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Thermaltake eSPORTS Shock One Gaming Headset - Installation

Long time manufacturer of professional gaming gear Thermaltake has branched off into the world of audio products. We take a look at one of these - the Shock One Gaming Headset.

By: | Headsets in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Feb 22, 2011 7:50 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Tt eSPORTS





This is another USB powered headset, so things are going to be pretty straight forward. It does have a software component, but more on that in a second. The first job is to locate an empty USB port and securely connect the headset. And then a quick reboot of Windows would not hurt, as always.


Okay, once done, and your existing sound system is turned off and disconnected,.it's time to run the small driver disc through and do another reboot.


Below is what you should get once everything is up and running.




As you can see, it's a fairly basic one with a set of controls for the environment, as well as a sixteen band equalizer for fine adjustments. Over to the right can be seen the control panel for the above mentioned 'DTS Sensation' processing set.


This is not a complicated interface to work and should not really cause any immediate difficulties when setting up for the first time. We did, however, encounter some 'stickiness' with the DTS control panel buttons. We would think that given this is the very first driver release, subsequent updates will have a positive affect in smoothing things over.


One last thing here and that is swapping the ear pads over to the fabric option also included in the package. This is an important job, because the other provided option does some serious damage to the low end and must be avoided straight out of the box for the best results. We do not know why the 'leatherette' pads come at all really, as we would not recommend them for anything.


Below can be seen the second pair of 'good' fabric pads - and the offending 'leatherette' pads pre-installed, interestingly enough.






Finally is the control unit which is quite sturdy and nice to hold with a simple button layout that gives basic controls for the system. It also has a small Thermaltake logo that lights up. Interestingly, there is an option to turn the light off on the headset which is a nice touch, although it could be argued; a little eccentric.






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