Author: Jack Wager
Once the headset is out of the box you’ll find two sets of ear pads (velvet and felt), a carrying case, quick installation guide, driver CD, and warranty policy. Looking at the headset, it’s all black with red trim. The Tt logo is on each ear cup, and will illuminate red if you choose to turn on the lights.
Folding the headset is rather simple, just push each ear cup towards the headband, and they’ll easily go into place. The inside of each ear cup is red to match the overall style of the set. SHOCK One’s microphone is very similar to the Razer Chimaera’s. It’s primarily rubber and very bendable.
Moving south from the left ear cup, we’ll find the braided USB cable. Which leads into the elaborate inline volume control. You can easily mute the mic or overall input, change the volume of the input, turn the headset’s lights on and off, lock the buttons, and a clip. Each mute button (mic and overall input) both have an LED that will illuminate when the mute is in effect, a red LED for the mic, and green for the overall input. If you have the headset’s lights illuminated, the Tt logo on the top of the inline volume control will also be illuminated. Locking the buttons will lock all four front panel buttons from being used. So if you set a particular volume, you can move the slider to the lock position, preventing an accidental volume change. Then there is the clip. It is just a clip, but worth mentioning since not all headsets have this feature. Continuing down the cable, you’ll run into a Thermaltake branded velcro strap, and USB plug. The USB plug is gold plated.
Thermaltake has fit all required settings onto one screen. There’s a handful of environment presets including church, forest, concert hall, auditorium, station, mountains, theater. Below the environments is an area that says “PRESENTS” but I believe that should be “Presets”, as in EQ presets. Thermaltake has laid out some buttons with popular gaming genres that’ll tune your EQ. Or you can pick one of the musical genre titled presets from the dropdown such as pop, rock, dance, party, jazz, vocal, or classic. Continuing our descent, we’ll run into the main and mic volume sliders.
Wrapping around to the top, we’ll bump into the DTS Surround Sensation settings. You can turn DTS Surround Sensation on or off by clicking the top button, selecting presets for Music or Movie, and enable or disable voice clarification, bass enhancement, and LFE mixing. In addition to a being able to toggle any of these, you can choose the intensity of Voice Clarification and Bass Enhancement with their respective slider. Directly underneath DTS Surround Sensation is an area to test your settings, so you can immediately hear the effects.
The last column includes a light indicator, and a timer. The light indicator will glow red if the LED lights on the headset are illuminated, and the timer, well it times things. Like how long until dinner is ready, or how quick you die in a game.