The ATH-AG1X by Audio-Technica is a gaming headset that is tailored towards enthusiasts. With its quality built-in microphone, comfortable frame and closed-back design, this headset is primed to help gamers of all types conquer their foes with precision. But, at a price point of $299 is it worth it? After one week with the headset I’m saying it is. There are a couple of issues with the headset’s design but they’re overwhelmingly outshined by the overall quality of the product as a whole.
The headset couldn’t be any easier to setup, it’s essentially plug-and-play. It comes with a 1.2m attached cable and a 2.0m extension cable that splits the inputs into headset and microphone. The standard 1.2m cable length leaves something to be desired, but with the extension cable attached it ends up being an acceptable length.
The over-the-ear headphones are beyond efficient in terms of blocking outside noise. The closed-back design swallows the user’s ears, muffling unwanted nuisances and immersing the user in sound. Considering it’s only two channels, audio sounds fluid, especially during gaming but you’ll probably want to use some additional software or an external card to initiate virtual surround sound. It’s not perfect for all circumstances (listening to music, especially classical and jazz, left something to be desired) but the tones that are best-suited for gaming are well-emphasized.
"There are a couple of issues with the headset’s design but they’re overwhelmingly outshined by the overall quality of the product as a whole."
The biggest issue I found in terms of sound quality is the way this headset handles bass. Audio-Technica uses a newly implemented feature called a Double Air Damping System (D.A.D.S.). As advertised this system delivers “deep, resonating bass.” It certainly does but as a result there are sacrifices made in the mids and highs.
The microphone on the ATH-AG1X is very good. It sits at a perfect distance away from the mouth and its gooseneck mount has just enough flexibility for it to be adjusted for extra comfort. Unfortunately it’s not detachable, which I feel should be relatively standard at a $300 price point, but the build is sturdy and seems to be a high quality.
Tests and recordings I made with the microphone were above average. They were surprisingly efficient at blocking out unwanted noise and when used with Skype, Discord, and in game lobbies my voice rang through even loud noises crystal clear. It was certainly better than the microphone offered with the SteelSeries H or the Astro A40s. It doesn’t offer the levels of control that dedicated microphones do but it remains a great option for those that are looking for an easy-to-use built-in tool for their everyday gaming needs.
"Comfort is king, and with some additional accessories the sound can be elevated to new heights, it’s just a shame that it didn’t come with a tad more built in."
The comfort of this headset is unparalleled if you have a larger head. Up until this point I had never found any headset more cozy than my Astro A40s simply because their design fit the contours of my cranium so perfectly. But after multiple extended gaming sessions -- we’re talking 4-5 hour periods with no breaks -- I found myself forgetting I was even wearing the ATH-AG1X. There was no cramping, pinching, or unwanted pressure; I didn’t even sweat. All that being said, I have a large head and as a result these fit me perfectly. That will definitely not be the case for everyone, they will be loose for those with smaller frames.
Overall the Audio-Technica ATH-AG1X is a quality headset. It may not be the most suitable option for audiophiles, but gamers can choose this product with confidence knowing they’re getting a well-built piece of hardware for their money. The microphone is perfect for those that want a convenient built-in option, even if it’s a bit lacking in features. Comfort is king, and with some additional accessories the sound can be elevated to new heights, it’s just a shame that it didn’t come with a tad more built in.
Review by: Palmer Sturman