Soon after the Cougar Immersa was first introduced, back in the summer of last year, it started drawing a lot of attention from gamers around the world - and not only those with a limited budget. It didn't take long for it to show up in various "Best under $50" lists. Today, it's widely regarded as one of the best gaming headsets in its price bracket. Let's find out if there's any truth to that!
The Cougar Immersa is a no-frills, closed-back, over-ear gaming headset. It doesn't aspire to be anything else, but a really good device you'll enjoy using during your gaming sessions and when you're watching movies or listening to your favorite music. It's a fairly large headset, which automatically makes it unsuitable for outdoor use. If you insist, you're welcome to connect it to your smartphone or a handheld console, and you can use its retractable microphone for communication since it offers a 4-pole (TRRS) 3.5-mm audio connector. For the same reason, regular gaming consoles (PS4 and XB1) are also supported. Of course, it's also equipped with the standard dual 3-pole (TRS) 3.5-mm audio input and output via a supplied Y-splitter, so it's fully compatible with desktop PCs and other devices that use separate plugs for speakers, headphones, and microphones.
The sound reproduction is taken care of by a couple 40-milimeter neodymium magnet dynamic drivers inside a pair of huge 100-milimeter ear pads that, combined with a smart dual-headband design, ensure the Cougar Immersa can sit on your head for hours at a time without ever becoming uncomfortable. As already mentioned, the microphone can be retracted with a single movement of a hand, which visually transforms the Immersa from a gaming headset into a pair of classic, albeit futuristic headphones in a matter of seconds.
40 mm dynamic driver (neodymium magnet)
32 Ω impedance
20-20,000 Hz frequency response (specified by the manufacturer)