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Audio-Technica ATH-PG1 Closed-Back Premium Gaming Headset with 6" Boom Microphone
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- Large-diameter 44 mm drivers are specially tuned to provide lively, in-the-game sound
- High max input: 1,300mW
- State-of-the-art, flexible boom microphone, with mute and volume control, provides crystal-clear in-game voice communication
- Detachable smartphone cable with inline mic and controls allows the headset to function as a great pair of on-the-go headphones
- Strong, lightweight construction with ultra-comfortable leather headband and ear pads enable extended gaming sessions
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- Type: Closed-back dynamic
- Driver Diameter: 44 mm
- Frequency Range: 20 - 20,000 Hz
- Weight: 245 g (without cord)
- Cables: 1.2 m boom mic, 1.2 m smartphone and 2.0 m extension
- Connector: 1/8 inch gold-plated, L-shaped stereo
- Type (mic): Condenser
- Frequency Range (mic): 100 - 10,000 Hz
- Polar Pattern (mic): Omnidirectional
Audio Technica ATH-PG1
Premium Closed-Back Gaming Headset
Designed with the serious gamer in mind, the ATH-PG1 delivers wonderfully immersive audio and long-lasting comfort that puts you in the game and lets you stay there as long as you want. Large 44 mm drivers provide powerful, lively sound specially tuned to accentuate all the sonic detail of the gaming environment. The closed-back headset is constructed of lightweight materials and features soft leather headband and ear pads, allowing you to play on without fatigue.
The ATH-PDG1 also comes equipped with a flexible, 6 inch boom microphone for crystal-clear in-game voice communication with other gamers. This mic, with 1.2 meter cable and in-line volume and mute control, can be detached and replaced with a 1.2 meter smartphone cable. The 1.2 meter smartphone cable lets you transform this gaming headset into any everyday pair of on-the-go headphones, perfect for answering calls and controlling audio and video on smartphones and other portable devices. An additional 2.0 meter extension cable terminating in two 3.5 mm mini plugs for mic and audio works with either of the 1.2 meter cables to provide increased flexibility when gaming on a computer.
Designed with the serious gamer in mind, the ATH-PG1 delivers wonderfully immersive audio and long-lasting comfort that puts you in the game and lets you stay there as long as you want. Large 44 mm drivers provide powerful, lively sound specially tuned to accentuate all the sonic detail of the gaming environment. The closed-back headset is constructed of lightweight materials and features soft leather headband and ear pads, allowing you to play on without fatigue. The ATH-PG1 also comes equipped with a flexible, 6" boom microphone for crystal-clear in-game voice communication with other gamers. This mic, with 1.2 m cable and in-line volume and mute control, can be detached and replaced with a 1.2 m smartphone cable, which includes its own mic and portable-device controller. An additional 2.0 m extension cable terminating in two 3.5 mm mini plugs for mic and audio works with either of the 1.2 m cables to provide increased flexibility when gaming on a computer. The 1.2 m smartphone cable lets you transform this gaming headset into any everyday pair of on-the-go headphones, perfect for answering calls and controlling audio and video on smartphones and other portable devices.
Top customer reviews
Just to clear things up, I am a 20 year old gamer and small YouTuber who formerly played Modern Warfare 2 competitively on console, to playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive on PC. I still play on BOTH platforms, so when it comes to making a choice in a headset, I need them to fill those two roles in one. As a long-time gamer, I've been through A LOT of headphones. Ranging from TurtleBeach (back in the ol' 360 days), Tritton, ASTRO, Steelseries, HyperX & now finally Audio Technica. I've owned a pair of ATH-M50x's, another well known (and probably best) set of headphones you can get for your money, which is also made by Audio Technica. These were perfect for me for gaming on PC but sadly, I had no way of recording my microphone for my friends to hear me, so I couldn't use it for console gaming. Here comes the saving grace, the ATH-PG1's. They are a SUPER lightweight and extremely comfortable, even better than the HyperX Cloud II's that I used to own (which was marketed as "the most comfortable gaming headset"). The sound is not on par as the M50x's, but a little less in the bass department, which isn't a bad thing at all (more on that later). The sound overall trumps all the previous "gaming" headsets that I've owned. The microphone quality is EXCELLENT. Paired this with an ASTRO Mixamp and you're golden. The microphone is warm, providing a lot of bass response for such a little condenser. It's not just great for talking with your friends over Discord or Xbox Live, but also a great choice for voice overs and commentaries. This all seems too good to be true, and it's true, believe me. However, there are two small problems that you must know before purchasing this headset.
For one, there is very little clamping force. For some people who wear glasses or have larger heads, this is great. But it can cause some sound to leak and sometimes pick up into your microphone when gaming at high volumes. Then again I have never yet to run into a headset that DOESN'T leak into the mic at high volumes, because that's pretty much unavoidable due to the mic being so close to the sound source. The low clamping force can also be an issue with the slight lack of bass that I mentioned earlier. It's not a bad thing to have a lack of bass because when you're gaming, you need to focus on footsteps and positional ques, which are mostly in the mid to high ranges. So I don't know if this is meant as a mistake or for the gamer to have an advantage when playing. Either way, these two issues you should take with a grain of salt. Because written out like this, it sounds like a make or break issue. But in practice, it's hardly an issue at all.
In conclusion, out of all the headsets I bought, this is hands down. THE BEST you can get for under $200. If you want to know the headsets I went through (in order), here they are
TurtleBeach X11's, Titton AX720's, Tritton Detonators, ASTRO A30's, Steelseries Siberia V2's, ASTRO A40's (2009 Edition), Steelseries Siberia Elite's, HyperX Cloud II's & the ASTRO A40's (2011 Edition)
Yeah, that's a lot of wasted money up there^^
Get these headphones as soon as possible. These have the best mic & audio quality you can get in an all-in-one headset under $200.
PS: If you want to know what the microphone sounds like, my unboxing video and video review is commentated entirely from that microphone. Thanks for reading! The YouTube Channel is called LLIMIT GAMING
1. High amounts of headset-to-microphone crosstalk (i.e. the microphone picks up what you're hearing). This has nothing to do with the audio that's coming out of the cans themselves but more to do with bad shielding and wire segregation. How much the microphone picked up depended entirely on the volume level. The only workaround I found was to set the volume level *extremely* low, almost to the point of sound being almost inaudible. Use of the mic mute slider had no bearing on the situation -- meaning, even with the mic muted, the wiring still picks up audio being played. I did several recordings in Audacity and the levels are extremely high, i.e. teammates in-game or on TeamSpeak, Discord, etc. will certainly be able to hear themselves (almost a form of loopback).
2. In-line volume control was awful. When adjusting the volume knob, I would hear volume variations between left and right, sometimes as much as roughly 60% variation (usually right would be louder than left). A slight tap or wiggle of the volume knob would sometimes rectify the problem, but more often than not I had to adjust the knob even more to try and find proper balance. This is usually caused by use of a cheap potentiometre. Considering the build quality of the rest of the headset, I'm thinking AT added this (and the mic-mute) at the last minute.
3. Audio quality was extremely "flat". Whatever drivers these are feel like they're designed solely to pick up treble and upper mid-range. Bass felt virtually non-existent (I'm not a "bass person", just for the record). The best way I can describe the audio quality is: slightly better than a generic set of US$10 laptop headphones. Use of a software EQ was able to balance out the ranges a little more, but then things sounded unequal (as in bass was trying to fight with mid-range, eventually sounding over-compressed). In other words, you can't overcome the shortcomings with a software EQ. This surprised me because I've come to expect good quality audio from AT.
4. Faux-leather pads resulted in my ears sweating after 3-4 minutes of wear. As someone who wore Sony MDR-7506s for hours on end until they literally fell apart, without sweating, I'm really not sure what to thinks. This negative is not reflected in the rating I gave these on Amazon; it may just be my skin having a strange sensitivity to whatever the fabric is made from, but I wanted to note it here anyway.
1. Headset is lightweight and doesn't have a lot of horizontal tension (i.e. pressure against your head). Other reviewers on Amazon as well as on YouTube are describe these as extremely comfortable and I agree. For those who have larger heads (I have an average-sized head), this will certainly be a good selling point. The headband is also quite comfortable.
2. Headset adjustment was excellent; metal is used to connect the headband to the cans themselves, not flimsy plastic.
3. Microphone is flexible yet stays where you put it. This is because the microphone is surrounded by low-grade FMC (flexible metal conduit). This is in contrast to other headset mics out there (I'm looking at you, SteelSeries).
Readers can draw their own conclusions from the negatives and positives.
So for example you are on discord playing a game and listening to music and you mute your mic, people wont hear your voice but it begins playing all your audio to them including game sounds and music as if it were playing on their PC. I searched all over for fixes but none of them worked. And to test and make sure it wasn't a PC setting issue I tested it on Console as well and the issue persisted.
To further test it I plugged in a sennheiser game one headset to the same PC with same settings and even used Audio Technica's extension PC cables and the Sennheiser muted perfectly fine without re routing speaker sound as chat. So I can only conclude that the cable connected to the boom mic with the chat mute is faulty on this Audio Technica headset. Unfortunate. Possibly a bad lot of headsets, I don't know if they are all like this.