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Sound Blaster EVO USB Headset
The Sound Blaster EVO Wireless integrates Bluetooth® wireless technology, Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, USB digital connectivity and a versatile 3.5mm 4-pole analog connection to give you multiple options to connect to your PC, Mac, tablet or other smart devices. Its stitched memory foam earpads and flexible steel-core headband make this foldable design amazingly durable and comfortable. The 40mm drivers delivers a FullSpectrum of audio with stunning clarity. Easy to use controls on the headset give you the ultimate control. The multi-function button in the middle of the of the right earcup allows you to not only pair via Bluetooth, but also to toggle between two Bluetooth connected devices. This function will allow you to pick up calls while being wireless connected to another music device or laptop. Sound Blaster EVO Control Panel gives you advanced audio processing via your PC or Mac. You can adjust and save your personalized SBX Studio Pro, CrystalVoice plus other audio settings to your Sound Blaster EVO Wireless headset so that you're ready to enjoy your audio the way you like it, once you're on the go!
Bluetooth Connectivity with and without NFC, 3.5mm 4-pole analog and USB compatible
Multipoint connnection- connect up to two different Bluetooth devices simultaneously and toggle between the two with ease
Comfortable stitched memory earpads makes this headset perfect for extended wear
Foldable design for easy storage and transport in the included Sound Blaster branded leatherette pouch
Sound Blaster EVO Control Panel gives you advanced audio processing via your PC or Mac.
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5 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Perfect for Music, and Battlefield 4.Dec 08, 2013
First I'd like to say I am a MAJOR audiophile. Major meaning I don't even listen to music (as much as I want to) unless it sounds like crystal and deep but mature bass.
Secondly I rate based off things I enjoy and prefer. So my rating of 5 stars for these might be too high for another "audiophile".
1. These are very comfortable to me, yet they aren't as comfortable to my girlfriend. Everyone has a different comfort level for certain things. Yes I would say that Beats Solo HD's feel way more comfortable, but they lack the bass that these have.
2. Turn the volume up as loud as you want and it sounds even better, some headphones lose some quality acoustics doing so.
3. The second you put them on its almost like wearing shooting headphones that dampen noise. And when I play music at about 40% volume I cannot hear anything exterior. So the noise-isolation is not bad, yet not the best.
4. This is a con to me. Anything greater than 70% volume can be heard by all the people on a bus/subway/car/whatever. When your at max volume its like your using one of those bluetooth speakers with your iPhone. So keep that in mind when there's people around you. Unless you don't care :). But a library wouldn't be a great place to slam your music with this headset.
5. The ability to remove the AUX is nice, you could replace it if ever need be.
6. It looks almost attractive on my girlfriend, but I might be biased on that ;) No but seriously they aren't very big and they're stylish to boot.
7. Siri works better with this built in microphone, so if your using voice dictation or just asking siri for information she understands you much better than iPhone's mic.
8. Tried out BF4 with these and WOW. You hear so much more with the "virtual" 7.1 surround its almost overwhelming. From casings hitting the cement to the whop whop whop of a chopper far away to the various explosions and collapsing buildings to the very realistic waves and blowing trees. It's actually incredible.
So yes, these will be more than enough for those who cannot afford the very best, yet can't stand cheaper sounding headphones.
8 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Wireless Audio with No Compromises - UPDATE: Broke after less than two yearsSep 23, 2013
By Michael J. Descy
Update: I really liked these headphones but they broke in two pieces right above the right ear cup after less than two years. I used them heavily but treated them gently (they never left my desk and were stored on a stand).
I am very impressed with these headphones. I wear headphones almost 8 hours a day at work and while I exercise or do grocery shopping. These headphones sound fantastic, have numerous connection options (Bluetooth, USB, audio cable), and are comfortable enough for long stretches of listening. They include a microphone, too, which makes them perfect for pairing with a mobile phone--now I don't have to take my headphones off to answer a quick call.
Sound Quality (5/5)
These headphones have some sound Creative Sound Blaster processing in them. I don't really know what that means, but the headphones sound great. I can hear everything clearly, instruments and voices sound natural. I listen to music (classical, rock, jazz, and pop) and podcasts; I rarely use headphones for TV, movies, or gaming. For my testing I listened to many types of music and to a couple podcasts.
I think these headphones sound great and totally fit in with others at their price level. They sound a lot better than the iPhone earbuds. I prefer them to my Bose QuietComfort 15s (at least when I'm not on a plane). (The Bose headphones sound just like the iPhone earbuds to me: warm and muddy with poorly-defined lows.) The EVOs sound similar to my previous favorite headphones, the SteelSeries 7H Gaming Headset (Black), which are close to a flat-EQ, reference style headphone, but have more bass. The EVOs do not have the booming, exhausting bass of some of the Sony headphones and all of the Beats Audio headphones that I've tried in stores. Classic rock and classical music both sound natural and vibrant streaming from my iPhone over Bluetooth or via an audio cable, or from my computer over USB. I did not think anything was left out due to using Bluetooth rather than a hardwired connection. To me, these are perfect.
These are Bluetooth headphones, of course, and they offer a built-in microphone (it's a directional mic with noise cancellation, rather than a boom mic). They have a rechargeable battery, which is a mixed blessing. It offers up to 8 hours of listening time per charge. If that battery runs out, you have a couple options to keep listening, however. First, you could charge it over USB while listening, and, second, you could plug the headphones to an audio-out jack with the supplied male-to-male cable. All three connection options sounded good to me, and I am very happy that I can still use the headphones after the battery dies.
I paired the headphones with my iPhone and iPad via Bluetooth (you can connect to up to two devices and toggle between them). You can also connect to a PC or Mac. (I couldn't test on Linux, which isn't officially supported.) There is driver software for Windows and Mac that lets you turn on noise reduction for the built-in microphone and tweak some other basic audio settings, but it didn't seem worth my time to install it. The SoundBlaster iOS app might do the same things, but I couldn't get it to work.
These headphones do not include active noise-cancellation. That's not a required feature, but it is important to know when buying them.
The headphones are made of metal and sturdy plastic. The red color looks pretty rad, but their outward appearance is mostly black. They look great, in my opinion. Everything folds up for travel, and it doesn't appear to have weak parts that could come apart or break. The pads are leather or leather-like; they do not appear to be detachable.
I was impressed with everything included with the headphones. The included USB and audio cables are red, which matches the headphones and is an impressive touch. The audio cable is just long enough to keep your phone in your pocked while connected. The USB cable is plenty long. A felt-lined faux-leather pouch is provided to store everything in. It would be awesome to get a soft-sided case (like Bose includes) rather than a leather pouch (though with Bose you are paying much, much more for everything).
These are *on-ear* headphones rather than over-ear, and have a closed back design. They isolate you from your surroundings very well. I found that these headphones were comfortable for me right out of the box. They didn't pinch or make my ears sweat excessively, even after 3-4 hours. That said, I think that *over-ear* headphones are even more comfortable than these, though over-ear phones tend to be a lot bigger and will make your ears sweat.
It often takes a good 20-40 hours to break in headphones, so I imagine they will feel even better in a week or two.
Overall Impression (5/5)
These are great headphones, with great sound and build quality. It seems that a lot of care went into designing them.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Red plastic makes you look like a gamer even ifOct 04, 2015
By Shanghai Kid
I purchased the USB version sight-unseen as an open box item at a much lower price. They were essentially new, plastic still on the earcups. Didn't return them but if I'd bought them on Amazon, I would have done so. I was primarily interested in trying these for voice dictation with Dragon because of the "non-boom" microphone. Unfortunately, the microphone doesn't pickup sound well enough to be accurate for that purpose. The microphone was acceptable for phone calls, but I have yet to test it out in the wind.
1. Connection options. Bluetooth (if you purchase that version), USB, 3.5mm jack which works with my iPhone
2. Pressing an integrated button on the rt earcup to answer a phone call is slick (sort of)
3) Ear cups light up red if using the Creative control panel on your Win 7,8,10 box with USB, but not with the 3.5mm jack
4) Fold flat for travel. Not too massive. Red plastic makes you look like a gamer even if, like me, you are not one.
Everything else is substandard, made-in-China plastic junk:
1. Comfort? No. It's hard to keep these on for more that an hour as the pleather ear pads cause my ears to sweat and become painful. There's not much padding here at all, my ears barely fit inside the earcups.YMMV.
2. Sound quality? 40mm neodymium drivers should ensure at least reasonable sound quality. Not. Firstly, Creative doesn't make a USB driver for this headphone for XP---plugging into my XP box results in flat sound with no bass, no highs, no soundstage. Basically not useable, no drivers. USB using the Creative Driver on my Win 7 box adds some EQ, pumps up the bass and the highs. The mids seem to be innately congested/smeared and indistinct, even without driving the headphones to higher volumes.Curiously, using the 3.5mm jack with either my home theater system results in somewhat better sound quality, but nowhere near any of the modestly-priced headphones that I use with my home system.
I have to wonder about some of the folks who have reviewed these and think that the sound quality is satisfactory. Are these their first headset?
3. The USB cord is crazy stiff and microphonic, anytime it rubs against anything, sound is transmitted to the right earcup. Which APE at Creative though this was a good idea? You'd have to spring for an aftermarket micro-USB connecter if you are as annoyed as me by this.
4. Questions about build quality raised by other reviewers are a red flag in a headset that sells for this much. I purchased mine on the cheap, if they broke tomorrow I wouldn't feel like I was out that much.
Bottom line: At the asking price, there are alot of other Bluetooth headsets out there that are more worthy of your hard-earned dollars than these. Creative tanks again.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Best purchase I've made in yearsSep 18, 2015
By MnM Mom
WOW! I read a lot of reviews before purchasing this headset. I read a lot of reviews before purchasing anything! Several things I have learned:
1) People generally post reviews only if they are very pleased or very angry, so reviews tend to give the extremes, as opposed to an average.
2) Reviews are most often very subjective. I love avocados, my son can't stand them. So, are avocados good or not? It is subjective!
3) Reviews are often a comment on service or delivery time, not the product itself.
4) Not everyone writing a review has an intelligence level equal to mine. The review may reflect their expectations, intended use and/or lack of
knowledge or experience with a certain product type.
With that said, I will explain why I am very pleased with this headset!
I purchased it for my 16 year old, disabled son to use with speech recognition software. I knew he needed something very durable. With other headsets, in the past, the boom mic has broken, the foam earpads have dissolved, plastic parts have cracked, etc. I also knew he needed something comfortable for long term use, 5-6+ hours a day. Sound quality from the speakers was not a major concern, as his hearing is exceptionally acute due to visual impairment, but voice output quality was imperative. I was also hoping that, despite what other reviewers had claimed, the earphones would still allow him to hear external environmental sounds as necessary. The option of Bluetooth wireless, USB cable or analog connection as well as the ability to connect to multiple devices at one time was a huge plus.
On a number of audio/tech/speech recognition websites, this headset seemed to rank fairly well in various test results among mid-priced wireless headsets with an NCT microphone. I expected it to be "average." I figured it would work for my purposes, with a few imperfections here and there.
My first surprise was the amazing sound quality of the speakers. I am not an expert here, and as mentioned, that is not the feature I was most concerned with, but I was very impressed with the rich, clear sound in all ranges. I have not downloaded the additional EVO Control Panel software yet, but I imagine it is capable of making adjustments for individual preferences or applications to customize the sound further. (After sampling CGP and musician extraordinaire Tommy Emmanuel playing some mean fingerstyle guitar, I will probably reduce the bass, although the quality of the original recording may have influenced the sound distortion.) Update: Checked out some Tycho, Awake - on loop, of course, and the deep base was greatly appreciated! DAMN GOOD sound for under $100! Oh yea, getting a little further into the album, Tycho sounds F'ing AMAZING!!!!!!
We have not had a chance to test operation with the speech recognition program extensively yet, but without any adjustments whatsoever, it is producing fairly accurate results already. I would venture to guess that the limitations of the software and the user's disability are equally responsible for errors and most will be overcome with time and practice. The mic may not be "the best in the business," but it works well enough for home and school use and it has many advantages over others available, especially the fact that it is built right into the earphones with no boom to break off, cause distraction or discomfort and yet has NCT.
At lower volume, the user can still hear external environmental or speech sounds as desired. At max volume, playing full-range musical recordings, you could escape into another realm, although you might be able to hear a gunshot or fire alarm.
I've had them on for more than 4 hours already today with no discomfort, although some heat retention. I am in Florida so heat and humidity are a consideration, I will give them an "acceptable" rating in that respect. Probably not the best product for sports, dance or fitness applications, but I have loaded the dishwasher, used the bathroom and walked around the house all morning without any need for positioning adjustment. My son has only fair head control and frequent reflexive, jerky head movements so I may need to supplement with an additional, positioning support strap for his use.
I won't be throwing these in a backpack unprotected and the carrying bag provided does not offer substantial defense against damage, but they seem to be fairly durable if handled appropriately. I will handle with care, I want them to last!
Initial Bluetooth pairing could be managed by a trained monkey. Once paired, activation was immediate upon subsequent device start up. There is a slight audio latency noted on YouTube videos accessed via ipad, I have not yet tested the Bluetooth connection with other media or devices. No signal drop out was noted anywhere in the home, up to 30' from the output device. Signal was also uninterrupted on the back patio, through CBC walls, and up to an additional 15' out the front door, but was intermittent when the steel door was closed.
USB cable hook-up and charging work perfectly. No sound lag on videos accessed via PC from any sources tested.
Analog cable tested with ipad. No problems.
Really pleased with the ability to connect to multiple devices simultaneously!
I can not comment on gaming applications. Oh, is that what this headset was meant for?
Overall, my expectations have been FAR EXCEEDED by this headset.
If you really appreciate a quality audio experience , do check out Tycho, the full album Awake, with this headset. You'll probably decide to put it on loop!
3 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Very good sound, great microphone, and not so good cablesNov 21, 2013
Courtesy of the Amazon Vine program, I have received a Sound Blaster EVO Entertainment Wireless Bluetooth Headset for review. This is my third premium (>$100) Bluetooth headset, and so I am already pretty well acquainted with the features and limitations of this product category. Let me walk you through the different aspects.
First, a headset has to have good speakers and Sound Blaster really delivers here with a pair of 40mm drivers. I am not an audiophile, but let me say that this SB offering is approaching the diminish of return curve at the very end: in the wired mode, you can get better sounding headphones, but only slightly better and at several times the price (and the price of this SB is already quite hefty). In other words, I don't think anyone can nick this SB headset due to its sound quality.
Second is comfort and battery life. Yes, it's very comfortable. Everything is nicely padded and the headset is large enough for all my friends who have visited my house. (This cannot be said for a Jabra Revo that I have reviewed before.) The battery life is very long: over 10 hours at comfortable volume. If there is anything to nick here, it's the build quality. The plastic squeaks.
Third is the microphone. This is where this SB Evo Headset really shines. This is literally the best sounding headset I have ever tested, bluetooth or not. The reception is focused and clear. Everyone on the other side of the conversation praised the quality. I don't know what magic the SB folks have put there (well, it's basically a high-quality noise-cancelling array microphone), but it really sounds very nice in both Skype and games.
Fourth is the connectivity. This SB offers all three mode of operation: analog wired (3.5mm), digital wired (usb), and bluetooth. The bluetooth pairing can be done traditionally or through NFC. This is essentially standard these days.
Fifth is the control. SB is quite conservative here. There is an on/off button, a next button, a prev button, and a stop/play button. Nothing fancy, but everything works. What can be a little bit annoying is the digital volume knob. You turn this knob one way to increase, the other way to decrease. The problem is that it's a digital knob, and so you can be turning in one direction forever without knowing where you are relative to the min/max scale. It's very common among bluetooth headset though, so I do not plan to take any star off.
Finally comes the cables. Well, this is where I am not so hot about this product. They are very rigid plastic cables (feels like coffee stir) instead of the more trendy and comfortable cloth cables. Both are snag-free, but the cloth ones are softer and conforms with your body much better than these coffee stirs. Fortunately, the microphone is on the headset itself and so you can just replace the cables.
Overall, this is a very solid offering from Sound Blaster. If I am in the market to buy a bluetooth headset for home use, this SB is high on my list. For mobile use, be sure to think about replacing the cable.
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