Sades Spellond Pro Headset is a professional gaming headset with an audio engine provided by BONGIOVI ACOUSTICS, what this means right now I have no idea, but we shall find out in this review. The headset boasts about having two distinct audio modes one for single-player games the other for those intense multi-player games. The headset also comes with a MEMS microphone again what that means right now, I have no idea. The headset finally boasts special custom-designed SADES ear cushions and a vibration function which enhances the bass effect.
So first off Sales and Marketing
We as consumers will always review a product on the shelf before purchasing, just to make sure it has everything or almost everything we want. Sometimes it is a simple case of a product being wireless, or having a microphone, or even the connection type, as audiophiles prefer a 3.5mm audio connection over any other connection. So let us have a look at how Sades are selling their Sades Spellond Pro headset to us consumers.
Well on the front, they showcase the headset in all its glory, and the first thing that stood out to me was the oddly shaped ear cups. I am used to having ear cups that are round, so having these ear cups shaped like this, will they feel odd when placed over my ears? We shall find out. The name of the headset is on the front and in bold blue text ‘GAMING HEADSET‘, under that the text ‘Pro Gaming Headset with 2 gaming audio modes‘. Right at the top, they mention BONGIOVI DPS ACOUSTICS, but who or what is BONGIOVI ACOUSTICS? So after a little homework with Google, this is what I found out.
‘BONGIOVI ACOUSTICS DPS technology restores dynamics, harmonics and frequency response lost to compression/streaming, allowing hardware to work at peak performance for a truly immersive audio experience with greater depth, directionality, power and stereo imaging.’
Drop the mic sounds amazing right? But is it? We shall find out. There is one other thing that will stand out, it looks like the headset has some sort of Lighting, maybe not RGB lighting, but a Blue, maybe a light blue light around certain sections.
- The headset is fully compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 and will work with popular communication platforms, Skype, Discord and Teamspeak.
When moving the box around to one of the sides, Sades discuss these two audio modes that are mentioned on the front of the box. One is a single-player mode and the other is a multiplayer mode and they also give you a breakdown of what each audio mode offers. Single-player mode offers a more powerful bass, enhanced presence and clarity, crisp details and voice, optimal recognition of gaming audio cues.
The multi-player mode offers clear controlled bass, brings vocal content and clarity to the forefront, and basically helps you hear your mates and other players over in-game sounds. You know what is active by the colour indicated on the HUGE control panel on the lead, Blue = Single-player, Red = Multi-Player.
As we have a picture of the HUGE inline control panel above, let me give you a breakdown of what each button does, most of them are self-explanatory, like volume up, down, mic mute and volume mute. What is not self-explanatory is the middle B button which is simply the BONGIOVI DPS ACOUSTICS button for the two modes of audio. This is also the button that will indicate the colour of the chosen audio mode (Red or Blue). Then we have the V button, this is the vibration button, yes, vibration, your ears are going to vibrate with the intense BASS, I wonder how this is going to feel. Not going to beat around the bush, I do have a gaming chair with vibration and that does feel ODD, but it does tickle my Balls rather well and gives a good back massage, how vibration is going to feel on my ears, time will only tell. What Sades like to say, is the vibration offers more immersion to your gaming experience.
Now we move to the back of the box the final part of the sale patter, Sades promote the name of the headset, BONGIOVI DPS ACOUSTICS, and a side view of the headset. Then we have a series of core components they discuss, not going to mention them all as I have already discussed them, the ones I have not are the following
- Durable Headband with a stainless steel headrail
- Ear Cushions which are specially designed by Sades for maximum comfort 24/7 which are cloth, but you do get a replacement set which is leather, for better noise cancelling.
- USB Plus which is gold plated for quick and stable data transmission ‘Gold-plated USB Connector The gold-plated USB connector ensures maximum conductivity, significantly reducing latency for optimal gameplay‘.
Now for the tech specs: which might be a bit boring for some, but for others, this is core to what they look for before buying;
- Loudhailer diameter: 50 mm
- Sensitivity (single player mode) : 95 ± 3 dB at 1 kHz
- Sensitivity (multiplayer mode) : 97 ± 3 dB at 1 kHz
- Frequency response: 20~20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 16 Ω at 1 kHz
- Handling power capacity: 20 mW
- Dimension : 3.76 * 2.95 * 1.10 mm
- Sensitivity : -30 ± 3 dB at 1 kHz
- Frequency response: 100~10k Hz
- Impedance: 200 Ω at 1 kHz
- Directivity: omnidirectional
So that is the end of the review, kidding that was just the end of the marketing and sales section, let move to the unboxing and how glorious this headset might look inside.
Now, this looks professional right (see image above) I like the artists approach at describing the vibration feature in the middle picture, and the way they have added the headsets name in a glossed black finish (Far-left). The quality is astounding for the price you pay, you can easily pay more from a leading brand like Razer or HyperX for the same level of detail. The headset is behind a clear plastic cover which is removed by pushing your finger just behind a small plastic flip on the right-hand side.
Now let us look at the Headset and from first glance, sorry to say this, it does look cheap. Let me explain why. First off it was the cable, on first look I thought it was a braided cable, happy days no tangling, after removing the headset fully from its packaging, I found it to be a rubber cable. Then we have that HUGE in-line control panel, it is almost the same size as an ear cup, they should have designed it differently, thinner and smaller, here are my ideas for improvement. Move the volume control to the side and have the volume control as a dial also when depressed it can mute the volume. Have the mic mute on the other side and on the front have the buttons for vibration and audio modes using smaller buttons. Have everything monotone and use LED lights to indicate mic mute on or off the same goes for audio mode and vibration on and off.
But on a plus note, it does look nice when all lite up.
The headset is primarily plastic with a stainless steel rail, that allows you to expand to the headband to fit your head. There is actually a nice tactile bump every 2 or 3mm, which also helps stop the headset expanding anymore once you find your preferred size. The primary colours are a matt black with blue as a primary accent colour. The colour blue is also used as the LED on the side of the ear cups, this is dependant audio mode. Check out the image below, you can see a blue LED on the side of the ear cup and on the microphone.
The microphone is embedded into the ear cup and pulls down to activate and pushes up to deactivate, when not in use the microphone is well concealed. How does the microphone sound? Well, I have you covered, just click play below.
I have to admit the microphone picks up my voice very well, even sounds good, the only issue I had was lack of any software for greater control. As there was no control over background noise suppression or even mic sidetone. But if those are things you are not really concerned about then I would say the microphone is actually good.
The MEMS microphone which I said at the start I will find out what that means well I have got that info for you ‘A MEMS microphone automatically detects and eliminates background noise in order to enhance voice pickup‘. The background noise suppression does an OK job, but during some gaming, friends could here cars going by and the TV in the background rather well, but could still hear my voice rather well.
Now we come to Sound, which is what we all care about, and it is OK but just OK. Due to lack of software, you have no real control over bass and treble which you would get if there were an equalizer. So you are left with custom pre-configured sound modes. So let me explain my experience with them. Single-player sound mode, which uses the blue LED, can really push out a huge amount of Bass and when you turn on the vibration, it can enhance the bass to a degree that I feel is way too MUCH. As the designers have said Single-player sound mode is for single-player games, games that see you not talking to anyone and music is set in the background and not so prominent. With these sorts of games, Single-player sound mode works amazingly. Then we have the multi-player sound mode which uses the RED LED to make you aware this is the current sound mode in operation. This mode pulls down the bass, and really enhances the vocal section, so you can really hear your friends.
You can add more bass if you want by activating the vibration, but I do not think it is needed.
The most gimmicky part of the whole headset is the vibration feature. Having the earcups vibrate on your head just feels odd, but then again, during those intense battles with explosions going off everywhere, you can really do get a greater sense of immersion. I must admit though I did make a note wishing that there was a way to increase the bass without the vibration.
So is this headset comfy? will they do grip to your head well, I feel a little too well, as over time they did start to hurt a little, but using the leather ear-cushions that come with the headset, helped alleviated this issue. I found the leather ear-cushions much better to use than the ones that are attached when you purchase. The headset is not too heavy and there is plenty of padding on the headband.
When listening to music or streaming TV and Movies, I found using multi-player audio mode much better, as it really focused on what I wanted to hear.
So overall the headset has its issues, no software for better control over the microphone and audio which would have elevated the headset to another level. The lack of noise suppression control on the microphone will hurt gamers that do not like to hear too many external sounds. Adding an equalizer would have been a great way to give PC gamers a way to really create an audio scape for themselves.
Even with all the issues, if you are NOT into creating the perfect sound stage and want the headset to do everything for you, with pre-configured modes then this headset does it well. If you just want a headset for casual chatting and don’t much care for external many sounds getting through, this microphone is great, as you heard from the test, my voice was picked up amazingly well.
I would recommend this headset to a PCGamer this is not fussed, just wants something that works out the box, plug ‘n’ play.
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Sades Spellond Pro
Spellond Pro is a professional gaming headset with high-performance audio engine provided by BONGIOVI ACOUSTICS. It is designed with 2 gaming audio modes (single-player and multiplayer mode), high-quality MEMS microphone, special custom-designed SADES ear cushion and durable stainless steel headrail. The vibration function of Spellond Pro provides a stronger bass effect.
Product Brand: Sades
Product Currency: GBP
Product Price: 54.99