I love sound. I think it is one of the most important parts of a game. Before I had kids I could sit with my surround sound cranked up listening to every spent virtual casing hit virtual ground in Rainbow 6. After I had kids not so much. One of three things would happen when i sat down to play, I could hear the game well from the comfort of my couch and a firefight would wake one of them up, I’d have it muted so I couldn’t hear anything, or i would turn the volume very very low and pull up a dining room chair and sit so close to the TV that my eyes would melt like a Nazi in Raiders, so believe me when I say I have a very special place in my heart for headsets. So naturally when I saw the Sony Gold Headset, I knew it would be mine, oh yes, it would be mine.
Sony’s Gold wireless headset is a 7.1 virtual surround sound dream. It flawlessly connects wirelessly via a usb dongle to your PS4, PS3, or to your Vita via audio jack, not bad for only a $100 price point ($80 for sale on Amazon right now). Once you turn on the headset audio output immediately switches from you TV to your headset with no need to press mute or the volume button on the remote. The sound quality is amazing, you feel as if shell casings are dropped to the ground with each pull of the trigger and footsteps of would be assassins are crystal clear allowing for a decent edge in multiplayer games. The chat capability comes across with clear quality and has a built in noise reducing feature so only your voice comes across so no one else will hear someone asking what you want for dinner or that you’re out of TP. If you enjoy a bass boost just simply reach up where you first turned it on and flip the switch to “2” the built in bass boost mode. You could also install the app and select from various different audio settings to maximize the sound performance for whatever type of game you’ll be playing.
The Gold headset is sturdy and comfortable. The head strap and ear pieces are both adorned with thick padding and are fully adjustable. The material used is thicker as well and feels extremely durable. The only downside to this construction is that it makes it a bit weighty, fine for teens and adults but may be strenuous for long stretches on kids. All your volume, mute, and chat controls can be easily reached as they are featured on the ear piece fronts, it’s simply a matter of reaching your right hand up for volume or left for mute and chat. For your first time you will have to charge it for upwards to three hours via usb. The battery life is good, but like the Dualshocks of this generation, leaves a lot to be desired. If you have a wall charger adapter for any sort of phone, your best bet is to just plug it in after every other use or so.
Overall I can’t express how much I love this headset, especially when you compare it to the other available headsets on the market. Just to get anywhere near this quality and function your spending almost double for Turtle Beach or settling for 5.1 and spending $106. If you have the means, do yourself (and probably your household) a favor and pick up a pair of these, you wont regret it.