AVANTEK AUDIOMX 7.1 GAMING HEADSET (HS-11B) REVIEW

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The AudioMX 7.1 headset provides ‘Big Style’ for a ‘Low Price’

The Avantek AudioMX Gaming headset combines style, comfort & great sound in an affordable polished package. When I first saw the overwhelmingly positive reviews on Amazon for this headset, I had to get my hands on one.

Luckily, I’ve been reviewing the Cloud Revolver headset, by HyperX, at the same time which has given me a great opportunity to see how these headphone, at less than half the price, compare.

Check out the Pro’s & Cons below before I go in-depth looking at the Design, Build-Quality, Sound Quality, Microphone, Comfort & Tech-Specs.

AudioMX Gaming Headset starts at… UK : £39 | EU : €54 | US : $49

Pro’s
  • Decent Sound Quality (50mm Drivers)
  • Nice LED lighting
  • Hidden extendable microphone
  • Comfortable Headband
  • Build-Quality
  • Braided Cable
  • Plug’n’Play
Con’s
  • USB Only
  • Software is lacking features
  • LEDs not customisable
  • Controller is large

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Design & Build Quality

The AudioMX gaming headset hit’s the nail on the head in terms of design and build-quality. The glowing orange LED design works really well giving a futuristic fusion-powered look and although it’s an almost all plastic affair, the headphones are sturdy, lightweight and feel premium.

If LEDs aren’t your thing then you’ll be pleased to know you can easily switch these off via the inbuilt controller. You won’t have as much look with the microphone LED as this lights up when active but due to the length this doesn’t show up in your field of view.

The plastic design helps to keep the weight down but, fear not, the AudioMX Gaming Headset does use metal where necessary. The 50mm drivers are covered by a metal mesh which not only protects but adds to the LED effect (all good fusion reactors use safety mesh)with the second use of metal being where the headband connects to the earcups in the form of two twisted steel wires. Both should improve durability and prolong the life of the headset.

The microphone is a great addition, allowing you to easily pull it out when needed and not being distracting otherwise. Avantek has even hidden another orange LED inside the tip of the microphone, how useful this is, I’m not sure, but it is in keeping with the futuristic design.

The only slight drawback for me is that the headphones are USB only, which is understandable as this is being marketed as a gaming headset… but… it would have been nice if included was a 1.5mm headphone jack between the headphones and controller.

Often gaming headphones can go overboard with their intentions to look the most cutting edge but Avantek has managed to create a balance, somewhere between Beats and a gamer headset which, for me, works well.

Overall, you are getting real value for money with the AudioMX headset. The design and build-quality are more in-line with a higher priced pair of headphones.

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Comfort

Comfort is another area where the AudioMX 7.1 gaming headset excels. The clamping force of the dual plastic bar is light enough to go unnoticed but firm enough to keep external noise to a minimum.

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The soft & luxurious headband is secured by steel thread and moulds to the contours of your head creating a soft embrace. If you’ve read my HyperX Cloud Revolver review, you’ll know the trouble I had to go through to get them to fit comfortably. The AudioMX is a great fit straight out of the box.

The pleatherette used to cushion your ears feels soft and left me without any noticeable pressure marks after 2 hours of gaming. The headphones, for me, sit on-ear with each cup being able to rotate slightly on a 360-degree axis. This leaves you with minimal adjustment needed to achieve a snug fit when taking the headphones on and off.

Everyone’s head-size is unique (mine rather big) and we all have different preferences when it comes to headphone comfort, but, with this in mind, the ergonomics of the AudioMX headphones should make them a comfortable fit for most.

 

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Sound Quality

For the price of £40 (EUR 54.99 , $49.99), the AudioMX Headset really delivers on both the gaming soundstage and for general music listening. They don’t reach the clarity and immersion of the recently reviewed Cloud Revolvers but they’re less than half the price, so I’m not complaining.

For gaming, I tested the headset with its own 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Software (comes on a CD), Razer’s 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Software & with my onboard PC sound driver.

Gaming Overall

Straight out of the box, the AudioMX is lacking in the earthy guttural bass you’ll often find on more expensive headsets. That’s not to say there’s a lack of bass, far from it, it just doesn’t reach the lowest levels of bass which help to add realism. Luckily you can easily tweak this using Razer’s free 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Software.

Razer 7.1 + AudioMX = Gaming Heaven

Whilst I wouldn’t describe this headset as crystal clear, overall it produces a good gaming sound-stage that will satisfy most games. It also delivers well on the music side, although lacking 1.5mm connectivity.

AudioMX 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Software

This software comes on a CD inside the box and supports Windows XP, 7, 8 & 10. The downside is that this software looks ugly and lacks features with only volume & preset equalisers to choose from (Gaming not being one of them).

In fairness after turning on the ‘Movie Modeit’s’, the software did enhance the bass enough during testing to produce a much more realistic experience. But we can do better than that.

Razer 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Software (free version)

After quickly uninstalling the rather unimpressive AudioMX software and installing the tried and tested Razer Virtual Surround Sound software the headset really came its own. The difference is instantly noticeable with the entire sound-stage feeling enhanced from deep bass explosions to bullets whizzing past your ears. All-in-all creating a much more immersive surround sound experience.

Music

The AudioMX gaming headset was a pleasant surprise in the music department and played a variety of high-quality FLAC tracks on YouTube well creating a harmonious sound without the trebles becoming to piercing.

I’m no audiophile, so can’t get into the all the technical jargon but overall as a layman I was impressed.

Microphone Sound Quality

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The microphone design and placement on the AudioMX headset is fantastic. It’s easy to find, extract and return without having to take the headphones off. The cable bends easily to move it closer to your mouth and lights up to let you know when it’s turned on.

I’ve recorded some sounds using the headset which you can hear below. Overall I found the sound to be a little flat, but for the price, not bad. A small amount of ambient noise was picked up during testing although you could hear the keyboard when typing.

One downside for me was that the microphone volume drops quite rapidly the further away from your mouth it becomes. Having it too close, meant that it picked up the odd pop and hiss noise. You could add a cheap microphone cover which should stay on whilst the microphone is retracted.

AudioMX HS-11B Microphone Recording

This recording was made to represent what a complete weirdo average human being would sound like on the headset.

Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.

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For the Geeks

Technical specifications.

  • Brand: AVANTEK
  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Cable Length: 59cm to Controller, 150cm from controller to USB
  • Microphone: Yes, retractable, LED
  • LED Lighting: ON & OFF.
  • Headphone Weight: 296 grams
  • Dimensions: 25.6 x 24.2 x 11.4cm
  • Model Number: HS-11B
  • Compatible: PC, PS4

What’s in the box?

The Avantek AudioMX headset comes in a rather understated box for a gaming headset. Inside you’ll find the headphones with USB controller attached, the AudioMX software (you won’t be needing that) and some simple instructions.

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Final Thoughts

I’ve been really impressed with the Avantek AudioMX Gaming headset. The design and build quality is excellent and when combined with the Razer 7.1 software you have yourself a really immersive and comfortable set of gaming headphones.

Should you buy the AudioMX HS-11B? For the price it’s an absolute steal, if you’ve got a bit more twice as much to spend then check out my Cloud Revolver review.

Where could the AudioMX improve? I think a 1.5mm jack that attached to the controller would be a great addition and enable these headphones to be music friendly.

Overall, YES, just YES, at this price you won’t regret it!

(review-hub.co.uk, http://goo.gl/wkDQnX)

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