Published on September 8th, 2012 | by Gbemiga0
Tritton Warhead Headset: Explosive Xbox 360 Audio
We love audio. And we love gaming. So little makes us happier than sitting down to a big-screen console game, whether it’s a shoot-em-up or an RTS or a multi-player game of Uno. Granted, you don’t need much in the way of audio cues for Uno, but serious gamers find pinpoint audio helpful especially during FPS fragfests where identifying a sniper’s hideout or hearing the footsteps of an enemy can mean a major difference in score. Plus, as we do ever more with our consoles- Netflix and other services that offer streaming media for instance- good audio can really improve your experience.
Today’s lovely piece of gear is the Tritton Warhead Xbox 360 7.1 Wireless headset. The Trittons are the first and only headphones that are approved by Microsoft and have the license to use Xbox 360 propriety tech. They also happen to be wireless and compatible with all models- we tested them on both first-edition consoles and new Xbox 360s with no issues. Plus, the entire experience, from packaging to the nifty obelisk base are designed to make your friends jealous (and a little afraid).
Out of the box the Warheads come with:
· a base station
· Removable and flexible microphone
· RCA adapter cable
· Optical cable
· Digital audio adapter
· AC power adapter
· 2 rechargeable batteries.
The controls for the Tritton are on both ears of the headphones. The left side controls the game audio, as well as power, the sync button and the Dolby mode selector which allows you to choose between game, music and movie audio modes. On the other side are communication controls. The microphone comes with a mute button which is a good idea if you want to prevent everyone from hearing your curse words when miss a shot or get killed.
We loved the battery life of the Warheads. Many wireless headsets have made their way through our doors and onto our ears, but these were amongst the most comfortable, and offered the best battery life of any similar model that we’ve seen. The included additional battery means that you can swap and go without worrying about downtime- perfect for the serious, all-day gaming session. The 7.1 label indicates that they’re using Dolby technology to simulate the sound, which can be a mixed bag- but we were impressed by the sonic accuracy and spatial dynamics. Basically, thanks to the comfortable over-ear earcups that block out noise, you’re able to focus on the experience, which is pretty immersive. These aren’t the best choice for listening to music- things sounded a little amped and artificial, acoustic and folk music lost a bit of richness or character- but explosions and gunshots and bass-heavy roars sounded amazing.
We found it quite easy to setup the Triton which was basically 3 steps.
· Step 1. Plug the base station to power
· Step 2. Connect the 360 to the base station
· Step 3. Press the sync button to sync the headset to your 360 and you’re done.
The audio was crystal clear without any interference thanks to the fact that the headset runs on the sparsely-populated 5.8ghz range instead of the crowded 2.4ghz range that a lot of wireless devices currently use. The batteries are rated for 12 hours but we got a couple more hours of gameplay out of the batteries before we noticed any audio dropout and had to change the batteries. The only issues we found were pretty minor- the mic was nothing spectacular, though perfectly adequate and quite adjustable. Also, we weren’t immune to the dreaded “sweaty ear syndrome” after some serious gaming. Plus, we did find ourselves accidentally pressing the wrong headset buttons on occasion, though we did start learning. Finally, the Warhead is also only available and useful for the 360- which makes us wonder if at $300 it was worth buying a “single console” headphone since many competitors do work with the PS3 as well.
Overall the Tritton is quite well designed, sturdily built and glossy (though it is a magnet for dust and smudges which fortunately can be easily cleaned off). We would definitely recommend as worth buying- it’s probably the best wireless Xbox 360 headset on the market. Tritton (and their new parent, Mad Catz) have created some of the best peripherals that we’ve tried, and so we can recommend their durability over time. That said, it does cost a pretty penny. Consider this the best gift you could give a gamer, or the treat for yourself if your neighbors, significant other, or roommates are tired of hearing the noises from your gaming.