Play it loud when everyone’s asleep

As if we weren’t punishing our ears enough with iPods (or 3-year-old boring black-and-white-non-photo-or-video Zens, as the case may be), Tritton Technologies has released some fancy headphones that play 5.1 surround sound from the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and DVDs.

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I’ve been trying the headphones out, and they work pretty well for the 360. I don’t know if our brains can actually process full surround sound when projected that close, but Lost Planet sounded crisp and nicely surround-y. Oh, and it was LOUD. There are multiple volume controls on the headphone cord within easy reach, and at only 2 or 3 (10 being the loudest) they were blasting.

I tried them on a Red Hot Chili Peppers DVD, also played on the Xbox 360, and they weren’t as good for that. The sound was much muddier and Flea’s bass wasn’t as prominent as I would have liked. But that might just be the concert recording quality. I imagine it would sound better with a movie. (It also might have to do with the lack of guidance as to how to configure the settings.)

Ga600_side9 Also you have to plug the headphones into a little base, which in turn plugs into an electrical socket and connects to the machine. So if your gaming/entertainment area is already cluttered with way too many cords and wires and machines like mine is, this might not be the best idea space-wise. (Then again, if it’s already so cluttered, what’s one more wire?)

But if you like to play games at night and have a child or spouse or roommate who likes to actually sleep — and you have $130 to spare — these are a pretty good solution. Just be careful with the volume. I bet it’s really easy to blow your ears out with these.

— January 21, 2007

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