Patriot Viper V361 7.1 Virtual Surround Gaming Headset Review: Page 6 of 7

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Posted by Lance Carter on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 8:00am

Testing & Performance 

To test the Patriot Viper V361 Headset I choose to use the testing suite at http://www.audiocheck.net/soundtests_headphones.php. It has a wide range of test to determine the just how well your headset performs. Also I want to add I'm almost 40 and with age hearing loss comes in one way or another. So I set the volume on the headset to 100% and my computer master volume to 20. This level of sound should work well from all test. 

Setting for the Viper V361 Headset: 

Sample Rate: 48KHz 

Equalizer: Off 

Sound effects: Enabled 

Room Size: Medium 

7.1 Virtual speaker setting: Enabled 

Vocal effects: Disabled 

Viper surround: Enabled 

Ultra Bass Response (UBR) on headset: On 

Frequency Response 

Is a two part test with sound files testing the bass and treble extensions. The bass extension test your headphones 10 Hz to 200 Hz and the treble extension test your headset 22 kHz to 8 kHz. Good headphone will go as low as 20 Hz on the bass test, and will have frequencies up to 20 kHz.  

The bass test I could hear the frequency just after the 20 Hz was announced so the test was good. 

The treble test I could hear the frequency after at 20 kHz was announced so the test was good. 

Dynamic Range 

The dynamic range test goes between the quietest and loudest signals in which this case is white noise to speech telling you how far below dBFS (decibels below full scale). The test is not related to a specific function of the headset, but it helps to test isolation within a noisy environment. 

I personally could hear the Voice Over speech as low as 66 dBFS. 

Quality 

The quality test, tests the bass frequencies to check how well the speakers are made. If they are poorly made they will have a rattling or buzzing noise. 

The V361 headset had no buzzing or rattling. 

Driver Matching 

The driver matching reproduces a stereo frequency to both earpieces at the exact identical level. The tone should feel as though it is right in the middle of your head. 

The headset was perfectly matched through the whole test which was up to 10 kHz. 

Wiring 

The wiring test checks to makes sure the left wiring is connected to the left headphone & the right wiring to the right headphone.  

The wiring was connected correctly. 

Binaural Test 

The binaural test has two sets of wooden door knock. The recordings were captured by having a microphone in someone's ear so that it collects the sound that reaches the pinnae, the external part of the ear. This works only with headphones and you are determining whether the sound is right next to you and how real does the wooden door sound. 

When I first ran this test it sounded to far away and had an echo. This made it not very realistic. So I went into Sound effects settings and change from a medium room size to a small. This decreased the echo and brought the sound in close and made it much more realistic. 

Microphone Test 

To test out the microphone and not rely on other person thoughts I simply recorded myself at different outputs levels.  
The microphones recording worked well in the playbacks. 

Additional Note on the Software Testing 

When I first received the V361 headset I found a software glitch that caused a cracking/popping sound while you had music playing and trying to adjust the settings in the v361s software menu. So Pro Clockers contacted Patriot about the issue. They confirmed the glitch that was found and began to reconfigure the software to repair the problem. Once the problem was resolved we were contacted back telling us the new software was available to download from their website. After downloading and testing the new software the issue of cracking/popping was fixed and also personally I think the sound from the headset was even better. 

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