Nacon’s Rig sequence of gaming headsets ceaselessly shock me. Typically the shock is for the nice and generally not, however the Rig 600 Professional sequence positively falls into the previous class. On the similar roughly $100 value as different wi-fi fashions, together with the Turtle Seashore Stealth 600 Gen 2, SteelSeries Arctis 1 wi-fi and HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 wi-fi, the Rig 600 Professional affords related efficiency and luxury for a similar cash however throws in help for simultaneous Bluetooth operation, which requires a value step up for different main rivals, aside from the Corsair HS55 Core Wi-fi.
The headset is available in two variations, one for Xbox (the HX) and one for PlayStation (the HS), although they each work with the Nintendo Change, PC, and any platform with Bluetooth audio, and are priced the identical.
It is mild at solely 240 grams, however the tradeoff is it feels prefer it’s primarily plastic. It would not appear flimsy, and the snap-in earcup design means the headscarf’s much less more likely to break if stress is placed on the cup. However I am not an enormous fan of the three-position design, because it’s laborious to get an actual match. On me, at the very least, the center place feels a bit too brief and the underside place is certainly too lengthy.
Nonetheless, even when the match is not fairly proper, the headscarf and earcups nonetheless have sufficient padding and provides to make it snug.
Nacon’s up to date design for its flip-up mic follows the pattern of different Bluetooth-capable headsets, simply folding into the left earcup. However different headsets do it to be much less obtrusive when strolling round and speaking in your telephone — they typically have a built-in mic that means that you can speak with out flipping out the increase. This headset would not.
Nonetheless I typically favor flip-to-mute over detachable mics, and I’ve a mic graveyard right here to show it. A storage to retailer the two.4GHz wi-fi dongle can be much more welcome. If you happen to’re used to longer mics which you can convey nearer to your mouth, it could take a while to accustom to the stiff, mounted place Rig mic. With out mic monitoring turned on, it is easy to doubt it is choosing up your voice.
There are not any controls on the suitable earcup. The left homes energy, quantity, multifunction (for contextual management of media playback and calls) and mode (for biking between Bluetooth, twin connections and USB wi-fi, which it calls Recreation mode). There’s additionally the USB-C connector for charging. The buttons are a little bit too laborious to rapidly distinguish by really feel to press, although their places are memorable for differentiating amongst them — the mode button is near the highest of the earcup.
No matter which platform you are related to, you management the settings through an app, which helps you to management mic achieve to +/-3 or +/-6 decibels. You may as well select from eight steps of mic monitoring ranges, create as much as three customized output equalizer presets with the 10-step EQ (along with the predefined curves), outline which mode the headset begins up in and make a number of extra minor options. One good contact is the Check mode, the place you possibly can confirm every of the buttons and the mic are working.
I do not love app-only management. I cost my telephone on the opposite aspect of my room and I primarily use a desktop system, so it simply irks me. It additionally means you need to be in dual-connection mode to vary the settings, which may be annoying if you happen to do not wish to use the Bluetooth for no matter motive.
The mic is nothing spectacular, however not terrible — except you have received noise within the background. I believe it makes use of some type of aggressive noise cancellation that suppresses background noise however makes voice sound a little bit hissy and compressed. You may’t disable it both. If there isn’t any noise, voice sounds higher.
With the flat EQ profile, audio sounds a bit… flat. It is also heavy on the upper frequencies. Unsurprising, since this can be a pretty fundamental set of headphones and it is optimized for in-game sounds and chat, which are usually mid-to-highs. The bass increase preset goes to the opposite excessive, however by bringing it down a bit I used to be in a position to tune it to my most well-liked sound, and there are presets for FPS video games and chat readability which emphasize the highs much more.
The HX mannequin ships with a code for a limited-time activation of Dolby Atmos. It sounds lots higher utilizing Atmos: It is extra balanced and detailed no matter which of the presets you select. Encompass is stable; I had a little bit bother distinguishing the suitable and left entrance channels from the perimeters, and much more with the elevations. Nevertheless it’s noticeable sufficient that it is value utilizing Atmos with these.
Battery life is rated at about 18 hours with 2.4GHz and 24 hours with Bluetooth which sounds about proper given my expertise. That is not terrific, however it’s OK if you happen to solely use them intermittently or if you happen to make a degree of charging them each day. You may play whereas they’re charging, however you continue to want the wi-fi connection.
Whereas the Corsair HS55 wi-fi would come shut if its mics have been much less liable to failure — each I and a colleague have skilled it ourselves — so the Rig 600 Professional customary out for its stable efficiency and above-average options for the cash.
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