Just before Christmas, I read a tweet and got a message on Voxer that TeamPwnage was considering having a giveaway open to just clan members. I have always had a great time playing with the TeamPwnage group, and I have been playing with them since Black Ops 1, so of course I was in. I made my entry to Project Hatta, and I kept my fingers crossed. In almost 40 years of my life (yes, I am probably the oldest member), I don’t ever remember winning anything by chance. But lucky for me, Project Hatta contacted me and told me my number was drawn. I was excited about the prize. I have had a pair of Turtle Beach PX21’s for about 5 years now. I should clarify, it isn’t the original pair. When they break, I buy new Turtle Beach’s. My current set is about shot, and I was in the process of researching headsets when I won. So the timing was perfect, and the following are my thoughts on the headset itself.
I got my headset last Friday. I got it delivered to my job, so I was sure someone would be there to accept it. As soon as it arrived, I took it to my office and opened it up. It was packaged well. It came with the headset and dongle (which is very small and doesn’t get in the way at all on your PS4 or console of choice), a charging cable, and an audio cable. I unpacked it, and I could immediately tell from the feel of it that it is a bit heavier than my old set. I read some reviews, and this was the biggest complaint. But the headset wasn’t that heavy, and it just gave it a more sturdy feel to be honest. The ear cups are a little bit smaller than the Turtle Beach, but again, this was not a discomfort. They fit well, and they definitely cancelled out any ambient noise. I plugged them into my computer’s USB port to charge them. They will charge with any USB port, either computer, PS4, or you can use your iPhone charger to plug them into the wall. I let them charge for about 4 hours and then tested them out for sound. I plugged them into my iPhone with the audio cable, and they sound great. I listened to iTunes, and the sound quality was as good any headset I have ever had. There is a volume control on the left earpiece. I had them connected by the audio cable, and I am not sure if you can connect them to your device, like your phone, via Bluetooth. But my concern was sound quality, and it was exceptional. So I let them get a good charge and waited until I got home to test them out on the PS4.
When I got home from work, I immediately went into my office at home to test the headset out. I was excited to see if the sound quality would be as good as when it was hardwired, but I didn’t have my hopes up to be honest. About three years ago during one incident where my Turtle Beaches broke, and I bought the Playstation wireless headphones. I did not like them. I did not like the sound, fit, feel, or anything about them really. But these PDP Afterglow are nothing like that.
The PDP brand is very easy to use. On the PS4, all you do is plug the dongle in and power them up. They sync, and you are up and running. You might have to go into settings to adjust the audio out or the microphone volume, but this is very easily done. The PDP microphone is house in the left ear, and it can be hidden inside of the cup. The ear cups glow blue during operation. Of course you don’t notice this during gameplay, even in the dark, which is how I tend to play. You do see the blue light out of your peripheral vision of the mic, but it isn’t distracting. The headset is a little bit heavier, and your ears do fit inside of them cups a good bit, but if you take some time and give it two or three days, you won’t notice either of these things. They headset overall is pretty comfortable. As soon as I could, I started up a multiplayer game of Advanced Warfare (of course). The sound was amazing. The PDP has a setting for normal sounds, and it also has a bass type boost. I tried a game with the bass boosted, but it was really too much and would drown out all of the other sounds. Playing on normal mode sounds great. It is 7.1 surround, and for the first time in Advanced Warfare, I heard a player trying to sneak up behind me to my right. The mute function is easy also. You just press the power button once, and it mutes the mic. Press again to unmute. After the first game, I hooked up with some of the TeamPwnage clan playing a game of domination. The first thing they said was that I sounded different talking. One important thing to note that is different from the Turtle Beaches is that you cannot hear yourself talking. I don’t know how important this is to you, but it was the hardest thing to adjust to. It took a bit, but now I don’t notice not hearing myself in the headset. Sometimes my wife says I am louder playing now, but maybe that is just frustration with the connections in the games. After a few days, all of the TPwn guys said I sounded normal to them.
I played with the headset all weekend, which probably was over 8 hours of gameplay. The battery lasted the whole time, and it is said to last 10 hours. I never got tired from the headset, and the weight was never an issue. The sound quality never wavered, and I think this is a great headset.
Overall, I am very pleased with the PDP KRAL Afterglow. I would rate them a 9 out of 10. For the price, you can’t go wrong. I love these, and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Thanks TeamPwnage! Come play with us and check the sound quality out for yourself.