MSI Immerse GH50… Surround and BASS! Headset review
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The MSI Immerse GH50 Gaming headset is going for roughly $80 USD, in the UK it’s 80 pounds, 130 Celine Dions, and 2390 nt in Taiwan at time of publication. Key features are the detachable, uni-directional microphone, fold-able headband, virtual 7.1 surround and enhanced bass.
The MSI Immerse GH50’s have 40 millimeter Neodymium drivers. These units go to 109 decibels or so at 32 ohms, with a fairly flat 20 to 20,000 hertz. Weighing in at 300 grams, it’s 170 millimeters wide by 80 deep and 200 mils tall. MSI’s gunmetal grey theme continues to this headset, with a plastic matte covering the metal headband. The set has some flex with almost no noise. noise Pretty sturdy.
Inside the box you also get a carrying pouch, manual, and the detachable microphone. This headset has oval soft cups that fit over-ear and will fit fairly large ears,/ and the cups swivel in and out a bit at the joint, which folds up 90 degrees if you need them out of the way.
Everything connects to your device with a 2.2 meter braided cable, ending in a gold plated USB 2.0 connector. And the metal headband is grabbed securely by the left and right sides, adjusting larger while still retaining a good fit. Taking the mic out, it’s a 3.5mm stereo jack with a locking square base, so it will stay in place when you plug it in. The boom is quite stiff, probably the stiffest we’ve seen.
But bending it gently, the mic does move within a finger of your mouth for good sound pickup. And it’s an omnidirectional mic, so let’s do a real-world talk-over test with background sounds. The mic has a rated sensitivity of -36 db ± 3, with 2.2 thousand ohm impedance, and a response of 100 to 10 thousand hertz.
Next up let’s look at the inline controller. It’s flat, kind of like a very thin, short, box cutter. The volume knob is very smooth and adjusts the music smoothly from off to quiet to very loud. Mic mute is beside the virtual 7.1 surround button, both of which light up with white LEDs when on.
Surround testing was performed with Dredd’s DTS sound check, recorded in DTS-HD MA format, really delivering precise 7.1 channel testing. Through the headphones each location was well defined, the left and right rears can be difficult for virtualization, but the MSI Immerse GH50s handled the rear channels decently.
And the vibration boost switch is in the middle, slide it up to turn it on. This gives an extra shake to your bass, and the implementation here adds to the overall experience, not too much, which is good as you can leave it on during gameplay without it being distracting. Finally, adding to your gaming setup, the RGB is well done here, good brightness with a side-lit ring bounces off the curved plastic, giving a nice inner accent and surrounding ring glow effect.
This is integrated with MSI’s Mystic Light software, we did a quick update and it came right up. Lighting options are steady, color cycle, breathing, beat and default, which from what I can tell, is just a really fast color cycle. In the Gaming Gear tab it lists Headset, getting into that we have Sound option, which has volume controls first page, sample rate of playback, and an EQ section with a bunch of built-in equalizer presets.
The MSI Immerse GH50’s have all the features, the number one being a loud, great, flat sound
The Xears Effects button brings up surround options, you can choose music or movie mode, there’s the room sizes for different spatialization, and the drop down menu provides some different surround presets to bring some sounds out more than others.
The Mic tab at the top brings up Mic Option, where you can set volume or mute, and monitor your mic if you want. Sample rate can be adjusted… and Xears effects gives you the Magic Voice option, with Monster, Cartoon, Man, and Woman presets. That woman preset made me sound a bit like Kyle from South Park, don’t you think? “Shut up fatass, we’re going over to Butter’s house right now!” Might be interesting while you stream on Twitch.
So the MSI Immerse GH50 has all the features you care about, the number one being a loud, great, flat sound, all coming in at about 80 bucks US. These 40 mil drivers sure deliver the sound, even being a little too loud for me with club mastered music, which we rarely find in gaming headsets. Normally game sounds can sometimes be a little low, so having this extra headroom is great and a real bonus for range.
Padding on the headset is soft and supple, the over-ear cups really provide the right amount of support while keeping the headset firmly on your head, and the top band has some give in the padding. A good balance of comfort and snugness, and not too heavy at 300 grams, the swivel and fold gives some options to suit your listening style.
Mic quality was decent as you heard earlier, just have the mic close to maximize the clarity that’s picked up. We liked the detachable feature, and that the socket keeps the boom arm from turning, and once you carefully bend it into position it will stay there. We’d recommend bending it into shape first then attaching it, to minimize stress on the 3.5 mil plug, and maximize headset life.
Virtual 7.1 surround is very good, with nice separation between the different positions. Of course during frantic gaming loud sounds do wash away the positioning virtualization, normal for any headset, as software creates a simulated 7.1 sound-field with just two speakers. Still this headset performed very well.
In software I wanted to bring up the room size option, we listened very closely but it didn’t appear to change much for the surround audio, perhaps we needed it on a certain mode but as far as we could tell, the change was very subtle if not unnoticeable. It didn’t diminish from the excellent surround we heard though.The RGB coming through MSI’s dragon looks great with good brightness, and the interior ring light reflects off the rounded outer area of the plastic shell, giving a halo effect and making the whole RGB effect bigger, well designed.
Last but not least, for the inline controller, buttons and volume react well, and it fits hands well in our subjective opinion. Construction is great, although I think the positioning of the buttons in hand could be even better. If they swapped the two face buttons to the top, you could have them and the side volume as a 1-2-3 for your thumb. It depends on your play style, how often you would wanna hit mic mute on the controller, and whether or not you use a magnet or tack your controller down, as top of the inline points towards the headset. I’m really interested to know, do any pro-gamers out there like to tack down the inline controller? And should it be top towards headset, or towards the PC? Please let me know your setup and thoughts in the comments.
MSI has a winner on their hands with this gaming headset, with fantastic sound, solid build construction and virtual surround with the added bonus of extra vibration to punch that bass. Don’t forget to give us a quick follow on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so you get notified when we drop a new episode, and see behind the scenes shots and announce our contests and winners.
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