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THRUSTMASTER Y300CPX Headset for PS4/XBOX ONE and PC. Also usable for PS3, XBOX 360 and MAC (also useful for handheld devices, tablets and phones)
Specifically designed with gaming in mind

It's been said before but in this case I would quite happily say that these are good quality headphones at an affordable price. In the USA they run out at just under $50.00 which is an amazingly low price for such high quality. In the UK we get screwed a bit because of the exchange rate, but even at £50.00 (average price found on the internet) it is a small price to pay considering.

So you are looking to get the best sounds from your console or computer and of course the best way, apart from spending thousands of pounds on numerous surrounding speakers which take up space all round the room and sound like crap if they are not positioned exactly right, is a headset. There is also the advantage of being able to play well through the night and into the morning without keeping anyone awake (okay, they have to accept that there might be the occasional combustion emitted from your lungs when you kill the end of level boss or cause the alien planet to explode you might extol your virtues by means of a whooping and a hollering - forgetting that you are the only one who can hear what just happened) but otherwise, a headset is the best and closest to the sound you can get.

There are decisions to be made when purchasing a headset though. You have to think of the quality, naturally, but then you want durability and price. If you're even a little vain you may also want to look cool, but then what is the definition of cool nowadays ?

Dr Dre, Plantonics and Jabra (to name but a few from many) look cool and are slimline, flimsy looking (even if they are quite strongly made) and have small, flattish ear muffs. The problem with these type of headsets is that the "cans" are great for MP3s etc but do not have the dynamics or depth of sound that the larger Bose, Koss or AKG phones. When I was a DJ (many years ago when there were no CDs and music was on 7" or 12" vinyl) I had a great pair of AKGs with heavily padded cans and I could tee a record up to perfection because they cut out the majority of the sound the loudspeakers were thumping into the crowd. I later tried a pair of what was then new style super slim headphones (can't remember the make) and they were not up to the job of DJ'ing. So what I am saying is that you also have to take into account what you are going to be using the headphones for.

As you can see from the photographs below, the Y300CPX phone set makes me look a little between a human (I am human, honest!) Cyberman and a Storm Trooper; they are large, they are bulky and they are definitely not in "fashion"or "cool" but they are light and comfortable. Despite their size it is easy to forget you have them on, plus they cut out just about all the noise in the house, even when our 3 year old grandson is on the loose; in fact they are a major boon when he is here. When I watch Netflix on the PC or play any of the explosive action games on the PC, pS3 or XBox360 the phones immerse me so deeply into the film or game I feel I have become a part of it rather than to just be watching or playing. I do look a bit goofy in them but no one has yet laughed at me, at least to my face. In fact my near-teen grand-daughter was wearing them last night, and like most of her age she knows brand names and is somewhat fashion conscious, and she thought they were excellent. She liked the comfort and she loved the quality of the sound, what she didn't worry about was the technical specifications. She's a bit like me in that sense. I am not concerned about the numbers just the performance, and the Y300CPX perform excellently.

They are not cordless. They attach by about a metre of cord to the control box and then there are 3-4 metres of cord from the control box to where they plug into the two phone points and one USB port; there are no controls on the headphones themselves. Everything you need is on the specially designed Thrustmaster controller. Mic Gain, Chat, Bass and Game control wheels plus switches to turn the mic on or off and adjust the vocals; there is also a single jack input for attaching an XBox ONE hand controller to the control box.As you can see from the photo below there is a bit of a problem as to what to do with the wires if you sit close to your where the headset plugs into your PC, though there is a velcro wrap that can be wound round them to tidy up. Overall the wiring is extremely secure and would need a violently heavy tug to break any connections - though I don't advocate continually running the lead over with your office chair (especially if you are in it at the time).

Powered by the exceptional Hercules supply, the Y300PCX has true 50mm drivers to ensure the highest quality of sound possible from such an inexpensive headset. The unidirectional microphone (detachable and attachable via a pull/push single point plug) sits just the right distance from your face that it isn't obstructive. It loses virtually all background sounds and noises, concentrating on delivering your voice clearly and at the perfect pitch and volume, as long as you have adjusted the controller to suit your vocal tones. This is brilliant when you are using Skype or an ingame speech program. To quote Thrustmaster the "Balanced medium frequencies providing stable reproduction of other players’ voices. The unsaturated treble guarantees crystal-clear rendering of incoming missiles in games". I can personally verify that last statement as I almost dived under my desk while playing an action game recently when the missiles were flying.   Check out Thrustmaster products at www.thrustmaster.com.


Listening intently to the action


Guess it went okay this time then.

 
Mic Off (Red light) Mic On (Blue light)

 
Plugged into the PC and all lit up and ready to go.          Removable dynamic microphone.


Not too bad a tangle of wires. (No I do not keep the headset on the floor, I just laid them there for effect)

 

 

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