Logitech’s G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless Gaming Headset is a very flexible accessory that easily justifies its $199.99 price. Its build quality and audio performance are outstanding, and combined with a wireless USB receiver and a range of included wired connectivity options, you can easily connect it to your PC, mobile device, or just about any gaming system. Connect it to your PC and you can customize it with extensive EQ settings, game profiles and even colored lighting. It surpasses the slightly cheaper Skullcandy PLYR 1 and the more expensive Astro Gaming A50 as the new Editors’ Choice for gaming headsets.
When closed and folded, the G933 looks like a bulky set of futuristic headphones. The ear cups and headband are black plastic, with foam padding above the ears and below the black fabric-covered headband. The earpads are roughly rectangular and the back of the earcups are irregular pentagons, giving it a distinct sci-fi look. The right earcup contains all controls and connections, including mic mute, power, and three programmable G-buttons, as well as a volume wheel, micro-USB port, and 3.5mm auxiliary port. The flip-up boom mic is hidden on the front edge of the left earcup and sits flush with the rest of the earcup when not in use. The pentagonal panels on the back of each earbud are held in place by magnets and can be removed to reveal RGB lights that illuminate each panel’s translucent G logo. The left panel also hides the headset’s wireless USB receiver, while the right panel hides the removable battery.
When you turn on the Artemis G933, the headphones feel a little more friendly create– Just like in Tron. The G logo on the outer panel lights up, along with an invisible light line that runs along the back edge of each earbud. The lights are programmable through Logitech software (Windows machines only), allowing you to turn them on in your favorite color, or rotate them in different colors with color-changing animations. If you have other Logitech G-series devices with RGB lighting, you can sync the lighting scheme between them.
The G933 includes a micro-USB cable for charging the headset, a 3.5mm quad audio cable with inline microphone, and a one-button remote for connecting the headset with your smartphone or Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft controllers Headphone Connector Xbox One ($105.00 for use on eBay), an RCA to 3.5mm stereo cable for connecting headphones to your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or any other audio source that has an RCA output, and a 3.5mm to 2 adapter, 5mm for connecting the headset’s microphone input to your Xbox 360 controller. Unfortunately, no case or stand is included.
Thanks to its many cables and adapters, the G933 offers excellent connectivity options for PCs and gaming consoles (though you can only adjust customizable lighting with a PC). The wireless USB receiver works directly with a PC or PlayStation 4. The receiver also has a 3.5mm audio input designed to be used with an RCA cable to receive audio from an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or other home RCA output stereo audio theater equipment (although this limits the wireless connection to output only; configured here A separate wired connection is required for the middle microphone). The 3.5mm cable can be connected to a smartphone or tablet, or to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controller ports for full headset functionality. I had no issues plugging the USB receiver into my PlayStation 4 and getting the headset to work wirelessly right away. Headphone 7.1 channel support requires a PC connection; when used with a gaming system, it acts like a stereo headset (not a big loss, as explained below).
You can even connect the headset to your PC via a 3.5mm cable, but if your 3.5mm input doesn’t support the headset’s four-pole connector, you may need to get a separate 3.5mm splitter. The G933 requires no power when connected using a 3.5mm cable, but disables lighting and various audio modes.
Surround Sound and Gaming
The G933 supports Dolby and DTS 7.1-channel surround sound, and the channels are individually adjustable through the Logitech G app when the headset is connected to a PC (these options are disabled when connected to a gaming system, although the headset is still on). Audio mixing can produce some pretty dramatic effects, but the G933’s surround sound (and any surround sound on any gaming headset) isn’t to be confused with a full 7.1-channel speaker system. Without space for the sound to bounce off and create the proper acoustics, the various channels can at best create an overall sense of direction. The left/right, surround left/right, and rear left/right channels all have subtly different effects on the ear and may give the impression of positional imaging, but it’s not a sound that you can easily spot from your The position fires the bullet at two or five points.
Whether you think surround sound is good or not, the G933 sounds great. Hero Sam 3: BFE’s constant gunfire and rough rides are both powerful and exciting. Thanks to the G933, rockets, bullets, cannonballs, and general carnage all sound different, except for the electric guitar track. The 7.1 surround sound isn’t much better at locating screaming kamikaze enemies running towards you than looking around with your mouse, but it does give the impression that the enemy is approaching.
Bloodborne on PlayStation 4 ($105.00 on eBay) also sounds great. Even without surround sound, the G933 produces an immersive soundstage. The game’s melancholic soundtrack and creepy sound effects wrap around your ears in a depressing fashion, even if you can’t tell if the monster’s howl is coming from your left or right.
Gaming headsets should be suitable for all types of audio, not just gaming. The G933 handles multiple genres of music well. It reproduces the deep bass of synth notes and the kick drum hit of The Knife’s “Silent Shout” at maximum volume without any distortion. Bass is strong, but not overwhelming, even at very high levels; you won’t blow your ears out, but you’ll definitely feel the music.
The Pantera track “Cowboys From Hell” sounds great on the G933. There’s a lot of presence on the bass line, while the guitar tear in the high frequencies sits at the front of the mix and is full of energy. The headphone’s audio profile is clearly sculpted to emphasize low and high frequencies, and even with flat EQ settings, the sound is balanced and even.
Miles Davis’ song “So What” also benefits from the G933’s sound profile. The bass on the upright bass is full and prominent, but the higher frequencies are sculpted enough to let the finer textures of the strings pop, giving the piano plenty of room to stand out in the mix.
The Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum is one of the best wireless gaming headsets money can buy. Its comfortable, sturdy design and great sound profile justify its $200 price tag, and its wide range of connectivity options means you can connect it to just about any gaming device you use. Programmable colored lighting is a nice bonus, and it’s a great-performing headset that can be used with your PC, console, or mobile device. It replaces the Astro Gaming A50 headset as our Editors’ Choice due to its significantly reduced price and extensive customization options. If you’re looking to spend a little less, the wired Plantronics RIG 500 offers a variety of configuration options ranging from $60 to $150.
Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum
Conclusions of our review
The Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum is a comfortable, great-sounding wireless gaming headset that supports an incredible number of platforms.