Audio Quality and Performance
Now for performance testing a headset or any peripheral really I prefer to get a full two weeks of testing in whenever possible to find any weird issues and especially for comfort testing. Sadly with this being a launch, there wasn’t that kind of time. Add to that all of the big launches from AMD and Nvidia that I have been working on. I’ve head the headset for nearly a week but only have about 3 days in testing time. Of that, though I have been wearing them almost 24/7 though. So I first want to dive into comfort because without being comfortable I frankly don’t even want to test or deal with audio performance.
The G Pro X Gaming Headset is sporting that traditional style headband when I prefer a suspension style and earcups which are just a hair smaller than I like. But I have to admit they are amazingly comfortable. The memory foam that Logitech went with is very soft and with how soft the leatherette was on the headband I didn’t have any pain or issues with that. The headband is normally where I run into issues during long term testing over a full day or those extended gaming sessions. Even some of my favorite headsets still gave me a little discomfort and at least in the testing time I’ve been able to get with this headset I didn’t have any trouble. As for the earcups, I did switch to the velour pads almost immediately. Not because the leatherette ones were bad, they were actually really comfortable. But because the velour is even better. Plus the velour helps keep our ears a little cooler with a very small amount of airflow. The velour also made the earcups touching around my ears a little a non-issue.
I would love to find a few things to complain about for comfort but the G Pro X’s have the adjustability I needed, support was good but still soft, and the velour earcups are amazing. This helped let me spend more time on testing other aspects. One small thing I did notice when first setting everything up is how unique the plugs are on the cords. I like the knurled finish which gives you a really good grip. I also noticed that one end is smaller than the other and that Logitech designed the plug to only fit that smaller plug. So if you are planning on using a custom cord or replacing it later with something off the shelf there is a good chance it isn’t going to fit. Even the fat end of the cord in the photos below which didn’t fit was smaller than any normal headset plug. I’m sure Logitech did this to make sure people plugged the cable incorrectly. But it also feels like them locking you into their replacement as well, just like they do with their wireless mouse charging cords.
Of course, there is also audio performance and for that, there are two areas, the headphones, and the microphone. Let's talk about the headphones first. Now for testing, I did try both the included DAC and also I hooked it up to my Sound Blaster X7. I was impressed right away that Logitech stuck with a nice simple flat EQ for the tune. This allowed for cranking my music up without blasting the bass too much and the G Pro X Gaming Headset sounds great in both testing configurations. More importantly though, when I did play with the EQ I still didn’t run into distortion. Now the included DAC was noticeably lower in volume than the X7 but the volume level it does get you is more than should be needed. Going louder on the X7 started to get to ear bleeding levels. Overall though the G Pro X might not have the same frequency range as the Arctis Pro’s they did manage to make the range they do have sound great.
Now for microphone testing, I kept it simple and did my comparison audio against a range of products. I included the ModMic 5 and the new Wireless ModMic as well, then a higher end wired headset, two wireless headsets, and a few desktop options ranging from a webcam to a Razer Siren Pro. I’ve put all of those together in the video below to let you compare and at the end, I also have run through the default Blue Voice settings as a bonus. I had a few observations with the microphone, the first being that while it is a cardioid design it does still pick up a lot of outside sounds. It was also ultra sensitive, it picked up every spit sound and breath I made. Thankfully they do include software that can cut some of that out. Beyond that, though it sounds really good. I mean I expected it to be good, but putting it up against microphones like the ModMic and a Sennheiser Game Zero isn’t really all that fair and the G Pro X handled it. I think it is the best sounding recordings out of all of them and it is completely unedited, just drag and dropped from my recording program on each one.