Mad Catz has long been known for their affordable gaming peripherals such as the Xbox controller that breaks after a month of use and the imitation Dual-Shock Playstation controllers that are made out of fluff and dreams. But their latest entry into the gaming hardware arena is something a little bit more serious – at least one would hope so with a $200 price tag attached. The Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 gaming headset is the spawn of the previous Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 5 headset (strange considering the skipped digital designation) and supposedly offers professional performance and reliability. I’ll believe it when I see it but who knows.
So what do you get for $200?
Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 Headset Specs
Inside the flashy candy apple red (or midnight black) set of cans you’ll find Dolby Digital Sound – specifically Dolby Pro Logic IIx processing. This allows the Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 to upgrade 5.1 channel surround sound to 7.1 in order to give gamers a more immersive experience. You’ll also find “precision-balanced, Extra Large 50mm Speakers with Neodymium Magnets.”
Attached (via the cable) is a convertible jack which allows the Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 to connect via USB or standard 2.5mm headset ports.
This gaming headset is very clearly aimed at gamers (and PC gamers at that) however, it will work with other “smart” devices as well including Apple’s iPhone.
Coupled with the cans, software upgrades include a digital equalizer that allows gamers to tweak the voice and audio options of their WoW sessions to their liking. The software also allows for splitting the in-game chat audio from the game fx so you can tune out the chatters or hone in on your clan’s gossip at the expense of the game’s score.
Mad Catz’s President and CEO, Darren Richardson, said that “the F.R.E.Q.7 offers uncompromising levels of performance and versatility which will resonate with the passionate gamer.”
Mad Catz Gaming Headset Hits Shelves this Month
I haven’t seen any of these Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 gaming headsets in the wild yet but the company reports the devices will start shipping March 2014. However, if you really want to drop your money on these, Mad Catz will gladly hook you up with a pre-order.