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Audio Technica ATH-PG1: The bass sticks to his skin

Aprox. 119€ - see price -

After the duo ATH-AG1 and ATH-ADG1, Audio Technica offers two more conventional gaming headsets, the ATH-PDG1 and ATH-PG1. The latter offers a different experience from that of his brother, but it is nonetheless interesting ...

Our review


Like the ATH-AG1 and ADG1 duo, the Audio Technica ATH-PG1 looks a lot like the ATH-PDG1. They share the same manufacturing quality and the same design. The first is distinguished by its closed design, its imitation leather pads and its black dress.

The choices made on this model mainly change the comfort at the level of the ears: the helmet insulates better and it heats the ears a little more. The feeling of heating remains contained during long play sessions. The memory foam is not the densest, but it still offers a comfortable rest and above all pressure points distributed evenly.

For the rest, there is a helmet rather well finished, solid, light and flexible, but no case is provided. The roll bar of the ATH-AG1 is deployed quite widely, so it is suitable for small as well as large heads. On the other hand, the hinges which hold the earpieces always tend to pivot too easily when the helmet is not on the head and they do not lie flat when it is around the neck.

No change in connection. Three cables are delivered with the helmet. The first is the one that has the gooseneck microphone and the listening / mute volume control box of the microphone. It measures around 1.2 m, ends in a 3.5 mm 4-point mini-jack and can be connected directly to a laptop PC or compatible game controller (latest generation PS4, Xbox One, etc.). The second is a 2 meter Y extension (double 3-point mini-jack, one for the headset, one for the microphone) and the third is a 1.2 m smartphone cable with button, volume control and integrated microphone.



The sound experience offered by the ATH-PG1 is particularly different from that of its open version, but it is nonetheless pleasant both for the game and for listening to music.

Immediately put our finger on the point that takes away its fifth star: the rendering on the border of extreme low / low. This area is more favored than the rest of the spectrum, which also shows a fairly rare balance in gaming headsets. This is in addition to membranes that "stick" a little on the attacks, especially on the very fast and close transient effects in this area, to deliver a slightly more cottony sound. Even if it provides more seat and more immersion, some sources (the bass drum or the bass, for example) tend to take a little too much space and hide the low mids / mids.

Apart from that, there is nothing wrong with this helmet: the rest of the spectrum is reproduced in a natural and defined way, without overbidding. Where other helmets are content to compensate by adding more treble, the ATH-PG1 remains sober to avoid V-signatures that are too marked and often poorly mastered. The voices still stand out well and remain intelligible in all circumstances, without aggressiveness or sibilance. Even with this overweight and closed design, the ATH-PG1 offers a beautiful stereophonic width with good separation of sources. Their identification on a horizontal plane is easy, but it is a little bit more complex in depth because of the prominence of the bass. The immersion in the sound space, whether virtual or not, is rather good especially since we can count on its passive isolation, more than correct.

Thanks to a very correct sensitivity (155 mV to reach 94 dB), the ATH-PG1 can be supplied without harm, even from nomad sources. Nothing to say about the distortion, which remains particularly low over a very large area of the audible spectrum.


The ATH-PG1 shares the same two microphones as the PDG1: the gooseneck microphone is dedicated to the game, the one that is housed in the smartphone control allows communication in mobile use.

The first is still as efficient, even if the captured signal requires a small boost to be perfectly audible in any situation. The second is quite satisfactory for a conversation on the move, because it detaches the voice relatively well from the sound environment.


The ATH-PG1 is overshadowed by the sound performance of the PDG1, but it does not deserve it. It can count on good neutrality over a large part of the spectrum, on the good comfort it provides, its lightness or even on the quality of its microphone ... but the competition is fierce.