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Mad Catz F.R.E.Q.5 Stereo Gaming Headset for PC and Mac

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  • Precision-balanced, extra large 50mm speakers for deep bass and crisp highs
  • Tough yet lightweight metal components enhance strength and reliability for extended comfort
  • Compatible with MP3 Players and Smartphones (Apple iPhone, BlackBerry and HTC handsets)
  • Detachable noise-canceling microphone
  • Easy to locate on-ear controls
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Dimensions 10 inches x 10.16 inches x 4.09 inches 10.71 inches x 10.67 inches x 4.8 inches 10 inches x 10.16 inches x 4.09 inches 7.87 inches x 7.87 inches x 3.94 inches
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Put the game on your ears with Mad Catz' F.R.E.Q. 5 Stereo Gaming Headset for PC and Mac. With premium-quality 50mm drivers, intuitively placed on-ear controls, and a detachable noise-canceling microphone, the F.R.E.Q. 5 keeps your gaming sessions well-equipped for extended listening comfort.

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Brand Name Mad Catz
Item model number MCB434030001/02/1
Hardware Platform pc
Item Weight 1.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 10.2 x 4.1 x 10 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 10.16 x 4.09 x 10 inches
Color White

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ASIN B0095RWKEI
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4.0 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #612 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Audio & Video Accessories > Computer Headsets
Shipping Weight 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available February 15, 2013

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Color: Matte Black Verified Purchase
03/04/2015 Update.
Headband is starting to crack, as others have stated in their reviews. So far it's still working very well but yes, I'm affraid it won't last 2 or 3 more years. -1 star for durability.

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Original review:
This headset was first announced for February 2012, but it was actually released in August.

For a long time I used with my now old Koss SB49 Communication Stereophone, I already superglued it a few times when plastics parts broke and now I started to have trouble with the mic so it was time for a change. I tested a lot of gaming headset, and until now I never found the perfect solution.

This headset is really well built, featuring a comfortable leather padding for earcups and headband, metallic parts, etc... Far from cheap plastic things that will break in a few months, at least I hope!
Earcups can rotate, headband is extendable so it should fit most of head sizes, and it is not too heavy which is a good thing if you plan to use it during long gaming sessions. After one week end of tests I can say that I find it very comfortable.
The USB/jack plug system is really nice, you can directly plug it to your computer with the USB cable, or to any 3.5mm mp3 player/phone or audio source (both USB to micro USB and 3.5 to micro USB braided cable are provided). The removable mic is also a nice touch if you plan to use it in a plane or in public transportation to listen some music.
Controls located directly on the headset, and not on the cable as it's often the case, is at first a little disturbing, but it's just a matter of hours to get used to it.
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Color: Red Verified Purchase
The ear pieces could have been made a little bigger because man...these hurt after 20 min of usage. If you larger ears don't even think about it.
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Color: Matte Black
Now, i'm not 100% sure whether or not this is a common issue, but my headphone cord is wrapped around itself, tight. And i can't untangle the wires because of how they have sort of molded into that shape permanently. Now once again, i'm not sure if this is common, but it makes it extremely difficult to move around while using these because of the risk of unplugging the headphones. They don't reach the back of my PC so i have to use the front USB port. And the headphones getting unplugged wouldn't be that big of a deal, except for the fact that every time my headphones get unplugged, i have to restart my computer because sound no longer wants to come through the headphones. I am 100% sure that this is not an issue with my computer, because i have tested it with 2 other PC's. Besides all those issues the headphones sound pretty good, and i really like the surround sound. But for the price i would say that its not worth it.

TL;DR: Headphones sound good, although there are alot of issues with them. Tangled cord, Sound issues ETC.
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Color: Matte Black Verified Purchase
Updated 6-12-2014: Time to revamp my review on this headset, as my opinion has totally changed over a span of a couple months during almost daily use.

I really wanted to love this headset. The sound was amazing, with deep and heavy (but not muddy) bass, but with crisp and clear highs.
The ear padding was comfortable and was great for long wearing sessions. The detachable mic was made of metal, as were the arms holding the ear cups.
The cord is Kevlar coated. All of these things suggested that these headphones were meant to last. Except they dont.

None of the above matters because of the headband being made of plastic, of which gets more and more brittle over time. I swear, the durability of the headband is worse than skullcandy back in the day. I currently have these headphones collecting dust in my closet, literally broken in half at the headband.

I'm not abusive with my headphones at all either, quite the opposite actually. I tried not to flex these too much upon putting them on my head each time, and when I'm not using them, they rest on a headphone stand I bought for these so they're not just getting knocked around by other things on my desk.

I feel really bad for recommending these to a friend, because the same thing has probably happened to him. I absolutely recommend avoiding these headphones.

It seems the price on these has lowered to around $60. I wouldn't be so disappointed if I had paid that. At the time, these were selling for $150. Totally not worth it.

I would recommend to those considering this headset, to please save yourself the grief and look elsewhere.

They're high-dollar, but the V-Moda LP2 seem to be everything these headphones were trying to be.
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Color: Red Verified Purchase
For 90 dollars its a amazing headset. I listened to some music and played some games and the difference from my old Asus Vulcans was apparent, more bass especially and better construction.

The only downside in my eyes is the USB connection muffles the sound and does not sound as crisp. You can use the mic though. if you decide to use the 3.5mm jack you cannot transmit your voice vis the mic on the headset. I have decided to use my webcam to transmit my voice instead so i can get the better sound quality. Getting a Blue Snowball would be a good for voice, this could be a good excuse to get a decent webcam.

I am using a Asus Crosshair V Formula Z, a AMD Board and i can do 7.0, no subwoofer. I tested this ingame and i have noticed a large difference. In PayDay 2 i am able to easily tell when enemies are to my sides and my rear, i do not die as quickly on DeathWish.
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