Mad Catz Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 Stereo Gaming Headset Review

Final Thoughts


Overall, we really enjoy using the FREQ5s from Mad Catz' Cyborg lineup.  They're comfortable and very wearable for hours on end and may rest on your shoulders when you need a break.  They also rock great bass, crisp sound through-and-through, and sport the fidelity gamers are looking for.  The microphone is also top-notch and delivers condenser-mic audio clarity.  I said it before and I"ll dare to say it again, it's the best gaming headset microphone we've tested.  The build quality is also a big plus for the FREQ5s, they can (and have) taken wreckless usage and the hinges are absolutely bulletproof.  If your hinges break, you've got bigger problems on your hands (perhaps a temper problem or you're less coordinated than Andre the Giant?).


The lone flaw on an otherwise stellar package is the lack of volume control or EQ feedback and lack of dedicated tweaking software for custom EQs or other tweaks many gamers may want to make.  Also, we do our best to due diligence to read the experience of consumers and test for things they may have had issues with.  A common complaint (the only common one, really)  is about a "buzz" or hum when volumes are low, but we tried to coax anything out with various microphone and volume settings and we couldn't find it, so perhaps our sample unit represents an in-line improvment Mad Catz has rolled out.


So I imagine you're wondering if you should buy this at some point? Or maybe your'e just curious to read about it, but either way, we'll feed you our take on it.  Today it can be found for as low as $130 and as high as $160, so let's just call it a $150 headset based upon it's MSRP.  Well, gulp, that's alot of moolah for one peripheral.  It's one of the best-sounding headsets we've tried, but that should be expected out of a headset that's priced out at the top end of the market.  The mic is definitely the best, so that helps its case, but the lack of tweaking options might be a huge turnoff for the hardcore gamer willing to shell out a Benjamin-and-a-half for a headset.  It's also great that it works fantastically as a music-listening accessory.  Ultimately, if you can stomach $150 for a headset that sounds great but doesn't allow you to tweak it, this guy is for you.  If you're not one of them, it's probably a tough sell for many to justify a $150 purchase when a ~$100 headset will get you really close to the same level of performance and you can pocket the extra $50.  It's a tough call, but, honestly, Mad Catz has done a pretty remarkable job putting together a package that feels as though it's worth its premium price tag.


The Good


The Bad

  • Bulletproof build quality
  • Great bass
  • Crisp fidelity / clarity
  • Smooth frequency response
  • Comfortable
  • Crystal clear microphone
  • Limited EQ / Profile Controls
  • No EQ or volume feedback
  • Price, spendy at $150

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