“ Speed-Link SL-8790 Medusa 5.1 Surround Headset - Headset ( ear-cup ) „
As an online gamer 5.1 surround sound headphones was such a stepup from using normal headphones, the ability to locate sounds accurately comes in very handy. The sound quality of the headphones is decent, compared to 2.0 headphones the bass is of a much higher quality. I use the microphone daily on ventrillo and other voice chat programs and have not had any complaints about the quality. The inline remote is very handy for altering the volume or muting the microphone on the fly, although from this comes my only problem with these headphones. When changing between sound sources, especially if i forget a program is using the headphones and turn them off my windows will BSOD. It seems to be a USB problem but different driver versions have failed to sort this out and it can be very irritating. Although one solution is to leave them turned on permanently. The carrying case is of reasonable quality, but protects the headphones well.
I had, when i bought these, heard very good things about their sound quality and it was on the basis of this that i invested in my very own set of Medusas. I have to say that the rumours were right - the sound quality was brilliant - the workmanship, however, leaves a lot to be desired
First to go was the microphone, one day working fine - the next, dead. I tried everything to get it working again, but i was perplexed as to why it had happened, given they had suffered no undue trauma. After failing in my attempts to get it working I returned the product to the retailer who sent out a new pair - fantastic! Until the mic snuffed it on that pair after two weeks. Slightly irked at this i just decided to forget about sending them back this time and just using them for the sound - which as previously stated was crisp, clear and very good for headphone surround sound.
That was when the accident occured - these headphones do not stand up to being trodden on in the dead of night apparantly, and one earpiece was left connected essentially by a wire - a bit of tape partially solved the problem, however, it was just a couple of weeks before i replaced them with some Sennheisers.
Theres not many headsets out there that can say they have full 5.1 surround sound. The medusa 5.1 pulls this off very well and is a fantastic headset for gaming.
Let me start of with the packaging. The headset is wonderfully packaged inside the box. Complete with soft lining and ribbon to finnish. A nice surprise. It comes with all the cables that you need, and more that I couldn't work out what they were for.
Set up was a little tricky and the manual that it came with wasn't the most helpful. After about an hour or so of fiddling with the cables and doing sound checks I managed to get the 5.1 working, including the microhpone.
The quality you get from the headphones is great. Crisp sounds and a decent level of volume. Obviously the 5.1 isn't as distinguished as a full set of surround sound speakers will ever be, but it does the job. It comes in pretty handy for FPS games, to tell where an enemy might be coming from. I had great success with this headset in Counter Strike Source. Sometimes I even used it over my 5.1 speaker set up because of the built in microphone.
The built in microphone is of a good standard and I have been told my many people that it is clear and static free compared to my old desktop microphone.
On first impression the headset seemed to be built well, but I was fooled. The headset is infact very easy to damage and is nowhere near as duarable as I had hoped. After about 4 months of owning the headset the volume control attatched to the wire had broken, and the wires fell apart inside it. Rendering the headset useless. Also the microphone now dangles by a wire as the plastic casing fell apart.
I would still reccomend this headset, but you MUST be careful with it. It isn't very durable and in my experience it broke fairly easily.
Unique elegant headset with 5.1 Surround-Sound due to 4 integrated loudspeakers in both earpads! The Medusa 5.1 Surround Headset SL-8790 is optimal for DVD movies, action games or all kinds of voice recognition. The cushioned headband and collapsible, cushioned earpads offer extremely high wearing comfort! An In-Line remote control offers volume controls and switch for DVD/CD operation. The enclosed amplifier box disposes of a practical volume control, an On/Off switch, three 3, 5mm jacks and two earphone jacks.