Never heard of Gamdias? Neither have most. And even though there’s room for improvement in the Gamdias Eros V2 7.1 surround sound headset, it earns high marks for comfort and delivers reasonable sound quality at a budget-friendly price.
Features and Specifications
The Eros V2 delivers simulated 7.1 surround sound through twin 50mm drivers (average for this class of headset). A suspension headband helps keep the otherwise bulky headset remain comfortable, and faux-leather–lined, memory foam ear cups provide a modest amount of sound isolation. (Or so my kids told me. I don’t read lips well.)
The inline controller is a triangularly-shaped with mute buttons for sound and microphone, and volume up/down buttons. A highly flexible omni-directional, swivel microphone rounds out the package.
- Frequency range: 20 ~ 20KHz
- Plug type: Gold-plated 3.5mm mic/audio plug
- Sensitivity: 108 dB + / – 3 dB at 1 kHz *KT34
- Impedance: 32 Ohm + / – 15%
- Driver diameter: 50mm
- Driver magnets: Neodymium
- Microphone Sensitivity: -58 + / – 3 dB
- Cable Length: 1.2m
- Extended cable plug type Gold-plated USB plug
- Extended cable length 1.6m
Comfort and Design
The Gamdias Eros V2 uses a suspension headband design, which is one I’ve come to prefer for its superior comfort. Suspension headbands greatly reduce the weight directly placed on your noggin, resulting in a lighter, more comfortable feel. The Razer Tiamat and SteelSeries Siberia V2, two top-tier headsets that also deliver top-tier comfort, also use a suspension headband design.
The inline remote is the weakest link in the Gamdias 7.1 feature chain. It isn’t lighted, so it’s hard to see in the dark, and worst of all it doesn’t even light up to let you know if the microphone is muted. As a matter of fact, the headset doesn’t provide any means to know if your microphone is muted or not aside from your own memory, or asking your online compatriots “can you hear me now?”.
The microphone is a fairly standard swivel design that is also very flexible.
The surround sound performance in Left 4 Dead 2 wasn’t particularly good. At best, the Eros V2 gave the impression of “surround” sound but lacked distinct, directional reproduction. In this respect, the Gamdias Eros V2 performs about as well (functionally speaking) as a typical stereo headset.
For other games—SMITE in particular—the Eros V2 performed well, and the microphone did its job (via Curse) as expected. The microphone is omnidirectional, however, and picks up nearby noise easily – I had to keep turning off my nearby desk fan because my fellow players complained about the noise. (“It sounds like you’re in a Tornado!”) It’s probably fine for general gaming, but you most likely wouldn’t want to podcast or anything else with it. You can also disconnect the headset from the inline remote and use the 3.5mm connector to connect to other devices.
Music playback is very good, and the Eros V2’s software is impressive. In addition to a full equalizer and numerous presets, you can adjust the sound for speaker placement, room characteristics, and even disguise or alter your voice and the sound output. The Eros V2 gives you plenty of options for tweaking audio characteristics, although I consistently found that the “Soft Rock” preset seemed the best overall for most audio (all music, games, etc.)
Overall: 4/5 stars
The Gamdias Eros V2 is a bit of a mixed bag and I might normally be inclined to go with 3 or 3.5 stars; but at less than $50 (at Newegg.com) it’s actually a pretty good deal. It provides excellent comfort—arguably one of the most important areas for a headset—decent overall sound, and robust software for tweakers. If you can live with the lousy inline remote and relatively few frills, the low price point makes the Gamdias Eros V2 7.1 a solid value in gaming headsets.