Audio is a key component to an enjoyable gaming experience, and a nice set of surround sound speakers may provide the ideal environment for realistic game play. But when it comes to occasions like LAN parties and late night sessions with sleeping family members in the house, you just can't let the machine guns and horrific screams blast through your speakers.
Headphones are the obvious answer, but you need a set to duplicate the surround sound experience to maintain the realistic feel of the game. Being able to sense the origin of a sound is key, and a simple set of 2-channel stereo headphones won't cut it. Something like the eDimensional
AudioFX Pro 5+1 PC Gaming Headset by Ben Heck is what you need.
We looked at a set of eDimensional AudioFX headphones
back in 2005, and this new set provided by Crazy PC
seems to have plenty of upgraded features. In addition to offering a 5.1 channel surround sound setup with force feedback for emphasized bass effects, there is also a Teamspeak certified boom microphone for full duplex communications.
Before taking a look at the AudioFX Pro 5+1 PC Gaming Headset by Ben Heck provided by Crazy PC for review, let's look at some published data taken from the Crazy PC
» USB 2.0 Plug & Play connection with integrated 5.1 surround sound decoder
» Critically acclaimed force feedback technology with integrated subwoofer for dramatically enhanced situational awareness and increased bass effects
» In-line volume control, vibration control and new instant mic mute button
» New ambidextrous microphone swivel with reinforced bearings
» New oval ear cup design for immersive audio, external noise blockage and improved "around the ear" comfort
» Improved LED level meter design for custom gaming look
» Fully adjustable headband plus new pivoting ear cups
» Included software for full audio position customization, equalization and special effects improved microphone sensitivity and filtering for incredibly clear voice transmission
» Teamspeak Certified!
» Feel the Energy of your favorite games and music with real vibrations
» Classic styling and graphic equalizer LEDs give this headset a unique look that set it apart
» Connects to PC via USB 2.0 port
» Virtual 5.1 channel surround sound
» Connector: USB 2.0
» OS: Windows 2000, XP, Vista
» Directivity: Noise Canceling
» Sensitivity: 58 dB +/-3dB
» Frequency: 20 Hz - 16,000 Hz
» Sensitivity: 110 dB+/-3dB
» Driver Unit: 50mm
» Impedance: 32 Ohm +/- 3Ohm
» Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz