The 500 series headset is a modular gaming headset by Plantronics. The idea is to upgrade or replace certain part to suit your needs or time during replacement (rather buy an entirely new headphone/headset). The frames, (open/closed) earcups and cables can be interchange between the 400, 500, 600, 800 series. Our main focus would be the 500 HD version for this review. Latest pricing here Amazon/Shopee/Lazada.

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You can detach the earcups from the headphone. The part is interchangeable

This headphone is 200 gram lightweight. If Plantronics cut its weight by around 50 gram, this would be great for daily usage and traveling. The headphones grips thanks to the plastic frame that shapes around you head. Earcups is comfy but sound isolation is do-able because it is like faux leather but rather mesh type so you can heard some surrounding sounds.

The Virtual Dolby 7.1 surround sound headset is great for immersive movie and more importantly for gaming experience. It has 24 bit encoded audio (USB HUB) which widen the sound stage a bit, great for listening and you are able pin point enemies footsteps in game like Overwatch.

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7.1 surrounding sound card

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Mic Freq Response: 100Hz-10kHz
Mic Pick Up Pattern: uni-directional
Mic Sensitivity: -45dBV/Pa
Mic Signal to Noise: >42dB
Connection
Type: USB
Audio
HP Coupling: over-ear
HP Drivers: dynamic 40mm
HP Freq Response: 20Hz-20kHz
HP Impedance: 32ohms
HP Max input power: 40mW
HP Sensitivity: 110dBSPL/V (isolating earcups)

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The frame

AUDIO QUALITY

Audio quality test performed on the Iphone 6.

POP/EDM:

Pia Mia – Do It Again
The bass is energetic and it doesn’t eat into the vocals. The subtle vibration is an eargasm and it fades smoothly.

Tiaan – Be Ok
The low frequency has no distortion, it is full of energy and you can feel the air pressure booming.

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Without the headband

Vocals/Instrumentals :
Ed Sheeran – Touch and Go
The vocals clarity is good throughout the range. There is a clear separation between vocal and instrumental. The guitar chords fades well and it sounds precise.

FINAL VERDICT

The best virtual headset I have heard and use so far, is really hard for a single 40mm driver to do virtual 7.1, many out there fails in either the low or mid. The 500HD is well controlled at the low, you have the bass without distortion and vocals that doesn’t sound muted. Despite being marketed for gaming I spend out of my time using it to listen to music and online video content.

PURCHASE Plantronics RIG 500HD HERE

Amazon | Shopee (MY) | Lazada (MY/SG)