Tt eSPORTS Shock Spin Headset

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Product: Thermaltake Shock Spin Headset
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Introduction:

Today we'll be taking a look at the Thermaltake eSPORTS Shock Spin Gaming Headset. As I'm sure you're aware, Thermaltake is well known for its computer cases, high end cooling systems and power supplies. Recently Thermaltake decided to hit the market with high end gaming keyboards, mice, mouse pads, headphones and almost everything in between. Lets take a look at the Shock Spin Gaming Headset.

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Tt eSPORTS Shock Spin

First Look:

Removing the Thermaltake eSPORTS Shock Spin headphones from packaging was quite easy. After slicing two pieces of tape, the whole bundle slides out. The headphones are held in place by two twist ties(you may want to hold on to them) and once removed you are ready to go.

In The Package 
In The Package
Packaging 
Packaging


The first thing I noticed about the Shock Spin headphones was how large and stylish the speakers are. The outside reminds me of wheels on a sportscar. The speakers also pivot just underneath the soft rubber, self adjusting headband. This headset includes a stand-alone clip on microphone with 9 feet of cable. With the included volume box attached to the Shock Spin headset, you have 9 feet of high quality braided cable with standard 3.5mm gold plated connectors.

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Box Shot
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On the next page we'll cover a few of the specifications before we jump into testing.


 

Features:

The following list of features and specifications have been pulled from the Thermaltake Store and posted here for your convenience.

 

Neodymium Magnet Speaker
50 mm Neodymium Magnet Speaker oversized driver gaming headset with bass enhancement performance
 
Microphone box
Independent microphone box: Plug & Play for quick communication with your team mates
In-line volume controller
External in-line volume controller for immediate volume adjustment
 
Ergonomic shaped velvet cushion
Provides long-hour gaming comfort with no constrictive feelings
Multimedia player Compatible
Compatible with multimedia device with 3.5mm connector
   
 
 

 

Specifications:

Specs

On the next page we'll cover some headphone testing before we wrap things up.


 

Testing:

The very first thing I did after removing the packaging was plug these headphones into my iPod (volume box not needed). I must say I was impressed by the bass that was produced. The mids and highs were also crisp and clear. I found the "rock" setting in the iPod to be the best overall.

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The Thermaltake eSPORTS Shock Spin headphones are meant for gaming so I played many, many hours of COD Black Ops - a popular first person shooter where sound is a key factor in locating the enemy and talking with your team/clanmates through the game or teamspeak is just as important. Right away it was clear I had to make some simple changes to microphone in the Realtek HD sound manager because the in-game sound was being transmitted to my teammates. While I was there I changed the sound settings to "rock" just like the iPod and again found that to be the best overall setting. Now, back to Black Ops. I found these headphones to be great at pointing out where the enemies are. Just by listening, I could determine exactly which direction sound was coming from - the stereo separation is very good. Explosions are deep and full of bass, bullets whizzing by were crisp and clear. Great sound altogether.


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Side Profile

The microphone has a separate cord and comes detached from the headset.  It comes with a clip for your shirt but I found that it is best to keep it clipped to the headset wire located on the left speaker.  Although this is a great microphone, The fact that it is detached with a "gaming" headset does not really make sense to me. I would have liked to see a boom or retractable microphone built in. Now, earlier I said you may want to hold onto those extra twist ties, This because you have to try to keep the headphone wire and microphone wire together. There are two Velcro straps for cable management included, but that just is not enough. The wires splay all over the place.

Although it is a great quality microphone that matches the headset, it almost seemed like an afterthought.

Microphone
Microphone
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Control

 

I found the Thermaltake eSPORTS Shock Spin headphones to be really comfortable. I wore them for almost 10 hours straight while gaming with very little discomfort. I am a pretty big guy with an equally large head, when wearing the Shock Spins I noticed if I leaned my head back they felt like they would fall off. I had to re-adjust the headband several times by making sure the headband was facing straight up. For smaller people the Shock Spin headphones might fit too loosely.

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On the last page, we'll wrap up our thoughts with our final conclusion.


 

Conclusion:

Overall I liked the Thermaltake eSPORTS Shock Spin gaming headset. Great sound and comfortable to wear all day. The Thermaltake eSPORTS Shock Spin gaming headset retails for right around $65SUSD and comes in three stylish colors. Diamond Black, Royal Red and Shining White. I am going to score these headphones 7.0/10 because of what I found to be one major flaw...The detached microphone.

 


Headband Pros:

  • High quality sound
  • Strong braided cables
  • Comfortable
  • Self adjusting headband
  • Quality microphone

 

Cons:

  • Detached microphone
  • Loose fit

 

I'd like to thank Thermaltake for arranging the review of the Shock Spin headset.  Overall, this is a pretty solid headset that has a lot to offer.


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