HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap
|Item Weight||0.5 Pounds|
|Headphones Jack||3.5 mm|
About this item
- 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.
Designed for the HTC Vive VR Headset, the HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap features an adjustment dial in the back to get the proper fit. Comfort padding and improved weight distribution ensure comfort while wearing the headset during immersive VR gameplay.
With integrated on-ear headphones, the HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap connects to the Vive VR Headset via a 3.5mm headphone jack. The headphones offer height and angle adjustment to make it easy while putting on and taking off the headset.
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Anyway, yes, this is the headset mod for those of us who have an Oculus Quest headset, but are unsatisfied with the audio system built into the Oculus Quest headset. I won't repeat what's in all the YouTube reviews. Suffice it to say, I'm in agreement with the rest of the Internet, especially on YouTube, that the HTC Vive Audio Headset is a major improvement over the stock Oculus Quest system.
Installing this headset on to the Oculus Quest is easy enough, AS LONG AS YOU STRICTLY FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS POSTED ON YouTube. Bonus Tip: There's lots of help on YouTube, simply search "frankenquest" and lots of videos will show up. Watch as many as you need to until you feel comfortable to do the mod.
Speaking of mods, that word makes this sound like swapping the headsets is a major ordeal, it is NOT. When I installed mine I first ordered the little kit that sellers make with 3D printers. The kit is a few D rings and pieces of plastic which makes it easy to attach the straps on each side. Note: those kits range in price, from a paltry $5, all the way up to $25 by some money grabbers.
Regarding the audio speakers, those are easily connected to the Oculus Quest 3.5mm ports on each side of the Oculus Quest headset. (Pause for a minute and look on each side of your headset. Notice the 3.5mm ports. On the other end, the HTC Vive Audio Headset, each speaker has a male 3.5mm plug that connects into the female ports on the Oculus Quest headset. Plug in the speakers, you are good to go.
Regarding pricing, I STRONGLY suggest you not hesitate. Get these while you can. I don't think there's that many available. They have been sold out all over the Internet. The audio well has been dry for about the last four months. Scalpers were asking, AND GETTING, $250 to $300 for these. Now those same sellers are trying to salvage their buying these on spec by offering them for sale at $125. When the well runs dry again, the prices will return to the $250 price point.
As for me, I have one of these and love it. But fearful that someday these won't be available ever again I just bought two more, one as a spare, and one to install on my GF's Oculus Quest headset.
Good luck all and remember: you snooze you lose.
Curious, I booted up Skyrim VR to play as my murderous cat dude. Using the regular strap when I started the character, I found that I could only play for about 20 minutes before the combination of the uncomfortable headset and choking myself with my headsets wires as I attempted to throw a fireball or two made me want to jump off a cliff. With this simple contraption, no longer did I have to battle the immersion killing wires from my headset while gaming. It seemingly helped to balance out the load of the headset as well, making longer play-times more comfortable. Ive seen people complain about the audio, but honestly it is pretty good unless you are a audio nazi and must have the latest 500 dollar senheizer or w/e headset just to kill some b@#@s. If that's the case you probably hate vr anyway just like you secretly hate yourself.
Worth it, especially since it will probably be a couple gens of the vive before any noticeable improvements make it worth dropping a boatload of money on. By then I'm sure the built in headsets will be standard, and hopefully so will the 300 dollar wireless adapter thing because the regular wires are still a pain in the booty.
Top reviews from other countries
In my opinion, this should be the default strap.
It's more sturdy, the sound is WAY better, and the cable positioning takes the weight from the top to the back - a much better feel.
When the wires hang out of the top, it's less comfortable.
Taking it on and off for playing with family or at parties is much more fun and easy with this deluxe strap.
And if you're in the market for upgrades, I also recommend the overhead HMD cable management pack that lets you feed the wire through little pulleys to keep it off the floor.
I would have given it 5 stars however I'm not happy with the way the headphones sit on my ears. they barely make contact so I'm not getting nearly as much bass as my over the ears headphones I was originally using. Also, The cable routing for this is terrible. Instead of routing the cable through the center of the headset it is now going to the right side causing the headset to feel off balance. I usually tie the wire to the back of my pants around the center belt hoop. Now this causes wire to bulge on one side getting in my way when I rotate. I had to bypass this by routing the cable on top and using a ziptie to keep it in place.
Very comfortable and makes it a lot easier to switch between different head sizes.
Built in audio so I no longer need to recharge my headphones.
Nice solid build that makes my headset look a lot less like a prototype!
Instructions are easy to follow.
Wire routing not well thought out.
Earphones don't go on snug enough
It's scary to remove the old strap and install this because of the snapping sound of the plastic!
The integrated headphones click into place and are adjustable up and down to position properly over your ears. They are removable, but the convenience of having them integrated in the headset I find outweighs any sound quality difference vs the Sennheiser HD598s that I was using before.
Installation took about 15 minutes, the Vive website has a very good video on swapping the head strap.