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|Review: Arctic Sound P531 - 5.1 USB Gaming Headset|
|Posted by Will Smith|
|Tuesday, 02 November 2010 22:09|
There's been an explosion of gaming headsets over the past few months. This year, we've already seen new gaming headsets from the likes of Steelseries, Sharkoon, Logitech and even Corsair have now started to produce gaming headsets too. I mean, how come Corsair who specialise in memory products, decides to produce a gaming headset? There must be a reason for this, and the answer is ... PC gaming is on the rise, and with it comes a whole host of gaming accessories. Needless to say, many manufacturers saw a huge opportunity in this market, and started producing gaming accessories such keyboard, mice, mouse mats and headsets to satisfy the needs of these dedicated gamers.
There are many headsets on the market. Some are designed specifically for gaming with a built-in mic, some offer 3D surround sound, while others have are wireless and cable-free. Each headset offer varying levels of audio quality, so it's difficult to judge which headset offer the best audio quality, until you've actually listen to the sound produce by the headset itself.My first experience with an Arctic Cooling product was a few years ago, when we tested one of their CPU coolers. And over the years, I've associated Arctic Cooling with thermal and cooling product. So it was kind of odd to see them producing gaming headsets. I guess if Corsair are doing it ... why not Arctic Cooling.
Arctic Cooling are already pretty well known for their CPU coolers, but now it seems that they're expanding their product catalogue to include headsets, mice, keyboards and other accessories. For those who are not familiar with Arctic Cooling or their products, here's a quick blurb taken from their website ...
In this review, we'll be taking a look at the Arctic Sound P531 USB Gaming Headset. It's a 5.1 channel USB gaming headset that features a distortion-free microphone, and 4 individual drivers in each earcup. It produces uncompromised 5.1 surround sound with high details and good dynamics. What's more, it comes with integrated special subwoofer to produce deep bass, and has vibration units to provide extra sensation to your gaming experience. Sounds pretty good ... let's see if this 5.1 surround sound feature, can really make a difference?
Features and Specifications
OverviewARCTIC SOUND P531 is the most professional computer headset and literally elevates gamers to a new dimension of sounds. It is like having a home theatre crammed into a headset. This 5.1 channel surround sound gaming headset that can be connected via USB. This headset is designed for ultimate gamers as it features four individual drivers in each earcup to provide true surround sound.is the most professional computer headset and literally elevates gamers to a new dimension of sounds. It is like having a home theatre crammed into a headset. This 5.1 channel surround sound gaming headset that can be connected via USB. This headset is designed for ultimate gamers as it features four individual drivers in each earcup to provide true surround sound.
To enhance exceptional gaming experience, the ARCTIC SOUND P531 is integrated with vibration units on the earcups to provide extra sensation. The ARCTIC SOUND P531 is installed with a special subwoofer to produce deep bass sounds The illuminated remote control is dedicated to tune the drivers individually.. Thanks to the 5.1 surround sound system, gamers can experience 3-dimensional game settings during their game play. From enemy footsteps, to grenade explosions, gamers can experience everything on a whole new level with this headset. With its integrated microphone, gamers can easily communicate with their teammates.
For more information please visit Arctic Cooling's website ...
5.1 Surround Sound Configuration Software
To take full advantage of the 5.1 surround sound from the Arctic Sound P531 Gaming USB Headset, you need to install the drivers that come with the package. Once the software and drivers have been installed, then next step is to configure the audio settings, which includes the mixer, effects, magic voice and others.
Verdict and Conclusion
During our tests, we spent 2-3 hours gaming on my PC, so one of the things we always consider extremely important is comfort. With cheaper headsets, you normally get sore ears after an hour of gaming, but luckily we didn't experience such problems with the Arctic Sound P531 USB Gaming Headset. This is all thanks to the soft, fabric earcups, which fits nicely around your ears. The built-in microphone records pretty decent sound/speech quality, which I think is more than acceptable for both gaming and general recording. The mouth-piece is flexible and can be stored away by twisting it upwards.
The Arctic Sound P531 USB Gaming Headset comes with a built-in control unit with a blue LED. It's located halfway along the USB cable/extention cord. The unit allows you to control the surround sounds which includes the front, rear, center and subwoofer. There's also a master volume control and a mic on/off switch.