. However, if you’re not someone who uses those, these will work; they won’t have the custom cable length you get with Logitech.
Koss Porta Pro headphones are one of the most popular models for VR enthusiasts; they’re affordable, relatively easy to cut and solder, and recreate the sound and feel of the Oculus Rift CV1. Unfortunately, they’re tricky to install on the Quest 2 for several reasons, but if you have a 3D printer, you can use one of these Thingiverse designs to create adapters for clipping them to your headset.
That said, many people don’t have a 3D printer nor the confidence to try difficult modding. Enter the site EngineeredAF: its VR enthusiast site runner does the work for you, combining the KPP headphones with 3D printed parts into attachable headphones that rest by your ears and produce great sound.
Compared to some alternative options, these are made to order. So it takes a couple of weeks to ship them and it can get pretty expensive (though not as expensive as other picks on this list). It will only work with the Elite Strap or 3rd-party straps with rigid sides – no default or cloth straps allowed. Despite all that, plenty of VR veterans will enjoy these compared to more standard headphones.
If you have a 3D printer, you can print a clip to attach them to the Elite Strap; otherwise, the site EngineeredAF combines the KPP drivers and 3D printed parts into clip-on headphones that give you excellent over-ear sound. It’s expensive, takes a while to get your hands on them, and only works with certain straps but it saves you from having to mod and 3D-print things for yourself.
The Meta Quest 2 can technically work with any 3.5mm-enabled headphones and its library of games but a dangling cord repeatedly tapping against you as you dodge obstacles in Beat Saber or do squats in Supernatural can take you out of the immersive experience. Of course, you can convert your headphones with a short 3.5mm cable, but if you use those for other tasks, you may find it annoying to swap cables repeatedly. So it’s very nice to have dedicated Quest 2 headphones that you can strap and leave there, sitting at the ready.
We chose the Logitech G333 VR earbuds as the best Oculus Quest 2 headphones. They’re custom-made to avoid dangling wires, they’re so lightweight they don’t add to the Quest 2’s burden on your head, and they maintain the airflow around your ears, so you don’t get too sweaty and warm.