The first thing that impressed me the most with the Pulse is how well built the unit is while remaining lightweight and comfortable. The headset features simulated leather earcups with nice foam that is thicker at the base of the headset, which makes it more comfortable. I wear glasses so anything that presses too tight on my ears will push the earpiece of my glasses into my head causing my ears and head to be sore. These have just the right amount of tension to cup around my ear and not push too hard against my head, which is a huge plus for long gaming sessions.
The sound quality of the Pulse is like nothing I have heard with a headset. It has virtual 7.1 surround-sound technology (this is only available when the USB adapter is plugged into the PS3) and what Sony calls ‘BassImpact,’ whihc is like a subwoofer in your ear. There is a slider on the right of the headset so that you can adjust the bass, which is another plus. There are also Pre Set Modes you can cycle through with a touch of a button, which is also on the right side of the headset. The preloaded defaults are Game, Music, Movie, Shooter, Fighting and Driving. You can download an app from the PSN store that allows you to update the headset and swap out pre sets for other ones like Football, Action or even Bioshock Infinite. The headset also has a built-in mic for in-game chat with a mic mute button on the left side of the headset that works quite well. There is even a slider to adjust between voice and sound so chatting isn't drowned out by in-game noise.
Setup is simple, just plug the wireless adapter into a USB port on your PS3 and you are ready to go. The system automatically sends all sound from your PS3 to the headset, you don't even have to mute the TV. You even get onscreen information about the headset's battery level, if you have the virtual 7.1 surround-sound on and whether or not your mic is on.
Now you might be asking, can this headset be used on anything besides the PS3? Yes, of course it can. The package includes a 3.5mm cable (standard headphone cable) that can connect to anything with a headset jack: PS Vita, PSP, iPhone, iPad, iPod; it sounds great in any of those devices. Another nice feature is that the USB dongle has a headset jack on it, so if your TV has a jack or you get a Y cable splitter you can play your TV sound through the headset. I plug mine into the USB port on the TV and have no issues. Also, you can connect it to any PC, just plug the USB dongle into the USB port and Windows will auto install the drivers. Battery life of the headset is around 6 hours and it charges with a standard mini-USB cable. The headset will even charge while in use. You can plug the USB cable into your PS3, Xbox or even an iPhone/iPad wall charger.
There are nicer and more expensive headsets on the market, but for $150 (you can get the Pulse Elite Edition Wireless Stereo Headset for only $130 from Amazon right now). I don't think you will find a nicer or more feature rich pair of gaming headsets. Plus, if you favor the PS3 as your console of choice, these are a no brainer.