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Published on September 8th, 2012 | by Gbemiga

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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.

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About the Author

In Gbemiga Sodipe's 28 years on this planet, he has lived on every continent but South America and has had a wide variety of jobs and experiences. He has worked as a Technical Writer for Microsoft in Beijing and as a coupon delivery guy in Springfield, Missouri. He loves books and is partial to Sci-Fi and Nonfiction but if you put any book in front of him his mind will be gone from this world and into the world of the book. Unless of course you put Uncle Toms Cabin or any book by L. Ron Hubbard in front of him, then he will first beat you to a bloody pulp with the book then commit what he considers to be one of his Seven Deadly Sins i.e. burn the book. In fact he for a time considered books much more interesting and less problematic than girls but that was during his early teenage years (ok maybe also every now and then but don’t tell his girlfriend that). Gbemiga speaks English and Mandarin Chinese fluently, understands but can’t speak Yoruba (to his mother’s eternal chagrin, even though it’s her fault) and knows the insults and swear words of 5 other languages (thank you International upbringing).



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