This time in the unboxing zone you will be reading the full review of CoolerMaster MasterPulse MH320 Gaming Headset!
The Cooler Master MasterPulse MH320 comes in a very simple black box. The front of the box showcases the headset and mentions the soft leather and so-called self-adjusting headband. Being honest the ear cushions and inner headband are actually covered in pleather (faux leather). Another picture of the headset has been placed on to the left side of the box.
Inside the box, you’ll find nothing but the headset itself, encased in plastic, and a small booklet that doubles as a user manual and warranty card. The official specification claims the cable to be 2.1 m long, my measuring tape claims otherwise – it’s only 1.9 m long and, as such, fairly short. Overall, the packaging of the Cooler Master MasterPulse MH320 won’t turn many heads, but I actually like its understated looks. The box protects its contents properly
The Cooler Master MasterPulse MH320 is the company’s newest and least expensive over-ear gaming headset. The MasterPulse has a workman-like appealing to it, in that it is focused more on doing its job than looking attractive. The MasterPulse has closed back over the ear headphones, meaning they won’t leak sound. They’re comparatively light, at 250g, so you won’t be feeling any excess weight, even after extended use. Coming in at $40, it clearly aims for gamers on a tight budget, but still promises to deliver everything you might expect from a nice gaming headset – a steel frame, foldable bi-directional boom microphone, comfortable pair of ear cushions, and module with a volume dial and microphone mute button.
- Driver Diameter: 40mm
- Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 32Ω
- Sensitivity (@1kHz): 120dB ± 3 dB
- Input: 100mW
- Cable Length: 2.1m
- Connector: Dual 3.5mm gold-plated headphone jacks
- Headband: Material Steel headband, PU leather and foam cushion
- Ear Cushion Material: PU Leather and foam cushion
- Dimensions (mm): (W X H X D) 190 * 202 * 96 mm
- Weight: 325g
- Weight (without Cable): 250g
- Pick-up Pattern: Bi-Directional
- Frequency Response: 100 – 10,000 Hz
- Sensitivity (@ 1kHz): -34 dB ± 3dB
- Signal to Noise Ratio: >58dB
- Microphone Type: Fold-away flexible boom microphone
- Control Box: Volume Control Up/Down, Microphone Control Mute Switch
Let’s start with the dual-headband design, as it seems to be the aspect Cooler Master is most proud of when it comes to the MasterPulse MH320. The MasterPulse has a dual headband design, with a suspended leather headband resting on your head while a steel headband works as part of the headphone’s overall frame. This allows the leather to stretch out and automatically fit to the size of your head. I really like these dual headband headphones – they’ve always felt super comfortable to me, and the MH320 is no different. It’s not a new idea even in the world of gaming headsets. Cooler Master is been chosen for the classic implementation of the dual-headband design. The inner headband is suspended on two wires that go from the left to the right ear cup. It can move freely along those wires to make sure you don’t have to adjust anything. You just put the headset on and pull it down by as much as is necessary for the ear cushions to surround your ears. The inner headset will automatically adjust itself without putting any pressure on the top of your head. The outer headband consists of two steel arches that length between the ear cups. It looks nice and feels strong, which makes it a welcome addition to a gaming headset of this price. Be careful not to hit it with the microphone arm when you pivot the microphone upward, though, as that will result in a loud and unpleasant sound due to metal hitting metal. The outer side of the ear cups is covered with a metal mesh, but don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s perforated. The mesh is there only to improve aesthetics. This is a regular closed-back headset, so no sound will leak through the metal mesh.
Closed Back Designed with Leather Ear cups:
The ear cushions are made out of very soft plush which is covered with pleather. They’re also quite large and have no trouble completely surrounding your ears. They won’t let your ears take in air all that much, but that’s a problem with a vast majority of closed-back headphones, at least during the summer months. If your room is air-conditioned, you shouldn’t have any trouble with excessive sweat. As already pointed out, the microphone can be pivoted upward and downward, which makes hiding when it’s not being used possible. Pivoting it upward won’t automatically turn it off, though – a feature like that is reserved for more expensive headsets. You can’t adjust the positioning of the earcups or the tension on the headband, but in my time with the MH320, I never felt it necessary. Sometimes, less really is more. As much as I would like to just play some videogames rather than fiddle with the height of my earcups, I did wish the earcups rotate out so I could rest the headphones on my shoulders when I took them off. The joint that enables this movement isn’t all too smooth, although its inflexibility is certainly preferable to one that can’t hold the microphone in position properly. The microphone’s arm is made out of metal and is very easy to position properly, due to its flexibility. It stays exactly where you put it – shaking your head (or anything of that sort) won’t change its position. About 48 cm down, the rubberized cable is a plastic module that contains a microphone mute switch and volume dial. The dial is small, but gets the job done with acceptable precision. I would prefer it if the module were a bit closer to the headset. In its current position, it lands at around my waistline when I’m sitting, which I find a bit too low. A clothes clip would also help, but it isn’t equipped with one. The rubberized headset cable terminates in a pair of 3.5-mm TRS connectors. One is used for the headphones and the other for the microphone. As such, these are to be connected to PC sound cards rather than console gamepads and/or mobile devices.
Stop Yelling at Background Voices:
As is the case with a vast majority of budget gaming headsets, the MasterPulse MH320 is much more focused on providing explosiveness and (relative) excitement instead of accuracy and an advantage over your enemies in your multiplayer shooter(s) of choice. In fact, spatial positioning is probably its weakest point. The soundstage is narrow and leaves you with a feeling of being boxed in. For games where detecting your enemies before being detected by them makes the difference between winning and going back to the lobby with a bullet hole between your eyes, such as the ever-so-popular Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, that’s a problem. On the other hand, if loud gunfire, massive explosions, and screaming car engines are enough to make you happy, you won’t shed any tears over whatever the MasterPulse MH320 lacks in precision and finesse. For games that aren’t that demanding in terms of spatial positioning – anything but multiplayer shooters, basically – the MasterPulse MH320 is fine. It has so heavy bass which is enough not to sound boring, but not annoyingly so, and it covers the midrange and highs decently enough to make in-game dialogue and comments from your teammates understandable. Thanks to the closed-back design, the MasterPulse MH320 blocks out the noise of your surroundings nicely, this also ensures that the people living with you won’t be bothered by your gaming sessions.
So how does the MH320 sound? Bombastic. In game, gunshots and explosions are loud and visceral. My one complaint is everything sounds a bit smashed together, like everything is happening at the same time. As long as you don’t expect the wider, more atmospheric sound you’d get from more expensive headsets, however, you’ll probably be pleased. It’s a compressed soundscape that’s a bit lacking in brightness and definition, especially in the higher and lower frequencies. It’s probably not a headset for music purists, but for most audio uses I’d imagine it’s more than sufficient. Keep in mind…there’s no 7.1 surround here or crazy bells and whistles. This is a simple, highly functional headset, and the price reflects that.
By releasing the MasterPulse MH320, Cooler Master aimed to offer a headset to gamers who don’t have a lot of money to spend, but would still like to have a device that comes with a microphone and is durable and decent-sounding. As long as you’re not buying a headset with the intention of getting a competitive edge over your enemies in whichever multiplayer shooter you’re playing, the MasterPulse MH320 won’t disappoint you. What you don’t usually see on a headset of this price is the dual-headband design, which I’m a huge fan of. The outer headband is made out of steel, mind you. That makes the headset look nicer and feel more luxurious than you’d expect after paying $40 for it. I was also pleasantly surprised by the microphone’s quality. The microphone is one of the aspects where manufacturers of cheap headsets usually decide to cut down on their expenses, so when you buy them, your teammates hate you because you sound horrible, keep transmitting all the time, and so on. It’s nice to see that Cooler Master didn’t go down that road.