Let's dig deeper
The construction of this headset is certainly much more solid than the previously-reviewed Symph, but still doesn't quite rival the sturdy feel of the Tt eSPORTS Dracco Captain.
The main advantage of this headset is that it doesn't clamp tightly on your head, even from the beginning. Four hour Dota2 gaming sessions reported back no discomfort whatsoever, however, the lack of passive noise cancelling due to a lighter and thinner frame did disrupt me a little.
As stated previously in the Sentey Symph review, the fact that it has leather ear cups is a major plus. Leather in my opinion is much better as it provides more comfort, is easier to clean and can better withstand the test of time. There's nothing worse than sweating into a cloth sponge for years, whereas a simple wipe with a damp cloth all over will see the headband and ear cups cleaned completely.
The microphone in Skype and Mumble sounds as good as or even better than my Kingston HyperX Cloud II headset (worth over $100) and is a slight improvement on the Sentey Symph model. However, the red LED on the tip of this microphone is extremely annoying and I catch it in the corner of my eye quite often when not gaming - meaning that when full concentration isn't on your screen, it's likely to cause issues.
As for improvements, I'd love to see slightly softer and thicker (see: plush) ear cups to help provide some more passive noise cancelling and complete removal of the microphone LED - it looks tacky and devalues any headset.
A Dota2 analysis
I can't get enough of Dota2 right now. I've played around five games with this headset 'in-hand' and I must say the experience has been quite good - it's no $29.99 shocker as seen with the Symph, but the $79.99 price tag is certainly extremely reasonable for the sound output.
The meaty whacks of Spirit Breakers' auto attacks and roar-to-slam of his ultimate ability resonates well, alongside the meaty sound of Tidehunters' massive ravage ultimate ability.
When comparing this headset to something more highly rated like the Kingston HyperX Cloud II, the clarity is lacking a little, however, the bass isn't too overpowering for the most part and it's quite well balanced.
There is one major niggling fact that I must bring up, though. When you're getting smashed by heavy bass like when my friend decided it was a good idea to play Dota2 when on Skype and while using speakers, the bass will vibrate the headset heavily due to the in-build vibration unit as pointed out on the outside of the frame.
Don't stop the music
Music is around me 24/7 and I'll be using the same songs as seen in previous reviews to provide a similar comparison throughout all different offerings. There's something special about pumping your favorite tunes in the background, while slaying noobs in different games, and below is my experience whilst doing so.
Listening in to Pink Floyd's 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' reports back a much better experience than expected. The clarity closely matches my previously-reviewed HyperX Cloud I headset, but it's obviously not quite the same.
Skipping to a completely different genre of music and listening to 'Ayy Ladies' by Travis porter and Tyga up loud once again produces the vibrating headset feature. Some people might enjoy this, don't get me wrong, but the predominantly right-sided vibration of the cone on my ear is quite annoying to me and added to this my ears are quite small, meaning that those with larger ears will have further issues.
If you're looking for a vibrating experience like my car with twin-10" sub woofers this headset is great, otherwise if you're wanting a vibration-free experience, you should to steer clear.
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