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Cougar Immersa Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Reviewed Nov 23, 2017 at 01:59 pm
Cougar Immersa Picture
Test Methodology v1.3.1
5.7
Mixed Usage
7.1
Neutral Sound
5.1
Commute/Travel
5.5
Sports/Fitness
5.4
Office
5.5
Wireless Gaming
7.3
Wired Gaming
7.1
Phone Call
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Cougar Immersa are a decently comfortable gaming headset, with a good mic but a boomy sound that won't be for everyone. They're well built, although they have a few moving parts that may wear over time. They're also not the most outdoor-friendly headphones despite having a retractable mic and a regular audio jack. They're not portable, they don't block a lot of noise, and they leak a bit at high volumes.

Our Verdict

5.7 Mixed Usage

The best use case for the Cougar Immersa is gaming. They're decently comfortable, and they have negligible latency since they're wired. They also have a bass-heavy sound, that's better suited for gaming than critical listening, but should sound decent enough for most listeners. Unfortunately, they're not really versatile. They're not stable or portable enough for sports and do not block enough noise for commuting.

7.1 Neutral Sound

Slightly better than average for neutral listening. They have a bit too much bass and boominess for more neutral listeners. On the upside, they image well and have a decently balanced treble range that won't sound sharp on most tracks. Unfortunately, the elevated high-bass/low-mid will make them sound muddy and a bit dark overall, which isn't for everyone.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
5.1 Commute/Travel

Poor for commuting. They have a bulky design not made for traveling. They also do not block a lot of noise so they won't be suitable for the loud environments involved in commuting.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
5.5 Sports/Fitness

Subpar for sports. They are not made for running and jogging. They're big, bulky headphones with a gaming only control scheme and a wired design that's not practical to workout with.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.4 Office

Not ideal for office use. They don't block a lot of noise so you will hear what's going on around you and they leak quite a bit so they may distract your colleagues.

See our Office recommendations
5.5 Wireless Gaming

Above-average for gaming. The Cougar Immersa have a good mic and a wired design with negligible latency. They also have a bass-heavy sound that's suitable for gaming. They're not wireless, so they're not as convenient as some of the other gaming headsets we've reviewed. They also have no software support which makes them feel lacking in customization options.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
7.3 Wired Gaming
  • 5.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.1 Neutral Sound
  • 5.1 Commute/Travel
  • 5.5 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.4 Office
  • 5.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.3 Wired Gaming
  • 7.1 Phone Call
Pros
  • Negligible latency.
  • Good microphone.
Cons
  • Poor noise and leakage isolation.
  • Bulky design.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Cougar Immersa look like bulky gaming headphones. They have large ear cups with very thick pads and a strap design for the headband that makes them look somewhat like the AKG K712 Pro. They have a retractable mic so they could pass for casual headphones but their size is not really practical to use outdoors. On the upside, they look a lot more premium then their price would suggest.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.76 lbs
Clamping Force
1.3 lbs

The Immersa have an old school strap design and thick ear pads that make them decently comfortable. They easily adjust to different head sizes, and the ear cups are large and fit well around most listeners' ears. Unfortunately, they're a bit tight on the head. The thick padding somewhat reduces the clamping effect, but they still put enough pressure around your ears to be fatiguing after wearing them for a while.

6.2
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Yes
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons No

The Immersa have a basic gaming inline remote that gives you an on/off switch for the mic and a two-way volume dial. It's an easy-to-use setup, but the feedback on the volume dial lacks distinct notches. Also, the in-line remote is not mobile friendly since you can't make calls or pause your music with the remote.

6.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 6.5 C
5.1
Design
Portability
L 8.3 "
W 8.3 "
H 4 "
Volume 276 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

The Cougar Immersa are a very large and bulky headset. They don't fold into a more compact format and are cumbersome to carry around on your person. They're not limited by a transmitter stand or USB dongle like some of the other wireless gaming headphones. But unfortunately, they're not very portable and definitely require a bag if you're going to be commuting or traveling with them.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Immersa are decently well built but have a lot of moving parts in their headband design. The ear cups are dense and sturdy and won't break from a few accidental drops. The headband is flexible and decently durable but has a lot of moving parts that will wear over time with repeated use. They also do not have a detachable cable so it can't be replaced if it ever gets damaged which reduces their overall durability. On the upside, the materials used in their build quality feels a lot more premium than their price would suggest.

6.0
Design
Stability

These headphones are big and bulky and won't be stable enough to run or exercise with. They're also wired with a non-detachable cable so if the cable gets hooked by something it will quickly yank the headphone off your ears. However, since they're kind of tight on the head, they won't easily fall during casual listening or gaming sessions.

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In The Box

  • Cougar Immersa Headphones
  • USB headset adapter
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.08 db
Treble Amount
-2.48 db
5.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.08 dB

Sub-par consistency. In the bass range, the Immersa performed quite consistently across our humans subjects, except with the one wearing glasses, which experienced 6dB less bass at 20Hz. In the treble range, they also show more than 6dB of deviation below 10KHz.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.87 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
30.4 Hz
Low-Bass
-2.16 dB
Mid-Bass
4.73 dB
High-Bass
7.24 dB

Mediocre bass range performance. Low-frequency extension is at 30Hz, which is very good. However, low-bass which is responsible for thump and rumble is lacking by about 2dB. The 7dB bump centered around 120Hz and extended up to 250Hz, makes the sound of these headphones noticeably boomy and muddy. Also, their bass delivery varies significantly across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.

7.0
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.99 dB
Low-Mid
4.11 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.2 dB
High-Mid
-4.9 dB

Average mid range performance. The 4dB bump in low-mid is the continuation of the high-bass bump, which makes mixes sound cluttered and muddy. The dip around 1.2KHz negatively affects the intensity and projection of vocals/leads.

8.5
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.91 dB
Low-Treble
-2.15 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.09 dB
High-Treble
-2.86 dB

Very good treble range. The response is relatively flat, but consistently under our target by about 1.5dB. This will slightly tilt the tonal balance towards lower frequencies.

7.2
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.84 db
Dips
1.34 db
8.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.32
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.63
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.4
Weighted Phase Mismatch
4.94
7.8
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.91 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.47 dB
PRTF Distance
16.7 dB
Openness
7.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
6.6
6.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.245
WHD @ 100
0.687
Isolation
3.1
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-8.68 dB
Bass
0.44 dB
Mid
-1.5 dB
Treble
-24.81 dB

Poor isolation performance. These headsets don't have active noise cancelling and don't isolate below 1KHz. Above that, they achieve an isolation of 25dB, which is decent.

4.6
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
51.61 dB

Poor leakage. The significant portion of leakage sits between 500Hz and 6KHz, which is a broad range. The overall level of leakage is also moderately loud.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No

Great microphone performance. Speech recorded with the microphone of the Cougar Immersa will sound full, easily comprehensible, but quite bright and even piercing. However, they have an impressive noise handling performance, and they're capable of separating speech from ambient noise in the most demanding environments, such as a metro station or gaming competition.

8.0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
5.5 dB
HFE
10093.19 Hz
Weighted THD
0.335
Gain
33.47 dB

Very good recording quality. LFE is extended down to 20Hz, which is great, making the recorded speech with the Immersa to sound full. HFE is extended up to 10KHz, which is also very good. However, the 15dB peak surrounding 3KHz makes recorded speech sound very bright to the point of being harsh and piercing.

8.8
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
41.02 dB

Excellent noise handling. The microphone on the Cougar Immersa has achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 41dB which is impressive. This makes them an ideal choice for environments with very high levels of ambient noise.

Active Features
N/A
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving Feature
N/A
Audio While Charging
N/A
Passive Playback
N/A
Charging Port N/A
0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS N/A
Windows N/A
Equalizer
N/A
ANC Control
N/A
Mic Control N/A
Room effects
N/A
Playback Control
N/A
Button Mapping N/A
Surround Sound N/A

No compatible app.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
N/A
NFC Pairing
N/A
Line of Sight Range
N/A
Default Latency
N/A
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

Negligible latency, wired connection.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length 6.5 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
0 ms
Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A

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