Try It Tuesday: Stereo Gaming Headphone Headset with Microphone


Marvo H8329 Stereo Gaming Headphone Headset with Microphone (Red)
Manufacturer: Maravo
Size / Weight:  10.2 x 7.9 x 3.9 inches / 14.4 oz.
Source: product provided by the manufacturer for review

• Two 3.5mm jacks, the green one is for loudspeaker and the red one is for mic, bringing you better stereo sound experience

• Soft 4-pieces headband cushions and well-padded earcups bring you a long period of comfortable gaming experience

• Folding, noise-cancelling mic: Reduces background noise for clear voice pick up and rotates up and out of the way

• Reinforced headband, with nine levels of height adjustment for the your fitness, suitable for a wide range of head size

• Equipment Requirements-Xbox/360/PC/Notebook/Laptop/PS4 but support Xbox/X360/PS4 with an adapter


Review:  I admit that I don’t do a lot of gaming that requires me to use a headset.   I mostly picked up this gaming headset so that I’d have a pair of wired headphones at home that I could use on the off chance I did want or need the microphone.  In the end, I ended up testing the headphones on my laptop and Xbox One.

The headphones were nicely packaged within a clam shell case and and then the “decorative” covering.  I had no problems getting the headphones removed and they were not in any way damaged during shipping.  I noticed a couple things right off the bat… first the super long cord and the second was the padding over the ear cups.  I couldn’t wait to try them out to see if they were as comfortable as they looked.

I first decided to try the headset with my Xbox.  While I can get them to play sounds, I can’t seem to get the microphone to work with the Xbox.  I tried both the jacks (description says one is green, but mine is black) and neither work.  There’s also something about needing an adapter, which I don’t have, so that may be the problem. I’ve purchased the adapter, but it would have been helpful to have come with the headset.

Since I got this headset to mostly use on my laptop, I moved on to that device.   First thing I did was plug in the black jack (since I don’t have the ability to plug both in my laptop either) and played some music.  I had no problems getting the music to play and then decided to test the microphone.  Again, I don’t do much (if any) gaming on my laptop that requires the microphone, so I decided to play around with Cortana.  The microphone picked up my speaking and the headphones relayed the results well.  Since I didn’t test with someone on the other end, I can’t answer on whether or not the quality of sound is good for folks on the receiving end.

The padded ear cups and band make for a comfortable fit for extended wear.  And the fact that the microphone folds out of the way is another plus, especially if you’re looking for just a headphone.  The cord is long enough so that I don’t feel tethered to my device giving me enough freedom to move around.  And the volume control on the cord is a nice perk.

While writing the review, I also plugged the headphones into my Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy 3 and was able to plug and play with ease (sound, no microphone).  All in all, I’m happy with the headphones.  I only wish the adapter to allow it to be used with my Xbox was included.