E3 2017: Plantronics Showcases Gaming Headset Complete with Dolby Atmos

At E3 2017, Plantronics showcased their RIG series of gaming headsets, now releasing with Dolby® Atmos™. So many, if not all, of the headsets we’re seeing at E3 this year have been designed to be compatible with the optional add-on of Dolby® Atmos™, at the cost of $15. However, gamers that purchase any of these Plantronics RIG headsets this year will receive a license for the Dolby® Atmos™ software free of charge for their Xbox One and Windows 10 accounts.

Through Dolby® Atmos™, gamers will be able to experience a gaming sound space that allows them to determine when sounds occur above or below them in game. This grants an additional level of in-game awareness that was once limited to a virtual 360 degrees of sound on a single level or plane.

Let’s take a look at each of these Plantronic RIG headsets, coming to market in Fall 2017.

Plantronics RIG 400LX

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Headphone drivers Dynamic 40 mm
Mic frequency response 100 Hz–10 kHz
Mic sensitivity -45 dBV/Pa
Mic signal-to-noise ratio >42 dB
Mic pick-up pattern Uni-directional
Headphone weight 210 g/7.4 oz
Headphone frequency response 20 Hz–20 kHz
Headphone impedance 32 ohms
Headphone sensitivity 111 dBSPL/V
Headphone maximum input power 40 mW

The RIG 400LX  for the Xbox One is your new low-to-mid tier  model coming with 40mm drivers and a noise canceling boom mic. The boom mic is removable for when it’s not necessary and the headset houses in-line volume and mute controls. The RIG 400LX sports closed back ear cups with fabric-covered memory foam on both the headband and ear cup cushions, providing passive sound isolation. The RIG 400LX  headset will connect to their prospective console’s controller via a 3.5mm jack.

The RIG 400LX will go for $99.99.

Plantronics RIG 600LX

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Headphone drivers Dynamic 40 mm
Mic frequency response 100 Hz—10 kHz
Mic sensitivity -45 dBV/Pa
Mic signal-to-noise ratio >42 dB
Mic pick-up pattern Uni-directional
Headphone weight 247.1 g/8.7 oz
Headphone frequency response 20 Hz–20 kHz
Headphone impedance 32 ohms
Headphone sensitivity 111 dBSPL/V
Headphone maximum input power 40 mW

Higher up in the chain is the RIG 600LX for the Xbox One, PC, and mobile devices. Intended to be your singular solution to all things gaming, the RIG 600LX also connects with a 3.5mm jack to the XBox One family of consoles. However, it also comes with a Y-adapter/splitter for connectivity to the PC. Should you choose to use the RIG 600LX with your mobile device, you can remove the noise-canceling boom mic and swap in the mobile cable, housing its own in-line mic. The closed-back RIG 600LX will sport a cushioned fabric headband with a sort of mesh-like leatherette cushioning for passive sound isolation in the ear cups. Headset not in use? Simply fold the ear cups flat and easily stow away the RIG 600LX or wear it around your neck.

The RIG 600LX will go for $129.99.

Plantronics RIG 800LX 

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Headphone drivers Dynamic 40 mm
Mic frequency response 100 Hz–10 kHz
Mic sensitivity -45 dBV/Pa
Mic signal-to-noise ratio >42 dB
Mic pick-up pattern Uni-directional
Headphone weight 290 g/10 oz
Headphone frequency response 20 Hz–20 kHz
Headphone impedance 32 ohms
Headphone sensitivity 111 dBSPL/V
Headphone maximum input power 40 mW

Surely, among all of these Plantronics series of gaming headsets exist a flagship of sorts. At E3 2017, Plantronics introduced the RIG 800LX, the 100% wireless solution for the Xbox One. These RIG 800 Series of headsets produce an impressive 24 hours of game play on a full charge, with a quick-charging feature that provides 1.5 hours of gaming per 30-minute charge. The trimmings of a top tier headset are here with the RIG 800 Series:

  • Mic monitoring
  • Dials for controlling voice and gaming volume balance including master volume control
  • Noise canceling mic that flips up to mute
  • EQ settings for high range, mid range, low range and voice focus

The RIG 800LX sports the modular design seen in the RIG 500 E (reviewed here), housing an adjustable suspension headband and slots for moving the ear cups around. The ear cups themselves are closed back, using leatherette cushioning for optimal sound isolation. If you liked the RIG 500E and wondered how it would be if Plantronics made it 100% wireless, the RIG 800LX just may be the answer you’re looking for.

The RIG 800LX will ring up at $149.99.

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