Gaming headsets are almost a dime a dozen. You’ve got all sorts of brands battling for your attention. MadCatz, Turtle Beach, those are only the big names in the headset business, and with multiple headsets under their belts, it can be overwhelming to be in the market of headsets. There are very specific things that you must look at when contemplating on the one you want. Things like comfort, usability, quality, and design are all part of what you need to look for, along with the biggest factor – price. Tritton’s stepping up their game with the Pro+ Surround Sound Headset, and believe me, while $150 seems like an outlandish price for a gaming headset, it definitely fulfills expectations and then some.
The Tritton headset boasts some of the best audio quality I’ve ever experienced in games, bar none. I’ve been playing for as short as two weeks, or as long as three years. Yes, the lands of Pandora never sounded scarier while using the Tritton in Borderlands 2, and the guttural roars of zombies never sounded more menacing in Call of Duty: Black Ops. The headset is deep, bass-heavy, and takes you out of your audible environment in the best way possible. The noise cancelling capabilities of the Pro+’s also shine bright, making it truly immersing. Although the headset only works on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, there are a lot of little things you can tweak the headset with. Here are the specs straight from the source.
- The 5.1 Surround Headset with a 12 foot-long cable
- In-Line Audio Controller for separate game and voice controls
- Detachable Microphone
- Decoder Box
- USB Cable
- Optical Cable
- First party Xbox Live Communication Cable
- Third Party Xbox Live Communication Cable
- Digital Audio Adapter
- PC Analog Adapter
- USB Cable
For those curious about the sound specifications, the company was also kind enough to provide those.
- Frequency Response: 25Hz–22kHz
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <1%
- Speaker Diameters: 30mm Front & Rear, 23mm Center, 40mm Sub
- Number of Speakers: 8
- Magnet Type: Neodymium
There’s a lot to the Tritton, but it shouldn’t confuse you. The instructions are about as clear as they can get, and are primarily in pictures making it so that even I didn’t get lost. However, the headset itself is a bit on the bulky side, from the cables to the actual headset, so you won’t be completely immersed. You can obviously adjust the size of the headset, but after extended amounts of play you’ll get some discomfort from the top. I can’t stress enough how great the sound you’ll get out of the Tritton is though. For someone like me, who really only has experience with some of the cheaper Turtle Beach models, there is an immediate reaction.
This is a unique issue, but it has to be pointed out. If you’re running an older Xbox 360, make sure your component cables are up to date. If it’s not the HD cables, the Tritton won’t connect right. You’ll have to go out of your way to purchase some sort of $15 cable, as was my case. A small complaint, and it’ll only affect a small install base, but you have to make sure all of your ducks are in a row after all. Setting the entire shebang up is a little cumbersome, but once you have it in place it works fantastically.
The Tritton device’s ability to control the game and mic audio isn’t unique, but I feel it’s done better than most. Clip it to your pant leg or even the cable itself, and if you hear someone’s voice that you just don’t want to hear anymore, just give the device a few clicks to tune him out. If you want to yell back, there is a pretty solid microphone that you can remove from the headset whenever the situation arises. The best part is that it’s multiplatform, readily available for the PS3 and the Xbox 360. It’s a little more sensitive to sound than some of my previous headsets, but it still does its job well. Also, while this isn’t a wireless headset, I still consider the price completely worth your while.
Product provided by manufacturer for review