Here’s the sitch, you’ve been gaming for a couple of years now and your trust to the old headset is getting a little tired. It sounds like a perfect time to upgrade to a wireless gaming headset. So today, we’re taking a deep dive into five popular gaming headsets to see which one’s worth your hard-earned greenbacks.
This is a purse Colin, this is a huge wallet. The GeForce RTX 2070 Tri Frozen offers a triple-fan thermal design, eight gigs of GDDR6 memory, and memory speeds of up to 14 gigabits per second. Check it out at the link in the video description. (upbeat techno music) Let’s start with SteelSeriesand the Arctis 7. For about 120 bucks on Amazon, this is one of the more affordable headsets in the lineup today. Out of the box, it comes with your required charging and audio input cables, as well as a remote receiver pod to increase your wireless range, this thing. The range on these things is the best of any of the headphones we tested in our lineup. It made its way outside the building and nearly across the whole parking lot before dropping the signal. Not bad. On the back of this receiver, there is both a line in and a line out. You can use it in for audio from a second source like your phone and out for your computer speakers, which will automatically turn off when you turn on your wireless headphones. So, no more messing with the playback device’s menu. Huge win! Moving onto the listening experience, Arctis 7’s perform very okay. Although there’s a noticeable drop-off at the upper and lower ends of the frequency range. Something easy enough to account for with the SteelSeries Engine Software EQ. For gaming, the 7.1virtualization is very good, with clear directionality to enemy movements in-game, but as far chat is concerned, well, the microphone exists, but it’s not gonna win any awards. It does feature a nifty retraction mechanism though. So that’s nice I guess. The headband offers a lot of adjustment, but the pressure around the ears is a bit strong, particularly for longer sessions. Overall, Arctis 7’s didn’t impress us too much, hot take. But they’re passable.
Moving on. Feast your eyes on this, the corsair Virtuoso Wireless RGB. RGB. They’re pretty expensive but they got the looks to match. Check out the subtle RGB in the machine aluminum accents. The big ear cuffs are comfy and didn’t end up getting too hot during use which is something that occasionally can be a problem with leatherette cups. There’s also a fully removable microphone. A nice touch if you have a stand-mounted microphone for streaming, for example. The range is reported to be 60 feet but our tests put it closer to 20-25 feet, which is the worst of the bunch but I am happy to see USB-Making an appearance here. You may have noticed USB-C making another appearance here at “lttstore.com”. Okay, as for gaming, the VirtuosoRGB’s have great imaging. This makes it super easy to focus in on targets you hear. However, the sound profile is all over the place. The bass drops off toward the end of the range but is weirdly jacked up in the low mid-range. So it’s boomy out of the box. However, the Clear Chat EQ preset in the companion IQ software does a remarkable job of remedying this. And with some additional tweaking, we ended up pleased with the headset as a whole. Good job Corsair. Maybe just throw abetter tune on this thing out the box and yeah, happiness. Next up we have the most expensive headset in the lineup. The Astro A50. The big appeal with the A50’s is the fancy wireless charging cradle/dock ordeal. Not only does it charging snap there’s also a huge array of IO on the back, including optical. But watch out because other than the micro-b charging port, there’s no IO on the headset at all. So you cannot connect it to any other devices unless you use the dock. That applies to wireless or wired. Our A50s are PC and PS4 compatible and there’s also a PC/Xbox version if that’s your console of choice. As for how they sound though, well look, they sound good, okay? Quite good actually. They have a nice, clear response through the entire range, particularly up top but they aren’t the best sounding headset in this list in our opinion. And for the price this command, that’s a major sin in my eyes anyway. This is comfortable though. I want to love them. They are comfortable.
They’re easy to use day today and the fact that there’san Xbox version is awesome. You don’t always see that. By the way, we’re working on a video where we check out all the different game streaming services that are coming out now, like GeForce Now, Project xCloud, and PS Now, so make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss out. But for gaming specifically, I’m gonna have to recommend my next set of headphones, incidentally from the parent company of Astro, Logitech. The Logitech G935’s. Let’s get one thing out of the way here first. The G935’s from Logitech is not perfect. The creak a little on the twist and they’re relatively big design may not be for everybody. So why is this our favorite headset of the bunch? Well, they’re priced incredibly well. They’re comfortable with these big plush ear cups and they just sound fantastic. The 50 mm drivers make their presence known with a full and deep low range while still doing pretty well up top, with only a mild drop off in the very high end of the range and with a mild EQ tune-up, they sound just stellar with music. When it comes to gaming, however, make sure to use the profile switching feature to enable surround sound. The DTS codec and surround sound emulation do an incredible job imaging in-games. Just be aware the processing affects music to a degree that is noticeable but as long as you’re using the automatic switching, you’re good to go. The G-hub software gives you a ton of options for programming the three G buttons on the back of the headset for lighting, sound or IO presets, and of course there’s RGB. Even though, it’s all on the back of the headset where it’s not visible to your stream viewers or audience and if no one can see your RGB, does it exist? Features like the tip-microphone mute are great to see as are the hidden dongle rowdy and user-replaceable battery. Finally, we have the HyperX Cloud Flight. Wow, are these headphones over-amplified. The highs are way over modulated and so is the upper bass range with the noticeable dip in the mids and since the 270-megabyte software contains nothing useful, the only way to make these sound better was to install Equalizer APO, a free equalizer which got them to a reasonable level. Very listenable, that doesn’t mean ill forgive the lack of effort HyperX put into the overall user and listening experience here though.
For a measly $94 relative to all the other ones in the group, I can understand it but it feels like an incomplete product, and our similarly priced other options here are just better buys. Podium time, our gold medal goes to these creaky Logitech G935’s like the best value especially with a good EQ applied. Speaking of equalizers, if you click through to our forum post below, all of the custom equalizer tunes Colin did to these headphones for this video will be posted for you guys to try out and if you’ve never equalized your levels before, we say, give it a shot, you’ll be impressed and it’s not that hard. – What do you mean you don’t have a website on Squarespace yet, it’s easy, just go to the link in the video description, pick one of their award-winning templates, add your pictures and texts, and boom, you’re ready to stand out. If you’re looking to open a business online selling products, they’ve even got you covered there. Squarespace can help you showcase what you’re selling and a modern style. They’ve got built-in inventory management, they’ve got no limit to how many items you can sell and it is super easy to use. We use Squarespace on both our Linus Media Group and LTX Expo websites and we were able to build them extremely quickly. If you ever get stuck, they’ve got a 24/7 support team that’s ready to help you out via live chat and email and they offer a free trial so you trial Squarespace for nothing. Just go to “Squarespace.com/LTT” and when you’re ready to sign up, you can get 10% off at our link below. – Thanks for watching guys, if you wanna see just how high-end audio reproduction goes, check out our experience with the Abyss Diana headphones. We’ll have that link at the end screen for ya which is right here. This stuff is 40 grand, watch it, Linus cries. He said he wouldn’t cry but I knew he cried.