Hori 3D Surround Gaming Neckset Review

I still love the idea of ​​a neck-based headset as a solid alternative to gaming headsets at my desk or on the couch. They allowed me to keep the volume relatively low for me so as not to bother anyone else in the house while also allowing me to keep my ears open to my surroundings. All this while not making me sacrifice the sound quality I would expect from speakers, subwoofers, or headphones.

However, good neckline speakers don’t come cheap. Today I’m looking at the Hori 3D Surround Gaming Neckset, which comes in at less than half the cost of the $250 Sony SRS-NS7, which wasn’t without its flaws. At just $100 (and often discounted more than that) for the Hori Neckset, is there much to sacrifice?

Hori 3D Surround Gaming Neckset – Pictures

Hori 3D Surround Gaming Neckset – Quality Design & Build

While the Sony neck set I reviewed earlier seemed like a fancy experience, the Hori is a bit more austere and austere bones. When carried around, the Hori neck set looks a lot like a video game console: the outside is hard plastic and tough all around. The point where the sides of the neck meet behind your head is a slightly looser material, but it doesn’t feel like it’s designed to give off much and immediately returns to its standard setting. On either side of the contact point is what appears to be a silicone sleeve that can slide off to reveal where the slightly flexible bit connects to the actual speaker unit. This silicone sleeve is probably there to help prevent your neck from slipping when it’s on your shoulders, and it does a good job at it, but it also hides that unattractive point of contact.

While wearing it, the left side features a large mute button on the outside that appears to be in a perfect location that can be easily toggled with your left thumb. When muted, an orange light flashes on a tapered area just above this button that also houses the microphone. While it serves as a good indicator for telling you if the mic is working if it isn’t on your neck, this light is invisible while wearing which reduces usability significantly. It’s not very bright either.

Also on the left side are the USB-C charging port, the 3.5mm headphone jack input, the power button, and the mode switch (the headset supports two audio modes). The Hori Neckset comes with a USB-A to USB-C charging cable and a dual 3.5mm male headphone cable, but without the charging bricks.

On the right side of the neckline is the volume control switch, which is a spring-loaded unit that digitally controls the volume. This rocker can also be pressed as a normal button, but that doesn’t seem to do anything, checking the user manual, this function is not mentioned.

From a design perspective, I find the Hori Neckset to be very angular. While yes, it looks more “aggressive” and perhaps more “player” than the Sony neck kit, this is a hard plastic body that sits on my shoulder. I don’t particularly like the pressure on the harsh angular plastic, so this design decision doesn’t look like it was made for comfort.

Hori 3D Surround Gaming Neckset – Setup & Ease of Use

Setting and using the Hori neck set is perhaps its biggest benefit: this thing is easy to use. Anything that has a headphone jack compatible with the Hori 3D Neckset. It works like any wired headset and can connect to a console console or a computer’s headphone jack. Once plugged in, press the power button and it will work right away. It can be turned off manually by holding the power button for three seconds. In addition, if it is not in use for 30 minutes, it will automatically turn itself off.

The headset has two modes: bass Boost and FPS mode. I’ll dig deeper into each of them during the audio section below, but it’s easy to switch between them and make the sound distinctly different. However, the headset doesn’t tell you what you’re currently using, so you may have to switch between them and decide what sounds best for you for a particular use case.

The battery lasts 10 hours, which isn’t particularly long for a wired headset: in 2022 I expect better than that even at the price of Hori. Plus, it doesn’t have any fast charging mode, so once it runs out, you have to wait three hours to get back to a full charge.

Hori 3D Surround Gaming Neckset – Sound Quality

I’ll be right with you: This doesn’t look good. I think Horie is trying too hard at this price, but the drivers the company works with are clearly of lower quality. Basically no low sound, even in “bass Boost” mode. The elevations are coarse, sharp and unpleasant, and the middles are weak. It’s a very lopsided listening experience.

Between the two modes, I prefer the bass boost, but that’s only because the FPS mode is really awful. It is able to cast more low and mid frequencies, which makes the sound quality very tough and unrefined. Basically, think of a mid-to-low laptop speaker and slap the ones on the sides of your neck. I prefer the lack of sound from what I hear from the FPS mode.

These two drivers also do a really bad job of giving me surround sound. While yes, I am “surrounded” by sound, the Hori headset is unable to give me any specific locations from where the sound is coming from other than fuzzy left or fuzzy right. If Hori was going towards some kind of digital front and back, that didn’t come to me. I found myself straight lost trying to track the sound in shooting games like Apex Legends And the Fate 2 Because the Hori headset was not able to give me any kind of accuracy in how to display the location of the sound.

With the steps below everything looks as it was designed on the Hori 3D Neckset. If you value sound to any degree, you will likely be disappointed.

Hori 3D Surround Gaming Neckset – Microphone

The microphone on the Hori 3D Neckset is serviceable, but it’s not a good listening experience for the other party. My friend described my voice as if we were in a very large tiled bathroom and I was talking to him from the other side of it. An echo sounded far away, and my words were hard to understand.

For my part, the headset didn’t do a great job measuring the two audio sources for the video game I was playing and the chatting party I was in. At any volume it would get very distorted and unless I set almost the entire game volume down it was hard to hear what my friends were saying.

This is not a good audio device to use if you are in a group chat, either for yourself or your friends.

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Hori 3D Surround Gaming Neckset – Wearing Experience

This neck set has a fine thread: it’s not particularly comfortable, but I don’t find myself wanting to wear it for long periods of time either. The aforementioned hard edges of the plastic structure rest directly on the wishbone and contribute to some fatigue.

But more than that, I found the sound quality to be a huge drawback. This is not fun to use. The sharp, raspy sound of the voice exhausted me. While I love listening to music on well-rounded speakers, I listen to subtitles of video game scores from Horizon: Forbidden West And the Destiny 2: The Witch Queen (Both amazing) It was almost painful and annoying. For those who don’t like repetitive rough sounds (like construction work or a really annoying bird), this type of tone is what you get from Hori, and it doesn’t feel physically satisfying to listen to.