The Aukey GH gaming headset features a noise-canceling microphone with inbuilt voice control, along with 7.1 Surround Sound and dual three mics. With its 48 mm drivers, it also has an adjustable sound volume to cater to different levels of bass performance on the fly.

Aukey GH-X1 is a headset that has been released to the market. The Aukey GH-X1 comes in three colors, black, blue, and red. This headset has an earbud design with a microphone that can be detached and placed on either side of the earbud. It also features a 3.5mm audio jack.

Today, we’ll take a look at the Aukey GH-55 Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound RGB Headset, which is quite the mouthful. We’ll refer to it as the GH-55 for the remainder of this review to make it simpler to understand.

This is WePC’s first headset review, but we’ll try our best to cover all you need to know about it. Let us know if there’s anything we missed or if you simply have a question that this review didn’t address in the comments below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Specifications

The following are the specs taken from AUKEY’s product page:

  • 110dB -3dB Sensitivity
  • >85dBA Signal-to-Noise Ratio
  • 20Hz – 20kHz Frequency Response
  • At 1kHz / 1V, the total harmonic distortion is less than 0.5 percent.
  • 32 ohms Impedance
  • 80dB at 1kHz stereo separation
  • -43dB 2dB Microphone Sensitivity
  • 50Hz – 15kHz Microphone Frequency Response
  • The impedance of the microphone: 2.2k ohms
  • Omnidirectional polar pattern
  • USB-A connector
  • DC 5V 0.4A input
  • 2.2m / 7.22′ cable length

Aside from the above features, this headset also has RGB lighting, 7.1 virtual surround sound audio, and its proprietary GH-S5 Scepter Sound Software for adjusting different room effects.

What’s in the package?

Aukey GH 55 Virtual 7.1 Light unbox

The headset, as well as the warranty and a user manual, are included in the package. Basically what you’d expect, except the warranty sticker is…well, a sticker, which I find a little strange. However, I like the keyhole design!

How does it make you feel?

It’s a pleasant sensation. I have a bigger skull than most people, yet the headphones adjusted to suit me almost perfectly, and I haven’t had any pain when using them for extended periods of time. The weight is visible, particularly if you’re accustomed to earbuds or other low-profile headphones, but it’s not excessive, and it’s easy to overlook over extended periods of use.

The inside earpads are made of some type of hard plastic, and the cushions are fairly soft and comfy on the ears. It doesn’t have the same luxury feel as steel, but it isn’t as hefty and doesn’t feel cheap either.

The headphone strap, which automatically adapts to the size of your head and fits tightly and pleasantly, is the true star of the show.

The one caveat– and the thing that irritates me the most– is that the headset’s headphone cord exits from the left side. This is certainly unique to me and my setup, but since it originates from the left, it’s more difficult for me to route the cable properly without interrupting my desk because my PC is on my right rather than left. Although this is a tiny and tolerable quibble, many headsets enable you to relocate the cord simply, so it is worth mentioning.

On a scale of one to ten, I’d give this headset an eight out of ten for overall comfort. I’m sure there are ways to enhance things, but I can’t say I’m unhappy with what I’m receiving.

Software and Usability

There’s nothing really wrong with this in terms of fundamental usability. Adjusting the headphones requires very little effort on your part (apart from correctly fitting them to your head), and the supplied remote provides access to all of the essential features, such as toggling 3D audio, RGB lighting effects, and volume changes.

Sound Setting

What’s present in terms of software is quite essential. There aren’t any RGB modifications available here. However, there are settings for your microphone, 7.1 audio, and even “room” effects and toggles for your equalization and 3D (7.1) audio. While having all of these functions in one spot is convenient, they’re also exactly what you’d expect from a system like this, except software RGB customization, which we’ll go further below.

For the time being, let’s concentrate on the quality.

Microphone and audio quality

We employed three distinct testing approaches for our testing:

  • First, Audiocheck.net is a website that may be used to check things like frequency response and dynamic range.
  • I listen to music, mostly Beach House’s Space Song and Scars on Broadway’s Dictator by Beach House.
  • I spend most of my time playing video games, mostly Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch.
  • In-game and out-of-game communication

We’ll go through the findings of each of these tests in more detail below.

The Audiocheck Examination

  • Bass Frequency Response: Heard at frequencies ranging from 20 to 30 Hz to 200 Hz
  • Treble Frequency Response: Heard at 17 kHz, acceptable but not exceptional.
  • Audible and consistent Perceptual Sweep and Spectral Flatness Test
  • Tested for dynamic range until 50dB below full scale.
  • Passed the quality test with flying colors.
  • Driver Matching Test: Good results, although physical changes were required.
  • Passed the wiring test
  • Binaural Test: Passed, although it was terrifying.

If you’re not sure what any of this means but want to learn more, we suggest visiting the Audiocheck.net website. They explain each of their exams thoroughly.

The Music Examination

Beach House’s Space Tune is a tranquil song that remains on the softer side of things most ofttimes drops a bit lower. Its instrumentation is manufactured, yet it’s ultimately clear and relaxing. The GH-55 gives a better-than-average listening experience when compared to other headphones I’ve used to listen to this music, particularly when compared to earbuds or cheaper headphones.

Scars on Broadway’s Dictator is a harsh, violent song. It has a lot of loud percussions and electric guitar, and it sounds excellent on this headset compared to other methods I’ve listened to it. If I had to guess why, I’d think it’s because of the size and strength of the drivers, which make this headset ideal for listening to loud music. The finer nuances, such as the background instrumentals, are also heard on this headset.

Overall, I’d say this headset performs well, particularly when compared to headphones in the $30-$40 range.

The Gaming Challenge

From a sound design standpoint, Overwatch already goes above and beyond. Unlike many other first-person shooters, it makes your friends quieter while your foes get louder, making it easier to hear when you’re flanked or about to be assaulted from behind. Unfortunately, when I played Overwatch, I didn’t see a significant change in my situational awareness. Still, I did note that my aural mapping of where objects were was much better than before, owing to the simulated 7.1 surround sound.

I saw more variances in Team Fortress 2, which has fantastic sound design but doesn’t differentiate between players while generating noise. I was able to shut my eyes and hear everything I was hearing, which is impressive in a game like TF2, where there may be as many as 24 people shouting simultaneously. My previous headphones couldn’t do this nearly as effectively, and this experience has convinced me that virtual surround is the way to go for gaming.

The Communication Examination

I found it tough to acquire any precise figures on this outside of the spec sheet. However, the individuals I voiced within and out of the game said my voice sounded quite clear. As a result, I have no reservations in suggesting this headset as a gaming headset, mainly because I could communicate well even with my industrial fan running at full speed. (Though you’ll still want to utilize push to chat in that situation.)

Additional characteristics

RGB headset light

Now it’s time to discuss the optional features… Specifically, the RGB. This headset’s RGB illumination seems to have four modes:

  • Pulsing – A brilliant color palette is used to turn the lights on and off.
  • Shift – The lights begin solid red and gradually go across the color wheel.
  • The lights spin in a rainbow pattern, changing hue as they go.
  • Static Rainbow — The lights stay still, yet a rainbow pattern appears throughout the circle.

My personal favorite among these four options is “Rainbow.” The lack of flexibility beyond these four choices, which you have to cycle between on the provided remote and aren’t mentioned in the handbook, was my biggest gripe (In fact, the above names are unofficial, courtesy of me). While I like the RGB capabilities in general, I’m still disappointed that there aren’t any software settings for them, particularly considering the color range these headset covers seem to be pretty broad.

Furthermore, I’ve found that the effects occasionally cease synchronizing across both sides after continuous use. They’re synced when they start and synchronized when they’re reset, but after a certain amount of time has elapsed, one of the headphones will be considerably behind the other in the cycle, up to a full second behind.

These headphones won’t provide you comprehensive, in-depth control over your RGB setup if you’re a stickler for RGB. The available commands are just too restricted to do this. However, if you want some nice-looking headphones and don’t mind the color-rotating system, these should suffice.

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