"Excellent Sounding Headset! Reviewing 2010 Version!"4.5 starson by RedFoxEXR4
Pros: 2010 Models Pros:
- Now requires only 1 Power Supply instead the earlier 2.
- Breakaway Cables added.
- Earlier Mic Issues Fixed. Mic Attachment is now Flexible instead of solid.
- Xbox360 Mic Cable Replaced with different type. (Have not tested)
Cons: 2010 Models Cons:
- No way to turn off lights for Night Time movie watching.
- No inputs for Wii still or any device without a TOS Ouput or 5.1 analog ouput.
- No Off Switch for the Headset/Volume Controls. (Must unplug via Power Cable Break)
Summary: I am reviewing the 2010 Model of Tritton AX Pro 5.1. Mainly focusing on the 2010 improvements of this headset. As I stated in the Pros, two major issues were addressed. The Mic Issue, which caused the mic to stop responding due to poor connectors/faulty wires and the power adapters which now requires just 1 adapter.CORRECTION: It was pointed out to in the reply box that you CAN turn off the Headset/Volume Control. After locating my manual for these headet, it does list a way to turn off the unit by doing the following (as explained by the manual):
Sadly though, I have yet to test out the mic feature on Xbox LIVE. I have heard that earlier models have had static issues between the cable that goes from the volume control box to the Xbox360 Controller Mic Port. So for the 2010 Models, Tritton shipped out a different looking cable it seems from the earlier models. Hopefully these new cables fixed this issue. However using it on the PS3, it works very good. No issues of the Headset detecting the mic attachment and the mic piece is now flexible so you can position it the way you want it. Earlier models had a silver solid piece.
The headsets are still heavy but for someone like me, its not too bad. I'm not too sure if its actually lighter then the older models so assume that they weigh the same for now.
As for the sound, supposedly the 2010 Models have new adjusted speaker position for even "truer" 5.1 Surround Sound. Again I could not tell a difference due to the source material I have on hand. Though please make note that the new speaker position may be worse or better compared to earlier models. But I imagine it is all about personal prefrences at the end.
In terms of performance, it took a while of adjustments to get the full 3D effects that I wanted. For me settings, I made the surround sound speakers delay maxed out, left the center delay the same. For the volume control, the sub was one color "louder" then the rest but just barely. From there the sounds were brillant! (Additional notes: You may want to adjust the loudness on the Digital Box to be slightly louder while keeping your volume controls colors below red. If you have to put the volume levels on the red, check your video source to see if there is a volume control there and raise that a bit so that you can lower the color on your volume controls.)
For those wondering if you truly can't get a Wii to work on these headsets, it really depends on what hardware you have available. For me, I can get the Wii to work with these headsets using the TOS Output from my HDTV. However I was unable to get a Dolby Digital 5.1 signal at all through these method even if the audio was passed through the TV via HDMI such as with a PS3 or Xbox360. If you have better audio hardware, you maybe able to fix these issues.
The final two notes I want to make about these headsets is the lack of off switch for the actual Headset/Volume Controls and the lights. The Audio Box itself has an off button but for some reason no such feature can be found on the Headset and Volume Controls. I found that I had to get up and unplug the power cable near the Audio Box itself to turn it off. As for the lights, as nice as they are during the day and playing games, when watching a movie, they can be very distracting. They are bright lights and there are several of them. I can only hope that in future models they will address these minor issues.
Overall though, I am very pleased with the 2010 Models that were released. As of these writing availability is a bit harder to come by at retail stores where you can check to see if you are buying 2010 Models. (Tip: The mic adapter on the headset should be black instead of silver. If its silver, its an older model which I recommend you not purchase since my review is based on the new models.) If you order these online, good luck! Though by now I would assume most are the new 2010 Models.
Updated on Jun 4, 2010
To turn off AX Pro, press the Master Mute button, and Front Channel select button simultaneously.
I would like to thank playboli for pointing this mistake out for me. (As well as saving me the trouble of unplugging/plugging my headset each time!)