Thermaltake's entry in the headset market in the form of eSPORTS has been a strong one initially with the 'Shock One' seen today. And thanks to a strong partnership with DTS, it is a powerful contender amongst a very large and competitive field.
Our testing proved that whether listening to music, gaming or watching a movie, the Shock One will have an applicable mode of operation that will provide an immersive experience from start to finish.
There are certainly better sounding headsets out there for specific applications, as we have covered in the past. However, whether there is another headset that manages to pull all of those off in equal measure is a different question altogether. We would have to think hard, that's for sure. The Corsair HS1 would have to be the biggest threat, but misses on that important DTS Sensation functionality. But we should iterate that it is probably a slightly nicer product overall.
As you can appreciate, the distance between some of these headsets is a hairs nostril on a good day. And it becomes almost impossible to recommend one over the other. But that's not the answer you're waiting for, so we will endeavor to do a little better.
And we will - by saying that if you want a surround experience from a USB powered headset that costs less than a hundred U.S. Dollars, then the Shock One is the best we have heard. However, let us qualify that by saying that once the DTS Sensation processing is turned off, the Shock One drops down to second or third best in terms of what we have heard. It also falls way behind any headset connected to a high-end dedicated sound card; this due to the bottle necking caused by USB.
But in terms of USB powered headsets, the Shock One seen today offers more in terms of value than the better built and nicer looking Razor Megalodon. It also has better surround processing than the aforementioned, and the Corsair HS1 for that matter.
So if you put value over aesthetics, and performance over plastic quality, then the Thermaltake Shock One is the headset for you.
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