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Spellond and Snuk by SADES Reviewed - Eargasmic Experience

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As a gamer, I wear headphones for almost half my day, and the few features that often matter are comfort and sound. In the extremely competitive audiophile field, SADES has been rather under the radar in South Africa, but the Chinese manufactured headsets deserve some love. It's good quality at a very affordable price. I know it's been in South Africa for a few months, but I was so impressed with the product that I decided to review it.

Know thy specs

Spellond:

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  • Loudhailer Diameter: 50mm (NdFeB)
  • Vibration Function
  • Sound Effect: 7.1 simulated sound channels
  • Sensitivity: 113dB +/- 3 dB at 1 kHz
  • Frequency Rage: 20~20.000 Hz
  • Impendance: 32 Ohm at 1kHz
  • Input Plug: USB
  • Mic Dimension: 6.0 x 5.0 mm
  • Mic sensitivity: -38 dB +/- 3 dB
  • Mic Frequency Range: 50-10 kHz
  • Mic Impendance < 2.2 kilo Ohm at 1 kHz
  • Cable Length: ~ 3.0 m
  • Approximate Weight: 450g

Snuk

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  • Loudhailer Diameter: 40mm (NdFeB)
  • Sound Effect: 7.1 simulated sound channels
  • Sensitivity: 112dB +/- 3 dB at 1 kHz
  • Frequency Rage: 20~20.000 Hz
  • Impendance: 32 Ohm at 1kHz
  • Max Input Power: 30mW
  • Input Plug: USB
  • Mic Dimension: 6.0 x 5.0 mm
  • Mic sensitivity: -38 dB +/- 3 dB
  • Mic Frequency Range: 50-10 kHz
  • Mic Impendance < 2.2 kilo Ohm at 1 kHz
  • Cable Length: ~ 2.2 m
  • Approximate Weight: 370g

It's all about the sound

Gaming

As gaming headsets both SADES tick all the boxes. I gave both the Snuk and Spellond equal opportunity to impress in several games of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and I wasn't let down. There was nothing spectacular about their sound in gameplay. The most appealing aspect was that they're both completely closed headphones, which cancelled a lot of background sound. For anyone who plays Counter-Strike would agree that sound plays a major factor in gameplay. Often people say 7.1 headphones don't make much of a difference, but to any knowledgeable CS:GO player the surround sound does create a clearer environment in terms of sound. In conclusion, the Snuk and Spellond created a very comfortable gaming experience.

Music

This is where the SADES blew me away. As a person who has music playing for the majority of my day, both the Snuk and Spellond offered a pretty "eargasmic" experience.

Spellond: The Spellond's were definitely my favorite pair out of the two. In terms of music, the Spellond turned almost every song into a party. They were big, deep and had a whole lot of bass. The Vibration feature was a bit of a novelty at first. Needless to say it became a bit overbearing at time, but luckily came with two different functions. You had full vibration, less vibration and no vibration at all. Although this felt like it made a difference to the sound, it really did not. The Spellonds are also very, very loud.

Snuk: The Snuk is slightly smaller than the Spellond, but it does make up for it in sound. Being slightly smaller I found the Snuk had a slightly purer sound, if such a thing exists, and they don't have the vibration feature, which wasn't really a concern to me. The only thing which put me off was the ear cup size. I've got relatively large ears, so this became uncomfortable after a while. They are almost equally as loud, but for fear of tinnitus I didn't want to turn them all the way up, again.

Microphone

This is where I discovered my first major issue with the SADES headsets. The Microphones, although relatively clear, are not flexible. It comes down to personal preference, which is why I like a flexible microphone I can adjust to fit my needs. I'm certain some gamers would agree, and these headphones also run the risk of being snapped off or the rotating mechanism becoming faulty. Headsets often fall, get sat on or slammed into a desk in a fit of rage and in this case a firm microphone is asking for tears. The Spellond has a retractable microphone which rotates back into the headset, while Snuk rotates roughly 160 degrees, but remains outside.

The quality of both microphones were superb. Once again ticking all the boxes for a gaming headset in regard to sound. There was no feedback, the microphone was clear and audible. 

Closing thoughts

The Spellond and Snuk are comfortable, sound great and are affordable. The Spellond costs R950, and the Snuk is R680 both avaiable from Gamers Gadgets. For their price one thing I can conclude is that the SADES are a steal. They sound great and feel good. The Snuk, being the smaller of the two, became a bit uncomfortable after long periods of use. If you have big ears like me then you may experience similar issues. SADES have flown under the radar for a few years, which makes me wonder what other affordable gaming peripherals have we missed out on?

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