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About the product
- Designed with adjustable earphones, allowing you to enjoy the 360-degree realistic sound in even more comfort and convenience.
- Features interior padding for extra contentment. An adjustment dial allows for just the right fit. You can place the cable path at a side position to enjoy an even more immersive experience.
- Provide integrated earphones with great sound quality so you will have a more convenient VR experience.
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The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap provides integrated earphones with great sound quality so you will have a more convenient VR experience. The earphones offer height and angle adjustment to best fit your ears and are easy to put on and take off as well.
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Whether you need the audio or not, the strap itself makes it worth 100 bucks. It's WAY easier to adjust on the fly, it puts more pressure in more comfortable areas of your head compared to the strap, it doesn't leave you feeling like you ran with a sweatband on all day, and due to the nature of it you can put the HMD on with one hand.....usually. In my previous position at work we got a Vive when it came out. My biggest complaint was the terrible implementation of the head strap compared to what Oculus did with the Rift. Speaking of the Rift, I fully believe the Vive audio strap is much better than what is on the Rift. It's easier to adjust, as said earlier provides pressure to more comfortable areas, and the audio quality (in the short time I used it) seemed better than the Rift's speakers.
Speaking of that audio, using the headphones is so much better than the earbuds they provided at launch (seriously, what were they thinking?). Oh, and it didn't come with a dud speaker like our Rift did. If you're into using your own headset, you can do that too. Simply remove the headphones off the strap. Just bear in mind that due to the strap being thicker using a headset will be slightly more uncomfortable. It is for me as I have an unusually large head. It's worth it if you have a nice headset though. Up to you. I'm guessing if you have a Vive your gaming PC probably has a nice virtual surround sound headset. Although the strap headphones are decent for what they are, they are no comparison to a nice headset.
If you're looking into using a TPCast, it fits perfectly on this strap and doesn't move around either. Because the foam is thick on top I don't even notice the wireless transmitter on top of my head. Take note, it's kind of a pain in the butt to get the cables in and out of the HMD attachment plastic piece, but once you're done you probably won't look back anyways.
This strap also appears to be more kid friendly in my experience, fitting my 6 year old and 9 year old better than the stock strap. This strap plus an 18mm memory foam face piece and your kids can enjoy VR too just like you comfortably...or not. Up to you, but sharing is caring right?
So, let's be honest. If you, or me, or anyone else who wrote a positive review for this deluxe head strap designed the Vive, we would have made the Vive have this set up right out of the box. It's that much of an improvement over the stock strap. This actually had some thought put into it. Proper cable management so cables are neatly tucked out of the way and strapped down. A brilliantly designed dial at the back of the head set to adjust the tightness and makes for taking it on and off or sharing with others so much easier. And lastly, the audio component just simply works, easy to adjust and sounds great.
So, $100 for an already pretty expensive item, even with the now discounted price of $599 is kind of a slap in the face. It is too expensive. But, if you bought the Vive, and actually want to use it without being annoyed, you really don't have too much choice. Put up with the crappy design flaws of the default strap, or shell out another $100 to make your Vive comfortable and enjoyable to use.
For those looking and seeing a 1-2 month delivery time frame and just think maybe ordering direct from HTC would be faster, I can tell you mine didn't take that long. About a week from ordering it, to the email telling me that the item I ordered was being shipped ahead of schedule, to it actually being delivered a couple days before it was supposed to by UPS. So, like 10 days.