Plantronics dials it up with its RIG 500 Pro range after hitting number one in Australia

Brodie Fogg 23 July 2018 NEWS

Plantronics has announced Australian pricing and availability for its latest modular headset range.

For the past six months, Plantronics' RIG range has been sitting pretty as the market leader in Australia for gaming headsets and has grown by 216% in the last year.

To keep up the pace, Plantronics has announced an entirely new line of gaming headsets for the RIG range, the RIG 500 PRO Series.

Across the range, the RIG 500 Pro Series offers a lightweight exoskeleton design that is built specifically to reduce distortion and create an isolated listening experience with inner acoustic chambers that reduce interruptions from things like tapping on the cups or brushing the braided cable.

However, the two most enticing features of the range are its modular nature and the console version's Game Audio Dial.

In-line and on-cup headset controls have always been a little troublesome for console gamers. Reaching for your cup or cord in the middle of a shootout, eyes locked to the screen, is a clumsy experience but it was just something most of us accepted. Not Plantronics. The headset manufacturer has patented a new type of volume dial for the RIG 500 Pro Series. Rather than in-line or on-cup, the Game Audio Dial sits at the very base of the 3.5mm audio jack, within thumb's reach for console gamers. It has custom tips for the DualShock 4 and Xbox One Wireless Controller that stop it from moving when you rock the volume up and down and can be locked in place to stop you brushing against it.

Secondly, each headset in the range is almost totally modular, allowing you to replace the mic, 3.5mm audio jack, earcups and headband in case something breaks or you simply want to try out a different feature (like the Game Audio Dial).

The Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Series range will be available mid-August 2018 via EB Games, JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman. Replacement parts will be available for purchase at EB Games and Plantronics' online store.

Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Series Australian Price

Headset Description Price
RIG 500 PRO HX Licensed Xbox One headset with Game Audio Dial. $119
RIG 500 PRO HS Licensed PlayStation 4 headset with Game Audio Dial. $119
RIG 500 PRO HC Multiplatform headset with Game Audio Dial $129
RIG 500 PRO GOLD Multi-platform, PC-optimised with Gold Metal Headband and inline volume $129
RIG 500 PRO Esports Edition Multi-platform, die-cast metal frame and headband $199

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