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Sharkoon X-Tatic True 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound Gaming Headset by Review Summary ,  Sep 9, 2015

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Sharkoon X-Tatic True 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Report Date: 12/09/2015
Based on 139 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 6.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.5   average
Comfortable4.4   average
Fit4.2   average
Sound4.2   average
Quality4.1   average
Gaming4.0   below average
Video4.0   average
Surround3.9   below average
Control3.6   below average
Volume3.6   average
Audio3.5   below average
Microphone3.4   below average
Stereo3.1   mediocre
Speaker2.9   below average
Cable2.3   mediocre
Size1.8   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"This product does one thing well:For digital audio sources using a fiber optic connection (TOSlink) your audio will be absolutely fantasticFor digital audio sources using the USB connection for audio and mic, prepare to be disappointed in your $150 purchase."
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"Other then that nothing else negative to say, the sound quality and positional audio is amazing! "
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"The directional audio, while not as good as a full blown audio system, is phenomenal nonetheless."
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"Its a great product no static, clear audio, you can separately adjust game and chat volumes."
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"This heaset provides great audio for the gamer looking to bring his skill to the next step."
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"This will work great for a DVD but not blue ray audio."
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"For optical audio sources being piped by TOSlink, the quality is great, and the digital surround options are great on the sound processing box."
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"This product does one thing well:For digital audio sources using a fiber optic connection (TOSlink) your audio will be absolutely fantasticFor digital audio sources using the USB connection for audio and mic, prepare to be disappointed in your $150 purchase."
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"For those of you out there that might not know as much about audio video hook ups, there is great documentation that comes with this package to help or guide you through the setup process."
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Cable

Cable:
"but these headset come with a cord specifically for ps3 use its an ok cord but to be honest.. mine are melting from over use O. O haha so after a year or two Buy a new cord.. (also if u have problems inserting to the back of the ps3.. don't worry, i had the same problem, and taped helped hahaOverall if you have questions about them, please comment, I'll be glad to help!"
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"and when i needed Sharkoon to step up and honor the warranty and problems i had they were Ridiculous in the way they handle repairs and look for every way possible not to come to a resolution but for me to purchase the another pair or buy a replacement piece which they can provide because obviously there is a problem if they are selling a replacement cable !"
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"because one it is not compatible and two i would have to purchase said cable and then solder the new piece to adapt ?"
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"I have been using my headset to play xbox 360 and the only problems I have encountered was that you do end up with a whole lot of cables which can become a bit annoying if there are other cables lying around and that if you leave the microphone volume turned up there is a slight buzzing sound but you can just turn the microphone volume right down to eliminate it."
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"This will work well when I can't blast my 7.1 in my quiet building, what a savour for movie watching, I can't wait to hook this to an optical switch so my 360,cable and DVD will allow me to rock with out complaints from my neighbors."
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"Over time, the connections in the cord to the headset have started to break as well and I'll loose chat altogether along with the rear channels."
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"then to ask for pictures and recommend that i purchase a cable that obviously is not a simple fix because if that was the case you would of just sent the cable !"
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"Comfortable to use, cable is extended, the individual controls sound are great."
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"Like I said, sounded great until I had to get the replacement cord... now for some reason it doesn't sound the same."
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"There are a lot of cables, but the sound is fantastic."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"The comfort problems also extend to my neck."
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"The newly designed 5.1 headset by Sharkoon will hopefully address some of the comfort problems."
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"Sound quality is good, and they are very durable and comfortable."
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"The sound quality was great, and they were very comfortable on my head for long periods of play."
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"While my son was happy with the comfort and sound of the headset for the short time they operated correctly, I have to give only 1 star based upon inferior quality."
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"I would recommend this headset to anyone And they are extremely comfortable! "
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"Other then that the ability to change the volume on each channel independently is good and the headset is comfortable for long gaming sessions"
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Control

Control:
"Then this product broke, the pins in the control unit are weak and flimsy, and within a year, the unit broke."
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"I had to have it replaced due to a volume control failure, and the replacements pair stopped working as of tonight 6 months after getting using the rma return...I have a feeling it be the fault of the led's in the volume control knob's overheatingI definitely don't recommend this set especially having to deal with getting it repair or replaced..."
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"I would like to say, it's a disappointing why didn't they include volume chat control for the PS3?"
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"Comfortable to use, cable is extended, the individual controls sound are great."
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"Being able to control their voices separate from the game sound was a cool feature."
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"I enjoyed the look of both headsets, and they both had the separate control modules, removable microphones etc.."
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"It has a clear voice control , detachable mic , and dolby surround sound."
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"I also love that the Sound control unit has a port for another headset, my friend has this same pair of headphones and we can game side by side in surround sound!"
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Fit

Fit:
"My first set was broken, my second set would not fit on my head without severe pain immediately."
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"If you are an Xbox 360 owner and you use other controllers, such as the Razer Onza, you won't be able to fit the headset jack in the controller due to it's design for fitting into official 360 controllers."
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"I have a big head and these fit in just fine and are soooooo comfy haha, and i have a younger brother with a small head and it fits fine as well."
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"You can program your headset to however you'll like, and its easy to do (trust me)And these headset fit all."
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"This leaves you with having to buy a 3rd party dongle that has the optical and stereo out that you plug into the back of the xbox that is small enough to fit with the HDMI plugged in as well."
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"The quality is amazing they fit my HUGE head (I cant even buy hats because they dont make them big enough for my head.)"
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"Very comfortable & fits over your ears, it swivels a little to adjust for your head , a little heavy but doesn't really bother me."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"Not well manufactured compared to the other gaming headsets available."
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"The Sharkoon X Tatic is probably a better implementation of the Triton, I have read where some feel that the Tritons are uncomfortable to wear for long gaming sessions the Sharkoon's on the other hand are very comfortable and fit my head very well."
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"They also do a good job at music play back and only the music purists will not be satisfied but after all these are a Gaming Headset."
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"BUT, still not satisfied, I kept looking...I had been researching the Astro gaming 5.8 wireless mixamp and went over to a buddies house who had the whole system (Astro A40 headset and the WIRED mixamp)."
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"I think there is absolutely no advantage to using them over the Sharkoon SP's or any other decent STEREO gaming headset."
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"So while I can put the rear speakers off to the side to satisfy the vast majority of movie viewers, it's not accurate enough for gaming, which is where these headphones come in."
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"Other then that the ability to change the volume on each channel independently is good and the headset is comfortable for long gaming sessions"
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"Happy Gaming!"
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"With that said, the sound quality is fantastic for gaming and OK for music(especially if its from a digital source)."
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"Im still playing around with the different settings to get my sound on par for gaming.. but in the end its a great product for gamers alike."
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"After researching many different surround sound gaming headphones, I decided that these seemed to be the best bang for the buck."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"I'm trying to see if it is possible to use on console along with the Astro Mixamp 5.8.In summary:+ fantastic sound quality, true 5.1+ individually adjustable directional sound+ works with Xbox 360, PS3, and PC+ excellent microphone+ - tons of wires, but no recharging required- extremely painful to ears- heavy, causes headache and neck pain after few hours"
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"The top of my head as well, they are pretty heavy."
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"Comfort: 3.25 5 Heavy & In-Line amp could use a belt clip like my A40's have."
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"They seem well built and sturdy, but not too heavy on the head."
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"The headset is a comfortable but a little bit heavy on your head, and if you are gaming for long periods of time may start to irritate you a bit but it is not noticeable for the most part."
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"The headphones are very comfortable and don't feel too heavy while playing."
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Loud

Loud:
"It is extremely loud, you can even use them as a speaker BUT, they are extremely uncomfortable to use."
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"One of the down sides is that the bass is kind of cheap, spunds great but if its a little too loud it can sound as if the speaker was broken."
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"I have a set of Klipsh 2:1 Speakers and was considering a surround sound system, but the family is already complaining about my loud music and games."
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"the surround is amazing and it gets VERY loud."
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"One of the down sides is that the bass is kind of cheap, spunds great but if its a little too loud it can sound as if the speaker was broken."
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"I still prefer my surround sound when she is not home and I can have it loud enough to appreciate the house shaking bass but when she is I can get the same bass in my EAR."
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"They are comfortable, loud, and the adjustable mic rules."
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"The sound in these headsets are great, they are clear, loud and precise so now I can pick up on more detailed sounds of the game."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"- The microphone quality is good but the jack gets broken in couple months."
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"I was going to return it for the microphone issue, but unfortunately it got knocked off my kitchen countertop onto a hardwood floor."
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"you may have a broken mic right away, or a broken speaker, but don't all products you buy on the market have their issues too?"
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"I have been using my headset to play xbox 360 and the only problems I have encountered was that you do end up with a whole lot of cables which can become a bit annoying if there are other cables lying around and that if you leave the microphone volume turned up there is a slight buzzing sound but you can just turn the microphone volume right down to eliminate it."
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"Overall not happy with my $150+ mic light up necklace"
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"The sound and mic quality are top notch but one wrong move and you will be out an entire headset."
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"- The microphone quality is good but the jack gets broken in couple months."
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"Mic: As for the microphone, theres no problem at all you can have power in muting online player with one flick of a nob in your headset or adjust the volume of online players voice."
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"Ps3: i use my headset for ps3 only and at first i was freaking out because i thought by connecting the usb online well get me gameplay sound as well, but it doesn't, just provides for mic use."
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"The sides of the headphones glow with a green LED, which is pretty neat, and the microphone is removable and adjustable."
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Music

Music:
"They also do a good job at music play back and only the music purists will not be satisfied but after all these are a Gaming Headset."
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"I have a set of Klipsh 2:1 Speakers and was considering a surround sound system, but the family is already complaining about my loud music and games."
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"These aren't meant for stereo sound and only do a mediocre job at best when just listening to music, unless you connect the 5.1 analog adapter and use the orange (center and sub channel), then it sounds better."
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"With that said, the sound quality is fantastic for gaming and OK for music(especially if its from a digital source)."
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"They have great bass for if you are listening to music or the deep booms of explosions or the sound of an engine."
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"Tested with a movie as well, also very good...have not tried them with music."
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"You can also use them when watching movies as well as listen to music."
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"These aren't meant for stereo sound and only do a mediocre job at best when just listening to music, unless you connect the 5.1 analog adapter and use the orange (center and sub channel), then it sounds better."
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Price

Price:
"I could never be more happy about this purchase or price."
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"I paid alot of money for the headsets but finding out these aren't good for PS3 gamers."
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"The sound quality is good not great for the price."
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"OUTSTANDING HEADPHONES, well worth the price and I get the full surround sound effect."
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"So you have only 3-4 months to enjoy this cheap plastic."
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"Best headset for the money."
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"well worth the money, even using just as an analog headset the sound quality with onboard sound far exceeds the Turtle Beach Z6a 5.1 headset."
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"I would absolutely recommend this to people, and at the price point I got it at (was just under 100 dollars shipped), I couldn't be happier."
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Quality

Quality:
"- The microphone quality is good but the jack gets broken in couple months."
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"I am very disappointed at the quality of the headset and their support team."
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"The mfg quality of this product is not as good as others."
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"i should have posted this sooner but the sound quality wasn't all that great for a 5.1 surround sound."
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"These look pretty, and the sound quality was exceptional....but the build quality, durability, and support are terrible!"
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"The sound and mic quality are top notch but one wrong move and you will be out an entire headset."
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"- The microphone quality is good but the jack gets broken in couple months."
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"First of all, the sound quality is decent."
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"the product in perfect condition, attentive person recommend the quality of the headset is amazing real 5.1 sound is very very accurate recommend 1000%"
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"The sound quality is good, as others have said, and the drivers have lasted all this time."
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"It works very well with excellent sound quality."
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Size

Size:
"thanks you for changing my mind to not ever purchase any more products from Sharkoon and review your products as a great headset to own but to be very careful as not to call costumer service because they will look for any excuse not to alleviate a small problem ."
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"Only problem i see so far is the size, if you have a small head, they may not fit properly."
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"Some people complained that they are too small for their head, but I beg to differ."
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"They are a small foreign company that are very hard to contact."
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"But, if you can live with the very small hassle of the wires...THESE HEADSETS MORE THAN MAKE UP FOR THE INCONVIENIENCE OF THE WIRES!"
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"I have a big head and these fit in just fine and are soooooo comfy haha, and i have a younger brother with a small head and it fits fine as well."
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"This leaves you with having to buy a 3rd party dongle that has the optical and stereo out that you plug into the back of the xbox that is small enough to fit with the HDMI plugged in as well."
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"Took the headset out, and they are pretty impressive size wise."
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"It's very comfortable for it's size, doesn't slip off my head or anything."
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": Pros:* They look pretty good, as long as you don't mind the size and the fact that they are always glowing bright green."
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Sound

Sound:
"i should have posted this sooner but the sound quality wasn't all that great for a 5.1 surround sound."
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"I had no complaints except it did not sound good with any movie I played in the PS3."
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"While running the sound gets weird."
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"One last thing to mention is make sure the ear pads are flipped the same direction as it felt weird on my head then I rotated the ear pad that felt weird 180 degrees and solved the problem.....the sound even sounded more natural."
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"One of the down sides is that the bass is kind of cheap, spunds great but if its a little too loud it can sound as if the speaker was broken."
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"First of all, the sound quality is decent."
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"the product in perfect condition, attentive person recommend the quality of the headset is amazing real 5.1 sound is very very accurate recommend 1000%"
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"The sound quality is good, as others have said, and the drivers have lasted all this time."
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"Crisp sound and very comfortable."
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"Ps3: i use my headset for ps3 only and at first i was freaking out because i thought by connecting the usb online well get me gameplay sound as well, but it doesn't, just provides for mic use."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"It is extremely loud, you can even use them as a speaker BUT, they are extremely uncomfortable to use."
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"you may have a broken mic right away, or a broken speaker, but don't all products you buy on the market have their issues too?"
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"One of the down sides is that the bass is kind of cheap, spunds great but if its a little too loud it can sound as if the speaker was broken."
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"EDIT: after a few months of having this product the pins in the breakaway sound controller broke, meaning I lost all sound out of the back left speaker, also the subs went out and the microphone glitches out frequently."
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"The felt rings around the headset are comfy, but the main pressure comes from the speaker itself, which is hard and painful."
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"The problem is that the actual inside surface of the speakers is hard plastic, covered by an extremely thin cloth."
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"Its also very nice to adjust EACH speaker on the fly."
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"I guess if it hurts your head as it did mine, it can be cranked up so you can hear it from the table, but i wuld just recommend using your tv's or computer's speakers instead."
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"I recommend leaving the speakers on the blue setting(after green)."
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"One of the down sides is that the bass is kind of cheap, spunds great but if its a little too loud it can sound as if the speaker was broken."
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"You probably will not find anything that will do a better job short of a dedicated 5.1 speaker system but for a headset they are outstanding especially at this price point."
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Stereo

Stereo:
"He missed only work with stereo device."
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"This headset is amazing for 5.1 content coming out of my PS3 but when I play a Blu-Ray with a 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio, the sound is downgraded to stereo instead of downgrading it to 5.1... very dissapointed because all the new blu-rays are coming out with 7.1..."
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"And to all the people complaining about poor stereo reproduction, what do you expect when you're trying to force 2 channels into 5.1?"
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"Problem solved, perfect stereo sound."
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"I think there is absolutely no advantage to using them over the Sharkoon SP's or any other decent STEREO gaming headset."
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"These aren't meant for stereo sound and only do a mediocre job at best when just listening to music, unless you connect the 5.1 analog adapter and use the orange (center and sub channel), then it sounds better."
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"From what I've experienced though, most games that you play will take advantage of what the headset has to offer (even in stereo)."
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"I had considered a nice pair of stereo cans with a dedicated mixamp, but that became a distant memory after using these."
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"Problem solved, perfect stereo sound."
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"With all this said, they are decent but not worth the price over a decent pair of stereo headphones or stereo headset."
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Surround

Surround:
"i should have posted this sooner but the sound quality wasn't all that great for a 5.1 surround sound."
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"First off let me start by saying I was skeptical in thinking any 5.1 gaming headset could truely deliver true surround digital sound through a headpiece, boy was I wrong."
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"Problem is, is that this headset sounds a bit hollow and the surround that effects that I was hearing was confusing."
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"I have a set of Klipsh 2:1 Speakers and was considering a surround sound system, but the family is already complaining about my loud music and games."
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"In my new house, my TV and couch are setup diagonally across the room, which is a common problem with setting up surround sound, as there is no way to get the rear speakers behind the seating."
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"I feel like a stereo headset would be only a hint behind the Xtatic in performance, as the surround sound in the Xtatic is not very great."
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"OUTSTANDING HEADPHONES, well worth the price and I get the full surround sound effect."
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"The 5.1 surround was nice and I liked the fact that you could individually adjust the center, front, rear and sub channels."
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"the surround is amazing and it gets VERY loud."
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"Crisp, clear, and wonderful 5.1 surround."
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"I was excited to get these headphones, given so many positive reviews on Amazon about how good the surround sound reproduction was."
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Video

Video:
"I had no complaints except it did not sound good with any movie I played in the PS3."
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"It's a pretty amazing experience, and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending the Sharkoon's for Blu-ray movies (along with DVD and HD DVD) exclusively."
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"So for movies themselves, I can't see someone being disappointed with this headset."
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"So while I can put the rear speakers off to the side to satisfy the vast majority of movie viewers, it's not accurate enough for gaming, which is where these headphones come in."
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"My son loves it for video games"
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"I had no complaints except it did not sound good with any movie I played in the PS3."
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"nice sound and clearfor games fantastic ( i hear feet any body in cod LoL )for movies ( Just good )CONS :Does not support DTS audiocomfort 3 5 after use 2 hoursplug pin ( i hate this - you need very carfull ) not samble"
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"It's also good for just watching movies."
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"Over all these are well worth the money, and add a whole new dimension to your games or movies, I highly recommend these."
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Voice

Voice:
"My friends always complained that my voice is very low and I should put the mic closer to my mouth."
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"This was the same problem I had with X-tactic pro; your voice transmission is VERY low."
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"So when I hear a lobby full of annoying kids, I lower the voice volume and just up my awesome game volume."
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"Being able to control their voices separate from the game sound was a cool feature."
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"My friends on XBLA say that my voice comes in clear, a tiny bit crackly at times, but it could be due to my connection."
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"It has a clear voice control , detachable mic , and dolby surround sound."
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"excellent-sounding headset and is amazingly comfortable with thick, luxurious ear padding, but I'm having some voice chat sound issues with the Mixamp."
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"People have commented that my voice sounds very clear and they can hear me as if I was right next to them."
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Volume

Volume:
"I had to have it replaced due to a volume control failure, and the replacements pair stopped working as of tonight 6 months after getting using the rma return...I have a feeling it be the fault of the led's in the volume control knob's overheatingI definitely don't recommend this set especially having to deal with getting it repair or replaced..."
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"it says it limits the volume because the maker doens't want hearing damage to the ears."
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"The headphones are way too bassy by default, and due to the problem of resetting volume adjustments, it's difficult to get the bassiness to stay gone."
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"I know there has been reports of not being able to adjust the mic volume with the PS3, to that I say, they must have older versions of this headset."
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"I would like to say, it's a disappointing why didn't they include volume chat control for the PS3?"
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"it's just very accurate in volume , but the volume can be alot higher."
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"Other then that the ability to change the volume on each channel independently is good and the headset is comfortable for long gaming sessions"
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"They do pick up outside noises easily even with the volume all the way up outside noise can be noticable."
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"I am a professional DJ and these match my $350 Denon headphones for quality, volume and comfort."
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