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Sony PlayStation 3 Wireless Stereo Headset

Sony PlayStation 3 Wireless Stereo Headset

from  $130.18+
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80 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Sony's $100 WSH won't do amazing virtual 7.1, but should please PS3 owners wanting a basic, hassle-free headset with some bells and whistles.

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80 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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80
Linginser
Good price, satisfactory sound quality make the headset good, but don't expect...read more
80
JoshTurner
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
70
unknownsolo
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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80
Linginser
04.10.15
Good price, satisfactory sound quality make the headset good, but don't expect it to last long.For what it is, Sony has made quite the headset for PlayStation users. Keenly priced, enough features and good enough sound quality make it recommendable, but I can't see it lasting longer then, say, 3-4 years before you have to replace it. (Read: Mine's on its last legs, after having it for about 3.5 years)Voice/Mic QualityI'm told I'm clear in-game, which means it's doing something right. I play in a ocassionally loud enviroment (due to the neighbours), and it does pick up some background noise - not overwhelmingly, but it's there. Overall though, it's good enough for gaming needs.Sound QualityThe headset comes with 2 settings, a simple Stereo output, and a Virtual Surround mode that tries to simulate 7.1. In Stereo, the sounds are clear, but there's something wrong with it - to me, it causes the individual noises to just be clumped up*, defusing the clearness of the overall sound. In Virtual Surround, you sacrifice a bit of clarity for a absolutely astounding virtual experiance - the headset places sound exactly where it needs to be, giving some great awareness. Leave it in Virtual Surround, it's brilliant. However, the headset does prouduce sound a bit....loudly, so use a bit of caution. Volume mixing is good, but I feel it may drown the reccessive channel (The one that's quieter, depending on your settings) a bit too much even on the most even setting, but still good enough for game use.ComfortThe pads are large and welcoming, offering great cushiness and the headset is lightweight enough that you can barely feel it on your head. However, due to the enclosed nature, sweating may occur with prolong periods of playing - around 3-4 hours - so be sure to have some cold air in the room.DurabilityThis is where, I feel, the price has the factor. It's built a bit on the cheap. The metal band looks good, but a bit too much shaking and pulling and cracks start to develop. The mic spring works for a bit, but after a year mine stopped fully extending. The pad's surface easily begins to show signs of cracking, and the interior lining also easily falls out in the hands of sweat. Honestly, if you are careful, I think you wouldn't have such major problems, but I'm clumsy so the cheapness of the build easily shows.Design and Form FactorThe headset has that modernist theme to it, and it blends well with other Sony products. The sliders are well noted, and easily to move, but in turn moves with so much ease that randomly, the notification about the headset randomly appears, meaning (I assume) that the volume slider's moved. An important note: The notifications and volume mixing are only possible with the PlayStation 3 & 4. If you are only playing on PC, you will not recieve that benefit.ConclusionIf you are a Playstation gamer, I would put this above Sony's current Pulse offerings. It still works with the pulse app, but it's bigger, and I think better then the pulse lineup. Just be careful not to drop it too many times or the cheapness will show. I picked mine up for I think AU$150 (about US$120) 3 years ago, and haven't regretted it since. For the PC users, there are other headsets that offer the features of this, that work with PC, so look for them. This technically works with PC, but it's sort of lackluster in this regard - a bit standard for PC offerings, considering the diversity on offer from other manufactuors.As for Xbox players, this won't work with them. Period. You'll have to look elsewhere.That said, if you have games on all 3 systems (like me) and don't mind having multiple headsets with your consoles, this will supplement your Playstation games perfectly.*I guess that's sort of the effect of 2-speaker stereo, but still there's a hint of messiness about it.
 
80
JoshTurner
09.22.12
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
70
unknownsolo
09.20.12
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
90
nitehawk
09.10.12
Best bang for the buck. $100 for completely wireless headset that can be used for gaming, movies and music on the computer. I have a set of Turtle Beach PX21s but after getting this for a gift the Turtle Beaches are going up on Amazon.com for sure. Being able to pause the game, grab a snack, beer, etc is such an improvement. The cord would often get tangled or get caught on something when I would be playing CoD and being completely free is sooo much better. I have a solid surround sound system and I prefer using these headphones over blaring the system. Yes after 4 hours of constant gaming/watching movies your ears get a little tired, but it's better than other headphones I've used. I'm still getting used to these, but so far I love 'em. If you have a PS3 and like playing CoD, this is your headset.Update: The battery life is not so good. Good enough to last a 3-4 hour gaming session, but not a whole lot more. I have to charge these so much more than I would think is acceptable and they seem to only charge when the PS3 is on, so I find myself downloading demos and such before going to bed so these things will charge to be ready for next time. I've heard that turning off the "7.1 surround" setting will help with battery life, but there's such a big difference in quality that I just don't want to sacrifice. I love these so much, I just wish I could use them more.
 
80
abcwang
08.15.12
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
100
Wael
07.01.12
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
80
MajedAlmojel
02.26.12
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
80
nbwrig
10.21.11
Sony's WSH works seamlessly with the PS3, even offering on-screen status display. The 'phones sound good, are comfortable, and get decent battery life. For the $$, WSH are a good pick.
 
90
erose
10.04.11
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
the12black
09.02.11
Best Buy had these puppies out a week early, so i snapped up a set. Glad i did. The best headset I've owned to date. Surround function was amazing when used with Modern Warfare 2, and Gran Turismo 5. Just for kicks I put in my 5th Element blu-ray and WOW. I'm very impressed. My old (wired) Turtle Beach headset is just second rate in comparison.

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