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  1. EDIT: Regarding my issue of the sound not working, I think I have determined the problem to be using Chrome Remote Desktop and TeamViewer. Whenever I use those programs, and sound plays on the PC with the headset plugged into it, it seems to bypass the headset and sound comes to my PC accessing the remote PC. Going back to my PC with the headset plugged in (and closing CRD and TV completely), that is when no sound comes out and I have to unplug the USB control box and plug it back in for it to start giving sound. I do not intend to stop using either of those programs, so unless I find a fix, I am OK with having to do this. I will not knock a few points from this headset that I already think is an awesome product; as it is an issue with a program and not the headset itself and as such I will change my rating from 4 *’s to 5 *’s. These have also been great for long periods of gaming and streaming. No headaches or sore spots on my head from wearing these, even with glasses on. My voice from my stream and recordings sound great, and playing Alien: Isolation is truly a terrifying thing when these are cranking up the noises and you hear metal clanking from the alien like it is right there above you! Things sound crisp and clear to me, like voices, even in movies and YouTube videos. END EDITI bought these several weeks ago from Amazon Warehouse, thought I would save $5. I know $5 might not seem that much, but having just spent $1400 on new PC parts for my build, every dollar counts! Anyway, I am new to PC gaming, been with consoles for years. I wanted to find a good headset that would give me good sound, good mic, good fit, good build quality, and cheap. I found these actually by accident, as I was searching for Logitech’s headset, initially.Now, these things are awesome… (The following is updated with my edit above) When they function, which to be honest is quite often. However, sometimes when I go to use these, they sometimes stop outputting sound. I go into my playback devices and I see that it is registering them active and that sound is being transmitted, except nothing comes out of the speakers. I have to unplug the USB control box from my PC and plug it back in for them to get back to working. I also have quite a bit of trouble getting these to work consistently with my HTC M8 (more so than with my PC). I sometimes have to reset my phone for these to work and I am not sure why that is. I am not sure if it is these that are just not very compatible, as I have earbuds that work every single time. That leads me to believe that these are defective in some way. It could be that by trying to save $5, these may have just been defective from the start.The mic is pretty good too. I like that it is detachable and flexible enough to get out of the way if I need it to be. You can hear yourself when you speak, you just need to make sure that, in your recording devices, you set it to listen. I really don’t like this though. There is quite a big delay (maybe around 1/2 second) in you talking to hearing yourself from the speakers. The first time I tried this, I gave myself a headache. Just try to talk, expecting to hear your voice, and as you are saying one thing you are hearing what you just said, it gets very confusing for the senses! My speech became confusing, something my brain couldn’t reconcile, which led to my headache (yes, an actual headache!). I am not sure if this is something that is expected when you have to do this, but I would not recommend doing this (of course, your experience may vary). There is a little rubber piece that goes over the exposed port of the mic when you detach it, from the headset, that I see being lost quite quickly. It is a nice touch to be able to cover that port, I just wish that it could have somehow been kept on the headset, so it wouldn’t get lost. I still do have mine, and I keep it in the bag that comes with this headset (more on that below) so maybe I just need to keep it there unless I use these on a trip or something.The fit on these things are one of the best things about this. Very snug, very comfortable and when I have my glasses on, they don’t press those into my head. You can either use the leather ones or the velour. I prefer the velour, they just feel very cozy and warm and plush!The build of these things, to me, do not seem to equate to a $100 price tag. That is a good thing, as these things feel like I am stealing something from Kingston! I would honestly expect to pay quite a bit more for how well these things are built. ‘How can Kingston sell these for what I paid?’ I keep asking myself every time I put them on! They are built with metal along the top, padded underneath to rest comfortably on your head. With several hours of gaming, they don’t feel heavy on my head. The stitching in these things is fantastic, it is a nice detail, that while it may not improve the functionality, it just proves my reasoning of thinking I am stealing something from this company, but I am glad I am not! The cord quality is great, it is braided so it doesn’t tangle or get easily caught on something. The cord is standard length, from the headset to the end, which can plug into many things to be used for listening. However, it is short for having it just plugged into your PC (this is not using the USB control box). If you do use the control box, which I recommend, then it adds a lot of length, letting you sit quite a distance from your machine. The control box has a clip on the back that allows you to attach it to your pants pocket, shirt, anything else, really. This is nice cos now I don’t have to figure out where my controls are when I quickly need to mute, decrease/increase volume/mic, enable/disable 7.1 virtual. So with these things not functioning properly for me at times, I am not sure if it is the control box, or the headset in general (like I said earlier, I have problems getting this to work properly on my phone too. This could all be due to the fact that I ordered from Amazon Warehouse instead of brand new). I need the control box to add the extra length as my PC sits farther away than some might have theirs. The carry bag that comes with this looks to be great quality too. I expect to use it for the first time in a couple days when I go on a trip and bring these along. It is large for these to fit and keep everything that comes with it, all in one space.Now onto the 7.1. I cannot comment on how well this works. Let me give you some background information. I have a hearing disability. 95% of my left ear is not working and I need a hearing aid in my right ear, which is around 70% deaf. I use these things with and without my hearing aid. I cannot use the functionality of the 7.1, which is not that big of a deal for me as I have come to terms with not being able to hear very well in general. It does, however, seem to increase the volume, which sometimes I need when I listen to movies or TV shows on my PC. So read what others have to say about that, I’m sorry I cannot do this in this review. I will say though that these things can get LOUD. Which is why sometimes I use these without my hearing aid. They really do deliver a lot of sound to my ear that works. There is an audible tone when you push the controls and it is different when you reach the max and minimum. This is a nice touch as well.Finally. I am writing this review for the product I purchased from Amazon Warehouse a couple of weeks ago. Last night (3/24/15) I initiated a return for these. Do you want know what I did after that? I purchased a brand new set of these, for the original price I was trying to avoid weeks ago! That should tell you what I think of them, flaws and all, that I actually want these again. If the new pair doesn’t work correctly, or like these things did, yes I will be disappointed, but it will be a minor issue for me because all of the other benefits of these things! Plus, having looked over the reviews, I see quite often that Kingston will reach out to those who aren’t satisfied with this and offer help. Not many companies care once they have your money. But when I see a company go this far for those who buy their products, being a small business owner myself, I greatly appreciate this large company for acting the way they do, even if the issue isn’t resolved. It speaks volumes to those who love the products of a company and to those who may not be aware of what a company offers. But offering great customer service is another great feature of this product, and one you may not find from many others.Now keep in mind, all of these things are coming from someone who just got into PC gaming, there may be others out there, others that are better, cheaper, more expensive, whatever… But I am glad I stumbled on these when I did, cos I don’t really want to go to another product, I love these things!One last thing, Amazon is amazing! I contacted them about these and when I order the new pair last night, they offered one day shipping free! There are a lot of bad companies out there, but Kingston and Amazon are among the elite in my opinion!

  2. UPDATE (03/16/17): I ended up giving my pair of Cloud II’s to my son for his birthday. I now had to make a decision whether to purchase another pair of Cloud II’s or try something else. SO, I ended up buying the Beyerdynamic DT770, Logitech G633, Turtle Beach Stealth 500P and the Playstation Golds. I bought all four from Amazon and sat down and tested all of them over a period of 4 months. First off, what I love in headphones is a full sounding, deep bass and some ambient surround sound. I like hearing the boom of a grenade or thump of a stealth take-down of a long-neck in Horizon Zero Dawn.First off, Don’t believe in the 7.1 surround sound hype you get from any “GAMING” headphones under $200. I have now tried 3 different actual gaming headsets and all of them gave the directional sound but at a cost… These gaming headphones that declare 7.1 surround achieve this by diminishing the sound levels of other ambient sounds. I’m not a audiophile or pro so bare with me… The Logitech G633, Turtle Beach Stealth 500P and the Playstation Golds all sounded tinny and the mid-range seemed distant. It hyped up the surround but in order to achieve that it lowered the other sounds to make it happen, including bass. For example, in Horizon Zero Dawn, when Aloy shoots an arrow it sounds like it’s far away, when it shouldn’t because she’s directly in front of you and if you shot off that arrow it should sound like the release happened in your face. It doesn’t. It sounds like your Aloy let go of the bow about 20 yards from where you are standing. If that makes sense. YES, the gaming headphones with 7.1 do give you directional but it just lowers everything else. Which is why I assume pro gamers love them because they want to hear if someone is sneaking up on them.FOR ME though… I’m not a pro gamer. I want bass, a thud. I want a overall strong sound that makes me feel like I’m right there. SO, I did more research online and youtube and came across the Beyerdynamic DT770’s. They are not gaming headphones but many claim the bass is awesome and the sound in games is even better. I just received these today and within 30 minutes I packaged them back up and returning them. Although, I will give them this much. The directional sound was WAY better than any gaming headphones, Logitech G633, Turtle Beach Stealth 500P and the Playstation Golds. No joke, the directional sound was dead on with these. The low bass was also good but wasn’t enough and the mid-range sounded distant just like the Logitech G633, Turtle Beach Stealth 500P and the Playstation Golds. If you want directional sound that mimicks 7.1, with a low bass that isn’t overwhelming I would buy the Beyerdynamic’s.SO saying all of that. I know this sounds funny but I’m basing this all down to shooting an arrow. I switched back and forth between the Beyer’s and the Clouds II’s in Horizon Zero Dawn. I would shoot an arrow at a grazer (metal animal) and the Cloud II’s sounded like I shot that arrow from my shoulder next to my ear. It also enough bass to where you felt like you actually shot an arrow. The Beyer’s and the Logitech G633, Turtle Beach Stealth 500P and the Playstation Golds all felt Aloy (character in game) was 20 yards away shooting an arrow. Only way I know how to describe it. The Cloud II’s also have way more base then the one’s I’ve mentioned. It’s punchy and you feel it. Felt good when I slammed the ground with my spear. The Logitech G633, Turtle Beach Stealth 500P and the Playstation Golds and Beyer all felt weak. When I slammed the ground with my spear it again, felt distant. Not really immersive.I stood on top of a Long Neck. When a Long Neck walks around the map it’s feet create a ground thump that should sound heavy. SO I stood on top of a Long Neck and switched back and forth between the Beyer and Cloud II’s. The Beyer again felt like the sounds were distant and didn’t feel the Long Neck walking very much. The Cloud II’s at the same sound level I could feel the Long Neck walking, it felt like I was right there on top of the Long Neck and could feel every step it took.Also, the Cloud II’s do have directional sound … So if you walk up to someone talking and swing your camera around in a 360, the voice will swing around your head as it should. Is it true surround, no. Does it do the trick, yet. Now in the Beyer and Logitech G633, Turtle Beach Stealth 500P and the Playstation Golds, the surround does sound more ambient and sounds around you but again, it diminishes the bass and mid-range it feels like.So saying all that, I’m a casual gamer that wants good bass, I want to feel like I get hit rather than hear someone walking up behind me. I want to feel the game. The Cloud II’s in my opinion after trying all the headphones are awesome. I can honestly say that and feel comfortable suggesting you pick up a pair over any other’s I’ve suggested. They really are good.I can also attest to the 7.1 feature the Cloud II’s do provide with the packaging. You can plug it into your PS4 and your controller and I can honestly say it does provide 7.1 BUT it then turns into the Beyer and Logitech G633, Turtle Beach Stealth 500P and the Playstation Golds and diminishes the mid-range and bass.I don’t plug my Cloud II’s into my controller. I purchased a two speaker with sub-woofer sound system for my desk that comes with a volume control and headphone output. I plug my Cloud II’s into this setup which allows me to turn it up as loud as I want and in a way acts as a amp to push out even more bass and volume. You can’t get that by just plugging into the PS4 controller, it can only pump out so much volume and your maxed out. Not very loud going directly through the controller.By a desktop sound system with subwoofer and volume control with headphone output…. Trust me it changes the sound output and bass levels.SO there’s my updated review. Other’s will probably disagree with my review but this is COMING from someone who doesn’t need 7.1 or games heavily online in COD or Battlefield 1. I love games like Horizon Zero Dawn, Last of Us, Dying Light, Metal Gear Solid 5, Just Cause 3, Nioh, Dark Souls, BloodBorne, Evil Within, Dishonored, etc. I should also mention I’ve also owned the X12’s, PX24’s.Previous Review: OKAY, SO FINALLY, after buying the X12, PX24, TB 500p, Sony Gold Wireless and returning all of them, I purchased the Cloud II. Before I bought the Cloud II, I was almost going to settle with the X12’s or PX24. The 500p and Gold Wireless you’d think are superior BUT THEY ARE NOT. The surround sound on the expensive gamer headphones are just a gimick. Most of the surround sound gamer headphones are made for gamers who primarily play FPS. It tones down quite a few sounds including bass and other environmental sounds to pump up footsteps and reloads. This allows the FPS gamer to hear what’s around him. Sounds cool, YEA BUT, again, it drowns out other sounds to make that possible.Saying that, I’m a casual gamer and I love bass. I love feeling the thump of the explosions and gun fire. The 500p and Gold Wireless sucked at this. IN fact, the 500p did have good bass but ONLY when I switched it to the mode called, “Bass & Treble”. Great right? NO, because that’s basically what the X12’s and PX24’s do. Even the x12’s simulate surround sound. I’ve had a pair of x12’s for 5 years and I can honestly say they simulated surround just as good as the 500p and Gold’s but kept the bass and overall depth of sound. More balanced.This is where the Cloud II comes in… Very skeptical and was almost ready to return them before I got them. Was just tired of buying and returning. Before I begin, a few disclaimers… 1. I game on a PS4 and I don’t plug my headphones into my controller or through USB. I actually bought a device online that allows me to plug in my toslink directly from the output on the PS4 to the adapter which is where I plug my headphones into. This gives it way more depth and power then plugging into the controller or via USB on the front of the console.2. The 7.1 on this particular headset doesn’t really work with PS4. Saying that, it actually works but doesn’t. Bare with me on this… In order to get it to work, you have to plug it into the front of the PS4 via a USB. Then you plug the headset into the 7.1 mixer. I tried it with and without and quite honestly it sound MUCH better without the 7.1. Mainly because the 7.1 mixer is designed for PC and MAC. It wasn’t designed to use with the PS4 even though you can get it to turn on. SO, I actually don’t use the 7.1 mixer. I put it back in the box.3. DONT plug the headset into your controller or via the USB. A lot of people don’t realize they can buy a very cheap setup that allows you to use the toslink which pumps out the 7.1. I’ll do my best to link my set up below. I’ve been using it for years and won’t go back. Only because when I plug these into the controller it loses something, can’t put a finger on it but it doesn’t sound as good. Same with using the mixer.I highly recommend the Cloud II. It has really good deep base, the mid’s are clear and sharp and the high’s as well. It’s a very well balanced sound, as well as, it does simulate surround sound even without the 7.1. I switched back and forth between the Gold’s and these while playing NO Man’s Sky, Dying Light, Dark Souls 3, BloodBorne, Just Cause 3 and these really sounded good and very good balance of sound.Best part, I own a Nvidia Shield and plug the headset into the controller that comes with the shield and watched a couple movies with it and it blew me away. Awesome sound and even simulated surround sound.FINALLY satisfied with a headphone purchase after using my x12’s for 5 years. Both my sons are sold on them as well comparing them to other headsets they’ve owned. Worth the purchase in my opinion.OH, they are comfortable!!! Although, be aware… It comes with a leather or fake leather material and it comes with a replacement that is cloth. I noticed a huge difference in sound when I used the leather over the cloth. Mainly because the leather is air tight and keeps all the sound in and out. The cloth I noticed I could hear outside sound more and it leaked the sound coming from the headphones. Wasn’t a big deal but the bass felt deeper and stronger with the leather padding. Both are awesome and sound good though.USE THIS DEVICE to hook up your headphones using the Toslink output on the PS4. I’ve used these for the past 3-5 years and they work great and pump out way better sound then plugging into the controller or using the USB on the front of the PS4. A lot of people don’t realize you can use this with any headphones whether they are made for Xbox or PS4 or PC. It’s makes it to where you can use any headphone and uses the Dolby surround from Toslink.PORTTA PETDTAP DIGITAL COAX AND OPTICAL TOSLINK TO ANALOG AUDIO CONVERTER: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005DIRI6I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  3. Erst einmal vorweg: Ich habe jetzt über 15 Jahre Erfahrung was Headsets angeht (Privat) und war lange Zeit in einem Computer-Fachhandel tätig.Ich habe verschiedenste Produkte aus den verschiedensten Häusern (Logitech, Roccat, Teufel, Sennheiser oder günstigere Marken wie Hama, Trust, ASUS, Speedlink etc. getestet).Nun bin ich kein Experte was Musik angeht, da ich selber nur höre anstatt zu produzieren, doch ich denke, dass ich mit meiner Erfahrung und meinem Wissen einiges berichten kann.Mein vorheriges Headset war das Logitech G230, welches einige Mängel hatte. Vor diesem hatte ich das Logitech G930, welches mein persönliches Highlight war.Kurzfassung:Wer ein Headset sucht, welches möglichst lange angenehm auf dem Kopf liegt und zudem eine gute Mikrofon- und Klangqualität bietet, ist mit dem Kingston HyperX Cloud II BESTENS beraten!Hinzu kommt ein klasse Lieferumfang und eine überzeugende Verarbeitung sowie Haptik.Was nicht 100%ig überzeugt, ist das 7.1 System… Warum? Weil es eine günstige und einfache Lösung ist, welche nicht in allen Bereichen überzeugt. Dazu weiter unten mehr.Warum habe ich mir ausgerechnet dieses Headset zugelegt?Das Headset hat tolle Bewertungen bekommen, sowohl von Nutzern als auch von Experten. Es bot genau das, was ich suche und brauche – nicht mehr und nicht weniger! Ich brauche aufgrund meiner Arbeit sowie Freizeitbeschäftigungen ein Headset, welches ich stundenlang auf dem Kopf tragen kann, ohne dass es lästig wird. Außerdem sollte es ein vernünftiges Mikrofon besitzen, welches nicht starr ist, sondern sich bewegen lässt und zudem unabhängig von den Windows-Einstellungen Geräusche wie Wind, Atmen, leichtes räuspern etc. filtert.Das klappt wunderbar! Sollte man dennoch nicht zufrieden sein, lassen sich in den Windows-Soundeinstellungen weitere Einstellungen vornehmen – in meinem Fall brauchte ich das gar nicht!7.1 war kein Muss, jedoch ein brauchbares Feature in Videospielen.Ansonsten sollte die Verarbeitung vernünftig sein und nicht alles aus Kunststoff.Verarbeitung, Optik & Haptik:Anders als man vielleicht auf den ersten Blick vermutet, ist das Headset nicht vollständig aus Metall. Nur die Halter und das ovale Emblem an den Seiten der Hörer sind aus Metall, der Rest ist auf Stoff, Kunststoff oder Kunstleder. Das bedeutet, dass auch der Bügel aus Kunststoff ist, das sieht man zwar nicht, aber man hört / fühlt es, wenn man den Hügel leicht biegt – da besteht also Bruchgefahr!Abgesehen davon fühlt sich das Headset extrem hochwertig an, liegt gut an und sieht gut aus! Die Ohrmuscheln sind aus Leder, es liegt aber auch ein Paar aus Stoff bei – sehr angenehm. Man kann es locker mehrere Stunden am Stück tragen.Der Kunststoff ist nicht minderwertig, fühlt sich auch gut an. Es ist diese “samtige” Art von Kunststoff, wie man ihn auch unter anderem von Computer-Mäusen kennt. Nichts knackt, nichts knarzt, nichts wackelt – so wie es sein muss!Das Mikrofon ist optional und muss nicht zwingen angeschlossen sein, lässt sich einfach in die gewünschte Position biegen und ist mit Stoff ummantelt. Das Kabel ist extrem lang, ebenfalls mit Stoff ummantelt und ziemlich dick, dadurch robust.Features, Tasten etc.Das Headset hat am Kabel wie nahezu jedes Headset ein kleines Bedienelement. In diesem Fall ist es gar nicht so klein und bietet praktische Möglichkeiten. So lassen sich Lautstärke sowie Mikrofon-Pegel lauter oder leiser stellen, an der Seite ist ein kleiner Schalter zum muten (Mikrofon aus) und auch das bereits erwähnte 7.1 lässt sich hier an und ausschalten – das funktioniert schnell und ohne Probleme. Natürlich ist auch eine kleine Klemme an dem Bedienelement z.B. für das T-Shirt.Das Headset selbst hat weder Tasten noch Beleuchtung, lässt sich aber beliebig in der Größe einstellen.Mikrofon lässt sich wie schon geschrieben abnehmen. Ohrmuscheln ebenfalls zum Reinigen oder Austauschen.Sound- und Mikrofonqualität:Der wohl wichtigste Punkt für die Meisten.Man muss bei diesem Headset zwischen Stereo und 7.1 unterscheiden. Da 7.1 hier nur simuliert wird, kann man natürlich keine unglaublichen Tonerlebnisse wie im Studio erwarten. Allerdings war ich doch überrascht… 7.1 kommt besonders in Videospielen (wofür es in diesem Falle ja auch gedacht ist) zur Geltung und verleiht bestimmten Musik-Richtungen wie Electro, House, Techno etc. und in vielen Fällen auch Rock & Metal einen neuen, positiven Klang! Manche Lieder klingen mit eingeschaltetem 7.1 tatsächlich besser. Andere Songs, besonders ältere oder von minderer Qualität (Aufnahme) klingen hingegen schlecht, kratzig oder der Gesang ist einfach zu leise und nahezu unhörbar.Da man 7.1 einfach hin- und herschalten kann, hat man aber viele Möglichkeiten zu variieren.Insgesamt ist der Sound sowohl bei Musik als auch in Videospielen sehr gut, Bass ist sehr angenehm und die Höhen und Tiefen sind meinen Ohren nach optimal. Natürlich kann man auch hier wieder in den Einstellungen rumspielen.Das Mikrofon filtert wie erhofft alle unerwünschten Geräusche, sitze gerade im Sommer neben einem Ventilator – davon bekommen die Gesprächspartner nichts mit. Die Qualität ist überdurchschnittlich gut. Wer z.B. ein RØDE Mikrofon besitzt, kann dank des abnehmbaren Mikrofons dieses benutzen.Lieferumfang & Verpackung:Über den Lieferumfang hatte ich mich nicht informiert, einfach weil es mir nicht wichtig war. Doch auch hier wurde ich abermals positiv überrascht!Die Verpackung ist unglaublich hochwertig, besonders wenn man die dünne Umverpackung abmacht. Kann man sich sogar ins Regal stellen! ;-)Neben dem Headset bekommen wir außerdem 1 Paar Ohrpolster, 1 Tasche, ein Adapter (siehe Bilder) und den üblichen Papierkram.Viel Inhalt für dieses Budget! Zudem sind alle Teile, besonders die Tasche extrem hochwertig und stinken nicht chemisch.Fazit:Ein für 60-70€ unglaublich gutes und hochwertiges Headset aus dem Hause Kingston. Ja, Kingston. Nicht Logitech und Co.Mit viel Lieferumfang und toller Qualität. Kleinen Mängeln, über die man hinwegsehen kann oder für die man eine Lösung findet!

  4. Firstly, I AM an audiophile (at least, your crowd would consider me to be). I have owned several pairs of really good headphones, my favorite being a pair of $300 Argon modded T50RPs. And I think this headset is really good for the price. I have this review organized into different parts, so you can just to a particular section if you want, but I recommend reading the entire review (not just for mine, but for all reviews).-PACKAGING AND STUFF-The headphone comes in a foam sleeve for protection, which you can just slip off. It comes with two cables, a longer braided cable with a volume wheel and a mic mute button, and a slightly shorter rubber cable with a button meant for phone use. It also comes with a y-splitter which is for compatibility purposes with some PCs, but you won’t be using this because you’ll be using the USB dongle it comes with to use that Blue Voice technology. It also comes with a very nice carrying bag made with a similar material to some sweat pants, and an alternate pair of velour ear pads (velour is a soft and breathable material).-BUILD/COMFORT/ISOLATION-This headphone is really well built, with hard plastic cups and a metal headband covered with pleather. The cups also have a protruding machined metal circular G logo that reflect in the light, which you’ll either love or hate. The headband could use a bit softer padding, but it isn’t terrible. The ear pads fit over my ears perfectly, and seal very well. The good seal comes from the tighter clamping force of this headphone. Clamping force is just how tight the headphone is on you, and the nice thing about having a metal headband is that you can always bend the top of the headband back a few times to alleviate the clamping force (while still being careful) if it’s too tight and uncomfortable for you. The pads are soft and thick enough to provide standard comfort for us audio nerds, but if you’re used to crappy and uncomfortable headphones then this will be a a godsend for you. A quick note about the “noise cancelling” Amazon is asking me to review: this are not noise cancelling headphones. Noise cancelling (also called active noise cancelling, ANC) is when the headphones emit a frequency that tries to negate long and consistent sounds, such as airplane noise. These do have fantastic noise isolation, which is when the headphones have such a good seal that it’s harder to hear outside noises, even with nothing’s playing. That’s why I gave the “Noise Cancelling” 3 stars, because that’s not what this has.-MIC-To be clear; I’m a headphone guy, not a mic guy. That being said, while this definitely won’t compare to an expensive $150+ XLR mic setup, the mic on this headphone sounds really good, and I can’t imagine any headset around this price having as good of a mic. At least, that’s what I got from all of the comparison videos and reviews I watched before buying these. But where this shines is the software, allowing you to tweak the sound of your mic on the Logitech G Hub software. Like many others, I personally like the preset “Broadcaster 2”, but there are other presets too, including ones for people with high pitched loud voices or high pitched soft voices (as well as low pitched voice equivalents). Basically, there are a lot of presets to choose from and you can further tweak the settings if you want, creating the best sound profile for your voice.-SOUND QUALITY-REALLY good for the price. The sound overall is smoother and more natural than a pair of $150 headphones I own (AKG K552 MK2). While I have’t tested the sound extensively and compared it to all of my headphones, from what I can tell the sound signature is mostly neutral. This means that you won’t have higher or lower frequencies that are much louder than others (Beats headphones, for example, have much louder bass than everything else). This is generally good in a headphone, but if you wanted to boost the bass (or any other frequency) you can change the EQ in the G Hub Software. The soundstage isn’t very big, which means that it sounds like everything is in a small room with you rather than a few rows back in a concert hall like it would if there was a big soundstage. While most people would prefer having a large soundstage when playing games, it really comes down to personal preference. The stereo imaging is very good on these headphones too. Nothing game changing or absolutely amazing, but it does what it’s supposed to and doesn’t have any weird quirks like a pair of headphones I listened to at one point.This is really important though: please don’t click “Enable Surround Sound” in the G Hub Software. This enables virtual surround sound, which doesn’t really do anything when it comes to positional audio, but it does decrease audio quality by a little bit. Virtual surround sound is basically a scam, even the ones that do change the sound only over-exaggerate the imaging to unrealistic proportions, and will require you to get used to the new exaggerated sound. Games already have their own positional audio system, and exaggeration done by software is an alteration not intended by the sound team for that game. Headphones with “real” surround sound that have multiple drivers per cup will pretty much always sound worse compared to similarly priced headphones with one driver per cup (stereo headphones), because each driver will be and sound cheaper, and doesn’t help positional audio because they’re all in the same cup anyways. Thank you for listening to my TED Talk.

  5. Kitty version:Purchased this for my Xbox and PS4 as it was supposed to be compatible with both. (several customer answers stated it was) but it has a USB plug not an audio jack.INCREDIBLY disappointed.Reviews said it came with an adapter but is apparently not accurate for the kitty version.Does NOT work with an adapter (I tried).Would suggest the seller keeps the diffent versions of this headset on separate listings so the questions and answers don’t get muddled in together.

  6. The hardware in the Krakens is excellent, imo. My husband loves these phones (and I do, too!) My previous phones, a pair of Sony MDR-7506’s, were so good we thought nothing could beat them, even though the Sony phones’ drivers are 40 mms in size and these Razer Kraken drivers are 50mm–much depends on the amplification hardware in the ear pads and motherboard hardware as to which will drive the better sound–eg., 50 mm drivers are not automatically better than 40mm drivers, regardless of the hardware environments. A lot also depends on the preferences of the individuals asked to state their opinions, of course. Some people like bass so overwhelming it actually distorts whereas other people like it only enough to hear it plainly with no distortion, and others like it turned down or off, inexplicably, etc. (But you can’t argue with individual opinions, right?…Opinions are like armpits–we all have at least two of them, eh? So, I advise listening to all sides and colors of opinions, especially about computer hardware! There’s always something new to learn even we don’t agree with the overall opinions other people have or their conclusions. Opinions should always be debated–never, ever censored, we firmly believe!)Bear in mind, both sets of phones were tested via my husband’s x570 Aorus Master motherboard’s RealTek’HD Audio 3.5mm analog Hi-Definition front-panel jack–the best earphone connection jack in the system, btw. (Give me wired over wireless any day–I hate batteries and frequency interference, not to mention security concerns that do not exist with wired connections, etc.) The x570 Master also supports, in hardware, a 3-position headphone amp, and a hardware DAC, a SABRE 9118 DAC–the combination has to be heard to be properly appreciated, imo.Connector cabling. The Kraken offers a superior wiring connection–Kraken uses an extremely thin and ultra-flexible braided connector cable, whereas the Sony offers a thick, plastic-covered connection cable in which most of the length is coiled, just like analog amp cables circa the 1960’s were made. Indeed, the Sony cabling doesn’t look like something made for a 3.5mm plug! It looks exactly like something made for a full size plug! It’s opinion, sure, as everything always is in the end, but we much prefer the Kraken’s cabling over that used in the Sony cans used as the baseline comparison for this review. The Kraken cabling is ultralight, ultrathin, cloth braided, and so ultra-flexible that there simply isn’t any obstinate stiffness in the cable that can be perceived. We both like it very much because of that–it is the nearest thing to not having a cable at all, but without any of the negatives of wireless. Sony’s cabling is–well–SoA, circa 1969…;) Reminds my husband of plugging in his ancient but revered Gibson SG-Specials or Fender Strats & Telecasters into nice big onstage amps (which he still does, only the amps are a fair bit smaller, thankfully…;) )Razer Kraken has an inline volume and microphone control switch. The Sony has neither–well, it doesn’t have a microphone at all, so of course no Mic on/off switch. The Kraken has a nice, radial volume control for the cans, and a straight on-off switch for the Mic. Neither of us is a Mic user, so I’ll leave that portion of the review to others better qualified to write about it in another review. Suffice it to say the Mic works as advertised and the on/off inline switch works fine.Now for the optional DSP software. Here’s the situation as we think it stands regarding the extra-cost surround software available for the Kraken, the THX Spatial Audio software for the Kraken. We don’t recommend anyone buying the Headphones without buying the offered THX Spatial Audio software! It’s offered at 50% off when you buy the Kraken Phones, by Razer. So it’s $10! It’s the best $10 you are going to spend for a long time. We believe that these phones should not be offered sans the THX Spatial Audio–it’s kind of baffling that they are offered without the custom THX software, frankly. However, there are people who love distorted bass and volumes so loud that King Kong’s eardrums would burst!…;) So maybe that’s why Razer doesn’t integrate this into this Kraken package. Still, it would be unusual to find earphone wearers who would prefer their games sounding like an avalanche of boulders tumbling down the side of Everest. I think, anyway…;)To sum it up–I love this software. Husband loves it. He says it’s much better than what he thought it might be. Razer includes a 7.1 surround-sound software solution free of charge with the Kraken, and it’s just “OK”–just kind of average–seems to induce a fair bit of bass distortion in speech in some of our games–one guy’s speech is nigh unintelligible with the Razer 7.1 surround sound package for the Krakens. But run the THX Spatial Audio, instead, and the difference is real and immediately noticeable. THX really justifies its commercial claims–the software brings out the best in the Kraken hardware!Comfort. It’s a very important category with cans–as all of us know. If you can’t game for hours because your phones are causing you pain or discomfort after a certain wearing time–that’s unacceptable. These Kraken phones have “Oval Cooling Gel Cushions” in the pads and I’m just going to say that they are very comfortable indeed. My husband says that this set is the most comfortable set of cans he’s ever worn. Both of us think the Sony set tends to “pinch” a bit in a long wear. The Sony pads are by no means uncomfortable, absolutely not. But both of us–my husband’s typically swelled head and my petite but usually swifter smaller head both find the Krakens more comfortable in all wear scenarios–which I find a bit unusual. My husband says that what surprises him about the Krakens in addition to the gel-filled ear pads is how comfortable they feel–even for a large head like his they feel like they’ve got more room to give–not something the Sony’s ever did. The Sony’s were adequate, just not as comfortable.Durability. This is a big one for us, but especially for my husband. He’s gone through many Plasticine sets of cans promising great durability. Hah. We have lost count of the very strong-looking plastic-frame headsets that after very little use, comparatively, use that was anything but harsh or abusive, simply fell apart, cracking through or breaking apart, and it happened over and over again. Hence, the hunt for metal headbands and construction in our headphones. Both the Sony and the Razer Kraken use metal in their construction, and what a difference! Neither set has come close to cracking or breaking apart! The Sony’s have been up for years without a single problem in that regard! Years, literally. We do not expect to see any less durability from our Razer Kraken–namely, the one reviewed in this article!Really, any aluminum-headband construction should suffice for a long, long time. Our advice is to avoid plastic like the plague–especially the plastic headbands that appear to hold massive weight and hold up under enormous wear and tear–especially those particular Plasticine headbands….;) They just aren’t going to be there one day when you really need them.Price: Believe it or not, the Sony cans are actually priced higher than the Kraken headset reviewed here. You can usually buy the Kraken Gaming Headset reviewed here plus the Razer THX Spatial Audio Software for less–that’s right–less than what the MDR-7506 is currently selling for in places such as AMAZON! Where you are right now.Summary: The Sony cans, the MDR-7506’s used as a baseline comparison for the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset review here, deliver really nice sound and were our number 1 choice in gaming headphones. Operative word being “were”….! These Razer Kraken headphones are better, in our very humble, sincere opinions!

  7. TLDR: I wear glasses and headsets dig into my head causing me pain and leaving marks into my skull from pressing my glasses into my head etc. These have not (at least not yet).. and I am so excited. They feel roomy and nice, I was wearing them when I didn’t even need to cause I just don’t mind them all day long. (SO NICE!)I had to write this, I only had them like 2 days now. Wore them all day today and I cannot believe I’m not in pain like I have been from my hyper x cloud 2. My other headset broke. The mic just doesn’t work. So I needed a new one. I didn’t put much thought into this, It was a good price and kind of impulse bought it after making sure it was in fact a USB connection because I can’t deal with finding the right port for the circle ones/jacks. (I am very tired).I wear glasses, my headsets tend to dig and cause pain into my head. These are not… very roomy feeling. My only gripe as my other headset mic could come out. I could move the headset any way and put the cord on either side of me. These I have to wear them one way only. But that’s not a big deal tbh. I like the cord to dangle on my RIGHT side. But it is on the left and has to cross over me. But whatever. I can work on solving that some other time.I totally didn’t realize the RGB colors changing on the sides, pretty neat. Mic and sound are nice. People are not complaining about not hearing me etc. Very nice. I’ve had issues with discord in the past but no issues atm. (Not sure if it was headset related at all).I may want to get a stand for them or something just because. Very happy with my purchase so far! (Also thanks to the company for shipping it so fast! )Update: I reviewed this Feb 10-22. Updating now jul 28-22. This review is getting notice so I figured I might as well update. I’m able to wear this with my glasses for long periods, I game daily with friends talking etc. I find them to be quite comfortable. As far as discord goes, I only got the error of my friends not being able to hear me a couple of times. What resolved that was just closing and restarting the app. Restarting computer. Things like that. I think it’s discords issue tbh. Anyways. I found also as I wear glasses, that my glasses weren’t fitting me that great, and I needed a wider frame so it didn’t cut into my head as much, that also helped with head discomfort. It also stood up to my cats chewing at the mic end. I’m so glad they I can retract it during storage.Edit:9-30-22. I got another notice for this. So here’s some more. I got really busy with life etc so I haven’t been gaming or using this much. But when I did use it for the weekend all day they were great! But I noticed when taking them off my ears enjoyed the break. Lol like I’m not used to having stuff around my ears anymore. But still really like these. And no issues with them. They work great. Using discord, people can hear me. My cats love to gnaw on the mic still. I’m really glad I can retract the mic and then I flip the headset over -so Mic faces downward(didn’t buy stand, just put them on my PC tower). If I leave it up they with try to sell gnaw at it. Or My cat loves to then gnaw the cord for my attention. I usually stop to give attention so they aren’t doing it to long per attention seeking session overall. Cord is going strong, no frays yet.Hope this continues to help. I hate refunding things myself. Good luck, take care.

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    I got these for working remotely, the goal was to give myself a more portable option that an XLR condenser mic with a separate USB audio interface and a scissor arm. Something I could tote around with a laptop. The Razer Blackshark V2 delivers. The audio quality on the mic is acceptable with the caveat that I spent hours in the Razer Synapse program tweaking the settings and trying to find some combination of options that I could live with. Now, I think I still sound VERY tinny compared to my more professional dekstop audio setup, but for the price, mobility, and comfort I have found these are capable of producing acceptable microphone audio quality. The biggest problem I ran into is that the mic on the Blackshark V2 doesn’t pick up lower tones as clearly as higher ones, and apparently my voice is on the low side.At least I had the option to tweak the settings because before getting the Blackshark V2 I had tried the Razer Kraken V3, and there is no fixing the audio that headset produces. Those were my second Razer product ever and my first Razer headset, I was shocked they put their name on something that shoddy. If Razer hadn’t been having a sale that made their products an attractive price at the time I’d never have given their headsets the time of day ever again.The comfort on these is fairly good, nothing extraordinary to me but I usually take meetings and listen to music through audiophile quality headphones and I often put custom earpads on them, so my standards are very high. These certainly exceed what I would normally expect from comfort in a set of headphones at this pricepoint, but I find them to be less comfortable than your average Sennheiser headphones. The cups are a bit more shallow with the default cups and rest closer to my ear than I would like. Replacement pads are at the top of my shopping list for these, though I do like the breathable jersey material on the outside of them.The audio quality is acceptable. I honestly haven’t even considered using these to listen to music or play games, and in meetings I have much lower expectations for the audio quality others bring to the table than I do for myself. But at no point has the audio quality jumped out to me as being bad. I ran a quick 3 track audio test just now and they’re very bright sounding, which is to say these seem better tuned to produce higher frequencies than lower ones. They don’t spark joy in my inner audiophile, but they’re not bad either. This is acceptable audio. A sound that I think most people will find agreeable unless they’re especially bass hungry. For those of you who are Dankpods fans I can offer an excellent frame of reference, you can barely hear the bongo player going off in Earth, Wind, & Fire’s “September” with these.One notable feature that I’ve not encountered before (because I have gone out of my way to avoid using headsets) but really appreciated is the sidetone. I don’t like closed back headphones and stick to open backs unless I’m listening to music in a public place. And I REALLY hate talking with closed backs headphones because I can’t hear myself and I feel like I’m yelling. The sidetone option these offer takes in and plays ambient noise back to me so that I can hear myself and the world around me in real time. It may seem like a silly thing to want but for those of you who feel the same as myself I can promise this is a LOVELY feature to have.

  9. I’m a big fan of Razer gaming products. I use the Razer Death Adder V2 mouse and love it. So when I needed a good gaming headset with a high quality microphone (for recording gaming videos), the Razer Blackshark V2 + USB Sound Card looked good and it was in a reasonable price range. So, I ordered it from Amazon (about 4 or so months ago). I have use it for 4 months now and here are my thoughts about it:1. The headset itself is very comfortable, it fits snug on my head and the microphone is detachable; so, if you want to remove it and use just the headset, you can.2. The headset comes with Razer Synapse, that you download from their website. Synapse has various settings for the headset, including an equalizer and THX Spatial Surround Sound if you choose to use that. For the headset (hearing) this feature is great.3. The microphone is my biggest complaint. Simply put, it sucks! My voice sounds like I’m in a tin can inside a large tunnel and the white noise is ridiculously loud. I spent days troubleshooting this issue and never found a good solution. For me, this is the biggest pitfall about this headset.It is important that the microphone be high quality, since I record and post gaming videos of my gameplay and commentary/voice as I play. This head fails to do that for me. If I were using this as merely a headset and did not need to mic for recording, only using it to talk to other gamers via Discord, it would be fine. But, as I’ve mentioned, I record myself as I’m gaming.Because the microphone is so critical for me, personally I give this headset 3 stars. However, since I have a specific need that many other gamers may not have, I’ve bumped the review rating to 4 stars. As far as using this headset only for gaming and talking on Discord, it’s great, I recommend it. If you want to record your voice and your game while you play – this is NOT the headset for you.

  10. I use headphones every day, for gaming, music, and work calls. I’ve been a long term fan of Razer, and when my old Kraken headphones wore out, I upgraded to these after plenty of research. Needless to say, I’ve been quite pleased with the performance. Where my old Krakens had an obscenely long cord, this set has a nice length that doesn’t get in the way or get tangled easily, and comes with a cord keeper. Having a removable mic is also nice when I have no need for one (just don’t lose it), and I’ve never had issues with voice clarity or volume. Ear cups are spacious and comfortable, and made of fabric, not pleather like the Kraken set, and the headband over the top is likewise comfortable. I also find it quite nice that the soundcard is inline with the cord, and plugs directly into a USB 3.0 (compatible with older USB ports too).My only complaint would be that the side volume knob on the left ear cup sticks out a bit too much. I’ve never had a problem with it getting caught or anything, but I think it looks a little goofy with how unnecessarily tall it is. It could easily be shorter and still easy to manipulate. Also, the mic mute button on the back of the left ear is a little small (sometimes I press it and forget to unmute, but that’s user error).

  11. Quick background, skip if uninterested: I’m absolutely not an audiophile so this review doesn’t come from a place of incredible pickiness. My old (and cheap) headset broke in the middle of playing online with friends. I was very upset and rushed to Best Buy that evening in an attempt to quickly replace it. Needless to say I was tempted into buying something else(a different “gamer headset” brand) and hated it a lot. After fighting with that horrible setup for a few hours, I decided to order the Arctis 7+ here.Start of review for the particular 7+ model I bought off here:DELIVERY- I ordered it and it arrived wayyy earlier than I expected. I was so excited to try it out. So far I’ve used them them for about 2-3 months.COMFORTABLE- I can say they’re very very comfortable. Even after some 10 hour play sessions, I almost forget they’re there and bump them. The pads around the ears are a perfectly soft material. They’re a soft fabric material that does not break down like I’ve noticed the smooth fake leather to. These also don’t get too hot around my ears thanks to the breathable padding material.I have long hair and OTHER headphones tend to grab and pull out my hair a lot- I haven’t had that issue with this set except a couple times where the fault was all on me because I pulled a joint area through my hair. Otherwise, it seems it’s really hard for this to happen on accident like my other sets always did (Owwy!)Unlike most other headphones, this set has an elastic- yet soft- band under the headband that pretty much suspends the headphones over your head rather than resting their weight directly on the top of your scalp. I find that this design choice really improves the comfort for me, as with other headphone sets the weight and rigidity of the headband start to hurt over time. The Bluetooth feature on this also allows me to sit back, play from a couch, or go get a drink (important!) while still talking to my friends.SOUND QUALITY- I once again want to remind that I am no audiophile. After getting these and starting some gameplay, I immediately noticed highs and lows I wasn’t hearing from my old headsets. Little environmental sounds, instruments in soundtracks I never noticed or heard before, subtle feedback sounds from button presses and menus, I recall calling them out to my friends and them being equally surprised I now noticed them.One of my personal gripes with modern headphones lately is that every company wants to make super bassy sounding headphones, as the average person associates quality with bass for some reason. Out of the box, all of the sound levels for these are perfect in my opinion, not too bassy or anything. If you wanted bassy headphones out of this though, you could easily just go in and change that using the steel series sound control app. I haven’t changed anything myself because I like how they sound as is.Another thing I wanted was independent volume control for the headphones, which this has! Not only can you control the volume with a dial on the headset but you can also adjust wether you want chat or game sounds to be louder than the other on the headset. I was also concerned that audio quality may differ between wired or wireless connection, but everything seems fine regardless of connection type. Mic quality is decent for hanging out and talking to friends. We never have static issues, it never catches annoying background noise, no chirps, so far I’ve heard no issue myself. The mic quality probably isn’t something you’d use for high quality production, like making videos, podcasts, or streaming. Though you probably could do any of those things if you’re not a stickler for recording quality. I feel it’s mainly a headset for comfortably gaming- a role it’s more than fulfilled for me!NOISE CANCELLATION- I’m personally indifferent to wether my headsets have noise cancellation or not. I don’t live in a particularly loud place, so I don’t get to test this one out much. Every once in a while another family member may approach me to ask something, and I can hear them at that point, but not if they call from another room. The outer side of the mic has a small mic that picks up sound outside your headset and feeds it back to you with a subtle and quiet delay. I’m not used to that myself but it does come in handy here and there. It does sometimes also trick me into thinking the headset mic is picking up and putting outside noise into my calls (it’s not though, confirmed by friends). I’m indifferent to this feature, as it hasn’t caused me too much issue and I’m pretty sure it can be turned off.OTHER FEATURES- The mic is posable and retracts, it’s a pretty nice way to store the headset or just get the mic out of your peripheral vision until in use.There’s a small button on the left side that mutes the mic, when muted the mic lights red, which is a pretty handy visual reminder as in the past I have often found myself talking for minutes on end to myself while in calls with friends (lol).The headset comes with some other wired connection options, even a headphone Jack option.To connect to your computer it DOES use a wired dongle, so if you are trying to save on USB port space, be aware it does take one.I’m not sure how to measure this, the Bluetooth connectivity works throughout my whole room and even in the rooms immediately over. I am usually able to go to my kitchen and prepare myself food or drinks while still enjoying music or talking, so long as the battery has a decent charge.The battery life is REALLY good. I personally have always made it a habit to charge anything when I’m not using it, so I never see it die. BUT to vouch for its lifetime- one time I didn’t realize the USB end of my cord wasn’t plugged into my computer until after a week of thinking I had been charging it nightly after game sessions and daily use. This thing lasted a whole week of /at least/ 6-8 hour use daily with absolutely no charging that whole time before I just happened to pull on the usb for it and find it had never been plugged back in that whole week. So for sure with this headset, unless you’re playing insanely all the time with the highest volume in use, you’ll never see it die so long as you check it in for a charge here and there!End summary: Overall I can say I’m very happy with this headset. Definitely has become my favorite one. I would strongly recommend it to anyone that wants a headset suited best for comfortable gaming and chatting. I was skeptical of Bluetooth functionality before buying, but it has WELL PAST won me over.

  12. I like this headset. The sound quality is great, exactly what you’d expect out of a high-end gamer headset. The volume controls the physical output level of the headset itself, it’s not a soft control for the volume levels on your device, which I personally like. It’s also the most comfortable headset I’ve worn, while also managing to fit tightly on my head. You can move around, do light exercise, lie down, etc. and it will stay snug. No complaints on the battery life. The mic quality is whatever, but that’s to be expected.However I write this review to explain an issue which, although not at all a big deal, is frankly inexcusable in current year. 1 month after getting the headset, on a morning right before a meeting, I found out that the headset wouldn’t turn on. Normally you hold the power button for a few seconds and it turns on, but this time it just wouldn’t. I tried charging it for a while, no luck. Naturally I thought the thing was defective so I contacted customer support to return it. After the usual, they suggested that I try resetting the power on the headest. Huh? Not turning it off and on again (which I obviously couldn’t do), but resetting the power. I remember that was a thing you did with like, old electronics. I looked up how to do it online, removed an ear cover (which is easy to do and replace, unlike on some other headsets, so that’s a plus), and inserted a paper clip into the reset hole, and boom it worked again.It’s nice that this mechanism was in place. It’s nice that it was easy. But for an electronic made after 2010, this shouldn’t have happened. How often do people have paper clips laying around nowadays? And I checked, I was using the latest firmware.So in summary, great headset, just remember that we’re still not in the future yet.

  13. IM SO MAD. I’VE WASTED SO MUCH MONEY . So I’ve had these headsets for about 1 month and I’m SO UPSET IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO FIND THESE. I wish I bought them sooner. I would of saved money because I wouldn’t of bought all the other headphones in search for that perfect audio quality.I’m a HUGE fan of PS5 and I’ve been having a hard time finding a decent pair of headphones that would give me that good directional sound effect that ive been seqrching so long for. I mostly play Dayz, but I also play Fortnite, Call of duty, Rocket League, and other fps games. Some brands claim that they are “3D”, “7k”,”hi-def”, or even “Hi-Fi”, but NONE of those headphones can even come close to comparing to the amazing sound these headphones have when using them on PS5. The noise canceling and other features are AMAZING. Sonys Pulse 3D headphones are JUNK, even after adjusting the settings within the PS5 audio software. I’ve also tried many different brands such as Astro’s, Turtle beech, xcloud, and Razer. Trust me when I say NONE of those are better than these SteelSeries 7P+. They might be cheaper, but if your looking for quality over price, these are the right choice. Plus, When I decide to make the switch to PC gaming, I’ll still be able to use these headphones.I also purchased the warranty protection plan, because when (or if) these decide to fail, I WILL be getting another pair. I’ll be sticking with these headphones throughout the rest of my gaming days unless they decide to sell a better pair within the same price point.Thank you so much SteelSeries for building such a quality set of Headphones. Your a God

  14. I was in a rush on this one. I was scheduled to work from home and I can a contractor in to refinish my front door. These were available same-day, so I took a chance.My headset in the office cost over $300. Except for the lack of wireless, this one works just as well if not better for about a quarter of the price.I was a bit worried about the noise-canceling at first. If you just put these on, they don’t seem to do anything to block out background noise. Then, I put some tunes on and voila! Can’t hear anything save my music.Next test was a phone call and these did a great job there too.Setup was a snap. Just plug it in, wait a few minutes, and it all happened automatically.You can stop looking for a headset. For less than $70, you won’t find a better option. Super light an comfortable, really fantastic sound, and works for all you’d need it to.

  15. When my Corsair Virtuoso headset unexpectedly broke a few months ago, I wasn’t sure what to replace it with. There are a lot of headsets on the market! But I decided to look at this one because I have the mouse from this series line. And I’m glad that I did! The build quality of this headset is solid. It seems to be equal parts metal and very solid, sturdy plastic, which I appreciated after discovering the Virtuoso was built so cheaply (though to be fair, I do put my headsets through the ringer). The audio quality is great right out of the box, and the Logitech G Hub app gives you a lot of customization if that’s what you’re looking for. Its Bluetooth range is good, too; I can hear with no issues in most parts of my house. It’s also probably the most COMFY headset I’ve ever worn (better than the Virtuoso and my old Steel Series headset). Sometimes I forget I’m wearing it.I would say my only gripe is that the volume wheel on the back can be a little sensitive if you’re moving around a lot (nothing too drastic, but I’ve had it wiggle a few degrees). I haven’t tested its microphone quality since I have an external mic, but all the other reviews seem to indicate that it’s pretty decent.

  16. Love using these for playing on my PC.The sound quality is pretty nice and the audio is balanced. Its super convenient to be able to detach the microphone when I’m not using it! However, to use the microphone you need to buy a separate attachment if you plan to use it on a computer. You need a headphone splitter to separate the headphone channel and the microphone channel.Other than that, you can use the headphones on literally anything that has a headphone jack. (The splitter isn’t needed) for your gaming consoles (XBOX, PS4/5, Switch) and your smart phones!I’d also be careful of how you handle the ear pieces of the headphones because they can flip over flat to fit in headphone cases or around your neck. Those pieces can possibly break or crack since the hinges go slightly past the intended direction. Which would explain most of the other reviews of this headset cracking

  17. For me, this headset is 4.5 out of 5. I actually dont prefer noise canceling headphones and have just been using crappy wired phone headphones for about 5 years (before that I used the same pair of turtle beaches for about 5 years). These have a pass through so you can still hear sounds outside the headphones which is key since I have kids. Its honestly a game changer if you still need to hear outside the game and don’t worry it’s not like a constant static, plus it’s adjustable.Sound quality is fine, can easily hear foot steps in mw2(2). Doesn’t blow me away or anything but gets the job done, no complaints.These are super comfy on the skull and ear cupping is fine. It’s not super breathable but not uncomfortable. I don’t game in long sessions anymore but have worn for about 3 hours with no complaints.Setting these up is freaking cake. Seriously. I’m on PC and all I did was connect the dongle to the USB adapter and plug the USB into my PC and boom, sound. My PC automatically switched output sound to the headphones but you might have to go into settings and switch it.Iv seen people complain about the red light when the mic is muted and all you have to do is lower the mic and turn it so the red light is facing down is a non-issue. Still picks up your voice no problem but that leads into my first complaint. The mic will pick up any and every sound in the house (and I’m in the basement). So having a full house I do need to mute my mic a lot but at least it’s easy to do with a button on the headset. My only other complaint is the location of the volume and pass thru dials. Every single time I take off (or put on) my headset I hit those dials. It’s an easy fix but it is an annoyance.Overall tho I am very very happy with my purchase. I did a ton of research on a plethora of headphones before buying these and would 100% buy again. Especially if your a dad (or mom) gamer.

  18. I actually use these for work. I spend half my days on conference calls and needed a headset that would be comfortable and have clear sound. This JBL headset is outstanding on both counts. It is uber comfortable and I have been on 5-6 hour calls and do not get any pain or pressure like other headsets I have used. The sound is clear, and I appreciate the volume control built into the left earpiece. It lets me turn down the sound if someone has an obnoxious booming mic.My only complaint is the cord was a little short, but I solved that with an audio extension cord.

  19. I work for a call center and my old standby (nothing even remotely close to this headset) was starting to go out. I wanted to splurge a bit because of a recent promotion, so I went and tried on headsets at Best Buy. Of course, I fall in love with the ones that are out of stock there. So I came to amazon, ordered them, and they arrived the next day (I paid extra shipping). I’ve used this headset for two shifts so far, and I’ve gotten compliments about the audio quality compared to my last set. I haven’t used them to game (though I eventually will, I just don’t get as much time to do that as I’d like), but for work I’ve absolutely enjoyed this set. I like the microphone retracting into the headset itself and also that it lights up red when the mic is muted. They definitely do a great job, and I like that it can connect to not only my PCs, but also my switch.I’m not super into knowing what makes the audio good or bad, so please don’t use this review for that. But having worked 16 hours using this headset, I can say it’s super comfortable.

  20. I have now had my headphones (White) for a full year and a half – I bought them in April 2021, and they still work great. I have a smaller head, and the lowest size setting actually fits, so I suppose that means they run a little bit small but that’s exactly what I need. As no other headphones fit me on their smallest setting, I have been extremely impressed of the quality of my (on-sale) $30 mic’d headphones.- Sound quality is superior for the price, very balanced and of good quality. I have been impressed, and after a year nothing has deteriorated in sound quality. I don’t know the right word, but I’m able to get the surround-sound that is needed for first-person shooter games. I know where my enemies are coming from! It’s not something I expected from this headset, but I was very pleasantly surprised!- The one minus here is that the mike is a little bit on the quiet side, and I have to manually turn myself up in Discord/Zoom/Steam. But after that, it’s a very clear sound without muffling and usually only picks up my voice. It is a detachable mike, but I’ve detached and reattached it several times, bent and unbent the mike angle, and it still seems durable with zero break-down. I keep it unattached for the most part and have yet to lose it.- The headset itself is very, very comfortable. I can wear it for hours on end without issues or headaches. It is made of a cheaper light-weight plastic, but it’s also durable enough to have lasted well over a year – and going! The swivel of the ears also helps with comfort and for “sealing” in the sound. So unless the *look* of quality is what you’re going for, the light-weight plastic is actually a plus for comfort at a $30 price tag.- The cord is shorter, but if your PC is next to your desk, it won’t be an issue.For a fitting pair of headphones with gaming-level quality, accurate sound positioning for games like Halo and Apex (among others), quality sound and comfort, detachable microphone, and a $30 price tag, these are far superior to anything I have ever gotten in the past. If a quieter mike and short cord aren’t issues for you, and you’re a gamer/student like me looking for quality on a really small budget, these may be the best headphones out there.

  21. I have been in the search for a wireless gaming headset for years. I have had issues with every one I have tried ranging from too hot, not comfortable on my head (slightly big head), poor sound, wireless delays, ETC. This one nailed everything dead on.COMFORT (pressure)The strap at the top with the firm but flexible design of the headset allows it to sit comfortable on my head and allowed it to easily form to my head with no downward pressure and a snug but not too tight fit around the ears. I can wear this for 8 hours at a time with no issues.COMFORT (heat)Most headsets that cover the ears have caused me to eventually feel warm or start sweating after an hour. This headset can go 8 hours with me barely noticing it, in fact, I have forgotten I am wearing it a few times.SOUND QUALITYExcellent sound quality, and with the software equalizer, you can tweak it to your liking. I am not an audiophile by any stretch of the imagination, but I am pleased and think most gamers will find it’s sound superior to most other headsets on the market.WIRELESS DELAYI am sensitive to wireless delays, mice, keyboard, headsets all bug me. For me, this is a big deal. Delays are a major issue with wireless products, especially if you have used BT 4.0 or earlier with headsets or other devices. Since this uses 2.4GHz, it naturally has a delay closer to that of WiFi than the inherit delay with BT. Couple that with a good design which is easy to use, and you can raise the antenna if needed, I don’t even feel this delay.EVERYTHING ELSEOverall, it is packed with a lot of nice features and the rest is gravy. The sound cancelling is nice, and the ability to pass outside sound in so you can hear your wife when she talks helps keep you out of trouble. The software was easy to setup, and use, but leads me really to my only small complaint.MY ONE COMPLAINTThe software, by default, enables game capture and other features around snipping / recording sections of gameplay. I appreciate software which comes with this feature for those who want it (of which I am not one), but have it enabled by default and setup ready to go was annoying. Add to that, it has an overlay which can be frustrating. IMHO, disable those features and the software goes back to doing just it’s job – managing your headset.

  22. The Kraken Ultimate has very good sound quality and can get very loud. They come with THX spatial sound which lets you get immersed into the game whether it a FPS or Platformer. The mic is very good as well and is very sensitive at times but the noise cancelation makes up for it. The RGB on both sides do make the Headphones a tad bit heavier compared to the Kraken Tournament Edition but overall they’re very worth the price.

  23. Kraken as a brand is known for making quality products that are functional, comfortable, and durable. The noise cancelling earpieces do a good job blocking out sound, and keeping your ears warm.The product comes as two separate parts: The audio controller (USB to 3.5) and the headset itself, which has a 3.5mm jack that plugs in at a 90 degree angle. I’ll talk about the headset first.The headset uses quality fabric from top to bottom, a synthetic leather on top of the headband, with a more cushioned, lattice pattern fabric on bottom. The padding is very breathable and comfortable, so you don’t need to worry about the headset slipping off when using them, barring the most excessive headbanging.The foam they use is a very soft, flexible kind of foam, so you don’t need to worry about having the earpieces bite into any eyewear you are wearing. The extendable microphone has a soft arm, which means you can bend it to get the perfect angle for any face.Additionally, the audio quality is great for general use, meaning you’ll get a good quality mic whether you’re using it on console, PC or even mobile. When not in use, the microphone can be pushed back into the headset frame, making it very much out of your way when you’re trying to enjoy some music.The headset has a barebones, inline volume dial and mute toggle. Both have held up after extensive (+1 year) usage in tandem with the audio controller. The wire used is a not very thick, but dense enough braid, so you won’t have to worry about wire crimping or getting tangled in a travel bag or other container.Before we get started talking about the audio controller I’m going to be talking about the hardware, not the software currently, as while Razer is amazing a producing a great product, the software is notorious for several issues. The audio controller is a very small profile box at the end of a braided cable with a USB plugin. The box has buttons to raise and lower volume in general, a mute button that glows red when muted, and for the two audio channels the drivers for the device (without the software) create; game and chat.The two channels have two small actuators that return to a neutral position after adjusting volume for the respective channel. Finally, the audio controller has a button to enable THX spatial audio.The headset is 5.1 compatible for anyone wondering, and that should be good enough to satisfy most everyone.The major downsides are typically Razer’s software. Most of my issues with razer have been drivers following a patch, typically requiring you to go into settings for all apps using audio settings, or have certain features not work for all setups.Frequently the default THX audio settings don’t work, and audio doesn’t separate into the two channels properly. All audio funnels into the chat channel for me personally, but there have been anecdotes of people having no issues getting it working.Overall, great hardware, just don’t expect the full functionality the software claims. Treat it as a fancy UI and a way to keep your drivers updated, and you’ll be happy.

  24. I will not add a repeat of the already positive and thorough reviews listed here about this product. I agree with them. I take my sound seriously, having been a DJ and in bands in my youth; and can’t go a day without music. I was looking for a replacement wireless headset for my computer (Windows 11 laptop) use – music, video, and gaming. I also wanted something I could Zoom with in a quality fashion, as well as reasonable battery life, and comfort was a big factor this time. (I both wear glasses, and have a large head, and this has been an issue with other headphones.) I didn’t want active noise-cancelling, but some degree of isolation is important. There is also a “work around” for the lack of Bluetooth which I will go in to at the end of summary feedback.After a couple weeks of a LOT of research and comparison from headphones ranging from $50 to $400, I had narrowed it down to half a dozen headsets, and the challenging part was comfort – hard to verify that online. I walked into a retail store to try on the headsets, prepared to purchase them on the spot if they fit the comfort criteria. They had the WIRED version, but not the wireless. I chose the Logitech G PRO X, came home, and ordered the wireless version, which showed up the next day.Comfort: Ok – it feels like liquid heaven. These fit and feel wonderful. Overall, they unit is heavier than my last pair (which was mostly plastic), but it doesn’t FEEL heavy. It fits softly AROUND the ear, and I don’t feel it. I wear headphones the majority of the day, and above any other factor, comfort and fit can take the joy away more than any other feature. The oval shape is perfect. (Any company still making circular headsets need to go back and look at the shape of an ear…) They come with an alternate set of material, so the owner can select whichever feels best to them.Sound Quality: Very good. Sharp, precise, and clear. Candidly: Does NOT pack the low end “Kick” of my previous (and cheaper) headphones, but the bass is still there… it’s the difference between “hearing” the low end, and “feeling it”. That being said, turning up the low end to “feel it” on headphones isn’t the best thing for your ears in the long run, so – hey. The software that comes with it does allow a significant amount of modification with both pre-settings and custom settings for EQ, and other effects, and it is painless to download and install. I listen from Rock to Classical, and happy with both.Microphone: Also good – by itself straight out of the box, the sound was a little on the “thin” side, BUT, with the customization of settings the software provides, it’s amazing. You can record a brief clip of your voice, loop it, and play with the settings until you sound like an announcer for an upcoming movie. Very cool. I check out microphone quality with the people I talk with, and they signed off it as “Good!” – so, worked there.Battery Life: Good – When fully charged and monitoring them as I use them, it has been accurately showing 24-25 hours’ worth of life. I use them long, and hard each day, and could imagine a situation where I could use up to 16 hours of that… and still have battery to spare. I have yet to fully test their recharging capability, but initial reaction seems to be that it charges back to a full charge pretty fast. Candidly, no worries in this department for my needs. (You can still use them with the USB power cord charging up, so running out of juice really isn’t an issue.)Wireless feature: OK, so this comes with a proprietary 2.4 wireless USB dongle that sticks out an inch and a half, and you have to deal with it (as a laptop user – desktop wouldn’t matter.) One of the specific issues I was having with my previous Bluetooth headset was that I was running into interference and sound dropping after use, as well as the audio becoming slightly off sync with video after a while, and – neither of those are acceptable… (which prompted the search for a replacement/upgrade.) Bluetooth is convenient but has its own pros and cons. The 2.4 system of this is painlessly plug-and-play. Just stuck the dongle in, turned on the headphones, and they were instantly fully active. Range of 2.4 is typically better than Bluetooth range, and this has definitely been proven out. I can wander around the house a bit again, which is nice, as compared to just across the room.WORKAROUND FOR LACK OF BLUETOOTH:As the G PRO X Wireless DOES NOT have any Bluetooth support NOR does it have a jack for a plain old cable, there were two aspects of this headset which were not 100% in sync with my wish list. (Listen up Logitech!) I would always like to have the opportunity to have a traditional 3.5 jack to manually wire in a headset. You just never know when something is going to happen, battery, interference… but the show must go on. Without that jack, it means that I have to maintain an entire backup set of headphones. Not IDEAL, but doable. I would hope to never need it, but would like to have the option. However, here simply is no jack, nor does the USB function in that fashion either. Call me old school, but I like a backup, even if it adds 49 cents worth of parts to the cost. Not a deal killer however. Would have let me use it easily with my phone however…The bigger trade off was the lack of Bluetooth (COMBINED with the lack of a wire.) All indications were – (even saw it listed in various reviews) that this meant that the headphone is limited in use to computers and consoles with regular USB ports… SPECFICALLY, that I would lose the ability to wear my awesomely comfortable headphones while on my (Android based) phone… meaning that I needed to manage yet ANOTHER set of headphones, earbuds, etc., for taking phone calls. (I read reviews where this was called out as a specific shortcoming factor.) THIS IS NOT THE CASE!!! I came across a reference from a user who used a simple USB-C Male to USB Female adapter (available cheap) to connect the dongle to their Android phone… and I have done the same, and the headphones DO WORK fine for taking phone calls from my phone. Yes, I have a bit of a weird contraption hanging out of the bottom of my phone – but, I am beyond happy with that. The phone functionality was also plug and play (actually FAST and LESS cumbersome to set up than a Bluetooth headset.) Plugged in an adapter (

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