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Posted by Raine Hutchens on Sep 23, 2011

Review – Sharkoon X-tatic SR Headset

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Product Information

MSRP: $139.99
Headphone: Microphone:
Diameter: 40 mm with NdFeB magnet Diameter: 6 x 5 mm (L x B)
Impedance: 32 Ω Directivity: omni-directional
Sound pressure level: 120dB +/- 3 dB at 1 KHz Sensitivity: -58 dB +/- 3 dB
Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz Impedance: 2.2 kΩ
Power output: 30 mW Frequency response: 100 Hz – 2 kHz
Cable length: 410 cm +/-10 cm Operating voltage: 4.5 V

Not too long ago I was greeted at the door with a package from Sharkoon. Unboxing the item, I came to see that what I had received was the new Sharkoon X-tatic SR Gaming Headset. I’ve reviewed some Sharkoon headsets before, but that did nothing to hinder my excitement when I saw this baby coming out of the box. Unlike the other Sharkoons I’ve seen, the X-tatic SR is made for all systems, as well as functions as a normal headset for listening to music or whatever else you feel. With this headset in hand, I was more than ready to test it out and see exactly what it had to offer. Let’s get on in to the review for the Sharkoon X-tatic SR.

Features

First and foremost, the first thing you’ll notice about the SR is that it is functional across multiple platforms. In the package it comes with connector cables that allow it to work with the Xbox 360, PS3, and the PC. Not to mention it has connector cables to make it act as a normal headset when needed. It’s also powered by USB when using the amp box, so there’s no additional power supply needed to keep it running.

Of course, the SR features Dolby Digital surround sound, which makes it a top performer in the headset peripheral category. Not only does it function with each system, it also supports chat functionality for the PS3 and Xbox 360, which has it replacing any existing set you may have. It even has a connector to attach to the 360 controller, making it perfect for gaming in the moment.

The amp box that comes with the set is just like with the others, and it allows players to change the setting of each of the five speakers, tuning their game to the best possible experience available. You can hear every bullet hit the pavement, every scream from a dilapidated building, and every team member calling for help with the simple adjustments made on this amp.

One of the most fond features to the SR is it’s comfort factor. I could wear these bad boys for hours at a time and I didn’t suffer the usual irritations as with most headsets, such as ears sweating, pain in the lobes, and occasional head tension. This set is comfortable and feels like it was made for long periods of gaming.

Functionality

The X-tatic SR performs at the top of its class. Even without the amp box connected, I could feel the bass presenting itself whenever I listened to music. This was an amazing feature, as I’ve not had another headset perform this way. It truly caught me by surprise.

With the amp box connected, I could change the channel speakers to just the perfect setting for each game I was playing. Also, since it is multi-platform, I could change it according to what system I was playing. This came in handy for when I wanted to switch it up a bit.

As far as the voice chat goes, the SR performed admirably. My friends had no issues hearing me, and I could hear them as clear as day. The only issue I had was that I was coming through a bit too loud, and no matter what I did apparently it stayed that way. This could mean that the microphone is a bit too powerful, or I was just talking way too loud. After fidgeting with various settings, I am convinced it was the earlier.

Since the set is powered by USB, the connection was set through one solid line. I didn’t have to drag the SR to a power outlet, deal with tangling cords, or worry about pulling the plug while moving around. This is a sweet feature, especially when you switch systems as much as I do. With the red and green PC connectors, I easily plugged right in and was using the set right away when I needed to record videos. My voice came through clear and resolute, like no other time before.

Conclusion

Easily said, the Sharkoon X-tatic SR Gaming Headset is probably the best I’ve used so far. The price tag is a little steep, but when you consider the quality of the product with the fact that it functions across platforms, it can be seen to weigh itself out. This is one headset that I’ll be using for a while, across many activities I do. Whether listening to music, watching videos, or gunning down enemies during a firefight, the X-tatic SR won’t let you down anytime soon. If you’ve got the chance. I definitely say pick it up.

The Good

  • performs at the top of its class for gaming headsets
  • crisp and clear sound, never any static
  • works across multiple platforms (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
  • powered by USB, meaning no hindering power cables
  • lightweight and very comfortable

The Bad

  • microphone seems to be a bit powerful, and sound came through too loud at times
  • a lot of cords to manage with connectors between systems
  • $130 price tag is a bit steep

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