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Reviewed on Sep 05, 2018

Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.6
Mixed Usage
7.3
Critical Listening
5.9
Commute/Travel
5.8
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
6.6
TV
7.6
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Logitech G930 are good gaming headphones with an above-average sound and low latency. They have a good microphone that filters a lot of noise, and they're fairly well built and comfortable with programmable buttons that gives them a lot more customization options than other gaming headsets. However, they're not versatile enough for outdoor use unlike some of the other gaming headphones we've tested. They're also less breathable than the G430, but they're wireless and have better software support.

Test Results
Design 6.3
Sound 7.3
Isolation 5.0
Microphone 7.3
Active Features 7.2
Connectivity 4.9
Pros
  • Above-average sound quality.
  • Low latency for gaming and home theater.
  • Good active features and app support.
  • Above-average mic performance.
Cons
  • Subpar noise isolation.
  • Bulky and cumbersome design.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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6.3

Design

The Logitech G930 are decent-looking gaming headphones with comfortable and spacious ear cups but a slightly plasticky build quality. They're durable enough to not break from a couple of accidental falls, but they do not feel as sturdy or as premium as some of the other gaming headphones within their price range. They're also not designed to be versatile headphones you can take outdoors and use with your mobile devices. This also means they're bulky and somewhat clunky, so they're not great for sports.

Style

The Logitech G930 headset looks like typical gaming headphones. Like the Logitech G430 and the G533, they have large and slightly square-ish ear cups with a wide headband and a semi-glossy finish. They're not as appealing as the G433, but they're also not meant for outdoor use. They're bulky and have a non-removable boom mic that makes them even less suitable for casual use. However, they're decent looking gaming headphones, and the red accents in their color scheme give them a bit more flare while remaining subtle and professional.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.7 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1 lbs

The Logitech G930 are decently comfortable headphones with large and spacious ear cups and a relatively loose fit that doesn't clamp your head. They're comfortable enough to wear for extended periods of time, and they're quite lightweight for their size. However, the padding on the ear cups is a bit stiff. It's not a major issue, but it does poorly distribute the pressure around your ears which could get tiring during long gaming sessions.

6.3 Controls
Ease of use : Okay
Feedback : Okay
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
Adjustable
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : Presets

The Logitech G930 have a good but slightly confusing control scheme. They give you quite a few options for gaming with their button layout. You can mute the mic control the volume with an easy to use dial and switch between different EQ presets directly on the ear cup. They even have a Dolby surround sound switch on the side of the left ear cup. Unfortunately, since they're not made to be compatible with mobile devices, they have no call/music functionality which would have made their control scheme a little better. On the plus side, the buttons on the Logitech G930 are not overly sensitive like on the Turtle Beach Elite 800.

6.5 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 5.6 C

The G930, like most over-ear headphones, are not very breathable. They create a fairly good seal around your ears so they will obstruct quite a bit of airflow. They also have slightly less breathable pads than the G430 which means they will make your ears a little warmer than the lower end model during long gaming sessions. They won't be the best headphones to use in hot and humid conditions and they are meant to use while doing physical activity or moving around a lot but the should be fine for gaming and casual/critical listening.

2.6 Portability
L : 8 "
W : 7.6 "
H : 4 "
Volume : 243 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : USB

The G930, like most headsets in the gaming category, are not meant to be highly portable headphones you can carry around on your person. They're bulky, cumbersome, and do not fold into a more compact format. They're also limited by the range of the USB transmitter and do not come with a pouch or case to carry them in, which is a little disappointing.

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

These headphones do not come with a case or pouch.

7.5 Build Quality

The Logitech G930 are better built than the G533 and the G433. They have a flexible headband that is reinforced with metal frame, and the ear cups feel dense and durable enough to not get damaged by a few accidental drops. Unfortunately, their design is mostly plastic and looks a bit cheap considering their price range. The hinges holding the ear cups are also hollow and creak from minimal pressure. That and the non-retractable mic are the most susceptible parts of the G930's design.

6.5 Stability

In our Logitech G930 review, we've found that these headphones are just tight enough to be stable under most casual conditions. They won't move much if you're just sitting on the couch gaming or walking around your home listening to music. Unfortunately, they're not at all designed to be stable while exercising or working out. They will easily fall off your head under strenuous physical conditions, so they're not suitable for sports.

Cable
Detachable : N/A
Length : 3.9 ft
Connection : USB

The Logitech G930 headset comes with a dedicated USB transmitter and a USB charging station that extends the reach of the USB transmitter by 3.9ft.

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7.3

Sound

The Logitech G930 is a decent sounding pair of closed-back over-ear gaming headphones. They have an excellent and deep bass, a good and even mid-range, and an average treble. However, their bass delivery is prone to significant inconsistencies, their mid-range sounds slightly boxy, prominent, and thin on vocals. Also, their treble lack some detail and is on the warm side. Overall, if you can get a good bass delivery from them, they are well-suited for most music genres and video games, but not ideal for vocal-centric genres like jazz or even classical.

8.9 Bass
Std. Err.
:
1.67 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
14.14 Hz
Low-Bass
:
1.13 dB
Mid-Bass
:
1.26 dB
High-Bass
:
0.5 dB

The Logitech G930 have a great bass range performance. Low-bass is extended down to 14Hz, which is excellent. The rest of the range is virtually flat and only about 1dB above our target. This makes the bass on these headsets well-balanced, deep and strong. However, due to their inconsistent bass delivery across multiple users, the bass you get from these headphones may vary from what is described here.

7.8 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.94 dB
Low-Mid
:
-0.66 dB
Mid-Mid
:
3.46 dB
High-Mid
:
1.34 dB

The mid-range is good. The response is mostly flat and even throughout the range, however, mid shows more than 3dB of overemphasis bringing vocals/leads slightly to the front of the mix. This makes the sound of the G930 slightly boxy. Also, the dip around 250Hz thins out the vocals and lead instruments a bit.

6.8 Treble
Std. Err.
:
4.49 dB
Low-Treble
:
-3.28 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-1.51 dB
High-Treble
:
-1.86 dB

The Logitech G930 have an average treble range performance. The response throughout the range is relatively inconsistent and on the warm side. Additionally, the dip around 4KHz will have a small but noticeable negative effect on presence and detail of vocals/leads.

5.6 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
1.14 dB

The Logitech G930 have a sub-par frequency response consistency. In the bass range, we measured a maximum of 15dB of variance at 20Hz across our five human subjects. At 100Hz, we measured more than 6dB of variance, which is quite noticeable. Also, as it is common with most closed-back headphones, wearing glasses could break the seal on them and cause a significant drop in bass. Their treble delivery, however, is a lot more consistent and within decent limits.

7.8 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.35
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.35
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
3.85
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
8.7

The Logitech G930 have a good imaging performance. Weighted group delay is at 0.35, which is within good limits. Also, the GD graph also shows that virtually entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold. This results in a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were decently matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response, which results in an accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo field.

6.1 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
3.48 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.29 dB
PRTF Distance
:
9.75 dB
Openness
:
5.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
4.3
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

The soundstage of the Logitech G930 is mediocre. The PRTF graph shows a decent amount of pinna interaction and activation, which is good, but it has low accuracy. There is not a notch present around the 10KHz region either. This results in a soundstage that may be perceived as relatively large, but unnatural and located inside the head.

6.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
40.813
Weighted THD @ 100
:
12.19

The Logitech G930 have a mediocre harmonic distortion performance. The THD performance in the bass and mid ranges is slightly elevated but within decent limits. There is not a big jump in THD under heavier loads either. However, the peaks in THD in the treble range are rather high and could make the sound of those frequencies a bit harsh and impure sounding.

5.0

Isolation

The Logitech G930 only isolate passively and will not be ideal for loud, noisy environments. They can block some high-frequency noise with the seal the ear cups create around your ears. Unfortunately, it won't be enough to block conversations or ambient chatter from seeping into whatever you're listening to. This makes them less suitable than some of the other gaming headsets we've tested for eSports competitions where there is a lot of noise and potential distractions. They also leak at higher volumes, so in quieter conditions, the leakage level may be a bit bothersome to the people around you.

4.4 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-10.79 dB
Bass
:
0.99 dB
Mid
:
-7.62 dB
Treble
:
-26.44 dB
Self-Noise
:
21.0 dB

The isolation performance is sub-par. These over-ear headphones don't have active noise cancellation (ANC) and therefore, don't isolate in the bass range. Therefore, they let in all the low-frequency rumbles, like the sound of the airplane and bus engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they provide about 8dB of isolation, which is about average. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, the achieve 26dB of isolation which is above average.

6.3 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
43.66 dB

The G930 have a below-average leakage performance. The significant portion of these headphones' leakage is concentrated in the mid-range between 400Hz and 2KHz, which is not very broad but they leak in the treble range too. The overall level of their leakage is not very loud either. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 44dB SPL and peaks at 57dB SPL, which is noticeably louder than the noise floor of an average office.

7.3

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
Yes
Detachable Boom
:
No

The Logitech G930 have an above-average microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin, and slightly lacking in air and brilliance. However, it'll be clear, detailed, and quite easily understandable. In noisy situations, it is able to fully separate speech from background noise for most use cases.

6.9 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
380.55 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
1.63 dB
HFE
:
7240.77 Hz
Weighted THD
:
5.34
Gain
:
34.21 dB

The G930's microphone has a decent recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 380Hz suggests a recorded/transmitted speech that is relatively thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 7.2KHz means that speech will have a good amount of detail and clarity to it, but will lack a bit of airiness and brilliance. The response between the LFE and HFE points is very even and balanced.

7.8 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
26.13 dB

The boom microphone of the G930 is good at noise handling. It achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 26dB SPL in our SpNR test indicating it is able to fully separate speech from ambient noise in most situations. However, they may struggle a bit in very loud environments like a subway station.

7.2

Active Features

The Logitech G930 have an okay battery life of 10 hours but great customization options thanks to the Logitech Gaming Software and mappable buttons. They should last long enough for most gaming sessions and they have an auto-off feature to conserve power when inactive for more than 10 minutes. Unfortunately, they take quite a bit of time to charge at 3.5 hours but it's about average for most gaming headsets. On the upside, they support the Logitech gaming software which gives them a wealth of customization options and settings that you can map to the programmable buttons on the ear cups. They provide an excellent parametric equalizer, mic and surround sounds settings as well as different profiles that you can quickly switch depending on the game.

7.0 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
10 hrs
Charge Time
:
3.5 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Yes
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
No

The Logitech G930 headphones have a decent battery life that delivers up to 10 hours of continuous playtime. They take quite a bit of time to charge when compared to more recent Bluetooth headphones but compared to some of the other gaming headsets, they have a decent performance. They also automatically turn off if there's no audio playing to save power and can be used while charging which is great for gaming marathons if you're close to a power source.

8.5 App Support
App Name : Logitech Gaming Software
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : Yes
Windows : Yes
Equalizer
:
Graphic + Presets
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : Level
Room effects
:
No
Playback control
:
Yes
Button Mapping : Yes
Surround Sound : Dolby 7.1

The Logitech Gaming Software is highly customizable when paired with the G930 headset. You get access to a great equalizer and surround sound effects you can personalize, microphone and volume levels you can set directly from within the software as well as swappable profiles with saved personal settings. Also, headset has 3 additional buttons that you can map to trigger specific commands, which is great and not available for most gaming headphones.

Volume and Mic Level

Button Mapping

Surround Sound

4.9

Connectivity

The Logitech G930 do not have as many connection options as the G933. They come with a regular USB dongle for their wireless connection but on the upside, they have very low latency suitable for gaming and watching movies. They also have a great wireless range that's convenient for gaming on the couch and their dongle works with the PS4 and PC but not the Xbox One.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A

These headphones do not have Bluetooth connectivity. If you want a gaming headset that also supports Bluetooth, check out the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 or the Elite 800.

0 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A

These do not come with an audio cable.

4.8 Base/Dock
Type
:
Wireless USB Dongle
Optical Input
:
No
Line In
:
No
Line Out
:
No
USB Input
:
Yes
RCA Input
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Power Supply
:
USB
Dock Charging
:
No

The base/dock is a small USB dongle transmitter with that provides audio and microphone support for the PS4 and PC but not the Xbox One. However, it does not have an AUX input like the G933.

8.8 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
52 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
127 ft

The Logitech G930 have a great wireless range. They do not reach as far as some of the best performing Bluetooth headphones in direct line of sight but when the signal was obstructed they reached up to 50ft without any major connection drops. This makes them a suitable gaming headset with enough range so that you can use them to listen to music while walking around in your home.

9.8 Latency
Default Latency
:
21 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

The G930 have 21ms of latency which excellent for gaming and watching video content. They perform even better than some home theater headphones which makes them a good choice for watching movies too.

In the box

  • Logitech G930 Headphones
  • USB transmitter
  • USB dongle and charging adapter
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

The Logitech G930 are a good gaming headset with lots of customization options. They have an above average mic, low latency and a well-balanced sound that you can EQ via the Logitech gaming software. They have a couple of connection options that make them a suitable choice for watching movies although they do not come with a 1/8TRS audio cable in the box even like the G933. They're decently comfortable and sturdy enough to last you a while although their mostly plastic design isn't as durable as some of the other gaming headsets compared below. On the upside, they have programmable buttons that let you quickly switch between settings and modes which sets them apart from the competition. See our recommendations for the best PS4 headsets and the best wireless gaming headsets.

Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset

The Logitech G933 are a better gaming headset than the Logitech G930. The G933 have a better-balanced default sound, more customization options, and a longer battery life than the G930. The G933 also have a better, more stylish-looking build quality with better, more responsive controls. The 933 also have more connection options, which makes them a bit more versatile for watching movies or using them outdoors. On the other hand, the G930 have a slightly more understated design that some may prefer over the G933. They also come with a USB extension cord which may be a bit more practical for some users on PC.

Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset

The Logitech G930 are a slightly better gaming headset than the Logitech G533. The G930 have more programmable buttons on the ear cups which gives them a bit more flexibility when mapping functions and customization options via the Logitech Gaming Software. The G533, on the other hand, have a slightly more premium-looking build quality. They also have a longer battery life and a greater wireless range than the G930, with a more balanced default sound quality out of the box.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are a better gaming headset than the Logitech G930. The G930 are slightly more customizable thanks to the Logitech Gaming Software and programmable buttons on the ear cups. On the other hand, the SteelSeries have a much better build quality with better breathable pads and a more ergonomic layout for their buttons. They also have a better default sound quality and more connection options, so they're a bit more suitable for home theater. They have a casual design you can use outdoors with the provided audio cable, unlike the G930.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II

The HyperX Cloud II are a better gaming headset if you prefer a wired design that you can use with your console controllers. However, if you want a wireless option for gaming, then the Logitech G930 are a better choice. The G930 have a lot more range thanks to their wireless connection. They also have a lot more customization options, thanks to their software support and programmable buttons. The HyperX Cloud II, on the other hand, have a much better build quality and comfort level. They're also wired with a detachable mic so they more easily pass for casual over-ears that you can use outdoors.

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6.6 Mixed Usage
The Logitech G930 are primarily a gaming headphone. They have an above average sound and low latency. They're a decent option for critical listening and great for watching movies. However, they do not block noise well and are not portable enough for commuting or sports.
7.3 Critical Listening
Above-average for critical listening. They have a decently balanced audio reproduction with a pronounced bass range that doesn't overpower instruments and vocals. However, there is a dip in the high frequencies that results in a slight loss of clarity, especially for some lead instruments. Their frequency response also varies a bit from user to user and may lose a significant amount of bass if your glasses break the seal, the ear cups create around your ears.
5.9 Commute/Travel
Mediocre-at-best for commuting. They have to be within range of the USB transmitter which is very limiting for commuting. They also do not block much noise and aren't made to be used with mobile devices. However, on a plane, train or a long bus ride, you may be able to use them with your laptop or tablet.
5.8 Sports/Fitness
Below-average for sports. The G930 are bulky and not as breathable as headphones specifically made for sports. They also have to be in range of their USB transmitter which means you won't be able to use them outdoors effectively.
6.7 Office
Decent for office use. The Logitech G930 headset has great customization features, and these headphones are comfortable enough to wear for long hours. They can also charge while in use. However, they leak a bit at higher volumes and, unfortunately, do not block a lot of noise, so they won't be ideal if you have a lively or noisy office environment.
6.6 TV
Decent for home theater use. They have decent and customizable sound and a low latency wireless connection with their USB dongle. Unfortunately, they do not come with an audio cable like the G933 which means they have fewer connection options than some of the other gaming headsets we've tested.
7.6 Gaming
The G930 are good gaming headphones. They have a great software for Windows and MacOS that gives them a lot of customization options. They have very low latency which is essential for gaming, above-average sound, and a decent mic that filters a lot of noise but doesn't always accurately reproduce your voice. However, they're not the most breathable headphones so your ears will get a little hot after a couple of hours of gaming.

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