When I play video games on my PlayStation 5, I usually choose to use the TV speakers. More for comfort than anything else. There is just something so unappealing about wearing headphones when playing on a TV from a comfort standpoint, and if the sound is not that much better in headphones, I might as well just be more comfortable — until I tried the RIG 600 Pro.
When I first unboxed the RIG 600 Pro, it was a little intimidating as their approach to resizing the head strap was unexpected but very innovative. Both earphone pieces come detached, and instead of an adjustable strap or headband, there are slots where you can clip the earphones into. While this might have you thinking about how easily plastics can break, have no fear.
I saw that they claimed a nearly indestructible headband, so I threw these headphones across the room to test to see how well they would hold up, and to my surprise, these headphones are incredibly sturdy. There was not any damage done to the headband whatsoever.
The pairing process, which can sometimes be a hassle, was mostly stress-free. This is partly due to the use of a dongle for a USB-C connection, and even the Bluetooth pairing process is generally pretty straightforward, which was good for taking Discord or podcasts on the go. With multiple modes, you can easily switch between Bluetooth, USB-C, or Dual with a quick press of a button.
“Overall, the RIG 600 Pro Headset is amazing. With such good sound quality, battery life, and customization within the app, it’s an easy recommendation.”
Dual is where my issues mostly came into play, as my phone’s audio and call quality dropped significantly. But for those of you who want a multi-purpose headset, this is a good attempt at it, not to mention the fact that there’s a tactile and auditory response when you switch modes or have the volume at max; it’s a small but nice touch.
Another pleasant surprise is the battery life. In the few weeks I have been testing the RIG 600 Pro headset, I have only had to charge it twice at the most. This headset has some serious battery power. That was playing all day, switching it to my PC, my phone, and back to my PlayStation 5. It took me almost a week to drain the battery the first time, and I am just so surprised at how long the battery lasts in these headphones. Normally, I would wear over-the-ear headsets for long periods of time, but the padding around each earphone and headband makes them so discreetly comfortable that I could easily wear them for hours, and I did.
The sound quality is also excellent. It really showed off when big bombastic explosions were going off in Armored Core, but it also let the quieter dulcet backing tracks in Baldurs Gate 3 sing. I really enjoyed the RIG 600 Pro Headset’s sound quality, and it pushed my expectations for a headset. The one glaring issue is the sound output.
The foldable microphone is aesthetically pleasing, as you can flip it up when not in use, and it fits nicely into the headset’s frame. But the quality of the microphone could be better. I tried to use it several times between calls and party chats on PSN and Discord. Each time, the most common complaint I heard was that it just sounded a little muffled and like I was too far away from the microphone.
There is a caveat to this microphone quality, though, because after a few times, I found the available app for the RIG 600 Pro headset, the 600 PRO Navigator app on iOS and Android, and what a game changer it is. In the app, you can adjust the gain on the microphone, which didn’t help much, but it boosted the quality just enough so that other players wouldn’t complain. You can also adjust the EQ and fine-tune the headset for yourself.
Another small detail, but very nice for some, is the ability to monitor the microphone while it is flipped down. I’ve gotten used to this over the years of recording podcasts, and it feels wrong when I don’t have it. The added bonus of this app is that you can also save three separate profiles, each with customized levels of microphone gain, monitoring levels, and EQ. This is a must for someone like me who frequently switches between podcasts, gaming, and music.
Overall, the RIG 600 Pro Headset is amazing. With such good sound quality, battery life, and customization within the app, it’s an easy recommendation. The only downside is that the dual mode tends to worsen that sound quality, and the microphone is decent after tweaking. But the sleek build and comfortability of the headset have made it so I will easily continue to use these over TV speakers for a long time to come.