Conclusion

The word I would use to describe the Artemis Spectrum headsets is versatile. They worked admirably as surround headphones for gaming and movies, and produced very good stereo sound for music. The overall sound is virtually uncolored, and I can see why Logitech mentioned the word ‘audiophile’ in their description of these headphones. To that end I was disappointed that when using over USB (or wirelessly with the G933) the internal DAC only handles 16-bit audio, but one can still enjoy high resolution audio through the passive 3.5 mm audio input. 

Ultimately, high fidelity is about being true to the source, and these headsets produce a sound that's relatively flat (free of obvious high/low variance across the frequency spectrum). Bass was well behaved, and detail resolution – while not as nuanced as the best dedicated stereo cans – was still very good. This driver and enclosure design is a success in my opinion.

Pricing will doubtless be a very big contributing factor for potential buyers, especially in a market as saturated as gaming headsets. I do think the Artemis Spectrum headphones needed be great – not just good – to justify their price relative to the market, considering these aren't offering discrete channels for surround. The competing 7.1 headsets from Razer and ASUS are similarly priced at $199, but offer "true" 7.1 surround via multiple drivers. However, while technically a stereo headset, I found these Logitech headsets more than adequate in the surround department, and I don't think they would have been as well balanced with additional drivers.

Strengths

  • Balanced, high-fidelity sound
  • Very realistic positional surround effects (up to 5.1 channel)
  • Exceptional build quality
  • Very good wireless performance (G933)
  • Easy configuration using LGS Software
  • Good comfort for a larger headset

Minor Weaknesses

  • Rear surround less convincing in a 7.1 surround mix
  • USB DAC limited to 16-bit audio

If you’re in the market for a surround headset and like the idea of a versatile design like this, you should definitely give these a listen. Multi-driver is sexy, but it's hard to argue with the performance of a pair of well-implemented stereo drivers. Dolby and DTS virtual surround technology is very impressive, and these dynamic sounding headphones provided plenty of drama and immersion during gameplay.

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