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PULSE wireless stereo headset – Elite Edition


Get the ultimate audio advantage with this new PS3 headset featuring BassImpact technology*. Feel the sound with 7.1 virtual surround sound* and BassImpact triggered pulses, delivering an unprecedented level of immersion while sharpening your perception on the battlefield. Detect the footfalls of approaching enemies before you see them, or experience the jolt of every fiery explosion. The hidden noise-cancelling microphone keeps you in crystal-clear contact with your teammates. Quick access controls and preset modes are optimized for gamers. Additionally, connect with your PS Vita or your mobile device on-the-go.

Compatible Hardware:
PlayStation®3 system
Mobile devices including PlayStation®Vita
PC & MAC
Televisions**

*BassImpact technology, 7.1 virtual surround sound & on-screen headset updates are only available on the PS3™ system and require system software version 4.20 or later. 

**Only compatible with certain televisions.

Get the ultimate audio advantage with this new PS3 headset featuring BassImpact technology*.

PS3 Pulse headset
BassImpact technology

BassImpact technology

Crystal clear voice chat

Crystal clear voice chat

Synopsis

Feel the sound with 7.1 virtual surround sound and BassImpact triggered pulses, delivering an unprecedented level of immersion while sharpening your perception on the battlefield. Detect the footfalls of approaching enemies before you see them, or experience the jolt of every fiery explosion. The hidden noise-cancelling microphone keeps you in crystal-clear contact with your teammates. Quick access controls and preset modes are optimized for gamers. Additionally, connect with your PS Vita or your mobile device on-the-go.

Key Features:

  • BassImpact technology
  • BassImpact converts low frequency bass into pulses around the earpads letting you feel the sound.
  • BassImpact triggered pulses deliver an unprecedented level of immersion and sharpens your perception on the battlefield.
  • Feel the sound with BassImpact technology
  • Enjoy hi-fidelity 7.1 virtual surround sound
  • Crystal clear voice chat
  • Perfect for use with mobile devices
  • Comfortable for hours of gameplay
  • Preset modes optimized for select gaming genres
  • Stay informed with on-screen headset status updates

$ 149.99

Reviews

  1. Gavin Scott says
    64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Really excellent versatile headphones, poor battery life, September 27, 2012
    By 
    Gavin Scott (Sunnyvale, CA United States) –
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    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: PULSE wireless stereo headset – Elite Edition (Accessory)
    Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What’s this?)

    These are really incredibly nice headphones. They have a feeling of quality that reflects their price.

    I take off part of a start however for two things:

    1) It’s not possible to charge the headphones out of the box as a mini-USB cable is required and none is included. Grated, these are sold primarily as a PS3 peripheral and so you should be able to use the same cables you charge the regular controllers with, but as the headphones are advertised as working with Windows and Vita platforms, it is very disappointing to find that, for the price, they can’t actually include the cable you need to charge them up and use them.

    2) Documentation is terrible. It’s a typical folded up sheet of cheap paper with tiny type that gives only a vague description of how all the controls work. Yes, this is on par for other game console accessories, but these headphones have so many controls and so many usage scenarios, that a little more in-box description would actually be useful here.

    Ok, with those minor things out of the way, let’s talk about what’s great about these things.

    Wireless. It’s not standard Bluetooth unfortunately but it works well and is bi-directional. The headset DOES include a mic (something not obvious from the photos since it’s built into one of the ear cups and there is no “boom” etc.

    Can be used wired as well. A 3.5mm standard mini four-conductor cable (straight plug on one end, right angle on the other) is included which will plug into an iPhone or similar device and into a similar jack on the headphones. The headphones will work passively without power in this mode (in case the batteries are flat), but power is required to get the rest of the features to work (volume control, impact etc.)

    There’s interesting stuff going on with an iPhone in wired-mode. When you power them on, the iPhone changes to a different volume level (which seems to be remembered), and then goes back when you power them off. I’m not sure if this is the headphones or the iPhone being clever. The headphones seem to want the phone to be putting out full volume which can then be attenuated using the volume control on the headphones (and they seem to work best this way).

    Note that while there is a mini-USB jack, it is only used for charging as far as I can tell (the documentation of course says nothing).

    They feel good on my head. They fit reasonably tightly providing pretty good isolation from the surrounding environment, and while definitely not light, they have good balance and comfort (no goofy suspension system for the headband etc. like some). In warm environments over the course of a few hours they can get a bit sweaty though.

    There are controls for everything. You have three large sliders for Volume, Bass Impact, and a fader for Sound to Voice balance (PS3 only). Slide switch for power (with a blue led on indicator) and momentary push-buttons for Mic Mute, Mode, VSS On/Off (PS3 only).

    The ear-cups pivot a bit to fit your head, and the headband has a conventional pull-out size adjustment. They do not otherwise fold, rotate, etc.

    The audio sounds first-rate, and even when used for music with an iPod, the Bass Impact slider lets you adjust from no effect to full cranium-thumping impacts. Will add a whole new dimension to gaming experiences (at the possible risk of your hearing and/or sanity.

    They’re fully closed ear cups which, again, provide pretty good isolation between the listener and the surrounding environment (in both directions). Don’t expect to hear the phone, your parents/kids, the dog, or that oncoming train while wearing them. But on the other hand they probably won’t be able to hear your tunes (or nuclear explosions) either.

    The Mode button cycles through the following sequence, each of which is announced by a female voice: Game, Music, Movie, Shooter, Fighting, Racing. While listening to music I can’t tell the difference between the different modes, so there’s a chance this is also PS3 only, but of course the documentation is silent on what the MODE button does.

    For wireless use, either with the PS3 or Windows, a two inch long USB dongle is included. It worked on Windows without any drivers. The dongle has a mini-plug input to allow TV audio to be fed in allowing you to listen to other (non-PS3) audio (so, TV audio out / headphone mini jack -> cable -> jack on wireless adapter which is itself plugged into the PS3 (or maybe Windows, haven’t tested it).

    My main Windows system has a USB Wireless Lan adapter which prevents me from using any USB audio devices (constant dropouts of audio) and these headphones are no different. On another Windows system they worked great, and the experience is wonderful.

    So the overall experience is really five-stars, but the terrible documentation and the lack of a cable to charge them means I can only…

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  2. The Rothwells says
    27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    TOTALLY IMPRESSED!, September 25, 2012
    By 
    The Rothwells (Irwin, PA United States) –
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    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: PULSE wireless stereo headset – Elite Edition (Accessory)
    Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What’s this?)

    All I can say is WOW! I am not going to reiterate ALL of the ‘technical’ specifications since the product page does a great job of that. I am just going to explain why I was completely and totally impressed from the minute I put The PULSE headset on!

    The BassImpact technology is stellar because it is noise-cancelling. While watching a Blu-ray, the Pulse produced sounds that were not even audible while wearing my previous headset. What is most impressive is the hi-fidelity virtual surround sound and BassImpact noise-cancelling technology is all packed into a wireless headset weighing only 11-ounces. I never even had the urge to remove the headphones. Additionally, there is no intrusive or protruding microphone. Sony has tucked the microphone away inside the headset. Amazingly, the ‘invisible’ microphone produces crystal clear voice chat with your on-line gaming friends.

    Gamers will enjoy the ‘preset modes’ for customization. You can choose from modes such as “game, music, shooter, fighting and racing.” The modes provide optimal sound levels for each genre and are still customizable for your personal listening preference.

    The PULSE is perfect for use with PlayStation Vita or almost any other mobile device using the 3 foot included 3.5mm audio cable. It can also be used with certain television sets, as long as they have a 3.5mm audio output jack.

    You are able to stay informed using on-screen headset status updates. The only real complaint I have is that the controls are housed on the ear pads themselves which makes it hard to adjust the settings while in the middle of a game. This is a minor concern once you get used to your preferred settings and learn to have them adjusted accordingly before beginning a game.

    In summary, on a scale from 1 to 10, I give the PULSE a 9.75. Way to go, Sony! Nice engineering! 🙂

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  3. M. Kelley "mpkelley20" says
    25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I found what was missing from my PS3, September 25, 2012
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    M. Kelley “mpkelley20” (Boston, MA United States) –
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    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: PULSE wireless stereo headset – Elite Edition (Accessory)
    Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What’s this?)

    I am lucky enough to get my hands on a set of these prior to launch date. I was simply just going to try them out for a few minutes until later when I could really test them out but I spent 5 hours in a row with these things on my head. I ran the gambit with this headset from standard music listening on my Iphone (wired) and PS3 (wireless) to playing Battlefield for a while which I hadn’t played in a couple of months.

    I know most people buying these are the hardcore gamers that are playing online but I generally don’t have time so the only feature I didn’t try was the built in mic. On single player mission in Battlefield 3 I was simply blown away by the details of the sound and the bass I got with the bass boost feature on. Amazing and loud and clear and I couldn’t believe I never played a game like this with no headphones on!

    Where I found the most impressive sounds was in playing music blu-rays. I was completely blown away when listening to Anesthetize (DVD + Blu-ray). I was hearing instruments so clearly and distinct that I heard stuff I hadn’t heard before in many listenings to that blu-ray. The soundstage is incredible and every instrument could be heard just like if I was listening on my normal surround speakers. I don’t think I will be able to listen to that blu-ray without these headphones. Seriously!

    I also listened to several other standard music DVD from Avenged Sevenfold and Rush and they sounded awesome. I quickly watched a short part of a movie that I have backed up on my computer which was streaming to my PS3 and everything was perfect. The one hiccup I ran into was with Netflix. I was getting some serious audio lag when streaming Netflix. I tried several movies all with the same result. I will try again at a future date to see if the problem persists.

    The headset was very easy to pair with the PS3. I plugged the dongle in, turned them on and bingo…done. When using the included audio cord with an Iphone, you can leave the headset off and still use it to listen to music (great for when the battery goes dead). With the wireless on, you control the volume completely using the headset. Changing the volume on the device will do nothing. The volume and bass feature are adjusted using slides on each side of the cups. Once you figure it out, it’s easy to adjust. There is also some presets on them headset that adjusts the sound based on what you are listening to (music, movies, game, shooter, fighting). It does make huge difference especially with bass depending on the mode you use. Music, for instance, seems to have the least amount of bass.

    My only gripe with the overall package is that it does not come with a USB cable which is needed to charge them. Yes, we all have many USB cords and yes it uses the same size that are used to charge the PS3 controller but I would expect that a headset like this would actually come with one. Not a huge deal but a little cheap in my opinion.

    Comfort wise, these do grip your head pretty well so my ears did get a bit tired but nothing too bad. 5 hours is a long time to be wearing any headphone.

    Overall I am very happy and surprised with these headphones. I never thought how much fun something like this would make my PS3. Now I just need to get back online to try the mic and chat. Does anyone play Rock Band anymore??!!!

    Update*** was able to watch Netflix today without any audio synch issues. Seems to be working fine!
    working fine!

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