The Plantronics Surround Sound Gaming Headset uses a USB sound adapter and Dolby Digital technology to simulate 5.1 surround sound for your gaming, movie and general listening enjoyment. TheTechInsider has some more useful information on gaming headset related topics.
Plantronics specializes in communications headsets including Bluetooth and office telephone systems and they do have a few PC gaming headsets like the GameCom 777. The GameCom Surround Sound Gaming Headset is a USB or 3.5mm connection headset that simulates 5.1 surround sound for computers, MP3 players and console gaming systems.
The Plantronics costs about $70 depending on the site or store you purchase them at but I found a good price at Newegg with free shipping. The Plantronics GameCon 777 comes right in the sweet spot of less than $100 but over fifty which I have found is about right for good quality headsets at a lower price.
I try to review products with an eye on whether I would spend my own money on them and have no problems coming up with the short answer of yes. The GameCon 777 Headset is a comfortable fitting full ear set that has the Dolby Digital USB sound adapter for the surround sound experience.
While the headset is not recognized as a regular surround sound set on your PC, stereo only in sound properties, it does give you some virtual surround sound using the USB adapter. The Plantronics GameCon 777 headset does very good with gaming and movies with that simulated surround sound but also plays music well.
For testing the surround sound and the comfort of the GameCon 777 headset I played games and watched movies, reviewing is such hard work. The surround sound USB adapter does a great job of simulating surround sound where you can hear the sound field change and rotate around your head.
I watched several movies, Transformers marathon night, one after the other with small breaks to check comfort over long periods and played games for hours as well. The headset is comfortable for me and this is one high mark for a headset, I have found some headsets a bit difficult to fit on my head comfortably.
Several of the headsets I have reviewed in the past were not as comfortable as I would have liked but this is one headset that fits well on my head. The ear pads are comfortable and fit nicely over my ears and the top head pad does rest on the top of my head like they should.
I have seen several headsets that did not rest on my head and would pull down on my ears or around them which made my gaming or continued use over hours uncomfortable. Adding a band or strip of cushioning would often fix the problem but with the GameCon 777 headset the ear pad adjustments go down far enough for the headband to rest on the top of my head.
The ear pads are made of soft cushioning covered with a velvet like material that is very comfortable even on hot days in my office which does heat up with the numerous machines running and small size. The GameCon 777 has a six foot cord length so using them with a computer or gaming console from the couch is possible if you have your couch or chair close but you can use a common six foot USB extension to get further from your console, TV or computer.
I also tried using a stereo headset extension cable that was six feet long and had no problems with signal clarity or even just reaching the headsets with the USB extension. I have had USB devices, Canon Rebel XSi and a 2.5 inch hard drive, that does not work with a six foot USB extension so this is one good thing that works just fine with a longer cord using either the USB or the stereo connections.
The clarity and bass is very good and the surround sound works just fine for gaming as well as movie viewing and general stereo listening for music. I had no problems using the GameCon 777 headset and was very impressed with the sound quality and build of the ear phones.
The gaming was great with very good positional surround sound in games like the new Sniper: Ghost Warrior on XBox 360 as well as my standby Battlefield: Bad Company 2. First person shooters and especially multiplayer gaming with good sound makes the game not only more enjoyable but a must in high competition gaming.
Hearing opponents sneak in at you from the side when you’re not in the thick of the action allows you to better maintain a sense of where the action is as well as gives you an edge at competition. The GameCon 777 Surround Sound Headset gives you great positional awareness and good sound from all sides giving you an edge in your gaming as well as the enjoyment of good sounding effects.
I enjoyed using the GameCon 777 headset and was very pleased with the performance and quality of the headset at the price that it is available. The GameCon 777 has two 40mm drivers that give full range sound and the hideaway microphone gives you the ability to communicate whether your gaming or just using your headset for internet voice.
The microphone was easily recognized and setup as a regular voice microphone whether you use the 3.5mm connections or the USB sound card. Voice sounds just fine for the microphone use and being able to rotate the microphone out of the way when you don’t want to use it is great for versatility.
The GameCon 777 also has a volume control module inline on the cord to the headset that controls volume and has an on off button for the microphone. The module is about a foot and a half from the headset and a clip is on the cable between the headset and the control module for clipping the cord to your shirt.
I found no problems but did have one concern that I did find others also had, the headset does not get very loud, this could be a good thing or one that is a deal breaker if you like your music loud. I found no problem with the volume but I did have to turn up the volume control higher than for other headsets using both the control module volume and the computers volume control.
Other than this slightly lower volume I have not had any problems using the GameCon headset and have been very pleased with its performance and durability. The military grade plastic seems like it is not only flexible enough but durable and should take a beating which makes the GameCon 777 nice for on the go gaming.
I highly recommend the GameCon 777 Headset for a well priced durable headset for gamers and computer users that makes for a versatile gaming and computer headset.