AZiO Levetron GH808 Gaming Headset Review
AZiO Levetron GH808 Conclusions
Gaming with the Levetron GH808 is a decent experience. It’s not breathtaking or anything, but it functions and it functions well. Directional sound and soundstage unfortunately wasn’t all that with the GH808 despite AZiO dropping in an integrated CM108 Virtual 7.1 surround sound solution. Fortunately, the headset did perform quite well in terms of audio quality as everything sounded great. Gunshots were clean and miscellaneous sounds were clearly outputted as well.
As far as SuperBass goes, it’s definitely going to be a love or hate relationship for you guys, depending on personal preferences of course. Personally, I felt like it was just a little over the top as it pretty much just takes everything a notch lower. Stuff with bass already there just gets bottomed out and sounds that generally aren’t supposed to be too bassy (footsteps, distant explosions, etc) seem odd when they end up rumbling your face.
Musical performance of the GH808 is good, but it misses the mark in several aspects. The GH808 has powerful and crystal clear mids, which makes vocals in rock music very pleasant to listen to. Treble isn’t bad either, but I detected a bit of distortion when music extended into the high sharps. Listening to dubsteps with SuperBass disabled was an pretty painful as it couldn’t deliver the bass experience I was looking for, but the situation improved as soon as SuperBass was enabled. Similar to the gaming test, the bass drowned out other sound levels at certain points iin the music test, and over-amplification of low level bass was still apparent here. The GH808 puts emphasis on the mids when SuperBass is disabled, and the headset becomes very bass biased (duh) with it’s enabled. Unfortunately, the soundstage of the Levetron GH808 is very narrow, giving the user the impression of being stuck in a jail cell rather than a concert hall. Again, the virtual surround sound solution didn’t do much to improve this. Yay for integrated sound!
There may be some inconsistencies with the GH808’s audio, but there’s nothing to gripe about when it comes to comfort and build quality. The headband feels like a pillow, distributing the weight evenly across a wide area while keeping pain away with its extra thick padding. The earpads on the over-sized earcups was quite stiff, but thankfully, the earcups don’t squeeze you head like a pair of hydraulic clamps. The large volume wheel integrated into the earcup is easy to reach and turns very smoothly and being able to turn the SuperBass function on and off using the button on the earcup is also a very convenient feature. Although the exterior of the headset is constructed out of plastic, the inner band of the headrest is comprised of a metallic band for structural integrity. The only design flaw I was bothered by is that the over-sized earcups failed to form a good seal around my head, which led to significant noise leaks and poor noise insulation. This would be very bad in a situation where there’s a lot of background noise (such as a LAN party) as outside noise would also leak in.
The AZiO Levetron GH808 is currently rocking a pricetag of $94.03 so it’s definitely one of the pricier headsets on the market. Competitors include the Plantronics GameCom 780, the Corsair Vengeance 1500, the SteelSeries Siberia V2, the Creative Tactic 3D Rage and the Razer Kraken Pro. Overall I think the AZiO Levetron GH808 does offer quite a bit given that it has decent sound quality and a decent quality microphone that’s unmatched by any headset I’ve used except the Plantronics GameCom 780. That said, I do think the pricing is currently a bit high at the mid $90’s, but if prices do drop closer to the $60 mark within the coming months, I think the AZiO Levetron GH808 will be a very, very attractive option.
Sample provided by: AZiO
Available at: Amazon