When it comes to gaming headphones you want at least three things: incredible sound, comfort and something I can use when I’m not gaming (like listening to music). In this review we’ll take a look at the Creative Sound BlasterX H5 gaming headphones (or headset, whichever you prefer) and the G5 DAC and Amp. If you’re looking for the best gaming headset/headphones at or under $100, you can’t ignore this combo.
The H5 headphones aren’t going to disappoint gamers in the features department, that’s for sure. On the inside the H5’s are rocking 50mm drivers which will let your favorite soundtracks thump your eardrums and these drivers are actually tilted a bit which produces an acoustic chamber for some added clarity which I’ve really gotten used to and will miss as I move on to try other headphones.
There’s also a detachable mic which is great for when you want to take a break from schooling your friends on Steam or Xbox Live and listen to music. That’s an awesome feature that makes these headphones a lot more versatile than some of the competition.
These aren’t wireless — the best gaming headphones usually aren’t — but the cord here is woven which helps reduce tangles and will definitely last longer than other plastic cords.
On the cord is a rather large remote that lets you control the volume, hit play or pause or take calls or mute and un-mute the mic.
So let’s talk about the sound. I feel like these headphones deliver a velvety, maybe more balanced sound that doesn’t overemphasize the low end. And because of the tilted drivers you really do end up with more clarity which I think serious gamers will really like and come to rely.
And on the music front I thought these headphones were good but I’d probably prefer listening to music on the u-Jays I reviewed recently.
These headphones get really loud — even without the Amp — and I wasn’t able to pick up any distortion as loud as I could stand listening which is great.
Now in terms of comfort these are some of the lightest headphones I’ve ever tried on gaming or otherwise and that translates into very little ear fatigue. And that’s super important if you could potentially be wearing these for several hours at a time.
There’s a really thick layer of cushioning on the headband ...