Logitech G35

Posted on: 10/01/09 by Vince Sales

One look at Logitech G35's box and the little boy in you will give an inward leap. These headphones deliver 7.1 surround sound and have a built-in microphone for chatting or commanding your clan in World of Warcraft. They look like headphones that Tony Stark himself would use and there's even a voice changer. Awesome.

Out of the box, the headphones are quite intimidating -- more Dr. Dre Beats ‘phones than fancy schmancy Grado audiophile gear. On your head, they prove to be comfortable, though our large ears were squeezed into the cans awkwardly.

The G35's link partnership with the PC is perhaps no more apparent than in its USB connector. Yep, you can't connect these cans straight to a stereo audio jack. The only way to get any sound out of them is to install the Logitech software on your XP or Vista PC (no software for Mac, sorry) and plug in the cans via USB.

Thankfully, installation is easy enough and you'll soon be up and running. Audio quality from two-channel sources are pumped out in impressive quality - a little on the flat side if anything. Volume is controlled by a scroll wheel on the left can, and this simple feature is easily our favorite among all the super powers of the G35.

With a press of a button (all controls are on the left can), you can turn on noise cancellation. This worked without a hitch. All ambient room noise disappeared. The normally noisy act of ejecting a disc on our laptop occurred as if we were in the vacuum of space. There is a disconcerting hum if you listen closely, but considering these ‘phones are for gaming - not for the finer nuances of classical guitar solos - we don't think it will be much of an issue.

With a press of another button, you can transform any audio signal into 7.1 surround. It has to be said that nothing beats audio that's actually encoded in 7.1 surround sound (or the new highfaluting HD audio standards). These headphones do nothing more than translate a typically two-channel signal into 7.1 channels and then pump them out in two channels again so that they sound like they're coming from 7.1 channels instead. Confused? You don't have to be because basically these headphones work as advertised.

In music, audio is given depth and dimension. In games, you'll be able to hear the direction of gunfire or hear your buddies behind you. Games that are encoded for more channels or for Dolby Digital fare better. You can't actually tweak how the headphones and the software do this, so you're stuck with whatever the system gives you. Take it or leave it.

If music is your thing, you're probably better off buying a cheap Grado. But if gaming is your reason for being, the little extra these headphones give you are well worth it.

Click here to see the Logitech G35 in the Buyer's Guide.

 

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  • Good quality "surround" sound
  • Noise cancellation works
  • Voice morphing is fun
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  • USB only - no stereo jack!
  • Can't tweak audio
  • Looks juvenile
Bottom Line
  • If you're looking for specialized headphones, these gaming cans frag the el cheapo competition to kingdom come. They're no replacement for audiophile headphones though
Editor's Pick No
Price P7,299
Tech Specs

Headphone

    • Driver: 40 mm diameter, neodymium magnet, 15 mm diameter voice coil with ferrofluid damping
    • Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 KHz diffuse-field equalized
    • Impedance: 32 ohm nominal
    • Sensitivity: 90 dB SPL Ref: 1 mW, 1 KHz

Microphone

    • Pickup pattern: Unidirectional (cardioid)
    • Frequency response: 100 Hz - 10 KHz
    • Sensitivity: -42 dBV/Pa re: 0 dB = 1 Pa, 1 KHz
    • Test conditions: 3.0 V, 2.2 K ohm

Connection

    • Full-Speed USB 2.0 compliant
    • Cable: 10 feet/3.05 m, woven insulation



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