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Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset
Evolve your game: Connect wirelessly
Seldom are gaming headsets designed to work on more than one platform. The Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless cross-platform headset however brings the renowned Sound Blaster audio quality and experience to not only your PC and Mac®, but to your Xbox 360® and PlayStation® 3 as well.
The slick design featuring illuminated earcups houses massive 50mm FullSpectrum™ drivers for a superb audio performance. This premium headset also has a detachable noise-canceling microphone for crystal-clear voice communications as well as convenient onboard volume and mute controls. Next-generation wireless technology is incorporated to deliver mind-blowing cross-platform gaming, music, and movie audio. If you're serious about your game, get serious about how it sounds.
Cross-platform wireless gaming
The headset features uncompressed wireless technology that delivers lag- and static-free gaming audio from your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC or Mac.
FullSpectrum™ 50mm audio drivers
A high-powered, no holds barred 3D gaming audio experience with massive bass and detailed highs - exactly how the game designers want you to experience the game.
Built like a tank
Built around a sturdy steel core, the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless cross-platform headset is engineered to withstand the rigors of intense gaming, be it with gaming consoles in the living room or on your desktop. Use it at home or take it with you anywhere without any worries.
Illuminated earcups with onboard controls
Style meets function with slick illumination and volume, mute and connection controls fully integrated into the earcup.
Detach the microphone and use the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless as an impressive wireless headphone for high-quality music listening.
Easy connectivity with Tactic3D BaseStation
The convenient Tactic3D BaseStation houses the transmitter, stand and recharging station in a stylish all-in-one design.
Over 400 million Sound Blasters sold
Experience the difference of REAL audio expertise. The industry standard of audio quality on the PC is now also available on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Mac.
SBX Pro Studio (PC & Mac)
SBX Pro Studio sound technologies for PC and Mac create unprecedented levels of audio realism, and includes stunning surround effects to produce virtual speakers around, above and below you.
Customize and share optimized audio settings
Customize your own TacticProfile™ EQ and audio profiles, and then export and share them with other gamers.
Connectivity guide for consoles
Click these links for help to configure and set up your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 to work with the Tactic3D Omega Wireless headset:
Works with Windows 8
We have updated audio drivers that will allow you to enjoy the ultimate in Sound Blaster performance in Windows 8.
Click here to download the latest drivers.
Works With Playstation®4
Welcome the arrival of the latest generation of console gaming! Get yourself ready to experience some unparalleled realistic gaming action by gearing up with the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless, compatible with the new Playstation®4 via 3.5mm audio connector in analog mode.
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14 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Top Notch Sound Quality & ConstructionNov 08, 2011
Wow. I am really blown away with the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset. These make my games (and music) sound incredible! I am hearing things that I've never heard before! The THX TruStudio Pro is top notch, with rich highs, and deep bass, and everything in between. Really really nice, to my ears.
I plugged these into my PC, and while they worked great 'out of the box,' downloading the software from the Creative website gave me access to all the bells and whistles, like an equalizer, voice changer, volume controls, and fine tune tweaking sliders for the best sound ever. The software also gives you control over the pulsing blue ear cup lights. I turned this feature off to extend battery life, since while wearing the headset I couldn't see the cool pulsing effect anyway.
The Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega is constructed with a steel core headband. This makes them very durable, but it also make them fit fairly snug on an average size head. I found a bit of 'gentle bending' before I put them on makes them a lot more comfortable to wear. Over an extended game session, you may need to re-apply the 'gentle bending' a couple of times, whenever they start to get tight.
The headset has 'over the ear' ear cups, so you are completely immersed in the sounds coming from your game (or music). The ear cushions are a really soft 'buttery' leather-like material--very comfortable. There is also a padded pillow on the inside top of the headband for added comfort. The left ear cup sports the volume controls (UP and DOWN buttons) and the POWER button right underneath. I would personally like to see the POWER button moved, because when wearing the headset and fiddling for the volume, it's easy to hit by mistake. It won't turn the headset off by accident (you need to hold the button in a few seconds to turn it on and off) but it will make you wonder why your volume is not responding.
The mic boom is also located on the left ear cup. This is noise-canceling mic, which is also detachable, should you want to use the headset for listening to music only. I have the mic set to 50%, and my guildies in Vent say it's just perfect.
There is no hiss from the wireless at all, as there sometimes can be in some cheaper wireless headsets (I've owned those!). It's just crystal clear audio all the way, whether you are gaming or listening to music. I moved around my 2200 sq ft house to test the range, and found I could walk into every room without losing the wireless signal. Impressive! Next I went outside, and I got all the way out to my mailbox by the road (some 75+ feet from my PC, through walls) before it started to sputter. Even then, when I stood still, the signal was immediately picked up again and just as strong and clear as when I sit at my computer. I could easily sit out on my porch with these, listening to iTunes on my PC.
I'm not sure of the battery life, because I haven't run out yet, but a 4-hour game session did not deplete it. Also, I just keep the headset plugged in and charging whenever I am not using them. If you download the software, your battery status is shown there, on the bottom right of the screen as a 'battery' symbol.
The Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset can be used on either PC, MAC, Playstation 3, or XBOX 360. However, the setup for each varies. Here's a quick rundown that you might find helpful, or help you decide:
* FOR PC:
(Note: I don't own a MAC, but looking at the instructions, it's a similar setup).
This is by far, the easiest setup. The Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega ships with four cables. Two USB cables (long and short), a RCA audio piggyback cable, and a flat cable with an inline control specifically for X360 use. For PC, all you need are the two USB cables. The long one goes from the wireless receiver/stand to your PC, and the short one goes from the wireless receiver/stand to the headset for charging. Note: you only need to plug in the short one when you want to charge the headset. Set your PC default sound to "Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega" and you're done.
About the only negative thing I can say about first time setup is that you have to charge the headset for 8 hours before first use. 8 hours! Okay, that's not really a neg, just my impatience, but be prepared to wait a good while until you can use the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega for the first time. :-) As mentioned before, it works fine just plugged in 'out of the box,' but do yourself a favor and download the software. There is no CD included in the box; you have to download it.
* FOR PS3:
Use the USB cables the same way as you would with the PC Setup (above), but now you also need to use the RCA audio piggyback cable (supplied) too. This runs from the headset wireless receiver/stand into the back of your TV's RCA audio jacks, left and right. Next run another RCA audio cable (not supplied, but you can use the audio part of your console's composite cable for this, even if you are using HDMI) from your PS3, and plug the left and right into the piggyback on the first cable you attached to the TV. The last step is setting your PS3's audio input and output on the XMB to the "Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega."
* FOR XBOX 360:
This is the most annoying setup, although I believe this is a limitation of the XBOX rather than the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega headset. Once your plug in your USB cables and run your RCA piggyback audio the same as on the PS3 setup, you then have to connect cable #4 from the headset to your wireless controller. That's right, you're tethered to the controller. You're not really 'wireless' anymore than you are with the cheap Microsoft headset that comes with the XBOX 360. Finally, adjust your audio settings on your XBOX to "Play Through Headset."
With the extra cables you have to run for console setups, it's not likely you're going to want to move the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega from PC to PS3/XBOX and back again on a regular basis, unless you intend a really LONG gaming session on one! I plan on leaving mine hooked to my PC 99% of the time, but it is nice to have the option to move to a console if I want to do so.
Without exception, this is the finest headset I have ever had the opportunity to use. Not being tethered to my desk, but still be 'in the game' even when I am AFK is absolutely wonderful. I really love the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset, and recommend it to all gamers, as well as non-gamers who just want the freedom of a great-sounding, quality wireless headset for listening to music on their PC. Some may quibble at the price, but I think it's not that expensive when you consider that a top quality WIRED headset is almost as much. Go wireless, you won't regret it!
6 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Top of the line - if you remember to read the manualFeb 01, 2012
By David Field
I had an IKEA moment when I assembled the headphone stand - it's only two pieces of metal that push into the charging base, and anyone could do it. Then I had a DUH moment when I sat there, thinking how clever Creative was to allow inductive charging, needing no connection of the charging base to the headphones themselves. It took me several days before I tried the headphones, and of course they didn't work, because, as the instructions told me, you needed to connect a lead from the base to the phones to charge them.
My only excuse is that someone else emptied out the contents of the box when I got it, but now all is well. The system works fine, but of course it won't - if you don't RTFM, which in my case vanished into a heap of papers. And I have to say that these headphones are extremely good - they work wirelessly when charged, so you can walk around and still hear what's going on. I've been playing Skyrim every day for a couple of weeks, and the game-playing is considerable improved by using the phones.
When you're in a dangerous area in Skyrim, often the first notice that you get of attackers is an audio one. You hear grunts and groans and the shouts of your companions, and you need to turn around pretty quickly to join in. Also, if you walk through the cities, you hear fragments of conversations and the inevitable guard saying that he "got an arrow to the knee" and can't be an adventurer like me.
This is the way to play games, when you can't hear your wife saying "My mother's coming to stay," but instead hear the cries of your victims as they die. (It's a good idea to keep the two separate). If you play games where you can talk to your fellow-fighters, the Creative comes with a good mike.
These headphones come at various price ranges, and the Creative is near the top - but it's near the top (if not the top) of sound reproduction. If you try them, you won't want to take them off - especially when your mother-in-law comes around.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
SuperbJan 19, 2012
By Timothy Wilkinson
I've been using these for about a month now and the verdict is finally in. They. are. awesome. Great sound quality, amazing range (through my entire apartment) and long battery life. I have a few complaints, but they are fairly minor.
1. If you leave the transmitter attached to your computer without turning on the headphones, it blinks. Constantly.
2. The comfy cushioning makes my ears sweat.
3. The mic is almost too good. Wore them into another room while gaming and my friend could hear everything I was doing (in this case peeing).
Still, I love them and use them almost every night. Highly recommended. Just take them off before you bio and be sure to keep some paper towels nearby to wipe off your ears every hour or so.
8 of 10 found the following review helpful:
5 stars for PC buyers, 1 for PS3 owners.Nov 03, 2011
By A. Reader
These are some of the most comfortable best sounding earphones I have ever used. I could and have left them on for hours. Hooked up to a PC the music and effects are down right spectacular. They look really cool too (see my pics.) The sound in terms of highs and lows are as good as my Shures. Its rechargeble so that could be a plus for some people...
But for a console owner almost all of the pros are canceled out by some really glaring ommisions. First of all the batteries arent replacable, so unlike my Ear Force PX5 Programmable Wireless 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound Headset with Bluetoothif the batteries run out, I got to plug em in. (Instead of just swapping out the batteries and continuing on.) There is no way to get surround sound from your console or home theater since you can only use the included rca jacks. There is no bluetooth support for PS3 Chat.
All of this becomes mute for a PC. You can plug them in if they run out of batteries, since your (in theory) close to your computer. You can detach the mic if you want to just jam out to tunes. The mic works. The THX is amazing. They are comfortable and have great range. I think they should take off the ps3 and xbox compatability stickers and market these strictly to PC's and everyone would win. Ive included pics above.
6 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Like everyone else, these are great headphones, but it has its issues.Nov 07, 2011
I was ecstatic to receive these headphones because, while I like to do some gaming before I go to bed, my wife gets shuteye earlier as her workday begins at the "buttcrack of dawn" (her expression); but while the TV is located next to the bedroom, the volume has to be kept at a reasonable volume so as not to disturb her beauty rest, which leaves me, then, with little to no volume.
Therefore, these headphones seemed like a lifesaver for the PS3, but when I first received them, I could not for the life of me get them properly connected. Like everyone else, it took me a while (days, unfortunately) to realize that I would need to use the RCA cables from the PS3 to use these to their fullest potential.
To start off, and due to the fact that I couldn't get them hooked up the PS3 first, I'll explain testing them on the Mac. They work terrifically. I tested out a bunch of music and some videos, and the sound was supreme. The software is a digital download from their site, and necessary to fully utilize the headphones' capabilities. At times it sounds a little overwhelming, but tweaking it to your standards with the software helps to alleviate that. It even lets you save profiles in case someone wants to set the settings to their own preferences.
After one charge, I've yet to recharge the headphones and been using them for days. Once I was able to wrap my head around the fact that I'd have to dig for my RCA cables from the PS3 box, I plugged them in, followed the slightly confusing instructions that came with the headset, and played away. True, the sound isn't the greatest in terms of clarity, but it suits basically nonetheless. For the price, you're probably better off getting other headphones that are specific to consoles. While these headphones advertise as being cross-platform, the Mac/PC audio leaves much to be desired from console hearing.
With that, the customer service is marvelous. I placed a comment on another's review before posting mine about the console frustration I was having, and I received an email a few hours later from a customer service rep from the company, asking me to get in touch with them about the issues I was having. With some patience and instruction, I finally realized that the HDMI cable just isn't enough to use these.
If you want some good cross-platform headphones and don't mind sacrificing quality for consoles, these are excellent; if you do more computer gaming than console, then go ahead. However, if you want some headphones that are superb for PS3 and/or 360, I'd suggest other ones. I didn't get to test these on the Xbox 360 as I don't have one, but from what I've heard don't even bother.
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