Tritton Technologies - AX 720 Gaming Audio System for Xbox, PS3 and Mac/Windows
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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 197 reviews(197 Reviews)
Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Mess o' CordsPosted .
Although the audio performance of these headphones is unparalleled, these issues are not: --THERE IS NO 3.5mm AUDIO INPUT (SERIOUSLY!!) --If you care about cleanliness, these things are a rats nest of cords --The power cannot be shut off on the headphones so a huge orange T will be constantly glowing in the periphery of your work/play space --A volume controller that obviously uses a resistor hangs at such an awkward distance from the headphones that it just dangles in the air against your body; this wouldn't be a problem if it didn't weigh 1/2 lb and get extremely hot. Luckily, a clip is provided that if you used, would completely stretch out the neck of any tee shirt. ---The engineers must have just got everything working for these headphones and quit. Why should the consumer have to deal with these numerous blunders?No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Tritton AX720 vs Turtle Beach x12 with DSS2Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I went and bought myself a pair of the AX720s from Best Buy the thursday before Memorial day. I managed to put about 20+ hours into them before I returned them the following Tuesday. I ended up getting a pair of the Turtle Beach x12s with DSS2 for the same price and I am going to give you the pros and cons I have found with the two headsets. First off, I read TONS of reviews before I go out and pick something up. I couldn't find a good AX720 vs X12 review anywhere so I had to rely on all the different good and bad reviews I found around the web. Just like Apple vs Android you'll have people claiming either side is the best and the other is trash and I don't lie in either of those camps. I am new to both brands and I don't have a loyalty to either of them. Now that that is out of the way, let's get on with the comparison. UNBOXING/SETTING UP The two headsets have almost the same type of setup. Neither require a power adapter and gets power for it's unit through USB. You end up plugging an optical cable from your Xbox into the converter, and then plug the headsets 12-14 ft cord into that. You then have one more plug going from the headset to the xbox controller for the mic. The X12 has a smaller box (at about half the size) and the AX720s box looks almost like a router. The X12 has a longer cord for the headset so you can sit a little farther back and while I like this it is also more wire to have someone trip over. The AX720s actually detach at the controls on the headset so you can actually remove the headset from the 12 ft of wire and keep them someplace safe and it'll even breakaway if someone trips over the wiring. The X12s however do not have a break away wire so when you're done using the headset you have to wrap up 14ft of cable along with the headset. So I can't use a headset stand or anything to keep it looking nice. Unboxing edge goes to the AX720 mainly because of the breakaway cable. HEADSET LOOKS/FEEL The headsets went in two different directions. The AX720s are BIG. When you wear them people will notice and you'll stand out. I felt a bit self conscience sitting in front of an open window with the AX720s on. They are big and white and they stand out. While they are big and bulky I actually felt like the weight of them were quite light compared to how they look. I thought they would weigh me down and be uncomfortable but they weren't bad at all. The AX720s came in plether wrapped ear pieces that did a great job at keeping outside noises out and inside noises in. The problem I had was it was HOT during memorial day weekend and my ears would start sweating up a storm in no time at all. Luckily the AX720s also include a more breathable, non-plether cover for them that are easy to pop on. The mic is detachable and is held on by a small plastic peg. It worked well but I can't imagine how well that peg will hold up. It's nice it's detachable, but I wonder how long it would take for it to become detached forever. The mic also doesn't bend that much but for the most part I got it in the position I wanted it. The X12s look light and they feel just as light as they look. While the AX720s are bright white and bulky the X12s are light, black and thin. The headphones have a breathable fabric and only come as is, you don't get extra or different covers like the AX720s. The mic is a really bendable flexible tube so you can put it in almost any position you can imagine. When the X12s were on my head they felt quite different than the AX720s. The AX720s felt more like a baseball cap weight where as the X12s felt like a sun visor weight. The padding in the X12s breathability lie in between the two pads for the AX720s. I wish they could breathe a little more than they did but they were quite usable. Headset Look/Feel: TIE - This is pretty much all a personal preference. I personally like the detachable mic and changeable ear pieces of the 720s but I like the lightness of the X12s, the better movable mic and the sleek look of them. USAGE The 720s did a good job of "surrounding" me in the game. I could tell where gun fire was coming from and when tanks rolled by. It helped my multiplayer gameplay quite a bit. The mic quality was top notch and everyone sounded great and said the same about me. There was only 2 real EQ settings (movie and normal) so you were pretty much stuck hearing it how Tritton wanted you to hear it. It worked and while the bass wasn't HUGE it struck a nice balance. The 720s also had a button you can press to turn off the option to hear yourself in the headset. By hearing yourself in the headset when you talk it makes it that you don't have to scream to hear yourself talk. Because if you can't hear yourself talk you're going to talk louder and louder until you can. The X12s actually sounded better in my opinion. I don't know if it is because of the new DSS2 that actually lets you change the position of the surround sounds or because it allows you to pick 6 different EQ settings. By mixing the 5 different positions with the 6 different settings you could find the perfect sounding surround sound for you personally. Turtle Beach didn't assume that everyone would hear everything exactly the same and let you set it how you want. The X12s also have a bass boost that you can change any time and also made it that the voice volume would get louder as the explosions, etc got louder. The 720s didn't have anything like that. Both headsets also a chat volume switch to control the loudness of voices in the game. The X12s also let you hear yourself talk but you can't turn off that feature. When you mute the mic it goes off but everytime the mic is on, you can hear yourself in the headset. I am using EQ setting 4 and Position 5 and I find that the surround sound was actually better than what the AX720s gave me. While the 720s did a good job I'd say the X12s did a great job. While by using the 720s I could say, that gun fire came from behind me to the right, the X12s made it that I could say the fire came from the back right, and about 20 ft back. I just had a bigger sense of surrounding. Usage goes to X12s. - The x12s made it feel more 3D to me. The ability to change the settings (EQ and Position) and change the bass boost really pushed the X12s over the top for me. Both sound so much better than TV sound but I think the X12s with the DSS2 push it just that much farther ahead than the AX720s. I actually really liked the AX720s and I would have kept them too. The one big flaw for the AX720s though that made me return them and get the Turtle Beaches was the AX720s (in the US) DO NOT work on PCs. The Turtle Beach headset is a USB plug so you can plug it into anything that uses USB plus it has the Green and Pink cables so you can use it for iPods, etc. The AX720s (in the US) only let you use it for the Xbox and PS3. Since I do a ton of gaming on PC too I wanted a headset that would work on PC and Xbox. I read reviews before I went out to buy it that said the 720s work on PC too but that isn't the US version. If you look at the US version of the box it says XBOX, PS3, and that's it. Where as the European version has PC listed under it as well. I would have kept the Trittons and been happy as a snail with them had they worked for the PC too. Of course then I wouldn't have been able to get the TBs and actually compare the two headsets. I don't think you can go wrong with either of them. I miss the break away headset that the AX720s has but I like the better surround sound of the X12s. I miss the breathability of the ear pieces of the AX720s but I like the lightness and movability of the mic on the X12s. It's a personal preference. Most places have a return policy now. My advice is to try one and if you don't like it, return it and try the other. They were the SAME EXACT price at best buy so switching them out for the other pair was an easy process. No matter what though I recommend you getting the 2 year warranty. Headsets are known to break either because of dying ear pieces, broken cords, or what have you. If you are going to spend this kind of money for a headset, get a warranty. If you have any questions about how I felt about certain things feel free to reply to this and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great headset, great value.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought the AX 720 to use with Call of Duty: Black Ops, but I will never play another game without it! First of all, the packaging: The unit and its constituent parts come neatly packaged in an attractive box, with every peice wrapped and secure. No industrial-grade plastic to cut through; you can actually open the box with your bare hands! My unit did not come with replacement ear pads or skull pad as the manual indicates, but I'm guessing that's normal and that the manual is in error. Secondly, the build quality is top-notch. Right away I noted the tough plastic that the headset is built from and the tight fit of all the parts, with no gaps at seams. It feels solid in your hands and the detachable microphone connects to the earpiece with a satisfying "click". Installation was easy, especially for anyone tech-savvy enough to be playing a PS3 or 360 in the first place. Basically, you have a small amplifier/control box which you place near your gaming system which connects via two wires plus a power cord. Then, another long cord runs from the amp to your headset, interrupted by a small control fob which controls game volume, voice volume, microphone on/off and another switch which allows you to select PC mode or amp. All very solid and secure, with a quick disconnect at the fob in case your wife tries to strangle you with the cord. Which happens only rarely. The initial comfort of the headset is around an 8 out of 10, but with use the unit loosens up and becomes even more wearable. I noticed a little discomfort at first in that pressure point right behind my earlobes, but then again I'm a sensitive baby. Again, after a few hours the headset is perfectly comfortable, even so that you barely notice you're wearing it. The SOUND of this headset is ridiculous. I have full surround sound at home, with a subwoofer, and it pales in comparison to the sheer audio blast that the AX 720 provides. Total immersion is the name of the game. With deep, rumbling bass and crisp mids and highs, gunshots ring out clearly without distorting commentary or music. And running this headset may increase your skills as well, as you will be able to hear enemy footsteps and gunfire, even hear people reloading and hear silenced weapons firing nearby! 10 out of 10 as far as sound goes. Price, worth it! Great value for the money and I'm sure you wouldn't be disappointed with this headset. -Matt
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Decent headset with Good Features.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I purchased this headset a month ago to replace a wireless TurtleBeach x31 headset because I was tired of replacing batteries and wanted to upgrade to 5.1. This headset is actually a good choice with the new Xbox 360 "slim" because the new xbox has an optical port built into the system. To use this headset with older model 360's, you either have to be using component instead of hdmi, or buy an adapter to give you an optical port. You could also cut off the plastic housing of the component cables and plug both in but I wouldn't recommend it. Features: The headset is more or less comfortable during extended session of Modern Warfare 2 and the included Audio controller cable is long enough to be used 4-6 feet away from the TV. I use mine connected to the computer's monitor, so the included Velcro strap is a nice touch. There are two headset ports, but why you would use a second headset is beyond me. There are separate volume controls for voice and game audio, and there's a 3rd volume control on the brain of the device itself. Customer Support: I bought the extended warranty through best buy because I'm prone to breaking things. I just got a new puppy and it chewed through the wire between the Audio Controller and the brain. Best Buy then told me it does not cover physical damage. I emailed tech support about two weeks after I got it, (june 2010). Tritton was just purchased by Madcatz and their customer service suffered for it. I assume they were moving or something. Eventually I called Madcatz instead of Tritton and got hold of a very nice tech support, who mailed me a new audio controller that day. I actually ended up receiving two controllers because another tech support (from Tritton, I believe) finally got back to me and mailed me one. Very good Customer service.
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Does everything it says it does, does it wellPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
So this was a pretty spontaneous purchase. i had just recently read up on Dolby Decoder processors for headphones and obviously wanted one. After doing a bit of research and comparing a few different headsets for my PS3, i landed at this one. Cheaper than the TB equivalent and after holding and using both this and a few others in store, this one blows them away. After i got it home and out of the box it took me about 10 minutes to set up. I was at first very disappointed with the sound quality, it was not what i expected. but after reading through the instructions ( i recommend you do this, don't throw them out) i found out i simply had to change a few settings and after i did that they sounded FANTASTIC. Actually, even more impressive than whatever it was i had expected from them. The build quality is great. you pick them up and they just feel sturdy. i feel like i could throw them at a wall and they would laugh. The ear cups feel a bit large around my small ears so the very tops of them sit on my ear weird which can be a bit uncomfortable for extended use but when you hear how good these sound you really won't even care. The ONLY thing i can complain about, and this is a very minor complaint as this is something it never claims to do anyway...is i wish i could A. use the Dolby decoder with my other studio headphones which are way more comfortable. and B. use this headset with my ipod or my macbook (you CAN hook these up to a computer, but its a bit of a process..its not just plug and play and honestly i don't feel like taking the time to figure it out) Also sound controls such as treble/bass settings or the option to switch between 2.0, 5.1, and 7.1 would be nice..but again, a very minor complaint if you can call it that. If i could do those things, this headset would be literally perfect. But considering it never claims to do those things anyway, this is a good buy if this is what you are looking for verdict: from a casual gamer's standpoint who plays for maybe a few hours a week if that, still worth every penny
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great Gaming Headset.....BUTPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Coming from a broken TB X31 this headset feels amazing. Quality wise this headset is phenomenal. It was a little cumbersome to hook up seeing as it needs a dedicated power supply instead of being USB powered like the majority of other headsets. The gaming experience with these is up there,but the bass can be a little overpowering. This headset really shines in that department but feels a little mid range heavy and the highs seem to get lost in the mix. The mic is also rubber vs the standard flexible wire type so it doesn't really stay away from your mouth. I tend to use my headphones for late night gaming as well as movies/tv, and this is where the headset loses points with me. The sound quality for a movie/tv show comes across as pretty annoying, and the best way to describe it is very echo-ey and sounds like its coming from a can. I would recommend it for gaming exclusively but for someone looking for a multipurpose gaming set a different headset may be more appropriate.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Awesome HeadsetPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Listen, if you're into gaming this is really a great headset, the sound quality on games like Halo, COD and L4D really come to life with these; you won't know what you've been missing. If you're looking for a professional headset, The AX 720's don't quite stack up to the Astro A40's, but they're half the price and still impressive. I haven't tried all the turtle beach models, but I tried the x1 and x3 and tritton's are better.
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great headsets but be careful not to drop it.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I absolutely love this headset. Great sound quality and a great price. I bought these March 2010 and they stopped working around January of 2011. When they had stopped working my cat had pulled the cord which pulled the box literally half a foot onto the carpet and after that they stopped working. It was fine though since I had bought the 2 year protection so I just brought them in and they swapped them out. The sound quality on the voice is also amazing and I never had any complaints from anyone I was playing with. Unlike 2 of my friends with Turtle beach headsets which would always echo. One of my biggest complaints even though it only cost me a couple of bucks to fix was the optics cable. It's very cheap and doesn't stay connected into my 360. They also have soft plastic on the ends instead of glass. I have the 360 slim and you have to keep jiggling it and hold it and release kinda like you had to do with rabbit ears on the old tv's. The same thing happened with my ps3. Like I said it was a simple fix of just buying a new cable for a couple of dollars. The 3 I gave for durability was for the box. The headset itself is very well made.