Ammo Table


customs 2d

customs 3d

factory 3d

ground zero 2d

ground zero 2d underground

ground zero 3d

interchange 2d

labs 2d

lighthouse 2d

lighthouse 2d landscape

lighthouse 3d

openworld 2d

reserve 2d

reserve 3d

shoreline 2d

shoreline 3d

shoreline resort

streets 2d

streets 3d

woods 2d

woods 3d

Escape from Tarkov Headset Tier List - Comprehensive Guide by SheefGG

Headset Comparison Table

Having the right headset can give you a big tactical advantage by allowing you to hear approaching enemy players from much further away. But with so many headset options in the game, how do you know which one gives you the best hearing range?

SheefGG decided to thoroughly test every headset in Escape from Tarkov to find out which ones maximize your hearing distance.

Testing Methodology

To test the hearing range of each headset properly, SheefGG conducted controlled tests in offline mode to avoid any interference from other players or ambient sounds.

For each test, had one player stand completely still at varying distances while he as the other player either walked directly towards and away from them or sprinted towards/away in a straight line. The stationary player would tell precisely when they first heard his movement sounds as he approached and receded from them. SheefGG recorded the hearing distance for both walking and sprinting for each headset.

To ensure the tests were properly controlled, he made sure to use the same player character each time with the same perception skill level of 24. This gives a passive boost to hearing distance. SheefGG also maintained the same weight loadout throughout all tests to eliminate any factors from movement speed changes.

He first tested with no headset equipped as a control, then tested every headset including:

  • GSSH-01
  • ComTac 2
  • M32
  • TacSports
  • Razors
  • RAC Headset
  • EXFIL Ears
  • ComTac 4


Here are the results of the tests:

HeadsetHearing Range - WalkingHearing Range - Running
No Headset47m52m
GSSH-01 Active53m59m
Peltor ComTac 255m60m
Tactical Sports65m70m
Walker's Razor62m69m
FAST RAC Headset71m73m
XCEL 500BT69m75m
ComTac 476m84m

Key Takeaways

Based on these test results, we can confidently recommend the ComTac 4 headset as the best overall option for maximizing your hearing range in Escape from Tarkov. The XCEL and TacSports are also excellent choices that can serve as substitutions depending on preference.

It's clear that you should avoid budget headsets like the ComTac 2 and M32 if you want to maximize awareness. And using any headset gives you a major advantage over going without one - in testing, having no headset equated to only 47m of hearing distance on foot.

Furthermore, this testing shows the tangible benefits provided by leveling up vital skills like perception, which boosts hearing distance. Note that SheefGG's perception level of 24 provided a flat 7% boost to hearing distance in these tests.

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