Plantronics Gamecom 780 Headset reviewTechnology | Rex | March 7, 2012 at 21:53
Plantronics Gamecom 780 Headset
- Great sound, Dolby Digital 7.1 (simulated)•
- Durable construction, velour feels nice on the ears•
- Noise canceling mic comes through loud and clear.•
- Competitively Priced
- USB only•
- Tight fit for people with big heads (tends to squeeze, getting looser with age though)•
- Randomly hit volume controls when readjusting headset (at least I do)•
- No software support (so those who want to tweak your headphone settings are unable)
4 out of 5 stars
As a somewhat avid PC gamer, I consider sound to be a fairly important part of the game. My very old pair of Koss Ur-20′s finally gave out after a decade of faithful listening. So, after spending hours of research weighing all the options, I finally settled on Plantronics Gamecom 780′s.
A new headset on the market, the Plantronics Gamecon is being targeted specifically at the PC user. They’ve made several improvements over their main competitors, such as the Logitech or Turtle Beach. Most notable—everything has been integrated into the headset. Convenient volume and Doubly Digital controls are located on the left speaker housing. There is no dongle or attachment to the cord like most other headsets, making it feel light. You don’t have a box dragging the cord down.
The actual construction of the Plantronics Gamecon headset is very solid. One solid piece of flexible plastic for the headband is connected to steel supports that hold on the speaker enclosures. The headband and earmuffs are padded velour, so it feels nice and soft on the skin.
The 40mm speaker drivers themselves have good bass response and can keep up with any of the Drum and Bass or Dubstep I’ve played without getting hot or lagging. They can get loud enough to hurt the ears without distorting, but the max volume isn’t as high as some would like. (they make decent speakers worn around the neck though). One thing I’ve found is that the headphones themselves don’t insulate that well. If playing loud, others around you will be able to hear.
The noise canceling microphone pivots up and down, so you can move it out of the way when not in use. While not as impressive as some of the folding and collapsible microphones
other headsets offer, the Gamecon 780 feels very sturdy and provides superior sound quality.
The wiring is thick enough to feel solid and is coated in something that makes it non sticky. It doesn’t tangle up or get caught on other cords/things in the room. The speaker enclosures also rotate 90 degrees so they can lay flat in a suitcase. My favorite thing is to wear them around my neck with them rotated out; it’s like wearing 2 speakers. Great if you want sound, but still be able to talk to people around you.
I used to consider my Koss headphones had good sound. While you audiophiles out there might say my old headphones are crap, for most of us they were above average-sounding headphones.
That being said, the Gamecom 780′s are like night-and-day when it comes to sound quality. These haven’t even been burned in yet and easily sound twice as good. You can really feel the bass. The highs and mids are super crisp and the simulated 7.l Doubly Surround actually works wonders in games and movies. My situational awareness has doubled in Battlefield 3 as now I can truly tell if someone is sneaking up from behind or which direction gunfire is coming from. Even playing movies has become a totally improved experience.
Thus far, I would have to say I am absolutely loving them, except they are a tight fit and press the sides of my head—but I have a big head. Although after a few days of wearing they have stretched out and are very comfortable.
I tend to hit the volume control when I adjust the headset around my head for comfort. There is no microphone volume control on the headset—there is an on/off switch however—disappointing as this can only be changed via the windows sound panel.
Lack of software support is also a letdown, as many other headsets have equalizers and frequency tuners so you can fine tune everything to your listening pleasure. This is also an issue when trying to figure out what windows settings to use as there are no instructions. When speaker settings are set for stereo, windows gives you a bass boost option which makes the headphones sound really nice, but when set to 7.1 surround speakers it becomes sort of flat and due to lack of instruction im not sure how well the surround effects work if set to stereo.
FINAL JUDGMENT 4 out 5 Stars: For the average person, the Plantronics Gamecon 780 headset is not only a solid purchase, but a bargain over the competition. It costs almost half what other headsets of similar quality are going for.
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