Excerpt: Headsets with surround sound are becoming more and more common. Today we are taking a closer look at the Logitech G430 and Plantronics Gamecom 780 headsets with Dolby Headphone technology for surround sound. Both feature over-ear earpieces and folding microphones.
Plantronics GameCom 780 7.1 Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset
25 September 2012
Conclusion: Overall we were very impressed with both the superior sound and build quality of the GameCom 780. The Dolby Surround Sound works extremely well and made a noticeable improvement to both the gaming and listening experience. The noise cancelling mic ensures that comments are clearly heard by teammates, and the overall gaming experience is a lot better for just using this headset.
Summary: The budget-minded headset has great compatibility and sound that rivals its more expensive counterparts, but unfortunately fails to live up to Plantronics' namesake with a middling microphone.
Pros: Comfortable and lightweight, Decent stereo quality, On-ear headset controls, Dolby Headphone and Pro Logic support, Excellent directional sound, Decent game compatibility, Configurable speaker layout
Cons: Noisy microphone, Short headphone cord, No equalizer settings, Stereo-only support for OpenAL games
Excerpt: Most modern games come with some use of stereo sound, and games with higher budgets make use of Dolby Surround Sound to provide realistic experiences of being surrounded and FEELING the impact of what is going on around you. If you are using a pair of Apple earbuds in your gaming laptop … you are really missing out. I recently looked at another set of Dolby enhanced headphones, but to truly get the experience you needed entirely too many cables.
Pros: Great sound; simple Mac compatibility; microphone isolates voice from noise; easy controls; fold-down feature makes them more transportable
Summary: The Plantronics GameCom 780 features some welcomed upgrades from the popular 777 headset and adds style and performance to boot. With online prices well below MSRP the Plantronics GameCom 780 is a must-buy for serious gamers.
Summary: The Gamecom 780 is a bargain of a headset at just £38 offering a cool retro design, comfort and Dolby 7.1 surround. Sound performance is great for games and movies, and almost as good for music. It's a shame the excellent surround sound feature isn’t compatible with Macs and the finish is a little on the plastic side.
Pros: Great sound for movies and games, Bargain price
Excerpt: Plantronics GameCom 780 review – Plantronics making a gaming headset? Some hardcore gamers may go “Pfft!” hearing or imagining this thought. Though my reaction wasn’t that extreme, I did wonder whether they were good enough to be able to make a gaming headset.