Skullcandy PLYR1 Wireless Gaming Headset Review
“Player 1 has joined your team “, probably not very welcome sight in online games. However, sometimes it is just a veteran player having fun and disguising him/herself as a noob for fun and jokes. Skullcandy’s new wireless headset PLYR1 falls into the same category. A true wolf in sheepskin. A strong contender for the top position in price-for-value wireless headsets.
Skullcandy PLYR1 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review
- Long battery life
- Excellent sound and virtual 7.1 Surround Sound system
- Smaller earcups than you are used to
- Tight fit
It almost sounds like a movie theater when you put the Skullcandy PLYR1 on. The simulated 7.1 Surround Sound system and firm resounding bass makes sure you could experience the vivid sounds at their fullest. The Surround Sound adds a lot to finding out where the enemy is located. You will hear from which direction are the gunshots and footsteps coming from much clearer and accurately than with gaming headsets without simulated 7.1.
At critical decision-making moments, you would want to hear your teammates clearer. For this reason, Skullcandy has included one intuitive control to easily balance the volume between game sounds and voice chat.
The Skullcandy PLYR1 is completely wireless and uses a 2.4 GHz spectrum to transmit audio data. You won’t have to worry about the annoying cords getting all messy or the critical parts of the cord wear off fast and make the headset useless. You can also leave the headset on when you leave the room but still want to hear what your teammates say and talk. There really are a big bunch of perks about wireless freedom.
The battery life is rather long compared to other wireless headsets. Easily 8-10 hours per one charge. You are able to recharge your set in stylish Transmitter Stand, featuring USB ports and TOSlink optical digital inputs.
Microphone and customizability
The headset has three presets for different sound preferences.
- Bass Mode
- Supreme Mode
- Precision Mode
These come in handy when you’re switching between different activities. Whether you’re watching an action movie or in the middle of an important CS:GO tournament, you can easily switch to another EQ mode through the GMX onboard mixer.
The boom microphone attached to the Skullcandy PLYR1 is noise-cancelling and is completely muted when held up vertically.
It features cool and out of the box design like most of the Skullcandy’s products. They’re always innovative and you will stand out nicely with this headset. There are two color schemes available, black and white, although the white version currently seems to be a little bit more expensive than it’s black counterpart.
Most of the materials used are plastic, but it’s well engineered, sturdy and tight. It’s not that cheap bulky plastic featured in budget headsets. The PLYR1 gaming headset is durable and in proper use and maintenance along with battery life, will last years of consistent use.
The earcups of this headset feature heat-resisting elements. Since the earcups are closed-back, your ears might get unpleasantly moist and heated up during long gaming sessions. Plush and heat-resisting elements of PLYR1 however, will let you play for hours straight without noticing and unpleasantries.
When comparing PLYR1-s to Astro A50-s(see them here), which are almost 2x the price of PLYR1-s, they’re really a great deal. If you’re tired or not happy with Stereo sound headsets and look for a wireless solution for 7.1 Surround Sound headset, the Skullcandy PLYR1-s are one of the cheapest options from elite headset manufacturers.
Skullcandy PLYR1 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Verdict
Some people consider wireless headsets to be inferior to wired headsets when it comes to audio quality and precision. However, it is not the 00’s anymore and wireless gaming headsets have evolved tremendously and they’ve basically caught up with the wired headsets already. Not to mention the wireless freedom we mentioned above which you wouldn’t get with the wired headsets. Wireless headsets also look more futuristic and elegant. Be ahead of your time and let history take care of gaming equipment with cords!