Speedlink Medusa NX 2

Audio, Peripherals

Testing

Methodology

Headsets are quite difficult to test. It’s more down to personal preference, what the user prefers in wthe way of bass/treble levels, how the headset actually sounds and comfort. To test the headset it’ll be used in various games, VoIP applications and a couple of different styles of music. While this will help build up an idea of what the headset is capable of I advise you to try it for yourself before deciding to buy, just incase.

Results

Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2 is a fast-paced, team-based first person shooter. There’s often a lot going on around you and a good quality headset is not only important for communicating with the rest of your team but accurately reproducing the mayhem going on around you, from explosions and spies creeping around to rockets whizzing past your head.

Overall I was very pleased with the way the headset performed in TF2. Teammates voices were crystal clear even amongst the explosions and gunfire. The sound quality was very good, even at high volumes it remained clear and responsive.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Bad Company 2 has some of the most realistic sound effects I’ve come across in a FPS game when combined with a decent sound system and switching to this headset didn’t detract from that.

I thought that moving from a powerful 5.1 surround system to a headset might leave me a bit disappointed but in reality this wasn’t the case.

As with TF2, the headset performed very well. Play with the volume up, close your eyes and you’d almost think you were actually there.

Skype

Again, the headset more than met my expectations. While sitting talking to a few different people I know in person I’d ask them how they thought the microphone transmitted my voice and they all gave me basically the same answer i.e, very well. The speakers in the headset also did a very good job of accurately reproducing voice, even from those using a not-so-good microphone.

Music

Since the headset boasts about having first class sound quality I thought I’d throw an assortment of music it’s way and see how it coped.
As for the styles of music I used I just sat flicking through my media library, everything from Dubstep and Drum ‘n’ Bass to Metal, Hip-Hop, Blues, Reggae and a few others.

The headset performed well with pretty much whatever I threw at it, a little Eqing and I was able to get a sound I was very happy with.

Comfort

The headset has very soft but firm earbuds and the headband is also padded. It can be worn for hours on end with no discomfort, it even feels quite light on the head considering it’s a not a small headset.

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Last modified: May 11, 2014

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