Performance and Final Thoughts
Surround sound headsets are everywhere. Before Dolby Atmos, surround sound headsets gave 360 degrees of sound, allowing gamers to react more precisely in tandem of where sound was heard. However, that sound was projected on the same plane. Meaning, while you can tell with sound that an enemy running at you from 7 o’clock, you couldn’t tell those sounds were coming from your level, below you or above you. Dolby Atmos now gives you that same 360 degrees of sound while allowing you to perceive differences in height. This is simply great in any game where an enemy being above you is a possibility. You’ll hear that sound and know to look behind you and up, right away.
At the surface, the RIG 800LX‘s sound presentation is right on the money. Gunshots and footsteps are clear and crisp. The bass is deep and warm leading to deafening and immersive explosions. Dolby Atmos made sound coming from the RIG 800LX that much more vivid and exciting. Of course to get the full benefit of the RIG 800LX and Dolby Atmos, you would need to be playing a game that supports Dolby Atmos. Luckily, Gears of War 4 recently released an update that allowed for Dolby Atmos support. So I got to enjoy the sounds of BoomShot rounds whizzing overhead. And just like that Gears of War 4 became that much more immersive and fun.
The mic on the RIG 800LX is pretty solid, projecting the speaker’s voice loud and clear. It does a good job at honing in on the wearers voice. However there were times where the mic was too good, and it picked up background sounds like the occasional TV commercial or some boisterous passerby. So you’ll have to take some measures at controlling your environments if you are gaming in semi-loud settings.
The four EQ modes you are able to toggle through are Pure, Seismic, Intensify and Vocal Focus. Each provided unique alterations where Pure was your “vanilla” experience, Seismic amped up the bass, Intensify seemed to sharpen the highs, and Vocal Focus was self-explanatory. I found myself enjoying dips between Pure and Seismic the most, since I wanted to hear the native game sounds unaltered most of the time, while occasionally adding in more bass. Now, that’s not to down play the other two EQ modes at all. It was just that Pure and Seismic provided sound experiences that happened to be my preferred cup of tea.
The Plantronics RIG 800LX is a big win for just $149.99. And I say “just” because the majority of fully wireless audio solutions for the Xbox One rarely tend to dip below the $200 range. For $149.99, you get at an exceptionally comfortable headset that homers in sound quality. The fact that Plantronics is gifting you (for now) a free Dolby Atmos license simply adds to the overall value of this package. That’s a $15 software purchase that applies to both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, which Plantronics is flipping the bill for.
If you’re looking to gift someone or yourself with a wireless gaming headset for both the Xbox One and PC, and you’re not trying to break the bank, the Plantronics RIG 800LX is a product that you just can’t overlook. Do check it out for yourself here…
However, if you prefer a wired headset that’s offering the same Dolby Atmos deal like the RIG 800LX, then you don’t have too look far. We also reviewed a RIG 600LX, complete with Dolby Atmos, just last week! Go ahead and check it out here.
†Plantronics RIG 800LX review unit provided by Plantronics PR.