We Recommend The Logitech G430 DTS Gaming Headset For
It was hard deciding who would really enjoy the Logitech G430 DTS gaming headset. The good news is that this headset works with multiple consoles thanks to the included 3.5 dual input to USB adapter. So, it works straight out of the packaging with a computer and a PlayStation 4. Plus, superior sound quality with Dolby surround sound makes for an amazing gaming experience. Unfortunately, because of its many negatives with respect to build quality and microphone performance, we feel that the Logitech G430 should only be used by those who engage in a lot of single player gaming.
Multiplayer gaming involves the use of a mic and that needs some tinkering. Listening to music that isn’t of the highest quality doesn’t feel good either because of its tendency to convert everything into surround sound. So, if you already have a favorite headphone for your music and other activities, just need something for an amazing gaming experience then the G430 is definitely the ideal choice for you.
- DTS Headphone: X and Dolby 7. 1 surround Sound: experience an immersive 360-degree sound field that lets you hear what you can't see
- Built for comfort: lightweight design and soft sport cloth ear cups with 90-degree swivel for maximum comfort and a personalized fit
- Folding, noise-cancelling boom mic: reduces background noise for clear voice pick up and rotates up and out of the way
LOGITECH G430 DTS Introduction
Logitech, a brand name synonymous with computer peripherals for a really long time now, they make pretty reliable products but never really left a lasting impression in the gaming realm. It is only in the past few years that Logitech has stepped up the game, bringing out new and exciting models for gamers only. The Logitech G430 DTS gaming headset is one such product that promises a world of goodies without burning a deep hole in your pocket.
This gaming headset relies on 7.1 Dolby surround technology to provide an immersive gaming experience. With you at the center, sounds emerge from all around in a 360-degree field. Hear footsteps, sirens and enemy fire with proper spatial distinction and own the battlefield once and for all. These headsets operate on 40mm neodymium drivers with a particular discrete channel dedicated to low frequency effects. Such classy performance is paired with comfortable design though. The earcups are ergonomic and low maintenance. They detach completely so you can wash them for hygiene and change them when the padding wears down. As for the mic, it folds away to the top or booms out in front of your face to catch every single variation in your voice. With noise-cancellation technology, this mic promises zero interference. As for controls, the cable has sound controls on it that include a volume rocker and a mute switch. Besides, the extra-long cable terminates in dual 3.5mm jacks. Don’t worry though, these earphones come with a USB adapter that lets you experience full 7.1 surround sound effect on compatible devices.
LOGITECH G430 DTS Design
Comfort was probably the only thing on the minds of the designers down at Logitech labs. They spent so much time on the G430 and its design to make it as comfortable as possible, but they forgot one crucial aspect of gaming comfort – if the comfort factor remains after hours of unending gameplay. While comfortable for an hour or two, because of the size of the ear cups and the design, you end up with a little too much pressure on the head and ears. Simple testing could have eliminated this problem. As for the extensions and the cable length, nothing to comment here.
Let’s talk on the plastic used. It has been only a week or so and the plastic is starting to wear a little. We aren’t sure if this headset can go past the six month mark without some damage to the plastic casing. As for the mic swivel and its casing, thankfully it is built much better. Logitech could have spent a little more on the plastic, using a variant that did not deteriorate with sweat and use.
LOGITECH G430 DTS Specifications
In the specifications department, the Logitech G430 scores high. Surround sound is spectacular in gaming. You don’t just hear footsteps and low frequency noises but can pinpoint the exact direction and door they are coming from. This headset is way better than many $200 and higher headsets but there is a serious flaw in its functioning. Because, the headset differentiates between surround sound and stereo, if your game has surround sound for everything but fails to convert anything from stereo to surround sound, then you will get an annoying cutoff or sudden change in volume and effect. A quick fix is to go to the properties of the Logitech G430 and select the Speaker fill option. This basically converts everything into 7.1 Dolby before rendering it.
As for the mic, it is decent at best. Fact is, straight out of the box on default settings the mic falls flat. You get playback from the mic while gaming and the mic loves to cut your voice off when it faces too much disturbance in the background. Thankfully, though this is more of a software glitch than hardware issue. You need to tinker a little with the microphone setting. First turn down the mic sound level down to 0 in sound settings. Second, enter advanced settings for the mic and change the channel to 1 channel at 48000 Hz 16 bit or DvD quality. That should fix all microphone related problems. Why doesn’t Logitech release an update that basically fixes these automatically for all users? It would receive much less negative reviews if only they tried a little harder.
LOGITECH G430 DTS Performance and Feel
Let’s be honest, the Logitech G430 is a hit and a miss in many areas but performs flawlessly in the rest. For instance, the sound rendering from games is superb. Same applies to high quality music too. However, for anything else that runs on stereo output, you get the feeling of sitting in a stone room with the sounds bouncing off all around you in an endless loop. Same applies to the mic. While it is designed to cancel noise and does a decent job, without sufficient tinkering with the software options, you won’t get that perfect setup. Why Logitech? After building such a nice product, why could you not spend a few more days testing and refining the default settings? Think of those who wish to play on a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One?
As for the feel, the best part about this headset is low weight and detachable ear cups. Yes, these headsets are a bit stiff on the head and they feel constricting after few hours of gaming, but the comfort does get better with a week or two of regular use. The only problem is that by the time you get comfortable with these headsets, the plastic starts to crack! Again, simple things that really could have been rectified prior to production.
LOGITECH G430 DTS Pros
- Good overall performance with specific emphasis on the sound signature in games. Surround sound works flawlessly as long as you are gaming or listening to high quality music.
- Design and feel is good with high emphasis on weight and ear cup design.
- Really long cable plus the ability to switch between USB and 3.5mm jacks is a godsend for anyone with multiple gaming consoles.
- The swivel mic and its design is comfortable and never feels awkward.
LOGITECH G430 DTS Cons
- Surround sound sucks when you do anything other than gaming or high quality music sessions. Don’t use it for DJ productions, compositions or watching movies.
- The plastic is cheap and begins breaking after a few weeks of usage, especially around the joints.
- Because of the ear cup sizes, this headset sits too tight against your head and can cause slight headaches if you do not take breaks every hour or two.
- The mic software settings need a lot of tweaking to make them work just right. There are minor issues with the drivers and because of this, the experience at the start can be harrowing.
- The mic has its own 3.5mm jack, and to convert it into a single combined 3.5mm input, you need an adapter, which is available from Logitech separately. Thankfully, you do get the USB adapter for free.
LOGITECH G430 DTS Conclusion
Is it world beater? No absolutely not. At around $40, the Logitech G430 DTS Gaming Headset is a decent gaming tool but not something we would advise getting. There are better brands and models out there that cost less than this but match it in terms of sound quality, mic quality and overall feel. We have already reviewed a few that beat the Logitech G430 hands down. However, the one key area where the Logitech G430s outshine even $200 headsets is in the surround sound gaming department.
Thanks to Dolby technology, every single sound is crystal clear with perfect directional orientation. You can literally close your eyes and shoot in the general direction you hear footsteps from and nine out of ten times you will hit your mark! But, other than the superior sound signature in surround mode, this headset fails to impress anywhere else. The mic thankfully does alright once you tweak the configuration a little.