Alright folks, today I have for you the ATH-ADG1X Open Air Gaming Headset by our good friends over at audio-technica. The Open Air model is their open back headset and that is what I will be reviewing today.
If you have been an audiophile for any amount of time you have heard of audio-technica. They are the team behind some of the absolute best vinyl turntables, headphones and now gaming headsets. Being in business since the 60’s, they have a lot of experience in the field of sound. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of using a piece of audio-technica equipment, you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t had this luxury you are missing out but it is never too late.
The Open Air ATH-ADG1X Gaming Headset is a comfortable, high end option for us gamers. While I’ve had it for a month, I have put it to the test. There are a lot of things that I do when I test ANY headset, but when we’re dealing with a headset that is between $250 and $300 I want to make sure I’m not leading anybody in the wrong direction.
The first thing you will notice when you put these cans on your noggin is that they are like putting on two clouds. This ultra-lightweight headset weighs in at only 285g. This is actually very light as my go-to headset is nearly 100g heavier. This is important when it comes to those longer gaming sessions, and ear fatigue.
The massive 53mm drivers (speakers) are much larger than their most common counterparts who are usually around 40mm. The bigger the driver, the bigger the sound in most cases. The sound is clear and precise. My only comment when it comes to the sound is that it doesn’t pick up on too many lows. Unless you’re listening to the latest Top 40 hit-list, this doesn’t necessarily matter too much. The Open Air ATH-ADG1X gaming headset has an interesting design with an oversized headband, while including something audio-technica refers to as the 3D Wing Support which is basically a guard that keeps your head from ever touching the head-band. If you’ve worn an ill-fitting headset you’ll notice that they handband is the center of most of the discomfort. As soon as you remove the headset you feel a relief of pressure. With the ATH-ADG1X this problem is eradicated to ensure total comfort for those with noggins of all shapes and sizes.
As most gaming headsets of today there is a convenient in-line controller in which you can change the volume, and mute the microphone altogether. The mircrophone is flexible, and allows you to communicate clearly whether you are chatting on discord, streaming, or screaming commands to your team in game. The microphone is NOT detachable which is kinda strange in today’s buffet of gaming headsets. Not a deal breaker, just something I noticed. Some people like to use their headsets as their go-to means for listening to their tunes while on the go. Not being able to detach the microphone may look a little silly in this case. Keep in mind that if you are a streamer though you are going to want the closed back version of the ATH-ADG1X as the sound does leak with the Open Air model as it does with any and all open-back styled gaming headsets.
All in all the comfort in nearly unparalleled which is very surprising stating the size of this gaming headset. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices when you are using a headset with drivers as large as the ones on the audio-technica ATH-ADG1X but not this time. Like I said before, audio-technica knows what they are doing here. You can order them today while they are on sale from Amazon by clicking this convenient link right here. Want to find more info for yourself? Check out audio-technica’s site for more!