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Mad Catz F.r.e.q. 5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the build quality and usability are on the whole positive. The microphone and design are also mentioned favorably, but the treble quality and size get critical comments.

sound, design, microphone, usability, durability

value for money, size, treble quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headsets the Mad Catz F.r.e.q. 5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 81 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for Mad Catz F.r.e.q. 5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Mad Catz F.r.e.q. 5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Headsets on Amazon.com.

sound, comfort, build quality, reliability, usability

80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Mad Catz F.R.E.Q.5 Stereo Gaming Headset for PC and Mac - Gloss Black (MCB4340300C2/02/1)Mad Catz F.R.E.Q.5 Stereo Gaming Headset for PC and Mac - Red (MCB434030013/02/1)

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Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 5 Gaming Headset

 

The Mad Catz Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 is a solid, well-designed gaming headset that also works with your smartphone, although the high price is a concern.

Works with both PCs and smartphones easily. Good voice quality. Powerful bass

Expensive. Treble response suffers from the emphasis on bass

Mad Catz has been making gaming headsets for a few years, but mostly products under its Tritton brand with products like the Tritton AX 180. The Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 5 is surprising not only because it's a non-Tritton-branded gaming headset, but because...

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Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 5 Pro Gaming Stereo Headset Review

 

Last week we donned the aural ambrosia that is Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 Dolby ProLogic xII gaming headset for PC and mobile devices. It uses Dolby technology to expands the already melodious capabilities of 5.1 channel [...]

Stylish and comfortable ; Excellent microphone ; Good stereo audio playback ; Included 3.5 cable for use w/ mobile devices

Overpriced ; Overly loose volume dial ; Audio sounds hollow compared to similar offerings

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Mad Catz FREQ 5 review

 

The same mad design, but can the sound save them?

Good sound quality ; Solid bass ; Three preset modes work well

Quirky design ; Some design choices could be better ; Volume control too stiff

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Beware if using 3.5mm jack

 

None of the on ear features work if plugged into a 3.5mm mini jack, they only work when plugged in via USB. That means no mute, no volume control, no dynamic listening mode. I had to go through the instructions to find out this little gem of fine-print...

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Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 5

 

over all a good decent headset that has alot of neat options for it. Orginally bought for 114. Price seems to have shot up. Not worth either price. Its a good analog stereo headset. But save your money and get a better 3.5mm or usb headset.

Great Design ; Built like a tank

Sound is not as brilliant as other headphones. Seems very dull as its only stero sound ; Bass is not as big as other have written ; Sound stage seemed very muffled. Some sounds buzzed when plugged into usb

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Poor construction

 

i love the removable mic, the fact that the earphones fold down but the construction is poor at best

I picked up my headset today, you know to put it on and the rubber liner for the top popped down so wonderful now i can see all the wires. wondering why this happened i looked at it and it has a crack going across the top of it, i would expect this...

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For the love of the buzz

 

Construction is very solid i like the cup design and folding over with a flat edge to easily rest on things. The sound playback is crisp and clear

Like everyone else the USB power buzz is a real pain. I have checked and it isn't a bad ground on the usb jack. Turning the power slider down can fix it on your end so you don't have to hear it however if you use any voice chat programs vent, TS, or...

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MADCATZ F.R.E.Q. 5

 

All the hype about it is accurate

High pitch hum, did an rma, 2nd one I received had the same problem. I contacted madcatz support, they said it was probably a bad batch that newegg received. However, newegg can't honor a refund if it is manufactured replaced ; Instead of risking...

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No software and Win 8 incompatible

 

I have a madcatzxbox controllerfor my PC and a Cyborg RAT5, they all work great with Win8 and I tought why not try FREQ5 but turns out to only be a never ending source of frustration. I will return the headset and go back to my Creative headset.

The built quality looks good

I have Win8 pro 64-bit and windows doesnt recongnize the usb drivers for the FREQ5 making them worthless to any Win8 gamers ; Support from MAd CAtz is inexistant. The cyborg site makes no mention of any support or software for the FREQ5 ; Technical...

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Durable, but buggy.

 

While I seriously wonder how these bugs were allowed to exist, the FREQ 5 still performs to my satisfaction. By that I mean I'm just VERY glad to finally have a headset that feels like I won't break it by accident. So I won't be returning it, but if I...

Durable ; The joints are metal! Quite a lot of it is metal from what I can tell, but I'm really happy about the joints. About half of the headsets I've owned have had their joints break first. For the other half it was a wire in the cord, which I...

Bad Volume Control Options ; Beware! The FREQ 5 doesn't give any kind of clue as to how high or low the volume is set to, and the headset resets itself to it's maximum volume (which is loud enough that the headsets can double as speakers) every time...

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Product Specifications

Configuration

DECT: No
Display: No
Integrated Amplifier: No
LCD Display: No
Microphone Boom Arm:Adjustable
Multi Compatible Gaming Function: No
Mute Control: Yes
SCREEM: No
Screen: No
Sound System:STEREO
Speakers:STEREO
Switchbox from Telephone to Headset: No
Volume Control: Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
Connection:Other Wired Connection
USB: Yes
USB Dongle: No

General Features

Compatibility:for 4 and more brands / Not Applicable
Form factor:Headband Headset
Product Type:Headband Headset
Type:Headband Headset
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