What if you could get surround sound from a headset? That’s what Sharkoon must have thought when they decided to make the X-Tactic, this headset has 4 separate speakers at each ear, and they should give you the sound impression similar to a 5.1 surround speaker set. Have they succeeded into fooling our ears? Let’s find out.Features:
• 5.1 channel headset
• 8 speakers for perfect surround sound
• Subwoofer with vibration
• High-End amplifier
• 4-in-1 volume control (separate volume adjustment)
• Automatic signal detection
• Supported Sound modes:
• Dolby® Pro Logic®
• Dolby® Digital 2.0
• Dolby® Digital 5.1
• TD (Time Delay)/DCR (Dynamic Range Control)
• 3 headsets connectable
• Removable microphone
• stereo/Dolby® Pro Logic®/Dolby® Digital signal switching
• Xbox®/Xbox® 360 and PlayStation® 2 compatible
• Xbox® Live™ compatible
2 years ago we tested
their gamer’s headset, which turned out to be a disappointing experience, the sound quality was lacking and the headset was simply not that comfortable to wear for expanded periods of time. Right after opening the package of the X-TATIC however we saw that we were dealing with an entirely different beast here, the production quality is high and the headset has thick comfortable looking cushions.
Inside the box you’ll find plenty of other goodies to get this headset connected, you can’t simply plug it into your soundcard, as it uses a custom designed connector.
The brains of the operation is this small decoder box, it has 2 inputs and 3 outputs:Coaxial and Optical in
2x custom headset out and 1x small jack surround output.
The PT 8501 chip is responsible for the audio processing, full specifications can be seen here
Coaxial and optical cables are included in the package as well as converter cable which plugs straight into the custom connector of the headset, with it you can hook the headset up with your soundcard’s center/surround/front/microphone outputs.
Yes there’s support for a microphone, a separate mic can be attached to the side of the headset. The cable of the mic is flexible and easy to position where needed. Two different sized cables are included for hooking up the microphone with your system, be it either PC or console.