- TECH SPECS
- Ease of use
- About sound
This summer, I talked about the expensive professional gaming headsets of the JBL brand – Quantum One and Quantum 800 (https://mobile-review.com/mp3/review/jbl-quantum-one-800.shtml). They impressed me, as they had decent technical characteristics, and outwardly they looked as cool as possible.
And today we will talk about an inexpensive Quantum 200 headset worth 3 rubles. By the way, there is also Quantum 900 for 100 rubles, but this is a completely budget option. And something tells me that such a gadget will produce sound at minimum salaries.
The JBL Quantum 200 headset is equipped with 50 mm dynamic drivers, a non-removable microphone with an overlay windscreen and a mechanical volume control on one of the ear cups.
We figure out whether this headset is worth its money or not.
- PC cable (for microphone and headphone in)
- Microphone pad
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Card
- Driver size: 50mm (dynamic drivers)
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Maximum input power: 30 mW
- Sensitivity: SPL 100 dB at 1 kHz / 1 mW
- Impedance: 32 Ohm
- Microphone frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
- Microphone sensitivity: -40 dBV @ 1 kHz / Pa
- Sound pickup principle: directional
- Microphone dimensions: 4 x 1,5 mm
- Cable length: headset (1,2m) + PC splitter (1,5m)
- Weight: 245 g
Despite the not the highest cost, the JBL Quantum 200 headset is primarily a full-size headphone of a rather impressive size. However, it weighs 245 grams and feels extremely light. For example, the same Quantum One weighs 370 grams – these are really massive headphones.
JBL lettering is engraved on the cups and on the outside of the headband. Most of the headset is made of matte plastic, but the outside of the headphones is glossy. I can’t say that this is the best solution (it quickly gets covered with fingerprints), but in general, the headphones look more interesting this way.
A subtle, but pleasant design move – a red wire extending from each earphone. In addition, the cable for connecting to a PC / laptop is made of a black and red fabric braid. For some reason, it is believed that if the device is gaming, then it must necessarily have the red color of any details on the case.
I will digress a little from the review with a question for readers: why should almost all gaming gadgets, including PCs / laptops, have a bright backlight, preferably iridescent in different colors? Where did it all come from?
The Quantum 200 headset feels as plastic and inexpensive as possible in the hands. Actually, it is so: the cups, the headband, the guides are all plastic. This is probably the only drawback.
Artificial leather – ear cushions and the inner part of the headband, and the microphone windscreen is made of foam rubber.
The microphone is located on the descending stick (dense rubber with a slight fixation of the position, tilt of about 120 degrees). Has automatic on and off depending on the position: at the top point – off. A characteristic trigger sound is heard.
As I wrote above, the angle of the microphone can be slightly adjusted thanks to the rubberized stick with a metal rod inside. It seems to be a trifle, but on some of these headsets I managed to break this very microphone holder due to the fact that it was made entirely of plastic. I put the headset in my backpack and crushed it with a laptop – I accidentally broke the holder.
The data cable, one, connects to the left earpiece. The cable length is 1.2 meters. The set includes an adapter for PC – microphone + headphones. Its length is 1.5 meters. In short, the headset can be plugged into even the farthest corner of the bakery.
Ease of use
I have been using this headset model for almost a month. I would like to convey honest information about whether it will be convenient to play in these headphones for a long time.
First, about the minus: they press a little. That is, the strength of the fit to the ears is great, I would like to be weaker. That’s why I was talking about a month of operation. In the early days, the Quantum 200 could still reap, but after a month, it seems to me that everything should be fine.
About the pros:
- Cover your ears completely
- Doesn’t sweat around the ears
- Good passive sound insulation
- Not felt on the head due to its low weight
In the specifications, you could already read about 50mm drivers. It’s not bad. Another question is that it is unlikely that cool speakers of this size were put here for 4 rubles.
By the way, the resistance of the “ears” is 32 ohms, so it is better to count on a sound card with an amplifier or connect the Quantum 200 to a speaker system. For example, on my PC, the maximum volume is the comfort for listening to music, watching movies and playing games on this headset. That is, the volume hit the ceiling. It’s not very good.
I tested it with Honor MagicBook Pro – there the volume is 10 percent higher. I used Honor Hunter V700 – the volume is even higher, by 20 percent.
By this I wanted to say that with the JBL Quantum 200 you shouldn’t count on very high volume.
Judging by the frequency response shown on the box, there is a clear rise (very approximately) by 100-200 Hz and somewhere in the region of 6000 – 7000 Hz. Failure at 400 – 3000 Hz. In general, they removed the frequencies of the voice and increased the bass with highs.
The end result is something like this: you hear the effects in games, but you don’t hear voices as well. In principle, this is how it should be for some action games.
The quality is average, I did not feel the low or high frequencies. The sound is flat: imagine that you stuffed budget headphones into a plastic case. They seem to be playing, but the sound is like a barrel.
Of course, I’m exaggerating a little, but I wanted to somehow express it.
Microphone recording is normal in terms of quality. However, a little more definition, a little more high frequencies is desirable. Maybe the headset software is to blame, which removes the noise a little.
Sound recording example >>>
Another nuance: on my PC, I could not record sound at an even level. For some reason, he was constantly jumping: now loudly, now quietly. There were no effects. I had to use the Honor Hunter V700, which is now on my test. And the usual microphone (external budget) worked fine.
I would consider the JBL Quantum 200 as a gift: it is not very expensive, the brand is well-known – it’s not a shame to give. Even if you do not play, all the same, such a gadget will come in handy for listening to music and watching movies, as well as editing video or chatting in some Skype / Zoom. The appearance is quite nice.
Sound quality is average, I think, corresponds to the cost of the device. The sound from the microphone is good.
If you want even cheaper and with a detachable microphone, then you can look towards the Quantum 100. Or choose the 400 model, which is a little more expensive, but with illumination on the cups. Pros choose Quantum 800 or One.
Let me remind you again that the JBL Quantum 200 is sold for 3 rubles.
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