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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Wednesday, 05 December 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Mad Catz Tritton Pro+ 5.1 Surround Headset
Closer Look: TRITTON Pro Headset
TRITTON Pro Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Mad Catz Tritton Pro+ Headset Review

Manufacturer: Mad Catz Interactive
Product Name: TRITTON Pro+ 5.1 Surround Headset
Model Number: TRI90303N001
UPC: 728658033682
Price As Tested: $199.99 (Amazon)

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

Before current generation consoles were even conceived, PC gamers and enthusiasts have been able to enjoy the benefits that headsets offer. In recent years XBOX 360 and PlayStation 3 users are now also able to enjoy those same benefits. Today Benchmark Reviews will be taking a look at the TRITTON Pro+ True 5.1 Surround Sound Headset from Mad Catz. The TRITTON Pro+ is compatible with PlayStation 3, XBOX 360 and PC (Europe) via an optional cable.

The TRITTON Pro+ boasts true Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound via eight individual neodymium drivers - four in each earcup (Front, Center, Surround, Subwoofer) - each with independent volume control. Visually speaking there isn't much that separates the Pro+ from the rest of the TRITTON range of headsets; it's all about what's inside, so let's find out more.

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During the course of this review we will look at the aesthetics and features of the TRITTON Pro+ 5.1 Surround Headset before moving on to testing. The TRITTON Pro+ 5.1 Headset will be put through it's paces on the XBOX 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in a range of scenarios including games, music and movies.

Features & Specifications

TRITTON Pro+ Features

Immersion. Isolation. Control. - Dominate the leaderboards with the TRITTON Pro+ 5.1 True Surround Headset. Featuring eight precision-balanced speakers that accurately reproduce a 3D sound field, you gain the competitive edge by hearing each and every disturbance within a game's atmosphere. Individual backlit volume controls allow you to fine-tune each channel - - front, rear, center, and subwoofer - - while premium-quality ear pads deliver hours of gaming comfort. Avoid a late-night shouting match with Selectable Voice Monitoring, next-gen technology that allows you to hear your own voice through the headset.

Immersive 3D Directional Audio Powered by Dolby Digital Technology - Utilizing proprietary Dolby Digital technology, the Pro+ replicates the immersive feeling of high-end home theater setups. Envelop yourself in a richly detailed, 3D environment as 5.1 channels of sound collaborate to reveal previously hidden details within the backdrops of your favorite games.

The Only True 5.1 Headset for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 - Rather than rely on stereo drivers and emulated surround sound, the Pro+ houses four speakers in each earcup (Front, Center, Surround, Subwoofer), creating an adjustable, three-dimensional, true 5.1 audio experience with highly detailed channel separation. Just like 5.1-channel home theater setups, true discreet audio feeds each speaker individually. Frequency response is always optimal - - the subwoofer only has to produce lower frequencies, while the front, center, and surround speakers output mid to high frequencies.

Newly Designed for Extreme Comfort - Headset comfort is of utmost importance during extended gaming sessions. The Pro+ keeps your ears comfy with its padded, adjustable headrail - - which extends an extra 1.25 inches on either side to accommodate a wide range of head sizes - - and soft, pliable earcups which encapsulate your ears in an immersive sound field while keeping ambient sounds at bay. A new, more flexible headrail improves both comfort and durability, and the earcups now swivel to provide a comfortable around-the-neck resting position.

TRITTON Pro+ Specifications

  • Cable Length: 12ft
  • Xbox LIVE Port: Yes
  • Ear Coupling: Circumaural (Over-the-Ear)
  • Audio Input Type: Optical
  • Frequency Response: 25Hz-22kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <1%
  • Speaker Diameters: 30mm Front & Rear, 23mm Center, 40mm Sub
  • Number of Speakers: 8
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • AC Powered: Yes
  • Source: http://www.trittonaudio.com/proplus



     

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    # RE: Mad Catz Tritton Pro+ 5.1 Surround HeadsetEoin Carroll 2013-02-05 11:26
    Hi I really want to purchase a surround sound headset. I have an xbox 360 and i play battlefield 3 mainly. I would like to know would I be better off getting this headset or should I go for the 7.1 Tritton 720 plus, and also I chat with friends a lot on xbox so I'd like to know which one is suited more to my needs. Thank you.
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    # RE: RE: Mad Catz Tritton Pro+ 5.1 Surround HeadsetSteven Iglesias-Hears 2013-02-05 11:27
    The main difference between the two is that the 720+ imitates surround sound via software whereas the Pro+ provides true surround via multiple speakers. This will be your deciding factor.

    The Pro+ is more customizable than the 720+ and they are both the same visually. Chat is integrated into both the 720+ and the Pro+ so that is a non-issue.
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    # DoggDavid Glasgow 2013-02-05 11:28
    Hi are these the very Best 5.1 Dolby reproduction sounding headphones at this price-point even better than Plantronic's or Sennhiser's.?

    Would appreciate if anyone can answer this question.

    (for the money are they worth the asking Price?) also, can the 360 version be used with PC?

    I know the name from a few years back...
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    # RE: DoggSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2013-02-05 11:28
    Providing your PC has an optical port you can use either version. The EU version includes an extra analogue cable adapter for PC.

    I wish I could tell you which headset is the best but without comparison products it becomes very difficult.
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    # That digital noise through the analogue outputs...Vesa Slotte 2013-03-05 02:38
    I have the same motherboard (and CPU, at around the same clock speed), and I'm also getting some chirping through the analogue sound outputs, using either speakers or headphones. Maybe the headset itself is all right, but poor design of the MoBo causes the noise?

    It really is annoying; I decided to ditch my 5.1 speakers and switched to a USB headset.
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    # your dead !Nick pro gamer Pc 2013-03-27 03:45
    cracking head set to look at and not 'wannabe surround with crap software imitation' mobo running is asus sabertooth with studio surround higher than dolby surround by far and also optical out (going to my z5500 thx surround speaker system) going by the pictures you need to connect via 1 usb and an optical out (unless you connect analogue) hmmmm question now is can you buy an optical splitter or is the optical output not meant for more than item at once (eg 2 items into same port will they BOTH be recognized), hope i dont have to get another optical out audio board .......
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