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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 Review

Manufacturer: Thermaltake Inc
Product Name: Shock One Gaming Headset
Model Number: HT-SHO001EC
UPC: 041163039342 EAN: 471315752971
Price As Tested: $93 (Newegg) and $99 (Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Thermaltake.

It comes as no surprise that Thermaltake is now breaking into the audio market following the successes of its competitors. Their new Tt eSports Shock One Gaming Headset distinguishes itself with flashy design and integrated DTS Surround Sensation, contrasting to the more common Dolby Headphone technology. The performance of the Shock One is important to both Thermaltake and DTS as they challenge a market filled with competition. Benchmark Reviews will be pitting the new comer against other Dolby headsets like the Corsair HS1 and Logitech G930. One thing's for sure, while many other companies chose a relatively neutral design that suits a wider audience range, the Shock One has been built from the ground up for gamers.

The Tt eSports Shock One Gaming Headset implements DTS Surround Sensations, which gives the headset 5.1 virtual surround sound. The headset comes with a noise canceling mic, replaceable ear pads, and bass enhancement. For gamers, the Shock One is foldable and comes with a convenient pouch for travel. The included driver software also comes with 3 preset equalizer settings for different genres of games.

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In general Dolby and DTS technologies are fairly equal in terms of quality. However we do find today's gaming headset market dominated by Dolby-powered products. DTS Surround is newer and not many products currently use it. Most Dolby headsets include Dolby Logic, which up-mixes stereo to 5.1 audio or higher. The DTS alternative is DTS:Neo, which is not included with the Shock One. Up-mixing typically provides mixed results but could be a desirable feature.

One feature most surround sound headsets omit is bass enhancement, as it tends to distort the original audio. By including bass enhancement, the Tt eSports' Shock One wants to close the gap between surround sound headsets and high quality studio headphones. For $94.54, the Shock One is full of promises, very closely priced to the Corsair HS1 Dolby Surround Headset. Benchmark Reviews is excited to be testing this new surround sound headset that really manages to distinguish itself from the rest.

Surround Sound Headset Features

  • 5.1 Channel Virtual Surround Sound
  • Dynamic 40mm Speaker Drivers
  • Noise Cancelling mic
  • In-line control box
  • 10 levels of headband adjustment
  • Replaceable ear-pads, comes with leather and clothe
  • Gold-plated USB connectors

HT-SHO001EC Specifications

Technical
Driver Unit
40mm
Frequency Response
20Hz ~ 20KHz
Impedance
32ohm
Sensitivity
114+/-3dB
Max. Input
100mW
Cable length
3m
Connector
USB
Microphone
Directivity Bidirectional with noise cancellation
Impedance
2.2K ohm
Frequency
100 ~ 10KHz
Sensitivity
-45dB+/-



 

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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