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These headphones have what is called a V-shaped sound signature where the bass and treble are boosted while the mids take a backseat. The bass is powerful, deep and satisfying. In-game explosions will sound powerful and have a lot of rumble. The boosted treble makes audio detail up front, so nuances in the audio can be clearly heard. See More
The HD681 will not put a lot of strain to your neck and head, even for long periods. Coming in at around 220 g, they are relatively light. This is due to the use of plastic as the primary build material, along with small metal tubes on the headband frame instead of large plastic or metal parts. See More
The ear pads are made of cheap feeling synthetic leather which can get warm rather quickly. To potentially add more discomfort, the cushioning inside these ear pads is quite thin, and can hurt the area around your ears when worn for many hours straight. See More
The XO Three is an affordable headset, but still offers a decent feature set. You get a neutral sounding headset with Windows Sonic surround. The mic produces clear audio while the build quality is pretty good despite the all-plastic build. This is a great choice for those who want a dedicated gaming headset for their Xbox One without spending a lot of money. See More
The XO Three sounds pretty balanced, which is quite unusual for budget gaming headsets, which tend to be bass heavy. The bass is not overpowering, the mids sound natural while the highs are slightly recessed. The XO Three sounds pretty laid back, so you get a decent amount of detail, and okay bass punch, without the low-end muddying up the overall sound. As a result, explosions don’t sound very powerful, yet you’ll get to hear high-pitched sound effects, in-game dialogue and voice chats easily. See More
The XO Three’s audio output can sound more immersive with Windows Sonic activated. This is Microsoft’s surround sound tech for the Xbox One, so you’ll get a wider soundstage with improved sound separation and directional audio. The Windows Sonic feature also has the added benefit of slightly boosting the bass so explosions, gunshots and low-pitched sound effects will get added punch. See More
The low end is powerful and punchy, adding a lot of thump to the music. Explosions from movies and games really stand out. Hip hop and EDM genres will also work well with these headphones. The highs are boosted, so audio details can easily be appreciated. The mids are only slightly recessed, and sound fuller and warmer than the mids of the Superlux HD681. See More
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