[REVIEW] Genius Cavimanus gaming headset
A couple of weeks ago, Genuis (KYE) sent over one of their latest gaming headsets: The Cavimanus. Except for the special product name, Genius turned over a very decent features list for a particularly low price. But will these cans manage to live up to the expectations?
“GX gaming launches its first professional 7.1 channel gaming headset, the Cavimanus. This hardcore headset is fully-loaded with many exciting features to pro gamers, including a foldable microphone for barking clear commands to your troops and a built-in vibration function designed to jolt your adrenaline during intense battles. However, devout gamers will undoubtedly appreciate the virtual 7.1 channel system and 40mm neodymium driver units the most, for they enable an incredible sound quality so you’ll hear your enemies’ footsteps before they get the jump on you.”
- Driver unit dimensions: 40mm
- Driver unit material: Neodymium
- Frequency response: 20Hz ~ 20KHz
- Impedance: 32 ohm
- Sensitivity: 95dB
- Cable length: 2.5 meters
- Sensitivity: -39±3 dB
- Directivity: Unidirectional
- Frequency response: 100Hz~10KHz
Main sales features
- Virtual 7.1 surround sound
- 12 pre-set equalizer adjustments (or full manual)
- Vibration motor
- 40mm Neodymium drivers
- Blue sound activated led
- Volume control on the left cup
- Foldable microphone for ease of use
- Gold plated USB connector
- UV coated ear cups
- Adjustable headband
Design & comfort
All love for the Cavimanus when we have to rate its design and comfort. Obviously design is susceptible to personal opinion, as so is comfort. Yet we’re quite convinced a lot of people will be really pleased when trying them on for the first time.
Built quality is very decent; it is still plastic but unlike some of the very expensive aluminum crafted headphones, these ones you can wear for 4h non stop without feeling discomfort. What we want to imply here is that the Cavimanus headset is very lightweight, and yet feel sturdy enough to face the daily wear & tear next to surviving the occasional LAN party.
Speaking about LAN parties, you can be sure you will get some of the attention with these headphones. The overall design is pretty damn cool and the stitched faux-leather inner-edge of the cups provides a comfy gaming session. Another very useful feature was the volume button on the left ear cup; definitely one of the best ways to adjust the volume during gameplay. One thing we did find out was that the resistance of the volume knob is fairly on the loose end, as in: if you are wearing a hoodie and lean your head to the left you might end up unwillingly turn up/down the volume.
7.1 virtual channels, and vibration?
Genuis promised a lot with the Cavimanus, and design/comfort wise they’re not disappointing. So let’s dig into testing the sound quality. As many will agree: audio quality is the main factor for most to purchase a particular pair of headphones. Unless you are in a situation where peer pressure is dominant and are obliged to wear the ‘B’ brand.
The 7.1 surround sound is quite obviously ‘VIRTUAL’, meaning a software equalizer is taking care of generating an environmental echo (or better: generates a volumetric audio landscape) for you. For gaming this is excellent, and that’s exactly where these Cavimanus headphones excel. But we tested this 7.1 on many of the pre-sets and with manual adjustments but haven’t really found them to be a cracker for audiophiles or movie enthusiasts.
A word on vibration… Frankly, when we first read the box saying “vibration”, the first impression was limited to joking around “oh, a dildo next to your ears, bet if you’re a girl it serves dual purpose?”.
Fortunately for Genius, we admit we were wrong. These headphones have a built-in vibration motor on both sides, which actually does an excellent job in immersing the gamer into a more realistic virtual landscape. Every time a heavy gun fires or an explosion took place, the Cavimanus gives you a vibration buzz. It definitely requires some getting used to, and at first when we test this with rock music and hip hop (where activating the vibration feature gives music some serious punch) they turned out to be very nice.
The vibration feature gives the user both on music, games or movies an extra kick to the experience. You have to try them on to really get what we’re talking about. For the im-not-a-fan’s there is the possibility to turn this feature off, though we’re pretty sure you’ll find them quite dull as this is one of the main sales features for the Cavimanus.
About the microphone we can say it doesn’t mention anywhere it’s noise cancelling. Probably imagining when you’re playing at home there won’t be much noise around. Unfortunately when music is playing or somebody turns on a vacuum cleaner behind you, don’t expect your warzone communication to match the clarity of a call center headset.
Roger that, but we did forget the Cavimanus has a blue led on the left side… well not much to say here really. Putting a sound activated LED on the side of headphones is like decorating the Christmas tree on the attic, serves no purpose, as you’re not going to see it.
So the true verdict: While priced between 60-100 Euro (or USD), you usually don’t get a product that’s this jam packed with features. So does the price justify the minor iffy points? Very possible it does so, the Cavimanus would benefit from a bit more of a tighter fit around the ears, the volume knob wouldn’t suffer from a bit more resistance and the virtual 7.1 audio adjustments won’t convert any serious audiophile nor will it crank up your home cinema experience. So where does it excel you may think?
Quite simply put, the Cavimanus was bred for gaming. Pushing out quality gaming audio is what the headset does best and the virtual 7.1 in combination with an excellent vibration feature will immerse you deeper into shooters like Battlefield, Medal of Honor or Call of Duty, even platform and MMoRPG’s benefit greatly from the software’s audio equalizer. That said, the audio driver does a good job, but the vibration feature is where the fun is. It will render your ears as excited as your neighbor’s cat at night. You won’t regret getting one.