The Genius HS-03N is a stereo headset that offers convenient design at a budget price.
Genius, a PC peripherals manufacturer from Taiwan, is well known for its wide range of products, usually available at an affordable price. The latest product we received from them is the Genius HS-03N stereo headset.
Genius HS-03N: Features and Design
The Genius HS-03N is a wired headset that you can use for VoIP, voice chatting or as headphones for your PC. The headset has a microphone and built-in volume control. The headset has a rated frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz, 24 Ohms impedance, 100dB sensitivity and maximum output of 30mW.
All these ratings looked pretty good at first but we still had to find out if the headset lived up to its claims.
The Genius HS-03N has a foldable rear-band design with a soft rubber ear hook on both the earphones for comfortable fitting. The headset has a two-fold design, one at the rear-band and one each on both the ear hooks - this design makes the headset easily portable without taking too much space.
The earphones have an over-the-ear design and each cup has a soft-foam for comfortable wearing. The microphone is fitted on the left earphone, is just around 2in in length and can be rotated 360 degrees for better voice pick-up.
The headset has all of its parts made of plastic and the build quality is average. The soft rubber ear hook despite offering comfortable fit is loosely attached to the band and feels like it could fall off at any time.
The Genius HS-03N headset looks average and its build quality is not reassuring. In terms of fitting and comfort, the Genius HS-03N headset's rear-band secures the earphones tight and the lightweight design also makes prolonged usage comfortable.
The headset has a convenient asymmetrical cable design with just one cable coming out from the left earphone and it has a well-located in-line volume control. The cable terminates with two stereo 3.5mm jack plugs (for mic and headphones). The cable is 1.8m long, which removes the need for an extension even if you have to plug in the headset to the rear-audio port on your PC cabinet.
Genius HS-03N: Voice quality
Our colleagues at PC World India tested out the Genius HS-03N headset in their labs.
The microphone picked up vocals clearly but we had to increase the microphone volume on our Windows Volume Mixer to at least 90 percent for people at the other end to hear us clearly. We tested the Genius HS-03N on an Acer Aspire One 751h netbook and a desktop equipped with Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic soundcard.
The microphone picked up background noise, as there is no noise cancellation system. Even without turning on the 20dB mic boost option, there's always audible noise in the background. The overall sound quality with or without the 20db mic-boost feature activated is quite average, with voices sounding sharp and slightly muffled, which is just good enough for normal home use.
Genius HS-03N: Sound quality
The Genius HS-03N is mainly for voice chatting, but is also just about suitable for listening to music, movies, games and so on. For music, the headset offers bright highs with clear mids and relatively less bass. For casual listening to online radios or music, the headset is merely average. For movies and gaming, the headset, despite reproducing clear dialogue, sounded unpleasant, as a result of distortions and shrill highs. All in all, the Genius HS-03N is an average- sounding headset for PC users.
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