Published on May 24th, 2021 | by Tony Smith
RIG 500 PRO HX Competitive Gaming Headset Review
Summary: The RIG 500 PRO HX Competitive Gaming Headset is an affordably priced headset to upgrade your Xbox Audio!
If you’re looking for a dedicated gaming headset for your new Xbox Series X console (also compatible with the Xbox One and Windows 10), then look no further as Nacon have launched their new RIG 500 PRO HX Competitive Gaming Headset. This new headset boasts powerful 50mm drivers, Dolby Atmos (*) directional audio plus a very comfortable design that ensures longer than long gaming sessions as you take on the virtual world. While the design is based on the previous RIG 500 headset, this new generation 2 design is definitely far superior in terms of accessing controls and wear-ability.
- Compatible with Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
- Low distortion, precisely tuned 50 mm drivers deliver game-changing sound.
- Unlock precise, 3D sound with Dolby Atmos®* for superior audio accuracy.
- Durable metal headband and lightweight exoskeleton earcups offer comfort and stability
- Noise-isolating acoustic chambers provide high-resolution audio and low distortion
- Isolated closed-cup design and dual-material ear cushions block outside noise
Removable noise-cancelling mic and flip-to-mute function for focused gameplay
- 1.3m kink-resistant cable has a 3.5mm connector making it compatible with PCs, consoles and personal electronic devices
Well packed, the first thing I noticed about this product was its professional build-quality that focused on comfort thanks to the padded headband and cushioned earcups. The headset can also be adjusted to different head sizes and after long gaming sessions, I found the RIG 500 PRO HX Competitive Gaming Headset extremely comfortable and quite lightweight as just 281 grams. I also like the around ear design as it helps reduce background sound and adds an element of noise cancellation.
RIG 500 PRO HX Competitive Gaming Headset Specifications
- EAR COUPLING Around Ear
- COLOR Black
- WEIGHT 281 g
- WIRELESS No
- HEADPHONE FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20 Hz–20 kHz
- IMPEDENCE 32 ohms
- HEADPHONE SENSITIVITY 111 dBSPL/V
- 3D AUDIO Dolby Atmos®
- HEADPHONE DRIVER 50mm
- MIC FREQUENCY RESPONSE 100 Hz–10 kHz
- REMOVABLE MIC Yes
- MIC SENSITIVITY -45 dBV/Pa
- MIC PICK UP PATTERN Uni-directional
- MIC TO SIGNAL RATIO >42 dB
- CONNECTORS 3.5 mm connector
- VOLUME CONTROL Inline volume with max lock position
- CABLE LENGTH 1.3m
The audio quality of the RIG 500 PRO HX is exceptional and thanks to the 50mm drivers, they successfully create a wide spectrum of audio levels with strong mids and highs. Playing games such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Fortnite or Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War really helped with the immersion factor on his headset and opposed to external speakers or your TV, the headset definitely enhances the in-game audio, particularly the subtleties of the background sound. However there is a caveat to enjoy all this additional audio quality and you do need to install the Dolby Atmos app to experience the directional audio features.
Furthermore, the bass was exceptional and without distortion that made it ideal for first person shooters Apart from gaming, music and movies were equally as good and I really enjoyed using this headset on the last two episodes Jupiter’s Legacy as it allowed me to become fully immersed into this awesome Netflix series. The in-line controls also allows you to control the volume without too much thought.
If you are using it for non-gaming, the microphone is removable or you can just flip it up to mute it which is a very handy feature. When it comes to the microphone, my friends, colleagues and virtual enemies had no issues in understanding me and reported a clear microphone. Sure, it can’t compare to the higher end of gaming headsets but it did a great job at focusing on my voice and minimising background sound.
If you’re on a budget and looking for an all-round gaming headset that produces excellent audio, then look no further as the RIG 500 PRO HX Competitive Gaming Headset may be the product you’re looking, particularly if you’re a keen online gamer that enjoys multiplayer. All in all, the RIG 500 PRO HX Competitive Gaming Headset is a well-built comfortable headset with the highlight being its Dolby Atmos feature for gaming.