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Mad Catz F.R.E.Q.5 Headset for PC and Mac - Black by Review Summary ,  Aug 18, 2015

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Mad Catz F.R.E.Q.5 Headset for PC and Mac - Black
Report Date: 09/26/2015
Based on 57 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 3.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.4   average
Sound4.4   average
Microphone4.2   above average
Cable3.1   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"Not comfortable, mic doesn't work, the auxiliary cable that connects it to the computer has already started to break after only a week..."
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"None with audio jackA little uncomfortable for people with larger earsNo branching cable (connect to USB and audio jack at once)OverallIt's a great gaming headset for all sorts of genres."
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"The only problems that I've ever really had are with the USB cable."
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"Which created a problem with the cord being in my way."
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"It is on the expensive side but depending on how long it will continue to function, the price might not be an issue as I've been changing headsets often due to cable connector failures."
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"The quality of the audio is excellent, any anomalies that I have encountered are due to the extension cord thing, other reviews that I have read have stated that the audio from USB sounds flat, if that is the case push the equalizer button to take it off of voice."
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"With some extra cables and know how, I have them working great with my xbox and ps3 as well."
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"Cable length is also very good."
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"Outstanding cable and plug system [3.5mm + USB]."
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"The cable itself is the best I've seen [braided not a cheap thin wire that fails after a few months]."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Pros1.bass is goodself explanatory 2.looks coolvery cool industrial design3.High quality feelingheadset feels solid, although some parts are metal but look plastic.4.great micthe mic sounded very good, and could go anywhere with no problem.5.easy to find buttonsbutton were located in locations that were very easy to findIn the end I would not recommend this headset, mostly because of the comfort."
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"It a nice headset, it feel comfortable even wearing my hearing aid on top of it."
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"They are get pretty comfortable do people that I know who tested it with average sized ears, but Dumbo over here gets pretty uncomfortable after prolonged use (4 hours on a plane ride)."
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"Very good bass but a rudimentary comfort as the headband is very hard and hurts in the shape of the head."
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"Comfortable - fits over my ears and are great for hours of music, gaming, or calls."
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"The ear padding was comfortable and was great for long wearing sessions."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Microphone appears flimsy but is very high quality, picks up voice clearly and filters out background noise wellOnly complaints is that the ear cups are a bit small but I have that problem with most headsets"
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"Not comfortable, mic doesn't work, the auxiliary cable that connects it to the computer has already started to break after only a week..."
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"The only possible complaint that I can imagine someone having would be in regards to the microphone attachment point."
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"For a long time I used with my now old Koss SB49 Communication Stereophone, I already superglued it a few times when plastics parts broke and now I started to have trouble with the mic so it was time for a change."
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"Took me a grand total of 10 seconds to realize that this was easily one of the most uncomfortable headsets if ever worn, sound was good and so was mic but I couldn't wear it long enough to enjoy them"
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"It's a great headset but I'm not sure that I like the mic."
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"Feels much more durable, costs $20 less than my previous one, I really like the noise-canceler microphone, and it looks more appealing to my eye than my previous headset."
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"Other than that, audio and mic is pretty good."
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"Love being able to disconnect my microphone whenever I want."
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Quality

Quality:
"Microphone appears flimsy but is very high quality, picks up voice clearly and filters out background noise wellOnly complaints is that the ear cups are a bit small but I have that problem with most headsets"
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"Buyer should beware of the build quality."
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"Anyone who says the sound quality of anything but a dedicated headphone is terrible is simply exaggerating."
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"pro: sturdy build quality, cool design, good soundcon: headband bridge is stiff, not flexible like the most other headphones."
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"Great sound quality."
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"The sound quality is nice, so that is redeeming."
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"Had people say what good quality the mike has for picking up my voice."
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"Sound quality is really good."
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Sound

Sound:
"Took me a grand total of 10 seconds to realize that this was easily one of the most uncomfortable headsets if ever worn, sound was good and so was mic but I couldn't wear it long enough to enjoy them"
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"The only downside in my eyes is the USB connection muffles the sound and does not sound as crisp."
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"The sound is decent, the noise reduction is not impressive."
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"Anyone who says the sound quality of anything but a dedicated headphone is terrible is simply exaggerating."
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"I'm someone who doesn't need perfect sound like I'm at a concert in London."
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"Besides all those issues the headphones sound pretty good, and i really like the surround sound."
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"TL;DR: Headphones sound good, although there are alot of issues with them."
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"Took me a grand total of 10 seconds to realize that this was easily one of the most uncomfortable headsets if ever worn, sound was good and so was mic but I couldn't wear it long enough to enjoy them"
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"This headset is great for short term but is not structurally sound."
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USB

USB:
"The only downside in my eyes is the USB connection muffles the sound and does not sound as crisp."
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"The only problems that I've ever really had are with the USB cable."
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"NOTE: definitely not compatible with either out of the box, though the USB connector will get you voice chat only (no game sound) on the ps3 like any usb headset."
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"None with audio jackA little uncomfortable for people with larger earsNo branching cable (connect to USB and audio jack at once)OverallIt's a great gaming headset for all sorts of genres."
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"The moral of this story is, get a good quality USB extension."
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"they are just too well constructed, very durable and versatile, with the multiple cords, you can conect it by usb to the pc or just change the cord and plug it with the 3.5 jack to any mp3 player or smarth phone, and for some of them, you can even answer calls with them, they are just amazing3 equalizer presets, balanced, with lows and without lows."
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"Outstanding cable and plug system [3.5mm + USB]."
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"The box was well packed with all the cords for hooking it up to my computer with the USB, and a jack for my MP3 player and cell phone."
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