This Gaming Headset Is AMAZING. Cooler Master MH751 and MH752 Review
Well hello good people, these past few weeks we’ve seen important gaming audio launches like the GSP 670 – Sennheiser’s first wireless gaming headset – and then the Logitech G PRO X. The cool thing about this product is their first integration with Blue Microphones with the introduction of Blue Voice functionality in the software. However, many of you, once you heard the sound sample were not impressed with the microphone quality and we’ve received so many comments to check out the Cooler Master MH751 and MH752. By the way, the naming scheme, MH means Master Headset but we have no idea what the numbers 751 and 752 mean.
Price & Competition
I would consider this to be the sleeper gaming headset, because we’ve done ads on this thing and I’ve been using it in the background, but I did not realize just how good the microphone quality is and just how good the audio quality is for the price point. Also for the past three weeks this headset has been on sale for $59 which is an incredible value. And if you add a $20 premium you get the MH752 which is exactly the same headset and exactly the same microphone, but includes the USB sound dongle for surround sound.
So up until now my gaming headset recommendation under $100 has always been the Sennheiser GSP 300, with a fantastic microphone, great isolation and really good sound quality for a gaming headset, but for budget gamers the $59 price point of the MH751 is really good.
Now I will say the headset is based on the Takstar PRO 82 headphone, which is highly regarded as a good pair for under a hundred dollars. The fact that Cooler Master is able to put a microphone on that headset – and sure there is no base adjustment – is impressive for such low price point, especially since that microphone is beating out so many other headsets.
Outside of being a really good value, what else does this headset bring to the table? Well for starters, I would consider it to be the third most comfortable gaming headset that I have in my entire collection. The first one would be the Sennheiser G4ME ONE / PC37x – which are open back – and they have perfect clamping force, great velour ear pads, I can wear them for literally the entire day without any problem.
Number two would be the close to a Sennheiser GSP 300, again the ear pads are fantastic, they have a nice clamping force and really good isolation as well. And then I would consider the MH751 to be in the third place. So first they are incredibly lightweight at 280 grams. Second their clamping force is just right, but some might consider it to be too loose based on other gaming headsets that really seal everything in there and allow nothing to escape here. The clamping force is actually quite light, I find it to be really enjoyable, but for those with smaller heads some Jerky head movement might cause the headset to fall off. However, I would say for most heads this would be just fine. Also the size extensions are quite long, so for larger heads this headset would not be a problem.
The ear cushions are foam and there is a nice thick layer of padding on the actual driver wall so if your ears do go beyond the ear padding and make contact with that surface it will still be comfortable. It’s not some tiny layer of fabric like we would find on the G PRO X for example. The ear cups swivel 90 degrees so you can leave them on your neck without removing the cable.
By the way the cable is removable with a nice secure twist mechanism and so is the microphone. And while Cooler Master is really pushing this headset towards a gaming market, I love the low-profile nature and the discreet all-black design. You can one hundred percent wear these outdoors and nobody would think this is a gaming headset.
Now for the $79 to $89 price point for the MH752, the USB sound card is actually pretty handy. You can adjust the volume using the big buttons, you can mute the microphone, and also adjust the gain on the microphone itself, which is great because it is quite sensitive so lowering it is quite good. The 7.1 surround sound toggle doesn’t completely destroy the audio and I feel like it actually pushes the midrange slightly forward instead of enlarging the audio space, so I do feel like the soundstage is slightly better when the 7.1 surround sound toggle is disabled. Nevertheless, it is a very powerful sound card, so pretty good for notebook users or maybe for PC’s that don’t have good onboard audio. For the $20 premium it’s not too bad and especially now that you can pick up the MH752 for almost the same price as the MH751 in some regions.
The only real complaint I have is with the cable, since it’s braided anything that it touches creates cable noise and gets sent directly into your ear cup and that is just unpleasant. For example, the GSP 300 has a rubber cable and anything that happens on it is not audible, unless something happens actually beside the ear cup then it’s audible but otherwise you can’t hear it, which is nice. While the cable on the G PRO X is slightly thinner, it’s also braided, but cable noise is not audible. Again, unless something is directly interacting within the cable in the area near your ears.
Because the clamping force is so light, the heat accumulation inside the ear cup or on the surface of the ear cups will not be as significant as what happens with something like the G PRO X, which has a much better seal and therefore traps in the heat. I’ve worn these for two hours today in my room without the window open, and normally I would feel the hotness and the sweat on other pairs, but not here.
All right, so let’s move on to the microphone test. I can see why so many people recommended this headset, since it’s amazing for $59. This is the most natural sounding value-oriented gaming headset that I’ve ever heard. There is no processing, no compression, there isn’t too much bass in my voice, it just sounds really good. The downfall is that there’s no noise cancellation, of course since it’s not digital and therefore it will pick up all the keyboard strokes, and anything in the ambient environment. And that’s just the nature of something that doesn’t have those noise compression characteristics. The $99 Logitech G PRO X headset has some form of compression happening at all times and it just doesn’t sound as natural as the Cooler Master pair. Next up is the GSP 300 – also a $99 headset – and it is the model that I usually recommend for that price point. There is a bit of a sound compression happening with my voice with this model, but it still sounds natural, with a little bit of nice bass characteristic. And finally we have the PC37x – a more expensive $129 pair – that I would consider to be the benchmark of good quality gaming headset microphones that are not crazy expensive.
Of course the thing that completes this headset is the sound quality. The audio signature on this one is quite flat across the entire range, but also balanced. So bass is present, but I would say it’s flatter than most other gaming headsets and actually quite similar to the bass resonance on the PC37x in terms of like you can feel that it has depth, but you don’t feel it rumbling, which is perfectly fine for my own listening. I hate when it’s rumbling and disturbing other frequencies in the entire range. So this might appear flat to you, but it’s actually quite balanced. The mid-range is appropriately placed to create a bit of depth and staging, while the high-end is super smooth without any fatiguing elements. The cool thing I found with this pair is if I turn up the volume, everything is brought up almost equally, versus on the G PRO X which has a much brighter sound a and sharper high-end, which I prefer, but if I’m listening to really loud volume then it might become a bit too harsh and I have to reduce the volume and end up losing some bass. On these Cooler Master headsets it’s almost like everything is brought up equally and flat, which is nice. The smoothness of everything and being able to turn up the volume to my preferred high-end level without really killing the mid-range and without overemphasizing the bass has been a really pleasant experience, which I was not expecting to be honest from value-oriented Cooler Master headsets.
For $59 this is an absolute winner. The clamping force is not too tight, the comfort level is on point, it has nice ear cushions, a fantastic microphone that beats many headsets that are much higher priced. When it comes to the audio quality, it’s almost like reference style, a delivery that I’m personally fine with. Plus you can wear these outdoors, unlike the Sennheiser GSP 300 which is a better gaming headset overall for the $99 price point. However, these seem to have better value as an overall package. I will also mention the sale price, so $59 or $69 for the stereo edition is quite an important selling point because the original MSRP is $90 and at that level it is approaching a ‘not really worth it’ price point. But for $59? Heck yes!