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Big Improvement in sound
Reviewed in Canada on May 4, 2021
I was hesitant to buy these at first because they seem to get mixed reviews but I decided they were cheap enough to take a risk. I have been using them for about a month now and I play VR almost every day. I have to say that I'm quite impressed with them but there are some things you should know before you buy.
1) These obviously aren't going to give you the same quality of sound as expensive headphones. If that's what you're used to or looking for, you won't be happy with these. These simply redirect the sound from the Quest 2 speakers more towards your ears. That being said, I really like the audio I get from these. I occasionally used to play using my Sony earbuds but I've found these give me very close to the same quality of sound but without the hassle of having to plug them in, fit them into my ears, and tuck the extra cable length into my shirt. I found with these I have to turn my volume down to about half or less of what I had it set at without them. I also like that with them I can get pretty decent sound but not be completely cut off to what's going on in the room around me like what happens with headphones.
2) At first listen, I noticed an immediate increase in volume and bass but it did seem a little bit muffled. However, after giving my ears a bit of play time (maybe 45 min-1 hour) to adjust to a different sound dynamic than what I was used to coming from my headset, I now wouldn't want to play without them. They make the bass so much richer and deeper and I don't find it sounding muffled at all any more. One reviewer said it made voices all muffled and I haven't found that at all. Voices still remain crisp and clear for me. In fact, while I was installing my new Halo Strap, I played a few minutes without these on and hated it. I couldn't wait to put the muffs back on.
3) These are designed to be used with the stock strap and also probably with the elite strap but, as you can see from my picture, I'm using them with a Halo Strap. Out of the box they aren't compatible with the Halo Strap but if you zoom in on the pic you'll see I did a very easy mod where I just cut out a small rectangle with a razor blade (the material is soft rubber and easy to cut) and and fit them on. I didn't have the Halo Strap when I first got them. If I'm totally honest, the sound quality seems a little better when using stock strap than with the Halo Strap but that might be because the stock strap holds them slightly closer to my ears than the Halo does or perhaps some sound is escaping through the slits where the stock strap goes through. It's still totally acceptable and just a subtle difference but I'm going to try covering up the side slits and maybe try playing around with it a little to see if I can get them to sit closer to my ears using the Halo Strap.
4) If you want to get a bit of an approximation of what they sound like, just cup your hands over ears while playing. That'll give you a good idea of the sound you're missing and what these will do for you.