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on 6 February 2013
Well where should i start?
Sound quality is very good, hit the low, mid and high notes on all levels very well. the only problem is that the unit itself I personally think has the bass setted up a lot more overwhelming than anything else, so on BLOPS 2 an explosion almost just takes over every other sound. This can be a problem or a good thing if you like the overwhelming bass however there is no adjustment to this unfortunately, so it means that the user would bascially have to "deal" with it. in addtion for £95 headsets I had expected atleast some sort of software to adjust sounds of even some sort of profiling system for different set-ups.
The unit has a decoder box, which is basically powered up by a usb port and an optical input which in turn you plug your headsets into. If connnecting by PC then the USB is all you need as the device registers itself as a headset so works fine just on usb in addition, the in-line controller allows for game volume and chat volume controls with also SVM so you can hear yourself, helps alot if you breathe down the mic or speaking too loudly above everyone else. Also the box has volume adjustments on/off siwtch and also you can toggle between the modes, Dolby surround sound, movie mode and dolby surround sound off which is a nice extra but doesn't really sound too different when its all off or on in my opinion. The headset has a great length of cable from decoder box to the headset, so that always a given plus if you have a set up quite far away or if you want to tidy your cables away then theres always more than plenty of cable length, i can't stress how many times that a good headset with no length of the cable can be a hindrance. The actual unit itself is very well built, feels solid and comfortable fit and fits around my ears comfortably, over long hours of uses i find that there is no problems at all and a dream to wear.
you get absolutely loads of extras in the box.
-Jack to xbox headset
-usb to unit
-extra set or ear pads and head pad
-ps3 and xbox adpater for optical output from the console
all these extras ofc can be bought additionally elsewhere, but tritton was nice enough to provide all this
Now the Cons of the unit:
after a week of owning the tritton headsets, the mic had just gone on it. It started making popping noises whever i moved it around, and this got progressively worse as time went by and bascially it stopped working altogther, and i had to succumb to buying a new one which costed me £13.99 from madcatz store. in addtion to this, after a further two weeks without a hitch a low humming noise appeared out of nowhere. Now this is a sort of problem that starts out fine if you have a strong mind to ignore a buzzing. i dont have that sort of patience. i contacted madcatz support and tbh they were as helpful as a tin of beans. telling me to try a ac adapter and i even bought a higher quality cable but this humming noise would continue unless i turn the SVM off ( in essence i couldnt hear myself). it wasn't the end of the world to me, but oh wait. why are my friends complaining of a crazy humming/ hissing noise... thats right, the noise doesn't only affect you, but also the other players, either over skype, xbox or ps3, yes i tried it on all of them and the humming wouldn't go.Now mind you i have owned this for three weeks, i can forgive tritton for making me spend a further 13.99 on a mic, and making me wait 4 days till they responded to my support ticket, but i just can't believe the whole thing came crashing down like this. Either i play on my own with voice chat off and no one can hear me or i can keep it on with a humming/ hissing noise that gets progressively worse+ louder to the point i just can't even hear the game sounds anymore.
On the plus side..
I did have a reponse from madcatz saying that they will send me out a replacement decoder box, which is apparently a commonly known issue and the culprit. I hope this box solves the prblem as if it does not, then i would need to send the item back for a warranty repair... meaning 3+ weeks without the headset, which maybe in fact a good thing.
I could only give the item two stars which is heavily based upon the fact that the unit is solidly built the the quality within the decoder box has let the whole thing down. The biggest problem is that for £95 i expected something which would atleast last a couple of years, and the fact that tritton has been in this sort of gaming head gear for so long that you thought they would iron out these sort of large hiccups plus the fact that madcatz owns tritton is also a scary plus... i honestly did not know madcatz owned them till now... so im staying away from tritton as i should of known that madcatz would produce poor quality products.