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Stephen H.

Stephen H.

Joined on 08/18/11

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Overall, a good deal

Rosewill 5.1-Channel Vibrating Gaming Headset- USB Connector - RHTS-8206
Rosewill 5.1-Channel Vibrating Gaming Headset- USB Connector - RHTS-8206

Pros: Price - Got these on a shell shocker deal for under $40. Hard to beat that price, especially for a 5.1 headset Sound Quality - Realistic 5.1 immersion, especially for games. While the sound isn't as stellar as my Audio Technica headphones (which retail for $150), for games they reproduce sounds accurately and with depth and detail. Conversations on Skype also sound clear Vibration - I was *extremely* hesitant about this, as it sounds more like a gimmick than a useful feature. Credit goes to the Rosewill designers, they incorporated the vibration in a manner that, in only a few minutes, feels natural and adds yet another element of depth to the sound. I agree with another reviewer that 'vibration' might not be the best way to describe the feature. 'Bass enhancement', although vague, actually does it more justice Microphone - detachable, which is huge if you just want to listen to a movie or play single-player games. I've had no issues with friends unable to hear me during games

Cons: Control Box - Or whatever you want to call that box where you can control mute/volume/vibration. It's a little too heavy and the cord isn't quite long enough to rest it on a desk without it getting in the way. Usability is just a little off here, as it can feel uncomfortable by adding an unbalanced weight to the headset if it just dangles during gameplay Construction - Definitely where the pricepoint comes in. Although the plastic is fairly thick, it also feels cheap compared to more expensive headphones. The foam on the headband and ear cups is also not quite as plush as I would like. Otherwise, it hasn't broken on me yet, so no complaints Movies and Music - the 5.1 reproduction isn't as strong with movies as it is for games, so don't expect these to replace a classic 5.1 setup (or even some 5.1 logitech speakers). Music is also better listened to by traditional headphones, as these don't quite pick up on the nuances in music as they do in sound effects during gameplay.

Overall Review: Like I said, I got this for a fantastic deal on shellshocker, and it has more than lived up to its price. Even at the current $60, it's much cheaper than some of the more expensive Logitech/Corsair/Creative options out there, but understand that with a lower price comes certain trade-offs. Thankfully, this headset excels where it counts, offering superb sound quality for games and a realistic reproduction of 5.1 sound with the added ambiance of bass enhancement (vibration). Unless you spend more time in DOTA 2 than at your job, these are the headphones you want.