Preferred headphones store
Reviewed on Nov 23, 2017

Cougar Immersa HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.1
Mixed Usage
7.2
Critical Listening
5.3
Commute/Travel
5.5
Sports/Fitness
5.7
Office
5.7
TV
7.0
Gaming
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.

Test Results
Design 6.3
Sound 7.3
Isolation 4.3
Microphone 8.5
Active Features 0
Connectivity 5.5
Pros
  • Negligible latency.
  • Good microphone.
Cons
  • Poor noise and leakage isolation.
  • Bulky design.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

Check Price

Test Results

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 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 Controls
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Okay
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling 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.

6.0 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.

5.1 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.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A
7.0 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.

6.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 6.5 C
Cable
Detachable : No
Length : 6.5 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS

Comes with a headset adapter/Y-splitter cable.

Top
Headshots 1
Headshots 2
6.6 Bass
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 Mid
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 Treble
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.

5.7 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.

7.3 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
2.91 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.47 dB
PRTF Distance
:
16.7 dB
Openness
:
5.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
6.3
Correlated Crosstalk
:
-0.33 dB
8.3 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.32
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.63
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.4
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
4.94
6.7 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
2.044
Weighted THD @ 100
:
22.073

Average harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion in the treble range is low, regardless of level. However, in the bass and lower mid ranges, there is a significant rise in THD under heavier loads.

4.1 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-8.68 dB
Bass
:
0.44 dB
Mid
:
-1.5 dB
Treble
:
-24.81 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 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 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.

8.3 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 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.

0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

Negligible latency, wired connection.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : 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.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
9.1 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
PC Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
In the box

  • Cougar Immersa Headphones
  • USB headset adapter
  • Manuals

Conclusion

6.1 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.

7.2 Critical Listening

Slightly better than average for critical listening. They have a bit too much bass and boominess for more critical 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.

5.3 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.

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.

5.7 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.

5.7 TV

Decent for home theater use. The low latency wired connection and decently comfortable design makes them okay for watching movies. However, they won't be ideal for all home theater setups. The cable is relatively short, and may not be long enough unless you have a 1/8 TRS extension cord.

7.0 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.

Recommended Articles

LOG IN

JOIN RTINGS.com

Be part of the most informed community and take advantage of our advanced tools to find the best product for your needs.
Join our mailing list:
Become an insider

Unlimited access to full product reviews, test measurements and scores

test table UI

Product prices across the site on reviews, tables and tools

product prices UI

Additional votes for our
next reviews

Additional votes UI

Early Access
to our reviews and test measurements

Early Access UI

Create Discussion