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3.0 out of 5 stars Great audio positioning, lackluster quality, July 5, 2009
This review is from: Logitech G35 7.1-Channel Surround Sound Headset (Personal Computers)
For the past half-year, I've been using a Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer sound card and a pair of Sony MDR-NC40 headphones. The combination provides wonderful control over sound quality, whether in music, media, or gaming. However, the CMSS Headphone "Virtual Surround" technology that the Creative cards use isn't particularly impressive to me. It works incredibly well for some people, but it doesn't "cut it" in my case.

Today, I purchased a G35. I was incredibly eager to try it out because, wherever I looked, the headset got positively glowing reviews, praising the clarity of the headset and the impressiveness of the Dolby 7.1 Virtual Surround soundfield. Driver installation was simple enough; I downloaded the proper driver from the Logitech website and installed it. I didn't have to restart my computer, which I always find to be a plus.

I plugged in the phones, fired up a DTS demo, and... it sounded terrible. I went into the drivers and tried playing with the provided settings. Unfortunately, the "equalizer" consisted of simply main volume, bass, treble, and mic volume. This was pretty disappointing to me. Every sound card I had ever used had had at the very least a 10-band equalizer, if not 12- or 24-band. In short, I couldn't customize the G35 to have anywhere near the audio quality of what I had before.

I will say this; the Virtual Surround positioning is indeed excellent. It's the best virtualization of a 7.1 surround sound system that I've ever heard. That said, I can't sacrifice quality sound for "more" sound.

If you don't use a discrete sound card with your PC, then you'll probably think that the G35 sounds like audio heaven. If you have used a discrete sound card and a decent pair of headphones, you probably won't be particularly impressed. If you do end up getting a G35, I'd suggest purchasing a pair from a location with a no-questions-asked return policy, just in case it's not what you thought it'd be.
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Initial post: May 18, 2010 8:38:33 AM PDT
H. Jackson says:
You do realize that USB headsets don't take advantage of the sound card in you're PC right?

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2010 9:07:42 AM PDT
Tony says:
You do realize he realizes that? Try learning how to read.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 3:06:41 AM PDT
Bill says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2010 11:06:39 AM PDT
so you'll ignore a well-written critical review of a product that points out that USB audio isn't necessarily better than a discrete sound card? sure.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2010 11:14:42 AM PDT
Bill says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2010 10:17:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2010 10:17:44 PM PST
Plugging in two cords is a one-time deal with most setups. I haven't unplugged my headset in over two years. The problem most audiophiles face with regard to USB sound cards being built into headphones is that the installation of a new sound processor completely negates the usefulness of your existing sound card (and all the settings you have tied up with it). Of course, in Windows Vista and later, you can selectively choose which programs use which sound device, but it strikes me as abrasively redundant to have two sound cards that both perform essentially the same function (albeit in very different ways). I'll take plugging in two (or eight plus one) cords any day over having to set up and configure an entirely new equalizer and driver suite.

Posted on Dec 4, 2010 10:26:36 PM PST
A. F. Otayde says:
I find this very helpful. I'm using a fatality headset and i love the sound of the bass. I wanted to get the fatality champ series sound card but i was debating if I should get the g35 over the sound card. your thoughts?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2010 7:10:55 AM PST
If you love the headphones you're using, it doesn't really make sense to buy a new pair of headphones. The G35s are really just that: a pair of headphones. The USB sound card is rather limited in that you cannot use it with any other input or output tools besides the built-in headphones and microphone. If you already have a pair of headphones that you like, keep it and upgrade your sound card (especially if you don't have a discrete sound card yet). If you're not happy with the Fata1ty headset, though, and don't have any plans to ever use a standalone microphone or other sound input device, go ahead and get the G35s.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 11:14:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 24, 2010 11:19:18 AM PST
There are no drivers for this headset from Logitech. The drivers are MS drivers that you downloaded during one of your upgrades. The "provided settings" are simply Logitech software. These "simulated" surround sound headsets do not run off of your existing sound card and do not interact with it at all.
So... that's why you couldn't customize the sound quality like you could before.
I just finished buying and setting these up myself and its in the manual. You had a much better setup with your Creative card.
These are a good quality set if you are moving from a $9.95 setup, but like Richmix says, if you are happy with what you got, dont go here. Go on up to a dedicated sound card and headphone setup.

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 12:49:21 PM PST
Qupia says:
I don't know if you would be able to but if you can, how would you compare this set to Sennheiser PC350? Thanks in advance.
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