Today I want to meet you with the gadget which I have been using for the last 6 months. This is a headset Mad Catz F.R.E.Q.4D. My post is likely to appear slightly subjective and emotional to you! Nevertheless, it describes my actual experience: half a year is a very good term to perform a thorough test-drive, you can believe me.
For this period I have tried Mad Catz not only as ear-phones for my favorite games, but also as a device to listen to music with high-quality sound.
Now I represent all emotions and facts collected during the test-drive for the reader of Cadgets-reviews to judge.
The first impression
It is always pleasant when one’s first acquaintance with a gadget evokes the positive emotions only! What concerns Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 4D, the preparation to use a headset turned out to be an extremely pleasant occupation. Let’s begin with the fact that the ear-phones box was a fine beautiful thing. It seems to be a mere trifle, but surely it is great when the esthetic impressions occur before unpacking the product.
The headset itself looks very stylish. Brutal and futuristic design, that is what the gamer likes, especially if he is fond of the themes of cyberpunk, cosmic adventures and virtual journeys through time.
The assemblage is also fine, nothing hangs loosely, no backlashes… The main material of the headset is plastic, glossy around ear-phones and headband, and dull around swivel mounts and buttons.
Looking forward, I must say that gloss is certain to look striking, however, it becomes dirty very quickly. Though, it’s the only minus. The leatherette around embouchures and lower headband hasn’t changed for half a year, the developers deserving a separate respect for this.
Of course, the design is very important, but the technical aspects have much more significance. Still, we buy a headset not to stare at and admire. That is why, without postponing, let’s unpack the box and meet the complete set!
First of all, we extricate a big set of various “delicious” things.
We get not only a headset itself, but also accompanying devices:
- cable to connect USB,
- cable to connect mini-jack 3,5 мм.
It seems that we have everything to use Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 4D effectively. Quality and completeness are of no doubt.
It is important that the cord is long enough to play comfortably in any position. You may sit opposite the screen or prefer your favorite arm-chair in front of a TV set…
Concerning drivers, they were set on windows 8.1 without any problem.
The most important thing to know about Mad Catz F.R.E.Q.4D is that this model possesses an extraordinary good sound.
Here I should make a reservation: in these ear-phones I am in the habit of playing as well as listening to music! Not otherwise, for I am not going to frighten my little daughter with the sound of heavy metal. The sound quality of heavy compositions has a very great significance for me… but I can claim nothing with regard to my purchase. Even the most complicated and “compact” tracks sound as they are required to do!
I would especially note the quality of subwoofer. THE BASS IS ABOVE ALL PRAISES! Simply 100 points from 100.
For 6 months already I have been listening to music as well as thoroughly testing the gadget for playing processes. Here the purchase has also justified itself. Let’s take the above mentioned subwoofer and its “explosive effect”. It simply can’t but make happy. Especially with regard to a high-quality shooter, the effect manifests itself completely. The shooting sound is quite natural, the plausibility effect is indisputable (according to my own experience after playing «Metro 2034» and «Wolfshtein: new order»).
The pleasant fact is also that during the game it is always possible to clearly distinguish the location of enemies by the sound of their steps in the case of stealth-mode.
The head-phones manifest themselves not worse in «Dark Souls 2» – here they win the heart again by the plausibility: the sound of a sword hitting a shield makes you literally hide in the chair! I like!
Battle of headsets: Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. VS Steelseries Siberia V2
Well, what gadget review can make do without the comparison and the battle of models? I can’t but compare a new headset with my foregoing purchase – head-phones SteelSeries Siberia v2.
What can I say in favor of F.R.E.Q. 4D? In them you can literally feel the sound as it is a good system of volume phonation. It’s a fact.
But there is a shortcoming - Siberia is more convenient in a prolonged game! And when you work with F.R.E.Q. 4D, you can physically feel the ear-phones in half an hour or two hours. It is difficult to say exactly what the discomfort consists in … You feel as if the headband presses on your head. Not fatal, of course, but not very pleasant!
As I have already said, no such a problem with Siberia V2.
I recommend a headset Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 4D to all lovers of alive surround sound and good basses . The device guarantees complete immersing into the atmosphere of a favorite game and excellent quality of sound when you listen to any sort of music.
Whatever you say, but the high-quality sound is a powerful argument in favor of the examined model. That is why I still use V2 even when I simply sit at the computer listening to music!
But if you value an absolute physical comfort and don’t like to be diverted by the slightest unpleasant sensations, then it is worth to consider the Siberia v2 model. It is also suitable for games, especially if the purchaser doesn’t concentrate only on gaming sound accompanying. Are you leaving for all night “raid”? Siberia V2 can help you!