The specifications of the Cougar Phontum Power give you a hint as to the quality of the audio to expect, it uses 53mm graphene drivers to produce it’s virtual 7.1 surround sound. Overclockers Club point out that the 7.1 effect is truly virtual, there is no hardware DAC on this ~$80 headset so everything is done in software.
Speaking of software, the suite that Cougar created for the Phontum power has a decent and simple interface, giving you an easy way to control the lighting on the headset as well as an equalizer. On the other hand, the images they used in the driver are uniquely amusing, and not in a good way.
The headset could be popular with the RGB crowd, as you can see it has an impressive amount of lighting and the overall look will appeal to many. Unfortunately, in the end the looks were about the only positive feature of the first Cougar headset OCC have ever reviewed as the audio quality did not meet with their expectations. Check out the full review for details as well as OCC’s suggested alternative here.
Today we're going to look at an offering from Cougar. This one is its Phontum Pro headset. It sports ARGB lighting around the outside of the ear cups, 7.1 virtual surround sound, and some soft cups for over-ear comfort. At the MSRP of 89.99, the Cougar Phontum Pro seems to be rather aggressively priced. Let's see if it can hold up to the target audience's expectations.