By – John Williamson

Mionix Nash 20 Headset Review He

The audio clarity produced from modern headsets such as the Kingston HyperX Cloud is excellent and a legitimate alternative to stereo headphones. Traditionally, gaming headsets used to be overly gimmicky and featured bland, colourless audio with a tendency to exaggerate the bass output. Competition drives innovation and products within the £50-£100 range are now a viable option when paired with a DAC, dedicated soundcard or premium audio chipset. Mionix is a company at the forefront of emerging technologies and prioritize build quality over ostentatious colour schemes. The Nash 20 is a circumaural analog gaming headset featuring a unique audio filtered semi closed back acoustic chamber and proprietary angled 50 mm DACT drivers.

Mionix’s understated design philosophy is evident throughout the packaging which adopts a black theme. The outer cover contains a product snapshot outlining the key attributes and technical specifications. Sliding this cover off unveils the main box constructed from extremely durable cardboard. The headset is neatly positioned in a cushioned plastic mould and secured by plastic tabs. Removing the headset is effortless due to the lack of rough exterior plastic that often requires scissors to open properly. The materials used and thoughtful layout evokes a luxury feel which enhances the unit’s appeal.

From an aesthetic standpoint, the Nash 20 is exceptional and characterized by a luscious matte black 4-layer rubber coating. The headset’s clean finish and subtle pressed logo on the earcups is a wonderful combination. Mionix added their signature white and green text on the headband which identifies the product without detracting from the professional appearance. Judging any device based on its aesthetic qualities is always a subjective matter but I feel the Nash 20 would suit virtually any environment.

Mionix has always been synonymous with impeccable build quality and the Nash 20 is no different. The headband is remarkably thick measuring 18 mm and constructed from memory foam coated in premium leather. As a result, the product glides onto your head and feels comfortable even after hours of use. It might not be suitable for everyone though as the heavy-duty build weighs 388 grams. While this enhances the resilience against accidental damage, it can deter users who prefer a compact and lighter device. The headband features a smooth motion and large range of adjustment that allows for precise tuning when altering the height. The adjustable bars are manufactured from steel to add a great deal of longevity.

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The earcups are also made from memory foam and leather encased cushioning to reduce any strain on your ears through enhanced comfort. Furthermore, the cups operate using an omnidirectional swivel design and this provides better direct contact between your ears and the unit. Interestingly, Mionix decided to utilize a volume scroll wheel on the left earcup instead of a standard in-line remote with media controls.  I actually prefer this method as it’s almost second nature to alter the volume and cabling is more direct and tidier. One slight area of complaint is the cable’s thickness which is fairly thin and could be extended by 1 mm to enhance the rigidity. Furthermore, the cable is soldered into the left earcup instead of being removable. This is vital as most repairs involve replacing the 3.5mm cable when the jack is damaged. On a more positive note, the cable length is superb at 2m and contains a flawless braid and gold plated connectors to reduce audio interference.

In terms of sound reproduction, the Nash 20 is a beautifully balanced headset and surprisingly versatile given the affordable asking price. Mionix’s custom 50 mm neodymium DACT drivers with optimized frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz produces a warm, crisp range of audio tones which enunciates quieter instruments in a complex mix. This level of sound quality is possible through the low Total Harmonic Distortion of less than 2% at 1kHz and less than 5% at 300Hz to 3kHz. Through a basic source, the headset is fairly quiet due to the 32 ohm impedance compared to other headsets with a specification of 25 ohms and under. Nevertheless, it’s should still be suitable for most people but I would recommend a headphone amplifier to extract the potential of this device. The drivers adopt an angled rotation to implement a highlighted soundscape which streamlines the audio to hear acute changes in frequency. This means you can gauge where enemy soldiers are approaching from in games based on audio feedback.

To test the audio characteristics and viability throughout a wide range of genres, I listened to a number of albums through the FLAC format with a consistent bitrate. The headset accompanies Classical Music and Light Rock perfectly. However, Metal and Dance Music feel quite flat and lacking a certain punch. The acoustical range from low-high are warm and dynamic but bass lovers will be disappointed. Personally, I find too much bass on the overall mix to be obnoxious and deters from the balanced audio clarity.

Subsequently, I believe Mionix have crafted a headset that isn’t too bass heavy and works seamlessly in games, movies and across lighter music.  The 6mm Uni-Directional microphone demonstrated an excellent level of recording quality but needs to be more flexible. I struggled to bend the microphone towards me and noticed how often it reverted back to its original position. However, this didn’t impact on the sound quality or comfort. One invaluable addition is the option to mute the microphone simply by flipping it upwards.

Conclusion – Is It Worth Your Money?

The Mionix Nash 20 is an exceptional gaming headset offering stunning tonal range, a crystal clear microphone and unparalleled comfort. Mionix’s combination of memory foam and luxurious leather creates a soft, cushioning feel which complements the custom 50 mm audio drivers. While it is a considerable purchase, the Nash 20 is the best headset I’ve used under £100/$150 and fully deserves TPG’s approved hardware award.

Mionix Nash 20 Gaming Headset Summary:

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  • Time Used – 11 Days
  • Acquisition Method – Review Unit
  • Availability – Official Site
  • Warranty – 2 Years
  • Connection  – USB
  • Wired/Wireless – Wired
  • Software Used – Metro 2033, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite, GTA V
  • System Specs – Intel I7 4770K, 16GB RAM, Gigabyte GTX 980

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