The LS30 is an over-eared wireless/wired headset which boasts extreme comfort and high quality sound with its 50mm audio driver; it also features a crystal clear microphone and a sidetone feature so you can hear yourself and you are not limited to use them on one platform.
I've been using the Official Sony PlayStation Gold Headset (Wireless 2.0)
since the day they came out to the UK and I haven't personally found a successor, that is until now.
Granted the LS30's cost roughly £50 more than the PlayStation's Gold headset, however as someone who has been happy to splash out on gaming accessories, I can safely say that if these were out at the same time and I had a hands on, I would have been happy to pay the extra for these.
Don't get me wrong, the Gold headset is still a product I would highly recommend if you really can't afford to splash out the extra cash; it's just after my use with these, I've found it very hard to go back.
♦ Box Contents ♦
∙ LS30 headset.
∙ Boom microphone.
∙ USB dongle.
∙ Optical cable.
∙ Xbox 360 chat cable.
∙ Xbox One / Mobile chat cable.
∙ Instruction manual.
♦ Set-Up (PS4) ♦
The set-up process takes barely two minutes to do, it's very simple:
1) Insert the optical cable into the consoles relevant port (located on the rear).
2) Plug the other end of the optical cable into the USB dongle.
3) Insert the USB dongle into the consoles USB port (Due to the cable protruding from the dongle, I put it into the port furthest to the right, otherwise you're blocking the other port).
4) With the console powered up, turn the headset on by holding the power button located on the left ear-cup.
5) To pair the headset with the dongle, hold the power button down on the headset for 7 seconds and the pairing button on the dongle for 2 seconds.
6) Go to the device settings and make sure the headset is selected.
7) If you want to get the most out of the headset, ensure within the settings the audio is selected as "all audio" not "chat only".
♦ In-Use ♦
The right ear-cup has a chat volume wheel around the rim and a microphone mute button in the middle. There is also an "EQ" button on the right ear-cup which is on normal by default; press it once for a treble boost; another for a bass boost and once more to return to the default setting.
The left ear-cup is supposed to control the game volume and have access to a quick game mute. You will also find the power LED, power/pairing button, micro USB charging port, 3.5mm input and the microphone port.
Weirdly for me, the game mute and microphone mute buttons are reversed; this may be a fault on my headset or were misprinted on the instructions and are supposed to be this way; nevertheless it doesn't make sense to have it set-up the way it is on my headset; it should be all game volume on one side and the microphone on the other.
The chat volume wheel also effects the sidetone volume which is very handy feature to have as over-eared headsets tend to prevent you from hearing yourself as you talk which means you're more than likely to talk louder. Unfortunately I haven't come across a way to mute the sidetone without muting the chat completely, this means that people who may not like that feature will be stuck with it. I however am much in favour of this feature.
One other point I want to make when muting the microphone is that it activates a very bright blue LED on the tip of the microphone which is very distracting; so much that I have to bend the microphone back out of view whenever I choose to mute.
♦ Comfort & Audio Quality ♦
Undoubtedly this headset is extremely comfortable to wear, even for long gaming sessions. The headband has decent adjustability and is well padded; the ear cups are also incredibly soft.
The microphone quality is sublime! It's absolutely crystal clear and I simply cannot say a bad thing about it.
The audio output is very good on this headset; the sound is clear, seems well balanced and can deliver a good kick of bass; furthermore there is a good sense of direction which makes this headset very ideal for games such as Call of Duty & Battlefield etc...
♦ Final Thoughts ♦
There's only a couple of flaws this headset has, however they're easy to deal with and to be honest, the positives completely overwhelm the negatives.
Overall this is a fantastic headset available for a more than reasonable price, so for that reasons I would highly recommend these.
✓ Easy to use.
✓ Solid build quality.
✓ Multi-platform use.
✓ Has sidetone feature.
✓ Very clear microphone.
✓ 15 hours of battery life.
✓ Well padded & extremely comfortable.
✓ Exceptional audio quality and decent directional sound.
✘ Blue LED on microphone when on mute is VERY distracting.
✘ Mute microphone & mute gameplay audio buttons wrongly located.