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Plantronics GameCom 780 7.1 Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset

Plantronics GameCom 780 7.1 Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset Article Author : Becky
Date : 01-15-2013
 

Performance

We tested the headset for gaming and listening to music, and overall we were very impressed with the sound quality for both. The surround sound really enhances the gaming experience as you can pin point where sounds are coming from – very useful if you’ve got a baddie coming at you from behind. Likewise, the Dolby makes listening to music on the GameCom 780 far more immersive.

Games tested: Skyrim, Far Cry 3, Left For Dead 2

The sound quality during game play was excellent, and after using the Dolby Surround Sound you’ll never want to go back to plain old stereo again. It really does make that much difference. The mic performance was also very good. Feedback from teammates after playing Left For Dead 2 was very positive – they could hear everything clearly despite some background noise, which shows that the noise cancelling function of the mic is working well.

Music tested: Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring, Red Hot Chili Peppers - I’m With You, Swedish House Mafia – Until One, Melody Gardot – My One And Only Thrill

When listening to music you could hear an immediate difference when switching the Dolby on and off – when it was switched on the music was far more immersive and the sound quality itself was a lot better. The sound was quite flat by comparison when Dolby was turned off – not only did you no longer feel like you were surrounded by sound but the bass didn’t sound as punchy and the higher notes and percussion weren’t as crisp.

There is a beep to let you know Dolby Surround Sound has been turned on and the button glows blue. This can just about be seen out of the corner of your eye which is handy sometimes. As previously mentioned, there is a high beep when turning the volume up and low beep when turning the volume down, however unless the volume is already low it is difficult to hear the low beep. On the other hand the high beep could be heard even when music was quite loud.

In order to get the most from the headset you must make sure you have the right configuration to start with – simply check that the 7.1 box is ticked on the speaker set up menu. This is also a great opportunity to hear for yourself how good the 7.1 function is by clicking on the different speaker ‘locations’.


Overall very little distortion was noted, albeit there was some slight distortion when orchestral violins were playing loudly but this was fairly minor.

The difference between the ‘Music’ and ‘Gaming / Movie’ listening mode (accessed using the on screen control panel) is very difficult to discern – perhaps a hardcore audiophile would be able to tell the difference, but to this reviewer both modes sounded exactly the same.

The main downside of the GameCom 780 headset is that despite all the cushioning it can be uncomfortable to wear for prolonged periods. We found that the headphones put pressure on the sides of your head below the ears around the jaw and there was no way to adjust this. It is a sensation that you can become accustomed to after wearing the headset for a while, but never the less it felt like a relief once they were off.

The headset does not feature active noise cancelling, but to be honest the earpods do a good job of blocking out background noise anyway.


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