Reviewed on Nov 23, 2017

Cougar Immersa HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
5.6
Mixed Usage
6.8
Neutral Listening
5.1
Commute/Travel
5.5
Sports/Fitness
5.3
Office
5.4
Wireless Gaming
7.1
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.

Test Results
Design 6.3
Isolation 3.6
Microphone 8.4
Active Features 0
Connectivity 3.6
Pros
  • Negligible latency.
  • Good microphone.
Cons
  • Poor noise and leakage isolation.
  • Bulky design.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  2. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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6.3

Design

The Immersa are bulky but decently comfortable gaming headphones. They have a self-adjusting headband and thick ear pads but tend to feel a bit tight on the head. They're also relatively heavy and won't be sufficiently stable to use while doing most strenuous physical activities. Their control scheme is simple and decent for gaming, but like the rest of their design, they won't be versatile enough to use outdoors or with mobile devices. They're a hassle to carry around on your person and don't come with a case.

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
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 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.

6.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 6.5 C
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.

6.0 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.

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Sound

They have a mediocre bass, an average mid range, but good treble, and good imaging. Unfortunately, they lack a bit of sub-bass,  sound boomy, and their mid range is muddy and slightly recessed. Also, their bass is prone to inconsistencies across multiple users, they show elevated distortion at high volumes, and don't have an open or spacious soundstage.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
6.1
Bass-Heavy
:
6.6
Warm
:
7.8
Bright
:
4.7
7.2 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.84 db
Dips
:
1.34 db
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.

8.3 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.32
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.63
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.4
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
4.94
7.8 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
2.91 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.47 dB
PRTF Distance
:
16.7 dB
Openness
:
7.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
6.3
6.8 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.245
WHD @ 100
:
0.687
3.6

Isolation

The Immersa, despite having very thick ear cup pads, are still quite leaky and do not prevent noise from seeping into your audio. If you game alone or in a quiet room then they should be okay but they won't be the ideal to use in very noisy conditions, especially, if there's a lot of low-frequency ambient noise like a subwoofer at a competition. Their leakage level is also relatively high so depending on your environment they may be distracting to the people around you.

3.1 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 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.

8.4

Microphone

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 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

Active Features

No active features.

N/A 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 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.

3.6

Connectivity

0 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 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : No
Length : 6.5 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 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

In the box

  • Cougar Immersa Headphones
  • USB headset adapter
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

5.6 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.

6.8 Neutral Listening

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.

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.

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.

5.3 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.

5.4 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.

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