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Posted by Braxton Colongione on May 9, 2011

Review-Thermaltake Shock Spin gaming headset

Product Information

MSRP: $79.99
Headphone: Microphone:
50mm Neodymium Magnet Speaker Sensitivity: -34±3 dBV / Pa@1 kHz
Frequency response: 15~20,000Hz Frequency: 100~10K Hz
Impedance: 32 ohms, 1 kHz Direction :Omini-direction
Sensitivity: 95±3 dB SPL/mW, at 1kHz
Rated Power:40mW
Maximum Power:100mW

Thermaltake has been turning out computer/gaming equipment and accessories for some time now, and for the most part I am almost always pleased with their products. From keyboards and mice to fans and chassis, their roots are deep set in the gaming community, so I was excited when I got the chance to review the Shock spin gaming head set.

Features

The shock spin comes in three color choices, the traditional Thermaltake black and red, solid black and white. Which if your familiar with Thermaltake, is about the only color choices they have in most of their products. The mic on the headset is completely separate from the actual unit, which, is a plus and a negative depending on the situation. One of things I am particularly fond of, is the volume box/cable extension, which takes the cable length from 90 cm to 300 cm, as well as allows for onboard volume adjustment. It also offers is the self-adjusting size which Is always a plus when quick use is needed.  The mic has a shirt clip, mute switch, and 270 cm cable which is more than enough length most any gamer.

Comfort

The Shock spins are definitely one of the more comfortable headsets I have used, I found it very easy to wear, and the self-adjust also acts as a weight distribution system of sorts making them more comfortable than others of same weight. As for the padding on the ear pieces, I made a rough measurement of about a half inch of soft foam covered in velvet. Both connectors are standard gaming 3.5 mm which is to be expected.

As for the mic, I found it a little bothersome that the headset and mic are separate. This was irritating for two reasons, 1. It was a hassle and 2. After a longer gaming session I would not remember that I had two separate pieces of equipment attached to me and several occasions start to stand up with the mic still attached to my shirt, and come very close to ripping the cord out of my computer.

Versatility

As with almost all products I review, a cross tested the headset in other areas besides gaming. I used it while mixing music and as straight head phones, which is where the separate mic came in handy. As for sound quality I was very pleased with bass and treble levels being equalized without any extra measures needed. With the exception of the Shock Spins being rather large they were also well suited for basic head phone use due there comfort in extended use.

Conclusion

With headsets easily reaching upward of $100 plus dollars, at $60 to $80 (depending on where you buy) the Shock Spin gaming headset with its comfort, versatility, and functionality is a good investment for sure. Way to go Thermal take on another good product.

The Good

  • Comfortable for extended periods of use
  • Self-adjusting
  • Suited for many uses

The Bad

  • Separate microphone
  • Somewhat loose fit
  • Relatively low volume at max setting

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