MONSTER HUNTER GENERATIONS, PLANTRONICS RIG 500E
Plantronics RIG 500E
This exible and modular gaming headset o ers you the choice of 3.5mm and USB connections, closed and vented earcups, and with or without a microphone, but that is only what came bundled in the box.
While most gaming headsets are speci cally designed for certain situations, the Plantronics RIG 500E makes sure you are ready for all of them. Its modular design makes it compatible with game consoles, PCs, and mobile apps. And you would want to be able to use it with all your devices, because it is comfortable and sound so good.
But we are getting ahead of ourselves here. Let us begin with what is in the box. The RIG 500E comes with a frame, a selfadjusting headband, a exible detachable mic boom, a USB Dolby adapter, and two earcups: vented and un-vented. This setup is so versatile that technically, with another set of frames and headband, you could make a second pair of headphones. Out of the box, the Plantronics RIG 500E requires some assembly. Installing the adjustable headband could be tricky if you don’t follow the instructions correctly. Once assembled, the whole package is lightweight and comfortable, and the headband does a good job in ensuring that it stays in place.
You’ll nd a microphone connector for each set of earcups to go with the included detachable boom mic on a hinge located on the left cup. When connected, ipping up the exible boom mic mutes the microphone, which is a nice touch. The cable connecting the earcups is short, approximately two feet long with a plug in the middle. You will need to connect it to either a longer 3.5mm audio cable (which is bundled here), or the included USB connector (or both) for it to reach your PC or mobile device.
The padding on the earcups is neither too rm nor too soft. They are covered in fabric that is not as warm (or deteriorates as easily) as their faux leather counterparts. This also makes them absorbent, which can be a dealbreaker for the hygienically conscious.
Audio quality is also a strong point of the RIG 500E. The two included earcups sound equally good. The vented earcup is advertised as nonisolating, as in you can hear your surrounding during use. However, this also enhances the bass. The isolating earcups do a fair job of passively keeping surrounding noise at bay, but it is also a joy to use when listening to instrumental background music in a game.
To best enjoy the RIG 500E surround sound capability, you will need to plug into its USB connector. With the Dolby light turned on, you will feel like you are hearing everything while sitting in a small room surrounded by speakers. The 7.1 Dolby surround technology sounds decent enough, but di erentiating sounds from the rear channels is a tad tricky.
The USB Dolby Adapter is a must to enjoy the full virtual 7.1 surround sound experience.