Tritton Pro+ 5.1 Surround Headset
Best 5.1 audio, very comfortable, and durable
The Tritton AX-PRO + has proven itself from the day I opened the box. This may take a while but I'll take some time to tell of my experience so far.
My headset had no damage or failing mic. The headset itself which has been re-styled is very comfortable and can support players with large heads unlike it's tight headache inducing predecessor the AX-PRO, also it is very durable and can withstand more abuse when compared to previous models. The cables are also higher quality all of which have a thicker jacket for increased durability such as the optic audio cable which is very sturdy and very flexible.
There are 3 points in which the ear cups are adjusted, the first is the rail slider which not only allows for extra length but it also moves the ear cups outward a bit due to the rail angle which offers a great deal of more comfort, the second is rotation cuff which allows you to rotate the ear cups to you can rest the headset around your neck and the cups will lay flat on your shoulders, the third is a vertical pivot on the ear cup mount which allows for extreme comfort when the headset is adjusted to fit different head sizes. The head set has some heft to it reflecting it's quality materials yet when worn it feels very light due to the design I can play for hours and forget it is there.
The sound is amazing, the new design has a changed layout for the 8 speakers (4 speakers each ear cup) the new layout makes it very easy to judge the direction of sound sources and the distance. The highs and lows are great and unlike the old AX-pro's game voices don't sound awkward to hear even when there are explosions rumbling your head through the dedicated subwoofer speakers. I threw in Battlefield 3 for the PS3 when I first got this headset and loaded a close quarters map in which I was blown away by the clarity of the sound, I was easily able to hear when an enemy was about to turn the corner ahead of me or sneak up behind me. The higher accuracy of the surround sound allowed me to pin point where enemies where before I could see them giving me a chance to open fire on doorways before the enemies even knew I was there making my Kill/Death ratio skyrocket. As for game volume you can fine tune the games sound from the inline controls by pressing a button for a specified channel and lowering or raising it's volume to make each of the 4 speaker pairs sound how you want.
Voice communication is always the first most important thing in a headset and this can be frustrating in most headsets where you find a lot of buzzing sounds or distortion in your friends voices when there are too many audio ques taking place. This Pro+ model uses a new style of mic that is easier to connect and disconnect, it is very flexible and your voice clarity is top notch, with Selective Voice Monitoring you can hear yourself with the press of a button so you know if your mic is working for one and if your being too loud for those around you. Your friends will also have a clarity that I found to be highly improved over previous models, unless your friends are to loud and you really don't want to hear them in which there are separate volume controls to lower voice volume or game volume on the in-line controller.
Connect to as PS3 or XBOX 360 using an optical audio cable for game sound which is gold plated, very flexible, and very durable.
For voice a Type A Male to Type B Male USB cable is used which is not gold plated but has a very durable jacket and is also very flexible.
For power unlike the Tritton AX-720's this unit has a wall plug which only has 1 jack compared to the older Tritton AX-Pro's which needed 2 jacks.
A word of warning on PC and Laptop Compatibility:
Right out of the box this model can only use the voice chat USB cable to connect to PC's and Laptops which does not support the surround option (unless you have an optical port on your soundcard) and also requires the use of the power plug and decoder box. A separate cable adapter which Tritton sells through gameshark.com will be needed to connect the headset's inline cable to PC's and Laptops directly without having to move the power plug and decoder box around constantly. The cable adapter has to be specific to this headset when purchasing and they retail for around $9.99. Spare parts such as ear pads and replacement mics are also available for purchase.
Could have been great
I really liked the headset comfortable a little tight for my head but good on the ears sound was nice very directional but when I first got the mute button light was broken not a big deal mute still worked, after 2 days of use the sound started cutting out, then the mic started going my friends all could hear a loud feedback everytime I spoke. If you get a set that has no flaws you will love it, up to you to risk it.
My overall opinion of this headset is great. A couple of minor tweeks would make it even better. I actually purchased a couple other headsets for comparison and this was the winner. I pinned the Tritton Pro 5.1 versus various models from Turtle Beach, the Astro A40 and the Tritton 720s. Before I go further I have to mention that I prefer the wired headset type due to a number of issues experienced with wireless units and signal interference. The Pros are; Build quality and design is good. The ability to individually adjust the speaker volume gives you a great range of customization per game type. The sound quality itself is very good. The feel and function of the inline remote is also great. The mic is also quite good. The ability to monitor your own mic is great (no more shouting). The Cons include; Tight fit when the unit is new, no ventilation on the ear cups and the material even though it is quite soft can make your ears sweat. The following are things that I would personally like to see changed/updated. The max volume is not quite as loud I would prefer. The unit should also have a quick disconnect system (connector) at either the inline remote or the headset itself, and I would love an alternate material option for the earcups available. Aside from that I really like the headset. I have not experienced any issues with it and everyone that has tried it has been impressed with the audio it delivers and the mic sensitivity. This unit is an excellent option especially when you consider its price versus the competition.
Don't buy this horrible product. I want a refund and it is just horrible, its uncomfortable and the second you wear them they break
Broke In 6 Months
I had turtle beach x12 before i bought these. They lasted for a solid year. I bought these in April 2013 and they broke in September 2013, less that 6 months. The plastic was very fragile and that's how it broke. It shattered at the top left side of the headset. I treated this headset very good since it was $150, never abused it, never did anything that it wasn't meant to do. The only good part of this headset is the sound quality. That's it.
no as good as most people think
this is a great product for a month it has great sound and everything but like I said for a month it has a good input too but trittions have a tendency to break in a month I still have mine and I can only use it for listening to music on my I pod not my Xbox.
i am the first to write a review about how good this product actually is. It is also extremelly comfortable and hard to break