There are a few things to consider when looking at headphones; comfort, features, build and sound quality. Let’s look at the comfort of the EMIX H30, they are lightweight enough that you shouldn’t have any issue with fatigue if you wear these for six to eight hours without any breaks. The faux leather earcups and padded headband make these extremely comfortable to wear. I personally wore these for about 10 hours and never had any issues with discomfort.
Next we’ll consider the features of the EMIX H30 and SOLOX F30 combination. The integrated stand is a great idea as it helps to keep the headphones from being tossed around a desk by giving the user a place to put the headphones when they aren’t in use. The volume control is easy to use, and is a great way to adjust the volume without having to go into settings. The four buttons at the bottom are easy to hit when needed, however you have to know where they are located if you don’t watch it. I found myself hitting the headphone/speaker button a few times when I meant to hit the Microphone Mute.
The build quality of the EMIX H30 is on par with what you would expect from an expensive pair of headphones. While they are meant to be placed on the stand when not in use, we all know how many users treat headphones; they get tossed around and dropped off the desk. I was rough with the EMIX H30 over the course of a month of testing, and even with repeatedly being dropped off a desk and tossed onto the desk instead of being placed on the stand, they still look brand new.
Finally, lets talk a little about the sound quality. From the 53mm drivers I found the bass to be more than sufficient; sometimes a little too much bass depending on the music. However even with the high level of bass, at higher volumes I could hear the audio track crisp and clear. For gaming, without the 7.1 Surround Sound enabled, I was still impressed by the sound quality. Enabling the 7.1 Surround Sound though, things changed a little. While playing games such as Sniper Elite 4, Darksiders 3, Far Cry 5, PUBG, and Fortnite, I found the 7.1 Surround to be a little problematic. Frequently, I could clearly hear the direction the audio was coming from, other times it didn’t seem to come from the right direction. The microphone does a great job, the other players didn’t have any issues hearing me.
The EMIX H30 and SOLOX F30 is XPG’s first attempt at a gaming headset. For comfort and build quality it receives top marks. The audio quality is going to greatly depend on the individual user. While I found the bass to be a bit overpowering in some music, others might not. The same goes for the Simulated 7.1 Surround Sound, I could just be too old to really notice the directional audio streams in some games.
The gaming headphone market is very saturated with big names such as Kingston/HyperX, Razer, Sennheiser, SteelSeries, Logitech, Creative and many others. The XPG EMIX H30 is a great first entry into this market, however the $129.99 price tag puts them above many other 7.1 Surround sound headphones. Consideringe the added functionality of the SOLOX F30 and the integrated headphone stand then they become a little more reasonable. XPG includes a 2 year warranty on the EMIX H30 and SOLOX F30,
Legit Bottom Line: The XPG EMIX H30 sounds incredible, and is comfortable enough to wear through the longest gaming sessions. While the SOLOX F30 amplifier provides a quick and easy way to customize your audio with it’s pre-configured equalizer settings.