TRITTON launches an all out assault on gaming peripherals with their new Warhead 7.1 headphones, the first and only headphones that sync up directly with the Xbox 360 for a true wireless experience.
Throw off the dongle shackles of old. Warhead 7.1 uses proprietary technology straight from Microsoft to connect directly into system. It’s something many have long dreamed about, but only now is it becoming a reality.
Out of the box, you get the headset, Base Station, power cord, and assorted wires to help you connect both old and slim models of the Xbox 360 into the base. If installation were any easier, you would already be wearing a pair on your head right now. You synch up the headset to the console in the same fashion as you would a new controller. A clearly marked button just above the earpiece allows you to easily connect to your console and even switch between players just incase you were kind enough to let someone else be Player 1 in Castle Crashers for a change.
Already, I can hear the collective eyebrow raises for when I mentioned the power supply which can be a hassle if you’ve already have your power strip filled with other devices. Unlike other headsets which would draw power straight from the Xbox, the Warhead actually has a clever reason for needing it’s own power supply, the rechargeable batteries.
Flip open the right cup, and you’ll find a set of rechargeable batteries ready for 12 hours of gaming. Pry back the front cover of the base station and you’ll find a second set already charging. We’re talking about continuous gaming with only a couple of seconds needed to switch out batteries as soon as you start to run out of juice. This means you will wear out way before you’ll need to worry about looking for batteries for this headset.
Right now, the Warhead 7.1 only comes in one style – slick. The black gloss finish on both the headset and the mount easily fits into just about any style of décor without becoming a blemish in your living room. The headphones fit neatly on top of the Base Station with only a little coaxing required every so often. The only downside visually to the package may just be the fact that it’s just a little too glossy for the grubby hands of this gamer. Already after a couple of playthroughs, just about anyone can point out my fingerprints on this fine device. A quick wipe of the cloth, however, takes care of this little problem.
Everything you need to adjust the headphones is located around one of the ear cups. One side adjusts for game audio while the other adjusts for communication. The headphones even allow you to kill your mic in the game so you don’t hear yourself mumble or curse at every bad shot. The microphone, which you can detach, comes with a mute button right on it. You’ll need to remember which side does which thing, but you’ll get the hang of it.
There’s one other important button on the headset that allows for you to cycle through the different Dolby modes. Besides gaming, you can switch to a more bass heavy music mode or a movie mode that seems to encompass more of a range of sounds than either of the other modes. Look to your base set to keep an eye on which mode you’re currently listening to and when the Dolby 7.1 is working. Of course, you can also hear the difference.
Even after a many hours of wear, the headset still felt comfortable. The headset adjusted to even to the size of my large noggin and your ears fit inside the cups rather than having the pads rest on your ears. Keeping your ears inside the cups means that you don’t have that added pressure of the pads pressing against them as well as keeping exterior noises on the outside. It’s a nice touch to an already amazing package.
The Warhead 7.1 is a feast for the ears allowing you to get the full range a depth of many of the games you currently play. Running through a quest in Skyrim, the Warhead 7.1 allowed for both depth and direction of sound. At times, I could navigate the cities with my eyes close and just follow the voices of the vendors or random townsperson walking by. There’s crispness in the higher and louder sounds throughout the game. Even with the new technology, Warhead loses none of the power behind the 7.1 surround sound.
Comfortable for the most part, there are very few things you can complain about when it comes to the Warhead 7.1 headset. For gamers looking for a high-end headset for their 360, you’ll want to get your hands on these headphones before making a final decision.
Mad Catz Warhead 7.1 Dolby Wireless Surround Headset for Xbox 360
Manufacturer: Mad Catz / TRITTON
Available: Aug. 7th
- Wireless Frequency: 5.8GHz
- Wireless Range: 33ft / 10m
- Ear Coupling: Circumaural (Over-the-Ear)
- Xbox 360 Audio Input Type: Optical and RCA
- Frequency Response: 25Hz–20kHz
- Speaker Diameter: 50mm
- Magnet Type: Neodymium
- Batteries: 2 Rechargeable Battery Packs
- 7.1 Surround Headset
- Wireless Headset with Stand
- Base Station with Charger
- Removable, Flexible Microphone
- RCA Adapter Cable
- Optical Cable
- Digital Audio Adapter
- AC Adapter
- 2 Rechargeable Battery Packs