I only really have 1 other experience with over the head headphones to compare these with as i have tended to always have in ear headphones. They are very big and do cover your whole ear, but personally after an hour i find them deeply uncomfortable. The sound is quite good, not the best i have ever heard and there is no noise cancelling function either which to be honest i found a little stupid. I used these to skype my family in dubai and they could hardly hear me, i found they could hear me better with the microphone in my laptop. Although quite light, i also found them to be surprisingly heavy on my ears. I like the black and red colour and think they look quite funky but would prefer them in other colours. I dont understand why the microphone is in the earcup, it seems a bit stupid, would of made more sense if it had been a small port on the wire. The biggest problem i had and always have with these is keeping them on my head. I have a smallish head and no matter how hard i try and angle them to keep them on, whenever i bend my head slightly forward they just slip off. They are good, but i personally dont think they are great.
For the money you pay this is bang on buck.
Firstly, these have great sound, as you would expect for their rrp. They are in the same quality bracket as sennheiser which is definitely a first for creative headphones. The bass is very impressive, and doesn’t dominate vocals, even faint whispers are clear. The bluetooth doesn’t sound quite as good, i am presuming this is a bitrate limitation, but it works fine and is easy to set up. The only real problem that stops these being perfect is the basic fit. The cans fall into a size that isn’t quite big enough, or small enough. They sit awkwardly on my head and don’t feel secure. There is also the problem of pressure; to make them feel more solid i make the fit tighter, which just gets sore after a while. Plus, they make my ears moist, which is never a good thing. Fit is obviously a personal thing, so i recommend you measure the internal size of these next to a comfortable set you already own. Here are the specifications for the CREATIVE Sound Blaster Evo Dual Mode Gaming Headset:
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- Works with PS4 via bundled analogue cable
- Massively powerful audio from Sound Blaster EVO’s 40 mm FullSpectrum audio drivers
- The headset can be folded to about 70% of its original size
- Dual mic array removes background noise
- Connect via USB or 3.5 mm
- Personalise your audio via PC or Mac
For any audiophile, creative isn’t usually the first choice when looking for high quality headphones so i was very curious to find out how the sound blaster evo headphones measured up. The headphones aren’t the most stylish i’ve seen, having quite a plain, functional appearance. But from an audio point of view the design is very good, the ear cups easily cover the ears, giving a full immersive sound. The headphones also carry a good punch, i was able to turn the volume up very high when listening to music and only got slight distortion when the volume was turned insanely high, way beyond practical listening volume. Overall the sound quality reproduced bass sounds very well thanks to the large cup size, and sound quality generally was very clean and crisp. The creative sound blaster evo headphones may not be the most fashionable headphones you can buy but they’re very well constructed and have an impressive sound range.
The first thing you’ll notice about these headphones is the bright red colouring and chunky design. When you take them out of the box you’ll also notice the weight of them – these are pretty sturdy headphones and feel heavy compared to some of the lightweight ones that i’m used to, or even ear buds. Having said that, they don’t feel uncomfortably heavy – just a little bit weighty, and although they’re not going to be much use if you want to use them when jogging etc, they are fine for the rest of the time. The red coloured theme continues with the supplied leads – both the usb and 3. 5mm jack leads are red too, and when the headphones are turned on they actually have rings of red light around the cans which looks quite cool in a darkened room. Anyone who prefers to be more subtle can choose to switch these lights off by using the corresponding software (more of that further on) but on the whole these headphones do look good. The sound blaster evo wireless headphones aren’t all looks and no substance though – they’re impressively powerful in sound too, with a rich bass and plenty of oomph. They are slightly too heavy with the bass if anything, but i found that a slight tweak of the settings to boost treble notes gave good results and a great listening experience with most music. Unfortunately some music does sound a little ‘muddy’ (as though it’s being listened to through a wall of cotton wool) which is a shame as at other times the clarity and depth is impressive. This effect tends to be more noticeable with older music (pre-1970) and most of the modern music i’ve listened to sounded excellent.
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Here are a quick list of the pros and cons i found with these headphones, followed by a quick summary. Pro- sounds quality is very good, particularly when wired. Bluetooth though is also surprisingly good as not every set of wireless headphones i’ve tried have been very good. These are the best i have tried. Overall these headphones handle all types of music well. I tested out ‘beethoven late string quartets’ by the tokyo string quartet, ‘wise up ghost, by elvis costello and the roots and ‘electric ladyland’ by the jimi hendrix experience. All picked up well, the detail in the classical music was well balanced in particular. Bass is clear and punchy, treble is nice and crisp without being hissy and the mids are warm and lovely. Probably the best quality sound i have had out of my pc for gaming- noise isolation is good.
Pros: build quality, multi-functional design, pc & mobile compatiblity, pricecons: static noise whilst recording, overall v-shaped sound signature, sub-bassbuild quality: 8. 5/10comfort: 8/10overall sound quality for a headset: 7/10isolation: 7/10microphone quality: 8. 5/10 (at £55 price tag)overall rating: 8/10review date: april 2016review price: £55first of all i would like to thank esl gaming for sending me their headset for review. Esl are massive event organisers and after having reviewed quite a few headsets i was offered to review the evo wireless, which is made by creative – a brand i’m familiar with. The headset can be found directly on creative’s website for £90 (where you’ll also find its full specs) and can also be bought on amazonuk for around £55 and on amazonusa for around $95. As i’m a uk based reviewer, my review will be based on uk prices. Packaging and contentsin the evo wireless’ packaging you’ll find the headphones, a carrying pouch, a thick microusb to usb cable, a 3. 5mm gold-plated interconnect and a set of manuals/warranty information booklets. I really like what creative have included within the package as all the included accessories really complement the intended purpose of the evo wireless – a portable headset which can also be used at home with a pc, mac or ps4.
For a fortnight i’ve used these and the bigger-brother evo wireless model, but out of the two, i want this one. All i want out of a set of cans is some good quality sound for not overly expensive cost, and anything extra comes as a bonus. Go take a look at the wireless version if you like, but for my needs – this is the better model. (i don’t’ need wireless bluetooth connections) the quality is the same, and sound options (if you want them) are the same on your computer, and you don’t have to charge them upyou can customize the sound you play through your computer (imac for me), but you must download the driver from the website (no cd with this i’m afraid)when using the software you can customize the equalizer and extra effects for various sound types/sources. These come under music, film and game (all self-explanatory). Within these options you have preset equalizers that you can choose on the fly. You can also set-up your own variations and save them. Aside from the equalizer options, you can choose to use bass boost and virtual dolby 7. 1 surround, and adjust central listening positions, and so forth. But after dabbling with these while listening to music, i set everything to the plain old ‘flat’ setting, turned off the surround sound (this made things sound hollow and vacant) and stuck with the itunes equalizer that i’ve already got set-up. If, like me, you’ve already customized itunes, you may well want to do the same. However, the bass boost was quite nice for my drum’n’bass tracks, so i’ll use that from time to time. Please note, with this evo model, you only get these options on you computer – it doesn’t translate over to your phone. Once the sound was put back to basics, things sounded so much better (in my opinion).
Great sound, great looks, great. (average mic) the red with the black looks classy. Well, classy for a headset anyway.
This is the baby of the evo headphone range. It doesn’t have bluetooth or nfc, or active noise-cancelling in the speakers. It is a decent set of speakers, though, which serves two distinct functions: it acts as a smartphone headset (yes, there is a microphone hidden away in the right earcup) and as a pc gaming headset. For these two different functions, two different cables are supplied: a thin 4-pole 3. 5mm very flexible cable for use with a smartphone, and a rather thicker and less flexible usb cable for connection to a computer. Both cables are bright red, and both connect ot the right earcup, which also houses the microphone and the ‘multi-function button’, which i initially thought was justa badly-fitted cover. This multi-function button can be used to answer calls or pause/resume music, which is actually quite useful – despite the rattling noise it makes if you brush against it. The usb cable also transmits noise to the earcups. As i say, the microphone is embedded in the right earcup: there’s no microphone boom, so the microphone is not ideally placed. My voice sounds a little bassy and a little quiet.
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These headphones are an unusual concept as they feature a usb input. This allows one to listen from a computer and apply effects to the audio using software. It also activates a dedicated volume control knob on the headphones themselves. The major limitation of the usb feature is that the volume is limited. I know many people probably listen at dangerously high volumes but i still think the built-in amp should go a bit louder. With analog input the volume is more than adequate and of course caution must be taken to avoid hearing damage. The high end is fine but mids a bit over-pronounced; piano can sound a tad harsh. Bass is full, nicely enveloping and one can feel the cups vibrate when the bass pumps which is an odd sensation. I prefer muddy rather than punchy bass but i found the overall bass performance a bit floppy, even for me. Better than puchy bass, though.
Ok, so i’m no expert, but i do like my music. I’ve been using skullcandy head and ear phones recently which in my opinion have been hard to beat. I would put these creative sound blaster head phones on a par with them. In fact one of the main plus points for me regarding the creative sound blaster ones is that they are sooo light and comfortable which is unusual for headphones of this size and quality. I didn’t feel like they were weighing me down and the cushioned head band was very comfortable. I can wear them for a reasonable length of time and can walk around in them and they stay put. Don’t know if you could jog with them though. They came in well presented packaging which contained the headphones, case and cables along with ‘instructions. ‘ the ‘instructions’ were my only gripe, as they were practically non-existent. However, this is not unusual with electronics now.
I have a fantastic pair of philips in-ear phones philips she9000/10 in-ear headphones – black which i love that much i tend to use for everything. There is a (possibly nonsense) adage though that you shouldn’t repeatedly unplug ear phones; damages the connections in the devices and phones apparently – anyway, this in mind i felt wireless might be a good solution when offered the chance to try these out. Yes – to some degree – its pretty cool being able to switch ‘seamlessly’ from pc to smart phone etc. But the negatives, which i’ll get into, were enough that these have basically ended up connected by usb to my pc all the time and used for short periods only. Positives first; they’re lighter than i anticipated; the styling is very nice, and they are extremely high quality. They’re plug & play simple (relatively) and have all controls on one ear cup which becomes fairly easy to use when you’re used to knowing where the buttons are. And they fold small for transport. Oh and the cable connecting them is huuuuge, so you’re not hunched over while listening – and its compatible with my samsung galaxy s3 so comes in very handyalso one charge lasts about 8 hours, which is plenty for any time ive used them. The sound though has to be the star when it comes to earphones – and i have to say yeah its very good; rich, deep and ‘echoey’ in such a way as to replicate a very good effect of 3d sound. They handle a range of music genres fairly well (though certainly the sound doesn’t blow away my philips ones which, incidentally, are a tenth of the price) you can however manipulate the eq if you wish(using the software you download for it) if you find they don’t work perfectly on default for your music choice.
It works perfect and flawless. It is compatible with ps4 meaning your microphone will work and it will still sound pretty good. However on the pc with drives it sounds like how sound was meant to be. It’s sooo good it’s almost scary. Luckily i got it when it was still £82. I would still recommend this it’s worth every penny and it’s also very comfortable.
After a long time they hurt your ears.
Overall i’m quite happy with this product although there are also some misses that means that i might consider other products in the same price range, but first for the positives:- the sound is really clear and enjoyable – the louder, the better- the wireless works really well (once i found out how to use it. The instructions that come with the product are very basic and pretty much only covers the function of the buttons etc. On the headphones, but not how to e. Pair using bluetooth – or even information that you need to install a software on your mobile phone to use the bluetooth function. It might be obvious to other users, but as this is the first time i’ve used bluetooth, it wasn’t immediately clear to me and i didn’t find any really useful information about it on the company’s website either, so there was some trial and error for me at first). But once it is installed, it is great not to constantly get the cables stuck on the bag or bus doors or whatever else i pass on my way to work- it folds to take up less space than a normal headset and it comes with a bag to protect the product which i thought was a nice touch- the battery life is really good and it is charged via usb, so you can continue listening to music while you charge it. There are, however, also some negatives and the most important one for me is the fit which really isn’t very good. It sits awkwardly on the ears – not quite covering them like my old sennheiser headphones (which i love) nor are they small enough to really warrant this downsizing from a standard headphone fit. They are quite hard on the ears and very ‘wobbly’ meaning if you jump or run, they are likely to fall off or at the very least end up half way down your face which is frustrating.
I tend not to buy headphones that cost more than £30. I have always thought that headphones are headphones, and to pay more than £30 for a set would be such a waste. This thinking is now being challenged by my first ‘expensive’ headphones: the creative sound blater evo usb. It has the rrp of £99 but it doesn’t take long to figure out why. Everything about these headphones screams of quality: from the sleek black and red colour combination to the ability to fold the whole thing to about 70% of its original size, and from the built quality to the comfortable fit that you feel when you put them on. It is not just the quality that separates the sound blaster evo from my cheaper headphones. The soundblaster evo can be connected to your audio device (laptop, smartphone, tablet etc. The first way is via the traditional 3. 5 mm 4-pole audio cable and via a micro usb-to-usb cable (both brilliantly red and both provided).
The first thing that hits you when you open the box is that these are very well built and stylish headphones. The next thing is, where are the leads?. The answer is, they’re in the box, and this is because the headphones can be connected to either a pc through a micro usb connection or to other devices by a four-pole 3,5mm jack. The leads are equally high quality and are coloured red to match the headphones. Storage is always a pain, but these evo headphones can be folded to about 70% of their in use size and, as cables are always a problem, having them separate is a great help. For such a quality product, i was disappointed with the multi-lingual quick start guide, which was basically a glossy pointer to the creative website. However, after a visit to the site to download the complete user guide and evo control panel software, i was ready to try them out. Be sure to connect the headphones before loading the software or the drivers won’t be loaded. I also found it useful to read through the user guide before starting. So, they look good, but how do they perform?.
Very nice, comfortable headphones. Decent sound quality and bluetooth connectivity works well. What is very handy is they come with a wire to use if and when they are out of charge. Well worth the £45 i paid for them.
So, whip these out the box and charge them up via usb to imac. Used the usb-mains adaptor from my iphone and it went much quicker. After charging, used the wired usb connection to connect with the imac. Connects fine, but needed to install the driver (which i took from the website – you don’t get a cd with this). Then fired up itunes, turned on the cans and started listening to some random albums (various forms of dance/club music). Thought things were sounded a little false and vacant. 1 and bass boost are all on by default – instant annoyanceso, go into the software and realize that you can customize the equalizer and extra effects cans for various sound types/sources. These come under music, film and game (all self-explanatory). Within these options you have preset equalizers that you can choose on the fly. You can also set-up your own variations and save them. Aside from the equalizer options, you can choose to use bass boost and virtual dolby 7.