Headphones are often overlooked when talking about video game hardware and kit. If you live alone and have a R15k sound system hooked up in your living room, then it’s obviously not something you should worry about. But if you want some privacy, or want good sound without spending that sort of money, then a decent set of cans is a no-brainer. The Plantronics Rig 500 Pro HS is a high-end wired stereo headset that might be the headphones you’re looking for.
I had the opportunity to put the headphones through its paces along with the Nacon Asymmetric Wireless controller. The headset and the controller work very well together, but also independently. So even though they do go well as a set, you don’t have to get the one to enjoy the other.
The Plantronics Rig 500 Pro HS headset I was given for review is essentially the exact same pair as PC gamers know and love except these are officially PlayStation 4 and Nacon branded. Everything in the box is exactly the same, apart for an extra cable with a 3.5mm jack that fits perfectly with your Dualshock or Nacon Asymmetric Wireless controller.
While the normal cable with with inline volume control will work just fine, the added cable has a volume control dial right where it plugs into the controller, which means you can control the volume without taking your had of the controller. It’s actually genius and why nobody thought about this until now is a little baffling.
Apart from this change, the Rig 500 Pros are a very solid and well made set of cans. The headband frame is made of a lightweight metal that has enough flexibility in it, and the auto adjustable band has enough cushion to keep you comfortable while keeping the headphones snugly on your head. The only issue I have here is the wires for the headphones run through the elastic band and padding, which means there’s too much movement in the wires to my liking. It also means that two wires loop out on the side of the headphones to allow for more slack, which I’m not a big fan of either.
The headphone features a removable flip mic, which on the left cup, which never feels like it’s in the way, no matter in what position it’s in. So overall, I am quite impressed with the design, despite a few things I’m not crazy about.
The Plantronics Rig 500 Pro headset is surprisingly lightweight and sits comfortable and snug enough on your head. At first I thought it was a bit tight on my watermelon noggin, but then I realised you can adjust the headset by removing the cup and clipping it into one of three adjustable slots. This made a huge difference on the comfort and how the headset sat on my head.
The cups is a tad bit small for me though, but once again, I do have slightly bigger ears that keeps things in proportion with my bigger head, so that is understandable. The cushioning is deep enough at least to give a bit of room between my ears and the drivers, but it is covered in a faux leather material, which made my ears very hot and sweaty very fast, and I’m not a fan of it.
But the thing is all really comes down to is performance, and luckily the Plantronics Rig 500 Pro doesn’t disappoint. The headset features a pair of pretty standard 50mm drivers which delivers exactly what you would expect. It’s got good bass that’s not overwhelming, decent mids and also crisp highs.
I tested it with some Titanfall 2 multiplayer and all the sounds was crystal clear, and I had a very good sense of direction at all times. The headset also works incredibly well just listening to music on my PC, delivering a nice and even sound throughout. Doing a test of the microphone, I was told my voice is crisp and clear and sexy as it always is.
Is it worth buying?
The Plantronics Rig 500 Pro headset is a bit on the expensive side for wired, stereo headphones. However, it really is a nice pair of cans. The added controller specific 3.5mm cable is an added bonus and being able to tune the volume on the fly right by your controller is real treat.
The headphones is really well built as well, and it should last you a very long time if you look after them, which is something to consider. That said, there are very good, cheaper options available out there. Overall I would easily recommend the headphones to somebody who are looking for something a bit more high-end.