In order to hear the full effect of the gloriously gory sounds of punching, dismembering and shooting the copious amounts of demons in Doom, a headset is recommended, and seems Thrustmasters agrees with that sentiment and have produced the Y-350X 7.1 Doom Edition headset. And with its highly competitive price point of £129.99, can this headset provide the quality we desire in a more wallet friendly package to the likes of Astro and Turtlebeach?
After tearing through the box – with specification breakdowns, Doom’s Revenant demon, and some pleasant shots of the headset itself adorning the packaging – the black plastic of the headset reveals itself, with its scattering of etched white scratches and the Doom and Thrustmaster logos. Its round brown speaker cushions begging to rest against your ears, and the brown cushion on the headband poised to rest comfortably upon your head. The detachable power pack and Xbox One controller puck sport the same black and brown colour scheme, with clearly ladled buttons on the puck allowing for the mic, voice feedback, and 7.1 to be activated and disabled, as well as the ability to switch between game, chat and bass volume controls. It only gets better once these are plugged in and green and orange lights dictate the volume level. It’s certainly an attractive headset.
However, minimal documentation can leave you wanting. It’s fairly intuitive to setup and use but when problems occur it’s off to the online documentation for answers and that too is on the small side. And unfortunately we did encounter some problems with the initial setup, with the puck not responding and only finally coming to life after unplugging it and plugging it back in to the controller several times. These issues persisted with different controllers and with the initial setup over multiple gaming sessions, however, once we were up and running the headset’s quality truly started to shine.
The bass is simply remarkable, with exceptional crispness and range across the low frequencies and terrific enhancement to its treble counterpart at the high end. The 60mm drivers deliver loud, high quality sound that’s a delight to experience. Activate the 7.1 mode and the sound is enhanced further, providing you with brilliant directional audio feedback. However, the 7.1 is virtually simulated rather than the real thing, and its source is stereo as opposed to the Astro A50 5.1 source to 7.1 virtually delivery. It therefore doesn’t quite live up to the A50’s in this area, but its mighty close.
However, this is a £130 headset as opposed to Astro’s £250 equivalent, and the sound quality it delivers despite the lower price point is exceptional. Furthermore, the mic also provides crisp, clear voice, although its bare plastic does mean it’s highly sensitive to wind and breath sounds. We also found that long sessions with the round speaker cushions do end up hurting your ears.
The Y-350X 7.1 Doom Edition headset achieves tremendous sound quality in both its speaker delivery and mic input, making it a very competitive product against any of the high-end headsets currently on the market. And with its low price point it’s a bargain. However, it gets uncomfortable to wear over longer gaming sessions, picks up breath sounds very easily, and occasionally fights against the Xbox One controller. Mind you, its impressive scope of compatibility, with it working terrifically on PC, smartphones and PS4 makes, this a flexible headset that’s ideal if you’re looking for an all-in-one solution – although the 7.1 functionality is restricted to the Xbox One through the puck. Indeed then, it’s easy to recommend the Y-350X 7.1 Doom Edition headset.
Thanks to Xbox and Thrustmaster for supporting TiX