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RIG 500 PRO HX Gaming Headphone Review – GameSpace.com

Today’s peripheral gaming market is vastly completely different than it was even 10 years in the past. Back within the day when it got here time to buy console headphones your choices had been fairly restricted. Only a number of manufacturers provided something of high quality. Fast ahead to at this time and fortunately we’ve got the RIG 500 PRO HX, a really completely different proposition.

The RIG 500 Pro HX Gaming headphones are mum or dad firm Nacon’s latest refresh of their Pro sequence headphone lineup. Designed for the Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Windows 10, these wired headphones promise a number of high-end options at a budget-conscious value. After every week of working these headphones by way of the gauntlet of checks, video games and hours of music listening it’s time to see simply how effectively the RIG 500s maintain up beneath the strain. So seize that espresso, sit back and take a look at our overview of the RIG 500 Pro HX gaming headphones designed for Xbox.

Specifications:

Price: $69.99USB (Best Buy)
Audio Ear Coupling: Around Ear
Connection: 3.5mm Connector
Headphone Driver: 50mm
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Impedence: 32 ohms
3D Audio: Dolby Atmos

Microphone

Frequency Response: 100hz-10kHz
Removable Mic: Yes
Mic Sensativity: -45 dBV/Pa
Mic Polar Pattern: Uni-directional

Other Features

Volume Control: Inline Volume Control
Mute: Flip to Mute Feature
Cable Length: 1.3m

 

 

Build to Survive A Rage Quit

The RIG 500 PRO HX wired Gaming Headset presents a number of options for console and PC avid gamers alike. Out of the field, the HX feels sturdy and stable to carry and put on. Each earpiece is encased in a tough honeycombed plastic shell with an opulent ear muff that encloses across the ear.

I discovered the earmuffs to be fairly breathable and cozy to put on for an prolonged time frame. I appreciated the little branding particulars as effectively. On the internal facet of every earpiece is a branded ‘R’ in addition to a brand on the connector headband. Speaking of the scarf, the surface band is comprised of a flat black metallic whereas an internal versatile cushion rests towards your head. A mic mounting level is seen on the underside of the left earpiece. When not in use it folds up and basically disappears into the headpiece. The design of the headphones is exclusive and durable.

Connecting the five hundred PRO’s to an audio supply is a flat, skinny cable measuring in at just below 1.3m lengthy. The size works nice for console gaming however could be a little bit of a problem for PC avid gamers except you’re working an extension cable. A small inline controller lets you alter quantity ranges rapidly and with ease whereas the aforementioned mic mount will be flipped as much as mute the mic itself. My solely critique of the entire design is the cable itself. Unlike the headphones, which really feel sturdy and rugged, the cable appears dainty by comparability. The inline controller as effectively doesn’t really feel as effectively designed as the remainder of the headset. It looks like a little bit of an odd alternative contemplating simply how effectively designed the headphones are in any other case.

The mic itself is a removable arm with a stable onerous plastic connection level with the mic finish hooked up to a versatile however seemingly sturdy cable connection. I used to be really fairly impressed with the ruggedness of the mic. I bent it a number of completely different occasions and, with out hesitation, it flexed proper again to no matter place I set it. Overall I’m pretty impressed with the construct high quality of the RIG 500 PRO HX.

rig right ear

Audio Performance

As with all my headphone opinions, I ran the five hundred’s by way of a sequence of stress checks and frequency checks to see how effectively they might carry out. I typically run the headphones for about 40-50 hours at max quantity earlier than performing any main testing to heat up the drivers and see if there are any obtrusive points. After 50+ hours of continuous audio, the five hundred’s nonetheless sounded nice with a number of notable observations.

First up was a easy frequency check. In essence, I run the 50mm drivers by way of the frequency vary for 20Hz to 20kHz and pay attention for any main distortions alongside the way in which. On the excessive and mid-range frequencies the HX’s carried out pretty effectively with no notable hum or distortion within the sound. Even on the low finish (something above 100Hz), the audio was clear and clear.

However, as soon as the band dropped under the 100Hz vary I did observe a slight hum within the audio. Below 50 Hz resulted in some distortion. What this implies on a sensible degree is that for essentially the most half audio will sound pretty clear with some noise within the low-end sound. These headphones push out some fairly energy bass sounds however they do get a bit muddy when there are a number of bass frequencies being pushed out on the identical time. Voices and better frequency sounds, nevertheless, are fairly clear and simple to listen to. For video games, I felt that the RIGs introduced pretty clear audio all through my playthroughs. Even films had been fairly stable. Music was additionally fairly clear aside from bass-heavy genres. In these instances, there have been a number of occasions the place the bass felt a bit muddy and approach too heat for my liking.

Overall although the RIG 500’s carried out effectively and actually sound good when gaming. As the five hundred Pro HX is geared extra in the direction of console avid gamers, they labored as marketed.

 

rig 500 hx right side

 

3D Surround

One of the large options that RIG promotes with the five hundred Pro’s is the Dolby-powered 3D encompass audio expertise. Upon receiving the headphones you’ll additionally discover a redemption code for the Dolby Atmos app that gives you entry to it. This is a paid app which suggests that there’s basically a paywall between your new {hardware} and all of its options set. Thankfully RIG covers the fee however it’s a bit disappointing that it’s there within the first place. The app itself will be discovered on the Microsoft retailer on each Xbox and PC.

For these unfamiliar with Dolby Atmos, it makes an attempt to push the idea of encompass sound to a brand new degree. This is achieved, in essence, by simulating a completely immersive encompass expertise. Traditional encompass depends on channels. Atmos foregoes the thought of channels and as a substitute treats feels like objects. These objects will be positioned in 128 completely different ‘places’ round, under and even above you creating a completely immersive audio expertise.

I used to be fairly impressed at how responsive the encompass sound expertise is on the RIG 500’s. I ran a sequence of encompass checks after which spent a few hours in-game with the characteristic lively. Footsteps, gunshots and different sounds had been all precisely projected by way of the headphones and had been directionally distinct. Even when there was loads occurring, the audio was clear.

Mic Checks

The attachable microphone permits for plug-and-play motion on each the Xbox and PC. No further connections or setup is required to utilize the microphone. From a options standpoint, it additionally means there isn’t a lot by means of customization; no achieve management or voice isolation. What you see is what you get.

 

Recording checks revealed that the mic has a superb pickup. This is each a blessing and a little bit of a curse virtually. On the one hand, vocals are available in good and clear, they aren’t too heat which suggests they are often simply understood.

Due to its delicate, omnidirectional polar sample (it picks audio sources up from all instructions) nevertheless, the mic picks up a number of background noise. It doesn’t overwhelm the foreground audio supply however it’s clearly heard when speaking and even simply gaming. Keystrokes are fairly audible and if somebody is having a dialog wherever in shut neighborhood it’s almost definitely going to be picked up on the mic.

Some kind of inline achieve or sensitivity management would have simply rectified this subject as a result of, in any other case, the audio high quality is pretty good for a headphone mic. Arguably you’ll be able to handle this all by way of software program however having the {hardware} management would have been a pleasant operate. The flip to mute characteristic is attention-grabbing although. I’ve seen this on just one different mic and I’ve to say I really desire it to an inline change because it reduces fumbling if you want to rapidly mute your self.

Overall I’m impressed with the readability of the microphone pickup regardless of the background noise. Compared to another headset mics it’s an incredible providing. As an added bonus and for science I examined the RIG 500 Pro HX on my PS4 regardless of them not being designed for it. Turns out it really works nice albeit with out the good 3D encompass characteristic. You do get full stereo help and voice seize so if you’re somebody with a number of methods it’s good to know that this might work in a number of consoles setup. This isn’t an official advice simply an attention-grabbing statement.

RIG 500 HX product shot with box

Final Thoughts

The RIG 500 Pro HX for Xbox X/S, Xbox One and PC is a fairly stable providing. At a value level of $69.99USD as of the time of writing these rugged headphones supply some premium options at an reasonably priced value. Some low-end noise and a hyper-sensitive mic, to not point out a bought app wanted to actually leverage all the audio options, forestall it from being the perfect in its class. However, with the redemption code included together with your buy, good 50mm drivers and wonderful construct high quality the RIG 500 Pro HX is value contemplating when you’re out there for reasonably priced console headphones. Be positive to take a look at  extra concerning the RIG 500 Pro HX on the official Nacon Gaming website and extra of our different audio opinions over on Gamespace.com