Just left a snarky comment on this Newegg TV video.
“….and when you’ve had enough of the silly plastic kiddie toys you can always try a Sennheiser. :o)”
Hope nobody gets offended. Actually who am I kidding? I hope I stir up the hornet’s nest! :o)
Joanne does a pretty good job demoing this Creative Fatality series gaming headset, but the people who were second-guessing its build quality from the video have the right idea. I had one of these for awhile. It’s one of many cheaply-built headsets that have lasted me a few months tops before making me realize I’m a moron if I don’t buy Sennheisers.
Up through college I burned through all kinds of $20 headsets like what you’d find at Walmart or Radio Shack or something. It didn’t matter what the brand was. Sony, Koss, whatever – it would break in a few months tops. If the thing didn’t break mechanically from the cheap brittle plastic snapping (had a few earpieces either snap off or slide right off the headset that way), they would break electrically when something went intermittent like an ear or something up by the plug on the cable.
Finally, in 2004, I decided to spend a little money on headsets and get a pair of Sennheisers. I still have those Sennheisers and they still work perfectly. Even better, if by wild chance something does break on any of my Sennheiser headsets Sennheiser has a robust parts market to get replacement parts like replacement cords, foam pieces, etc. After those worked really well, I went Sennheiser for headset mics and broke one from bending the microphone too much, but note – I had to actually make an effort to break something, unlike the cheap stuff that eventually breaks under normal use. 😛
Finally, my latest set of Sennheisers are completely over-the-whole-ear headphones that block out a lot of background noise and give a very neutral sound. I use them at my media station computer when mixing audio. I expect those to last a long time too.
Stuff like this Creative set is little more than clever branding and not much else. I actually had the plastic snap on one of these just like other cheap headsets, so Joanne was definitely on to something when she had a hard time adjusting the headset in this video. 😛