Accessory Review: Sony Wireless Headset


The $99.99 price point on Sony’s new head set may have you somewhat hesitant to jump on board. With the average gaming headset going for $299, I, too, was a bit reluctant to make the purchase. Having owned a few Turtle Beach sets in the past, I went ahead and made the jump for the sleek design.


Sony put a lot of thought into what looks like a simple head set. The ability to scale the volume from in game sound to incoming voice is a welcome feature. The Black Ops sessions were much easier to mute everybody with the simple push of a small voice to sound button found conveniently on the base of the left ear piece. The screaming kids could be dulled down to the point of hearing them but without them being an annoyance. This alone was a win for me. We all have that one friend who is soft spoken and we struggle to hear over PSN. This fixes that with the simple movement by a few tabs.

On the reverse side of the Voice to sound tab is the master volume control with the USB charging slot located directly below it. Let me tell you, these suckers are loud. They also have the best noise cancellation I have ever used. With these on, you wont hear your girl nagging for you to stop playing Monster Hunter any more. :) Speaking of charge, I was able to get 7 and a half hrs out of them in one charge which is simply amazing.

You charge the unit by using the included USB that came with your PS3 console for your controller (mini type B). In all honesty, any avid gamer has a quick charge solution for their devices, and your average AC to USB adapter will charge these in a half hr or less. Here is what I use for $5.

I normally use my Plantronics Voyager Pro for chatting and have always disliked the fumbling around required to hit the tiny mute mic button. Luckily, the button on this headset is located on the outer left side of the device, and a quick tap will mute the mic as shown by the on screen display. The on screen display is great for knowing battery charge, virtual sound on/off, and whether your mic is muted or not.

The virtual surround button adds so much detail to the sound that you wont bother ever turning it off. Never has been so easy to hear an opposing player creeping up behind me and knowing where he is exactly. Turning this off gives you traditional stereo, which adds more bass, but is simply there for music purposes and/or watching home videos in stereo. The Virtual surround rivals Turtle beach’s quality, and for the price you cant go wrong.

The set up requires you to plug in the USB dongle provided and play; that’s it. No receiver, no wires, just one USB. If you have never used a gaming headset, this is where you should start. For $300, there are tons of options, but for $99.99, you are getting the equivalent of those options with on screen display and no power or wiring attached to a receiver.

Review

ProsCons
Price is unbeatable for the quality
Sleek Design
Ease of set-up
Superb Sound
Voice to Game sound controll
None
Rating
100%

This review is based on a retail copy the Sony Wireless Headset purchased by this reviewer.


Written by: Jason - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Eddie on September 15th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Can it be used as an A2DP headset as well? Or perhaps linked to the Vita via bluetooth for at least the game audio?

    I’m almst def picking these up.

  2. #2 by CHEETO on September 15th, 2011

    None? Nada? Not a single disadvantage? Cause I am eager to get my hands on one of these and I can’t afford a $300 headset. I’ve read somewhere that the headset is a bet loud and people next to you could easily pick up the noice, plus they only support 2.0 stereo while watching movies which is kinda of a let down because I was hoping for the full experience. Can you confirm if any of the above cons I mentioned are actually true?
    Thanks for the review Jason, was waiting for it.

  3. #3 by Pedro on September 15th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    I’m really tempted, but I already own 3 headsets, so it might be a waste of money for me personally.

    Liked the review, glad the product is great.

  4. #4 by premiersoupir on September 15th, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    Nice review. You might tempt me to try these things out! $100 really isn’t terrible.

  5. #5 by RazielBR on September 15th, 2011 [ 1582 Points ]

    and about the sound? it’s really a 7.1?

  6. #6 by Jason on September 15th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    Eddie: Can it be used as an A2DP headset as well?Or perhaps linked to the Vita via bluetooth for at least the game audio?I’m almst def picking these up.  

    I dont own a Vita so I dont know lol I dont quite know what A2dp is. I can tell you that they work as stated in the documentation on PC as well for those who don’t own such a device you can kill 2 birds with one stone. Eddie the device requires the usb dongle to be plugged in so I suspect the Vita will have its own set. You can google the press release that was just released along with the 2 pages of accessory’s the vita will launch with, which Im sure our resident Vita specialist is well aware of :P

  7. #7 by Jason on September 15th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    RazielBR: and about the sound? it’s really a 7.1?  

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_surround sound is superb and acquiring multiple targets behind you is as accurate as owning a 7.1 standalone system or polk audio sound bar.

  8. #8 by Jason on September 15th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    CHEETO: None? Nada? Not a single disadvantage? Cause I am eager to get my hands on one of these and I can’t afford a $300 headset. I’ve read somewhere that the headset is a bet loud and people next to you could easily pick up the noice, plus they only support 2.0 stereo while watching movies which is kinda of a let down because I was hoping for the full experience. Can you confirm if any of the above cons I mentioned are actually true?
    Thanks for the review Jason, was waiting for it.  

    Confirmed the sound does not leak and you cant hear anything with them on. I love the ability to hear so I wasn’t about to put them on full blast as these suckers go way louder then any hard core gamer would listen to them at. There are no cons. Sony has once again put out a product that is sleek, sexy and solid.

  9. #9 by Jason on September 15th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    premiersoupir: Nice review. You might tempt me to try these things out! $100 really isn’t terrible.  

    For $99.99 your getting something that works with your ps3 flawlessly, rivals the competition and has on screen display :P Go buy them!

  10. #10 by Trieloth on September 15th, 2011 [ 3426 Points ]

    I have been eye balling this headset in the store but holy crap I so want this after checking out this review. Man all these games and gaggets is killing my wallet and time. Oh well iam having a blast.

  11. #11 by Eddie on September 15th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Well from what I understood, its bluetooth for chat and dongle for audio. I was wondering if it could be paired to say a cell phone to listen to music.

  12. #12 by dragon290513 on September 15th, 2011 [ 7218 Points ]

    already using it right now, the sound quality is very nice however the surround 7.1 function is not really clear, you hear it come from a very general direction…

  13. #13 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on September 15th, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    I’d get it, but a lot of movies and games to buy at this time

  14. #14 by Isli on September 15th, 2011 [ 42435 Points ]

    Interesting review. Sounds like a good pair to get even if you have more money to spend. I’ve really only heard positive things about these headphones from multiple different people.

  15. #15 by Ves on September 16th, 2011 [ 120 Points ]

    There is definitely a con, it’s not bluetooth compatible. Thus taking up an extra USB slot. From what I undersood the USB dongle is needed for the 7.1 sound bit it still a shame.

    @Eddie, where did you read that. If that’s true the headset might return on my wanted/wishlist.
    I’ve read one theory about this and that was that the dongle could be bluetooth after all but because the PS3 might only carry chat over bluetooth it has a separate dongle. But this was never confirmed by a Sony Rep.

    A2DP info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth_profile#Advanced_Audio_Distribution_Profile_.28A2DP.29

  16. #16 by FrogmanTM on September 16th, 2011 [ 7068 Points ]

    For the price, it looks like a real winner. Thanks for the review, I was on the fence with this, but you have sold me on it now….

  17. #17 by BATTLEFACE on September 16th, 2011 [ 265 Points ]

    I just picked these up yesterday and they’re really cool. Does anyone know if the controller charging stations sold at gamestop work well for charging this unit?

  18. #18 by Jason on September 16th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    Ves: There is definitely a con, it’s not bluetooth compatible. Thus taking up an extra USB slot. From what I undersood the USB dongle is needed for the 7.1 sound bit it still a shame. @Eddie, where did you read that. If that’s true the headset might return on my wanted/wishlist.
    I’ve read one theory about this and that was that the dongle could be bluetooth after all but because the PS3 might only carry chat over bluetooth it has a separate dongle. But this was never confirmed by a Sony Rep.A2DP info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth_profile#Advanced_Audio_Distribution_Profile_.28A2DP.29  

    I don’t use my usb slots.
    If you guys want blue tooth so bad buy blue tooth. If you want a head set for gaming buy these.

  19. #19 by Jason on September 16th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    dragon290513: already using it right now, the sound quality is very nice however the surround 7.1 function is not really clear, you hear it come from a very general direction…  

    Doesn’t sound like you got a working head set bud

  20. #20 by wolfkin on September 16th, 2011 [ 6633 Points ]

    if it uses the dongle for audio it’s definitely not bluetooth. If it was bluetooth he’d have to sync it and probably wouldn’t have forgotten he did that.. at least not initially.

    I really should buy one of those “media extender” things for PS3 I see in stores because having only two ports is killing me. I’m always flipping back and forth. I got my singstar mics which I’m willing to unplug. My EyeToy which I’d love to just leave in there. My second and third controllers are wired so I have to jack everything out if I want to do anything with three people (luckily? that never happens -_-). I use my PS3 primarily as media playback device so my sister is constantly plugging in her flash drive to watch whatever shows don’t come on the TVs here in Canada.

    I tried a 4 port USB hub I had once.. it was a brilliant idea.. 2 hubs to 5. Should have solved all my problems. I could have kept most stuff plugged in and only swapped rarely.. unfortunately for whatever reason the game I played after plugging it in was Burnout Paradise. Which then proceeded to start from the beggining.. my save erased. A game I’ve played on and off for over two years just gone. Haven’t touched it or a USB Hub since.

  21. #21 by wolfkin on September 16th, 2011 [ 6633 Points ]

    oh and I just use the back ports on my Wii for charging. Not like my Wii can use them and they’re always on. (no jokes about the “only use”)

  22. #22 by Jason on September 16th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    What you guys use your usb ports baffles me lol I dont even use mine but for the headset now. Anyways here Wolfkin http://www.amazon.com/3-Port-Controller-Expander-Reader-Playstation-3/dp/B0038N7MSO

  23. #23 by Diggitydave on September 16th, 2011 [ 1249 Points ]

    I bought this headset with my copy of Dead Island on release day, and it is the best headset I’ve ever used, hands down.

    I can’t even play Dead Island without it. It pays off knowing exactly where an infected is running/screaming at you from! My Black Ops games have improved quite a bit as well compared to my old headset.

    Sound quality is superb, it’s comfy, no cords, I like the look of it, and it has an amazing price.

    Definitely recommend this headset!

  24. #24 by Nikazio on September 16th, 2011 [ 69 Points ]

    I think i might get it, i don’t know if this will come to my country though :S

  25. #25 by dragon290513 on September 17th, 2011 [ 7218 Points ]

    @Jason: just curious but what kinds of output do you choose in that list in audio settings? What I meant is that I did hear sound come from various directions, but its more clear when it is from left to right for example the train coming in in the black ops map.

  26. #26 by Kane112 on September 17th, 2011 [ 33422 Points ]

    great review wish i had a pair to try them out

  27. #27 by Darklurkr23 on September 17th, 2011 [ 20326 Points ]

    Hell I’ll pick up a pair when they go down to 50. I can’t spend 100 bucks on a headset, but I found a con! No Ear-Cooling in the leathery part. My ears always get hot after headsets :D

  28. #28 by dragon290513 on September 18th, 2011 [ 7218 Points ]

    they were actually sold for less than $60 when it was on preorder on amazon for a time

  29. #29 by Nikazio on October 1st, 2011 [ 69 Points ]

    I bought them becouse if this review!! they are awesome! only problem imo is that the batery doesn’t last too long.

  30. #30 by Jason on October 1st, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    Nikazio: I bought them becouse if this review!! they are awesome! only problem imo is that the batery doesn’t last too long.  

    Make sure you have a solid charge as I get 7hrs on average with them. Glad your enjoying them. they do indeed rock!


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