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Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3D and Omega Wireless Headset Bundle (GH0200)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 146 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.4
Returned or considering to return: 7.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Music5.0   above average
Button4.6   exceptional
Control4.6   above average
Video4.6   above average
Charging4.4   above average
Quality4.4   average
Gaming4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Wireless4.3   average
Comfortable4.2   below average
Battery4.1   average
Microphone4.1   above average
Audio3.6   below average
Xbox3.4   below average
Price3.0   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Audio

Audio:
"Now, fair enough, part of this might be due to the fact that I usually have a fan on or Window open, but it's sort of ridiculous that I can have the sound nearly completely off on the headphones, and still have friends and random users complain that they can hear game audio."
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"Other than that these headphones were good, in audio... That's pretty much it, microphone was not the best, not comfortable compared to Astros or Turtle Beach, and its not durable at all, lastly the price does not equal to the value for this product."
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"For XBOX users, make sure your gaming system has an optical audio port or you will not get good results."
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"The Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless audio system brings us a solution to this problem with dynamic sound capabilities and an integrated microphone to help you communicate with your friends online."
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"Scout mode does not work with the PS4, and my PC (running on windows 10, so that might be why for whatever reason) does not register the headphones as a viable audio output."
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"Anyway, this should fix it.< IMPORTANT>Pros:-excellent audio quality-excellent mic quality-comfortable (I have a huge head - XXL hats."
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"They work well, they support 5.1 audio (which is all I really wanted in most respects), they allow for a lot of customization, and so on."
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"In addition to the USB port, it has a port for a wired headset speakers and a mic input as well as optical audio connector (cable is included for optical)."
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"THX is not a gimmick+ 3D surround is not a gimmick either -- If it comes at you at 139 degrees to your left you will hear it at 139 degrees to your left.+ Scout Mode is very effective to hear your enemies and works exactly as described.+ Plenty of volume+ You cannot hear anything outside your game music movie... totally immersive+ Can charge while you are using them+ 40-50ft range with uncompressed 2.4 ghz audio.+ Works well with all consoles and PC+ Removable mic+ Seriously Solid Build - Steel headband and leatherette earpads."
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Battery

Battery:
"Pros:Custom sound profileUse any headphones w 3.5 jacks5.1 surround sound + SBX 3d sound or Scout modeMic Boostworks on all consoles + pcWireless headphones work great with fantastic battery lifeCon:mine came with a broken firmware install and had to flash the firmware twice for it to work right."
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"Makes a very annoying and audible and frequent beep when battery is dying, this beep doesn't go away when plugged in either, have to literally shut the headset off to get it out of the threshold that causes the beep or it will indefinitely do it despite no longer needed a charge."
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"I'm not sure how comfortable these would be for someone with a tiny head)-closed ear headset = better sound proofing-works with PC, PlayStation, and Xbox (I assume it works with Mac, too, but cannot verify this)-great battery life-easy to charge-easy to setup (get updated drivers from the website)Cons:-closed ear headset = warmer ears-does not come with stand (Buy the stand!"
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"Only beef is the headset doesn't come with a built in & or Software designed Battery Level Indicator beyond a very annoying *Beep!"
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"Headphones have a tight clamp, but loosens up nicely after hours of use, wireless feature is great with amazing battery life 8 hours with my uses."
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"Pros:Custom sound profileUse any headphones w 3.5 jacks5.1 surround sound + SBX 3d sound or Scout modeMic Boostworks on all consoles + pcWireless headphones work great with fantastic battery lifeCon:mine came with a broken firmware install and had to flash the firmware twice for it to work right."
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"The sound is OK and the headphones are comfortable and not too heavy, but the four-hour life of the batteries is insufficient for dedicated gamers."
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"* The battery life is average at best."
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"The battery life is quite good."
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Button

Button:
"This thing is great, easier to identify and control sound levels accordingly, mute, control my mic volumes all while seeing it in front of you, the G930 I was always blind to the buttons on the side of my head, so this makes it easier to see what I am doing, rather than, suddently pressing the wrong button to find myself in trouble."
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"Buttons are easy to press and switches are easy to use."
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"The base station buttons work well, and scout mode is ready quite good."
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"There is a mic mute button on the front that is far to easy to accidentally activate when adjusting the headset."
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"I was perhaps spoiled with my much cheaper (and incredibly superior Logitech) that had all of these features* also minor, but there is buttons to bind - it is wonderful to be able to walk around and have a Push to talk button on the headset."
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"The buttons placed on there would be better served on the headset itself* Minor, but the Mute button is easy to push and the mute light isn't on the end of the mic or in a place where you can see the mute notification light."
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Charging

Charging:
"Note: Another headset model -- the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset -- DOES come with a charging dock, but it does not have the Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX USB External Sound Enhancer for PC, PS3, XBOX 360 and Mac (SB1300) included."
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"The only problem I have, and I had wished Creative would have given it to us, is a possibility to charge without using the ps3 or a computer."
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"Pros: Great sound, long lasting battery, can charge and use, wireless, strong, works great with PS3 once u get it to work."
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"For the price, Creative SHOULD have at least included a charging dock for the headset."
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"My only complaints are the stuffy headphones (which may NOT be a problem for some), the lack of a charging dock, its larger form factor, and the high price tag."
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"One major gripe I have is the lack of a charging dock, which comes with the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic Headset."
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"Charging:Battery life is is EXCELLENT."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Other than that these headphones were good, in audio... That's pretty much it, microphone was not the best, not comfortable compared to Astros or Turtle Beach, and its not durable at all, lastly the price does not equal to the value for this product."
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"To be honest I like the headset, I just hate that its not really all that comfortable."
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"Not only is the sound impressive, but this is the most comfortable headphones I've ever owned."
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"Two stars, sound quality was only good when it was damn near maxed out, Comfort level and the eventual weight on ears make them a 1-2 hour at the most headset if the battery lasts that long."
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"Very comfortable when wearing them, and the sound quality is very impressive."
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"ProsVery comfortable to wear and provide very good noise cancellationMicrophone works as well as you would expect for something this priceyVery good sound quality and customization options with Recon softwareRange of headset is quite good (but when you start adding more than 3 walls in the way it falls off pretty quick)ConsConstruction Construction ConstructionThis thing was great for the first 2 months."
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"The tech specs look really great, but when it comes to comfort they were unbareable."
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"Comfort - The reviews are pretty right on this, this leather needs some airholes, really great designed leather and comfort, however it does not breath and after a few hours of play, where you usually forget your headset is there, you will start to notice that it is there a lot more."
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Console

Console:
"Pros:Custom sound profileUse any headphones w 3.5 jacks5.1 surround sound + SBX 3d sound or Scout modeMic Boostworks on all consoles + pcWireless headphones work great with fantastic battery lifeCon:mine came with a broken firmware install and had to flash the firmware twice for it to work right."
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"The biggest issue with THAT is that it (the control unit) needs to be power cycled when you switch the fiber optic line between PC and a console, but beyond that, it works seamlessly."
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"The sound quality is excellent, the custom settings are fantastic in how many little and big things you can tweak, and it has native support for the major consoles as well."
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"Good quality gaming headset, good connectivity for game consoles but cheaper price than Astro A50."
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"very good for all my console (ps3 ps4 xbox360 and xbox one)and sounds are also great with 5.1 system when i play shooting game"
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Control

Control:
"I started out without installing the Creative control panel app just to see how the headset would sound."
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"Addressed via creative supportvoice chat mix or separate volume control would be nice, Im used to mixamps and sometimes the chat is too low over the game soundneeds to be advertised more as these are one of the best headsets out there available."
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"I have been a firm user of Logitech Equipment from speakers, to keyboards, headsets, mice, and more for years now, however when it comes to Sound Cards, I choose only sound blaster, it seemed only right after the USB Micro on my G930 got dislodged to do a shotty design flaw, that I try to find another one or find something better, the Recon 3D Blew away the previous G930 I had before, it possess a 150% better sound quality and features over the G930, and controls, adjustable microphone & removal make it easy to choose between talk and listen."
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"This thing is great, easier to identify and control sound levels accordingly, mute, control my mic volumes all while seeing it in front of you, the G930 I was always blind to the buttons on the side of my head, so this makes it easier to see what I am doing, rather than, suddently pressing the wrong button to find myself in trouble."
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"(yes, I still play that :P) Also the Recon3d control panel has some nice options********CONS*********-- I have a small head."
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"-- Sound quality: With a bit of configuration of the THX TruStudio Pro options on the Recon3d control panel, I was able to achieve amazing sound quality when listening to music, and some pretty good configurations for hearing footsteps in first person shooters."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"The reason I only give it 4 5 stars is when I put it on my head my ears press up against the inside of the headset and it can become rather painful after long gaming sessions."
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"These were the most uncomfortable after 30 minutes of gaming."
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"(xbox 360, ps3, computer) My only problem is after long gaming sessions, they do get a little uncomfortable on my ears, but then again so do 90% of the headphones out there."
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"I really wanted a wireless headset for PC gaming, no more cords under the wheels of my chair, able to walk away with the headset still on, all that good set."
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"really nice headset that isn't useful for FPS gaming."
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"wth lol-warranty ONLY one year, i expected 3 years at least...-reviews of people having their USB not being turned on or detected, crossing my fingers on thisdo i recommend buying if you need a gaming headset for ps3 xbox and pc?"
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"I do not use it for gaming but I do use other Creative products for that."
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"This headset exceeded all of my expectations for gaming, music and movies."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Even the mic sounds mediocre."
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"Other than that these headphones were good, in audio... That's pretty much it, microphone was not the best, not comfortable compared to Astros or Turtle Beach, and its not durable at all, lastly the price does not equal to the value for this product."
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"The mic is horrible on the 360 but works perfectly on the PC and PS3."
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"(windows 8) I would jump on in the moring and find out from my buddys in teamspeak that my mic was sounding extreamly weird."
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"People complained I had feedback in the microphone and they could hear what was coming from the speakers."
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"The Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless audio system brings us a solution to this problem with dynamic sound capabilities and an integrated microphone to help you communicate with your friends online."
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"The microphone, while the voice capture is good, it also captures almost everything that is played through your ears as well, meaning if you don't use push to talk you can't set a threshold for your voice that wont also pick up your headsets incoming volume."
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"The mic quality is good, when the drivers are not causing you to sound like a Cylon."
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"There is a mic mute button on the front that is far to easy to accidentally activate when adjusting the headset."
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"Anyway, this should fix it.< IMPORTANT>Pros:-excellent audio quality-excellent mic quality-comfortable (I have a huge head - XXL hats."
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"The mic is great and the sound effects are fun when I'm using Skype."
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Music

Music:
"This headset exceeded all of my expectations for gaming, music and movies."
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"I am here in Afghanistan it really works well with music and Skype."
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"These woek very well for gaming, movies and are pretty decent at music as well(only my more expensive Sennheisers produce better music and they aren't much better not to mention they suck for games).I also have a set of Sigma's and these have a noticeably higher sound quality even when using the Sigmas with the Recon 3D."
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"I use it to listen to music and TV when my nieces sleep over so that I don't disturb them! "
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Noise

Noise:
"The problem is Infinity Ward put in so many weird little ambient noises that drown footsteps out so easily."
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"You're not just ensuring clear playback for yourself; you're shutting out all of the environmental noises that might normally bother you (I no longer have to worry about that dog barking incessantly every night while trying to enjoy my Netflix selections, or the Last."
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"Sound doesnt glitch out, no poping noise."
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"ProsVery comfortable to wear and provide very good noise cancellationMicrophone works as well as you would expect for something this priceyVery good sound quality and customization options with Recon softwareRange of headset is quite good (but when you start adding more than 3 walls in the way it falls off pretty quick)ConsConstruction Construction ConstructionThis thing was great for the first 2 months."
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"The sound seemed pretty good but the background noise isolation was poor."
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"Headset with good sound quality but making humming noise during standby mode."
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"The problem is Infinity Ward put in so many weird little ambient noises that drown footsteps out so easily."
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"Ambient noise, fighting sounds, and dialog are all crystal clear, and easily adjustable with the downloaded software."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"The plastic is not durable enough for you to just throw these around on a desk or whatever)-plastic seems only slightly less cheap than other similar headset (Why does everyone use such cheap, flimsy plastic?"
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"The very cheap plastic that the screws went into just broke with light use."
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"The plastic bracket for the left ear cup broke, leaving the ear cup flopping around."
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"After that the cheap plastic holding the right cuff broke causing it to tilt out while wearing essentially making and noise cancelling properties mute."
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"Unfortunately the plastic headpieces are held on by a plastic nut and is subject to breaking."
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"When I got the box, I was pleased to see that it was easy to open, and not in one of those horrible plastic encasement."
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Price

Price:
"The plastic is not durable enough for you to just throw these around on a desk or whatever)-plastic seems only slightly less cheap than other similar headset (Why does everyone use such cheap, flimsy plastic?"
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"The very cheap plastic that the screws went into just broke with light use."
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"For six months they worked great, but that's just not good enough especially at this price."
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"After that the cheap plastic holding the right cuff broke causing it to tilt out while wearing essentially making and noise cancelling properties mute."
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"Other than that these headphones were good, in audio... That's pretty much it, microphone was not the best, not comfortable compared to Astros or Turtle Beach, and its not durable at all, lastly the price does not equal to the value for this product."
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"The problem with these headphones is the same as with many products now - 'Made in China' often equals shoddy, cheap manufacturing which leads to problem after problem."
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"There is a lot of really nice Headsets in this price range, I suggest you look at them."
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"I was using a Kingston HyperX Cloud before which was an excellent headset (especially for the price) but I wanted wireless technology and good surround sound (apparently the Cloud 2 has mediocre surround sound)."
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"Overall it works well enough and the packaging and unit itself are great but I expected a way better experience for the price."
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"Good quality gaming headset, good connectivity for game consoles but cheaper price than Astro A50."
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"I also use this to watch movies and game on my Xbox One after everyone goes to bed and I can say I highly recommend these at whatever price point."
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Quality

Quality:
"The sound quality is very good on this headset, but I get weird feedback almost all the time; when I'm in game or listening to tunes it doesn't matter much."
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"Sound quality is good but not great."
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"After starting my gaming headset purchases at the low end entry level and quickly becoming frustrated I began to move up in quality and price (and, it turned out, durability).I won't go into details about the specs etc, that info has been comprehensively covered in the product description and by other reviewers better than anything I could share."
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"Over on the Xbox I tried out Dead Rising and the sound quality was no worse than what my PS3 was able to produce despite all the daisy chaining."
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"Yes, they are not cheap but to anyone that sound matters when playing game, the quality and features that this set provides is hard to beat."
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"The sound quality isn't that great overall (after going back to regular headphones), for games its great decent, but music and bluerays can be a hit or miss type of situation."
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"Build quality is pretty for both the USB sound card and Headset."
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"Two stars, sound quality was only good when it was damn near maxed out, Comfort level and the eventual weight on ears make them a 1-2 hour at the most headset if the battery lasts that long."
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"The mic quality is good, when the drivers are not causing you to sound like a Cylon."
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"Very comfortable when wearing them, and the sound quality is very impressive."
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"Great quality"
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Sound

Sound:
"* The sound is finicky and I've had several complaints that I am hard to hear and it is only solved with a reboot (could be unrelated to product, but I'm not so sure)* The Omega device that broadcasts the wi-fi and attaches to the computer is needlessly large."
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"Fantastic sound but horrible construction."
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"I was using a Kingston HyperX Cloud before which was an excellent headset (especially for the price) but I wanted wireless technology and good surround sound (apparently the Cloud 2 has mediocre surround sound)."
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"The sound quality is very good on this headset, but I get weird feedback almost all the time; when I'm in game or listening to tunes it doesn't matter much."
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"Now, fair enough, part of this might be due to the fact that I usually have a fan on or Window open, but it's sort of ridiculous that I can have the sound nearly completely off on the headphones, and still have friends and random users complain that they can hear game audio."
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"Build quality is pretty for both the USB sound card and Headset."
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"Features on the Recon3D include the SBX and the Scout Mode, great for pro gamers wanting that extra edge by increasing the sound of near by enemies to be able to react before they get to you."
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"You can use one or the other or use raw 5.1 Dolby, which also sound great."
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"hope to have further support from creative to better the sound and usage via firmware and software updates."
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"The sound is OK and the headphones are comfortable and not too heavy, but the four-hour life of the batteries is insufficient for dedicated gamers."
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Surround

Surround:
"I was using a Kingston HyperX Cloud before which was an excellent headset (especially for the price) but I wanted wireless technology and good surround sound (apparently the Cloud 2 has mediocre surround sound)."
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"I wanted to know if 7.1 surround in a headphone was a ridiculous thing to have so I got the Logitech g430 and those were nice."
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"You can update the firmware on the PC and even upload settings to be used on the console right onto the USB Sound Card, so yes its programmable, SBX (surround settings), Clear Voice, Bass and a couple of other features can be saved on to the device for use with consoles."
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"I was using a Kingston HyperX Cloud before which was an excellent headset (especially for the price) but I wanted wireless technology and good surround sound (apparently the Cloud 2 has mediocre surround sound)."
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"+excellent surround sound, i can hear above, below, and all around in counter strike, better than Logitech g930+excellent surround sound on ps3 too, i can hear all around, loud and clear+looks sexy+super easy to setup with PC or PS3, the reason i bought it for, these two systems, and i heard it works on ps4+detachable mic+updating was a breeze+software SUPER easy to use-earcup came out a little at one area, had to restuff it in myself, expected better quality, not a big negative-the ear cups hurts after 3-4hrs... clamps a little harder than i like, not as comfy as my Logitech g930-expensive to get replacement for the USB... $200+?"
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"The software does a good job of simulating complete surround sound and has a number of options for customization on the PC."
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USB

USB:
"The first one proved faulty - the USB receiver transmitter failed to power-up after limited use (apparently a problem encountered by a significant number of others)."
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"i thought the usb port is failing so i switched, didn't work, uninstalled re-installed drivers software downloaded upgrades, still kept happening."
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"Note: Another headset model -- the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset -- DOES come with a charging dock, but it does not have the Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX USB External Sound Enhancer for PC, PS3, XBOX 360 and Mac (SB1300) included."
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"Build quality is pretty for both the USB sound card and Headset."
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"Also it it worth mentioning that the headset will not work if you have it plugged into a USB 3.0 port but it never claimed it would so it's hard to knock them for that."
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"First, the headset was very easy to set up, just plugging in the USB and you're ready to go."
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"Thus, you're paying an extra $75-$100 for the Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX USB External Sound Enhancer for PC, PS3, XBOX 360 and Mac - SB1300."
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"If used with a PC laptop you should be able to use the second USB cable to charge the headphones while using them if needed."
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Video

Video:
"One of the biggest hassles for video gamers is trying to find a way to turn up the sound without disturbing friends or family nearby."
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"Great sound quality and loud as hell really gets you into the game or movie, Great if you have kids and don't want to blast the speakers with violent games or movies! "
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"This headset exceeded all of my expectations for gaming, music and movies."
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"Sound quality is not bad and and plays movies pretty good."
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"One of the best wireless headset on the market to date, perfect sound for movies and shows, you can customize the sounds to make it better and it has a pretty long signal."
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"These woek very well for gaming, movies and are pretty decent at music as well(only my more expensive Sennheisers produce better music and they aren't much better not to mention they suck for games).I also have a set of Sigma's and these have a noticeably higher sound quality even when using the Sigmas with the Recon 3D."
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Wireless

Wireless:
"Wireless Controller - Built Tough, I think my computer will fail long before this wireless controller & device ever does."
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"Like others on here have said, my Recon3D wireless receiver unit failed after less than half a year, was replaced under warranty only to have the replacement fail 4 months later."
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"And so I am gonna give it 4 stars, until...I started to notice a terrible problem with the whole wireless process."
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"I was really, really disappointed to know that it is the headset that is causing my wireless network disconnection."
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"The Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless audio system brings us a solution to this problem with dynamic sound capabilities and an integrated microphone to help you communicate with your friends online."
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"The biggest problem I had with these wireless headphones was making them work with an XBOX console."
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"Headphones have a tight clamp, but loosens up nicely after hours of use, wireless feature is great with amazing battery life 8 hours with my uses."
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"Great Sound and wireless convenience."
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"I was using a Kingston HyperX Cloud before which was an excellent headset (especially for the price) but I wanted wireless technology and good surround sound (apparently the Cloud 2 has mediocre surround sound)."
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"Overall, this headset is amazing, and I like the wireless sound quality over the Evo Zx, and I opted for this over the Evo ZxR."
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"It has an additional slot for the Creative branded wireless adapter to connect any of the company's wireless headsets."
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Xbox

Xbox:
"- PC PS3 4 Xbox must be selected on side and if on the wrong one will not work until switched to right one."
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"(xbox 360, ps3, computer) My only problem is after long gaming sessions, they do get a little uncomfortable on my ears, but then again so do 90% of the headphones out there."
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"The biggest problem I had with these wireless headphones was making them work with an XBOX console."
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"The literature that came with my wireless, rechargeable headphones made no mention of this, but I have been able to confirm that the XBOX Kinect has the required port."
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"Over on the Xbox I tried out Dead Rising and the sound quality was no worse than what my PS3 was able to produce despite all the daisy chaining."
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"wth lol-warranty ONLY one year, i expected 3 years at least...-reviews of people having their USB not being turned on or detected, crossing my fingers on thisdo i recommend buying if you need a gaming headset for ps3 xbox and pc?"
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"While I haven't tested it with a PS3, my unit works perfectly with the PC as well as with both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One via optical audio."
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"very good for all my console (ps3 ps4 xbox360 and xbox one)and sounds are also great with 5.1 system when i play shooting game"
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