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GX Gaming Cavimanus review: It will literally shake your head

Hayden Dingman | Dec. 16, 2014
The GX Gaming Cavimanus has bass-driven haptic feedback built into its budget innards, plus 7.1 support.

Returning to the idea of the Cavimanus as a powerful device undercut by its appearance, the same theme actually extends to the software that comes with it. The Cavimanus cord (plain rubber, by the way) terminates in a USB connection. You can either install software for sound adjustments off an included disc or download it, if, like me, you've moved on from optical media.

Wow: The software is ugly. I cannot stress this enough, because at best it looks like you're trying to adjust the speakers in Windows XP. There is serious power here, though.

You've got your generic raft of EQ sliders, of course, but that's just the start. Want to pitch shift whatever's coming in to the Cavimanus? You can do that. Want to clumsily excise the vocal parts from a song? You can do that. And did I mention this is a full 7.1 surround-enabled headset? And unlike Corsair's H1500, the Cavimanus gives you all sorts of adjustments to take advantage of its surround sound. You can, for instance, spoof different-sized environments for the audio (Shower, Arena, Underwater, Cathedral, et cetera) or shift where the virtual speakers are placed in the "room."

The microphone also gets a host of customizations, including a virtual +48V switch if you think the microphone isn't loud enough. And while the microphone doesn't bend, it does automatically mute when flipped up out of the way, which is potentially my favorite non-essential headset feature.

Bottom line
The Cavimanus is weird. It's not very pretty, nor does it have the best sound on the market. Still, it's such a unique device in many ways (not least of all because of the vibration) that I could see it garnering interest.

And that's not a bad thing. If you're willing to spend an hour tweaking its sound, the Cavimanus becomes an even more attractive value proposition--it's a great 7.1 headset at this price point. In fact, I'd say this has the potential to be the best 7.1 headset at this price point, but not everyone's going to have the patience to tweak and tweak and tweak.

 

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