LTB Magnum 5.1 AC97 HeadphonesFormer staff writer - August 12, 2007
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I’m sick of breaking a tooth whenever I try to have a drink of whatever I choose while I’m using headphones. Let’s face it, whether you’re gaming, using VOIP, listening to music or watching a DVD, headphones are an essential part of owning a computer. I find myself using them almost half of the time I’m at the computer, and the most annoying part is that microphone sticking out in front of me and causing some kind of trauma to my face at least 10 or 20 times a day.
There is a solution: LTB Audio has a set of headphones with a built in microphone. Don’t worry about misplacing them either, they are bright red and the finish is made of a rubberized paint to enhance your grip when picking them up. A while back we reviewed the LTB Magnum 5.1 USB Headphones, the new Magnums are also 5.1, but have AC97 hookups. I’m curious to see if there is any difference in the quality or if LTB has produced yet another quality alternative to the other, more expensive, headphones on the market.
"LTB, which stands for Listen To Believe, represents a product line focused on providing cutting edge audio headphones designed to meet the demands of the latest digital media in Games and Movies as well as music and discrete 5.1 Audio. LTB was formed in 2002 and released the Mentor Series 5.1 Headphone products. LTB is quickly becoming recognized in gaming circles and game centers around the planet.The company controls various key technology patents, including Safebass, a safe resonance technology designed to limit bass pressure levels to within responsible limits. LTB engineers are continuously making strides in new technologies to enhance digital audio headphones."
The headphones come packaged in a clear plastic box which allows you to see its contents. The red ear pieces stand out and are hard to pass by even if they were on a shelf with many other headphones. The rear of the package shows the headphone specifications and lists some of the patents that LTB owns.
The headphones are constructed of lightweight plastic and have a unique finish to the ear pieces; the paint is rubberized to give a more comfortable grip. The volume, mute and microphone are built in to the left ear piece.