Date: September 9th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was provided by: Altec Lansing
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION & WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
Moving along the line to the headphones you will notice and feel that you are not working with a cheap budget set of headphones, but a very well made piece of gaming hardware. The ear cups along with the underside of the headband are soft and plush if you can fit them on your head. What do I mean....fit?
You have eleven separate adjustment levels for each side of the headset. This should be more than adequate for small to medium sized heads by in my case (HUGE NOGGIN), but I could not get the headset to fit properly.
Nathan with a headache, not a pretty sight.
I had to literally pull down hard on the earpieces to properly cover both ears with the cups. This was fine for about five minutes until my head stated to ache from the top head band digging into my skull and my ears hurting from the ear cups not sitting properly.
What needs to be done? Well, if you don't have a big head like me, you should be fine, but if you do, you will be wishing that there was three more additional adjustment levels for comfort. The headset will be extremely comfortable if it fits, but it just needs to be slightly bigger.
The boom microphone allows the user to communicate through online gaming programs or can be used when talking over the internet through MSN Messenger Chat for example. I will keep this simple and to the point. The recording quality is excellent, the boom is adjustable for comfort.......
........and if you don't need to use it, you can just move it out of your way.
As stated earlier, if this particular headset fits, it will be exceptionally comfortable. With abundant padding and rigid construction, hours of gaming can be done in complete comfort.
Throughout my product testing, Altec Lansing has proven themselves to be a quality computer audio component manufacturer. The AHS602 gaming headset follows this trend with quality workmanship and sturdy construction.
Audio recording quality is very good but the headphone speaker quality wasn't exactly my cup of tea. Now bass reproduction was very good but the higher frequencies were not up to snuff. Overall sound was very bass intensive, hollow and a lacking any of the higher frequency strength enjoyed while gaming with my other headphone sets. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't terrible, just lacking.
Initializing the SRS surround feature did inject some three dimensional sound quality, but I found it to be a little too distracting and 99% of the time I used the standard sound depth configuration. I personally didn't like it to much, but that is only my opinion and others may actually like the feature.