Excerpt: The Good Equalizer Sound stage/surround sound USB amplifier/mixer The Bad Cable Headband comfort Microphone placement Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users have to balance the price of speakers and a receiver with the space demands a setup would require. Due to this, gamers often turn to headphones to get the job done.
Pros: Equalizer, Sound stage/surround sound, USB amplifier/mixer
Summary: The Plantronics Rig is great at what it does. But to justify the high price you'll need to spend an awful lot of time not just gaming, but in multiplayer mode with voice chat. If that's you, this is the perfect headset. The rest of us are better off saving our money.
Summary: Though the Plantronics RIG Surround headset component is stellar and the concept of the mode switching mixer is still the best of its kind, the sound quality coming out of the updated RIG Surround mixer component is a downgrade from the previous year’s model.
Excerpt: In terms of the number of headsets manufactured and sold, Plantronics must be right up there in the list of largest audio manufacturers. Their office based products are used across the world and are known to offer a quality, reliable experience. In more recent times Plantronics have also ventured into the gaming audio marketplace and with some decent success too.
Plantronics RIG Stereo Headset + Mixer For PC/MAC, X-BOX 360, PS3/4, MOBILE Review
3 March 2014
Conclusion: Plantronics has always liked to release high quality and innovative products but the RIG seems to take things to a whole different level since it's perhaps the only headset in the market currently that can be connected both to your PC/Console and your smartphone at the same time saving you from all the unnecessary annoyance of having to stop playing your favorite game in order to answer your calls (doesn't happen that often to me but don't you hate it when your online...
Conclusion: The RIG headset looks good, is comfortable to wear, and the accompanying Mixer works well, but that won't count for a lot if sound quality and microphone performance isn't up to scratch. Fortunately, Plantronics scores favourably on both fronts. The stereo speakers obviously don't create the simulated positional audio that you might get from a 5.1 set, but the RIG's 40mm drivers deliver a well-rounded sound that's enjoyable irrespective of the media type.
Summary: The RIG does have a couple minor issues. While the gaming mic should be a strong component, the light hiss can be a little distracting in certain games. It also doesn’t tuck away for safe storage, but it is flexible enough to take a hit. Fortunately, you have another inline mic option when you’re on the go that doesn’t have that problem.
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