|Brand Name||Mad Catz|
|Item model number||MCB434020013/02/1|
|Item Weight||1.65 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|
Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 Surround Sound Gaming Headset for PC
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- Immersive 7.1-Channel Surround Sound Powered by Dolby Headphone Technology
- Precision-balanced 50mm Speakers Provide Outstanding Sound Quality
- Tough yet Lightweight Aluminum Components Enhance Longevity and Comfort
- Detachable Noise-canceling Microphone with Illuminated Mute Notification
- Easy-to-Find On-Ear Controls Allow Adjustments While Looking at Your Monitor
- Intuitive Software Interface for Easy Access to Equalizer and Dolby Headphone Settings
- 3.5mm Audio Cable Enables Stereo Compatibility with MP3 Players and Smartphones
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Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 Surround Sound Gaming Headset for PC
Highly Detailed 3D Audio
Get fully immersed in the game with the Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 Surround Sound Gaming Headset featuring Dolby Headphone technology. Boasting premium-quality 50mm speakers, intuitively placed on-ear controls, and a detachable noise-canceling microphone, the F.R.E.Q. 7 transports you into the worlds of your favorite videogames. Providing balanced, directional audio and built from sturdy materials, the highly durable and extremely comfortable F.R.E.Q. 7 is the ultimate 7.1 surround sound gaming headset.
Immersive 7.1 Surround Sound Powered by Dolby Headphone Technology
A simple button press initiates Dolby Headphone and provides 7.1-channel surround sound – enhancing your directional awareness and creating a detailed, spacious 3D audio landscape which sounds as if it's beyond the limits of the headset. Hearing each and every disturbance within a game's environment gives you the competitive advantage by alerting you to the presence of your enemies long before they see you coming.
Your game only supports stereo sound? No problem – Dolby Pro Logic IIx processing will up-mix stereo content to the surround sound channels to give you the edge over rivals who are only playing in stereo.
And when you just want to listen to music in its originally recorded state, just toggle a button to disable Dolby Headphone and the F.R.E.Q. 7 will play your tunes in stereo.
Precision-balanced, Extra Large 50mm Speakers with Neodymium Magnets
Utilizing the highest quality drivers available for use in gaming headsets – Neodymium – the F.R.E.Q. 7 Surround Sound Gaming Headset feeds high-fidelity audio through a pair of amplified 50mm speakers for deep bass and crisp undistorted highs. Previously hidden details in your game's audio soundscape will enrich your immersion and enhance your gameplay like never before.
Tough yet Lightweight Aluminum Components
Built to the same exacting standards as the award-winning R.A.T. gaming mouse and constructed to survive the stress of LAN tournaments, the F.R.E.Q. 7 couples comfort with sturdiness to accommodate extended gaming sessions. Lightweight metal components provide ample adjustability to give you a customized fit – and the cans even fold flat to support an around-the-neck resting position – all while bringing a level of durability previously unheard of in PC gaming headsets.
Detachable Noise-canceling Microphone with Illuminated Mute Notification
When not using to the mic to communicate with your online teammates, a headset's microphone only gets in the way. Problem solved with the Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7's removable solution – it provides the freedom to use the mic only when necessary. And when gaming in loud environments, the mic's advanced noise cancelation stifles ambient sounds to ensure your conversations are crystal-clear.
Toggling the microphone mute button prevents your teammates from hearing anything you don't want them to, and red LED illumination in the tip of the detachable mic will never make you wonder whether or not they can hear you.
Easy-to-Find On-Ear Controls
Intuitive placement of all controls provides simple adjustability without the need to remove the headset. Mute the mic, tweak the volume, and toggle Dolby setting – all while keeping your eyes on your monitor.
Intuitive Software Interface
Easily accessed from the Windows system tray next to your clock, use the included software to quickly switch between the headset's three equalizer settings – Gaming, Music and Voice. You can also enable/disable Dolby Headphone and adjust the volume and microphone gain.
Compatible with MP3 Players and Smartphones
Use the headset's handy quick-release connector to instantly gain MP3 player compatibility and convert the Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 into portable headphones. Just swap out its USB cord for the included 3.5mm audio cable and then plug directly into your device. And if you have a smartphone*, you can even take voice calls using the microphone.
- Product Includes:
- F.R.E.Q. 7 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
- USB Audio Connector Cable (6.6ft/2m)
- 3.5mm Audio Connector Cable (3.3ft/1m)
- Headset Stand
- System Requirements:
- PC: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and XP 64-bit
- Requires internet connection for driver download
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- Solid materials
- Excellent sounds
- Excellent mic
- On ear controls
- Mic lights up when muted
- Detachable/interchangeable USB - 3.5mm
- Small ear cups
- Tight over ears
- Not very flexible
- Mic locked in position (read on for details)
- Fingerprint magnet (for the glossy black version)
Let me start by saying that I have a larger than average head, so many of the experiences I had will likely not be shared by most.
The first thing I noticed when picking up this headset was the extremely solid materials used for it. Everything felt sturdy and it definitely feels like it would last a long time. I'm sure they used plenty of plastics in manufacturing, but it feels like a solid metal headset. Definitely seems like it was built to last. The ear cups also rotate inwards for easy resting if you take the headset off, although in my opinion they are too loose and pretty much freely rotate with gravity anytime you move the headset.
That being said, all of that sturdiness comes at a cost. The headset itself is very tight, it clamped pretty hard on my head and the ear cups are pretty shallow, causing me pain after as little as 20 minutes of use. Again, my head is large so this may be more of an isolated incident. Then again, if I rested the headset on my neck and then wanted to take it off, the headset was not flexible enough to come off easily, and I had to maneuver it a bit as simply pulling it open was not enough to just pull it over my head.
The setup of the headset was really easy, you go to the Mad Catz website and download their driver (this comes included with the software, and, as of the date of this review, you can only download from the "Drivers" sections, there is nothing in the "Software" section). During install, it will ask you to connect the headset via USB if you haven't already. Afterwards, the headset is good to go.
The software is simple and straightforward. You have output volume control, mic volume control, mic mute and dolby on/off.
The surround sound works great, and the sound itself is crystal clear, better than any other headset I've owned. I'm no audiophile and not a pro gamer, so I have no idea how good the highs, mids and lows are, but to me they sounded better than anything I'm used to. As a matter of fact, when playing around with the Skype test call, I thought that I was still hearing things through my computer speakers instead of the headset, and didn't realize it was the headset until I took it off. Pretty trippy actually.
In games I had no issues listening to all the things that you'd look for in a surround sound headset: footsteps, voices and bullets whizzing past, etc. I could pinpoint everything based on the digital surround.
As far as the mic goes, I really didn't get a chance to listen to myself much, but my friends say that it is by far the best mic I have used when chatting with them. Take this with a grain of salt, as I have never invested heavily in mics, so I don't really know what is expected here, but from the couple of times I did hear a recording of myself, it did sound perfectly clear.
The physical mic is very flexible but rigid at the same time, keeping it in whatever position you moved it to. Another cool feature is that when you mute the mic, a red light turns on near the tip of the mic, letting you know that it is muted.
There is one minor problem with the mic, and that is that you can only plug it in two positions into the headset, an "up" and a "down" position. The "down" position looks just like the picture, with the mic pointing towards you chin. The "up" position is about 45 degrees higher, pointing more towards your lips. This can be a bit of an inconvenience, as you cannot really move the mic out of the way without removing it entirely. This can be especially annoying if you are resting the headset around your neck with the ear cups rotated in, as the mic will almost definitely push against something and lose the position that you had set it to.
One of the features that I really like was the on ear controls. On the left side, there is a mic mute button and the dolby surround button. The mute button is self explanatory, and the dolby surround allows you to toggle the digital surround sound and off. On the right side of the headset is a volume control dial, which is pretty convenient, but I found myself using the dial on my G19 keyboard more as it was far more responsive than the one on the headset.
Finally, there is a cord that is only a few inches long that comes out of the headset. At the end of it is a female mini USB-B connection. The headset comes packaged with two cords to plug in there, one of them is a longer cord (I don't have the specific measurements on hand) that is male mini USB to male USB, and the other shorter one is male USB to male 3.5mm for plugging directly into any headphone jack. If you want to use the surround sound, you will need to use the USB connector as opposed to the 3.5mm one. It's nice having the 3.5mm connection as it can be used to connect to just about anything else, an mp3 player, phone, 3DS, Vita, etc.
One thing I would like to point out is that when I first got the headset, the mic I received was faulty. It was giving me an annoying buzzing feedback and the mic itself was drooping and not staying in position. I contacted Mad Catz about it and their customer service was absolutely outstanding. They were very professional with me over the phone and through chat, and sent out a replacement mic in no time at all. The replacement worked perfectly. The only issue I had with their customer support is that their working hours are awful, being available only from 7 am to 3 pm PST. If you work a regular job like myself, you are going to need to call them on your lunch break or something like that to get a hold of them without doing the back and forth emails.
Overall, the headset is really nice: very well made, amazing sound quality both from the mic and the headset (again, I'm not an audiophile or a pro gamer), easy to set up and use, and I like that I can use it to listen to music on my phone or to play on my 3DS or anything else. Unfortunately, the deciding factor for me on this headset was the comfort level. Even with all of the things that I like about it, the shallow ear cups and tightness of the headset made it painful to use for more than an hour, with my ears hurting before that. I don't usually game for hours on end, but to not be able to even put in a couple of hours without having to take the headset off is a dealbreaker for me. I ended up returning the headset, and I advise potential buyers to consider this factor before purchasing. If you have an average size or smaller head and ears, this headset will likely be perfectly ok for you, but if not, it may be best to avoid this headset.
-AMAZING quality sound, much better than my previous Corsair Vengeance 2000 headset.
-Stand; the headset came with it's own stand, which is greatly used.
-Very sturdy and good looking design.
-Detachable mic is handy
-Comes with both a USB cord and a 3.5mm jack which is easily switched out.
-Fold-able for easy storage.
-Mic has red light to tell you when it is muted (comes in handy when using it).
-Not too comfortable as said above.
-When using surround sound, it favors the left ear.
-Mic is average quality (wasn't buying it for the microphone, as I know headset mics are poor compared to standalone mics)
-Volume dial simply does not work for me.
-Adjustment sometimes extends or contracts randomly. It feels like it should stay, but I find myself having to adjust it a bit too often.
Conclusion: If you don't care about comfort and just about sound quality, these are the headphones for you. Comfort is the biggest issue for this headset with the minor button problems that could simply be something with the software or windows. The verdict is that they are just about average.
I tried this headset out for a week and decided I didn't want it. Now, the reasons are pretty important.
You can have your own pros with this headset but here are my cons.
- This headset has major bass, if you play fps' you will notice your gun has a very sharp pop and every single explosion feels insane. It can be too much at times considering it gets really intense. (In a good, headachy way)
- As you can see on the headset it does offset the weight when it clamps on your ears, it's a very heavy feel behind your ear that you have to be comfortable with to deal with. The mixture of these two cons can make a mild headache if you are easily set off.
- Many people say big heads don't work with this headset, that's entirely far from the truth. It fit my big head like a slightly (slightly) smaller glove. It isn't good for big heads over time but it is decent for short term uses.
I mainly sent it back for these reasons but I do believe this headset is still a very good headset but not for a head like mine.
In the end i settled for a Sennheiser GAME ZERO PC Gaming Headset.
- The virtual surround sound is clear and gives a distinct advantage in games.
- The build quality of the aluminum headset, the soft ear cup cushions, and the braided cables are all very solid.
- Not much flex to the headband (again, made of aluminum), so those with very large heads may find it tight. It is quite comfortable for me, even after several hours.
- These just look so much better than any comparable product.
- My only gripe is that fine adjustments with the volume wheel on the side of the headset are impossible.
As for the microphone I work from home as a call center it tech and the noise cancelling seems to work far better than any other headset I've used before. I have a number of large fans in my office, and with all my old headsets I could hear them faintly in the background on recordings. With this headset I can't hear any background noise on the recordings at all.
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