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Written by Joey Peng   
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Tt eSports Shock One Gaming Headset
Closer Look:Tt eSports Shock One Headset
Tt eSports Shock One Headset Detailed Features
Tt eSports Shock One Headset Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Tt eSports Shock One Gaming Headset Final Thoughts

After testing several headsets, DTS in general delivers less obvious directional audio than Dolby, but the "surround sound" feeling is stronger due to excellent voice positioning and processing, especially obvious when listening to music. DTS and Dolby are equally matched in their technologies however they seem to have focused on different areas. DTS's Surround Sound Sensation instantly creates an illusion that sound is playing "around" you, but unlike Dolby, its directional audio capabilities are much weaker. This is even true for content that supports 5.1+ surround sound. Thermaltake's partnership with DTS may seem interesting, and the results are decent, but in terms of features for a surround sound headset, if directional audio is poor then that's only half a surround sound headset.

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Tt eSports Shock One Headset Conclusion

The Tt eSports Shock One headset is a different breed than existing Dolby surround sound headsets. It has better voice isolation, equally matched in terms of surround sound, but has weaker directional audio. The headset's directional audio performance in FPS games such as CoD: Black Ops and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 are both very poor. The Shock One's performance is somewhere between a surround sound headset and stereo headset. However, depending on preference, bass enhancement can be a big plus to audio experience.

The Shock One sports a hardcore gamer look and feel. Thermaltake goes with its most popular red and black color scheme. The exterior shell is a mix of matte and glossy plastic, along with metal mesh for the ear-pieces. The color scheme reminds me of some high-end laptop systems like Dell's Alienware and Toshiba's Qosmio lineup. This isn't a viable purchase for office settings like the more generic Corsair HS1, but if you want a flashier head accessory the Shock One delivers just that.

The construction of the Shock One is solid. All joints are tight and no squeaky sounds come from the plastic headband. The design of the headset's components shows great thought. The Shock One has the easiest mechanism for swapping ear-pieces and is truely portable. There's limited adjustability for the headset, which is one reason it may be a too tight for some people. Otherwise the Shock One's construction and design is one of the most impressive and has the least number of flaws.

Thermaltake built a great headset as mentioned above, but its functionality really comes down to their software department and DTS. The Shock One's configuration panel is simple, but a little lacking. For one, they should make bass enhancement an on-off feature since it detracts from quality in so many cases. Otherwise they could include a general bass and treble equalizer for easier configuration in addition to the traditional equalizer. On the DTS part, options are fairly limited and some of the features are not very useful. Further bass enhancement through DTS Surround Sensations yields horrible audio quality and constant static. The Shock One is a great headset with many physical features, but otherwise on the software side, other than basic equalizer and DTS Surround Sensation mode, the software does not include any extra functionality.

The Shock One is currently priced for $93 (Newegg) and $99 (Amazon), roughly $5 below the Corsair HS1, its closest competitor. In terms of performance the Corsair HS1 takes the lead in comfort and audio quality. But the Shock One has bass enhancement, portability, and flashier design. Based on its features and performance, the Shock One is priced in the correct price range.

The Tt eSports Shock One Gaming Headset is one of the first available DTS Surround Sensation headsets. The Shock One has a lot going for it thanks to Thermaltake's design team. However in this case partnering with DTS may not have been the best move. The Shock One will only be a good buy for some, as long as heavy bass and portability is what you want. But for the best audio quality and fully immersive surround sound experience, there are better choices.

Pros:

+ Highly portable headset
+ Attention to finer details like ear-pad switching and inline controller design
+ Good microphone quality
+ Solid bass enhancement

Cons:

- Poor directional audio
- Takes a lot of adjustments so get better audio quality and eliminate "muffledness"
- Not the most comfortable headset for long durations, sometimes causes headaches
- Appearance not for everyone
- Microsoft Windows only

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.00
  • Appearance: 8.50
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 8.25
  • Value: 8.25

Final Score: 8.50 out of 10.

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Comments 

 
# ???!!!Succellus 2011-05-20 04:41
I dont understand, you kick it in the teeth on the most important features and you give recomended product label and 8.5 ?

Strange criterium.
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# Problem with micrenzo 2011-07-28 00:47
HI! I bought yesterdar tha tt shock headset, and i have serious problems with the mic volumen, i entered to windows configuration, but i still having that problem, can someone help me pls? :S
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# Problem with micreuter 2011-11-17 21:27
I have the same mic volume problem, did you fixed it?
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# Problemrenzo 2011-11-18 17:51
i brought the headset to the store and they said there was´t a problem ;S, im pissed off, so good headset but with a little problem :S
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# RE: ProblemOlin Coles 2011-11-18 17:57
I have this headset, and the microphone works fine if you turn mic boost on in the control panel.
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# Teach me :(renzo 2011-11-18 18:00
please bro, tell how to do it :(, i have the realtek HD and i cant do it :(
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# RE: Teach me :(Olin Coles 2011-11-18 18:11
In Windows 7: Control Panel -> Hardware/Sound -> Sound -> Manage Audio Devices -> Recording -> Microphone -> Levels
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# Not that greatOlin Coles 2011-11-21 21:21
Joey: I've recently purchased this headset, and I think your review is dead-on. They're good, but not great. The issue I have is that if you're using them in a game, and somehow shock them with static, you lose your sound until you exit the game and unplug/plug them back in. I would probably not buy them again.
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# Aptly Named ProductBruce 2011-11-22 05:47
I guess that's why they named it the Tt eSports Shock One.....
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# So far, it's garbageFrank 2013-09-05 12:20
Brand new system with brand new headset.
Every few minutes the headset simply shuts off. That is, it uninstalls itself, and I have to find a DIFFERENT USB port every time to plug it into.
Most of the time, plugging it into a USB port does NOTHING; the computer does not find the headset -- regardless of which port I use. Yes, the software that comes with the headset is working just fine.
The headset simply seems to be incompatible with everything.
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