Tech Review: Logitech G430 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones
Is surround sound tech getting bigger…or smaller?
By Ben Jacklin
Today, we’re reviewing the Logitech G430 gaming headset. These headphones are great for console gamers and PC gamers, and they have an exciting feature for lovers of 3D audio: 7.1 surround sound.
The virtual 7.1 surround sound is one of the Logitech G430’s strongest features overall. For those who aren’t familiar with this, it’s an interesting concept.
The sound in headphones is generated close to the ears, of course. This means that the headphones can use these two speakers to process the sound in a way that simulates audio coming from multiple directions. Some headphones even analyze the shape and size of your head in order to create a simulation of multi-directional sound. The ability to listen to surround sound music, and make use of surround sound audio within games, without shelling out for a huge audio system, is a huge positive.
So, we know that these headphones offer immersive audio, but what about the other features?
The most important feature is the sound. Though we wouldn’t call the G430’s “elite” they offer great sound for the price. More than good enough for a hobbyist, though hardened audiophiles might look for more of an elite response.
The frequency response is good at handling bass with accuracy, but this is not quite as accurate in the crisp high-end sounds.
There’s no denying that these are chunky headphones. They don’t fold, and they might not be a good option for putting in your bag to take on a trip. They do not ship with a case, either.
This isn’t a problem for everyone. Most people who are looking for wired headphones in the modern day are not looking for something particularly portable, anyway. It is likely that you will either keep these close to your console, PC, or your surround sound audio system. If you are looking for commuter headphones you can take anywhere, these are not ideal. For home use, the size is fine.
The Logitech G430 boast plenty of comfort. The earcups are very well-padded. One slight criticism is the clamping force on the head, but this is only a problem after long spells of listening without a break.
These headphones have a boom mic. While it is not detachable, it can fold up so you do not have to use it. The mic is actually one of the strengths of the headset. It’s great for gaming, and can even be used for some basic recording.
Like portability, noise isolation isn’t a huge strength of these headphones. The 7.1 sound is amazing and immersive, but it can also leak out of these cans, which can also let other sounds in. This isn’t a problem if you have a setup in a quiet space.
It’s unusual for closed-back headphones to leak so much audio, but the fact that the padding is soft and breathable means that the soundstage is much more like an open-back or semi-open headphones.
Conclusion – Fantastic 7.1 Headphones For The Price
The Logitech G430 headphones are not the most expensive by a long stretch. If you are looking to get something that doesn’t break the bank, but provides a virtual surround sound for gaming or listening to your favorite music, the G430s can be a great solution.
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About the Author
Ben is a writer and musician from the UK with a background in music technology. He writes about engineering and production, musicianship and music equipment for a number of publications including his own site, subreel.com