Plantronics GameCom 780 Surround Sound Stereo PC Gaming Headset - Frustration Free Packaging
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''- Dolbyå¨ Headphone and Pro Logicå¨ IIx technologies transform standard audio into a stunning 7.1 surround sound experience- 40mm speakers pound out deep bass and immersive stereo sound- Built-in spin-joints let the earpods lay flat for easy storage when you need to take a break- Noise-canceling mic kills background noise so your team or opponents can clearly hear your commands- Easy-to-reach on-ear volume and mute buttons let you adjust the sound and still keep a hand on the controls- Superhero-strength cords and joints mean this USB headset will be around for all your battles- Ultra-comfortable ear cushions and headband make the GameCom 780 perfect for gaming, and great for watching videos, listening to music, and making PC voice calls'
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But I've now broken two sets of these, and in exactly the same spot. The headband is plastic, and breaks right above the swivel. There's no way to repair them when this happens. See attached pictures.
I'd advise buying something else.
PLEASE READ IF BUYING THIS HEADSET:
Make sure to go down to the 'Speaker' icon in the taskbar and right-click it. Click playback devices find the 'Speakers: Gamecom 780' entry, and right-click again. Then click 'Configure Speakers' and navigate down to 7.1 surround. Keep clicking Test and then the Next buttons until it says that 7.1 surround is set up. If you do not do this even if you enable Dolby Surround in the headset's software you'll only be getting 5.1 virtual surround, instead of 7.1. It does make a difference, and is considerably better. I wish it explained this more in the documentation. Also note if you switch to stereo mode it still is normal stereo, this changing in the options menu doesn't screw up the stereo option at all.
Now on to the review:
First off, this headset in pictures looks a bit silly with the orangish red cables and what-not, but let me tell you it actually is very pleasing to the eyes in person! It looks a lot cooler than my old Razer Carcharias, which was just a lame black everywhere. Not only does it look better than the Razer Carcharias, but it feels a lot better too. Weighing a little bit more than the Razer's it just simply feels like it is constructed out of better material. It's a lot sturdier. The only 'complaint' about the durability here is the earpads kind of spin tough at first, but personally I kind of like that because if they were super loose it would be spinning when you don't want it to.
On to the sound...
I read literally every single review here on Amazon before ordering, and let me tell you, they aren't kidding about the sound. It literally blew me away. Sure it's just a headset and there's only so good you can get with an earpad on each ear with a speaker in each, but this is SUCH AN UPGRADE from the Razer Carcharias which is actually more expensive. It's so good that I will definitely be buying a Plantronics headset when this one becomes obsolete. Even in stereo mode (button on earpad not lit blue), it still sounds amazing and better than the Razer's. It has crystal clear highs, clear and smooth mids, and a decent amount of bass. Sure the bass could be a little more, but it's a headset for goodness sakes and for bass in music I have my car with two 12" subs to hear the bass, in headphones I just want balanced audio and that's what this headset delivers. Don't think there isn't any bass though, you can definitely feel the bass and explosions and what-not, it's not non-existent by any means. In fact, it does have a lot more lower-end than my Razer's.
The mic is also crystal clear. It's so clear that I actually had to turn down my outbound because it was making me sound booming. The only complaint I have with the mic is that it picks up background noise a bit too well, but it's not the end of the world, I'd rather have it do that and be a clear good sounding mic than be super cancelling and sound subpar. So this is another plus, at least for me.
Overall for $60-70 this is an absolutely amazing headset. Especially for gaming! The software could have included a bit more, but what it does include is still perfectly fine.
The sound is great, the comfort is great, and it doesn't look bad either! The only gripe I have is the cord is a bit short, but it's not the end of the world I'll just buy a USB extender.
If you're contemplating buying a new headset, look no further. For more money you can get the Razer Carcharias which is only a stereo headset, and even the stereo functionality on the Gamecom 780 sounds better than the Razer, let alone the fabulous virtual 7.1 surround sound that is has. It doesn't sound fake like some cheap surround sound headsets, but obviously it's not true surround sound. Still, it sounds fantastic.
If you don't want to spend $150-200+ for a headset, than look no further. This is perfect for music, gaming, and even movies. It brought a new life to my music, despite some of the reviews here! Seriously, just buy this headset. I love it, and have become a fan of Plantronics having never bought their products before. 5 stars for sure, as opposed to my old 4 star Razer's. What an upgrade.
I've been very gentle with the headset, and there have been months on end where I haven't used it at all, followed by months of me using it nearly constantly.
- The leather-feeling bit in between the speaker pads and the plastic of the headset started cracking a few months back (picture attached). I figured this is normal, since I've never applied any kind of oil to it and it's likely dried out in 4 years.
- Unfortunately, today I applied the usual amount of pressure to put the headset on, and the plastic near where one of the earphones attaches simply snapped (picture attached).
Everything was fine until today, with no signs of stress on the plastic that I could see, and now suddenly the headset is useless to me.
4 stars because I got 4 1/2 years of great service from these things, and -1 star because I've been very gentle and don't feel the plastic should have snapped there. I have cheaper headphones with much weaker-feeling plastic that I've owned and used for longer than these, so while not any kind of accurate measurement, I expected these to last longer than those.
I got my money's worth, and would recommend these to anyone, even if I am left without a headset for the moment.
These headphones do it properly. Using the Dolby Digital codecs they do create a surround experience without having to pay over $50. What's cool about them is that the construction on the headphones is pretty good. The things that might put you off a bit is that the software that does this for you is pretty basic. Actually it's almost non interactible at all. It runs on the background with a simple icon and the only thing you can do to it is turn surround sound on/off; no fancy sound control software here. Initially I was put off by this but after using the headphones for almost 2 years now I have discovered they deliver excellent sound, no lag and no interference (as expected from wired headphones) which absolutely makes this unit worth its money. The only thing I don't like about this headset is that the design makes your ears hurt after prolonged wear. The headset pulls too tight. This is the only reason why I'm taking off a star, otherwise everything else is great.