This is where we're going to test out the actual listening experience of the Sentey Harmoniq Pro, with some varying tests. These tests change from review to review, where we'll have some of the same games (Battlefield 4, Team Fortress 2, etc) and various TV episodes, movies and a large range of music.
Gaming On the Sentey Harmoniq Pro Gaming Headset
I used the Sentey Harmoniq Pro with a few games, including Team Fortress 2, Battlefield 4 and some of my Oculus Rift demos and games. When using the Oculus Rift, you get a totally new sense of directional audio, as your head is turning around in the game world much more realistically. This is because your personal point of view is changing much more realistically, and quicker, so directional audio becomes much more important - and much more real.
I backed a demo called TECHNOLUST, which is inspired by 1980's and 90's Cyberpunk fiction like Blade Runner, Neuromancer and Robocop. It's a damn cool game from the short amount of time I played with it, even on my DK1 unit. The sound effects in the game were quite great with the Sentey Harmoniq Pro, giving me perfect directional audio. As I turned my head in the game, I could hear the radio on behind me, and to my left and right, as I walked throughout the room. Using the Oculus Rift gives gaming headsets an entire new field to play in, as directional audio becomes so much more important (than it already is).
When it came to playing Battlefield 4, we tried out some of the new Dragon's Teeth DLC. I played as the Engineer class at first, running around and taking a few guys down. A few minutes in, someone spotted me in the distance, and all I saw was a flash - a rocket was flying toward me, right past me, and hit the wall behind me - all the while, I could hear it whizz past me, behind me, and hear the explosion take place for what felt like behind me in my office. Surround sound in games is incredibly immersive.
The same can be said for the clarity of the gunfights in BF4, with each bullet firing from my gun sounding like it was right in front of me. Each hit that I took I could almost feel, with the sound of it hitting my body feeling super realistic. Not that I know what it sounds like to be shot, but it sounded incredibly clear, and crisp. Each bullet I took had a discernable 'thump' which sounded, and felt great.
TV/Movies On the Sentey Harmoniq Pro Gaming Headset
I watched a few TV episodes on the Harmoniq Pro, including a few each from Wilfred, and 24. Wilfred is filled with dialogue mostly, with the Sentey headset providing nice and clear audio throughout the episode. Throughout my media tests on the audio headsets I review, I listen for markers such as the clarity of footsteps, knocks on doors, and that sort of thing. In Wilfred, the sounds from the Harmoniq Pro were nice and clear, with nothing to complain about.
When it came to 24, we had action, action, and more action. There's gunfights, explosions and much more. The gunfire from 24 sounded quite good, with a nice thump to each bullet being fired. Explosions were even better, with a nice crisp explosion feeling like its being simulated right in front of you. The Harmoniq Pro is an all-rounder headset, that's for sure.
Music On the Sentey Harmoniq Pro Gaming Headset
With the Harmoniq Pro on its default settings, on 2-channel output, Analog Output set to "Headphone", no Environment set, and no Equalizer enabled, the headset is nice and clear. But writing this part of the review, I was going through the settings making sure it was all on the vanilla flavor of sound - which is when I began to really learn how much the settings played with the sound.
I was listening to some Bliss n Eso, an Australian hip-hop group, on these settings, and it sounded nice and clear. But when you flick that 7.1 virtual speaker shifter to 'on' the Harmoniq Pro comes to life. It feels like there are five additional speakers that enable on your head, a very weird but welcoming feeling.
I played around with the Equalizer, with a custom setting that provided some higher bass, which ended up sounding great. I played around with some Juno Reactor, which has some beautifully deep bass. With these custom settings the Harmoniq Pro sounded really impressive. I was actually taken aback, considering the $69.99 price and various features that Sentey has crammed into the headset.
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