Much appreciated! Will look into it and get one as without it the sound is so weak!
No problem dude. Having read the reviews it's not the best headphone amp in the world but it's going to be leaps and bounds better than the built in interface on your PS4 controller or alike. I have a Fiio E11 and it's old but it still works admirably. Creative also do a product for gaming on consoles called the G3. It's a bit more expensive though and not portable (requires USB power). Have a look around I say. Look at independent reviews on Reddit and forums etc if you have the time. It's a bit of a rabbit hole and you might find yourself tempted to spend far more than you bargained for, but for me it's often been worth it in the end. As I said in my review above in this thread I actually rate these headphones pretty well, if they are accompanied by a decent power source. They do have the potential to shine.
Thanks for taking the time to reply and give me this info! I will check em out. I see they're availebl on Amazon for £25
Get a small headphone amp like a Fiio A1, sure it's slightly more expensive than even the headphones themselves, but trust me it'll change your experience of these (and all your other headphones) entirely. It's portable too so you can use it on the go. It will make these go from sounding like £10 junk to £60+ decent audio.
Well, I am impressed. Well done OP, if I could give you heat now, I would. I've just forked out £700 on an amp/dac set up with a pair of DT1990s - I also own DT770s among others. Perhaps you can call me a bit of an audiophile, but I know there are audiophiles and then there are audiophiles so take this with a pinch of salt. I thought, you can't go wrong at £13.99 and wasn't expecting much for this. In fact, I was expecting really poor quality. My other gaming headset is the Sennheiser GSP300 (£85 on Amazon). Honestly, I prefer the sound on these MPOWs*. All testing was done using a Topping E30/L30 dac/amp set up to set a standard across the headphones. Edit: I have now tried the microphone, see the review at the end of this post for that. The sound is actually really quite good once you've got some power of a good interface to make it punch. I think the deep earcups help propel the bass and the overall sound signature, while certainly not flat, is warmer than the hollow sounding Sennheiser pair. The lower mids are lacking depth and detail, but at this price point everything you want in the slight "loudness curve" is there without it being drastically overdone. The treble is ever so slightly raised which I suppose is handy to allow voice communication in games to protrude, and the bass is honestly a little better than average. It's not as punchy/tight as the Sennheiser pair but it's warm and not excessively loose either. In terms of "drivability", I know others in this thread have said it's a bit on the quiet side, but I think it totally depends what you are driving it with. If you have a decent sound card these do come alive. They seem to be relatively quieter than other headphones are lower volumes, but as you increase the power they seem to respond even better than other headphones - so they are capable of getting very loud - and into distortion if you keep going beyond sensibilities. The build quality is actually not terrible, either. I think the metal frame is provides good strengthening - and I'm actually a fan of the braided cable. However, two concerns: - The inner headband which seems to be secured by 2 very thin lengths of cable, and also houses the audio cable to go from one side to the other. It feels a bit on the flimsy side, and I suspect the metal cables will wear over time . - The microphone is flexible, but it feels cheap and like it would possibly wear it's plastic sheeting, allowing damage to the metal core/connection to the microphone itself. It's exposed - and there's no way to stow it, so I feel like it's one of the most damage prone areas if you don't take care of it. Other than that, I see in the photos it looks like it might light up? I tend to stay away from audio products which try and be something else - eg. speakers with lights/water features. A speaker/headphone has one purpose. I'd rather every last penny on R&D and manufacture be spent on the audio quality, and not waste time with fanciful lights, but in all honesty - the sound quality alone at this price point has blown me away. It's not a DT1990, but if you're listening casually or immersed in your game you won't hear much difference between this and say a DT770 or MX300 - providing you are supplying it with a good dac/power source. Utterly impressed for £13.99, this has got to be the bargain of the year. Edit: So, I've just tested the microphone on this. It's good. Much more sensitive than the Sennheiser, and a bit of a warmer sound to it too. Out of the box, I think it's a really good microphone that doesn't need much adjustment. It does pick up a lot of distortion from S' and P's but I think if you can find a sleeve/boom to slide over it, alternatively have it adjusted so you aren't speaking directly into it, you will be much better off. I also tested the sound of these on just a normal soundcard built in on my motherboard. I can see where others are coming from regarding it being a little quieter than they would prefer. The sound is really lacking, and "dead" compared to how it was "alive" on my amp/dac set up. I highly recommend a decent soundcard - either internal or external, it doesn't matter. But something with a bit of power, really turn these from being just "meh" to actually really impressive.