eDimensional Audio FX Force Feedback Headphones Review
Reviewed by: Admin
Reviewed on: May 11, 2006
Price: $50 USD
eDimensional Audio FX, a name that rolls right off of your tongue, and leaves you wondering, what it actually means. eDimensional is the manufacture of the Audio FX force feedback gaming headset. Being founded in the early part of 2000 by a lot of dedicated gamers, they have been manufacturing gaming gear for the better part of 6 years. Their latest masterpiece of work is the Audio FX force feedback headset. Now whether or not these will compare to some of the gaming headsets that are on the market today is yet to be seen.
When I received these headphones in the mail, they came packaged in what seems to be the current standard for headphone containers. A heat sealed plastic bubble, with a form fitted plastic housing for the 'phones, as well as the cord.
Opening the package (required a little brute force) I removed the headphones, moving down the 8 feet of included cord to the connectors. There is two 3.5mm mini-jacks for both the Speakers, as well as the Microphone.
The 'rumble' motors are powered by 5VDC provided by a USB connector. Coming equipped with a comfy foam headband, as well as a claimed noise canceling microphone. The microphone is on a stiff but maluable stock, and has a nice swivel mount on the left ear cup. The cups themselves seemed to be constructed out of a high grade plastic, as well as they could pivot about 30*. Having a very versatile ratcheting adjustment allows them to be configured for even the biggest of heads.
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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.
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.
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