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LTB Magnum 5.1 USB Headphones

Former staff writer    -   December 2, 2006


Testing

Normally, I test headphones by putting them on and either listening to music or playing a game while talking on Teamspeak. This I did, but since the installed driver software had so many options to play with, I found myself tweaking for at least two hours.

First thing I did was click on the USB icon to bring up the window.



After the main window is brought up, you will have a plethora of options and many tabs that will help you customize these headphones any way you want.

Under the main settings tab, you can adjust the analog output from headphone to 8-speaker sound, and there is also a dropdown bar for digital. To the right is a test center so that you can hear the distinct differences while changing settings. Right next to the 8-speakers is a hammer icon which, if clicked, will bring up another window so you can swap outputs and use Bass Ennhancement.


The next tab is for the mixer. This is where you control the various volumes via the software, whether it is for master volume or recording. Under each slide bar is an icon that will mute each specific item. Blue is on and Gray is off.
We now come to the Effects Tab, which allows you to choose the environment, environment size and to either set your equalizer manually or to presets.



The Karaoke/Magic Voice tab is self-explanatory (it’s for recording). My best advice is to turn it on and play with it; there is so much you can achieve by tweaking it.



Last but not least is the Information Tab.



Ok now that your headphones are all set up and ready to go, what do you do? Wear them like your favorite old shirt. The first thing I did was to pull out my favorite playlist and listen to my favorite songs, Incredible! Even with the volume at max, there was no hissing noise that is usually experienced with other speakers when the volume is set to max and there is no sound. I listen to a lot of techno and I honestly heard some ambient sounds in the music that I never heard before.

My next project was to fire up Call of Duty 2. Could I hear the opponent’s footsteps before they were on top of me? Yes. Although they were clearer than other headphones I’ve used, they were at first hard to distinguish with all the other background noise of the game. It’s quite possible that I could overcome this with a little more tweaking.
LTB claims that these headphones work with many VOIP services, so I had to try them all and YES they do. Some require a little tweaking, like TeamSpeak and Ventrillo, but it was easy enough to fix with a minor change in the software. Be advised the built-in microphone will pick up the lowest sound or voice depending on how it is set. I recommend binding a key and use your push to talk features.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation and Specifications
  3. Testing
  4. Conclusion
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