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on December 15, 2008
This is the first headset I've bought in a long time (3-4 years), so I wasn't sure how it would feel after such a hiatus. KOSS's SB49 showed me how much I had missed.
Very nicely made, plastic shell/headband and volume controls, looks fairly durable...only time will tell. The volume control is very conveniently placed, has good range, and is very useful for on-the-fly adjustments.
I used two sources of audio to test Comfort and sound quality: Music and games.
MUSIC: One thing I noticed immediately was the strong bass presence. This is an excellent headset for ANY kind of music. I tried it with orchestra, rock, jazz, lounge and dance. Bass is very strong, nice highs+mids, I was able to hear flute and clarinet without having to strain. It's easy to wear these for hours without even noticing you had them on!
GAMES: I tried the headset with three games: Red Orchestra, Left 4 Dead and Team Fortress 2. I was simply blown away at the quality of sound. Especially in Red Orchestra, I was amazed by the clear cracks of gunfire. The positional audio is okay, but there's no real dramatic positional effects. The rumbling of tanks and explosions was made very clear and enjoyable with the strong bass. Voice quality (from both characters and voice chat) is also very excellent.
COMFORT: I usually play games for 2+ hours at a time, so wearing 'phones that deliver great sound quality without hurting my ears are a must. This headset does a pretty good job at this. It's a little heavy on the ears, and makes them sweat a LITTLE, and I usually have to take a small break every hour to rub my ears, but it's not bad at all, considering the excellent sound quality. The leather cushions around the ears make it a very satisfactory listening experience, and even have a slight noise-cancelling effect.
THE MIC: This isn't something I've used often before, but now I use it all the time in my games! I recorded a few phrases in Audacity to test its quality/volume, and it delivers! Very good quality, no static at all. The ONLY thing I would have liked better is if the wire were more flexible so I could adjust it to my liking. But this is only a minor grievance.
In conclusion, this is a great headset for a great price, quality sound+comfort, it will last you quite a while!!