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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2014
To be honest I wasn't expecting much out of these due to their very cheap price but the picture and price doesn't do these headphones justice. They are FANTASTIC. They are closed-ear headphones meaning they do a descent job of cancelling out ambient sound around you. However once you plug them in and wear them, you will hear noise around you, that's because Windows activates both the headphones and microphone in the headset (it's USB, not 3.5mm audio jack), so to cancel the ambient noise, just click the mute microphone button on the on-wire remote.

As for audio quality, it's not true 7.1 surround sound, it's emulated 7.1 surround sound, but don't let that turn you off these. The built in sub-woofer thumps out some truly demonic bass almost on par with a true 7.1 speaker surround sound cinema set up. I have been using these headphones for my YouTube channel, MaskedGEEK, for a few videos now and a couple of horror games, and dead Lord sound in horror games can really immerse you, so a good set of cans will really help.

One really good selling point though is, after the drivers are installed, when you plug them in, Windows will automatically route audio output to the headphones, and when you unplug them, audio goes back to your regular speakers. Don't let the cheapness of these headphones fool you. If you're looking for good headphones on a budget, these make a great addition to your audio arsenal. Just don't complain to Sades if you use these in horror games and end up having to send your pants to the dry-cleaners.

If you do end up buying these for recording your own videos for YouTube, it's best to plug these in first before you load your recording software. This isn't a fault with Sades, it's just they only show up in the Windows audio hardware list when plugged in, so your recording software will only see them if they are in the hardware list prior to loading the software.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2014
I bought these mainly for gaming, to upgrade from a laptop array microphone (which wasn't providing quite the quality I was looking for). What I got though were some of the best Headphones I have ever owned.

Microphone quality is greatly improved over my Laptop array mic, but it is otherwise fairly standard, being a +/- 54dB mic (fairly common in most gaming or conference headphones) but the quality is still amazing.

Buildwise the headphones are robust and after a week of use show no signs of wear. (I will update as time progresses)

Sound Quality:
Please note while the included software was lacking in quality, being fairly useless settings or just inconvenient to adjust and understand (the paper instructions included were also in Chinese - bit of an inconvenience), this does not subtract from my score simply because, being fairly computer literate I remembered using Razer Surround for my previous SkullCandy headphones, a great piece of headphone manipulation software by none other than Razer (also note that this software is free to use). Noting the lack lustre quality of the included software I promptly un-installed it, allowing windows to boot it's own drivers (using Windows 8.1 here but I expect AT LEAST back to windows vista will have suitable drivers preloaded) for the headphones and installed Surround. Experience improved no end, I can safely say I have not owned a more comfortable and quality sound producing set of headphones. Simply amazed. (One final pet peeve, the phones seem fairly bass heavy, I was expecting this from cheaper headphones however so I simply adjusted the EQ via Synapse to my own personal tastes and am more than satisfied.

*I will also be trying to use these with my Nexus 7 tablet via a USB OTG cable within the next week so I will update this then as to whether they work or not.

[First real review, how did I do?, post a comment for other questions :)]
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2014
Bought them for general gaming/Skype... Couldn't ask for a better pear of headphones for only £20, absolute bargain, they are better than my old turtle beaches which cost me £60 when I bought them. They couldn't have been easier to set up too, plug the USB in, wait for driver to install (took like 20 seconds) and that's it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2015
This headset is good for the price you pay. I found that they were really comfy and fitted my head and ears just fine. I could wear them for a long time - four hours plus- and have no problems. The ear cups are really soft and don't get too hot on your ears. The sound, especially listening to music is great and even turned down low, I can't hear much background noise. Turning them up high makes you feel like you are at a gig and completely surround by the music. I like the control panel which lets you change the volume, mute the mic or mute sound really easily. Also, there are different channel setting in the headset's software program which give the options to hear things better depending on if you are gaming or chatting on Skype.

The mic did work okay, but the one in my Microsoft webcam is far better, after about 3 months the mic suddenly stopped working and the red lights on the side of the headset died too. I unplugged the headset a few times and even re-installed the software -which by the way download automatically when I plugged them in for the first time. I couldn't get the mic or the lights to ever work again. But since I had my webcam it didn't bother me that much. Though, I probably should have tried to send them back then to get a replacement.

Now, a year and a week since I brought them the headset has broke and not due to me neglecting them. (I have dropped them on the floor a few times and they survived.) One or two of the wires inside the control panel have snapped and this is due to the fact that the cable is far too long and so very easily tangles. I put on the headset, gently untangled the cable above the control panel as I had been doing for months and then the cable covering snapped and pulled up the wires with it. The headphones stopped working, though the control panel stayed lit up. I knew straight away that they were beyond working or fixing.

I feel sorry to see this headset go because I really did like it. If the mic was better and the cable didn't have has many issues, it would be a really great gaming and music headset. I was tempted to just order a new pair, but I fear that I will have the same problems. On the advise of friends of my brother, who are serious gamers and game design students, I have order the Plantronics GameCom 788 USB PC/Gaming Headset, which is twice as expensive, but does have a far better cable and mic -or so I've been told and from the descriptions I've read.

In the future, I would like to get this headset again and give it another go. I would recommend them for people who enjoy listening to music or watching videos, whilst sometimes chatting on Skype and games. Though you did really need to care of the cable.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2014
I bought this for my son to use when he's playing games online, he's happy with it and if he's happy I'm happy. Furthermore I am no longer disturbed by endless chattering from distant strangers about Minecraft, a game which I neither understand nor care about.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2014
The headset has perfect sound and mic. The design is awesome. The headset also works for Skype. The headset is very comfortable and the cable is long enough to use from far away. The only downside to this is that it isn't compatible with my PS3.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2014
So, I thought they were great! But then, when moving them around....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2014
I really like these. Comforable with good sound reproduction, infact the sound reproduction is so good I can turn them up loud and use them as speakers with out any loss of sound quality if I want others to listen to something instead of unplugging them. They are comforable to wear and have good adjustment. I have not had chance to try the microphone but it does not affect the balance of the headphones and twists up out of the way and does not fall down. The red led lighting is a bit funky and fun and a good indicator that they are plugged in and on.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2014
Excellent Purchase No Problems Whatsoever I would Highly Recommend them. Came quick they look amazing even the box is quite cool :)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2014
These are just appalling.

They lasted around 3 weeks of limited use before they just gave up and started haranguing me with the sounds of hell. I do quite enjoy having anything I attempt to listen to get cut off after a few seconds to be replaced by the sound of Cthulhu giving birth to Satan out of his tentically endowed mouth. Other people may not be fond of such racket, so I'd suggest against wasting your hard earned cash on this catastrophic excuse for a headset.

Unless you're a fan of death metal, then these may improve your musical listening experiences..
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