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eDimensional Audio FX Force Feedback Headphones Review

Former staff writer    -   May 11, 2006


Specifications
Speaker Specifications

Driver Unit 057mm, Colbat Magnet
Impedance 32 Ohm +/-10%
Sensitivity 106dB +/-3dB at 1KHz
Frequency Response 20-20,000Hz
Maximum Power handling 100t mW

Microphone Specifications

Type 10mm Electrets Condenser
Directivity Noise Canceling
Impedance Low
Sensitivity -58dB +/-3dB
Frequency Response 30-16,00Hz
Standard Operating Voltage 5VDC


Testing
When I started to test these headphones I first wanted to start by testing the rumble feature. As this was the major thing that jumped out at me about these 'Cans. I plugged the USB, Audio, and Mic lines into my soundcard, and proceeded to boot up Counter Strike Source. There is an inline volume adjuster that will also give you the option to vary the power of vibration, as well as turn it entirely off. When I got into a Counterstrike server, and adjusted my volumes, and rumble to something that was acceptable. I was astounded by how much dynamics the simple addition of a rumble added to the game. Whether I was shooting or there where bullets flying off the walls around me. The use of rumble was the final step in totally immersing me into the game. The effect was quit amazing and I found myself playing for much longer than I should have been. After being blown away by the rumble feature I assaulted them with my normal barrage of music. Ranging from Classical, techno, rock, heavy metal, soft rock, and some rap. I found that the bass on these headphones was a little loose, songs with higher bass would become somewhat muddy, and a little bit distorted. As well as the highs where a little metallic, and seemed somewhat 'chopped' not sounding as clear as they should have been. Although I found this to be acceptable, and they were marketing these 'cans as 'Gaming Headphones'. Next came testing out the Microphone, and its noise canceling abilities. For this I fired up Team Speak, and joined a local channel. While talking to friends, I noticed that the sound canceling of this Mic was virtually non existent. As while talking on it in the computer room, it was picking things up that where being said in normal voices in the kitchen (about 20 feet away, down the hall, around a bunch of corners). But the overall clarity of this microphone was superb, as well as there being no distortion whatsoever. For a gaming headset these performed amazingly, and for music I would say mediocre at best, although some of this could be attributed to the fact that they still need to be broken in properly.


Conclusion
Being somewhat of an audio buff (self proclaimed) I wouldn't recommend these headphones for someone looking for very accurate sound reproduction. Although if you are looking for another headset to complement you in games, then these are the 'cans for you. The combination of rumbling when bullets are flying, and working like a normal headset when you are sneaking, makes this the ultimate combo for the dedicated gamer.

Pros

  • Rumble Feature
  • Quality materials
  • Comfortable
  • Highly adjustable

Cons

  • Mediocre microphone noise canceling
  • Poor bass response for music

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