|Item model number||203801-01|
|Item Weight||7 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||3 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches|
Plantronics RIG 500 Stereo PC Gaming Headset
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Inspired by your dedication to competitive gaming and endorsed by ESL, the RIG 500 headset delivers performance audio you can count on with durable, lightweight comfort.Performance audio Audio fidelity that gives you an edge. Dynamic, 40mm drivers are matched with low-frequency resonators to boost the bass response without destroying crucial mids and highs. The noise-canceling boom mic flips up to mute, making it perfect for solo campaigns. The durable yet lightweight frame lets you configure components for endurance or focus. The included isolating earcups immerse you in the game, blocking out distracting background noise. Optional vented earcups (sold as an accessory) change the acoustic profile and deliver maximum breathability, reducing fatigue for long sessions. / Plantronics RIG 500 Stereo PC Gaming Headset - Stereo - Wired - 32 Ohm - 20 Hz - 20 kHz - Over-the-head - Binaural - Circumaural - Noise Canceling / Stereo - Wired - 32 Ohm - 20 Hz - 20 kHz - Over-the-head - Binaural - Circumaural - Noise Canceling
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It has really good audio quality for its price, and the microphone is far above average for its price. I am thoroughly impressed with the microphone. The headset has earcups that are made of a soft plush material, which unfortunately leaks out ALOT of sound. I had a friend assist me with gauging the sound leak, and it seems that it leaks just as much sound as it emits without even having them on my head. The sound leak is enough that I would not want to listen to music on them if I was sitting nearby other people. Plantronics sells "closed" earcups that seem to be made of faux-leather, and supposedly leak less audio. I would have preferred if Plantronics included the "closed" cups, or maybe both. Or it would have been nice to make the soft ones less leaky?
The headset has a single 3.5mm TRRS connector (this is the newer type of 3.5mm headphone connector that has an extra ring for microphone), but it also comes with a 3.5mm to dual-3.5mm adapter (a Y-cable that splits the audio and microphone connectors for use on a PC). So this headset works on Xbox One, PS4, Smartphones, and Tablets using it's native single-3.5mm connector. And it also works on PCs using the included Y-cable adapter.
It is packaged disassembled, which confused me because the fully assembled headset can fit very comfortably inside the box it came in. I didn't appreciate the way it was packaged either. The cord was very tightly wound up, which has given it a permanent twist (the two cords that go to each earpiece are twisted up just below my chin. If you untwist them, they just spring back into a twist again). It would have been much nicer if the cord was package in a larger diameter spool.
The cord itself is a soft matte rubber cable. It does not seem especially durable, and this concerns me. I would have paid $5-10 more if it had a braided cable, that would have resolved the tangling/twisting issue. I also wish the cord was longer. My PC tower sits on the floor next to my feet, and the cord barely reaches far enough.
- Great sound quality for its price
- Very comfortable. I don't think I've ever owned headphones/headsets that were this comfortable.
- Microphone is above average for this price. Really good quality.
- Earcups are removable for cleaning
- Accessories are available
- Cord is too short
- Cord is prone to twisting up, and tangling
- Cord is not braided
- Headphones emit quite alot of sound leak. Which may be due to the soft plush earcups, or the construction of the earpieces. I'm not certain.
In summary, the headphones are worth their price. In this price range, you won't find many headsets that are this comfortable or with as good sound quality as these. I've been through several headsets in the last few years, . This one seems about on-par for quality (not better or worse than typical), but the comfort and sound quality are above-par. Compared to my other experiences in this price range, I am more satisfied with these than any other headsets I've bought.
If Plantronics wanted to improve these, they could simply give it a longer cable, and make it braided. Also they could make the earcups more sound-proof. I'm certain that both of those issues could be resolved without adding more than 50 cents to their costs.