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Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage USB Gaming Headset
Feel the Rage in your audio!
The Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage USB Gaming Headset is just what you need if you're a serious gamer. It deliveris superior uncompromised gaming audio that's backed by decades of legendary Sound Blaster expertise.
The headset features SBX Pro Studio audio technologies, which allow you to fully customize every aspect of your headset's audio settings. SBX Surround positions audio in a 360-degree sound stage that's much more realistic than standard 7.1 solutions. Massively powerful 50mm FullSpectrum™ drivers are meticulously tuned to produce the most accurate 3D gaming audio environment available for your PC or Mac. With 16 million colors, the earcups' SB Prism™ LED illumination gives you an almost unlimited choice of colors to represent your team or gaming gear setup.
Put on a color that fits your style or mood. Choose from a dizzying 16 million colors to complement your team, rig, or aura.
Enjoy superior, uncompressed audio for your games and entertainment that's affordable, without any compromise in audio quality.
Spend more time gaming instead of being in a tangled mess. The high quality braided USB audio cable provides excellent flexibility while minimizing unwieldy tangles.
Experience a high-powered, no-holds-barred 3D gaming audio experience with massive bass and detailed highs.
Free yourself from the limits of physical 7.1 audio. Immerse yourself right in the middle of your game.
With VoiceFX™, you can match your voice to your game avatar, be it an orc, elf or alien infiltrator. Dont just play your avatar, BE your avatar.
Easily adjust your game volume or mute your microphone on the fly. With the rotary volume control dial, you can make faster, more precise volume adjustments.
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11 of 12 found the following review helpful:
An excellent entry level gaming headsetDec 13, 2012
By Media Man
As a DJ and avid gamer I'm always in the market for new and decent quality headphones. I've owned and used dozens of headphones over the years and there always seems to be something new for PC, gaming consoles and DJing. As I always enjoy testing out new headphones here are my thoughts on the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Rage USB Gaming Headset;
+ Nice sound and noise isolation. The bass is warm and rich, better than many of headphones I've owned.
+ Sits snuggly on your head (comes with a con see below)
+ Detachable microphone.
+ Convenient volume controls.
+ Solid sounding treble and bass.
+ Plenty of audio controls.
+ Multi-platform use (PC, Mac and many mobile devices).
+ Ability to change the color/pulsation of the lights on the ear cups. Cosmetic only but still neat.
+ Braided USB cord (Although some may view this as a Con).
+ Easy to set up.
- Works on PC/Mac/Mobile Devices only, no consoles hence the lower price point.
- No storage stand, case or cover.
- Earphones are faux leather and don't breathe well resulting in quite a bit of heat and sweat around my ears. Also, if you're a glasses wearer (like me) the headphones can really cause your cause your frames to dig into the side of your head. Rather painful. Unfortunately, this is very common with most over the ear headphones.
- Audio controls can be troublesome to adjust in the middle of a game.
- May be too heavy and bulky for some.
- No software included. You must download it externally online.
At the $80 range, the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Rage USB Gaming Headset is really quite good, especially if you're a big PC gamer. The build quality is relatively solid and it feels like the headset would hold up to rough users. There are also plenty of controls that allow you to customize your sound depending on what you're playing/watching/listening too. Despite a small list of Cons the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Rage USB Gaming Headset is an all-around affordable, functional and quality gaming headset.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
First impressions? Awesome!Jul 09, 2013
I just picked up this set today after going for years without a proper gaming headset. This is my first, and I must say, it's proven to me that there's actually some good headsets out there. I was initially afraid that the audio quality on any headset would not reach the same level as my headphones, I've been thankfully proven wrong.
I bought these on sale from a local computer store named Microcenter. It was basically me trying to find a good headset at a brick and mortar store.
I was certainly searching for a wired pair of headphones, as I hate any wireless peripherals. My budget was under $100, and I did a bit of review shopping on Microcenter's own website, Amazon, and Newegg, searching for something that got fairly consistently good reviews. My initial find was going to be the Creative Fata1ty, as my friend has one of them and I do quite like how it performs. It's also a solid headset. However, I tend to prefer the headsets that completely cover my ears, so I kind of shied away from them. Instead, my search came down to what Microcenter currently had in stock on the shelves. The competitors were as follows:
-Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Rage (This model.)
-Tritton Technologies AX180
-Steel Series Siberia V2
I first eliminated the Tritton AX180 after reading several reviews that were remarking about the build quality. After seeing it in the store, I too was a bit turned off. Next, the Fatal1ty was eliminated by this model, the Tactic 3D Rage, which appears to be marketed as a sort of "big brother" to the Fatal1ty. The Steel Series Siberia was eliminated by the fact that they only came in white. So, it really came down to the Logitech versus the Creative. I've owned both companies' products in the past, and it was a tough choice. While personally, I prefer the Logitech G230's looks, the Creative 3D Rage was on sale for just as much as the Fatal1ity model, that, coupled with the fact that I had just bought a joystick from Logitech the other week added up to me giving Creative a shot this time.
My initial feelings about the pair was a bit on the side of regret, personally, I don't think these look all that great. (I'm a massive fan of blue/black, not red, but meh, that and I like more geometric patterns, circles, straight lines, but that's all minor stuff.) However, upon unboxing it, I discovered that the USB cable was actually braided and quite resilient looking. I sure was going to give the USB audio a try, as I'd previously been only-analog. Windows 7 X64 picked up the device just fine and it worked just as I'd expected it. But, the red lights on the side kept pulsing, and I really just wanted them off. So, I had to download the driver package, which is a bit bloated in my opinion, but what do you do? While the program is a bit bloated, it does offer a few nice effects to play with, and the ability to save/load profiles, so that's pretty cool. Also, if you want to still use it in a regular analog audio jack, it will support that. It's a 2.5mm jack with four poles, which means it should support volume control and microphone input on some more advanced devices that can utilize all four poles. That said, it should be able to be used on anything that's 2.5mm and audio, so it's very versatile. Let's have some breakdowns here:
-I do get to change the LED colors.
-Audio quality is VERY good especially with the USB cable. I'm quite impressed.
-The general structure of the set is pretty resilient feeling. I'm not afraid of it breaking if it were to be dropped.
-Very comfortable fit for my head personally. (If you have an average-size head with a bit of a point at the top, this also will apply to you.)
-USB cable is braided and very strong feeling.
-Padding is soft, fairly thick material.
-Did I mention the LEDs can pulse to the music/audio if you'd prefer it that way, also you can change it to make it cycle through the colors. Yes, there are 16 million.
-The manual that came with it had a link to the driver and it was a bad link, it's still on the site, but you have to do a bit of digging. Nothing too major and it's certainly not hard to find.
-Microphone quality is average. Certainly not bad, but it's not on par with the headphone quality, in my eyes.
-The utility/driver software that you download is kinda bloated, but nothing horrible.
-Personally, I don't like the looks all that much, but this is an objective review. They're acceptable but not my "style."
-The LEDs on the side are under a type of plastic cover (obviously) but when adjusting in the utility what color you prefer, "white" is actually more of a pink color, since I guess the plastic is tinted slightly red. So, eh. Nothing major.
-As others have mentioned, the foam comes off the microphone easily. Won't just "fall off" if it's undisturbed, but it may fall off. Personally, I kinda think it looks cooler without the foam, but this is still, objectively, a con.
-The analog cable that it comes with is nowhere near the quality of the USB cable. It's very thin and I suspect it will break if used too long. However, you're always able to buy a replacement, as it is simply a male/male 2.5mm four-pole audio cable, not some proprietary garbage.
That's about all I have, if you're looking for a headset under $100, I recommend putting this as a serious consideration.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Many Headsets in One PackageJan 13, 2013
By Jason Jousma
I've dabbled in quite a few different headsets/headphones for different purposes (mostly all being budget headphones). This headset here is probably one of the best deals out there, if only for the versatility of the product.
The reason I purchased this headset was mainly to replace my wireless headphones. I had three pairs before and there were problems with each. The first was unbearably uncomfortable over time. The second had issues with interference and overall sound quality. The third was somewhat unbearable and somewhat unreliable.
I finally got myself to spend over $50 on my wireless headphones. After much deliberation, I went with this product. Upon opening the product, the headset looked and felt quite sturdy. Installation was relatively easy (had to download the software from the site as I did not receive and installation CD). It works quite well on Windows 8 and I have not run into many problems. One was with the HID Service not starting automatically and causing the volume dial to not actually adjust volume with my system, but that might have been a keyboard problem and was a simple fix.
So now, I start with what purposes this headset serves me...
Music... I enjoy listening to music and like to use my wireless headphones/headset around the house for this. The range of this headset is quite good and very consistent. Sound quality is incredible and the ability to customize with the software provided is excellent. Comfort level of wearing the headset for extended periods is a little bit of a downer. Still, my ears actually don't get as much discomfort as the top of my head (foam would've been better than the rubber-like padding). I've managed to soften up the top of the headset, which takes care of most the discomfort.
Voice... With the adjustable mic and range of the headset, voice chatting works quite nicely if I need to step away from the computer. There is even a setting for enhanced dialog with the software.
Gaming... This is now my preferred gaming headset. Being able to last as long as I'm awake during the day, I can save charging the headset for overnight and going back to using it again the next day. So, there's very little to worry about in regards to being disconnected. The software even provides you a display of battery life left on the headphones, so you can gauge if you need to switch headsets. Another option is just to plug in the headset, because it can operate while charging, and has a nice, braided cord provided for the USB port.
I also use this headset with watching many series or movies. The software enhances the audio quality a bit for this purpose. I'm not sure it's a major task I use this headset for, but it's still nice.
Bottom line; if you're debating over a wireless headset/headphones, something for gaming, something for music/entertainment, and/or something wired, you might be able to save yourself some money and get this set in the end. My biggest complaint is that the comfort is not a tad bit better. Considering how big a factor comfort is in any headset I use, these probably do just fine in that area anyways.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
I am so disappointed....Sep 12, 2013
First off let me start off by saying that if you are looking for a comfortable headset, DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. It's so incredibly uncomfortable! There is practically no space between the ear cups and the speakers. So your ears touch the speakers when you have them on. It's not too uncomfortable, but once you have them on for a little over an hour, you really start to notice it, and it starts to hurt. Adjusting it doesn't help, it only makes it worse. The padding on top is incredibly uncomfortable as well. It's really STIFF and it's not memory foam like I expected. After wearing the headset for a while, it feels like having a brick on your head. it really does.
The sound quality is very muddy. It doesn't sound nice. I guess you can say I'm a bit of an audiophile. The bass isn't as amazing as it's been advertised to be it's really muddy. And the surround sound sucks compared to Dolby 7.1 surround sound headsets that I've tried in the past. Also there is absolutely no noise cancellation at all with the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D RAGE. You'd think that with the design that the ear cups have that there would be some sort of passive noise cancellation right? Like the Logitech G930? Or the Razer Blackshark? Well NOPE! NONE! That's a problem for me as I happen to have very loud roomates. I'm much better of wearing my 30$ JVC headphones that I picked up at Walmart for much better noise cancellation! What a disappointment! Oh and the bass? Haha! What a JOKE! My 30$ JVC headphones that I got from Walmart that I mentioned have AMAZING bass! 100x better! It's clearer, a heck of a lot more comfortable, and it's noise cancelling! And the drivers are 30mm! 30mm and WAY better bass than the famous 50mm drivers of these headphones. The only thing my JVC headphones need are a mic!
The thing that made me give this review ONE star is what I hate the most about this headset: The wireless USB receiver. Mine broke after not even a week with the headset. And the funny part? You actually NEED the USB receiver for the headset to work! you can't just plug in the USB cable provided and use it as a wireless headset! So now my USB receiver broke. No idea what happened to it. It just stopped working in the middle of raiding in WoW with my buddies. I can't even use the headset now. Because i need the USB receiver in order for the USB cord to make this a wired headset. I knew buying a wireless headset would have been a bad idea.
Another thing, the mic? Yeah it's SO SENSITIVE. My teammates on Skype say they can hear my roommates yelling 2 rooms away, when they aren't even yelling that loudly.. The mic apparently pics up all sorts of sounds, my fan spinning(which isn't very loud), me chewing gum(they say they hear my chewing really loudly.), my keys being hit on the keyboard, even every single mouse-click I make! They even told me once they heard the toilet flushing next door! With both my room door and the bathroom door closed. As well as, the microwave in the kitchen beeping. This is the worst mic I've ever had to use in my life. The funny part is that is apparently 'noise canceling.' Heh! Noise canceling! Yeah right! It picks up everything. ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING.
The only thing I've come to like about this headset, is the design. I think it looks really cool, and the color changing ear cups are neat. The detachable mic is a neat feature too. I really wish this was a good headset. I've learned my lesson; I'm never buying audio gear from creative ever again.
I'm returning these headset as soon as I can. It's faulty, and I don't like them. As a matter of fact, I HATE them. I'm so ANNOYED that because the usb reciever broke, I cant even use my headset with the usb cable!
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Uncomfortable headphones and crappy micSep 14, 2013
By Internet is for shopping
The mic has a background hiss. The headphones are heavy and not soft enough on ears. These also are closed headphones, so they suck for skyping because you can barely hear yourself.
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