13 May 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Monoprice 7.1 Dolby Digital Amplified Gaming Headset for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC (109770)

My husband and son have gone through a lot of headphones. Either they are not comfortable, they don’t have good sound, or they microphone does not work well. Right now, they are fighting over who gets to keep these!

Quality of sound: You can really tell when someone is behind you or what side of you they are on. While it doesn’t sound like you are in a concert hall, it does sound like you are in a realistic environment with things going on all around you.

Quality of construction: Very sturdy even if they do look a bit plastic-y. My son has a habit of dropping his headphones onto his computer when he is done. This is about a 2 foot drop onto hard metal. So far, no problems and he has done this several times a day for the last 2 weeks. They still look and sound like new.

Comfort: I think this is the real sticking point with my boys. They both wear glasses and over the ear headphones tend to squish the ear pieces into their heads. Father and son say that the soft pad is just soft enough to let them play for hours but hard enough keep the headphones in place.

Price: Looking at the price of headphones, you can spend pretty much as little or as much as you want. My husband has several that cost more than this that are now sitting in a drawer for one reason or another.

While stereo audio is great for recorded music and television, when it comes to FPS gaming you really need more audio directionality, so you can hear when someone is ahead of you, behind you, or even overhead. In short, you need a Dolby 7.1 channel audio system, such as this 7.1 Channel Dolby Digital Amplified Gaming Headset from Monoprice!

The headset is designed to connect to PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360 gaming systems, and comes with all the necessary cables and connectors. It supports both analog 2-channel and digital 7.1 channel Toslink (optical) input and is certified by Dolby for use with Dolby Digital 5.1, Pro Logic IIx, and Dolby Headphone modes.

The headset uses a USB connection for microphone communications on the PC and PS3, or a 3.5mm TRRS plug for the Xbox 360 and Smartphones. It comes with two boom microphones, one designed for gaming and the other for mobile hands-free use with Smartphone. Additionally, it supports the Xbox Live Communication standard.

The Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) creates the necessary phasing of the audio signal to the headset to produce a clear and accurate 7.1 channel soundstage, which provides the necessary audible queues you need to excel at FPS gaming. The DAC also allows for separate volume control over each of the 8 audio channels, so you can adjust it for the perfect soundstage balance.

Although this audio system comes with only the single headset, the system supports up to two headsets. The headset from our Entry-Level Amplified Gaming Headset (PID 9770) can be used as the second headset for this system. Although the Entry Level system is not designed for 7.1 channel audio, the headset can produce a 7.1 channel soundstage using the DAC’s internal phasing circuitry.

Rating: ★★★★★

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