Today on our test bench we have a new stereo gaming headset from Mionix, the NASH 20. Mionix is a relatively new company having been formed in 2007 and are based in Sweden. We took a look at the NAOS mouse in our recent video review, where it won our gold award. So the NASH has a lot to live up to.
Packaging and Bundle
The NASH 20 is supplied in a medium sized box which features a plain black design with a large picture of the headset on the front. Aside from this we have the Mionix logo and the product name, it’s a minimalist cover. Turning to the rear of the package we find more information on the Nash 20.
The package has a slide out inner box which has a moulded felt housing that keeps the headset secure. Additionally it is kept in place with plastic ties, to ensure that the headset doesn’t move in transit and is kept safe.
A closer look
Taking the headset out of the box we see that it has a black design with large ear pads. The microphone and USB lead are on the left earcup and both sides feature the Mionix logo.
Taking a closer look at the earpads we find the volume control on the back of the left side. This is a simple wheel and can be easily turned when the headset is worn. Then inside the large ear pads we have a memory foam cushion which combines with the leather cover for maximum comfort.
The NASH 20 is a circumaural analog stereo headset that has 50mm neodymium DACT drivers. The drivers have a resonance frequency of ?100Hz and an impedance of 32 ohms at 20kHz. Sound pressure level is 103dB and nominal input power is 40mW with a max of 80mW. THD is rated as less than 2% at 1KHz, less than 5% at 300kHz.
Now we can turn to the microphone, which has a flip down design and is also found on the left earpad. The microphone is a uni-directional model, and has a sensitivity of -42dB and a frequency response of 15Hz to 16kHz (frequency to noise ratio: 58dB). The microphone also features a nice flip up to mute function, so rather than having to fumble around for a mute switch on the headset or inline control we simply flip up the microphone and it is automatically muted.
The headband also features the same memory foam encased with leather that we find on the earpads. This gives the headband a considerable amount of padding and makes wearing the headset very comfortable. On the outside of the headband we find Mionix branding in green and white.
The NASH 20 has the normal extendable sections at the side of the headband and these are made with steel for extra strength. The headset also has a swivel feature on the earcup, which is somewhat different to other headsets that we have seen. Instead of the whole earcup being set on a swivel point the NASH 20 sits firm with the foam padding and driver element on a full swivel point. This gives the feeling that the earpad is floating in the casing and allows for a great comfortable fit.
The Nash 20 has two 3.5mm connectors and both of these are gold plated for optimal performance, connecting to a 2m braided cable.
Finally, the headset weighs in at 900 grams and measures 21.5cm by 22cm by 12.1cm. It also has a 2 years manufacturer warranty.
User Experience & Conclusion
Starting with the build quality of the NASH 20 the finish on the headset is to a very high standard and we found all the elements included with the headset, such as the packaging and the connectors are all made to a high quality too.
During use we found that the NASH 20 sits very comfortably on our head. The memory foam used on the earpads and headband mean that we were able to use the headset for long periods. The pivot feature of the headset also works very well, making sure that the earpads are positioned in the best place for us to experience the sound produced.
Turning to the performance of the headset, we found it very difficult to fault the Nash 20. Although it is marketed as a gaming headset we used it extensively on other media, including films and music. The soundscape is deep and clear, with great bass and clarity of tone and so when used with gaming, either online or solo play, the NASH 20 performs extremely well in conveying the music or effects that occur onscreen.
However what really helps the NASH 20 stand out from other gaming headsets is its performance when used to listen to music or watch films. When used with those formats the NASH 20 excels, creating a fully immersive sound.
The quality of the Nash 20 continues with the microphone which performs really well. The sound captured is clear with little background noise noticeable. The flip up mute feature is very handy, allowing us to quickly stop broadcasting on the microphone without have to reach for a switch or button.
With a price point of around £100/ $130 the NASH 20 is in the middle ground price wise for quality gaming headsets, however its performance puts it in competition with higher end audio products making this a very good headset for the price.
Scan.co.uk – £99.88