Finding high-end audio performance on a budget can be difficult, but Gamdias has repeatedly proven that a quality product doesn’t always have to break the bank. They’ve given their popular Eros V2 model the Elite treatment while still maintaining aggressive pricing. The Eros has been thoroughly redesigned; the Elite boasts a sturdier built and improved 7.1 Surround Sound. Even though it can’t quite compete with Gamdias’ very own Hephaestus, it’s an excellent upgrade for those primarily concerned with sound, and who don’t care for extraneous bells and whistles.
The first thing you’ll notice when unboxing the Eros Elite is Gamdias’ new approach to handling the body surface. The Eros Elite is more matte, and while it carries the standard leathery head band and hard-plastic frame, the earcups are now coated with a felt-like material. The overall look is simpler and compliments Gamdias’ new US store site with a slight shift towards modernism. Rest assured, Gamdias has not abandoned their 90’s metal attitude or visuals. This is Gamdias we’re talking about, and the Eros Elite continues the company’s trend of Olympians taking over your gaming room.
"Even though it can’t quite compete with Gamdias’ very own Hephaestus, it’s an excellent upgrade for those primarily concerned with sound, and who don’t care for extraneous bells and whistles."
I love the new simplified structure, but I’m not sure how I feel about the matte earcups. Where the shiny plastic of past models was a fingerprint magnet, the new felt surface is a dust magnet. A brushed metal approach or a lightly textured plastic coating would have been much better in my opinion. Fortunately, the Eros Elite’s comfort makes up for the odd material. The integrated cooling structure ensures the temperature remains controlled after long gaming sessions, and the ability to switch out earpads is a nice extra should the headset wear down over time.
In terms of drivers and overall technical specifications, the Eros Elite is similar (and in most cases identical) to its predecessor. The 50mm drivers, the gold plated USB connectors, the NdFeb driver magnets, the decibel sensitivity and the 20~20KHz frequency range remain unchanged. One of the major improvements lies in the new 7.1 surround sound EQ settings, allowing users to switch between FPS and Bass surround modes. Coupled with Gamdias’ HERA software, the Eros Elite offers everything you need to personalize the headset to your listening preferences. The surround modes and volume can also be toggled via the included mini-remote, so you don’t have to access the software each time you want settings changed.
"The Eros Elite is a solid improvement to an already excellent headset."
I’ve always enjoyed Gamdias’ sound handling, and the Eros Elite doesn’t disappoint. The audio is rich and crisp, giving action-oriented games more depth and immersion. Minute details are amplified in order to increase spatial awareness, and the bass is heavy without muffling mid and high ranges. Both the FPS and Bass surround modes provide substantial improvements in clarity, although the differences between the two modes are minor. FPS is sharper, emphasizing gunfire and footsteps in competitive online gaming, whereas Bass gives more punch to explosions and orchestral music. The unidirectional mic also does a fine job of keeping chatter clean and distortion-free, just don’t expect the same level of lucidity as with the Hephaestus.
The Eros Elite is a solid improvement to an already excellent headset. While there aren’t too many major differences to set the two models apart, the Elite is the definitive choice if you're just starting to look into new gaming headsets. I’m personally not a fan of the new felt material used on the earcups, but I do enjoy the more streamlined design.
Review by: Tin Salamunic