In a world where fully wireless console headsets never dip under the $200 price point, enter the Afterglow Prismatic AG 9 Plus for only $99. With separate units for each the Xbox One and PS4, the Afterglow Prismatic AG 9 Plus gives you wireless stereo sound and well as 100% wireless chat, all with simple connectivity through a USB dongle. A $99 fully wirelessly solution for either console is like an oasis in a desert. With all of the headsets that we cover, wired and wireless, we were quite intrigued to see what we can get for $99 in this otherwise pricy category. Let’s dive into the Afterglow Prismatic AG 9 Plus for the Xbox One.
The Afterglow Prismatic AG 9 Plus, by PDP, uses a simple plastic frame housing mesh cushions for the headband and ear cups. On the left ear cup you have a removable mic as well as all of your controls and ports. The button in the center controls power and mic-mute toggling. The button closer to where the mic arm extends controls the LEDs of the headset and toggles between two sound modes: Pure Audio and Bass Boost. You have a micro USB port for charging and a 3.5mm port for use on the go with a mobile device. Lastly, you have two separate dials, one controls master volume while the other handles game and chat volume balancing.
The controls are simple and direct enough, working well as intended. Press and hold the center button to power the headset on and off, or simply press it to toggle mic muting when the AG 9 Plus is on. The sound mode button, when held down, begins to slowly shift in color. When holding this button down, you simply release the button when the LED color of your preference is displaying. Hold the button down even longer and the LED’s turn off when they reach the end of the cycle of colors that the AG 9 Plus is capable of.
That’s perfect if lit headsets aren’t your thing or if you’re just conservative of battery power. The AG 9 Plus‘ battery won’t have you worrying about that too much. The headset did live up to its claimed 16-hour battery life, even with the LED’s illuminating at all times. You can even have the AG 9 Plus illuminating when you’re out on the go, and away from the console. Having a removal mic gives more value to the included 3.5mm port as few people want a boom mic arm sticking out when they just want to listen to music on the go.
The AG 9 Plus established a nice level of comfort with its simplistic design. It does have a bit of a rigid feel to it and the frame is what I would describe as “flexible enough”. While the ear cups can be slid up and down along the headband, this adjustment seems to cater more towards the length of one’s head as opposed to the actual tightness of the headset. Luckily the mesh cushions have just enough give or sink to them to keep the headset from feeling tight, even with glasses wear. Also, being mesh, those cushions allow for ear breathability, which kept my longer play sessions from sparking up a sense of fatigue. Not bad in the comfort department.
The AG 9 Plus had a nice and balanced stereo presentation in its Pure Audio setting. It was easy to make out gun fire, explosions, and most importantly footsteps while running around in Titanfall 2. Best of all, all of those sounds and more came across nice and crisp, leading to an overall enjoyable listening experience with no takeaways. Being a fan of bass, I was eager to try out the Bass Boost. What I found was just a negligible lean towards the low range once the mode was activated. I didn’t expect to have my brain vibrated by bass when I switched it on, I was just hoping the change in modes would feel more significant.
All in all, the Bass Boost listening experience was still just as enjoyable as it was with the Pure Audio. Perhaps this was because I felt it was just a minor change from what I already liked. Whenever I remembered, I just switched the Bass Boost on. It gave a slight enhancement to the overall experience. Whenever I forgot to do so, I didn’t miss much. If you were to give the AG 9 Plus a go yourself, I’d suggest that you’d turn on the Bass Boost each and every time, even if I felt it was about a nudge better.
Summing it all together, if you’re looking for a 100% wireless audio experience for your Xbox One or PS4, and you’re on a budget, the Afterglow Prismatic AG 9 Plus was made for you. You’re not going to find a 100% wireless solution at this price point right now. Best of all, the Afterglow Prismatic AG 9 Plus performs past its dollar value, giving you just what you need while adding that Afterglow LED light-up flair, keeping in-line with the Afterglow name. You can even take the AG 9 Plus on the go and still continue to use the light-up feature whilst away from the console. If you’re trying to grab attention, trust me, you’ll have it.
The AG 9 Plus doesn’t give you the surround sound or EQ tweaks of its 100% wireless competitors. However, if you’re not trying to spend over $200, you probably wouldn’t care. You now get to do away with annoying chat wires connected to your controllers, which most headsets out now use to feed you stereo sound either way. If that’s the case, then why not check out the Afterglow Prismatic AG 9 Plus, right? I definitely suggest that you check it out for yourself here.
† Afterglow Prismatic AG 9 Plus review unit provided by PDP PR.