User review - genius lychas
The Genius LYCHAS (HS-G550) review
First of all, a very big thanks to @Ic3_STrik3R bhai for helping me get my hands on the LYCHAS at a discounted price.
The LYCHAS is new and as yet does not return any in-depth reviews on a google search. Technical specifications about this set can be found on their official website and various other sites, so I will not go into those. I will be focusing on the user end experience which matters for most buyers.
I was in the market for a headset that would be sturdy with a decent performance like the last PLAINTRONICS I had (which was in the same price range). Though there were other options like the LOGITECH, I leaned towards the LYCHAS for its enveloping ear-cups and price (not too high, not too low either). My main use would be to conference with my office, some of which run 40 min or more.
Before going further, let me clarify that I am not an audiophile per se, though I enjoy audiophile gear and my PC uses the onboard sound drivers. The motherboard I have is an ASUS SABRETOOTH X58.
At the listed price of BD2700, the LYCHAS is not really cheap but that is softened by a 1 yr warranty (replacement if not burned/broken/user-inflicted) and our own BG-er Ic3_STrik3R bhai’s special discount.
The LYCHAS sits comfortably in its well designed packaging and right at the start the shimmer and shine successfully manages to convince the consumer that the hardware inside means business and that they have purchased something worthwhile.
Take it out of the package and it still pleases you with its looks. The build is definitely above average and common to headsets of this price range. Hard plastic, glossy finish and the embossed LYCHAS emblems on either ear-cups. It does not LOOK cheap!
As you can see, the cups can be swiveled and the head-band can be extended up to a certain length. If you are wondering what are the small knobs on each cup, then be prepared to be intrigued a little. They are individual volume control knobs that turn 10 clicks each, up or down. The mouthpiece, unfortunately sticks out like that all the time unless it is rolled up in parallel to the ear cup. It is not retractable or adjustable but it is built with really malleable plastic that, with a slight pressure from your fingers, can be taken to desired directions. The ear-cups appear inviting and cosy - and they are. The LYCHAS does not clamp your head like a lot other headsets. It covers the ears comfortably, blocking out unwanted noise and distributing the weight of the set such that the user is not discomforted. After using for a stretch of 1.5hrs, I found that my ears have gone sweaty; no headaches or discomfort [the previous PLAINTRONICS I owned had the same style ear-cups, which I used to use for gaming and movies].
Alas! the LYCHAS is not a 5.1 surround headphone.
Due to being swivel styled, the LYCHAS can be bundled up in a fetal position, or any other you prefer. Yep, the mike keeps sticking out - kinda sad! The mike though not manipulable does pick up sound quite well and there is some noise cancellation too.
The LYCHAS connects to the PC via the 3.5mm jacks - one for the mike and the other for headphone. There is an inline control pad that allows users to control volume and terminate mike at the click of a switch. The connecting wire is approx. 2.5 m long.
Now as a lot of you would have figured out by now, this is a headset for bargain hunters and really will not cater to audiophiles. In its native state - that is, as you plug it in, without any sort of tweaking - you will straight away be immersed in the thumps of heavy base tones in anything you play - game, movie, RAHAT FATEH ALI, anything. The LYCHAS would work for me except for this offering of solid bass everywhere. Under Win 7 stock drivers tweaking sound really does not have a lot of options. So, I had to tweak VLC player audio and WIn Mediaplayer Audio until I got my desired sound tones. After the tweaking, the LYCHAS pleased me in songs, ghazals, games and movies. However, I must admit that the LYCHAS falls short largely in the mid-range. Well, maybe we cannot have all good things in this small package.
+ Decent offering for its price, provided you take Striker Bhai's help
+ Comfortable weight and no apparent discomfort for longer hrs (I will test this for a game session and update later)
+ Collapsible, swivel, cool looks
+ Cups block out noise when covered over ear - so beware!
+ There is some noise cancellation too, when you chat
+ Once you reach your desired tones, the LYCHAS pleases
- Poor mid-range
- Requires tweaking for equalized sound
- Finish can attract dust
- Sticking-out mike is an eye-sore (somewhat)
-Probably not for ppl with small ears
NOTE: Those complaining about headaches with CUP phones - this can happen with a lot of good brands. The trick is to not let the cups rest on your ears. Your ears are cartilage, muscle, bones which will tire and ache after continuous use. Instead make sure the cups are not fully extended out of the headband; just keep them out up to the point where the headband supports the cups. You will say bye to the pain.
Last edited by REVx; October 24th, 2012 at 16:38.
Just one sentence, you cannot use this type of headphone in longer version gaming (Max 1 hour). Kaan aguner moto gorom hoye jay, matha betha shuru kore, khela jay na. Try by yourself and you'll understand. But apart from this, it is a very good headset indeed.
Originally Posted by king_showrav416
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Disagreed. Amar ager ta eki style-r PLAINTRONICS chhilo. Bought it frm Australia. Ami oita diye Aus e movie deksi, game khelsi, exercise o kortam, Skype. Dhaka tey ana-r por telapoka taar ketey felsilo. Tarporeo ekta side diye awaaz ashto. Ami office e meeting kortam oita diye. Porey morey gelo. Majhey ekta shosta GENIUS kinsilam 400 diye, oita beshi khon kaaney rakha jai na - kaan betha hoye jai.
Originally Posted by Vanguard
thanks for your review. age bolle ami review er jonno r o discount deowar try kortam
Inshallah porer kono product niley apnakey janabo.
Originally Posted by Ic3_STrik3R
LYCHAS er kono user review chhilo na ar amaro dorkar chhilo ekta headset - tai shob milaye kena o holo, review o dilam. Tobey ichha acchey BG tey eka review thread dewa-r.
The Psyko Audio 5.1 headset and Astro A40 come to mind. Should be around the upper threshold of your budget if you can bring one from abroad. There may be more gaming headsets with individually positioned speakers, but I dont really deal much with gaming headsets.
Same here, I don't really have all that much knowledge about gaming headsets, except for the fact that an $100 studio HP is usually better than most gaming headsets in terms of music/movies/videos. SRH750DJ/SRH440/SRH840, Creative Aurvana Live, Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro, UltraSone HFI 2400 are the headphones that comes on my mind right now.
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