The PDG1 is the latest in a line of gaming headsets released by our friends at Audio-Technica. Audio-Technica has been a long time player in the headphone game both for everyday use and for specialty applications. The PDG1 is one of four premium models released for gamers and while it does not have a snazzy name like its competitors, it comes to the table with lightweight 40 mm drivers that deliver crisp audio and a 6″ boom mic that is not only capable of delivering crystal clear audio during gameplay but can also be used with mobile devices and PC's as well.
What's wrong with it?
The PDG1 is a well constructed lightweight headset that brings the typical premium sound that Audio-Technica is known for to gamers. Unfortunately, in the quest to bring premium construction to the table they miscalculated with the ear cup material. While most of our headset reviews take issue with the materials used in the ear cups, the PDG1 uses soft leather that while comfortable retains heat over prolonged use. The velvet texture also proves difficult to clean adequately should you sweat too much into them. While I am sure many of you game in cooler environments, it is still something that requires mentioning.
Why do you/don't you need it?
The $199.95 MSRP will definitely turn some of you away from this unit even with its broad compatibility and assortment of detachable cables, but the audio quality and multi-purpose use offset that a bit in my opinion. Most premium headsets run into the $100 and up range with companies like Astro surpassing that threshold often. I have spent $199 on headphones for use during our shows that sound rather shitty compared to this headset. I have used this headset on air and the sound quality makes it worth considering when debating the price tag.
The PDG1 like I said does not have some catchy buzzworthy name or an aggressive ad campaign at its disposal, but what it does have is solid lightweight construction that makes it a pleasure to wear and stellar audio quality when I need it most. If I am gaming and need to edit my audio I can transition to editing with a mere cable swap and if I need to leave and commute somewhere then I know I can count on using the PDG1 to listen to music or podcasts. The versatility is what I look at alongside comfort of course. If you are in the market for a new multipurpose headset I can honestly say that you should consider the PDG1.