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These primers ain't half bad.
The sound quality is decent. It's pretty balanced, bass is present but not overpowering. They have no built in EQ, but if you're using a receiver and you can kick the treble up a notch, they're pretty balanced and full sounding. Xp400s were just too hollow. There's still plenty of distortion with any real dynamics, typical of mediocre headsets, but it's pretty inoffensive. Even though the xp400s were slightly clearer, I'd take these over them any day. Over the detonator/devastator/warhead it's a slightly tougher call...depends whether or not you want a ton of bass. The detonators were maybe slightly more dynamic and could handle volume spikes with a little more grace, but since they were nothing special in that regard, it's not a huge advantage. These are good, but not great. I dunno if you can expect much more in a $99 wireless model.
They have no surround processing, so if you don't have a receiver that can handle this, you're definitely going to be missing something. Wireless performance is good...no clicks pops or static, but there's a constant low level buzz...which completely goes away with the faintest sound playing over it.
Chat sounds good, you have simple dials on one ear to control the mix, mic flips away real easy. You have no way to hear your own voice though. And of course you have the dreaded mic cable.
Comfort is merely ok so far....they're somewhere between on and over ear. I wish the cups were a little bigger for sure. They're not going to fit entirely over anyone but a 10 year old's ears. The detonators weren't much better, they still pinched in their own way though. I'm going to try to stretch these out a bit over the next few days, since most of the discomfort comes from how tightly they press against your head. The xp400s were way better, softer, and completely covered your ears. The padding actually seems like a higher quality than the cheap rubber on the detonators, so that bodes well for the devastators and warheads. Build quality is good, and it doesnt look as gaudy as the TBs, with giant palm tree logos.
I'll probably still go for the devastators when they drop since my receiver can make up for its shortcomings and I want to go full wireless. But I can recommend these for someone looking for an inexpensive wireless headset. They look, feel and sound $99, and that's all you can really expect. I like them better than the xp400s, which cost twice as much. I can't imagine how dreadful TBs lower end models sound.
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