Audio-Technica ATH-AG1X review: A good gaming headset with one killer flaw – PCWorld

Do a search for the best gaming headset, and you’ll see a common refrain pop up in forums: “Don’t buy a gaming headset. They’re overpriced garbage! Spend your money on a good pair of headphones and a standalone microphone from a reputable company instead.”

But reputable companies do make their own gaming headsets. I decided to investigate if these would be any better than the offerings from companies like Logitech, Corsair, and Razer. In this first round of examination, I looked at the Sennheiser’s latest Game Zero and GSP 350 models, and Audio-Technica’s ATH-AG1X.

Of them, the ATH-AG1X is the most expensive, at an astronomical $300. For that price, you can get wireless headphones, but this particular set of cans is fully wired. And unfortunately, it’s not quite able to justify its price.

Space age design

The name “ATH-AG1X” befits a spaceship, and so Audio-Technica’s design is suitably futuristic. While floating headbands are pretty common among gaming headsets, the AG1X has no headband. At all.

Instead it has what Audio-Technica refers to as “wings,” two flaps that fold in from the sides and rest against your head.

Audio-Technica ATH-AG1X Hayden Dingman / IDG

It is bizarre.

Audio-Technica does use this design for other headsets—you’ll find it on the company’s 700X and 900X models. And so the AG1X has some of the same issues as its predecessors: It just seems loose.

Whether that’s actually the case is hard to say. I experienced minimal movement when I put the AG1X on, moved my head back and forth, and tilted forward and back. That suggests the AG1X fits tighter than I think.

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