EpicGear Thunderouz Gaming Headset

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EpicGear Thunderouz Gaming Headset
Testing the Thunderouz

Product: EpicGear Thunderouz EG-AMP Gaming Headset
Provided By: EpicGear
Price: ~$99.99 CDN Online at time of publication

Introduction:

Today on the bench we have the EpicGear Thunderouz gaming headset. Wait.. did you just say EpicGear? Who are they?  EpicGear is a subsidy of Golden Emperor International Ltd (GeIL). GeIL is has been a manufacturer of computer hardware since 1993 with a focus in DRAM and flash based memory. In 2011 GeIL launched the brand EpicGear as their entry into the gaming hardware arena and currently have 6 product categories including Audio, Keyboards, Mice, Mousepads, Mouse Bungees and Accessories. EpicGear is a sponsor of the ahq e-Sports Club League of Legends Team. 

Will the Thunderouz headset hold up to its eardrum blasting, core rattling namesake? Let’s find out!

Box of Thunderouz

 

Specifications:

  • 50mm driver unit
  • EG-AMP mega-sound enhancement
  • Game(G)/Music(M) EQ mode switch via inline controller
  • LED ambient lighting mode switch via touch sensor on right ear-cup cover
  • Unidirectional microphone
  • Multifunctional inline controller
  • Retractable microphone
  • Over-the-ear cup design
  • Flexible headband
  • Headphone frequency response: 20Hz–20KHz
  • Microphone frequency response: 100Hz-10KHz
  • 4mm x-braided cable & reinforced strain relief (SR)
  • 3.5mm audio/microphone connection with USB connector for EG-AMP
  • Driverless plug-and-play
  • 3 meter cable length
  • Weight: 460g, 370g w/o cable
  • 1 Year Manufacture Warranty

 

Side Side

 

The Thunderouz uses a sealed headphone can with an impedance of what I believe is 64 ohm. (I was unable to find the specification anywhere online) The headset powers well with an onboard soundcard or a phone, so we know it can’t be much higher than 64 Ohm impedance. Busting out the old multimeter, left and right speakers to ground shows 51 Ohm resistance which is close to the same as the Sennheiser HD280Pro. The HD280Pro are a 64 Ohm impedance headphone.

 

Aesthetics and Feel:

The Thunderouz is a good looking headset. It uses a leatherette with memory foam padding for its earcups, and aluminium for its upper headband. The lower headband (the one that actually touches your head) is a soft foam and leatherette, suspended by metal cables that are coated in plastic. The headset feels extremely solid. The 3 meter long cord is great as it lets you move around your gaming space without being impeded by a short cable, while the cable itself is nylon braided to protect against your chair rolling over the cable and severing it. 

The inline volume control is a bit large and boxy, hower it feels solid. It is hard plastic and doesn't feel at all flimsy in your hand. It seems like it is designed and built to last. 

On the box it is noted that there are 7 dynamic lighting modes, while on the product website, it lists 6 modes. I found the latter to be true, you can select between the solid colours of red, green, blue, purple and yellow, or have the headset constantly changing colors in a “breathing” fashion. 

The headphone jack, microphone jack and USB port have been given a more than sufficient 25cm lead before being combined into the headphone cable. This makes it easy if a USB port to power the headsets LED lighting in line equalizer with its Gaming / Music presets is not directly beside your sound ports.

 

On the next page, we'll jump into testing these out with music as well as some gaming.