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Sony Official PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset Review
Enhance gaming with a headset
Headphones for playing Playstation 3 (PS3) games are great for many reasons. If you want to play your games and listen at a loud volume without disturbing others, headphones are a great way to solve that problem. If you have children in the home and you want to play your games that have language not appropriate for their ears, headphones are a good solution. Additionally, you may find that a good set of headphones may improve your gaming experience. Quality headphones will allow you to hear sounds that you may have never heard in games. If you play online games you may want a microphone as well so that you can communicate in game with others.
My choice - Sony PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset
I play my games with the Sony PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset. I received them as a gift and they have totally changed my gaming experience and habits. I did a bit of research on headphones prior to receiving this set, and I had read fairly favorable reviews about them. Now, it was up to me to test them out and try them.
Overall quality and feel
The overall quality of the set is pretty good. The set is adjustable, so it can fit a range of head sizes. The earpieces fit comfortably and can be worn for an extended period of time without becoming uncomfortable. The set is constructed mostly of plastic and the ear cushions are a faux-leather. There is also a bit of padding on the underside of the headset that allows the set to fit gently and comfortably on the top of the head.
Setting up and configuring
The headset uses a USB dongle to connect the headset to the PS3 without wires. They are amazingly simple to use. All you have to do is insert the USB dongle and turn on the set and it automatically connects. The PS3 has an on-screen display that pops up into the upper-right corner of the screen that displays the status of the headset. The volume level, microphone on/off, surround setting, and battery status are all shown on the screen briefly when the headphones are plugged in, or when a setting is changed on the headset.
Sound and microphone
The sound quality of these headphones is fairly impressive for the price. They are very clear and have decent depth. Lows aren't overpowering, but are deep enough. The volume cranks up loud enough for my taste. I am not an audiophile by any means, so they sound perfectly fine for my ear. I have even found myself getting more kills in games like Battlefield 3 because I can hear so much more detail and have a much better sense of directions in which sounds are coming from. The headphones really raise the intensity of games. The headset also features virtual 7.1 surround sound. I didn't find this to be all that, as it almost muddies the ability to detect direction and positioning in games, so I actually leave it disabled.
I choose not to use the microphone too often. It is easy to switch on and off by tapping the left side of the headphones. The microphone slides out to bring it further to the front of your face and closer to your mouth. From those that I have interacted with online, they have said that the microphone sounds clear and they haven't had any problem understanding me.
Room for improvement
The headset does not come with a USB charging cable. This isn't a huge deal, but it would be nice to have an additional one. As of now, I switch between charging my controllers and headset with the same USB cable. Like I said, not a deal breaker by any means, but it would be nice to have that cable.
The battery life isn't too bad, but isn't the greatest really. I have read other reports that the battery gets about 7 to 10 hours of use, but I believe mine may actually be lower than that. It would be nice if Sony managed to put a battery in this set with an ability to last longer.
The headset is fairly bulky. I don't really care how it looks on my head, so it really isn't an issue with me. But they are fairly large. Fortunately, they are still comfortable to wear despite the size. For some people, however, they may find the size to be a bit much.
For a price of around $99 I feel that this headset is more than adequate. It can't compete with the higher-end headsets, but at this price you really wouldn't expect it to. Not only that, but with some shopping around online, these can often be found for $20-30 less than their normal price. I recommend this headset for someone looking for a quality headset that is easy to use and offers decent performance. I enjoy having the freedom to play games late at night without keeping the family up. Games with an "M" rating can be played without the worries of kids hearing foul language. On top of that, these sound pretty good and are comfortable to wear during the most intense gaming sessions.