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Review: Tritton Pro+ 5.1 surround sound headset a joy to hear

Tritton Pro+

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Over the past month I've gotten intimately familiar with the Tritton Pro+. It's the only true 5.1 surround sound headset for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and that's because the Tritton Pro+ has four different speakers in each ear-cup while other headsets emulate surround sound by using software. For the vast majority of gamers that may be ok, however Pro+ offers several advantages you won't find elsewhere for those looking to take their set up to the next level – and with several key upgrades from its predecessor the AXPro.

Tritton Pro+ 5.1 Surround Sound Headset
Tritton Pro+ 5.1 Surround Sound Headset
Mad Catz
Tritton Pro+
Mad Catz

What comes in the box:

  • True 5.1 Surround Sound Headset
  • Decoder Box with Dolby Digital Technology
  • In-line Audio Controller
  • Removable, Flexible Microphone
  • 2x Xbox LIVE Connector Cables
  • USB Cable
  • Optical Cable
  • Digital Audio Adapter
  • AC Adapter

Setting up the gear is remarkably quick and easy, as I was done in less than three minutes. There's only one AC adapter to plug in this time instead of two. You'll have to keep the decoder box close to your console though because the included optical and USB cables are two feet long. If you have an older Xbox 360 without an optical cable don't fret: Tritton supplies an adapter in the box. For those with more advanced home theater set ups, I found no loss in audio quality despite running an optical cable from my Xbox 360 to a Hauppauge PVR, into my surround sound system, and then into the Tritton decoder box.

Another important change is the headset's appearance. The new glossy white finish and illuminating ear-cups make make the Tritton Pro+ visually stunning compared to the dull gray from before.

The Tritton Pro+ is remarkably lightweight and comfortable to wear. In addition to an adjustable headband that boasts plenty of cushioning the ear-cups themselves swivel up and down and rotate sideways to fit your head perfectly.

I can't stress how comfortable the Tritton Pro+ feels. Because the headset is an “over ear” and not “on ear” headset your ears don't feel pinched and external noise is reduced. The result is better sound isolation and overall improved acoustics versus “on ear” model headsets. Although I have large ears there wasn't any problem fitting them inside of the ear-cups

Thanks to SVM (selectable voice monitoring), you can choose to hear your voice through the headset as you speak into the microphone. This allows you to adjust your level of speech so that you aren't annoying other players by being to soft or loud. Although at times I could hear my own breathing through the headset, my Xbox party members couldn't – a definite plus. Unlike the previous model, the microphone is highly flexible and easily detaches when you don't need it.

It is important to note that you can only change the volume levels of the front, center, rear, and sub. Each of the EQ buttons are back-lit, making it great for late night gaming, and change color according to the level you set it at. Why is this important? Because it allows you to hear footsteps from behind you in first person shooters franchises like “Gears of War,” “Call of Duty,” and “Halo.” It also delivers a more immersive experience in games like “Skyrim.” Although the Tritton Pro+ boasts stunning audio quality, there isn't a complete equalizer setting to manipulate advanced settings for all the speakers.

After a month's worth of eight plus hour gaming sessions my ears didn't hurt as I've experienced with other headsets. It was only when crossing the ten hour mark that my head began to get a little uncomfortable, mainly due to sweat. Lets face it though – you're not realistically going to spend ten hours gaming without stopping to eat, use the bathroom, and ect. By the time you've finished with a break, you'll be looking forward to putting these cans back on your head.

One feature I'd like to see on the next iteration is a power button on the inline remote.

The Tritton Pro+ also features a two year limited warranty for North American and European customers who still have a copy of their sales receipt and ship the headset back at their expense after obtaining an return authorization number from their support hotline or website. Note that the warranty doesn't apply to “normal wear and tear.” You can also extend the life of the headset by ordering replacement parts from their website.

It's important to note that the North American version of the Tritton Pro+ doesn't include the Analog / PC Adapter (listed as item J in the downloaded manual) while the European version does. This particular item currently isn't listed for sale on their website, and after calling to speak with technical support I was told they “may” list it at a later point. That means you can't use it with an iPod/iPhone/iPad, and if you want to use this headset with your computer you'll need an optical out.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Tritton Pro+ 5.1 surround sound headset is a joy to hear. If you want complete control over your game's audio, you have to get the Tritton Pro+. At $200 though, it's a bit pricey. If you're looking for a high quality pair of headphones but don't care about all the customizable controls you'll be better off with the Tritton 720+ instead, which retails for $50 less.

For more information about the product, visit www.trittonaudio.com/proplus.

This review was based off a free review copy provided by Mad Catz.

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