Psyko Audio 5.1 Gaming Headset Review

In my test system I currently have an Intel  I5-750, ASRock P55 Extreme4 motherboard, 8GB DDR3 1600MHZ G.Skill memory, 40GB G.Skill SSD, 1TB WD HDD, 750w Antec Power Supply, ATI 5850 and a Creative X-FI Titanium Sound Card.

Now here is the testing I like to do, the gaming portion of testing. With gaming testing I choose to use some of the newer titles games that have been released this year as well as some older games that are still being played on professional levels.  The games are Medal of Honor, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Counter Strike: Source.  Along with these tests I will be doing a Ventrilo and Teamspeak Test.

Starting with the newest game released Medal of Honor. I choose to play the game in single player for a few levels. While in single player I was truly amazed at the sound quality and the directional sound. It took me a little bit to get used to gaming at 5.1 as I was not used to it being true 5.1 surround sound. There is a big difference from the digital 5.1 to the analog or USB 5.1.  The sounds where coming from all the right areas and was in crisp quality. With this I was able to determine where everything was going on in the game along with what to expect and where I was getting attacked from. It was truly a great experience for testing out the headset. Everything sounded more realistic than my past few gaming headsets I’ve used.

My next test was Battlefield Bad Company 2. This game basically has all the same sounds as the new Medal of Honor but it also has added vehicles sounds and bigger maps for the sound to travel in. While playing the game yet again it was about 30 minutes of game play to get used to what is going on with the sound and to get a clue on where things are coming from. With the Psyko 5.1 Headset you will definably have an advantage when playing games like this will so much sound going on since it’s not just one speaker in each ear trying to process everything going on at once. With all the sounds of Battlefield Bad Company 2 I was able to pinpoint everything going on and then when helicopters flew by I was able to know if they were coming from behind or left or right or even ahead of me.

We all know what Counter Strike Source is since it is one of the most played games of all time. It’s also one of the most common tournament games played at most LAN party’s around the world. In this game we will be testing out the aspect of the sound and the 5.1. Counter Strike Source is not as graphic intense or have great sounding guns and effects. But in this game when its game time you got know where your enemies are when your scrimming or just playing some death match. While playing Counter Strike I was able to pinpoint where grenades where being tossed along with be able to hear where the enemy’s where going or if they were close. The Psyko proved yet again that it was for sure better than most other headsets out there with their directional sound.

Now for the Ventrilo and Teamspeak test to try out the microphone. Using Ventrilo testing I was able to test out the Mic and it sounded perfect just had to turn up some volume on the receiving end to my liking so I could hear other people talking while in games.  The people in my Ventrilo said I sounded good and that there wasn’t much background noise at all. Now while I was in Teamspeak again people said I sounded good but where able to hear a little bit more background noise then when I was in Ventrilo. So all in all the microphone worked out good while gaming and talking and just plain old talking into the recorder.