Nuraphones are now the ultimate gaming headset
Nura has had a great few years with its Nuraphone headphones, following a successful $1.8m Kickstarter campaign back in 2016. If you’re not aware of the audio magic on offer from the high-end cans, Nuraphone offers high fidelity audio playback customised for your hearing, and it’s nothing short of a transformative experience. The headphones use Otoacoustic emissions to analyse your hearing in around a minute, and that profile is stored on the headphones for use with any Bluetooth, USB or 3.5mm-enabled device.
Despite the high-end audio experience on offer, the lack of a dedicated boom mic meant it wasn’t the perfect fit for multiplayer gamers, but that’s set to change with the release of the Nuraphone with Gaming Microphone, available as a combo or as a standalone purchase for existing Nuraphone owners.
The key to Nura’s success is, in part, the Inova system utilised on the high-end headphones. You see, unlike standard over-ear headphones, Nuraphone offers an over-ear design with in-ear speakers within the cups, and it’s what helps power the immersive audio experience. The architecture splits the audio input, funnelling mids and highs into your ears via the in-ears and delivering low tones via over-ear drivers, providing unparalleled levels of bass without affecting the rest of the audio range – and it’s entirely customisable via the Nura app for iOS and Android.
It’s that immersive bass that makes the Nuraphone headphones the perfect gaming headset. Playing No Man’s Sky and not only hearing but feeling the intense rumble of your jet engine on the ears is nothing short of phenomenal. It’s a similar story with multiplayer shooters like Call of Duty Warzone where you feel every single gunshot and explosion, but the key is it doesn’t come at the expense of the mids and high-end, which are crisp, detailed and personalised for your hearing.
The Gaming Mic accessory itself is a simple one, and it’ll work with any existing Nuraphone headphones. The boom mic slots into the microUSB port on the bottom of the right earcup, and comes with a handy Secure Clip system that helps it stay securely in place – no need to worry about tangling yourself in the heat of the moment and ripping the cable out. It’s not a scenario I’ve ever found myself in, admittedly, but it’s nice to see Nura being so thorough with the little details.
There’s in-line volume controls for finer adjustments than the tap controls on the headphones, and there’s a mute switch available too. The whole thing connects via 3.5mm headphone jack, which means you may have to use a splitter if you want to use it with your PC, but you’re free to use it with the likes of the PS4 and Xbox One from the get-go.
Crucially, the boom mic accessory performs impressively well in multiplayer gameplay situations. The boom arm is flexible, allowing you to find the perfect mic position, and it’s impressively clear too – your teammates won’t be complaining about your mic quality or volume, that’s for sure. The only downside is that there’s no way to currently tweak the microphone or audio output settings via desktop PC software, like with many competing high-end gaming headsets.
You can pick up the Nuraphone with Gaming Microphone as a bundle at £369.99/$419.99 (offering a £30/$30 discount compared to buying separately) or, for those that already own Nuraphone, the gaming mic accessory is available for £49.99/$49.99. Both options are available via Nura, and it’s likely that it’ll appear at third-party retailers like Amazon soon too.
For more information on the high-end cans, take a look at our full Nuraphone review.