Most of their efforts have been somewhat half-hearted, with surround sound relegated to a badly simulated effect. But there is nothing half-hearted about Sony DR-GA500 Digital 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones.
These monsters grip your skull tighter t
han a crash helmet, with their head support and air ventilation pads allowing extreme gaming into the early hours of the morning. Headphones on, I looked more like Optimus Prime than a member of the human race.
In the box you get a digital surround processor box, the headphones themselves, a USB cable and a five-channel multi-cable. The surround processor houses a Dolby Pro Logic IIx decoder with some fancy Sony Virtual Phones™ Technology which is designed to fire out a simulated 7.1 surround sound effect to your awaiting ears.
There’s a Compression, FPS (First Person Shooter) and 7.1 channel switches on the front of the box. After an extended period of Call of Duty fragging, I can state that while these monstrous headphones produce a wolf-like roar, the 3D effect is slightly on the sheepish side. Flicking between FPS mode and 7.1 channel mode did not make much of a difference either.
Having stated that, these headphones can be used for much more than gaming; the flip-out boom microphone is as ideally suited for shouting commands to virtual team mates as it is for crystal clear Skype calls.
Although the holy grail of expansive surround sound is narrowly missed, the Sony’s 40mm driver unit delivers some bone-crunching sound that nearly justifies the £139 asking price.
The 3D effect is slightly on the sheepish side
Sony DR-GA500 Digital 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones
Available for £139 from www.amazon.co.uk; for more information see www.sony.co.uk
This article was first published in The Scotsman, 8 January, 2011
source : thescotsman.scotsman.com
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