RIG 700 PRO HS helmet review

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Two-minute review

RIG 700 Pro HS

The RIG 700 Pro HS is a lightweight helmet but without special features (Image credit: Avenir)

The main selling point of the RIG 700 PRO HS is that it has been designed to get the most out of PlayStation hardware. It might not be a first-party kit, but it might as well be – the headset boasts of being “precisely tuned for PlayStation 3D audio,” which Sony considers one of the main selling points of the PlayStation 5 (next to that luxurious DualSense controller).

Compatibility, however, comes at a price; staging and sound quality when using headphones are often sub-par – especially when compared to other hardware in the same price bracket – and in our review we often came back to other headsets to see if the sound was really that bad in the unit, or if it was the game that was messing up. Each time, it was the helmet that came out the worst.

Unlike its sibling hardware, the RIG 500 PRO HX Gen 2, which has a partnership with Xbox and Dolby Atmos, the implementation of 3D audio here seems tacky and in fact counterproductive for the headset as a whole. Sure, there’s a rich feature set and a few nice touch-sensitive elements that make the headset durable and comfortable for marathon gaming, but when the sound is generally sub-par, do you really want to listen to muddy bass blasts and booms? tiny sound effects for 10+ hours at a time?

Maybe we’ve been spoiled by other RIG headsets – especially the aforementioned 500 PRO HX – but something about which dongle you need to use to get your PS4 or PS5 to stream audio to that headset loses something. along the way, which makes this effortless Sony just a bit better than your average headset at best.

RIG 700 PRO HS headphone price and release date

RIG 700 Pro HS

The RIG 700 Pro HS can take a lot of trouble, but don’t expect the best sound (Image credit: Avenir)

The RIG 700 PRO HS helmet starts at $ 120 / £ 110 / AU $ 160 and is available now. It fits into the average price of a wired headset, and its closest competitor would likely be the Razer Blackshark V2 X or the Razer Kraken Ultimate, with the SCUF H1 also tops the category. The headset is designed specifically for PlayStation consoles and as such is compatible with PS4 and PS5 via an inline wireless USB adapter. It is not compatible with Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC, and does not have a 3.5mm input.

Design

RIG 700 Pro HS

The RIG 700 Pro HS headband provides long-lasting comfort (if the battery life lasts as long as you want) (Image credit: Avenir)

The design of the RIG 700 PRO HS is definitely the strongest part of the helmet. The manufacturer made sure to promote the helmet’s remarkable 241g weight a lot – and for good reason; it’s lightweight, unobtrusive, and can sit on even the biggest heads for hours without causing physical discomfort (which can’t be said of all headphones, even this reviewer’s favorite, the Sennheiser GSP 600).

The ‘signature self-adjusting headband’ can be a problem for some people if you have the wrong adjustment in place – most people will want large, it seems – but a quick, tactile pop of the ear cups out of the way. light frame means the helmet is easily and quickly adjustable. Ideal for players who can share their setup with children, then.

Despite our best efforts – and the seizure of the helmet by a newly acquired dog! – we found the RIG 700 PRO HS to be virtually indestructible. The accessory literature boasts of being “virtually unbreakable” and we had reason to doubt this language, but if you live in a busy, active household prone to the destruction of technology, we would be well placed to. recommend something more solid. Which is remarkable, frankly, considering that the headset itself weighs less than 300g. We have no idea what RIG is doing in their factories, but someone from NASA should take a look at how they made something so light and so durable. It defies logic.

Audio performance

RIG 700 Pro HS

On-ear volume options make the RIG 700 Pro HS an easy-to-use kit (Image credit: Avenir)

Perhaps the main cause of sub-par audio performance is the 40mm driver located in the center of the over-ear coupling of the headphones. While the sibling headphones are at their best in complex, multi-layered soundscapes, the RIG 700 PRO HS only performs really well in fairly straightforward and easy-going audio environments…. not ideal for FPS enthusiasts and shooter aficionados, therefore. The soundstage quickly gets muddy and struggles with the music and sound effects working together, which really takes away the edge of your cinematic games and makes you feel overwhelmed and vulnerable in online shooters. Even entering something quite cold – Tetris Effect, let’s say – you notice that the sound, 3D audio or not, just can’t live up to what other hardware seems to be able to produce without. effort.

Specs say the headset supports a frequency response range of 20Hz to 20kHz, and while we think, in action, it’s hard to analyze. The 32 ohm impedance means little when even the dialogue sounds are distorted by the drivers. We would never recommend that you use the built-in TV sound – for anything, really – but sometimes the sound was so unpleasant with these headphones that we were tempted to just pass the sound through our TV to make sure we were didn’t judge the material based on bad audio mixing, or something like that. We weren’t: the sound just isn’t as bright or clear in the RIG 700 PRO HS.

Microphone quality and wireless connectivity

RIG 700 Pro HS

The RIG 700 Pro HS pickup is ugly, but at least it does its job (Image credit: Avenir)

Besides looking ugly – and feeling really cheap – the mic is what you’d expect from a headset in this price range. One-way pickup and -45dBV / Pa sensitivity mean you won’t have to worry about being too quiet, even if you place the fragile arm a good distance from your face to reduce pops and hissing sounds. Do not get too restless while playing, or you will drop the microphone from the headset; this connection is not the most solid thing in the world.

If you’ve got the mic on and you’re sitting more than 10 feet away from your PlayStation, don’t expect the battery to live up to the advertised 12 hours. We had between eight and maybe the lower end of nine hours out of the headset when it pulls all the cylinders – dongle, mic, and volume pretty high. It charges, at least quickly, but the “up” in the headset offered “up to 12 hours of battery life” does a lot of work for RIG out there.

Should I buy the RIG 700 PRO HS headset?

Buy it if …

You have an occupied house

Want a helmet that we can pretty much guarantee won’t break within the first 12 months of ownership? This is for you!

You want marathon sessions

Nice and light, these 241g headphones can stay on your dome all day without fatigue or discomfort – if you can handle that sound.

Don’t buy it if …

You enjoy the sound

Honestly, for the price, we’re shocked at how lo-fi the sound of these headphones is.


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