You don’t need to spend big to get decent audio quality…
This week in Component Watch, we’re looking at budget headphones and headsets. Whether you want a cheap pair for listening to music or something to give your PC the same communication capabilities as your console, this selection of deals should allow you to do it without spending too much!
Deal 1: Sony MDR-ZX110 RRP: £19.99 / Deal Price: £12.23 Available in either white or pink, these foldable headphones from Sony are an ideal portable pair. They fold down small, have a minimalist but stylish design, and a 1.2m cord means there’s no worry about reaching your phone but that you won’t find yourself tangled up either. Gold-plated contacts and 30mm drivers ensure an excellent sound too. They aren’t what you’d call feature-packed, but they’re comfortable, look good, and sound good. Not bad for £12. Where to get it: Transparent – bit.ly/2gUreIH
Deal 2: Trust GXT10 RRP: £24.99 / Deal Price: £13.37 The Trust GXT10 is a gaming headset by Trust which only costs a little more than the Sony headphones, but incorporates a lot more. So in addition to the headphones, you get a microphone for voice chat and an inline volume control – and while it’s not foldable or as stylish-looking as the last pair, the fact that you can do more with it is probably enough to make it worth checking out. Where to get it: Rapid Electronics – bit.ly/2gUrhnI
Deal 3: Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 RRP: £29.99 / Deal Price: £15.88 Microsoft’s PC peripherals have always been solid stuff, and the LifeChat LX-3000 headset is no different. It connects over USB for fully digital, crystal-clear sound, and has a noise-cancelling microphone to ensure that you get clean input as well as output. A sixfoot cable with in-line volume and additional on-unit voice call controls mean it’s easy to control your experience without having to be near a keyboard or mouse. Not bad for the money, but when you aren’t paying RRP it gets even better. Where to get it: CCL Online – bit.ly/2hh1RBB
Deal 4: Corsair Raptor HS30 RRP: £32.99 / Deal Price: £28.98 The Corsair Raptor is a high-end gaming headset with large 40mm neodymium drivers for a clear and robust sound. The noise-cancelling microphone screens out background noise and is fully adjustable, while the closed-back earpads keep sound in without compromising on comfort. Inline controls give you the ability to change the volume or mute the audio instantly. Finally, it’s compatible with Mac, PC and PS4, and there’s an adaptor available if you want to use it with the Xbox as well. Where to get it: ly/2gaSljo Scan – bit.
Deal 5: SteelSeries Siberia P100 RRP: £37 / Deal Price: £28.99 SteelSeries have a great gaming pedigree, but that doesn’t mean their hardware isn’t general purpose. The SteelSeries Siberia headphones are comfortable and study, but relaxed and lightweight. Their mesh padding allows heat to dissipate so your ears don’t get too hot, and the onboard mic is sensitive and clear despite being invisibly embedded inside the unit itself. Its USB connection is compatible with the PS4 and it also has built-in LEDs for a classy appearance. Not much to hate here. Where to get it: Zavvi – bit. ly/2h6C1zP