I get a lot of cookie cutter stereo gaming headsets to review and any typical 3.5mm headset usually falls in the mediocre range as far as sound quality with their typically 40mm drivers and mic quality. Kotion Each for example has so many models the G1000, G2000, G4000, G9000 and Sades has the SA-810, SA-708, and SA-920. This is also much better than the Anivia A9 headset. So Onikuma which appears to be another brand name under Kotion Each has a model that stood out above most of their Gxxxx like of headsets in my opinion and I am going to share the review with you and one lucky winner will get a headset for themselves.
Onikuma K9 Gaming Headset Specs
This headset boasts the following features though many are very standard in headsets under $30 like this one.
- 7 Kinds of RGB LED Light – Cycles colors slowly you have no control over the colors or making it a solid color.
- 12.4oz (350g) making it light weight for long term wear.
- Impedance: 32Ω±15%
- Speaker diameter: 50mm – as opposed to more typical 40mm drivers and these make a difference and sound better than equivalent budget 40mm driver headsets.
- Sensitivity: 116dB±3dB
- Frequency: 20-20kHz
- Mic dimension: 4.0 * 1.5mm
- Mic sensitivity: -38dB ± 2dB
- Working current: Below 100mA
- Cable length: Approx. 2.4m / 7.9ft
Unboxing the Willnorn Onikuma K9 Headset
When you pull the Onikuma K9 stereo gaming headset out of the box you will notice it includes a Y splitter so that you can turn the single 3.5mm jack into a separate red/green audio jacks so you can use them in computers that still have separate audio/mic ports. For the Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch it just plugs into the standard controller port or headset jack without using the splitter. The USB cord is only for the colored light, it is not necessary to use the headset at all and is purely cosmetic.
The thing that makes this headset really enjoyable is the sturdier and more flexible headband compared to the really cheap plastic headband on the Kotion Each Gxxxx series for example. You can twist and bend it and in doing so you can help stretch it so the fit isn’t as tight if you have a larger head. Also, the foam ear cushions are just about 2.5mm thick and much softer and more cushioned than most headsets under $30. They are actually as comfortable as the SteelSeries Arctis 3 or the HyperX Cloud in my opinion which are more than twice the price. The microphone is retractable and comes with a wind sock for filtering out fan noise, breathing and other unwanted wind that can happen if you enunciate your P’s too strongly.
The headset was pretty tight fitting on my head at first, but the sound quality was fairly good and I had no trouble enjoying the sounds and music of Elite: Dangerous, PathFinder: Kingmaker, Fallout 76 and more with the headset. Music sounded good as well, though as with most headsets in this price range it sounds better in the mid-range and a little flat when in the higher range and lacks deep bass. The microphone quality is surprisingly good in a headset under $30 and everyone on the Fallout 76 server could hear me crystal clear as can my Discord conversations and other communication programs with the headset. The mic and headset quality on the PS4 was just as good as the PC and even the Nintendo Switch sounded fine but I didn’t test mic on the Nintendo Switch. I don’t have an Xbox One to test the headset with but if you have the newer style controllers that support a 3.5mm jack it should be fine. Note on console you plug the 3.5mm jack into the controller and often you sit far enough away from the console you can’t use the USB unless you have a nearby USB outlet or powerbank to charge the earbuds. The only reason I would think to use the glowing USB port is if you are streaming with a camera and want the glow effect on your face cam.
This fit was perfect for my 12 year old and in fact blew away every other gaming headset I had him try, all Sades, Kotion Each, Etekcity models were either a little too big or didn’t have the right fit and this headset was just the perfect fit in every way. The only thing about this headset that takes some marks off is the rather generic braided cable (which isn’t as prone to twisting as thinner cables but I like plastic covered braided cables also) and the fact the windsock falls off the mic too easily and it just kept coming off from slight bumps and taps.
This headset is stereo only, no USB for virtual 7.1 surround so make sure you know you aren’t getting a Virtual Surround headset, this is 2 audio channels only (Left and Right). Overall this was probably the best under $30 stereo gaming headset due to it’s quality of ear cushions, microphone and the durability and strength of the headband which is sturdier than it looks.
Here is the final video review, note the size and tightness can be somewhat lessened by twist/stretching the headset which helps but it still is a tighter fit than some headsets if you have a big head.
Onikuma K9 Gaming Headset Video Review
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