Rosewill R-Studio Sonas Headset
|Rosewill R-Studio Sonas Headset|
|Features and Specifications|
|Testing the Sonas|
I spend a lot of time listening to music, watching movies and playing computer games. Once one has done this for a while you start looking for better sound to increase the whole experience - especially when it comes to battlefield simulations. In this review we will be looking at a decent headset that I think meets this challenge quite well, but before I get ahead of myself let’s get into the mother company.
The set we are critiquing today is the over-the-ear R.Studio Sonas by Rosewill. Now, Rosewill is an up and coming brand that builds most things computer, from the case to the peripherals, cooling to some home security and server chassis and much more! They seem to be offering a decent product for a price that won’t leave you starving after purchasing it.
The Sonas is quite a unit that seems to take some of it's styling from Beats by Dr. Dre, but for a lot less than what people are paying for Beats. The Sonas rings in at $79.99 and are not a weakling in the fight for superior audio!
For that price you get eight driver units, providing nice surround sound.
When you take your first glimpse at the packaging you see the slip cover, which consists of a clean white background, then you view nice graphics of the product placed around the box and also the Rosewill logo. On one edge of the box they display their R.Studio series goal and on the direct back you can see some specs, box contents as well as a few different views of the product. Once you remove the cover you get a black box that is magnetically closed and adds to the whole feeling of quality. After you open this layer, you will find the user manual, and once that is removed you can see the Sonas in all of its glory. They have it sitting in a molded plastic that has a container below that contains the audio cables. All of this is covered with a clear molded plastic shield.
This is all good and dandy, but is the product inside as nice as all of the packaging would indicate? I would say, "Yes!" The way the headset was put in the packaging showed off its folding capabilities and managed all of this very neatly.
Inside the box with the cables we also find a travel bag that makes it more convenient for carrying all of the cables and the Sonas around.
After you release the Sonas from its plastic prison you can unfold it to see it in the entirety of the exquisite, yet simple design. They are constructed of clean black plastic that looks to be of a good quality. All of the joints and extending sections of the Sonas are reinforced with metal for added strength. The vinyl that makes up the ear pads and part of the headband seems decent and not quite as cheap as many other brands. On the outside of the headphones, we also see the name displayed on the headband and the Rosewill logo is located proudly on the sides of the ear cups.
Within the ear cups we find a thin black material covering the speakers and allowing the sound to reach the ears cleanly while offering protection for the driver and also keeping with the clean look that black adds to a product. They are comfortable and cover my ears well, although when I first saw them I was wondering whether that would be the case. I have relatively petite ears so if you have a large ear size they may not be as good for you.
The audio cable plugs in on the left side of the headset and has several cables to choose from. You can use the general purpose audio cable by itself or the PC cable as I do on my PC for extra length. Another cable contains the inline microphone and you can pair it up with your PC cable for extra length.
The cables are composed of mostly rubber and a little plastic as well as small amounts of metal on the ends to add some design to it. The cable with the inline microphone also has an elbow in the lower section of it and within the microphone section lies controls for pausing music or skipping back or forward and even answering phone calls (or ignoring those irritating ones). The button can even get you into voice commands! Also, the PC cable has a female connector on one end and splits into two male ends, one for microphone and the other for audio. The cables all look like they can take some wear which is good if you are hard on things as I am.
Rosewill has not cut corners on the details and the velvet bag is a pretty nice addition to the bundle. Not only does it look good, but it has a partition in it so you can store your headset and your cables on opposite sides!
On the next page, we'll take a look at the features and specifications as we continue.