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Written by Joey Peng - Edited by Olin Coles   
Friday, 08 October 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Logitech G930 7.1 Channel Wireless Headset
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Logitech G930
Logitech G930 Detailed Features
Logitech G930 Software, Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Logitech G930 Software, Testing & Results

Software

For testing, driver version 1.00.345 was used. Installation is required for 7.1 surround sound to work. There are plenty of adjustments and tuning you can do. Volume control directly changes the Windows 7 sound volume for this device, so both are always in-sync. Logitech included some goodies with the G930, namely built-in voice morphing including the popular alien and squirrel voice morphing.

G-keys currently are relatively limited in terms of functionality. Only the most popular programs are compatible with the G-keys, including Windows Media Player, Power DVD, Ventrilo, WinDVD, and WinAmp. However Logitech says they're working on additional plugins so that's something to look forward to.

Surround sound controls are also available. You can adjust the volume for any of the sound channels, though by default things seem to work very well. Eleven is the maximum volume, adjusting anything below 6-8 makes it pretty much makes that channel impossible to hear.

One thing I found annoying was if you turn off the headset, the driver no longer tells you the charge status of the headset, making the "time left" for charging very misleading. If you turn off the headset, charging time is about 2-3 hours but then it fails to display anything. If you charge while the headset is on then it displays "time left" for charging but is ridiculously inaccurate as it takes significantly longer to charge when turned on (at least double to triple the time being displayed). At least the headset really does have a battery life near 10 hours.

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The Logitech G930 is built for wireless connectivity and surround sound, so people preferring extremely heavy bass will be disappointed with the default configuration. Luckily both a simple and an advanced equalizer is present should you want to adjust them. Adjusting the simple equalizer only works until about +6db. Afterwards sound gets filled with, not exactly crackling, but some kind of static-sound, as it seems to be adjusting frequencies of 250-1k Hz too. Using the advanced equalizer works much better, and you can get a very deep bass without affecting sound quality.

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Test System

  • System Memory: 12 GB
  • Processor: Intel i7-920
  • Video: GTX 285
  • Operating System: Windows 7

Results

For the Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset, there are some key areas that can be used to evaluate how good it is: comfort, mic quality, and audio (2.1 and 7.1) quality.

In terms of comfort, the Logitech G930's leather ear cuffs and headrest make hours of use possible without tiring your head. I've never had problems with sweat. It cups the ears tightly managing to block out a lot of sound. Even without anything playing, simply wearing the headset can block out most of the sound coming from my PC fans running at 100%. Its weight eventually becomes a disadvantage when used continuously for more than 2-3 hours. It's roughly double the weight of a standard headset.

Mic quality was tested using Skype and MSN. There seems to be no problems at all, and voice is clear. Logitech advertises background sound cancelling technology, which seems to be true in terms of capturing voice and nearby sounds accurately.

For stereo audio quality, the G930 is excellent. Even without surround sound and wirelessness, a stereo-only G930 is of comparably quality to headsets in the $40+ range. Sound is crisp and clear, and the bass is strong. However its bass is weaker than some top-end headphones such as those from Dr. Dre or even some of the offerings from Sony. But those high-end bass-enhanced headphones can reach anywhere from $50 up to $200+ and targets a different market segment.

In the end it all comes down to Logitech G930's surround sound performance. Any surround sound test available for download online shows immediately that the G930 delivers incredible directional sound. Uncompressed audio files that are recorded with 5.1 surround sound are excellent examples of what the Logitech G930 can do. You can recognize each instrument coming from a different direction. For games that support surround sound, including most of the latest FPS and even StarCraft II, the experience is incredible. It was in the middle of a counter strike game, when I turned towards a gunfire direction correctly based on sound, that I realized the surround sound really does have an effect. Playing Crysis again using the Logitech G930 was a completely different experience to any 2.1 configuration.

The surround sound driver is powered by Dolby. For audio that supports surround sound, the Logitech G930 will play it extremely accurately able to distinguish each audio channel. Interestingly 5.1 surround sound seems to just play in 7.1 surround sound mode except with two channels staying mute. As for emulation of 7.1 surround sound from stereo, the effect is mixed. A lot of the times the result is excellent, and other times it completely misses the mark. I actually enjoy emulated surround sound for certain rap and hip-hop artists, but for some games like Tropico, the emulation was disastrous.

Overall the Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset is excellent. What's important is that it manages all of the above wirelessly without any kind of lag. I have several devices on the 2.4 Ghz frequency but most of the time there's no interference. There was one particular night however that interference was so strong (possibly from a neighbor) that it actually caused disconnects and breaks in the audio, several times during a 10 minute period. It only happened once and could've been a software bug.



 

Comments 

 
# good specs but,....RealNeil 2010-10-08 06:20
I like this headset but I'm unable to wear one due to having hearing aids in both ears.
I may get one of them and offer them up to my sons when they come to visit and they're burning the midnight oil playing my games. That way they get great sound, and I'm undisturbed when they're here.
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# G930 + hearing aidsjwmore 2012-09-27 15:23
Hey, RealNeil, I don't understand your reticence with the G930 and hearing aids. even if you have the bulkier over-the-ear receivers, the G930 can accommodate them. I know. I have both kinds; in-the-ear, and over-the-ear receivers. I use the G930 for music and gaming, and find them quite comfortable, as well as excellent for audio. You should give them a trial, eh?
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# HP HW supportsteve 2010-11-19 11:59
I have the usb version of this headset and I love it, this by all appearances is identical in terms of the headset design. One more con I would add to this excellent product is that although it is pretty durable, the joint near the earpiece is the weakest point in the chain and I broke my first set falling asleep with the headset on. I don't blame logitech for this, but be aware of this. Other than that I have no other issues with the headset.
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# Outstanding Headset!Brian 2010-12-13 01:10
After first buying the Creative World Of Warcraft wireless headset, reading all of the very negative revivers about them concerning the very flimsy one-piece plastic headband that is always breaking at the slightest nothing and even more hateful reviews about Creative's non-communication and unresponsive actions, and then returning them right away, I checked out the Logitech G930 wireless headset version. I read all the great and positive reviews about the G930 headset, and after those read reviews along with seeing the 4.6 of 5 star ratings, that being totally unlike the dreaded Creative World Of Warcraft wireless headset, I decided to give them (the G930's) a shot. And I am very glad I did! I have been using them ever since I got them, and they are just awesome too. One thing I was afraid of was that the G930 headset would not have the gaming voice changing software and voices as did the Creative ones but they did! I downloaded the G930 software and got the voice morphing like the other ones I sent back. When I saw this plus the G930's actual study and awesome construction, I was choppy and well satisfied again. One thing I want to mention is while the Creative WOW wireless headset and software could only be used on one computer at a time only, and if you wanted to use them on another computer you'd have to totally uninstall it from the other computer first, the Logitech G930 wireless headset and software can be used and installed on as many computers as you wanted to, without having to continuously uninstall and reinstall. With all of this said, what I simply did was save myself a ton of anger and frustration beforehand by returning the cheap made Creative WOW headset and bought the incredible, sturdy made Logitech G930 wireless headset, which I highly recommend to any and all people.Thanks for reading!
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# +1 for wireless, -2 for comfortMump 2011-02-21 02:50
I've owned a pair for 2 months now. I game, run FL studio, watch movies, and listen to a lot of music.

Positives:
Excellent reception range (>40ft. but YMMV)
GREAT sound for GAMING. GOOD sound for movies. GOOD sound for music. Somewhat-Acceptable sound for music editing, but let's be honest, that isn't what these are made for.
Terrific battery life, and gauge is accurate.

Negatives:
Get very uncomfortable after wearing for over an hour. Don't even try to wear glasses under them for any amount of time. I can't over-stress this, they are not comfortable headphones for me.
Adjustment notches are very loose, and can easily slip.
G-keys "customization" is limited, and doesn't allow a "push to speak" option.
2.8gHz, means it will pick up interference when microwaving those hot pockets.
very squeaky joints on the headset, doesn't seem to be a durability problem, but makes them feel poorly constructed.
The mic off-light (when placed in full-up position) is a good idea, but not visible in any extent of my periphery- and so- useless.

General comments:
If you leave reception range. the mic will turn back on, even if it is set to the off position. This can lead to unfortunate things being heard.
The voice morphing capabilities are cute, but eventually useless and can lead to a chopiness for the listener. Bass is a little weak, but still better than most headsets.

TL;DR
Great headset, I'd recommend it solely on its wireless nature, but can't wear it for too long.
Buy it for what it's designed: gaming. You can use it for other applications, but it won't blow your mind away.
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