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on 22 February 2013
When I was looking for a wireless headset, my two main concerns were price and immersive sound - so I started looking for 5.1 wireless headsets, and most headsets with 5.1 surround sound was indeed pricy. Though there were some options I found Afterglow attractive. Actually, I was attracted to the price than the company name, in fact haven't heard of the company name till I found as a result of the quest for the wireless headset.
This is not a 5.1 surround sound headset, it never claimed to be one or used any of the Dolby logos, however, it talked about extra-ordinary sound - studio engineered and professionally tuned acoustics, immersive - virtual surround sound delivering precise directionality, bass boost, pure audio hear everything exactly as game designers intended to do...So many tempting lines, so I decided to try it, after all it sounds (pun not intended) really great. When I tried the headset on Far Cry 3, it was really fantastic, it's 3D immersive and did a good job with pure clarity audio, but if you are looking for a full Dolby surround sound it's not the headset you are looking for...
The audio quality is excellent and immersive, when I compare it to my old Turtle Beach Ear Force XL1 Headset, the quality is far better. The game sounds are so brilliant, there was a time when I was shooting a tiger and walking back to the waters at the same time, to escape the advancing tiger, I was attacked by a crocodile while to my right a gunfight starts with the pirates and the locals. The unexpected crocodile attack with the superb sound almost threw me back - thankfully I was alone so I was saved from a huge embarrassment. What I wanted to point here is the virtual sound quality, each sound the advancing tiger, the gunfight,the cries of the buffalo and the boars, crocodile attack and the sudden splash of water - everything is so fantastic yet individual in depth - which makes it totally 3D, which again means, it gives you a virtual idea of distance, for example from the gun fight I can assume assault rifles, shotguns, pistol and one mounted gun are being used, the distance between those two fractions, the distance of both fractions from my position etc. So I was satisfied with the audio quality, I should say it's indeed very good.
There are three Audio Modes in Afterglow headset. With each mode, a different colour light will be shown to the microphone LED.
1. Pure Audio Mode (Blue light) - This is the raw audio without any digital enhancement. In this mode, the headset offers its well balanced acoustic tuning.
2. Bass Boost (Red light) - This one is the digitally enhanced mode with great bass sound.
3. Immersive (Green light) - Here the 3D sound algorithm expands the audio, creating a more immersive sound without altering the directionality, and according to Afterglow, designed to give you a competitive edge in the game.
Afterglow headset is designed t work with gaming consoles,TVs, PCs, and better it can work with mobile devices too - which include iPhones, tablets, Smartphones, music players etc. However, remember the connection between a mobile device and Afterglow is wired. You can use the headset with a mobile device while the headset is powered off. In Mobile Mode the Afterglow headset acts as a passive headset and in this mode the capabilities are limited. The limitations are
1. It will be in default Pure Audio Mode - custom audio modes will not work
2. Cannot mute microphone in the headset but can use the mute function on your mobile.
3. Volume levels can only be adjusted on your mobile device
4. Game/Chat Balance will be non-functional
These are not exactly serious limitations when considering the fact that you can actually connect the headset with your mobile device. Look the positive side - the cup is more than half full...
Compatibility with PC
I have tried Windows XP,Windows 7, and Windows 8 in all three computers the once the USB transmitter is connected it automatically configured the headset with automatic driver installation. In XP it took about five minutes to find and fully install the drivers. But in all three OS' it was basically Plug and Play.
Lights and More Lights
With Afterglow, it's always Christmas, it really glows after dark or after sun, or after anything. It offers different lighting modes. Once the headset is connected to the USB transmitter, you can control the lighting modes with the mode button.
Battery and Power
The headset has a rechargeable Lithium Polymer 900mAh battery which should give you 10 -12 hours of battery life depending on use and lighting mode. It will take approximately three hours to fully charge the battery, you can use the headset with charging cable if it goes to low battery. In low battery, the headset will play a tone to warn you that it's running low on power - which will play every minute until the battery runs out of power. According to Afterglow, you will have approximately ten minutes of playtime once the headset goes to low battery.
I played the game straightly six hours, not once taking the headset off, and happily found that it's really cushioned the ears and very comfortable for marathon playing.
What's on the Headset
1. On/off/mute Button
2. Mode Button
3. Retractable Noise Cancelling Microphone
4. Volume Dial
5. Game/chat Volume Balance dial
6. Xbox360 Talk Back Port
7. Universal Audio Line-in Port
8. Charging Port
What's in the Box
1. Wireless Headset
2. Charge and Play USB Cable
3. USB Transmitter
4. Xbox 360 Chat Cable
5. RCA Cable
6. Music/Line-in Cable
7. User Manual
8. Afterglow Online Offering
9. Afterglow Stickers
* Closed back dynamic headphones
*50 mm drivers with Neodymium rare-earth magnets
* 20 degree angled acoustic baffle for accurate, linear sound reproduction
* Audio frequency resonance: 20Hz - 20Khz at 115 dB
* Digital signal processor with customized audio algorithms
* inbuilt 900 mAh rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery
*Compatibility with Xbox 360, PS3, WII, WIIU, PC and Mobile devices (in many headsets like Turtle Beach X-32, Sony PS3 Wireless, Triton Primer - the compatibility option is very limited) which makes Afterglow a champion headset for the whole family and a variety of devices
* Acoustic resonance chamber
*Great Range (whole house) over 100
*PU Leather Cushions around the ear
*Retractable Mic Boom
* Smartphone and Music Player Compatibility
* Great Design and Model
* All cables included
If I find any I will update the review.