Plantronics GameCom X95 Gaming Headset

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    The Plantronics GameCom X95 doesnt have the bells and whistles of the other headsets on this list. But not everyone is after the highest tech, most expensive, most feature laden headset available. For the more casual gamer or even a hard-core gamer that just wants to kick back sometimes with a lightweight, comfortable, great-sounding headset, the X95 is a great option.

    The X95 is a straight-ahead stereo headset, with no surround sound simulation or multi-speaker earpods. The two 40mm drivers produce sound that is loud, clean, and nicely balanced across its dynamic range, and the convenient earpod-mounted volume controls allow for independent control of in-game audio and chat, so you can stay in contact with your teammates or silence foul-mouthed pre-teens with equal ease.

    Setup is as simple as the headset itself; the wireless transmitter gets connected to the 360s USB for power and has RCA-style audio inputs for left and right audio. If you use an HDMI to connect your Xbox, you can use the stereo audio outputs from your TV or AV receiver to supply audio to the X95. If your TV and AVR dont have the outputs, youll need a separate HDMI audio adapter. A 2.5mm audio cable connects the headset to your 360 controller for chat purposes. The headset itself takes three AAA batteries, and the headsets simple design contributes to impressive battery life.

    Its definitely not the only headset a serious gamer would want to own, but the Plantronics GameCom X95 does the basics so well for a really down to earth price (the MSRP was just reduced to $74.99), its likely to appeal to a wider variety of gamers than just about any other headset on this list. If youre in the market for a simple, straightforward stereo headset thats comfortable and sounds great, the GameCom X95 may be the best match for you.Rating: 4.25/5

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