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Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 5 3.5mm/ USB Connector Circumaural Stereo Headset

  • 20Hz–20KHz
  • 3.5mm/ USB Connector
  • USB Cable: 6.6 ft.
  • 3.5mm Audio Cable: 3.3 ft. Cord Length
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Put the game on your ears with Mad Catz Cyborg’s F.R.E.Q. 5 Stereo Gaming Headset for PC and Mac. With premium-quality 50mm drivers, intuitively placed on-ear controls, and a detachable noise-canceling microphone, the F.R.E.Q. 5 keeps your gaming sessions well-equipped for extended listening comfort.

  • newegg Powerful Stereo Sound Housing oversize speakers which pump out robust stereo sound with a wide dynamic range, the comfortable, spacious earcups provide clean and clear audio reproduction. Previously hidden details in your game's audio soundscape will enrich your immersion and enhance your gameplay like never before. The skillfully engineered earcup design also helps block out distractions like excessive teammate chatter so you can focus on playing at your best.
  • newegg Tough Yet Lightweight Metal Components Built to the same exacting standards as the award-winning Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. and constructed to survive the stress of LAN tournaments, the F.R.E.Q. 5 couples comfort with sturdiness to accommodate extended gaming sessions. Lightweight metal components provide ample adjustability to give you a customized fit - and the cans even fold flat to support an around-the-neck resting position - all while bringing a level of durability previously unheard of in PC gaming headsets.
  • newegg Precision-Balanced, Extra Large 50mm Drivers with Neodymium Magnets Utilizing the highest quality drivers available for use in commercial headsets - Neodymium - the F.R.E.Q. 5 PC Gaming Headset feeds high-fidelity audio through a pair of amplified 50mm speakers for deep bass and crisp undistorted highs.
  • newegg Detachable Noise-Canceling Microphone with Illuminated Mute Notification When not using the mic to communicate with your online teammates, a headset's microphone only gets in the way. Problem solved with the Mad Catz Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5's removable solution - it provides the freedom to use the mic only when necessary. And when gaming in loud environments, advanced noise cancelation stifles ambient sounds to ensure your conversations are crystal-clear. Toggling the microphone mute button prevents your teammates from hearing anything you don't want them to, and red LED illumination in the tip of the detachable mic will never make you wonder whether or not they can hear you.
  • newegg Easy to Locate On-Ear Controls Intuitive placement of all controls provides simple adjustability without the need to remove the headset. Mute the mic, tweak the volume, and toggle equalizer settings (Gaming, Music & Chat) all while keeping your eyes on your monitor.
  • newegg Compatible with MP3 Players and Smartphones Use the headset's handy quick-release connector to instantly gain MP3 player compatibility and convert the Mad Catz Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 into portable headphones. Just swap out its USB cord for the included 3.5mm audio cable and then plug directly into your device. And if you have a smartphone*, you can even take voice calls using the microphone. (*Supports Apple iPhone, Blackberry, and HTC handsets.)

Learn more about the MAD CATZ F.R.E.Q. 5

General

Brand
Mad Catz
Model
F.R.E.Q. 5
Part
MCB434030002/02/1

Headphone

Driver Unit
50mm
Headphone Frequency Response
20Hz–20KHz
Connector
3.5mm/ USB
Ear Coupling
Circumaural
Cord Length
USB Cable: 6.6 ft.
3.5mm Audio Cable: 3.3 ft.

Feature

Features
Powerful Stereo Sound
Housing oversize speakers which pump out robust stereo sound with a wide dynamic range, the comfortable, spacious earcups provide clean and clear audio reproduction.The skillfully engineered earcup design also helps block out distractions like excessive teammate chatter so you can focus on playing at your best.

Precision-Balanced, Extra Large 50mm Drivers with Neodymium Magnets
F.R.E.Q. 5 PC Gaming Headset feeds high-fidelity audio through a pair of amplified 50mm speakers for deep bass and crisp undistorted highs.

Tough Yet Lightweight Metal Components
Built to the same exacting standards as the award-winning Cyborg R.A.T. and constructed to survive the stress of LAN tournaments, the F.R.E.Q. 5 couples comfort with sturdiness to accommodate extended gaming sessions. Lightweight metal components provide ample adjustability to give you a customized fit - and the cans even fold flat to support an around-the-neck resting position - all while bringing a level of durability previously unheard of in PC gaming headsets.

Detachable Noise-Canceling Microphone with Illuminated Mute Notification
When gaming in loud environments, advanced noise cancelation stifles ambient sounds to ensure your conversations are crystal-clear.
Toggling the microphone mute button prevents your teammates from hearing anything you don't want them to, and red LED illumination in the tip of the detachable mic will never make you wonder whether or not they can hear you.

Easy to Locate On-Ear Controls
Mute the mic, tweak the volume, and toggle equalizer settings all while keeping your eyes on your monitor.

Compatible with MP3 Players and Smartphones
Use the headset's handy quick-release connector to instantly gain MP3 player compatibility and convert the Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 into portable headphones. Just swap out its USB cord for the included 3.5mm audio cable and then plug directly into your device.

Packaging

Package Contents
Wired Headset
Detachable Mic
6.6ft (2m) Braided USB Cable
3.3ft (1m) Braided 3.5mm Audio Cable

System Requirements

System Requirements
Compatible With:
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
- Mac OS X (10.6.6 & Higher)
- iPhone
- HTC
- BlackBerry

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Alex H.
  • 1/13/2014 1:56:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot Comfortable after a while

Pros: Noise Cancelling Mic works awesomely. Love how it is detachable. Different cord plugin's are also awesome. Sound quality is impeccable, EQ settings are so useful.

Cons: There is a humming sound when the mic is plugged in and un-muted.
The headset its self squished my ears. I buy over the hear headsets for comfort. This becomes extremely uncomfortable after 25+ MINUETS of wearing them.

Other Thoughts: Its a shame that there isn't more cushion around the ear cups. I really like the feature set of these.

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  • Guy S.
  • 12/1/2013 4:14:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGood sound bad make

Pros: The sound quality is excellent.

Cons: The poor quality of the plastic in the top of the band that goes over your head will start cracking and breaking in less then a year of *light* use.

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  • Roger M.
  • 8/21/2013 12:40:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great Design
Built like a tank

Cons: Sound is not as brilliant as other headphones. Seems very dull as its only stero sound
Bass is not as big as other have written.
Sound stage seemed very muffled. Some sounds buzzed when plugged into usb.

Other Thoughts: over all a good decent headset that has alot of neat options for it. Orginally bought for 114. Price seems to have shot up. Not worth either price. Its a good analog stereo headset. But save your money and get a better 3.5mm or usb headset.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 8/9/2013 1:57:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor construction

Pros: i love the removable mic, the fact that the earphones fold down but the construction is poor at best

Cons: I picked up my headset today, you know to put it on and the rubber liner for the top popped down so wonderful now i can see all the wires. wondering why this happened i looked at it and it has a crack going across the top of it, i would expect this from a sub 70 dollar headset not something i paid 150 for. i will be contacting MadCatz in the morning when their CS opens

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/12/2013 4:26:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsFreq 5

Pros: sturdy construction, ear parts flip in for easy storage in a bag, great sound and bass, have had zero issues with the mic in vent,

Cons: none

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  • Josh d.
  • 4/30/2013 12:57:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsFor the love of the buzz

Pros: Construction is very solid i like the cup design and folding over with a flat edge to easily rest on things. The sound playback is crisp and clear.

Cons: Like everyone else the USB power buzz is a real pain. I have checked and it isn't a bad ground on the usb jack. Turning the power slider down can fix it on your end so you don't have to hear it however if you use any voice chat programs vent, TS, or mumble, any time you speak everyone else listening has to endure it. I had high hopes but it's not worth it if it makes everyone you talk to online hate you.

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  • Jonathan D.
  • 4/8/2013 10:03:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggswhine / feedback

Pros: Sturdy, comfortable, great audio quality via 3.5mm

Cons: USB.... Whine occurs whenever an audio source is started, audible during quiet moments gaming, movie, music.

Mic loops sound back through the headphones whenever there is audio. Ridiculous. I agree with the other reviewers, headset is not use able over USB.

Other Thoughts: Headset could be use able via 3.5mm using a 1m ext cable and a 4 pin to two 3 pin 3.5mm adapter, about 15 more dollars. Waiting to hear back from tech support, not expecting much. Buy at your own risk.

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  • George H.
  • 4/4/2013 10:48:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDont bother

Pros: Very nice looking paper weight

Cons: Well in the first week the micro usb jack failed so you could not use the mic. About a week after that the 3.5 mm failed so it became a paper weight. I called MADCATZ support because I purchased the warranty. They informed me that the jacks had failed and it was my fault. (they told me the same thing about the buttons on my R.A.T.7 that failed at the same time bought at the same time. Nice metal construction but extremely weak design, the electronics in this device could have been installed by a 5 year old. Do not buy this product or any other MAD CATZ product because you are only playing Russian roulette. You could get a fair headset, only after you return 8 or 9 back in I don't have that kind of patience to wait for a year after I paid for something to finally get a product that works. Feel free to get anything but this. Very Weak.

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  • Andres A.
  • 2/12/2013 5:58:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood but could be better

Pros: Price
Adequate Sound
Dynamic Ranges
Solid Bass

Cons: USB whine

Other Thoughts: Other than the USB whine when not in game (it's apparent then), you get a lot for the price. My other headset is a Bose Quiet Comfort 25 but I can't use it for gaming (no mic). This headset, despite not being noise canceling, has good sounding drivers and a microphone that comes across crisp and understandable by others.
I can't fault the headset for features not included, but I do think they could have done a better job to filter out the power whine (USB power) when no other audio is playing. I know it's just not a noisy (poorly grounded) port as it has been tried on two high end gaming machines.

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  • Robert C.
  • 2/5/2013 5:47:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsamazing headphones

Pros: This headset feels amazing..it comfortable, and feels like it could handle a beating with the materials it made out of.. sound wise they also sound great. They aren't surround sound like the tiamat 7.1 I also have..but for everyday use and use on a laptop or anything without the 5 3.5mm connectors these are perfect.

Cons: not a big deal..but I wish the 3.5mm plug had the dual design instead of it being in 1 3.5mm.

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