Aborderline steal—that’s what Rosewill’s RHM-6308 headset amounts to. For less than $40, we’re talking cans that output 7.1-channel virtual surround sound and happen to look good and wear comfortably. Sure, you must swallow a few compromises where construction material, noisecancellation, and bundled accessories (there are none) are concerned, but for less than a pair of Jacksons, you get solid performance from a headset that makes an excellent addition to your LAN party crate.
Colored completely in black save for a silver patch on each circumaural earcup, the RHM-6308 sports an adjustable, split-style headband, generous 6.6-foot-long, thick cord, and fine-performing unidirectional mic attached to an extremely flexible yet sturdy boom. The gum pack-sized inline controller is nice and large, as are the four buttons it provides to control volume and mute the mic and headphones. Further, a blue LED status light accompanies the mic and headphone mute buttons.
To arrive at its sub-$40 price, the RHM-6308 understandably makes heavy use of plastic, faux leather, and rubber padding. At 8.8 ounces, the headset wore lightly in my use over long stretches, although the fit around my ears was a bit looser than I generally prefer. Ear cushioning is plentiful and comfortable, however, and the split-headset design meant heat was never an issue.
The RHM-6308 is a USB-only affair. It uses a C-Media CM6308 chipset and requires software included on CD (Windows XP/Vista/7 are supported) to access a simple but effective five-tab software interface. Here, you can select channel preference (2, 4, 6, or 8), adjust the speaker positioning, tweak
the included 10-band equalizer or select one of 11 presets, apply various environment effects, and more.
Overall, the clarity of tone, delivery of details, and precision the RHM-6308 put forth was surprisingly good. The headset didn’t deliver the type of oomph I would have liked at the low end across music, movies, or games, but the RHM-6308’s surround-sound abilities across the board definitely exceed what you’d expect from a $40 headset. In all, the RHM-6308 gives a lot audio-wise without asking a great deal in return monetarily.