Yapster Blaster Headset Review
Written by Ryan Johnson (RyanDJ) Friday, 11 November 2011 11:00
I have been a gamer my entire life. When young, I had a TV in my room. As a bachelor/early married man, I had a dedicated "game room," and I wasn't much of an online chat gamer. Therefore, I much preferred my surround sound. As the kids grow up, my gaming time comes after they are in bed, and my wife would much prefer enjoying the audio from whatever she is doing versus random gunfire on nights when I game. I knew I was in the need for something more than the simple earset that came with my Xbox 360. And then came along the Yapster Blaster headset.
I recently got the Yapster Blaster headset for review. Figured it would help with keeping the kids in bed. I never thought a set of speakers on the side of your head could compare to the joy of my awesome sound system. I was pleasantly suprised. The rich sound emenating from the speakers let me hear every bass thump, every high tweet, and everything in between. I hadn't even paid attention to the crickets in the background of Red Dead Redemption; now I hear them, the rustling of footsteps, and so much more. They are comfortable, too. Well padded on the ear cups and the headband itself. Most headsets that I've tried in the past annoyed me 10 minutes into wearing them, but I went for a good 2 hours with these on and didn't feel uncomfortable at all. I had to remove them to hear what anyone else was saying, and they could not hear my game at all, so they are very good at keeping sound segregated as well. The microphone is very sturdy, too. It has a flexible metallic neck that looks like it could withstand a bit of extensive wear. With a volume and mute control right by your neck on the wire, you can adjust it on the fly as necessary.
I now absolutely love these headphones. While the box may say "for PC and Xbox 360," they do have standard 3.5mm jacks, and also come with an adapter for standard audio cables for use with just about anywhere. I personally have them hooked up to the audio out of my television, so the regular broadcast channels and my Wii also receive support, even though the microphone becomes somewhat useless for those purposes. Plus, the amplifier packaged with the unit has standard 3.5mm plugs on it, so I am sure it could be used in other situations as well. You can pay a lot more for headsets, but so long as you can sit within 10 feet of your system (this is a wired set), you can't go wrong. With all the features this has outside of its' lack of wireless (which to some is a feature, as it saves batteries or charging) I can't imagine anything sounding better enough or having enough extra bells and whistles to warrant spending three to six times as much money on. These headphones are a great value, more than what you need, and you can hop over to Amazon through this link to pick them up for $29.99.