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4.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Fun., June 21, 2009
This review is from: Logitech G35 7.1-Channel Surround Sound Gaming Headset (Personal Computers)
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These headphones are a lot of fun.

I'm not a gamer - can't play many games because I get dizzy, but I am sort of a collector of headphones. Frankly, I expected these to be awful and was more than pleasantly surprised to find that they are really quite good.

OK, so they look like some kind of boy toy science fiction gizmo. For me, I could do without all the buttons. But having a volume button on the headphone and a mute for the mic is very useful.

Most headphones depend upon the right combination of source and headphone to get a good sound. If you plug most high end headphones directly into your ipod or computer soundcard the sound quality is atrocious. The right mate of source and sound can mean that the right $20 headphone in your ipod can give surprisingly good sound if it is a good match.

The good (and the bad) of a USB headset is that it bypasses the amp in your computer soundcard. Instead, the digital to audio processing occurs through USB. This approach can allow very high quality sound, and in the case of this headset, it succeeds.

As to sound quality. I am impressed with the surround sound where normally I find surround unbearably processed and artificial, the software does a good job. With the surround sound turned off, and these headphones are in pure stereo mode, forget it, it's awful. But that isn't what these headphones are for. Bass is excellent with good low extension and not even the slightest touch of boominess. Artifical bass enhancement is one of the things I hate about most processed sound, and I was delighted to find that none was present. Logitech is to be commended for making that choice in the design because most people equate sloppy boomy bass with high quality (think car stereo woofer).

The mid range is outstanding. That's where the sound really excels. I have a few very high end headphones where the midrange is weak. With these headphones subtleties of tone and shading in human voices are easy to hear.

The high end of the sound spectrum is the weakness of the sound signature. Lost highs are the big price for processed sound. Imagine a bell ringing. After the bell rings the sound hangs in the air and slowly fades. When the highest highs are lost, and the sound is processed, the sound gets artifically cut off and the "air" is gone from the sound. At the present state of technology this seems to be unavoidable in all processed sound. The good news with this headset is that this loss of highs is not too horribly bad. I could listen to music (which is not what these are for) and it was not too distracting. The offset was the beautiful mids and the realistic sound stage.

Listening to movies, other than gaming, is where this headset excels. This is where location of sound can make a huge difference, and the ambiant sounds contribute to the experience. Watching a movie with these headset while sitting right in front of my computer screen is immersive and exciting. I can imagine that in games, where location of sounds is critical, that these would greatly enhance the experience and give the player an extra edge.

Finally, they are pretty comfortable. The choice of cushioning is very appreciated.

My partner and I both want to use them. I was given these to review but I might have to buy another set. The price, when you consider that it includes the digital audio converter and amplification, is very reasonable for a headset of this quality.
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Initial post: Feb 18, 2011 12:37:16 AM PST
Mikie says:
Good review from someone who clearly knows what they are talking about. Thanks.

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 5:39:34 PM PDT
Grieger says:
Regarding your dizziness, have you tried to find a lower response rate (low milliseconds) monitor and used refresh rates of 70hz or better? I've played games, especially shooters, and a lot of times using monitors with 60hz refresh rates will make me a bit sick. When I up the refresh rate to 70-75hz, I'm fine. Something to consider...

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 5:29:00 PM PDT
Stephen S says:
Thank you for the excellent review. I am looking for a headset that is comfortable to wear for extended listening sessions, but is more geared towards music. I have a set of Bose on ear headphones, but unfortunately after about an hour my ears are horribly fatigued and hurting from the pressure exerted. I will keep these in mind as I continue to search for a good replacement headset.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 3:47:30 PM PDT
C. Juarez says:
Many thanks on the review i just purchased the headset for mainly watching movies on my pc.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2011 2:25:31 PM PST
Paulmeister says:
They are cushioned rubber pads that are pressed against your head by a metal band, so while they are much more durable than foam and less scratchy, you do notice the pressure after a while. It should lessen a bit as you break them in and get used to the feel and I personally don't mind. I'm pretty sure the construction of the headphones will outlast the electronics/processor within. Oh also, the cord is by far the best cord I've ever seen on a pair of headphones... it has a thick, woven, protective sheath and I'm confident it will hold up much longer than conventional plastic/rubber-coated cords.

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Posted on Jan 12, 2012 9:27:59 AM PST
V. Voshell says:
This is a bogus review!!

She was given the product for free to review. people who're paid to endorse products shouldn't be allowed to review products. for example, Greg "idra" fields and Geoff "incontrol" Robinson, both have glowing reviews on steelseries products because they're paid to.

REMOVE THESE BOGUS REVIEWS AMAZON!!! I want to see reviews written by other consumers who actually paid for the product they're reviewing. Not people who're given free stuff or are paid for endorsements.

FIX IT AMAZON!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2012 3:40:04 AM PDT
Jason says:
The program is called Vine. I'm pretty sure you can sign up for it too. Amazon doesn't "give" people products, they trade products for thorough, knowledgeable reviews that other potential buyers can read and learn from an impartial person. If you look at other reviews from this lady you can see she doesn't just give everything good reviews. Do you complain about sports columnists being let into games "for free"? No, because they're trading work for what they're receiving.

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