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Spectacular cheap headset
October 8, 2018
There's nothing great about these--if the price were raised to mid-range you shouldn't buy them--but as the cheapest of cheap headsets, they're *outstanding*.
The drivers aren't super powerful, but they do the job and aren't too tinny or rattly; you probably don't want to turn them below max volume most of the time, but there is a dial on the left headphone if you want to try unsuccessfully to hear something in the room.
They aren't noise cancelling, but they're very heavily cushioned and the "stretchy headband" shape prevents you from shifting them away from your ears, so they do block/drown out ambient sound like people trying to talk to you pretty well/relentlessly. And the snug band and heavy earpads make them warmer than a cozy winter hat!
For some bizarre reason, the wire between the two cans isn't fixed on or embedded into the topmost, inflexible headband, it's instead stitched up to the elastic pleather one that snugs onto your head, meaning that flimsy little wire is getting a lot of unnecessary flexing; I anticipate trouble with that in the future but haven't had them long enough yet for it to hurt.
The cord is pretty much standard rubber insulation, but it's textured a bit, I think to be reminiscent of braided insulators. It's way thicker, stiffer, and more "sticky" than you expect headphone cords to be; it has some weight behind it if it thumps into you as you move your head around. This is why I say the placement of the other flimsy cord is bizarre, because this one seems meant to be "super heavy duty".. I can't see this cable ever getting the conductor inside broken, and that awful "I have to hold it like this to hear anything" problem probably won't ever happen. It would be difficult to bend the cord sharply enough to kink it, and in most situations I think this headset would be yanked off your head by the cord rather than the cord being stressed.
I'm not using these as a computer headset, because my headset for the computer uses USB for both the digital audio signal and powering the lights. This one uses USB just for power, but does have separate mic and headphone plugs to connect to a sound card next to its usb power port. For plugging into a controller, though, it needs a flimsy little dongle to consolidate those two connections, and that's definitely the weakest link in the package. THAT one's made of easy-to-fail thin wires with little strain relief, and I'm already having a little trouble getting a consistent connection through it (nothing a little wiggling doesn't fix; it's just not a snug & secure fit on at least one of the 3 plugs I think.) For me, the USB connector is just a vestigial tail that gets in the way a little bit, flopping around on that stiff wire like it is.
I haven't looked at the lights so I don't know if they're cool. The mic seems to work pretty well on its 100% flexible stalk, but I haven't listened to myself through it beyond a volume check. Nobody has complained that I'm hard to hear or cutting out/staticky so far, though, so I think it's a fine microphone. I'm pretty sure the person who wrote the description/ad copy doesn't know what "retractable" means, though; I do not see any means by which the flexible stalk can be reeled in or reduced at all, it just bends in any direction.