V! Review: Sony’s PULSE Wireless Headset Elite Delivers!
We reviewed the Sony Wireless Headset Elite Edition which is compatible for the PlayStation 3. Read more about the details after the jump.
There are plenty of quality gaming headsets that are worth your hard-earned dollar, yet it is important to have on that places fidelity and comfort at the top of the list. The new PULSE Wireless Stereo Headset when it came out last year was pretty good for the price. The premium build seems to have improved upon previous defects and strikes with a perfect balance that will make gamers — both casual and hardcore alike — have a joy boner.
When it comes to the PULSE Wireless Studio Headset, it harnesses theater-quality surround sound and packs it into a comfortable piece of machinery that looks smooth. Sony has put a lot of time and effort into evolving the design from it’s original state where it looked like you had strapped two PS2’s on your head. A change in form has also allowed the device to provide an immersive auditory experience through its noise-canceling tech known as BassImpact. While watching Netflix, the headset opened up sounds during the various programs watched that were not audible before. Plus the ease and lightness of the 11-ounce device allows those to enjoy premium sounds without having the urge to take off the headphones.
PlayStation 3 owners will enjoy being able to pair almost any Bluetooth headset with Sony’s home gaming console, while adding some fresh features and eliminating the old hiccups. At $150 the device sounds great, feels comfortable, and makes it clear to onlookers that you’re engaged in some sort of digital entertainment without looking like a noob. The PULSE sports virtual 7.1 surround-sound technology meaning that whether you’re playing Borderlands 2 or The Hitman, the PULSE isn’t going to miss much. If crisp and rich sound isn’t your thing, then the wireless headset is strong in versatility. The headset has preset modes for the customization-lover in you. Choosing from choices such as “game, music, shooter, fighting and racing,” provided the optimum sound levels for each genre and were still customizable for your listening engagement.
Another perk is that the PULSE handles voice chat for online gaming fiends. With no protruding microphone, Sony installed a noise-canceling piece that is tucked away inside the headset. While playing Killzone 2 online, there were no complaints about voice quality, and players’ voices on the other end came in crisply. Yet, it is also poor at isolating your own voice.
The only major complaint that can be said when wearing the PULSE Wireless Studio Headset is the placement of the controls. Housed on the ear pads themselves, it makes it hard to finagle with the settings while in the middle of a game, which can be cumbersome.
The final take is that for multi-platform gamers looking to own a single wireless gaming device, you can look elsewhere. But PlayStation 3 owners, PC owners, and audiophiles looking to “feel the sound” wherever they go, the PULSE Wireless Studio Headset is a comfortable wireless gaming headset that won’t break your bank or your ear drums.
The PULSE Elite Edition is available now for $149.