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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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Compared to the original head strep, comfort of the headset goes from a 3 to an 8 out of 10. It's just that much better...
This actually properly balances the weight of the whole headset in the top center, requiring much less pressure against your face.
There is also 'give', a spring mechanism on the sides that lets you pull it off and put back on really easily AFTER you've tightened and fitted the head strap with the knob on the back. You never have to mess with the knob and fitting again after the first time, if you are the only person using the headset.
Also like how the headphones rest lightly on the ears. They also conveniently click in and out for removing and putting the headset back on. They don't just dangle there.
It's really such a huge design improvement. I honestly hope they make this standard in the future. The old head strap is garbage compared to this one (I'm throwing it out).
Unfortunately the $100 price point lingers from the early days when the Vive itself was $800 dollars. At that time, it was a lot easier to justify the cost, but now that the Vive is much cheaper the price of this accessory really stands out as being far too high.
HTC even went meta because the integrated headphones are also must-have but are also marred by being mediocre ... esp the way it feels to snap the headphones into place (though that does ensure they seal moderately well, being on-the-ear designs)
Overall, just buy it ... if you're wearing it then it's not so hard to rationalize the money spent when you're enjoying the comfort, how easy it is to take on/off, and how the sound is just there.
PS- the cable routing is laughable for a finished product, but it actually works really well.
PPS- note the instructions for how the wires route into the headset itself because it is different than the original strap
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.