Plantronics GameCom X95 Wireless Headset

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Plantronics GameCom X95 Wireless Headset

If you haven’t already, check out Frosted’s review of the Plantronics X40′s, a wired version of this same headset.

Having been a fan of gaming headsets for some time, I was looking forward to seeing what Plantronics had up their sleeve with their new GameCom X95 wireless headset.  Traditionally I have been a wired headset user, as the threat of interference has kept me from committing to a wireless option.  With a new set of X95′s in hand, I set off on a journey and this is what I found.

Connecting up the headset for the first time was very easy. All you have is a set of piggyback RCA cables that go right in-line with your existing RCA or Component cables feeding your Xbox.  If you are using HDMI for your connection, you can easily connect the headset to the “monitor out” on your TV or surround sound receiver.  There is one other very cool thing about the piggyback style, you can have more than one set hooked up at once.  If you are playing co-op and both want to wear headsets, you can connect them both.  The transceiver is powered by a USB cable connected into the back of your Xbox.  Three AAA batteries (Included, FTW) feed the headset itself, and as with every Xbox compatible headset, you have a piggyback cord to feed your mic into your Xbox controller.  The mic on the headset is collapsible and conceals away completely into the headset itself.  While not in use, you can’t even tell there is a mic built right in.  When you fire up the headset for the first time it should already be paired with its base station.  If it doesn’t pair up right away, as mine didn’t, fear not because re-pairing your headset couldn’t be more simple.  Hold the sync button on the base station until it lights up solid, do the same on the headset and PRESTO! you are in business.

The wireless itself works on a 2.4 GHz frequency, which initially had me a bit worried.  My gaming setup is right next to my router, which is also 2.4 GHz band, as well as my cordless phone.  I am very happy to report that there was ZERO interference with my existing devices, very impressive.  The only thing I ran into that did cause interference was running the microwave.  It caused a bit of stutter and popping while it was running, but ceased immediately when the microwave turned off.

Having worn only the X95′s for gaming over the past two weeks I have been very satisfied with the comfort.  Next to good sound quality and comfort is paramount.  It doesn’t matter how good they sound if you can’t stand to keep them on your head.  Even after hours wearing the X95′s my ears and head were still very comfortable, a huge plus.  Getting back to the sound quality, I was very impressed overall with the sound.  One thing that could be improved however is the bass.  It didn’t seem to be as pronounced as other headsets I have worn.  Being that this is a wireless headset, it is very likely something that was designed to keep battery consumption down, and I’m OK with that.  I appreciate the focus on good battery life as well.  A final note on sound, this a stereo headset and not surround sound so keep that in mind if you are looking for more granular sound control.  When it comes to controlling that lovely sound, the over-sized control wheels on either earpiece made dialing in the right volume a breeze.  Having the volume controls placed right on the headset itself eliminates hunting for in-line controls, especially helpful in the middle of a firefight.  You have separate controls for the game audio and voice, making it easy to adjust for listening to tactics, or drowning out the nonsense.

Overall I have been very impressed with the X95′s. Plantronics has done an excellent job with this headset.

The Good:

Wireless connectivity seems flawless, had no interference problems whatsoever.  Controls on the headset are placed perfectly, will make it very hard to go back to in-line controls.  Headset is comfortable, even after long stretches gaming, never cause ear or head fatigue.

The Bad:

Although this headset is Stereo, I really missed the full effect of surround sound you can find in similar headsets.

Overall:

Excellent wireless headset.  At $99 retail, they are a steal.  If you are looking for a wireless headset, seriously consider picking one of these up.

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11 Comments
  • Kerellane
    October 19, 2010
    #1

    great blog , how are you doing now eeh?

  • Alvin
    December 24, 2010
    #2

    Hi, i just got this headset as a gift from my gf for xmas. And my xbox runs hdmi. I dont quite get the monitor out part. I cant seem to make my tv output the sound to external devices. The damn tv will still produce the audio on its own speakers. Please help.

    • Sabante
      December 25, 2010
      #3

      There should be a “Monitor Out” on the back of your television. Should be a red and white for left and right channel audio. Plug the audio “Y” from the headset into that and you will hear any audio that feed to the television. When you turn the volume down on the TV you should still have audio on your headset. At least it worked for me. Good luck!!

      • Alvin
        December 25, 2010
        #4

        The one i’m using doesnt have =( though it does have a 3.5mm audio jack. So i got a 3.5mm male to male audio cable from my friend, problem solved! hahas.

        • Sabante
          December 26, 2010
          #5

          AWESOME! Glad you got it worked out.

  • Nerdrage
    January 9, 2011
    #6

    Really really stupid question. Do you need to connect the headset using the “piggyback cord” to the xbox 360 controller? I have this headset, an Xbox 360 Elite, an SR 707 Onkyo, a Samsung 6300 (no RCA out but a 3.5 out is available) and a http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937899 HDMI Audio Cable. Using the HDMI audio cable I can get sound out of the headphones but I cannot get the mic to work without connecting the headset and the controller :( . If I have to connect them both, where’s the wireless part. Please confirm. Thank you.

    • Sabante
      January 9, 2011
      #7

      You do have to use the piggyback cord to connect the headset to the Xbox controller as with every wired or wireless headset for the Xbox. The only exception I am aware of is the Microsoft Bluetooth version that connects wirelessly. Although you are still “Wired” to your controller you are wireless from the Xbox. Plus, you only need to piggyback if you are using Live to chat, if you are simply listening to a game / video / music then you don’t need to plug in the piggyback.

      • Nerdrage
        January 9, 2011
        #8

        Thanks! I guess I was expecting total wireless freedom :-) . Oh well considering I paid 33$ for a refurb from Amazon Warehouse, can’t whine too much :-) . Cheers!

        • Sabante
          January 10, 2011
          #9

          Not a bad price at all!

  • Jack
    February 7, 2011
    #10

    I enjoy the x95 headset but I have one problem, my computer is next to my xbox. If I have the x95s plugged into the xbox my wireless usb internet adapter for the pc won’t work. It slows my internet speed from 5mbs to .13mbs. I have tried moving the reciever as far from the pc as possible but it doesn’t help. Just thought I would let you know.

    • Casey Huard
      February 8, 2011
      #11

      The one real problem of 2.4ghz connectivity. The only suggestion I could make to you is possibly try changing the sub-frequency or channel you are broadcasting your wireless on. That might help clear up the problem. 2.4ghz is a very limited band but there is a bit of flexibility there. Good luck!

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