There’s no question that a decent stereo setup can enhance gaming, often to the chagrin of those around you. Fortunately, a good pair of gaming headphones can give you great 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound without disturbing the neighbourhood during those late night gaming sessions. Our Thrustmaster Y-350X 7.1 DOOM Edition review takes a look at an Xbox One/PC gaming headset with a few unique features, including a customized DOOM look.
The Thrustmaster Y-350X 7.1 DOOM Edition gaming headset includes the following features and specifications:
- Premium, powerful 60mm drivers
- Passive isolation
- 102dB @ 1mW audio sensitivity
- 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound
- Double electro-acoustic bass amplification
- Power Bass and Backlighted Volume Status
- Y Sound Commander for controlling volume and balance
- Y Power Pack extends the battery life of the Xbox One controller and powers the Active Bass and 7.1 Virtual Sound features
- 100% memory foam cushions
- Adjustable master volume
- Adjustable bass volume
- Adjustable game/chat balance
What’s in the Box
- 1x Thrustmaster Y-350X 7.1 DOOM Edition gaming headset
- 1x microphone
- 1x Y Sound Commander
- 1x Y Power Pack
- 1x Quick Start Guide
- 1x Micro-USB to USB-A Cable
- 1x Warranty Leaflet
The Thrustmaster Y-350X 7.1 DOOM Edition Gaming Headset features two earcups that swivel forward and back as well as up and down to ensure a proper and comfortable fit. The earcups are lined with memory foam covered by a super soft brown leather-like material and the inside is imprinted with the Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC) icon, and are super comfortable, even after extended gaming sessions. The outside of the earcups have a turbine like design that is attached to the headband with an inverted Y shaped housing. The bottom of the left earcup also has the word LEFT embedded in it so you can easily tell which way the headphones are supposed to go. About an inch and a half up is a split, which is where the earcups swivel forward and back, and a couple inches above that is another split for adjusting the size of the headband itself. The inside of the upper portion of the headband has a section of the same soft brown leather-like covered memory foam with the UAC logo printed on the front.
The headset is mostly black with brown and red accents. Aside from the material covering the memory foam components, the middle of the headband has an inset brown strip which extends down into the inverted Y housing over each earcup. At the bottom of each housing is the DOOM logo in white, with the Thrustmaster logo in white and black on either side of the brown strip just above that. Where the first split is for the earcup swivel, a red and black stripe sits above the top and bottom of the split, and on the front of each Y housing is the 522 number with a red triangle. Finally, the bottom portion of the headband up to the split where you can adjust it is splashed with thin white lines and specks.
The removable microphone inserts into the left earcup, and is a rigid black plastic housing with a flexible soft rubber near the back (away from the mouthpiece) that allows you to adjust where it sits in relation to your face. It’s an interesting design and at first I was skeptical as it seems pretty flexible and there didn’t seem to be a lot of distance given to adjusting it, but it does stay where you bend it to pretty well and the little distance given for adjusting it is plenty.
The 40″ wired cable also extends out of the left earcup, and has an adjustable clip attached to it. The wired cable ends in a 3.5mm jack which you connect to the Y Power Pack which is connected by a 12″ cable to the Xbox One adapter which doubles as the Y Sound Commander unit. The bottom end of the Y Power Pack is where you’ll find the Micro-USB port for recharging the unit (more on that below). The Y Power Pack is black, with brown accents around the edges on the top plate, and a red and black strip rests in the middle with the DOOM logo and the word POWER in white. A charge indicator in the shape of a Y sits at the top.
The Y Sound Commander is black as well, with brown “sections” that separate the Game/Chat, Bass, Mic, and Feedback buttons. The volume controls sit near the top/front of the adapter where it plugs into the Xbox One controller with an LED bar indicator in between them. Right in the middle of the Y Sound Commander is a bright red area with the “7.1” and DOOM logo imprinted in white.
The Thrustmaster Y-350X 7.1 DOOM Edition Gaming Headset does have a nice bulky unique design, and definitely plays on the DOOM theme.
The sound on the Thrustmaster Y-350X 7.1 DOOM Edition Gaming Headset is fantastic, although there were a few times when I wished there was just slightly that much more bass. Not to say the bass that is provided isn’t good enough, I’m just a bass junky, especially when it comes to intense games. When the 7.1 surround sound mode is enabled, you can definitely hear sounds all around you, and it really does immerse you deeper into the game. Being able to adjust the bass volume as well is a nice added feature.
Master volume and bass levels, as well as game/chat balance can be controlled, and by default the Y Sound Commander displays the master volume by lighting up to 4 green bars, full lit being at 100% volume of course. To adjust the main volume, simply press the – or + buttons on either side of the volume indicator. To adjust bass levels, hit the Bass button and then toggle the -/+ buttons. The same goes with adjusting the game/chat balance, simply press the Game/Chat button and then toggle the -/+ buttons. In this case the balance is indicated by green and orange lights on the on the volume indicator with green showing game volume and orange showing chat volume.
You can also toggle the 7.1 DOOM surround mode and microphone on or off by pressing the appropriate buttons, and when doing so the volume indicator will turn green if you’re turning it on and orange if you’re turning it off.
While the box does say that it is PC compatible, you’ll get the best results when using an Xbox One controller with your PC. You can use them using the 3.5mm audio jack but you lose the bass and 7.1 sound options. They still sound decent enough, but you’re better off using it with the controller on a PC.
When using the official Xbox One controllers, I had no issues with the other party members hearing me when speaking. I did have some intermittent issues when using a third party controller so your mileage may vary on those. If you are getting extra feedback, you can hit the Feedback button to reduce this when using the mic — although I never had to.
The Y Power Pack has a lithium battery, with a life of 20 hours between charging. During our testing we definitely hit the 20 hour mark and beyond before having to recharge. The wonderful thing about this is that the headphones aren’t draining your controller battery, and when the battery on the Y Power Pack does need charged, you can charge it while playing by connecting a Micro-USB cable to the power pack and the other end to a USB-A power adapter. When your battery is low, the charge indicator on the Y Power Pack will flash red, and while charging it is green. Once you’ve recharged it fully, which takes about 4 hours, the light turns off.
At $149.99USD, the Thrustmaster Y-350X 7.1 DOOM Edition Gaming Headset isn’t the most expensive, but it’s far from the cheapest. Given that you’re getting a separate power pack to run the headset, 7.1 surround sound, and bass control it’s a pretty decent price for a gaming headset.
If you’re looking for a decent set of 7.1 surround sound Xbox One gaming headphones, the Thrustmaster Y-350X 7.1 DOOM Edition Gaming Headset is definitely a good choice given its ability to adjust bass and volume levels, as well as game/chat balance, and toggle the 7.1 surround sound mode — not to mention the Y Power Pack that doesn’t drain your controller while using the headset.
*We were sent a review sample of the Thrustmaster Y-350X 7.1 DOOM Edition Gaming Headset for the purposes of this review.
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