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Not all that I had hoped for
on May 26, 2014
I recently purchased a pair of EVO USB headsets for use at work. They are serving split duty between light music listening and providing audio support to video conferencing sessions.
I use the headset via a USB 3 connection to my Windows 7 laptop PC. I have installed the associated Sound Blaster software from Creative’s website.
I have also tested the headset on my home workstation (Windows 8.1, i7, 16GB) with similar results.
- The noise reduction for the microphone system isn’t bad. It reduces generalized, continuous noise, such as ventilation fans.
- Headset mounted volume controller does a reasonable job of triggering the computer’s volume setting, although the granularity is a bit coarse. The positioning of the wheel should preclude accidental changes
- The headset is reasonably comfortable with good weight distribution
- I find that the on-the-ear pads are soft and not too tight
- The headset provides decent external noise reduction because of the ear-pad
- The microphone sounds warm with my voice - not crystal clear. If you need clear voice work for video conferencing, consider a headset with a boom mic. If you just need something better than a laptop mic, this is actually a pretty decent solution. It will pick up more ambient sounds than a boom mic, but it is nice to not have a mic boom to deal with. This makes the headset better for general use, rather than specialized conferencing use.
- I like the styling (including the red LED glow), although I recognize that it’s quite subjective
- The music playback is mediocre at best. I spent time working with the Sound Blaster EVO software. I turned off the Surround, Bass, Smart Volume, and Dialog Plus enhancements – the Crystalizer (which seems to be a Fletcher-Munson loudness control) is also off. Dipping the EQ at 125 and 250 takes out some of the false warmth – I gave a tiny push at 16k – all other EQ settings are set to zero.
- I have found the sound to be flat and lifeless. I have a pair of 20 year old, $45 Sony headphones that have livelier sound when listening to music from my laptop through the laptop’s cheap audio amp.
- The software is gimmicky, which probably works well for games. However, for listening to music it just gets in the way. If you’re listening to music I recommend you dig into the software (SBX Pro Studio and Equalizer) to find settings that fit your style. Be sure to trying turning effects completely off.
- There is no isolation between the stiff USB cable and the headset. The vibration from any bumping or rubbing against the USB cable is transmitted into the head shell of the headset. I suppose if you never move, it wouldn’t be a problem.
- Creative, please stop putting junk on my Windows desktop without asking. Applications should keep their program short-cuts in their own folders.