The Sharkoon Xtatic Headset arrived and …

The Sharkoon Xtatic Headset arrived and I played two games of Modern Warfare 2 with them. Sound quality is great, although mid to high range sounds are missing a bit of “oomph”. They need a bit more bass. The subwoofer does a great job with booming explosions however!

Unfortunately at this time of day it was really hard to find a game, so I had to play on rust where it’s so small that players are all around you making noise. The next game on Favela was better, and I clearly heard footsteps clomping up the stairs πŸ™‚

All in all, my first impressions are good, the sound is immersive. I noticed the wind blowing on rust and other atmospherics that I never heard before when playing with a stereo headset. There are a ton of settings I don’t know about so I’ll need to experiment with those to find the best ones.

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0 thoughts on “The Sharkoon Xtatic Headset arrived and …”

  1. They’re a huge step up from my stereo headphones, but it’s probably too early to tell. Just think back to the first time you set up a 5.1 surround sound system in your living room? Remember the difference? The immersion, sound all around? It’s really like that.

    I think it’ll be harder to quantify if they’re worth the money because they’re definitely a luxury item. I’d never consider them a must-have-item when a pair of stereo headphones do a reasonable job.

    I’m looking forward to trying them on the PS3 and playing a few movies. I have the Band of Brothers Bluray boxset that will probably sound great, and I think Saving Private Ryan is there somewhere, though that’s on DVD so it’ll play just as well on the Xbox!

  2. It might be because I’m playing so late (didn’t boot up the Xbox until after midnight) and I’m tired but the headphones only helped me die in glorious surround sound. I was clearly able to hear more but the lobbies I joined seemed to be filled with augmented players with bionic reflexes and superb aim. *sigh*

  3. I will say this for them. I can hear the footsteps of my team on the other side of the central building on derail, and anyone crunching through snow is *very* loud. When I don’t use Ninja pro my footsteps sound very loud.

    The clink clink of the fencing around the generators on that level is a lot more noticeable as well.

    If you have the money to spare, they’ll make your gaming a lot more enjoyable πŸ™‚

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