Tt eSPORTS Shock Gaming Headse...

Tt eSPORTS Shock Gaming Headset Review

Tt eSPORTS Shock Gaming Headset Review

Thread started by Slantski on Tuesday, 3:21pm August 23rd with 16 replies. Views: 8,129

Slantski

488 posts

3:21pm Aug 23rd 11

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Today I'm going to be having a look at the Tt eSPORTS Shock Gaming Headset. For those few people who don't know, Tt eSPORTS is a subsidiary of Thermaltake who are well known for their cases, PSU's and cooling solutions. Tt eSPORTS (in case the name didn't give it away) focus on gaming peripherals for the PC.

So let's have a quick look at the features and specs.

Features:

    Bass enhancement Foldable design In-line control box Noise cancelling microphone Gold plated 3.5mm jacks


Technical specs:

Headphone:

    Driver unit: 40mm Frequency Response: 20Hz ~20KHz Impedance: 32 ohm Sensitivity: 114dB+/3dB Max. Input: 100mW Cable length 3m Connector: 3.5mm plug x2


Microphone:

    Directivity: Bi-diriectional Impedence: 2.2k ohm Frequency: 100~10KHz Sensitivity: -45dB+/-3dB Test Condition: 4.5V


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What's in the box:

    Shock gaming headset Carry bag Warranty policy Quick start guide


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Design:

The Shock comes in two different colour schemes – Diamond Black and a Shining White. Tt eSPORTS Australia were kind enough to send me the white edition and I must say, I found the colour scheme they used on it to be very appealing.

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On the topside of the headband we find a Tt eSPORTS logo which has a nice glossy white finish around it. At the end of the head band on either side we have the adjustment mechanism which allows you to customize up to 10 different lengths. The outside of the ear cups we find a red Tt logo and a nice black mesh.

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For cushioning and padding we have a short leather pad on the inside of the headband, I found that this was adequate enough to ensure the headset rests comfortably on the top of your head. Tt eSPORTS have elected to give the Shock rectangular ear cups; the padding for these is covered in velvet which offers a bit of extra comfort against your ears. I did find the padding used for the ear cups to be slightly firmer than what I'm used to.

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On the left side of the headset we find the noise cancelling microphone – it has a swivel point of about 130 degrees allowing you to have it sitting flush against the headset when not in use. The microphone is also quite flexible, allowing you to customize the distance between it and your mouth.

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Tt eSPORTS have given the Shock a 10 ft long cable, along which we find the inline control pod. This allows users to mute their microphone and adjust the volume on the fly. At the end of the cable we find two gold plated 3.5mm jacks – these aren't colour coded but include a small diagram to indicate which plug needs to go where.

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Performance:

I've tested the headset in a variety of different games including Battlefield Bad Company 2, Killing Floor, Left 4 Dead 2 and Dawn of War 2 and found that the audio quality is reasonably high for a headset in its current price range. Bass enhancement is definitely something I can give the headset credit for, as I immediately noticed gunfire and explosions being much more audible.

In order to test the effectiveness of the microphone I spoke to a few people on two popular VOIP programs – Ventrilo and Mumble. Everyone I spoke to said that I sounded a lot clearer when compared to my regular Zalman Clip On mic.

Comfort:

Now I'll be the first to admit that I have a big head, I initially found the headset to be quite tight. After using the headset for a week or so I did notice that the amount of force did decrease a fair amount though. In order to maintain fairness in my review I let some people from work test the headset and they didn't experience the same tightness that I did. The ear padding whilst quite firm does fit comfortably around your ears.

Summary:

So I'll start of by discussing the price, a quick search on Static Ice reveals that the Shock's generally sell for $50-60AUD. Factor that these are an entry level headset into the equation and you've got a headset that has a quite appealing price to performance ratio. The overall build quality is also quite fair, the only parts that I found to move when under stress are the ear cups (detachable for cleaning) and the hinges to fold the headset (obviously). I found that the colour scheme that was used for the Shining White edition was fantastic.

The only fault I can bring up with the Shock's is that I found them to be slightly tight around my (big) head to begin with, it wasn't unbearable but slightly tighter than I would have liked. After a week or two I did noticed that the level of tightness did go down a bit which made it more comfortable. So with that in mind I'll wrap up by saying that if you are in the market for an entry level headset that has great audio quality for its price range, a well performing noise cancelling microphone and fold up nice and neatly for travel/LAN's I would recommend having a look at the Shock's. If you don't like tight headsets and/or have a large head, my recommendation is to give them a test at a LAN or in a store to see how they feel for you.

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DENIED

3,523 posts

3:31pm Aug 23rd 11

Looking to sell mine for $55 at Respawn in September =] (Won it last Respawn but have no need for it). Still in teh box and has not been touched xx

Talnoy

5,018 posts

3:55pm Aug 23rd 11

Nicely done

tReNt`

2,534 posts

3:58pm Aug 23rd 11

Nice review

raf simons

6,190 posts

4:18pm Aug 23rd 11

i might buy it johnny

senz

477 posts

4:52pm Aug 23rd 11

dardar where do u get ur money from mum dad ?

DENIED

3,523 posts

4:52pm Aug 23rd 11

Oki, I'll bring it anyway =]

b0bftw

4,529 posts

5:28pm Aug 23rd 11

one of the most uncomfortable headsets i have ever worn.

do_not_recommend.



nice review though.

ollieyo

965 posts

6:10pm Aug 23rd 11


dardar where do u get ur money from mum dad ?

Quote from Hayzel on the 23rd of August 2011
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Mayo

2,826 posts

10:19pm Aug 23rd 11


one of the most uncomfortable headsets i have ever worn.

do_not_recommend.



nice review though.

Quote from b0bftw on the 23rd of August 2011

The review did say big heads beware ;)


Looking to sell mine for $55 at Respawn in September =] (Won it last Respawn but have no need for it). Still in teh box and has not been touched xx

Quote from DENIED on the 23rd of August 2011

You can buy these new from PCCG for $49 however

Rapt0r

2,004 posts

10:31pm Aug 23rd 11

Nice review buddy, was a good read

0 posts

2:58pm Aug 24th 11

cool

defcoN

3,752 posts

10:27pm Aug 24th 11


one of the most uncomfortable headsets i have ever worn.

do_not_recommend.



nice review though.

Quote from b0bftw on the 23rd of August 2011

I have been using these for a bit over a month and they are 100% fine and pretty comfortable. If you dont have the head of a small planet you should be fine.

b0bftw

4,529 posts

10:41pm Aug 24th 11


If you dont have the head of a small planet you should be fine.

Quote from defcoN on the 24th of August 2011
thaaaaats where im doing it wrong.
TY SPUD!
[SPOILER=SPOILER: Click to view]If only mayo told me this before i bought them [/SPOILER]

defcoN

3,752 posts

11:10pm Aug 24th 11



If you dont have the head of a small planet you should be fine.

Quote from b0bftw on the 24th of August 2011
thaaaaats where im doing it wrong.
TY SPUD!
[SPOILER=SPOILER: Click to view]If only mayo told me this before i bought them [/SPOILER]

Quote from defcoN on the 24th of August 2011

never trust mayo