Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3D and Omega Wireless Headset Bundle (GH0200)
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Powered by the revolutionary Sound Core3D™ quad-core audio and voice chipset, the Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless audio system heralds the beginning of a new era in gaming audio as it packs amazi
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On scout mode there is an advantage with the players as we can hear the footsteps before others can hear us, as on scout mode the bass drops to minimum and its only the clear sound of gunfire/footsteps what you can hear in FPS gaming.
> Ear can get wet on long use, have to remove the headset frequently.
Overall its a great headset.
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+ 8 Hour Battery Life
+ Rich deep bass -- Better than any other headset I've ever heard (Due to 50mm speakers and li-ion battery not holding back)
+ Beautiful clean (not sharp or tingy) highs and a solid mid-range. (Due to 50mm speakers)
+ Very comfortable for prolonged use (some exceptions: listed in cons)
+ Mic is professional quality and very accurately reproduces human speech
+ Quad core sound card is no joke. Quality processing, rich sound and lots of depth. THX is not a gimmick
+ 3D surround is not a gimmick either -- If it comes at you at 139 degrees to your left you will hear it at 139 degrees to your left.
+ Scout Mode is very effective to hear your enemies and works exactly as described.
+ Plenty of volume
+ You cannot hear anything outside your game/music/movie... totally immersive
+ Can charge while you are using them
+ 40-50ft range with uncompressed 2.4 ghz audio.
+ Works well with all consoles and PC
+ Removable mic
+ Seriously Solid Build - Steel headband and leatherette earpads. Firm fit and classy lighting on ear cups.
+ Volume on sound card and headset.
+ Insane customization sound from software on PC, but still sounds great from console.
Neither con nor pro:
+- Cannot use without sound card. Less flexible in using mobility (no bluetooth) but without the sound card it would be much less of an experience any ways.
+- Sound card can only be powered by high powered USB, no wall adapter included. Most consoles and PC's have a USB port available and even if not a 2.0 amp USB adapter is cheap and common. Does not take up a wall outlet when you power via USB. Not a power hog but very powerful.
+- Ports on sound card are plentiful but cannot plug any audio directly into headphone to play except chat for consoles. Again the sound card makes it sound better anyways but not as portable.
+- Leakage from headset is small but noticeable to those around you. This cannot be avoided unless you want a completely closed, hot, and boomy headset that is not accurate. The fact that you are completely immersed while still getting accurate reproduction is worth it.
- No stand. (the ear pads fold 180 so you can play them flat on a table and move without getting hurt)
- If you have big ears, once you hit the 4+ hour mark you will start to feel the headphones a bit (not painful though)
- Software must be installed to work, no other option on the PC unless you just use the optical in port and the USB for power only like on the consoles. It still sounds great but takes up your optical port. (That being said the software is wonderful and not buggy)
- Wind screen on boom mic can fall off and must glue back on (six months of heavy use).
- Mic can be a bit over-zealous ( make sure to turn it on low on the side of the transmitter.
- PC/PS3/4/Xbox must be selected on side and if on the wrong one will not work until switched to right one. Can confuse-frustrate
Over all pros over weigh the cons and the sound quality and wireless range put this set head and shoulders over any headset except maybe the A50's which are extremely good and accurate. However the A50's cost 300 brand new while these hover around 200 to 175 on Amazon.
Get them and you wont be disappointed. This is sound that unless you are a DJ you have seldom if ever heard.
UPDATED REVIEW WITH CONSOLE INFORMATION: 4/18/2012
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For my 15th birthday, my parents bought me this set of wireless headphones with the recon3d sound card after much begging and raving about how awesome it would be. So far, so good. Here are some pros and cons to start off:
-- Leather cushioning is very soft
-- Rotatable ear cups is nice so I can just hang it on my neck in between rounds of halo.
-- Sound quality: With a bit of configuration of the THX TruStudio Pro options on the Recon3d control panel,
I was able to achieve amazing sound quality when listening to music, and some pretty good configurations
for hearing footsteps in first person shooters.
-- WIRELESS -- I LOVE having the option to walk around while listening to music: the range is good so I can do
my chores around the house without any wires....you don't know how liberating it is. I LOVE WIRELESS!
For me, my house has 3 floors: basement, living room/everything else, and bedrooms upstairs. My recon3d unit
was on the middle floor. Perfect reception everywhere in my basement, perfect everywhere upstairs except for
a tiny bit of static in my mom and dads room, but that's a moot point: not my room.
-- The software included is actually pretty nice, Creative ALchemy made halo: combat evolved sound great. (yes,
I still play that :P) Also the Recon3d control panel has some nice options
-- I have a small head. My headset has gotten uncomfortable after about 45 minutes of play...but this is cured by
my hat. I normally wear a backward baseball cap to school, and wherever really. I only took it off because
I thought it would exacerbate my problem. Quite the contrary. I think maybe the headset is squeezing my head
too tightly...maybe the hat gives my ears the small space it needs, I can't be sure.
-- I have only played pc games with it, I don't have ps3 or xbox. From what I know, you can't get true surround
sound on pc games. I have tried creative ALchemy with halo and it sounded better but it definitely wasn't
surround sound. Also, I play CrossFire, another first person shooter. The game is heavily dependent on
hearing other peoples footsteps and breath. I can tell better than with a stereo headset where the enemies
are, but still not surround sound. I feel like the optical cable would do the trick. I am going to be going
over to friends' houses and trying it out on their consoles, I will surely update my review when that
-- I can't get the mute button on my recon3d to work. Of course, I can just mute the pc sound via my keyboard so
its okay, but I hope the same condition isn't true on consoles. I'll update when I test it out.
-- There is a headphone jack at the bottom of the recon3d...I was hoping it could output to both sources at once
so if I had a friend over we could both listen but that is not the case. It outputs to one or the other: the
headset or the headphone jack.
-- Other Notes --
Also, some other things about the Recon3d. I find that if I'm trying to hear footsteps in CrossFire, although it is a free pc game, that the THX option works better than scout mode. It might be different when I play Call of duty or something on the consoles, again, I'll update and let you know. Also, if you see reviews that complain about how the wifi is interfered with by the headset, I would just like to say that I DO NOT experience that problem. I am using a laptop. I'm set up in my living room, which is not too far from my router, usually my little wifi meter is all the way filled up, 5 bars. I am also using a wireless mouse, Logitech, not sure what frequency. So basically everything is wireless for me and I have no problem with static interference.
If you are wondering how to play music through the recon3d without a computer, here is how to do it. You just need a simple little cable...I don't know the name but all it is really is 2 headphone jacks. A typical pair of earbuds for example has that plug on the end, you know? Well the wire I'm talking about is bascially one of those plugs on both ends. so, you plug one end into the Recon3d and the other into your iPod or phone or anything that has a headphone input. Just a note though, I had to keep mine very still, because the connection isn't very good and I get heavy static due to the bad connection (NOT MY WIRELESS). As long as you leave the unit and music device still though it is fine. Anyway, I will update this review once I have played on a console. Until then, I'm signing out.
Hello again amazon.com-goers! I am pleased to inform you that these headphones have been stellar when in use with a Playstation 3. I had the PS3 over April break and after all our vacations I did (to my great pleasure) a lot of testing with this headset on fewer games than you might expect. I got hooked mostly into Black Ops, but played a bit of MW3 with it too. The results were stunning. Black Ops especially. Now, before I get into this portion, note this:
ALTHOUGH NOT LISTED IN THE MANUAL, YOU WILL WANT TO CONFIGURE A PS3 AS FOLLOWS, IT WILL GREATLY ENHANCE GAMEPLAY
1. First, go into settings on the ps3 home menu, and then to sound settings, it should be a couple options up from the bottom.
2. Select "Optical Digital".
3. Here is the key step: you now have a checklist of options of types of sound. You don't necessarily have to change anything that is already checked, the only thing you must do is check the first 2 options: they should be something about dolby surround. then just hit X when you're done and voila, amazing sound.
Those steps are the key to getting the little dolby light on the top of the Recon3d to light up: I'm afraid the dolby can't be used through USB on a computer, but on a PS3 through optical digital cable you will see, If you have the boxes checked, the system is going to default to the highest option on that list available. If you boot up Black Ops, that light should come on right away. Note also, that if you are on black ops, go into the settings menu (in the main menu or from the pause menu in any gametype) and go down to audio settings, then at the bottom change the listening type to "Surround Headphones".
And you will be stunned. So I go into a Search and Destroy match. No respawning, no problem. I begin the match by (not camping) but finding a good spot with good cover. Lo and behold, soon after, I can hear slowly at first, but then louder, somebody practically stomping their feet as if they were marching in formation. They are obviously running down the road right toward me. Jump out real quick and it's an easy 500 xp. Then I was fortunate enough to unlock the perk "Ninja Pro". My footsteps are now silent, and enemies footsteps are now amplified. I'm invincible. I went into a free for all, and from going even most of the time I went 30 and 10 that game, getting 2 blackbirds. I was thrilled. The mic works well too, good sound. Although it doesn't replay your voice like turtle beaches, I could tell it was good because everybody else's crappy bluetooth mics didn't have echo cancellation so I could hear myself talking from their mics. I really can't tell though if I'm yelling or not, the headset sound kind of muffles the outside, so I'm not sure. On MW3, it sounds great and all, but you HAVE to have SitRep pro unlocked or else footsteps are not as loud. Don't get me wrong, it sounds amazing. The problem is Infinity Ward put in so many weird little ambient noises that drown footsteps out so easily. For example, some random canvas on a fence rattles and flaps in the wind and often confuses me and makes me think I hear somebody when I don't. SitRep pro does cure this, footsteps get to the level they were on Black Ops without ninja pro. Another note, DEFINITELY USE SCOUT MODE. Otherwise I am very pleased. Well done Creative, 5 stars.