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Hi!
I attended Gamescom this year and during the Splinter Cell Blacklist presentation the audience (including me) used the new Mad Catz Cyborg's F.R.E.Q. 5 Headset and it was so good. I really want this headset, the orgasmic explosion effects and the bass was just overwhelming. The problem is that I do not know if it plays music well, something that is quite important. I currently use Razor Barracuda 5.1 Headset which is horrible at playing music, no bass etc. Even my cheap Koss headphones are better. So, have anyone used/own this headset? Is it worth the price?

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Hi,

Yes, you'll get plenty of bass with music as well. If you're using the headset whilst connected via USB then you've got access to the three EQ modes: Gaming, Music and Voice.

Voice mode just really amps up the frequencies associated with the normal vocal range of the human voice, so it'll make your Skype calls even clearer.
Gaming mode is great for clarity across all frequencies - important for making sure you can hear things like footsteps so whoever you're playing against can't creep up on you. Still got plenty of bass though.
Music mode really amps up the bass.

If you're listening via the 3.5mm jack to your MP3 player/smartphone then the EQ modes aren't available but the drivers are tuned to something between Gaming and Music mode - still pretty bassy. In fact with some tracks I sometimes find myself having to tweak the EQ on my iPhone to reduce the bass. It's not just about the bass of course - I've found myself hearing elements of tracks that I've never noticed before when listing to music on the F.R.E.Q..
post #3 of 11
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Thank you for answering!
If it is as good as you describe I will most likely buy it eventually. They should reduce the price tho, so it would become more of a competitor with logitech.
Do you work for Mad Catz or are you a fan boy? (Due to your username that is)
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I work for Mad Catz - I mostly hang around here to answer questions in the R.A.T. Owners Club thread, but saw this post as well so thought I'd chime in. Regarding price, we're absolutely confident in the quality of the F.R.E.Q. and the price is a reflection of the quality of the headset, both in its physical form and its acoustic performance.
post #5 of 11
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Hi!
I decided to buy F.R.E.Q 5 and I got them last week. Just wondering, are there any drivers out? Can I disable or tweak the voice feedback from the mic for example?
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http://www.amazon.com/Mad-Catz-F-R-E-Q-5-Headset-Mac/dp/B006XG26GQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347996616&sr=8-1&keywords=cyborg+freq+5

$150 is a bit steep in my book for a gaming headset . for $15 more you could have picked up a pair of DT770's and had all the bass you'll ever need. how'd they work out for you when playing music?
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post #7 of 11
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They work good at playing music too, much better than my provius headset at least, that's for sure!
They also sit very good on my head, tho I need to wear them more to get used to them. The bass is amazing and I love it, just ran a bass test and it really hits those low sounds good.
The only thing that I can "complain" about is that there is no drivers, that I have found at least, I think they are kind of intigrated.
Remember this headset is not made for music, so there should be better alternatives if that is what you are looking for (like the headphones you suggested), but these damn sure delivers good quality gaming and movie sound!

Yeah, I know the DT770 are some pretty nice headphones, tho I was looking for a headset with a pre installed mic.
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glad it worked out then, also cool that you got help from a madcatz rep.
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glad it worked out then, also cool that you got help from a madcatz rep.

Forget what I said!
The white noise on this headset is terrible, constant annoying summing in the background. I am going to return it...
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1367765/mad-catz-cyborgs-f-r-e-q-5
Edited by GodforSaken - 3/5/13 at 4:16am
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