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October 13, 2023

Audio-Technica ATH-AG1X Gaming Headset Review

Hear and Be Heard

The ATH-AG1X high-fidelity gaming headset features large 53 mm drivers featuring Audio-Technica's double air dampening system, for sharply detailed audio and deep resonating bass. Its improved 3D Wing Support system and soft earpads offer a comfortable, secure fit that you can wear for hours of gameplay. The AG1X also includes a premium gooseneck microphone for in-game communication. Its supercardioid element is engineered to reject background noise and pick up your voice crystal clear. It even comes with a windscreen to further help combat breath and wind noise, plus a 6.6' extension cable for additional control and convenience.

$300 is a lot to spend on a headset, even one marketed as an "audiophile gaming headphone". But the AG1X makes the case that you need serious audio hardware to really appreciate its performance. Plugged into my AMD motherboard, it elicited audio that regularly had the hairs on my arms standing up. From the roar of that far off gunshot in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to the distant ambience of Novigrad in The Witcher 3, the AG1X's clarity and detail easily made my jaw drop. And the wide 15-30,000Hz frequency response backed up by those 53mm drivers made it perfect for listening to lossless FLAC files or the Doom soundtrack. But it's a pain to use if you're only using it with a console. The cable is hot garbage, unless you're using it with a PC and its included extension cable.