A Closer Look
Let's take a tour around the Sentey Harmoniq Pro, starting with a good look at the headset itself.
Sentey chose a very appropriate, and very good looking black-and-red design on the Harmoniq Pro, something I think really pays off well.
Up top, we have some really comfortable padding.
Even the microphone looks great, something that lights up red when it's activated.
Even the smallest detail, the braided USB cable, doesn't let down in the looks department.
How Do They Feel On My Head?
On a cold Thursday morning and afternoon, I wore the Sentey Harmoniq Pro for the majority of the day for the purposes of this review. Every hour or so I would get up and go to the bathroom or get myself a drink, but then the headset would be back on as soon as I was sitting back on my office chair.
The ear cups cover my entire ear, so there's no stress on them. They feel great on the side of my head, and that cushion at the top of the headset is ample enough that I feel absolutely no stress from the headset. Really, the headset feels like it's barely on my head - something that I have come to really enjoy from my experience with the Harmoniq Pro.
They aren't perfect, but after wearing a softer cup on your ear, you will feel the Sentey Harmoniq Pro. I came in off of a harsher headset, which made the Harmoniq Pro feel much better. Once the Harmoniq Pro is on you head for a minute or two, you become used to it and you don't notice that harshness on your ears or head.
Some standout features of the Sentey Harmoniq Pro would have to include the true 5.1-channel surround sound, which sounds absolutely great in 5.1-channel content. Games such as Battlefield 4 really come into their own, something I loved playing even more with the true 5.1 surround sound pumping into my ears.
The work that has gone into the ear cups and additional pairs of ear pads are excellent. Something else that can't be forgotten is the carry case, something I used when I travelled with the headset. It would be hard to look at another headset in the same way without a carry case now.
Sentey has included some software for the Harmoniq Pro, which is available from their website. The download weighs in at 47MB, and includes a bunch of tweaks that you can perform to the headset to make your listening experience personal, and specific to your needs.
Starting with the Main Setting screen, we have a bunch of options to play with. Starting with System Input, where you can change the amount of audio channels that the Harmoniq Pro is receiving. For music, you would click 2 channels, for movies you would choose 6 channels, and so on. If you click the little question mark to the side, it gives you some advice on what do to.
Below that, we have the DSP mode, where you can select if you want the 7.1-channel virtual speaker shifter mode enabled. Once this is enabled, you can play around with the distance of the speakers inside of the Harmoniq Pro. This will make the audio sound like its coming from further away, or closer to your head. You can also choose the Output Mode, moving it from Headphone to 2, 4 or 6 speakers.
Moving onto the Mixer, here you can choose the volume of your speakers and microphone, as well as the recording volume of your microphone and stereo mix.
The Effect tab has a bunch of settings that you can play with, starting with the Environment. Here, you can choose a specific environment to simulate, with options like Generic (which is what we kept it on for most of the time for the purpose of the review), Forest, City, Mountains and much more.
Below that, you have Environment Size - depending on the room that you're in, and the listening experience you want, you can change this from a smaller environment, to a large one. To the right, we have the Equalizer, which is self-explanatory. Here, you can choose from pre-defined equalizers, or you can create your own user-defined one.
The last two tabs are for Karaoke/Magic Voice and Information. I didn't make any use of the Karaoke or Magic Voice options, but here in here you can choose to enable this option and have a microphone echo, enabling microphone playback. This can be changed with low to high sensitivity. Below that, we have Key Shifting and Vocal Cancellation settings.
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