Usually when we read reviews of a product it is based on initial reactions with little to no mind being paid the longevity of a product. So when the day came that Tritton sent my some of their AX Pro Gaming headsets to review, I decided to take my time to put these headsets through the audio wringer. With these headsets being in my possession for almost a month I did my best to make sure that my review would be for those that want a higher end product, but was always turned away by a higher price tag, for those that want a better gaming experience but has to be budget conscious of where they spend their gaming dollar. A real review..for you The Gamer.
Before I go with my initial review lets get the facts and stats out there so you fine folks can get a better grasp at what I may be talking about.
The AX Pro headset features a true Surround Sound headset with a microphone that will work with your PS3, Xbox 360, and PC/Mac. For the audio or movie enthusiast, the AX Pro is also compatible with any device that features a digital optical or 3.5mm analog 5.1 outputs.
The AX Pro features hardware Dolby Digital decoding and eight independent speakers to deliver 5.1 surround sound audio. Upgraded speakers have been repositioned to provide crisper sound and more accurate 3D positioning. The vibration feature of the previous AX360 has been replaced by a new Subwoofer. Other advancements include an easy to use illuminated inline controller with a microphone mute switch, independent volume control for game chat, and the ability to custom tailor volume levels.
* True 5.1 Digital Audio Headset
* Detachable microphone compatible with Xbox Live, Playstation Network, and PC/Mac
* Digital audio connection for DVD, PC, PS2, PS3, XBOX, XBOX360, and all other devices with Optical digital audio or analog 3.5mm 5.1 output
* Dolby Digital and Dolby Prologic Certified
* 8 speakers, 4 in each ear cup
* Illuminated In-line volume adjustment for Front, Center, Rear and Subwoofer controls
* Separate volume control for voice chat
* Inline microphone and volume mute switches
* Adjustable time delay for center and rear speakers
* Dynamic Range Control
* Includes external 5.1 audio controller with analog 3.5mm 5.1 output
* Lightweight headset with deep circumauraul (around the ears) design allows for comfort even during periods of extended gaming.
Not that we got the technical stuff out of the way lets begin to see how these mothers hold up! Lets start of with the head sets themselves from a design point of view they sure look sexy, but some may find them a bit bulky. This is easily overlooked once you realize how much was crammed into what they put together. While the ear buds may feel rather large, once on your head you will quickly realize that this provides ample enclosed room around your ears to allow the sound to move around just enough for that 5.1 to work. I have big ass ears and these headsets still allowed for enough room for me to net feel like I was jamming my dumbos in a small soup can. The cloth like buds that come on the headsets can be replaced with leather ones that come with the set, but to be honest I found the default buds to be much more pleasing on my head. The downside is that these little suckers are a tad heavy, so if you got a weak neck extended game play may provide some discomfort, but since I am a massive beast I found no discomfort in an extended 6 hour game session of Resident Evil 5. If anything these headsets have got going for them is that this little mother is tough. My kids have beaten the shit out of them, and I have seen barely a scratch out of them. The microphone is detachable but I always kept it plugged in as I never found it to be a distraction when just watching a film, or playing my games, although I have heard from someone else whom has these headsets that he wishes the Mic was bendy to move it as he sees fit, I on the other hand never say a problem with the Mic, but we will get into that more later. At first I thought that having it be a wired headset I would be rather annoyed but the Tritton folks provided ample length of a thick chord so In my month of reviewing these headsets I never noticed or had the sets snag out of my head due to chord length. The only real disappointment I had in the headsets is rather more of an annoyance, when turning them off I had to unplug the power going to the headset as well as the power in the central hub box for the headset. Tritton if your listening just make a power button on the controller connected to the headset that turns everything off.
Set up at first may seem a little bit of a pain in the ass but since I have my console close together all I had to do was keep switch the optical cable between my PS3 and my 360. To use the mic on the headsets though there is a little task to do though. For the PS3 you need to keep a USB cable plugged into your system, and remember to adjust you Mic input and output settings to the USB headset. For the 360 there is a nice cable that plugs into the headsets control device, which then runs to the 360 controllers.
The controller on the headset is one of the best I have used on any gaming headset it features a fully back lit controller that allows you to independently adjust the volume of you Front, Rear, Center, and Sub. It also allows you to see your volume level by a color scheme that is back lit White being the lowest volume going to blue all the way to red being the loudest. This is great because it makes it idiot friendly, and we know there are a lot of you out there…If you feel offended by the last comment then it was aimed at you.
Now lets talk about where it really matters and that is the audio quality of these headsets. I have mixed reactions here because for the most part I am def, I like my shit loud, and when I cranked these headsets up I didn’t find them to be holy shit my brains are seeping out my ears loud, but what I did find was something that I didn’t expect at all a clarity in the lowest volume setting that I found to be really pleasing, so much that I didn’t have to crank up the volume to enjoy these headsets, and when it was called for it made the loudest seem…”LOUDER.” The same applied to watching movies I found them to be my go to way for watching movies. Everything about the sound was just crisp and clean, even the Bass was what I like it to be and I didn’t sound like someone was rattling some metal in your ear like a 16 year olds shitty car audio system where the bass sounds like its taking the car apart by its bolts.
The best feature for sure has to be the ability to on the fly control the games headset volume and the microphone chat volume. I have been asking for this feature forever in a headset and a little volume slider on the side does it efficiently and easy. From everyone I played with I found neither praise, nor any complaints on the audio quality from my side so that that for what it is.
For about a $200.00 price tag some may be fast to steer away, but I have found it online for as little as $149.00. Would I pay for the Tritton AX Pro headsets…yes. Would I have bought them before the review …No., but that’s why I’m letting you guys know that these things are a sound…ha ha get it “SOUND” investment. And at the end of the day if you’re sick of those shitty Xbox headsets or if you blue tooth is leaving marks in your ear from extended play. Or if you’re a parent who wants to play COD at night and not wake up the kids, go pick up these headsets. You wont regret it…I can’t wait to see what Tritton does next…