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Plantronics RIG 800HS Review: Keep on blasting

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A high quality set of headphones that impress with crisp and clear audio and especially that light carrying weight.

Strengths

  • Good audio quality
  • Noise isolation
  • Lightweight construction
  • Long battery life
  • Simple flip-down boom mic

Could be better

  • Needs USB and optical audio
  • Thin optical audio cable
  • Long charging time

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While there’s plenty of attention paid to the visuals within a game, whether they’re the shaky animations of Mass Effect Andromeda or the stunning vistas of The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, the reality is that good or bad audio can play as much of a part of your enjoyment of a game as anything you can see.

Some of that comes down to good audio choices on the part of the game’s designers, but you’ve then got to match it up with quality output choices. For many folks with home theatre setups this is easy when you’ve got full command of your TV, but what do you do when others don’t necessarily want the full glories of battle booming through the family home? The solution is a good quality set of headphones, and you have plenty to choose from. The Plantronics RIG 800HS is just the latest in a long line of gaming-centric headphones from Plantronics, pitched at the console gaming market.


Design

  • Lightweight construction
  • Requires free USB and optical audio ports
  • Thin optical audio cable
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Performance

  • Good audio quality
  • Noise isolation
  • Long battery life
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Features

  • Simple flip-down boom mic
  • Long charging time

Verdict

If all you want is team chat, any Bluetooth headset will do you just fine on a PS4. For full audio you’ve similarly got a number of high quality options, including other Plantronics headsets at lower price points.

At the asking price, the RIG 800HS headphones need to deliver quality sound, and that they do manage. They’re a high quality set of headphones that impress with crisp and clear audio and especially that light carrying weight. You would want to be serious about your game audio at this price, but if you are, they're highly recommended.


Pricing and availability

Plantronics RIG 800HS sells in Australia for $249.95 outright.

Plantronics RIG 800 Wireless Gaming Headset

Plantronics RIG 800 Wireless Gaming Headset

A 24-hour battery and high-quality audio make Plantronics' RIG 800 HS a seriously impressive headset.

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Specs

Plantronics RIG 800 Wireless Gaming Headset

Build

Wired/Wireless
Wireless
Weight
289g
Speaker Driver
40mmmm
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz
Ear Cushion
Over-ear
Microphone Type
Uni-directional mic with noise cancelling
Colours
Black/Grey
Sound Format
Virtual Surround Sound

Connectivity

Battery Life
Up to 24 hours

Features

RGB Lighting
No
Detachable Microphone
No
On-headset Controls
Volume, Balance

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