Hey gang, Valkor here. I’ve reviewed my share of gaming headphones here at TOV; most, if not all, have passed the Val-cave test with flying colors, overall improving the gaming experience. And just when I think things can’t get any better, a new company comes along and shows me that “I ain’t seen nothing yet”. Enter 1More and their Spearhead VR Headphones. And you’re world, for the most part, is about to get rocked!
Let’s kick things off with the look of the Spearhead VR; the outside of the Spearhead is very gamer-centric, while sporting a unique look all of its own - all of the dials and ports such as the volume/bass dial, microphone on/off button, and ports for the 3.5mm and microUSB cable are located on the left earcup. The Spearhead VR also features a retractable microphone and a suspended headband with both being well cushioned for maximum comfort it. And yet with the combination of metal and plastic, the Spearhead VR headphones are rather lightweight and has, thus far, withstood hours of gaming in one sitting.
The Spearhead VR headphones also illuminate around the edges of the outer earcups, the logo and the mic, which can be adjusted once you download the associated software. You have over 16 million colors to choose from as well as choosing whether you want the colors to pulse or remain constant. I prefer the “breathe” option, which has a nice steady flow to it that can also be adjusted. With the app, there are plenty of options to play with; however, this works with PC only, so you don’t get these options when hooked to a console or any other device. Finally, you get two cables to choose from – one for the 3.5mm port and one USB for use with your gaming PC and/or laptop.
1More’s Spearhead VR headphones pack some intense drivers for serious gaming – especially if you’re on PC. And if you happen to own a VR headset, then you’re in good hands as the drivers the Spearhead VR contains gives you a broader, more natural experience; you’re able to hear sounds that are not only on either side of you but all around with super clarity. I don’t own a VR headset, but I was able to test out the surround sound capabilities with audio tests such as the one below. And it’s “spooktacular”! I also tested out the Spearhead VR with my Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and a few other mobile games as well as movies and some casual web surfing. Are they hardcore enough? Let’s find out in the TOV Breakdown!
While they might be new to the field, 1More’s Spearhead VR gaming headphones is about to give gamers the audio boost they deserve; depending on the title, the Spearhead VR offers up exceptional sound quality that will not only take your gaming to a whole new level but make it more of an entertaining experience than what most headphones have to offer. When I played both Skyrim and Tokyo Xanadu EX+ (review coming soon), you get an immersive audio experience where you can hear things all around you as well as extremely up close or far away; my favorite experience is tracking a dragon just by the sound of its roar when I’m unable to track it visually. With Tokyo Xanadu, the vocals shine through, which is especially true with the main theme song, but you get the same crystal clear vocals throughout. Plus, the Spearhead does an incredible job picking up background vocals too – even if it’s just an inaudible mess. Next, the Spearhead has sound you can “feel” in that it vibrates at just the right beat. Explosions, sword clashes, and gun blasts, all can be felt, adding to the immersive experience the Spearhead provides. Finally, for a pair of headphones that packs quite an audio punch, the Spearhead VR is pretty lightweight and can be worn for long gaming runs. Tackling Skyrim is a chore in and of itself, so you’ll want a pair of headphones that can go the distance – and the Spearhead VR can definitely hang in there for the long haul. In the end, 1More’s Spearhead VR headphones not only look great, but they also sound and feel great too, making them the perfect choice of headphones to rock your gaming world.
Not every game will give you the desired experience as mentioned above; while you can feel the vibrations in Skyrim, it’s lacking in Tokyo Xanadu and other games. And playing Hatsune Miku Project Diva X, the audio doesn't sound as spread out as I'd like it to be; the music comes across a little low even when the volume is turned way up! So, the Spearhead VR is definitely more for the hardcore gamer experience. However, casual gamers might also find a use for them too.
If you’d like to know more about 1More and their products, you need only click that logo to the right. However, the Spearhead VR is available now and it’s definitely worth the investment as it provides amazing sound quality and comfort that’ll last you through many nights. I highly recommend it. And out TOV 5 stars, I’m giving 1More Spearhead VR Gaming headphones a 4.5.