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SPEEDLINK Coniux Stereo Gaming Headset Review

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SPEEDLINK is a computer peripherals and gaming accessories manufacturer that is stationed in Europe. It has enjoyed a lot of success in the industry since its inception in 1998. Today, SPEEDLINK continues to provide quality products across 30 countries in Europe, with almost 10 million sound systems and 15 million game controllers, showing SPEEDLINK’s might and influence in the computer and gaming peripherals market. It also shows how well SPEEDLINK can adapt to the fast paced nature of the market.

SPEEDLINK’s products are the results of its people willingness to try and experiment with different concepts and designs which results in unique and effective products not just for the hardcore gamers, but for the casual computer user as well. Today, SPEEDLINK has graciously allowed us to review the Coniux Stereo Gaming Headset.

Specifications

Headset

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 32Ω
  • Sensitivity: 96± 3dB
  • Cable Length: 2.3m
  • Weight: 230g
  • System Requirements: PC/Mac With Audio
  • Connection: 3.5mm Audio / 3.5mm Mic

Microphone

  • Frequency Response: 100Hz – 10kHz
  • Impedance 2.2Ω at 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: -40dB ± 3dB at 1kHz
  • Pick-Up Pattern: Omnidirectional

Features

  • Stereo PC headset
  • Robust design
  • High wearing comfort
  • Stereo sound with deep bass
  • Voluminous sound for gaming, music and communication
  • Padded headband and ear pads for comfort
  • Closed system for the reliable attenuation of ambient noise
  • Crystal-clear voice chat thanks to sensitive mic featuring fold-away arm
  • Adjustable headband

Official product page

Packaging

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The front of the box contains a sample image of the Coniux which also showcases the adjustable microphone. Down below are the major features of the Coniux like the 2.3m cable length,  soft earpads, flexible microphone, rubber coating and compatibilty for Skype and Yahoo Messenger. Looking further below are more features of the Coniux.

SPEEDLINK Coniux Stereo Gaming Headset

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The Coniux’ s body is all plastic coated with a matte black finish, which kind of gives it a plain vibe at first sight. The headband and both ear cups are covered with glossy black leather.

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The leather of headband covers a large portion of the arc of the Coniux. It has a lot of padding that provides a lot of cushion for the head, which is good for those long dungeon crawls and gaming sessions.

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The same thing can be said for the leather ear cups. It also provides the same type of padding and cushion as the headband, if not more. The extra padding gives the user of the Coniux more sound isolation but allows just the right amount of space for the ears to keep cool. Although it might have been a bit better if they you were able to rotate them even for a little bit to help in the adjustment for the head, as it affects the isolation that the Coniux gives because of too much space between the ears.

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The Coniux’s microphone is attached to the left side of the headset. It’s length is just right to enable the user’s voice to be heard clearly while making sure that the mic is positioned far enough to allow space as to not get caught up while the user is speaking, thanks to it’s adjustable boom. If you’re not using the mic, you can push it upward to place it in its default position. This is great so that you won’t entertain the possibility of losing the mic when you need it.

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The Coniux has an in-line controller right at the middle of the length of the cable. It does not offer much as the only control that is available is a volume wheel.

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The Coniux has two connectors on the end of the cable, a green one for the audio and a pink one for the mic.

Testing

To test out the capabilities of the Coniux, we are going to put this pair of cans to the test using the Ultimate Headphone Test from Audiocheck.net. These series of tests are design to test the following areas: Frequency Response, Dynamic Range, Quality, Driver Matching, Wiring and a Binaural Test. Without further ado, here is how the Coniux fared in the Ultimate Headphone Test:

Frequency Response

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The frequency response tests consists of two audio samples that measure the bass and treble extension. During the playing of the bass extension, I heard the underlying sweeping tone at 20Hz, which is what you would expect from a quality product like the Coniux. For the treble extension, I heard the sound at 19kHz, slightly below of the optimal 20kHz, but a great showing nonetheless.

Dynamic Range

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The dynamic range benchmarks the isolation offered by your headphones. The higher the dbFS or Decibels Below Full Scale, the better the isolation of your headset. In this test, I heard the sound up until 48dbFS, which is a good showing for the Coniux.

Quality

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This test determines how stable your headset really is by shaking your drivers via the audio. The Coniux displayed its A-game here as it did falter or rattle and there are no parasitic sounds heard.

Driver Matching

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Driver Matching measures the tolerance for the variations of the drivers, meaning the sound must stay on the center. And that is what the Coniux delivered. And to make sure that the result is correct, I listened to the file again with the left channel on my right ear and vice versa, where the sound would have to avoid the center, which the Coniux also did.

Wiring

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This test is to make sure that the wiring of the Coniux are on point. When the audio for the left channel was played, I could only hear sound from the left side and the same happened when the right was played. The second part is for measuring the polarity. When the sound for the center played, I could easily pinpoint the sound coming from the center and when the sound for the “twisted” audio played, I had a hard time figuring out where the sound came from. Another nice showing from the Coniux here.

Binaural Test

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The Binaural test measure how “real” the sound the headset produces is. When it played, I was sure that someone knocked on my door, that’s how great the sound quality of the Coniux is.

User Experience and Conclusion

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Even though we have tested the Coniux with the Ultimate Headphone Test, this is still a gaming headset and thus what better way to measure it by using it in actual games. We used the Coniux when playing League of Legends, as we would be able to measure how the Coniux performs when used in communication as well as sound quality. The mic provided great noise cancellation, as my teammates were able to hear me just fine. although there was still some instances that they were able to hear some noise, but it did not affect my voice much. The sound quality was great as well but the bass was kind of flat from what I expected it be. Nevertheless, I still manage to hear someone farming in the jungle and manage to scare them away. The Coniux is also a good headphone if you want to listen to music, but don’t expect the bass to drop that low.

Overall, SPEEDLINK’s Coniux is a solid pair of cans that can work with the proper setting. Although its quite hard to find the right position for optimum comfort due to the ear cups not being able to be adjusted, it compensates by the amount of padding in the headband and ear cups that make it good for long sessions. It also blasts out great sound quality and at $37.53, the price is just right for those who want to have a good pair of cans. We here at B2G give the Coniux the Bronze Award.

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