The Oblanc NC2-4 headset does not require a sound card and will plug into your computer via a standard USB port. There are four neodymium drivers per earcup for an eight driver experience, to deliver the user 5.1 surround sound. The drivers include:
- 30mm Vibration Drivers for Subwoofer
- 30mm Neodymium Drivers for Front
- 30mm Neodymium Drivers for Surround
- 30mm Neodymium Drivers for Center
The built-in subwoofer with extended bass enhancement is controlled via the control switch and delivers a powerful punch. The frequency response (fron, surround and center) is 20-20KHz and the frequency response of the subwoofer is 20-180Hz. The maximum input/output power of the headset is an impressive 200mW / 30mW and the total harmonic distortion (THD) is <1% @1KHZ / 0.775V.
The attached microphone, which adjusts comfortably, has a sensitivity rating of 58dB +/- 2dB (0dB=1V/pa) to offer a clear, crisp voice as you chat with your friends or record audio. The cord is a lengthy 84-inches.
The packaging is very standard for a premium headset and total installation time is under three minutes. Simply take the enclosed mini-CD and pop it in your computer. Install the drivers, plug in the headset into an open USB 2.0 port and then do a little bit of level customization and the process is complete. Installing on a Windows 7 machine should be without incident and overall was a very standard, simple experience.
The Oblanc NC2-4 headset is gorgeously designed with gamers clearly in mind. There’s some color options and the green headset we received goes perfectly with the main colors here at our site. The ear cups feature a comfortable leatherette padding and should fit just about all people extremely comfortably, if not a little snug.
On the USB cord there is a main control switch that will allow a user to interface with the main volume control knob, turn the microphone on/off, adjust the front speaker volume, adjust the surround sound volume, adjust the subwoofer volume and adjust the center speaker volume. On the same control switch there is a blue LED indicator to show that the USB is connected, a flashing blue LED to show that the signal is being received, a red LED to show when a user is muted and also a green LED to show the mic is hot.
Let’s face it, if a gamer is going to pay $150 an expect a premium sounding set of headphones (technical a headset since a mic is attached), that unit better be very comfortable as well. Most gamers play their games for multiple hours at a time, and wearing an uncomfortable headset will ruin that experience. Fortunately, Oblanc delivers once more as this headset is extremely comfortable. The unit isn’t heavy at all and won’t bother if worn for long periods of time.
Many close-eared headsets tend to get a little “sweaty” but after a 1.5-2 hour gaming session everything was feeling fantastic. They do tend to be a little “snug” but that is a personal preference and coming from somebody that has an enormous sized head. The top bar sports comfortable leather, so the top of a user’s head shouldn’t ache after a gaming session either. When it comes to comfort, this headset performed extremely well.
Performance – Gaming
Considering the Oblanc NC2-4 headset features four speakers per ear and 5.1 surround sound, it’s genuinely difficult to explain the difference to someone playing on a cheaper “2.1” headset and how dramatically different it really is. For most PC gamers, they have a 2.1 surround sound speaker system and the headset is an afterthought. However, more PC gamers are catching on, especially those that play FPS games, that the folks with surround sound systems actually have a bit of an advantage if the sound processing can tip them off to sounds occurring around them. This unit excels in that area and while the difference might be subtle to the neophyte, for the die-hard competitive gamer looking for an additional edge, this might be it.
For those of you that play other popular games, like Skyrim of StarCraft II, the surround sound might not be quite as much of a tactical advantage (it won’t be) but the performance is mind blowing. The sounds are crisp, clear and OMG loud. The subwoofer is also really impressive as you blow things up and overall, the gaming experience for FPS, RPG or RTS games is outstanding.
Performance – Music
While not aimed at audiophiles that might raise their noses at a brand that doesn’t spend millions in advertising, the Oblanc NC2-4 U.F.O. 5.1 Gaming Headphones are totally legit for listening to music. Don’t be a tool and listen to the low-def free Spotify with these. Listening to high-level FLAC songs brings an experience rarely heard and should actually impress the audiophile snobs. Quite simply, even for listening to music these headphones absolutely shine.
Considering a headset is a vital component of a gaming PC, serious gamers should be willing spend at least $100 on a headset and no more than $300. At their price point of about $150 the Oblanc NC2-4 U.F.O. 5.1 Gaming Headphones are right in the middle, which is a sweet spot for a premium headset of this caliber. While being frank by saying that $150 is probably outside of most gamers’ budgets, for a premium experience you have to pay a premium price. The important elements when spending $150 for a heaset are simple: performance (check), comfort (check) and durability (check). Because the headset is well built and performs so well, it’s very reasonable to think that these should last a minimum of five years and maybe well beyond. For price value, the $150 price tag is a little high but after using them non-stop for a few weeks, it’s very easy to say that price is more than justified.
Having reviewed quite a few gaming PC headsets, it’s very hard to unseat the favorites used over the last two years. However, bravo to Oblanc, as their NC2-4 U.F.O. 5.1 Gaming Headhpones are now the top dog and being used from here on out for music and gaming experiences. They are extremely comfortable, ridiculously amazing with their sound quality and highly durable. Flat out – if a PC gamer is serious about a headset, this unit from Oblanc should be one of the first ones to consider.