Edifier is typically known for their innovative high-end tech, and while some items do lean towards affordability, their audience normally consists of audiophiles and tech enthusiasts. However, they recently released two sets of gaming headphones with unusually aggressive pricing: The G2 (which we covered last week), and the K815, which we’re taking a look at today. The G2 was a surprisingly strong headset, especially when you consider the forty dollar price tag. The K815 cuts the pricing even further at only $29.99. So, how much of a quality difference can be expected by saving ten bucks?
If I had to choose between the G2 and the K815, I’d have to say the G2 is the unquestionable winner. The audio performance is notably richer, especially the bass and overall voice clarity in games and music. While I compared the G2 to headsets that usually sell for twice as much, I can’t say the same thing about the K815. This is a budget headset through and through, even if the K815’s overall design is sleeker compared to the G2.
That’s not to say that the K815 is a bad headset. It delivers relatively solid sound when gaming, and its included mic is a nice extra for anyone who enjoys online gaming. K815’s biggest problem is that it coexists with the G2. Edifier is advertising them both as budget headphones, and considering the low ten dollar price difference, it’s hard to imagine anyone choosing the inferior product just to save a few bucks.
"If you’re seeking a high-quality budget gaming headset, the G2 is the indisputable winner here. Then again, if saving ten bucks is important, then the K815 may be a viable alternative."
Technically, the K815 boasts decent specs: a 40mm driver, a 40 Ohm impedance, 20Hz~20KHz frequency response and a sound pressure level of 101dB. Unlike the G2, the K815 can only be used for gaming. Music and movies sound rather shallow, with voices exhibiting a very metallic-like quality. The headset handles heavier sounds, like explosions and gunfire, much better.
Where the K815 truly excels is in its design. Edifier certainly knows how to wow with their aesthetics, and the K815 can easily pass for a pricier headset just based on its looks. The K815 is light and comfortable, and can be easily used for long gaming sessions without any discomfort. The headset comes in black and white versions, although the black model is a fingerprint magnet due to its shiny surface.
Edifier’s K815 is a very straightforward, no frills, budget headset. It gets the job done in terms of delivering competent audio in gaming, but it’s still a mystery as to why this model is being released simultaneously with the G2. If you’re seeking a high-quality budget gaming headset, the G2 is the indisputable winner here. Then again, if saving ten bucks is important, then the K815 may be a viable alternative.
Review by: Tin Salamunic