SKULLCANDY PLYR1 7.1 review
It is important for gamers to jump right into any gaming platform that they want whether it is on the PC, on the Xbox, or on the Playstation. However, that doesn’t have to mean needing different sets of headsets, you just need one good gaming headset to cover all platforms. Could the Skullcandy PLYR1 7.1 be that wireless gaming headset to cover all your player needs?
The Skullcandy PLYR1 7.1 gaming headset boasts of proprietary Supreme Sound technology which delivers powerful bass coupled with precision highs. It makes use of Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound giving gamers that realistic and immersive audio landscape while using only two drivers for unhindered audio quality. Skullcandy’s EQ3 Equalizer Modes gives the gamers the chance to customize their own settings and tinker with different modes for games, music, movies: Precision Mode, Supreme Mode, and Bass Mode.
The PLYR1 7.1 is a wireless headset which runs on the 2.4 Ghz Spectrum, ensuring that you won’t encounter any interference while giving you that wireless freedom. And along with the wireless freedom the PLYR1 7.1 gives you, gamers can take comfort in the fact that the gaming headset is compatible with various platforms such as Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, PC and Mac, as well as different mobile devices, like phones, tables, and MP3 players.
Meanwhile, the PLYR1 7.1 utilizes a pivoting boom microphone which clearly delivers your voice without the hassle of any ambient noise. And when you want to mute the microphone, all you need to do is to flip it up. Skullcandy’s headset also gives you easy access to voice balancing as its quick dial allows you to balance both game sounds and voice chat. And finally, the PLYR1 7.1’s transmitter stand makes use of USB ports to charge the headphones.
Audio Quality review
Tthe Skullcandy PLYR1 7.1, does deliver on great audio quality, giving you rich and detailed sound. You will get to hear all there is that needs to be heard so you will really get your money’s worth when it comes to its audio quality. Its Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound delivers its promise and gives you that immersive audio landscape that gamers are looking for especially when it comes to first-person shooters. You will hear footsteps, the direction of gunfire, and that awesome feeling of actually knowing where the voice is coming from when talking to NPCs.
The different modes you can play with is also a great feature of the Skullcandy PLYR1 7.1 as it allows you to choose from a selection of ready-to-go settings for your gaming, movie, or music needs. The three modes gives you variety to your auditory experience and by simply switching among the three, you can enjoy what it is you are listening to more, for example, gamers playing first-person shooters may want the Precision Mode while the music listeners may opt for the Bass Mode.
Headset, Mic, and Warranty review
Upon getting the Skullcandy PLYR1 7.1 gaming headset from the box, you can immediately tell that the PLYR1 7.1 looks cool. It has that smooth plastic finish to it along with the rocking design of Skullcandy on the ear cups. The ear cups along with the headband is very comfortable, and unlike other gaming headsets out there in the market, the PLYR1 7.1 doesn’t use leather or faux leather for their padding so other gamers may find that more breathable. Though it is plenty comfortable, those with a big head may find this gaming headset a bit snug especially on the ears and on the head, but it can still be comfortable for a long period of time before feeling the tightness.
Others may be turned off with the PLYR1 7.1 gaming headset’s material of choice. The headset being made of plastic does not really promise durability. In fact, some may find that the ear cups, after some period of time using the headset, can break away from the headband which would mean having to go through the process of warranty.
Gamers who want a complete feel to their headset may be at a loss with the Skullcandy PLYR1 7.1 as it only has a few knobs to tinker with unlike other gaming headsets like the Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 which allows you to fully customize what your buttons can do. The only major components that you can tinker with on the headset is the on and off button and the volume knobs for chat and game.
As for its microphone, its boom arm is very flexible so you can freely adjust it to suit your needs, and with one swing of the boom arm up, you can immediately mute it. Though the microphone does work well, you will find that on some platforms, and in some cases the games, the microphone volume will be too weak. This means that when you are playing in a party, others might have a difficult time hearing you so you may need to speak up.
One charge of the PLYR1 can last you around 8 to 10 hours, which is enough time for one long gaming session.
As for the Skullcandy PLYR1 7.1’s warranty, Skullcandy can cover 50% of the current MSRP value of the headset if you were responsible for any damage to it, however, if it were a manufacturing defect, you will get 100% of the original purchase price through a coupon code. Your gaming headset will have to go through inspection and it could take around 4 to 6 weeks for your warranty to be processed.
It it Worth Your Money ?
So is Skullcandy PLYR1 7.1 worth your money? For the price of anywhere between $150 and $160, the PLYR1 7.1 wireless gaming headset does deliver on great audio quality as well as being able to connect to different platforms. However, there is the issue of the microphone having weak volume power in some platforms and in some games, not to mention the fact that the headset itself is made from plastic doesn’t necessarily promise durability. If you are a gamer that is looking for just great audio quality, go for it, but if you are worried about the microphone and the headset’s durability, then you may want to look somewhere else.