MAD Catz FREQ 9 review
Gamers make use of any and all platforms they can get a hold of. Whether it is on the PC, Mac, tablet, phone, or consoles, gamers demand the best for their gaming experience and this means great audio. It can be difficult to find that one headset that can cover all the platforms, but the Mad Catz FREQ 9 Wireless Surround Headset promises so. Could it be the headset that you are looking for ?
The Features review
The Mad Catz FREQ 9 Wireless gaming Headset boasts of state-of-the-art technology as well as compatibility across a variety of platforms such as consoles, mobile devices, and smart TVs, as well as the ability to connect to set top boxes and any Bluetooth device. The wireless headset can receive audio from a 10-meter/33-feet range allowing gamers to have a comfortable distance from whatever platform they are using.
What sets Mad Catz FREQ 9 apart from its competitors is that it utilizes military-grade 3D surround sound – technology that is inspired by the audio system used by F-16 fighter jet pilots to sonically locate the position of their targets. This technology creates an audio landscape around you, giving you that feeling of being part of the surroundings itself, so you will be able to locate in-game targets just by hearing them.
Through Mad Catz FREQ 9 Headset’s Digital Active Noise Cancellation, or D-ANC, you can control the amount of ambient noise you can block out, allowing you to hear that perfect amount of sound from games, movies, or music. And with D-ANC on, you can choose to activate binaural monitoring which delivers some of the outside sound into the ear cups so you can still hear the sound around you and won’t have the need to take the headset off when someone adjacent is talking to you.
With the FREQ 9 ‘s aptX low-latency technology, wireless lag will no longer be a problem. aptX works by enhancing Bluetooth signal timing so that lag and lip-sync problems are greatly reduced, preserving the original sound’s quality.
In addition, this gamer Headset also allows you to sync to more than one device, so you can watch a movie, pause it, and answer the phone all while still using the headset.
Audio Quality review
The Mad Catz FREQ 9 Wireless Surround Headset’s sound quality is note-worthy as it does have great quality. The sounds that you will hear from the headset are rich in detail, so you can hear all of the sounds that there is to hear in a game, a movie, or in music. You will be surprised as to how detailed the sound quality is when you put the headset on your ears: you can even hear a pin drop or soft footsteps in games. And the sound quality is also not lost when the volume is turned up, so you can still enjoy the sounds even when the volume is at its max.
And the great news is that you won’t have to adjust any setting whatsoever to get the best audio quality out of the Mad Catz FREQ 9 Wireless as it is already perfect when you take it out of the box.
Mad Catz FREQ 9 headphones‘s military-grade 3D surround sound is also deeply appreciated as it does do a great job in immersing you in the audio landscape of whatever you are listening to. You will truly have a sense of direction, of being in there to what you are listening to, and you will be able to tell which direction the sound came from – perfect for gamers who are looking for their targets or being hunted themselves.
Headset, Mic, and Warranty review
Right off the bat, the Mad Catz FREQ 9 Wireless Surround Headset will by no means win any award for its design. Aesthetically speaking, its big, it’s bulky, it’s heavy, and its sports a plastic finish which is by any means attractive. It is, however, comfortable to wear even for long periods of time. But some may do find the leather pads on the ear cup and headband to be a little warm when used for a long periods.
When it comes to the headsets’ buttons, you will find everything that you need in there: volume control wheel, buttons to skip tracks, microphone settings, noise cancellation, and surround sound. All of these buttons are placed on the right ear cup which brings up an issue – tinkering through the buttons can sometimes lead to annoying situations wherein you can accidentally press another button.
And as far as the buttons work, don’t be surprised if some of the buttons do not function in some platforms or apps. Yes, it does support a variety of platforms, but you may find that some software or apps do not respond to the buttons of the headset.
For its battery life, you will be pleasantly surprised as to how long one charge can last you – more than 20 hours! So you can really use it for long periods of time as you do not have to worry about it suddenly dying on you. And when you are not using it, you can simply plug in the USB cable and charge it.
The headset’s microphone is something to rejoice about. There is no microphone boom arm dangling on this headset as it is located internally. Despite the fact that there is no external microphone, the sound quality on it is great, even better than other headsets that have an external microphone.
As for Mad Catz warranty, warranty length can span anywhere between 90 days to two years, depending on what region the headset was purchased. The warranty also covers replacement and repair, but it does not cover normal wear and tear, misuse, or abuse of the product.
Is it Worth Your Money ?
If you do not care about the aesthetic side of your headset, then you may consider the FREQ 9 Wireless Surround Headset. It has great audio quality, its microphone performs well, it has long battery life and it cancels out noise pretty well. The downside, though, is that the headset is bulky and heavy, button placement can annoy you, and the buttons may not work on some apps or platforms. If you can put aside some of those issues and stomach and price of $300, then the Mad Catz FREQ 9 Wireless Surround gaming Headset could be the headset for you.