Zalman ZM-RS6F USB Headphones - Testing the ZM-RS6F USB

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Zalman ZM-RS6F USB Headphones
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Testing the ZM-RS6F USB

Testing:

Video testing: Naruto Anime and LOTR: The Return of the King

I’ve been watching Naruto for quite a while now on old crappy home made speakers, so when I put these headphones on and started watching; it was like Heaven surrounding my ears. The sound quality was amazing, it was definitely surround sound. And it was loud too, I had to keep it on the lowest setting possible with the sound control on the cord just to keep it low enough not to blast my ears out. Unfortunately Anime shows are somewhat lacking when it comes to bass and other deep sounds so I stuck in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and watched some sweet battles like the battle at Minas Tirith, and the battle at the Black Gate. I could hear every tiny little sound in crispy clear quality, every clinking of swords together, and every footstep on the ground. The explosions from the fire and catapults, the huge battering ram Grond, and the crumbling of Sauron’s tower provided the bass I was looking for. With an excellent balance between bass and treble this headset is an excellent option for some home entertainment.

 

Gaming: UT2004, DoW, Dark Star One

When thinking about playing some games with this headset I tried to think of some new games that I could try it out on. Obviously Halo 3 is a very pretty one so I tried plugging it into the back of my awesome new Xbox 360 elite, but I couldn’t hear anything so unfortunately that didn’t work out so well. So I went back to good old UT2004 and Fragged a couple rounds in Onslaught and team death match. With Dark Star One, however, I thought the treble was a little too high cause I couldn’t hear any bass, but I’m thinking it was just the game since UT2004 and Dawn of War: Dark Crusade had sufficient bass to fill my needs.

 

Music:

For the music part, I listened to some Linkin Park, and it was 10 times better than any other headphones I have ever had. Well, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration, but still they were better. For this part, I totally cranked the volume up. People told me they could hear the music from across the room clearly. With very little “fuzzing” of the speakers the music was nice and clear even on the hard core rock songs.

 

Software:

When I stuck the cd into my drive, the title of the cd was in “boxes” like the kind that pop up whenever the computer can’t find the right font for something. When I started to install the software, the auto run install wizard took a while to load; seriously, it took like 3 minutes just to start up. Other than that, the install went smoothly. When it installed I found the software in this package very interesting to behold, as there were a lot of cool functions with it.

 Software - Main Settings
Software - Main Settings
 Software - Mixer
Software - Mixer
 Software - Effect Voice
Software - Effect Voice
     
 Software - Karaoke Magic Voice
Software - Karaoke Magic Voice
   Software - Information
Software - Information

 

The “main settings” tab provided a place where I could choose headphones or how many speakers you have in the room and customize where they are to provide the best equality of sound. It also has an option to switch the headphone speakers around, so if sound coming from the left came from my right, I would be able to change that to its proper position without having to physically move the headset.

The “mixer” tab allowed me to control the overall volume and the volume of various other things such as the microphone and the “line in.” It also allowed for control of a recording microphone even though the headset did not come with one.

The “effects” tab offered a customizable location for any environment from the shower to a backyard sound system, an environment size and 16 different predefined equalizer settings, along with a manual alignment for the equalizer.

The “karaoke/magic voice” tab provided an option for microphone effects, a key shifter and voice cancellation. The key shifter allowed me to change a songs pitch, four keys either way; and the voice cancellation made it possible to listen to only the music and no words on a song.

The “information” tab is kind of like a credits page only it also lists the 3d audio version, audio codec, driver version, controller, and DirectX version, in addition to the program’s config. version and copyright. The web page url is also provided on this tab.




Games/Utilities:


There were a couple games included in the software package, both of which I found to have very bad graphics and were simplistic in nature.

Game - Rockwar
Game - Rockwar

 

The first one is called rock wars. Basically I control my ship with my mouse and shoot at asteroids with the left mouse click. You can also adjust your speed with numbers 0-9. The point of the game is to kill 10 rocks which emit a very annoying song over and over again.

 Game - Helicopter
Game - Helicopter

 

The second game included in the software package was called helicopter, this game I found very useful to test directional sound. There were also options to make the helicopter sound like a helicopter or something similar to a lawnmower. I could also make the helicopter fly in a straight circle or make it fly erratically across the screen.

[Editors Note:] The included games are more for testing the positional audio than for pure entertainment value.  While they have been labeled as games, they are in fact more like utilities for testing and tweaking your surround sound headphones.

 

Overall impression:

My overall impression of this headset was very good. It had only some minor problems and flaws, such as that little annoying light! Whether for gaming, movie watching, or music listening, I would highly recommend these headphones for consideration. However I would not recommend the games as a nice entertaining experience.


Pros:

  • Good quality of sound.
  • Comfortable.
  • Low sound “distortion.”
  • Folding design.
  • Software utilities.

 

Cons:

  • Heavy.
  • Slightly awkward.
  • No mic.

 

 BCCRating

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