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Customer Review

on 16 January 2011
Okay, first I've got to admit, before I got this product, I've only ever used standard stereo headsets, so in terms of judging the quality of true high-end headsets, I don't have enough experience. []
It does work exactly as advertised. To keep this short and sweet, I'll only mention a few points not specificly mentioned in the product description.
1) This can play normal stereo sound in 2 channel mode, or it can process a 2 channel audio track into surround sound with Dolby Pro Logic II.
2) To play in full Dolby Digital 5.1 mode, you must select the Dolby Digital audio track on a DVD or sound file. Otherwise, your computer will just output in 2 channel mode.
3) To connect to a PC, you will need to use the optical cable included in the package. You can't connect to the decoder box with analog cables: the analog ports on the box are Analog OUT, not Analog IN.
4) To connect to an Xbox 360, you will need an Optical RCA adaptor, and use that to connect to the decoder box. There's nothing else needed if connecting to a PS3, just go into Audio Settings and select Audio Output going through the Optical port.
5) There are two D-Sub connectors for headsets, so if you and a friend have Tritton AXPro headsets, you can enjoy 5.1 surround sound on both headsets.
6) The decoder box can only process either standard 2 channel audio or 5.1 Dolby Digital. It cannot process DTS audio, its all Dolby. Also, if you are playing a Blu-ray and select the Dolby True HD audio track, it will be compressed back down to "standard definition" Dolby Digital 5.1 once the signal hits the decoder box.
7) The Xbox Live chat connector that comes with this headset will only work with an Xbox controller if there's no Chatpad, it won't plug in otherwise. Granted, if you're able to talk on Xbox Live, you don't need the chatpad but still...
UPDATE
8) Just another thing I forgot to mention - the Analog OUT ports are for a PC 5.1 speaker set. So, if you have an Xbox or PS3, but no speaker set, just bring your PC speaker set downstairs and hook them up to the decoder box. This is a great feature, as decent Home Theatre Speaker sets cost a good bundle more than their PC equivalent. However, PC speakers are not as high wattage as Home Theatre ones, but hey, its a cheap effective way of getting surround sound with a console.
Thanks and that concludes my review!
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