I love PC audio stuff...sound cards, speakers, amps, headsets...I really get off on them. I guess it started when I was a kid, connecting extra speakers to my stereo (that played vinyl records), looking for a theater effect. This was nearly a decade before the first attempt at surround sound, called quadraphonic, and at least a quarter-century before real surround sound came out. I do a lot of audio stuff on my rig, probably 95% of all of my music listening (though a 30 year old pair of JBL Studio Monitors), recording (both multi-track and streams), music editing, and of course, gaming.
I have a great appreciation for high quality cover-the-ear headphones. I've used ones that cost under $20, and others that cost over $200. I prefer cover-the-ear, as I'm easily distracted by outside noise.and in gaming, distractions often mean the difference between getting a clean headshot and getting pwned.
I've gamed both with 5.1 and 7.1 speakers and a 5.1 headset. I do like the speakers, but find them very inconvenient, because I do not care for listening to music through them, at least a lot of the early 1970's progressive rock I listen to, so I'm bouncing back and forth between surround and stereo. The 5.1 headset I own is designed to work with a sound card that it was specifically designed for, though they will work without it. They do work pretty well, but are very large, and pretty expensive at $120-$150.
It has been a while since I got to review a gaming headset, and I was pretty excited when Bob asked if I wanted to check out the Saitek Cyborg 5.1 Gaming Headset.
Saitek has been around for nearly 30 years, and has grown to be the world's second largest manufacturer of gaming peripherals. They design and build a huge array of PC peripherals and speakers, to enhance the overall PC experience. Will the Cyborg Headset prove to be as innovative and effective as Saitek's other products? Read ahead to see...
- True 5.1 Surround using integrated USB sound card with inline volume/mute controls
- Low Profile, rotating cans, and adjustable headband for total comfort and portability
- Detachable noise-cancelling boom microphone
- 6 sonic drivers deliver precise directional audio
- Unique styling - `Cyborg' logo illuminates when 5.1 sound is selected
- 3.5mm jack included for use with MP3/CD/Handheld devices (in stereo)
- VoIP ready
Connectivity: USB 2.0 Windows XP, XP64 and Windows Vista (all versions)
The Cyborg Headset is packaged in this very attractive hanging box. The features are listed on the rear of the box in several languages.