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Wireless Type
Power Supply
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 1000mAh
Operating Time
20 hours per pack, typical usage
40 ft.


Headphone Frequency Response
Headphone Input Impedance
32 ohm
Ear Coupling
297g (without battery)


Microphone Impedance
~2.2K ohm
Microphone Frequency Response
Microphone Sensitivity
-44 dB


Innovative Design
- Large, clear, stunning OLED transmitter display - profiles, sources, battery life, volume
- Intuitive interface - headset and transmitter
- Uni-directional retractable mic with LED
- Unlimited play 2 Hotswap / rechargeable Li-Ion Batteries

Superior Wireless Performance and Sound
- Advanced frequency hopping technology for superior interference protection
- Dolby 7.1 Surround sound for immersive audio
- Advanced audio customization profiles to tailor sound and voice per game - EQ, LiveMix , Chat levels
- Uncompressed audio stream - superior, crystal clear audio quality
- Low fixed latency - the lowest latency in the industry

Multi Platform Capability
- Connection to Xbox360, PS3, PC, Mac, and mobiles
- Share your sound with secondary headset output or use as a wired input from almost anything

Quick Info


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

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5 out of 5 eggsAmazing headset

Pros: These headphones are, by far, the BEST product I've reviewed on Newegg yet. I asked for more time for the review so that I could just keep using them. I had the opportunity to get into the Alpha test for Bungie's latest game, Destiny, and I used these headphones for HOURS straight.

First of all, these things are comfortable. After hours of wearing and using them they were not itchy or uncomfortable. Their weight is not too heavy nor too light as to feel cheaply made. The leather and padding is fantastic. No sweat marks or stickiness after wearing them an extended period of time. I asked my wife to try them for awhile so she hooked them to her phone to listen to music and she was very pleased with both the audio quality and comfort. I have a large head (7 1/2 hat size) and my wife has a very small head by comparison...but she has a lot of hair where as I keep very clean shaven. The headphones did not snag or pull the wife's hair. She also enjoyed how the microphone retracted inside of the earpiece.

Battery Life - Not only does one battery last a VERY long time for these headphones, they come with a second battery! This battery charges in the base station while you use the headset so when it's time to recharge it's a simple matter or twisting the left earpiece outside cover 1/4 turn and swapping batteries! It's quite ingenious and nearly seamless. I was able to swap batteries in the middle of a rather tense area of Destiny and I was never out of the action long enough to be in danger.

The microphone seems to transmit well and speech is clear (I have to go on what other people say and even friends don't want to go into a lot of detail of how my voice sounds when we're all trying to blow stuff up or get little anthropomorphic creatures to jump from platform to platform and avoid falling into pits of molten material or being eaten by large monsters.

There wasn't a single device that I tried that these headphones would not connect to and they sounded amazing on all of them. PS3, PS4, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S3, Mac, PC, iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and Galaxy Tab 1 (my wife and I have different preferences...she's a Droid girl and I tend toward Apple products though I still use the old Galaxy Tab 1 that we have floating around from time to time).

Range - The range seems pretty good. Walls and ceilings did not seem to interfere. I was listening to some music while cooking and my wife was watching Teen Mom (don't judge...if I don't judge you have no right to either) and was able to walk all over the house.

My other headset is the Sony Elite Pulse wireless headset. Don't get me wrong it's a great headset and I thought that the sound quality was amazing...until I used these SteelSeries headphones. These are in a whole other category. The fit, build quality, attention to detail...they are all amazing. I balked at the price of headphones like this...until I finally had a chance to use them. They are worth every penny.

Cons: The only con that I can think of (and it's nitpicking) would be that the wires that come with the unit are a little short. It's not a big deal as the control box is compact enough that it fits on my entertainment center's shelf with either the PS3 or the PS4. Also it's common form factor cables that are used so if a person needed longer cables a simple trip to the local electronics store or even browsing NewEgg a person would be able to find longer cables for quite a reasonable price.

I really have no other negatives that I can come up with for this headset.

Other Thoughts: I will restate that I never could imagine spending the amount of money some of the headsets out there on the market cost but after using this particular headset I totally get it. I understand the difference in quality. If you are in the market for a headset I would recommend waiting and saving until you can get these. They truly are an amazing headset for not just gaming but for any other normal task as well (I sat through several episodes of Numb3rs and all of season 3 of The Killing and was never uncomfortable or annoyed by wearing the headset).

I wasn't able to test these on my X-Box 360 or an X-Box One. I had to let my brother borrow my 360 as his RROD on him and I don't own an X-Box One (can't justify owning both next-gen systems at this time and I think my wife would cause me serious bodily harm), however I can't see any reason why these wouldn't perform just as well on X-Box as they do on Playstation.

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5 out of 5 eggsSuperb Sound - Fantastic for Home Theatre

Pros: When the box arrived, it was obvious from the box and packing that these were quality headphones. Everything fit well and is easy to repackage if you want to use the box carry the headphones in for travel.

I do not have much time for gaming but I wanted to see how these performed on my home theatre. These are much more than gaming headphones. They connect to just about any audio device you have. I used these SteelSeries for my 3D TV and for editing audio recordings.

I currently have a set of Sennheiser wireless and I thought the sound was great, and it is, but when I tried these headphones, I was blown away. They were equal to a pair of wired professional studio headphones I once listened to on a professional audio studio.

Setup was a breeze. I did not need the read the booklet as the menu was straight forward. You can access the menu and setup using the headphones. If took all of about 30 seconds to plug them in and select the audio from the menu.

I first tried these with my 3D TV using the standard audio out. Nice sound but not spectacular. I then hooked up the TV through the optical audio, popped in a 3D movie with THX sound and was blown away. It was like sitting in a theatre without all the noisy people around. The sound surrounded my head, the highs ranges were crisp and the bass felt like I had a woofer built into my body.

Next I wanted to compare audio editing of some church recordings. We have a professional sound system at church that I record audio and video. The Sennheiser headphones worked well for editing the audio. The SteelSeries definitely made a difference in audio editing. I was able to distinguish sounds that I missed with the other headphones. Using the optical out, I was definitely able to adjust the echo and reverb and hear the full effect.

Other wireless headphones I own are susceptible to interference -- especially when walking around or at extended range. The frequency hopping capability of these headphones definitely takes care of any interference.
The SteelSeries did not encounter any interference whatsoever. As far as range, I could wear the headphones on the second floor of my house with the TV on the first floor with no interference and sound as clear as I was standing in front of the TV. I have a concrete block house with stucco and my expensive WiFi router can only transmit a few feet outside the block walls. I walked out to the street with these headphones with no drop in sound quality.

Cons: The only con I would say is the cords are short. You have to have the transmitter fairly close to any device you want to hook up. Not enough of a con to keep you from buying since the transmitter is small and lightweight. I guess its a plus also to not have long cords lying around.

Other Thoughts: When I opened the box and saw the size of these headphones, I thought they would be heavy and a bit uncomfortable if worn for an extended time. Not so. They were extremely comfortable. I watched a 2 hour movie and if it had not been for the remarkable sound quality, I could have forgotten I had them on.

These headphones are not cheap but if you have the money and want a good quality wireless headphone, these are definitely worth considering. I can't comment on the microphone and chat features because I did not test them. With the ability to connect to just about any audio device and have the option of using optical connection these headphones are definitely worth considering.

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5 out of 5 eggsThe last Headset you'll ever need

Pros: Not much to say other than this is truly a great product, I'm an avid gamer and I love to watch movies at home also. The fact fact that you can hot swap batteries and remain wireless permanently is a great touch! I've owned Astro A40's and Logitech G930 headsets before and I have to say the bass on these bad boys is superb! The highs and lows feel just right and the mids are on point. The headset is pretty silent when not actually playing any audio through them which is a big deal for me because I hate feedback with a passion. Lastly, the packaging was also well presented and felt like a real premium device should. SteelSeries has done it again!

Cons: Non really, other than maybe the fact that I didn't get one of these things sooner. Also the rage cuts out after about 50 feet which isnt really bad at all... But this is me being nitpicky.

Other Thoughts: I need to get my hands on some more SteelSeries gear ASAP!

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  • Miles C.
  • 6/9/2014 1:52:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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3 out of 5 eggsDurable, supportive, unusually quiet

Pros: Great for extended use
the retractable mic guarantees to save me from what ruined my last pair of headphones
the sound card is a worthwhile gimmick

Cons: no on headset programmable buttons
can not use w/PC unless USB is connected (negates the purpose of using the higher quality optical in)

Other Thoughts: I had only one real problem with this headset. Its not powerful in sound levels and delivery. I contacted the company directly and they told me volume limitations are out of their control and in mid 2013 a law was passed restricting the company. This is deeply worrying as the whole kit is 300 dollars. I can hear my Corsair 800D fan noise even when at 100% volume (in games, netflix, vent, etc). May i suggest some noise cancellation if its such a premium unit? I overall expected to be blown away in sound quality but i never was able to hear or enjoy it. A better gaming headset can be bought at a third of this ones price.

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4 out of 5 eggsAmazing Sound

Pros: SteelSeries H Circumaural Wireless Headset is an awesome headset bar none. I've used a few different headsets thru the years and these are by far the best ever. Inside the box you'll find every connector you'll need and not to mention power plugs for if I recall correctly every part of the world. @ batteries for endless gaming or audio listening enjoyment. You easily charge one battery in the base while using the second one. But don't expect to be having to change it very often I got well over 15hours on one and it was still going when i shut it down. The sound quality was superior to any headset i have used prior to these. Somewhat easy to set up with basic knowledge of audio systems. Had minor issues connecting it to my pc but it didn't take long to figure out. The base unit which is small and in my honest opinion very well done can easily placed on your desk without taking up to much real estate. Has a very sleek white lighting scheme that isn't over bearing at all. Has different profiles for all your audio needs. PC, console,Home Theater. Low latency is advertised and I can say without a doubt I noticed non at all. Sounds were heard as they were produced. Basically saying when i pulled the trigger I instantly heard the shot. Unlike other headsets I've used where it seemed to be a slight delay in sound from action. Another sweet feature is when using these on your HTPC (or other home theater setup) you dont have to get up or fidget for a remote, you simply use the on-ear buttons to make whatever changes you need to make your listening environment better.

Cons: Cons well gonna be picky here but hey need to say a little bit. The instructions for an item of this price caliber I found to be lacking. Why put all this effort in to designing a the unit this great with all the bundles accessories and skimp out on full fledged instructions. Granted a lot of folks who buy this type of item normally can fumble their way thru it, but you have to keep the newer class of folks just starting into this arena something more than here is the manual if you cant figure it out call us/ or go online method. Second con is the price its a tad expensive @299$ but some would argue that for its quality and performance its worth it, I have to agree there.

Other Thoughts: Superior build quality, superior sound quality. Without a doubt a headset that sets a new mark for other to reach for. I am truly stoked at this units overall Quality. Nothing feels flimsy or ready to break, and very very comfortable for those marathon sessions of gaming or audio enjoyment. If your looking for a great headset look no further this is the one you have been looking for.

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4 out of 5 eggsAdvanced Headset

Pros: The headphones are of very high quality construction. You can get these things to work with virtually any kind of AC power, any kind of gaming console or PC, and any kind of TV/Stereo system. The microphone is retractable and the controls on the headset are easy to use. The batteries are GREAT and you get two of them so you can charge one in the base while using the other. The unit is highly configurable and remembers your settings for each kind of connection you are going to use it with. It actually has a display on the base unit that runs a sort of wizard which lets you set the inputs and outputs for each device you connect it to; this makes switching from one sound source to another a breeze. The sound quality is very good, but I would not call it audiophile. These are very immersive when playing video games, and if you are a hardcore gamer, this would make them worth it. I tested these out with COD Blacks Ops 2 zombies and it was REALLY intense! I found these units comfortable even after hours of use. These also work great with Skype, especially if you need to block out background noise.

Cons: A minor thing, but the box is a bit funky to open up. Honestly when you get it open, there is a dizzying array of cables and connectors staring at you. It would be simpler if they had a version for each region, instead of having connectors for every kind of A/C power in the entire world. I found the sound only slightly above average for music even when selecting the music preset. I have used wireless sound systems that produce superior sound quality, for example, the wireless sound output on a Roku remote.

Other Thoughts: You need to be a bit tech savvy to set these things up, but of course most hard core gamers would be. If you want a top quality headset that will last a while and can be connected to many types of sound sources easily, then these units may be for you. If you’re like most people and have gone through one cheap headset after another, you will enjoy the quality if you pick up one of these. I knocked off one egg because for the price, the sound quality for music could be a bit better, otherwise these are great.

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4 out of 5 eggsLet down by the microphone

Pros: Packaging was very well done. Everything was packed securely so that it would easily be able to survive the rigors of shipping. All components were clearly labeled in individual packaging. The headset also came with just about every cable you could ever need, and even region specific heads for the power adapter.

Despite being mostly plastic, I can tell the construction of this headset is top notch. I was concerned how rigid the headset was, but after a little breaking in, it has the proper amount of flex to make putting it on simple and alleviate fears of snapping it. A common issue I’ve seen with headsets and headphones is a tendency to develop stress fractures where the ear cups connect to the head band. By just bending the headset a little bit I can tell that the design inhibits this by making the connection between the ear cups and headband rigid, and allowing the headband to flex.

Packaging, quality, now aesthetics. This is a beautifully understated headset. The images don’t really do it justice, you need to see it in person to appreciate just how nice the headset and transmitter are as a package. At first glance I suspect most people would mistake this headset for being a pair of high end wireless home theater headphones. With the mic hidden away inside the left ear cup, and no obnoxious extra controls or off the wall design this headset is able to blend in seamlessly with even the most elegant home entertainment centers. The transmitter too, is brilliantly discrete, with its simple yet striking look, and its sharp OLED display.

Very comfortable. The foam padding around the ear cups and the headband is superbly comfy. The material holding the foam in place is a sort of faux leather material which compliments the foam well. I’ve worn these as long as 10 hours at a time with no discomfort whatsoever.

I’m not an audiophile, to me most every headset I’ve owned has sounded fine. With these though, I was able to notice a difference; I was noticing subtle nuances in songs I had listened to hundreds of times. This is certainly the best sounding headset I’ve ever had, music and movies sound much better, but where these really shine is video games, shooters in particular exemplify the sound quality of this headset. The only way I can describe it is it’s like hearing a game for the first time, all over again, with a better pair of ears.

If you think changing the battery will be a hassle, it isn’t at all. Honestly, it saves you the annoyance of running your battery nearly dead in the middle of something and having to tether yourself just to charge it, negating the point of a wireless headset. Changing the battery is a 30 second affair at worst. The only problem is the manual’s wording as to how you should remove the plate on the left ear cup. Just use the palm of your hand and friction to rotate the plate, trust me, it’s easier. After doing it a few times, you’ll be able to do it without even taking the headset off.

Cons: Setting this headset up for use with a PC was made inexcusably difficult by the documentation. The console setups were actually quite well explained in the manual. Having said that, the PC instructions, despite having the most possible configurations, were by far the shortest. The webpage was much the same story as the manual; the console setups provided great explanations while poorly explaining the PC configuration. As an example of how poor the PC documentation is; the webpage shows only a single PC configuration, with no explanation at all. Both the manual and webpage also fail to clearly explain when and what you should be doing with your OS sound settings (again, this is clearly demonstrated for console setups). I understand the mind boggling number of different hardware setups out there, but I really feel like Steelseries didn’t even try to explain PC configurations.

A special failing grade is deserved for the “TV, Media Center, Home Theatre, etc. ” section in the manual which manages to be even less informative than the PC section, by not at all explaining possible connections and not providing any diagrams. In fact all it does is assure you that “The TV source works with virtually all audio/video equipment…” While technically true, it certainly doesn’t help make setup any easier. The online documentation is much, much better, but misplaced; I couldn’t get the webpage to load properly on my phone or tablet, and I’m sure not everybody has a PC handy for such situations.

Despite the number of things you can do using the transmitter, there are a few glaring omissions which warrant mention. One is the lack of a way to turn the transmitter off. Another is that the headphones make quite a few different beeps and it would be useful to be able to independently enable or disable specific ones.

The exceptional sound quality of this headset is diminished by its weak bass. EQ tweaking provides a boost to the bass, and overall sound quality if done correctly, but even with tweaked EQ settings the bass just doesn’t have the volume and presence I would expect.

The mic on this headset was a huge letdown. By the admissions of three people I regularly talk to, and at least ten others, it simply didn’t sound as good as my old $50 headset. Some people described the sound as being “echo-ey” and others said it sounded “muffled”. Still others complained about the mic’s sensitivity and picking up background noise. I don’t know if the mic is just bad, or if it’s not configured properly, either way it’s Steelseries’ fault since the documentation is so bad. I tried everything, and poured hours of my time into making the mic to sound good. The only significant tweak I tried which produced a positive lasting result was flipping the head of the mic around so the diaphragm was pointed towards my mouth, rather than the middle of nowhere. Even after everything I did, the consensus was still that the mic didn’t sound good.

Other Thoughts: Battery life is definitely as advertised. I tested it thoroughly and came up with a time (full charge to dead) of 20h 34m. For the test I made sure to always have some sort of sound playing through the headset, and chose to use the digital optical out port on my PC. The control module was set to use Dolby Digital.

The previous experiment gave me a chance to test the battery charge time. The charge time (dead to full charge) was 2h 52m. On the topic of dead batteries; the headset will give a low battery warning (by my calculations, around 2%) and every two minutes after reaching that point. It will flash the transmitter with a low battery indicator and the headset will chirp (the chirp can be disabled in the transmitter). After the initial warning, the battery finally died after 25 minutes. This was under the same circumstances as the previous test, since they were in fact the same test.

The headset’s range was another case of “Does what it says on the box.” In my tests, the signal actually started to cut out around 30-35 feet. Below that range, the signal is solid and you’re free to walk around without worry. Beyond that range the headset will only intermittently get a signal UNLESS you are very still. I was able to get a signal over 50 feet away from the transmitter by remaining very still. How still? Moving my head too much would cause the headset to lose signal again.

I strongly recommend reading the “Knowing source settings for advanced usages” section which can be found under “Tips and Tricks” on the headset webpage. This provides some much lacking explanation on the part of the setup guides found in the manual and on the webpage. It’s also worth noting that it’s not really “advanced” anybody who has so much experience as wiring up their own entertainment system will easily have the knowledge to make sense of what they’re reading.

An additional point to the above: the manual and webpage are best used in tandem if you find yourself at all confused about how to set this headset up, both contain information the other lacks. Up to date, rewritten, online manual please, Steelseries.

I’m hugely torn by this headset. The bad documentation was no deal breaker, and it was the only real issue I had until I tested the mic. On one hand, this headset sounds amazing, is beautifully constructed and beautiful to look at. But on the other... the mic... This is a gaming headset. What’s the point of a gaming headset if the mic is no good? Make no mistake, it’s not as if I’m inaudible, but the mic simply doesn’t live up to the quality the rest of this headset exudes. As it stands, based on my experiences with this specific headset, which is still blasting music into my ears as I write this, the only people I could recommend this to, are people who want a high quality all around headset aimed towards gaming, but who rarely if ever voice chat.

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5 out of 5 eggsABSOLUTELY KILLER

Pros: I am going to take a different approach to this review this time and not be so technical and just kinda “lay it out there.” I could go on for days about the specifications and comparables, but I won’t.
And to explain all the technical stuff I have learned about what should be in and considered a great headset would be like me explaining the best reasons for buying a power supply for your computer. Boring stuff.
I will tell you right now I had NO IDEA of how “technical” and “involved” the headphone/headset industry could be. Thanks to these babies, I have studied and now know just about all there is to know about what to look for in a great headset and most importantly, why. And you know what I found? These are at THE top of what I would consider the best wireless headphones anyone could ever want. Probably even better than most wired headphones too.
Comparing to some major brand high end professional music audio equipment, I have to say, these headphones are leaps and bounds ahead of themselves for simple “gaming” headphones. These things are unbelievable. It’s like you have been listening to audio/sounds through a blurry lens all your life, then someone hands you a prescription for eye spectacles, and you’re like, “AHHH!!! I CAN SEE!!!” THAT is the difference in what you have been missing audio-wise.
Yeah there are a TON of cool functions that come with this high end professional equipment, but let me tell you first hand, it is more simple to set these up than a VCR recorder (if you all remember those relics).
Sure there are a few things that could be added, as with ANY product, but let me tell ya, this set has 95% of everything you could EVER want in any modern-day headset be it, gaming, movie watching, video editing, music editing or whatever. This set pretty well has you covered.
If there is a “special feature” you may be looking for in another headset (whatever that could be LOL) I promise you, all the other features of that other brand headset will fall short on other features and quality that this headset comes loaded to the gills with.
I LOVE the white LED display on the RF transmitter box. Just another hallmark of this headset being set apart from the competition. Very universal color that is crisp and clear (even for my bad eyes) at a distance of well over 10 feet away.
Nice and lightweight and very, VERY comfortable; especially as another reviewer mentioned, “after they ‘break in’.” I have a set of Corsair Vengence I did a review on also and thought they were pretty comfortable. Shhh… these things KILL the Corsair set. Corsair cups are too small and kill my ears after an hour, having to readjust every 15 mins after that. The H Wireless you don’t even really notice they are there. I mean seriously.

Cons: I think the only real complaint that could be made is that adult connoisseurs whom purchase fantastic products such as the price-point on the H Wireless, might like to see more than one optical in, allowing more than one gaming console at a time to be plugged in. I personally don’t do gaming consoles, I prefer high end gaming computers, so it works out fine for myself. No eggs off.
Price-point is a little steep. Even for those in the “know” of what is a good product, you have to listen to get the full scope of things in this case. However that being said, You just have to trust that the product will be good, and in the case of I have to hear it to “get it” just isn’t a good enough reason for me to lay down cold hard cash, though the neodymium magnets and true RF transmitter right away show promise. I personally have owned SteelSeries keyboards and mice before, and have been very happy with the company’s product builds. So for me I have a trust built with them already. But still, I would really have to debate on spending 3 bills for ANY set of headphones. No eggs off.

Other Thoughts: Oh my golly-G. The sound of these headphones are nothing short of a brand new experience for myself. I have been around music and equipment for several years and have heard some really fantastic headphones in my day (namely professional music equipment). But let me explain; once you experience these headphones, you can then, and ONLY then begin to understand what I have come to learn is 100% pure quality. If you THINK you have an awesome set of great sounding headphones, you really ought to try these monsters out.
I can’t speak high enough or even describe something you have to hear to understand, but it is something I am VERY positive that you as an end consumer will find to be probably one of the best additions to your audio arsenal… ever.
Computer gamers: you don’t need a high end audio card, you NEED these headphones. Seriously.
For the computer nerds out there, it is like comparing an nVidia GT650 to an nVidia GTX770 4GB. Night and day. Yeah the game will play fine on the GT650, but ALL the eye candy of particles, dust/fog, etc are just simply missing with the GT650. And until you actually plug in that GTX670 and SEE with your own eyes what exactly is missing when you use the GT650, you can THEN begin to see what I am trying to explain about sound that you simply have never heard before in those games and songs and movies that you have witnessed a hundred times before. These headphones are for sure eye opener, or should I say, ear opener.
Thank you Newegg for another great opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions with the world. I appreciate it.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat quality for price range

Pros: The feature set on these headphones is amazing and does not disappoint. The design borrows a bit from existing models from major manufacturers, but is a well-priced and updated combination of a few different feature sets.

The USB interface installs as a normal audio adapter in Windows 7 and should do the same for Vista or 8. I'm not going to bother testing this on previous versions of Windows -- if it works, it works. If you're still using XP or earlier, I don't know what to tell you.

The RF transmitter is nice looking and easy to use. You configure it on the device, which has a small screen and a few buttons/knobs, and it's pretty much 100% straightforward.

The inputs can be configured separately if you want to use this with multiple different sources. It would be cool (but excessive?) to have more inputs than the usual "one of each" since the device can configure for multiple sources.

Just as an example of something you could do -- you can plug in your phone! So sit at your desk, do your work, play a game, and if somebody calls, it comes through the headphones you've already got on.

On the headphones themselves you have:

-- padding: very comfortable, very nice

-- volume knob: easy to use, freely rotates (it will beep when you hit max), very cool

-- combined chat/power button: audible signals let you know if you've turned chat on or off (short push) or powered down the device (long push). It seems like it has two distinct buttons but they do the same thing (I think).

-- chat port: for external chat input

-- a sharing port: this is pretty brilliant. the only issue is impedance matching. if your buddy's headphones have a very high or low impedance, the volume level will be different (and it can't be adjusted independently).

-- retractable microphone: easy to use, decent quality (as good as you'd expect in a little stick that comes out of headphones)

Almost no delay starting up the headphones until getting a signal. I have noticed no interference, buzz, hum, etc.

And finally, the sound quality is excellent. It's the quality I'd expect in the 200-500 range. You can find more expensive headphones with higher quality, and even some cheaper (with fewer/lesser features). But this is the right kind of quality for this price range, with few flaws. Clarity and responsiveness are great, range is solid, seems to be fairly even. I have a diverse music collection (classical, reggae, classic rock, metal, electronic, etc.) and most of it sounds as good or better than it does on my usual day-to-day headphones. In terms of sound quality, this beats anything I have kicking around the house, and isn't that far off from the pro-grade stuff I own or have used in the past (wired or wireless).

Cons: I haven't found too many flaws. The box is enormous and a bit weird to open. The weight is a bit on the heavy side, but for over-ear wireless headphones, it's only a little bit higher than average.

It'd be nice if the sharing port had its own volume control or impedance matching of some sort. That's asking alot though.

I can't comment on how long these will last, or what kind of use/abuse they can handle. I've had headphones last two months and some last two decades.

Other Thoughts: My reference point is mostly Sennheiser, Behringer, and Nady headphones. I really can't stand on-ear or other types of headphones, so over-ear and earbud is really all I will do. For the price, you can usually only get wireless OR quality this good. I'm impressed that this splits the difference and does both.

I haven't used the device with any consoles, and I've tried to give it a fair shot by using the USB input (letting the device handle being its own audio adapter rather than subjecting it to the motherboard's sound card).

I wish I could comment on the longevity of these headphones, but we'll see. They'll be my go-to headphones for now and we'll see how long they last.

I've had more comfortable headphones, but not many. I've had higher-quality headphones, but this is the right quality for this price range. I've never had (RF) wireless headphones with this clear quality [in this price range I've always used bluetooth or wired].

Do keep in mind, when you listen to things that are recorded in a sloppy or poor way, you will hear that with good headphones. If this is a major upgrade for you, please remember that your favorite 90s sitcom or your favorite amateur alternative rock band may sound more clear or crisp, but they might sound worse if you hear the negative qualities of the audio that nobody noticed or bothered to fix in recording, mixing, etc. And if you like hard rock, metal, etc. the bass will sound different and might even seem "worse" for a while. You have to get used to everything being alot less muddy than you thought it was. That's only because you've been listening to it through a crummy car stereo or cheap headphones.

If you want the features these headphones have and you have the money, I'd say go for it. These do not fail to deliver. The only question is how long they last, but I'd say it's worth rolling the dice on these.

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4 out of 5 eggsAwesome headset!

Pros: Im coming from BlackShark to this headset, and so far Im not regretting this. Im an avid flight simmer, and decent comms is a must when flying online.

My major gripe with headphones is that they crush my glasses into that part above my ear, which readjusts my focus and hurts my head when I wear them. These headphones dont do that. This pleases me to no end - comfort is a must. They do need to be broken in for a while though, the foam padding is rather stiff when you first use it.

The sound quality is outstanding. I have it set up on the optical in, USB out, and use this as a communications device only. On skype and Teamspeak, I can hear my conversations as if I were standing next to them. On my MagicJack, my phone calls are crystal clear. Listening to my mp3 player sounds great as well. My only gripe with these is that the volume cant go any higher.

Range is pretty good. I walked a good 30 feet away from my computer before I started losing sound quality. Of course, I had the microwave running as well, but this was through 3 walls. I even walked outside, and the sound was still amazing! Its rare to get a pair of wireless headphones sound this good at long range. I wish I knew what the operating frequency was of these headsets, but it has to be in the neighborhood of 2.4ghz.

Cons: I havent had any major gripes with these headphones. I do have a few minor complaints though. At this price, I should be at least able to use this as a separate sound channel instead of replacing them as speaker/mic only. My BlackShark headset didnt come with this either, and I have an SPDIF to USB adapter to use as a separate sound channel. This allows me to use teamspeak as a communications device only, and utilize my speakers for gaming only. I have a Creative sound blaster SPDIF adapter for this purpose. Is it too much to ask for something like this? Its well worth the extra 15 bucks...only reason why I knocked an egg off.

Also, Im not a big fan of plastic. Seriously, I hate plastic and everything that even looks plastic. Its easy to break, regardless of how well built a product is. Ive never broken a pair of headphones before, and I can only hope the quality of these headphones can last for a while. But in this regard, these headphones look built like a tank, and I dont expect any problems with them whatsoever.

One other thing that had me pulling my hair was the lack of instructions. Granted its a gimme, but it was a PITA to set up. Right now, Im hooked up 3 ways - USB power cord to computer, USB mic out, Optical in. Thats 3 different types of cables I have running to the back of my computer. Well worth the aggravation, if you ask me...

Other Thoughts: Not sure if I would replace these with my current headphones, as the SPDIF setup I have might cause some loss of sound quality. Id personally get these just for the wireless and sound quality, but if you are a serious gamer, a separate sound channel for gaming/comms is a must.

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