JBL Quantum 600
I have too many assorted headsets at home, some I’ve bought, some I’ve been given for review. JBL recently sent me their Quantum 600 and I was a bit skeptical about their claims that they could be used on PC, Playstation, and XBox. Skeptical because in my experience the only headsets that work on an XBox seem to be those designed specifically for XBox. Because of this, only the headset I actually bought myself works on the XBox. It cost around $200 and I thought it was pretty decent.
Great news for me, however, is that yes, the Quantum 600 does work on the XBox. Just not wirelessly. But because JBL thought to include a plugin option for the XBox, I now have a headset that I can use across all three platforms. Ok strike that, just had a brain fart, don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner but using the USB dongle the headset also works through my Sony 4K TV. Winning.
Ok, back to the headset in question, JBL claims wireless over-ear performance with surround sound. So my first port of call for all things surround sound has always been The Book Of Eli. The beginning of this film is so atmospheric that it totally freaks me out in surround sound. And I’m happy to say I’m just as freaked out using the Quantum 600.
Of course not being an audiophile, reviewing a product that is about the quality of sound really comes down to personal preference and limited experience. I’m not going to be getting into and technical stuff in this small review.
What I can say is that they are comfortable to wear, they don’t feel like they are going to fall off, yet are good for four to five-hour gaming sessions. They work great from Zoom meetings to online gaming to watching movies. The sound is fantastic. Across all platforms. And where the wireless function is available, it works flawlessly.
Now my XBox is my main gan=ming machine and my online gaming machine, and whilst my old headphones were awesome, they did have a small problem. They made a buzzing noise when the controller was plugged in for charging. Which means either everyone on the team mutes you, or you get verbal abuse. Not fun.
So two things I noticed when I played Call of Duty the first time using the Quantum 600 headset. The sound was fucking amazing. I mean I thought I got good sound from my other headset, but those are now in the bin. The other thing was, I purposely played with a mate and had my controller plugged in and charging. I asked him if he could hear the buzzing. Nope, nothing, and to boot he said he could hear me so clearly.
Damn this is a great headset. Ticking all the boxes.
Now nothing in life is perfect, and I do have a couple of minor moans, both of which are basically unrealistic moans. The first being the USB dongle. This thing is so easy to misplace, especially if you have little kids, and your using it for different devices in different rooms! I’ve lost it a couple of times, but fortunately found it again! The other moan is the foam condom that fits on the mic is way too loose and I have to say, has been lost and as of yet not found.
But anyway, currently priced at $245 on MightyApe the JBL Quantum 600 headset feels like it should cost a hell of a lot more. It is the best sounding, most comfortable and definitely most versatile headset I currently have in my collection.
GEEKERY rating: 4.5/5