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4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Good for the PC too!May 15, 2012
By Ryan D
I play primarily on the PC, but also tried this on the 360 for those rare late nights where I'd rather not make everlasting enemies of my neighbors. Things I noticed:
- The entire setup is very thoughtful. It comes with more adapters and instructional sheets than I actually had a use for, but the initially confusing stuff worked great when I actually tried it.
- The in-line adapter was somewhat awkward to clip to my shirt, but I honsetly can't
- The cables are loooong. At first I was a bit baffled, then everything made a lot more sense when I tried to plug it into my 360 - it's long enough to sit on my couch and reach if need be.
- The headset is SOLID. I was coming from a couple of Icemat/Steelseries Siberias (which I actually like as headsets) that have been getting chain-replaced under warranty, as they simply fell apart after a year or two of use. This feels like an heirloom that I'll be able to pass to my grandkids.
- The microphone is great - I only used it on the PC side, but it worked great for Ventrilo/Teamspeak with my friends.
- The sound, lastly, is awesome. I'm no audiophile, but the bass in BF3 with this was enough to make me bounce up and down a little in joy. I don't think it's supposed to be 7.1 or anything, but the positional sound comes through well enough for me to hear my surroundings and instinctively know where it's coming from.
Would totally put this on my head again! Also, I have a large head (XXL hats), and this thing can actually fit comfortably.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Great headsetMay 31, 2012
I'm using it on my 360 because I have the Alpha for PC and knew what to expect. Just plugging this in is fantastic. I've never had interest in using or wanting to have a headset for a console but this was just worth it. The cords are LONG. You have something like 16-18 feet of cord.
I use my system with HDMI and just used the original composite cables that came with my system in conjunction with it(instead of an adapter which apparently isn't sold now and hard to find and the shoddy third party ones have issues). Just plugged the RCA adapters onto it and let them hang and it sends the sound to the headset just fine.
As for everything else. The headset construction is sturdy, it doesn't feel cheap at all. At the same time I find it extremely comfortable. I can wear these for hours on end and not even notice they're on my head. The sound is rich, it added a whole different dimension to me. It has good bass but not too much of anything, it's just.... good.
Now, the ONLY problem I have. You have two volume controls. Good, right? Well, here's the problem. You have chat volume and master volume. Master volume affects chat volume AS WELL AS GAME VOLUME. That is my ONLY complaint. I have to go into every game I play and lower the volume a ridiculous amount to be able to hear people I am talking to in parties. It probably works better in game chat, but private chat and parties don't lower the game volume when people talk so it's a little issue. That's really the only thing that keeps this from being a five star headset. Is that a problem with the headset design itself or is it a limitation of using a headset at all, I don't know, since I've not been able to see others outside of the very limited demo displays, so there's no way to tell what they have going on. Certainly not a big enough issue to not recommend this headset, but it is something to keep in mind if it's important to you.
I've played Forza 4, Mass Effect 3, Ghost Recon Future Soldier, and some other games with this headset after getting it and definitely not disappointed at all in the sound and quality.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Great Gaming HeadsetApr 29, 2012
My only other headset experience is with the Turtle Beach X31, which are different from these in that the Creative SB Tactic360 Sigmas (heretofore referred to as either "these", "them" or "Sigmas") are Black, and the X31 is white. Also the X31 is wireless, so that's different too I guess. Let's break this thing on down with the clever use of HEADINGS!
These are a bit heavier than the x31s (probably because they're part metal, which is heavier than plastic), and the cones sit displaced from each other in the neutral position, rather than pressed right up against each other like on the x31. I was afraid this might make the Sigmas less comfortable to wear and more inclined to fall off. However, the loose spacing helps counteract any discomfort from the added weight, and only during extraordinarily violent fits of malcontent and disappointment in my teammates' performances (never mine, I always rock) did the Sigmas shift position. I actually found these to feel more comfortable in the long run than the x31 to my surprise, considering the pads on the x31 appear to be a circumaural ventilated mesh (think a sports jersey wrapped around your ear) while these have a pleather supra-aural pad design (ear pressed to a $20 "leather" jacket from Walmart), possibly due to having to origami my dumboesque ears into the circumaural design of the x31.
The microphone is on a very bendy arm (we're talking gymnast bendy here), and should position quite comfortably, provided you're not a horse.
Obvi, since these are wired, they're a bit more cumbersome than having no wires ("wireless"). I don't have the special HDMI adaptor for my Xbox360, so I had to plug straight into the back of my TV's audio out, but that just means I can also listen to the TV through the headphones whenever I want, rather than only the Xbox. I didn't notice the cables while playing really, and they've got a velcro strap attached for the obsessive compulsive in you.
The controls for master volume and chat volume are on an inline amplifier unit rather than up on the headset. They're very easy to manipulate and a big advantage over the x31, which places the volume controls at two different points right on the headset itself. I personally can't see things that are on my ears, even though I've got great peripheral vision, so +1 to the Sigmas.
The audio on these is amazing. As a bonus, the Sigmas can be used without the inline amp to connect directly to a standard headphone jack and mic in jack, for use as a computer gaming headset or really nerdy looking headphones (the microphone is detachable for a slightly less "airplane pilot" look). The bass is crisp like fresh romaine and the highs are nice and clear. Being gaming headphones, the bass is a little heavy, because apparently that's what's "hip". I got basses in new places listening to "Gucci Gucci" by Kreayshawn, and paired with some phat beets by Skrillex, the Sigmas gave me a new appreciation of the colloquialism "bass to the face".
The microphone comes out nice an clear as long as it's positioned in the general region of your mouth. My friends (Ok, you caught me, friend) told me I sounded the same with either the x31 or the Sigmas.
One thing about the audio was that the chat volume is tied to the master volume. This means that if you have the master volume all the way down, you won't get any chat audio either, no matter how high you turn up the chat volume knob. On the x31s, these are independent, which to me is a much more logical design. At low listening levels, this can also be minor annoyance when your one XBLive friend is a soft spoken little girl (Ted).
Overall, these headphones are great, and I'm honestly having a hard time deciding whether the wireless x31s or the wired Creative Sound Blaster Tactic360 Sigma will become my usual headset. The only reason I don't immediately reach for the Sigmas is that single gripe about the non-independent audio channels. I imagine if I were to ever make another friend on XBLive who spoke at reasonable volumes, I would no longer notice this problem. However, in terms of game audio clarity and quality, comfort, and ease of use, the Sigmas are the bee's knees, and bees have 6 knees! 6 bee thumbs up!
3 of 4 found the following review helpful:
For PC / Mac... well, kind of.Feb 28, 2013
I wasted an hour trying to get my PC or my Mac to recognize this headset with the accompanying USB volume dongle. The best I could do was get Windows to see it as WSAUDIO_DEVICE, but could never get sound to come out of it. If I unplug the USB portion and plug the 3.5mm jacks directly to my sound card, everything works okay, but the 3.5mm cable is incredibly short (maybe around 2.5 to 3'), and in my case, useless without an extension cord.
I thought that maybe it was because I am running Windows 8. So I tried it on OSX. Nope, the USB dongle is made solely for the xbox 360, and there aren't any drivers for the PC.
So if you're planning on using this for the PC, be aware of that major shortcoming (to go along with the short cable).
Also, the headset ear pieces rest on the ears instead of around the ears, which can be very uncomfortable in a very short period of time.
Great Headset for the Hardcore GamerApr 21, 2012
I have to admit I was skeptical trying another headset after having a bad experience with a Turtle Beach X11 headset (it basically fell apart slowly over a matter of a few months with less than normal use). The Creative Sound Blaster Tactic360 Sigma has a lengthy name but it is far better than the Turtle Beach X11. I should note that I used the headset for the XBOX 360 gaming system.
- The sturdiness of the headset. I already dropped the headset hard on the floor and it took it like a champ. It's made of hard plastic that is bulkier than the X11 but far stronger. If you're a serious gamer, go for the sturdy headset.
- The sound quality is unbelievable. If you're playing a game that has surround sound built in (L4D, for example) you can hear every zombie, every noise, and every footstep around you. I heard things using this headset I never knew were even in the game audio.
- The quality of the microphone is awesome. My gaming friends tell me I'm crystal clear when I speak and I don't need to fumble with making sure the mic is in practically in my mouth because it is so sensitive.
- The size of the ear pads are nice. I have big ears, I'll admit, and the headphones envelop my ear so I can have the best sound quality. They also don't squeeze your head. My TB X11's gave me a headache after using them for more than 30 minutes because they were just not that big- the CSBT 360 is far more comfortable.
- Easy instructions and simple packaging. You don't need a degree to hook up the headset and you don't need to spend 10 minutes taking accessories and other little things out of the packaging that you will never use.
- Easy controls. The little adapter on the wire that you see in the picture that controls the volume gives easy access and quick volume changing. You can control both voice and game sound on the adapter.
- Of course, it's a wired headset, so you're going to have some wires floating around. I found the wires to be cumbersome when trying to move around and get it set up but if you keep the wires wrapped up and only give as much slack as you need you'll be good.
- The adapter that controls the sound has a clip on the back to clip to your clothes. I'm not a fan of clipping the adapter on myself so I found I was constantly turning the wheels for the volume because the adapter would fall into my lap and get pushed around. This is a personal preference thing and if you're okay clipping it onto your clothes, you're good.
- I use an HDMI cable into the back of my XBOX, I don't have the Microsoft cable that is meant specifically for my system. Because of this I couldn't use the easy plug in for the headset and had to plug it into my component cables going into my TV and plug in the USB to the front of the XBOX. It's awkward, I have to admit, but if you have the write and proper XBOX adapter you can plug your headset right in the back of that without having to play with the white and red A/V cables.
I have to admit the pros outweigh the cons in this situation. If you want a sturdy, high quality, and comfortable headset to play your games with go for it. It's great for both career and recreational gamers. You won't be disappointed.
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