Alright, was able to get my thoughts together on this one. So lets begin yeah?
Build quality, cables, and connections: Build quality is made of what appears to be a rather strong plastic… nothing all too rickety but nothing too special in this regard. Headband lacks padding by an extreme amount and is noticeable for me as I can feel the plastic. Pads are quite literally a knuckle and a half wide and do not completely envelop my ears properly causing issues I had to shift it a lot and just deal with discomfort as people sometimes have small ears like this. I had figured a pad swap was in order to perhaps alter this however upon studying this I realized that the pads are a turnable snap in place style I thought i was going to perhaps rip the pad trying to turn these as there really isn’t a great way of going about it however, noticing the this plastic ring is glued firmed inside that pad and no alternatives are available leaves me rather irritated as I know not a single person with an ear size like this. RGB is rather pretty probably the best rgb I have seen on a headset and overall looks very “game-y”. Cables 3.5mm - 3.5mm standard however usb appears to be made of a sort of braid they claim these are kevlar but I see nothing special honestly and the length is piss poor unless you are using a controller input or close up on your pc if your a couch pc gamer though your SOL without an extension that plus the fact that my units 3.5mm connection appears to be defective and just left buzzing sounds in the ear cups refusing to even turn on. usb-c connection boots it right up and turns the rgb on however there was still a faint buzzing in the left ear which left me concerned… I didn’t hear it in my games or music but when it was silence it was blatantly there and very annoying more so since I couldn’t just use my dac seeing how the 3.5mm was shot. Rating 4 / 10 advice to creative lengthen the cable, make sure your shit isn’t defective please, use a less sproing-y cable.
Soundstage: Relatively narrow until you turn on the “artificial” “Sxfi mode” on. Honestly, I really want to be very honest here… if you think this sounds good with that sxfi mode on I worry for you… it sounds like absolute shit and produces a very artificial enviroment it just sounds like a very piss poor 7.1 virtual surround sound. SXFI Battle Mode ah okay so this is one of the selling points before I get into this let me start by saying… okay creative? Seriously, if your going to sell a headset to the US market please make sure they can actually properly pronounce the modes of the headphone? SUXKUIFIEED mode and Bou - - ttel mode sound just awful and I honestly want to smack you one for that I had to triple take what I was hearing at first and it doesn’t help there is no users manual only this piece of paper stating to go online to download their software. Anyway, so battle mode is fairly respectable it does indeed feel like it opens up that sound and I can give it some modicum of respect as it’s not particularly bad… would I use it for music hell no but for FPS this actually does help open it up to be a more respectable soundstage despite virtualized. Do this mode beat out a true open back? Definitely, resoundingly, NO. It’s respectable enough to have me state I would like to see something like that more in gaming headsets though in order to open their sound up for more larger fps games. Rating wise… its not bad particularly I mean theres plenty of narrow soundstages that are good for gaming(6xx looking at you) however the fact that this headset relies pretty much exclusively on a piece of software that can potentially be easily added to a free software like dolby atmos and hesuvi is rather annoying and for that I will give this a middle ground 5 / 10 for not bad but definitely needs improvement and not to rely on software so much actually tune and design your headphone better instead of relying on the niche of “gamer” brand to sell your product creative could do well to learn from beyerdynamic here when it came to mmx300 and tygr 300 r.
Imaging: I noticed some slight inaccuracies here and there while gaming with it nothing too major but it got me killed a few times which was rather annoying other than that it’s alright. In its price bracket? I will give this a 4 / 10 rating from me as there are better here for cheaper
Seperation: Huge lacking point here… when I put music through this one it sounds like there was virtually zero seperation in most of my songs as though they skipped this entirely in the sake of gaming and it caused a ton of sounds to blend and mix together into a very weird sort of amalgamation it honestly sounded downright awful due to this… while you can get away with a more narrow - medium level battlefield in like fps I would not recommend this headphone for music due to how this made things sound here. 1 / 10 rating from me
Comfort: so-so. The pads are thick enough but no where near wide enough here. Clamping force seems relatively moderate which is rather unusual for me in the case of an actual gaming headset. Weight appears to be distributed pretty evenly. Honestly if they would fix the pads the comfort wouldn’t be too bad on this one at all or at the very least sell the adapters or something to let us fix it ourselves. For me personally? 3/10
Software: Okay so this was an interesting selling point. So the software upon downloading can actually go upon your ear design and shape the sound. It works incredibly well honestly and doesn’t sound too bad. Equalization is simple enough and doesn’t sound bad. I will give this one an 9/10 for creative ingenuity, ease of access, and not obliterating the sound from using it.
Sound signature: without equalization this headphone is awful out the gate for competitive. Too much bass, little to no seperation, narrow sound stage, and noticeably slightly raised highs to my hearing. Personally it sounds like a subtle W signature to me like the HyperX flight is out the gate but with a bit less bass unlike the flight which is practically a damn cannon. I think creative has a ton of work to do here as the sound just isn’t enjoyable to me here. Your competing with mh751 and hyperx in this price bracket hell even the pc37x and this definitely does not even remotely stand up to them. 3 / 10 rating I think creative needs to grab it’s competition and actually sit down with realization as to what it takes to make a true competitive headphone as I listening to this shows me they are truly clueless… Perhaps get with some professional gamers and have them explain to them what is more ideal because this headphone is all over the place and doesn’t capitalize on anything outside the mic and software.
Mic Quality: honestly? Not bad at all here. I would like this mic on a few of my headsets actually so rating would be a very solid 7 / 10 as while I have heard better this one is definitely up there.
So final notes: I don’t recommend this one at all. It’s brand new, it’s pretty and shiny, it has a neat software mode that is rather nice for a closed back headset but if you sit down with it’s competition(I own hyperx flight, mh751, hyperx alphas, among a lot of others I am going to be very critical as someone who has a very wide amount of experience with the headset market) it’s blatantly obvious where this one lacks. The software itself from sxfi can be found inside the Soundblaster X3 or their tiny portable amp the only thing really special about this is the ear software and battle mode nothing else really stands out. Creative screwed this one big and I whole heartedly have to scream to please skip this unless revisions or done otherwise pick up a mh751(or 752 if you want equalization and what not) hell you could grab their new mh630 and be just fine too and that one is very comfortable. In it’s price bracket I would sooner tell you grab a modified up shp9500 or Takstar pro82 or something as they are just better pair them with a modmic or v - moda and your just fine. Of course this will definitely not be in my collection… if you ask me this things a piece of garbage in a pretty packaging.