NZXT Relay Headset and SwitchMix review

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Gaming experience and MIC

Gaming experience and MIC



As for testing the headset, let’s talk through a handful of games:


Our test could not miss one of the hottest titles of recent years. In many situations, this popular battle royale game requires patience and capturing audio details that can reveal, e.g., if another player is in the same building as you. So, the spatial aspect of the sound is important, making it easier to determine the direction from which the opponent is coming and even how far away they are. The test consisted of playing a single match in solo mode. The NZXT Relay Headset works very well in PUBG.

Battlefield 1

Here, the sound becomes just an addition for us, partly because we cannot even feel the headphones on our heads because of their lightness. The advantage of this is that you can focus on the game better. Everything seems to be fine. The headset does an excellent job of presenting environmental detail. Positioning is very good here, providing us with a full sense of orientation in the field and the ability to determine where the sound is coming from. Clarity was great as well.


Call of Duty: WW2

Here, positioning is good – we can locate sounds from any direction (up and down) without problems. In short, determining changes in the distance from the sound source was easy for me. Sound-wise, it’s all like it should be, or even more.

Project CARS 3

Racing games are very entertaining and also very dependent on the quality of the sound. Bass reproduction was crucial here, and the Relay Headset was fine, thanks to 40 mm neodymium audio drivers. It was nice to use this headset here.


DiRT Rally 2.0

Rally cars at their finest. DiRT Rally is a very demanding simulation (maybe not as much as the Richard Burns Rally, but not that far off). The sound is realistic, and you can almost feel the engine’s roar and grind of the transmission. The Relay Headset did very well in DiRT Rally 2.0, so you won’t miss any important sounds.


Grand Theft Auto V

GTA 5 is diverse; some funky tunes can benefit from the headset’s bass reproduction. The two 40 mm neodymium drivers make a difference in this game. You can almost feel like you’re really in Ludendorff or Paleto Bay.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

All ambient sounds are reproduced adequately. The stage is sufficient for this game. Weapon strikes sound realistic.

Forza Horizon 5

This is a great open-world racing game. It’s not a simulator, but it brings a lot of fun. This makes a difference here! The sound of engines (not only yours) is easily distinguished, and the positioning is also accurate.


Testing the microphone

As part of the testing protocol, we also checked the microphone in several applications. First, we used Discord, then did some multiplayer gaming and played sound samples with WavePad (an alternative to Audacity). The Relay Headset has a good and clear microphone with solid clarity, low noise, and hum. It’s on par with other modern (wired) headset microphones. It should be enough in more advanced applications, like streaming, but enough for podcasts.

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