I do a lot of online RPG (Role Playing Games) and have been using an older headset/mic, and when it finally gave us the ghost, I decided to spend a little bit more money and get a much better set. I opted for the Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset. I found the set at Best Buy for $79.99. Plantronics is a great name when it comes to headset technology. I expected the Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset would give me what I needed with the company’s reputation. I will say that the sound quality on the headphones is great. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the microphone.
First, the headphones on the Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset is an open ear format. I have always been accustomed to the closed ear type, but I have found I like this type. You do get a bit of ambient room sound through the headphones, but if you have the volume up on music or the game, it is not overwhelming.
You have two choices in connecting the Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset. You can plug directly into the stereo jack, or plug into the 5.1 Dolby USB adaptor. I tried the adaptor, and as I said the sound is great. My games have never sounded so good. The adaptor has a one touch on and off switch, and a blue light to let you know the surround is on.
I should mention that the USB Dolby adaptor for the Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset does not give you actual surround sound. What it does is simulate surround sound. This is a fine distinction perhaps, but one worth mentioning.
Another issue with the Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset is the USB adaptor itself. It is extremely touchy. If you barely touch it, it will lose the connection, and you lose sound.
The Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset microphone is hidden, and is integrated into the design of the headset. The problem is with the sound quality of the microphone. I tried talking to other players, and was told they could not hear me. I finally did a little research and found a work around. I had to plug in the headphones to the USB adaptor, and the microphone to the front microphone input on my computer. Problem solved.
The Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset has good sound quality, but as mentioned there are a couple of issues. I expected much more from Plantronics, especially with the price I paid. I was able to come up with a work around for the issues I had.