I bought these for $80 plus tax....
Now they are $58... Regular price is $130!
I will tell you, they are amazing!
I use them for gaming and listening to music.
Amazing bass! I can play my Trance (Deamau5), rap, or rock music on 75% volume, and the bass literally vibrates on my ears (just a small amount, not so much that its annoying) and doesn't crackle or ANYTHING. I'm not even kidding.
These things go NICE and LOUD! I usually listen to music on %25 volume... That's around medium volume, for an average person.
I listen up to maybe 65-70% when a favorite song comes on... That's really pushing it, loud enough to *almost* hurt.
Oh my god, 100% volume actually hurts my ears a TINY bit. And I like to listen to my music loud normally, as in my JVC IEMs at full volume... Im trying to show you how loud these get...
And even at 100% volume there is LITERALLY 0% DISTORTION.
I just turned up my usic to full volume to test and make sure... Yes, NO distortion.... Even with the amazing bass.
Mids are great! all music sounds great on these phones.
The Treble isn't AMAZING but still... amazing... I just can't believe it has amazing bass, amazing mids, and amazing treble... I'd think for a gaming headset it would, you know, be cut off...
Okay, then there is the microphone for your gaming.
It is detatchable.
It has 2 actual microphones on it! On right in front of your mouth, one on the other side of the microphone's arm
The software the headset comes with has "Silencer" technology, which actually processes sound from both microphones and eliminates noise heard on the rear microphone from what you're actually saying, effectively drowning outside noise from your microphone... So if you are clacking on your keyboard with silencer disabled, everyone would hear it on your mic chat... but enable silencer and it processes that the keyboard's clacking is coming from the "other side of the mic" (the side not next to your mouth) so it will lower that frequency...
Here listen to this, from someone else's review of the same headset : http://www.everythingusb.com/files/creative-arena-gaming-headset-review-silencer.mp3
And the actual mic quality is great... as you can tell from that recording, it sounds just fantastic.
Next, the software it comes with is cool...
Has a voice changer for scaring little kids on call of duty or whatever you play... or just greifing people.
Also has it's own graphical equalizer
A bass booster
and 2 special features
1 is the "EAX" feature... Play a song then enable and it makes the music/game etc sound like you are in an ampitheater, or jazz club, etc... Not useful, kinda annoying, but believe it or not was interesting to hear my favorite song with a twist
and then the best feature is the Surround3D
Basically virtual surround... from what i;ve heard of the G35 this is better
I was playing battlefield bad company 2 in singleplayer, driving a tank around, and an enemy infantry was shooting my rear-right tank corner... I actually heard it like that. I was blown away; that opened my eyes to how awesome it really is - its only virtual but it does a GOOD JOB, not kidding...
And lastly I'll tell you a couple more general facts.
It has a super long, somerthing like 10 foot cable... I have it wrapped up in a tie because its too long
there are no controls on the headset itself, instead about a foot and a half down the cable is a small controller with volume up/down buttons, and mic on/off switch, and a mic light - if your mic is on it stays red, if your mic is off it flashes red
The cable only comes off the left ear, something nice instead of having a wire hang from both sides of your head
and the headset can't be used on your iPod or anything because it's USb - but for a good reason!
You don't need a sound card at all to use this headset, the usb plug is around 2 inches long because it has a built in sound card! it does a great job, too!
And not to mention the headset is comfortable, I have worn it I think.... 3 hours straight and it got a tiny TINY bit uncomfortable, just pushed the headband forward a half an inch off the spot it had been resting for 3 hours and it felt better.... OH yeah, they headband is adjustable, each side sepeatly, and these headphones DONT "clamp" on your head, but they can fit anyone from a small head to large... I'm around medium i suppose.
AND lastly.... If they are on your ear but not playing music they block a little noise out...
But playing at 16% volume I can barely hear my fingers type, at 32% i cant hear someone yelling at me from next room over and at 75% or more volume I couldn't hear you screaming at me from behind my back probably....
Yeah I just basically WROTE you a review... Because I really, REALLY like this headset - I'm not an audiophile, but I do know more about headphones than probably anyone at my school... I know how to choose good headphones based on frequencies and the like, and I know what a good headset sounds like - and THIS IS IT.... Promised!
P.S. On the subject of bass I forgot to mention I have my bass booster in the headset options set to increase by 8 dB and i can STILL play full volume without distortion....