The Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition headset supports use on PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and mobile devices. Our testing was done mainly on Xbox One, with some testing on PC for features that are only available on that platform.
First impressions of the headset were fantastic, straight out of the box it just screams quality. It features aluminium ear cup brackets joined together by a steel headband, making it one of the sturdiest headsets around. Together with the memory foam headband and ear cup cushions it’s extremely comfortable too, though I’m one for prefering fabric to leatherette because of ‘sweaty ears’. This wasn’t too much of a problem with the H7 as it doesn’t sit too tightly on your head, yet with enough force to keep it all in place, this is a huge bonus as I often find headsets feeling a little too tight when new. Aside this was the very noticeable noise cancelation, I say very noticable as with my usual headset I can have a coversation with someone in the same room while wearing them, where as with the H7’s I couldn’t hear a thing.
Moving on to the audio and the 50mm Neodymium drivers provide a well balanced performance across the spectrum, although I found the bass a little low compared to what I’m used to. The removable microphone is fully adjustable and features noise cancellation, it was tested in an xbox live party chat where it was noted to be clear, but slightly quieter than my usual headset.
There are also in-line controls for mute, volume and a button to accept calls or play pause music on mobile devices. The cable has to be the most robust I’ve come across, with a thick rubber coating that resists twisting, with no stress being present at the usual points where the cable enters into the 3.5mm jack/USB after a few weeks of use, this is especially good news for those that use a headset adapter for their Xbox One controllers, as this stress is more prominent when using one.
Testing on PC, and the headset plugs in via the supplied USB cable, this is switchable with the 3.5 mm cable used for Xbox One with both ports being next to each other on the in-line controls. Once plugged in I had to wait for the drivers to install and I was good to go. Here though is where you unlock the full potential of the H7’s. There’s a nice bit of software you can download called the BlasterX Acoustic Engine, with this you can configure the headset exactly how you want it, with a full Equalizer and other settings including activating 7.1 surround.
You can save different profiles for different games, there’s also some preset ready to go, you can also alter your voice using the voice FX tab, with all manner of different effects. It is a shame that these features are not available on Xbox One directly, although you can work around this by using the Xbox One app to stream your console to PC and use the headset that way. There’s also the possibility of Creative making a dedicated app for Xbox if technology allows and/or creative want to make it.