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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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Technical Details

  • Model: DSP 500

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005A9AV
  • Item model number: DSP 500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 3, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Plantronics introduced the first lightweight communications headset in 1962 and is today the world's leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of lightweight communications headset products. The Plantronics DSP-500 features a digital signal processor for digitally enhanced stereo sound in multimedia applications such as games and music, and two 40mm speakers for powerful bass response. The unit's aggressive design will appeal to gamers, and its premium microphone will adapt to all user preferences.

Product Description

A USB, PC/Mac compatible headset with single headphone & boom microphone that is designed for use with gaming software It features 2 large earpieces that house powerful 40mm speakers which provide dynamic bass response and realistic sound reproduction The QuickAdjust boom microphone gives you amazingly clear voice support Includes PerSono Audio Control Software USB interface for both PC and Macintosh computers

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Customer Reviews

The sound quality is very good.
R. Peterson
People on Teamspeak say they can hear me perfectly.
Jeremy
I highly recommend this headset for serious gamers.
N. Wolcheski

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By J. Durbin on July 28, 2004
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3.21.04: First off, I will say that I am an on-line gamer and prefer the best when it comes to my electronics. I purchased the Plantronics 500 headset in March of 2003 and I'm now looking for a replacement. About a month ago, the audio from the left ear of the unit started to go in and out. I decided to dismantle the unit tonight after the left side finally quit on me and I found two places where the very thin wiring has almost completely frayed apart in the actual housing of the unit and where it connects into the headset itself. The sound and microphone on these is VERY good but I am disappointed that just after a year of pampering that they have given out (sorry, only a one year warranty on non-commercial items from Plantronics - which these are).

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...
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176 of 203 people found the following review helpful By Christian W. Conkle on October 25, 2001
I bought the DSP-500 at a Fry's a few weeks back because it was the only nice headset they carried. And that it is--it's a NICE headset. It is engineered like the $130 it originally was--very comfortable, very solid feeling.
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.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Vipul Shah on April 27, 2004
Today no matter what you do with your PC, audio quality is becoming very important to user. Most of applications today pay significant attention to audio to guide, prompt and entertain user..
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.
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