The perfect gaming setup has taken a sharp, sharp rise in recent years as technology has progressed. The right console/PC has to have the right TV/monitor to get the most out of the hardware capabilities, the controller has to be right for those slight and twitchy movements, and the headset has to be perfect because there is no better way of losing yourself within a game world than getting caught up in the sound design, and that’s where the RIG 800 LX comes in, and delicately places itself down in my living room.
To be fair, the 800 LX didn’t need to delicately place itself down, it could have burst through the front door, torn the walls down and blown a hole right through my sofa, and it would still be a usable headset. If the apocalypse comes, I’m confident that the only thing that would be standing will be the RIG stand, as these things are built to last.
To have a full view on what the headset could do, my time with the 800 LX was reviewed in two different ways – the first way in comparison to my old headset: SUPSOO G820 Gaming Headset, and secondary using different sound equalisers in different games to really put the 800 LX through its paces.
I decided on a buffet of different games for the different equaliser settings, because I’m a thorough individual and if the RIG gaming motto is “gear up, get good,” I’m going to make sure you can both gear up, and get good.
For the Pure EQ for signature sound, The Division 2 will be played, for Seismic EQ for bass boost, I’ve chosen UFC3, for Intensify EQ for detail sounds, that’ll be Forza Horizon 4 and for Vocal EQ for vocal frequencies, Bioshock has been selected.
Off the bat, the different equaliser settings make a massive difference in gaming experience, the Pure EQ made the rather dead game world of Division 2 become alive, every bullet is heard, every ricochet is felt and it really gives the feel of being trapped in a firefight. The headset allows seamless movement between game and party chat, for those jumping in and out of squads and it’s so easy to control the switch the settings, just with a touch of a switch on the headset, in comparison to the SUPSOO G820, where the only way this was possible was to go through the sound settings on the Xbox – Not ideal when you’re in multiplayer and being shot at.
Seismic EQ boosting the bass really speaks for itself, the lower notes in the sound design are really brought to the forefront. Playing a game like UFC 3 with Seismic boost on adds more power behind every punch and kick, and really make you feel at the fights. For those who haven’t tried this setting on a game like this, I highly recommend it as it adds a whole new layer of gameplay, I was sat on my sofa wincing as my animated counterpart dished out the pain (or more had the pain dished out on, to be correct).
Intensify works in a similar way to Seismic EQ, by bringing the background (and perhaps ignored) sound details to the forefront, but Intensify works incredibly well in a game like Forza Horizon. When first speeding around the countryside, every aspect is pure driving perfection – the sound of the engines, the tire squeal, the sound of the mud through a dirt section and the crowd roaring all comes into life in such a vibrant way. As a comparison in FH4, driving slowly around the country, you can really hear the nature surrounding you, as if you were on a sunday drive on your own – without the danger of piloting a hypercar. In comparison to the 800 LX, the SUPSOO G820 doesn’t balance audio settings – at all, and that’s even after flicking through the many different settings. Each audio layer isn’t balanced like it is with the 800 LX, it’s unfortunately turned into a rather flat audio mess.
Finally, the Vocal EQ designed for boosting voices (obviously, the clue is quite clearly in the name) so it made sense using the story driven Bioshock. The voice design is coupled with the stringed instruments and really adds a heightened layer of creepiness to Bioshock, a level that I didn’t expect that could be reached.
The headset itself is extremely comfortable to wear, as the material moves with you as the find that comfortable sweet spot. Instead of relying on a plastic headband to hold the 2 ear speakers together, the 800 LX has a strong and durable material that sits under the plastic band, putting comfort high on the list, rather than just as an afterthought.
The battery life is truly outstanding too, needing just 4 hours charge to have 24 hours of game time, and that’s all without dropping any performance – no lag whatsoever and no drop in sound quality.
Without getting too ahead of myself, the RIG 800 LX is easily the best headset I’ve ever used, but it’s not without some downsides. It is slightly tricky to set up (even more to someone who is used to plug in and play) as the set-up instructions included mention steps that simply don’t exist, perhaps they did exist as some point as Microsoft have since updated the Xbox interface, it’s a possibility, but it did make the set up slightly confusing, not the hardest thing ever, but slightly confusing.
For a top quality headset for the Xbox, there is no better place to look than the RIG 800 LX, as it really goes above and beyond enhancing the game experience. RIG really deliver on their motto: Gear up and get good, I’ve now got the gear, I just need to get better – much, much better.