Raptor LH1

Testing

Test rig

Processor

Intel C2Q Q9450 Quad Core 2.66GHz

Motherboard

Gigabyte S-Series GA-73PVM-S2H

Graphics Card

XFX 8600GT

Memory

Corsair XMS2 PC6400 (2x 1GB)

Hard Drive

Hitachi HDT7250 (250GB)

OS

Windows XP Pro 32bit

PSU

NOX Apex 700W

Methodology

Headsets, like many other peripherals, are quite difficult to test as the results are going to be based mainly around the user’s personal preference for bass and treble levels, and their ability to convey the quality of the sound. To fully test the headset though, we play different types of music, movies and games while wearing the headphones, which give us as clear a picture as possible of what the device can do.

Results

Games

Battlefield 2

Battlefield 2 is your typical first person shooter with lots of bangs, booms and explosions to tingle your ear drums. I chose to test the LH1 on a vehicle server in order to maximise the amount of noise from the helicopters, airplanes and tanks on Wake Island.

The realism of the headset is immediately evident and very effective with the airplanes whizzing overhead and bombs landing with a huge explosion nearby. Whilst flying a plane too, the sound of the engines whirring was fantastic. Despite not having an add-in sound card, I was very impressed with the quality of the sound.

Finally, I tested it out by whacking the volume up and pumping out some rounds on the anti-air guns; I suspected this would be the downfall of the LH1 as this is the achilles heel for many headsets – distortion at higher volumes. However, I was very pleasantly surprised and it did a darn good job and only at very high volumes did distortion start to creep in – very good indeed.

Movies

I Am Legend

As with most headset tests, I chose to use the mass zombie killing scene in I Am Legend where Will Smith decides to go out in his car and pound the crap out of millions of them. The thuds and crashes of the bodies into the windscreen and car are very realistic indeed and it feels as if you are there in the midst of the action. No problems for movies at all!

Music

I decided to change it up a bit with the music testing and use some less well known bands that I really like at the moment – Approaching Nirvana and InnerPartySystem.

Approaching Nirvana

This band plays sort of techno/trance that is a little alternative to the mainstream stuff being pumped out at the moment. The clarity of the music through the headset was very good and equaled, if not better, the sound from my 2.1 Altec Lansing Speakers (which are not bad at all).

InnerPartySystem

InnerPartySystem is lot more drum and bass type music with a main beat. The bass came through pretty well and although this was probably the best conveyed out of all of the music and media – it’s still pretty good.

Comfort

The headset is pretty good in this respect and I found that the earpieces did actually fit around my ears instead of being half on half off like some headsets are; which can be uncomfortable. The top padding is good and cushions the top of your head nicely.

Microphone

To test the microphone clarity I used the headset in game and also for some voice calls on Skype and asked people how good the sound came through. On almost all accounts, the response was very positive but you just need to make sure the microphone is positioned well so that it’s about 1.5-2” away from your mouth so that it’s not too close or too far away.

Cost

The Raptor-Gaming LH1 comes in at a very respectable £19.99 which is very good for a headset of this quality and standard.

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