Disclosure: The MH751 is loaned by Cooler Master for review purpose.
The story behind the MH751…
The gaming headset market is booming these days. Manufacturers like Kingston with their Hyper X Cloud series or the Corsair Void pro series ensure that there are a plethora of gaming headset options for the avid gamer. The MH751 is actually a Takstar Pro 82 headphone (which has two variants-28 ohms and 32ohms) modified for Cooler Master. Takstar is an OEM that makes headsets for a lot of brands and are quite known for their good sounding products. There also exists a Cooler Master MH752 which has a built-in 7.1 USB DAC which is good for those who don’t have good quality sound cards.
The Cooler Master MH751 is a pretty well-built headphone with a detachable cable and microphone. This feature should alone extend the longevity of the headset as cable faults are pretty common especially with heavy usage.
|Sensitivities (@1KHz)||97dB ± 3 dB|
|Cable Length||1.5m 3.5mm connector (removable)
0.3m dual 3.5mm cable (removable)
|Connector||3.5mm 4-pole jack|
|Headband Material||Steel and plastic headband, PU leather and foam cushion|
|Ear Cushion Material||PU Leather and foam cushion|
|Sensitivity (@ 1kHz)||-42 ± 3dB|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||55dB|
|Microphone Type||Detachable flexible microphone|
|Dimensions (mm/inch)||149(L) * 85(W) * 215(H) mm / 5.87(L) * 3.35(W) * 8.46(H) inches|
|Weight||280g / 0.62lbs|
|Weight (without Cable)||250g / 0.55lbs|
The CM MH751 has quite a decent package. You get just the headset without any wires and you can then attach the cable to connect the headphones as well as the detachable mic. The cable is pretty decent. It is braided and seems sturdy enough and the wire doesn’t tangle as easily as some headphones. The best part is of course that its user replaceable.
Even the mic is user replaceable which is great for those who aren’t playing online multiplayer games and don’t have any use for a mic.
One thing that really stands out on the MH751 is just how comfortable they are on the ears. The headphones are pretty lightweight though they have just a little weight so as not to completely disappear when you are using them but the clamping force is extremely light and they sit very snug on your ears. Even after 2 – 3 hours sessions I kinda forgot that I had headphones on which is a real testament to their comfort.
Since these aren’t USB powered headphones you don’t get any RGB lighting effects so if you are interested in those, you have to look elsewhere.
The cable has a built-in volume adjustment and mic mute button which is pretty nice and useful. All in all the CM MH751 has a solid retail package and I can’t think of anything more they could have added.
I used the Fiio E10 USB DAC to test the headset.
The sound-stage is pretty decent and you can keep a track of the direction you are facing enemy fire from and where people are sneaking up to you from. So from a gaming perspective, this is a very decent headset but I wouldn’t really recommend it for music lovers.
To be honest I wasn’t terribly impressed with the sound quality of the Cooler Master MH751 headset. The headset has very ordinary bass with average impact, speed and slam. I found listening to heavy action scenes in games to be rather timid. The headset does have a pretty nice midrange and voices are portrayed very clearly and it is very smooth. The smooth mids also extends to the treble which doesn’t have any nasty spikes but also lacks the crispness and detail that other headphones can portray.
That said there is often ignored important feature of the Cooler Master MH751 which I have generally ignored to mention in other reviews but something that I really noticed when using the MH751 and that is comfort! The CM MH751 is by far the most comfortable headphone I have used in many years and I have gone through a few. There is very mild clamping force but the headphones are very light and I have played for hours without any fatigue either in terms of the harsh sound of from discomfort from having a headphone on your head.
So in that term, the CM MH751 comes out on top and I should give a lot of weight-age to that considering quite a few people would be gaming for extended periods of time.
What I like about microphones like the Samson Q2U is the polar pattern dynamic mic priced and fit for the intended audience. Most people do not have the ideal setup for sound when skyping, streaming, conferencing and even podcasting. Hence a microphone that aims to record your voice while dampening the surrounding distraction is vital. That’s also the reason why many streamers prefer Audio-Technica AT2020 USB/USB+, if not with the XLR and a mixer/audio interface of their choice. Some streamers are seen to be using power booster/conditioner between their microphone and the XLR audio interface. Of course, the streaming software’s audio settings, livestream site’s encoding and the internet speed/quality is a factor to show that upgrade.
The experience with headset microphones are a mixed bag depending on the make and the manufacturer, but detachable units are appreciated. One might consider to plug in an Antlion Mod Mic 5 provided the mounting ring is not an obstruction or just keep it unplugged.
We need more headsets with detachable mics. But we will also need more than Antlion to make such mic pieces.
I wish Cooler Master bundled a wind foam for the mic as it tends to pick up reverberation when you’re talking with little to no background. It is picking up a hiss which is a concern unless you can edit it. The keyboard switches are dampened and don’t overlap the speaker’s voice. Headset mics have a natural advantage of distancing itself from the peripherals, and yet only a few headset mics are good are dampening background sound. Any air flow through the mic does get recorded which was expected.
Overall opinion about the MH751…
The CM MH751 is a decent sounding headset but it doesn’t stand out for its sound quality. However, it is still a solid package as you get a well-built headphone with user-replaceable cables and a detachable microphone. The MH751 headset is the most comfortable headset I have heard in a long time and for extended gaming sessions that is very good to have feature.
This isn’t the USB version so you should have a reasonably good soundcard if you want to make full use of the headset. Also, it lacks the very in-demand RGB lighting effects so if you like your gaming headset with some bling this doesn’t have any of that.
However, if you want a nice well built comfortable headset with good sound with good to have features like user-replaceable cable and detachable mic then the CM MH751 should be on your shortlist.
Another point I should mention is that I have had three older headphones die as the built-in USB DAC failed and now those headphones have been sent to the thrash. Since the MH751 has a detachable cable and no electronics which can fail you can probably use the MH751 for a far longer time than any headphone with a built-in USB DAC. That said music lovers, people with poor onboard sound cards and people who want some fancy RGB lighting effects should look elsewhere.
- Smooth sound signature
- Detachable cable
- Good build quality
- Detachable microphone
- Exceptionally comfortable to use
- Better sounding headphones for the price
- For this cost, many other headphones are with built-in USB DAC, 7.1 channel surround sound, etc.
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) April 9, 2019