The reasons to own a headset for your PS3 are plentiful. The most obvious is that a headset is invaluable when you’re playing multiplayer, as far too few players use one. It’s also possible, though, that you have roommates that like to sleep at a reasonable hour while you play GTA IV at 3am. Whatever the reason, obtaining a PS3 headset can be a bit of a challenge. Simply put, good headsets cost money. The Sony Wireless Stereo Headset, for instance, sells for $99.99. The XJacker Soniq Rush 2.0 provides an inexpensive solution by making your existing PC headset PS3-compatible, all for a paltry $29.99.
The first thing that got my attention about the Soniq Rush 2.0 is the amount of wires it comes with; four wires are needed to fully setup your headset. It can catch you off guard, since many accessories nowadays are simply plug-and-play. It’s intimidating at first, but I found that it went together with no trouble, and the instructions were easy to understand.
The amplifier itself offers several features, including a low-noise mechanism that cuts down on buzzing and distortion. I found that it worked for the most part, and the only time I got any kind of buzz or static was when I pumped the volume all the way up. The amplifier also offers a bass boost that’s controllable with a dial. The bass sounds rich, and the bass boost controls it wonderfully.
I’m happy to report that the overall audio quality is high. My voice came out with no distortion, and friends I chatted with had no issues understanding me. I picked up their voices crystal clear, and they sounded great in my headset. Sound and music from the games I played also worked fine; after some adjustments on the amplifier it sounded much like the TV. The Soniq Rush 2.0 does its job, and does it well.
As much as I liked the adapter, I did have one nit to pick with it. With the way the wires are set up, the amplifier actually ended up hovering right in front of the PS3 several feet away from me. I would have really preferred it if they found a way to have that piece closer to you. When the music or tempo changed, I found myself pausing, getting up, adjusting the sound, and sitting back down. This might disrupt someone’s flow as they play, so much so that they may want to consider buying extension cords to bring the amplifier closer.
Despite this, I really did enjoy the XJacker Sonic Rush 2.0. It’s priced very reasonably at $29 and does everything it says it does. For anyone with a PC headset looking to save some money on a PS3 headset, I strongly recommend it.
FINAL GRADE: A-