Finding headphones on the cheap is easy. Finding good headphones on the cheap? That can be tricky. Great sounding headphones are a bit pricey- around the RM200 range will definitely net you a decent sounding pair of cans, but below that, it’s a gamble. But what if there’s a headphone that’s under RM100 and have a great sound with a microphone built-in for most of your gaming and general needs?
Enter the Sades Moyu gaming headset.
The Sades Moyu (also known as the Sades Arcmage in other markets) looks like a normal looking headphone, so aesthetic-wise it isn’t really a looker. It’s available in white or yellow- but the white version comes with colour-changing LEDs at the side. The headset are sturdy yet flexible at the top though no pivots on the cups. The cushion pad is of a rubbery plastic, with a mesh covering the center. The size of the cans is a bit large to my liking. It doesn’t feel as comfortable to wear in long periods of time unfortunately. It’s okay if you take frequent breaks.
The sharp bulge on the left side is where the microphone is housed. It won’t be a gaming headset without a microphone. The 2m cable has three ends: 2 3.5mm audio jacks- audio and microphones are seperated- this is intended for use on PC, mind- and a USB port to power the LEDs. However, it works with any device with a 3.5mm jack input- even mobile devices and the PS4. Though you may need to get a separate adapter to combine the audio and mic jack if you plan to use the mic on devices that don’t have a seperate mic port. The mic is decent, enough clarity for in-game chat.
At the back of the left side there’s a volume slider. Depending on how you use the headset the placement could be bothersome. If you lean your head to chairs and move it a lot then prepare to experience some drops of volume due to accidentally activating it. Just a nitpick, and can certainly be avoided.
Here’s the technical specs, taken from the official website of Sades:
- Wearing Styles: Headband ,Over-Ear
- Plug Type: USB+3.5mm Gold-Plated
- Headphone Type: Gaming Headset
- Driver Diameter: Φ40mm
- Frequency Range: 20Hz-20KHz
- Sensitivity: 108dB+3dB
- Impedance: 16Ω
- Max Input Power: 30mW
- Mic Diameter: Φ6.0×5.0mm
- Sensitivity: -38dB+3dB
- Directivity: Omnidirectional
- Mic Inpedance: ≤2.2KΩ
- Cable Lenght: Appr. 2.0m
For its price, the sound quality is amazing out of the box. What you hear from the Sades Moyu is what you get like any basic headphones of the price range, but there’s not much to complain about. The sound mixing favours a strong bass, and favours an ambience-like sound. Playing games like Fallout 4 feels more immersive as the ambient sound plays a bit softer, creating a feeling of space. Another example is when I first plugged it into the PS4 controller. The default PS4 theme has that soothing ambient song playing in the background. As I plugged it in, it took me a while to notice that the headset is indeed working. Both of the sounds from the TV and headset were pretty similar, as in its not too direct and in-your-face sort of sound like mostly found in other headphones of its price range. It also has a great surround sound support- you can easily tell the direction of where the sounds coming from, perfect for games like CS:GO and other FPS.
Other than that, I am also impressed with the quality of voice sounds. Voices sound clearer, and the mixing of this with the sound being way back it gives a sense of space, thus helping giving immersion. The headset also works great for just normal day-to-day use, listening to some music and podcasts work great with the Sades Moyu.
Although not perfect, the Sades Moyu is offering what is conceivably more than what the asking price would lead you to imagine. A sturdy build, very nice sound quality and the built-in mic is decent. Surely enough, some of its setbacks are subjective at best- like how I don’t find it comfortable for long use, or even non-relevant to you. All in all, the Sades Moyu is something I will easily recommend to anyone in need of a pair of headphones, just because it provides a great bang for your buck value. In fact, I might consider getting one for my personal use.
Great bang-for your-buck Value
Decent, if not great, sound quality
OK microphone included
Sounds great with games and other general purposes
Too big and bulky
Not as comfortable for long use
Separate audio and mic jacks, adapter jack not included