- Model Number: DSP 500
Plantronics DSP-500 Digitally-Enhanced USB Gaming/Multimedia Stereo Headset and Software
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- Digital Signal Processor for digitally-enhanced stereo sound in multimedia applications
- 40 mm speakers for superior bass response
- High quality microphone with QuickAdjust boom
- Aggressive, cool design with strong appeal to gamers
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I also had a few small complaints about the inability to switch back to my computer speakers easily, or that the cord can really get in the way at times due to its long length. This may be good for some applications but the cord will stretch for a good 5 feet, alot more than I needed. They are very comfortable though and even after all night gaming, they still felt decent, unless I had my glasses on and then they can really start to hurt after an hour or two. In conclusion, if they would have lasted me at least another year, I would have rated them 4 or maybe even 5 stars but after only one year of use, I have them falling to 3 stars.
10.25.04: Well, I am back to buy another DSP-500 headset. I went through two different sets since I last purchased these and they do not compare to the sound quality of the DSP-500. I would have to give these an excellent rating when it comes to the sound/microphone/ease of use/etc...Read more ›
The DSP-500 is a stereo VoIP/game/dictation/whatever headset. It has two large 40mm speakers that sound quite good. The headset itself is extremely comfortable and uses a pretty standard two-part headband--there is a plastic connection that keeps the two halves together and contains the audio wire, and a rubber bit that supports a lot of the weight of the headset, and keeps your hair from getting in the various sliding joints. The rubber is a bit sticky--maybe that washes out, certainly never tried. The microphone unit is standard stuff, don't know its specs.
The major selling point of the DSP series is, to me, it's most questionable and pointless-- the Digital Signal Processor, that box you see on the cable. Basically, it's a USB sound card with built-in sound. Or to less generous consumers, it's an excuse to charge $50 or $70 more. The DSP, I suppose, is nice if you don't have a sound card, or have a bad sound card--not most people, certainly not somebody who would spend this kind of cash on a headset. The DSP is not particularly good, either--there is a LOT of "buzz" in the headset as soon as Windows turns the thing on, that's seperate from any volume. It is quite loud. The sound quality is not great. The microphone acts quite strangely indeed--it has "noise cancellation" which does seem to do SOMETHING, but not anything effective like a good cartoid microphone, and when you're not actively making noise, it records a gawdawful buzzing and clicking.Read more ›
Most of us who love finer sound quality when listing to music or movies keep on buying better and better headsets thru out our life, but no matter how much latest headset costs it usually has two major problems. It is never comfortable on ear and head for wearing it for hours, and it can not deliver better sound then source which supplies it.
If you use such expensive analog headset on your PC for experiencing sound of games, movies and music, you are out of luck since it can't deliver sound better then one supplied by sound card or sound chip inside your PC. Sound card and sound chip inside PC may suffer from low cost, low quality and also from magnetic interference, and heat inside PC.
To solve this riddle, Plantronics, a light weight headset maker since 1962 has introduced DSP series of headset. DSP stands for "Digital Signal Processing". Unlike analog headsets, this DSP headsets don't use and don't need sound card or chip inside your PC. Even if your PC has sound card, it won't be used. Headset has 3 meter long cord which also houses small box with sound chip, equivalent of sound card inside PC but away from all heat, dust and magnetic distortions inside PC. Sound exists in analog form only where it absolutely has to be between the user and the headset module; from there it travels digitally to and from PC.
Though DSP-500 is marketed by Plantronics for gaming, it is recommended for anyone watching movies on PC or listening to music on PC or using PC to make phone calls over internet.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although used, it was the best for the money. But the vendor had another used one for less money after I bought mine. :(Published 2 months ago by Shopper in Austin
Pros: The sound is very good overall. It fits very comfortably for long periods. The microphone does it job adequately with no complaints. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steve Hannamaker
bought it at 2002, and still being using it..13 years for $99, it is a great deal..Published 4 months ago by Hunter Feng Shi
Going through my Amazon to-do reviews I decided to post a review on the DSP 500 which I bought these headset in Dec. 2004. It is now July 2015 and I still have them. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joe Chubb
Bought mine 2005 - still rocking hard better than new headphones
The decibel range from these old things (bought them at $70 years ago, now $160) are much crisper and... Read more
These are great real time headsets for multi-player gaming and other computer uses. Permits two way communication in real time with no lag.Published 20 months ago by Phil