Plantron­ics Rig 500 Pro


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THE PLANTRON­ICS RIG line of head­phones fol­low a fa­mil­iar de­sign lin­eage. Not a bad thing, as the Rig 500 fam­ily is peer­less when it comes to bal­anc­ing com­fort and sound qual­ity at a de­cent price. New for this year is a sim­ple and el­e­gant vol­ume con­trol sys­tem de­signed for PlayS­ta­tion 4 and Xbox One, where the Rig’s con­trol knob sits flush with the bot­tom edge of the re­spec­tive con­troller. A be­spoke plas­tic mount around the dial of­fers good pur­chase on the con­troller, and gives you quick ac­cess to the mas­ter vol­ume (not chat vol­ume, sorry) rather than fum­bling through your con­sole’s menu sys­tem or grasp­ing for an in­line slider.

Slip them on and the float­ing head­band holds the sturdy frame above your head. The Es­ports ver­sion we tested here (there are four other vari­ants avail­able) has a die-cast metal frame for a bit of ex­tra bling, and it feels like it’ll take a lot of abuse. Your ears, mean­while are treated to 50mm driv­ers that re­ward ac­tion-heavy games with crisp highs and gutsy lows, and are tuned to reap the ben­e­fits of Dolby At­mos ti­tles. (They’re only good in a pinch for mu­sic, though.) Two sets of ear pads — one leather, one foam — can be eas­ily swapped over, and Plantronic’s in­ge­nious sys­tem of cus­tom ear­phone place­ment re­mains. Any­one with at least two sys­tems (PC, PS4 and/or XO) should grab this vari­ant of the Pros, as you get adapters to suit both con­soles, an in­line slider for PC, and a code to life­time ac­cess to Dolby At­mos on PC and Xbox One (nor­mally a sub­scrip­tion ser­vice). As­tound­ing value.

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