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Cyber Acoustics Stereo Headset/Microphone with volume/mute AC-401
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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful
The unit sounds good. It LOOKS good. The boom mic is flexible, and the mute slider is handy. I was very well pleased, until the mic stopped working altogether. I wrote the manufacturer a week ago, but still have not gotten a reply. Not so good that way.

For the price, I guess ya just buy another one, but it's a bit of a pain to be without it, and disappointing that the manufacturer didn't even bother to reply. So yes, very good, so long as it works, but bear that in mind.

P.S. It has now been a number of months, still not a word back from the manufacturer. Disappointing.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2011
I was looking for a headset I could use mostly with my Android phone, mostly for listening to music, but also have a mic for an occasional phone call. I also wanted to be able to use it with my laptop. It had to be comfortable, for long listening sessions. And it had to have a single 4-barrel connector (combining both microphone and stereo connections in a single jack) to work with my Android. And I wanted a Y connector to split the 4-barrel connector into separate mic and speaker connectors to work with my laptop (although these can be bought separately - but for a large percentage of the cost of the AC-404 itself, it seemed).

I'm happy to report that the AC-404 met all my expectations, and at a nice price. Although the info on Amazon was not complete about the connectors, I did find this info on Cyber Acoustics' web site, and the product matched their description (i.e., it has a 4-barrel connector, and comes with a Y connector to split out the mic and stereo connectors). The velvet ear cushions feel soft on my ears. I can wear the headset for a few hours at a time (the most I've tried so far) without feeling uncomfortable (which I cannot say for some other headsets I own). The product feels fairly solid and not flimsy. The sound quality is good enough for what I want (and might be better - I'm not an expert).

When I don't need the mic on my laptop, I can plug the 4-barrel connector directly into my laptop's headset connection (without the Y connector) to watch movies, etc., and the stereo audio still works great.

I've only found two issues. The first is that the springyness puts a bit more pressure on my ears than I was expecting. This is probably good, for keeping them from falling off. And as I mentioned above, I did not find the additional pressure uncomfortable (probably due to the shape and material of the ear pieces), even after wearing them for over an hour (and even though I thought it would). The second issue is when I recorded myself on my laptop (using the Y connector), there was a humming sound in addition the my recorded voice. But I believe this is a problem with my laptop, and not the headset, as I've heard this with some other recordings from this laptop.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2010
I had had problems with every other headset I had ever used, mics going kaput, sound less than stellar, etc. Then I purchased one of these headsets at a major retailer over a year ago. Since then they have seen daily use (I am a heavy gamer and on TeamSpeak all the time) with absolutely no complaints or problems.
Points of interest:
*Deep, full sound from the 40mm drivers
*Mic has never stopped working
*All-day comfort with no pinching, ear soreness or sweating

Yesterday I noticed someone had pulled the cord and bent both jacks. After straightening them out I realized the mic jack was done for, so I broke out a Sentry headset I had in storage for just such an emergency. Even though the new headset boasted 40mm drivers as well with a 20Hz-20kHz range (same as the 401s), the sound was tinny and impossible to enjoy. So I spent the evening with my beloved CyberAcoustic AC-401s on my head for sound, and the new one around my neck for mic use.

I just placed an order for two more of these babies, one to use right away and one to store unopened just in CASE something happens. Buy a pair of these immediately! If you want more than a year of stress-free gaming without having to worry about buying a new one next month, and if you want to enjoy rich, powerful BOOM of a shotgun raining death and destruction on your enemies, do yourself a favor: buy the CyberAcoustic AC-401!

Update (April 2011): I am still using the first of the two headsets I purchased when I wrote this review - 8 months going strong with no issues whatsoever. The second headset I actually broke out for my brother to use, but it's been used only once or twice so far. I stand behind my original review - these earphones are excellent!

Update (Sept 2011): Final update, one year of trouble-free operation from the FIRST headset - the second one is still stored away just in case. Buy with confidence!

Update (Feb 2012): Well, after 18 months, one side of the headset cracked...but it doesn't affect the function or fit in the least...and being cheap like I am, I'll use them until they a) won't stay on my head anymore or b) lose a mic/speaker function.

Update (March 2013): Would you believe I am still using the second of the two (2) that I originally bought? These things just don't give out! Mic and both earpieces still work perfectly. I have used the mic nearly EVERY DAY with no problems. I guess CyberAcoustic needs to learn more about planned obsolescence.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2009
Cyber AcousticsStereo Headset/Microphone, Ambidextrous design AC-201 Bought this headset since I now work from home and am routinely on conference calls for several hours at a time. With this, the voices are crystal clear, background noise is greatly reduced, and it is so comfortable that I hardly notice it even after hours of wear.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2010
I have purchased over 15 of these headsets for my office to use for Skype. The sound quality is fine, and they are comfortable enough. The problem is that they break on a regular basis. Of the 15 I've purchased, at least 10 of them have had the microphone stop working within 3 months!

I would not recommend these to anyone who needs a reliable headset, or someone who does not want to repurchase every 2-3 months.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2008
I use these for gaming and music and think they sound great. Good stereo seperation. I don't have experience with the expensive brands but these sound a lot better than you would think for the price.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2012
If you like the older style headphones with a boom mic then this is a very good pair. The clarity is good along with the volune control. People on the receiving end say that my voice is clear without any echoing. This was a problem I was having with a different pair. There's a bit too much bass though but still doesn't pose a problem. As others have stated a mute button is not included but I can mute the call using my phone. The ear pieces have nice padding plus they swivel so it's quite comfortable. I like these so much I bought a 2nd pair. Overall I've very happy with this purchase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2011
I've been using these series for quite a few years. The first couple of sets i had were the 201, they lasted for 2 years until my toddler broke them. They can last a really long time if you don't mess them up, but they're so cheap, and such a good quality and high reliability, i can just replace them. I'm on my 4th pair within 8 years, the first 2 pairs got mucked up by my toddler (he broke the head arch where they adjust, but they still work), and the last pair I broke by accident myself. None of them were broken due to poor quality, they are absolutely great.

I just love these, I am a gamer with ventrilo/teamspeak and do online conference calls/meetings with them and the mute feature is a life saver. I can mute it easily to cough or yell at my son lol. With proper PC settings, I can have the mic about 2 inches away from my face, and I usually have it hovering above nose level so people can't hear me breath into the mic. I don't need the mic at my mouth. There's a nice distance on the cord too.

For these 401s, there has been one time they were uncomfortable on my ears, but it may have been due to prolonged wear (like 6 hours), and a combination of being a little bit ill (which is why it is 3 stars). But they are pretty decent comfort wise.

I do listen to music with them, and they don't have super heavy pumping bass like you would get out 12" sub woofers, but the bass is pretty strong, sound quality is awesome!

I've had others headsets and these will always be my #1.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2010
These headphones are the older plug-in type -- one plug each for the headphones and the microphone. They do not have a USB connection. This is fine most older computers, but it will not work on some netbooks, tablets, and newer machines that have only USB ports. It would be helpful to have this information in the basic specs for the product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2011
I bought this unit back in May so I've used it awhile. My biggest complaint is that the volume control is placed too far from the headphones. If I stand up and let the wire hang straight down, the volume control is below my knees, (I'm 5'10") so it's maybe 4 feet away from the headset. Why they would put it that far away from the headset makes no sense to me at all. If I'm sitting in a chair, the volume control drags around on the floor, where it changes... plus I have to worry about rolling over it. Also, there's no "hold" on the control, so it can easily change. Also, it needs a built in clip on the back, so it can be clipped to my shirt. The unit came with some little clip on the cord, but it just falls off and is small and easily lost and is basically useless.

Right now I have about 2-3 feet of cord wrapped up and taped about six inches below the headset, so the volume control is where it should be: easy for me to reach when I'm sitting down! Duh? But what a waste of cord! All because they never tested this product out before bringing it to market, because if they had, they would have known that the volume control was in the wrong place from like, duh, day one.

I did.

Other than that though, the sound is good and it's comfortable.

But you should definitely think twice before you buy, or have tape ready.
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