Xbox One Stereo Headset Review

Released earlier this year, The Xbox One Stereo Headset has recently received a price cut at retailers around the UK. this coupled with finding my standard headset broken was enough to make these my next choice. Although the price may vary a little depending on where you buy them, I picked up my set for £37.99 which, compared to the original price of £59.99 seemed quite a steal.

What you get:

  • Stereo Headset.
  • Stereo Headset Adapter.
  • 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio jack adapter.
  • USB Cable

The headset looks OK, a little big, but that’s down to the oversized ear cups that sit around the ears, rather than on them. Making for a much more comfortable fit especially when going for a long gaming session. The microphone boom is solid, and folds away into its own recess, which is a nice little touch. the overall style is in fitting with that of the Xbox One console although there is a camouflage version available for around £10.00 extra.

The audio quality is great, no different from what you would get from a more expensive headset, crystal clear across the board, nice and crisp treble and real deep bass, really encompassing you in the sound of the game you’re playing. All this is delivered through one single wire, which when compared to other headsets and the multitude of wires and connections needed, is quite impressive. The only missing feature is the option to hear your own voice through the headset. On to the Stereo Headset Adapter, and I was quite surprised that this little bit of kit retails separately for around £19.99. It fits into the controller the same way as the standard Headset, and looks the same bar the extra buttons used to balance the sound between game and voice chat. It is worth noting that the adapter can be used with other headsets and headphones should the need arise. The USB included in the box is used to link the controller up to the console for the mandatory update required upon first use, this bit of wire becomes useless once it has been used to update the controller as it is extremely short, in my opinion it should have been longer and could have doubled as a power wire for the controller as I imagine the Headset would be quite a drain on disposable batteries.

Specifications

  • Premium 40mm Neodymium speakers
  • Speaker frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Over-the-ear ear cup design
  • Unidirectional microphone
  • Microphone frequency response: 100Hz to 10Khz
  • Weight: 9oz/255g
  • 4′ cable to Xbox One Wireless Controller

Features

  • Premium audio experience for both game and chat audio.
  • Full range audio spectrum (20Hz-20kHz) for deep bass, all the way to crystal-clear high frequencies.
  • Unidirectional microphone for clear voice capture.
  • žOver-the-ear speakers for a comfortable fit during long gaming sessions.
  • Boom microphone can fold up and out of your way when not in use
  • Includes detachable Stereo Headset Adapter that puts the audio controls at your fingertips including volume up/down, microphone mute, and independent control of game and chat audio levels.
  • Easy to set up: No complex wires to your console. Wired only to the Wireless Controller.
7
Audio 9
Build quality 5
Features 7
Xbox One Stereo Headset

Summary: whether you are looking for a quick replacement headset or upgrading from a standard one on a budget. Microsoft have put together a decent Headset for less than £40, with a nice easy tidy set-up.

  • Good audio
  • Easy to set up
  • Comfortable
  • No mic monitoring
  • Flimsy build

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