This headset is part of Creative's Sound Blaster Tactic series of gaming headsets. They feature such knick-knacks as THX ProStudio technology, a detachable microphone, flat and long cable wires (tangle-free), in-line volume control and the option to use the headset via USB or analog jacks. The build quality is decent but even though it has a steel band inserted into the head*band, the plastic on the cups feels a bit flimsy. The cushioning does what it is meant to do and is quite soft. The headset fits snugly over the head, the movable cups and adjustable headband ensure this. However, it can be a bit too snug a t times as the pads can be a li ttle too small for some people.
The headset is best used in USB mode. Analog mode works but the volume levels can be a bit too low, even with a decent sound card. USB mode provides a sig*nificant boost in volume and the THX ProStudio Desktop software provides
you with a lot of control over your audio. The software features something called a "crystal*iser" for improving voice quality, but it introduces too much noise and can be a bit irritating. In fact, the audio sounds best when all enhancements, except the equal*iser of course, are turned off.
Performance-wise the headset is strictly decent. Above average for music but the bass is muddy and there is no punch. Primarily geared to being a gaming headset, it works quite well in that regard. Lack of bass aside, the stereo sep*aration is good and it was easy for us to figure out the location of gunshots in Crysis 2 and COD. All in all a decent headset and at ~4,OOO, itis a good buy for your PC. For better music quality and bass, best look elsewhere.