G.SKILL Ripjaws SV710 Virtual 7.1 Headset ReviewRHKCommander959 -
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G.SKILL Ripjaws SV710 Virtual 7.1 Headset Introduction:
G.SKILL has provided OverclockersClub with the Ripjaws SV710 Virtual 7.1 headset. As with most of the other gaming products G.SKILL has offered, this one utilizes a red and black color scheme.
G.SKILL has long been known for its exotic high speed memory products but has been diving into new territories this year, testing the waters in gaming peripherals with keyboards, mice, mousepads, and headsets. The Virtual 7.1 surround sound is certified Dolby Pro Logic IIx for use with Dolby surround sources. Sound is emitted by two 50mm speakers housed in padded circumaural ear cups, with closed-backs that light up with red LEDs. Another great feature is the retractable Environmental Noise Cancelation (ENC) Mic – two microphones are used in conjunction to help distinguish between background noises and voices, claiming up to 40dB reduction. The SV710 is connected to systems via a gold plated USB 2.0A connector.
Everything sounds good on paper, we will find out how good of an audio experience the SV710 delivers!
G.SKILL Ripjaws SV710 Virtual 7.1 Headset Closer Look:
The front of the box has a color scheme similar to the G.SKILL KM780 and MX780 keyboard and mouse reviewed earlier this year. The primary colors are black, grays, red, and white. A side view of the ear cup with LEDs is featured in the center of the front, the retracted microphone visible at the bottom left. A partial cutout around this picture reveals the actual headset underneath a plastic window. At the top a badge reads Virtual 7.1 Find your inner gamer. Along the bottom are the product name and features. G.SKILL Ripjaws SV710 Virtual 7.1 headset is shown twice, followed by the following five features: Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound, Instant-Access Audio Control, Powerful Gaming Audio Experience, Ultra Comfortable Ear Pads, and ENC Mic. Flipping the box over you will find an isometric view of the headset from the bottom corner. Next to it is the audio control desktop remote with red LEDs (in actuality it is blue unless muting the microphone where it blinks blue to red). The G.SKILL Ripjaws SV710 Virtual 7.1 Headset logo is present again, followed by eight features: Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dual 50mm Drivers, ENC Mic, Breathable Leatherette Lined Ear Pads, Xear 3D Technology, In-Line Desktop Remote, Full Audio Control Software Suite, and Circumaural Ear Cup Design. In ten languages along the bottom are the features described: "Dolby Pro Logic IIx transforms standard stereo into an immersive virtual 7.1 surround sound experience, Experience powerful and explosive audio through large dual 50mm drivers, Crystal clear voice communication over the Environmental Noise Cancelation (ENC) microphone, Enjoy extended gaming sessions with comfortable & breathable leatherette lined ear pads, Immerse yourself in precise positional audio powered by Xear 3D technology, Instantly access volume control on the in-line remote, Personalize your audio experience through a full-featured software suite, Dive into a distraction-free gaming environment with Circumaural Ear Cup design, Enhance your surround sound with movie and music modes, and Customize your virtual speaker setup through the software speaker shifter."
The first side gives a clear view through the window to the actual SV710 headset. Along the top is the logo Find your inner gamer. At the bottom are three images: Xear Power by Cmedia, USB2.0/3.0, and Dolby Digital Pro Logic IIx. The other side shows the same picture as the back. The top features the full company logo and model – G.SKILL Ripjaws SV710 Virtual 7.1 Headset. The G.SKILL website address is at the bottom along with much greater technical details. The headset has 50mm neodymium magnet drivers, with a frequency response of 20-20,000 Hz, an impedance of 32 Ω @ 1kHz, SPL (sound pressure level) @ 1kHz of 111 ± 3dB, with power consumption up to 0.85W. The microphone has a unidirectional noise cancelling condenser, an impedance of 2.2k Ω, a frequency response of 50-10,000 Hz, sensitivity of 36 ± 3dB, and a signal-to-noise ratio of 50 dB. The general specifications are: 350g weight, 3m cable length, a gold plated USB 2.0 Type A connector, and a two year limited warranty. Package contents include the headset, the quick installation guide, and warranty leaflet. System requirements include Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 operating systems, an available USB 2.0/3.0 port, 200MB of free storage space for the driver/software, and an Internet connection to download the drivers and software. The bottom is where the barcode label is located.
Opening the box shows the headset exposed, sandwiched by a red plastic mold that folds over at the top and bottom. The headset cable is run over the top and tucked away through a notch. The audio control desktop remote is sitting prominently in the middle. The Warranty Guide leaflet and Quick Start Guide are tucked in underneath the red plastic, floating around freely in the box. No driver disks are included, users are advised to visit the G.SKILL website to download the latest software and drivers.
After getting the SV710 unpacked we can take a closer look at it on the next page!